Blog Tour: Joint Review & GIVEAWAY – GOOD by S. Walden


Good (2)Cadence Miller is a good girl. She just happens to make one terrible mistake her junior year in high school which costs her ten months in juvenile detention. Now a senior, she’s lost everything: her best friend, the trust of her parents, driving privileges, Internet access. It’s a lonely existence.

But there is one bright spot: Mark Connelly, her very cute, very off-limits 28-year-old calculus teacher. She falls hard for him—a ridiculous schoolgirl crush headed nowhere. She can’t help it. He’s the only good thing at Crestview High. She doesn’t expect him to reciprocate her feelings. How inappropriate, right? But he does. And he shows her.

And that’s when her life goes from bad to good.




MICHELLE: SON OF A BITCH. I loved this book so damn much. And now I have to wait for more?? God damn cliffhangers.
Seriously. This book.

PEPPER: I am really torn between loving this book and thinking WTMF just happened.


So I just didn’t know what to expect. Cause lesbihonest- this is a touchy subject.
In the state Cadence lives in, she is of legal consenting age but she is in high school and he’s an adult and I”m like what the fuck is even happening and why do I love it??!?

PEPPER: OK, I am glad you see it that way. It’s like, I really, really, REALLY should be disgusted by what is going on here – as I am an educator myself – but I will be god damned if I wasn’t rooting for shit to happen with them the entire book. It has to be the writing. It has. To. Be. And she addresses it several times in the book -about it not being appropriate, etc etc. So I really don’t know what to think or say at this point…

I guess I am just glad I can say, “Yep, this so should NOT be happening right now.” And every 5 seconds throughout the book I was like “What are they doing?” But at the same time, I was totally OK with it. I just want to really address this because I know some readers are going to be like, “WTF is this book? This is so wrong.” But I can sit here and say, yes, it is inappropriate, but I can also realize and admit that I fucking loved every god damn second of it. This is so taboo but written so well that I still think I am in shock about how much I loved something that I feel like I shouldn’t! Gah!

MICHELLE: I know. It is the writing. S. Walden is a master. She somehow walks this line of calling attention to Cadence’s age and the fact that she is so innocent. But at the same time she makes you really OK with their love. Because it’s real.

I also think the way she portrays Cadence getting bullied in the beginning helps. And then the way her parents and friends treated her. Lord. Because after that I just wanted her to feel love. I didn’t care who is came from.

PEPPER: Agreed. I just wanted her to feel love. I felt so god damn bad for her.

MICHELLE: And also maybe this is me rationalizing why I am OK with this- but I also think that the fact that she was 18 when things really heated up counted for something. At least for me…

PEPPER: Eh, not so much here cause he was still her teacher. But that could totally go along my moral vows I have to make as an educator you know? I think they ingrain that shit in you – “you are in a state of power, don’t abuse your trust with a student” stuff… But the fact that I loved this book as much as I did despite my professional backgronud proves this book is pretty damn amazing.

MICHELLE: Totally. So I think the main problem for me was the age, not the teacher/student thing. Only because student/teacher love is my favorite (#duh- my favorite books of all time are the Gabriel series)

But God. Their chemistry. It was the perfect blend of hot and sweet. Like:

PEPPER: Yes the chemistry was amazing. Totally drew me in.

And as far as the relationship thing- for me she is in college with Gabriel, so its so different. Cadence is technically a child.
So I guess it is the age thing…

MICHELLE: I agree. It definitely is weird. And you will totally be like:

But I still maintain that S. Walden is a genius. To take this story line which should probably make you cringe and yet make you root for them.


So I have to admit, I do have a hard time thinking that a 28 year old dude is totally into an 18 year old chick for her brain and “goodness.”

MICHELLE: So its interesting you say that- I read on S. Walden’s blog a glimpse into the next book. It’s clear that we will find out more about Mark in general. But I believe there is something in his past that makes him need to “fix” things for her. And maybe he just is attracted to her “innocence” for lack of a better description.

PEPPER: Yes, I was thinking of that as well. Like he is still a mystery to us, so there has to be something else there to make him really LOVE her like he does.

MICHELLE: Yes and there’s also something in his past that he’s hiding that’s big.

This book is just- so good! There is no way around it. It’s weird. But I loved it. And I loved them. And I loved how they lost control and were full of passion. I mean its so wrong and yet IT’S SO RIGHT.

PEPPER: God, this book was so good. This should illustrate how much I loved it: I literally rescheduled an important doc appt and read at stoplights when I was driving around town so I could finish it. Could not put it down.

