Spotlight + Guest Post + Giveaway: Crushed by Dawn Rae Miller

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Title: Crushed
Author: Dawn Rae Miller
Publisher: FinnStar Publishing
Date of Publication: December 11, 2012

For seventeen-year-old serial womanizer Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he’ll win it all: his dream college, his parents’ money, and a hot (if a little vapid) girl on his arm. Really, it couldn't be easier. All he has to do is get good grades, live a privileged boarding school life, and try not to mess up too much. 

However, when he accepts the seemingly impossible bet to change his ways and be “just friends” with smart, beautiful, tempting Ellie Jacobs – a girl who seems hell bent on confusing him - Fletch’s whole world is turned upside down. 

Suddenly, what seemed simple and clear, no longer feels right and Fletch must decide if winning it all is worth losing a piece of himself.

CRUSHED is a New Adult/Upper YA book. It has profanity and sexual situations, and is intended for ages 16+.

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Dawn has graciously provided the first five chapters of Crushed for free! Head over to her website to read chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Seriously, after I read the first chapter, I couldn't stop!


I reviewed this last year HERE! Check out my review!

Guest Post

Because I am really interested in the writing process, I asked Dawn how she came up with the title "Crushed". Because if you read the acknowledgments of the book, it isn't supposed to be titled "Crushed". So Dawn, how did you decided Fletch's story should be entitled "Crushed"? Take it away, Dawn!

Book Titles
by Dawn Rae Miller

I am a nervous writer by nature. I agonize over every word put on the page, but none more than when crafting the perfect title.

It’s not uncommon for one of my books to go through several name changes before the right one sticks. After all, like a good cover, a title sets the readers’ expectations for what lies inside.

And even though I chose my children’s names quickly – and some would argue selecting a baby name is much more important than a book title – titles elude me. Sometimes, I’ll call a work-in-progress by one name for months until suddenly deciding it doesn’t work anymore.

Thankfully, I have amazing friends who are always willing to brainstorm ideas.

Our conversations usually go like this:

Me (posting to my private writing group): Arghohgoihgih. I can’t figure out what to call this book.

Friend 1: What’s it about?

Me: A boy who is trying to live up to everyone’s expectations, but is having the life crushed out of him. Oh, and there’s a girl who he’s supposed to just be friends with but he actually really likes her. I’m thinking of Life Like Fog because of all the fog in the book, and he’s stumbling around blindly.

Friend 2: That sounds literary. Is it?

Me: Not really, but it’s definitely more character driven than plot driven.

Friend 1: Why don’t you just call it by the boy’s name? Fletch has a nice ring.

Friend 2: Wasn’t that a Chevy Chase movie?

Me: I have no idea. (Quickly googles) It was a popular movie about thirty years ago. Do you think teens will know it?

Friend 1: Better not risk it. You don’t want people to think it’s a comedy.

Me: So…anyone?

Friend 3Me and My Magic Stick?

Me: NO! It’s not that dirty. I swear. I don’t want people thinking it’s YA erotica. Maybe I’ll sit on it for the night and something will come to me.

*Later that night, as I’m filling a glass of water from my fridge’s filter system. Hmmm…do I want crushed or cubed ice.

Crushed. Crushed. Yeah. That sounds good! (Runs to computer).*

Me (on message board): What do you guys think about Crushed? Because life is crushing him, and his heart’s been crushed, and he has a crush?

Friend 3: I like it!

Friend 1: It sounds perfect.

Friend 2: I kind of like Me and My Magic Stick, but Crushed isn’t bad :D

Me: Crushed it is!

It’s not a scientific process, throwing a lot of things at the wall until something sticks, but having my friends weigh in on choices helps me feel less nervous about selecting a title.

However, in the end, the perfect title isn’t about how a bunch of words on look on a page. It’s about the feeling you get when you know it’s just right.

Ooooohhh, so that's why! Thank you Dawn for this very insightful post on the titling process. We finally see how authors do it!

About Dawn Rae Miller

Dawn spends too much time on Twitter. And Pinterest. And running. Basically, she’s a master procrastinator with great time management skills. When she’s not dreaming up new book ideas, Dawn is most likely watching her three sons play lacrosse or trying to convince her husband he really does like vegetables.

Website | Twitter | Facebook


Bad Boy Rehab Hop

January 10 – January 17, 2013
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and The Book Hookup
We tried giving up Bad Boys for our New Year’s Resolution…..
but try to make me go to rehab and I said no no no. 

Bad Boy (n.) person 

1. A guy who has many characteristics of a naughty, naughty boy. OMG let the drooling begin.
2. A heartbreaker with a five o’clock shadow. Rawrrrrrr!
3. Independent and willful. Does what he wants when he wants. Never follow trends, they follow him.
4. Someone that’s not looking for trouble, but there’s a serious sense of danger about him. We love danger! 

Usable Note: A bad boy is a gorgeous man with MANY layers and is INSANELY irresistible to women. *raises hands*… YES PLEASE!
Then, Fletch is truly a bad boy. *yummy*

For this giveaway, Dawn and I were supposed to give away a paperback of Crushed. But it's not available yet and might not be until the end of the month soooooo Dawn is giving away an ebook of Crushed and paperbacks of both books 1 and 2 in her The Sensitives Trilogy, Larkstorm AND Nightingale. The Sensitives Trilogy features a good boy and then Crushed has a bad boy. Who says you can't have both?

So the giveaway is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY and ends on January 19, 2012 12AM Philippine Time. ONE WINNER will get them all! May the odds be ever in your favor! Good luck!

Thank you Dawn for sponsoring this giveaway!

Hop on to the other participating blogs!


  1. Interesting!! This sounds like a great book, and I loved the guest post! Thanks for sharing!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

    1. Thank you Farah for commenting! Me too! I was really interested in the titling process and it's nice to see how it actually happens. :D And yes, I liked the book! :)

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    1. Thanks for the follow, Kelly! :D Followed back!

  3. iam new follower,,thanks for making this international giveaway ^^

    1. Thanks for the follow! And yes, I try to make my giveaways all international because I am also an "international" person. I don't live in the US so I understand how sad it is not to be able to join US only giveaways. :)

  4. it's much appreciated that you make them international!! dont' have to hire a smuggler then....hehehe

    1. I encountered tons of giveaways that I want to just call my aunt if I can use her address in the US. But that's too much. Haha! Thanks for dropping by and good luck on the giveaway! :)


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