the endless summer 2

I just tried to post this but tumblr was like gET THAT TRASH OUT OF HERE

in honor of Endless Summer book 2 almost being in reach I! Started! Binging! Book! 1! Again!!!!!!!

and naturally I had to draw myself in the style because I will marry Jake McKenzie one day

So if @playchoices ever needs someone to add to the cast LMK I CAN BE THAT GARBAGE CHARACTER YALL

A Week in the Life of a Choices Fan

Monday - Only got till Wednesday! I’ll make it through… right?

Tuesday - Oh god it’s tomorrow I don’t know how I’m going to make it

Wednesday - Reloads the entire day waiting for the chapters. Then freaks out.

Thursday - *only thinks of new things that happened*

Friday - *comes up with so many conspiracy theories*

Saturday - Starting to think I can’t make it to Wednesday again

Sunday - Slightly impatient with too much free time and nothing new to freak out over

*repeat cycle perpetually*

Where will you sit in Ms. Twombly’s class? 👏🏼🤣👩🏽‍🏫

Today, Prof. Vasquez went down from heaven to sit in and check-out our lesson for today. 👨🏻‍🏫✨

Note: The awesome The Freshman and Endless Summer transparents are from @rhayadel​! Thank you again, you’re the Best! 

After I saw @mycsishere‘s Endless Summer phone wallpaper, I wanted to try to make one by myself. And I tried - and here it is. AND - you can be proud of me, because - I didn’t forget Raj this time! 😅😊 

Endless Summer: Book 2 News

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Back in December, Endless Summer kicked off alongside LoveHacks and The Haunting of Braidwood Manor. It began as a fun tropical island adventure, then transformed into a deepening mystery, complete with a final puzzle that you all worked together as a community to figure out.

The journey continues in Endless Summer: Book 2, which will come out around mid-summer (about July for those of us in the US!). It’s been fun hearing from everyone about how excited they are for Book 2, and I promise you, it’s gonna be epic. To tell you more about the upcoming book, here’s the Endless Summer book lead!

First off, what’s Endless Summer: Book 2 going to be about? No spoilers, please!

Endless 2 picks up right where we left off. Some of your friends have been kidnapped, and the island’s mysteries are only getting deeper. But as our misfit heroes search for the dark truth behind La Huerta, they’re going to uncover some dark truths about each other… and themselves.

When Endless Summer: Book 1 came out, it was a departure from the previous Choices books in both art and narrative style. Do you have anything new and different planned for Book 2?

We’ve actually got quite a few fun, new gameplay ideas and features that we’re putting into Endless 2. Without spoiling too much, let’s just say that all the relationships you built up in Book 1 are going to matter way more in Book 2.

What are you most excited for readers to encounter in Book 2?

I have to say, I’m most eager to see how our fans react to our biggest plot twists yet, especially the ones we have in store for the end of this book.

From where I sit, I’m always overhearing bits and pieces about the next Endless Summer book, whether it’s some wild plot twist or new character art. What’s your favorite part of creating Endless Summer?

Endless Summer has had a lot of freedom to explore what’s possible in a Choices storyline. My favorite experience has been using Endless to invent new, meaningful ways for players to determine their character’s choices and see their decisions unfold, in both expected and unexpected ways. Book 2 takes that mission statement even further, and I can’t wait to see what our fans choose to do in their adventure.

If you had to be trapped on a mysterious tropical island with one of the Endless Summer crew, who would it be?

Maybe I’m crazy, but I’ve gotta say Raj. Nobody would be better at making me laugh through tough times, and besides… I think he’s a lot smarter than he lets on.

Interesting choice! To everyone reading, thanks for your patience as the Endless Summer team works hard on the next book. Keep an eye out for Book 2 around July!

-Jessica

CHOICES UNIVERSE

So based on what I’ve played so far, this is what I can tell (or probably theorize) about the world of our beloved choices stories.

1. The Freshman, Rules of Engagement, Royal Romance, LoveHacks, Haunting of Braidwood Manor, and Endless Summer are all set in the same reality. Like in these books, the characters can cross over because they’re all from the same world.

