Friday, August 19, 2016

Happy 2nd Fandom-versary, Fizzle Force!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fizzleforce/
Edit by Lanie
Would you believe that today marks the 2nd year the fandom name “Fizzle Force” became official? Let's take a quick stroll down memory lane and see how the fandom name was chosen.

It all started sometime around the beginning of August 2014 when talk of a fandom name came about. One of the earliest conversations I found suggested "KB Addicts," "Ritchie Lovers," and "KB's Addicted Darlings" as options for the fandom.

http://bit.ly/FFFandom1

It wasn't long before word started getting around and next thing you know, Krista & Becca have set a challenge.

http://bit.ly/FFFandom3 

Then more suggestions were thrown in: "Calloway Clique" and "Fizzle Fraternity."  The list was growing.

http://bit.ly/FFFandom6

Krista & Becca announced a poll to let the fans choose which fandom name they loved best.

http://bit.ly/FFFandomPoll1
http://bit.ly/FFFandomPoll2 
http://bit.ly/FFFandomPoll

Finally, the fans have spoken and the winner was chosen.  The fandom was given an official name on August 19, 2014.

http://bit.ly/FFFandomOfc1
http://bit.ly/FFFandomOfc2

It was a lot of fun reminiscing and going through all these links.  Hard to believe it's been 2 years since.  But of course, Krista & Becca's fandom have been around, albeit nameless, for longer than that.  Here’s to more years of fangirling with all of you!! Cheers!!



Friday, August 5, 2016

Happy Birthday, Rose Calloway!

It's August 5th and today, we celebrate Rose Calloway's birthday!   On this day, Rose turns 27 in the Addicted series timeline.  She is fierce as she is loyal.  She is intelligent as she is beautiful.   

Rose is driven and passionate in empowering women and making them feel confident.  She strives to help women know their worth and to love and accept who they are.  Rose is an inspiration; someone we can all look up to and admire.

http://bit.ly/Rose25BDay

If you're a member of the Fizzle Force group on Facebook, we have another something special for you!  So head on over there and check it out!

In celebration of Rose's birthday, I am having a small giveaway for one Calloway Couture Mug!  Enter to win below (open internationally).


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Monday, August 1, 2016

Happy Birthday, Lily Calloway!

August 1st celebrates Lily Calloway's birthday, and also marks 3 years since Ricochet was released.  This year, 2016, Lily celebrates her 25th birthday in the Addicted Series timeline.

At this point in her life, Lily has overcome so much and has grown immensely in character.  She's fought and won battles she never thought she could, and she's much stronger than she even realizes.  Along the way, she's learned to love herself and to accept who she is.  Out of all the Addicted series characters, she's the one I relate to the most.  Lily is my spirit animal.  Cheers to you, Lily Calloway!

 http://bit.ly/Lily25bday

If you're a member of the Fizzle Force group on Facebook, we have something special for you!  Head on over there and see!

In celebration of Lily's birthday, I am having a small giveaway for one Halway Comics Mug (your choice in either red or blue/green).  Enter to win below (open internationally).


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Review: Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters #4.5) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters, #4.5; Addicted, #3.5)Some Kind of Perfect by Krista Ritchie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this epilogue book!! Now, before you go diving into it, please take note that this is no ordinary epilogue. By that, I mean this is one gigantic book that is about 700 pages long (not quite sure of the exact page count yet since the paperback isn’t released). To me, it’s like a huge Addicted Series bonus material, only I get to keep it on my shelf in book form :D. It is 100% character driven with no central conflict. It’s what you would expect in an epilogue only it spans a period of 10 years (between the time that Long Way Down ended to the Long Way Down epilogue), contains 6 POVs, and it serves as: 1) a conclusion to the Addicted Series; 2) all the questions you ever wanted answered about what happened to the core 6 characters are probably contained in this book; 3) you get to witness the next generation of kids being born and growing up; and 4) it’s a great transition to the Like Us series which features the Addicted kids all grown up. Do you have to read Some Kind of Perfect? No. Let me reiterate. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. I would say that this book is really meant for all the hard-core, devoted fans of the Addicted Series who just can’t seem to get enough of their beloved characters. As Krista and Becca Ritchie clearly pointed out before releasing this book, you can read Long Way Down and the epilogue at the end of that book. Long Way Down ’s epilogue was put in place for anyone who doesn’t want to read Some Kind of Perfect and still have a sense of closure. Some Kind of Perfect just simply gives you more.”

