Blog Tour + Character Interview & Giveaway: Rival by Penelope Douglas

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Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for RIVAL by Penelope Douglas! This book was amaaaaazing, ya’ll. Seriously, I loved it so hard. It was beautiful, gut-wrenching, and everything good you can expect from Penelope Douglas. You can read my review for Rival here. Aaaand, I highly recommend reading the other books in the series if you haven’t already! BULLY is the first book (my review) and Until You (my review) is BULLY in Jared’s POV.

So, let’s move on to the character Q&A! Yes, I was lucky enough to get to interview the characters from the series! ❤

Character Interview: Madoc & Fallon from Rival (with Tate & Jared)

Thank you for being here with me today, you guys!
Fallon & Madoc, how would you describe each other?

Fallon: Madoc is true. He doesn’t fake it, and he wants to be happy. And he spends every day making sure those around him are happy, too.

Madoc: Fallon intrigues me, because she fights with everyone and defies everything. But she let me in.

Fallon & Madoc, how did you feel when you saw each other for the very first time?

Madoc: What the hell is she wearing?

Fallon: What the hell is he wearing?

Fallon & Madoc, what’s the thing you love the most about each other? And the thing you hate the most?

Fallon: Love? His humor. He makes me smile. Hate? His kisses. They instantly turn me on, and no matter where we are, we need to go home immediately.

Madoc: Love? Her surrender. She talked a good talk, but finding out she wanted me. Yeah. And hate? I hate her cooking. It’s terrible. It’s so terrible, the dog won’t eat it. We don’t have a dog, but he would not eat it if he were there.

So, Madoc… how much did it hurt getting that *cough* piercing?

Madoc: I’d imagine it’s like a snakebite on my dick. But once the needle’s in, you have to finish.

Fallon, do you think you’ll ever wear all of your piercings again?

Fallon: Not the septum. I’m over that one, even though I loved it.

And which piercing hurt the most to get?

Fallon: Probably my tongue. And it was the hardest to heal.

Fallon & Madoc, will either of you get anymore tattoos?

Fallon: Yes.

Madoc: Yes, when she gives me kids.

Jared & Tate, what’s next for you two?

Jared: I’m just doing the ROTC thing. Hanging in there.

Tate: I’m looking at medical schools. Beyond that, we’re not planning too far ahead. Who knows what will happen with Jared’s career.

For everyone, what’s your favorite swear word?

Madoc: All of them.

Fallon: Shit.

Jared: Fuck.

Tate: Motherfucker.

Madoc & Fallon, what are your biggest turn-ons?

Madoc: Pajamas. I love a girl in pajamas. Right, Tate?

If there was a zombie apocalypse, who would survive the longest?


And I’m being totally morbid here, but in what order would each of you die?

Madoc (because he’d give himself to save anyone), Fallon, Jared (because he’d give himself to save Tate), and Tate

And lastly–Madoc, I’m kind of in love with you. I know you’re with Fallon, but maybe we can go out sometime? 😉

Madoc: I am a people-pleaser, my love. However, I am a one-woman guy. And even if I weren’t, her father would make me one.

And that concludes this interview! Thanks again for being here!

Thank you for having us!!

Rival by Penelope Douglas

Title: Rival
Series: Fall Away #2 (full reading order below)
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: NA / Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 26th 2014
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn
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Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…

She’s back.

For the two years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.

I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…

I’m back.

Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.

But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….

Buy Links:
Amazon Kindle • Amazon Paperback • Barnes & Noble • iTunes • Amazon UK

Now here’s an excerpt! This is from one of my favorite scenes in the book…


Reaching around, he twisted my chin towards the mirror, and I sucked in a breath. “What do you see?!” he shouted.

“You and me!” I blurted out. “Madoc and Fallon!”

My heart was racing.

I looked at him through the mirror. I sat on one side of his lap, so he could see from the other side, and we stared at each other, my chest rising and falling more urgently.

“That’s not what I see,” he said in a low voice. “Those names mean nothing to me. They’re simple and empty. When I’m with you, I don’t see the daughter of a gold digging bitch and an Irish drug lord or the son of a crooked lawyer and a vegan Barbie.”

I almost wanted to laugh. Madoc had an ironic way of looking at the world.

But he wasn’t smiling. He was scowling. He was dead serious, and I knew from experience that his genuine moments were few and far between.

He reached up, threading one hand into my hair while the other hand rested on the chair.

“I see everything I want for as long as I can have it,” he continued. “I see a woman that wears the cutest little scowl like she’s two years old and was just told she couldn’t have candy. I see a guy that went and got an apadravya piercing, because he wanted to live in her world for even a little while.”

I closed my eyes. Don’t do this to me, Madoc. Please.

Reading Order: Fall Away series

Bully by Penelope Douglas Until You by Penelope Douglas Rival by Penelope Douglas Falling Away by Penelope Douglas

#1 ~ Bully: My Review • Ebook • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Until You: My Review • Ebook • Goodreads
#2 ~ Rival: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Falling Away: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads (Jan. 6, 2015)

about the author

Penelope DouglasPenelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to “just get the degree!” She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, the show Sons of Anarchy, and she shops at Target almost daily.

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Penelope is offering up the following prizes. The giveaways are international and ends at 11:59 PM CST 09/15/2014.

  • (2) $100 gift cards for either Amazon or B&N winners choice
  • (2) Signed paperbacks of Rival
  • (1) Signed set paperbacks of Bully, Until You and Rival

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18 thoughts on “Blog Tour + Character Interview & Giveaway: Rival by Penelope Douglas

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the interviews with characters because it really shows that Penelope has fleshed out very real people. It’s awesome! As for the apadravya piercing—-shudder!!!

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