Today’s Tuesday Tease
When Nia unknowingly spoke a prophecy on her eighteenth birthday she freaked out her best friend, Rhea. Nia realizes she needs to find some answers. Rhea makes her promise to go and see her Great Aunt Amarie, but she isn’t sure if her crazy aunt could really help.
Nia finds herself unexpectedly drawn to a stranger and begins dreaming of people who seem to know everything about her.
They offer little in the way of information as to how and why. It all feels too real but Nia is unsure, at least until she wakes up with a trinket from the encounter.
When dreams and reality collide Nia will have to face dangers she never knew existed. Ready or not she will have to discover her True Fate.
Nova has haunted his dreams for nearly a year-but Quinton never thought a sweet, kind person like her would care enough about a person like him. To Quinton, a dark, dangerous life is exactly what he deserves. And Nova has no place in it. But Nova has followed him to Las Vegas, and now he must do whatever it takes to keep her away, to maintain his self-imposed punishment for the unforgivable things he’s done. But there’s one flaw in his plan: Nova isn’t going anywhere . . .
Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn’t want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he’s done, what he’s lost. He’s sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he’s too damaged to get close to her, yet she’s the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?
Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.
When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods—vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn’t happen—are more traditional, but who is she to judge?
Nate doesn’t tell her why he’s in her garage, and she doesn’t tell him what she’s running from. Soon, Hanley¹s trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate¹s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn’t sure which is worse: that she’s harboring a fugitive, or that she’s in love with one.
There are good YA Romance books and there are GREAT YA Romance books and this falls into the great category for me. I was immediately drawn in and I was happy to read it. I started reading it on Monday late and finished it today. I told my daughter I would be getting her a copy too. She’s sixteen and I think it would be good for her to read. That being said let’s move on to plot.
The plot is good and at first it’s daunting that this girl would just be okay with this stranger but we take into account she is seventeen but she is in no way naïve. Hanley is smart and broken and I think that she sees how young Nate is off the bat and that he is somehow broken just like her.
The progression of the book was pretty quick so there was never an :oh, hurry up” moment for me it was just all good. Alot of issues are dealt with that kids in our society deal with and it was refreshing. I love the characters too each and every one and if Erin Fletcher were to revisit Hanley and Nate in the future it would get no complaint from me. I like alot about this book. There was really nothing to not like about it.
A well written and knowledgeable coming of age story with a thick twisty plot that keeps you on your toes. I say bravo Ms. Fletcher!
5 of 5 Hearts
Nate looks me over, from my jacket to my favorite pair of jeans, to the shoes that are bonfire-worthy but still cute. My hair, with the help of a straightener, is so silky that my dark bangs fall into my eyes even more than usual. My eye makeup is amped up. Whether all of this is because of the bonfire or because of who I hoped I’d run into before leaving is open for debate. He reaches up and brushes my bangs away from my face. The split-second touch makes me crave more. “You look gorgeous.”
“Where are you headed?”
Though staying here in the garage might be a better option, I say, “A bonfire.”
Nate studies me again, but this time it feels like he’s looking for something deeper. “Don’t you ever get tired of sneaking out?”
“Not really,” I say with a shrug.
He tugs on the zipper of my fleece, lowering it slightly and pulling me closer. “What are you running from, Hanley?”
It feels like my secrets are written all over my face, but I say, “Nothing.”
When he smiles, it’s almost sad. “I don’t buy it.”
I lean in, putting both hands on the car behind him, one on either side, trapping him. “You tell me why you’re living in my garage and I’ll tell you what I’m running from.”
He gives a sly smile and doesn’t budge. “Secrets it is.”
“Secrets it is,” I echo. And even though the small space between us is electric and threatening to disappear, I push off the car and step away. “I’ll see you later,” I say as I open the door.
“Hanley,” he says before I can get too far. “Be careful out there, okay?”
I don’t make any promises.
Erin Fletcher is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise while drinking excessive quantities of coffee, believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics (which is almost never useful when writing books) and lives in North Carolina.
