Tuesday, January 12, 2010

meet Stephanie Morrill

Last week's winner is Karen K. Send me your addy, Karen. There's an Email me button in the sidebar. =)

I'm also posting at Exemplify today...
Where will you die? In the Desert or Promised Land?

Today we have a young adult novel in the spotlight...and it sounds really good!! Remember, you can enter the book giveaway TWICE, once on each post, this one and the interview that posts tomorrow. =)

Patterings




Stephanie Morrill is a twenty-something living in Kansas with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband and their daughter. She loves writing for teens because her high school years greatly impacted her adult life. That, and it's an excuse to keep playing her music really, really loud.

You can find her online at www.StephanieMorrillBooks.com
and on her blog.





Out with the In Crowd
She knew changing her life wouldn't be easy--but she never expected it to be this hard. Skylar Hoyt may have vowed to change her partying ways, but it's not so easy to change her friends. Even though the old Skylar is gone, she's still not sure who this new Skylar really is. Add to that two parents battling for her loyalty, a younger sister struggling with a crisis pregnancy, and a new boyfriend wishing for more of her time, and Skylar feels like she can't win. After all, how do you choose favorites among the people you love most? Stephanie Morrill is a twentysomething living in Kansas with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband and their daughter. She is the author of Me, Just Different and loves writing for teens because her high school years greatly impacted her adult life. That, and it's an excuse to keep playing her music really, really loud.
 
Here's the first page of Out With the In Crowd:

Chapter One
 
All winter break, I’d planned for this moment, the one about to happen.

“Hey,” Eli said as we passed each other in the hall.

I intended to say hello back, to smile like things between us hadn’t changed, but something inside me bristled. I locked my jaw, turned away from his hypnotic smile, and picked up the pace.

Then I mentally kicked my butt as I sped toward my locker. That was not how it should’ve gone.

For starters, when I saw Eli for the first time this semester, I intended to be hanging off Connor’s arm, transfixed by him and unaware of Eli’s presence. Since Connor and I rode to school together, I assumed this would be easy to arrange. If only Connor hadn’t questioned whether he’d locked his car, then abandoned me here in the hall to run and check, things might have gone as planned.

Secondly, I should’ve been casual and cool. A simple, “Hey.” A killer smile. But really, anything would’ve been better than avoiding eye contact and rushing off. Especially because I couldn’t avoid Eli for long. We had first period together.

But deviating from the Eli plan did have its perks. It gave me something to focus on besides what possibly awaited me down the hall. When I chose my locker at the beginning of the year—seemingly a lifetime ago—it never occurred to me that my friends might no longer be my friends. That Jodi, Alexis, Lisa, Eli, and John would become the five people I wished most to avoid.


You can purchase Out With the In Crowd from CBD and Amazon:


Stephanie is giving away a copy of Out With the In Crowd. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment and check back on Sunday, Janurary 17th to see if you've won. You can enter twice--once on each post in this spotlight. If you want to guarantee that you're notified if you win, then leave your email address in the comment, otherwise, you can just check back and email me through the button in my sidebar.
**Annoying little disclaimer: This giveaway is open only to U.S. addresses. By clicking on the Amazon link above or in the sidebar, and purchasing, I will receive a very small percentage of the sale.

9 comments:

  1. I think this is a book both my teenage girls would enjoy reading. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. Thank you so much for having me, Patty!

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  3. please enter me into the drawing for this book.


    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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  4. Anonymous1:08 PM

    would enjoy reading this fabulous book...thanks for the opportunity.

    karenk
    kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)Com

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  5. This sounds WONDERFUL. Looking forward to the interview!

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  6. Would love to read this book. Thank you!

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Please enter me in the drawing.
    Thanks, JoAnn
    joann4us(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. This book sounds excellent. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks, Esther.

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  9. The book sounds great! Please enter me in the drawing. ~Abby

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