tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-49953342465385573612016-03-10T19:44:17.472-08:00Kelly Oram: Blog EditionKelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]Blogger185125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-66230559620348503742016-03-01T17:27:00.000-08:002016-03-01T17:27:23.453-08:00It's my (book) birthday! New release, giveaway, and reader vote!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="aweber_clear" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: white; clear: both; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"></div><div class="aweber_footer" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; margin: 10px auto; orphans: auto; text-align: center; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; width: 910px; word-spacing: 0px;"></div><br /><div id="aweber_rightcolumn_index" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: white; 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text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="178" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/original/b1d73566605443749295e9cb7f65fc08.jpeg" style="height: 178px; margin: auto; width: 534px;" width="534" /></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div><div class="definition-parent"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="headline-element" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="headline" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #fff6e5; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 28px; font-weight: lighter; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div>March News from Kelly Oram:</div><div><span style="font-size: 15px;"><strong>New Release</strong>&nbsp;(and this month's Matchmaker novel):&nbsp;If We Were a Movie!</span></div><div><span style="font-size: 15px;"><strong>Giveaway:</strong>&nbsp;Signed V is for Virgin &amp; A is for Abstinence</span><span style="font-size: 15px;"></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 15px;"><strong>Surprise Cover Reveal</strong>&nbsp;&amp; Release: Get Lucky (A YA Anthology)!</span></div><div><span style="font-size: 15px;"><strong>Vote</strong>&nbsp;for my next audiobook release!</span></div><div><span style="font-size: 15px;">​<strong>What I'm Reading:</strong>&nbsp;The&nbsp;Collector series by Stacey Marie Brown with freebie &amp; giveaway!</span></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px;"><table align="center" bgcolor="#FFF6E5" cellpadding="“5”" cellspacing="0" style="background-color: #fff6e5; border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="main" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #213750; font-size: 14px; padding: 30px; text-align: left;"><div class="region"><div aw-contents="1"><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 558px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: auto;" valign="top" width="auto"><div class="definition-parent"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="headline-element" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="headline" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 24px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><strong><span style="font-size: 24px;">New Release!&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 20px;">​(And this month's Matchmaker novel.)</span></strong></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 558px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 282px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><span><table align="center" class="floated-none" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; float: none; max-width: 600px !important; text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a class="aw-image-link" href="https://amzn.com/B018W79WO2" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="306" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/optimized/6a14424a871f4012805867cdef6ff86b.jpeg" style="border: 0px none; height: 306px; margin: auto; outline: none medium; text-decoration: none; width: 192px;" width="192" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div></td><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 272px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="headline-element" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="headline" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 24px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><span style="font-size: 20px;">It's finally HERE!! (Woot!)</span></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div>Happy Book Birthday Movie!!! I'm excited to share this one with you all. The wait is over. Now you can get your hands on the adorably sexy Nate and his lovable roommate Jordan.&nbsp;<em>If We Were a Movie</em>&nbsp;is a clean sweet college romance with a music and movies twist.&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Available NOW!</strong></div></div></div></div><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div style="text-align: center;"><strong><a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://tinyurl.com/gsw4ypb" href="https://tinyurl.com/gsw4ypb" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">Amazon</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="https://tinyurl.com/ztcbsd6" href="https://tinyurl.com/ztcbsd6" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">Nook</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="https://tinyurl.com/zd5e25s" href="https://tinyurl.com/zd5e25s" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">iBooks</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="https://tinyurl.com/hx3gpvp" href="https://tinyurl.com/hx3gpvp" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">Kobo</a></strong></div></div></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 558px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 556px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="headline-element" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="headline" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 24px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><strong>GIVEAWAY!</strong>&nbsp;</div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><div class="definition-parent"><span><table align="center" class="floated-none" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; float: none; max-width: 600px !important; text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a class="aw-image-link" href="https://www.kellyoram.com/2016/02/book-release-and-giveaway-if-we-were.html" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="204" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/original/b2b8e7f6c2d14840b815032ff881b0fb.jpeg" style="border: 0px none; height: 204px; margin: auto; outline: none medium; text-decoration: none; width: 556px;" width="556" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><span style="font-size: 15px;">There is a rafflecopter giveaway attached to the&nbsp;<em>If We Were a Movie</em>&nbsp;book release and blog tour. I'm giving away signed copies of&nbsp;<em>V is for Virgin</em>&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;<em>A is for Abstinence</em>. (2 books, 1 winner). It's international and ends 3/15/16.&nbsp;To enter, check out my release day blog post on my website and enter the rafflecopter.&nbsp;<a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.kellyoram.com/2016/02/book-release-and-giveaway-if-we-were.html" href="https://www.kellyoram.com/2016/02/book-release-and-giveaway-if-we-were.html" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">CLICK HERE</a>.</span></div></div></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 558px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 556px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="headline-element" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="headline" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 24px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Announcing a surprise project&nbsp;</strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong>releasing in 16 days!!</strong></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 558px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 297px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><span><table align="center" class="floated-none" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; float: none; max-width: 600px !important; text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a class="aw-image-link" href="https://www.kellyoram.com/" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="355" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/optimized/05ec4143750a40bd8ddb7fa6f90c757a.jpeg" style="border: 0px none; height: 355px; margin: auto; outline: none medium; text-decoration: none; width: 222px;" width="222" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div></td><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 257px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><span style="font-size: 15px;">SURPRISE!</span></div><div><br /><span style="font-size: 15px;">I have a new release coming out this month (other than If We Were a Movie). I teamed up with some of the awesomest of awesome in YA contemporary fiction to bring you a St. Patrick's Day special treat.</span></div><div><br /><span style="font-size: 15px;">I am so excited to be part of this anthology with these wonderful ladies. This book is going to be so much fun! It's six short YA romance stories/novellas (Each is somewhere around 80 pages.)</span><br /></div></div></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 558px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 556px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><span style="font-size: 15px;"><strong>Get Lucky (A YA Anthology)</strong><br />Featuring stories by YA authors&nbsp;Ali Dean Fiction, Kristen Kehoe, Cassie Mae, Author, Tessa Marie, Kelly Oram, &amp; Ginger Scott<br />Releasing&nbsp;<strong>March 17, 2016</strong>. (Happy St. Patrick's Day!)<br /><a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2936671" href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2936671" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">Get Lucky on Goodreads</a>.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-size: 15px;">I'll send out a 2nd short email this month on release day with more information since there is no preorder for this one. But it's going to be awesome, so get excited!&nbsp;</span></div></div></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 558px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 556px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="headline-element" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="headline" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 24px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><strong><span style="font-size: 22px;">​Calling all audio book listeners! (It's time to vote!)</span></strong></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 558px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 236px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><span style="font-size: 15px;">I've only got one audio book out, and I think it's time I do a second one. For this, I'm going to let you guys pick which book I do next. If you haven't read any/all of these books, that's okay. Take a minute to scan my books list on my website. Check them out and vote based on which one catches your interest the most. I will honestly go with the majority on this one, so happy voting!&nbsp;</span></div><div><br /></div><div><span style="font-size: 22px;"><strong><a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.kellyoram.com/2016/02/cinder-ella-audible-giveaway-and-you.html" href="https://www.kellyoram.com/2016/02/cinder-ella-audible-giveaway-and-you.html" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">VOTE HERE</a></strong></span></div></div></div></div></td><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 318px;" valign="middle" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><span><table align="center" class="floated-none" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; float: none; max-width: 600px !important; text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a class="aw-image-link" href="https://www.kellyoram.com/2016/02/cinder-ella-audible-giveaway-and-you.html" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="263" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/original/2900aee6120f403a8c08bd2cb3e94263.jpeg" style="border: 0px none; height: 263px; margin: auto; outline: none medium; text-decoration: none; width: 263px;" width="263" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 558px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 556px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="headline-element" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="headline" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 24px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><span style="font-size: 24px;">What I'm Reading! (With freebie &amp; giveaway!)</span></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><span style="font-size: 15px;">In case you're new to my newsletter (welcome!) I always do a feature at the end where I let you know what I've read this past month. And sometimes we're lucky enough to be provided with&nbsp;giveaways from the&nbsp;awesome authors who write the awesome books I read. Like this&nbsp;month! :)&nbsp;</span></div></div></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 558px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 314px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><span><table align="center" class="floated-none" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; float: none; max-width: 600px !important; text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a class="aw-image-link" href="https://www.staceymariebrown.com/index.html" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="186" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/original/34f3b4c70c06424c8c66db876e21d3c8.jpeg" style="border: 0px none; height: 186px; margin: auto; outline: none medium; text-decoration: none; width: 271px;" width="271" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div><div class="definition-parent"><span><table align="center" class="floated-none" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; float: none; max-width: 600px !important; text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a class="aw-image-link" href="https://www.staceymariebrown.com/index.html" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="171" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/original/5ea49bd1710045f1bc866fb0ae14ad56.jpeg" style="border: 0px none; height: 171px; margin: auto; outline: none medium; text-decoration: none; width: 295px;" width="295" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><span style="font-size: 15px;">If I were you, I'd start with the Darkness series. the firs book,&nbsp;<em>Darkness of Light</em>&nbsp;is&nbsp;<a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://amzn.com/B00BFKOEY2" href="https://amzn.com/B00BFKOEY2" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">FREE</a>&nbsp;and definitely worth a try!! ELI!! <3 back="" e="" ladies="" mine="" off="" s="" span=""></3></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 15px;"></span><br /></div><div><span style="font-size: 15px;"><a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://amzn.com/B00SINMV7G" href="https://amzn.com/B00SINMV7G" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;"><em>City in Embers</em></a>, if this series catches your interest more, is only $0.99. SMOKIN' deal that's almost as hot as Ryker. (You can all fight over him, just stay away from my Eli!!!)&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 15px;"></span>​<span style="font-size: 15px;"></span></div></div></div></div></td><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 240px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><span style="font-size: 22px;">This month I read</span></div><div><span style="font-size: 22px;">City In Embers by Stacey Marie Brown!&nbsp;</span></div></div></div></div><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><span style="font-size: 15px;">​Let me star off by&nbsp;appropriately&nbsp;fangirling where fangirling is due! Stacey is a brilliant writer whom I adore to bits and pieces. I devoured her Darkness series a year or two ago, and last week I finally started her Collector series. I LOVE these books. I can't tell you enough how much I love these books. If you like fantasy and action-packed, dangerous mysteries and hot tension-filled romance, these are definitely for you. They are on the&nbsp;more mature side of the YA genre, so super clean readers beware. But there is nothing too explicit. :)</span></div></div></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 558px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 556px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><span style="font-size: 15px;"></span><div><strong>GIVEAWAY: Because the lovely Stacey is so generous and awesome, she has&nbsp;offered to give away an audio book of Darkness of Light to one of my lucky newsletter subscribers!&nbsp;</strong></div><div><br /></div><div><strong>To enter: reply to this email and tell me which type of fey is your favorite. Good luck! Giveaway ends 3/15/16 and is international! :)</strong></div><span style="font-size: 15px;">&nbsp;</span></div></div></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px;"><table align="center" bgcolor="#E7525F" cellpadding="“5”" cellspacing="0" style="background-color: #e7525f; border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="footers" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #fff6e5; font-size: 14px; padding: 30px; text-align: left;"><div class="region"><div aw-contents="1"><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 540px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 538px;" valign="top" width="96%"><div class="definition-parent"><span><table align="center" class="floated-none" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; float: none; max-width: 600px !important; text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a class="aw-image-link" href="https://tinyurl.com/gsw4ypb" rel="nofollow" style="color: #fff6e5; outline: none;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="248" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/optimized/fc40819d11784940bead5c5ef978934a.jpeg" style="border: 0px none; height: 248px; margin: auto; outline: none medium; text-decoration: none; width: 402px;" width="402" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></center></div></div></center></div></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-6294407480961436562016-02-29T20:38:00.001-08:002016-02-29T20:38:31.617-08:00Book release and giveaway -- If We Were a Movie<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Happy Book Birthday <i>If We Were a Movie</i>!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Available Now!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/gsw4ypb" target="_blank">amazon</a>&nbsp;*</span></b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</span><b style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/zd5e25s" target="_blank">iBooks</a>&nbsp;*</span></b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</span><b style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/ztcbsd6" target="_blank">nook</a>&nbsp;*</span></b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</span><b style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/hx3gpvp" target="_blank">kobo</a></span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b style="text-align: left;"><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L1zDkHwIjdc/VtUYvzL02RI/AAAAAAAADBs/EdSENRrqXBk/s1600/IF_WE_WERE_A_MOVIE_cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L1zDkHwIjdc/VtUYvzL02RI/AAAAAAAADBs/EdSENRrqXBk/s400/IF_WE_WERE_A_MOVIE_cover.jpg" width="250" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Title: </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">If We Were A Movie<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><o:p></o:p></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Series: </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Power of the Matchmaker<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><o:p></o:p></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Author: </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Kelly Oram<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><o:p></o:p></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Publisher: </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Bluefields Publishing<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><o:p></o:p></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Genre(s): </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">New Adult, Contemporary, Sweet Romance, Clean<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><o:p></o:p></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Book buy links:&nbsp;</span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/gsw4ypb" target="_blank">amazon</a>&nbsp;*</span></b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;</span><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/zd5e25s" target="_blank">iBooks</a>&nbsp;*</span></b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;</span><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-font-kerning: .5pt;"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/ztcbsd6" target="_blank">nook</a>&nbsp;*</span></b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;</span><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; 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In this heartfelt tale of friendship, family, life, and love, Nate learns how to deal with his new adult life using Hollywood films as a guide.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 14.0pt;">***This book is part of a multi-author project that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">STAND-ALONE</b> novel.***</span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">&nbsp; &nbsp; Teaser #1</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">“So <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">this</i> is what a Pearl-approved guy looks like.” She shook her head once and cracked a smile. “She’s got good taste, I’ll give her that. You’re an odd mix of sexy and adorable. Don’t see that often.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">I was a little taken aback by the compliment, if that’s even what it was. She may have just been stating what she considered to be fact. She laughed at my surprise and held out her hand to me. “Nice to meet you. I’m Jordan Kramer.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">I’d been afraid of that. “You’re a girl.” <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Jordan laughed. “That’s what it says on my birth certificate, but I’m really glad you were able to figure it out without needing to read it.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Nope. I definitely didn’t need that.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Teaser #2</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">I handed Jordan the electric guitar that I’ve had since I was twelve, and laughed when her eyes got really big. “You play the electric guitar, too?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">“Music major,” I teased, picking up my keyboard. “I play this, too. A little. And the bass guitar.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">“Awesome.” She examined the electric guitar with awe.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">“Why do you seem so surprised?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left; text-indent: 0.5in;"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Cambria; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;">She looked at me as if the answer to that question should be obvious. “Hello. Have you met yourself? You with an acoustic guitar singing soft songs around a campfire or in a coffee house makes perfect sense. But I can’t picture you up on a stage, jamming on your electric guitar like a rock star.” She studied me a moment, then shook her head. “You’ll have to play for me, or I’m not going to believe it.”</span><!--EndFragment--> </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Cambria; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: large;">What readers are saying about&nbsp;<i>If We Were a Movie</i>:</span></span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-size: 14.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">"WOW! This book is great! The concept is so inventive, and the writing is brilliant."</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-size: 14.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">"I thought&nbsp;<i>Cinder &amp; Ella</i>&nbsp;jerked with my emotions too much but this one might have <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">it beat."</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-size: 14.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">"I finished reading&nbsp;<i>If We Were a Movie&nbsp;</i>yesterday. I loved it! I fell hard for Nate. Jordan was amazing! And Pearl's timing was perfect!&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-size: 14.0pt;">"<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">"Amazing concept with movies as chapters, and fantastic storyline."&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-size: 14.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">"I loved this story and was humming along to the songs from the book whilst reading. I can see this book becoming the movie it was written to be."</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-size: 14.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">"<i>If We Were a Movie</i>&nbsp;made me want to binge watch movies, listen to old playlists, and re-read it all at once."<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p><br /></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><o:p><b><span style="font-size: large;">Now you can check out what all the hype is about! Woot! Happy Reading!!</span></b></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/gsw4ypb" target="_blank">amazon</a>&nbsp;*</span></b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span><b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/zd5e25s" target="_blank">iBooks</a>&nbsp;*</span></b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span><b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/ztcbsd6" target="_blank">nook</a>&nbsp;*</span></b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span><b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><a href="https://tinyurl.com/hx3gpvp" target="_blank">kobo</a></span></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">There is a book blitz/blog tour giveaway&nbsp;</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">along with the release of this book.&nbsp;</span></b><b><span style="font-size: large;">It's signed copies of&nbsp;</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;"><i>V is for Virgin &amp; A is for Abstinence&nbsp;</i></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">(1 winner 2 books, international.)</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">enter here:</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="0a0096831664" data-template="" data-theme="classic" href="https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/0a0096831664/" id="rcwidget_u9w4dva5" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Power of the Matchmaker series info:</span><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lA-a32v2W9A/VtUaT8zck8I/AAAAAAAADB4/yQy6BgjLIE8/s1600/Cover%2BReveal%2B-%2BUpdated.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lA-a32v2W9A/VtUaT8zck8I/AAAAAAAADB4/yQy6BgjLIE8/s640/Cover%2BReveal%2B-%2BUpdated.jpg" width="337" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Series: Power of the Matchmaker (No specific reading order necessary)<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Authors involved:</span></b><span style="color: #0e0e0e; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt;"> </span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Karey-White/e/B004EKG7H2/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1"><span style="color: #094fb2; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">Karey White</span></a><span style="color: #0e0e0e; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt;">, </span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Anderson/e/B003357K70/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_2"><span style="color: #094fb2; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">Rachael Anderson</span></a><span style="color: #434343; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt;">,</span><span style="color: #0e0e0e; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt;"> </span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Oram/e/B003UPV4RA/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_3"><span style="color: #094fb2; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">Kelly Oram</span></a><span style="color: #434343; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt;">,</span><span style="color: #0e0e0e; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt;"> </span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Heather-B.-Moore/e/B007HLYZ6A/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_4"><span style="color: #094fb2; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">Heather B. 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mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Series <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/series/161683-power-of-the-matchmaker" target="_blank">Goodreads Link</a></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Series Summary:<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue Light&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 14.0pt;">The Power Of the Matchmaker is multi-author project consisting of 12 stand alone novels from 12 different bestselling authors in 12 months. All books are separate from each other except they feature one reoccurring character, a magical matchmaker named Pearl. Since Pearl is magical, she lives for hundreds&nbsp;of years and roams the entire world helping people find their perfect matches. The books in this series are twelve of Pearl's matchmaking stories. They will vary in genre, but they will all have one thing in common: Pearl will be doing whatever it takes to make two people fall in love.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Books in the Series already Available:<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue Light&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 14.0pt;">Prequel Novella:</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue Light&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 14.0pt;"> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><a href="https://amzn.com/B013FIOAE0" target="_blank">Power of the Matchmaker</a></i>&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">January:</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><a href="https://amzn.com/B0178WF1YM" target="_blank">Broken Things to Mend</a></i> by Karey White&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">February:</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><a href="https://amzn.com/B017LIKMOC" target="_blank">Not Always Happenstance</a></i> by Rachel Anderson&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">March:</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><a href="https://amzn.com/B018W79WO2" target="_blank">If We Were a Movie</a></i> by Kelly Oram</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">April:</span></b><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">(available for preorder) <i><a href="https://amzn.com/B01A3TUTSK" target="_blank">Love is Come</a></i>by Heather B. Moore</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;</span></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-41983873933665733252016-02-22T19:29:00.001-08:002016-03-01T16:26:24.073-08:00You pick my next audio book! <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I've only got one audio book out, and I think it's time I do a second one. For this, I'm going to let you guys pick which book I do next. If you haven't read any/all of these books, that's okay. Take a minute to scan my <a href="https://www.kellyoram.com/p/my-books_31.html" target="_blank">books list</a> on my website. Check them out and vote based on which one catches your interest the most. I will honestly go with the majority on this one, so happy voting!<br /><br /><div id="qp_all590535" style="width: 100%;"><link href="//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"></link><style>#qp_main590535 .qp_btna:hover input {background:#00355F!important}</style><br /><div fp="5C714dDd-25" id="qp_main590535" results="0" style="background-color: white; border-radius: 0px; border: 1px solid #DBD9D9; color: black; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif, Arial; margin: 0 auto; max-width: 792px; padding: 0.8em;"><div style="background-color: #00355f; color: white; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif, Arial; font-size: 1.2em;"><div style="line-height: 1.3em; padding: 0.8em;">Cinder &amp; Ella was first. 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I can see this book becoming the movie it was written to be."