Author: CJ Duggan
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
There's bound to be trouble in Paradise . . .
When her parents decide a change will be good for her, seventeen-year-old Lexie Atkinson never expected they'd send her all the way to Paradise City. Coming from a predictable life of home schooling on a rural Australian property, she's sure that Paradise will be amazing. But when she's thrust into a public school without a friendly face in sight, and forced to share a room with her insipid, hateful cousin Amanda, Lexie's not so sure.
Hanging out with the self-proclaimed beach bums of the city, sneaking out, late night parties and parking with boys are all things Lexie's never experienced, but all that's about to change. It's new, terrifying . . . and exciting. But when she meets Luke Ballantine, exciting doesn't even come close to describing her new life. Trouble with a capital T, Luke is impulsive, charming and answers to no one. The resident bad-boy leader of the group, he's sexier than any boy Lexie has ever known.
Amidst the stolen moments of knowing looks and heated touches, Lexie can't help but wonder if Luke is going to be good for her . . . or very, very bad?
How did writing Paradise City differ from writing the Boys of Summer series?The Boys of Summer had been in my head for many years and I wrote it with no expectation in mind with how it would be received, it was just a story I wanted to tell. Paradise City is the next level for me, it's exciting, new territory with brand new charters and setting. It's grittier and edgier than the Summer series, and I had such a blast creating it. It's also one of the first Australian New Adult Romances to be affiliated with a traditional publisher (Hachette, Australia) - something I am very proud of.
If Paradise City had a theme song what would it be?Definitely Cool Kids by Echosmith (on repeat) Among many others.
Your novels are set in Australia and I love your use of Australia slang! For your US fans what is one Australian slang word we should know before reading Paradise City?I'm married to an ex-shearer so I am quite accustomed to Australian slang. It's when I receive messages from people overseas that tell me they had to Google what a Car Bonnet was (Car Hood) or a Car Park (Parking Lot) The one I am always rather cautious about and pause when I got to write it, is how 'thongs' have a very different meaning in America, and it's definitely something that you don't wear on your feet. I learnt this out the hard way when I went to Disneyland and walked into a charming tourist shop and asked for some thongs before I quickly corrected myself after the rather strange look from the shop lady. Flip flops! I mean Flip Flops!
I do love bridging the gap in the cultural divide, I love that reading is educational, even on the smallest of scales.
What was the last book you read and loved?The Duff by Kody Keplinger - Love it!
Can you share anything about your next project with us?Working on the follow up book to Paradise City with Paradise Road available September 2015. I can't say too much, but what I will say is that it was a lot of fun to write and it kept me guessing the entire time.
C.J. DUGGAN is an internationally bestselling author who lives with her husband in Mathoura, a rural border town of New South Wales. Her self-published Summer series has sold over 180,000 copies worldwide, and PARADISE CITY is her eighth book, and the first in a new series of New Adult romance.