2. The timeline of these books can be traced in a logical and chronological order.
-The Freshman book 1 is the earliest of all the stories. Followed by The Freshman book 2.
-TF book 2 is set in the winter time so the events of this book probably happen at the same time as Haunting of Braidwood Manor.
-Since Brandon and Zack are officially together and Brandon has not yet left the States, it can be presumed that LoveHacks takes place around the same time as TF book 2 (or reasonably before TF book 2, but after TF book 1). Remember that in one chapter of LoveHacks, Ben and the MC see Brandon and Zack together at a baseball game.
-The Freshman book 3 happens after LoveHacks and Haunting of Braidwood Manor.
-Rules of Engagement book 1 happens after TF book 3. If you’ll remember, Madison mentions in the finale of TF book 3 that she, Logan, and Tripp are going on a cruise. And indeed you do see them throughout RoE book 1. This also makes sense because in RoE, Claire’s uncle Antoine appears in the boat which means he is no longer in San Francisco (where LoveHacks takes place). In other words he did not remove himself from the boat in order to have a blind date with the MC of LoveHacks, thus he should be on the boat AFTER the events of LoveHacks.
-The Freshman book 4 happens at the same time as Rules of Engagement book 1 because the events of TF book 4 happen very shortly after the events of TF book 3. In other words, while the MC, Zack, Zig, Chris, Kaitlyn, and James are road tripping, Madison, Logan, Tripp, (and apparently Edgar) are on the cruise of RoE.
-Rules of Engagement book 2 happens after RoE book 1 and probably might coincide with TF book 4 (given that Madison still appears in in RoE book 2).
-The events of Endless Summer coincide with the events of RoE book 2. In fact, the chapter where Blaire Hall calls Grace to tell her to call before her flight to La Huerta is where the events of Endless Summer actually begin.
-The Royal Romance is set years after the events of RoE book 2 (but not too many years far off; I speculate around 1-2 years). This makes sense too because the younger brother of the prince in RoE (I shall call him Leo just for clarity’s sake) is now crowned prince of Cordonia (I shall call him Liam). In RoE book 2, Leo is still the crowned prince of Cordonia. However, in Royal Romance, Liam mentions that Leo has already abdicated which left him as the heir to the kingdom.

3. Most Wanted is a series/franchise of this world. This is confirmed as it’s an arcade game in LoveHacks, TF, and Endless Summer. But how does this explain the crossover of some characters of Most Wanted into other books? Number 4 is purely speculation on my part.

4.Most Wanted is supposed to be based on real life, this is according to Zahra. My theory is that the characters of Dave, Sam, Cass, are real. They exist in the same reality as the other books. And Most Wanted is a series that is based on them. So let me repeat this in another way just to clarify. The people who are in Most Wanted all truly exist in the same universe as all other books. The murders did indeed happen in that world and Sam and Dave really did solve the case. And in that reality in which they exist, “Most Wanted” is a series/franchise/video game which is based on the true story of Sam and Dave. If you think about it this way, it would make sense as it would allow for the realistic crossovers of Cassandra Leigh, Ryan Summers, Alyssa Griffin, and Nikhil into TF, LoveHacks, and RoE.

5.Most Wanted events took place before the events of The Freshman book 2. I can’t confirm if it happened before the events of TF book 1. I’ve deduced this because in TF book 2, Alyssa Griffin has risen to fame (presumably after the death of Haley Rose/Tull) fulfilling her wish at the end of Most Wanted.

6.The Crown and the Flame books 1, 2, and 3 happen hundreds of years before the events of any of the books. This would make it chronologically the earliest (not TF book 1 like I mentioned earlier).

7.Since Olivia, from the Royal Romance is a descendant of Luther Nevrakis, it must be presumed that the characters of TCTF are from the same reality as the other books. My speculation about this is that all supernatural events of TCTF are most likely not real. The people, however, must be real.

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#TBT to the end of Endless Summer Book 1. I finally saved enough diamonds for the missing dossiers, and I’m so glad I did. I hadn’t seen these dialogues discussing Jake’s and Michelle’s symbols and they gave me life ❤

In case I haven’t mentioned it before; I actually miss Endless Summer, and I dearly hope that the second book’s coming out soon, and then the third book ( a Post-La Huerta story maybe? And on, and on, and on.
And yeah I can imagine how pathetic and funny this sounds to all Most Wanted fans, that are still desperately waiting for the promised sequal. 
I feel with you.  

Endless Summer Book 2

Seen a few people post about what they want to see in book 2, so I figured I’d add my two cents.