</span></div><div><span style="font-size: 12px;"></span><br /></div><div><span style="font-size: 12px;">"<em>If We Were a Movie</em>&nbsp;made me want to binge watch movies, listen to old playlists and re-read it all at once."</span></div></div></div></div></td><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 256px;" valign="top" width="46%"><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div>This is your last chance to get&nbsp;<em>If We Were a Movie</em>&nbsp;at the special preorder price of 40% off. Sale ends Saturday, Feb. 13th. Right now it's $2.99. Next week it will be $4.99.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://tinyurl.com/gsw4ypb" href="https://tinyurl.com/gsw4ypb" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">Amazon</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://tinyurl.com/zd5e25s" href="https://tinyurl.com/zd5e25s" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">iBooks</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://tinyurl.com/ztcbsd6" href="https://tinyurl.com/ztcbsd6" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">Nook</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://tinyurl.com/hx3gpvp" href="https://tinyurl.com/hx3gpvp" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">Kobo</a></div></div></div></div><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><strong>What readers just like you are saying about&nbsp;<em>If We Were a Movie</em>:</strong></div><div><strong></strong><br /></div><div><strong></strong><div><span style="background-color: #f6f7f8; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">"WOW! This book is great! The concept is so inventive, and the writing is brilliant."</span></div><div><br /></div><div><span style="background-color: #f6f7f8; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">"I thought&nbsp;<em>Cinder &amp; Ella</em>&nbsp;jerked with my emotions too much but this one might have it beat."</span></div><div><br /></div><div><span style="background-color: #f6f7f8; color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">"I finished reading&nbsp;<em>If We Were a Movie</em>yesterday. I loved it! I fell hard for Nate. Jordan was amazing! 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A little. And the bass guitar.”</span></div><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 28px; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">“Awesome.” She examined the electric guitar with awe.</span></div><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 28px; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">“Why do you seem so surprised?”</span></div><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 28px; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">She looked at me as if the answer to that question should be obvious. “Hello. Have you met yourself? You with an acoustic guitar singing soft songs around a campfire or in a coffee house makes perfect sense. But I can’t picture you up on a stage, jamming on your electric guitar like a rock star.” She studied me a moment, then shook her head. “You’ll have to play for me, or I’m not going to believe it.”</span></div><br /></div></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 548px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 263px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><span><table align="center" class="floated-none" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; float: none; max-width: 600px !important; text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a class="aw-image-link" href="https://www.kellyoram.com/" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="175" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/optimized/17536295ab024532a6bdb22859955c53.jpeg" style="border: 0px none; 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border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 548px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 546px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><span><table align="center" class="floated-none" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; float: none; max-width: 600px !important; text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a class="aw-image-link" href="https://www.facebook.com/authorkellyoram/photos/a.503813186320153.129824.167476866620455/1125999517434847/?type=3&amp;theater" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="392" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/optimized/7672923282b24c7e91ed6df177381809.jpeg" style="border: 0px none; height: 392px; margin: auto; outline: none medium; text-decoration: none; width: 511px;" width="511" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 548px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 546px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div>Congrats to Emily Whitehouse,&nbsp;last month's giveaway winner of Desni Dantone's ebook&nbsp;Sacrificed (Ignited #2)!&nbsp;If you aren't Emily have no fear, I've got another awesome giveaway for you to enter right now!&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Q. Who would you like to spend Valentines Day with? Grayson Kennedy or Ryan Hunter? A. Why not both?<br />I've teamed up with the lovely Anna Katmore to bring you two of the best book boyfriends out there. (She said oh-so-humbly...)&nbsp;This awesome package includes signed copies of The Avery Shaw Experiment and Play With Me, plus bookmarks, a pen from Anna, a keychain from me, cuddly reading socks from Anna, and of course, chocolates and conversation hearts from me. (I mean, what Valentine's Day bundle would be complete without both treats and book boyfriends?)</div><div><br /></div><div class="text_exposed_show" style="color: #141823; display: inline; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><div style="margin-bottom: 6px;">This awesome package includes<strong>&nbsp;signed copies of The Avery Shaw Experiment and Play With Me,</strong>&nbsp;plus bookmarks, a pen from Anna, a keychain from me, cuddly reading socks from Anna, and of course, chocolates and conversation hearts from me. (I mean, what Valentine's Day bundle would be complete without both treats and book boyfriends?</div><div style="margin-bottom: 6px;">This one is international and ends quick. We'll pick a winner THIS FRIDAY, so don't wait to enter!</div><div style="margin-bottom: 6px;"><strong>***This is a Facebook giveaway so you must enter on the actual&nbsp;<a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.facebook.com/authorkellyoram/photos/a.503813186320153.129824.167476866620455/1125999517434847/?type=3&amp;theater" href="https://www.facebook.com/authorkellyoram/photos/a.503813186320153.129824.167476866620455/1125999517434847/?type=3&amp;theater" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">Facebook post</a>. Click the link, follow the directions in the post. Ends this Friday, and is open international! Good luck!***</strong>​</div></div></div></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 548px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 546px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="headline-element" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="headline" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 24px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><strong>This Month's Matchmaker Book!</strong></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 548px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 273px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><span><table align="center" class="floated-none" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; float: none; max-width: 600px !important; text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a class="aw-image-link" href="https://amzn.com/B017LIKMOC" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="279" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/original/f701856d3429401bad02cfed5147ab53.jpeg" style="border: 0px none; height: 279px; margin: auto; outline: none medium; text-decoration: none; width: 181px;" width="181" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div></td><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 271px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div>Not Always Happenstance</div><div>by&nbsp;Rachel Anderson</div><div><br /></div><div>Pearl is back this month with another romantic adventure and this time she's taking us to contemporary Maui! This books was so fun! Set in exotic Maui, this one had a great strong heroine that I easily identified with and a leading man I couldn't help loving.&nbsp;If you like witty dialog between two people falling for each other, then you may want to give this one a chance!&nbsp;</div><div><a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://amzn.com/B017LIKMOC" href="https://amzn.com/B017LIKMOC" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">Now Available Click here to learn more!</a></div></div></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 548px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 546px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="headline-element" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="headline" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 24px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div><strong>What I'm Reading:</strong></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 548px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 276px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><span><table align="center" class="floated-none" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; float: none; max-width: 600px !important; text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a class="aw-image-link" href="https://amzn.com/B010T0NJ4Y" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="278" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/original/7f6fe60949674f84bb02422dd767e774.jpeg" style="border: 0px none; height: 278px; margin: auto; outline: none medium; text-decoration: none; width: 186px;" width="186" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div></td><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 268px;" valign="top" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #213750; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div>This month I've been so busy that I haven't had the chance to read much more than Not Always Happenstance, so I'm posting about one that I read a while back but absolutely LOVED. It you're a fan of YA paranormal, then check out Dragon Marked by Jaymine Eve! Jamie is brilliant! (And I mean that with all my book-loving heart. Anything of hers' is wonderful, but I love the Supernatural Prison books!! Action packed, intense and swoon worthy! And the first one's FREE!!&nbsp;</div><div><a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://amzn.com/B010T0NJ4Y" href="https://amzn.com/B010T0NJ4Y" rel="nofollow" style="color: #e7525f; outline: none;">Dragon Marked on Amazon</a></div></div></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px;"><table align="center" bgcolor="#E7525F" cellpadding="“5”" cellspacing="0" style="background-color: #e7525f; border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="footers" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #fff6e5; font-size: 14px; padding: 30px; text-align: left;"><div class="region"><div aw-contents="1"><table class="row" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 540px;"><tbody><tr aw-contents="1" style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: auto;" valign="top" width="auto"><div class="definition-parent"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="headline-element" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; max-width: 600px !important; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td class="headline" style="border-spacing: 0px; color: #fff6e5; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 24px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div>Join the club!</div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><div class="definition-parent"><div class="paragraph" style="color: #fff6e5; font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; padding: 10px;"><div aw-variable="value"><div>Don't miss out on anything Kelly Oram. Join the official fan group and gain access to exclusive giveaways, sneak peeks, bonus material, games and the chance to chat with me about our favorite book boyfriends, or, you know, whatever... &nbsp; &nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/694733464004201/" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/694733464004201/" rel="nofollow" style="color: #fff6e5; outline: none;">JOIN HERE</a></div></div></div></div></td><td aw-attributes="width, valign" aw-contents="1" class="container" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 206px;" valign="middle" width="33%"><div class="definition-parent"><span><table align="center" class="floated-none" style="border-spacing: 0px !important; border: medium none; float: none; max-width: 600px !important; text-align: center; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr style="border-spacing: 0px;"><td style="border-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 12px;"><a class="aw-image-link" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/694733464004201/" rel="nofollow" style="color: #fff6e5; outline: none;"><img align="center" alt="Image" aw-attributes="src,alt,width,height" border="0" class="model" height="206" src="https://hostedimages-cdn.aweber-static.com/ODkyMDc4/optimized/8235e58beddd414b8031595919bc6ad0.jpeg" style="border: 0px none; height: 206px; margin: auto; outline: none medium; text-decoration: none; width: 206px;" width="206" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></center></div></div></center></div></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-1687776627136778752016-01-08T19:23:00.003-08:002016-01-08T19:34:45.748-08:00Join the If We Were A Movie launch team and win big!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZtRIibk9F_M/VpB41LMEp2I/AAAAAAAACzw/NhTFzetE7pE/s1600/collection.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="304" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZtRIibk9F_M/VpB41LMEp2I/AAAAAAAACzw/NhTFzetE7pE/s400/collection.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;">Raise your hand if you'd like to be a part of the If We Were A Movie launch team and <b>read the book an entire month early</b>? I'm doing things differently than I have in the past. I'm not scheduling a blog tour or sending out ARCS the way I usually do, and I will not be doing a release day party. Instead I'm looking for a group of enthusiastic loyal readers to help me with verified purchased reviews.</div><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;"><b>What you have to do to partic</b><span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;"><b>ipate:</b><br />1. Pre-order the book from <b>Amazon</b>. (I will need the purchase ID # for verification.) Also, <b>I apologize if you normally purchase from another retailer, but the launch party requires Amazon since that is how I will be sending arcs, and I am looking for verified purchase reviews...</b><br />2. Agree to post an <b>honest</b> review on Amazon on release day.(I will check these and if your review is not a verified purchased review, you will not be eligible for the giveaway.)<br />3. Must agree not to post any spoilers before release day. (however you are encouraged to post non spoiler posts on social media/blogs/goodreads)<br />3. <b>Must use the amazon kindle app to read the ARC</b> as I will only be sending the books directly to your amazon email account. (I will provide instructions for that once you've joined the group, and<b> you do not need to have a kindle device, just the kindle app on whatever device you use to read ebooks--which is free to download.)</b></span></div><div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;"><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px;"><br /></div><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px;"><b>What you get in return for your help:</b><br />1. You get to read the book a <b>month</b> early!<br />2. You get entered into an <b>exclusive giveaway of the entire KO collection in paperback</b>. (That's one lucky reader = 13 books!!!)<br />3. <b>All participants</b> will receive a signed A is for Abstinence post card from me. (If they would like one.)<br />4. You get a <b>%40 discount on the book</b> because it's on preorder sale right now and the price will go up on release day.</div><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px;"><br />*There will be a few fun games in the group throughout the month and a graphics for FB profile takeovers and other various stuff too, but none of that will be required.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 6px; text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">If you would like to join the launch team, email me at [email protected]</span><span style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"> with your purchase ID number for your preordered copy of If We Were A Movie. I will send you an email invite to join the&nbsp;Facebook Launch group where you'll&nbsp;receive further instructions.</span></b></div><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px;"><br /></div><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px;"><b>How do you find your purchase ID number?</b></div><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px;"><br /></div><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; margin-bottom: 6px;">1. Preorder the book on Amazon <a href="https://www.amazon.com/If-Were-Movie-Power-Matchmaker-ebook/dp/B018W79WO2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1452309025&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=if+we+were+a+movie" target="_blank">HERE</a>.</div><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px;">You'll see this screen after purchased:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xq7R4WdL81k/VpB6qZONCtI/AAAAAAAACz8/PrtxHeZS8Z4/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-01-08%2Bat%2B8.11.26%2BPM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="78" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xq7R4WdL81k/VpB6qZONCtI/AAAAAAAACz8/PrtxHeZS8Z4/s400/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-01-08%2Bat%2B8.11.26%2BPM.png" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Click on the "view a summary of your order" It will give you the purchase ID #</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ftUcLd_xFlY/VpB7FE0bELI/AAAAAAAAC0E/yLGKPuZpRaw/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-01-08%2Bat%2B8.13.57%2BPM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="216" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ftUcLd_xFlY/VpB7FE0bELI/AAAAAAAAC0E/yLGKPuZpRaw/s400/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-01-08%2Bat%2B8.13.57%2BPM.png" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's that D01- number at the top there. Copy and paste that number or send me a screen shot to get your email invite!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><b>If you've already preordered the book</b>, sign into amazon.com hover over your name until the drop down menu appears and click the option that says "Your Orders"</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-57LXb-7Ax6k/VpB7odCDLRI/AAAAAAAAC0M/5cwyjRcWG9A/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-01-08%2Bat%2B8.54.25%2BAM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="201" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-57LXb-7Ax6k/VpB7odCDLRI/AAAAAAAAC0M/5cwyjRcWG9A/s320/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-01-08%2Bat%2B8.54.25%2BAM.png" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>You will see a list of all your purchases on Amazon. Scroll through until you see If We Were A Movie. The ID number is in the top right corner.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vqfDRGjUy2k/VpB75LqMw7I/AAAAAAAAC0U/XmIrex_46xw/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-01-08%2Bat%2B8.54.52%2BAM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="164" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vqfDRGjUy2k/VpB75LqMw7I/AAAAAAAAC0U/XmIrex_46xw/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-01-08%2Bat%2B8.54.52%2BAM.png" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Again, just copy and paste that number or send me a screen shot to [email protected] to&nbsp;get your email invite to the Facebook group for the launch team!</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Thanks a bunch guys! I'm excited for this launch. It's going to be great!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-51490738256940672042015-12-31T11:49:00.001-08:002015-12-31T11:49:52.268-08:00The Science Squad Series<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="font-family: Arvo;"><u><b>The Science Squad Series</b></u></div><div style="font-family: Arvo;">These can each be read as stand alone novels, but would probably be more fun in order. It's a series about the Science Club at Spanish Fork High and their crazy adventures in love. There may be a couple more books added to the series over time, but I have nothing solid yet. These won't leave you on a cliffhanger though.&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: Arvo;"><b>Literary Achievements:</b>&nbsp;The Avery Shaw Experiment is currently an Eliot Rosewater Book Award finalist and is on the Indiana State High School Eliot Rosewater reading list for the 2015-16 school year. It is also published in Hungarian, and Libby will soon follow.</div><div style="font-family: Arvo;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: Arvo;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: Arvo;"><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Shaw-Experiment-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B00CMLBK9U/ref=pd_sim_b_1" style="clear: left; color: #888888; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-R5xHZG-_0zc/UssmpyqkoHI/AAAAAAAABHI/OmmqPb3YJR8/s1600/ORAM_AVERY_COVER.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 1px solid rgb(238, 238, 238); box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="128" /></a></div><b>THE AVERY SHAW EXPERIMENT (Science Squad #1)</b><br />When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.<br /><br />The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.</div><div><br /></div><div>Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Available on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Shaw-Experiment-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B00CMLBK9U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1438618843&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+avery+shaw+experiment" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id994397764" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-avery-shaw-experiment" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-avery-shaw-experiment-kelly-oram/1115240392?ean=9780985627768" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a></span></b></div><br /><div style="margin: 0px; text-align: center;"><br style="font-size: 13px;" /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eLVs4HSPSzM/Vc4OLqOQuJI/AAAAAAAACWw/zAg3kxnSxjQ/s1600/LIBBY_e_cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; color: #888888; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eLVs4HSPSzM/Vc4OLqOQuJI/AAAAAAAACWw/zAg3kxnSxjQ/s200/LIBBY_e_cover.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 1px solid rgb(238, 238, 238); box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="125" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>THE LIBBY GARRETT INTERVENTION (Science Squad #2)</b></div><div style="font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">Libby Garrett is addicted to Owen Jackson's hot lovin'. But the sexy, popular college basketball player doesn't appreciate all of Libby's awesomeness. He refuses to be exclusive or even admit to people that they're dating. The relationship is ruining Libby and she's the only one who can't see it.&nbsp;</span><br /><br style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">When Libby's behavior spirals completely out of control, her best friend Avery Shaw and the rest of the Science Squad stage an intervention hoping to cure Libby of her harmful Owen addiction. They put her through her very own Twelve Step program--Owen's Anonymous--and recruit the help of a sexy, broody, hard as nails coffee man to be her official sponsor.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">...&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">Adam Koepp has watched Libby Garrett for years. How could he not notice the sassy girl with the purple skateboard and helmet plastered with cat stickers? But in all the years he's crushed on her, Libby has failed to take notice of him. Why would she when he was just a nobody high school drop out who served her apple cider several times a week? Especially when she was hooking up with a guy like Owen Jackson--a guy with a college scholarship and more abs than Kyle Hamilton.&nbsp;</span><br /><br style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">Adam finally gets the chance to meet Libby when his co-worker Avery Shaw recruits him to take Libby on the journey of a lifetime. With his ability to play Bad Cop and his experience with the Twelve Step program he's the perfect candidate to be Libby's sponsor. But will he be able to keep his personal feelings out of the matter and really help her the way she needs? And will Libby hate him when he forces her to take an honest look at herself?</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Available on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01328HWU2/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=desktop-4&amp;pf_rd_r=1HS5G7NBVDATFAM1YSRY&amp;pf_rd_t=36701&amp;pf_rd_p=2090149782&amp;pf_rd_i=desktop" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/libby-garrett-intervention/id1026468404?mt=11" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-libby-garrett-intervention-1" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo&nbsp;</a>*&nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-libby-garrett-intervention-kelly-oram/1122426840?ean=2940151087971" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a></b></span></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;">Teasers:</span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZGuE7ACqGc/VoWGxcEGeQI/AAAAAAAACwY/e6R4nWLGlNU/s1600/ASE-3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZGuE7ACqGc/VoWGxcEGeQI/AAAAAAAACwY/e6R4nWLGlNU/s640/ASE-3.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XJL8f1r7Kcc/VoWGF_7UpBI/AAAAAAAACwQ/Ji1uYUJYAM4/s1600/LIBBY_photo_teasers_6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="608" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XJL8f1r7Kcc/VoWGF_7UpBI/AAAAAAAACwQ/Ji1uYUJYAM4/s640/LIBBY_photo_teasers_6.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div></div></div></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-91448148440928973262015-12-31T11:38:00.001-08:002015-12-31T11:41:30.996-08:00V is for Virgin Series<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2ptQ1V3iduQ/VoWC8o2FJwI/AAAAAAAACvs/-IOWbTRCec8/s1600/V_ABS_banner.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2ptQ1V3iduQ/VoWC8o2FJwI/AAAAAAAACvs/-IOWbTRCec8/s1600/V_ABS_banner.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div style="font-family: Arvo;"><b>The V is for Virgin series</b> is a story about a girl waiting until marriage to have sex and the rockstar determined to change her mind. This series is complete.</div><div style="font-family: Arvo;"><b>Literary Achievements:</b>&nbsp;V is for Virgin was a Whitney Award finalist in 2012, and will soon be published in Thailand. Both books were Amazon bestsellers.</div><br /><div style="font-family: Arvo;"><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/V-Virgin-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B00AJUVJN8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1389045376&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=v+is+for+virgin" style="clear: left; color: #888888; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8XHacOWxf8o/UssmauJdB6I/AAAAAAAABHA/fCDAK7XHhu4/s1600/15703297.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 1px solid rgb(238, 238, 238); box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="128" /></a></div><b><span style="font-size: large;">V is for Virgin (V is for Virgin #1)&nbsp;</span></b><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?</span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Available on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/V-Virgin-1-ebook/dp/B00AJUVJN8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1439568441&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=v+is+for+virgin" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/v-is-for-virgin/id993767992?mt=11" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/v-is-for-virgin" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/v-is-for-virgin-kelly-oram/1113910073?ean=9780991457922" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z-QdjWwlNac/VMRPH2noZlI/AAAAAAAABzo/wcMAQTwuTrY/s1600/ORAM_ABS_COVER.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; color: #888888; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z-QdjWwlNac/VMRPH2noZlI/AAAAAAAABzo/wcMAQTwuTrY/s1600/ORAM_ABS_COVER.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 1px solid rgb(238, 238, 238); box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="128" /></a></div><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-size: large;">A is for Abstinence (V is for Virgin #2)</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Six-time Grammy Award-winning musician Kyle Hamilton has it all—money, fame, talent, good looks, and a job he loves. His only regret in life: walking away from a certain notorious virgin because he was too prideful, stubborn, and even afraid to give her the only thing she asked of him—his abstinence.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Four years and a broken heart later, Kyle realizes that sex isn’t everything, and he suddenly can’t stop thinking about the girl that got away. Virgin Val Jensen got under his skin like no one else ever has. He wasn’t ready for her then, but things are different now. He’s grown up, he’s learned a few things, and he’s finally figured out exactly what he wants, or, rather, who he wants.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Kyle Hamilton wants a do-over, and this time he’s willing to do—or not do—whatever it takes.</span></div></div><div style="font-family: Arvo;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Available on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KBA582Y/ref=series_rw_dp_sw" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-is-for-abstinence/id993775817?mt=11" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-is-for-abstinence" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-is-for-abstinence-kelly-oram/1119475696?ean=9780991457977" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">Book Teasers:</span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wkdy7Mg4YmA/VoWDeUb6mdI/AAAAAAAACv4/L8SSV_5rrOY/s1600/VIRGIN_photo_teaser_1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wkdy7Mg4YmA/VoWDeUb6mdI/AAAAAAAACv4/L8SSV_5rrOY/s1600/VIRGIN_photo_teaser_1.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6risv6vXa3g/VoWD6JchO2I/AAAAAAAACv8/QdkZ9C0OIXs/s1600/ABS_teaser_1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6risv6vXa3g/VoWD6JchO2I/AAAAAAAACv8/QdkZ9C0OIXs/s1600/ABS_teaser_1.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-76341486403256397342015-12-24T11:32:00.000-08:002015-12-24T11:34:03.051-08:00Merry Christmas from Kelly Oram!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Merry Christmas everyone!!&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Or seasons greetings and happy whichever holiday you celebrate this time of year! For me, it's Christmas, and this holiday means a lot to me. It's a sacred day. So when I wish you a Merry Christmas, it's only meant with the utmost love and respect. It's easy to get caught up in the commercial aspect of the holiday. (Believe me I'm a Christmas nut with the decorations and the presents and the baking and whatnot. Oh, and the eggnog. I LOVE eggnog!) But, ultimately, this is the day I celebrate the birth of my Savior. I am thankful for Him and His atoning sacrifice. And wish you all the best Christmas in the true sense of the word.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/q_TEOyhy7Bg" width="560"></iframe></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Christ gave his life for us, and at Christmas time, in honor of that gift, we in return give gifts to others. I don't know about you, but I tend to go overboard with the giving. I don't wan to forget my fans this holiday season, as you all bring so many blessings to my life, and to my family. Without your support I wouldn't be able to do what I love so much. So, this Christmas I'd like to give you a gift as well. I'd like to share my gifts that the Lord has blessed me with (the gift of writing and storytelling) with all of you who mean so much to me. So I'm giving away 1,000 digital copies of Being Jamie Baker on a first come first serve basis. No strings attached. No need to share links, or sign up for anything, or leave a review. Just download and enjoy a fun read Christmas day after the presents are all opened. (And after that mid-morning nap that we all take because the kids got us up too early.)