Anna Todd’s Top Hot Austin Tips

We’ve been lucky enough to grab a quick chat with the fantastic Anna Todd whilst we’re here in Texas! Anna has given us her top tips for visiting Austin and if you check her picture, you’ll find out what’s coming on the 24th August. You do NOT want to miss this. It is THE book of 2014.

Austin is my favorite city that I’ve ever been to, that’s why I moved here from a small Army town. Austin is the perfect mix of anyone and everyone, music and food, it’s just perfect!

When visiting Austin, there are a few must sees! Here are the top 5:

1. Hopdoddy Burger Bar on South Congress is hands down the best burger joint in Austin and the Nutella pretzel milkshake is to die for!

2. SoCo is the locals name for “South Congress District” Boutiques, restaurants, tons of food trucks and an old fashioned candy store line the streets. Street performers and palm readers can usually be found on the weekends! It’s awesome!

3. Biscuits and Groovy is a weird little tin shack off Airport Blvd and Duvall. The name explains the place well. Homemade buttermilk biscuits are topped with anything from sausage and gravy to tofu and jalapeños. It’s not the healthiest but it’s delicious!

4. Lady Bird Lake is an amazing place for anyone who loves the outdoors. You can rent Kayaks, bicycles, or even a boat and enjoy the hot Texas summer. (I recommend coming in December :P )

5. Last but certainly not least, 6th Street is easily the most recognized and crowded street in all of Austin, and rightfully so. Bars, taco stands and people who bring our motto, “Keep Austin Weird” alive, line the streets. Love music can be found nightly, and if nightlife isn’t your thing, people watching here on a Saturday night is far more entertaining anyway!

So there you have it, my Top 5 things to do in Austin, Texas! 

Here’s what’s coming…

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In the Miami Hotlight: KA Tucker #Route69

We love Miami don’t you? Also known as “America’s Riviera” and the “Wreck Diving Capital of the Americas”. Birth place of Flo Rida, Jason Derulo and Perez Hilton, and the place where suntan was invented!

As we’ve hit Miami today, we were lucky enough to speak to the fabulous KA Tucker about why the Ten Tiny Breaths series was set here! 

We are huge fans of the Ten Tiny Breaths series here at Hot Bed HQ; why did you decide to set the book in Miami?

I asked myself, “If I were a twenty-year-old girl and running from a terrible situation with my little sister, where would I go?” The answer hit me immediately: somewhere fun, hot, and near the beach. Part of this answer could be inspired by the fact that I live in Canada, where we’re shivering six months of the year. My husband and I have joked about picking up and heading to a tropical island many times. While Miami doesn’t exactly fit that description, for two American girls with just enough money to get on a bus and head south, this location seemed to fit.

Did you have to take anything into consideration when you wrote about Miami i.e. where Penny’s Palace was, the gym, or where Kacey and Trent lived?  

I definitely had to research the Miami area and Florida in general. Penny’s Palace is completely fictional, however I spent (too much) time reading up on the state and city laws that govern this industry. That’s where I learned about Miami’s fairly liberal regulations relating to adult entertainment clubs compared to other parts of the U.S. (details I won’t go into here.) I researched apartment buildings, rent costs, “good” areas vs “bad” areas to figure out where Kacey’s and Charlie’s (in Four Seconds To Lose) apartment should be located. There is a lot of research that goes into writing a book, especially about a city you don’t live in. I familiarized myself with everything from the bus terminal that Kacey and Livie first arrive at, to how far she’d likely have to travel to work at that Starbucks, to the general types of clubs, to the types of houses along the beach where Dan and Storm move, to what types of citrus grow in which parts of the state, at what time of the year (for Five Ways To Fall.) Then I took some liberties to create the world I wanted to create, keeping some of those realities in mind.

We loved how interconnected all the characters were, and how each one had their own story through the series. Did you always imagine Miami would be a good hub for a series, did you ever think about setting it elsewhere?

When I wrote Ten Tiny Breaths, I had no plans to turn it into a series. I simply had a story to tell and I told it. But then readers started emailing me, asking for more stories about the other characters because they loved them so much. That’s when I gave some thought to a series.  Miami is definitely a good home base for all the books. I think I felt that most when I was writing One Tiny Lie. Livie leaves Miami to attend Princeton. It’s a new and exciting world for her (and for me to write and, hopefully, for you to read) but there was always this shadow lingering. This odd feeling that she was somehow out of place; that all those people she cared about were too far away. It became very clear when I brought her back to Miami.

You have a new series starting in October, starting with Burying Water, but was it sad leaving Kacey, Trent and the whole TTB crew behind? Do you think you’ll ever go back?

While I absolutely LOVED writing the Ten Tiny Breaths series, I was definitely ready to dive into a new world. Because of the way I wrote that series, introducing new stories and new characters with each book, I never felt boxed in. But Burying Water gives me an opportunity to explore something darker and challenge myself as a writer. I absolutely adore Burying Water and I’m excited to see where I can take these characters in the coming books.  Will I go back to write more books in the TTB series? Never say never *smiles*

Thanks for having me! 

