Join us in celebrating Entangled Teen’s 12 Days of Kickass (Or on this blog: KickButt ;) ) Event! This event is going to be a blast!
We are joining together to share some exclusive content with you all! There will be 2 teams, The Smartass Team who will post a good or swoon worthy deleted scene or an excerpt and The Badass Team who will post a villainous deleted scene or excerpt. And the cool part is we’ll be posting on each other’s blogs! The party starts on December 2nd and goes all the way to December 13th! We will wrap up the event with our monthly twitter party on December 13th 9 PM EST/6 PM PST as well! Each day will have 2 posts from us along with an EPIC giveaway!
So how do I join in you ask? It’s easy just follow along with the tour and find the hidden word (it will be highlighted) in each post and fill out the Rafflecopter form! What can I win you ask? You can win one of 2 Kindles (valued at $69) and we’re giving away 5 sets of 5 Entangled Teen Print Books US Only, and 10 Entangled Teen eBooks International! Also we will be giving away more books and Amazon and Barnes & Noble Gift Cards during the twitter party! That means 2 people will win a kindle, 5 people will win 5 of our amazing print titles, and 10 people will win eBooks!
Today, I'm proud to host the awesome Tracy Clark, author of SCINTILLATE. (Even the title sounds cool!)
Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they're going through, they aren't alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.
She grew up a "valley girl" in Southern California but now resides in her home state of Nevada with her daughter and son. She's an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat. She is the recipient of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant and a two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program.
Her debut novel, SCINTILLATE, was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.
And here's a little about her awesome book, SCINTILLATE!
Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and living in Ireland. Since then, Dad has been more than overprotective and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she is suddenly seeing around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.
Troubled by these strange flickerings and fearing she is being stalked, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.
There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—a conspiracy that could end her life and change mankind forever.
Scintillate is the first book in this lush and exciting new trilogy, full of romance, adventure and metaphysical mystery.
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Sounds amazing, right? Check out this awesome exclusive excerpt, and make sure to check for the highlighted word!
Just when I began to sink back into my pillows, the door swung open again, and I couldn’t have been more surprised by who entered. Of course, I knew of Finn Doyle. The whole school knew of the intriguing new student from Ireland. Despite the fact that he was from the place of my birth, and that I’d cultivated a robust obsession with Ireland since my dad moved us to the States when I was little, I’d never tried to get to know him.
Finn Doyle had unfortunate taste in friends.
He was one of them. The banal, popular crowd I found so irritating, I nicknamed them the VIPs. (Vapid. Irritating. Populars.)
I gaped at Finn in his striped volunteer apron as he neared my bed, while trying to ignore the cloud of colors surrounding him. It wasn’t unpleasant, though. Kind of like the sun was setting over his shoulders.
“A guy candy striper?”
“That’s surprisingly discriminatory. The family friend I’m staying with, who since birth has been male, works here as a lab tech. And I do believe your doctor is a woman. I’m willing to bet the world’s ready to accept a guy candy striper,” Finn said in his thick Irish accent. He followed through with a wide, teasing smile.
There was something so focused about him as he spoke to me, it was unsettling. I scowled, getting on my own nerves for allowing Finn Doyle to make me self-conscious. I did my best to avoid the VIPs at all times. They were like soul sandpaper. Some of my humanity rubbed off with each interaction.
It didn’t matter that Finn had been in the States as a foreign-exchange student for only a couple months. They’d snatched him up and adopted him the minute he landed. Gorgeous guy from Ireland with impossibly adorable accent equaled immediate in with the VIPs.
“I’ll have you know a guy can deliver flowers as well as a girl can,” Finn continued.
“Perhaps better.” He gave a slight bow and whipped a bouquet of daisies from behind his back.
My dad always gave me daisies. “More flourish and technique.”
An insufferably amused smile curled the corners of his full lips. I noted a dimple on his left cheek and added it to the list of his irksome qualities. I looked away from him, out the window, anywhere else.
“I’ve seen you around school before,” he said thoughtfully. “You seem different somehow, up close.”
Did he have to point it out? “I’ve been sick.” I was sure he heard the word “moron” at the end of my sentence, even if I didn’t say it.
“Right. Well, I imagine being in the hospital would make anyone cross. Or is this your normal disposition?” he asked, setting the flowers on the bedside table and arranging a few stems to his liking.
