Tuesday, January 12, 2016

{Tour Stop} BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER by Isabel Bandeira—Excerpt + Giveaway

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Bookishly Ever After
by Isabel Bandeira


In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
 Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Purchase: Amazon • B&NKoboBooks-a-MillionIndieBound

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I didn’t hear him at first. The skull and crossbone Converse entered my line of vision and I looked up. Dev dropped his bookbag onto the floor and slipped into the seat in front of me—which was going to annoy Sarah, who had had that seat since September—and turned around to wave a book at me.
            I took it out of his hands and studied the cover. “Sentinel Eighteen?” It was the latest YA dystopian novel, number two on the New York Times bestseller list for weeks. I passed the book back to him, but not before catching that he was a dog-earer. It hurt my heart to see page abuse like that, but I’d deal.
            “You told me to pick up a book or two and call you in the morning. I didn’t have your number, so I figured this is second best.” He flashed that grin again, the one that had gotten under my skin on Saturday and now made me speechless. What was wrong with me? Maybe it was the way he held the book, with his thumb absently running over the raised swirls on the cover. It was kind-of hot. Sarah appeared over his shoulder and glowered over both of us before making a grumbly sound and moving up to an empty seat no one ever took because they said a kid died in it. She was too much of a kiss-up to take a seat in the back of the room. “I also picked up Ghost Warrior.” Dev added, like he was prompting me for a response.
            Ohmigod, Phoebe. Talk. I forced my jaw to move. “Nice picks. I’ve heard awesome things about both of them.”
            “It’s really good so far.” He slipped the book back into his backpack and leaned closer in the process, his eyes scrunching a bit as his smile grew wider. “So, how did the signing go? Did the crazy girl behind you tackle anyone for cutting in line?”
            His comment caught me off-guard and I let out an embarrassingly loud non-Marissa-like snort. “No, but she almost shoved me out of line to get to Niamh.” He raised his eyebrows, as if prompting me to keep speaking, and so I added, “And the signing was really good.”
            “You got your bow signed?”
            I nodded. “I did, and she said she loved my costume.”
            “Definitely sounds like it was good.”
            “It was.” My manners kicked in and I quickly said, “Thanks for hanging out with me in line.”
“It was fun. When I’m done these, we’ll have to hang out again so you can give me some more book suggestions.”


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Isabel Bandeira grew up surrounded by trees and lakes in Southern New Jersey, right on the edge of the Pine Barrens. Her summers were always spent in Portugal, where the cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs only fed her fairy tale obsession. Between all those influences and her serious glitter addiction, it wasn’t a surprise when she started writing stories of her own.

In her free time between writing and her day job as a Mechanical Engineer who designs and develops medical devices, she reads, dances, figure skates, and knits.

Isabel lives in New Jersey with her little black cat, too many books, and a closetful of vintage hats. She is represented by Carrie Howland of Donadio & Olson. BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER is her debut novel.


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