Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!
Hollywood Heartthrob (Ugh, I still hate saying that) here...and apparently my publicist wants me to give some back to school advice to everyone heading into the classroom, students, teachers, and all the pets that are about to get tortured by pre-schoolers worldwide.
School was kind of like my safe zone growing up...My parents were basically non existent so school was the only place I could relax and have fun, though a lot of the times I'd get myself into trouble just to get attention but I'm pretty sure every little dude did that when they suddenly discover that their hand can be made into the shape of a gun and their voice starts going all James Bond on Helium.
Point is, a nerdy kid like myself needed survival skills...ergo, Lincoln Greenes top five ways to make sure you survive the first day of school...And live to tell about it.
1. The teacher's going to be just as nervous as you. Day one is where they do a mental check list of all the problem kids, you do NOT want to be no their radar....because even if you're a saint the rest of the year, their rose colored glasses are officially OFF my friend. It doesn't matter if you bring them an apple compliment them on their killer penny loafers or tell them that their lipstick looks completely natural on their white teeth. They will make that A- a B+ so on Day one? You raise your hand, you open doors, you high five, you offer an apple and at the end of the day you say, "Thank you for what you do." Because, really, being a teacher's tough work. They have to put up with YOU all day long.
2. If it looks like roadkill it's probably roadkill. If it tastes funny, theirs a reason. I'm all for public lunch, hell my favorite days were banana pudding days, I ate that shit like I wanted to grow up to be a pudding chemist, but there will always be some weird gray gravy, or some awkward looking chicken that nobody is every really sure is cooked all the way through. Don't eat it. Always go for the fresh fruits and you'll save yourself a lot of stomach sickness while dissecting pigs. Trust me, nobody wants you puking all over Wilbur.
3. Recess is where people go to die. Kickball is an olympic sport. And don't even get me started on four square. If your life sucks and you're still doing recess, find a group, talk them up, and make sure you stay away from all contact sports. If you're a jock, this is where you shine, find a ball (note how I said ball--dont kick ones attached to other kids), kick it hard and far, and take a bow.
4. You're at school to learn. Whether you're in pre-school or high school. Don't stress over the things you can' control. Day one sucks because you get overwhelmed, especially if you're in high school and the dreaded college word gets dropped about a billion times. If you're old enough to take it on your own, pack advil and for the love of God put your phone away, trust me, instagram can wait and the world doesn't need to see selfies of you and your friends sitting in desks trying to look cool with your books upside down....you are the future leaders of tomorrow...Prove it.
5. And last but not least....have fun. See how simple that sounds? You will never get these years back...And you may just end up becoming an actor like yours truly where you have to pretend to be in school on a movie set...you dont' want to look like an idiot so you need to pay attention...Who knows where school will lead you? But the cool thing is, school will ALWAYS lead you somewhere bad ass....Always.
Wanna check out more advice from Lincoln? Or just hang with the Seaside gang? Check out Capture, now Available. ;)
Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window.Dani lives anything but a normal life.Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2.And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime.But that doesn't change the fact their parents are dead.Or that it's her fault.It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer.He's gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable.But that doesn't stop her from wondering...if things were different...would he want her?If she was whole, would he be the other half?
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