The main thing I want to see is our choices having consequences. Book 1 did something great in that it incorporated a new relationship system, so that potentially towards the end of book 1 some characters like or dislike the MC depending on your actions.

In my story for example, Zahra ran away rather than sticking with us for the final battle. I think it would be amazing if because she abandoned us (due to our choices) we find her later on in a watcher trap, and we could potentially leave her or forgive her, or she might even have got herself killed because she ran away.

Another example would be if we don’t go to save Grace / Raj from the watchers. Then they along with Diego become resentful of us from their time with the watchers and dislike us for abandoning them, essentially driving them to become very different characters. It would add so much to the drama, and we would have to work extra hard through our actions in order to gain their trust back.

Just adding more reactivity to choices, would make the book stand out among the others, as well as add to the replay value as it could lead to different endings etc

Most Wanted News

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Last summer in August, Choices launched with three titles – The Freshman, The Crown & The Flame, and Most Wanted. They represented three distinct genres, each an experiment with what was possible for different styles of storytelling in our game. From the start, Choices was envisioned as a sort of bookstore with an ever-growing selection of books spanning different genres.

Since then, Choices has grown, adding quite a few more books to its shelves. But what happened to Most Wanted? Good question. This is what I can tell you right now:

You’ll meet Sam and Dave again. The story will continue. Most Wanted ended on a cliffhanger, and like you, I really want to know what happened to [insert major spoiler here]. I’ve definitely asked the Most Wanted writers before, but no dice, it has remained a well-kept secret. (Usually, I can get spoilers out of the writers. The finale of Endless Summer: Book 2 is going to blow your mind, just FYI.)

While there are plans to continue Most Wanted, we don’t know when the story will come off hiatus. Before Choices launched, our focus was on adding to the game’s book selection. To do that, senior writers from each of the first three books were assigned new books to lead. Senior writers are our most experienced writers, and they know how to get new books off the ground. The Most Wanted team in particular was made up entirely of senior writers. Since last summer, the Most Wanted writers have gone on to lead Endless Summer, LoveHacks, and other unannounced projects, where their knack for mystery, comedy, and vivid characterization come into play once again.

As Choices grows, we’ve grappled with how exactly to balance our current books with brand new ones. That balance is something we’re still working on, and we’re grateful that all of you have stuck with us throughout, sending us encouraging messages and tweeting hilarious gifs come Wednesday. (I haven’t seen this much Spongebob since middle school.)

To sum up: Most Wanted is on hiatus right now, but it isn’t forgotten. It will always be near and dear to us, and we plan to return to the story. When it continues, we don’t want to, as Tyler from The Freshman would say, half-butt it. We want to do things right. That means it may be a while, but I promise it’ll be worth the wait.

So what’s happening now? The teams behind each Choices book are busy with the new chapters you see released every week and other books that are works-in-progress. It’s always great to hear from all of you, and we truly appreciate your feedback. Because of awesome fans like you, we have plans for books with more main character customization options and all-new storylines. This summer is going to be an exciting one!

If you’re loving Choices and want to see more of it, keep playing and tell your friends! Your overwhelming support, incredible fanart, positive comments, and yes, laugh-out-loud gifs are what motivates and inspires us. We’ve got big plans for the future, and we hope you’ll be right there with us.

And if you want to get in contact - to just say hi, give us your feedback, or ask questions - there are several ways to do that (here’s a quick summary). The two best ways are via the Choices app, or messaging us on Facebook. We love hearing what you have to say and getting to know all of you. Weeks later, I am still amazed that one fan named her baby after an Endless Summer character (like, whoa, that’s cool).

When I write these posts or respond to fans, I find myself saying thank you over and over again – and it always feels right. After all, you are what makes all of this possible. So thank you for reading, and thank you for playing Choices! Until next time…

-Jessica

Actor AU Masterlist

Say You Love Me -  Yuuri Katsuki is an upcoming actor, cast in the role of Christine Daaé, even though he’s a guy. He thinks that this won’t be too hard, aside from those killer high notes. But, oh, was he wrong. He didn’t think that his castmates would be so… interesting. Especially the actor portraying Raoul, Viktor Nikiforov. Yuuri finds himself head over heels for Viktor. But castmate relationships are unprofessional. Right?

it’s like you’re photoshopped - Not-So-Local Ex-Dancer Upsets Coworkers by Failing to Communicate with Celebrity Castmate, details at eleven.//Yuuri just wants to retire already.

