So I thought my next blog tour wouldn’t be until September 1st but I found myself requesting to be in this one! This blog tour is being hosted by the author and I managed to get a short but hopefully fun Q&A session~
Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss ● Publication Date: August 16, 2018
Elena Mendez has always been career-first; with only two semesters of law school to go, her dream of working as a family lawyer for children is finally within reach. She can’t afford distractions. She doesn’t have time for love.
And she has no idea how much her life will change, the day she lends her notes to Cora McLaughlin.
A freelance writer and MBA student, Cora is just as career-driven as Elena. But over weeks in the library together, they discover that as strong as they are apart, they’re stronger together. Through snowstorms and stolen moments, through loneliness and companionship, the two learn they can weather anything as long as they have each other–even a surprise visit from Elena’s family.
From solitude to sweetness, there’s nothing like falling in love. College may be strict…but when it comes to love, Cora and Elena are ahead of the learning curve.
When I saw that Ceillie was looking to find some bloggers for the Learning Curves blog tour, I knew I had to try getting in. It’s been a while now that I’ve come to identify as bisexual but I’ve never really read a book with a lesbian couple. And while I’m normally not a HUGE fan of contemporary (I read it, I just don’t prefer it) novels, I had a feeling this is where the majority of f/f reads would be. Was I right? I’m not sure but I found this book so I must not be too off track!
This book really had me interested from the first few pages. I just really liked how Elena described Cora and no lie, if Cora had been in my class, I think I’d consider her cute as well! I loved their initial interaction and even after, it was all just completely sweet. I mentioned that after reading this I had to go read some zombie slaying novel. So if you like the fluff and cute, this is definitely one you’ll enjoy
But I also had a couple “issues” with the story. I’m just used to reading books with heavy narration or at least a good balance between narration and dialogue. In Learning Curves, most of the book is dialogue, which makes it hard to imagine the space the characters inhabit and what they’re doing. There was also a lot of food bonding, which is really a hit or miss. For me, it was a miss. Yes, I loved how Elena and Cora were cooking together and bonding, but I think there was a lot of time spent on explaining the recipes, especially for a book of this size (it’s a really short read). I sort of wish we’d spent most of that time just with the characters and getting to see more of their interaction.
The book does span about three months and I really loved how it took that long for them to get together. We could obviously tell that Elena and Cora liked each other but we got to see them in the pre-dating phase, which all novels seem to forget exists. One other thing I really enjoyed in this book was the Spanish dialogue. While I’m not Puerto Rican, I am a Spanish speaker and it was nice to read those few sentences. I can’t really say much about how that works for someone who doesn’t know Spanish since there wasn’t an “in case you don’t know what’s going on, here’s a translation” section.
Overall, I wasn’t completely in love with this book but I did enjoy reading it. In fact, I had a dumb smile on my face the entire time and even chuckled a couple times.
And now that you guys are done with my little review there, I thought I’d make things a little fun! I’ve only ever done like two interviews and I tend to struggle on what kind of questions to ask. This time though, I decided to do a bit of a quirky Q&A session. It’s nothing really related to the book or Ceillie per se, but we will get to know a few fun facts about her 😉
Just like last time, my text will be in orange and Ceillie’s will be in blue, enjoy!!
Ceillie Simkiss is a queer writer of all stripes based in southern Virginia. She is also a blogger, public relations professional, and freelance writer. She has bylines at sites like Culturess, Global Comment, and Let’s Fox About It, in addition to her self-published novella Learning Curves
She started writing fiction as an escape from her day job as a small town journalist, and has been at it ever since, with the support of her partner, her dog and her cats.
First thing first! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your favorite genres to read? What’s your favorite color? Spoon or fork? Blankets or pillows?
Hello, everybody! My name is Ceillie, and it’s pronounced like Kaylee! My favorite color is blue – there isn’t a single shade of blue that I don’t adore!
I prefer forks, because they’re easier to actually get food into my mouth with! More food = more fun!
If I had to pick one, it would definitely be blankets because you can use them to create a pillow for yourself! There’s no replacing the weight of a good blanket, though.
If you could be any mythical creature, what would you be and why?
I would be a bauchan, which is basically a domestic hobgoblin from a lot of Scottish stories. They’re mischevious, stubborn AF, like to haunt people, and are occasionally dangerous. These are all things I either am or would like to be. (Sadly, I lack the ability to haunt people and am not perceived as dangerous except when I drive.) But, if you were ever in great need and they learned of it, they’re more than likely to help you, which is great. Plus, they’re often able to shapeshift, so I’d be able to turn into a fox!
Congrats! You are now a the Bauchan Hero! It’s time to create a Special Move. What would it be called and what would it consist of?
My special move would be called the Logical Fallacy – Bauchan’s are famous for being stubborn as hell, and I would argue with my opponent, making them so angry because my argument is based entirely in fallacies. This would allow my companions to actually fight the enemy!
It’s time to go into battle. What is your Hero theme song and who are the two other heroes at your side?
Best Day of My Life by the American Authors is my theme song – and my two best friends are my companions, kicking ass and taking names!
There’s been a warp in the space-time continuum and your alter ego, who is trying to rule ALL worlds, is now Earth’s Biggest Threat. They are somehow immune to your Special Move, what’s your team’s plan of action?
Honestly, pepper spray is always a good option for incapacitation.
It’s the day after Earth’s Biggest Threat was defeated. You’re nice and snuggled up in bed when your Mighty Hero Phone goes off. You answer it and then bolt out of bed. What was the call about?
Someone bought me donuts!
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
Since I’m closer to the end of the tour, there won’t be many links to add but I’ll definitely come back if I’m missing any! This tour is much shorter than some of the others I’ve been in but the content is just as great 🙂 Also, if you’re interested in getting yourself a copy of this book, definitely check out Novel Ink’s post!
August 7 – Ceillie Writes About Asexuality (Guest Post) via May Contain Spoilers
August 8 – Interview with Ceillie about neurodivergence and literary influences in the context of Learning Curves via Sunbow Publications
August 10 – Review & e-Book Giveaway via Novel Ink
August 12 – Inspiration for Learning Curves (Guest Post) via Writing Rosa
August 13 – Review via BookNerdReads
August 14 – Review & Q&A via Crimson Talks
August 15 – Guest Post via Nicole Field
August 16 – Roundup post via Candid Ceillie!
And that is all for this tour stop. I hope you guys enjoyed what I had to say in my review and the Q&A session with Ceillie. Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s reviews and other fun posts! Thanks for stopping by~
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