Promises are made to be kept, never stolen. But that’s exactly what happened to Victoria Blane and Levi Manor. Tragedy strikes their perfect relationship leaving Victoria struggling to overcome the darkness that threatens to bury her. With Victoria’s life in tatters she decides that running away is easier than dealing with her troubles. But when a friend finds her on the floor in her kitchen, she knows it’s time for a change.
Brighton Hanley knows what it’s like to lose someone. He knows what it’s like to be haunted by things that can never change. When he meets Victoria he recognizes the pain she’s trying to bury deep in her eyes. He knows she’s trying to run away, but he also knows that you can’t run forever.
Victoria is drawn to Brighton in ways she never expected. He becomes her champion, her life line… her sunshine in the darkness. But is Victoria ready to let go of the past and grab on to her future? Or will she run away from Brighton before she can be hurt again?
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
I loved everything about Victoria Blane and Levi Manor and the dynamic between them and the history, that alone had me swooning and dreading the inevitable tragedy.
It was so very sad when she lost him the desperation and pain was so real. I was taken in by the detail of the depression that I have seen first hand before.
Kate was so instrumental and Claire they were so great with her. It takes time but the baby steps help so much. She finally after some time begins to get back on her feet. Her progress is slow going and it’s always a battle not to slip back into the depression that can overtake when you least expect it.
Victoria has already taken some huge steps into getting her shattered life back when she meets Brighton at school in her group. He looks at her and makes her feel things she isn’t sure about and she embarks on a journey to see if love is something she could ever do again. Lost love when it’s sudden and tragic leaves a stain on the soul as far as I am concerned. This book is a raw and emotionally open look at life after the love of a lifetime and the battle to move on and live.
She deserves the new lease on life if she will allow herself to be happy, it’s a really beautiful thing.
I really do love this book. I recommend it highly and I love what Brina is doing with #ipromise.
4 of 5 Hearts
My parents wanted to name me something that couldn’t be shortened so “Brina” came out of a baby book. It’s pronounced like the water filter but with an “n” instead of a “t.” I know I wish it was more exciting too, but sadly, it’s really not. Though it’s different and I like it.
I’ve been writing professionally for over a year. I also teach in an elementary school and I coach high school cheerleading.
After finally landing a teach job I was only employed for two years before the furloughs started. If you’re from PA you know that teachers are facing the biggest budget cuts we’ve ever seen, so when I lost my job I decided to start writing the Cryptid Tales novels. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Author Brina Courtney’s upcoming release Stealing Promises is an emotional account of a young woman’s struggle of love, loss and finding her inner strength to move on. Because of the hard hitting subject of the book Brina took to instagram and started #ipromise as a way to support everyone that has suffered a loss of a loved one. Join her by posting a picture of yourself with a heart on your wrist for #ipromise
Along with instagram she is also asking fans to donate to The Crisis Text Line.
Crisis Text Line serves young people in any type of crisis, providing them access to free, 24/7, emotional support and information they need via the medium they already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works:
A teen texts into CTL anywhere, anytime.
A live, trained specialist receives the text and responds quickly.
The specialist helps the teen stay safe and healthy with effective, secure counseling and referrals through text message using CTL’s platform.
CTL partners with existing organizations that are experienced, highly trained, and well-equipped to respond to teens in crisis: experienced crisis centers, youth-serving organizations, and experts in the youth and mental health fields.
The smell reached her nose before she even opened her eyes, and Victoria knew where she was. Back in the hospital, the hellhole. It had the distinct smell of cleaning supplies and death. Victoria couldn’t understand why she was back here when she had finally made the decision to take care of the pain herself. Why had Kate arrived when she did? Had she been watching her that closely? Did she expect something like this to happen? Slowly Victoria tried to move her limbs and felt the scratchy sheets beneath her skin. She looked over at the multiple stitches crisscrossing back and forth over her pale skin. This was her life. This what Victoria had done to herself. Her arm would never be the same again. But would anything else? She wasn’t sure.
Stealing Promises, one girl’s powerful account of love, loss, and ultimately hope.
My #ipromise mark is tattooed on…
This goes towards my #RPRC2014