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Classics Carnival: Date Night with Mac and Beth from Mac/Beth by Michelle Ray

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Date Night with Mac/Beth

Beth DeAngelo (a.k.a. Elizabeth or Lizzie): Hey readers of Classics Carnival! So we’ve been asked to talk about our ideal date —

Mac (Garrett MacKenzie): Beth, hang on. Let’s tell them about ourselves.

Beth: Right. Well, I’m from New York originally –

Mac: No. What makes us famous!

Beth: You mean notorious at this point.

Mac: Let’s keep this interview positive, shall we?

Beth: As you wish. Well, we used to be Mac/Beth, “ship” named by our fans and the press. We were the stars on The Witches of Dunsinane Castle on TeenTV until  . . .

Mac: Until Duncan King’s death –

Beth: Murder.

Mac: Death. Don’t start that, Lizzie MacBeth!

Beth: You can deny – fine. Whatever. Anyway, after Duncan . . . died? Is that better? After Duncan died, things went better and worse for us.

Mac: Better.

Beth: It was both, Mac, and you know it.

Mac: Beth, stop rubbing your hands together. You know what your doctor said.

Beth: Right. Sorry. Can we just answer the Classics Carnival question? Ideal date.

Mac: I guess I would say a movie premiere. Something we’re both starring in. Something huge.

Beth: Hmmm.

Mac: What?

Beth: You used to be different. When we first started dating, it would have been something just for us.

Mac: True. Okay. A walk on the beach or a visit to Griffith Park Observatory. A place with a beautiful view where we could hold hands and remember why we love LA. And each other. Your turn. Ideal date.

Beth: Horseback riding.

Mac: I hate horses.

Beth: Well they remind me of home. My other home.

Mac: How about something for us? What did you like to do together before everything got crazy?

Beth: I liked hanging out on the couch and watching TV. When we were learning to cook together and we could just be us. No expectations. No press. It didn’t matter if we got food in our teeth or chewed too loudly or we wanted to kiss.

Mac: I always wanted to kiss you. From the first day I saw you.

Beth: A lot’s changed since then.

Mac: Yep.

Beth: Was it worth it?

Mac: Ask me in a few years.

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Michelle Ray has reimagined Shakespeare’s Macbeth and set it in Hollywood. Mac/Beth follows Beth DeAngelo and her boyfriend Garrett Mackenzie (“ship” named MacBeth), as they navigate their rise to fame and their own guilt.

Duncan King’s death was an accident. It was. I know everyone wants to blame me for it. Make me out to be some evil schemer, but that’s not how it was. I’m just like any other teenage girl. Except that I’m on TV. And my boyfriend is a movie star. Sure, we’re ambitious. Sure, we like to get our way. But that doesn’t mean we’re murderers. Well, not me anyway. I never meant for all those people to die. Especially not Duncan.

Date Night with Shay West

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Book Angel Booktopia welcomes Shay West today to share her ideal date ♥

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For me, the perfect date would need to be an entire day. It would start out with an early breakfast at a quaint café sitting outside where we could enjoy the gentle breeze and bird song. If my date was truly a nerd like me, he would see if he could identify the birds we say as we sipped coffee and ate Belgian waffles.

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After breakfast, we would head to the museum and spend the entire morning gawking at amazing works of art, historical artifacts, and scientific wonders. We’d hold hands as we moved through each exhibit, taking our time, in no hurry to walk through. If I was feeling bold, I might share my dream of running a museum like the Smithsonian someday.

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We’d eat lunch right there in the museum so we could spend the afternoon looking at more exhibits, making sure we didn’t miss a single one. We’d eat dinner at an Italian restaurant and discuss our favorite exhibits and what we wished we could have seen while at the museum. After dinner, we would hit the local theater for the latest horror flick. We’d share popcorn and a large drink, making sure our hands would “accidentally” touch as we both grabbed for the tub or drink cup. I would grab his hand during the really scary parts, maybe hide my face against his arm.

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Interview with Dr. Shay West 

At what point in your life did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?

I actually never set out to be a writer LOL I wrote as a kid and in high school but never really took it seriously. I figured it would be too difficult to make it as a writer so focused on my passion for biology and went to graduate school. I ended up having a dream I couldn’t shake and that led me to start writing again (Portals of Destiny series). And I’ve been writing ever since! 

