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Inbetween Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

I am so thrilled to be participating in Entangled Teen’s blog tour for author Tara Fuller’s book INBETWEEN. As some of you may already know, I am a huge fan of reapers of the non-grim variety – though I don’t mind the grim ones either – and Finn is definitely not grim. Neither is Easton….

Anyway… I thought it would be a lot of fun to have the author stop by for a “Top Ten” type of post and she decided to share some of her favorite not-too-spoiler-y moments from INBETWEEN. And I also get to post a short excerpt from the book.

But first, here’s just a little bit about the book and the author. Just in case you haven’t met either of them yet.

About the Book

Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, THE BOOK DEPOSITORY, GOODREADS

About the Author

Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing.

Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flashlight reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas.

Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.

Find her: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, BLOG, GOODREADS
Well, now that you’ve had the chance to get to know just what the book is about and to learn some rather interesting facts about the author – like her passion for Mystery Science Theater – here’s your chance to learn even more.

The author shares seven of her favorite scenes. And while they are revealing, they tease but don’t spoil. So prepare to be teased. Prepared to be tantalized. And prepare to be just a tiny bit shocked.

Tara’s Favorite INBETWEEN Moments

#1) Our introduction to Easton! I love Easton and I love his entrance into this scene.

I looked up from the edge of Emma’s bed just as Easton melted up from the polished hardwood floor beneath the window. Like an oil slick coming to life, he unfolded his long, shadowy legs until he was just an inkblot in front of the splash of lamplight on her wall. His violet eyes pinned me like a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

Which I kind of was.

“Nothing,” I lied.

“Yeah, looked like nothing.” He strolled across the room accompanied by a wave of sulfur and smoke, the black serpent tattoo on his neck glinting.

“Jesus, Easton.” I scrunched up my nose and climbed to my feet. “Don’t they have a shower somewhere between here and the afterlife?”

“Screw you. You didn’t just have to tow somebody’s grandpa to Hell.” He brushed something chalky and gray off his long coat, and a shudder worked its way down my spine.

God only knows what—or who—it had belonged to. “Besides, I wasn’t the one about to feel up a sleeping human.”

Fiktshun: Oooh, I liked this scene. Easton just so happens to be my favorite character and it was this scene in particular that drew me to him.

#2) The first time Finn shows himself to Emma. I love the thoughts running through his head in this moment. It’s when everything changes for him.

With a deafening crash, the sign behind us skidded across the concrete steps, splintering into sparks and blades. I lay there for a few seconds, stunned by the feel of Emma’s solid warmth beneath me, the hectic swell of her lungs pumping against my chest. I was…touching her. Her sapphire-blue eyes stared back into mine. Our noses nearly touched. Her peppermint breath clung to my lips.

“You can see me,” I said, breathless.

“Of course I can see you.” Emma glanced over my shoulder, but she didn’t make a move. “Your face is practically touching my face. It would be kind of hard not to see you.”

Fiktshun: I loved that he seemed so surprised that she could see him. After being what he was for so many years it must have been rather amazing to really be seen. And by this particular girl, too.

#3) This is the scene when Finn comes clean to Emma and has to convince her that she’s not crazy. This is one of my favorite moments between them.

I ran an iridescent finger down her arm to her wrist, watched it scatter like stars across her skin. Her breath hitched in her throat. Her heart beat so hard the sound rippled through me like a shock wave. When her eyes met mine, the amount of want in them nearly brought me to my knees. Even through the fear and anger she had to be feeling, I knew she felt what I felt. The connection. The warmth. The rightness of this moment.

“Tell me you feel it,” I whispered.

“I-I—”

“Do you?”

She released the breath she’d been holding. “Yes.”

I let my thumbs brush down her arms and she gasped. Fireworks ignited across the places that I touched. Emma’s eyes opened. Glistening with wonder. Wide with fear.

“Trust me,” I said. “You’re that girl.”

Fiktshun: Well now, this is just a tease isn’t it. 😉

#4) Sigh…This entire scene made me fall in love with Finn.