If you’re one of the hard-core, devoted fans of the series, you don’t want to miss out on this perfect epilogue! I think that you will absolutely love this book because you get to read LiLo’s, Coballoway’s, and Raisy’s POV one last time and see them as parents. Witness each of them still working through their challenges, and get introduced to different challenges as parents. It was truly marvelous to witness how much they’ve grown and how far they’ve come, and how much they’ve overcome.


The past can’t drag me under.
I relive the better parts that are intertwined with bad. Because I look back and think, Christ, we were so goddamn fragile.
Look how far we’ve come.
Look at us now.

You will also get to read about Willow and Garrison. Their scenes are so much fun to read and I can’t wait for the next chapters of Whatever It Takes to be released! There are so many heartwarming moments and I laughed in every single chapter for about the first 35% of the book. After that, it was a mix of emotions. There will be lots of tears shed. LOTS. Crocodile tears. Especially if you hate goodbyes. You’ll witness some of the trials and tribulations that the core 6 and their children will face and it makes me thrilled and anxious to read the Like Us series.

Truly magnificent. THANK YOU KRISTA & BECCA for gifting us fans this one final Addicted book to satisfy our cravings!!

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Sharing Lanie's amazing Fan Made Book Trailer on Some Kind of Perfect

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Addicted to You (Fan Made Book Trailer)
Ricochet
Addicted for Now
Kiss the Sky (Fan Made Princesses of Philly Commercial)
Hothouse Flower (Fan Made Book Trailer)
Thrive
Addicted After All
Fuel the Fire
Long Way Down

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Friday, May 20, 2016

SOME KIND OF PERFECT: Release Day!

Some Kind of Perfect
Graphic by Krista & Becca Ritchie
 
The book we've all been waiting for is finally here.  The book that marks the very end of such an amazing series. 


Title: Some Kind of Perfect
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters #4.5
Pub Date: May 20, 2016

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26148181-some-kind-of-perfect

https://www.amazon.com/Some-Kind-Perfect-Calloway-Sisters-ebook/dp/B01FWXWOV2?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_sw_su_dp



Falling in love was just the beginning

The conclusion to the epic ten-book series about the unbreakable strength of family, friendship, and love.

Lily & Lo are back one final time. Childhood best friends and soul mates.

Ryke & Daisy are back one final time. Wild risk-takers and flirty adventurers.

Connor & Rose are back one final time. Genius rivals and intellectual teammates.

Ten years of laughter. Of heartache. And love.


***Authors' Note***
Some Kind of Perfect is a full-length epilogue novel. It is highly recommended to read this book after Long Way Down. Otherwise, it will spoil the entire series. Some Kind of Perfect is meant to be the 10th book in the series.



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Remember When? //An Addicted Series Love Fest//


It's hard to fathom that in just a few days -- no, hours -- the Addicted Series will officially be over.  After nearly 3 years since Addicted to You was first published on June 13, 2013 and graced us all with it's epic-ness, the final book, Some Kind of Perfect, will be releasing on May 20, 2016.  *hear the collective sigh*

In this post, I am going to reminisce about the past. The journey from then until now and remembering when we all first came to love this series. When I look back at when I first read Addicted to You, I remember feeling so overwhelmed with emotion.  I couldn't get over Lil and Lo's unconditional love for one another and it really goes beyond that, if that makes sense.  They care so much for each other there's not even a word good enough to describe it.  Addicted to You became my #1 favorite book, trumping *gasp* Pride and Prejudice!

The evolution of Addicted to You covers

At this time 3 years ago, I was brand new to Goodreads.  I was following a few suggested accounts and reviews, but had no friends on GR yet and I was still getting to know my way around it.   I was so excited about these books but really had no one to share my enthusiasm with (insert sad face here).

