Blog Tour: Excerpt of Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

Blog Tour: Excerpt of Not Now, Not Ever by Lily AndersonNot Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson
Published by Wednesday Books
on November 21st 2017
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The sequel to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest.

Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer.

1. She isn't going to stay home in Sacramento, where she'd have to sit through her stepmother's sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.2. She isn't going to mock trial camp at UCLA.3. And she certainly isn't going to the Air Force summer program on her mother's base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender's Game, Ellie's seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it's much less Luke/Yoda/"feel the force," and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn't appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she'd be able to defeat afterwards.

What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she's going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?

This summer's going to be great.

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About Lily Anderson

Lily Anderson is a school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California, far from her mortal enemy: the snow.

The air conditioner wasn’t up high enough to permeate through more than the top layer of my hair. Even with the streetlamps burning outside the windows, I knew it would still be almost ninety degrees outside. I took a long sip of my lemonade.

Sid’s biceps gave an unconscious flex. “They couldn’t have picked something useful for you to do with your vacation?”

“No,” I said. The truth came out cool and clean against my lips. “They really couldn’t have.”

When we perfect commercial time travel, everyone in the past is going to be pissed at us. It’s not only that their quiet, sepia-toned lives will be inundated with loud-mouthed giants. And it’s not even the issue that language is a living organism, so all communication will be way more problematic than anyone ever thinks about.

It’s jet packs.

At some point, someone is going to ask about jet packs, and no amount of bragging about clean water and vaccines and free Wi-Fi will be able to distract them. Even if you went back before the Industrial Revolution, someone is going to want to know if we’ve all made ourselves pairs of Icarus wings.

Defrost Walt Disney and he’ll ask to be put back in the fridge until Tomorrowland is real. Go back to the eighties and everyone’s going to want to know about hoverboards.

Hell, go back to yesterday, find your own best friend, and they’d still ask, “Tomorrow’s the day we get flying cars, right?”

People want miracles. They want magic. They want to freak- ing fly.

Unrelated: Did you know that crossing state lines on a train is pretty much the most boring and uncomfortable thing ever?

Despite sounding vaguely poetic, the midnight train to Oregon wasn’t much for scenery. Unfortunately, running away tends to work best in the middle of the night, especially when one’s cousins have a curfew to make and can’t wait on the platform with you.

Twelve hours, two protein bars, and one sunrise later, the view was rolling brown fields that turned into dilapidated houses with collapsing fences and sun-bleached Fisher Price play sets. Apparently, the whole “wrong side of the tracks” thing wasn’t a myth. Everything the train passed was a real bummer.

One should always have something sensational to read on the train, whispered Oscar Wilde, sounding remarkably like my stepmom.

With my headphones drowning out the screech of the tracks, I reached into my backpack, pushing past the heavy stack of books and ziplock bags of half-eaten snacks, to the bottom. Tucked between the yellowed pages of my battered copy of Starship Troopers was a folded square of white printer paper. I tried to smooth it over my leg, but it snapped back into its heavy creases.


Dear Ever,

On behalf of Rayevich College and our sister school, the Messina Academy for the Gifted, it is my great pleasure to offer you a place at Camp Onward. At Onward, you will spend three weeks learning alongside forty-seven other accomplished high school students from all over the West Coast as you prepare for the annual Tarrasch Melee. The winners of the Melee will be granted a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Rayevich College . . .

The page was starting to wear thin in the corners from my fingers digging into it whenever it stopped feeling real enough. The packing list that had once been stapled to it was even worse off, high- lighted and checkmarked and underlined. I’d had to put that one inside of an N. K. Jemisin hardcover so that the extra weight could smash it flat.

I ran my thumb over the salutation again. Dear Ever.

I shivered, remembering how my hands had trembled as I’d read those words for the first time, stamped to the front of an envelope with the Rayevich seal in the corner. It meant that everything had worked. It meant that freedom was as simple as a checked box on an Internet application.

The train lurched to a stop. I shoved the note back inside of Star- ship Troopers and popped out my headphones just in time to hear the conductor’s garbled voice say, “Eugene station.”

I staggered down to the platform, my laptop case and my back- pack weighing me down like uneven scales. I sucked in fresh air, not even caring that it tasted like cement and train exhaust. It was cooler here than it was back home. California asphalt held in heat and let it off in dry, tar-scented bursts.

