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Two years ago today -- August 19th -- the fandom surrounding the Addicted series and our future books gained a beautiful, powerful name called the Fizzle Force. Without whom we'd be little shellfish floating in a big wide ocean, and you've all made us feel like the brightest, shiniest sea stars. (Lily Calloway-isms right there ;) )
Our love for the Fizzle Force is vast and unyielding. We shall list some of the ways in which we love you:
We know some of you have been long awaiting an update on Willow & Garrison's story. And we're glad to say it's finally here. You can now continue Willow & Garrison's journey in Whatever It Takes: Part Two. It's much more Willow and Garrison centric than part one. So be prepared for some developments in their friendship.
Thanks to everyone who reads this web series. We were honestly shocked that so many of you not only read it, but wanted the second part so badly. It means so very much to us *hugs*
*We apologize for any typos in the Whatever It Takes. Since it's a web series, and we want to release it as quickly as we can, it has not been copy edited.
News about the web series going forward: we decided that additional chapters of Whatever It Takes will be released in smaller chapter increments (possibly 1 or 2 chapters at a time). This means that there won't be as much closure and things won't tie up as nicely together as they do in Part One and Part Two. But it also means that we'll be releasing chapters more often than we have been.
Important: please don't add this web series to Goodreads. Our reading order is already a bit confusing. We don't want new readers to be even more confused by the addition of the web series. Thank you!!
Happy New Year! It's January 3rd. None other than Connor Cobalt's birthday. Today he'll be turning 27, and you can read all about the event in Fuel the Fire. Yep, his epic 27th birthday is in the book!
Prepare for the festivities (even if Connor would not appreciate it -- he's known to dislike his birthday) because we have some great things to share with you today! The narcissist of the Addicted series is turning yet another year older, and there's no way we'd miss the opportunity to throw Connor a celebration.
If you've missed it: We celebrated Loren and Ryke's birthdays with character interviews and Lily and Rose's birthday with exclusive bonus material on the Fizzle Force FB Group.
*drum roll* Today we have an exclusive bonus material scene that shows Connor Cobalt's 27th birthday (just before the scene that takes place in Fuel the Fire) in Connor's POV!!! *tosses confetti* You'll need to join the group first in order to read the bonus scene. READ THE BONUS SCENE HERE :) We've also written what Connor means to us below and a special birthday giveaway in honor of him.
*Note: We know some of you may not have Facebook. The bonus material will be available on our website next month. But for January, it will remain exclusively in the Fizzle Force FB group to help promote the group!
- WHAT CONNOR COBALT MEANS TO US -
Connor Cobalt. One of the most fascinating characters we've ever written. Some of you may know how he first began. How he first entered the universe. He was meant to be only a supporting character, just Lily's tutor. The smart guy with a cool name. He became so much more than that. After only one scene, we were enamored. We were simply in love. So we wrote more and more with him in Addicted to You, created his history, intertwining it with Rose's.
It's ironic. Mostly because Connor is the guy who says "you won't ever forget about me" and we didn't. We couldn't. Some of you may not know this -- but our love for these types of characters really transcends our books. Growing up, we've always been infatuated with the intellectual types. Not just a "smart" character -- but the geniuses who notice society's constraints at every turn. Who have the power to manipulate. Who are drawn to moral and ethical dilemmas.
He's complex and as fascinating as the woman he loves.
Connor challenged us intellectually. He made us think harder and longer, and we've never been more gratified than by the end of his chapters. The end of his prose. In order to nail his voice, we try to become him. We're not geniuses, by any means, but to even capture a portion of his essence makes us feel proud.
His story in Fuel the Fire was also one that has meant a great deal to us. We're grateful that we had the chance to showcase his beliefs in depth and in a meaningful way.
“I’m attracted to people.
There's so much of Connor that we relate to -- that we love. Our childhood was filled with Dead Poets Society references and whimsical dreams of being in boarding school with Charlie Dalton and Neil Perry and Todd Anderson.
Alas, we couldn't be in an all-boys boarding school where poetry reigned and minds spoke softly and then loudly to one another.
But Connor could.
“Chess was common. About fifteen of us would congregate in an upperclassman’s room, cigarettes lit and the windows cracked in ten-below winters. We’d begin a clandestine tournament, drinking shots for every piece captured, doubled if someone checked. Moves had to be made in under ten seconds or you’d drink again.
We could go for days talking about Connor. About how he's one of the least judgmental characters. Of how he's able to view everyone in a more analytical, logical light. Of how he can give you the most beautiful summaries of every character in the series -- tell you exactly why they are the way that they are. And yet, he knows he can't and he won't fix some of them. (He'll leave that for people like Ryke. And even people like Lo.)
He's achingly complex, and that's one reason why we love him so very much.
Connor Cobalt. You may dislike the meaning of birthdays. The constraints of "ages" and how they limit you. But there's something you need to know on this day. You surround yourself with people that you find interesting. There's never a dull moment with Loren Hale. There has never been a single dull moment with you, Connor Cobalt.
You've painted our gray skies with vibrant color. You're an impassioned spirit too. Even if it takes Rose to awaken you.