I could feel the thought coming before it even formed. It started in that sad, hollow space in my chest, then worked its way up my aching throat. I could feel it behind my lips, fighting to be heard. Burning me up inside. But I couldn’t say that to her. I didn’t have a right to. So instead I let it run loose in my head. Three words that wouldn’t stop.

I love you.

I couldn’t stay still any longer. I crossed the room until I was standing over her, this girl I loved. She stopped swaying and looked up at me. I reached out my hand. “Dance with me.”

Fiktshun: *swoon* … *swoon* … Soooo romantic.

#5) Maeve is the villain in this story. I love her breaking in this scene. It’s when the reader really gets to see her emotional motivation for all of the chaos she’s been creating.

I glanced at her hand. It was wrapped around a blade. My blade. My scythe. It looked so awkward in her white fist. Mine felt so incredibly empty without it.

“Maeve…” I held my hand up and tried to ease up. “Don’t do—”

She swung out. The blade sliced through my thigh, and all that existed was pain. I clutched at my thigh and groaned. Black oozed from between my fingers, glittering like stars in the night.

“Oh, does that hurt? Poor little reaper. Maybe you should have picked someone else’s life to ruin. I could be happy right now! I could be alive. I could be in love. I didn’t get the chance to have any of that my first life. And you made sure I’d never have it again. You call me a bad person, Finn? What about you? You walk around like there’s a halo on your goddamned head, but you’re just as bad as me and we both know it.”

Fiktshun: She is the villain. But her story is definitely tragic. I was sympathetic toward her…. Well, maybe only just a teensy bit.

#6) I love every intimate moment with Cash and Emma, because these are the times we see how close they really are. And I love his vulnerability in this scene, showing how much he cares about her when he thinks he’s going to lose her.

“Don’t you dare die, Em.” Cash’s voice sounded like he’d been wrapped in cotton. “I mean it. I’ll follow you to the grave and kick your ghostly ass if you don’t stay with me.”

My eyes rolled around behind my eyelids. I couldn’t open them. Couldn’t make my lips move to tell him not to worry.

“Sir, we’re going to need you to back up,” a woman’s voice said. I felt pressure against my neck. So much pressure. A prick in my wrist. A plastic mask around my mouth. Then warm, familiar fingers laced through mine. Cash.

Fiktshun: Ah, Cash. Always with the sense of humor. That was my favorite quality about him. Though I loved his T-shirts, too!

#7) This was by far the hardest scene for me to write in the entire book. But it’s also one of my favorites.

Everyone’s version of Hell is different. Or so Easton tells me. Some burn in fire. Some die in ice. Most drown in their nightmares, or choke on twisted fears and mangled memories. Only one thing is certain here—whatever your poison, it’s sure to last an eternity.

Fiktshun: Oh wow. So awesome that your toughest scene is your favorite!

Thank you so very much for agreeing to stop by the blog to share seven of your favorite moments from your book INBETWEEN. A few of those were my favorite moments. And that intro to Easton topped my list, too.

They were the perfect teasers to make everyone want to find out just a little bit more. Like, just what happens to Emma? Will Cash have to follow her to the grave to kick her a** or is she okay? And when Maeve attacks Finn, is he the victor in that battle? And even if he is, will he be sent “south” for the part he played in what happened to Maeve?

Well, my lips are sealed. I, for one, will never tell. You’ll have to read it to find out. And to help you out with your burning curiosity, here’s that short excerpt I promised. It’s the scene where Anaya sees Cash for the very first time. And even this heavenly reaper isn’t immune to his charms.

I leaned my forehead against the brick. No. I couldn’t think like that. Thoughts like that were going to get me in trouble. Again.

The energy of another reaper sparked against my skin. I spun around. Along the side of the house, a glow sliced through the shadows. Anaya. A streak of moonlight caught her hair and tangled with her braids, making them shine.

I half expected her to blow around the house with the force of an atom bomb, ready to rip into me for being here. But she didn’t. She wasn’t even watching me. She was watching…Cash.