Oregon had a breeze. And pine trees. Towering evergreens that could have bullied a Christmas tree into giving up its lunch money. We didn’t get evergreens like that at home. My neighborhood was lined in decorative suburban foliage. By the time I got back, our oak tree would be starting to think about shedding its sticky leaves on the windshield of my car.

As a new wave of passengers stomped onto the train, I retrieved the massive rolling suitcase that Beth had ordered off of the Internet for me. It was big enough to hold a small person, as my brother had discovered when he’d decided to use it to sled down the stairs.

I’d miss that little bug.

There were clusters of people scattered across the platform, some shouting to each other over the dull roar of the engine. I watched an old woman press two small children into her bosom and a hipster couple start groping each other’s cardigans.

In the shade of the ticket building, a light-skinned black guy had his head bowed over his cell phone. His hair was shorn down to his scalp, leaving a dappling of curl seedlings perfectly edged around his warm brown temples. He was older than I was, definitely college age. He had that finished look, like he’d grown into his shoulders and gotten cozy with them. A yellow lanyard was swinging across the big green D emblazoned on his T-shirt.

“Hey,” I called to him, rolling my suitcase behind me. My laptop case swayed across my stomach in tandem with my backpack scraping over my spine, making it hard not to waddle. “Are you from Rayevich?”

The guy looked up, startled, and shoved his phone into the pocket of his jeans. He swept forward, remembering to smile a minute too late. All of his white teeth gleamed in the sunshine.

“Are you Ever?” His smile didn’t waver, but I could feel him processing my appearance. Big, natural hair, baggy Warriors T-shirt, cutoff shorts, clean Jordans. Taller than him by at least two inches.

“Yeah,” I said. And then, to take some of the pressure off, “You were looking for a white girl, right?”

His smile went dimply in the corners, too sincere to be pervy. “I’m happy to be wrong.”

“Ever Lawrence,” I said, hoping that I’d practiced it enough that it didn’t clunk out of my mouth. It was strange having so few syllables to get through. Elliot Gabaroche was always a lot to dump on another human being.

“Cornell Aaron,” the college boy said, sticking his hand out. He had fingers like my father’s, tapered, with clean, round nails. I spent the firm two-pump handshake wondering if he also got no-polish manicures. “I’ll be one of your counselors at Onward. It’s a quick drive from here.”

He took the handle of my suitcase without preamble and led the way toward the parking lot. I followed, my pulse leaping in the same two syllables that had wriggled between the folds of my brain and stamped out of my shoes and pumped through my veins for months.

Bunbury.

It was a stupid thing to drive you crazy, but here I was: running away from home in the name of Oscar Wilde.

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Book Love – All in Pieces Paperback Release

When I fall in love with a book I fall hard. If I love it I want you to love it too. I like to get the word out for it, I like people to know it exists, I like suggesting people pick it up and read it. It’s just who I am as a reader and a book lover. Actually I’m like that with anything I love. I like to push and if I get even one person to fall the same way then I feel like I have accomplished something. That’s my goal today.

About a year ago Suzanne Young released a fabulous book, All in Pieces. I was lucky and I got to read it in August of 2016 and I was blown away buy it’s beauty. I loved it so much in fact I read it twice before it was even available on shelves. You all know I’m a rereader, but that was pushing it even for me. But honestly it was that amazing and I needed to return to that feeling and emotion I got. I loved it so much I have since read it a 3rd time and plan to read it a 4th time. I also have done numerous posts on my blog for it:

Guest Post – Riveted Lit Q&A with All in Pieces author Suzanne Young

Review: All in Pieces – Suzanne Young

The Book Push – All in Pieces (Suzanne Young)

So why am I talking about it again? Well it’s out on paperback today and it is the perfect opportunity for you to go and pick up a copy to see what I love so much about it. And if you have already read it and reviewed it? Today is the perfect day to put that review on sites like Amazon and Barnes and Nobles.

Book Love – All in Pieces Paperback ReleaseAll in Pieces by Suzanne Young
Published by Simon Pulse
Amazon, Goodreads

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

Now I ask, have you read it? Have you posted your review?

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On My Radar – Author Morgan Young (15)

When I want to immerse myself in a romance book I often find myself skimming Amazon for a book that jumps out at me. Sometimes I just read a quick, fun, sexy read that I can read in a couple of hours and Amazon’s Romance section has yet to let me down. Well in early August I was in one of these moods and I was lucky enough to come across Morgan Young.