Scripted - Viktor Nikiforov is a wildly successful theater-turned-Hollywood actor who fears he’s plateaued.Yuuri Katsuki, on the other hand, is an up-and-coming thespian who struggles with jumpstarting his career. All the while dealing with his anxiety. Clearly, going to the same school as his Russian idol didn’t help much.Both out of ideas, they decide to pursue graduate studies in their alma mater. They work on a play together and, along the way, maybe even pursue something more with each other.

& Action!!! -  Viktor Nikiforov five tine Oscar winning actor from Russia and now employed on the biggest acting company in Asia and collaborates with its newest and ‘Rising Asian Action Star’ from Hasetsu together. Will he be able to cope with the new genre that he chose or will he be having trouble with his co-star?

Oops, baby I love you -  Viktor Nikiforov won another Oscars this 2016 and Yuri’s a budding fashion designer. As much as they do love each other, their work and the almost non-existent time they have for each other led for them to break up. Everything was okay, or so they thought until Phichit’s birthday came up and then suddenly, their hearts yearn for each other once more, but complications rear its ugly head towards their get-together again.

Opposites Attract - Katsuki Yuuri is a ill adjusted pop singer with a lot anxiety, hiding from the world of music. He’s probably not doing a good job, because when he wakes up with a hangover, he found himself starring in a viral video, pole dancing and singing Paula Abdul’s part of Opposites Attract.Oh, and he gets an offer from his favourite actor, Victor Nikiforov to be the romantic lead of his last movie, some musical about 2 people falling in love.

Endless Summer Hydrangea - Victor is a well-known actor while Yuri is an established director.
They chanced upon one another once before meeting on set of the filming of a tragic love story.Rumors say that it came from the director’s personal experience. That it was his way of documenting his life and presenting his story to the world. A story on his love; his first love, his one and only love. One that didn’t include Victor.Victor who has fallen head over heels with Yuri decides to make the latter fall for him. Will he succeed in melting the frozen heart or will his love story too end up as tragic as the one he is filming?

Lights, Camera, Action -  Or Yuri On Ice is a show like usual, but Yuuri, Victor, and Yurio are all actors, and they’re not quite like their characters in the show

Live, Laugh, Love -  Yuuri Katsuki, a 23-year-old Japanese actor, was a veteran top star. He has been in various popular movies as both main and supporting actors, creating a massive fan base. Nonetheless, he never lost his composure and always worked hard to give back the love he received every day. One fateful day, he got a script; a story about a young man who lost faith within himself but found his way back to the world’s stage with the love of his coach. Something clicked within Yuuri and even though his manager told him that the project might ruin his reputation, he insisted. What could possibly go wrong? And then, he met the Viktor Nikiforov.

soft hearts, electric souls - “One day, I want to see your name on the Walk of Fame.”Yuuri Katsuki is a rising star, landing a starring role in a Hollywood film for the first time. Turns out he’s going to be starring alongside his long-time idol and the biggest star in Hollywood, Viktor Nikiforov.It begins to get difficult to differentiate their characters feelings from their own.

Putting On A Show - Viktor Nikiforov is a famous Russian actor, and it seems that he has all a man could want.Which is why no-one expects him to pack up and move to Detroit.However, this surprise move lands him very near the young IT man Yuuri Katsuki, who wants to find more from life than working his 8-5 and coming home to his roommate slaving away for college.An amateur theater group seems to grant everyone’s wishes.

Santa, Yuri -  Yuri is finally on the set of a huge film with his favourite actor, Viktor Nikiforov. Unfortunately, he’s rather nervous. So, with Christmas coming up, Phichit decides Yuri needs his help, despite Yuri’s protests.

Once Upon A Dream -  In which Victor Nikiforov is your above average salaryman and Yuuri Katsuki just made his leading male role debut as an Alternate actor for Prince Philip in the play ‘Sleeping Beauty’. Victor knows he’s fucked.

Ptichye Moloko -  Viktor is a two time Academy Award winner actor who, while shooting a movie in Japan accidentally found a small cake shop Agape & Eros and instantly fell in love with the stunning desserts on display. He, however, did not expect to fall in love with the gorgeous but shy man who ran the shop.

i wanna lock in your love - Viktor has been planning this for months and somehow, in the span of about 5 minutes, it all goes to shit.Or: In which Viktor Nikiforov, award winning singer-songwriter, actor, certified musical genius, and occasional model, tries and fails to propose to his boyfriend (but it all works out in the end anyways).