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="https://www.instafreebie.com/free/P4I5e" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD OF</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="https://www.instafreebie.com/free/P4I5e" target="_blank">BEING JAMIE BAKER.</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Fnh5B3M1zTk/VnxHUN7g8tI/AAAAAAAACsw/aI0CT2pKCBU/s1600/Unknown.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="285" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Fnh5B3M1zTk/VnxHUN7g8tI/AAAAAAAACsw/aI0CT2pKCBU/s400/Unknown.jpeg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-91498313216855548452015-12-09T13:15:00.001-08:002015-12-10T19:07:43.422-08:00If We Were A Movie Preorder Sale<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hey guys! If We were a movie is now available for preorder for a special discounted price of $2.99. Regular list price will be $4.99 after release, so order your copy while it's on sale. :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">Coming March 1st, 2016!</span></b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-64FzuBB0GMU/VmiX581K-cI/AAAAAAAACq0/hgRCkO0IDgU/s1600/IF_WE_WERE_A_MOVIE_cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-64FzuBB0GMU/VmiX581K-cI/AAAAAAAACq0/hgRCkO0IDgU/s400/IF_WE_WERE_A_MOVIE_cover.jpg" width="250" /></a></div>Title: If We Were A Movie<br />Series: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/series/161683-power-of-the-matchmaker" target="_blank">Power of the Matchmaker</a><br />Author: Kelly Oram<br />Genre: New Adult contemporary romance (clean)<br />Publisher: Bluefields<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Music meets Movies in this sweet college romance.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;arvo&quot;; font-size: 13px;"></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">NYU freshman Nate Anderson is a triplet who is desperate to escape his wild and crazy brothers. After they screw things up for him one too many times, Nate flees his housing situation and takes the first available room for rent as far from his brothers as he can get.</span><br /><br style="color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Enter his new roommate Jordan—a quirky LA girl who believes that everything in life has already been done in the movies. In this heartfelt tale of love, friendship and family, Nate learns how to deal with his new adult life using Hollywood films as a guide.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; line-height: 19px;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">Preorder Now for just $2.99.</span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; line-height: 19px;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; line-height: 19px;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;"><a href="https://amzn.com/B018W79WO2" target="_blank">Amazon</a> * <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/if-we-were-a-movie/id1063837836?ls=1&amp;mt=11" target="_blank">iBooks</a> * <a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1123054502?ean=2940158076947" target="_blank">Nook</a> * <a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/if-we-were-a-movie" target="_blank">Kobo</a></span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; line-height: 19px;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b>Teaser:</b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;">“Mr. Anderson,” she said slowly, imitating the bad guy from <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Matrix</i>as she held out her hand for me to shake. She wasn’t the first person to ever do that by any stretch, but she’d nailed the impersonation. If I weren’t completely bummed at the moment, I’d have given her props. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;">“So <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">this</i> is what a Pearl Approved guy looks like.” She shook her head once and cracked a smile. “She’s got good taste, I’ll give her that. You’re an odd mix of sexy and adorable. Don’t see that often.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;">I was a little taken aback by the compliment. If that’s even what it was. She may have just been stating what she considered to be fact. She laughed at my surprise and held out her hand to me. “Nice to meet you. I’m Jordan Kramer.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;">I’d been afraid of that. “You’re a girl.” <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;">Jordan laughed. “That’s what it says on my birth certificate, but I’m really glad you were able to figure it out without needing to read it.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;">Nope. I definitely didn’t need that.&nbsp;</span></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-43202037039415198152015-12-09T13:03:00.003-08:002015-12-09T13:04:07.388-08:00Holiday Sale: 6 epic romances for just 6 bucks!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="post-body entry-content" id="post-body-5864902484203259856" itemprop="description articleBody" style="font-family: Arvo; line-height: 1.4; position: relative; width: 736px;"><div dir="ltr" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><b>Tis the Season... to read lots of books! If you're like me, then your upcoming winter break means a little more downtime than normal. I love to spend my holidays with my nose buried in my iPad. But books are expensive, especially when you read as much as I do, and budgets get pinched&nbsp;around the holidays. Believe me, I get it. I'm right there with you.&nbsp;</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><b>So, best solution I can come up with is&nbsp;to offer you a bunch of my books at an insane price! How about s</b><b>ix epic romances for just six bucks? Take advantage of my limited-time holiday ebook sale and stock up on your holiday reading.</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>V is for Virgin:<span style="background-color: white;">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/V-Virgin-1-ebook/dp/B00AJUVJN8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1449693219&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=v+is+for+virgin" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/v-is-for-virgin/id993767992?mt=11" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/v-is-for-virgin-kelly-oram/1113910073?ean=9780991457922" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/v-is-for-virgin" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="background-color: white;">A is for Abstinence:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KBA582Y/ref=series_rw_dp_sw" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-is-for-abstinence/id993775817?mt=11" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-is-for-abstinence-kelly-oram/1119475696?ean=9780991457977" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/a-is-for-abstinence" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="background-color: white;">Cinder &amp; Ella:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Cinder-Ella-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B00MRLYO7K/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&amp;sr=8-1&amp;qid=1437586803" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id994400241" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cinder-ella-kelly-oram/1120394109?ean=9780991457953" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/cinder-ella-2" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="background-color: white;">Serial Hottie:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Serial-Hottie-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B008GR3SYO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1449693351&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=serial+hottie+by+kelly+oram" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1000894037" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/serial-hottie-kelly-oram/1111466817?ean=9780985627713" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/serial-hottie" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="background-color: white;">Joni, Underway: Exclusive on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Joni-Underway-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B00YDSK0J6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1449693410&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=joni+underway" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">AMAZON</a><span style="background-color: white;">.</span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="background-color: white;">The Avery Shaw Experiment:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Shaw-Experiment-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B00CMLBK9U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1438618843&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+avery+shaw+experiment" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id994397764" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-avery-shaw-experiment-kelly-oram/1115240392?ean=9780985627768" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a><span style="background-color: white;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-avery-shaw-experiment" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xqGjezdQ-XA/VmiLSbEhLBI/AAAAAAAACpg/E2oPFkFh9yc/s1600/sale.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="color: #888888; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" height="512" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xqGjezdQ-XA/VmiLSbEhLBI/AAAAAAAACpg/E2oPFkFh9yc/s640/sale.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 1px solid rgb(238, 238, 238); box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Check 'em out!</b></span></div><div style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-e7tolzuYXT4/VmiN-2GdAlI/AAAAAAAACps/C_PJvUHAM_8/s1600/VIRGIN_photo_teaser_1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="color: #888888; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" height="392" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-e7tolzuYXT4/VmiN-2GdAlI/AAAAAAAACps/C_PJvUHAM_8/s640/VIRGIN_photo_teaser_1.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 1px solid rgb(238, 238, 238); box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><div style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><b>V is for Virgin:</b>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/V-Virgin-1-ebook/dp/B00AJUVJN8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1449693219&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=v+is+for+virgin" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/v-is-for-virgin/id993767992?mt=11" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/v-is-for-virgin-kelly-oram/1113910073?ean=9780991457922" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/v-is-for-virgin" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a></span></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MRpsUXDcy94/VmiOCykj5lI/AAAAAAAACp0/IfGmOVckbvs/s1600/ABS_teaser_1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="color: #888888; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" height="433" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MRpsUXDcy94/VmiOCykj5lI/AAAAAAAACp0/IfGmOVckbvs/s640/ABS_teaser_1.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 1px solid rgb(238, 238, 238); box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><div style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">A is for Abstinence:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KBA582Y/ref=series_rw_dp_sw" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-is-for-abstinence/id993775817?mt=11" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-is-for-abstinence-kelly-oram/1119475696?ean=9780991457977" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/a-is-for-abstinence" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1isPz3ADlws/VmiPJOqcQxI/AAAAAAAACqE/FpSybuLj-pM/s1600/CINDER_ELLA_teaser_1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="color: #888888; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1isPz3ADlws/VmiPJOqcQxI/AAAAAAAACqE/FpSybuLj-pM/s640/CINDER_ELLA_teaser_1.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 1px solid rgb(238, 238, 238); box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="452" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Cinder &amp; Ella:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Cinder-Ella-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B00MRLYO7K/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&amp;sr=8-1&amp;qid=1437586803" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id994400241" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cinder-ella-kelly-oram/1120394109?ean=9780991457953" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/cinder-ella-2" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3zA33_y6G7E/VmiPXKhBYRI/AAAAAAAACqM/f-VXLIFHM4U/s1600/SH%2Btease.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="color: #888888; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" height="456" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3zA33_y6G7E/VmiPXKhBYRI/AAAAAAAACqM/f-VXLIFHM4U/s640/SH%2Btease.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 1px solid rgb(238, 238, 238); box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><div style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Serial Hottie:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Serial-Hottie-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B008GR3SYO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1449693351&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=serial+hottie+by+kelly+oram" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1000894037" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/serial-hottie-kelly-oram/1111466817?ean=9780985627713" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/serial-hottie" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a></span></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FQaSxAqLCcc/VmiPcHDIt8I/AAAAAAAACqU/TdNsNzT_-hU/s1600/JONI_photo_teasers_3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="color: #888888; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" height="392" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FQaSxAqLCcc/VmiPcHDIt8I/AAAAAAAACqU/TdNsNzT_-hU/s640/JONI_photo_teasers_3.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 1px solid rgb(238, 238, 238); box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><div style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Joni, Underway: Exclusive on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Joni-Underway-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B00YDSK0J6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1449693410&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=joni+underway" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">AMAZON</a>.</span></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-e3_kTluR7Z4/VmiPj4GuLCI/AAAAAAAACqc/mik7wHlrwjk/s1600/ASE-3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="color: #888888; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-e3_kTluR7Z4/VmiPj4GuLCI/AAAAAAAACqc/mik7wHlrwjk/s640/ASE-3.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 1px solid rgb(238, 238, 238); box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><div style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The Avery Shaw Experiment:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Shaw-Experiment-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B00CMLBK9U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1438618843&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+avery+shaw+experiment" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Amazon</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id994397764" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">iBooks</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-avery-shaw-experiment-kelly-oram/1115240392?ean=9780985627768" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Nook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-avery-shaw-experiment" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Kobo</a></span></div></div></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-23790200629648461882015-11-20T07:47:00.002-08:002015-11-20T07:47:40.724-08:00Chameleon is now FREE! <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>Tis the season for giving, so here you go. Please enjoy this freebie. And if you love it, please consider leaving a review on the retail site you download it from. Happy Holidays!&nbsp;</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-emh2vmIQg7c/Vk9AKGrYWwI/AAAAAAAACo4/2cB6gaCC9ow/s1600/chameleon_cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-emh2vmIQg7c/Vk9AKGrYWwI/AAAAAAAACo4/2cB6gaCC9ow/s320/chameleon_cover.jpg" width="205" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">NOW FREE ON:</span></span></div><br style="color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px;" /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px;">AMAZON:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://amzn.com/B00DJVQ6AU" rel="nofollow" style="color: #666600; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">https://amzn.com/B00DJVQ6AU</a></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px;"><div style="text-align: center;">iBooks:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1057453219" rel="nofollow" style="background-color: transparent; color: #666600; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id10...</a></div></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px;"><div style="text-align: center;">Kobo:&nbsp;<a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/chameleon-38" rel="nofollow" style="background-color: transparent; color: #666600; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebo...</a></div></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px;"><div style="text-align: center;">nook:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chameleon-kelly-oram/1115799171?ean=2940152272253" rel="nofollow" style="background-color: transparent; color: #666600; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chame...</a></div></span></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-43876694106376967042015-11-04T16:31:00.001-08:002015-11-04T18:53:38.208-08:00Book spotlight & Giveaway!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hey guys, I'm excited to introduce you to a new book that was just released by debut author Julie Hall! I had the privilege of reading Julie's book over the summer and absolutely adored it so much I wanted to help her spread the word about the book. This was the official bulb I wrote up for it...<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">"Beautifully creative! Julie Hall expertly weaves an action-packed plot and swoon-worthy romance with powerful, heartfelt themes of love, family, forgiveness, and redemption. Huntress will have you contemplating your own afterlife while holding your breath and falling in love. I can't wait for the sequel!"&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: #333333; font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">-Kelly Oram, author of&nbsp;<em>The Supernaturals</em>&nbsp;series</strong><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RQ13wwNFTDg/Vjqfd8vXE2I/AAAAAAAACks/HiL4sGm2kOE/s1600/huntress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="466" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RQ13wwNFTDg/Vjqfd8vXE2I/AAAAAAAACks/HiL4sGm2kOE/s640/huntress.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">"Beautifully creative! Julie Hall expertly weaves an action-packed plot and swoon-worthy romance with powerful, heartfelt themes of love, family, forgiveness, and redemption. Huntress will have you contemplating your own afterlife while holding your breath and falling in love. I can't wait for the sequel!"&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: #333333; font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">-Kelly Oram, author of&nbsp;<em>The Supernaturals</em>&nbsp;series</strong><br /><br />Title: Huntress (Life After #1)<br />Author: Julie Hall<br />Publisher: Deep River Books<br />Pages: 272<br />Buy on:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Huntress-Life-After-Book-1-ebook/dp/B016RE8TDM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1446681856&amp;sr=8-1">Amazon</a><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px;">Summary: No one’s afterlife is as dispiriting as Audrey’s―at least that’s what she believes after waking up dead without her memories and being promptly assigned to hunt demons for the rest of eternity. She’s convinced God’s made a cosmic mistake; after all, she’d rather discuss the color of her nails than break them on angelic weapons.</span><br /><br style="color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px;">It doesn’t help that her trainer, Logan, is as infuriating as he is attractive. And just when Audrey and Logan appear close to developing an amicable relationship, a decision made under duress pushes their hearts in a direction neither of them saw coming.</span><br /><br style="color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px;">Despite her sub-par fighting abilities, an ancient weapon of unparalleled power chooses Audrey as its wielder, attracting the cautious gazes of her fellow hunters and the attention of Satan himself. With Satan’s eyes now fixed on Audrey, a battle for the safety of the living looms in the shadows.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px;">Sounds fun right? You should totally check this book out. It's available in ebook for only $2.99 on <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Huntress-Life-After-Book-1-ebook/dp/B016RE8TDM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1446681856&amp;sr=8-1">Amazon</a>.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 14px;"><br /></span><span style="color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px;">Julie is such a sweetheart and has offered up a book for a giveaway. Make sure to enter it and stop by Julie's social media sites and congratulate her on her new release!&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px;"><br /></span></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b>CONGRATS JULIE!!</b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mMdDb9dcKgY/VjqiVfLQH-I/AAAAAAAACk4/ZZkYAkujMug/s1600/61Kqcp6tLjL._UX250_.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mMdDb9dcKgY/VjqiVfLQH-I/AAAAAAAACk4/ZZkYAkujMug/s1600/61Kqcp6tLjL._UX250_.jpg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #181818; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: start;">Julie Hall was a late blooming reader, but once captivated, writing became her dream.&nbsp;</span><br /><br style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: start;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: start;">Going the practical route in college she earned a business degree from the University of Michigan. After school, she worked in marketing and publicity for both television and film, until she'd had enough of selling other people's creative expressions.&nbsp;</span><br /><br style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: start;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: start;">She miraculously convinced her dashingly handsome husband that having ten years of experience mentoring youth, the idea of quitting her job to write a young-adult novel was the sensible thing to do.&nbsp;</span><br /><br style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: start;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: start;">Since then she's become a puppy mama to a goldendoodle named Bear, and an actual mother to her adopted daughter.&nbsp;</span><br /><br style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: start;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: start;">Her writing is inspired by God, who is the true author of romance and adventure in our lives. Julie holds the conviction that on our own, we just muck it up. Her advice to you is not to&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Keep in touch with Julie:</div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Hall/e/B016048TWU/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1">Amazon</a> * <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14434144.Julie_Hall">Goodreads</a> * <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JulieHallAuthor">Facebook</a> * <a href="https://twitter.com/julieghall">Twitter </a>* <a href="https://www.juliehallauthor.com/about">Newsletter</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="ececa21924" data-template="" data-theme="classic" href="https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ececa21924/" id="rcwidget_07h64gu8" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><br /><div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-size: 12.000000pt; font-weight: 700;">Excerpt from Chapter 3: The Job Eternal </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Ten minutes later, Shannon held a door open for me as I stepped past her and into a room jammed full of people—and not just anyone. The room was packed wall-to-wall with huge, well-muscled guys! My stomach dropped. I’d been mistakenly drafted by the afterlife division of the NFL. This had to be a mistake. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Shannon placed a firm hand on my back and nudged me further into the room. I tried in vain not to gawk at the scene around me. Beefed-up guys sat conversing around twenty-five round tables. The atmosphere felt relaxed, almost like a break room. I couldn’t pick up full conversations as we wove our way through the room, so my mind worked overtime inventing some of my own. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt; font-style: italic;">Hey man, what did you do today? </span><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">the guy in the skintight purple T-shirt that said “I ROCK” on the front would say. And the dude on his left would answer in a deep, Schwarzenegger-esque accent, </span><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt; font-style: italic;">I picked things up and put them down</span><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">We reached the other side without stopping to talk to anyone. Shannon placed her palm on the wall and produced another hidden door. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">From my limited view behind Shannon’s head, it appeared to be a gym of some kind. Not even the high-decibel manly noises coming from behind me drowned out the unmistakable sound of metal on metal. Shannon stepped to the side. That’s when I saw, on the far end of the gym, two fighters locked in a death match. They were bearing down on each other so quickly I could hardly distinguish the movements. The source of the sound was the thick, heavy swords they were fighting with. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"> </div></div></div><div class="page" title="Page 3"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">One of the fighters jumped high into the air and landed at least two body lengths from where he’d been standing, narrowly escaping a blow aimed at his shins. I gasped. A move like that wasn’t humanly possible! </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">The fighters, wearing silvery, sleek body armor, didn’t miss a beat as they bore down on each other with a series of quick blows. The movements blurred with their speed, the sound of the swords meeting deafening. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">I gasped again when one of the opponents swung his sword in an arc and nearly took off the head of the other, who ducked and rolled just quickly enough to avoid decapitation. If this was a sparring session of some sort, it must have gotten out of hand. I looked up at Shannon anxiously. Surely someone should stop this! </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Her face was a mask of calm, mixed perhaps with a bit of impatience. One of the fighters took advantage of an unsteady moment to get his opponent to one knee. He was just about to deliver a final blow when Shannon loudly cleared her throat. Both fighters froze. Shannon smiled coolly at them and said, “Logan, may I have a word with you?” </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">The fighter who had the advantage took a step back and lowered his sword.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 12pt;">“Sure, Shannon, just give me a sec,” he said, not sounding nearly as out of breath as I thought he should. He reached an armored hand down to give his opponent a hand up. Not a bit of malice remained in their movements.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Logan shook the hand of his opponent, who was quite a bit bigger in both height and girth, and gave him a friendly pat on the back. They said something to each other I couldn’t make out and chuckled before parting. The other guy gave Shannon a wave and a nod before pushing through a different set of doors. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></div><div class="page" title="Page 4"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">As Logan moved toward us, his armor began to evaporate. First, his shin and shoe guards melted into the air, revealing brown sandals and dark jeans. Then the metal covering his arms and hands disappeared, followed by his breastplate, uncovering a T- shirt that read “Hunters Rule, Demons Drool.” He was leaner than the guys back in the break room, but still muscular. Last, his helmet evaporated. He looked younger than I expected . . . perhaps only a few years older than me. But who knew if age really meant anything here. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">I shifted my weight and craned my neck to the left, trying to make sense of where his armor had just gone, peering around him as if it might magically appear somewhere behind him. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">I was still gaping when he stopped a few feet short of Shannon and me. “Hey Shannon, what’s up?” </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">He glanced my way with only a mildly curious look. I wasn’t certain if I should be offended or relieved. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">“Actually, I’ve brought you a new trainee.” </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Logan tilted his chin up to scan the area behind us. I turned my head as well to see who he was looking at. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">“Oh yeah, that’s great! Where is he?” </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Shannon gave me a firm prod. Unprepared for the push and still gaping at Logan, I stumbled forward. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">“Here </span><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt; font-style: italic;">she </span><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">is,” Shannon said with a smile. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Logan’s eyes opened wider, and this time he </span><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt; font-style: italic;">really </span><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">looked at me. He had dark blond hair, on the longer side and tousled, with wild highlights throughout, the type you&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 12pt;">get from too much time spent in the water and sun. His eyes started at my feet and slowly moved up my body until they locked with mine. Under the scrutiny, I registered that his eyes were a deep cobalt blue. It reminded me of the color of the ocean on a sunny day. The intensity of his stare embarrassed me. I felt heat rise to my face but was trapped in his gaze. I felt judged.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></div></div></div></div><div class="page" title="Page 5"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Without releasing my eyes, he addressed Shannon. His words came out deliberately, with an icy edge. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">“You have got to be kidding me.” </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">His tone sent a chill down my spine, which actually helped combat the warming of my cheeks. That was the final straw. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">I broke his stare and pivoted on my heel. I’d had enough of all of this. Muttering to myself about how crazy this all was, I marched purposefully toward the door. I didn’t care if there were a zillion muscle dudes on the other side, I just wanted out. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Before my fourth step, Shannon was in front of me. In fact, she appeared so quickly I walked right into her, bounced off, and landed on my butt. Dang, how’d she get there so fast? She appeared to be glowing but was no longer smiling. She looked over my head at Logan. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">“You know we don’t make mistakes about these things. There is a reason for this.” </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">“She’ll be eaten alive out there. Just look at her, Shannon.” </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Shannon glanced at me, sitting there on my butt, before looking back up at Logan. A shadow of doubt crossed her face but was gone almost as quickly as it had appeared. Eaten alive. How was that even possible when you were already dead? </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></div><div class="page" title="Page 6"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">“Logan, it is what it is. You’ve been chosen as her mentor. You need to train her as you would anyone else.” </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Neither of them spoke. I looked back and forth between the two. Then Logan asked with slightly narrowed eyes, “Is this because of what happened?” </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Shannon’s features softened perceptibly. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">“No, Logan, this isn’t some sort of punishment. You know things don’t work like that here.” Her voice was quiet but still strong when she continued, “What do you think they said about Romona when she first joined?” </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Logan let out a deep sigh. There seemed to be some silent communication, a faceoff, going on between those two. Shannon must have won, because after a few minutes her calm, cool smile returned. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">“Thank you, Logan. I’ll leave her with you now. You know what to do.” </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">The words sunk in fast as she turned to go. “Wh-what?” I stuttered. I scrambled up to stop her, but in my rush I lost my footing again and ended up half-running, half- crawling after her. When the door shut behind her, it occurred to me how pathetic I must look. I got fully to my feet and stared at the door. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Indecision about whether to run after her or turn around and face my fate kept me rooted in place. I was equally torn between wanting to shout at someone or break down crying. What in the world was going on? Whatever I might have thought the afterlife would look like, it surely wasn’t this. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">I took a deep breath to steady myself. There was no use getting too upset until I found out what sort of job I had been assigned to anyway. Could it really be that bad? </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div></div></div><br /><div class="page" title="Page 7"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">So far, Logan hadn’t made any attempt to talk to me. For all I knew, he wasn’t even still there. I squeezed my eyes shut and took another deep breath. When I opened them, I turned to face him. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Logan was exactly where he had been when I attempted to make my grand exit. I assumed he was either giving me time or didn’t know what to say, so I took control of the moment. At the very least, I needed to try to pull back some of the dignity I’d already lost. </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">I plopped my hands on my hips and let out a breath. “Okay, so will you at least tell me what exactly it is that we do?” </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Times'; font-size: 12.000000pt;">Logan looked me straight in the eyes and said, “We kill demons.” I saw his eyes, heard the words, and then everything went black.&nbsp;</span></div></div></div></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-87984104883997027672015-10-27T20:06:00.000-07:002015-10-27T20:28:54.511-07:00Taking a time-out from me to gush about others!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hey guys! I've had to do a lot of promoting lately for the release of The Libby Garrett Intervention. Believe it or not, I don't love just talking about myself and my books all the time. I feel so... ugh... I don't know. So today, I'm taking a break from all the Libby promo and Kelly this-and-that to talk about some of my favorite authors and good friends who deserve as much attention (if not more!) as me.<br /><br />It's been a BIG week for book releases and we have THREE book birthdays to celebrate today!!!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY ROGUE!</span></b></div><br />First up, we've got Karen Lynch with Rogue! Be still my beating heart. I love this series more than I can express to you. Karen became one of my favorite authors with her debut novel Relentless and with each following book in the series she's captivated me even more. I'm a fan for life and honored to be her friend. One of the perks of being an author is that I get to contact all my favorite authors and fan girl on them and it usually results in real friendships. That's totally what happened with Karen. I started gushing about her so much she was forced to be my friend. And then she even let me read Rogue early!!! (Lucky me, I'm so spoiled!)<br /><br />And now, lucky you, because ROGUE released today and is available for everyone to read! Do miss this book!!! It's full of awesomeness and yumminess! And the best part? The series is now complete! No waiting for the next book, so get started!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Books in the series: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJ9N3JU/ref=series_rw_dp_sw">Relentless</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OZ7I6Y6/ref=series_rw_dp_sw">Refuge</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012TMAFU6/ref=series_rw_dp_sw">Rogue</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pUJbYWx_VDo/VjAxYnQ2vwI/AAAAAAAACi8/2Dg_q9PQZsc/s1600/series%2Bimage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="244" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pUJbYWx_VDo/VjAxYnQ2vwI/AAAAAAAACi8/2Dg_q9PQZsc/s640/series%2Bimage.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Okay, there's one more best part. Book one is FREE!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">You have absolutely no excuse not to download and read this book! So do it! &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJ9N3JU/ref=series_rw_dp_sw">DOWNLOAD RELENTLESS</a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY WHITEOUT!</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><br /><br />Second up, we have Whiteout by Nikki Jefford! I was only recently introduced to Nikki and her books. (A big thank you to Karen Lynch for the introduction!) Nikki writes vampires! (Among other things) I started her first book in the Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter series like last week. I read all for books in FOUR days!! I couldn't stop. I am so sleep deprived now. But I got sucked in. What's a bookworm supposed to do? Well I am happy to tell you that I only had to wait a few days for book five. I woke up with it on my iPad this morning and will be starting it just as soon as I hit publish on this blog post. YAY!!! <br /><br />I have to give props to Aurora. Because if I was her and I found myself in the situation she fell into, I would have gone APE S%$! on the entire freaking world. I know I'm really into a book when I have to keep putting it down to pace around the room because my heart is racing. Not because I was scared. Oh no, I was mad. SO MAD. (In the absolute best way possible.) I wanted to kill people. Mainly certain characters in the book. When a book can get me so worked up, I know I've found a winner. I loved this series and think you all need to give it a chance! <br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">Books in the series: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AEGD5XY/ref=series_rw_dp_sw">Vampire Hunter</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E7G0210/ref=series_rw_dp_sw">Northern Bites</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KQ5PR1G/ref=series_rw_dp_sw">Bad Blood</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00REZMCF0/ref=series_rw_dp_sw">Hunting Season,</a> <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0167BIWN2/ref=series_rw_dp_sw">Whiteout</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span id="goog_1727699398"></span><span id="goog_1727699401"></span><span id="goog_1727699408"></span><img border="0" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2kEt9e814Eo/VjA2myd6vyI/AAAAAAAACjU/j7fdxnrRlo0/s200/51hKN%252BlKGBL._SX331_BO1%252C204%252C203%252C200_.jpg" width="133" /><span id="goog_1727699409"></span><span id="goog_1727699402"></span><span id="goog_1727699399"></span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E7G0210/ref=series_rw_dp_sw" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; display: inline !important; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cbOvB1RAQjA/VjA2uwPRq7I/AAAAAAAACjc/Vi9z-9yQOJU/s200/516W7RH4YkL._SX331_BO1%252C204%252C203%252C200_.jpg" width="133" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KQ5PR1G/ref=series_rw_dp_sw" imageanchor="1" style="display: inline !important; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nDrbuwq0jck/VjA2zKSbXqI/AAAAAAAACjk/OiDNxfrDGEg/s200/Unknown-1.jpeg" width="132" /></a><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00REZMCF0/ref=series_rw_dp_sw" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; display: inline !important; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XASZggw1KbY/VjA22QPbRHI/AAAAAAAACjs/iTPtH1slVwA/s200/51qFO5rq-9L._SX331_BO1%252C204%252C203%252C200_.jpg" width="133" /></a><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0167BIWN2/ref=series_rw_dp_sw" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; display: inline !important; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kM1iZVaoRJ0/VjA25LwMhZI/AAAAAAAACj0/4jJxSAfi-Js/s200/51CerGltibL._SX331_BO1%252C204%252C203%252C200_.jpg" width="133" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;">I don't know if Whiteout is the last book or not. (I'll&nbsp;know by tomorrow for sure.) but I do know that book one is also FREE. So again, NO EXCUSES!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY&nbsp;</span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">HOLLY HEARTS HEADLINES!</span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">And last but not least, we're celebrating the release of Holly Hearts Headlines by the absolutely lovely Kenley Conrad! Kenley is so adorable, and her book gave me lots of feels. Again, speaking of books that got me emotionally invested, there was a certain boy I wanted to PUNCH IN THE FACE. I'm just saying. I loved the book and can't wait to read Holly Heart's Headlines! It'll be next after Whiteout! I am so rooting for Holly! And like I mentioned in last night's Facebook party, I think Holly and Kyle Hamilton need to sing a duet!!!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Books in the series: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Holly-Hearts-Hollywood-Kenley-Conrad-ebook/dp/B00ILMKZG8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1446000875&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=holly+hearts+hollywood">Holly Hearts Hollywood</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Holly-Hearts-Headlines-Hollywood-Book-ebook/dp/B013D07ZEC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1446001431&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=holly+hearts+headlines">Holly Hearts Headlines</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Holly-Hearts-Hollywood-Kenley-Conrad-ebook/dp/B00ILMKZG8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1446000875&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=holly+hearts+hollywood" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-choT1ePnCd0/VjA62HoSrHI/AAAAAAAACkA/HvUm3hDoJR8/s200/516AGKgRcSL._SX331_BO1%252C204%252C203%252C200_.jpg" width="133" /></a><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Holly-Hearts-Headlines-Hollywood-Book-ebook/dp/B013D07ZEC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1446001431&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=holly+hearts+headlines" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KXk32Bbsr6w/VjA7PgPLpGI/AAAAAAAACkI/Y5i-HYQDGTo/s200/51E13syH%252BrL._SX331_BO1%252C204%252C203%252C200_.jpg" width="133" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">This series isn't finished or free, but it's only $2.99 a book and it's good, so go read it anyway!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And there you have it. My best birthday wishes and congratulations to threw wonderful ladies! Happy reading everyone!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-57100797294094911432015-10-24T08:42:00.003-07:002015-10-24T08:42:52.553-07:00Enter the Libby Garrett Intervention release day giveaway.<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://amzn.com/B01328HWU2" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="429" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-D80dPKCyCVQ/VisYbDl4ivI/AAAAAAAACic/AkHvprBt0t8/s640/LIBBY_on_sale_teaser.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: x-large;">Happy book birthday Libby!&nbsp;</span></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">The Libby Garrett Intervention is finally here.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Get your copy today!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01328HWU2/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=desktop-4&amp;pf_rd_r=1HS5G7NBVDATFAM1YSRY&amp;pf_rd_t=36701&amp;pf_rd_p=2090149782&amp;pf_rd_i=desktop" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01328HWU2/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=desktop-4&amp;pf_rd_r=1HS5G7NBVDATFAM1YSRY&amp;pf_rd_t=36701&amp;pf_rd_p=2090149782&amp;pf_rd_i=desktop">Amazon</a> * <a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-libby-garrett-intervention-kelly-oram/1122426840?ean=2940151087971" href="https://http//www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-libby-garrett-intervention-kelly-oram/1122426840?ean=2940151087971">B&amp;N</a> * <a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/libby-garrett-intervention/id1026468404?mt=11" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/libby-garrett-intervention/id1026468404?mt=11">iBooks</a> * <a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-libby-garrett-intervention-1" href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-libby-garrett-intervention-1">Kobo</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>Read the book and enter the&nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>Early Bird Review Giveaway.</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Win the ultimate Science Squad bundle including:</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">A signed copy of The Avery Shaw Experiment</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">A signed copy of The Libby Garrett Intervention</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">An Avery Shaw Experiment poster&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Libby Garrett bookmarks and keychain</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">and a signed Kelly Oram "I heart Grayson"&nbsp;tote bag!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">One of the best ways to help an author is to tell your friends and family about the books you read and to leave reviews of them on retail sites. If you love <i>The Libby Garrett Intervention</i> let the world know, and please consider leaving a review on Amazon, B&amp;N, iBooks, or Kobo. As a &nbsp;thank you for these reviews I'm holding a giveaway. Anyone who posts their review of the book on one of it's four retail sites is&nbsp;eligible to win.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">To enter:&nbsp;</span></b></div><div style="text-align: left;">1. Read the book and write an honest review.</div><div style="text-align: left;">2. Post your honest review of The Libby Garrett Intervention on at least one of the following retail sites:&nbsp;<a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01328HWU2/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=desktop-4&amp;pf_rd_r=1HS5G7NBVDATFAM1YSRY&amp;pf_rd_t=36701&amp;pf_rd_p=2090149782&amp;pf_rd_i=desktop" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01328HWU2/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=desktop-4&amp;pf_rd_r=1HS5G7NBVDATFAM1YSRY&amp;pf_rd_t=36701&amp;pf_rd_p=2090149782&amp;pf_rd_i=desktop">Amazon</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-libby-garrett-intervention-kelly-oram/1122426840?ean=2940151087971" href="https://http//www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-libby-garrett-intervention-kelly-oram/1122426840?ean=2940151087971">B&amp;N</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/libby-garrett-intervention/id1026468404?mt=11" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/libby-garrett-intervention/id1026468404?mt=11">iBooks</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a class="validating" data-cke-saved-href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-libby-garrett-intervention-1" href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-libby-garrett-intervention-1">Kobo</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;">3. Copy and paste your honest review <b>into the comments on this blog post</b> and tell me which retail site(s) you posted it on and tell me the name or title of your review so that I can find it.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;">Last day to enter is November 7, 2015. Contest is international. Winner will be chosen randomly. Review must be posted on the specified retail site. I will be checking to make sure. I am not responsible for prizes lost in the mail. Sorry!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Good&nbsp;luck, thanks for the support, and most of all&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">HAPPY READING!</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><br /></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-57516145895824379412015-10-12T09:19:00.001-07:002015-10-12T09:19:50.673-07:00<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="fauxcolumn-outer fauxcolumn-left-outer" style="bottom: 0px; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 12px; left: 0px; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 0px; width: 340px;"><div class="fauxborder-left" style="background-position: 0% 0%; background-repeat: no-repeat repeat; height: 2052.375px; position: relative;"><div class="fauxborder-right" style="background-position: 100% 0%; 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Bust out the cat shirts and saddle up your unicorns because it's time to GET YOUR FREAK ON!&nbsp;<i>The Libby Garrett Intervention</i>&nbsp;is almost here, and to celebrate it's release, bestselling YA author Kelly Oram is hosting a freaks and geeks Facebook party&nbsp;<b>Monday October 26th from 4-7 pm (PST)</b>! That's right, come party Science Squad style.<br /><br />Libby Garrett, the beloved wild and crazy cat-loving science geek sidekick from&nbsp;<i>The Avery Shaw Experiment</i>&nbsp;is back with her own story to tell. Or should I say, her own journey to take.<br /><br />Libby Garrett is the ultimate misfit. She's an overweight, misunderstood, quirky nerd. And WE LOVE HER FOR THAT! So for this book launch, it's time to leave your insecurity at the door and party with the misfits. The Libby Garrett Freaks and Geeks party is a place for us all to come and be ourselves, and celebrate the fact that we're all misfits in our own way.<br /><br />Join Kelly and a dozen other AMAZING authors as they introduce you to some of the best misfit characters YA literature has to offer and tell you about their own personal struggles with insecurity and fitting in. They''re gonna get real, people. It's gonna be awesome. Oh, and also, they're going to have fun, and games, and awesome books, and giveaways galore, so you really don't want to miss it.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1635689720020448/" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Join the event</a>&nbsp;and bring all your friends. For one night the biggest freaks and geeks are going to be the coolest kids on the planet. (Oh, yeah, I totally just claimed us all being cooler than the whole world. I dare you to prove me wrong.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1635689720020448/" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eJTh9gWU45Q/VgJB3TunNFI/AAAAAAAACdw/Tj45iFbZaJ4/s1600/LIBBY_party_guests-2.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 1px solid rgb(238, 238, 238); box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1635689720020448/" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">CLICK HERE TO&nbsp;JOIN THE PARTY</a></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: medium;">Don't miss the the Science Squad novels!</span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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line-height: 18px;">Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.</span><br /><a href="https://www.kellyoram.com/" style="color: #888888; text-decoration: none;">www.kellyoram.com</a><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span><a href="https://twitter.com/kellyoram" style="color: #888888; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" src="https://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss356/kellyoram1/1407817171_twitter_zps017bdbfd.png" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: none; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="50px" /></a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/authorkellyoram?ref=hl" style="color: #888888; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" src="https://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss356/kellyoram1/1407817042_facebook_zps9cacef02.png" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: none; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="50px" /></a><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Oram/e/B003UPV4RA/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1407799804&amp;sr=8-2-ent" style="color: #888888; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" src="https://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss356/kellyoram1/1407817230_Amazon_zps7a658fcf.png" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: none; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="50px" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3203095.Kelly_Oram" style="color: #888888; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" src="https://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss356/kellyoram1/1407817139_goodreads_zpsfc027400.png" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: none; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="50px" /></a><a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KellyOram/posts" style="color: #888888; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" src="https://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss356/kellyoram1/1407817196_google_plus_zps30ff724b.png" style="-webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; border: none; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0980392) 1px 1px 5px; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="50px" /></a></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-74300067059035209812015-09-19T12:08:00.001-07:002015-09-19T12:15:29.862-07:00New book coming/cover reveal. <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hey guys. Some of you have heard, and some of you haven't, but I've announced a new book coming March 1, 2016. It's part of a 12-book, 12-author series, and a lot of you have had questions. Let me see if I can explain a little.<br /><br />So... The series is called <i>The Power of the Matchmaker</i> series. It starts with a prequel novella called The Power of the Matchmaker. It's about a young Chinese woman who becomes this sort of magical immortal matchmaker named Pearl. The following 12 novels are stories of Pearl's matchmaking adventures across time. Each novel is written by a different bestselling author, and the stories are in many different genres. The one thing they all have in common? Pearl the matchmaker is up to her usual tricks to make the leads fall in love.<br /><br />Sounds fun, right? Well here is the cover reveal for all of the novels, with all of their authors and release dates.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kKgPcP2sXKc/Vf2shnvWQ-I/AAAAAAAACcY/X_MvR6vJRhQ/s1600/Cover%2BReveal-2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kKgPcP2sXKc/Vf2shnvWQ-I/AAAAAAAACcY/X_MvR6vJRhQ/s640/Cover%2BReveal-2.jpg" width="339" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Nov, 2015&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Power of the Matchmaker (prequel novella)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">2016</div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Jan.</b> &nbsp;Broken Things to Mend<b>&nbsp;- Karey White</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Feb.</b> Not Always Happenstance -&nbsp;<b>Rachael Anderson</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Mar.</b> If We Were A Movie -&nbsp;<b>Kelly Oram</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Apr.</b> Love is Come -&nbsp;<b>Heather B. Moore</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>May</b> Four Chambers -&nbsp;<b>Julie Wright</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Jun.</b> O're the River Liffey -&nbsp;<b>Heidi Ashworth</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Jul.</b> Chasing Fireflies -&nbsp;<b>Taylor Dean</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Aug.</b> Between Heaven and Earth -&nbsp;<b>Michelle Paige Holmes &nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Sep.</b> How I Met Your Brother -&nbsp;<b>Janette Rallison</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Oct.</b> To Move The World -&nbsp;<b>Regina Sirois</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Nov.</b> King of the Friend Zone - &nbsp;<b>Sheralyn Pratt</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Dec. </b>The Reformer - &nbsp;<b>Jaima Fixsen&nbsp;</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>You can find all of the books along with their blurbs on <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/series/161683-power-of-the-matchmaker" target="_blank">Goodreads</a>.</b></div><div><br /></div>This is such a wonderful and talented group of writers, and I'm so excited to be part of this project! As for me, Little Miss March (which also happens to be my birthday month, so yay, happy birthday to me!), here is the cover and summary of my Matchmaker novel!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qlR98gLVt0U/Vf2yZH8v4UI/AAAAAAAACco/MA52A4pqjIc/s1600/IF_WE_WERE_A_MOVIE_cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qlR98gLVt0U/Vf2yZH8v4UI/AAAAAAAACco/MA52A4pqjIc/s640/IF_WE_WERE_A_MOVIE_cover.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px; text-align: left;">NYU freshman Nate Anderson is a triplet who is desperate to escape his wild and crazy brothers. After they screw things up for him one too many times, Nate flees his housing situation and takes the first available room for rent as far from his brothers as he can get.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br style="color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px; text-align: left;" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px; text-align: left;">Enter his new roommate Jordan—a quirky LA girl who believes that everything in life has already been done in the movies. In this heartfelt tale of love, friendship and family, Nate and Jordan learn how to deal with their new adult lives using the great romantic comedy classics as a guide.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px; text-align: left;">Should be fun! Sign up for my newsletter if you want to be notified when it's released. :)</span></div><div><br /></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-85408121332294227182015-08-22T22:37:00.000-07:002015-08-22T22:37:50.496-07:00Co-Authoring! Q&A with Kelly Oram & Jonathan Harrow<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br />Hey guys! First of all, thanks to all of you who bought Joni, Underway today! (Or had already preordered it.) This has been a great release day. Jonathan and I had a great launch party on Facebook where we did a Q&amp;A. There were so many questions about co-authoring this book since it was a new experience for me, I thought I'd post that interview here. Enjoy!<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IzWGzIX4gco/VdlUCtiTHqI/AAAAAAAACag/Lhb5nKjB668/s1600/11903930_1464807223823876_6205001656630384598_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="282" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IzWGzIX4gco/VdlUCtiTHqI/AAAAAAAACag/Lhb5nKjB668/s320/11903930_1464807223823876_6205001656630384598_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;">Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.</div><div style="color: #141823; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;">Jonathan Harrow left a career in Hollywood to pursue his dream of writing novels. He has an author crush on Charlotte Bronte, and a real crush on his author wife, YA bestseller Kelly Oram. They live in Phoenix with their four kids and their cat, Mr. Darcy.</div><div><br /></div><div> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q. </span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;">What's it like to co-author a book for the first time?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">Kelly: Very difficult. We have very different writing styles! And very, very different voice. We had to let him do the actual writing so that the book would sound consistent. If we switched off back and forth, it would have been a nightmare.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q. </span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;">What was your method in co-writing a novel?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">Jonathan: We knew right away that in order to work together, we would need to have one of us take the lead. Otherwise, every single decision would end in a stand-still. So, in the case of Joni, the original idea was mine, so it made sense for me to be the lead. I know some writers who switch off scenes, or whatever, they literally share the writing, but that would never work with us. Our idea was for me to write the first draft (with all Kelly's input) and then together we'd do the real work, which is rewriting. That's when Kelly would really be able to get her hands on the material and make it hers. Well, not surprisingly, the first draft was pretty light on romance. So Kelly really got in there and did her thing in that department, which made all the difference in the world, of course. The next biggest thing was going back in and getting the actual writing to sound like both of us, which was a challenge, as we have very different writing styles. In the end, I feel that the book is a great blend of both our styles. So the image of both of us sitting side-by-side writing is not accurate. It was more like taking turns.‬</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> Do you have plans to continue writing novels together?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Jonathan: </span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">Hard to say. We don't have plans for anything right now. After Joni, we were both excited to get back to our own projects.‬ It's so much easier to feel like you have total control over the content. But I feel like Kelly and I collaborate on all our books, to some degree. She is the first to read my stuff and she gives the feedback that really improves my stuff. And sometimes I've been able to provide that help for her, as well. So while we may not be co-writers all the time, every one of our books has been influenced by the other.‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;">&nbsp;Was it hard to collaborate together on certain scenes? For instance, maybe one of you felt more passionate for a certain part then the other. Or did you run into any difficulty?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">Jonathan: It indeed was difficult to give up a lot of control. Some things were easy, like anything to do with the romance, I immediately deferred to Kelly and trusted her choices.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> Did you two ever argue over how you wanted the story to go?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Jonathan:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> Yeah, there was some of that, mostly having to do with the romance. Kelly and I have very different love languages, lol, and different ideas about what is romantic. So I'd write something and be like, "Oh, that's so romantic!" And Kelly reads it and she's like, "Seriously? They're just sitting there talking." And I'm like, "I know, right? Getting to know each other." And she's like, "Move outta the way." Hahaha. It took me a while to come around to her way of thinking, but eventually I got it, and after reading her stuff, I was like, "Ohh, okay, I see. Yeah, that's awesome." So if you love the romance in the book, you have Kelly to thank!‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> How did you two come up with the idea for this novel?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Jonathan:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> “Joni, Underway” started as an idea I had while watching “Deadliest Catch” about lobster fishermen. The job is so difficult, and that whole world is so foreign to me, and I remember thinking: “What if a city guy like me had to go work on one of these boats, and the experience changed his life?” That sparked an instant comparison to “City Slickers,” a movie I have always loved. So it’s “City Slickers” on a lobster boat, that sounds awesome! The idea sat in my mind for years, and then when Kelly and I were looking for a romance/drama to work on together, the “City Slickers on a lobster boat” idea morphed into “Joni, Underway.” Kelly was sold as soon as I said, "She falls in love with the hot boat captain!"‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> Which character in Joni, Underway do you most relate to?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Jonathan:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> I relate to Joni, I think. At least when I was her age, anyway. I had a lot of inner strength, but I needed the right experience to bring it out in me. If left to my own devices, I wouldn't try new things.‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Kelly: </span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">I had to think about this one, but I think maybe I'd go with Reid, actually. I have total wander lust and a need for adventure. I want to see and experience everything. And I want to visit and learn all about all different kinds of people and cultures. If I could sail around the world, going from job to job just to get to the next journey, I totally would. Jonathan is definitely the more stable on win our family. But I also have a bit of his compassion and empathy. I was always that friend who would go out of my way to take care of my friends who were having trouble.‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> Kelly: What part of the creation of this novel will you cherish the most?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Kelly: </span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">Um.... my husband? lol. I think just the experience as a whole. (And come on, lets be honest, I cherish the creation of Captain Reid!) For real though, I also really love the character of Murray. He's based off of Jonathan's grandpa who was quite the character. We loved him so much and I love that a part of Boompa will always live on now.‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;">&nbsp;Do you have different jobs too, or just write together?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Kelly:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> Now we don't. I was always a stay-at-home mom while My husband worked in the film industry. Thanks to my writing, Jonathan was able to quit his job and is now going to write full time as well. We are super happy about that, and super blessed!‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;">&nbsp;Kelly: were there certain things that you found out about your husband that you might not have known without working on this piece with him?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Kelly:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> Hmm. I mostly saw a lot of things I already knew about him. For one, he's WAY more disciplined than me. He needs a schedule and routine, where I'm all over the place. He's way more thorough with research, but he's always been really book-smart. I did learn that he's a much slower writer than me. It takes him WAY longer to write a first draft than me. But I'm more patient with the rewriting process. I guess he just wants to get it right the first time. He's more of a perfectionist than me. But again, after 14 years of marriage, I already knew that too!<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> How did you know that the other was The One?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Kelly:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> Actually it was pretty clear. A booming voice shouted down from the Heavens and said, "Hey, you! Yeah, the stubborn one who never dates seriously! HE'S THE ONE!!!!!" We met through my family. He was trying to date my older sister while I was away at college. I came home and she totally tried to pawn him off on me. Two weeks later we were engaged. Two and a half months after that, we were married.‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> Jonathan: How did you propose to Kelly?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Jonathan:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> It was nothing planned out, I can tell you that, lol. Very casual, which is my style. We had been dating for 2 weeks (yes, that's 14 days) and we went to Disneyland together (Kelly had never been) and in a quiet moment afterward, Kelly joked about how fun it was hanging out together and I said, "How about we keep hanging out forever then?" or something really lame like that. The truth is, I'd been looking for a way to propose for a couple days, and that seemed as good an "in" as any, so I took it! I remember Kelly smiled and just said, "Yeah, let's do it." That was it! Very low key. But then she dropped the bomb: "But you have to call my dad and ask for permission!" I was scared of her dad, lol. Anyway, I was 21 and Kelly was 19.‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> Who are your favorite authors?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Kelly:</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: #10131a;"> Oh, man, where do I start???? Meg Cabot is my all-time favorite. I totally admire her so much. Then there's John Green, Sarah Dessen, Jen Wylie, Julianne Donaldson, Simone Elkeles, Cinda Chima Williams, Cassie Claire, </span><span style="text-decoration: none;">Cassie Mae</span><span style="color: #10131a;">, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stephenie Meyer, Karen Lynch... I know I've left out like a million authors... but I could chat books all day...‬<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Jonathan:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> Michael Crichton and Charlotte Bronte. I know, that's a weird combo, but it's the truth!‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;">&nbsp;Jonathan: Which is your favorite novel written by Kelly?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Jonathan:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> Serial Hottie is def my favorite!‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;">&nbsp;If you guys had Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak, what would you do?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Kelly: </span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">This makes me think of that Clay Aiken song LOL. Um... with invisibility? I'd so sneak into concerts and go back stage! I want to see the band in their unscripted moments. (And I'm not talking about the changing room you perves!) I'd just like to see what people are like when the world isn't watching them. Also, I could get much better seats to the shows!‬<br /><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br /><!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Jonathan:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> If I were invisible, I'd go to Pixar/Disney studios and watch them make their films. I'm a huge fan of animation and I love watching the creative process unfold.‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> Jonathan: What are your plans thus far for future writings?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Jonathan:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> I am now writing a sequel to my first novel "Dolls", which is a supernatural horror/thriller in the NA age range. I love creepy/dark stories. But I like haunted horror, NOT slasher horror.‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> Kelly, can we look forward to another book in the Supernaturals series?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Kelly:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> Yes! There is one more still to come. Book #4 is called Priestess and it's Clara's story. Just don't ask me when it's coming lol. Sometime next year... I still have to write it.‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> Kelly, do you plan on writing any sports romance books? And when I say "Sports" I mean SOCCER!‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Kelly:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> I will definitely write a sports romance someday. I don't know how soon I will get to it, but I have two ideas plotted already. one for a women's fiction/chick-lit baseball book and a soccer book that is actually a companion novel to my book Cinder &amp; Ella. It's a Robin Hood retelling that has soccer as the focus.‬ Again though, I have no clue when I'll be able to get to those books. SO many stories, so little time!‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;">Kelly...what is your favorite genre?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Kelly:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> Young adult anything. The more romance the better. I'm a huge high-fantasy geek though, so probably YA fantasy is my very favorite.‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q. Kelly:</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> We all know you love frosting, but what is your other favorite dessert?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">Kelly: Frosting!
 Nope, I'm not kidding.
 I totally eat cake just so I can have frosting. And I used to keep some in the fridge in college so I could just have a spoonful when I needed it. Nothing de-stresses like a spoonful of sugar! Okay, maybe white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies, cheesecake, and candy corns.‬<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="color: red;">Q.</span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="color: red;"> Kelly, I like the jamie baker series and I know that inspiration just hasn't happened yet for the rest of her story. My question is are you upset that it hasn't happened yet?‬</span><span style="color: #10131a;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Kelly:</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> Oh, how do I explain Jamie.... It wasn't a lack of inspiration really. I just knew what had to happen, and there were so many different ways it could go. The first way didn't work, so I scrapped it and tried again... after like seven different versions of the first 150 pages I was frustrated and burned out and still nowhere near finishing. Then I started to feel a lot of pressure to have it finished because people were waiting for it and I'd expected it to be done sooner. And then I started getting anxiety attacks when I tried to work on it. It was very strange. I've never experienced anything like that with any other story. I was so upset for a long time. I was upset with the story, and upset with myself. It broke my heart to have to put the book on hiatus. And, to be honest, I had a rough couple of years the last two years, overworking myself in all aspects of my life, and I went to therapy. (Which did wonders, btw!) And yes, I actually worked with my therapist about the issues I was having with this specific book. And that of course helped me get a much better grip on this new career I'd stumbled onto. Now, I'm in a much better place, and I feel much better about my manuscript. I'm still a little anxious to pick it up again, but at least my love for the book and the characters is back and I'm feeling confident in it again. I'll let you in on a little secret... I've been slowly working on it for the last month or so and I've made big progress. I hope to have the book out sometime next year. Cross your fingers for me!<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Helvetica; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">I definitely needed the time out with Jamie. It was hard to do, but it was honestly the best thing I could have done. I'm ready to start on it again, but while I'd set it aside, I committed to a few other projects. (Like Joni, and Libby, and my upcoming If We Were A Movie...) so now I've had to go and finish those before I could start Jamie again. Good news is, I'm finished with almost everything. I need a couple more weeks with Movie, and then the only projects I have left are Jamie #3 and Supernaturals #4. Of course, knowing me, I'll probably write something random and completely new for my annual nano project. But November never counts in my writing schedule!<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--EndFragment--></div><div><br /></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-47209476755433594092015-08-22T08:31:00.001-07:002015-08-22T08:31:45.967-07:00Happy Book Birthday Joni, Underway!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Well, it's finally here! Today's the day you can sail away with Joni Monday on a life-changing adventure.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ioaI6p6qYjY/VdiQu5Gas8I/AAAAAAAACZI/YOtCd0tW9C0/s1600/Unknown.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ioaI6p6qYjY/VdiQu5Gas8I/AAAAAAAACZI/YOtCd0tW9C0/s1600/Unknown.jpeg" /></a></div>Title: Joni, Underway<br />Author: Kelly Oram &amp; Jonathan Harrow<br />Publisher: Bluefields<br />Available on: <a href="https://amzn.com/B00YDSK0J6" target="_blank">AMAZON</a><br />Summary:&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">Nineteen year old Joni is loving life as an adult—living on her own, dealing with grown-up things like jobs, hook-ups, and doing her own laundry. Best of all: after finishing her first year at ASU, she will never again be called a freshman.&nbsp;</span><br /><br style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">But when her brother is suddenly killed in a car accident, Joni’s adult life is turned upside down. Struggling to cope with loss, guilt, and anger—not to mention the meddling of friends and family trying to “fix” her—Joni is relieved to be presented with an escape in the form of a sailing trip her brother had been planning for months before he died.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;" /><br style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;">With her first step onto the sailing vessel Lady Marguerite, Joni plunges into an adventure that will mark the beginning of her real adult life—a journey across the ominous dark blue of the Atlantic Ocean with a small, eccentric crew, and the young Captain Reid, whose gorgeous looks are only outmatched by his talent for care and kindness. Unfolding through the ups and downs of life at sea is an unforgettable story reminding us that love will always be a work-in-progress and coming of age never gets old.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22.399999618530273px;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></b></span><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">Available exclusively on AMAZON for the special release day sale price of $2.99!</span></b></div><b><span style="font-size: x-large;"><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;"><a href="https://amzn.com/B00YDSK0J6" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div></span></b><u>Praise for <i>Joni, Underway</i></u><br />"The story resonated with something deep within me - a novel that left me in awe and deeply touched me. Freakn amazing!" ~ Closet Geeks &amp; Slo Mo<br /><br />"Wow. I mean... Wow. This book... it was soooo much more than I expected. This was perfection, guys." &nbsp;~ Istyria Book Blog<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mYZOusTHCko/VdiTTg5-3vI/AAAAAAAACZk/dP3nn3lay9U/s1600/JONI_photo_teasers_2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mYZOusTHCko/VdiTTg5-3vI/AAAAAAAACZk/dP3nn3lay9U/s1600/JONI_photo_teasers_2.jpg" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>EXCERPT:</b></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Back on the docks, lost in the middle of a maze of boats and pilings and light posts, I watched painted numbers pass by. I was surprised at how many of the boats showed signs of occupancy. Wet towels hanging to drip-dry, or lights on in tiny windows just above the water line, or a radio playing softly. All the boats had names, of course. Some creative, or dignified, others just silly. <i>Endless Summer. Serenity. Windsong. Yes Dear. Sea Monkey. Get Her Done. </i>My favorite was<i> Breaking Wind</i>; very classy.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I was passing a shiny black yacht with the moniker <i>Obsession</i>, when a sudden commotion startled me. With a thrashing of water and a high-pitched shrieking came a half-naked body from under the boat. Elbows planted on the dock’s edge, a surfer-bodied guy levered himself up and flopped onto his back with an exaggerated yowl and chattering teeth. A headlamp was strapped to his forehead; its powerful beam blinded me as he leapt to his feet. “Sorry ’bout that. Didn’t get you, did I?” He turned toward <i>Obsession</i>. “Eva! All good now, yeah?” I moved to continue on, but he stopped me. “Hold up. Did I get you?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“No, I’m good.” I squinted against his light.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Oh.” He ripped it away and tossed it onto the deck of the boat. “Eva! Try it now!” Back to me: “What slip number?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“What?” He’d caught me in mid-guess about his age. I’d have estimated mid-twenties and gorgeous. No, he was <i>handsome</i>, which is a word I thought only grandmas used anymore. I mean, guys are <i>cute</i> or guys are <i>hot</i>, but this guy…yeah, he was hot, but in a classic way that wasn’t intimidating. His looks didn’t say <i>Hey baby, like what you see?</i> They said—<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“What slip number are you looking for?” He took great handfuls of each leg of his shorts and wrung the water out. His entire body was covered in goose bumps.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Thirty-one,” I answered, and before I could follow up with the boat’s name, he said…</span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Lady Marguerite.”</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"> And he cringed with a smile. “Uh-oh.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“What?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">He glanced sideways at me as he pushed excess water down his legs. “Uh, you’re young and beautiful, that’s what.” He said it with a laugh, like <i>Duh</i>, s<i>illy girl, didn’t you know?</i> He could have shoved me in the water and I’d have been less surprised. “Nah, the guys are gonna love it, is all.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I was so confused. Was he warning me or complimenting me? Should I be scared or flattered? “Okay, thanks.” Again, I turned to leave.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Again, he stopped me. “You ever been sailing?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“What would you guess?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">He smiled, dark eyes sparkling. “Want me to walk you down there?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I wanted to say <i>You can walk me anywhere you want</i>. Which, after passing through my filter, came out, “Nah, I can find it. You look really cold, so…”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">He hugged himself, shoulders hunched, and his smile broadened as he considered me with a look I could only describe as <i>thoughtful</i>, and the kind of intense eye contact that makes your blood race.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">A woman’s voice interrupted: “Yeah, that did it. Reading fine now.” From a tall, buxom supermodel standing on the back deck of <i>Obsession</i> with a glass of wine in hand. She swished it around with an eyebrow cocked at me.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The guy gestured down the pier. “You’re nearly there. Down toward the end, look for two guys drinking beer.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="TRIOPS" style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I murmured some sort of thanks and hurried away, embarrassed by the obnoxious <i>clack-clack-clack</i> of my suitcase. I couldn’t help a glance back: The guy was toweling off; the supermodel had taken a seat to admire him above the rim of her wine glass. For a fleeting moment, I allowed myself to marvel at the incongruity of lifestyles in this world. Most of us have to trudge through life, get jobs, go to school, and get sunburned, while others are blessed with naturally-tanned <i>Maxim</i> bodies and live on rich yachts with gorgeous, muscled, goose-bumped handymen.<o:p></o:p></span></div><!--EndFragment--><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-npnkoADWoYI/VdiTT-rTmMI/AAAAAAAACZw/CzF_lRdSgLM/s1600/JONI_photo_teasers_3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-npnkoADWoYI/VdiTT-rTmMI/AAAAAAAACZw/CzF_lRdSgLM/s1600/JONI_photo_teasers_3.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">So, we're excited, yeah? Head on over to Amazon and take advantage of the sale price. It's only for today! The book will go back to its normal listing price of $4.99 tomorrow!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-49893001646728006562015-08-13T23:43:00.003-07:002015-08-13T23:43:50.778-07:00Deleted Scene from A is for Abstinence<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hey everyone! As I sent off The Libby Garrett Intervention to my editor today and was looking over some of the scenes I had to cut from the book, that made me think about a number of other scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor from some of my other books. I remembered this specific gem from A is for Abstinence and thought I'd share it with you.<br /><br />So, in A is for Abstinence, Kyle finally agrees to try and abstain from sex so that Val will go out with him. As you can imagine, it's an entertaining affair. Well, at one point, Kyle officially becomes a spokesperson for the Not Everybody's Doing It Foundation. I thought it would be fun to show Kyle attempting to actually fulfill his duty as a spokesperson, so I wrote this scene where he makes is first high school visit as a guest lecturer. Of course, after I wrote it I realized that the book takes place in the summer, and that high school would be out of session for the entire book and that the scene couldn't possibly work. It had to be cut and I had to find a different way for Kyle to meet Val's younger brother. Yup, authors make bonehead mistakes like that all the time. But sometimes the end result is still entertaining, so... enjoy this deleted scene. (It's spoiler free.)<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>.....</b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Robin had booked Val for a high school appearance that afternoon, but I didn’t want to wait until dinner to see her so I decided I’d make the appearance with her. Hey, I was an official spokesperson for the Not Everybody’s Doing It Foundation after all. I figured no one would get mad at me if I showed up.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Surprising everyone seemed like the best way to go. When I got to the high school I pulled my cap low and ducked into the building. The office secretary nearly had a heart attack when I showed up. Her hands shook so hard as she filled out my visitor’s sticker that you could barely read my name. Not that anyone would need to.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">She chattered about how excited the students were going to be as she walked me to the auditorium. I really only cared about the look on Val’s face. She’d tried several times to get me to come to one of these things. I’d never thought it sounded like a good idea until now.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">She introduced me to the school’s principal, a sharp looking lady in her forties wearing a suit like all the ones Val always wore. I bet the two of them had a lot in common. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">She seemed as thrilled to have me as the secretary and said to go on up. “They’re actually almost finished,” she whispered as she pointed to a set of stairs that led up onto the stage. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“They?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">A proud smile swept over her face. “Val’s birth mom is here too. It’s her first Not Everybody’s Doing It appearance. She shared her experience about being pregnant at fifteen. It was fantastic. Really got the kids to think. We were lucky to have her. Her son goes to school here, you know. Brody. He’s a decent kid. Good student. Plays on the varsity basketball team.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">That made me smile. “Val’s an athlete too. She plays college volleyball.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The woman smiled and nodded toward the stage. “If you’re going to say hi, you’d better get to it. The bell rings in ten minutes.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I grinned at the woman. “That’s plenty of time for me to get into trouble up there. Thanks for your help, Marcie.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The principal flushed when I said her name and whispered, “Good luck.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I didn’t need it. I climbed the steps and swaggered out to the middle of the stage where Val was sitting on a stool holding a microphone. “Hey everyone!” I called.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The room shook from the screams of the students. I’d sent all the teenage girls into a frenzy that didn’t stop for a good three minutes. If any of them passed out I’d probably get in trouble, but it would be worth it for the look on Val’s face as I joined her on stage and kissed her hello.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“What are you doing here?” she gasped.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I took the microphone from her hand and smiled at the audience. “I’m a spokesperson for the Not Everybody’s Doing It foundation,” I said. “I’m spokespersoning.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The kids screamed again. I grinned at Val and offered the microphone back to her but she shook her head and waved me on. “Be my guest.” <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I turned to the crowd and suddenly realized I had no idea what to say to these kids, so I blurted out the first thing I always said at my shows. “What’s up Riverside High?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I got more cheering, and a bit of crying.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">They waited for me to say something…<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Uh…so…have these fine ladies convinced any of you to not have sex yet? They’re pretty good at doing that. Val, especially.” I held up my wrist to show off my bracelet and grimaced. “Believe me, I know.” <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">There was a mixture of laughter and cheers that time. When the noise died down I scrambled for something else to say. “So, as you guys may have heard, I’ve been, uh, celibate for over nine months now. What can I say about abstinence? It sucks. A lot.” Gasps and laughter. “And it’s painfully hard all the time.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">That got a roar of laughter and applause so loud that I lost it. I laughed at all their dirty, little, horny teenage minds.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Val jumped up and swiped the microphone from me. “He meant that abstaining is very difficult for him,” she said, giving me a look of death that only made me laugh more.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I stole the mic back and said, “It’s that too, but I actually meant—”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Kyle! Val shrieked.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“I’m teasing!” I said before she decided to kill me. “I really did mean that it’s not easy for me to abstain. All you perverts need to get your minds out of the gutter. You’re getting me in trouble with my girlfriend.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Oh yeah? What’s she gonna do?” some tool in the auditorium shouted. “Stop putting out for you?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The audience roared again and Val slapped her hands over her face as she shook her head in shame. I decided I’d better get back on track before she had an aneurism.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Anybody have any questions for me?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Hands shot up all over the auditorium. “Appropriate questions!” Principal Marcie called out in a sharp warning tone. “Questions relevant to the topic!”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">There was a low groan from the audience and most of the hands went down. I pointed to a girl near the front of the stage. “If you hate it so much,” she asked, “why do you do it?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">That was simple. “Because it’s important to Val.” <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The girls all swooned while most of the guys scoffed or laughed.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Mr. Teenage Tool from before shouted, “Dude, you are so whipped!”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I laughed. “Hell yes I am.” <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Lame!” the guy called out.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I wasn’t bothered in the least by his taunts. “Are you telling me you wouldn’t want to be whipped by a woman like Val?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Okay!” Val shouted, snagging the microphone from me, while the auditorium once again fell apart with laughter. “I think that about covers it for today! We’ve left a bunch of pamphlets about the Not Everybody’s Doing It foundation and the V is for Virgin campaign with your principal. They’ll be passed out to you in your homerooms tomorrow. Remember anyone who comes in and officially takes the abstinence pledge gets a free V or A necklace, bracelet, or keychain. Thanks for having us here!”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">With that she dragged me off stage, glaring at me so hard it was a wonder she wasn’t pulling me along by my ear. When we reached principal Marcie, I held my hand out for a high five. She slapped my palm, but the motion seemed subconscious, like she’d done it without thinking because that’s just what you do when someone holds up a hand to you. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“How’d I do for my first time?” I asked, still wondering at the look on her face. She gaped at me with wide eyes and flushed cheeks, at a complete loss for words. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I looked to Val to see if she knew what the principal’s problem was, but she didn’t see me. She was too busy pinching her nose between her eyes. “I am <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">so</i>sorry,” she finally said. “If you get any angry calls from parents, please direct them to call the foundation. I will speak with all of them personally.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“I would appreciate that,” principal Marcie muttered.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“What’s the matter?” I asked, my gaze bouncing back and forth between them. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Principal Marcie blinked at me again. “He doesn’t even know, does he?” she asked. She was staring at me but the question was directed at Val.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Val sighed. “No, he really doesn’t have a clue. I’m sorry. I didn’t know he was coming. I would have talked to him before.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Are you ladies planning to fill me in?” I asked with a forced laugh. I didn’t like feeling cornered by the two of them. “Did I do something wrong? I thought it went well. The kids seemed to have a good time.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“You can’t even be angry,” Principal Marcie mumbled, astonished.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Nope.” Val laughed a little, but it was a defeated gesture. “You can’t even get mad. Honestly, I’d say we were lucky. Knowing Kyle, it could have gone a lot worse.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“I’d believe it.” <o:p></o:p></span></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Principal Marcie finally snapped out of her trance and a faint smile broke out on her face. She held a hand out to Val, thanking her for coming, and then to me. “Well, Mr. Hamilton, it was certainly interesting meeting you. Thank you for stopping by the school.”<o:p></o:p></span></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-91316530500586002042015-08-07T10:41:00.000-07:002015-08-07T10:41:35.901-07:00Confessions of an antagonist: Aiden Kennedy Tells All<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Back by popular demand, I have Spanish Fork High's most <strike>hated</strike> misunderstood science geek on the blog today, and he's ready to shed some light on The Great Aiden/Avery Fallout as their friends have come to call it.<br /><br />Joining me once again to ask the tough questions is Mel from <a href="https://wordsfeather-books.blogspot.com.ar/" target="_blank">Words Feather blog</a>. Hey Mel! Thanks so much for hanging out with my characters this week.<br /><br />Mel: Oh, of course! It's been a blast.<br /><br />Kelly: And Aiden... You're a good sport.<br /><br />Aiden: *snorts* Thanks so much, Kelly.<br /><br />Kelly: So, I guess I'll let you guys get too it. Take it away Mel!