In my effort to find more about this series, I started stalking all of Krista & Becca's social media accounts.  I soon found out that I could send private messages to authors on GR.  So, I did what any normal person would do in my situation.  I sent a friend request to Krista and Becca Ritchie and sent them a message letting them know how much I love their books.  I was ecstatic when hours later, I got a response from Becca!  Finally, I had someone to talk to about my excitement over these books and who better to understand my feelings than the creators themselves, right?!  Right off the bat, Becca was so easy to talk to.  I realized early on that Becca was the one on social media the most while Krista sort of stayed "behind the scenes" for the most part.

The story that started it all

Out of curiosity, I asked a few others (who have been fans of the series from very early on) what their earliest memory is of as they think back in time to when they first started reading the Addicted Series.  Here's what some had to say...

Lisa (@mackees_) recalls: "My earliest memory related to this series is definitely befriending Sue [@rykemeadows].  I followed her [Tumblr] looong before but never really spoken to her until one day I saw her [reblog] something and tagged it with RYKE MEADOWS and I was like RYKE MEADOWS??? Then I attacked her inbox screaming 'OH MY GOD YOU READ ADDICTED TO YOU?!' and she screamed back and we became friends ever since. She's the first person I befriended in the fandom so that's nice :D"

Sil (@THENIGHTWING) recalls: "I remember Sue [@rykemeadows] talking about a 'Daisy and Ryke' [and] 'Raisy' I was like what is thiiiiis. I Googled it/Goodread it, but I didn't find anything because obviously I didn't know what I was looking [for]. Of course, Sue told me all about this series and I decided on Christmas holidays a few years ago to start it, I think I finished Addicted to You, Ricochet, Addicted for Now and Kiss the Sky really fast and Hothouse Flower hadn't come out yet!  It's one of my first NA books to read tbh! I really liked it a lot and these books made me love the NA genre"

Jae (@lilycalloway) recalls: "My first impression of a book starts with its cover; the image, the font and overall feel.  I'm a huge cover judger ['tis a terrible feat]. It was during the time Kiss the Sky was published that I started becoming interested in the series. You know how Addicted to You's original cover had a young woman lying down in the front? I was not a fan. And because of that I actually started reading a couple of chapters of Kiss the Sky before figuring out Lily and Lo are the cutest and I needed to know their story! So I read Addicted to You. Then Ricochet and Addicted for Now. I was the Flash when it came to reading those books. I fell in love and was inspired by the story and characters. And realized how perfect Addicted to You's original cover really was. Don't get me wrong, I'm all heart eyes over the newer editions! Grayscale coloring to reflect the tone of the story (I'm glad Krista and Becca kept it as such). The young woman on the original was incredibly thin though. To the point, I felt she was unhealthy and wanted to look away. THIS was essentially Lily Calloway to a new reader's eyes. Addiction is a dark spiral and avoiding the problem or turning your back to it isn't the right answer. Looking back, I can't believe I ever thought not to read Addicted to You! I'm still mentally kicking myself in the shins for not purchasing the original pb back then though."

Lanie (@LiLoX23Hellion) recalls when we first started the (now) Fizzle Force group on Facebook: "so I saw Aestas' review on Goodreads. That was last quarter of 2013. When I finished Addicted for Now  w/c was released [November] if I remember it right, I started stalking KB on FB. They [posted] a lot of fun facts back then and I would always leave a question. They always [replied] to my questions. The next book they [were] releasing back then [was] Kiss the Sky. I asked them why Kiss the Sky is the title of the book. They said it's kind of spoiler. Then you [as in me, Jenn] saw my question. You asked if I have more questions like that and [would] like to give you some since you're doing an interview that time. That's the start that we [got] to [talking]. It so happens we're both Filipina. So come January [2014], I asked you if KB has a group on FB where fans [can] congregate. Then you created one, but you created another page not a group. So I created the group then transferred the admin rights to you and Krista and Becca. Then [you said] why not the 2 of us manage the group for KB. And the rest is history."