Cherry Blossoms - “What would you like today?” A gentle, smooth voice interrupted his reading. Viktor closed his phone and opened his mouth to order as he looked up.

The words died in his throat and he felt like he was just punched in the gut when all the air in his lungs suddenly deserted him.

There was a goddamn angel in front of him.

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Thoughts while playing Endless Summer Book 1, Act III, Chapter 13: One of Us Isn’t Supposed to Be Here

So the intro says “A mysterious, telepathic civilization watches from the rainforest, and they only want one thing… you.” Why me?!?!?

We’re at The Celestial’s rooftop garden. Niiice.

So we’re talking about the blue creatures. I choose that we think they’re “the island’s inhabitants”. Craig calls them the “Watchers”. Nice one.

Our fox is nuzzling us by the ankles. Our fox is blue. The Watchers are blue. Connection?

Diego has a good question. They’re sealing themselves against the blue guys, “but who are we sealing ourselves in with?”.

Now the group is blocking the hotel entrance. But Iris says it’s all for naught if they don’t block the subterranean tunnel. WHAT.

So it’s in the wine cellar. Quinn is going to search for it. And now we have an 18 diamonds option to go with Quinn. Do we? Hell yeah.

They’re at the wine cellar now. I love this soundtrack. And woah, the wines. 1952. 1908. 1873. How?! Quinn recognizes one of the wines, and shares that she feels sophisticated and peaceful when she drinks it. I get you, Quinn. I totally, totally do.

“Maybe I don’t want to be strong anymore,” Quinn says. Woah. Loaded statement.

Quinn finds a crevice in the wall. Could it be the entrance? But wait, we have a choice to smile or kiss her. I ship my MC Todd with her so I go for the kiss. Now they’re making out against the cellar’s wall. Sizzling. Okay they stop to focus back on the work.

There’s lipstick all over Todd’s face so Quinn reaches for a napkin. There’s handwriting on the back of the napkin. Is this a clue?! It says A = B + C - D.

Okay, so is the vintage year 1873, 1908, or 1954? Am I seriously gonna go Algebra on this? I choose 1908. Holy crap, it’s correct. “1 equals 9 plus 0 minus 8.” (Silently thanks stock knowledge of Math.)

They go to the 1908 bottle. It’s a friggin’ lever. There is a tunnel entrance opening. Wow. So if there’s a traitor within the group they could’ve used that to get in and out of the hotel. Tsk.

Back upstairs! The group is setting traps, and Lila seems pretty much an expert. We’ve got some slick paint and Aleister suggest we fill balloons to blind them. I go with it.

There’s a picture frame Raj has… and Aleister reveals there’s a black and white photo inside it! It’s a pic of Rourke playing an arcade cabinet in a game room. Maybe there’s a game room somewhere in the hotel.

Now we bump into Jake and Estela, gathering blunt instruments for weapons. They’re offering to train MC on the beach. Do we go for it with 18 diamonds? Yes!

We’re at the beach, Jake’s teaching first, but Estela’s challenging him. Why is she in her sweater? Oh wait, she’s in her bikini now.

Estela’s style is defensive, while Jake’s technique is offensive. What do we go with?!!? I choose Estela’s because I want to score points with her.

There’s a little flirting going on. Or at least Estela’s getting charmed by Todd. “It’s kinda like we’re dancing,” Todd says of the defensive technique. Estela blushes.

Okay now we gotta choose who to spar with. I pick Estela again. There’s a time choice which I mess up. Eek.

Training’s over! Back at the hotel, we come upon… Rourke’s game room? YES!

Awww, I would please like to see that happy dance Winter/Furball performs while Zahra also dances after winning a pool game vs. Craig.

There’s the arcade game Rourke was playing! The one in the picture! Hell yeah, it’s Most Wanted 2. Guys, this is the most action we’ll get from Most Wanted 2 for now.

I am so amused by the pixelated Most Wanted game.

We get a perfect score! Initials? I put “TAB” Todd Ashton Banks. Why? Random. Well, my MC’s name in The Freshman is Holly Banks, so now I’m gonna HC that they’re siblings. Hahaha.

