Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Review ~ We Were Here by Daisy Prescott

Book Description:

In the 90s … 

texting involved paper and a pen …

… our selfies were Polaroids ...

… our favorite music was on mix tapes.

Sex was dangerous, music was raw, and falling in love felt nostalgic.

We were friends and lovers.

We thought we knew everything. 

We knew nothing.

We were here.

Set in the early 1990s, a time before the internet, social media, and smart phones, We Were Here is the prequel to Geoducks Are For Lovers. This book can be read as a standalone. 

"This story has it all! Just like a mixed tape; we get a dose of steamy romance, angsty ballads and sweet love songs woven together in a compelling, heartwarming and sometimes heartwrenching journey of self-exploration." Helena Hunting, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

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Maggie, Freshmen year

After being quizzed about the Dewey Decimal system, and failing, I returned to my room in shame. At this rate, if I wanted to work on campus, I’d be washing dishes in the dining hall. Nothing could be grosser than the used food and unclean dishes of thousands of college students. I gagged at the thought as I opened our door.
Inside, Jennifer—my perfectly nice and perfectly normal roommate—was straddling a guy on my desk chair, making out.
She might have been trying to eat his face. I couldn’t really tell in the two seconds I stared at them before clamping my eyes shut. I know I spied her tongue. Outside of her mouth. All I could see of him were his dark hair, long legs, and brown Wallabee boots.
Panicked about interrupting something, and simultaneously feeling like a prude, I backed my way through the open door. After it quietly clicked close, I pressed my head against the cool metal.
I could go back to the library, except I left there ten minutes ago. The dorm lounge was an option, but this time of day meant it would be filled with some random club. I couldn’t remember if Thursday’s meeting was German Lovers or Save the Geoducks—our school mascot. Neither appealed to me.
I stared harder at the painted metal, wishing the make-out session on the other side would end sooner rather than later.
“Are you locked out?” The blond guy from down the hall rested his head on the bulletin board next to my room. “Or are you praying?”
Pressing my cheek on the door, I twisted to see him more clearly.
“It’s okay if you are. Pray if you’ve got to.”
“I’m not. Just thinking.”
A loud moan sounded from inside the room. “Oh, oh, oh God.”
“Sounds like someone in there is praying.” His lips curled into a smile. “You might want to step away, lest someone think you’re a pervert for eavesdropping.”
I jumped away from the door. “I wasn’t listening!”
Chuckling, he held up his hands in defense. “Not judging you. Praying and voyeurism both have their places, usually in Madonna videos.”
Another not so soft groan carried from my room. I took a step farther away. My favorite black on black Swatch showed the time as four o’clock. Too early to go to dinner. Looks like I’ll be going to the lounge after all.
“You want to come hang out in my room until they finish whatever they’re doing in there?” His offer sounded genuine and his smile was more than friendly. He gestured over his shoulder to the open door across the hall and down a few rooms. “I can promise you my roommate isn’t in there making out with anyone. We should be safe.”

Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Friendship before hormones.”

Daisy Prescott transported me back to the nineties in this prequel to Geoducks Are for Lovers. With song titles for chapter names I found myself singing along as I was treated to the trials and tribulations of several friends from their first till last year of college. For so many POV’s this book should have been confusing but the way that the story was set up and told made it understandable and was easy to follow although I will admit at times I was gutted when we moved from one person to another, I just wanted more of some of the character’s stories. However, there are the other books in this series that I have not read and those I cannot wait to read. So, if like me you haven’t read Geoducks Are for Lovers, don’t panic!! Put it this way, if it was not for an intense reading schedule I would be reading Geoducks right NOW!!

“Where there was hope, existed possibility. I’d been living in Hopeville for the last two years. Also known as the Land of Friends.”

I loved the nineties, they were my teenage years and do hold some fond memories, from mix tapes, to girlie nights with the Brat Pack and makeup sleepovers. For me this was a trip down memory lane and I had so many smiles and giggles as so many things brought back vivid memories and resonated deep within my own personal experiences. But seeing college life from start to finish with these characters was heart-warming and incredibly addicting.

“You’re stuck with me. I’m like gay glue.”

All the characters were your average Joe Blogs that were written with honesty and intense likeability and even though each person had their own section, in so few pages Daisy Prescott managed to give her character’s depth and absolutely nailed character connection. All characters appear throughout the entire book so you don’t lose them completely but the focus and emphasis moves from one to the other.

“When I grew up, I wanted to still be friends with these people. More than friends. We were family.”

From the first day of college, when you know no-one and are wandering around trying to find your place in the grand old scheme of things life has a way of throwing you a life line and sometimes they take the form of people, one person can make such a huge difference and these people were in the right place at the right time and forged such strong friendships, friendships that I can see lasting a life time.

This was a time when friendships were formed face to face rather than through Facebook and a smartphone, where people actually met up to talk and you actually socialised (shock horror!!). So whether you are young or old there is something for everyone, the youngsters needing a history lesson or us oldies just wanting to relive our youth once again.

“Doesn’t matter what the future holds for us. For now we’re here. In the moment. Together.”

So, now it looks like I have another three books to read as I desperately want to reconnect with these character twenty years on, will the romances started have the legs and will the ones that got away come back to haunt them. I have so many questions I need answers to as a non-reader of the series so far, however I could imagine that for those that have read this series this will add more depth and give you a greater understanding of how fantastic friendships were formed and stood the test of time.

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling Author Daisy Prescott writes romantic comedies with heart. 

Her Modern Love Stories feature characters in their thirties and forties finding and rediscovering love in unexpected and humorous ways. Her Wingmen books star regular guys who often have beards, drive trucks, and love deeply once they fall. 

Born and raised in San Diego, Daisy currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband and an imaginary house goat. When not writing about herself in the third person, Daisy can be found traveling, gardening, baking, or lost in a good book. 

To learn more about Daisy and her writing, sign up for her mailing list here (copy and paste this link): Send her an email at: Or chat with her on Twitter (@daisy_prescott) and Facebook: /daisyprescottauthorpage, and follow her on Instagram: /daisyprescott

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