Girl on the Run Book Blitz

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Next Door To A Star Blog Tour

Monday, September 21, 2015

They like me...they like me not.

NEXT DOOR TO A STAR by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Hadley Daniels is tired of feeling invisible.

After Hadley’s best friend moves away and she gets on the bad side of some girls at school, she goes to spend the summer with her grandparents in the Lake Michigan resort town of Grand Haven. Her next door neighbor is none other than teen TV star Simone Hendrickson, who is everything Hadley longs to be—pretty, popular, and famous—and she’s thrilled when Simone treats her like a friend.

Being popular is a lot harder than it looks.

It’s fun and flattering when Simone includes her in her circle, though Hadley is puzzled about why her new friend refuses to discuss her former Hollywood life. Caught up with Simone, Hadley finds herself ignoring her quiet, steadfast friend, Charlotte. 

To make things even more complicated, along comes Nick Jenkins…

He’s sweet, good-looking, and Hadley can be herself around him without all the fake drama. However, the mean girls have other ideas and they fill Nick’s head with lies about Hadley, sending him running back to his ex-girlfriend and leaving Hadley heartbroken. 

So when her parents decide to relocate to Grand Haven, Hadley hopes things will change when school starts…only to be disappointed once again.



Love gone bad.

Is this really what it’s like to live…
Next Door To A Star?

The Children and the Blood Book Highlight

Title: The Children and the Blood

Author: Megan Joel Peterson (Skye Malone)

Series: The Children and the Blood #1

Genre: Young Adult, fantasy

A forgotten life.

A secret war.

Eight years ago, an exploding gas main killed Ashley’s family and left her with a childhood she can’t remember. Eight years later, the forgotten past is behind her and life on her isolated farm is all she knows.

Until that past comes looking for her.

Until men with superhuman powers hunt her down in the night, determined to take everything she loves away from her again.

Unwritten Promotional Event

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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Title: Unwritten by Lauren

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 15, 2015

Purchase Unwritten

Amazon  |  iBooks  |  Kobo

Charlie Ashley, or Mr. Ashley as his clients know him, is a high-end male escort who gets paid thousands for whatever services his clients require. He’s lived the last ten years alone, not letting anyone in, enjoying his success and provocative lifestyle.

Allison Hayes has no idea the man she is falling in love with is a male escort. She connects with Charlie through their love of music, playing a taunting game asking herself if she loves him, hates him or if she is going to save him.

After meeting Allison, Charlie enters a world where everything he knows no longer makes sense, leaving him too scared to move forward, yet making it impossible to look back. But can he give up his entire life for love?

Legends Book Blitz

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Book & Author Details:
Legends by Doug Solter
(Skid #3)
Publication date: September 2nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Looking for an exciting young adult read about a kick-butt girl that doesn’t revolve around high school?

Meet Samantha. She drove the car that killed her dad. Now racked with guilt, the 18-year-old-girl racer dedicates her life to becoming what her dad always planned her to be…a racing champion. Now demoted to number three driver, Samantha feels alienated from her friends on the crew and Manny. And the worst part of it is…she knows it was all her fault.

Determined to make amends and save her Formula One career, Samantha re-commits herself to winning the championship. But how? How can she convince her boss to give back her car? How can she convince the crew that she’s changed? And how can she win eight consecutive races against the best drivers in the world? That’s what it will take for her to have a shot at the world championship.

Sinners + Saints Blog Tour

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Book Title: Sinners + Saints 
Author: Chelsea Ballinger 
Genre: New Adult 
Release Date: July 1, 2015 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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Book Blurb

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” – Oscar Wilde


From the first moment I saw him, I knew he was it for me… even if he didn’t. The most beautiful boy I have ever seen has become my obsession and yet I am perfectly fine with it. I was born with a warm heart… but a strong one at that.


They call me a bitch; they say I’m cruel, vindictive, and evil beyond repair… and they’re right. Frankly, I don’t find anything wrong with that. I believe people should be more like me. Life is so much easier when you shut off all the emotions that cause you to care. I am simply a woman who gets what she wants and what I want is for everyone to know their place.


