I’m super excited to be kicking off the OLIVIA TWISTED Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I’m even more excited that I get this awesome scene from Z’s point-of-view to share. He’s the bad boy and he’s Vivi Barnes’ version of the Artful Dodger, so how could I not adore him?
For those of you who haven’t yet heard about this fab book, there’s also some information about the book and author below, along with a chance to win some amazing prizes, including a signed copy of OLIVIA TWISTED.
OLIVIA TWISTED has a pretty wicked trailer, and if you’re a fan of trailers like I am, you should definitely check it out.
And if you are an Oliver Twist fan, you won’t want to miss this modern retelling which releases on November 5th. But for now, here’s just a taste….
…with an intro from Vivi Barnes
This is part of the first chapter from Z’s point of view. Z is the equivalent of the Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist, and he’s definitely the “bad boy,” being a criminal and all. Of course, he doesn’t see anything wrong with what he’s doing…at least for now.
My phone buzzes and I check it. A text from Sam with two words that make my stomach clench: Bill’s here.
It takes all of one minute for him to find me. I stand as he enters the office, my fingers twitching nervously. He walks to the desk, the thump of his cane the only sound in the room. Bill Sykes used to be decent-looking, sophisticated even, but finding himself on the wrong side of a gun with a former partner and getting steel placed in his leg changed him.
Nancy insists he’s really kind “once you get to know him,” which is stupid because I’ve known him for years now and “kind” isn’t even in the same universe as a word to describe him. She says he started up this home because he hated the idea of kids on the street. I say he started it because he saw an easy and cheap way to make a shitload of money. Still, I’ve made a similar shitload, so I keep my mouth shut.
Bill sits across from me, smoothing out the seam of his pants and laying the cane across his legs. Only then do his icy blue eyes find mine, cutting into me even as he nods at me to sit. This is not going to be a pleasant visit.
“Z,” he acknowledges in the quiet voice that belies the snap of his eyes.
“Bill.” I try to keep my voice steady.
He’s twirling his cane in his lap, almost idly if I didn’t know better. “I thought you were going to talk to her.”
I cringe at the implication in his voice. “I did. But she doesn’t—”
“She’s sloppy. If I hadn’t stepped in, they would’ve been able to trace the source to this house. You of all people should know what’s at stake here.”
“I’ll talk to her again.”
“You need to do more than talk.” His voice rises only slightly but he may as well be shouting. “Do whatever it takes to get her to shape up or I’ll flush her. Do you understand?”
I swallow hard. “Yes.”
A long pause, then, “This is two now, Z.” Each word is enunciated carefully, a dagger pricking at my skin. “The next one better shine.”
He pulls a file from his jacket and hands it to me. “Your new target. This one has proven to be difficult.” He leans forward, his long fingers steepled together. “We’ve tried different access codes, insiders, everything, but nothing has gotten through. He’s got firewalls that make me think it’s Fort Knox he’s sitting on. This might be better suited to your expertise.”
My expertise. Social engineering. In spite of the situation, my skin starts to itch with the anticipation of a challenge—it’s been a long time since I had one that was uncrackable. I open the file and review the picture of an old man. Shouldn’t be too hard. Older people tend to be more sentimental in their passwords. Just a little research and I’m sure I’ll be able to find a way in. “No problem,” I tell Bill.
About Olivia Twisted
He tilts my chin up so my eyes meet his, his thumb brushing lightly across my lips. I close my eyes. I know Z is trouble. I know that being with him is going to get me into trouble. I don’t care.
At least at this moment, I don’t care.
Tossed from foster home to foster home, Olivia’s seen a lot in her sixteen years. She’s hardened, sure, though mostly just wants to fly under the radar until graduation. But her natural ability with computers catches the eye of Z, a mysterious guy at her new school. Soon, Z has brought Liv into his team of hacker elite—break into a few bank accounts, and voila, he drives a motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Olivia might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Olivia and Z grow closer, though, so does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z’s boss. And he’s got bigger plans for Liv…
I can picture Liv’s face: wide-eyed, trusting. Her smooth lips that taste like strawberry Fanta.
It was just a kiss. That’s all. She’s just like any other girl.
Except that she’s not.
Thanks to Z, Olivia’s about to get twisted.
Publication date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Formats: Paperback, eBook
About Vivi Barnes
Originally from East Texas (the accent comes out more often than not), Vivi lives in the magic and sunshine of Orlando, FL with a very understanding husband, three kids, and a strangely quiet beagle.
Vivi’s debut novel, OLIVIA TWISTED, comes out November 5, 2013 from Entangled Teen.
This tour comes with a few awesome giveaways:
GRAND PRIZE: A SIGNED copy of OLIVIA TWISTED and an OLIVIA TWISTED T-shirt – US ONLY
PRIZES: A $10 iTunes Gift Card to TWO Winners – US ONLY
The Tour Schedule
Oct. 28th – Fiktshun – Excerpt
Oct. 29th – Book Briefs – Review
Oct. 30th – The Cover Contessa – Guest Post
Oct. 31st – Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews – Review
Nov. 1st – The Happy Booker – Interview
Nov. 4th – Larissa’s World – Review
Nov. 5th – Kindle and Me – Guest Post
Nov. 6th – A Bookish Escape – Review
Nov. 7th – Reading with ABC – Interview
Nov. 8th – Realm of the Sapphired Dragon – Guest Post