Promo Tour: Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott

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WE’RE CELEBRATING THE RELEASE OF HOLD MY BREATH BY GINGER SCOTT! CHECK OUT THE EXCERPT, TEASERS, AND GIVEAWAY BELOW!

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HOLD MY BREATH

NA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone

Scheduled to release: November 18, 2016

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Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell. 

I would know.

They say the average person can hold their breath underwater for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger brother Evan be the one to shine.

Evan got the girl, and Will…he got to bury all of the secrets. A brother’s burden, the weight of it all nearly left him to drown.

The daughter of two Olympians, my path was set the day my fingertips first touched water. My future was as crystal clear as the lane I dominated in the pool—swim hard, win big, love a Hollister.

My life with Evan burned bright. He gave me arms to come home to, and a smile that fooled the world into believing everything was perfect. But it was Will who pushed me. Will…who really knew me.

And when all of the pieces fell, it was Will who started to pick them up.

In the end, the only thing that matters are those few precious seconds — and what we decide to do while we still have them in our grasp.

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Excerpt:

I wait while he types, bringing my knees up and cupping my phone in my hands, like I want to keep his messages a secret for only me. When my phone buzzes with his call instead, I feel my cheeks grow warm, and I scrunch my legs in tighter as I bring the phone to my ear.

“Hey,” I say.

“How’d you know it was me?” he chuckles.

“I already gave you a special ring,” I lie. “A Fat Elvis song.”

“Wow, Fat Elvis. I don’t even warrant skinny, movie-star Elvis,” he says.

“Fat Elvis is better,” I say, stretching my legs out and crossing my ankles as he laughs.

“I think we need to explore this more,” he says.

“There really is no debate. His music meant more when he was older. More emotion,” I reply.

“You mean more drugs,” he fires back.

“Better clothes.” That response makes him laugh hard, and I love the way I hear it coming from his chest, like it’s deep — genuine.

“I liken myself to more of a Jail House Rock kinda guy, is all,” he says, finally.

“Hmmm,” I hum, lowering myself so my head is propped against the door, and I’m now lying on the floor, as close to him as I can be without leaving my room.

“What, you don’t think I have moves? These hips—they swivel, darlin’,” he says with a slight twang.

“That they do,” I respond, pulling a few strands of my hair in front of my face, hiding from the flirtatious words I just said. Will chuckles more, but after a second or two, it’s nothing but the sound of his room on one end meeting the sounds in mine.

“Your lip ticks up, like Elvis,” he says, breaking the silence just as I feel my blush crawling down my neck and onto my chest.I punch out a laugh and roll to my side.

“Does not!” I say, feeling my face, my mouth higher on one side. Son of a bitch!

“It does,” he laughs lightly. “Always has.”

I wait for the quiet to settle in again. I wait to be braver with him.

“Just how many things have you noticed about me, Will Hollister?” The second my question is done, my words are replaced by the rapid pounding of my pulse, but my face — it’s still smiling. So hard it hurts.

“Let’s see,” he says, and I hear him settling into his bed, his voice muffling as his phone presses against his face. “I noticed that you can’t stand having your hair pulled up in anything. When we swim, you pull your cap off the second we’re done.”

“Well that’s sexy,” I say, covering my face and mentally kicking myself for letting that one slip out.

“Oh, you wanted sexy things…” he says, and I open my mouth to say no, but shut it quickly, curious over exactly what he’ll say next. “I have lots of those, too, besides the Elvis-lip thing, which yes, Maddy, is so fuckin’ sexy.”

“Oh,” I blush, my thumbnail quickly moving between my teeth.

“Let’s see, first, there’s the way your legs curve along your quads, the muscle that’s there giving them this edge. The athlete part of me likes how hard you had to train to make it that way,” he says.

“What does the…” I pause, taking a quick breath, “man side of you think?” I ask, now so red that even my arms look flushed.

“Oh, the man side…” he growls low, a rumble from his chest. “That part of me likes the ride my hand takes when it starts just above your knee, then glides slowly up your leg to your panties, my fingertips tracing that lacey band that runs along the inside of your thigh and up over your hip.”

Holy hell.