Who is your favorite character in Dangerous Reflections?  And why? I’d have to say the main character, Alex. There’s so  much of me in her  :-)  

Alex travels back in time to a few different locations in Dangerous Reflections.  Pick one of those places and time that you would like to travel to. I’d have to say Ireland! I’ve always wanted to go there and why not back in medieval times? I just hope I don’t get the plague… 

Where did you get the idea to write Dangerous Reflections? I was getting ready for work one day and thought about how cool it would be to have the reflection change to someone else. The story just sort of evolved from there! 

If Dangerous Reflections gets made into a movie, who would you like to see play Alex? I picture her as Alyson Stone (Suite Life of Zach and Cody). 

Where are we most likely to find you writing? I am usually at home on the couch with my cats snuggled next to me. Every once and awhile I will write at work but it’s usually too distracting.

What’s the most discouraging thing that happened while trying to write/publish, and how did you get over it? Being turned down by literally hundreds of agents between the Portals series and the Alexis series. I kept on writing those query letters and researched self-publishing, to give myself a way to get my stories into the hands of readers. And one of those readers happened to be the owner/CEO of Booktrope, where I am now published! 

Any advice for aspiring writers? Practice, practice, and practice some more! I can definitely tell a difference in my writing between my first series and the Alexis series. If you have the means and the time, attend writers conferences. Reach out to other writers as they will often be an amazing source of support. Write what you know and love. DON’T write something just because you think it’s trendy or a genre that’s hot right now. Your heart won’t be in it and your readers will know. 

What’s your favorite book? I’d have to say the Lord of the Rings trilogy. 

Who’s your favorite author? Tolkein  :-)  

Do you listen to music while writing, or do you need silence? Neither one LOL I have tried to listen to music but it’s distracting. I have something on TV that I don’t need to pay attention to, something I’ve seen a hundred times, just as long as it’s background noise.

What do you like to do when not writing? I’m a biology professor by day and I absolutely love my job! It’s so rewarding to be able to share my love of all things science with my students. I enjoy reading, camping, hunting, hanging with family and friends. 

What’s your favorite dinner…..and dessert? My mom’s homemade spaghetti and strawberry shortcake! I get them every year for my birthday 😀 

If you had to pick one movie or tv show to watch for the rest of your life, what would it be? Doctor Who, hands down 

If you could spend a day with any one person from the past, who would it be? Jesus of Nazareth 

Lastly, any other books that you are working on that we should look out for? There are two other books in the Alexis series (Twisted Reflections and Desperate Reflections) that will launch later this summer. The book I’m currently writing is an urban fantasy about people from another world coming to Earth to steal organs. The working title is The Harvesters. I’ve been known to change titles so it *could* change but it’s really growing on me so it will probably stay.

Author Bio

Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior (fundraiser), and Ancient New (steampunk/fantasy).

You can find Dr. West and more of her work at

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Alexis Davenport wants to go home. She hates her new school, her mother for moving her away from her friends, and her father for walking out.

To make matters worse, Alex is haunted by images of strange girls reflected in her mirror. It’s bad enough juggling homework, a relentless bully, boys, and a deadbeat dad; now, she must save the world from an evil presence hell-bent on changing the past – and our futures. Who knew her A+ in history was going to be this important?


Date Night: The Moth’s Perfect Date from Shift by Jeff Povey

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Being in a wheelchair for most of my life hasn’t really made meeting girls easy.  Sorry.  I’ll rephrase that.  I meet lots of girls and they’re usually quite kind and pleasant and I help a few of them with their homework but no one has actually gone on a date with me.  Truth is I have never been on one and I’m nearly seventeen.  I know it must be difficult for a girl to look at me and imagine romance.  But if she were to get to know me and see inside then she’d soon find out I was a caring and kind person.  And I can be very witty. Or so Lucas, my best friend tells me.

If I did go on a date the girl in question wouldn’t even have to push me because I’ve got a battery powered chair and I could chug right alongside her.  It’s not very loud so she wouldn’t need to shout to be heard.  I sometimes try and put myself in the position of a prospective girlfriend and wonder how she’d take me home to meet her parents.  They’d obviously be thinking, well this is a bit weird, but I like to think I’d win them round eventually.  Most people really like me and I can talk about a wide range of subjects.  It helps that people think I’m super brainy and they tend to think I know more than they do.

