Semi-Scandalous with Cristin Harber… + a signed book giveaway!

by Maryse on July 15, 2015 · 123 comments

in Fun Author Tidbits

Author Cristin Harber is celebrating the release of her latest “bad-ass” book Black Dawn (Titan Book 8) and she thought to send us a funny/scandalous tidbit about herself. I think y’all will LOVE this.

She told me…

“During college, my roommates and I friended the producers for MTV Spring Break. I’m still laughing now…”

Ready for the details?                                                                                                                                                      

Semi-Scandalous with Cristin Harber

Celebrities, rappers, TV shows, oh my! Two little words, “spring break,” seemed innocuous enough. But more years ago than I’m ready to admit, what started as a very tame, pretty normal spring break turned… rowdy.

My roommates and I booked a package deal to Cancun for our college spring break. We were semi-broke but found a helluva great deal. Before I knew it, we were on a flight to Mexico. Everything seemed awesome. The package gave us wrist bands (probably in case we were lost, passed out on a beach, something…) that would get us into bars and act as food and drink tickets. This still sounds very typical of a package deal, right?

We were having the time of our lives. Watered down drinks, taquitos for dinner. It was amazing. Then the spring break fairy came and sprinkled us with fortune. A good looking guy tapped my roommate on her shoulder, and it went a little something like this:

Guy: Hey, pretty girl. Want a drink?

Roomie: Hey, no! We’re on a girls-only trip. *holds up wrist* And we get free drinks! We don’t need no stinkin’ boys.

(Did I mention that one of us was broken-hearted over a boy, so we were anti-dude at the moment? Sisters in arms, rallying against the hot dudes, ready to relax in the sun and party each night away.)

Guy: *smiles* *winks* Oh, come on. I’ll buy you something besides your watered-down free drink. Plus I have these VIP tickets…

And that was that. Roomie and hot guy were best buds for the night. Or as it turns out, the week. And he had a little job as a producer on a show that you might know called MTV Spring Break.

For the next five days, we were behind-the-scenes and had an all-access pass to everything you can possibly imagine. Ready for a couple highlights?

*I met a guy name Luda. I had NO IDEA he was Ludacris. That was cool. He was super nice.

*Then there was The Rock. *swoons* What happens when your roommate is hooking up with a MTV producer? You get to sit in the pool with The Rock and let him film take after take of him saying something along the lines of “we’ll be back after commercial.” I can’t tell you exactly what he said, but it doesn’t really matter because it’s the Rock and we each got a chance to sit on a knee. (No, I’m not even joking)

*If you’re hanging with the crew, it’s impossible not to be on a MTV show. Out there, somewhere, is the proof that I participated on a show that was the equivalent to Truth or Dare (I think, there’d been some margaritas). I was paired up with a guy, and we were to pretend he was a human piñata to win a contest. This poor boy was strung upside by a bungee cord, covered in honey, with dollar bills and drink tickets plastered to him. We would win whatever I could knock off. Did I mention that they put a football helmet on me, spun me around, and handed me a foam baseball bat? No? They did. I did. We were all guilty.

Phew. Well, that’s (about as much as I can remember) my semi-scandalous story. I hope you enjoyed it!

Author Cristin Harber and me at RT2015

Cristin Harber
New York Times Bestselling Author

Now for the signed book giveaway!!

How to enter for a chance to win? Just leave a comment below and by 10pm EST, Sunday July 19th 2015, I will randomly select ONE winner for the prize above.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent to the winner directly by the author.

Giveaway open to international!

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{ 123 comments… read them below or add one }

Mindi July 15, 2015 at 1:26 PM

I am SO jealous about sitting on the Rock’s lap!! drooling right now!!!

Thanks for the chance to win the book!

Teresa H. July 15, 2015 at 3:18 PM

I love The Rock. Great giveaway!

bn100 July 15, 2015 at 5:47 PM

funny story

AngieG July 15, 2015 at 6:03 PM

Great story! Thanks for a chance to win!

lisa July 15, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Spring break flash backs… fun in the sun lol. thanks for the laugh!

MichelleS July 15, 2015 at 6:54 PM

She’s come to the right place if this is a “bad ass” book! (snicker)…..

Rose July 15, 2015 at 9:07 PM

Cool story- who wouldn’t want to sit on The Rock’s knee:)

Diane F. July 15, 2015 at 9:35 PM

Great story! What a fun trip.

Dani Hershberger July 15, 2015 at 9:40 PM

Great story! What a blast it must have been! Thanks for this chance!

Cathy Gendron July 15, 2015 at 9:42 PM

Meeting The Rock must have been mad cool o. I love that guy both as a wrestler and actor.

