Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: Shakespeare Burning by Charisse Moritz

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Shakespeare Burning by Charisse Moritz. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt for you as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card! Check out the rest of the stops on the excerpt tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Shakespeare Burning
Author: Charisse Moritz
Publication Date: July 29th 2019
Print Length: 325 pages
Genre: Mature Young Adult Romance
He’s the boy who wants to disappear.

One mistake and seventeen-year-old Shake LeCasse lost everything. Now there’s no going back and no way to move forward. The once-popular Varsity hockey captain is living in the basement of a grandmother he barely knows, ditching school, avoiding friends and working hard on self-destruction.

She’s the girl nobody sees.

Cleo Lee survives however she can. Lie, cheat, steal, whatever it takes, and saving Mr. Popular isn’t part of the plan. Telling him the truth about the night that destroyed his life is downright dangerous. She needs to keep quiet, be smart and let the guy she’s been half in love with since middle school throw away a future she’d do anything to have. Too bad she sucks at playing it safe.

I begin with the end:

Too soon, the front door slams and it’s just me and Shake.

Just us. Is there an us? I want to grab Shake, wrap my arms around him, but I don’t know if I’m allowed to do that anymore. Bruce has probably dirtied his view of me. He’s now looking through the grimy windows of the yellow house, seeing a more honest version of me.

Shake stares. I fidget. I wish he’d sit. I get to my feet. He’s uncomfortably tall. Looking up at him hurts both my neck and my heart, so I get busy studying the floor. I shift from foot to foot, tempted to run, but he deserves the chance to send me away. I want to cry, but I don’t deserve the pity my tears might my earn.

His touch catches me by surprise. I flinch, and he hesitates before spreading his fingertips across my cheeks. I drown in the heat of him, sound of his breath, his clean scent. This is how he wears me down. Just by being every wish I’ve ever made.

So I finally look up. Shake is waiting, patient but making a face I recognize. He will get his way. He is a stubborn sasquatch.

“No more secrets,” he says.

“I’m sorry,” I whisper.

“Are you my girl or not Cleo?”

His girl? Wow. That’s just … wow. I can’t even wrap my head around his voice saying those words. I’ve never been given a choice, never been chosen, and this boy is so far beyond me, I’m surprised I can see him without a telescope.

“Are you my girl?” he repeats. “There’s only two answers here. Give me one.”

“Yes,” I say, convincing myself, giving him the answer he wants, but it’s not enough. He needs more. Always more and I’ll never be enough.

“Then tell me. Everything.”

“I don’t want to give you up,” I blurt.

“I’m not walking away.”

“You will.”

“You know me better.”

Do I? Maybe. Yes. I keep expecting him to bail on me, but so far, he just keeps putting up with my shit and waiting for me to prove I’m not worth it.

My shame is pure heat, pumping through my veins, burning my tongue, and my voice is less than smoke. “Bruce told you, right? What a skanky piece of ass I am?”

“Don’t do that. Trust me enough to be honest.”

I start to tremble. It originates in my legs, travels up my spine, and I’m shaking my head no, trying to step back, when his hands tighten and don’t allow it. He quotes Shakespeare.

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

And so I begin with the end.
Emily Award Finalist and Melody Of Love Award Finalist, Charisse M Moritz divides her life between upstate NY and northern Florida. When not barricaded inside her writing cave or enjoying every possible minute with her husband and three kids, you’ll find her listening to 60’s music, singing offkey and looking for new reads.

Charisse Moritz will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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  1. I so appreciate you hosting an excerpt of my mature YA romance, Shakespeare Burning! Thank you!

  2. This book sounds really interesting. I'm sensing that both the main characters have a lot of layers and depth to them.

  3. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I enjoyed the excerpt and really like the cover.

  5. Nice cover! Thank you for hosting.

  6. A new-to-me author and I'm coming into the tour late in the game. This book sounds like an intense story.

  7. Goodness.. Full of action..sounds amazing!!

  8. Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.

  9. Love the cover, sounds like a great book.

  10. Nice cover. I really liked the synopsis and excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  11. The cover art is great. The storyline sounds full of teenage angst and drama which should suit your YA readers just fine. Best wishes on the new release.

  12. i read this and LOVED IT. i look forward to reading more of her work
    sherry @ fundinmental

  13. I enjoyed the excerpt and this has a really nice cover.

  14. Enjoyed the post, sounds good!

  15. sounds like a fun one

  16. The book sounds interesting. thanks.

  17. Thank you for this awesome giveaway