Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine (Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway) @chapterxchapter @crossoverwriter

Heart in a Box
by Catherine Stine
YA Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 270 Pages
December 20th 2015 by Inkspell Publishing


Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.

Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home. Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.

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            “Have you traveled, Will?” My mother’s in full throttle interrogation mode.
            “I have.”
            “Where to?”
            He shrugs. “To Lisbon, Portugal, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles.”
            “Really!” Mom narrows her pale eyes and stares at him, undoubtedly trying to square off this new info with her previous assumption that he’d never set foot outside the boroughs. It thrills me.
            “Tell me about your travels.” I lean forward. “Which place was your favorite?”
            “Buenos Aires has the best history museum. But I liked being on the set of my father’s show in Lisbon.”
            “Your father’s show?” Mom jiggles her foot. Will’s comment has obviously set off an implosion of bewildered energy in her.
            “His dad was the lead in a soap opera,” I explain. “Remember Spanish Moss? He played the dude in the LA mansion who owned—”
            “—Pacific Breeze Wineries,” Will finishes my sentence.
            “You’re kidding!” Creases in Mom’s forehead smooth as she gapes.
            “My pops was the first big Latin actor on the American soaps.” Pride rings in Will’s voice.
            “Bro, you never told me that,” says Trenton. “Take me traveling next time.”
            Mom pats Trenton on the back as if she’s burping a baby. “Don’t fret, you’ll travel at some point.”
            “Yeah, I’d like to go to India,” I say flatly. “To meet the Duranjayas. See the Duranjaya Spice place. Learn about who does what.” I stare at Mom. Hard. I haven’t had the time to corner her about all that. It’s so much safer with backups.
            “Joss, this isn’t the time.” Daggers jut from her voice.
            “Was it her father’s company?” Will asks her.
            “That’s a private matter.” Mom glares at Will, and then shoots me a fierce look.
            I shoot her one right back. “Why is it any more private than talking about Will’s dad?”

About the Author

Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at catherinestine.com and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.

Tour-Wide Giveaway

A $40 gift card, 2 hand-painted heart-boxes with secret treasure inside, a signed paperback of Dorianna by Catherine Stine, a signed paperback of Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine, a great YA ebook pack of novels: Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec, When Sorrows Come by Katie M John, and Time Runs Away with Her by Christine Potter.

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