All Shook Up
By Chelsey Krause
Natalie’s world is shaken to its core when she discovers an old photo of a woman who looks like her. Could this woman be related to her birth mother, who put Natalie up for adoption as a baby? When she tracks down the person who dumped the photo album at her thrift shop, she’s shaken again. Especially when the gorgeous fire-fighting guitarist offers to help her find the owner. They quickly become friends – which is all they’ll be, as far as Natalie’s concerned. Her rebellious youth turned her off cheating men, and the new Natalie is looking for true love and a family of her own – something Casey isn’t willing to provide. But how long can Natalie ignore her undeniable attraction to the man with the Irish accent and the broken-down ’57 Chevy?
In Chelsey Krause’s second novel, friends become lovers over a whirlwind summer of rockabilly rhythms, twirling skirts, and a mystery that takes them hilariously far out of their element.
I have to admit that the reason I fell for this book was for the cover and title. This book was surprisingly fun and easy to jump into once I started it. I like the style in which the book was written although it has it’s flaws it was pretty good. The characters are fun and funny. The plot is pretty simple. It’s easy to read and entertaining.
The characters have a pretty good friendship that develops into something more in a pretty cool way, something that feels comes with time and not forced.
This book was fun and a light read. Perfect for beach days or rainy days.
About Chelsey Krause:
Chelsey Krause has a thing for thrift stores and used bookshops. A nurse, wife, Starbucks addict, and mom to two children, she can often be found repurposing other people’s junk or considering whether the library would let her move in. The rest of the time, she’s reviewing for Chicklit Club or writing. All Shook Up is her second novel.
Q&A with Chelsey Krause:
Did you want to be a writer when you were little?
Yes! I started writing short stories when I was about 8 years old, and knew that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.
What inspires you to write?
Inspiration can come from anywhere!
For example: Last week, my husband and I drove home during a storm. Rain pounded the windshield, and we could barely see the highway. At one point, we passed a white car that had pulled over on the side of the road. I had just seen a viral video on Facebook about a woman giving birth in her car, and for some reason, it came to mind. I thought, “What would it be like to give birth in a car, during a storm?” And then, for extra conflict, what if the guy delivering your baby was someone you’d never met before? And then, how did she end up in this guy’s car? And the story develops from there.
Who’s your favorite author?
Impossible to say, I have favorite authors in every genre! A few favorites include Sophie Kinsella, Diana Gabaldon, Chuck Palahniuk, and Clodagh Murphy.
Please describe your book in 3 sentences.
My second book, All Shook Up, is a romantic comedy about a young woman who wants to find her birth mother. It’s also a love story. There is a strong 50s/rockabilly theme; I think of All Shook Up as The Rosie Project meets The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance, with a Grease soundtrack!
What inspired you to write this book?
Once, when I was cruising eBay, I found people that were selling photo albums and old photographs. Two questions immediately came to mind:
1) Who would sell family photo albums? And more importantly…
2) Who would buy them?
I’ve seen similar things at thrift shops, antique stores, etc. Boxes full of random photos; pictures that once meant something, to someone, and are now sitting in a yellowed shoe box, selling for 25 cents apiece.
And it made me think, “Wouldn’t it be weird if you saw a picture of someone you recognized?” And the story came to me: What if you were adopted, and you found a photo of someone who looked exactly like you? Wouldn’t you want to know who this was, and where it came from? And thus, All Shook Up came to life.
Please describe your main character in 3 words.
Curious. Creative. Brave.
What was the most challenging scene for you to write in your book, and why?
The dinner party scene, for some reason. I rewrote it about six times. I wanted to convey a “what’s being said vs what’s really meant” mood. Barbed comments with double meanings, where you’d have to read between the lines. I wanted readers to have a growing sense of unease, and examine how the characters really feel about each other. It was more difficult than I anticipated! Thankfully, I’m pretty happy with the end result.
What is it you hope readers will take away after reading your book?
Mostly, I hope they feel warm and fuzzy when they’re done reading it. I also hope that readers will reflect on self-acceptance and vulnerability. The main character, Natalie, struggles with perfectionism and, consequently, fears that people will reject her when they get to know her. I think this is something many people can relate to. I also hope that readers will reflect on family and the many ways family can look (nuclear, single-parent, adoption, friends as family, etc.).
What are you working on now?
I’ve started working on my third book. It’s about online dating. Several friends of mine have tried online dating and have shared their hilarious (and sometimes disturbing) stories with me. Interestingly, my friends have found that people often lie in their profiles. And I thought, “Well of course they do; they want to present the best versions of themselves possible.” And then I thought, “What if someone wrote a BRUTALLY honest dating profile? One where you reveal all of your worst qualities, your embarrassing history, etc. in order to find someone who will love you not only at your best but also at your worst?”
I’m really looking forward to writing this! Be prepared for some truly awkward, horrific dating stories.
What’s your favorite book?
I have favorite books in all genres. But, I’ll list my top 3 chick lit books here:
Some Girls Do by Clodagh Murphy
A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess
You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
A breeze picks up and a chill settles around me. I pull my knees to my chest and pull the blanket tighter. Casey looks at me from the corner of his eye, and after a beat, he lifts up his arm.
I hesitate for a moment, noticing that my pulse has quickened.
“I know you’re cold,” he says. “You have goosebumps.”
“Umm, yes,” I say, feeling like my tongue is slow and awkward, stumbling over my words. My body feels jittery and cold, as if all the blood has rushed to my heart, and my flesh prickles with an intoxicating mixture of excitement and nervousness. There’s no way I’m admitting that these goosebumps are from being around him.
He tilts his head to the side, inviting me in once more. A shiver passes through me. Probably half from the cold, half from adrenaline. I’m not sure if this is a good idea, but I’m freezing my ass off. I slide over and let him wrap his arm around my body. He pulls the blanket up higher with his free hand and tucks it around us.
“There. Snug as a bug in a rug,” he says.
Casey’s body is incredibly warm. Solid. Reassuring. I catch myself thinking that I wouldn’t mind staying right here for the rest of the night.
“So, did you sleep with her?” I ask casually after my raging hormones have calmed down a little.
“With who?” he asks, sounding genuinely confused.
He laughs. “No, I didn’t. I just walked her back to her trailer and said good night.”
“No good-night kiss?”
“No. She smelled like cigarettes. Yuck.”
It feels like a weight has been lifted off my chest and I can breathe again. The cool night breeze picks up and I shiver. Casey tightens his hold of me.
“Wish I’d brought another blanket,” he mutters.
“I’m glad you didn’t,” I say without thinking.
“Why?” he guffaws.
My heart throbs a quick, panicked pulse. Crap! He can’t know how I feel about him! How can I fix this?
“Oh you know,” I say, my voice sounding high and tinny. “You, uh, wouldn’t want to over pack.”
He grunts, sounding amused. “Okay then…”
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