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Penelope Douglas

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Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author living in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter. When she's not writing, you'll find her cleaning or trolling the IMDb message boards, arguing with other Star Wars fanatics. Her books include the Fall Away series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame). Please look for her recent standalones, Corrupt and Misconduct. Available now.

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Penelope Douglas Thank you for your question! My first! :)

Out of all of the books, BULLY was my favorite to write. It was easier before I knew how I would be…more
Thank you for your question! My first! :)

Out of all of the books, BULLY was my favorite to write. It was easier before I knew how I would be critiqued, before I lost some of my freedom due to fear of what people would say. It was more a labor of love and a journey or discovery (sounds cheesy, I know), but with BULLY I had freedom and such a love for Jared and Tate as my firsts.

With Rival, Madoc was so much fun, and I probably had the most fun writing him more than anyone. He is a fantastic character, and I loved his humor. But I also constantly wondered whether I should take this chance or that, knowing how people were going to critique it. With BULLY, I was ignorant, and with RIVAL, I was aware, so I was nervous. It was a different experience.

Now, with Falling Away, I just said screw it. Even though BULLY was my favorite to write, because I was free of fear with that one, Falling Away is my favorite book. I will read every review, because no one can tell me anything that will make me feel bad about this story. I am who I am, I write how I write, and I'm proud of myself, no matter what anyone says ;)

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Penelope Douglas Thanks for your question, Erin:)

Jared and Tate have endured a lot to be together. Rest easy that he loves Tate very much, and that hasn't changed. He…more
Thanks for your question, Erin:)

Jared and Tate have endured a lot to be together. Rest easy that he loves Tate very much, and that hasn't changed. He doesn't want to be without her. That's not his motivation for leaving.

Right now, we feel what Tate feels. We can't connect the dots between how lost he finds himself and that equating to him having to leave. This is why you'll have that scene again in AFLAME, but it will be from Jared's pov instead. I knew you all would need more insight.

One of the first lessons we learn about love as we grow up is that no matter how good it is, no one can make us love ourselves. We learn that we have to be whole on our own before we can be good for someone else. Tate was holding Jared up, and he knew it was a matter of time before the weight became too much.

These are the growing pains we all have at some point, especially with young love.

I really don't want to say any more at this point. The books should tell the story, not me. But I know many people are sad, so maybe this helps in some way.

Rest assured that Jared will back, and he'll know EXACTLY what he wants. :)

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Bully (Fall Away, #1)

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Rival (Fall Away, #2)

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Until You (Fall Away, #1.5)

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I'm having a special Valentine's Day sale for those of you interested in reading this!!

And for those of you who already bought it and supported right out of the gate, I also have a special Valentine's Day bonus scene coming for you this Friday!! Check back here to see what's happening with Rika and the Horsemen!!

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“I like storms. Thunder torrential rain, puddles, wet shoes. When the clouds roll in, I get filled with this giddy expectation. Everything is more beautiful in the rain. Don't ask me why. But it’s like this whole other realm of opportunity. I used to feel like a superhero, riding my bike over the dangerously slick roads, or maybe an Olympic athlete enduring rough trials to make it to the finish line. On sunny days, as a girl, I could still wake up to that thrilled feeling. You made me giddy with expectation, just like a symphonic rainstorm. You were a tempest in the sun, the thunder in a boring, cloudless sky. I remember I’d shovel in my breakfast as fast as I could, so I could go knock on your door. We’d play all day, only coming back for food and sleep. We played hide and seek, you’d push me on the swing, or we’d climb trees. Being your sidekick gave me a sense of home again. You see, when I was ten, my mom died. She had cancer, and I lost her before I really knew her. My world felt so insecure, and I was scared. You were the person that turned things right again. With you, I became courageous and free. It was like the part of me that died with my mom came back when I met you, and I didn’t hurt if I knew I had you. Then one day, out of the blue, I lost you, too. The hurt returned, and I felt sick when I saw you hating me. My rainstorm was gone, and you became cruel. There was no explanation. You were just gone. And my heart was ripped open. I missed you. I missed my mom. What was worse than losing you, was when you started to hurt me. Your words and actions made me hate coming to school. They made me uncomfortable in my own home. Everything still hurts, but I know none of it is my fault. There are a lot of words that I could use to describe you, but the only one that includes sad, angry, miserable, and pitiful is “coward.” I a year, I’ll be gone, and you’ll be nothing but some washout whose height of existence was in high school. You were my tempest, my thunder cloud, my tree in the downpour. I loved all those things, and I loved you. But now? You’re a fucking drought. I thought that all the assholes drove German cars, but it turns out that pricks in Mustangs can still leave scars.”
Penelope Douglas, Bully

“Yesterday lasts forever.
Tomorrow comes never.
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Penelope Douglas, Bully

“You've already made me cry countless times." I raised my middle finger to him slowly, and asked, "Do you know what this is?" I took my middle finger and patted the corner of my eye with it. "It's me, wiping away the last tear you'll ever get.”
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Mariℓina Happy 2016, filled with love, happiness and a little bit of luck!





message 29: by Sana

Sana Oh My God! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I can't believe that I can talk to the author of one of my favorite books! I was obsessed with Bully and I looked everywhere like a mad woman for any book similar to yours. Not even close to finding one. Please keep on writing- I love reading your books!


