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Just Kylie by Monique Gooch

Just Kylie
by Monique Gooch
Genre: YA
Release Date: March 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

Kylie Bransford was all girl. She loved her long black hair that touched her lower back, and refused to cut it no matter how much her mother pleaded. She wore pink sneakers on the field when she cheered, her room was surrounded by mermaids, and her walls were decorated in pink and purple shades. She was “all” girl. Kylie loved to be on the go and in the know. The only thing that made not only her world, but her heart stop was Myles Russin. Myles was one of the cutest boys in the 8th grade. The night she invited him over to watch television was the night she knew for sure she’d receive her first kiss. Her tongue trailed the braces that shielded her teeth as Myles leaned forward with his eyes closed. With much disdain she pushed him away. Kylie had to come clean and reveal her secret. Kylie Bransford was biological born a boy, but lived as a girl. She just hoped Myles could see past her situation and like her for who she was and not what was in between her legs. 


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Chapter 1 Excerpt
Kylie
“Just so you
know, your friends are watching us,” Myles said with a meek smile, nodding
toward the gaggle of girls behind her. Kylie glanced over her
shoulder at her friends who were giggling. Kylie sank her teeth into
her bottom lip, but closed her mouth quickly, embarrassed by her pink and
silver braces. She couldn’t wait to get those things off, but that would be
another two years. Kylie raked manicured shaky fingers through her
thick raven locks that hung down her back.
She couldn’t believe
it. Myles was actually talking to her. Myles Russin, the cutest boy in the 8th grade. Was
this what flirting felt like
? Her palms began to sweat.
Kylie beamed,
practically melting into her locker. “No, they’re just being…goofy.
They uh…they think you’re like, really hot.”
Myles turned ten
shades of red and smiled a face-splitting grin. She grinned to herself. He
couldn’t hide his excitement if he wanted to. “Th-they do?” He glanced at her
friends again. They continued to snicker. “Wh-what do you think?”
Me? Well, I
think you’re…” Play it cool girl, play it cool. “Okay.”
“Just okay?”
Myles chortled.
Kylie suppressed
her laugh and glanced down at her pink high top Sketchers. She stole a quick
peek at him, and tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear, revealing her
mermaid stud earrings. Myles was one of the tallest boys in the 8th grade, much
taller than she was. His voice was starting to deepen, just like Mrs.
Vance taught them in sex-ed class last quarter. Kylie thought he
looked like a model or better yet, a movie star. The bell rang snatching her
from her trance. She realized she’d been gazing into his hazel eyes. Awkward.
“Um, maybe we can hang
out one day.” He cleared his throat as his voice squeaked slightly.
Kylie’s pulse
quickened. “Really?”
“Yeah really,” he
playfully nudged her shoulder. “I think you’re cool. We should hang out.”
“Okay um, well you
could always come to my house to watch TV or something. My mom won’t mind.”
    “Cool,” he responded
looking down at his feet. The blush in his cheeks gave him away. “Wh-what about
this afternoon?”
She immediately pulled
out her smartphone. The second bell rang, indicating they had two minutes to be
in their seats. “Er—let me text my mom.” She began typing furiously.
“Okay, just let
me know.” As he began his journey to class, her phone buzzed. The returning
text from her mother said, Absolutely not! I will not be home
until 6 o’clock. No boys unless I’m there.
She looked up from her
phone and stopped him, “Myles.”
“Yeah?” He turned. His
sneakers squeaked against the tile floor.
“My—my mom just texted
back.” Kylie stuttered.
“Is it cool?” He
looked hopeful and clutched his backpack tighter.
Kylie glanced at
her phone again. The words on the screen stared back at her, “Absolutely! It’s
totally cool.” She fired off her address and time to meet at her house.

***

 

About the Author
Monique grew up in the Bluegrass state and currently resides in Music City. She is the author of New Adult and Adult Commercial Fiction. Monique also hosts her own writer’s critique group in Hermitage, TN. She also offers editing services and serves as a beta reader and critique partner to other aspiring writing and established authors. She recently edited her first screenplay, “Sunset Unseen” written by Reynard Martin. “Sunset Unseen” went on to win an award at the Atlanta FIlm Festival. To learn more about Monique Gooch, please follow her on social media.
 
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An Unstill Life by Kate Larkindale

An Unstill Life
by Kate Larkindale
Genre: YA Contemporary (LGBT)
Release Date: July 12th 2017
Evernight Teen


Summary:



When your whole world is falling apart, what are the chances you’ll find love in the most unexpected of places?
 
Livvie feels like she’s losing everything: her two best friends have abandoned her for their boyfriends, her mother continues to ignore her, while her sister, Jules, is sick again and getting worse by the day. Add in the request Jules has made of her and Livvie feels like she’s losing her mind, too.
 
Her only escape is in the art room, where she discovers not only a refuge from her life, but also a kindred soul in Bianca, the school “freak”. Livvie’s always felt invisible, at school and at home, but with Bianca, she finally feels like someone sees the real Livvie. As the relationship deepens and it comes time to take the romance public, will Livvie be able to take that step?
 
Livvie’s about to find out if she has what it takes to make the tough decisions and stand up for herself—for the first time in her life. 
 
