Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Release Blitz: STANDING SIDEWAYS by J. Lynn Bailey—Excerpt + Giveaway

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Standing Sideways
by J. Lynn Bailey


When Livia Stone suddenly loses her twin brother, Jasper, she must learn to navigate her new life alone. As she faces tragedy and starts down a road toward self-destruction, Daniel enters Livia’s life—at a moment when she needs it most.

Standing Sideways is a poignant, relevant, and touching story of survival, courage, and compassion that will have readers crying, laughing, and most of all, debating the issues affecting the lives of parents and teens alike on a journey of hope and forgiveness.







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Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Cao is eclectic in her choice of clothes. She’ll wear just about anything. Her style makes her unique in her own right. From her jam pants to her leg warmers, she’s a trendsetter. With her tiny waist and tall frame, she can squeeze into just about anything.
“You hate grapes,” I say, putting my fork down.
“Why are you sitting in the dark?” She pops another in her mouth.
Maybe, sometimes, it’s easier in the dark. When the world doesn’t seem so loud, so chaotic.
“Why are you eating grapes?”
“Why are you sitting in the dark?”
“Quiet, I guess.” I always give in first.
She spits her grape out into her hand. “Thank God you caved. My mom made some Chinese meal again for dinner. I gave most of it to Rosie.” Their golden retriever. “I’m starving, and grapes were my only choice in your empty refrigerator.”
Cao’s mom, Beth, has been making traditional Chinese meals for the past three weeks, she tells me. She rests her head on the crook of her arm. “And”—she pauses—“they found my stash.”
I want to say, I told you so.
“When?”
“Yesterday. They waited.”
Cao chain-smokes out her upstairs bedroom window to prove cigarettes don’t cause lung cancer. She claims it’s a research study. But I think she got addicted somewhere along the way.
“My parents think I’m going through some sort of identity crisis. Adopted from China. White parents. Their words, not mine. ‘We want you to feel like you can be yourself, baby. We feel like you might be using cigarettes to escape whatever you’re feeling.’

“So, what does my mom do? She’s been packing me rice in my lunch, and just this morning, I found Amy Tan’s entire book collection on my desk. And the thing is, Amy Tan was born in Oakland. And, if they knew me, they’d know, I’ve already read all of Tan’s books. You’d think, if they wanted me to embrace my culture, they’d send me to some camp in China or something. I don’t know.” She huffs. “That’s me. Now, you.” She stops. “Why are you really sitting in the dark, Liv?”


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J. Lynn Bailey has loved to write since she learned to read, around the second grade. When she isn't running after her children, watching COPS, or on the hunt for her next Laffy Taffy joke, you can probably find her holed up in her writing room feverishly working on her next book. She lives in Northern California with her family.






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68 comments:

Sally Gearhart said...

Now this sounds like a book i would really love. I have a twin like Livia and really want to know how her story ends! I can't wait to get my hands on this one, thanks for sharing!

Cindi Knowles said...

Sounds like an amazing book!

binabug said...

Would make for an interesting read. Sounds like it could very well be a tear jerker!!

Mel said...

Looking forward to reading this book. :)

Sayomay said...

This looks like my kind of read!!
Samantha D

LauraJJ said...

J. Lynn Bailey is a new author for me. This sounds so good and I love the cover!

Sharon Greene said...

This book sounds like a must read for me!

Linda Fast said...

The excerpt makes me want to read more, sounds very interesting
lindacfast@hotmail.com

peg42 said...

This sounds like a very emotional and interesting book.

BethElderton said...

Sounds like an interesting read. I like the cultural take.
Mary Beth Elderton

Julie Lynn Bickham said...

This post makes me want to read the book.

Barbara Montag said...

I enjoy reading books where people have challenges.
This is a great read.
thank you

Cathy Truman said...

The book sounds like a very good book to read. Looking forward to reading it

Amber said...

This sounds like a really touching book! I'd love to read.

Debbie E said...