NiCoLeTa E. Penelope i'm so happy that you're accepting my friendship... Thank you!!! And thank you very much for the beautiful books that you give us... Yesterday evening i finished Bully and i have no words... I'm so desperately in love with this series... I Will read them all... Now i will start Jared's view of point...


Dawyn.S. Hunter BIG THANK YOU!DISTANCE HIGH FIVE for your a-mazing kick ass books!


message 26: by Ann

Ann Dornan Thanks for adding me! I'm a huge fan! :-)


message 25: by Sydney

Sydney So excited for Rival Penelope! :D I can't wait!

xx
Sydney


message 24: by Nikki

Nikki Lowe Thank you for accepting :D


Mariℓina Wishing you a happy New Year, Penelope!

AND..

It's 2014!!!!! Wear your party hat and let's have a hoot!



Love, health and lots of books to everyone!!!


message 22: by Sydney

Sydney Hey Penelope! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! Your book Bully is my save and grace. I love it so much. :D


Vanessa I luv ur bookz


message 20: by Carrie

Carrie Richardson-horton Loved Bully!! I wrote my review yesterday!! Loved it from start to finish:)


Penelope Douglas Sangria wrote: "Thanks for the friend add, Penelope! Your book totally knocked me out of reality! Almost missed my train stop, late to work, completely went past my bedtime and had me holding my breath at times! I..."

Good to hear! Well, not about you almost missing your train, but you know...:)


message 18: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for the friend add, Penelope! Your book totally knocked me out of reality! Almost missed my train stop, late to work, completely went past my bedtime and had me holding my breath at times! I love Tate and Jared's story! Ahh! I want book two!


Penelope Douglas sʏᴅɴᴇʏ wrote: "Salutations Penelope, thanks for accepting! I can't wait to read your book!"

Great! Thank you!


Penelope Douglas sʏᴅɴᴇʏ wrote: "Salutations Penelope, thanks for accepting! I can't wait to read your book!"

Hope you like it!


Mariℓina Hi Penelope!HAVE THE BEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR!!!

Party All The Time!

And something to get us in the mood!!



Mariℓina
Hi Penelope!


Penelope Douglas Thank you! You too!


Mariℓina
Have a great Friday!


message 11: by Kath (last edited Jul 03, 2013 07:08PM)

Kath I LOVED BULLY! I've been bully when i was in High School, the bully is also an 'old friend' of mine so I really know the feeling of Tate when it comes to Jared. :) I can't wait for Madoc's story! :)


Penelope Douglas Marilina wrote: "
Have a nice Weekend Penelope!! xoxo
Loved your book!"


Thank you!


Mariℓina
Have a nice Weekend Penelope!! xoxo
Loved your book!


Natalie AMAZING! Thank you so much for taking me out of reading slump. ....BULLY had all the elements i love so much in a great YA-NA novel. GREAT plot and writing, GREAT multidimensional characters- Tate was a kick ass heroine, and Jared, OH Jared, in spite of it all I LOVED him, and I knew I would even at the onset...The chemistry between Tate and Jared was soooo good. SO excited to read more about Madoc!!!!


Carolina Dear Penelope,

Thank you so much for accepting my friend request!! OMG!!
I'm still amazed by your book... really!! Definitly one of the bests i've ever read in all my life!! Such a beautiful story... and so well written.
I've tried make a review... but you know in my opinion anything would make justice to a amazing story like this!

BEAUTIFUL PENELOPE! :D

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C-Money You are amazing. Bully has shattered my heart and changed my world. Honestly THE BEST Fing book I've ever read. I will be thinking about this book till the end of time. I'll be re reading it forever and I will tell everyone about it. Thank you for writing it. My review doesn't even do justice.


C-Money You are amazing. Bully has shattered my heart and changed my world. Honestly THE BEST Fing book I've ever read. I will be thinking about this book till the end of time. I'll be re reading it forever and I will tell everyone about it. Thank you for writing it. My review doesn't even do justice.


Dianne Penelope wrote: "Thanks, Dianne! I'm grateful for all the love. I thought for sure I'd get ripped apart!"

Definitely not...it's awesome! You deserve all the love!


Stephanie I'm already wanting more Jared and Tate, I can't help myself I always want more than what I'm given! :) Great book!


Penelope Douglas Thanks, Dianne! I'm grateful for all the love. I thought for sure I'd get ripped apart!


Dianne Hi there! Thanks for being my friend. I have to tell you how much I love Bully. I couldn't get enough of it that I read it within a couple hours. I can't wait for your next book in the series! :)


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