Who is Morgan Young you ask?

Morgan Young is a bestselling author who splits her time between Nashville and Phoenix, playing guitar and roasting alive. She is the author of over a dozen books, including the Small Town Sexy series, Nevada Falls, Stage Lights, and The Coffee Break-Up.

Since coming across this author I have read 5 different books. Some I have read in order (as they are a companion series) and some out of order. But no matter what they all have one thing in common, they are just really fun, quick & sexy reads. They characters have all had great chemistry and my only complaint was that I wanted the latest book, Hard to Find, to have been a full novel and not just 142 pages. That is a winner right there in my book.

On My Radar – Author Morgan Young (15)Hard to Find by Morgan Young
Format: eBook
Amazon, Goodreads

Phoebe Banks is driven. She moved to small town Kansas to be closer to her brothers, and to open her own bar—a dream she's had for years. She doesn't have time for relationships.

But when Isaac, an incredibly sexy grad student, tosses out an unruly patron in her bar, Phoebe finds herself a bit distracted by his piercing blue eyes and bulging muscles. His shyness that doesn't seem to extend into the bedroom. The two can’t keep their hands off each other, and soon, Phoebe realizes she might just be falling in love for the first time.

As the semester ticks past, Isaac's family wants him to move home to Arizona. Phoebe's afraid she’s holding him back, but Isaac doesn’t agree. He’ll do everything he can to prove to her that what they have is real. And that kind of love is hard to find.

Also books you should check out by Morgan Young:

On My Radar – Author Morgan Young (15)BEST BAD IDEA by Morgan Young
Format: eBook
Amazon, Goodreads

Ryerson Banks makes being bad feel so good.

When Cheyenne Winslow is introduced to Ryerson Banks at a backyard barbecue, her friend Zoey has one warning for her: Stay far away. Cheyenne's had a rough past, and Ryerson is a heartbreaker. A definite bad idea.

But Ryerson’s piercing brown eyes, bulging biceps, and lips that look ready to kiss her at any moment, are hard to resist. So when he comes by her room late that night, Cheyenne is more than grateful for his undivided attention between the sheets.

Their attraction is white hot, and soon, Cheyenne and Ryerson find their chemistry—in and out of the bedroom—is way too intense to ignore. Especially when heartbreaker Ryerson has clearly fallen in love.

Can Cheyenne get over her past so that Ryerson can be part of her future? Because even she has to admit… Ryerson Banks is the best bad idea she’s ever had.

On My Radar – Author Morgan Young (15)Nevada Falls by Morgan Young
Format: eBook
Amazon, Goodreads

After a tragic car accident leaves tennis star Nevada Pierce’s hands horrifically scarred, and her father dead, life will never be the same. In a flash of screeching metal, her future was destroyed.

Now, two years later, Nevada is nothing like the girl she once was. The beautiful, athletic blonde hides behind outrageous pink hair, black clothes, and, of course, the gloves that cover her scars. She's pushed away her family and her ex-boyfriend, Becker, the captain of the lacrosse team.

But as Becker comes back into her life, Nevada finds herself vulnerable once again. Vulnerable to his charm. His smile. And his love.

In this heartfelt and steamy romance, Nevada will have to forgive herself to move on... and realize that the man she pushed away has never given up on her.

This author is currently on my radar and should be on yours too.

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Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge – November Link-Up

Happy 10 months of reading, you fabulous people!

You’ve made it through 10 months of reading. Pat yourself on the back. We have reached November and the challenge is winding down. If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge,you can so so HERE. If you don’t sign-up, your entries will not count toward the giveaway and I have to disqualify you. Basically…SIGN-UP! The 2018 sign-up will be happening in December so keep watching the blog!

Monthly Link-Up and Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the around the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

This month’s topic:

 

Contemporary Romance Authors – Some authors I associate with a good contemporary read

 

  1. Kasie West
  2. Elle Kennedy
  3. Emery Lord
  4. Stephanie Perkins
  5. Jay Crownover
  6. Miranda Kenneally

 

If you have any questions, please email me (accessoriesbooksclothes@gmail.com) . Also, make sure you follow me on Twitter (@andiabcs) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2017 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

 

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