{Tour} Joyride by Anna Banks (Character Interview + Giveaway)


Welcome to Swoony Boys Podcast! This is our stop on the Joyride Tour hosted by Macmillan. We have an awesome character interview and giveaway to share with you today and we can’t wait for you to get to know more about Anna, Arden and this book! Ready to get started? Here we go…


{Tour} Joyride by Anna Banks (Character Interview + Giveaway)Joyride by Anna Banks
Published by Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan on June 2nd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 288
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A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

Character Interview

Hi, Arden! We are so excited that you agreed to chat with us. We promise to be gentle. Let’s get started…

You and Carly had to overcome so many difficult things in your lives, both personally and as a couple. Which of these struggles was the most difficult to deal with?

I can deal with it all, as long as I’m with Carly. I never realized that I needed anyone before, and especially that I’d need her of all people. But the crazy thing is, she needs me too. Maybe she won’t say it. But I see it in her eyes, in the way she leans into me when something bad happens. As long as we have each other? We’ll be okay.

What is your favorite prank that you’ve pulled? Are there any you have planned in the future you want to share with us? (We promise we’re not cops.)

I love shooting firecrackers out the window with a slingshot. Carly’s aim is getting better. As in, she gets the fire cracker outside the car now before it explodes. But it’s still fun when she drops it, then throws herself into my lap to get away from it.

It took you a while to convince Carly to give you a chance, although I think we all know that she wanted to give in sooner. What was it about her that made you know she was worth your time and effort?

At first, I didn’t think anything of her. I didn’t know her. Things changed when she pointed a gun at my head. That kind of points things into perspective and makes you take a second look at someone you know? After that, I was too curious to let her slip through my fingers. Thank God the girl thawed out! She was colder than a witch’s uh,…hand.

There are so many things about Carly to love, what is one thing about her that you wish she saw in herself the way you see it?

Her fearlessness. She worries all the time about her family and my uncle and school, but what she doesn’t realize is that she’s equal to all of it. She stronger than the challenges she faces. I could never imagine Carly failing at anything.

***The Swoony 5***

(These are the five questions we ask all our swoony boys!)

Boxers or Briefs? (We know it’s cliche’, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to know!)

Boxers. Briefs are for dads.

Do you think you’re a good kisser? What’s the best kiss you’ve ever had?

I am a good kisser, don’t you worry about that. And all I’ll say about the last question is: Carly.

What’s your favorite book?

My sister Amber and I always used to try play his pranks on our Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Cletus.

If Carly wanted to make you breakfast in bed, what would you want on the menu?

I can’t imagine wanting Carly to be out of the bed while I was in it, but if you’re looking to find out what my favorite breakfast is, it’s chicken and waffles. But Carly always burns the waffles, so I’d be the one making breakfast in bed for her.

Okay, last question. Since we’re all about the swoon here at Swoony Boys Podcast, we have to ask. What do you think makes you swoony?

Definitely my truck, Betty. She can get you out of any mudhole in the south. Girls like big trucks. You know you do. You don’t have to say it.


***About Anna Banks***

Author Anna Banks Anna Banks is a young adult author whose primary goal is to entertain smart, funny gals like herself. You can expect her works to be centered around a love story, freckled with humor, and seasoned with sarcasm.

Anna grew up in a small town called Niceville (yes, really) in the Florida Panhandle. She now lives with her husband and daughter close to her hometown. The youngest of seven children, she was spoiled beyond comprehension growing up. Before she started writing, Anna worked as a banker and a waitress. She loves old movies, fried chicken, and Simon Cowell, but loathes exercise, licorice, and haters.

She also spews sarcastic, romantic fiction under pen name Anna Scarlett.

Find Anna Here:
Website | Facebook |Twitter | Goodreads



Thanks to the awesome folks at MacTeenBooks we have a copy of JOYRIDE to give away to one lucky winner.

  • Open to residents of US or Canada
  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter
  • Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen
  • Prize will be sent directly by the publisher

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Good luck and make sure you check out the other stops on

the The Joyride Tour:

May 7th – The Reader Bee

May 8th – A Perfection Called Books

May 9th – The Young Folks

May 10th – Love is not a triangle

May 11th – The Eater of Books!

May 12th – Xpresso Reads

May 13th – WhoRuBlog

May 14th – Bewitched Bookworms

May 15th – A Book and a Latte

May 16th – Green Bean Teen Queen

May 17th – Gone with the Words

May 18th – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales

May 19th – Fiktshun

May 20th – Curling Up With A Good Book

May 21st – Swoony Boys Podcast

May 22nd – A Reader’s Adventure

May 23rd – The Irish Banana

May 24th – Ex Libris

May 25th – Love at First Page

May 26th – Adventures of a Book Junkie

May 27th – Dana Square

May 28th – Rather Be Reading

May 29th – Paper Riot

May 30th – Mundie Moms

May 31st – Mary Had a Little Book Blog

June 1st – Alice Marvels

June 2nd – MacTeenBooks Blog


  1. This is amazing! I badly want Joyride!

  2. Susan T. says

    I really could use a sweet, funny, happy ending romance for the summer!

  3. Sui generis says

    I’m really curious about this book so I really want to read this one. Most people can relate with the characters because it also tackles about major problems most of us are facing nowadays.

  4. I read Anna’s Syrena Legacy series and I loved it, so I knew Joyride is going to be another great read. After reading the synopsis, I’m really interested in reading it. Thank you for this amazing chance! 🙂

  5. I like the issues that it mentions, it’s diversity.

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