Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sneak Peek: Swoon Romance Summer of Love (A super exciting Thursday'sChildren post!)

A few weeks ago, I blogged about how finding inspiration through the success of our peers. This week in lieu of my usual Thursdays Children post, I come bearing inspiring gifts! Sneak peeks of three new YA titles by Kelly Hashway, Rachel Schieffelbein, and Stephanie Wardrop. As writers, one of the most inspiring things we can do is keep reading, and spread the word when exciting news is afoot. The fabulous people at Swoon Romance have graciously allowed me to share just a smidge of what's in store for us from this imprint of George McBride's Month9Books. Prepare to Swoon along with me, people!

Add Advantage Heartbreak to your Goodreads TBR list!
Author: Kelly Hashway

Book: Advantage Heartbreak (A Game. Set. Match. Heartbreak series #2)

Release date: 5/28/13

Book blurb: Seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan thought she’d made up her mind about love. But with two guys still vying for her attention, she wonders if she made the right decision. Ash is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend: loyal, loving, and totally hot. But then there’s Noah: fun, sexy, and the more he sticks around, the more Meg wants him there.

What’s a girl to do?

Make up her mind, before it’s too late. Gorgeous freshman Liz has set her sights on Ash, and Noah is beginning to remind Meg of her last boyfriend—the one who broke her heart. Can she figure things out before she ruins not one, but two relationships? Or is she doomed to serve up heartbreak?

And here's our sneak peek!

I stop at my locker, dropping my books inside and grabbing my uniform and racket. Ash’s arms slip around me, and I spin to face him. Before I can even say hi, his lips are on mine.      
My heart races. My hands abandon my gear and find Ash’s face.
“Just wanted to wish you luck, not that you need it. You’re going to do great.” He leans his forehead on mine.
"I think I figured out her weakness.” Thanks to Noah. “I should be able to use it to my advantage.”
“That’s great. I’ll get there as soon as I can. I told the guys that when we go on our run, we’re circling the courts so I can cheer for you.”
Ash will see Noah there. “You don’t have to do that. I don’t want to get you in trouble. Come by when you’re finished.” Maybe I can convince Noah to leave before Ash sees him.
He lifts my chin. “I’m going to do everything I can to be there for you. What’s the worst Coach can do to me? He’s not going to bench his best player this close to Saturday’s game.”
I force a smile. “Great.”
Ash walks me to the locker room and kisses me goodbye. “I love you, Meg.”
“I love you, too.”
He kisses me again before turning in the direction of the guys’ locker room. I stare after him, but Noah is standing in the gym. I’m sure he heard everything. Heard me say the L-word. Our eyes meet, and all he does is smile. Strange. I turn and head inside the locker room to avoid the awkwardness.

Click on the book cover above to add Advantage Heartbreak to your Goodreads TBR list. You can find out more about Kelly and her books on her Blog  Twitter  Goodreads  Facebook  Amazon     

Add to your Goodreads TBR list here!

Author: Rachel Schieffelbein

Book: Secondary Characters

Release date: 5/28/13

Book blurb: When Mabel's best friend, Amber, drags her along on a double date she finds herself falling for Lance, the obnoxious class clown whom she swore she'd have no interest in. The only problem is, she's not sure if she's really the girl Lance is into, or if, like every other guy she knows, it's really Amber he's after. One thing is clear, if Mabel wants to be the lead in her own love story, she needs to start acting like it.

Check out this sneak peek!

It’s a beautiful fall day, the sun is shining, and I’m stuck sitting here on a float wearing a suit and a football jersey with a plastic crown on my head like a freaking idiot.
I’m supposed to be waving at the crowd, but Mabel is sitting in front of me in a sexy teal dress that totally shows off her smooth, tan skin, and all I can think about is asking her out. I’ll ask her if she’s going to the game tonight, which I know she is, and then I’ll ask her if she wants to hang out afterward.
Should be easy enough.
So why is it so damn hard?
Okay, quit being a wuss and just do it. I lean forward. She smells like lilacs and I can already feel my heart racing. Without thinking, I reach up and grab the back of her folding chair and pull her toward me.

You can find out more about Rachel in here books on her   Blog    Twitter   Facebook. And don't forget to click on the cover above to add Secondary Characters to your Goodreads TBR list!   

Author: Stephanie Wardrop

Book: Charm and Consequence

Release date: May 28th, 2013

Book blurb:  One superior smirk from Michael Endicott convinces sixteen-year-old Georgia Barrett that the Devil wears Polo. His family may have founded the postcard-perfect New England town they live in, but Georgia’s not impressed. Even if he is smart, good looking, and can return Georgia’s barbs as deftly as he returns serves on his family’s tennis courts. After all, if Michael actually thinks she refuses to participate in lab dissections just to mess with his grade, he’s a little too sure that he’s the center of the universe. Could there be more to Michael Endicott than smirks and sarcasm? If Georgia can cut the snark long enough, she just might find out.

Add on Goodreads!

And now for our sneak peek!

On the list of Good Things about Michael Endicott: dark eyes that are kind of like melty chocolate chips and hair with all of these curls that he just can’t keep down. And when he laughs it sort of erupts up through his throat in a surprised rumble and makes you want to laugh, too. Plus, his report on Chaucer helped our group kick butt on the English presentation last week, so I guess I find him much more tolerable these days. Attractive, even. That’s a pretty solid list, right?
I give him a little wave as he reaches the edge of the grass, and ask, “Where were you in bio today?”
“Dentist appointment,” he explains, then smirks and points to my hemp lunch bag. “So, Georgia, you brought your ethically acceptable lunch out into nature today? What’s on the menu—braised tofu, mashed yeast, turnips sprouts?” On the list of Bad Things about Michael Endicott? The fact that no one finds my veganism more hilarious than he.

You can click on the cover above to add Charm and Consequence to your Goodreads TBR list. And find out more about Stephanie via her Tumblr   Twitter   Goodreads or   Facebook

Congrats to Kelly, Rachel, and Stephanie on their book birthdays this week! I don't know about you guys, but I am adding all of these titles to my summer reading list! Who's with me??  

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  1. Great sneak peeks... thanks for sharing.... Now I have three new books to check out. I have to agree on how inspirational it feel to see others succeed.

  2. Others' successes certainly are inspiring :)

  3. What Rhiann said. And best of luck with your own. :)

  4. Ooh, more books for my TBR pile! Thanks!! :)

  5. Rock on! I don't usually read YA, but these sound totally fun! Keep us posted!

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  7. I love this! Keep the inspiration coming (so I can keep my to-be-read list lengthy!)!

  8. Dannie,
    I can see why you're inspired. I am too. Kudos to Stephanie, Rachel, and Kelly.

  9. Great sneak peeks. I don't usually read contemporary, but I'm intrigued. Thanks for sharing!

  10. So glad everyone is enjoying the previews! More to come this summer!