Book Name: Butterfly Kisses
Author: Mia Castile
Publisher: Entwined Publishing
Release date: October 2012, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Warnings: Mature matters
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Other Novels: Becoming a Butterfly
Book Trailer: Butterfly Kisses & The Ocean
Social Networks: Twitter, Facebook, GoodRead
Author Site: Website
Buying Locations: Unavailable
Everything changed for the Baxter sisters last spring. Lacey blew it with Henry her lifelong crush, only to discover a blooming relationship with her best friend, Chase. While he picked her up and put her back together, they grew closer over the summer. Now that school has started, he’s found popularity thanks to his band Cate’s Ashes, and he’s hiding secret phone calls and text messages. Plus, did his ex-girlfriend just appear out of the blue at his show? Forcing Lacey to wonder if he’s over the feelings he pronounced for her at the beginning of summer. Add to the tension, a realization and secret of her own to keep about her worse enemy. Lacey vows to be the bigger person and keep Byron’s revelation, but what will it cost?
Meanwhile, as Lana tries to find herself again after her suicide attempt, she’s befriended by the school’s resident bad girl, Britt, and new chicano boy, Tomas, in the same week. Britt offers unconditional acceptance that Lana didn’t realize she craved, while Tomas brings out the best in her, and makes her feel alive again. Britt is dangerous and daring, while Tomas exudes security and safety. Vices come easily when you are already addicted to something you crave, and Lana muddles through figuring out who she wants to be.
With their parents constantly arguing, and their dad moving into the guest bedroom, the pressure on the girls may explode destroying them all. Is there a place for happiness when their world is crumbling around them?
Butterfly kisses is the sequel to Ms. Castile’s Butterfly Series and both were generously gifted by the author for a fair and honest review.
The gang is all back, and I love it. Everyone that had a hand in Becoming a Butterfly takes center stage as Lacey and Chase begin a whole new chapter in their complicated, and some times, twisted relationship. I don’t mean twisted in a bad way. The entire series is very light, upbeat at times. It’s fun. One of those novels that you want to read while reclined on a beach somewhere. Ms. Castile did a fantastic job portraying the teenage world, and all the angst that seems to swarm it like flies on honey. I loved all the twists and the new characters introduced. The romance was taken up a notch, which you guys know is a huge deal for me. I’m such a romance junkie. At one point, I thought the story was going one way, was a little disappointed, but at the last minute, Ms. Castile surprised me by wrenching it the other way, a better way. I was really, REALLY glad to read about Lena again. Her story in Becoming a Butterfly… nearly killed me. I am so excited for book 3!
Will I read the next book? Yes.
Will I tell my friends about this book? Yes.
Did I enjoy it? Yes.
What is your book about?
Butterfly Kisses is the second installment in The Butterfly Chronicles. It picks up four months after Lacey the main character is revealed as a popular online personality and her sister Lana’s attempt of committing suicide because of bullying. Lana is fresh out of rehab, and Lacey is emotionally putting herself back together with the help of her friends.
Has any other author(s) inspired your writing?
Loads of authors inspire me. In elementary school, my favorite book was The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate The Wash. I Loved that story so much, I always wanted to be creative like that. I read a lot of YA fiction and am inspired by so many authors in that genre.
What do you think your writing style is?
I speak in slang, and I think I write in slang a bit, too. It drives my editor crazy when I create my own words, or use a phrase she doesn’t understand. I write how I speak, so I think my writing comes across conversational.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?
Do it. Don’t make excuses, don’t do it how you think it should be done, do it how it works for you.
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
When I was a teenager, I dreamed of being a novelist and poet. But then life happened. It wasn’t until I started writing again about four years ago, that I had a moment where I thought, “I can do this.” I haven’t been happier in my life than I am right now. Yeah, I’m more stressed out than I’ve ever been in my life, but I think that keeps me grounded and chasing my dream, not getting boggled down with what I’ve already done. I’m already scheming books that are five and six out from what I’m writing now. Maybe this falls under advice for aspiring authors too, but you can’t pause or watch others are doing or accomplishing, you have to keep your head down, and one foot in front of the other. Their journey is not yours.
Why should readers consider your novel?
