Friday, November 21, 2014

Book/Movie Trailer #4: CINDERELLA by Disney Studios


I have a new addiction: BOOK/MOVIE TRAILERS!!!

I'm an "old lady" who doesn't do much late Friday nights except read, 
catch up on some Big Bang Theory episodes or watch a few episodes of Gilmore Girls... 
and maybe bake a cookie or two... 
until I discovered that there are a lot of book trailers out there! 
And more and more are being made and released, and I cannot help myself! 
I'm going to start sharing a few of my old and new favorite book/movie trailers :) 

However! Today is a bit different since it has been a while since I have shared a book trailer. I found Disney's new CINDERELLA movie trailer and I. Am. In. LOVE!!!


Doesn't the movie poster remind you of a few bookcovers???
The books that immediately came to my mind is the Everneath Trilogy by Brody Ashton...


If you are a true follower to my blog, you must know by now that I am all about the fairytales, no matter how the story is told!


And, I am so excited to see Helena Bonham-Carter in a role that has her wearing all white! lol




Expected release date: March 13th, 2015

Cover Reveal: REBOUND (Boomerang #2) by Noelle August (NA)


by Noelle August
Expected release date: February 10th, 2015
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks (HarperCollins)
Genre: New Adult Romance
Format: Paperback, eBook

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SUMMARY

At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Noelle August

Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? 

Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind Boomerang

You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_August,




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Waiting On Wednesday #110: VANISHING GIRLS by Lauren Oliver (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)


What I'm waiting for...


by Lauren Oliver
Expected release date: March 10th, 2015
Published by: HarperCollins
Genre: YA Contemporary 
Format: Hardcover, eBook


SUMMARY

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
 






Why I'm waiting on VANISHING GIRLS...

I only have one sibling, a sister. So stories about sisters always peak my interest. 
My sister and I are extremely close, I cannot imagine anything ever coming between us, let alone, separating us to the point of not being on speaking terms... breaks my heart just thinking about it!

I really liked Lauren Oliver's Delirium trilogy, even the ending!
I loved her middle grade, The Spindlers! And I really enjoyed her adult novel, ROOMS!
(I have to finish reading Before I Fall; I still need to get/read Panic!!!)
However, I must admit - her middle grade and adult writing style was really more what I look for. Compare those books to her young adult books, I prefer the others...
So, I'm really, really looking forward to reading another Young Adult novel by her... even more so that it is another stand-alone.


What are you waiting for this week???

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU by Julie Cross (YA)


by Julie Cross
Release date: October 7th, 2014
Published by: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback, eBook


SUMMARY

Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own — most of which involve placing first at every track meet… and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart.



MY REVIEW

This is my first time reading a book by Julie Cross, and after hearing about how wonderful her and her books are, my expectations were pretty high. And she delivered beautifully!
First, can we just swoon over the beautiful black and white cover with a touch of yellow - I love this color combo! Next, it isn't easy to balance a story that covers so many important life changing moments - new love, "career" choices, family decisions and personal growth, all while doing it in the public eye. There is a lot to take in, and the author gives us all the details we need to watch it all unfold...

Annie is a 17-year-old that is doing well in school, loves to run and hopes to get a scholarship through track soon. She lives with her dad, a retired baseball player and cancer survivor, and helps take care of her maternal grandmother, who has Alzheimer's.
When her father is offered a position to coach in the major leagues, Annie knows that this is an opportunity for her father that he cannot say no to. Baseball was his life, he left due to his illness and didn't return because of it. And when he tried to make a comeback of sorts, Annie's mother left, and he decided to stay home with Annie to give her the most stable life that he could manage for her. Annie knows that this will be good for him, he deserves this and wants him to be happy. She convinces her dad that this is not only a good opportunity for him, but for the entire family.
Within a weeks time, Annie finds herself in a new city. They're now living in a bigger home, there's a nurse to help take care of grandma and Annie will be attending one of the best private schools that offers one of the highest ranking track teams in the state. Annie is a bit out of her element here, but is determined to not only make the best of it, but to take advantage of all the good things that are finally happening to her and her little family.

And then Brody happens.

How Annie and Brody meet is hilarious and memorable. From the moment these two say their first few words to each other, I knew that their story was going to be fun to follow. The initial love/hate relationship is right on target. Which then turns into a friendship that blossoms into something possibly more. The immaturity that they both display and learn from grounds them to their true personalities. The tug and pull that they both do to each other just makes them stronger. Everything that they go through, say and end up with was so realistic and relatable. The age difference and the fact that they're both in such different places in their lives really creates a lot of problems for their relationship. Trust is a huge factor. And acceptance is key. In the end, I really did not know where they were going to end up. Together or not, they're both really strong and determined characters, and I loved that even though they'd had their moments, in the end, they both thought of others before themselves.  

