Book on Sale and Giveaway! SEVEN WAYS TO LOSE YOUR HEART by Tiffany Truitt

Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart
Tiffany Truitt
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: July 18th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

In the span of seven days, Annabel Lee will lose her heart.

Kennedy Harrison, as reckless with life as Annabel is obsessed with order, never could commit to anything—not to a person, not to a job, not to a path. But he’s got a history with Annabel, and for once Kennedy doesn’t want to run. Determined to spend time with her before she leaves for college, Kennedy dares her to join him on a road trip to a music festival.

And neither of them could ever say no to a dare.

But Annabel’s got a plan. She’ll complete seven dares in seven days—if Kennedy applies for one writing internship per dare. Because Kennedy needs to be pushed just as much as she does.

What follows is a dizzying week of music, shady hotels, comical dares, and a passion neither one knew existed. But when it ends, Annabel and Kennedy will realize the biggest dare of all might just be falling for each other.

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EXCERPT:

“You haven’t drowned in there, have you?” I yell to Annabel, noting that the sound of running water stopped about fifteen minutes ago.

“No, just relaxing,” she calls back.

Just relaxing. Naked. In a bath.

I scramble from the bed and knock gently on the door. “And would you like some company to help you, you know, relax?”

“Did you finish?” She sounds more like a scolding teacher than the girl who ravished me last night. But this is Annabel Lee we’re talking about. It’s all about priorities.

“Yes, I finished. Now, can I come in?” I ask, pulling off my shirt in anticipation.

“Read it to me.”

“Huh?” I ask, my shirt not completely removed from my head yet.

“I want you to read it to me.”

Of course she does. Why did I expect any less? I pull my shirt the rest of the way off on my walk back to get my computer. When I go to open the door, her voice halts me.

“I didn’t say come in. I said I wanted you to read it to me.”

“And may I come in when I’m done?”

“Only if it’s good,” she sings. She’s enjoying every bit of this torture. The lovable vixen.

And so I read it to her sitting on the floor outside the bathroom door. Even I have to admit it’s good. It’s, like, fucking fantastic. When I get to the part about us dancing up there together, the whole crowd making us feel like gods, she makes me read it again, and I smile knowing it meant as much to her as it did to me.

“You can come in now if you want,” she says, sounding a little shyer than I expected to hear. Gone is the bravado of the schoolteacher, replaced again by the girl who still doesn’t know the power she has over me. How does she not realize she’s had power over me since that first dare when she made me switch out Mrs. Peterson’s peanut butter sandwich with kitty litter?

My heart starts beating a little faster, knowing what’s waiting for me on the other side of this wall. My breath catches in my throat when I open the door and see her sitting there, staring up at me, and waiting.

 

Author Bio:

Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).

Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman (5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”

Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom.

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New Release Review! SEVEN WAYS TO LOSE YOUR HEART by Tiffany Truitt

I interviewed Tiffany here. Check it out! 


Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart

by Tiffany Truitt

Synopsis:

In the span of seven days, Annabel Lee will lose her heart.

Kennedy Harrison, as reckless with life as Annabel is obsessed with order, never could commit to anything—not to a person, not to a job, not to a path. But he’s got a history with Annabel, and for once Kennedy doesn’t want to run. Determined to spend time with her before she leaves for college, Kennedy dares her to join him on a road trip to a music festival.

And neither of them could ever say no to a dare.

But Annabel’s got a plan. She’ll complete seven dares in seven days—if Kennedy applies for one writing internship per dare. Because Kennedy needs to be pushed just as much as she does.

What follows is a dizzying week of music, shady hotels, comical dares, and a passion neither one knew existed. But when it ends, Annabel and Kennedy will realize the biggest dare of all might just be falling for each other.

 

Review:

My first book by this author but definitely not my last!

There was a lot to like about Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart. It’s a best-friends-to-no-longer-friends-to-lovers story. There’s dares and double-dog dares, an awesome road trip, twin toddler terrors, and a grandma who swears in many languages. The main character’s name comes from the poem, and her older brother gave it to her because it was his favorite–how cute is that? A children’s book and a dare brought Kennedy and Annabel Lee together back in third grade, and the adult Kennedy now lives above the shop of the third grade teacher who inadvertently (or was it?) brought the two of them together.

