Valentine’s Fun with Debut Author: Kim Savage (Giveaway)


Hi everyone! A few months ago I decided I really wanted to do something a little different and fun to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the blog this year, so I asked a few debut authors who have February releases to come on the blog with some fun love/dating related posts! 


Today Kim Savage, author of After the Woods, is joining us to share an adorable real dating teenage story! 


Real Life Cute/Funny Dating Story

I first met my now-husband in my late teens. Before I knew his name, I called him the Boy in the Box, because I thought his voice had a strange echo sound behind it. He thought of me as the Leggy Girl Who Wears Shorts in October.


Then, I thought he was his friend, Nick. His name is not Nick. (I should be forgiven. They lived together, and switched clothes a lot). He thought of me as the B*tchy Chick, because I got angry when his friend lit my shoe on fire at a party.


Later, he was a name on the list of students kicked off campus when his friends from home got caught doing doughnuts on the football field. I was the campus police dispatcher, a work study job steeped in privilege, because you could fix parking tickets for friends. I saw his name and thought: trouble.


Soon Trouble started coming around, pretending he needed my roommate’s notes from Accounting (I didn’t know he had a near-perfect GPA). By now, I knew his real name, but I didn’t know why he kept popping up everywhere. I had taken Finance, which for a Lit major was the equivalent of beating my own back with a poison-tipped switch.


I needed a tutor. I got Trouble.


The rest is history. Today, we have three children, all with easily remembered names, and I still wear shorts off-season, mainly for the trouble it brings.

I don’t know about you guys but I always love a super cute “how we began story”
though I hope Kim’s shoe/foot wasn’t hurt in the process O.O 
Valentine’s Fun with Debut Author: Kim Savage (Giveaway)After the Woods by Kim Savage
Published by Macmillan on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Friendship, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Issues, Violence, Young Adult
Buy the Book • Goodreads
Would you risk your life to save your best friend?

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

About Kim Savage


KIM SAVAGE is a former reporter who received her Master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Despite struggling through Finance 101, she worked as a business journalist, pitching story ideas along the lines of "When Murder Kills Property Values." You get the idea. Today, Kim lives in a town north of Boston, Massachusetts, near the real Middlesex Fells Reservation of After the Woods. Born directionally challenged, the fear of getting lost in that lovely, dark forest lives close to her skin. She and her husband have three children, each of whom beg to appear in her books. They shouldn’t.

You can follow Kim on Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter, and visit her at AFTER THE WOODS is her debut novel.

Open INTL as long as TBD ships to you!
Good Luck ♥

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Each day come back, new prizes will be added daily for each new author that comes on! One person will end up winning all of the participating authors debut release. Posts will go live by 10 am CST every morning. Here is the schedule! 😀

Monday: After the Woods by Kim Savage

Tuesday: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Wednesday: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Thursday: Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto


Do you guys have any cutesy/funny dating stories?


  1. Tachelle says:

    This is such a cute how we met story. I like the fact that Kim and her husband didn’t seem to care for each other that much but somehow totally fell in love. It’s absolutely beautiful.

  2. Carina Olsen says:

    Aw, I love this guest post 😀 So fun. Thank you both so much for sharing. <3 Gorgeous post, as always, Crystal 🙂 You are amazing. And oh my gosh, eee, YAY for international giveaway 😀 I think this book seems awesome. I would love to be able to read it. <3 Hugs. Thank you for the chance 🙂

  3. Susan T. says:

    He thinks you’re b*tchy, you think he’s trouble and it turns out to be true love! Lol! You never can tell who is meant to be together!

  4. Rebecca says:

    This is so sweet 🙂 I always enjoy learning more about debut authors and this story is the perfect post for your Valentines week. I’m SO excited to read After the Woods. I love a good thriller and this looks brilliant.

  5. Sarah Cone says:

    I love the wild and crazy story of how she and her husband met&connected! It really is like it was meant for them to be together. The book sounds like a total suspense thriller that will have me under the covers,jumping at every little sound and seeing serial killers ready to pounce at me from the shadows.SQUEEEE! I can’t wait!

  6. Christina R. says:

    Love it when a love story begins with not-so-friendly feelings but then they really get to know each other and fall in love!!

    What an awesome way of beginning a relationship 🙂 and I love their name-calling 😉

    lovely post!

    thank you so very much 🙂

  7. Giulia Mancosu (jiujiuk7) says:

    Omg!! This story reminds me so much of the story between me and my fiancé!! We are 8 years together! But when we met, we actually were like cat and mouse!! Thank you very much for sharing Crystal!!!

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