WINNER of Cora Carmack Finding It Competition

The winner of the Faking It competition is …

Congratulations! Please email your address to us at hot.bed@simonandschuster.co.uk!

The answers were…

Now this is the story all about how
My life got twisted, upside down
And I’d like to take a 1. MINUTE just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air

In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the 2. PLAYGROUND where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys who were up to no good
Started making 3. TROUBLE in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
And said you’re moving with your 4. AUNTIE and uncle in Bel Air…

Road Trip Tips from Andrew Parrish

Hey girls, Andrew Parrish here. I wasn’t really up to this because I’m not exactly the blogging and tip-giving kind of guy (though Camryn would argue on that last part – she just eyed me with The Look), but I was asked by the lovely ladies at The Hot Bed to give you all some road-trippin’ advice. So that’s what this is. Alright? See, I’m not too good at this, so bear with me.

Ahem. *clears throat*

  • My first tip – always check your tires. All four of them. Don’t get stranded like we did in Texas. Although, stranded with the person you love isn’t always a bad thing. It wasn’t for us. We might still be driving around Texas today if it wasn’t for that tire. OK, so scratch that tip.
  • The blanket you use to lay under the stars with, or to cuddle up with in the back seat – whatever – don’t ever wash it. Even if it smells like oil from being in the trunk for a month, leave it alone. There’s something special about that damn road trip blanket. Take it from me, I know.
  • Always keep the road trip staple foods in the car—beef jerky, Pringles (because of the shape of the can – chip bags just get crushed), breath mints (OK, that’s not exactly food but when you’re on the road a lot there’s not always a place to brush your teeth) and beef jerky. I said that already, but it’s really the most important one.
  • Never. Seriously NEVER plan a road trip out to stop and see the big attractions, or to go where everyone else goes. The little things and the unexpected places are what makes a road trip a memorable experience.
  • I know it’s not always safe to sleep outside or in your car (and I want you to be safe because there are some shady people out there) but hotels really take the experience out of a road trip. Sleep under the stars, or in the backseat curled up with your guy, or at a campground next to a campfire or even in a tent. Be creative and spontaneous whenever you can.
  • Never drink and drive because that shit’s just not cool.
  • Take tons of photos, and I don’t mean those planned ones where you get out of the car to pose in front of a giant ball of yarn—spontaneous photos are as rewarding as the unexpected stops you make along the way.
  • Lastly, just for the record, sex in the backseat is seriously overrated. It’s the most uncomfortable position I’ve ever been in—pun intended.

I hope this helps.

Later!
-Andrew Parrish

Hot Read: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Bennett Ryan is a controlling, obnoxious, bossy man, who happens to be Chloe Mills’ boss. Chloe is gutsy and strong willed; regularly standing up to Bennett’s ranting and raving. They both infuriate each other, refusing to back down and claim to hate each other, but we all know that’s not the real case.

That’s the best bit about this book: you know it’s going to happen, but (and it’s a BIG but) you don’t know how or when! Which definitely keeps you turning the pages to find out.

Bennett and Chloe have a very up and down relationship but it’s their fieriness that makes it all the more addictive reading! We loved Beautiful Bastard and can’t wait to read the rest in the series!

CHICAGO (insert jazz hands here)! We’re steaming through our tour, but why have we chosen Chicago you say? Well, have you met the awe inspiring Beautiful Bastard? You haven’t!? Well, how about we introduce you to Mr Ryan – he’s hot, sexy, arrogant, and a total bastard. He’s also Chloe’s boss. Can you see where we’re going with this? You will NEVER see a meeting room in the same way again! 

Hot Read: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Layken has suffered immeasurably from the loss of her father, and now she is being uprooted and moved across the country by her mother! A new school, a new home, and new neighbours… cue Will from stage right.

This is the ultimate boy next door story; it is love at first sight, although Layken is wary of trusting her feelings for Will. But watch out, because we are hit by an absolutely huge twist (don’t worry, no spoilers here) that will leave you reeling!

It is an epic romance, but beautifully entwined with real life elements that make it so much more believable. This is the first of Colleen Hoover’s books and it is an excellent introduction to a fantastic series. You will want to read Point of Retreat straight away, so make sure you buy them both! Enjoy!

 

#Route69 Philadelphia Competition!

Today sees #Route69 crew in the state of Philadelphia! And we know what happens in Philadelphia… Faking It by Cora Carmack. 

Today we thought we’d sneak in a surprise competition. So how would you feel about winning a signed copy of Faking It by Cora Carmack?! Yeah we thought so too.

Well we’re sure you’ll know the answers to our Bel Air competition…

That’s right, when you think of Philadelphia, besides the cheese, it’s hard to avoid the 90’s legend that is, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

So all you need to do to be in with the chance of winning is to fill in the gaps to his well known rap…

Now this is the story all about how
My life got twisted, upside down
And I’d like to take a 1. WHAT? just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air

In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the 2. WHERE? where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys who were up to no good
Started making 3. WHAT? in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
And said you’re moving with your 4. WHO? and uncle in Bel Air

See, how easy is that? All we need is you to tell us which words are missing! The competition closes at midnight tonight. Tweet and FB us with the hashtag, you know it by now?! #Route69 

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