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Excerpt:
I
lolled against Bianca, aware of her distinctive raspberry scent enveloping me.
My laughter caught in my throat, and I had trouble breathing through it. I
looked up at her, watching the way the streetlights played across her features.
With her head thrown back, her throat was long and white, and I was overcome
with a sudden desire to touch it.
I
didn’t say a word, but she seemed to hear my thoughts. Her laughter quieted,
and she turned to look at me, her eyes glittering in the sodium glow. For a
long time we stood there, eyes locked, the warm breeze wafting across our skin.
Bianca
bent her head, and her lips settled upon mine. They were warm and soft,
slippery with lipstick. I shivered and pressed my own lips hungrily against
hers. Her mouth opened a little, and I followed, admitting her inquisitive
tongue. It tickled mine, darting in and out, waltzing across my taste buds. The
flavor of wine, exotic and sour at the same time, flooded my mouth.
My
heart beat a rapid tattoo through my chest. This was wrong. I should not be
doing this. But I remained mesmerized, nerves I’d never noticed before singing
songs of ecstasy along my spine. Kissing Jesse had been nothing like this.
She
pulled away, slowly, as if surfacing from a dive. She licked her lips, smiling
in satisfaction. Her lipstick, smeared now, blurred her mouth into something
unrecognizable. I ran my tongue across my lips and tasted her there, spikes of
electricity igniting in my belly. This was better than I could have imagined.
“Wow…”
she breathed. “You’re good.”
“Am
I?” I reached for her again, wanting nothing but her mouth on mine once more.
“Yeah,
you are.” She pushed me against the wall, and I lost myself in her kisses.
Time
held no meaning. It could have been seconds or forever before I drew back.
Nothing so good could be wrong, yet my stomach writhed with guilt. “I…I should
get home.” My voice was unsteady.
Bianca
glanced up at the star-speckled sky and nodded. “Yeah. Me too.”

It
felt completely natural when, as we walked toward the bus stop two blocks away,
she slipped her hand into mine.

 

About The Author
Having spent a lifetime travelling the globe, Kate Larkindale is currently residing in Wellington, New Zealand.  A marketing executive, film reviewer and mother, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but doesn’t sleep much.  As a result, she can usually be found hanging out near the espresso machine.
Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musketand Residential Aliens, among others.
She has written eight contemporary YA novels, five of which other people are allowed to see.  She has also written one very bad historical romance which will likely never see the light of day. She is currently ghostwriting an autobiography while waiting to see which of her many YA novel ideas gels to the point it might become a new book.


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Documentary Review: Living on One Dollar

Typically I let my movie contributor Zach handle all of the movie related reviews.    However as I to love to watch movies and blog I am going to review this documentary.

The premise as taken from the website

Living on One Dollar is a film and journey that follows our own experience living on $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala.

 

I love documentaries and when I discovered that these guys went to my favorite country in the world I knew I had to watch this film.  It made me cry.  I love my beloved Guatemala, it is truly the country that changed my life in ways that I will ever be able to explain to anyone.   It made me cry because I remember seeing the extreme poverty and this documentary drove it home that it is still a very real issue in many parts of the world.

This is a fantastic documentary where you see just what it is like to live on a dollar a day and support a family something 99.9999 of American’s can’t even fathom yet a vast majority of the world lives this way.  It is a pretty short film but one that if you really let the message sink in you will have a very good understanding of what it is like to live and work in rural Guatemala.

While I only “worked” in rural Guatemala for a short time I did see the extreme poverty it hurts so bad knowing some know real hunger and it can make you question a lot of things, like volun-tourism. Which is why I was in Guatemala.   It makes you question if you can do more, it makes you think of your own countrymen who are starving.  If you see this in real life I don’t know how you can go on living without trying to change.

This was a very well done documentary that I highly recommend you watch.

 

 

Tompkin’s School: For the Dearly Departed by Tabi Slick

Tompkin’s School: For the Dearly Departed
by Tabi Slick
Genre: YA Paranormal/Dark Fantasy
Release Date: August 2nd 2017

Summary:

 Visions of the past, powers beyond belief, and a school that has been waiting for them for over a hundred years. Kain and Izara’s abilities have advanced far greater than they ever imagined possible and it’s all due to their new friend that has joined them. This year will bring the Torvik twins closer to solving the mystery of who they are, why they have these powers, and even closer to unveiling the school’s most haunting secret.

The lights of the Artesian Hotel flickered as the party drew on into the night. I saw Bart Bessler dancing with Mary, and the bright, dazzling yellow eyes of the French, red-headed woman as she drew in the light around her. I shivered at the sight of the wolf-man killing one of the intruders that night they had chained Bart to the ground.“Destiny of beings is about to come to fruition,” the voice of the being’s human companion rang in my ear.The scene turned to liquid and then I saw Izzy standing in front of me.“You know his face,” a voice that didn’t belong to my sister bellowed from within her.I will return….I will return to my children.

 

My whole body writhed in pain as the voice filled my head.

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**Tompkin’s School: For the Dearly Departed in the 2nd book in the Tompkin’s School trilogy but each read as a standalone.**
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About the Author
Tabi Slick was born in Kansas and grew up in the country where she was homeschooled for the greater part of her childhood. In middle school, her family moved to Davis Oklahoma where she attended public school for several years. Here she began her writing adventure and soon the world of Tompkin’s Academy came to life. After graduating from high school in 2008, she spent a few years in Puerto Rico and wound up in Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. She was born with an immense appreciation for literature and continues to dedicate her time to her passion of writing.

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