Christy Pritchard July 15, 2015 at 9:48 PM

I absolutely love the ROCK,but adore Cristin even more!!!! Here’s to you Cristin and Congrats on releasing Black Dawn!!!!

Lisa C. July 15, 2015 at 9:49 PM

I love that story, and all of Cristin’s Titan books!

Shelly Asher July 15, 2015 at 9:50 PM

That’s amazing haha! Spring Break horror stories, we all have them right?!

Heather S July 15, 2015 at 9:51 PM

Wow!! Awesome story!! Thanks for the chance :)

Shawna Broadstock July 15, 2015 at 9:52 PM

such an awesome story!! love CH!! :)

Ashley Lawhorn July 15, 2015 at 9:56 PM

Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

Cindy July 15, 2015 at 9:58 PM

The Rock?! Completely jealous! But what fun you had! :)

Brenda Hook July 15, 2015 at 9:58 PM

thank you for the great books

Michelle R July 15, 2015 at 9:59 PM

I absolutely adore Cristin and love the Titan world she’s created. I’m giggling over how “tame” this story sounds… but love hearing it nonetheless!

Thanks for the chance to win Parker!

Rose Boniello July 15, 2015 at 9:59 PM

Sitting on The Rock’s knee???!!! Sooooooo jealous!!

Janis July 15, 2015 at 10:08 PM

That is outstanding!

2kasmom July 15, 2015 at 10:10 PM

I am so excited! What a great book for a terrific series!

Cindy C July 15, 2015 at 10:12 PM

Love getting to know authors better! Definitely think there’s more to that story tho but what happens on spring break…ooh wait that’s Vegas!

Michelle Smith July 15, 2015 at 10:18 PM

Love Cristina’s Titan guys!! What a fun story!

TraceyF July 15, 2015 at 10:20 PM

That settles it, I’m traveling with Cristin from now on! Ludacris & The Rock both? So not fair, greedy girl! Thanks for the cool contest, Maryse! Just finished reading my ebook of BlackDawn, Parker (fanning myself over boy genius) & Lexi (hacker girl) together are just…*dreamy sigh*

Shelia July 15, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Cristin…. Love, love, love you and your Titan guys…. How cool to hear about your scandalous trip…. Lol….. Ah brought some scandalous memories of mine own…

angie July 15, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Loved Parkers book!!

Monica Wilson July 15, 2015 at 10:24 PM

That’s an amazing story! Lol
Thanks for the chance!

Christine July 15, 2015 at 10:24 PM

The Rock! Wow. Lucky you.

Sherry Haynes July 15, 2015 at 10:27 PM

Now this is what I call a great giveaway. Team Titan all the way!!!!! <3

Janiky July 15, 2015 at 10:27 PM

Lauging my butt off and jelly, like the Rock.

LisaVH July 15, 2015 at 10:32 PM

Thanks for the funny story :) I am so excited for this book!!

Patty Hils July 15, 2015 at 10:47 PM

Great story. I love Titan Series

Patricia July 15, 2015 at 10:56 PM

Met my hubby at Señor Frogs during spring break in Cancun. Eighteen years and three kids together….

Helen Floodgate July 16, 2015 at 2:15 AM

I love that story in the UK we don’t do spring breaks like you guys do im kinda of jealous.

Shannon July 16, 2015 at 2:49 AM

Thank you for the chance!!!!

missy ellis July 16, 2015 at 2:56 AM


carol July 16, 2015 at 4:41 AM

Cool story

Lisa Wanzer July 16, 2015 at 5:04 AM

Thank you so much for the chance.

Michelle C July 16, 2015 at 5:51 AM

Great story, Cristin’s books are the bomb.

Kay Branch July 16, 2015 at 6:01 AM

What an adventure !!…. Great tie into a giveaway!!

Dawn Marie Burke July 16, 2015 at 6:30 AM

Now I know why i LOVE your books so much! That sounds exactly like a trip I took with my besties to Florida back in the day. You have to enjoy your life;-) I would have done the same thing if not more lol

Barbara Cassata July 16, 2015 at 6:48 AM

You gotta love those fun memories ! The older I get I find myself thinking “did I really do that”? What would we do without our memories of “the old days”? lol What an adventure they had!

Danyella M. July 16, 2015 at 6:52 AM

Omg Boss Lady that was awesome. Lmao.I am so jealous.

Jessica Steele July 16, 2015 at 7:20 AM

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series and Cristin!!! Thank you so much for the opportunity!!!

Cheryl July 16, 2015 at 7:28 AM

So jealous of your spring break story!! Thanks!

Betul E. July 16, 2015 at 7:42 AM

I love Ludacris!! One of my favorite rappers! SO LUCKY!! Thank you for the giveaway

Dawn M. July 16, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Loved hearing about the story. Thanks for a chance to win.

