My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea Cameron
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Taylor Caldwell can't decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him.
On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome, blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he's a tattooed, guitar-playing bundle of bad boy. Maybe that's why Taylor's afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn't want to get burned, and even though her other roommates adore him, she wants him gone before it's too late.
Hunter himself has been been burned before, but the fact that Taylor calls him out on his crap and has the sexiest laugh ever make him decide maybe love isn't a lost cause. They make a bet: if she can convince him she truly loves or hates him, he'll leave the apartment--and leave her alone. The problem is, the more time they spend together, the less she hates him, and the more she moves toward love.
But when the man who holds the key to Taylor's fear of giving up her heart resurfaces and threatens to wreck everything, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever.
As a writer, it's my job to make sure that my readers feel like they're inside my story. This includes making it easy for the reader to visualize exactly how things look. I have a confession: I'm terrible at writing settings. It's pretty much the last thing I think of. I tend to go with dialogue first, and then the visual of the characters and then setting last. I have to make a concerted effort to remember to describe it.
When it came to My Favorite Mistake, it was actually easy to describe the setting, since I've lived it. It's so easy to take myself back to college, to the endless pizza nights, the laundry, the mis-matched furniture. But for greater visual stimulation, I went to the internet. You can find the Pinterest board I created for My Favorite Mistake here: http://pinterest.com/authorchelcam/my-favorite-mistake/
From the first chapter, I knew Taylor was into peacocks. I didn't know why until I figured out her big secret, but, I knew she was nuts about anything with peacock feathers or colors. I found this bed set from Bed Bath & Beyond, and it's perfect for Taylor. She also has a peacock dreamcatcher that hangs on the side of her bed; a gift from her older sister, Tawny. For those of you who have read the book, you understand the significance of the peacock feathers.
For Hunter, I knew that he'd be into dark colors. Red, blue, black, gray. His guitar is black, and he seemed like a black sheet kind of guy, so I'd pair black sheets with this basic blue comforter from Target. He's also not into spending a lot of money on things, so he would definitely go for the low-priced route.
For those who have read the book, this is the infamous recliner from Chapter Sixteen. I wanted it to be squishy and ugly, like something you'd find on someone's lawn and throw in the back of your buddies truck. It's pretty ugly, isn't it? I'm pretty sure Paul (Renee, one of Taylor and Hunter's roommate's ex ) was the one who found it. I'm also pretty sure Darah (their other roommate) disinfected it thoroughly before she would let him bring it inside.
Hunter comes equipped with an Xbox and Kinect, but Renee, is the gaming junkie. When not studying her nursing textbooks, or trying to make her ex-boyfriend jealous, she's playing Skyrim. Hunter also has gaming nights with his buddies, his cousin Mase, and his friends, Dev and Sean.
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