Siiri (@rosecoballoway), who has known Krista & Becca ever since they were bloggers, before they ever published Addicted to You, recalls that she had to start pushing this book on people because not a lot of people were reading it at the time.  She had no one to discuss them with and felt like the books deserved more.  She also remembers being the only one who freaked out over Connor and Coballoway (<--- Siiri was the one who coined this term, btw) and doesn't remember anyone else being that obsessed with them at that time.  If there were others just as obsessed with Coballoway as Siiri was, then she sadly missed their excited state.  Siiri has been a supporter of the series right from the very very start and I'm truly glad to have her as one of my dearest friends.  Mind you, I was very intimidated by Siiri at first because everything she said just exudes intelligence and I felt way out of my league to be talking to her at the time.  SO glad I got over the nerve and finally spoke to her :D.   

It's kinda crazy to think that at the time when I first read Addicted to You, it was only supposed to be a 5-book series, not including Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower as spinoffs.  Now, they will be releasing book #10 in the series!  I still remember trying to get so many people to read the series so I could have my wish come true and have these babies on paperback to admire on my shelf.  3 years ago, Krista & Becca agreed that the only way they would publish all the books in paperback is if they got enough demand to do it because it took a lot of work to format the paperback editions and they do all the work, EVERYTHING, themselves.

Krista & Becca shelfie
 
It's also crazy to look back and see that when this all started, Krista & Becca's Tumblr blog, Fizz Life (where people can ask questions and get some answers), started out with just 30 posts in November 2013.  In December 2013, they had only 16 posts. In January 2014 only 31 posts.  Then, soon after Kiss the Sky was released on January 22, 2014, Krista & Becca's Tumblr posts went up to 93 in February 2014!  In March 2014, it went up to a whopping 231 posts!  It was like news spread like wildfire and more and more people started reading and getting into the series.  After that, I just couldn't keep up anymore and I used to stalk their Tumblr page religiously!

In December 2013, they reached 1,000 Likes on Facebook among other milestones (see their post HERE).  At present, they have over 13,000 Likes.

Do you remember when Krista & Becca had their very first live stream video on YouTube?  Gosh, that feels like ages ago!


Or, how about the time when they were visiting their brother, Alex, and got him to join their Fizz Live chat?  (Hottie alert!)



Fun times!

Honestly, I don't think Krista & Becca could've started their career any more perfectly than with publishing Addicted to You.  This book has touched so many people and the messages within the pages connected so many lives until we became this powerful entity known as the Fizzle Force.  In Fizzle Force, I've met some of the most amazing, talented, caring, intelligent, generous, and loving people in the world.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictedseriesfans
Established: August 19, 2014
 
The Addicted Series has forever changed my life.  For those of you who have not had the pleasure of reading this wonderful series, I can't say or explain it any better than this super cool Tumblr post with detailed infographics created by the supergirls of Fizzle Reads (read entire post HERE), why you should read the Addicted Series:

http://fizzlereads.tumblr.com/post/132617187329/reasons-why-you-should-be-reading-the-addicted


This is such a bittersweet moment. But it's not goodbye. Not really. The beauty of books is that you can always come back to them and re-read the chapters, re-live the moments, and go back to those feelings.  So,  until then...




Thursday, March 10, 2016

Willow + Garrison: Whatever It Takes - a web series

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO WILLOW MOORE!!!  In case you didn't know, Willow is a side character from the Addicted series.  She doesn't have too many scenes in the series; first introduced in Addicted for Now and then we see more of her in Addicted After All.  Biggest THANKS to Eri and her fervent support for Willow and Garrison, they now have their very own web series, Whatever It Takes.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/addictedseriesfans/permalink/1751342588432377/
this beautiful edit by Lanie

Speaking of which, Part 3 of the web series is now available on Krista & Becca's blog and on Wattpad!  You can check out the web series at this LINK or by clicking the image below.  This is such an awesome surprise from Krista & Becca in celebration of Willow's birthday today!!

http://kbritchie.com/web-series.html

Also, there's this exciting little event going on at Tumblr called "30 Days of Krista and Becca Ritchie."  Sooooooo many wonderful, beautiful, magnificent graphics and edits by fans everywhere!!!  You just have to check it out!!  You can join too if you want!  Marie and Siiri created this 30KBR tag on Tumblr along with a schedule of ideas.

Day 2 was Gillow (<--- ship name for Willow + Garrison).  You can find all the gorgeous edits at this link: 30 Days of Krista and Becca Ritchie.  Beware of spoilers if you haven't read the books!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILLOW GRACE MOORE!