If you've been under a rock or never been to this blog before, you have no idea how much I'm rooting for this book, and for this author. All Lined Up is the first novel in the Rusk University series by Cora Carmack, and Cora's 4th full length published novel. These are in a new, refreshing genre - New Adult - geared towards women who get tired of the cheesy romances but still love their book boyfriends. My review can be found HERE.
I've been lucky enough to give you a one on one with Dallas and Carson (the two key players in ALL LINED UP), so sit back and get ready to laugh because these two never stop with the shenanigans.
Thanks for joining us today guys, we are so happy to talk with you before you turn all uber famous and get too big for us! I know you guys are getting pretty busy, so let's jump on in!
Q: Let's start with some basics. Carson, Dallas - if you could use three words to describe each other's personalities, what would they be?
Dallas: Determined, thoughtful, funny.
Carson: Feisty, honest, intelligent.
Q: And now, if you could use three more words to describe each other's best physical traits, what would they be?
Dallas: Smile. Arms. OMGMUSCLES.
Dallas: That's only one word, honey.
Carson: Really sexy legs.
Q: Now, answer for yourselves: Which one of you is the most easy going? How about the most proud (but I really mean stubborn)?
Carson: I'd say I'm probably more easy-going, and Dallas is a little more....strong willed.
Dallas: I AM NOT STUBBORN.
Carson: So there you go.
Q: Who's got the cleanest room?
Carson: Definitely her.
Q: Speaking of dirty rooms, what's the weirdest thing in your refrigerator right now Carson? Weirdest thing in your nightstand at the moment, Dallas?
Dallas: He refrigerates his peanut butter!! Isn't that the weirdest thing you've ever heard?
Carson: Okay, lots of people refrigerate peanut butter. It keeps it fresher, longer.
Dallas: And makes it completely impossible to spread.
Carson: Whatever. I'd say the weirdest thing in my refrigerator right now is -
Dallas. A body.
Carson: Stop it! The body is in the freezer. No, I'm totally kidding. It would probably be leftovers or something.
Dallas: I don't really keep weird things in my night stand.
Carson: Sure, you don't.
Dallas: *elbows him*
Q: If you guys could trade bodies with each other for a day, would you? Why or Why not?
Dallas: This question feels inherently dirty.
Carson: Hell yes.
Dallas: *rolls eyes* And it just got dirtier.
Carson: That sounds like a challenge, baby.
Dallas: It's really not.
Carson: Too late. I'm already creating a list.
Dallas: For an imaginary body swap that will never happen?
Carson: Ssh! I'm brainstorming.
Q: What do each of you consider your greatest achievement to date?
Carson: I'd say Dallas's greatest achievement has got to be--
Dallas: Hey! No spoilers.
Carson: Well then... That time she wanted to do that thing even though her Dad wouldn't approve, but she did it anyway.
Dallas: You're not talking about going out with you, are you?
Carson: I wasn't, but you're right. That's a better answer.
Dallas: *rolls eyes*
Carson: I know catching you was definitely my greatest accomplishment.
Dallas: Aw. Well, now I feel like a jerk for rolling my eyes.
Carson: As you should, Cole. As you should.
Q: Carson: Boxers or Briefs? (Sorry Dallas)
Carson: Boxer briefs, for the best of both worlds.
Q: Favorite thing about Rusk University?
(Simultaneously) Carson: Her. Dallas: Him.
Carson: The Team is pretty great too. And the quesadillas in the dining hall. And the cookies.
Q: Do you guys ever google yourselves? What are you surprised to read?
Dallas: Most of the things that pop up are in connection with my dad and his many coaching accolades. A couple of youtube videos from dance competitions, all of which are mortifying.
Carson: How have I not googled you yet? *pulls out phone*
Dallas: Seriously? *snatches phone* Next question, please!
Q: Do either of you have any hidden talents? (that you can share in public)
Dallas: I can give you a synopsis of the plot of every episode of Saved By the Bell.
Carson: She can, and will, whether you want her to or not.
Dallas: I'M SO EXCITED....I'M SO EXCITED....I'M SO....SCARED....
Carson: I don't think I have any hidden talents, actually.
Dallas: At least not ones that are appropriate to share with the interwebs.
Q: Do either of you have tattoos? If so, what of and where at? If not, are there any you'd want to get?
Dallas: I went with Stella when she got hers, does that count?
Carson: I don't have one, but I'm not opposed to the idea.
Dallas: I'm not opposed to the idea of a tattoo, but I AM opposed to the idea of needles coming in contact with my skin for prolonged amounts of time. No thank you.
Q: If you guys could tell readers anything about your story, or yourself - what would it be? Why should they read about you?
Dallas: I'm sure Carson's fangirls could give you lots of reasons.
Carson: As head fangirl, why don't you?
Dallas: No pressure. Well, I'd just say that I'm pretty stubborn. And I couldn't resist this guy, so I bet you won't be able to either. He's sweet and good and incredibly gorgeous--
Carson: We almost done here? I'm feeling to need to go somewhere private and be very sweet and good to my girl.
Dallas: He also has no shame, and loves to make me blush. So... I guess that's another reason to read.
Q: We'll wrap it up with something fun:
Look at each other and say the first word that comes to mind - then tell us why that word came to mind.
Dallas: I'm working really hard not to roll my eyes.
Carson: *tugs her closer* Those words are pretty self-explanatory, right? So I can go makes her eyes roll back for a different reason?
Dallas: Like I said... No shame.
Thanks for dropping in today, we really appreciate it - can't wait for people to fall face first into your awesomeness.
Carson: *drags Dallas away*
Dallas: Thanks for having--
Like I said. Shenanigans. Worth it. Hilarious. Buy All Lined Up to read more and have even MORE fun. (if that's possible)
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.
In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.
Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.
But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.
Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.
Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.
And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.
About Cora Carmack:
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
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