Hey, my loves! Today I get to share a tour post to promote my most anticipated book of the year. I have been waiting for this book even before it was announced that there was more on the way, because in my heart of hearts there is no way I want Rose and Connor's story to ever end. Today's post is a pretty special one and in my opinion the best tour post on this blog for the Addicted series to date. I love that Krista and Becca go along with my crazy ideas and I can't thank them enough for creating this below because it's seriously just so epic! Proceed with caution though, because this is the kind of hangman you have never seen before ;) Enjoy!
Siiri: Hey you! I’m so glad you could make it. Take a seat, please.
Rose: *crosses ankles* we heard there was a game.
Connor: *settles next to Rose with his arm on the back of her chair* a game with intriguing stakes. An ordinary game usually needs an alteration to become enticing.
Rose: If we’re competing against each other, Richard, you need to remove your arm off my chair.
Connor: So all it takes is my arm on a chair to distract you? *grins*
Rose: *glares* that was not meant as a compliment.
Connor: I think it was.
Rose: *huffs* I don’t have time to watch you inflate your own ego. I need to hear the rules so I can beat you and bring you back to Earth.
Connor: Your goal is a little pointless. I’ve never stepped off Earth. I can brainstorm better goals with you, darling.
Rose: I have a new goal. I’m going to beat you fairly, and you’re going to be swept in sadness by the epic defeat.
Connor: that sounds impossible, but I admire our impossible goals. They keep us motivated. *tilts his head at her* Would you like me to remove my arm so you can concentrate on the rules?
Rose: *glances quickly at his arm* It can stay.
Siiri: Okay, now that we have settled in, let’s get down to business. Today you’re going to play a game—Hangman—but it’ll be a different version of what you may be used to playing. Here you go! *hands them a tablet* You have 3 words to guess by answering to different trivia questions. If you answer right, you’ll see a letter appear in that row of unidentified letters on the tablet. If you answer wrong, you’ll have to say something dirty as in sexy to the other party.
Rose: *stiffens* This seems highly skewed towards my opponent.
Connor: *fingers to his lips, having trouble restraining a grin* let her finish, darling.
Siiri: *tries to contain her own grin* You’ll need to take turns answering and if at any point you feel like you could guess the word right, go ahead, but only when it’s your turn. If you guess the word and it’s a correct answer, you’ll get a unicorn sticker which you’ll have to put somewhere on your body to let the other party know that you’d.. well, like special treatment to it tonight. Let’s call it a tame-ish foreplay.
Connor: We need to substitute the unicorn sticker for something less fantastical and silly. I’d take a heart or a star.
Rose: No substitutes. If I have to speak dirty to you, then there has to be something that makes you irritated. It’s a balance of power.
Connor: If you think it’s fair this way, it can stay.
Siiri: The good news is that I’ll go to the other room and the small amount of blog followers who will hear this podcast with your dialogue will not see the placement of the stickers. No one will see them so don’t hold back! *tries really hard not to smile a goofy smile* Oh, and before I leave the room, whoever wins this game and guesses more words will get to choose the play you’ll be seeing, because Little Pieces of Imagination will gift you two tickets to the opera. Alright, off I go now *points awkwardly to the door* Have fun! *waves*
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Question #1 for Rose: What is the name for the type of Japanese verse form having three lines with 5, 7, and 5 syllables?
Connor: we need to put a time limit on these to make it more challenging. *adjusts watch* we’ll do fifteen seconds, and if you don’t guess by that time, you lose.
Rose: you just want me to speak dirty to you.
Connor: *lips rise* that is a perk, yes.
Rose: *focuses on the blank word* A letter will appear now?
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Rose: *sighs* it’s too early to guess.
Connor: playing it safe, darling?
Rose: I’m playing it smart.
Question #2 for Connor: Which political party were each of these presidents? a) Abe Lincoln—
Rose: *opens purse* I’m going to set a timer on my phone for you.
Connor: I just answered the question before the clock could even start. You don’t need to worry about timing me.
Rose: If you’re timing me on your watch, then I’m definitely timing you...a new letter is filled in.
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Connor: let’s keep going.
Rose: you’re not going to guess either?
Connor: I’m playing it smart too. *grins*
Question #2 for Rose: How many seasons did the show Prison Break have?
Rose: What? I didn’t know this was also pop culture—
Connor: ten seconds left. *his arm slips closer to her shoulders*
Rose: Richard! *swats his arm away*
Connor: five seconds, Rose.
Rose: 2 seasons. *waits for results and Rose sits on the edge of her chair, away from Connor’s arm*
Rose: you’re distracting me.