Maybe I should’ve put Rourke’s initials. Right.  That’s what we do next. “EAR”. Everett A. Rourke. Yes! A secret entrance opens!

It’s a control room. We come upon a choice to barricade the hotel with the anti-tsunami walls. Do we? Do we not? I choose no, siding with Zahra that I’d like to escape from the hotel should something happen from within.

THERE’S A CONFIDENTIAL FILE.

IT’S OUR CONFIDENTIAL FILE.

It says we were born in La Huerta. What? And what is that a symbol of? Plus we were born on New Year? Our threat assessment is 10?!!? Are we one of the blue creatures by blood?!? Okay that last question was far off but I wouldn’t be surprised if the answer is ‘yes’.

But wait, there’s more. So we have a file of Aleister. Codename: Serpens. So he was the one who wasn’t supposed to be part of the group. Why why why. But we’re more threatening than he is because his is at 8.

Time to confront Aleister.

It’s confirmed. He IS Everett Rourke. Everett Aleister Rourke, the Second. Everett Rourke is his father.

I KNEW IT. I FRIGGIN KNEW IT. WE FRIGGIN KNEW IT. There were lots of theories surrounding this, that Rourke was his father. *high fives all those who had the same theory from way back*

The end.

Final thoughts:
Yes! I loved this chapter! We got answers but even more questions! We were born in La Huerta?!! This ties back to something MC said last chapter. That he didn’t have to go home to, or something like that. This chapter also confirms our suspicions about Aleister. Oh wow. In the first chapter we had seen how much hatred he had towards Rourke while staring at the picture in the lobby, remember? Wow. I love this chapter. Super do. Oh wait, we also got to spar with Estela! That was fun! I can’t wait to try the Jake playthrough. :) And oooh making out with Quinn in the cellar. Go go go Todd. Great chapter! And guys, Most Wanted 2 is out — in the world of Endless Summer. Haha. :P

  • <p> <b>The Fandom:</b> So what's up with Most Wanted Book 2<p/><b>PB:</b> We can't say IF or when it comes out.<p/><b>The Fandom:</b> So what's up with Endless Summer Book 2?<p/><b>PB:</b> It's in the works but we can't say when it will come out.<p/><b>The Fandom:</b> So what's up with The Freshman Book 4<p/><b>PB:</b> EXPECT IN THE UPCOMING WEEKS 😃😃😃😃😃😃😃<p/></p>
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The Royal Romance

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It’s been an exciting few weeks at Pixelberry! Spring is in full bloom, and with it, we’ve seen the release of the newest The Crown & The Flame book and Endless Summer’s grand finale – and yes, Endless Summer: Book 2 is currently in the works.

But that’s not all we’ve got in store for you! We just released The Royal Romance, a thrilling whirlwind of love that doubles as a spin-off of Rules of Engagement. It’s the first of several new books we’re hoping to unveil throughout the spring and summer.

The Choices team is pretty much constantly hard at work on current and future books… but I did manage to snag the two writers from The Royal Romance for a quick chat:

Let’s hit the basics first. What is The Royal Romance about?

Jennifer: ‘The Royal Romance’ is about a normal girl who has one magical night with a prince and makes the spontaneous decision to travel to his kingdom to try to win his heart. But will you end up with him or fall for someone else along the way?

Kara: We’ll sometimes start off with a guideline, kind of like a one-line prompt. For Rules of Engagement, for example, our goal was something more dramatic than The Freshman and following four different characters. For The Royal Romance, our premise was to write a fish-out-of-water romance about a normal girl who gets swept into the world of royalty. We knew we wanted there to be some kind of competition element to it, so what we ended up with was something like a cross between The Bachelor and The Prince and Me–all of the thrill of falling in love with the adventure of traveling and trying to compete for the person you love.

It’s always fun spotting the crossovers in different Choices books and seeing the universe grow. How did you settle on the idea of creating a Rules of Engagement spin-off?

Jennifer: We’d already started developing the kingdom of Cordonia for Rules of Engagement, and when we found out we’d be making a romantic, royalty-focused book, it seemed like a good opportunity to expand the world and dig deeper into what it’s like there since you don’t see it very much in Rules.