Most people feel sorry for my father. Jonathan Mandrake. Wife and son are dead. Remaining sons might as well be dead. One is autistic and the other is the devil. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m not the twin with autism. That’s my brother, August. We are a mirror image of each other but due to bad luck, we are complete opposites. My father is a prick—don’t let the smile fool you. My brother is one of the few people I tolerate and like. The only person who’s ever really understood me is Scarlett. The closest thing I have to a parent is Ms. Eleanor, my temporary guardian. When wealthy parents don’t want to leave their children home alone to embarrass the family name, they send them to her, not caring that her head is full of nothing but butterflies, rainbows, Bloody Mary’s, and young Latin men. Aside from my brother, I also live here with Jordana Abbott, the only girl I haven’t slept with because she's a lesbian; Poppy Montgomery, who loves pink and pills; and Cody Nichols, a virgin—poor bastard. But now we have added a new resident. I call her the English Rose. She’s beautiful, British… and very annoying. Scarlett wants me to break her, but something tells me there is no breaking this girl. So I won’t bother. Unfortunately, along with being unbreakable, Juliet Spears is also persistent when it comes to things she should not delve into… which is me.

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Finding Sam Release Day Tour

Monday, August 31, 2015

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Sometimes, the past isn’t supposed to be forgotten.

Sam is convinced he’s cursed. Everything he touches dies. He leaves his past behind and travels across the country, hoping the distance will save the loved ones he’s left.  When his car breaks down, he becomes stranded, finding comfort in a stray dog.

Despite the fact that he refuses to build any relationships, the people of Sterling, Colorado wiggle their way into his heart. His adopted dog, Lucky, shows him he can handle responsibility. His new boss, Lenny, shows him he has purpose. His neighbor, Izzy, shows him he’s capable of love again. But can Sam find happiness after he’s lost it all?

Finding Sam, the sequel to the bestselling novel of addiction and attraction, A Reliant Love, is a tale of redemption, acceptance, and finding yourself.


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Nook: TBD

Author Links

Twitter: @taylorjlavati

Excerpt One

“I shouldn’t be here,” I mutter under my breath. 
“Like in this town or here in the kitchen with me?” She quirks her head to the side and crosses her arms over her chest. It’s defensive, but not, at the same time. More likely a precautionary arm cross.
“Do you not like me? I know I can talk a lot, and I’m trying hard to be positive in this awkward situation. Sometimes it’s just one comment too much that can set someone off. I’m sure you can tell, but I’m normally really upbeat and positive.” She nods like a hundred times.
“Anything can happen at anytime, so you have to live every day like it’s your last. That guy just pisses me off.” She shakes her head, dragging in a loud breath. 
“Listen, I’m not begging you to like me,” she says as she slams the refrigerator door shut. “It’s just that you’re new around here, and I saw you as a clean slate. I just want to be friends, so if you have a girlfriend, that’s fine.” She steps forward and grabs my forearm. I stare down at where our bare flesh connects. “Seriously, I’m not a relationship person. I don’t believe in relationships, but I do respect them. I’d never step on another girl’s toes. I just want to be friends.”
“I’m leaving the second my car is fixed.” My words ring with finality. Her hand falls from me as she steps backwards towards the fridge like I slapped her.

Excerpt Two

“Do you feel it?” Her eyes dip low. Her breath skates across my face. My heart murmurs, my body trembles. I’m shaking my head because she can’t know how much I feel when she’s near. Or how much she affects me. I’ve felt this before, with Sarah and Nat. And it scared me just as much then.
She places her hand on my chest, out feet swishing past the others as we both tread. “Let me in, Sam. I can help you. I know it. Just trust me, and let go.” I know she can feel my stupid heart racing. My nervousness is transparent. 
Her fingers brush down my jaw. They trail their way around my neck. I pull in a breath, hoping to calm down, but it doesn’t work. Her fingertips send hot pulses through my body. I only see Izzy right now. I only care about her happiness. 
Her lips come down on mine and I’m shocked to reality. “What are you doing?” My voice comes out harsh as I push her away. “You can’t kiss me!” 
I dive under the water and swim towards the shore like I’m competing in a one hundred meter dash. I’ll walk all the way back to the shop if I have to. I can’t be near her. Not right now. Maybe not ever. How dare she try to kiss me after what I’ve told her? All the warnings? 
Trust her? What a fucking joke. She just broke any trust we had built. She ruined what we could have had. I thought we’d be friends, but now I just…can’t. Not after I felt her lips against mine. 

