March 09, 2012

XOXOXO by Bethany Lopez Excerpt & Giveaway!

Jess is Sick:

            Jess was not in school today. As soon as I got home, I called her, and she did
not answer, but a few minutes later she called me back. She sounded terrible. She said
that she has a sore throat, fever and is throwing up. She only talked for a minute and
then had to go. This stinks… she is really sick, and Spring Break has officially started. I
hope she feels better soon and doesn’t miss out on too much. We have been waiting for
this for weeks!
            Not much else happened today. The last day of school for Spring Break you
typically don’t do much other than watch movies and talk about what you are going to
do over vacation. There were no tests or homework assignments given out.
            When I got home, Megan and Mark were in the den watching Man vs. Food,
and Mikey was in his room organizing all of his baseball stuff. He still has practice over
Spring Break and a game tomorrow. I told him I would play catch with him, and he
grabbed his stuff while I went to my room to get my glove.
            I like playing catch with Mikey; he is pretty good and takes it pretty seriously, so I
don’t have to spend the whole time chasing balls.
            I grabbed a water and met him out in the backyard. We put our gloves on and
started tossing the ball back and forth to warm up.
            “So, Mikey, any big plans for Spring Break?” I asked.
            “I have two games and two practices over the break,” he responded. “I am
supposed to get together with Cayden and Justin… Probably spend the night, play
video games and basketball.”
            We started to get further away from each other and throw a little harder.
            “That sounds fun! I’m supposed to hang out with Jess and Jimmy, but Jess is
sick, so I don’t know if that will still happen.”
            “What is wrong with Jess?”
Mikey and Jess have a pretty close relationship. I guess because she and I have
been friends for so long, he has pretty much grown up with her around. She is like
another big sister to him, but one that is nice to him and doesn’t boss him around.
            “Just your basic nightmare,” I replied. ”Fever, sore throat, and throwing up…
She sounded pretty miserable when I talked to her.”
            “I hope she gets better soon. It would stink to be sick over the break!”
            “Yeah, hopefully it doesn’t last the whole break. I guess Jimmy and I will still
hang out, but it will be kind of weird. It’s usually the three of us together,” I said, and
threw the ball as hard as I could. Mikey caught it - no problem. Then he returned the ball as hard as he could. Ouch… the boy has an arm!


Author Bio & Links:

Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her first novel through Amazon with CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. Ta Ta for Now! is also now available through Smashwords at Barnes and, on the Nook, and the Sony eReader. Her second novel in the series, xoxoxo, will be released on March 2, 2012.

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Publication Date: March 2nd 2012

Melissa has learned a lot since her freshman year began, but it isn’t over yet! Her world is about to change again with the birth of her new sibling, and she has to figure out how she will adjust to being the eldest of five kids. She, Jess, andJimmy are inseparable, and she is having a fantastic time although she can’t help but miss Brian as she tries to learn how to deal with his relationship with Layla. Everything seems to be happening at once and that is when she is introduced to Ben Campbell, a senior at Dearborn High, who becomes an interesting distraction as he helps her deal with the new developments in her life.


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This giveaway ends on March 14th.

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  1. Hi,
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  2. Book Souds great...cannot wait to read it.

  3. I'm finishing up a 1,000 page book and looking for the next one. Sounds good to me.

  4. Thanks for your service to our country! Go Michigan!

  5. My daughter would love this book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  6. The title seems a bit strange but the plot is rather interesting... thanks for the opportunity to win :D

  7. The cover is cute and the story sounds fun!

  8. Sounds like it might be a great read. Have you read and reviewed this yet? I will keep my eye out for the review. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  9. Oh this book sounds like a great read! Definitely adding it to my wishlist!

  10. Thank you for being on the tour I am having fun following it, and thank you for the chance to win. I definitely need to read this book and I so love the title, very original and unique, it's perfect.

  11. This sounds like a good one. I'm going to have to get the 1st one because it sounds like it's going to be an addicting series. Thanks for the giveaway. ;-)


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