MICHELLE: I know. It really sucks you in.

PEPPER: Oh and can we say how fucking amazing Avery is?
God I loved her. She’s like:

And Fanny.
She found love in the most unconventional people. I loved that.

MICHELLE: Ok I loved Fanny. LOVED. She was like a total Sophia to me.

But Avery. So I had mixed feelings about her. When I thought she was only using Cadence I wasn’t impressed.

PEPPER: Oh, I know she’s a little bitch but she’s just so tough on the exterior, she couldn’t get turned down. So she did what she had to do to get what she wanted.

MICHELLE: I’d just like to see her actually be a friend to Cadence in book 2. But I agree- as a character she was hilarious and kick ass.

PEPPPER: I just loved her approach. She was so non apologetic about her reasons and the way she was. I just really felt her.

MICHELLE: I have to say- as a Christian and one that goes to church regularly but also engages in a lot of non-Christian behavior especially on the weekends- I really loved all the talk to religion here. It wasn’t in your face. But it was there. And it hit me in a major way.

PEPPER: Oh I totally related to that stuff. I grew up in a very strict, no sex, no drinking, no nothing, going to “young women’s” every week and church every Sunday. I hope we see more of Mark’s and Cadence’s issues with “God” worked through. I think we were just getting started with Mark.
God I am chatty, I could go on all night about this book. There was so much to it.

MICHELLE: I know. We could go on forever but lets just wrap up by saying- we recommend the hell out of this book. But know that the subject matter isn’t always easy. But the author sucks you in somehow and it’s totally worth



S. WaldenS. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about it.

She loves her fans and loves to hear from them.




GRANDPRIZE includes: Signed paperback of Good, DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing… CD. the notes that Mark and Candace wrote to one another, Amazon Gift Card and an iTunes Gift Card (since music is a heavy theme in the novel)

2 winners will receive signed paperbacks of Good

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Find Mark Connelly Book Cover Contest

Fans, I need your help! I cannot find a picture of the perfect Mark Connelly to go on my cover of BETTER. I’ve given up and am handing the matter over to you. Here’ the deal: find me a picture of Mark and you may win a signed copy of both GOOD and BETTER. Oh yeah, and you’ll be acknowledged on the copyright page of BETTER, too!

The Rules:

1. ONE submission per person. Email me THE LINK to your perfect pic at swaldenauthor[AT]hotmail[DOT]com (I gotta know where to purchase it)

2. The pic must be a stock photo with a model release (pics on sites like and have model releases. They actually say it.).

Contest will run from 9/30 – 10/21. Make sure you get your submissions in before 12 A. M. on 10/21.

He’s out there. I know it. Now someone find him for me!

Note: I reserve the right to cancel this contest at any time if I stumble across the perfect pic. I don’t think that’s gonna happen, though.


  1. I was a paperback girl all the way until just a few months ago..but I love having the option of both!

  2. I read both but still have a soft spot/preference for holding a physical book.

  3. Sarah Griffin says:

    I was strictly a paperback girl…..until I discovered the wonderful world of indies and self-published authors. I still LOVE paperbacks, but the majority of my purchases are digital. Nothing like instant gratification :-)

  4. I’m both. I prefer paperbacks but lately I’ve been more of a digital reader.

  5. Girls, I don’t even know where to begin. Your review had me laughing out loud. I didn’t want it to end! I loved it. I loved that you struggled with the relationship in two different ways: the age issue and the teacher issue. I was also thrilled that you connected with the religious stuff because I fear that went over many heads. My editor and I talked about this. She said it would be a hit or miss. I mean, I cracked up writing the scene where Cadence describes Christian gossip, but I guess if you didn’t grow up in the church, it makes absolutely no sense. Or how premarital sex is a much weightier “sin” than all the others: You killed someone? Well, as long as you’re not having premarital sex! lol Glad you could relate. And I really appreciate you participating in my tour and helping me spread the word about this weird little book.

    xo Summer

    • OMG!! Thanks so much! We were so honored to read this amazing & beautiful & tortured story. SO. GOOD. We are DYING for the next book!!

  6. Sara Arcuri says:

    Paperback all the way! :)

  7. Leslie Serrano says:

    I prefer paperback whenever it’s available, but I also read on my tablet using my Kindle app. So I go back and forth between them.

  8. I read both but prefer paperbacks.

  9. Kerry Brown says:

    I love my ereader for reading and my paperbacks for signings.

  10. Dannica Alcantara says:

    Ereader is convenient… but I still want paperbacks~

  11. Rita Luken says:

    90 percent digital..Love my kindle

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