I have not read anything by J. Lynn Bailey - but will definitely do so after reading this post!

Macooka said...

Wow, that cover is beautiful!

clc408 said...

I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway.

amp said...

Looks like a book that would help while away the long winter nights.

Gaynell Smith said...

enjoyed the excerpt! Looks like a awesome book. Thanks for the chance!

paula rousseau said...

Looks like a very interesting for a summer read.ty

PAIGE said...

I enjoy a story with compassion that is touching, Thanks for your work.

Abigail Gibson said...

Awesome author with a heartwarming story. Sounds great!

Susan said...

Sounds like awesome book and looks like that I am going to have to go get. Thanks for this awesome sweep and Happy Valentine's Day !! corrysue@yahoo.com

xHeatherx said...

Great post, makes me want to start reading it right now!

Deborah Wellenstein said...

Today's post is exciting! I'm so looking forward to reading this author!

ellie said...

Great post! I'm looking forward to reading this.

Zoey said...

This sounds like a really touching story about love after loss.

Melissa Storms said...

This looks like a good read. I like the writing style judging from the excerpt and want to read more.

Stephanie Phelps said...

This book sounds so good. I love books that can take you on th emotional roller coaster. I also love book about overcoming tragedies in your life.

April said...

The book sounds really good!

Carla Cox said...

I think forgiveness is really important. It's great that there's a book where it's one of the themes.

TheresaJenkins said...

I have twin girls ... I'm always looking for a good book to read

Regine Karpel said...

Thank you.

CindyWindy2003 said...

Sounds like a good tearjerker. I enjoy hearing about new books.

Rebecca Kinard said...

Sounds like a great read for the beach!

Danalee said...

This looks like a great read.

susan1215 said...

This sounds like a great book.

idahomom said...

Going on a trip soon and been looking for a good read. This just might be it.

Sandy said...

Sounds like an awesome book!

Kathy Davis said...

I have been on a journey of love and forgiveness, so this sounds like a great book for me.

joenkristy5 said...

Sounds like my kind of a book. My daughter would enjoy this one too!

singingal said...

This is so neat. Love your blog. Want to subscribe. Thanks for your insights

Kathy Pease said...

I think the book sounds great and I would love to read it

Daniel Scott said...

What a great book for my wife to share with her students.

Jennifer Herman said...

I think it's looks interesting.

John Herman said...

It seems good.

Yona Williams said...

I really, really, really like the book cover design for Standing Sideways - that's something that makes me immediately gravitate to a title.

Dave &Sonya Allstun said...

enjoyed the excerpt! Looks like a awesome book. Thanks for the chance!

Lisa Vanhook said...

Sounds really interesting...
lisavanhook@aol.com

slehan said...

Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the contest. 
slehan at juno dot com

Wendy ArtsyChaos said...

I enjoyed the excerpt and the descriptive writing style!

Yipperbear said...

Sounds like an interesting read.

yellowlabs said...

This sounds like a wonderful read!

rockergoddess2002 said...

Oh my goodness! This books sounds so good.

Tracy Shafer

Julie Waldron said...

I think it sounds like a really good book with a pretty cover.

Carrie Goodin said...

Enjoyed this and looking forward to more posts.

Brandon Sparks said...

I love today's post. Very exciting.. Thanks so much..

brendaelsner said...

Sounds like a must read!!

Tara W said...

I really enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to reading more. Thanks for the post.

Eileen Boyce said...

It sounds like a very good book! Thanks

Princess Seronica said...

I think it is great, I enjoyed it, The book sounds like a great read.

Leela said...

It sounds like a good read.

juanita may said...

Looking forward to reading this book.

Sue C. said...

Great post - got my attention and can't wait to read the book!

Amy Deeter said...

I really enjoy reading books.relaxes me so much

Philip Lawrence said...

I like that it is a story of survival!

Jerry Marquardt said...

I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including Standing Sideways. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

Angela Saver said...

I am always looking for a good book and this looks like a great read. Look forward to it!

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