Tuesday, December 2, 2014

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Life in the No Dating Zone by Patricia B. Tighe

Life In The No Dating Zone
Release Date: 12/02/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
After surviving her parents' relationship drama when her older sister elopes, Claire Gardner vows not to date during high school. Now, three years later, Claire is thrust into new relationship drama--her two best friends have boyfriends. Which means Claire is spending more and more time alone. And she's more than a little peeved.

Enter Gray Langley. His year-long crush on Claire's friend Lindsey has made him desperate enough to ask Claire for help. Hesitant at first, Claire agrees--anything to get rid of Lindsey's current evil boyfriend. But as Claire and Gray plot together, an attraction develops, and now she must decide if being with Gray is worth the pain that will come from confronting her parents with the reasons for her vow.

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I went to one of the ice chests—away from the giggling girls—to force myself to stop staring at Lindsey. I fished out a root beer and popped the top, but movement out of the corner of my eye made me look back at the yard. Claire Gardner was heading toward the patio, her
ponytail of dark brown hair swinging as she walked.
Berger would have to wait. This could get interesting.
I took up my spot against the wall. When Claire reached the patio, the giggling girls accosted her. Well, sort of. They both started talking at once, but because of the music, I couldn’t hear any of it. Claire smiled, nodded, said something, then pulled a water bottle from an ice
The girls kept talking, with Nita/Nyssa doing most of it. Claire tapped the water bottle over and over against her hip while she listened. I couldn’t be sure, but she seemed antsy. She leaned closer to the girls and spoke, making little karate chop gestures with one hand. Whatever it was, she really wanted them to get the point. Geez. Why couldn’t I talk to people like that? Or at least, to one person in particular.
The music cut out abruptly and the girls looked around. Way over by the volleyball net, Lainey Garza was trying to make an announcement. Good luck with that.
“I’ve got to go,” Claire said, her voice sounding so close I almost banged my head against the wall. I straightened, then focused on my root beer. Better if they didn’t realize I was eavesdropping.
“Thanks so much,” Nita/Nyssa said.
“Yeah,” Amy said, “you give the best advice.”
“No problem,” Claire said. “Talk to you later.” She turned away from the chorus of goodbyes, puffed out her cheeks like she was glad that was over with, and marched toward the gate.
I stifled a laugh. That would teach her to talk to giggling girls. But wait. Had Amy said something about advice? Claire gave them advice? Maybe she could do the same for me. Maybe she could even tell me the best way to approach Lindsey. It was worth a shot.

About the Author
I'm not the writer who's been writing for as long as she can remember. In fact, I didn't start writing fiction until I was almost thirty. But, I've always been a reader. Which, of course, is one of the basic requirements for being a writer. I've read everything from horse novels and spy thrillers to historical romance and fantasy sagas—and lots in between. There's something wondrous about picking up a book and entering a new world with new adventures. And I don't plan on stopping any time soon.

When I'm not reading, I hang out with my husband and two old dogs, plus my grown sons whenever I get the chance. In the fall I spend way too much time yelling at my TV while watching football. I'm also addicted to British TV shows. Top Gear, anyone?

Oh, yeah. And I write. Kissing books. Or at least books that include kissing. Hope you enjoy them!

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