April 7, 2016

WHEN WE WERE US by Tawdra Kandle Scavenger Hunt Stop {Excerpt/Giveaway}

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It's finally here--RELEASE DAY for When We Were Us, Keeping Score Series Book 1. Join us at the Birthday and Release Bash right here.

The Trio. That's who we've been since birth: Nate, Leo . . . and me, Quinn, the token girl. Our mothers met in a prenatal class and became best friends, which meant that the three of us hit every milestone together, from the first day of school to the very first kiss. And beyond.

I've always been caught in the middle between the two boys. I've been in love with Leo since I was eight, even though he doesn't see me as anything but his pal. And I know that Nate's hung up on me. I see the look in his eyes. I wish I could say I felt the same, but I don't. It's getting harder and harder to keep him in the friend zone, though.

Things between the three of us aren't easy anymore. Leo's popular, the football team's star receiver, and the object of every girl's fantasy. I know he doesn't mean to leave us behind, but now Nate and I are just people he used to know.

What used to be so simple is suddenly messy and complicated. Leo is all I've ever wanted, but even if I had the chance to be with him, how would Nate would handle it?

When that chance does come along . . . in the most unexpected way . . . I'm helpless to resist Leo. What was always meant to be is finally happening . . . but will it come at the risk of losing both my friends?

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The Keeping Score Trilogy is a New Adult contemporary romance. The first two books may not give you complete closure, but hang in there for Book 3; I promise the pay-off is worth it.

The release dates, all in 2016, are:

When We Were Us April 7th

Hanging By A Moment May 24th

Days of You and Me September 27th

You can buy When We Were Us now at all major retailers.

Read an exclusive excerpt right here!

“Oh, hey, I almost forgot.” He twisted his body, digging into his pocket, and pulled out a chocolate bar, tossing it into my lap. “I brought you something.”
“Chocolate?” My mouth watered. “But I said I didn’t need anything.”
“Q, no one needs chocolate. But you like it, right? You’re always scarfing up the chocolate kisses in the newspaper office. And leaving the foil all over the place.”
“I am not!” I defended myself, but I couldn’t help a little grin. I was totally guilty of just that. “Okay, well, maybe if I’m really deep in writing a story or working on layout with you, I might have left a wrapper or two.”
Jake shrugged. “So I figured you wouldn’t say no to—whoa!” He jumped to his feet as the entire stadium came to life. Down on the field, on third and long, Matt had somehow gotten free of the defenders and sent a gorgeous pass downfield where it landed neatly in Leo’s hands. And Leo was managing to elude the Franklin cornerback who was pursuing him. Watching him run down the field, neatly sidestepping the other team, was a thing of beauty.
And when he crossed into the end zone, still on his feet, it felt as though the entire place was going to shake apart. The noise was deafening, but even so, I could still hear Leo’s trademark roar as he raised the ball high over his head.
“Holy shit, that was beautiful!” Jake turned toward me, scooping me into a quick, tight hug of celebration. I knew it didn’t mean anything; like everyone else around us, he was caught up in the moment, and I just happened to be the closest person to him. But still.
It was the second time in less than twenty-four hours that I’d been held close to a boy, and I couldn’t help but compare the two. The ‘boy’ part was where the similarity ended. Jake wasn’t as tall as Leo, and where Leo was muscled and hard, Jake was thin and almost bony. His chest was firm, but it wasn’t as broad as Leo’s.
I felt guilty comparing them. First of all, Jake was my friend. Just a friend. And Leo . . . well, he was my friend, too, but I wanted him to be so much more. Of course, it wasn’t like Jake meant anything by this quick hug.
Or did he? He drew back from me slowly, and the smile on his face, along with the subtle question in his eyes, made my heart sink. I liked Jake, but he wasn’t Leo, and I had no experience in letting down a guy easy.
I stepped back, intentionally focusing my attention down to the field where the team was lining up to attempt the extra point. “That was beautiful, wasn’t it? The catch, I mean. And the run.”

“Yeah. Beautiful.” Jake’s voice sounded odd, but I refused to look back at him. I kept my eyes on Leo. He was standing on the sideline again, and he’d taken off his helmet. I could see the rapid rise and fall of his chest from here; he was still breathing hard from that run. His teammates—at least those who weren’t on the field for the field goal—were clustered around him, smacking his butt, slapping him on his back, offering congratulations. Leo turned, his gaze sweeping over the stands, and I wondered who he was hoping to find. Probably his parents and his brothers, I assumed, but God, how I wished it was me he was seeking. I imagined him finding me in the stands and a broad grin spreading over his face when he caught my eye. He wouldn’t have to do anything else, but I’d know what he was thinking. I’d know that he was thinking only of me . . .

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Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include YA paranormal romance,  NA paranormal and contemporary romance, and adult contemporary and paramystery romance. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair.

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