His little “hook up” was supposed to end his problems with girls, not create new ones. Not only that, but his new “girlfriend” has two overprotective brothers, three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she's…well, difficult. And different.Release Date: August 11th, 2015Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has…Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But then when she hears a rumor—Bryce is telling everyone that he hooked up with her. With Haley’s reputation taking a nosedive, she gives Bryce him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month for a month or face the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up withto show other guys that she’s dateable—despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers.—or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now doesn't know what's more unbelievable, not only is—that he's he being blackmailed, or that he's being blackmailed by an honor student. His little “hook up” was supposed to end his problems with girls, not create new ones. Not only that, but his new “girlfriend” has two overprotective brothers, three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she's…well, difficult. And different.Besides, everyone knows that perfect boys never fall for imperfect girls…Sometimes, giving in is all a boy can do…Can something so fake turn into something real?Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or snarky romantic comedies.
BBB: Which superhero could defeat any other superhero?
BBB: What drew you to writing YA?
CC: I love that in YA teens are still figuring out who they are, they can make amazing discoveries about themselves and their place in the world. They can also make mistakes and still have time to recover from them.
BBB: Would your main character win on the show Survivor by strength, cheating or not at all?
CC: She’d use her brain to figure out a way to survive.
BBB: If you were a survivor on a deserted island, what one person would you like to have with you?
CC: My shih tzu, Pete. He’s great company, he loves to play, and he always does something to make me smile.
BBB: Please tell us more about Blackmail Boyfriend and the storyline that drives it.
CC: When honor student, Haley Patterson hears that her long time crush, Bryce Colton is telling everyone they hooked up over the weekend she confronts him and learns the girl he actually hooked up with gave him the wrong name in an attempt to hide the fling from her on-again off-again boyfriend who happens to be a cage fighter. Haley blackmails Bryce into being her boyfriend to save her reputation and to show guys that despite her over-protective and intimidating big brothers, she is datable. Bryce can’t believe he’s being blackmailed by an honor student. The only reason he talked about his weekend hookup was to convince his ex he’d moved on. Instead of ending his girl problems he’s created more of them. Haley is cute and smart but she doesn’t smile and nod and agree with everything he says like the other girls he’s dated. He’ll fake date her to convince everyone that she doesn’t sleep around and to prove a guy can date her without being fed feet first through a woodchipper, as her brothers have threatened to do to him if he hurts their sister. Can something that starts out as fake turn into something real?
BBB: Is BBlackmail Boyfriend a stand-alone or part of a series? If it is a series?How many more books will there be?
CC: It’s a stand-alone, but it will be linked to another contemporary YA which takes place in the same setting.
BBB: What sets Blackmail Boyfriend apart from other books in the same genre?
CC: It’s a fast paced, funny read. There’s nothing heavy or dark or depressing. There is a good dose of teen angst, but my goal is to make you smile and laugh.
BBB: What types of characters can readers expect in your world?
CC: Smart, snarky characters who don’t go with the flow or try to blend in with the crowd.
BBB: How would you title your autobiography?
CC: Coffee addict
BBB: Where do you hide out when you get upset?
CC: On my couch with Pete the shih tzu,Tyson the sandwich-stealing German shepherd beagle, and Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab. Dogs have life figured out. Food is good, Napping in the sunshine is good.Playing is good. Affection/cuddling is good. If something annoys you, bark at it for a minute and then move on and focus on the good stuff again.
BBB: If someone asked you to eat three thousand gummy bears over the course of three months for $100.00, would you do it, or worry about the health risks or ask if another type of candy would be acceptable?
CC: If it’s not chocolate, I’m out.
BBB: What’s coming up for you for the rest of 2015?
CC: Book 3 in my shape-shifting dragon series, should be out toward the end of this year. I’m also working on another contemporary YA and a Sci Fi romance.