Sunday Street Team: Second Position by Katherine Locke (Guest Post + Giveaway)

April 5, 2015 Author Guest Post, Sunday Street Team 1

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Sunday Street Team is hosted by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28

 
Hey everyone! Today, I have Katherine Locke, author of Second Postion, here with a guest post! First, here’s the cover and synopsis for Second Position:

Second PositionFour years ago, a car accident ended Zedekiah Harrow’s ballet career and sent Philadelphia Ballet principal dancer Alyona Miller spinning toward the breakdown that suspended her own. What they lost on the side of the road that day can never be replaced, and grief is always harshest under a spotlight…

Now twenty-three, Zed teaches music and theatre at a private school in Washington, D.C. and regularly attends AA meetings to keep the pain at bay. Aly has returned to D.C. to live with her mother while trying to recover from the mental and physical breakdown that forced her to take a leave of absence from the ballet world, and her adoring fans.

When Zed and Aly run into each other in a coffee shop, it’s as if no time has passed at all. But without the buffer and escape of dance—and with so much lust, anger and heartbreak hanging between them—their renewed connection will either allow them to build the together they never had…or destroy the fragile recoveries they’ve only started to make.

Book One of the District Ballet Company

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Ready to step back to the barre with Zed and Aly? Get a cup of tea and follow the links!

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Don’t forget! You can check out the prequel novella TURNING POINTE at Carina Press right here! See Zed when he danced, how they got together, and what happened years before SECOND POSITION starts!

And now here’s Katherine’s guest post! Enjoy!

SECOND POSITION author Katherine Locke’s Five Favorite New Adult Romances

Hi, everyone! Thanks for stopping by on this blog tour. My New Adult romance SECOND POSITION comes out 4/13 from Carina Press and I am excited for you to read it! (Links etc at the bottom)

Until then, however, I thought I’d drop a few book recommendations on your lap to keep you happy and well-read! Here are my five favorite New Adult books you should definitely pick up. (As a disclaimer, I should say most of these books have adult language and situations and are 18+ ;))

Faking It by Cora Carmack: This is the second book in Cora Carmack’s first New Adult series (other titles: Losing It and Finding It) and it remains one of my favorites. Cade’s trying to get over his unrequited crush, and Mackenzie (Max) is trying to convince her parents that she has her life together. Since Max’s real boyfriend is…less savory, shall we say and definitely not the guy you bring home to your parents, she convinces Cade to pretend to be her boyfriend. Except…maybe Max is exactly who Cade needs to get over his heartbreak and get him out of his rut, and maybe Cade is exactly who Max needs to start living her life honestly. Except, maybe, they aren’t faking it at all… This is one of the rare books where the heroine is JUST as swoony as the hero is. I love Max. She’s all mine. So is Cade but I can share!

I See London by Chanel Cleeton is the first in the International School series and boy did I enjoy this series. I recommend starting at the beginning with this book. Maggie, an American, decides to go to an international school in London for college where she finds herself surrounded by wealth way beyond her own, and significantly over her head with the guys around her. Especially when it comes to Samir, a French-Lebanese student who likes to be frustrating. Oh, and he also likes to kiss her. And he’s a really good kisser. I love Chanel’s writing and this whole series was beautiful, fun, and oh man is Samir swoony. Swoon for days.

Boomerang by Noelle August is a fun little ride that definitely opens with a bang. So to speak. Mia and Ethan wake up in the same bed after a crazy night out, and when they head out to their respective days…they show up at the same internship. Turns out they’re competing for the same job at the end of the summer. Just imagine the awkward seeping through the pages at this point. Oh, and internship rule: they can’t date. But that’s easier said than done, obviously, and the crazy wild path of a marketing internship & post-college romance is fantastically done. And I love how comfortable Mia is with her body. It’s remarked upon several times and rightfully so because it’s so unusual. Yes for body-positive heroines!

Everly After by Rebecca Paula is dark, moody, and deeply romantic. In full disclosure, Rebecca’s one of my critique partners and I couldn’t have written Second Position without her. Everly After is the story of Everly, an American heiress, who is trying to leave her hard-partying ways behind and hide from the real life in France. But that’s easier said than done. Beckett’s a war journalist on leave after an assignment that went downhill. When they run into each other, they can’t help the attraction, but they also can’t undo their pasts. There’s no such thing as clear sailing in this book. I loved Everly After from the first time I read it. This is a book about messy people who make mistake, after mistake, after mistake, and they fall down more than they get up (even if that’s not physically possible.) The romance sparks right off the page and to your surprise, you’ll find yourself rooting for Beckett and Everly to be okay. The writing is exquisite too.

Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler: Full disclosure, I beta-read this one too! But that doesn’t mean I can’t recommend it because I LOVE LIZZIE. This book’s about Lizzie, a college student who suddenly becomes the guardian to her two younger brothers after their parents are killed in a car accident. She has to pull her grades up and keep her scholarship suddenly, which throws her directly into the path of her TA Connor. He can’t really dress himself but whatever, Lizzie can see past that. This isn’t your typical student/teacher relationship, and Lizzie’s definitely not getting a Substitute Mother of the Year Award. But she’s doing the best she can, and the realness of Connor and Lizzie’s relationship keeps you turning pages. You’ll miss your stop on the train for this one.

Have a favorite NA? Leave it in the comments!

And now here’s the giveaway, courtesy of Katherine! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below!

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Katherine LockeAbout the Author:
 
Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. Her dayjobs always vary, but in the past she’s worked in nuclear weapons abolition activism, lead poisoning prevention and education, and food safety programs at a mushroom farm. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and when she’s not reading, she’s tweeting about reading and writing. She likes her heroes boyish and her heroines with dirty mouths. She secretly believes most books are fairytales in disguise. Her debut novel, SECOND POSITION, arrives in April 2015 from Carina Press.

 

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