So much cuteness.

Actually, the timeline of their relationship totally reminded me of Harry and Sally’s in When Harry Met Sally:

Harry: We became friends.

Sally: We were friends for a long time.

Harry: And then we weren’t.

Sally: And then we fell in love.

That. Just, you know, subtract a dozen years or so from the main characters’ ages and put the road trip at the opposite end of things…

Annabel and Kennedy engage in some truly funny and clever banter, and I liked how even though they’d been apart for so long (ten years) they each are still able pick up on the things that make the other one special; important aspects of them that they are not even aware of themselves. The way in which Ms. Truitt used their dares to help them to break free of their (mostly self-imposed) limitations was great. I loved how their shared past gave them so much to build their future on, and the way in which Kennedy’s writing brings them together in the end. (Especially the epilogue! So. Darn. Adorable!)

And LOL to Gran’s use of a political flyer to get her message to Annabel. Perfect! 😉

There was a lot to like about this book, and its interesting characters, overall fun quirkiness, and awesome epilogue more than made up for a slowish start and quickish reconciliation.

(Interesting fact: the Kindle robotic reading voice knows how to pronounce “Kanye” correctly but not “abs” (it pronounces the letters individually and quickly). I know this, because I listened to part of this book while driving to work today and Kennedy says Kanye A LOT. It was kind of cute and definitely unique, but also kind of annoying–especially when he was giving him the power of creation, as in “the sweetest mouth Kanye ever created.”)

Here’s hoping Ms. Truiit’s first new adult book won’t be her last!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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A Conversation with Tiffany Truitt, Author of SEVEN WAYS TO LOSE YOUR HEART (with a release day excerpt and giveaway!)

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Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Tiffany!

Heck yeah! Thank you! I am super excited to be here today to talk about my first New Adult book.

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I think hot fries are a suitable meal for dinner.
  1. I once spent ten days in China, and I didn’t end up in jail or having to visit an embassy.
  1. I have taught middle school for ten years…which means, yes, I CAN do the running man.
  1. I previously wrote a Young Adult dystopian series. Book 1 is called Chosen Ones.
  1. I started off as a book blogger.

OMG, *I* taught middle school for ten years too! And am a book blogger. And have been known to eat french fries and ice cream (protein) for lunch. But not dinner…I don’t think. Were we perhaps seperated at birth, do you think?

 

Tell us all about your main characters—who are they? What makes them tick? Most importantly, what one thing would they need to have with them if stranded on a desert isle? 😉

Kennedy and Annabel….they are the ying to each other’s yang. I didn’t mean for that to sound as dirty as it did, but since it IS a New Adult book, I guess we can let it slide. Kennedy’s fun, loveable, a real risk taker. He’s a talented writer but doesn’t truly believe he has the skill to do anything with it. Annabel is all rules on the outside, but she has a wild side underneath. Torn apart by a tragic accident, these once best friends turned enemies need each other more than they know.

Are they stranded together? If so, Kennedy might need some sort of weapon to protect himself from Annabel. He has some MAJOR groveling to do. As for Annabel, she’d be good with a pair of running shoes. That way she can bolt when Kennedy starts to annoy her…which he often does.

LOL—I can’t wait to read their story after that!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

A good portion of the book takes place during a music festival. I was pretty much a mega nerd in high school, but something happened during my twenties, and I went a little bonkers. I attended quite a few music festivals, and had, well, let’s just say a really good time. This book is def inspired by my time there and the philosophy that you only get this one life, so live it.

“A really good time,” huh? Sounds like there might be more than one story in that inspiration!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I feel like I have been writing forever. I remember writing horror stories with my friends when I was a kid, and we would make short films. I had a 7th grade teacher who made every Friday Creative Writing Day. Like I said, writing has always been there.  My first attempt at a novel happened about seven years ago. I just thought…why not?