“And then there’s the way your neck curves into your shoulder, the way your hair tickles your skin and makes you get goosebumps — just like it does when I kiss you there,” he says, and my body shivers at the memory of his mouth against me.

“Your eyes do this thing, just before you race, where they haze and close in on their prey. I always imagined what it would be like for you to look at me like that,” he says.

“Haven’t I?” I ask, waiting a breath while he considers what I’m asking.

“Looked at you that way,” I fill in. “When we…”

“Maddy, I was so focused on every other part of your body that day, I don’t remember what your eyes looked like,” he laughs.

“Well maybe next time you will,” I say.

“Next time.” I can hear his grin in his words.

“Yeah,” I breathe. “Next time.”

This time.

The quiet comes again, filled only by the sound of his breathing, his breath a long draw that sounds as a warning in my ear. I chew at my nail, waiting…hoping.

“Maddy,” he says, finally.

“Yes?” I sit up and crawl to my knees.

I hear his door open across the hall, and I stand, pressing my palm and forehead against mine.

“Let me in.”


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GIVEAWAY:

Click on the link below for a chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams and The Hard Count.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Blog Tour: Hold My Breath (Ginger Scott)

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We’re celebrating the release of HOLD MY BREATH by Ginger Scott! Check out the review, teasers, and giveaway below!

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HOLD MY BREATH

NA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone

Scheduled to release: November 18, 2016

Goodreads | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Google 


Review:

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Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell. 

I would know.

They say the average person can hold their breath under water for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger brother Evan be the one to shine. 

Evan got the girl, and Will… he got to bury all of the secrets. A brother’s burden, the weight of it all nearly left him to drown.

The daughter of two Olympians, my path was set the day my fingertips first touched water. My future was as crystal clear as the lane I dominated in the pool—swim hard, win big, love a Hollister. 

My life with Evan burned bright. He gave me arms to come home to, and a smile that fooled the world into believing everything was perfect. But it was Will who pushed me. Will… who really knew me.

And when all of the pieces fell, it was Will who started to pick them up.

In the end, the only thing that matters are those few precious seconds — and what we decide to do while we still have them in our grasp.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go there in the next few days to check her review of this book.

By now I’ve read a few books by Ginger Scott, and I think that her writing has gotten better and better. Hold My Breath is told in dual POV and it’s just… beautiful. The writing, the way the sentiments and feelings are exposed on the page is just breathtaking.

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The amazing writing and the complex and heartbreaking storyline, make this my favorite Ginger Scott book… without a doubt (and heck, I LOVED The Hard Count!).

As I said, this is one hell of a complex story. Will and Maddy grew up together, trained together, pushed each other, but when Will went away to college, it was Will’s younger brother, Evan, who got the girl. This all came crashing when a terrible accident takes away all of Will’s family… Will lives with the guilt of surviving, and Maddy blames him for it too… for the wrong brother having survived.

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It’s pretty clear from the start though, that the brother who survived was absolutely the right one, because Will is one of the best men I ever read about. And it’s also painfully clear from the start too that he has always loved Maddy. Well before Evan made his move. It’s also obvious that Maddy was always affected by Will too, and her feelings for him were of way more than friendship.

But the story is way deeper than the potential sort of forbidden romance. Will carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, he keeps secrets that are not his, he wants to be there for everyone, while not getting the love and support he needs and deserves. Maddy has her own demons too, the guilt, the pressure of knowing she absolutely needs to be the best for her parents, and her feelings for the boy she always thought was a risk.

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I loved this story. The chemistry, feelings and interactions between Will and Maddy were amazing, and they were sweet and cute and hot. Their love shined. It’s not a happy go lucky story though… it’s actually heartbreaking. But they faced their problems head on, and even through doubts and fears, they didn’t let go of each other. I love this! I love this lack of drama within their relationship. The world might have be falling apart, but they were TOGETHER!

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I can’t recommend this book enough… go read it guys! NOW!


GIVEAWAY:

Click on the link below for a chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams and The Hard Count.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Release Day Blast: Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott

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We’re celebrating the release of HOLD MY BREATH by Ginger Scott! Check out the excerpt, teasers, and giveaway below!

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HOLD MY BREATH

NA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone

Scheduled to release: November 18, 2016

Goodreads | AmazoniBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Google

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BLURB:

Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell. 