Character Interview

1) Sam - In Reliant Love, why did you accept the fact that Sarah's accident was both of yours, but you couldn't accept Nat's as both of yours?

At first I didn’t accept the fact. It took my time in rehab to understand that other people made decisions that led up to the accident with Sarah that night. Pete let Sarah and I leave the party. It’s not like I forced Sarah to get in the car with me. If anything, she pushed me to leave so we could hang out alone. Karen, my therapist, explained all that to me. She told me I was thinking irrationally.

With Nat, I know it’s my fault. She would have never been in the car if I hadn’t gone out with Frank and gotten drunk and high. I relapsed that night to the point that I barely remember certain parts. It’s just a blur. And there’s a sliver of doubt in my head that tells me it isn’t my fault, but I’m so angry and sad, I don’t know what to think. I still take the blame.

2) Izzy- We first meet you in Finding Sam. Can you tell us a little about your past?

Oh, sure. I’m a pretty average girl. Well, I got to Sterling when my mom dropped me at my grandpa Lenny’s. My mom was a drifter. She used drugs and lived what she liked to call a gypsy life. Once I had to go to school, she dropped me here and never came back. Then she died so I got to stay with Lenny full time. He brought me up. I left Sterling to run away from my problems, but of course, came right back. Lenny used his savings to buy me the bakery. It’s right across the street from his store. I think he did it just to keep an eye on me. So that’s the past, and now I’m here.

3) Sam- How are you coping with your loss?

I have no idea. It’s literally day by day. Some are worse than others and some are really worse than others. I count the days by how long she’s been missing. I pray that maybe it’s all a sick dream. But when I shut my eyes at night, she visits me and I know my dreams are only worse than reality. I think I’m still angry that this happened. I can’t move past it because it still pisses me off and aggravates me.

4) Izzy- Are you looking for love?

Definitely not. Sure, I’d love to be in love someday, but at this point, I don’t think I’m ready. I don’t even know if it’s something I believe in. It’s hard to have complete trust in another person when you really have no idea what they’re thinking or what their intentions are. It’s scary. So while the idea of love is great, I just don’t think it’s something I can handle. I’m not the most stable person.

5) Izzy- You own a bakery, but you can't cook. Why is that?

I have no idea! It’s funny you should bring that up because I’ve always wondered if anyone else knew the difference between cooking and baking. I think there are too many variables in cooking, add a pinch of salt here and the entire meal is ruined. Where with cooking, it’s more precise and if you add a little extra chocolate, odds are the desert is still going to be good. I have no idea what my problem is, but I cannot cook a single piece of pasta if my life depended on me.

6) Sam- When you were helping Lenny at the general store, did you learn anything about yourself?

Definitely. I think I learned more in those first two weeks in Sterling than the entire rest of my life. Having this job where I saw the differences I was making, made it easier to keep going. I would work my entire body to the point of exhaustion and then all I could think about at the end of the day was going to bed. It distracted me while helping me grieve. I learned that I’m maybe a little stronger than I thought I was. And by getting to know Lenny and how important his store is to him, it made me care.

7) Izzy- Is there anything in particular that drew you to Sam? And how is that your dog's won't leave each other? Are they friends or having a relationship with possible puppies?

In Sterling, we don’t get a lot of passerbys. And I’ve always felt stuck in the town like I can’t breathe sometimes. So when Sam first showed up, I was so excited. I wanted to get to know him and be friends with him. As time went on, he pushed me away and I realized there was depth to him. I kept wanting to know more and more about him. In a brooding angry kind of way, he’s somewhat charming.

I want Killer and Lucky to have puppies so bad! I think the two are best friends. They’re both neutered so some weird tiny-big puppies are out of the picture, but still. I think Lucky and Killer are the best of friends. They’re opposites in every aspect, but it makes them best friends. I don’t know. They’re just the best dogs ever.

8) Sam- Why won't you let Petey into your life? Are you afraid of something? Judgement perhaps?

I met Petey so damn long ago, he’s more family than my real family. It makes it really hard for me to disappoint him. After the accident with Sarah, I never thought Petey would speak to me again. I probably went to the same college as him just to attempt to make amends but I was always so scared. When I checked into rehab, it felt like this was a new beginning for Pete and I. And, you know, things were good until the accident with Nat. And I just don’t want to lose him again so I figure if I push him away first, it won’t hurt as much.

9) Sam- What is it about Izzy that makes you think about Nat?