Why not, indeed! Creative writing day sounds fantastic 🙂

 

What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?

The invention of Netflix is hands down the most challenging part of being a writer. It’s like, hey, why not watch the entire Gilmore Girls series for the tenth time?! In all seriousness, sometimes writers are really human…like we feel sad or mad and just don’t feel like writing. Reminding yourself that it’s a job, and it takes effort can be harder than it sounds.

As for the best part…I still get a little bolt of joy when I see that e-mail saying the final proof is done. I made that. I put something in the world.

OMG, I know! I thought it was bad when CD box sets came out for TV shows. Netflix is much, much more dangerous. Total time suck…in a good/bad way.

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

Right now, I am working with a few authors on a super secret project. As it happens…it’s going to be WILD.

Oooh! Can’t wait!

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

I grew up reading the classics. I was the girl walking around with Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen. I love the buildup between the love interests in those books. It was the slow burn.

I know exactly what you mean. Austen’s at least 50% of the reason I went for a degree in English.

 

What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?

This might sound like pandering, but I have been reading all things Entangled Publishing right now. Their New Adult books are SO good.

Nope—I totally agree! I just love so many of their books!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Seven days. Seven dares. Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart.

Perfect! That would do it for me 🙂

 

Author bio:

Tiffany Truitt lives with her Netflix and junk food in Virginia. She is a graduate from Longwood University with a Masters in Literature from Old Dominion University. Previously she has worked in the realm of Young Adult literature having written The Lost Souls Series, Because You Exist, and The Language of Silence. This is her first New Adult book.

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Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart
by Tiffany Truitt

Release Date: July 18, 2016

About the Book:

In the span of seven days, Annabel Lee will lose her heart.

Kennedy Harrison, as reckless with life as Annabel is obsessed with order, never could commit to anything—not to a person, not to a job, not to a path. But he’s got a history with Annabel, and for once Kennedy doesn’t want to run. Determined to spend time with her before she leaves for college, Kennedy dares her to join him on a road trip to a music festival.

And neither of them could ever say no to a dare.

But Annabel’s got a plan. She’ll complete seven dares in seven days—if Kennedy applies for one writing internship per dare. Because Kennedy needs to be pushed just as much as she does.

What follows is a dizzying week of music, shady hotels, comical dares, and a passion neither one knew existed. But when it ends, Annabel and Kennedy will realize the biggest dare of all might just be falling for each other.

 

Excerpt:

Maybe it’s the melodic beating of the rain against the tent, or the deceptive quiet of a music festival campsite in the early-morning hours, but I swear I’m creating a song to the inhaling and exhaling breaths of the girl lying next to me. The impossible and stubborn girl lying next to me. Interspersed between the verses of her song slithers in the harsh words from last night, words I know are entirely true.

I am a selfish ass, and lying next to me is the most selfless girl I’ve ever met. She did a heavy as fuck thing when she let me back in her life after what I did, and I couldn’t even do the one little thing she asked me to do. Why? I dig writing, and maybe I’m not entirely crappy at it. I just can’t bear to see her watch me fail.

The rain beats quietly on the tent, and it’s like a whole new song starts playing on the record player. I kiss her under her ear. “I’m sorry,” I whisper. I kiss her on the cheek. “I’m sorry,” I say again. I gently turn her, so she’s lying on her back. Her eyes look up at me, wet with unshed tears. I’m not sure what I’m sorry for. Continuously letting her down? Not being the man she deserves? “I’m sorry,” I repeat, kissing right underneath her eye.

“Me, too,” she says, her voice a bit hoarse from not being used in a while. She reaches up both of her hands and places them on my cheeks.

“You have nothing to be sorry about,” I say, looking down at her.

“Of course I do. Ninety percent of the time, I’m impossible to be with,” she says, her voice choked with emotion.

“That’s crap. One hundred percent of the time, I wouldn’t want to put up with anyone else,” I say before kissing those beautiful lips of hers.

Our kiss is slow. The kind of slow that could burn a man straight through.

 

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