<br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: Thanks Kel! Hey Aiden! Thanks so much for coming back today to sit with me in a one-on-one interview. I know it’s been rough for you since the whole Avery Shaw Experiment went down last year. Some mistakes were made, people were hurt, and those close to Avery and Grayson haven’t been particularly forgiving even if Avery has. You seemed so sincere the other day sitting with Avery, that my heart went out to you. Hopefully we can clear the air a little with all the fans out there, and you can finally move past the Avery Shaw debacle and find your own peace with what happened.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: *mutters* One can only hope.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: So, I guess the best way to do this is just to dive in and get right to the heart of it. What all the fans out there really want to know is…WTF? How <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">could</i> you? What was going through your head when you abandoned Avery and broke her heart?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: *lets out a long, heavy breath* Every story has to have an antagonist, right? Guess I drew the short straw. *sends Mel a small self-deprecating smile* Really, though, I just made a mistake. I never meant to hurt Avery. I’d never want to do that. She’s my best friend.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: So what happened?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: *sighs* I took Avery for granted, plain and simple. I didn’t do it on purpose, and I didn’t hurt her on purpose. I never dreamed that quitting science club and getting a girlfriend would destroy my relationship with Avery. I never once considered the possibility that I could lose her. It was Avery. We were… were… *sighs* I mean we just <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">were</i>. The thought of that changing—of us not being whatever we were—was incomprehensible. We did everything together, loved each other unconditionally. She was such a part of me that I couldn’t separate us. I couldn’t think of us as individuals. Nothing was ever about what I liked or what I wanted. There was no I. It was always <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">we</i>. What did <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">we</i> like? What were <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">we</i> going to do today? She wasn’t my sister, but she wasn’t my girlfriend. She was part of me. Does that even make sense? I’m not sure I can really explain it any better.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: I think I get it. But if she was such a part of you, then how could you abandon her the way you did? Wouldn’t that be like cutting off your arm or leg, or something?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: *meets Mel’s gaze with a pained look* Losing Avery was like being ripped in two. Without her I wasn’t whole anymore. It was the worst feeling I’ve ever experienced, probably the worst thing that I ever will experience.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: *frowns* But… But it was your choice to leave her. I guess I still don’t understand how you could do it. You had her. She loved you. She would have probably stayed with you forever and been happy. If you cared so much for her—needed her to make you complete—how could you give her up?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: *closes his eyes and takes a long deep breath* Look. I really hate to use such an overdone cliché, but sometimes you really just don’t know what you have until you lose it. Have you ever felt lost? Confused about who you are, or what you want? I was almost seventeen, half way through my junior year of high school. And I had no clue what I really wanted in life. All of my friends kept making decisions about college or were involved in activities or programs that were going to help them after school. They were dating, going to dances, kissing, breaking up… They were experiencing life. I’d never had a girlfriend. Never kissed a girl. I’d never done anything on my own. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I grew up, wasn’t sure what my interests were. I’d never thought about myself. My first thoughts were always about Avery. Always. We did science club because I knew she liked it. We watched most of the movies we did because I knew she wanted to. I took her to museums because I knew it made her happy. Yeah, I enjoyed all of those things too, but would I have done them if Avery wasn’t factored into the equations? I didn’t know. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The truth is, my relationship with Avery, the way it was, wasn’t healthy for either of us. I did what I did because we needed the separation. We both needed to learn to think for ourselves and figure out who we were as individuals. I still stand by that thought.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I didn’t handle it the best way, because I wasn’t really sure what I was doing, and how do you handle something like that anyway? Is there ever a good way to tell the person you love the most in the world that you need some space?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I think Avery would have understood if we’d sat down and really talked about it. I think she would have even been okay with it or a little excited about it. *smiles to himself* She’s have treated it like an experiment. The Avery and Aiden Self Discovery Experiment. We’d have tried different things and spent time apart, but we’d have done it together.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">My biggest mistake was letting Mindy manipulate me. *smirks bitterly* But what guy has never acted stupid over a girl at least once? Mindy was good at using the truth against me to get what she wanted. She was jealous of Avery. Intimidated by how close I was with her. I still can’t really blame her for that. But that’s what made it so easy for her to get me to stay away from Avery. I <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">understood</i> Mindy’s insecurity. I <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">sympathized</i> with it. From her perspective, it was a horrible situation. She had a boyfriend who spent all of his time with another girl. A girl he <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">loved</i>. To an extent, Mindy had a right to ask me to back off of my relationship with Aves.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">And she was my first girlfriend. I wanted to make her happy. I wanted to let her know she could trust me. I wanted her to feel like I cared about her, put her first before any other girl. I wanted her to feel safe with me. Are any of those desires bad for a boyfriend to want? No. Those kinds of things are qualities a girl should look for in a guy. They’re things she should expect in a relationship—things she deserves.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>So while it was happening, I was trying to look at a confusing situation logically. I was trying to make everything black and white. But Avery’s and my situations wasn’t black and white. I needed to think with more than just my head. I needed to use my heart too. I just figured that out too late, and by then, the damage had been done. And the worst part of it was, I was heartbroken, and I felt like I didn’t deserve to fix it. It was my fault. I’d destroyed Avery. I was in my own personal hell, and I deserved everything I got. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: *a little choked up* That must have been hard.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: It’s still hard. I’ll pay for those mistakes for the rest of my life.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: But Avery’s forgiven you at least. You guys are friends again, right?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: She’s forgiven me, but she’s not mine. What I lost last year, I will never get back. Not completely. I’m relieved that she’s forgiven me, and grateful we can still be friends, but it’s not the same. I have her still, but in a way, I also lost her for good.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: *just a little bit heartbroken for Aiden* So, you still love her. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: Of course I love her.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: No, I mean you’re still <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">in</i> love with her. Aren’t you?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: *looks away and glares at the ground*<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>*doesn’t answer the question*</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: *in a soft voice* But some good came out of this still, right? I mean you said that you guys needed the separation. You’ve changed a lot over the past year. You have some knew friends, and you seem to know what you want to do with your life now. After everything is said and done a year later, do you regret what happened? Even with the positive changes in your life?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: *thinks for a long time* Honestly? Yes there have been some positive changes in my life, but I think I could have figured things out without losing Avery. I could have done things better. I didn’t have to hurt either of us and destroy the amazing relationship we had, so yes. I regret it. I probably always will.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: I’m sorry.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: *shrugs* We all have to live with the consequences of our mistakes. The best we can do is learn from them.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: So what have you learned?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: *sends another bitter smirk into his lap* To think before I act. To use my heart more. To cherish the people who mean something to me and never take my friends for granted. To trust myself more and not allow people to manipulate me. And I’ll definitely take a much closer look at any girls I date. I won’t be jumping head first into a relationship ever again.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: So, are you dating anyone then?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: Can’t. Avery’s taken. *flashes Mel a small smile to let her know that was a joke, but can’t quite hide the truth in his words*<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>*sighs, resigned* No. I’m not dating anyone right now. I don’t think I’m ready to try that again. *smiles a small smile for real this time* I might have to try Avery’s seven stages of grief first. Right now I’m just focusing on finishing school. Graduating. Learning more about myself. Getting ready for next year.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: What are your plans for next year?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: I’m going to study journalism at the University of Utah. I think I’d like to be an investigative reporter. I love the news. I like learning the truth of things, and I’m good with words.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: Yeah, I’d say you are. I think you’ve done a great job explaining your side of the story today. I’m sure you’ve convinced at least some of the haters out there that you actually are a decent guy. You’ve convinced me, anyway. I think I can forgive you for hurting Avery.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: *smirks* Thanks.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: No, thank you for coming back today. I’m really glad I got to hear your story, and I’m sure a lot of others are too. I wish you the best of luck next year at college. And hey, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you find exactly the right girl for you so you can find a little inner peace. You know, I happen to be in pretty good with Kelly. I could put in a good word for you. I hear she’s pretty darn good at the matchmaking thing.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal">Aiden: *chuckles* *shakes his head softly* *mutters more sincerely this time* Thanks Mel. </div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-73622774847539141642015-08-07T07:41:00.000-07:002015-08-07T07:41:04.616-07:00A Sneak Peek Into The Libby Garrett Intervention <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L6QBl_5XUIk/VZbEzROE9oI/AAAAAAAACJo/SlMhzPjLTB8/s1600/LIBBY_event_banner.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="146" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L6QBl_5XUIk/VZbEzROE9oI/AAAAAAAACJo/SlMhzPjLTB8/s400/LIBBY_event_banner.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Well, here we are folks. The final day of Science Geek Appreciation Week. And what a week it's been! We've read all about <i>The Avery Shaw Experiment,</i>&nbsp;revealed the cover and got a few teasers from <i>The Libby Garrett Intervention</i> releasing this October, we've gotten up close and personal with Science Squad author Kelly Oram, and we've invaded Avery's and Grayson's privacy by reading their journals.<br /><br />We've partied on Facebook with games, teasers, bonus material, and giveaways. (The party's still going on, so stop by the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/499243476890320/" target="_blank">FACEBOOK EVENT</a> and enter the giveaways before they're over.)<br /><br />Hopefully you've all bought your copy of Avery at its Science Geek Appreciation price of just $0.99.&nbsp;I promise, it's worth the dollar!&nbsp;<b style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Shaw-Experiment-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B00CMLBK9U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1435868086&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+avery+shaw+experiment" target="_blank">Amazon</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-avery-shaw-experiment/id994397764?mt=11" target="_blank">iBooks</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-avery-shaw-experiment-kelly-oram/1115240392?ean=9780985627768" target="_blank">B&amp;N</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-avery-shaw-experiment" target="_blank">Kobo</a>.&nbsp;</b>And, of course,&nbsp;<span style="text-align: center;">The Libby Garrett Intervention is coming October 24th! So hopefully, you've signed up for Kelly Oram's <a href="https://www.kellyoram.com/p/email.html" target="_blank">NEWSLETTER</a> t</span><span style="text-align: center;">o receive special preorder discounts and be notified of the book's release.&nbsp;</span><br /><b style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><br /></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"></div>It seems there's only one thing left to do, and that would be get a nice good look at <i>The Libby Garrett Intervention</i> in this first-ever sneak peek!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WBGTf4wyrTw/VaPI39Q9AWI/AAAAAAAACL8/OJDsU1GW9oc/s1600/LIBBY_e_cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WBGTf4wyrTw/VaPI39Q9AWI/AAAAAAAACL8/OJDsU1GW9oc/s200/LIBBY_e_cover.jpg" width="125" /></a></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Libby Garrett is addicted to Owen Jackson's hot lovin'. But the sexy, popular college basketball player doesn't appreciate all of Libby's awesomeness. He refuses to be exclusive or even admit to people that they're dating. The relationship is ruining Libby and she's the only one who can't see it.&nbsp;</span><br /><br style="color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">When Libby's behavior spirals completely out of control, her best friend Avery Shaw and the rest of the Science Squad stage an intervention hoping to cure Libby of her harmful Owen addiction. They put her through her very own Twelve Step program—Owen's Anonymous—and recruit the help of a sexy, broody, hard as nails coffee man to be her official sponsor.</span><br /><br style="color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">...</span><br /><br style="color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Adam Koepp has watched Libby Garrett for years. How could he not notice the sassy girl with the purple skateboard and helmet plastered with cat stickers? But in all the years he's crushed on her, Libby has failed to take notice of him. Why would she when he was just a nobody high school drop out who served her apple cider several times a week? Especially when she was hooking up with a guy like Owen Jackson—a guy with a college scholarship and more abs than Kyle Hamilton.</span><br /><br style="color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Adam finally gets the chance to meet Libby when his co-worker Avery Shaw recruits him to take Libby on the journey of a lifetime. With his ability to play Bad Cop and his experience with the Twelve Step program he's the perfect candidate to be Libby's sponsor. But will he be able to keep his personal feelings out of the matter and really help her the way she needs? And will Libby hate him when he forces her to take an honest look at herself?</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><br /></span> <br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-size: large;">SNEAK PEEK</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; line-height: 19px;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">(This excerpt hasn't been though it's final round of edits and is subject to change in the final draft.)</span></span></div><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“I love Avery, and I’m happy for her—she certainly deserves Grayson—but now her perception of reality is totally skewed. She thinks everyone has a fairy-tale ending coming to them. She doesn’t understand that most of us won’t be so lucky. Especially not someone like me.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Adam kept his gaze on the window and let out a breath. “Someone like you?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Yeah, someone like me. Fat girls don’t exactly get a lot of love.” <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">He pulled his eyes away from the view to glare at me for that one. I wasn’t sure what his problem was. It’s not like my weight was a secret. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Maybe I’m not three hundred pounds, but I’m definitely pushing it when I use the word <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">chubby</i>. In high school, that equates to being the fat girl, and, before you ask, I can’t just lose the weight. I have hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed when I was eleven because I became borderline diabetic. I’ve been on a strict diet and exercise program ever since so that I don’t develop more serious health problems. I’m actually in decent shape cardiovascularly speaking; I just can’t get rid of all the weight. This is as good as I will ever get.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Adam pulled his eyes away from the window and shifted his entire body so that he was facing me. “You don’t think you’ll ever find someone that loves you because you’ll never be thin?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I scoffed. “This is real life, not <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Hairspray</i>. There is no Link Larkin out there waiting for me. Don’t even try to tell me that there is. You know there’s not. It’s a miracle Owen even gives me the time of day.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">After pulling the beanie off his head to rake his hand through his hair, Adam slumped in his seat and crossed his arms over his chest, glaring out the windshield. I didn’t understand the mood swing. He’d seemed pretty chill when I first picked him up. Now he was back to being that stick-up-the-butt grump I first met. “What about Owen?” he asked suddenly. “He doesn’t seem to mind your weight.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Ha!” I clenched my hands so tightly on the steering wheel that my knuckles turned white. I’d been telling myself that same thing for a year, but that didn’t make it true. “Of course he does. That’s the biggest problem we have. He acts the way he does with me because he’s embarrassed of my looks. I always knew that, but I told myself it didn’t matter, because even if he was ashamed of his feelings for me, at least he had them.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Adam was appalled by my logic. “Are you <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">serious?</i> The guy is ashamed of you, and you don’t think that matters?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">A surge of anger pulsed through me, but I managed to keep hold of my temper. “Of course it matters. Do you think I like that he won’t introduce me to any of his friends? I don’t. I hate it. He won’t even admit to <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Grayson</i> that we’re dating. Do you know how that makes me feel?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Then why do you put up with it?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Because it’s better than nothing. Which is what I have without Owen. No one has ever wanted me before. At all. In any way. Owen can be a jerk, but I know at least part of him cares about me. It’s not like he hooks up with me because I’m his only option. The guy is gorgeous, popular, and athletic. He can be with anyone he wants, but he still chooses to be with me. He <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">likes</i> being with me. He’s not a <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">total</i> douche. He does appreciate my awesomeness. When we’re together and it’s just us, he can be so sweet. He makes me feel beautiful—desirable, special, wanted. I don’t get to feel like that any other time in my life, so I take the bad with the good.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I couldn’t believe I was having such an intimate conversation with this odd stranger, but it was surprisingly nice to be completely honest for once. “I can’t say no to Owen because I know that if I say yes, I’ll get to feel those things. The bad stuff will disappear and I’ll feel amazing, at least for a little while. And I’m afraid that if I don’t come when he calls, he’ll find someone else. I’m sure he sees other girls at college. Yes, I hate that, but what other choice do I have? If I push him away, then I’m back to having nobody. Without Owen, I’m back to being a lonely, fat nerd. I don’t want to be alone for the rest of my life.” <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The conversation died there. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I’d never been so honest with anyone before, not even Avery. I wasn’t sure how Adam got me to crack open like that, but I felt so exposed. I’d spent years building up the thickest skin a human being could possibly have, and somehow, in less than an hour, Adam broke right through all of my defenses. That scared me. Who was this guy? How did he get to me so easily? <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Adam sat in silence on the other side of the car. I knew he was thinking about everything I’d just said. Knew he was putting it together with all the times we’d met so far, and forming a new opinion of me. I didn’t want to know what that might be.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I drove us through the winding mountains, paying more attention to my crappy thoughts and feelings than the road. We were lucky I didn’t send us plummeting over the side of the canyon to our deaths.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Believe it or not, I understand how you feel,” Adam said, breaking the long silence with his soft voice. “I know exactly what it’s like to be so desperate for someone’s affection that you’d let them destroy you just to win their approval.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">My chest tightened at his admission. It made me crazy with curiosity. Who had he loved so much that he could sound as full of despair as he did now? There was truth in his words, and whatever truth it was, it had been devastating to him. Was there more to Avery asking him for help than just his ability to play Bad Cop? He said we had something in common, but I couldn’t understand how a guy like him could ever be an outcast the way I am.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“If you don’t let him go,” Adam said, pulling my attention back to the conversation, “he <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">will</i> destroy you eventually.” <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I had no doubt he was speaking from experience, but I didn’t ask, and he didn’t elaborate. He left me alone after that, and we spent the rest of the drive in silence. It wasn’t until we reached the ski resort and climbed out of the Escalade that he finally said, “You have to want it, Libby. Admitting that the relationship is unhealthy is a good start, but it isn’t enough. If you don’t genuinely <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">want</i> to give him up, then we’re wasting each other’s time.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I wasn’t sure I’d ever fully want to give Owen up, but I didn’t want to let him keep using me, either. “What exactly <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">are</i> we doing with each other, anyway?” I asked as I led Adam through the parking lot toward the mountain. “How do you plan to help me?”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Every twelve-step program is a journey. It’s actually a very spiritual experience for the person taking the steps. It requires a leap of faith. My job as your sponsor—so to say—is to take that leap with you and sort of guide you through the process. You’ll have to do all the work. I can’t take the steps for you, but I can show you the way. I’m here to hold your hand or give you a nudge when you need it, point you in the right direction if you can’t see clearly, and pick you up if you fall.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">We reached the base of the mountain and immediately hit a wall of people. The mountain was packed because it was the last weekend of the season, and it looked like the competition had also drawn quite a crowd as well. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">I grabbed Adam’s hand tightly so that we wouldn’t get separated, and headed toward the halfpipe. Adam startled at my touch, but didn’t pull away. He looked down at our hands and then did that infuriatingly sexy thing where he raises one of his eyebrows at me, as if demanding an answer. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Man, he could be so hot when he wanted. If I weren’t in such a hurry, I’d have stayed locked in that challenging stare with him until the snow melted. Unfortunately, there was no time to explore the tension that sometimes ignited between us. I rolled my eyes at him, pretending I wasn’t the least bit excited to be touching him, and started tugging him through the spectators. “Gotta move your honeybuns, Coffee Man. We’re late.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“You know,” he said lightly as he followed me through the crowd, “when I mentioned hand holding before, I was speaking metaphorically.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">“Well, that’s just too bad, because right now I need it in the literal sense. I don’t have time to lose you. It looks like they’ve already started, and I’ll be the worst daughter ever if I miss my dad’s first run.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Adam chuckled. Then, a few seconds later he relaxed his grip, shifting his hand in mine so that our fingers laced together. There was something intimate in the casual way he clung to me as we walked. It was as if he weren’t hanging on for the purpose of staying together, but rather holding my hand simply for the pleasure of it. The way a boyfriend would. The way Owen had never done. The way <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">no one</i> had ever done.<o:p></o:p></span></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 200%; text-indent: .5in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">It took everything in me not to stumble to a stop and gape at him. I glanced back as subtly as I could manage. 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Today marks day 4 of Science Geek Appreciation Week. I hope you're having as much fun with it as I am. So far we've been introduced to <i>The Avery Shaw Experiment</i>, we've been teased about the upcoming <i>The Libby Garrett Intervention</i>, and we've gotten to know a little about the author behind all the geeky goodness, Kelly Oram. Today, it's time to get to know the stars of the Spanish Fork High science club a little better with a peek in their personal journals.<br /><br />If you missed any of the previous posts about&nbsp;<i>The Avery Shaw Experiment</i>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<i>The Libby Garrett Intervention</i>, be sure&nbsp;to stop by the Facebook event. Along with the posts, there are all kinds of extra bonus material, games and giveaways going on. Lots of chances to win signed books and swag, talk to the author and just have fun with other science geek loving friends. There's a new giveaway every day.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/499243476890320/" target="_blank">CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE PARTY!</a><br /><br />As part of the Avery Shaw Experiment, Spanish Fork High science club president, Avery Shaw, and her new recruit, Spanish Fork High basketball star Grayson Kennedy were required to keep journals throughout their study. I happen to have a few of those journal entries, and am very excited to share them with you. Before I do, just in case you haven't read the book yet, (For which there is no excuse because it's on sale for $0.99 this week. ;) ) I believe I should give you a tiny bit of insight as to what, exactly, The Avery Shaw Experiment is. But since this is the day to get to know Avery and Grayson, I'll let them explain it in their own words.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gapRRN_4NVg/VZb3VPDk-LI/AAAAAAAACKY/Oqm5rO80l7A/s1600/AVERY_SUMMARY_POST.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gapRRN_4NVg/VZb3VPDk-LI/AAAAAAAACKY/Oqm5rO80l7A/s1600/AVERY_SUMMARY_POST.jpg" /></a></div><br />So, now that we know what kind of experiment Avery and Grayson have embarked on, lets get a peek inside those journals...<br /><br />The following is a short story written as bonus material for The Avery Shaw Experiment. It is not an excerpt from the book and is spoiler free. Enjoy!<br /><br /><br /><div style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">"I See London, I See France"</span></div><div style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">(Avery)</span></div><div style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></div><div style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Dear Diary,<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Though I am clearly past the shock, denial, and bargaining stages of grief, I have not attained guilt yet. If I had to describe myself as anything right now, I would say I’m simply empty. Sad, hurt, and empty.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">What happened between Aiden and myself was tragic, but, really, it was nobody’s fault. Aiden has as much right to his feelings as I do mine. He did what he did because it’s what he needed, not because of something I’d done. Even Grayson agrees that I did nothing wrong. He’s told me a hundred times already that I have nothing to feel guilty about.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Grayson’s right. I have nothing to feel guilty about. And I don’t. Feel guilty, that is. It’s been days and still the guilt won’t come. I’m not even sure what I’m supposed to feel guilty about. I just know it’s the next stage in the grieving process.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">As part of the Avery Shaw Experiment, I have decided to try and let the stages of grief occur naturally. However, that doesn’t mean that I will sit around waiting for acceptance and a cured heart to find me. No one has ever achieved results by being stagnant.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">I’ve decided that the best thing for me to do is that which true mourners do—try to move on with my life. I need to stop dwelling on the past. I need to accept that my relationship with Aiden will never go back to the way it was, and that my life has changed in a very permanent way. I will never be the same.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">I figured step one of “moving on” was to purge my life of all things Aiden Kennedy. Tonight I had Grayson come over to my house and help me remove everything that reminded me of Aiden. My theory was that if I see nothing that sparks a memory, then I would be able to think of Aiden less and it would be easier for me to forget him.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">This experience was much harder and more painful than I thought it would be. I never could have done it without Grayson’s support and encouragement. Crying in front of him was embarrassing, but he didn’t seem to think any less of me for it. I’m grateful to have such an understanding partner.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.799999237060547px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">After it was all over—Grayson had to pry the garbage bag full of memories from my hands and drive away with it, or all of that stuff would have ended up right back in its place—I expected to feel better. I expected some sort of closure or sense of relief. Instead I looked around at all the bare walls and dust outlines on the dresser and cried even harder.