At first, it was the light that shined naturally from her. They both smile like crazy, emit this positive energy you can’t ignore, and put hope in me. But that’s pretty much as far as the similarities go. Looks wise, they’re polar opposites. Nat was blonde, tan and light-eyed. Izzy has fair skin, near-black hair, and chocolate eyes. Where Nat was so innocent and forgiving and she let me walk all over her, Izzy would never allow that. She’s smart, she understands the world I’ve lived in. It’s just so different.

10) Sam & Izzy- How do you feel about Lenny having cancer?

Sam “You can go first.”
Izzy “Well, we first discovered the cancer about two years ago. He’s been fighting really hard and luckily it hasn’t been progressing. I hate seeing him in pain so I try really hard to make him comfortable and get him his favorite things. He has this slippers he loves to wear after we go to the doctor. He calls them pillows for his feet.”
Sam “Not knowing what’s going to happen is the worst part. Any time I hear him cough, I worry it’s going to be the last. It’s like walking on eggshells through life. He’s become such a staple in my life, I don’t know what it’d do to me if I were to lose him.”

BONUS Sam & Izzy- Where do you see your future?

Sam “Honestly, I’m just happy to have a future. It took so long for me to get to a place of peace so I take it day by day and try not to look too hard into the far future. Right now, I need to take Izzy to her doctor’s appointment and tonight we’ll have dinner together. Tomorrow I’m working at the store all day and receiving a shipment. That’s how I live now.”

Izzy “He’s so negative! But it definitely helps us both to live at the edge of our seats. There aren’t many expectations except honesty. As long as we’re both honest with each other and communicating our feelings, I think everything will turn out fine. He’s important to me. And I think he knows that.”

The Banished Craft Blog Tour

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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Welcome to my tour stop for The Banished Craft by E.D.E. Bell!  The tour

runs August 18 - September 1 with reviews, interviews, guest posts, excerpts and giveaways.

 The Banished Craft is a fantasy novel and is written for adults but is

appropriate for mature young adult readers.   This is the first book of the Shkode series and

releases on September 1, 2015.

Diverted Heart Release Day

Saturday, August 15, 2015


About the Book

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Title: Diverted Heart

Author: Beth Ann Stifflemire

Genre: New Adult Romance

Texas summers are no doubt some of the hottest you’ll find. The heat

encountered during this summer is not at all what Taylor bargained for. She’s at a crossroads

between childhood and womanhood, rummaging through the emotions of first love versus passion.

Two young men tangle a web of needs and desires in her heart. The summer before college begins,

Taylor is thrust from her childhood home in Houston to an inherited family farm on the outskirts of

Schulenburg, Texas. Eric, her first love, has gone states away to play college football. Low-spirited

and merely trying to get through an expectantly boring summer, she is nearly run off the road by her

new country neighbor, Maxwell. Ruggedly handsome, devilishly charming and everything Taylor

seeks to avoid, Maxwell does something to her emotions she’s struggling desperately to interpret, as

they spend the summer filled with each other. Boundaries are tested and the scales of lust tip

despite hesitations. A final decision must be made. Did she ever truly love Eric? Is Maxwell simply a

lustful thought, or is there more to uncover beneath the surface? One thing is for certain, this

summer will change Taylor in every possible way: mind, body and soul.

Accidental Butterfly Book Blitz

Welcome to the Book Blitz for Accidental Butterfly by Marisa Cleveland. This is a young adult romance with light paranormal elements. It released on July 5th and is available for sale!

About the Book:
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Book Title:  Accidental Butterfly
Release Date: July 5, 2015
Category: Young adult romance
Sub Categories: light paranormal, coming-of-age
Original / Regular Price: ebook $2.99 --- print book $11.75

Dead at sixteen. She was just another statistic. Until she became a guiding angel.

Book Description:
Alive, Kate Dunlap breezed through high school with meaningless friendships and relative ease. But after an accidental overdose ends Kate's human existence, she's granted the opportunity of a lifetime. Return to Earth. Save Jake Barton. Prove her worth. 
Success guarantees Kate an all access backstage pass to heaven. But as she falls in love for the first time, the reformed superficial social butterfly must risk her chance at redemption to guarantee Jake's life on Earth. 

