Mia moves from the shadows to the spotlight when her matchmaking plans go awry in this contemporary M!X novel from the author of 30 Days of No Gossip.
Mia is used to feeling overlooked: her perfect older sister gets all the attention at home, and the popular clique at school are basically experts at ignoring her. So when it’s time for the annual Student Council chocolate rose sale, Mia is prepared to feel even worse. Because even though anyone can buy and send roses to their crushes and friends, the same (popular) people always end up with roses while everyone else gets left out.
Except a twist of fate puts Mia in charge of selling the roses this year—and that means things are going to change. With a little creativity, Mia makes sure the kids who usually leave empty-handed suddenly find themselves the object of someone’s affection. But her scheme starts to unravel when she realizes that being a secret matchmaker isn’t easy—and neither is being in the spotlight.
Stephanie writes fantastic middle grade books, and 25 Roses is available now. I am so excited to welcome her to the blog today! Let’s jump right in.
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1. How would you say Mia in 25 Roses differs from Maddie in 30 Days of No Gossip?
In 30 Days of No Gossip, Maddie was the center of attention as the book began. Everything changed when her best friend dared her to go 30 days without gossiping. She had to eventually change something about herself that was creating a rift between her and her best friend.
Mia, on the other hand, is very idealistic. She sees some students being left out of something that brings a lot of happiness to other students. At the same time, she wants to be noticed. Like the kids she helps, she also is left out of the big rose sale every year. By helping others, she’s able to at least be noticed for a change.
2. When you finish a novel, how do you celebrate?
I never celebrate finishing a novel. I guess I should! I usually celebrate by sending it off to my agent. When I sell a new book, we go out to dinner and toast my new success. I can drag that celebration out for a week!
3. Both of your covers are amazing. How much input do you have in the process, and did they go through a lot of changes before becoming the final versions?
Thank you! I provided basic information about the characters. They also said I could name anything important that shouldn’t be left out. I remember saying that if roses are on the cover, they should be the chocolate ones covered in foil that are sold around Valentine’s Day. Other than that, I don’t see the cover until the final version arrives in my email for approval.
4. Can you share a favorite line or moment with us from 25 Roses?
My favorite moment happens toward the end and I don’t want to give anything away! So I’ll just say it’s the scene outside the school during the lock in!
5. The concept for this book makes me want chocolate. What’s your favorite type of chocolate?
I love the chocolate-peanut butter combination. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are probably my absolute favorite! Right now I’m addicted to peppermint hot cocoa, though.
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Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.
Stephanie is the author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, both with Aladdin M!x. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive.
Thank you so much for joining me today, Stephanie!! And congrats on the release of 25 Roses!
In celebration of the release of 25 Roses, Stephanie is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, a chocolate long-stemmed rose (yum), and an autographed copy of her book!