I glanced sideways at him. “Yes.”
Finn leaned in and adjusted my pillow. He was so close I could see the faintest hint of a tattoo reaching up from his chest to his neck. I had an intense, irrational desire to know what the tattoo was, and it was all I could do to fight the forceful urge to pull his T-shirt collar down for a better look.
Finn smiled a pirate’s smile, rogue and full of mischief. His gaze flitted from my hand back to my eyes, and I realized I had grabbed Finn’s T-shirt and still had it wound tightly in my fist.
Startled and flushing, I released him. The impulse had been powerful, overwhelming, but how could it make me act without any awareness or control? It was disturbing. I drew the sheet up to my chin, wishing I could sink into myself and disappear like a TV fading to black.
Clearly, the fever had fried a few brain cells, but still I recognized his tattoo—three interconnected spirals spreading like the traces of fingertips over the left side of Finn’s chest, teasing up to his collarbone.
I’d seen the triple spiral before. It was a symbol carved into the megalithic stones of Newgrange, one of the world’s oldest prehistoric sites atop a grassy hill in Ireland—older even than Stonehenge or the Great Pyramids. Though the symbol of the three spirals had been hijacked by Celts, Wiccans, and even Christianity over time, no one had a clue as to the original meaning of the carving. I had a picture of it in my Ireland scrapbook.
I longed to ask him about it, to feed my hunger for all things Irish, but I couldn’t hoist myself over the wall of pride I’d already erected. Not to mention swimming through the moat of embarrassment after grabbing his shirt like an idiot. “Sorry,” I murmured.
“Cross is okay,” Finn said, low and husky in a way that underscored his words. “There’s not a sailor on the planet who doesn’t love the challenge of a good storm.” I could see the smile in his eyes and how he fought to keep it from his lips.
We eyed each other. A deeper gaze than anyone besides my father had ever dared to hold with me. It was unnerving, but I was determined not to be the first to break it. The VIPs could smell weakness. I might be the quiet type, but I was not in the mood to be toyed with.
Finn studied me a moment more. “Your eyes remind me of home,” he finally said, and walked out.
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2 Kindles (valued at $69) US ONLY
5 sets of 5 Entangled Teen Print Books US Only
10 Entangled Teen eBooks International!
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And here’s the post schedule so you can follow along each day!
12/2/2013 Kendra Highley will host Rachel Harris with a Smartass post.
12/2/2013 Rachel Harris will host Kendra Highley with a Smartass post.
12/3/2013 Christine O’Neil will host Vivi Barnes with a Badass post.
12/3/2013 Vivi Barnes will host Christine O’Neil with a Badass post.
12/4/2013 Karri Thompson will host Danielle Ellison with a Smartass post.
12/4/2013 Danielle Ellison will host Karri Thompson with a Smartass post.
12/5/2013 Princess Sophie will host Cecily White with a Badass post.
12/5/2013 Cecily White will host Princess Sophie with a Badass post.
12/6/2013 Jolene Perry will host Lea Nolan with a Smartass post.
12/6/2013 Lea Nolan will host Jolene Perry with a Smartass post.
12/7/2013 Victoria Scott will host Sara Hantz with a Badass post.
12/7/2013 Sara Hantz will host Victoria Scott with a Badass post.
12/8/2013 Kelley York will host Tiffany Truitt with a Smartass post.
12/8/2013 Tiffany Truitt will host Kelley York with a Smartass post.
12/9/2013 Melissa West will host Cindi Madsen with a Badass post.
12/9/2013 Cindi Madsen will host Melissa West with a Badass post.
12/10/2013 Rebekah Purdy will host Shea Berkley with a Smartass post.
12/10/2013 Shea Berkley will host Rebekah Purdy with a Smartass post.
12/11/2013 Lisa Burstein will host Jus Accardo with a Badass post.
12/11/2013 Jus Accardo will host Lisa Burstein with a Badass post.
12/12/2013 Renee Collins will host Tracy Clark with a Smartass post.
12/12/2013 Tracy Clark will host Renee Collins with a Smartass post.
12/13/2013 Chloe Jacobs will host Brooklyn Skye with a Badass post.
12/13/2013 Brooklyn Skye will host Chloe Jacobs with a Badass post.
We’re super excited to share all of these awesome posts with you and make sure to follow along on twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #12DaysOfKickass!