I would know.

They say the average person can hold their breath underwater for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger brother Evan be the one to shine.

Evan got the girl, and Will…he got to bury all of the secrets. A brother’s burden, the weight of it all nearly left him to drown.

The daughter of two Olympians, my path was set the day my fingertips first touched water. My future was as crystal clear as the lane I dominated in the pool—swim hard, win big, love a Hollister.

My life with Evan burned bright. He gave me arms to come home to, and a smile that fooled the world into believing everything was perfect. But it was Will who pushed me. Will…who really knew me.

And when all of the pieces fell, it was Will who started to pick them up.

In the end, the only thing that matters are those few precious seconds — and what we decide to do while we still have them in our grasp.

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Excerpt:

“I need you to stay, Will,” she says. “No matter what…if you lose, if I lose. If this gets hard, whatever this is. I need you to stay until we figure it out. And even then, I just think…” 

She lifts her head, and I cup her face in my hands, her eyes locking on mine.

“I think I just need you to stay,” she says.

I stare at her for several seconds, holding my breath, my mind racing with all of my demons, with everyone else’s demons, too. I fear none of it is possible. I’m going to break her heart. Those demons — they’ll destroy her.

But I can’t give her up. I need her to stay, too. Even though I can’t promise it; even though I shouldn’t, I say exactly what she needs to hear.

I let myself believe it for the breath it takes to speak. 

“Okay,” I say, bringing her lips to mine, kissing her softly then closing my eyes as her forehead rests against mine. “Okay,” I whisper again.

I may have to break this promise, but for right now…for right now, I mean it.


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GIVEAWAY:

Click on the link below for a chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams and The Hard Count.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Youtube | Google

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Edge of Glory (Magan Vernon)

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“Welcome to Conti’s. I’m Lia and I’ll nguhhhhhhhhhhhhh”.

I froze. Directly facing me was Olympic swimmer, Jay Morningstar… and I just made an idiot of myself.  

The rest of the table looked up to see me standing there with my mouth practically gaping. His coach, who I recognized from TV interviews, and even two other swimmers from the Olympic team… they didn’t say anything, they didn’t even blink.

“Uh… I mean…”

I couldn’t even put together my words and Jay Morningstar was just staring at me with that Wheaties box smile and those icy blue eyes.

What was I supposed to say? “Sorry I just made a weird noise, it’s just that I have a poster of you on my wall where you are wearing nothing more than your gold medals, a smile, and a pair of man panties?”


I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as buddy read, so check her blog soon to read her review of this book.

I honestly don’t even know hot to start this review. When I read the blurb, I was super excited, I mean, it sounds super fun, and an olympic swimmer? Sign me up. Unfortunately this book didn’t live up to my expectations… it didn’t even came close to it, and it actually pains me to be writing this review, and I don’t want to insult the author, not even for a second. But I’m a fair reviewer, and I don’t shy away from bad reviews, so here we go…

I thought the writing in this book was OK… the story is told in Lia’s POV, on the first person, and it somewhat works. I think it would have been somewhat better if Jay’s POV would have been part of the story too, because there are some points of the plot that are still a bit muddied in my head.

I had huge problems with all the characters of this book. All of them. Honestly I didn’t like anyone, and that’s never good.

Lia, our main character, is a weak person. That could be super ok, because not everyone at 19/20 is a strong person, but she shows no growth whatsoever during this book. She let’s her future be decided entirely by her parents, she chooses a path that she’s not even sure she likes, she moons over a boy that she doesn’t truly know. She makes ONE decision for herself during the book, and she retracts it the very next morning when she apologizes for something she shouldn’t. She also can’t take a joke and she’s always doubting herself and putting herself down. It’s annoying and sad! Take a look:

Dana smiled, pushing me toward the girl. “My sister-in-law is looking for a dress to wear to a wedding in California.”

“Oh, California! Awesome. Anything in particular you’re looking for?” The girl asked.

I shrugged. “Something that doesn’t make me look like a whale?”

The girl laughed nervously. “What size? Any color? Style?”

Jay is not much better, though I liked him a bit better. He does know what he wants out of life, so a point for him, but still, he did some things so wrong during this book, that I didn’t even know where that was coming from.