So assuming I have met this girl and she likes me and we agree to meet up then my perfect date would be to meet up at a train station.  One with good wheelchair access and a porter with a ramp.  We’d get on and we’d go into London.  I really like Mexican food and I like films, so we would go to Leicester Square.  We’d get a black cab there because again a lot of them have small ramps stowed away in their boots.  The last thing I want is for my date to put her back out trying to shove me into a cab.  So we’d get some Mexican food and then we’d go to one of those thousand seat mega cinemas with the best sound system.  I wouldn’t really care too much what film was showing because I’d be too busy thinking, well this is just amazing.

She’d be blonde probably, I like blondes, and she’d be funny and intuitive and make clever comments about the film we were watching.  We’d have two straws in the same drink and our eyes would meet as we sipped and we’d stop and she would lean closer and we’d kiss.  In fact we’d miss half the film because we’d be kissing so much. Afterwards I would tell her to climb on the back of my wheelchair and I’d take her for a spin down to Trafalgar Square.  We’d be laughing the whole time, and I’d zoom after the pigeons, and do some crazy turns and spins and we’d probably get told off but we wouldn’t care.  Time would melt away and before we knew it we’d be heading for Kings Cross hoping to catch the last train home.  We’d only just make it and they’d even make it wait because they’d see I was in a wheelchair.  It has its advantages, such as getting on airplanes before anyone else and never getting picked for the rugby team.  We’d sit in silence holding hands the whole way back and then as she waited for her parents to come and pick her up from the station she’d whisper to me that she’d had the best night ever, and that we should it again sometime.  Her dad would get out of his car, come over and meet me.  He’d shake my hand and say his daughter had been talking about me a lot and she’d blush and tell him off in a kind way.  He’d offer me a lift but I’d tell him I’ve got my own wheels thanks.  I’d watch them drive off and she would wave and I’d wave back and then I’d whirr on home smiling to myself the whole way.  In truth it would feel like flying and I’d love to say my feet would never touch the ground, but they rarely ever do.  Well not unless I crash into something and topple out.  When I eventually climb into bed there’d already be ten text messages from her and we’d spend another few hours just texting.  I wouldn’t be tired, I wouldn’t feel semi useless or unwanted.  I’d feel like everyone else feels when things like this happen to them.  I’d feel perfect.

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Date Night with Garrett and Carina from Unconditional By Melody Grace

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I am delighted to welcome Garrett and Carina to Book Angel Booktopia today to share their ideal Date Night :)

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GARRETT: A perfect date to me is pretty much the beach, a cold beer, and a burger.

CARINA: Real romantic.

GARRETT: Aww, OK, I’m going to have to put some effort into this.

CARINA: You can put a shirt on at least.

GARRETT: You don’t usually complain about it, darlin’.

CARINA: (flustered) OK, where were we? A perfect date. Well, to tell the truth, Garrett had it right the first time around. I’ve been wined and dined at all the fancy restaurants, but what really makes a date perfect is the person you’re spending it with. But, I do think dates should be special – a moment out of your regular lives – so it’s fun to put on a cute outfit and do something romantic.

GARRETT: Like movie night.

CARINA: (blushes) Or a dinner, just the two of you.

GARRETT: I like to keep things simple, so I’d say, we could take a drive together, and have a sunset picnic on the beach.

CARINA: See, you can be romantic when you want! A beach picnic is a great date, especially if you find a secluded cove somewhere with plenty of privacy…

GARRETT: I think that’s our cue to get out of here (winks).

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Date Night with Pixie and Levi from Best Kind of Broken

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Pixie and Levi’s Ideal Date


A picnic on a soft blanket spread out on a quiet football field under the stars.


“What’s your ideal date?” Levi asks, trailing his blue eyes over her face with a grin.

“Hmm.” Pixie tilts her head in thought. “A picnic, on a soft blanket, in a grassy field, under the stars.” She looks at him. “What’s your ideal date?”

“A football game,” he says.

She laughs. Then shakes her head with a shrug. “A football game?”

He smiles. “What?” His eyes narrow. “Don’t act like you don’t like football as much as I do.”

“I love football,” she says. “But that doesn’t mean I want to have a romantic meal in the stands surrounded by a roaring crowd.”

“Okay.” He scratches his cheek with an amused expression. “What about a picnic, on a soft blanket, spread out on a grassy football field, late at night when the game is over, the stars are out, and the crowds are gone.” He leans in. “How does that sound?”

“That sounds…” She leans up on her tiptoes so their mouths are nearly touching and slowly smiles. “That sounds just about perfect.”

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