Welcome to my stop on the Manipulation blog tour by Jolene Perry hosted by YA Bound.
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I love that point when two people in a story notice each other. Some meetings are swoon-worthy, some are the opposite of that. I thought it would be fun to share the first (or near the first) impressions…
Dean’s first impression of Addison:
I follow my PD onto the bench behind the defense table and run into someone’s shoulder on my way back through the door.
“Excuse you.” She scowls straight at me. She’s tall, gorgeous, and dark, thick, shiny hair falls straight around her face. “What?” Her blue eyes narrow.
I ignore her scowl and sit next to my PD. Pretty girls don’t normally make me nervous, but I have to take a breath to slow down my heart. I’m a moron. Being here must have put me more on edge than I thought.
And Addison’s of Dean:
I glance to my right. Not a bad looking guy, even if he needs a good scrub down. He uses a finger to scratch a tanned arm. His nearly black hair could use a cut, but longer and unkempt seems to suit him. He looks up at the teacher once through long, thick lashes. Why is it always boys who get those? Completely unfair.
And the moment when they realize what the other can do…
(They’re in the back of Addie’s car, which is driven by the driver for her family)
“No, you’re fine.” She touches my leg and I hear it clear as day. Stay.
I force myself rigid so I don’t jump across the car to get away from her. Two things run through my mind. Addison wants me in her car with her. This hits me first, because in its own way, it’s the more unbelievable of the two. And the second, is that she really can do what I do. Or something like it. What are the odds?
I put my hand on hers. Love to.
Her face snaps toward mine and just like we shocked each other, both of us pull our hands back, and she scoots until her back hits the car door. I can’t look away. And I swear I can hear her heart going as crazy as mine.
“So,” the driver starts again. “What were you saying?”
“I, uh…” Her eyes are deadlocked on me.
I can’t move. Can’t breathe. This is crazy-insane.
“Just let us out before you pick up Mom, okay?” she asks, her eyes still wide on me.
“No can do. Specific instructions.”
We’re still staring. My heart’s flying, hitting my chest harder with each beat.
“You can’t keep me in the car.” A corner of her mouth pulls up as her eyes continue to penetrate mine. Almost daring me to make the first move.
We reach for Jimmy’s shoulder at the same time.
And we know. Right in that moment. I know and she knows…
So, yeah. I had a lot of fun with these two ;-)
Thanks for having me here today!
No problemo Jolene! :) Hope you come back soon!
MORE ABOUT THE SERIES:
Insight (Shadows #1)
Release Date: 09/03/12
Summary from Goodreads:
Micah hates her ability to “see” things when she touches people. She’s terrified of relationships, holds on to guilt over the death of her classmate, Lacey, and has no idea what to do with a vision from Landon, a boy from her school. She feels him falling for her, but Micah doesn’t do friends, much less relationships. Enter a spooky history project about a tragedy from three hundred years ago, and voodoo dolls that Micah somehow feels has to do with her gift. Suddenly she’s sure the shadows in the woods are following her every move—without Landon’s relaxed attitude about what’s happening in her life, Micah would be sure she’s going crazy. With no ideas on timing or specifics, the visions of both herself and the people she cares about are turning dark—and it appears the shadows around her house do move on their own. But as Micah and Landon try to prevent Micah’s visions of the future, the shadows close in, and they’re now afraid they’ve become the cause… Micah's story is the first of three girls, with unique talents, who are part of a 300 year old tragedy that follows them in the shadows.
Manipulation (Shadows #2)
Release Date: January 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
Addison Prince has almost always gotten what she wants. Dean Courser only wants to find his brother, but it's the one thing he’s failed at... Even with his unusual ability. Dean and Addison share the gift of Manipulation—a brief touch that forces others to do what they wish. But when they meet and realize their connection, they find more questions than answers. Suddenly Dean is seeing shadows move on their own, and Addison is learning her father’s mysterious group may know more about her abilities than he’s ever let on. As Dean and Addison second-guess every decision about who they are and why they're wanted, time is running out. With shadows following their every move, they're losing hope they’ll ever get to safety—if such a thing exists.
Prize #1: (1) Paperback copies of Insight and Manipulation (International)
Prize #2: (1)Paperback copy of Manipulation (US only)
Prize #3: (3) e-book copies of Manipulation. Kindle or Nook (International)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jolene kissed a boy on her high school graduation night. One she’d wanted to kiss for a long time. They got married two years later, have built two homes together, survived military deployments, law school, student loan debt, and two children.
Jolene plays the guitar, takes pictures, and loves to hike. She doesn’t like rivers, but loves the ocean. She loves to fly, but gets motion sick. Her ultimate vacation would be to sail through the deserted islands in The Bahamas. Two years ago, she got that wish when her parents retired on a sailboat.
She taught high school French when she was only a few years older than her students, and then taught middle school math with her degree in political science and French.
She spends grocery money on designer fabric, shoes, and books.
Jolene cannot express how many times she wished she could write a whole novel. And now she has. Several times. Life is good.