Jenn Wood July 16, 2015 at 8:50 AM

This story is HILARIOUS. Oh the things we do when we’re young and have no cares in the world! I adore the heck out of Cristin, and can’t say enough about how sweet and kind and brilliant she is. Her books are absolute magic.

I have a copy of my book husband coming to me already, so if I’m lucky enough to get chosen, I’d like to give it to the girl I share Parker with, Anna, so she can have his beautiful face on her shelf as well. <3 Hopefully I can do that. :-)

Anna Barker July 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM

Titan, Cristin and PARKER are the best!

Debra D July 16, 2015 at 9:11 AM

Sounds awesome, thanks for the chance!!!

Kristy Halley July 16, 2015 at 10:12 AM

That is so awesome!!!

Tammy Smith July 16, 2015 at 10:16 AM

Awesome story! Thanks so much for the chance to win a signed book! Eeeeep!

Christine July 16, 2015 at 10:19 AM

I will never tell my secret memories – Never – Honest !!!!

Michelle G. July 16, 2015 at 10:21 AM

Jealous! My girls & I never got so lucky on our trips!!

Rebecca July 16, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Great story! Thanks for the chance to win!!

tacy July 16, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Thanks for a chance to win i love to read all your books x

Julie July 16, 2015 at 10:30 AM

That’s like a once in a lifetime event! Too funny!

jade hyland July 16, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Omg! Haha love that so much!! Thanks for the chance

Marion Lent July 16, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Seriously…Cristin…you wild woman!!!! One word….JEALOUS!!!!

Caitlyn C. July 16, 2015 at 10:33 AM

That is one awsome story!! A bit jealous but very cool!

Pennie Adams July 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM

I’m so jealous of your spring break trip. Who doesn’t love the Rock? Awesome giveaway. Congrats on your new book!

Sharon July 16, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Good story. Sounds like you had a great time.

louise morris July 16, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Love love love all the Titan series and also the Delta, can’t wait till November for the second Delta x

Cindy July 16, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Thanks for the chance! Loved reading your adventures at MTV.

Kim hollers July 16, 2015 at 11:36 AM

Love the book just finished it today, hoping for another one.

Donna Piecora July 16, 2015 at 11:39 AM

New author for me! Thanks for the chance

Danyelle Wadsworth July 16, 2015 at 11:43 AM

I can’t wait to read this book

Megan July 16, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Love the story! Thanks for the giveaway!

Bet July 16, 2015 at 12:04 PM

Love the semi-scandalous story! Thanks for that and the giveaway!

Bec H July 16, 2015 at 12:17 PM

Yes please!!!
Thursday the 19th July though? Thurs 16th or Sunday 19th? :)

Sally Mitchell July 16, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Love the story, Love Cristin since she introduced us to the Titan boys & girls especially Mr Cash Garrison !! And I would love the opportunity of winning this fab prize

Teresa Cain July 16, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Sounds amazing!!

Lori Gambill July 16, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Thanks for the giveaway – keeping my fingers crossed.

Lori Gambill July 16, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Thanks for a change to win! Keeping my fingers crossed.

Melissa Feist July 16, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Cute story !!

Barb Kiser July 16, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Pick me please please

Jaime moss July 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM


Cathy Gendron July 16, 2015 at 1:33 PM

I started Black Dawn last night and oh my hot holiness!!! Got me women from the get go .. Crossing my fingers and all crossable body parts hoping to win a signed copy .. that would be awesome!!

Sandy Schwab July 16, 2015 at 1:54 PM

This is awesome love Cristin so very exciting to meet her counterparts in crime so to speak!

Sonia July 16, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Thanks for the chance.

Teresa July 16, 2015 at 2:16 PM

I have read all of the books in this series, plus all of her others. I get started and just can’t stop – this new one did not disappoint at all. LOVED IT!!!!

Kristy July 16, 2015 at 2:34 PM

Thanks for sharing. Would love a signed copy of your book!

Kristy July 16, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Thanks for sharing. Would love to win a signed copy of your book!

Christina L. July 16, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Lol, great story, Cristin “swoons” who wouldn’t want to sit on the Rocks knee ;-)

Thank you for the chance to win, always a blast to read what others have to comment as well.

Let’s here it for SpringBreak!

Denise July 16, 2015 at 2:51 PM

70% done and all I can say is HOT HOT HOT!

Jennifer Rivera July 16, 2015 at 2:54 PM

That sounds like such a great experience. Meeting Ludacris and getting to hang out with the Rock. You are so lucky! I would like to thank you for a chance to win your book. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Nikki wooten July 16, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Jealousy galore! I want to meet Cristin! ♡ her books are fantabulous! I always lose my since of time when I have one of her novels! Eeek, thanks for the chance to win a paperback.