My hope is that they would feel something through my words, laugh, smile, even cry. I know I do all those things when I write my novels. I tell stories that I hope readers can relate to, or see things through someone else’s eyes.
Were any of your characters a reflection of you?
Yes, they all have my sense of humor, though they are quicker about it. It usually takes me longer to come up with the witty comebacks. I’m trying to write bolder and braver characters than what I am. But not only do my characters reflect me, they also reflect people in my life.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m pretty much an open book. Maybe, people would be surprised to know that I’m just as clueless as the rest of them.
What is your favorite part of the book?
If I said the entire book would that be cheating? I loved so many scenes with Chase and Lacey.
How did you start your writing career?
I began writing poetry and The Ocean when I was sixteen. Then after the longest stretch of writers block in my life, I began writing again, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Airicka, Thank you so much for having me on your blog, and being a part of the blog tour.
1) Lacey, for those of us who haven’t read ‘Becoming a Butterfly’, can you tell us a little about yourself? Hobbies? Fav color? Goals?
There’s not much to tell, I’m a gamer, and love anything tech-y. I find coordination confusing, and people are weird. Mostly, I stay close to my friends because we look out for each other.
2) If you could, would you go back in time and stop your friends, Jade and Tasha from starting that online profile of you as Farrah?
I don’t think that I would keep them from creating the profile, what I might have done, was tell Henry the truth during that first chat session. I mean, if I were being honest, Farrah was a lot of fun.
3) What is your biggest regret since the birth of Farrah?
My biggest regret is: probably not understanding everything that my sister Lana was going through. She felt alone, and I didn’t see it because I was too wrapped up in Farrah’s drama.
4) If you could have any wish granted, what would it be?
I just wanted to be seen for me, not the nerd girl, that everyone embarrassed and teased. It can really wear on someone, and it wore on me.
5) What is your worst fear and has it ever happened to you in the past?
My worse fear is losing someone in my family, and that almost happened when Lana attempted suicide. I thought that was the worst thing I could go through, but it turns out, I have a long winding road ahead of me, full of twist and turns. I have a feeling I’m going to be facing many more fears.
6) Are you angry at Tasha and Jade for putting you through the mess you went through in ‘Becoming a Butterfly’?
Well, in their defense, they did tell me to back off. It was easy for them to judge from the outside, and I felt like they didn’t understand what I was feeling every day.
7) If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be and why?
If you asked me this question at the beginning of Becoming a Butterfly, I would have handed you a laundry list with my flaws. But now, I’m learning to love myself and accept me for who I am.
8) Are you excited for the upcoming two novels in the series, ‘Butterfly Kisses’ & ‘The Butterfly Migration’?
I’m so excited. I feel like my life is finally beginning, and I’m glad I have the friends that I do to go through this journey with.
9) What can we expect more of in the following books?
More lies, and secrets, and we all seem to grow up a lot. We sort of find that even when we have nothing in common; we are actually a lot alike. That strengthens bonds and friendships.
10) What can we expect less of?
There will be no more secret identities. I think so anyway. 😉
This is a story about a girl, named Mia. She grew up in suburb of medium sized city. There were cold winters, and hot sticky summers. Mia’s favorite seasons were spring and fall. She enjoyed the mild seasons, but also loved the vibrant colors each possessed.
Mia loved music. She didn’t just love it, she sat on the floor in front of her Casio stereo for hours at a time, recording songs off the radio. Then she would cue them up and make sure she only got the music as she recorded them on a second tape, without the DJ’s voices on them, just the music. Then she would listen to those songs absorbing the words as she sat in her room and wrote her poetry.
She wrote her first Poem when she was thirteen. It was called Sands of Time. When she was sixteen and again when she was eighteen she won two state competitions for her poetry. Her Poetry was stories of roses, starry nights, love, loss, and the scars left behind. She found recourse in those private moments filling notebooks of her writings. As she grew so did her inspirations, and whenever it hit her the rest of the world melted away until her verses were written, alive in the world.
Even today as Mia writes mostly YA fiction, poetry still holds a special place in her heart. Her love for all things words propels her forward in her pursuit of the next great story.
Thank you so much, Melissa, for taking the time to stop by and talk to us about your fantastic new release! Best of luck to you in the future!