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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Author Guest Post: Samantha March, Author of Destined To Fail

In association with AToMR Book Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews welcomes Samantha March, author of  Destined To Fail!

Deleted Scenes From Jasmine's Journal in Destined To Fail

Dear Journal,
I don’t really understand why we have to write in these things. Is the teacher really going to read this? Can the school expect us to write our true feelings knowing the teacher will read it, judge us, then grade us? They must be crazy. I probably should go back and erase those first lines now that I think about it.

So, school. It’s my fourth day as a freshman at Irving. Abby has been acting strange since we got here. I don’t know what her issue is, but I wish she would cheer up already. We’re in college! There’s people everywhere and we got these fancy planners from the school and there are just enough guys for Abby to be on the lookout for. Mostly girls in this school, but I’ve seen a few cute guys milling about. Surely we can find someone to replace Jason.

I was invited to a party this weekend by a girl on my floor. Her name is Cari Ryan, and she seems like a big partyer. It’s at some dorms at a college close to here, but I’m not going to go. Abby and I are going back home. Maybe one of the weekends we stay we can go with Cari. She’s super tiny and cute, always wearing high heels, and she can be kinda provocative at times but I think we could be friends. I met another girl too in the dorms, her name is Kiley Miars. Her last name sounds like a cat purring. I saw her in the hallway on the 5th floor but I thought she was a huge snob because she looks like a supermodel and was really quiet. Turns out she’s just shy. Go figure. The three of us are planning on eating lunch together in the diner next week over break hour. I’m going to try to convince Abby to come along, but she seems to be refusing to leave the apartment. I really hope she gets over that soon.

I’m really missing Nate. Like really, really, really. We talk on the phone every night, but it’s tough. And it’s only been a week since I’ve been here. I can’t wait to go home this weekend. I heard there was a party somewhere on campus too, like a Welcome Freshman party, and I’m just a little bummed I’m going to miss it. It would be nice to meet a few more people, and try to get Abby to come out of her shell. But I’d much rather go home and be with Nate. I hope he misses me too.

Class is about over. So, what else to say about my experience so far? I don’t know. I’m excited to see what the year has in store for me. Abby and I ordered Chinese food the other night and my fortune told me, “Ideas are like children; there are none so wonderful as your own.” I don’t really get it since I don’t have kids, obviously, I’m not even sure I want any, but whatever. Abby’s said something about the time being right for making new friends. Ha! I should tape it to her mirror. That was mean. I take that back. I love Abby, and I know she’s just having a hard time adjusting. I need to be a better friend.

Well, the bell is about to ring. Mrs. Avery – hope you enjoyed my scintillating journal entry. I should get extra points for using the word scintillating, and just ignore that stuff about the Freshman Party. I don’t know where it even is. Not on campus. And I won’t be there. So that can be forgotten. Until next time…PEACE!

Jasmine Jones

About The Author: 

Samantha March fell in love with books at a young age. Thanks to her mother and grandmother, both avid readers, Samantha followed in their footsteps. Field trips to the library highlighted her week, and she went on to do volunteer work at her local library while in middle school. Her early works closely resembled characters from The Baby-Sitters Club and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movies. In high school, Samantha excelled in writing courses and even the mundane tasks of writing history papers.

A slew of real work wake-up calls caused Samantha to shelve her dream of becoming an author. She took what she considered the practical route and enrolled in a business college in Des Moines, Iowa, where she graduated with honors in 2009. But her thoughts of writing never dissolved. In October of 2009, Samantha started the book blog From her small blog, Samantha met fellow readers and writers who pushed her to continue her goal of becoming published.

Destined To Fail is the debut novel from Samantha March, and was published by Marching Ink in November 2011. Samantha currently lives in West Des Moines, IA with her boyfriend and a jumbled cast of friends who help inspire her writing. Besides reading, writing, and ChickLitPlus responsibilities, Samantha enjoys sports - especially the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs - and will never refuse ice cream.

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Book Description: Destined To Fail

Jasmine Jones is ready to begin her new life as a college student, and is ecstatic to have her best friend Abby by her side. But weeks into her new college career, Abby drops the bomb - she is pregnant, and dropping out of college. Jasmine can't handle the fact that Abby is wasting her opportunity to get an education, and going back to her cheating, abusive boyfriend. She struggles to move on from her friendship with Abby, but befriends two new girls at college. Everything seems back on track for Jasmine - great new friendships and roommates, a strong relationship with her boyfriend Nate, and excelling at her college courses. But Jasmine's newfound happiness is shattered when her pregnancy test comes out positive. Does she have to drop out of college now and become a young mother? Will Nate stay with her? How can she afford a child? Jasmine's life has been filled with obstacles and challenges along the way - from a missing father, sexual and physical abuse, and addictions that tore her family apart. With this latest setback, Jasmine fears her life will always be a struggle. Destined To Fail is one woman's story about overcoming adversity in life, about taking the negative and finding a positive, and about never giving up hope. 

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  1. Thanks for having me Kathleen! :)

  2. New follower via book blogs, thought I would say hi! Trev @

  3. Hi Trev! Thank you very much for stopping by! I am following your blog too! :)