Connor: you’re not even answering a question right now, and I haven’t even begun to touch you yet.
Rose: *flushes* yet?
Connor: *whispers French*
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Rose: *jerks away from Connor to look closer at the results* an “x” means I got it wrong? No...
(correct answer: 4 seasons)
Connor: speak dirty to me.
Rose: *burns holes into his forehead with her glare* I want to...
Connor: *his lips rise in a self-satisfied grin*
Rose: ...sew your lips together.
Connor: *laughs* that’s all you have, Miss Highest Honors?
Rose: *crosses her arms and rotates more to face him* dirty talk is supposed to turn on the other person, and so I succeeded.
Connor: and you think that you telling me that you’ll sew my lips together turns me on? *leans forward* in what way, Rose?
Rose: *breathes shallowly* tell me I’m lying.
Connor: *grabs her wrist and places it on his crotch* you’re not lying.
Rose: *neck heats and she abruptly moves away from him, putting space between their chairs* I need to concentrate on timing you. *lets out a strong exhale and starts her phone’s timer*
Question #3 for Connor: Which Asian country gained its independence from the United States in 1946?
Rose: thirteen seconds left
Rose: I’m going to laugh when you get a pop culture question soon.
Connor: and how will your laugh sound?
Rose: like triumph in the face of your defeat.
Connor: this must be a rare laugh.
Rose: *raises her hand to shush him* s
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Rose: *presses lips together, silently fumes, knows the word but knows it’s not her turn*
Connor: next question.
Rose: *mouth falls* you’re not going to guess?
Rose: *scrutinizes him with suspicion*
Question #4 for Rose: What is the capital of Estonia?
Connor: nine seconds left
s e r e _ _ i _ i x _
Rose: *answers* Serendipity
Connor: congratulations, darling. *passes her the packet of unicorn stickers* now place one where you’d like special treatment tonight.
Rose: *glares* you’re enjoying my reward way too much. You lost this round, remember.
Connor: I’m remembering that you need to place a sticker on your body.
Rose: *peels one off* *hesitates, not wanting to give into Connor’s desires* *places sticker on the top of her hand*
Connor: Be truthful.
Rose: I am.
Connor: *brow arches* No cheating.
Rose: *burns another hole in his forehead with her glare* Fine. *places the sticker on her forehead* this signifies my brain.
Connor: *tries to contain his grin* I’m already stimulating that part of your body, Rose.
Rose: then I’m asking you to stimulate it more tonight. It’s my reward and I choose this.
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Question #5 for Connor: What is often cited as a Chanel contribution to the fashion lexicon?
Connor: little black dress
Rose: *glares and her eyes flicker to his lips* that should’ve been my question.
Connor: and then I would’ve known this game was heavily biased towards you.
Rose: I suppose that’s true.
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Rose: are you going to guess?
Connor: no, let’s have the next question *hooks his ankle to the leg of Rose’s chair and drags her closer to him*
Rose: *scoots to the edge of her chair again to concentrate*
Question #6 for Rose: This statesman, politician, scholar, inventor, and one of early presidents of USA invented the swivel chair, the spherical sundial—
Rose: Thomas Jefferson
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Rose: *thinks hard*
Connor: *hand caresses the back of her neck*
Rose: ...I don’t know. Yet. I’ll get it in the next round.
Question #7 for Connor: What is Ronald Weasley’s patronus?
Rose: *smiles* ten seconds left.
Connor: *rubs lips in thought* a...dog
Rose: *frowns* be more specific. Seven seconds...
Connor: a...Jack Russell Terrier
Rose: *glares* Since when have you read Harry Potter?
Connor: it’s been on our bookshelf. I don’t like displaying books I’ve never read, so I read it.
Rose: *sighs heavily* those were my copies, you know. I haven’t read them since I was a little girl. I didn’t even know that answer.
Connor: then you should be happy it was directed to me, and that I’m the man playing with you.
Rose: against you. We’re competing, Richard.
Connor: *wraps around her shoulders* if you say so, Rose.
L _ _ _ _ _ h _ _ n
Rose: *eyes widen like she knows the answer again*
Connor: I’m not guessing, so next question.
Rose: *gives him another suspicious look*
Question #8 for Rose: Who won the world cup in football in 2014?
Connor: nine seconds left, Rose.
Rose: *shakes her head repeatedly*
Connor: four seconds.
L x _ _ _ _ h _ _ n
(correct answer: Germany)
Rose: *gives Connor a look, his hand still wrapped around her shoulders* I want to set your body on fire. Give me a match, Richard.
