Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny hosted by Rock Star Book Tours. I will have an excerpt from the book and a giveaway.
Title: SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS
Author: Alisha Sevigny
Pub. Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more?
But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she’s ever known.
Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.
Heartbroken and afraid, Julia looks to the stars for some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers some helpful advice. Too bad this handsome stranger is the developer’s son, Nick Constantine.
As plans for a resort move forward, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn’t mean leaving the lake. Nick, in turn, is desperate to separate himself from his father’s aggressive business tactics. He promises that, together, they can thwart the sale.
But can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever she trust him with her heart?
SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is a story of lost summers, hidden treasure and love written in the stars. It is also a thoughtful reflection on what it means to love — and leave — one’s childhood home.
Sunlight streams through my bedroom as I get dressed — my usual paint-splattered denim cut-offs and tank. The quiet of the place has me checking in on Caleb. My intuition is correct. His bed is empty.
Outside the air is warm. I hope Mrs. McGregor’s dress isn’t satin. Today is busy. Driving around in the golf cart, I rake the campsites of people who left this morning, picking up garbage and cleaning off their picnic tables. Whistling and looking around at my handiwork, I marvel at how many different shades of green surround me. From pistachio, chartreuse, avocado and lime to dark olive, mint, pine and hunter green, the foliage is a verdant rainbow of greens. People love the lushness of Charming Pines and the privacy between sites. Walking to the back of the site, I take a seat on one of the fallen logs, facing the forest. Moss-covered bark and small ferns and branches grow out of it and other nearby stumps. Trails thread off into the bush, whacked by overzealous kids exploring the woods. Other long- fallen logs support their own ecosystem with intricate tangles of roots at one end.
“Hey,” Nick says, and I whirl around, heart speeding up. He’s sweating, breathing hard, one headphone in one ear, the other in hand. “Fancy meeting you here.”
“Nice day for a run.”
“Beauty.” He grins at me. Sweat stains the front of his shirt, but instead of being nasty, it’s sexy. I try not to stare.
“So about this whole ‘friend’ thing …” I begin.
He takes a step toward me, stooping and kissing me full on the mouth. The work gloves fall soundlessly to the freshly raked gravel as coherent thoughts flee my brain. It becomes as calm as the Japanese Zen garden I’d tried to emulate, with the concentric circles expanding outward from the fire pit. At the center is heat. Nick and me, and a lot of smoldering embers.
“Knew you’d come around,” he says, smiling at me, “and I wasn’t referring to my run just now.” Vaguely, some part of my brain recalls his “beauty” comment. His words breathe oxygen into the coals, emotions flare bright. “See you later.”
It’s a promise, not a question.
Holding up my hand in a dazed sort of wave, I watch him jog off, in the direction of the lake.
Alisha Sevigny holds a degree in Professional Writing and Sociology from the University of Victoria, is a film school graduate, former literary agent and hot yoga lover.
A shameless romantic, Alisha and her husband have travelled the world together. On a trip to Panama she fell in love with the country, culture, and their national emblem, the Golden Frog and was inspired to write her first Young Adult novel, KISSING FROGS.
Her second book, SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is about a young woman fighting to save her family campground while trying not to fall in love, comes out May 1, 2018 with KCP Loft.
Born and raised in Kitimat, British Columbia, Alisha has always had a strong connection to the environment and conservationist spirit. She now lives in Toronto with her family.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS, US Only.
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