BOOK TOUR PROMO & GIVEAWAY: Seaweed by Elle Strauss
by Elle Strauss
Genre: YA fantasy/merfolk
Dori Seward can’t wait to get out of Eastcove, a sleepy fishing village on the border of New Brunswick and Maine. She bides her time by hanging out with friends, attending swim club, and holding her biggest competition, Colby–who wants more than just friendship, at arm’s length.
Then Tor Riley comes to town and he has everything Dori dreams of in a boyfriend–looks, athleticism and mystery.
But Tor also has a tantalizing secret and Dori is determined to find out what it is. The truth is crazier than her wildest imaginations and more dangerous, too. Dori has new enemies, and they will do anything to get to her.
Her life, her dreams and her love for Tor are all weighing in the balance. Will Dori risk it all in order to have it all?
An Excerpt from Seaweed
I’d survived the first morning of the first day of school. Now I just had to make it through the afternoon classes. I tried to keep my mind on the fact that Sidney was waiting for me to walk him to the park.
Samara and Becca were in another girl group huddle. The second one I’d caught them in, in one day. What was the deal with that? The happy buzz coming from them radiated in waves toward me, filling the hall.
“What’s up?” I said. Samara and Becca looked kind of stricken when they saw me. “What?”
“Well,” Samara started, “you know how they say lightening never strikes twice in the same place? It kinda did.”
What was with the riddle? I opened my eyes wider in question.
Becca blurted, “There’s another new guy!”
I gaped. “Okay. That is kind of weird, but not a miracle.”
Becca gave me an apologetic look. “I think he’s cute. I thought with what happened between you and…”
“That’s fine,” I cut her off before she mentioned Tor’s name. It hurt too much to hear it said aloud. “I mean that’s great. I’m not interested anyway.”
“And I’m happy with Mike,” Samara added. I’d forgotten that she and Mike had gotten together over the summer. I hadn’t even celebrated with her. I was such a loser friend.
Becca giggled like a little girl. I had yet to see this guy, so I wondered if she had a chance. I knew she was dying to get a boyfriend.
Suddenly a hush fell on the group.
Becca’s face was beat red and her smile stretched wide across her face. I guessed the new guy was heading down the hall. The group of girls divided like the Red Sea, their bodies pressed up against the lockers as he sauntered by.
He was a little above average height with broad shoulders, but a slim, fit build. A swimmer’s body? He had shaggy sandy-colored hair that almost touched his shoulders. And blue eyes. Almost too blue.
A shiver of nerves shot through my body.
It couldn’t be.
He kept his face down, his shy stance even more appealing to his audience.
Until he saw me.
His eyes connected with mine, intense and unsmiling, like I was the only girl in the hall.
Then he flashed a smile, turning on his heels to keep eye contact with me before the flow of the crowd forced him to break it.
“What was that?” Becca snapped.
About the Author
Elle Strauss writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. She’s a married mom of four, and lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, famous for beaches and vineyards. She’s fond of Lindt’s sea salt dark chocolate and hiking in good weather. Her Young Adult rom/com time-travel CLOCKWISE series and contemporary/otherworldly Middle Grade IT’S A LITTLE HAYWIRE are now available on Amazon.
The author is giving away a signed print copy of CLOCKWISE with a whale fin necklace and a print copy of SEAWEED. Open to US/Canada only due to shipping.