Happy 27th Birthday, Connor Cobalt. We love you -- and yes, this will all probably go to your head. But we'll let it :)
- GIVEAWAY -
Prize: (Connor Cobalt inspired prize) Choice of a signed paperback with a Connor Cobalt POV -- Kiss the Sky or Fuel the Fire -- OR a Connor Cobalt merch item in our Addicted shop like the Coballoway All the Way t-shirt.
Tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST we'll be discussing everything about Long Way Down and the Addicted series from start to finish! Beware, it'll most likely be one of our longest chats! We really want to go through the evolution of each couple, all the BROTPs and the significant moments in Addicted series history. It's going to be nostalgic, emotional, and blissful too :)
Also keep your eyes peeled because tomorrow is Connor Cobalt's birthday!! We'll have a giveaway + what Connor Cobalt means to us up on our website. The Fizzle Force FB Group has also prepared a character interview, which Connor Cobalt himself has taken the time to answer ;)
For the Live Chat, you can ask us questions using the comments section in YouTube during the live chat. (We'll have the link to the Chat tomorrow, but here's our YouTube channel.) Or you can ask things now and during the chat on Twitter using #FizzLive. Another way to ask us questions is by the Google doc below! We'll try to answer as many as we can. And thanks so much for reading Long Way Down & wanting to hear behind-the-scenes scoop!
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Monday, November 16th
Little Book Heaven - Ryke's Top 5 Places He's Traveled To
Reign of Books - Adventure Day With Ryke and Daisy
Addicted Series Fan Page - What High School Class Would the Addicted Characters Teach?
Smart & Savvy with Stephanie - Text Message Convo: Ryke to Lo
Kimberlyfaye Reads - Text Message Convo: Daisy to Rose
Musings of Book-a-holic Fairies / Aholically Aholic - Character Interview: Coconut
Fizzle Reads - Character Interview: Connor Cobalt
Bookobsessions - Author Interview
Christy's Love of Books - Author Interview
Mybookworld - Teaser Poster #1
BookWorm221 - Excerpt #1
2 Girls & Their Kindles - Excerpt #1
Tuesday, November 17th
Jennerally Speaking... - Long Way Down Playlist
Calloway Books - Cards Against Humanity with Ryke & Daisy
Hollywood News Source - Traveling Board Game
Shakespeare-and-Company - Text Message Convo: Ryke to Lily
The Reading Escapade - Text Message Convo: Daisy to Ryke
Second Bite Book Reviews - The Addicted Characters as Avengers
Anna's Book Blog - Lady Gaga Songs that Represent the Addicted Characters
Booklovers For Life - Author Interview
Words With Sarah - Author Interview
Rachel Reads Ravenously - Excerpt #2
Kitty Kats Crazy About Books - Excerpt #2
Fictive Daydream: Lover of All Things Fiction - Excerpt #2
Wednesday, November 18th
Little Pieces of Imagination - Ryke & Daisy Solving a Crossword Puzzle
Foxy Blogs - Addicted Characters' Notes to Future Selves
Lily's Book Blog - The Addicted Characters and Harry Potter Classes
Written Revelry - Text Message Convo: Ryke to Rose
NightOwl Reader - Text Message Convo: Daisy to Connor
After Dark Book Lovers - Character Interview
The Dirty Book Girls Blog - Author Interview
Jacqueline's Reads - Author Interview
Unofficial Book Club - Teaser Poster #2
Silly, Sexy, Sassy and Occasionally Classy - Excerpt #3
3 Fictional Hearts - Excerpt #3
Reading Is Sexy - Excerpt #3
Thursday, November 19th
i*Heart*BigBooks (and i cannot lie...) - Newlywed Game: Friends Edition #1
Bookish Bluebird - Newlywed Game: Friends Edition #2
Teacups & Book Love - Instagram Challenge with Ryke & Daisy
Deadly Darlings - Thanksgiving with The Addicted Characters
Valley of the Book Doll - If the Addicted Characters Owned a Time Machine
Reviews by Tammy and Kim - Text Message Convo: Ryke to Connor
A is for Alpha B is for Books - Text Message Convo: Daisy to Lo
Two Sisters Bloggin' - Author Interview
R&W Entertainment - Excerpt #4
I Love Book Love - Excerpt #4
Four Chicks Flipping Pages - Excerpt #4
Blog of Books - Excerpt #4
Friday, November 20th
The Readdicts - Top Ten List with Ryke & Daisy
Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews - Cooking Class with Ryke & Daisy
A Literary Perusal - Coconut & Sadie "Character" Profiles
Book Breath Babe - Text Message Convo: Ryke to Daisy
Smokin' Hot Book Blog - Text Message Convo: Daisy to Lily
Way Too Hot Books - Text Message Convo: Group Text
Airy Reads - Character Interview: Willow & Garrison
These Flying Pages - Author Interview
Maine Book Momma - Author Interview
A Bookaholic Blog - Teaser Poster #3
Book Babes Unite - Excerpt #5
Between Order And Randomness - Excerpt #5
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