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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Best Way to Break Up a Couple (or Conscious Uncoupling) by Philip Siegel & Huge Harlequin Teen Giveaway!

The Best Ways to Break up a Couple
 by Philip Siegel

In my book, Becca Williamson decides to be the Break-Up Artist to help set things right at her school. Relationship zombies have overrun the halls, tearing apart friendships and tearing down single folk in their wake. In real life, we shouldn’t go around conscious uncoupling couples. But sometimes, it’s absolutely necessary. We’ve all had friends who are in unhealthy relationships, who dated guys or girls that everyone else hates but they just can’t see it. So in certain situations, you may need to be your own Break-Up Artist. And how does one break up couples? Well, here are the four best tools at your disposal:

1) Doubt

Telling a friend that they shouldn’t date someone won’t help things. You need to be sly and think of it as a long con. Pretend to be on their side. Stay in their inner circle. And while there, kindly plant seeds of doubt. Don’t question their relationship; make them question it.

For example, let’s say your friend Eve is dating this guy Adam. It bothers you that Adam never compliments Eve, but instead puts her down. Casually mention to Eve, “You and Adam seem to work so well together. It’s really great that you put up with all of his remarks about you. I’d probably need more compliments from my boyfriend, but then again, I’m probably more insecure.” Or if Adam has a wandering eye: “I love how secure you are with Adam. He checks out other girls all the time, and you could care less. You guys have a really strong relationship, and I think it’s so wonderful.”

If you pad your comments with compliments, it won’t come off as an attack. Act supportive so that the other person won’t get suspicious and disregard whatever you say. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. You’re planting conflicting ideas in a person’s head. It’s social inception. If you get impatient, it’ll show, and everything will be lost. Doubt is like compound interest. It’s slow to build, but when it does, it’s one powerful tool.

2) Lies

This is the obvious one, but it’s the trickiest to pull off. There are two types of lies: rumors and direct lies. Rumors are what you spread about Adam to other people and hope that it creates buzz and comes back to Eve. The risk is in the telephone game effect: a rumor changes and grows with each new person, which could lead to backfiring. A simple rumor about Adam flirting with another girl can morph into him knocking up his English teacher. Who would believe that? Plus, if you’re not careful, rumors can get traced back to you.

If you’re closer to Eve, direct lies work the best. The best direct lies are: a) small b) realistic and c) repeated. Don’t tell Eve you saw Adam having sex with some girl in a mall parking lot. That’s big and unrealistic. (Well, depending on your Adam.) If you keep it small and realistic, then the better chance of Eve believing you. Also, the better chance of Adam being unable to deny it. “Oh, I think I saw Adam flirting with some girl in the mall.” Or “Adam was at that party getting wasted this weekend. I didn’t see you there.” If Adam was at the mall or at the party, he can’t really deny these lies. They’re vague enough and believable enough that he can’t explain them away 100%. “No, babe. I wasn’t flirting with some girl.” Easy to say, but easy to believe? This is where the c) part of lies comes in. Repeating them. If a lie gets repeated enough times, it becomes truth. Adam may successfully deny flirting to Eve, but if you keep casually bringing it up, then she will eventually take it as truth. It’s the smallest lies that have the greatest power.

3) Patience

This requires the least amount of work on your part. If Adam and Eve’s relationship is really as toxic as you believe, then maybe the best thing to do is sit back and let it implode naturally. Don’t try to meddle. Let Adam and Eve be their own Break-Up Artists.

Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the Gap. Becca Williamson breaks up couples. 

After watching her sister get left at the altar, Becca knows the true damage that comes when people utter the dreaded L-word. For just $100 via paypal, she can trick and manipulate any couple into smithereens. With relationship zombies overrunning her school, and treating single girls like second class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even her best friend Val has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.

One night, she receives a mysterious offer to break up the homecoming king and queen, the one zombie couple to rule them all: Steve and Huxley. They are a JFK and Jackie O in training, masters of sweeping faux-mantic gestures, but if Becca can split them up, then school will be safe again for singletons. To succeed, she'll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date and wiggle her way back into her former BFF Huxley’s life – not to mention start a few rumors, sabotage some cell phones, break into a car, and fend off the inappropriate feelings she’s having about Val’s new boyfriend. All while avoiding a past victim out to expose her true identity.

No one said being the Break-Up Artist was easy.

Contest Info:

Each tour stop is offering up a copy of The Break-Up Artist, and one winner will receive a fantastic grand prize package including the following Harlequin Teen titles: 2 copies of The Break-Up Artist, a copy of White Hot Kiss, The Forever Song, The Secret Diamond Sisters, Played, and an ARC of Let’s Get Lost.

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About Philip Siegel:

Philip Siegel grew up in New Jersey, which he insists is much nicer than certain TV shows would have you believe. He graduated from Northwestern University and promptly moved out to Los Angeles, where he became an NBC page. He likes to think that the character of Kenneth on 30 Rock is loosely based on his life rights. Currently, he works in downtown Chicago by day while he writes novels at night and during his commute sandwiched in between colorful characters on the El. THE BREAK-UP ARTIST is his first novel.

Tour Schedule 

Monday April 28Bumbles and Fairy Tales - Guest Post
Wednesday April 30Reading Teen - Guest Post
Friday May 2 - Scott Reads It - Guest Post 
Monday May 5 - Xpresso Reads Author Interview
Wednesday May 7Miss Page Turners City of Books  Author Interview
Friday May 9 -  Me, My Shelf and I  Guest Post


  1. This is an interesting concept of a story: breaking up couples. I wondered if the characters do eventually grow toward the end of the story. It would be an interesting journey with the characters.

  2. Now that's the entrepreneurial spirit! Since most high school romances end in turmoil, why not make a little cash?! Sounds like a fun read! ;)

  3. (This is Darith L. in rafflecopter)
    I'd love to read this one!

  4. this looks and sounds fun! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway!! It sounds like a really good book to read. :)

  6. The Break-Up Artist would be the perfect summer read and the whole package of books is amazing!

  7. Interesting post! I would definitely fail LOL. I'm not good at doing any of those. Luckily, I'm not looking to break up people. ;)

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read this one!

  9. Thanks for the giveaway - It sounds like a really good book. :)

  10. NU is where my baby bro graduted from college...great school! Anyhoo, this sounds like a great read for my picky but voracious reader of a teen!


  11. This sounds like such a cute and interesting read <3 Thank y0u so much for being a part of this tour and for the giveaway!!

  12. Thanks for the fantabulous giveaway! :D

  13. This sounds really fabulous!!! Thanks :D

  14. Conscious Uncoupling, I love it lol!

  15. I like the premise of this book. Sounds like a cute read. :)

  16. This book looks amazing...and the cover is GORGEOUS <3 Thanks for the giveaway y'all!

  17. This sounds kind of interesting and I love the cover


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