Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Harper Effect by Taryn Bashford hosted by Rock Star Book Tours. I will have an excerpt from the book and a giveaway.
Title: THE HARPER EFFECT
Author: Taryn Bashford
Pub. Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Sixteen-year-old Harper was once a rising star on the tennis court–until her coach dropped her for being “mentally weak.” Without tennis, who is she? Her confidence at an all-time low, she secretly turns to her childhood friend, next-door neighbor Jacob–who also happens to be her sister’s very recent ex-boyfriend. If her sister finds out, it will mean a family war.
But when Harper is taken on by a new coach who wants her to train with Colt, a cold, defensive, brooding young tennis phenom, she hits the court all the harder, if only to prove Colt wrong. But as the two learn to become a team, Harper gets glimpses of the vulnerable boy beneath the surface, the boy who was deeply scarred by his family’s dark and scandalous past. The boy she could easily find herself falling for.
As she walks a fine line between Colt’s secrets, her forbidden love, and a game that demands nothing but the best, Harper must decide between her past and her future and between two boys who send her head spinning. Is the cost of winning the game worth losing everything?
A sizzling tennis romance perfect for the summer months, The Harper Effect, will be a grand slam for fans of Kasie West, Miranda Kinneally and Simone Ekeles.
Thank you for having me 😊 I chose this extract because it’s when the ‘war’ between Harper and her sister Aria starts to hot up as both realize the other has betrayed them in some way. And it’s when Harper begins to believe in herself a little more.
Kim has muscles and a figure that belong to Superwoman.
Across the net her severely short red hair and fixed jaw give
her the air of a warrior. But it’s those green eyes, always
narrowed, always strategizing, always weighing me up even
when we chat, that get me shaking in my tennis shoes.
We train on the court at my house, and following our
first practice match, having thoroughly beaten me, she quips,
‘Even without the home advantage I can whip your arse.’
The competitive streak Colt woke in me growls.
Kim’s faster than me, fitter than me, stronger than me, but
as the week advances I lose by smaller margins. On the day we
each win a set, Kim’s not impressed.
‘What’s with her?’ asks Aria after Kim’s stormed through
the kitchen and out the front door. Aria twists to flick on
the radio and Jacob, who’s just finished jamming with his
band in the studio, gives my hand a secret squeeze. A gang of
butterflies attack my stomach, and I squeeze back.
‘Scared I’m going to beat her,’ I answer, opening my laptop
to see how Colt’s going in Chengdu.
‘S’pose you and Dad will be leaving for China soon,’ adds
Aria. ‘Can you not hijack him with tennis talk at dinner
tonight? I’d like a little quality time.’ Aria’s tone is even, but her
mouth looks pouty. Since she broke up with Jacob, she seems
even more jealous of the time Dad spends away with me. Is that
what drove her to Jacob? She took him because I had Dad?
‘It’s not a territory war,’ I snap. Aria slams the fridge shut
and storms upstairs. I flash a look at Jacob, who tugs at an ear
and blows out his cheeks.
‘Sisters,’ he says.
Aria’s opera music blasts from her bedroom, making the
Taryn lives the typical writer’s life alongside supportive husband, teen children, and characters from her latest book insisting they help make dinner. This can be disconcerting as Jacob is always sticking his fingers in the cheese sauce and Harper can’t cook.
Taryn’s been an English Literature Honours student, an advertising sales rep and a CEO of an internet company, but writing is her first love. The Harper Effect is her debut novel.
1 winner will win a finished copy of THE HARPER EFFECT & A Tote Bag, US Only.
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