Monday, October 22, 2018

Can Dreams Come True? by Krysten Lindsay Hager - Book Tour and Giveaway

Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?


Andrew sat back and nodded. “Well, Dimitri got the song, you know? He understood what I was looking for—a relationship where two people understand each other on a spiritual level. You know, where their souls connect. Make sense?” 

“Yeah, is that what you have with your girlfriend?” I asked hoping it didn’t look like I as phishing for info on who he was dating. 

He shook his head. “Nah, I’ve never had anything like that before. But it’s the ultimate idea though, you know? How about you?”

“No, never,” I said and then I felt guilt wash over me. “I mean, I’ve had deep connections with people—just not what you’re talking about or what Dimitri said—the whole deep mystical thing.” 

Andrew stared at me and I felt like he was looking into my soul. “Sometimes it feels like it’s impossible to get that connection with anybody. Or you think you’re halfway there and they say they get you, but then something happens and you know they weren’t as deep into it as you were—or at least as deep as you were hoping. That’s the inspiration for next song I’m working on. It’s about when you want to believe so badly that you have a soul connection, then something happens and you realize it was just another superficial relationship. That’s the title: Just Another Superficial Relationship.” 

“Wow, I can’t wait to hear it.” 

“I can sing you the chorus if you want,” he said. 

Holding my breath, I tried to be cool and not squeal with delight that my favorite singer was about to not only sing for me, but let me hear an unreleased song. This was like a dream come true and it made me question if I hadn’t indeed fallen into the water and hit my head on some rocks, and was now either dreaming this in a coma somewhere or this was my own personal version of heaven. I felt guilty for inwardly gushing over Andrew when I had a boyfriend. But this wasn’t about me being interested in going out with Andrew. It would never happen anyway. This was just me meeting my crush who happened to be a singer, who I felt understood my feelings more than anyone else. 

Andrew sang the chorus and a warmth washed over me. The song was perfect—the yearning, the longing—I had experienced all of it myself. It was like he had taken all my innermost thoughts and somehow put them into words. 

“Amazing,” I said. My whole body was warm as my mind raced. Was I actually sitting here with him and having him trust me enough to share a new song? This was beyond anything I had dreamt of happening today.


What should readers expect when they pick up your book?

A sweet romance that’s funny and relatable. It’s a pop star romance that feels like maybe the girl next door could find her soul mate in her favorite singer.

What inspired you to write this book?

I had singer/songwriters who I really connected with when I was younger who I also had crushes on, so I wanted to explore the idea of getting to meet your ultimate favorite singer and find out he likes you back. I wanted to write about what that would be like and how awkward it could be. It was a lot of fun to write those scenes.

What exciting story are you working on next?

I’m working on the sequel to Can Dreams Come True? It’s been a journey as the Andrew character went in a different direction than I thought he would!

What are four things you can’t live without?

My TV—I’m a complete TV addict. It calms me down. My Kindle—I love to read before bed. My phone—I call my mom several times a day. Tea- the day feels off without having a cup of tea.

Favorite place to read?

I like to read in bed before I go to sleep. I love reading those newer Nancy Drews. The only downside is I tend to need to finish them before I can go to bed so I stay up too late.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I would like to live in a little beach cottage by Lake Michigan. 

Anything else you might want to add? 

While working on this story my childhood crush, George Michael, died, and it really threw me. I had to take time off from the story because he was such an inspiration to the story. In the end, I found an interview where he said when he lost his mom it was hard for him to write and I was dealing with losing my own parent, so it kind of inspired me to keep going with the story. 


About the Author

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, and Can Dreams Come True? True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist.

Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on the talk show Living Dayton.

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