Connor: *looks deeply into her blazing yellow-green eyes* original dirty talk by Rose Calloway Cobalt *leans closer like he’s going to kiss her but then taps the unicorn stickers in her hand* Are you guessing the word or not?
Rose: *straightens up but stays in his clutch* Leprechaun
Rose: *peels off a unicorn sticker* *reaches beneath her dress and quickly places it on her panties*
Connor: *watches, about to raise the hem of her dress to see where the sticker is placed*
Rose: *grabs his wrist* Later. I have a game to win first.
Connor: And later, you won’t be the one restraining me. *untangles her hand from his wrist and threads their fingers together*
THIRD (AND FINAL) WORD
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Question #9 for Connor: Why were all the cars black when Ford first started making cars?
Connor: the paint dried faster than any other color
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Question #10 for Rose: French chemists Marie and Pierre Curie discovered what chemical element?
Connor: eleven seconds left.
Connor: why do you sound confused?
Rose: I didn’t. *raises chin* I said radium.
Connor: *grins* good job, darling.
Rose: are you letting me win? Because if you are—
Connor: that was a question directed to you. How could I let you win, Rose? You knew the answer on your own.
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Question #11 for Connor: What is Scarlet Witch’s real name and also name two Avengers team members who have trained her?
Rose: *smiles* eight seconds left.
Connor: I think her name is Wanda...Maximoff but I’m unsure about the other too.
Rose: three seconds...two...one. You lose.
s _ _ _ _ e x _ _ e
(correct answer: Captain America & Hawkeye)
Connor: *faces Rose and tucks a strand of hair behind her ear*
Rose: dirty talk doesn’t mean you have to touch me, you know...
Connor: but you love when I touch you, and I love when I touch you. *hand clutches the back of her head and he leans in, his lips brushing her ear* I’m going to ram hard between your legs and come deep inside of you, Rose.
Rose: *chest falls shallowly* ...okay, punishment enacted *clears throat and presses thighs together tightly* Next question...
Question #12 for Rose: What two French word-phrase describes that beautiful era of artistic and cultural refinement in France at the beginning of the 20th century?
Rose: belle epoque
s _ r _ r e x _ r e
Rose: *looks closer* Is this in English?
Connor: *fingers to his jaw in contemplation* I’m not sure...
Rose: *waves for the next question*
Question #13 for Connor: Who invented the BALLPOINT PEN?
Connor: Biro Brothers
*both eagerly await the new word*
s u r _ r e x _ r e
Rose: *inhales sharply as though she knows the answer again*
Connor: *relaxes* next question.
Rose: *glares* You know this. I know you know this. I’m sure of it.
Connor: how can you be so sure?
Rose: because I’ve been around you long enough to know that if I know the answer nine times out of ten, you do too. And you couldn’t have not known all three words and I did. You’re cheating.
Connor: I’m winning the game.
Rose: you’re losing. I’m winning.
Connor: answer the next question, Rose.
Rose: *sighs heavily*
Question #14 for Rose: "A true friend stabs you in the front."
s u r p r e x _ r e
Rose: *stares directly at Connor* you’re waiting for me to answer the word correctly. Just admit it.
Connor: I’ll admit that I’m waiting for you to finish your turn, and that I know it’s impossible for you not to give an answer to this word when you’re one-hundred percent certain of the correct response.
Connor: *smiles* French for “surprise” *motions to the stickers*
Rose: I won, but so did you. You never wanted to put the stickers on your body, and you’d rather know where I wanted to be touched. So you were playing a different game than me this whole time. *peels off a sticker from the packet*
Connor: Yes. *lips rise*
Rose: *with narrowed eyes, places the sticker over her lips*
Connor: *slowly peels the sticker off her forehead. Holding the back of her head, he kisses her once in the same place, and then he slowly peels off the sticker on her lips*
Rose: *breathless* Connor...
Connor: *catches her lip between his teeth before kissing her powerfully, her whole body responding against him* *whispers against her cheek* We’ve both won.
*note from Siiri: trivia question sources in addition to my own brain: x, x*
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Released: April 3rd, 2015
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*Purchase links not available until April 3rd*
About the book
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Released: April 3rd, 2015
Add it: Goodreads
*Purchase links not available until April 3rd*
Protect your family. At all costs.It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.
Protect your family. At all costs.At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.
Protect your family. At all costs.And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then?
Protect your family. At all costs.Love will guide his choices.
For the first time in his life.
PS. The Calloway Sisters series can be read as a separate series, but it's even more enjoyable as a part of the Additced series. The full recommended reading order of both series can be seen on the the twins' tumblr page here.
Meet the authors
Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.
They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.