Writer Wednesday: Guest Post by Kara McDowell, Author of Just for Clicks (+Giveaway!)

I am overjoyed to have the wonderful Kara McDowell on my blog today, chatting all about Just for Clicks!

This is a very cute romance that’s about the daughter of a mommy blogger who struggles with her Internet fame and comes across various roadblocks and secrets as she falls in love with the new boy in town!

I enjoyed reading, and I also enjoyed reading McDowell’s guest post about falling in love when you’re #InternetFamous and what you should and shouldn’t do to maintain a healthy relationship! (And just in time for Valentine’s Day, too!)

I hope you love it! And sit tight–there’s a giveaway at the end!


Falling In Love When You’re #InternetFamous

by Kara McDowell

One of my favorite parts about writing JUST FOR CLICKS was imagining what it would be like to navigate first love while being #InternetFamous. As if dealing with crushes and first kisses and mixed signals in the age of social media isn’t difficult enough, the added layer of having your entire life chronicled online complicates everything!

At the beginning of the novel, seventeen-year-old Claire has Very Complicated Feelings about her online notoriety. After all, it’s not exactly a life she chose for herself. So when she meets Rafael, the cute new boy who just moved to Arizona from out of the country, she sees it as a perfect excuse to be “Just Claire,” a girl whose potty training pictures aren’t just a Google away.

But when Rafael starts asking questions, she panics, then lies. About her past. Her family. Her hobbies.


You can imagine how well that turns out.

If only she and Rafael had a handy cheat sheet about how to proceed in such a situation.

It’s too late for them, but don’t worry, if any of you ever find yourself in her shoes, I present:

The Dos and Don’ts of Falling in Love When You’re #InternetFamous

1.      Don’t lie about it! No need to disclose everything about yourself on your first date, but lying is never a good way to start a relationship. Full stop.

2.      Do go through your old posts and scrub anything terribly embarrassing. This isn’t lying, it’s just smart. Mushy post dedicated to your old boyfriend? Delete. That tragic school picture with the acne and the braces and the lopsided, stuffed bra that your mom posted because it was “so cute?” DELETE!

3.      Do follow each other on social media. (It’s common courtesy.)

4.      Don’t go through every picture ever posted and like them all in one fell swoop. It gives off serious stalker-vibes.

5.      Do post pictures with your new paramour, as long as they are cool with it. It’s okay to let people know you’re happy!

6.      Don’t use someone as a way to get more followers, likes, or clicks. Basically, treat people with respect.

I cannot wait to share Claire and Rafael’s story with readers. I hope you love it!


Ahhh omg! I don’t think I’d be able to handle falling in love when I’m #InternetFamous–good thing I’m not *phew*! Rafael and Claire are so cute, and although they mess up along the way trying to navigate everything with Claire’s fame, ultimately good things happen and this book is very cute!

You can also read more about my thoughts on this book in my review here!

Don’t forget to let Kara know if you enjoyed her guest post though her social media! I’m excited for this book to finally be out, ahhh!

More About the Book


Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell
Paperback, 352 pages
February 19th 2019 by Amberjack

Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.

Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .

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More About the Author

Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. As the middle of five children, Kara entertained her family on long road trips by reading short mystery stories out loud and forcing everyone to guess the conclusion. After graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in English Literature, Kara worked as a freelance writer. Now she writes young adult novels from her home in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three young sons.

JUST FOR CLICKS is Kara’s debut novel.

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Want to try your luck at winning a copy of Just for Clicks? Enter through the Rafflecopter button below where one lucky winner will receive a signed finished copy of Just for Clicks! More rules in the Rafflecopter.

Or, if you’re not willing to leave it to luck, you can purchase your own copy through the buy links in the “More About the Book” section!

Ahhh! Do you think you’d be able to handle internet fame?

6 thoughts on “Writer Wednesday: Guest Post by Kara McDowell, Author of Just for Clicks (+Giveaway!)

  1. I don’t think I’d handle Internet Fame – I’d honestly hide in my bed until it all went away (please!!) because sometimes I’m all hell yeah, let’s do this, and the second after, I’m completely unmotivated…
    I’ve seen this book around and seems really interesting!! *adding to my wishlist* haha
    Great post 😀

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    1. oh gosh me too! it seems like way too much for me, especially if people like…recognized me? *shriek* I hope you get a chance to pick it up and love reading!

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