Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Fall Changes (Honey Cove #1) by Marie McGrath

Title: The Fall Changes
Series: Honey Cove #1
Author: Marie McGrath
Publisher: Creative James Media
Publication Date: August 11th 2020
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Change where you live.
Change your parents being married.
And maybe, change who you are.

At 16 years old, Riley Mills has had more change than she ever wanted. A new high school would be daunting for most teens, but between getting attention from the most popular girl and being paired with a boy for her class project, she is navigating many situations she never could have imagined.

With homecoming fast approaching and rumors about her swirling, Riley must confront her true nature. Is she a popular girl at heart? Could someone actually like her?

With no clear answers, Riley may just find some answers from the most unexpected sources.

We walked shoulder to shoulder from Over Easy’s. I could feel his eyes on me as I walked around my car to put my book bag in the back seat. This was different from our normal meetings. Over Easy’s leveled the playing field. It kept things businesslike; walking to the park would be uncharted territory. My stomach did flips as I returned to where he stood.

I moved alongside of him, keeping pace even though his strides were much larger. Compared to his one step, I had to take at least two. We stopped at the crosswalk, waiting for the walk light to activate. As I went to take a step, he walked out first and put his hand against the small of my back. He led me, but it also felt protective, like he didn’t want an inattentive car to injure me—always a gentlemen. No matter what had happened to him, he kept his manners and kindness at the forefront. I hoped no matter what happened he never lost that.

Fruit trees lined the sidewalks to the park. He waved and greeted passersby. I stole glances when he wasn’t looking and blushed when he caught me. Every time, he gave me this broad smile, like he only wanted to go to the park with me.

The walk to the park was quick. Along the way, our arms would brush against each other, and it sent tingles up my arm. We found a bench and sat. The sun still had a couple of hours before it would set, but it was lower in the sky, just above the treetops.

He stared into the distance. “This is my favorite place to sit and think.”

“Right here?”

“Right here. This exact park bench. It has the best view of the whole park and then the town beyond it.”

“What do you come here to think about?”

“Everything. My parents. My sisters. You.”

Wait, what? Had I heard him correctly? “I’m sorry. What? Me? Why me?”

“Why not?”

“What’s there to think about? I’m not interesting to think about.” Did I just say that? Wasn’t I supposed to be saying I was exciting and adventurous? Isn’t that what boys wanted to hear?

“That is far from the truth, superstar.”

“Oh, please. How am I interesting? So I won a couple races. Other people have done that.”

“Sure, what you’ve done in track is good for the school, but that’s not what I mean. You’re different, Riley. I could tell when I first saw you in English class, wearing your blue converses with a braid in your hair.”

I thought back; he remembered what I wore? “You could? How? You still don’t even really know me.”

“Well, I want to get to know you. I mean that. You’re a great English partner, but I wouldn’t mind meeting you to hang out. What do you think?”

“I don’t think it’s a horrible idea.”

He chuckled. “Well, as long as it isn’t horrible.”

“I didn’t mean it like that. I wouldn’t mind getting to know you better outside of English too.”

“Then it’s a plan. Maybe sometime next week? I know you have a double track meet this weekend.”

“Sure. That works. I’ll know my practice schedule better on Monday.”

“Great.” He shuffled his feet. “I don’t want to keep you too late. It’s getting dark. We should walk back.”

He was right. The sun had dipped much lower, and I hadn’t even noticed. I couldn’t believe we were going to meet outside of class assignments. I also couldn’t believe he thought about me. I still wasn’t sure it happened, but I didn’t want to clarify, just in case.

The walk back felt quicker than before. He stayed closer this time. When we got to my car, we both waited.

I avoided his gaze. “So, you’ll send me what we have, and I can check it, right?”

“Yes. I’ll type up our additions and send it to you.”

“Great. Thanks for doing that. I’ll let you know about my schedule on Monday.”

“Sounds good. Bye, Riley.” He stepped closer to me. He pulled me in for a hug and just waited, lingering a heartbeat longer. To anyone else, it was just a hug, but I knew he had hesitated. He released me, and I climbed into the Impala.

I had no idea how to process any of what had just happened. I was full of tingles and butterflies, and I couldn’t get this goofy grin off my face.

Marie McGrath lives in a small rural town in Maryland. She hopes to inspire others with her stories. Her favorite genres to read are YA Romance and Contemporary Fiction. She loves the color turquoise, tigers, and listening to music.

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  1. This sounds like a great book.

  2. Love the cover and the book sounds good.

  3. I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

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  4. Sounds like a very interesting story. I also like the cover.

  5. Beautiful cover! Sounds like a great read.

  6. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  7. How long did it take you to write your book?

  8. The excerpt was interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

  9. What a lovely cover!! I live for fall!!

  10. Nice cover. I liked the blurb and excerpt. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  11. I am so loving this book already since its starts in my favorite season.

  12. Beautiful cover. I love the autumn colors. The book sounds really interesting.