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">The empty spots where the pictures and souvenirs once were now stand as reminders themselves—big empty voids just like the one in my heart that used to be filled with my best friend. Part of me is missing. It’s as if I am an amputee missing an arm or a leg.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">The spot on my wall where I used to hang a poster of Albert Einstein that Aiden had given me after I’d dressed as the brilliant physicist for Halloween in middle school was the most obvious gaping hole. I took one look at that spot and broke down.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">When I lost it, Grayson wrapped his arms around me, told me he knew how to fix the problem, and then disappeared slamming my bedroom door shut behind him. After a minute, he came back and I watched, bewildered, as he pinned a pair of smiley face boxer shorts to my wall where Einstein used to watch over me.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">I couldn’t help the way my horrified gaze dropped to Grayson’s pants. He burst into laughter, knowing what I’d been thinking, and insisted that the shorts now on my wall were his emergency pair—clean and washed—that he kept in his gym bag, and that this was most definitely an emergency.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">I asked why he tacked his underwear up on my bedroom wall and he told me because now every time I looked at that spot I would think of him and laugh instead of thinking of Aiden and crying. He was right. I can’t help smiling at the ridiculous smiley faces.&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">He also told me that they would help me have good dreams. When I asked why he said because I would dream about him being mostly naked instead of having nightmares of Aiden leaving me. I’d freaked out so badly that he’d had to prompt me to breathe again. I don’t know that I’ll have any dreams at night, but the daydreams are already ridiculous. I can’t stop picturing him in those shorts! I’m going to have to get something to replace them. Soon!</span></div><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; margin: 0px; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">"Purging"</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; margin: 0px; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;">(Grayson)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; margin: 0px; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; margin: 0px;"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Avery is crazy. Girls are slightly insane in general, but Avery is especially nuts.&nbsp; She called me up tonight and asked me to help her&nbsp;<i>purge</i>&nbsp;Aiden from her life. I have been asked by a lot of girls to do a lot of things, but never to help them&nbsp;<i>purge</i>. Whatever she meant, I was sure it wasn’t going to be all fun dates and playing like she’d promised me when I agreed to this whacked-out experiment.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Apparently&nbsp;<i>purging</i>&nbsp;was smart-girl talk for throwing out your ex’s junk. I know this is like some kind of sacred ritual among chicks—they have scenes about it in movies and everything—but I don’t get what the big deal is. It’s just stupid crap. Pictures, CD’s, lame stuffed animals, and in Avery’s case, old science projects, reports, and even a Civil War diorama that she and Aidan had done in the 3<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;grade. The thing was practically biodegrading and yet Aves nearly had a panic attack when I shoved the old shoebox into a garbage bag.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Avery was a freaking train wreck through the whole thing. I had to do all of the actual throwing out because she wasn’t really capable of anything more than pointing at stuff and bursting into tears. She couldn’t even explain why half of that crap reminded her of Aiden. (I’m still at a loss with the Diana Ross CD.)</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">I thought her attachment to all of it was stupid, but I have to admit the concept had merit. She needed to get over my idiot brother already. The dude was not worth the emotional pain Avery was putting herself through. If I could, I’d wipe Aiden clean from the Earth, but since murder is a felony and I’m too hot to go to prison,&nbsp;<i>purging</i>&nbsp;him from Avery’s life was the next best thing. Aves may have found the evening emotionally scarring, but I thought it was mildly satisfying. Punching Aiden in the face would have been more satisfying, but there was&nbsp;<i>some</i>&nbsp;consolation in burning his pictures.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">The more stuff we got rid of, the better I felt. When I carried the garbage bag out of the house—I had to pry it from Avery’s fingers—I thought Aves would feel better too. I thought for sure there would be some kind of relief for her.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Not so much.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">I came back inside and found Avery staring at her bedroom wall like some kind of mental patient.&nbsp;&nbsp;When I walked in the room she turned to me and my heart almost broke for her. Her tears were pouring down her face again and the look in her eyes was so devastated that I felt her pain with her.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">In a single stride I pulled her against me and wrapped her tightly in my arms hoping that feeling her there would stop the throbbing in my chest.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Crying girls have always been my biggest weakness. I pretty much hate this about myself, because it makes me vulnerable to them. But I seriously cannot stand it when girls cry. It’s like there is something in me, some kind of physical part of me that reacts when I see a girl cry. It makes me crazy and the feeling doesn’t go away until I’ve made them stop. I&nbsp;<i>have</i>&nbsp;to make them stop. I have to do whatever it takes to put a smile on a sad girl’s face no matter what it does to my dignity.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">I’m such a sucker.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Tonight was no exception. Actually, it was one of my least dignified moments ever. Curse my stupid hero gene.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Aves was falling apart and I had to make it better. While she buried her face in my chest, my brain spun frantically searching for some sort of solution. I wasn’t even sure what had set her off this time, but then I looked up at the wall and everything fell into place.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Avery had had this lame poster on her wall of an old dude with crazy hair. I think it was Albert Einstein or someone. I’d taken it down, but it had been in that same spot for so long that you could see the outline of it where the sun had bleached the paint around it over the years.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">The big empty rectangle spot was worse than the poster. It was practically jumping off the wall, mocking me in the worst way. I may as well have painted the words AIDEN LEFT YOU in the poster’s place when I took it down, because now it was obvious that it was gone. Just like Aiden was.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">I had to fix it. I had to get rid of that spot. But I couldn’t put the poster back. I had to put something else there. Something that wouldn’t remind her of Aiden. More than that—it had to be something that would cheer her up and put a smile on her face when she saw it. It was the “smile” thought that gave me the idea.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Now, this is the part where my dignity comes into play. I was so desperate to cheer Aves up that I’d have given her the shirt off my back if I thought it could help. Unfortunately, in this case, my shirt wouldn’t do any good. But my underwear…&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">That’s right, I gave Avery Shaw my underpants. The stupid, dorky ones Aiden got me for Christmas a couple of years ago because he’s a tool like that, that I kept in my gym bag. They were white with rainbow smiley faces all over them. Ridiculous. But they would make Avery laugh.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Before I could think better of it, I strolled into Avery’s room and tacked those dumb shorts right over that stupid poster spot. After they were securely fastened to her wall I turned around and grinned at her as big as I could. The trick was confidence. I had to act like I thought this was totally normal, and the most brilliant idea ever or Avery would know how stupid I suddenly felt and then she’d get embarrassed.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Avery looked slightly horrified and her eyes dropped to my waist. I burst into laughter and pulled up my shirt, exposing the band of the boxers I was wearing as proof that I was still dressed beneath my pants. Once she was assured that the shorts on her wall were at least clean she, of course, asked me why I’d just decorated her room with underwear.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">I explained my theory of them making her laugh and think of me instead of the Einstein poster making her cry over Aiden. It worked. She looked up at my shorts and actually smiled. It was the first smile I’d seen on her face since I’d arrived. I felt five hundred pounds lighter all the sudden and my smile reached goofy status.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Then, because I’m a jerk and couldn’t help myself, I made a comment about her dreaming of me in nothing but those smiley faces. She totally freaked of course. I knew I shouldn’t have done it, but I love watching her blush too much. She turned so red that I was sure she had a very clear mental image stuck in her head.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-family: Cambria;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #666666; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="font-family: Arvo;"><span style="font-family: Cambria;">I waited until she started breathing again, then I kissed her bright red cheek and told her to have pleasant dreams tonight. It was classic. 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A true geek is only as good as her club, so I'd like you to meet the members of the Spanish Fork High Science Club. (Or the Science Squad as Grayson calls them.) I've invited the lovely Mel from <a href="https://wordsfeather-books.blogspot.com.ar/2015/08/science-geek-appreciation-week-semana.html" target="_blank">Words Feather Blog</a> to join me today and interview this amazing bunch of kids, so I'm going to pass the mic and let Mel do what she does best!<br /><br /><br />Mel: Thanks Kelly! First of all, thanks for inviting me to the party. I'm excited to be here, and especially excited for the chance to meet all of you guys. I loved you all so much in <i>The Avery Shaw Experiment</i>, and I can't wait to see what kind of trouble you get into next in <i>The Libby Garrett Intervention</i>. So, why don't we start by letting you all introduce yourselves? Can you tell us your names, position in the science club, and a few things about yourselves?&nbsp;<span style="text-align: center;">Let's start with our stars, Avery Shaw and Grayson Kennedy.</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-c8LJj75Vw9M/VbuuYNG_0oI/AAAAAAAACSw/rb7CL6zlCk4/s1600/AVERY_COUPLE.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-c8LJj75Vw9M/VbuuYNG_0oI/AAAAAAAACSw/rb7CL6zlCk4/s400/AVERY_COUPLE.jpg" width="253" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Name: </b>Avery Shaw</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Science Squad Position:</b> Co-President</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Year: </b>Senior</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Scientific Focus:</b> Physics</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Wants to be when she grows up: </b>Aerospace Engineer</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite color: </b>Blue</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite TV show:</b> MythBusters</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Hobbies:</b> reading, watching documentaries, billiards and pool, tutoring, skiing, museums</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Name:</b> Grayson Kennedy</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Science Squad Position:</b> ex-secret member&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Year: </b>College freshman at Utah Valley University</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Scientific Focus: </b>Social Science</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Wants to be when he grows up:</b> Social Psychologist</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite color:</b> Orange</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite TV show: </b>Utah Jazz games</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Hobbies: </b>basketball, dancing, movies, parties, snowboarding, working out</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>And for the rest of the club, lets start with the current&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Co-president, Aiden Kennedy!</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-24ZqgryUhr0/Vbuu9axRcLI/AAAAAAAACT4/Blos5NHx0qI/s1600/Depositphotos_9211137_s-2015.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-24ZqgryUhr0/Vbuu9axRcLI/AAAAAAAACT4/Blos5NHx0qI/s320/Depositphotos_9211137_s-2015.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Name: </b>Aiden Kennedy</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Science Squad Position:</b> Co-President</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Year: </b>Senior</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Scientific Focus: </b>Physics</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Wants to be when he grows up: </b>Journalist</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite color:</b> red</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite TV show:</b> the news</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Hobbies:</b> debate, snowboarding, watching documentaries, reading, museums, writing</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RxETxOR2A2g/Vbuu6UJEdXI/AAAAAAAACTU/67XjKcJ_2T0/s1600/Depositphotos_57259633_s-2015.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RxETxOR2A2g/Vbuu6UJEdXI/AAAAAAAACTU/67XjKcJ_2T0/s320/Depositphotos_57259633_s-2015.jpg" width="211" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Name:</b> Brandon Campbell</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Science Squad Position:</b> Vice President</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Year:</b> Junior</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Scientific Focus:</b> Bio Chemistry</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Wants to be when he grows up: <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></b>Biomedical scientist</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite color:</b> green</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite TV show:</b> House, Mystery Diagnosis</div><div class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; 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font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: Cambria; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: Cambria; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: Cambria; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: Cambria; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: Cambria; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-74FuqKL1uj4/Vbuu7i4iMYI/AAAAAAAACT0/0MAs_oyYY5U/s1600/Depositphotos_6647283_m-2015.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-74FuqKL1uj4/Vbuu7i4iMYI/AAAAAAAACT0/0MAs_oyYY5U/s320/Depositphotos_6647283_m-2015.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Name:</b> Elizabeth “Libby” Garrett</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Science Squad Position:</b> Secretary</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Year: </b>Senior</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Scientific Focus:</b> Astronomy </div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Wants to be when she grows up:</b> yet to be determined, but it will be awesome</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite color:</b> purple</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite TV show: </b>Bizarre ER</div><div class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Hobbies: </b>snowboarding, freeboarding, skateboarding, reading, stargazing, tutoring, cats, learning about rare freaky diseases, romantic comedies </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vSXCOQPDx4A/Vbuu5c94vhI/AAAAAAAACTE/FFf6Ky0iTPQ/s1600/Depositphotos_13184362_s-2015.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vSXCOQPDx4A/Vbuu5c94vhI/AAAAAAAACTE/FFf6Ky0iTPQ/s320/Depositphotos_13184362_s-2015.jpg" width="195" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Name:</b> Levi Engel</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Science Squad Position: </b>Treasurer</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Year:</b> Junior</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Scientific Focus:</b> Computer science/nano technology</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Wants to be when he grows up:</b> video game designer</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite color:</b> blue</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite TV show: </b>Doctor Who</div><div class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Hobbies: </b>Role-playing, LARPing, reading, movies, board games, video games, science fiction and fantasy</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0xF3l0X3G7k/Vbuu6dbspVI/AAAAAAAACTc/dl5NA8NOQMI/s1600/Depositphotos_48246707_s-2015.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="201" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0xF3l0X3G7k/Vbuu6dbspVI/AAAAAAAACTc/dl5NA8NOQMI/s320/Depositphotos_48246707_s-2015.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Name: </b>Tara Lindsay</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Science Squad Position:</b> newest member</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Year:</b> Sophomore&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Focus:</b> Biology</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Wants to be when she grows up:</b> Marine biologist</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite color: </b>pink</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Favorite TV show:</b> <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Downton Abbey</div><div class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Hobbies:</b> reading, music, movies, animals, camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, renaissance fairs, hair braiding </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: Wow! Sounds like we've got quite a mix of brilliant minds here today. Thank so much everyone, for coming today.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Avery: Oh, of course! We have so much going on with Libby's upcoming story, and we're excited to be here.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal;">Mel: Well, why don't we start with the co-presidents? We all heard about the success of last year's science fair. How do you feel about having brought this great distinction to your school, especially when it was something so personal for you?<b><o:p></o:p></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal;">Grayson: *snort* Great distinction? To Mr. Walden, maybe. The science squad doesn't get any love from anyone else in the school. No one besides us even really knew about us winning. Even since we put that giant trophy in the trophy case, no one knows what it was for.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal;">Aiden: *grumbling* Lucky for you, right?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal;">Grayson: Um, yeah. Duh.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Aiden: So you were&nbsp;embarrassed to be part of the science club.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: Duh. The squad was really great about keeping my involvement on the down low though. They're cool like that. *gives fist bumps to all the geeks present except his brother, and squeezes Avery in a hug*</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Aiden: *glaring* So you're&nbsp;embarrassed of your friends? Of your <i>girlfriend</i>?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: *glaring back* Hell no. I hang out with the Science Squad all the time. They're cool. People know I have respect for them.&nbsp;And I'm way proud of my brainiac. I show her off all the time, and I love that she's so smart. *kisses Avery's cheek* Her intelligence is the first thing I brag about to people. I always say I'm not worthy of her.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Avery: Yes you are. And you're smart too. You're doing great in your first semester of college. You may be an athlete, but you fit right in with us nerds.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Aiden: *bursts into laughter*</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: *kicks Aiden's shin from his seat* *grimaces sheepishly at Mel* I wouldn't say I fit in, exactly, but I like them. I have fun with them, and I respect them. We're friends.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Aiden: Whatever. You're a big ol' nerd, just like the rest of us.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: Shut up, loser. I'm nothing like you.&nbsp;What are you even doing here? You&nbsp;don't belong in this interview.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Aiden: Me? Mel asked that question of the co-presidents of the Science Club. That's Avery and <i>me</i>. Not Avery and <i>you.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: *stiffening in his chair* You had nothing to do with last year's science fair. You bailed on science club, remember? You aren't even on the science squad anymore!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Avery: *Grab's Grayson's hand and tries to calm him down* Aiden is part of this team. He came back at the end of last year and we welcomed him.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">*heads nod slowly all around except for Grayson and Libby who both glare at Aiden*</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Avery: And Aiden had everything to do with our success at the science fair last year.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: He broke your heart!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Avery: Exactly. Without Aiden, I&nbsp;wouldn't have been heartbroken and there&nbsp;wouldn't have been a project at all.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: *grumbling* I'd be okay with that.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Avery: Without him, The Avery Shaw Experiment never would have happened. <i>You and I</i> wouldn't have happened.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal">Grayson: *sighs* *smiles* You win. *Grins at Mel* See? She's brilliant! Can't argue with a genius.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Avery: To answer the original question, the people that matter to us, our friends and family, know what we accomplished last year and that's what counts.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Levi: In the high school science world, everyone in the country knows about the Spanish Fork High Science Club. We're proud of that reputation.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Brandon: Very. We're so proud of Avery and Grayson, the Avery Shaw Experiment, and everything that came with it.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Avery: The fact that it was so personal to me only made it that much more special.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Grayson: *smiles wickedly* And of course, we're still enjoying the spoils of our victory. *plants a hard passionate kiss on Avery that makes Tara blush and everyone else groan*</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Avery: *pushes Grayson off her with a shriek* Grayson! We've talked about this! Not in public!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Grayson: *rolls his eyes* *sighs*</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Mel: <span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">So it sounds like all of you were part of the experiment, and not just Avery and Grayson. Was it just moral support, or were you actually involved?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Brandon: Of course the experiment was Avery's and Grayson's, but as a team, we all felt it. Aiden leaving the club hit us all very hard. And what it did to Avery? *shakes his head* Avery and A</span></span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">iden</span></span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">&nbsp;were our presidents--our leaders--and suddenly one had completely destroyed the other, nearly shattering our entire group.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Aiden: *cringes and looks at his lap* *mumbles an apology*</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Avery: *Reaches for Aiden's hand and squeezes it.*</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Libby: *ignoring Aiden* As a group, we were pretty wrecked. But then Grayson showed up as Avery's knight in sagging basketball shorts, and not only did things get much better looking, but our girl got better.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Tara: We all wanted to see Avery succeed with her experiment and get over her heartbreak. We helped her try to reach her different stages of grief as much as we could.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Levi: Plus, when we adopted Grayson into the squad as our mascot, the whole dynamic of science club changed. So yeah, after everything that happened, we all feel like we had a hand in it. It was personal for all of us. Avery the most, but she's one of us, our leader. What happens to her happens to all of us.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Avery: *smiles at her team as her eyes&nbsp;</span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">gloss</span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">&nbsp;over* Thanks guys. I couldn't have done it without all of you. *looks at Mel* It was definitely a group effort. They all supported me so much. Even Aiden helped me reach acceptance in those final stages.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Mel: *smiles*&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">So, you’re more than teammates. You really are friends.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Avery: *nods enthusiastically* The best of friends.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Libby: Like family</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Aiden: A highly dysfunctional family in Libby's case.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Libby: *rolls her eyes* At least I'm not the family idiot.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Avery: *sighs* Guys. Come on.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Mel: *clears her throat and tactfully moves the discussion along*&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">What is the coolest thing about you all sharing your passion for science?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Aiden: I think our shared passion for science <i>is</i> the&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">coolest</span></span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">&nbsp;thing about our friendship.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Tara: I like that we can be ourselves and we don't have to worry that the others are going to make fun of us for the things we like.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Grayson: Unless you're Levi. He's a little&nbsp;</span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">weird</span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">&nbsp;even for the science squad. *winks at Levi*</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">*heartbeat of silence passes then the whole group cracks up*</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Mel: *eyebrows hit the ceiling*&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Wow. Well, um, I guess I'm glad you all understand one another. But probably not a lot of people do. How do you handle it when other people label you as the freaky nerds of the school?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Grayson: We remind them that Spanish Fork High also has a chess club. *laughs at his own joke*</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Avery: *smacks Grayson's shoulder* Be nice! Sun Li and Louis Sanchez are in the chess club and they're both very nice.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Grayson: But they're definitely geekier than the science squad. You guys aren't the freaks of the school.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Levi: You mean "we" Grayson. You're one of us, don't forget.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: *grins* I'm graduated, Levi. I'm not a science geek.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Levi: Really? What's your major at college?</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: *sighs* Social science.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">*laughs and giggles all around*</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Brandon: *snorts* You're definitely one of us.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: *frowns* But I'm not a geek. I make science cool.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Avery: Yes, you do, Grayson. And we love that about you.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: *grins again* And I love you.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Aiden: *groans* You aren't answering the question again.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: *blinks* *frowns* What was the question?</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Mel: Um, I asked h</span></span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">ow you handle it when other people label you as the freaky nerds of the school?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Avery: We stick together.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Brandon: Who cares what the rest of the school thinks? We're happy. We have fun together. We get to do what we love with friends who understand us and share our same interests. What more could we want?</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Libby: *mutters* Seven minutes in Heaven with Owen Jackson.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Avery: *giggles*</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: Don't you mean a photo booth?</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Libby: *flashes Grayson a wide smile* Same thing my vertically gifted friend.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Mel: *laughing*&nbsp;</span></span><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">You guys are the best! Thank you so much for stopping by today and letting us get to know you a bit better. I'm sure we'll all be rushing out to pre-order The Libby Garrett Intervention&nbsp;just as soon as this is over. It has been a pleasure. Geek power!</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: Actually, it's nerd power.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: Excuse me?</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: They're nerds. Not geeks. There's a difference. Nerds are smart. They like learning and knowledge. Geeks are different.&nbsp;They're passionate about hobbies. They're fan boys and girls.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Libby: Like Levi.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: Yes! Levi is a prime example of a geek with his passion of role playing and Doctor Who.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Brandon: But he's a nerd too, as he appreciates gaining knowledge and likes academia.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: Okay. Well, thank's for that distinction. Power to the <i>nerds</i> then. And, some geek power for Levi.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Levi:&nbsp;Thanks Mel.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: Anytime! So , we're going to open it up to questions now from some&nbsp;of your fans.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Aiden: We have <i>fans?</i></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><i><br /></i></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: Well, um, mostly Avery, Grayson, and Libby do. You sort of have a hate club.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Aiden: *sighs*&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: *feels bad* Sorry. It's just, people&nbsp;really love Avery. It was hard to see her so hurt. People were really upset with how you treated Avery last year.