He waved to the car that had just dropped him off and stumbled around the house, tripping through the shadows. Anaya’s eyes followed him, almost longingly, until he climbed through his bedroom window and closed the blinds.

I stepped out of the shadows. “Anaya?”

She jerked her gaze from Cash’s window and blinked, as if she was waking up from a dream. “What?”

“Everything okay?” I asked hesitantly, watching the way her eyes flitted to Cash’s house again.

“Y-yes.” She sounded flustered. “Why wouldn’t it be? I was just…”

I waited, hoping with everything in me that I was wrong about what I’d just seen.

She scowled at me. “Don’t give me that look, Finn. You’re the one lurking around the human girl’s house in the middle of the night.”

“I’d hardly call it lurking.”

“Then what are you doing here?” She folded her arms across her chest. “I’m not stupid. You’re up to something.”

I glanced back at Emma’s house. At the flickering glow from the candles in her window. “I’m trying to remind myself why it’s a bad idea to go in there and talk to her. Why it’s a bad idea to go in there and do more than talk to her.”

“I’m not going to stand here and lecture you. I’m not Easton, and you don’t need a babysitter. You already know why it’s a bad idea.”

I knew it was a bad idea. But now that I’d gotten a taste of what touching and talking to Emma felt like, I didn’t know how much longer I could do this. Stay away from her. Pretend everything inside me wasn’t burning with the need for her to really know me. I closed my eyes, feeling the weight of my decision warm all of the hollow places inside. When I opened my eyes again, Anaya was shaking her head.

“You’re going to do it anyway, aren’t you?”

“Probably, but you were never here.” I said. “And if you were never here, then I didn’t see you looking at Cash like you wanted to doodle his name in your diary.”

“I wasn’t—”

I raised a brow and she stopped. She looked over her shoulder at Cash’s house and bit her lip. “His name is Cash?”

“Yeah,” I said. “And I don’t have to tell you why it’s a bad idea. Right?”

Anaya glanced down to the scythe beginning to glitter and glow in her leather belt. She wrapped her fingers around it and nodded. “Right.”

Fiktshun: All I can say is, “Hehe, poor Anaya!”

Anyway….

If you’d like to take a peek at any of the other stops on the tour, the full tour schedule is below.

Monday, August 20th  –   YA Sisterhood

Tuesday, August 21st  –  Books Over Boys

Wednesday, August 22nd  –  A Diary of a Book Addict

Thursday, August 23rd  –  Fiktshun (here)

Friday, August 24th  –  Chapter by Chapter

Saturday, August 25th  – K-Books

Sunday, August 26th  – Ravenous Reader

Monday, August 27th  –  Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

Tuesday, August 28th- Justin’s Book Blog

Wednesday, August 29st- Stuck in Books

Thursday, August 30th – Letters Inside Out

Friday, August 31st- Bookalicious

Saturday, September 1st- Total Bookaholic

Sunday, September 2nd- Taters Tall Tales

Monday, September 3rd- Fantasy Book Addict

Did you think this stop was over? Not quite yet. Well, not if you’d like a chance to win some awesome prizes! There are actually two giveaways on the tour today. One is for an eBook copy of INBETWEEN courtesy of the publisher.

And the other is courtesy of the author. She is offering up two prizes for giveaway – an Amazon gift card plus signed bookmark to one winner and a signed bookmark to another.

All the details are below….

Giveaway 1 – an eBook of INBETWEEN by Tara Fuller to one winner courtesy of the publisher, Entangled Teen. All details are in the form. Giveaway ends on September 3rd.

(Note: This giveaway is for this blog stop only. For extra chances to win, visit the other stops on the tour!)

Stay tuned for the eBook winner….

Congratulations Camila! I’ll be reaching out to you to see what format you’d like your eBook in so that I can get that information to the publisher. Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway. I hope you love INBETWEEN!


Giveaway 2 – an Amazon gift card plus signed bookmark to one winner and a signed bookmark to a second winner courtesy of the author. Ends on September 3rd. US Only.

(Note: This is a shared giveaway across all blog stops. If you’ve entered on another stop you won’t be able to enter here.)
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