Jennifer Schultheis July 16, 2015 at 4:16 PM

OMG…The Rock..I’ve been in lust with that man for 15 years!! Sooooo lucky!

Jerri S July 16, 2015 at 4:22 PM

Great spring break story!

Angel July 16, 2015 at 4:52 PM

I’m loving the sound of this book….the cover is pretty nice too ;)

Kim Tucker July 16, 2015 at 6:46 PM

Wow! Exciting spring break! The Rock…swoon!!! Loved Black Dawn both times I have read it!

Amy July 16, 2015 at 6:50 PM

Loved your spring break story!

Debbie Ralph July 16, 2015 at 6:54 PM

Woohoo Party Girl!!!
Cannot BELIEVE you meet the Rock!! Titan girls rock

Marianne W July 16, 2015 at 6:54 PM

Can’t wait for this story!

Manon July 16, 2015 at 6:55 PM

I never had the chance to live a spring break and never missed it but yours seem like à lot of fun. À big thank you for titan series i truly lové these books sorry for the bad english

Kristin P July 16, 2015 at 6:56 PM

Wow…sitting on the Rock’s lap…..yeah, the life of a book nerd….that only happens in my dreams…

Jennifer July 16, 2015 at 6:56 PM

Sounds like a story.

Olivia July 16, 2015 at 7:18 PM

That’s a great story! Love it Cristin!

Stephanie Allen July 16, 2015 at 7:24 PM

Awesome giveaway

Linda Romer July 16, 2015 at 7:27 PM

Hello Maryse, I would love to win a copy of Black Dawn! Thank you!

Kim July 16, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Ummm….is it me or did it get hot all of the sudden? ;o)

Nicole Boyd July 16, 2015 at 7:43 PM

HAHAHAHA!! That’s hilarious!! Mexico, The Rock and Ludacris!! AWESOME!! I LOVE the Titan books!! I’ve already read Black Dawn on my Kindle app for my iPhone, but I’d LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have a printed copy!

Kim Christensen July 16, 2015 at 7:47 PM

Oops! Lesson learned today, don’t try and type your long email address with your name too fast on your iPad that’s working slooooow. You Misspell your own name. Pa.The.tic! :o )

Tammy Huckabee July 16, 2015 at 8:03 PM

I would love to win Black Down by Cristin Harber

Ellen Mae Barrientos July 16, 2015 at 8:07 PM

Thanks for these chance,

Michele Hayes July 16, 2015 at 9:45 PM

Good times. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lawrence Bond July 16, 2015 at 9:48 PM

Your new book is awesome

bilqees bano July 16, 2015 at 10:53 PM

really love to win it :)

Katie Welks July 16, 2015 at 11:26 PM

Thank you SO MUCH for having this giveaway and for giving all of us a chance!!

Candy July 17, 2015 at 2:32 AM

Sounds like an awesome time!

lissa July 17, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Love that you were so clueless. That makes it all the more special. Thanks for the chance to send a copy winging its way to Australia.

Jolanda L July 17, 2015 at 4:21 AM

Great story! Thanks for a chance to win!

Erin July 17, 2015 at 6:21 AM

Thanks for the chance.

Michon Carrier July 17, 2015 at 6:42 AM

I have become a Titan addict. Love all the books.

Robin Henley July 17, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Now that sounds like an awesome spring break! I’ve met Ludacris before. Maybe he was having a bad day or something cuz he was kinda an ass. Now, if I ever met the Rock hopefully there will be towels around because I’d drooling all over him and I can’t promise that I won’t lick him. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Barbara Green July 17, 2015 at 10:38 AM

The book is great I was so glad when she left Matt. I have loved all the Titan stories and hope by the end Parker and Lexi are happy.

Jen D July 17, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Great Spring Break story!

Barbara Green July 17, 2015 at 10:55 AM

The book is great I was so glad when she left Matt though I haven’t finished it yet I’m enjoying it immensely. I hope in the end Parker and Lexi end up happy. I loved all the Titan books and when this came out I couldn’t wait to read it.

Meagan Wells July 17, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Great story! Love the Titan series.

Priya July 17, 2015 at 8:34 PM

OHHHH MY GOSH!!!!!!! BLACK DAWN!!!! ANOTHER BOOK!!!! I love your series and ever since Cash’s book, I have been looking forward to Parker’s. And now its here!

Thais July 18, 2015 at 4:28 PM

Yay! International!
(Crossed fingers)

donnas July 19, 2015 at 12:27 AM

I love this series. Thanks for sharing!!

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