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Aiden: I know. I suppose I deserve a hate club. I hate myself too, you know, for what I did to Aves. I made mistakes that I can't take back and I'll never forgive myself for them. I just wish people knew that I really do love Avery. I didn't mean to hurt her, and I'll spend the rest of my life trying to make it up to her.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Avery: No need, Aiden. I&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">understand even if the rest of the world doesn't, and I've forgiven you.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: You know, Aiden, if you'd like to do your own interview, and maybe defend yourself and set the record straight, I could come back. We could give you some time in the spotlight by yourself. Maybe you&nbsp;could help the rest of the world understand a little better. I think they might appreciate that.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Aiden: Yeah, I think we could manage that.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: Great! We'll plan it. Friday sound good?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Aiden: Yeah, friday works for me.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: Great. I'll meet you then, same time same place. Now, lets get to these last few&nbsp;questions, so that all of you can go home. This first question is for Libby.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Libby: Sweet. I win.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: Libby. Your fans are dying to know--what is with your cat obsession?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Avery: *snorts*</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Libby: Are you kidding me? Cats are only the cutest animals in&nbsp;existence! I mean, hello!!!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kVG-aRZGFlk/Vbvfepgo-0I/AAAAAAAACUI/cVmEwFnyHao/s1600/cute-cat-picture-wallpaper.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kVG-aRZGFlk/Vbvfepgo-0I/AAAAAAAACUI/cVmEwFnyHao/s320/cute-cat-picture-wallpaper.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">IS THAT NOT THE MOST ADORABLE THING YOU'VE EVER SEEN OR WHAT?</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></span></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">But more than that, cats are also extremely smart and full of attitude. Nobody bosses a cat around. A cat does what it wants. It&nbsp;lures in it's less intelligent prey with it's incredible cute and&nbsp;cuddliness and then RAWR! GOTCHA SUCKER! Cats are&nbsp;awesomesauce!</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Mel:&nbsp;Thanks Libby. Next, I have one for Levi and Brandon. W</span></span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0pt;">hat hobbies do you have that aren't related to the Science Squad?</span></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Levi: Well as the others previously mentioned, I appreciate the&nbsp;wonderful world of gaming. All kinds of gaming--video games, board games, roll playing... I'm an active LARPer (Live action roll playing). I also like to read. Science fiction and fantasy are my favorite. L.P. Morgan is my favorite author! He's coming to Salt Lake soon for a signing and Brandon and I are going to meet him. I'm pretty excited.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Brandon: Yeah, L.P. Morgan is amazing. That's going to be fun. I love reading too, but I don't just stick to one genre. I'll read anything from fantasy to text books. I love reading biographies. I'm not too big into video games like Levi, but I'll play board games&nbsp;with him. I like strategy based games and co-op games where the players are all on the same team and have to beat the game itself. I also like problem solving games--word puzzles and stuff. But mostly I love doing my own experiments. I have a genius IQ, and I need to constantly be learning. I research for fun, watch documentaries, and go to museums. But I also like to relax and hang out with my friends too.&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Sometimes it's hard being so smart. It's hard to turn it off, you know? I never really feel normal. When I need a break, I like to spend time with my family. I have twin little sisters. They&nbsp;are crazy, and a handful, but they don't see me as a weird&nbsp;genius. To them, I'm just their big brother. So I like spending time with them. Actually, I like all little kids for that same reason.&nbsp;They simplify things, and sometimes I just need to keep it simple, so I love to babysit too.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Mel: That's amazing! You're an actual <i>genius</i>?</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Brandon: *Blushes*</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Avery: He is! There's no one in the world like Brandon Campbell. He actually got recruited by MIT this year.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Mel: MIT! At what? Sixteen?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Brandon: *shrugs* It was cool. But I'm not going to go. I want to finish high school the normal way. I'll go there after I graduate. But I'm going to do this special summer program this year though, after school is out. I'm pretty excited about that.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">Mel: *shakes head in awe* Very awesome! So, who's next? How about one for Grayson.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0pt;">Grayson, what career do you see yourself pursuing in the social sciences? Y'know, just in case the basketball thing doesn't work out.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0pt;">Grayson: Ah, I've always known the basketball thing would never be a career. I'm good, but I'm not that good. I'm not a division 1 superstar or anything, you know? The NBA won't be knocking on my door, but that's okay. I love the sport, but it's never been my life. I enjoy too many other things to be so devoted as professional athletes have to be to the game. As for what I want to do, the experiment with Avery last year really opened my eyes to some things I'd never have thought about before. I'm thinking right now that I might like to be a social&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">psychologist. I really like studying people's behaviors, and just the different types of groups of people. The Science Squadders were so different from anyone I'd ever known, that they fascinated me.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Levi: You were quite the case study for us too, Grayson.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: *chuckles* I'm sure I was. Seriously, though, the squad freaked me out a little at first, but they made me curious too. Then, helping Avery and seeing the changes in her--I really liked being a part of that. I liked that I was helping to make her life better and I think I'd really enjoy doing that kind of thing for others.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: Aw, that's so sweet!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: *grins at Mel* That's me. Sweet, sensitive, caring Grayson.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Aiden: *scoffs*</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Avery: It's true. That's what I've always loved about him. He likes to hide his sweet side, but it's definitely there under the surface, and it's amazing.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: You two are just the cutest couple ever! And your story is so awesome. But, Avery, what about you and Libby? We know how you met and became friends with Grayson and Aiden, but you and Libby seem just as close friends&nbsp;as you and the Kennedy brothers are. How did the two of you become friends?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Avery: Oh! Well, that's easy. I met Libby the&nbsp;first day of kindergarten. I've always had a problem with anxiety--especially social anxiety. Aiden and I were in the&nbsp;same grade and went to the same school, but we were put in different kindergarten classes. When we got to school that first morning and had to stand in separate lines, I started crying. Libby was standing behind me and asked me what was wrong. I told her I was scared because my friend wasn't in my class. She said she didn't have any friends either and told me she&nbsp;would be my friend so I wouldn't be scared anymore. She took my hand, picked the desk next to mine, and we've been great friends ever since.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: Aw. That's amazing. I can't believe you've all known each other for so long. You must have so many memories.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Libby: A lifetime of them.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Mel: Speaking of memories, Grayson, a lot of people have asked, what's your most memorable moment with Avery?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: *grins like the devil* Do you really need to ask? The shower, of course! I will never, <i>ever</i> forget anything about that moment.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Avery: *sighs* Grayson. Can't you be serious? Please?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: I am being serious! It was more than just the fact that we were in the shower together, Aves. &nbsp;And that there was nakedness involved... And that you &nbsp;looked beyond amazing in a wet t-shirt...</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Avery: Grayson!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #10131a; font-family: Times New Roman;">Grayson: Seriously, though, Aves, I was shocked that day. Forever changed in that moment. You'd always just been Little Avery Shaw to me before that. My&nbsp;stupid kid brother's geeky little girlfriend. You were practically a sister to me. I knew you, but I'd never paid attention to you before that day. Then, suddenly you were real. You were beautiful and vulnerable. That was the first time I ever really saw you for you. And I knew right then, as I held you while you shattered in a million&nbsp;pieces in my arms, that I wanted to take care of you. That I <i>had </i>to help you and protect you. *clears a surprise lump of emotion from his throat* That moment changed my life, Aves. It changed me as a person. <i>You</i> changed me.</span></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"><br /></span></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--><!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">*collective sighs from girls all around the world*</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Avery: *blushes* *Grayson kisses her--a sweet kiss that she doesn't get mad at him for*</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Mel: *still swooning* what about you, Avery? Do you have a most memorable Grayson moment?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Avery: *also still swooning* As much as I'd like to say it was the shower too, that moment didn't have the impact on me that it did on Grayson. I was so distraught that I hardly even knew what was happening. My attitude change toward Grayson happened a lot slower. He was like an older brother to me, the way I was a little sister to him.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: Actually, she thought I was like a&nbsp;<i>gross</i> older brother. And she liked to say as much.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Avery: *grinning* I don't deny it. You were gross. Maybe that's why it took me a lot longer to fall for you.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: Maybe you're just that much more amazing than me.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Avery: Not possible. But anyway, I guess the most memorable moment I have with Grayson was probably the night we went to that party and he taught me how to dance.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: Mmm, that was a good moment.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Avery: I'd never spent time with anyone other than my small group of friends before and suddenly I was at this rager of a college party. I was so far out of my comfort zone that I could barely function. I was terrified, but Grayson was right there with me the entire night, keeping me in control. I know sticking with geeky little me who wouldn't drink or dance, or even socialize, and who wasn't going to make out with him, wasn't Grayson's idea of a party. But he stayed glued to my side and even seemed to enjoy himself. That night I realized Grayson wasn't just hanging out with me for extra credit, or because he felt sorry for me. He genuinely cared about me and liked spending time with me.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: Of course I did.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Avery: Then when we danced... *shivers at the memory* *blushes* That was the moment I fell completely head over heels for the Grayson Kennedy charm, even if I wasn't ready to admit it. He wasn't just Aiden's crazy, annoying, and yes, gross, older brother anymore. And when I realized that I wanted to kiss him, that I really <i>really</i> liked him, I knew things were going to change.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: *snickers* Took you long enough, Aves.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Avery: *rolls eyes* I was heartbroken <i>thank you very much</i>. And you had a reputation that was hard to overlook.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: *smirks* Well, don't worry, I have quite a different reputation now, thank, <i>you</i> very much.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Libby: *snorts* What reputation? Completely whipped?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: Exactly. I lost all my street&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">cred and had to give up my man card.</span></span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">*sighs playfully* It was worth it, though.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Avery: *pokes Grayson in the side* You are such a smooth talker.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Grayson: Maybe. But that doesn't make what I say untrue. You're worth everything, Aves. I love you.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Avery: I love you too.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Mel: Aww. And I think that's our cue to end this interview! Thank you so much, everyone, for coming today! I hope you've enjoyed this interview as much as I have, and&nbsp;don't forget to buy your copies of the Geek Squad books and witness the science in action!</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Kelly: Shameless plug time! Avery and Grayson's story, The Avery Shaw Experiment is on&nbsp;sale right now for only $0.99!!&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Download it now from Amazon, B&amp;N, iBooks, and Kobo.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">And then, make sure to go pre-order your&nbsp;copy of The Libby Garrett Intervention so you don't miss out on the next great Science Squad adventure. (With Libby Garrett driving the story, you're bound to go for a wild ride!)</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Libby: You mean a wild </span><i style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">journey</i><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">, Kelly. Get it right, girl. You know, for someone so creatively awesome, your grammar in your first drafts... tisk tisk...</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Kelly: Hey! It's a <i>rough</i> draft!&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Libby: *snickers* Rough, is a good word for it.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Kelly: *sticks out her tongue like a five year old* Be nice to me Libby, or I'll give you a zit on prom night.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Libby: *gasps* You&nbsp;wouldn't DARE!</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Kelly: *raises an eyebrow* Don't think so?</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Libby: *smiles sweetly at her creator* Have you done something different with your hair, Kelly? It looks <i>fabulous</i>! And, have I thanked you yet for giving Adam tattoos??? So HOT. You're brilliant.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Kelly: *snort* Why thank you, Libby. Aren't you so kind!&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;">Kelly: Goodbye everyone! See you tomorrow with more great bonus material! Don't forget to&nbsp;enter all the giveaways!&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13333334028720856px;"><br /></span></span></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--><!--EndFragment--> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--><!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4995334246538557361.post-57646885327961331032015-08-05T08:07:00.003-07:002015-08-06T08:25:32.734-07:00Author Spotlight Kelly Oram<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L6QBl_5XUIk/VZbEzROE9oI/AAAAAAAACJk/CwewIhyTqEE/s1600/LIBBY_event_banner.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="146" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L6QBl_5XUIk/VZbEzROE9oI/AAAAAAAACJk/CwewIhyTqEE/s400/LIBBY_event_banner.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Well we're mid week now--half way through Science Geek Appreciation Week--and it's time to get up close and personal with the author of the Science Squad series, Kelly Oram.<br /><br />If you missed any of the previous posts about <i>The Avery Shaw Experiment</i> or <i>The Libby Garrett Intervention</i>, be sure&nbsp;to stop by the Facebook event. Along with the posts, there's all kinds of extra bonus material, games and giveaways going on. Lots of chances to win signed books and swag, talk to the author and just have fun with other science geek loving friends. There's a new giveaway every day.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/499243476890320/" target="_blank">CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE PARTY!</a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">So, what should you know about Kelly Oram?</span></b><br /><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; text-align: start;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #222222; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></div></div></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-g33Fp84HeGk/VZbGnazYagI/AAAAAAAACJw/Iv5r2nlyWNQ/s1600/KELLY_pic_small.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-g33Fp84HeGk/VZbGnazYagI/AAAAAAAACJw/Iv5r2nlyWNQ/s320/KELLY_pic_small.jpg" width="259" /></a></div><b><span style="font-size: large;">The Obvious:</span></b><br />I love to write.<br />&amp;<br />I'm a ginger.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">The Basics:</span></b><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">I wrote my first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about my favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which my family and friends still tease me. I'm obsessed with reading, talk way too much, and like to eat frosting by the spoonful. I live outside of Phoenix, Arizona with my husband, four children, and my cat, Mr. Darcy. And we named his litter box Pemberly because it's where he makes <i>ten thousand</i> (poops) a year!&nbsp;</span>Connect with Kelly:<br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.kellyoram.com/p/email.html" target="_blank">Newsletter</a><span style="color: #222222;">&nbsp;*&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Oram/e/B003UPV4RA/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1407799804&amp;sr=8-2-ent" target="_blank">Amazon</a><span style="color: #222222;">&nbsp;*&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/authorkellyoram?ref=hl" target="_blank">Facebook</a><span style="color: #222222;">&nbsp;*&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/kellyoram" target="_blank">Twitter</a><span style="color: #222222;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;"><b><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></span> <span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;"><b><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></span> <span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">The Fun Stuff:</span></b></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal">1. I love to sing and went to college as a voice performance major.</div><div class="MsoNormal">2. I once competed in the Miss Michigan Teen USA pageant. (I did not win LOL.)</div><div class="MsoNormal">3. I’m a baseball fanatic. (Go D-backs!)</div><div class="MsoNormal">4. I broke my head as a kid and had to wear a hockey helmet to school as my cast.</div><div class="MsoNormal">5. I own my own 10-sided dice for role-playing that no one but me is allowed to role.</div><div class="MsoNormal">6. I’m left handed.</div><div class="MsoNormal">7. I am credited as associate producer for the independent film <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Amber Alert</i>. </div><div class="MsoNormal">8. I live for road trips. Best vacation I ever took was a three-week coast-to-coast-and-back drive with my father.</div><div class="MsoNormal">9. The Backstreet Boys were my 1D in high school, and I was a total fangirl. 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I took both golf and bowling classes in college to fulfill my PE credits. (I still suck at both.)</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>The Bookish Stuff:</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>How did you come up with the idea for The Avery Shaw Experiment?</b></div><div class="MsoNormal">I remember the day I came up with the idea, but not exactly how the concept popped into my head. I went for a run. (Okay, it was more of a walk-run during one of my on-again times where I was dedicated to working out. The off-again times are way more frequent.)&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Anyway, I'd ton for a run and it was one of those precious moments where I was by myself, no distractions, no kids--just me and my thoughts. The concept for a girl getting over a broken heart using the seven stages of grief popped into my head, and before that half an hour (yes, that's all I can run before I want to die) was over, I had most of the book plotted.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">I was in the middle of another manuscript at the time, but I went home and wrote Avery's prologue right away. Five weeks later I had a finished book. The Avery Shaw Experiment had been my easiest book to write so far. It just flowed so naturally, and honestly, I blame that on Avery and Grayson's natural chemistry. (Hehe science pun totally intended!)</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Are you a science geek yourself?</b></div><div class="MsoNormal">I am a geek of many colors. Music, fantasy, sic-fi, choir, books... But no, I was never a science geek. I was actually a very mediocre-to-horrible student. I never liked the academic stuff, and I struggled with a lot of it. (I spent too much time in my own imagination!) But, that said, I can see the fun in doing science experiments, and I find the occasional documentary about science stuff interesting. Most of my science geek inspiration was drawn from my mother. (She is a HUGE science nerd!) The woman love bugs and dissection and all things dealing with the human body. She worked in a chemistry lab when I was younger and now works with a team of rocket scientists putting rockets in space and sending supplies to the space stations and things like that. It's a dream come true for her every time she travels to Virginia to launch one of her rockets. She's a hard-core nerd and I love her dearly for it, which is way I had to dedicate The Avery Shaw Experiment to her. (Love you Mom!)</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>How did you come up with the idea for The Libby Garrett Intervention?</b></div><div class="MsoNormal">Libby was a little different. The idea didn't come as easy. It took a lot more planning. I loved Libby's character and really wanted to write her a story, but it took me a long time to commit to it. As much as everyone asked for a Libby and Owen story, I really felt like Owen wasn't the right one for her. The idea for the Libby Garrett Intervention sparked from me imagining what a relationship between Owen and Libby would be like based on there characters from The Avery Shaw Experiment. I just couldn't imagine Owen ever being a Grayson, and falling for Libby the way she deserved. That's where the idea of Libby's "addiction" to Owen came in and it was a short leap from there to the Twelve Step program. I loved the idea of the steps because it fit perfectly with the stages of grief I used in the first book. It was the perfect companion story. And suddenly, volia! I had the next book.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>Will there be more Science Squad books in the future?</b></div><div class="MsoNormal">There will be at least one more. I have a story already plotted out for one of the other science squad geeks, though my writing schedule is so packed that it will probably take me a couple years to get to it. After that, I don't know. I'd love to end the series with Aiden's story, but I'd have to actually come up with a story for him first. I've pit the idea in my head though, and am letting it simmer, so we'll see what happens.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>What's your favorite part of the story, and your favorite quote from The Avery Shaw Experiment? </b>Oh, goodness, that's&nbsp;award one. I know most people probably love the shower scene (it's not what you think!) in the beginning, or the dancing scene, or basically all the more romantic scenes between Avery and Grayson, but my favorite scenes are actually the science/school. stuff. (Maybe I'm a bit of a science geek after all. My mother would be proud!) I love the scene where the science squad takes Grayson to the bowling alley for a lesson in applied physics and explain Newton's laws. Like I said, I struggled a lot in high school, because, like Grayson, I have a different style of learning than most people. I need things to be interactive and fun, and I need things explained to me in ways that are applicable to my daily life. I had a lot of fun finding a way to make science fun and creative.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">My other favorite scene is between Grayson and Mr. Walden at the end. As much as I loved Grayson and Avery, I had a special place in my heart for the relationship between Grayson and his Physics teacher. I've been where Grayson was, and I had a couple of cool teachers that, despite my grades and struggles, really understood me. Those were the teachers that made a difference in my education, and I really wish there were more great teachers out there. So, yeah, developing the relationship between those two was a lot of fun for me, and in the end when they've completed character arc, it still makes me smile every time I read that scene.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">As for my favorite quotes? I have a million, but I'll narrow it down to two for you. I already have them in convenient photo teasers for you to pass around the internet, should you feel so inclined. ;)</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zR_g_4vhl4c/VZbVERDRaGI/AAAAAAAACKA/IGWWPiqkG_g/s1600/ASE-2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zR_g_4vhl4c/VZbVERDRaGI/AAAAAAAACKA/IGWWPiqkG_g/s1600/ASE-2.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-catHtY3_0Pk/VZbVKDTj-UI/AAAAAAAACKI/qjdCl1Svw5w/s1600/ASE-3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-catHtY3_0Pk/VZbVKDTj-UI/AAAAAAAACKI/qjdCl1Svw5w/s1600/ASE-3.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><br /></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">So, that's me in a nutshell. Hopefully you've recognized my&nbsp;brilliance by now (and my sarcasm) and I've convinced you to check out the books. I think they're a lot of fun and I'm so excited to share Libby with the world!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BLrxpcZINcc/VZa2xUsNszI/AAAAAAAACJU/xk-9vN4V-c4/s1600/ORAM_AVERY_COVER.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BLrxpcZINcc/VZa2xUsNszI/AAAAAAAACJU/xk-9vN4V-c4/s200/ORAM_AVERY_COVER.jpg" width="128" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-O2FHS84y-pc/VZa0eQ0goHI/AAAAAAAACJM/dQXlfmpHxsw/s1600/LIBBY_e_cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-O2FHS84y-pc/VZa0eQ0goHI/AAAAAAAACJM/dQXlfmpHxsw/s200/LIBBY_e_cover.jpg" width="125" /></a>&nbsp;</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; color: #666666; font-family: Arvo; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><div style="color: black; font-family: Times; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><div style="margin: 0px;"><span style="text-align: left;"><b>The Avery Shaw Experiment is on sale this week only for just $0.99.&nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="font-size: 13px; margin: 0px;"><b><span style="text-align: left;">I promise, it's worth the dollar!</span>&nbsp;</b></div><div style="font-size: 13px; margin: 0px;"><b><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Shaw-Experiment-Kelly-Oram-ebook/dp/B00CMLBK9U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1435868086&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+avery+shaw+experiment" target="_blank">Amazon</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-avery-shaw-experiment/id994397764?mt=11" target="_blank">iBooks</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-avery-shaw-experiment-kelly-oram/1115240392?ean=9780985627768" target="_blank">B&amp;N</a>&nbsp;*&nbsp;<a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-avery-shaw-experiment" target="_blank">Kobo</a></b></div><div style="font-size: 13px; margin: 0px;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div><div style="margin: 0px;"><b>The Libby Garrett Intervention is coming October 24th!&nbsp;</b><br /><b>It's available for pre-order now at the special discounted price of $2.99.&nbsp;</b><br /><b><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01328HWU2/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=desktop-4&amp;pf_rd_r=1HS5G7NBVDATFAM1YSRY&amp;pf_rd_t=36701&amp;pf_rd_p=2090149782&amp;pf_rd_i=desktop" target="_blank">Amazon</a> * <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/libby-garrett-intervention/id1026468404?mt=11" target="_blank">iBooks</a> * <a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-libby-garrett-intervention-kelly-oram/1122426840?ean=2940151087971" target="_blank">B&amp;N</a> * <a href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-libby-garrett-intervention-1" target="_blank">Kobo</a></b><br /><b><br /></b></div></div><div style="font-size: 13px;"><div style="margin: 0px;"><b>Or to be notified upon release,&nbsp;</b></div><div style="margin: 0px;"><b><a href="https://www.kellyoram.com/p/email.html" target="_blank">SUBSCRIBE</a>&nbsp;to my newsletter.</b></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br />If you'd like to see more, there are more teasers, excerpts, character interviews, games and giveaways happening on the Science Geek Appreciation Week Facebook event. 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I generally have a soundtrack or playlist for all of my books that I will listen to over and over again as I work on a project. I need quiet when I'm doing the actual writing part, but I still wear my playlists out all other hours of the day.<br /><br />It's usually a combination of things that will draw a certain song to a book playlist. Whether it's a sound, or a line of lyrics, or it reminds me of a certain scene or character. For my Libby Garrett soundtrack, it was definitely all about the Character.<br /><br />Libby Garrett is a one-of-a-kind girl. Her personality is so big, that she tends to be a spotlight hog. It was no different when I put together my playlist for The Libby Garrett Intervention. This songs on this list don't so much remind me of the book as they just feel like Libby. That said, check it out and give it a listen. I guarantee you will come to understand Libby just a little bit better. Here they are in my actual playlist order.<br /><br />Drumroll please...<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="380" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify%3Auser%3A1253832519%3Aplaylist%3A0HerBzDrVRJEZOpvoB2dQq" width="300"></iframe></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You ...... Count Dee's Hit Explosion</div><div style="text-align: center;">It's a Beautiful Day ..... Michael Buble</div><div style="text-align: center;">Lets Get it On ..... Marvin Gaye</div><div style="text-align: center;">Burning Love ..... Elvis Presley</div><div style="text-align: center;">Take Me To Church ..... Hozier</div><div style="text-align: center;">Am I The Same Girl ..... Swing Out Sister &amp; The Fall</div><div style="text-align: center;">Walking On Sunshine ..... Katerina &amp; The Waves</div><div style="text-align: center;">These Boots Are Made For Walkin' ..... Nancy Sinatra</div><div style="text-align: center;">Barracuda ..... Heart</div><div style="text-align: center;">Dancing Queen ..... ABBA</div><div style="text-align: center;">P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) ..... Michael Jackson</div><div style="text-align: center;">Wicked Game ..... Chris Issac</div><div style="text-align: center;">I'm Every Woman ..... Whitney Houston<br />I Will Survive ..... Gloria Gaynor<br />Respect ... Aretha Franklin</div><br /></div>Kelly Oramhttps://plus.google.com/110803281264688456760[email protected]0