Sunday, March 10, 2013

{Book Blitz + Partners in Crime Excerpt+ Giveaway} The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore

The Truth About Letting Go
The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore
Publication date: February 21st 2013
YA Contemporary
Pages: 276
Ashley wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life.
Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley’s seemingly charmed shoes.
Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear—with Ashley at his side.
Jordan wants to follow his heart…
But Ashley’s the one sacrifice he never expected to make.

Up until now, Ashley Lockett’s followed the rules. She’s always done the right thing, played it safe, gone to church. Then her ideal life is torn apart when her dad dies suddenly.

Now she’s miserable and furious, and she makes a vow not to believe in anything. She’s on a mission to do everything opposite of how she lived before—rejecting safety, the rules, faith…

And then she meets Jordan.

Jordan has big dreams, he’s a great kisser, and he wants to help her through her grief. He also believes in everything Ashley now claims to hate.

Then she meets Colt. He is not safe. And he’s ready to help Ashley fulfill her mission.
When I started writing The Truth About Letting Go, I was thinking about how different people cope with major shocks like losing a spouse or a parent.
Some people withdraw, some people soldier on like nothing happened, and then some people get really mad and start acting out.
Main character Ashley Lockett is the daughter left behind when her dad dies. They were very close, and her dad was a local celebrity. So she gets to deal with her grief in front of a large audience.
She doesn’t deal very well.
She’s edgy, and she keeps having urges to break things. One reader-reviewer said she was like the female version of the bad-boy. I guess that’s a good description.
Then she meets Colt. He has his own "daddy issues," and he's been kicked out of his last school for breaking one too many rules. When he and Ashley collide following a prank, they decide to be partners in crime.
Here's the excerpt:
I feel Colt laugh, and he looks down into my face. That’s when he seems to realize what I’ve been acutely aware of for the last several minutes—our bodies are pressed together.

“It’s awesome, yeah?” he says. “Adrenaline rush.”

“Yeah,” I breathe. “I guess.”

I’m not sure if he’s going to kiss me until he does. His mouth covers mine, and energy mixes with the alcohol flooding my body. Our tongues slide together, and I grip his shirt so I don’t collapse. 

Every single bit of this is wrong, and there’s no way I’m stopping it. It’s back, that good feeling. The sadness has been pushed out again, and in its place is this rush, this rush of adrenaline like Colt said. 

He pulls back and smiles at me. “We’re going to start dating. Now. You’re my partner in crime.”
Their encounters get more and more risky, and I confess, it was fun to push the limits with them.
I hope you enjoy reading! Thanks for having me here today~

Leigh Talbert Moore

Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a former freelance editor, a former journalist, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a southern expat, a lover of any great love story, a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.
Find her online at her blog, on Facebook, on Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, and Tumblr. Read excerpts of her books on Wattpad and Figment!

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