The supporting characters are caricatures and clichés, and mostly annoying and pointless.

My biggest problem with this book, by miles, was the representation of the patriarchy and chauvinism. I know there are a lot of controlling families, where the men sit at the table while the women do all the work. I know it exists, it’s sad, but that’s not what bothered me. What irked me what how the main characters went along with this. I will tell you before hand, Lia is 19 and Jay is 20!!!! Lia goes to university, works, owns a car, and while she still lives with her parents, she shouldn’t be treated like a 13 yo. She shouldn’t allow them to treat her as one. Instead, things like this happen all the time during the book:

“What I was telling your dad is that Jay meant no disrespect by taking you out without his permission,” Jay’s coach said. “I didn’t even know that your father didn’t know about this relationship until Jay told me at practice this morning. I figured it’s why he’s messing up his sets. Since I have a daughter of my own, I sympathized with your father and told him that he had to come clean.”

I will say again how she’s a grown woman, because that looks like a teen thing, right? Then there’s this:

“Mr. Conti…” Jay turned his attention toward my dad. “I’m sorry for thinking that Rosalia had your permission to go out with me and my friends and I promise it won’t happen again.”

Then to make matters worse (in my opinion), this is her brother’s argument, so their dad will “allow” his grown up daughter to date an olympic swimmer:

“That’s right. Business has been great. People from Dallas are coming into the restaurant now. And come on, Pops.” Sonny slid his arm around my dad, shooting a wink in my direction. “It’s not like guys are really banging down our door to get to Lia.”

I have so many problems with that whole exchange. SO MANY! But then Jay goes and does something as chauvinist as her father and brother:

Slowly he peeled his shirt off, revealing his sweaty and very toned torso, then he handed me his shirt. “You wouldn’t mind washing my clothes too, would you? I didn’t expect a workout when I got here.”

I honestly can’t deal with this shit. She puts herself down, and let’s everyone around her do the same. Even when Jay tries to tell her she should relax and not think too much, she can’t. She doubts and thinks the most stupid things:

He reached into his pocket and I sucked in a breath. Was he going to pull out a joint? Even worse, what if it was a condom?

I should mention that they were on a private plane… the likelihood of Jay taking out either of those items was very very small…

I’ve mentioned that she felt too young, right? She did, not only didn’t she stick up for herself, but her knowledge of guys, relationships, sex or her own body was beyond limited. I’ve read a lot of books where the MC was a virgin, and had very little experience with guys, but none as clueless and stupid as this one. There’s a particular moment in this book where I wanted to chuck my phone to the wall, because I couldn’t believe her stupidity. I mean, I’m pretty sure that for a moment there she might have thought that she could get pregnant from stray semen on the swimming pool… and then there’s the fact that she thought she was bleeding because of a finger, and not because of her period… yeah… bright girl, this one.

The romance was the biggest case of instalove that I ever read about. She saw him and was struck, I kind of get that because she had been fantasising about him for a long time, but then he sees her and is basically in love himself. Within very little time they are boyfriend and girlfriend, he’s meeting her family, she’s cooking for him and his friends. Is this all bad? No. I can deal with insta-whatever, but the relationship has to make sense, and the couple needs to have chemistry. These two didn’t make sense and had 0 chemistry!

Then there are just weird things in this book, like his family’s reality show, his ex-girlfriend, and the conflict that comes between them. It was beyond weird. I didn’t like the conflict or the resolution. Or the second conflict. Or the fact that Lia “fought” her battles through hashtags on instagram…

In the end I was livid by the way that things came together to her. She gets to go study far from home, but not because she stuck to her dreams and wants and convinced her parents that it was the right things for her. Oh no. She manages to do it, because her mother says that she can go do whatever and she’ll support her. But Lia NEVER stood her ground. Not for a single second, and ultimately that’s what bothered me the most. Because by the way this family is presented, it would be the perfect situation for her to assert herself, and she never did.

I honestly can’t recommend this book at all. But I have to say that I seem to be the only one, because goodreads is full of 5 and 4 stars reviews for this book. So, I’ll urge you to check them out and decide for yourself if this book might be for you or not.