I have to admit - at first I was a bit disappointed that the author did not go into more details regarding Brody's past and family. We are told what he did, what happened and this is just it. Nothing really happens for him. It made me sad. But, I understand that in reality that this is the way things go for some people, unfortunately. And it made my heart ache for him just a bit more.

Another part that I have to point out is the amazing family dynamic that the author created - absolutely beautiful. The father-daughter relationship was so spot on and refreshing. It was so nice to see such a strong bond between them. With Annie's mother breezing in and out of their lives so much, her father did everything for her and supports her in everything that she does. And Annie's admiration for him was so sweet and heart melting. They had many moments that made me get all tear-eyed.

Contemporary fans, especially those who love baseball, will really enjoy Annie and Brody's story. I hope we get to see more of them - even if it is just a cameo appearance in another story. I'd love to see them in their future...   


*An eARC was sent to me for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Julie Cross


Julie Cross lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast and longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former gymnastics program instructor with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. 
Outside of her reading and writing credentials, Julie is a committed— but not talented — long-distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar-weather survivor, and expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym-shoe addict.


Book Blitz Giveaway: THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR by Marie Landry (NA)



Release date: November 5th, 2013
Published by: Self-published
Genre: New Adult
Format: eBook


SUMMARY

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? At least that’s what twenty-year-old Ginny Bailey’s grandmother always told her, and Ginny believed it until Grama died. She even put on a brave face the following two Christmases, carrying on Grama’s traditions and decorating her house and café with Grama’s favorite decorations.


But Ginny can’t pretend any longer. When she finds out she’s going to be alone for the holidays this year, her Christmas spirit goes out the window, along with her luck. Everything that can go wrong does, and Ginny just wants to spend the holidays hiding under the covers...until Dean Riley comes back into her life. With their shared past, old feelings begin to resurface almost immediately, and Ginny thinks Dean might just be the Christmas miracle she’s been waiting for to help her remember why Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.






PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon / Kobo / Barnes and Noble / Smashwords




GIVEAWAY

From Jessica
An amazing prize pack of goodies, including a mug, Kahlua-flavoured coffee, a chocolate cookie bar, and mini bookmarks from Marie’s Angel Island series.
Open to U.S. and Canada only.

From Marie
Don’t worry international friends, you’re not being left out! 
1 international entrant will win a $5 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash!!!


(Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any lost, damaged, unclaimed, etc. prizes.)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Marie Landry


Marie has always been a daydreamer; 
since early childhood she's had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. 
She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece. 
She's a hopeless romantic, an unapologetic eavesdropper (occupational hazard), an equally unapologetic squeeing fangirl, and a lover of swoon worthy book and TV characters. 


For more on Marie and her books please visit http://sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca. She also loves to chat with fellow book lovers, so feel free to tweet her @SweetMarie83 any time.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Blog Tour (Guest Post and Giveaway): I WISH by Elizabeth Langston (YA)


by Elizabeth Langston
Expected release date: November 18th, 2014
Published by: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback


SUMMARY

What Lacey needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules.

Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous "genie." He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there's a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.

Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he is one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.



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GUEST POST - The I WISH Playlist (Almost!)

I didn’t really create a playlist while I was writing I WISH.  I like silence when I’m writing. But, as I talked and brainstormed with my daughter about the characters in the book, she would suggest theme songs for Lacey and her relationships. So here they are.

Lacey and Henry
Lacey is a doting big sister for eight-year-old Henry. Her major focus is to keep his home life as worry-free and comfortable as possible (even though that is actually quite hard for their family). Henry adores her back.
“Rather Be” by Clean Bandit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUC_rzsiua8)

Lacey and Crystal
Lacey’s relationship with her mom is complicated. Crystal’s depression and her seeming lack of interest in getting better are wearing Lacey down. But through all the anger and frustration, they still want to care.
“Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCWnVznnWcs

Lacey and Eli
Lacey has known Eli throughout high school, and they’ve always been friendly. But now that he is coaching her brother in soccer, they have the opportunity to spend more time together. And friendly changes to friends.
“Lean on Me” with Glee cast (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZR4cVE0Htw)

Lacey and Grant
I’m not going to say anything about their relationship. It's best to let it unfold in the story.

“Break In” by Halestorm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfFOzQVKuMs)



GIVEAWAY
- GRAND PRIZE: 1 winner will win a signed copy of I WISH, $25 eBook gift card, copper bracelet, swag, temporary tattoo. (U.S. and Canada only.)
- 2nd PRIZE: 2 winners will win a copper bracelet, swag, temporary tattoo. (U.S. and Canada only.)
- 3rd PRIZE: 30 winners will win swag and temporary tattoos (International!)
- Giveaway ends December 1st, 2014. 


(Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any lost, damaged, unclaimed, etc. prizes.)



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Elizabeth Langston

Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two teen-ish daughters and one husband (a geek like her). 

When she’s not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch dance reality TV shows, and dream about which restaurant ought to get their business that night.

Elizabeth’s debut novel WHISPER FALLS released in November 2013. Its sequels, A WHISPER IN TIME released in April 2014 and WHISPERS FROM THE PAST released in October 2014.  Her new series begins with I WISH in November 2014.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Blog Tour (Excerpt, Review and Giveaway): THE HIT LIST by Nikki Urang (YA)


by Nikki Urang
Release date: November 11th, 2014
Published by: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Paperback, eBook
Format read: eARC


SUMMARY


The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.



When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.

Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.

The girl worth the most points? 
Sadie. 




PURCHASE LINKS




EXCERPT

The war rages inside me. I want fight or flight to take over, but there’s a third option in this scenario — surrender.

His lips hover centimeters over my mouth and his shadow weighs on me like he’s pressed against my body. He leans one forearm against the wall next to my head. His other hand remains flat against the wall above my shoulder.

My thoughts jumble together in my mind. I need to get away from here, away from him.

But my heart won’t let go.

Part of me wants to be this close to him. The smell of his cologne mixes with the smell of sweat from the studios. I chose to leave my past behind when I left New York. I want to start over, but if he’s only after me for this game, it won’t be a fresh start. It’ll be a replay of the pain I’ve already experienced. Except it’ll be worse.

I stay—physically locked by his arms, mentally locked by his gaze, confused about what I want and what I should do. He sighs and closes his eyes. His lips graze my temple and then his breath is on my ear.

“I won’t kiss you while you’re attached to someone else, but do me a favor?” he asks, a smile playing at his lips.

“What?” My voice wavers, a combination of panic and attraction.


“Tell your boyfriend he’s got competition.”





REVIEW

Nikki Urang really knows how to tell a good story that I just couldn't put down! Regardless of how I felt about the characters, from beginning to end, I was completely committed to finding out what was going to happen to everyone... even though I have no knowledge of any sort in regards to professional ballet, dance, tap, etc. The author gave me just enough info to understand what the characters were doing and what they were trying to accomplish without missing a moment or lacking in the stories momentum.

After having her heart ripped apart and recovering from a dance injury, both faulted by her old dance partner back in New York, Sadie moves to L.A. to try to get a fresh start and pick up where she left off, without a dance partner. However, life can never be that easy... but she's determine to do what she has to do to stay on top, with no strings attached to her old life and without creating any new ones in her new life, she is going to work as hard as she can to prove to herself and her instructors that she is the best. With high hopes to not only make it into the Fall Showcase where she'll be able to perform in front of some of the biggest talent scouts, with the hopes of landing her dream job, but also win a scholarship of sorts to go to London, Sadie will only trust in herself to accomplish her dreams. 
But the instructors and department heads have made other plans. Everyone must be partnered in order to audition for the Fall Showcase. Not only that, someone has started a "Hit List", a game where guys try to hit on and score with the top 10 girls on the list. And Sadie, who just wants to be left alone, is on the top of that list.
And then Luke happens.
Not only is Luke the biggest player on campus, his parents are also prominent figures at the school, but he has just been assigned to be Sadie's partner.
Sadie has only been on campus for just a few short days, and she is completely overwhelmed and is starting to have panic attacks. How will she ever get over her trust issues in time to impress her peers and make her dreams come true???

The main issue between Sadie and Luke is communication. The back-and-forth banter, the hot-and-cold mood swings usually would cause me to say enough already, let's move on. However, for Sadie and Luke's story, it works. Every moment that they had together, good or bad, made them reflect and grow as individuals. Everyone's made mistakes. And they learn to accept theirs, each others, and more. It was really refreshing to see such honest and raw character development.
Also, Sadie was completely shattered not only by her ex-partner's, Patrick, betrayal and his involvement in her injury, but also, the fact that he was the only constant trust that she had in her life since her father past away and her mother blocked her out, is completely understandable and heartbreaking. At times, she seems a bit whiny and too quick to place 100% percent blame on Patrick. But, being that she was so young, so in love, and so trusting, one can understand that this was an extremely traumatic experience and time for her. And no one can truly understand her emotions unless they had physically and mentally went through what she had to go through, alone. 

Again, the author has definitely created some memorable characters in THE HIT LIST. I highly recommend it - a good quick weekend read you won't regret!


*An eARC was sent to me by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.