Back to Us Blog Tour

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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About the Book

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Title: Back To Us

Author: Teresa Roman

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance


Abandoned by her parents at fourteen, Jessica knows what it means to struggle. She's vowed that getting her degree is the only thing she has time for, until a summer internship brings Justin into her life.

But Justin has scars of his own. A tour of duty in Afghanistan has left him with wounds. A medical discharge from the Navy leaves Justin struggling to make sense of his new reality. Then he meets Jessica; but can the two of them leave their pain in the past and make a future together?

About The Author:

Displaying image1 (2).jpgTeresa Roman is a lover of books, both reading and writing them. She currently resides in Sacramento, CA with her husband, three adorable children and the puppy her son convinced them to adopt. When she isn't at her day job or running around with her kids, you can find her in front of the computer writing or with her head buried in another book.




I turned to leave. There were a million things I wanted to say to Justin, but without a guarantee that he’d respond the way I wanted him too, I was too afraid.

“Yes?” I was almost at the door.

Justin hopped up on the table behind him and rested his feet on a chair. I waited for him to talk. “I’m scared,” he finally said.

“Scared of what?”

“That you’ll break me.”

I walked over to Justin slowly and stood in front of him. “You don’t believe I care about you?”

“I do. But feelings change, people change.”

“I don’t know what I’m supposed to be saying right now. I was the one who asked you out. I was the one who told you I was interested, but you turned me down, twice.”

“Just hear me out, okay?”

“Ok.” I took a step closer to him and he reached for my hand.

Where Shadows Lie Spotlight

Monday, August 10, 2015

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Title: Where Shadows Lie
Genre: Christian New Adult Suspense
Release Date: June 14th 2015

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
His dark past haunts him. His new life taunts him. 

After twenty years in the gangs and a hefty prison sentence, an early release gives Shawn the opportunity to turn his life around.

But that isn’t so easy when gangs are involved.

Only a year into his fresh start, the gang catches on and makes Shawn’s life miserable. After all, once a gang member, always a gang member. His very blood belongs to them.

Threats become promises. Whispers become actions. Words become bullets. He must fight – not only for his life, but to save his honor, prove his integrity, and protect the woman he loves.

An ember of hope glows in the darkness, strengthening his resolve. Will her support and his determination be enough to dispel the shadows of his past?

A story of discovery and faith, love and perseverance.

Across The Miles Tour

Sunday, August 9, 2015
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This is my stop during the blog tour for Miles Apart by Rhonda L. James. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 21 August, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

So far this series contains 2 books: Across the Miles (The Not So Bad Boys of Rock #1) and Miles Apart (The Not So Bad Boys of Rock #2)

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By Rhonda L. James

Genre: Romance

Age category: New Adult

Release Date: May 31, 2015


From the author of Across the Miles, comes the sequel to the love story of Sebastian and Brooke. Go back to the days after Brooke left for London, and find out what happened to place Sebastian in that hotel room with nothing but memories and a bottle of whiskey.

What You Left Behind Blog Tour

Thursday, August 6, 2015
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What You Behind (Left Behind, #1)


Len Webster


Contemporary Romance


August 6, 2015



No amount of white sand or distance could bury their past. Some things are just never meant to be forgotten. When Julian Moors returned from Thailand he left behind all his belongings, his father and only brother in Melbourne and moved to Sydney. One girl shattered his world and left him with more questions than answers.

Behind the persona, Stevie Appleton tries to outrun her past. Nightmares and memories have started to collide, putting her future and her heart at risk. No one can know the secrets she tries to keep locked away, even if it means betraying the people she loves the most.

Everyone has a story but not everyone has a past quite like Stevie and Julian.

When they meet years later, don't expect a happy ending. The past holds skeletons and not even these skeletons can be buried.

Never Say Never Cover Reveal

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Title: Never Say


Author: Emily


Genre: Full length,

stand-alone contemporary romance

Release Date:

September 28, 2015

Cover Designer: Sarah

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My life was full of nevers. 

It was never supposed to go this way. I was never supposed to lose Mom so soon. I was never supposed to worry about making ends meet, to worry about losing the farm. I never thought I’d be working a job I hate, with a boss who was more interested in what was under my shirt than in my head. Saving neglected and abused horses had been my whole life. It was my reprieve, my sanity, my last saving grace in a cruel world. I never thought I’d grow to resent it, but I guess there is a first for everything. 

Then I met him. 

The Hollywood playboy.