Kara: Technically, The Royal Romance is also a continuation of The Crown & The Flame, though that may be a little more subtly done! One of the characters, Olivia, is a descendant of Zenobia, who appears in book 2 of TC&TF. Readers can probably tell that we love crossovers. Part of that’s because we all love seeing what the whole team is working on, so we play all the Choices books. But part of it’s also because writers will switch books when we need to help out with something else. For example, Jennifer moved from The Freshman to help launch Rules of Engagement. The writers from Most Wanted are currently working on Endless Summer and #LoveHacks, as you might have figured out from all the mysteries and jokes! Braidwood Manor had a writer from The Freshman on it, which is why there’s some cameos there.

Sometimes it can be hard when you work on a story for so long to then move on to start up another book. Leaving The Crown & The Flame to focus more on Rules and The Royal Romance was really difficult for me because I love those characters so much, but TC&TF was fortunate to have two other amazingly talented writers to keep it going. We’re always excited to get the chance to tell new stories, tackle new genres, and experiment with new ideas, but I think we all also have so much love for the other characters and worlds we’ve created that it breaks our hearts to leave them behind. I think that’s why we have so many crossovers in the whole game! It’s our way of taking our worlds with us.

What do you personally love most about The Royal Romance? And what are you most excited for our readers to encounter?

Kara: One cool thing we really wanted to do was have people get to pick their prince. This is the first time we’ve let you customize a love interest! Another thing I’m excited for is that because we’re using the same customizable character as #LoveHacks, we were able to get more skin tones and facial features so players have more options for how to customize their own character, too.

Jennifer: Also, we’ve had a lot of fun building up the characters around the Prince, and if dating a prince isn’t your cup of tea, it’s quite possible there are other lady and gentleman suitors for players to encounter.

All of our books have, to varying degrees, some romance in them. But this book is unabashedly about romance - it’s in the title! What are your thoughts on romance as its own genre?

Jennifer: I love romance and reading romance! Whenever I talk to people about it, though, they usually bring it up in a guilty way like maybe it’s something to be embarrassed over or perhaps because some don’t really see it as real literature. It makes me sad when people feel like they need to be ashamed of what they like! It feels sometimes like certain genres are deemed less literary or worthy, and I feel like the genres that get called out are often ones that are loved by women or young adults. A certain genre might not be for everyone, but that doesn’t make it less important to the people who care about it.

I think romance stories have a lot of heart, and that’s something I love in storytelling. To me, ultimately, a good romance is about seeing how people relate to one another and find meaning in their life. Connecting with people–whether it’s romantic or not–is a fundamental part of existing, and romance stories have the opportunity to explore that. And if you can find something real in what you’re reading, then isn’t that the point?

This book came together while you were simultaneously working on Rules of Engagement. That’s taking multi-tasking to a whole new level. How do you do it? Just how much coffee do you drink in a day?

Kara: Sometimes it feels like we never stop working! When you love the stories and the characters as much as we do, it can be really hard to stop thinking about them, even in the middle of the night. Plus, Jennifer and I have been best friends since high school, so we spend a lot of time outside of the office together, and when we’re excited about a project, we can’t stop talking about it. On New Year’s Eve this year, we were brainstorming The Royal Romance while everyone else was watching the ball drop.

At the end of the day, though, this isn’t just a job to us, and I hope it shows in the stories Choices puts out. It’s crazy how much we end up caring about the characters and the stories we’re telling. I think that’s the hardest part. We love writing and we want to do our best, tell the best story, and write something that will touch people. In most other forms of writing, you’d get a lot more time to agonize and revise, but we’ve got to hit weekly releases, so when Wednesday comes, time’s up. There’s a lot of pressure to write well, write fast, and, in this case, to build something new in a very short amount of time. The scariest thing is feeling like with so many things that go into every chapter and every book, and so many deadlines to hit, we might mess something up and let our fans down. But when it all goes right and we put out something that readers love, it makes it all worth it!

Finally… I’ve got to know. What’s your favorite fairy tale princess story?

Kara: Sleeping Beauty! I was convinced after I heard that story that my parents would some day reveal that I was actually a princess in hiding…

Jennifer: Cinderella. I love it as a transformative rags-to-riches story and also as a tale that you can see told across many different cultures. I do tend to favor more modern interpretations though, like the novels Just Ella or Ella Enchanted which are two of my favorite books.

Thank you for taking the time to chat! And to all of you reading along, The Royal Romance is out now – check into your game for a whirlwind of love, adventure, and more! Hope you love it just as much as we do.

-Jessica