Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY: Good by S. Walden

Good by S. Walden

Cadence Miller is a good girl. She just happens to make one terrible mistake her junior year in high school which costs her ten months in juvenile detention. Now a senior, she’s lost everything: her best friend, the trust of her parents, driving privileges, Internet access. It’s a lonely existence.

But there is one bright spot: Mark Connelly, her very cute, very off-limits 28-year-old calculus teacher. She falls hard for him—a ridiculous schoolgirl crush headed nowhere. She can’t help it. He’s the only good thing at Crestview High. She doesn’t expect him to reciprocate her feelings. How inappropriate, right? But he does. And he shows her.

And that’s when her life goes from bad to good.


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1.    refuse to allow (something).

"environmental laws forbid alteration of the coast"
synonyms:  prohibit, ban, outlaw, make illegal, veto, proscribe, disallow, embargo, bar, debar, interdict; Moreenjoin, restrain 
"the law forbids gender discrimination"
2.    order (someone) not to do something.

"I was forbidden from leaving Russia"
synonyms:  prohibit, ban, outlaw, make illegal, veto, proscribe, disallow, embargo, bar, debar, interdict; Moreenjoin, restrain 
"the law forbids gender discrimination"

Cadence Miller is a 17 year old senior in high school. She is all about being “Good” and always follows the rules. One night Cadence goes to a party and she makes a terrible mistake. A disastrous mistake. A “big mistake”. One that makes her lose the trust from her parents, her best friend, and any friends she has at school.  She is sent to juvie for months and is required to serve community service as well. No longer is she viewed as the “good” girl she always strived to be.

While doing her community service, she meets Mark, otherwise known as “Midnight in a Pefect World.” Little does she know this meeting will change her life.

She returns to school and is she is bullied, tortured, and ridiculed.
She is labeled a “criminal”. She enters her calculus class and there stands Mr. “Midnight in a Perfect World”. Mr. Connelly is every students dream come true. He is incredibly hot and oh so DREAMY! Why didn’t I have a math teacher like that?!?

 I do not condone a relationship between a teacher and a student, but my morals went out the window with Mark and Cadence. Unfortunately, you cannot control who you fall for. The chemistry between them can’t be ignored.

I was cheering and rooting for them throughout the novel. I needed them together. He was perfect for her; made her feel wanted, cherished, and special. 

 “Those are always the best love stories,”“Which ones?”“The dangerous ones.”

Cadence confides in Fanny, an older patron from the diner. They have intense conversations and she teaches Cadence lessons on life.  They discuss love; whether it is a choice or a feeling. When they discuss her feelings about Mark, Fanny shares some wise words.

“Love comes in all kinds of packages. Some are neatly tied up, and some are messy. It doesn’t mean that the messy ones aren’t every bit as good.”“Good?”“Yes, good.”

Throughout the book you are feeling the guilt that Cadence and Mark experience. They try to fight the pull they feel. The guilt is always there, but once again, love is a powerful emotion.

“I love your goodness. I love that you have a good heart.”“I love you, Cadence,” he whispered into my ear. “I never stopped loving you.”

I loved this book. I felt kind of guilty for loving it as much as I do. Honestly, if my daughter told me she was in love with her math teacher who was 10 year older than her, I think I would die. But as I said, you can’t control who you fall in love with. Fate has other plans.

I am so ready for Better. It can’t come soon enough. S. Walden has found a forever reader. She blew me away and I can’t get enough!!! 

About the Author

S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.

She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at and visit her website at to get up-to-date information on her current projects.

twitter username  @swaldenauthor
Goodreads Page

 GRANDPRIZE includes: Signed paperback of Good, DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing… CD. the notes that Mark and Candace wrote to one another, Amazon Gift Card and an iTunes Gift Card (since music is a heavy theme in the novel)

 2 winners will receive signed paperbacks of Good

Find Mark Connelly Book Cover Contest

Fans, I need your help! I cannot find a picture of the perfect Mark Connelly to go on my cover of BETTER. I've given up and am handing the matter over to you. Here' the deal: find me a picture of Mark and you may win a signed copy of both GOOD and BETTER. Oh yeah, and you'll be acknowledged on the copyright page of BETTER, too!

The Rules:

1. ONE submission per person. Email me THE LINK to your perfect pic at (I gotta know where to purchase it)
2. The pic must be a stock photo with a model release (pics on sites like and have model releases. They actually say it.).

Contest will run from 9/30 – 10/21.  Make sure you get your submissions in before 12 A. M. on 10/21.

He's out there. I know it. Now someone find him for me! Emoji

Note: I reserve the right to cancel this contest at any time if I stumble across the perfect pic. I don't think that's gonna happen, though.


  1. I like to hold a real book in my hand and turn the pages..

  2. I read both because they both have their good points. I love print books but when traveling an e-reader is a lot more convenient.

  3. digital reader now but have lots of paper books

  4. I am both, I love to read do not care what form the book is in.

  5. I do a little of both. I like how convenient an ereader is when you just pick it up or lay it down. I also like the 'instant' delivery so you don't have to wait on for the shipping time while waiting on an anticipated new release. At the same time I like the old fashion print version as well when I'm reviewing- I guess it leaves me with a small 'trophy' for what I have read and I have something to put on my shelf! Either way, for convenience I like my ereader which is the basic Kindle. I have a desktop, laptop and a smartphone so I didn't see the need for the Kindle Fire.

    ~ Stephanie's Book Shelf

  6. Jennifer,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Good. I loved your review! And thank you for participating in my tour.

    xo Summer

  7. lol old school paperback reader bc i haven't got ereader and i love the smell of new books :)

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  9. Love the cover of your book and it sounds wonderful as well. And I'm an old fashioned give me a book in my hands.

  10. I will buy a paperback before an ebook. Unless it's only available in ebook or the paperback costs so much more than the ebook.

  11. I prefer paperback because there is nothing like the feeling of a great book in your hands. But I'm becoming addicted to digital as well!

    ~Veronica Vasquez~

  12. I prefer a real book but when I'm traveling it's my kindle all the way. Also, if the book is really heavy, then I prefer my kindle.

  13. ALWAYS a paperback reader!! I keep all the books I read. I have a really good collection of them and I absolutely love them all!! Thank you so much for having such an amazing and very generous giveaway!!

  14. Digital reader mostly, but I still love a great read in paperback!

  15. I prefer digital books, especially when I have to read bulky textbooks.

  16. I want to be able to gain the book, really it is very difficult to achieve that his books come to my country, serious an honor and pleasure to have in my hands his book.