The entitled, cocky asshole that I can’t get out of my head. I never thought there could be more to him than sex appeal and an infamous reputation of loving and leaving. I never thought I’d fall for him, put my heart on the line, and risk letting him completely destroy me. 

But you know what they tell you…never say never. 

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Emily Goodwin is the author of the twice banned dark romance, STAY, as well as over a dozen other titles. Emily writes all types of romance, from love stories set in the zombie apocalypse to contemporary romances taking place on a western horse ranch. Emily lives in Indiana with her husband, children, and many pets, including a German Shepherd named Vader. When she isn't writing, Emily can be found riding her horses, designing and making costumes, and sitting outside with a good book.

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Flame Release

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I’m soaring.

After years of hard work and determination, I am exactly where I want to be in life. As the top ranked Freestyle Motocross rider in the world, I have more money than I could ever dream of spending and gorgeous women throwing themselves at me in every city I land. I have everything I could ever want.

Everything except her.

While in Breckenridge for my best friend’s wedding, I was introduced to Dakota Shavell, a friend of the bride-to-be, and from the moment our blue gazes met, sparks flew.

What I initially intended to be a single steamy night together turned into a scorching two week road trip to New Orleans with a sassy-mouthed blonde. Being between her legs gave me a bigger adrenaline rush than I’d ever gotten from flying through the air while straddling a bike.

It was supposed to just be fun, a good time. I planned to walk away unchanged.

Sun-Kissed Summer

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
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Book & Author Details:

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Publication date: July 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult


Summer can change everything.
For shy, bookish Katie Quinn, it just might after an accidental mix-up at the airport on the way to visit her grandparents for the summer leaves her stuck with the wrong suitcase. One full of short shorts, high heels, and absolutely nothing she would normally dare to wear. Until she realizes her newfound look has garnered the attention of Key West’s biggest hottie, Brad-freaking-Garrison, and might just give her the one thing she’s always dreamed of—an epic summer romance.
A romance her summertime best friend only wishes he could give her. But for Oliver, getting Katie to see him as more than just some dumb jock isn’t going to be easy after he agrees to compete against Brad in a kite-surfing competition. And if Brad has any say in it, the prize is Katie herself.
With more than just a contest on the line and a friendship at stake, will this be the summer Katie finds her footing, even if it is in someone else’s shoes?  Will Oliver finally get the courage to tell Katie how he really feels and get out of the friend-zone for good? Or, like a kite in a hurricane, will everything they’ve ever hoped for be lost in the storm?



“So, tell me the truth,” I say, staring out at the horizon from Mallory Square as the sun dips below the sea and sets the sky awash in pink and purple, dessert in hand. “Is this your standard swooning date? Or did I get an Oliver original?”

 Lifting his brow, a smile plays on his lips. “That depends.” He takes a slow lick of his gelato while eyeing me. “Are you thoroughly swooned?” 

Am I thoroughly swooned? Totally and completely.

“Eh.” I shrug, pretending to be unimpressed, despite having just been on a date that could rival any written in the pages of my favorite romance novels. “I mean, I’ve had better. But I’ll definitely give you an A for effort—since getting good grades is apparently your thing now,” I say teasingly before walking down the boardwalk as the cool, salty air blows against my sun-drenched skin.

“Oh, yeah?” Ollie says, running up behind me, wrapping an arm around my waist, and twirling us around in a dizzying circle until I’m laughing uncontrollably. “You say you’ve had better, huh?” He sets me back on solid ground, but leaves his arms around my waist to hold me steady, keeping our bodies pressed tight against one another. “Good thing this ‘Ollie original’ is a five-parter. Remember? And by my math—you know, since I’m a college guy and all now—we’ve only done four. So…you ready for part five? The swooniest of all?”

The swooniest of all? Is that even possible after everything we’ve done? With a smile as carefree and happy as summer itself, I slip my hand into his, ready to find out. 

“Swoon away, Oliver Hayes. Swoon away.”

Displaying Marta.jpgMarta Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was a teenager when Doc Martens, Pearl Jam and flannel were the norm and Dylan loved Kelly forever. (Beverly Hills, 90210 shout out!)

She still lives just outside Seattle, now with her husband and cat, and loves the rain.

When she's not writing about cute boys, first kisses and the magic and wonder of being seventeen, she's watching The CW. And she sleeps in. Late.

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