30 Mar 2018

#BlogTour: MY FRESHMAN YEAR OF FABULOUS by Jennifer DiGiovanni // #GuestPost + #Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for


I have a Guest Post for you today from the author so you can learn more about the book. At the bottom of the post is a giveaway so make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom. But first, let's learn more about the book!


Author: Jennifer DiGiovanni
Series: School Dayz #4
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: March 30, 2018


When Avery Thornton needs to escape a first day of school disaster, she ducks into an equipment room to hide and meets someone else who’s also having a really bad day. Eli Fields just got demoted to third string on the football team, a sport he doesn’t even really want to play.

On the hunt for a dance partner before her competition season begins, Avery discovers Eli’s secret, non-football life outside of school. She thinks he could be the dance partner she’s dreamed about. But Eli wants no part of dancing with Avery. When someone else steps in as Avery’s partner for competitions, she and Eli begin practicing steps “just for fun.” 

But, is that really all that Eli wants? 

And although Avery has found a perfect partner, she’s learning that perfection doesn’t necessarily equal happiness.

5 Best/Worst Parts about Writing in the Same Universe

Hi Books and Ladders! Thanks for joining the blog tour for My Freshman Year of Fabulous. This is the final book in the School Dayz series and I’ve been writing in the same high school universe since book one. Although the main characters change in each story, I’ve tried to bring back familiar faces by rotating through a circle of friends. In some ways, this has made developing a series easier for me. Here are my 5 best parts about writing in the same universe:


I get to write about what happens after the HEA! Although YA romances end with a happily ever after (or happy for now), I like to show how couples deal with the post-we-just-fell-in-love stage. The couples shift to the background in future stories, but you can still see how they’re growing in their relationship (or not.)

Familiar Setting. 

It’s easier to imagine the setting in my head when I’ve already worked through the universe in previous books. This gives me more time to focus on other aspects of the book, such as character development and plot.

POV Switches. 

If I write a book from one character’s POV, it’s always fun to circle back in a later book and show what the other characters think about my previous main character. For example, the second book in the series is told by Melinda, who I wrote as an antagonist in the first book. But, Melinda had reasons for acting the way she did, although they weren’t revealed in the first story. So, although Sadie, the POV character in book one, tended to describe Melinda based on their rivalry, Melinda didn’t necessarily think of the situation in the same way.

Plot sparks. 

When I sit down to write the next book, I look for ideas in previous books to help me spark the next plotline. For example, Colette’s interest in math and STEM was mentioned in book one and she became my STEM club leader in book three. And Mila’s love of baking drove her to eventually participate in a teen chef competition in My Super Important Summer Internship.

It’s hard to say goodbye!

When you’re staying in the same universe, you don’t need to say goodbye right away. I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to stick with these characters and see their stories through to what feels like a natural conclusion.

If you have any questions about writing a series, I’d be happy to answer them! You can contact me me on my website, jenniferdigiovanni.com. I’m also on twitter and Instagram at @jendwrites. 
Jennifer DiGiovanni is a freelance writer and YA author of the School Dayz series. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, working on home design projects, or trying to meet the daily goals on her Fitbit. She also likes to try new sports and activities, from archery to ballroom dancing, with varying degrees of success.

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