GIVEAWAY

1. Signed copy of THE HIT LIST + signed bookmark
2. YA prize pack:
DOON by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
ALIENATED by Melissa Landers
ANOMALY by Tonya Kuper

a Rafflecopter giveaway
*Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any loss, damaged, unclaimed, etc. prizes.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Nikki Urang

Nikki fell in love with books at a young age and looked forward to reading a book with her mom before bed every night. It was only a matter of time until her love of reading turned into a love of putting those words onto the page. 

Now, her days are spent helping those overcoming opiate addiction and her nights are spent writing. 

She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two stubborn cats.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #109: VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Katie Coyle (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)


What I'm waiting for...


by Katie Coyle
Expected release date: January 6th, 2015
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Format: Hardcover, eBook


SUMMARY

Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents. 

But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed "Rapture," all that’s left of her parents are two holes in the roof. Suddenly, she doesn't know who or what to believe. 

With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. 
Because at the end of the world, Vivan Apple isn't looking for a savior. 
She's looking for the truth.








Why I'm waiting for VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD...

First, is the cover amazing! Font, colors and all!!!

Next... the "Rapture" actually happens!... or it sounds like it does.

Lastly - ROADTRIP!!! 
Yes, I know that it's probably not going to be a "fun" kind of road trip due to the "Rapture" and the loss of her parents, etc... but still! 



SO, what are you waiting to get your hands on now?!?!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Release Day Book Blast Giveaway: LUCK ON THE LINE by Zoraida Cordova (NA)


Hosted by Me, My Shelf and I

On The Verge #1
by Zoraida Cordova
Release date: November 11th, 2014
Published by: Diversion Books
Genre: New Adult Romance
Format: eBook, Paperback


SUMMARY

To turn her life around, she’ll have to stand the heat. To fulfill his dreams, he’ll have to get Lucky. 

Despite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her launch Boston’s next hot restaurant, The Star. Even if it means working with the infuriating, egotistical, and undeniably sexy head chef. 

James loves being known as Boston’s hottest bad boy in the kitchen, but if he wants to build a reputation as a serious chef, he has to make this restaurant work and keep his scandalous past out of the headlines. Getting involved with his boss’s spoiled, sharp-tongued daughter is definitely not on the menu. 

As the launch of The Star looms and the tension and chemistry heat up in the kitchen, they’re going to need more than a little luck to keep everything from boiling over.




PURCHASE LINKS



GIVEAWAY

- Must be 13+ to enter.
- US/Canada only.


THREE swag packs that include
Bookmarks and postcards with cocktail recipes from LUCK ON THE LINE.
(1) "Kiss the Bartender" mug
(1) "Lick the Cook mug

(*Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any lost, damaged, unclaimed, etc. prizes.)



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Zoraida Cordova

Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She made her way up north and now works in the glittering New York City nightlife. She likes shiny things like Christmas, merdudes, and the skyline at night. She loves making new friends.



Release Book Blitz (Excerpt and Giveaway): THE HIT LIST by Nikki Urang (YA)


by Nikki Urang
Release date: November 11th, 2014
Published by: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Paperback, eBook


SUMMARY

The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.

When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.

Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.

The girl worth the most points? 
Sadie. 



EXCERPT

The first notes of the music start and I do my best to look like I’m waiting on a park bench for the love of my life. It’s not a stretch to be attracted to Luke. He walks toward me and I launch myself off the chair, running full speed at him, jumping into his arms at the last possible second. His touch is warm against my leg and back. He holds me tight, tighter than he’s held me in rehearsal before. I want to believe it’s because he might like me as more than a partner, but really it’s probably so he won’t drop me.

He spins me around once and tries to disentangle my limbs from his body. I don’t want to let go. He sets me back down on the ground and keeps me at arms length while I attempt to grab his hand. He pulls it away effortlessly every time.

This is supposed to be the part when he breaks up with me. But I can see him working hard to hide his emotions. Like maybe he doesn’t want to let me go, either. But that’s not part of the dance.

He stops dancing. “What’s wrong?”

“I could ask you the same thing. You don’t really look like you’re about to break up with me.”

He stops the music and crosses his arms over his chest.  “Well, you don’t really look like you’re in love, so we’re even.”



PURCHASE LINKS
  



GIVEAWAY
1. Signed copy of THE HIT LIST + signed bookmark
2. YA prize pack:
DOON by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
ALIENATED by Melissa Landers
ANOMALY by Tonya Kuper
Ends 11/15/2014

(*Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any lost, damaged, unclaimed, etc. prizes.)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Nikki Urang

Nikki fell in love with books at a young age and looked forward to reading a book with her mom before bed every night. It was only a matter of time until her love of reading turned into a love of putting those words onto the page. 

Now, her days are spent helping those overcoming opiate addiction and her nights are spent writing. 

She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two stubborn cats.