Guest Post by Vanessa M. Knight
The Makeup Test is Parker’s book. And honestly, it was by far the most fun to write. Don’t tell the other books. I don’t want them to get a complex. Parker has always been fun to write even when she was a bit player in the other books. She’s attitude and snark and take no prisoners.
She says the things we all want to say, but generally don’t because we try to abide by a common decency. But that’s what makes her fun. She tells it how it is, no matter how it may sound. And she doesn’t do it with venom—except maybe with her rival—Gabi. With Gabi and her boyfriend stealing ways, it’s all about the venom.
The idea for the book came about two years ago. I had started mapping out additional Ritter University series’ stories and had pictured this blond with a bad attitude, who hated science, lovingly pouring solutions into beakers to make her very own make-up collection. Parker. I put the idea to the side and then went on about life.
A few weeks later, I was watching Breaking Bad, with all the tubes and vials. And the lightbulb knocked me upside the head. That was Parker—minus the yellow hazmat suits and complexity of tubes and, you know, the whole drug thing. But what if they thought she was making drugs? Wouldn’t that knock her down a peg or two?
And an idea was born. Blue-blood Parker was going to get pinched by the cops. Worse. She was going to fall in love with a cop, Cade. A blue-collar, tattoo wearing cop. A man. Not someone who played games. Not someone who was afraid of her or her father.
I found Cade by accident. I originally was going to have him be the teacher’s assistant. It sounded fun. But it didn’t make sense. Why would the T.A. push her? He’d still be an intellectual—in her uptight little mind—an equal.
No. She needed someone who was the opposite of what she wanted. She needed someone to spin her world on its axis. Someone like Cade. And voila, the newbie cop who gets the biggest make-up bust in town history was born. And no, his coworkers have assured him, he will never live that embarrassment down.
The book was born of trial and error—and many hours of “research” watching Breaking Bad—but once the ideas started flowing, they wouldn’t stop. And I loved every minute of getting to know Parker and Cade, and I hope you like them too.
The Makeup Test
Vanessa M. Knight
Publication date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Parker Breckinridge is a sophomore in college and already running her own internet cosmetics business. She doesn’t apologize for her successes—or anything else. She’s worked hard to get what where she is. She’s had to. It’s not like there was anything else in her life, despite her rich family.
Cade Adler doesn’t do relationships—especially relationships with uptight princesses. Been there. Done that. Destroyed the T-shirt. Besides, what with working full-time as a police officer and going to school, who has time for women? Not him.
With his tattoos and overall attitude, Cade is exactly what Parker doesn’t need. And between her father’s money and her piss-poor attitude, Parker is exactly what Cade doesn’t need.
So why is it they can’t stay apart?
Vanessa M. Knight has always enjoyed writing and once she found romance, she was addicted. She props her laptop in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son and menagerie of 4-pawed, claw-babies (AKA cats and dogs.) That laptop has partnered-in-crime to write contemporary romances with a dash of humor and splash of snark.
When she has a few moments to spare, you can find her singing off key (but she assures us it’s still considered singing), reading, kickboxing or killing a few brain cells as she stares at the many sitcoms and dramas available through the Internet and TV.
For more information on Vanessa, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at www.vanessamknight.com.
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