I’m so excited today to be part of the official tour for Brenda Drake’s debut YA fantasy/paranormal romance Touching Fate! Some of you may know Brenda from her blog and as the amazing woman behind #pitchwars and #pitmad. It was also a post on her blog that hooked me up with my editing job at Cornerstones, so yes this is the second time I’m featuring this awesome book that is now out! I also happen to think it just sounds amazing! I’ve been following Brenda’s blog for a while so I was super thrilled for her news. I just wish I had already been interning at Entangled Teen when she was submitted so I might have gotten a chance to read the book early! Instead, I had to wait and order a copy when they released this week. Now to find a gap in my reading schedule! Ok so on deck today–of course all the details on the book, an excerpt you won’t want to miss and guys this giveaway…I’m not even going to tell you yet and spoil the surprise, I’m just going to say you are going to love it and want to share!
Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.
Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.
Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die.
But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.
They spread a blanket on the sand and sat on top of it. Aster pulled her legs into a pretzel. “So what’s in the box?”
“You aren’t the patient type, are you?” He undid the ribbon holding the package closed and flipped open the top, then handed her a napkin.
The wind whipped Aster’s hair across her face and she tucked it behind her ears. “Nice thermos,” she said.
“My mother sent it to us. She has an addiction to online purchasing.” He lifted out a cream puff.
It was her favorite pastry at the shop. “I’m impressed. You did your research. I’ll have to thank Leah later.”
He chuckled, handing her the pastry. “You will. She was very specific.”
She took a bite, the creamy, sugary goodness tasting like heaven on her tongue.
She nodded, not wanting to speak and spray powdered sugar at him or something.
He unscrewed the thermos and poured a brown liquid into the cap. “Hot cocoa?” he asked, and passed the cap to her.
“Obviously,” she said, taking a sip. Because cream puffs tasted best with hot chocolate. It was sweet that he’d taken the time to find out what she liked.
They ate in silence, but it wasn’t boring. It was more like…comfortable. When they finished, Reese screwed the cap back onto the thermos and placed the used napkins in the box. He scooted as close as he could get to her. She leaned her head on his shoulder, and he slid his arm behind her back. They watched the sun set on the ocean and listened to the waves clap against the beach.
“It’s beautiful here,” Reese said, finally.
She raised her head to look into his eyes. “This is the best date ever.”
He smiled, brushing crumbs away from the corner of her mouth. Her heart shivered as his fingers moved to her chin and lifted her mouth to his. The kiss was soft and gentle, and way too short for Aster. He pulled away, a serious expression on his face.
“Do you believe in fate?” he said softly.
Aster swallowed back her surprise.
“I think I do,” she said, recovering. It was a lame response. Before meeting Miri, she probably would have said she did right off. It used to be just a word without meaning. But now, it held a power beyond that of a simple definition in a dictionary. She had looked the word up. Fate was unavoidable. Something that couldn’t be measured. Yet she had the ability to shift it. She worried she didn’t have the maturity to know when to let sleeping fates lie.
“I believe in it,” Reese said with a nod. “We were to go straight to Florida, but I had an urge to stop in Ocean City. I felt you. Fate brought us together.”
“I thought it was an ice cream cone.” She giggled.
Oh God, Aster, stop giggling, already.
He touched her cheek. “I’m being serious here. I don’t want to hesitate anymore. There isn’t much time. I’ll only be here a few months.”
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
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Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed learning about Touching Fate and getting a little glimpse into this book. I can’t wait to read more about Aster and her powers. Have you read it? Have it on your TBR? Do you believe in Fate? Let me know in the comments below!