Thursday, May 30, 2013

BEA and photo updates

atm having major phone issues. no shift key for commas or caps atm sorry. been having issues with my phone not uploading any pictures to pinterest or blogger or twitpic of anything else. will try tonight in case it is just my hotel....but i am not sure how much my phone can store because it does not go straight to the memory card...

just a quick update. bea starts soon. leaving in 40 minutes or

oh and the teen author carnival was so much fun last night check twitter for updates.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pictures from BEA Start Here!

Hey bookworms!

Today, I leave for the Book Expo of America at the Javits Center to NYC.

I'm planning to take a bunch of pictures to share with everyone staying at home so they can virtually experience BEA.


(ATTEMPT is the keyword. I'm still new to Pinterest to begin with, and still have to put the app on my phone and learn how to use that!)

I'm also hoping to go to various author events off-site, so they'll be included.

I'm really excited!

If you're going to BEA, too, stop and say hi if we bump into one another! ^_^

And don't forget...

If you don't work in the book industry, you can STILL attend BEA this coming Saturday at a reduced rate of $49 as a Power Reader!

As a Power Reader, you can...

*Discover new and upcoming books before they hit the stands
*See and meet the hottest authors
*Talk to publishers about favorite books
*Mix and mingle with other book lovers and share your passion for reading
*Get autographs and advanced reads of unique books (quantities limited)
*Get tons of giveaways from exhibitors
*Enjoy a day in New York City!

If I didn't have two connections to the book industry, I'd definitely take advantage of the Power Reader deal! If you're close enough to spend a day (or two) in NYC and can afford to do so, I highly recommend becoming a Power Reader!


{Cover Reveal} True Love's First Kiss Series by Heidi Garrett



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Today, we have another official Cover Reveal!

You know a new season of books is on the horizon when all the covers start trickling in...




What are your thoughts?

I want to know what font is being used, because the curls of the letters are great, especially the "G" in Garrett!


I like the focus on nature, but am not seeing a lot of fantasy in this cover. I love the way the bird is flying toward the series title, though.


O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title: True Love's First Kiss:
a compilation of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie Books 1-3
Author: Heidi Garrett
Release Date: Out  June 18, 2013
Publisher: Heidi Garrett

SUMMARY:

In the Enchanted World, true love’s first kiss is magic. 

NANDANA'S MARK
Book 1

When two half-faeries—Melia and her younger sister—are cursed under dreadful circumstances, true love’s first kiss is the remedy. 

THE FLOWER OF ISBELLINE
Book 2

Nothing but true love’s first kiss can save Melia’s younger sister from blind ambition and ruin. 

THE DRAGON CARNIVALE
Book 3

Melia must choose the freedom she cherishes or true love’s first kiss—and a relationship that promises to secure her place in the Whole. 

The Queen of the Realm of Faerie is a fairy tale fantasy series that bridges the Mortal and Enchanted worlds. The main character, Melia, is an eighteen-year-old half-faerie, half-mortal. She lives in Illialei, a country in the Enchanted World, with her two sisters and their mother. Melia’s father has been exiled to the Mortal World, and her best friend is a pixie. 

When the story opens in the first book, Melia is troubled by her dark moon visions, gossip she overhears about her parents at the local market, and the trauma of living among full-blooded faeries with wings—she doesn’t have any. 

As the series unfolds, the historic and mystical forces that shape Melia’s life are revealed. Each step of her journey—to find the place where she belongs—alters her perceptions about herself, deepens her relationships with others, and enlarges her world view. 

True Love’s First Kiss is a compilation of the first three books in this ongoing series.
~*~
The product of a verbally gifted family, Heidi Garrett is possibly the least loquacious of them all. While her Uncle John created off-the-cuff characters like King Machi-Machi and her Uncle James turned otherwise ordinary moments into O. Henry stories, she would often sit dazzled and silent, thrilled that these were ‘her people,’ as Grandma would say. 
Despite the verbal inadequacy that shadowed Heidi whenever she was in her family’s presence, she never stopped writing in secret. Whether it was angsty teen poetry, the personal journals she has since burned (imagine bonfires), passionate letters to the editor, purgative song lyrics, or simply imagined vignettes, Heidi has played with words all of her life. 
Bottom line: she loves stories and the people who tell them.


Visit Heidi's blog and follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

{Cover Reveal} KINSLAYER by Jay Kristoff




Last year, I remarked on how gorgeous both the US and UK covers for Jay Kristoff's debut novel STORMDANCER were:



  Well, the covers for KINSLAYER have debuted, and they're even fiercer! Who wouldn't want to pick it up based on these covers?

US COVER:



UK COVER:




What are your thoughts about the covers? Which country's treatment do you like the best?

I just can't decide! I love them both in different ways. The UK cover has always had more of an Asian flair, but OMG, the US cover for KINSLAYER is just jaw-dropping, simply poster-worthy!

If you aren't reading this series, you should be!



O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title: KINSLAYER
Author: Jay Kristoff
Release Date: Sept. 17, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books / Macmillan

SUMMARY:

A SHATTERED EMPIRE 
The mad Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously – by endorsing a new Shōgun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead. 

A DARK LEGACY 
Yukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kagé rebellion. But Yukiko herself is blinded by rage over her father’s death, and her ability to hear the thoughts of beasts is swelling beyond her power to control. Along with Buruu, Yukiko’s anchor is Kin, the rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo’s clutches. But Kin has his own secrets, and is haunted by visions of a future he’d rather die than see realized. 

A GATHERING STORM 
Kagé assassins lurk within the Shōgun’s palace, plotting to end the new dynasty before it begins. A waif from Kigen’s gutters begins a friendship that could undo the entire empire. A new enemy gathers its strength, readying to push the fracturing Shima imperium into a war it cannot hope to survive. And across raging oceans, amongst islands of black glass, Yukiko and Buruu will face foes no katana or talon can defeat. 

The ghosts of a blood-stained past.

Monday, May 27, 2013

{Cover Reveal} THE CINDY CHRONICLES by RaShelle Workman



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You know I love fairy tales, right? Right? How could I resist being intrigued when I heard about The Cindy Chronicles?


Today, author RaShelle Workman is doing a massive reveal of her new series!

All six books in the series, as well as the box set design, were created by designed by Mae I Design.



What are your thoughts?

There isn't much that screams fairy tale (or even witch), really, but the books have a similar look to Workman's previous Immortal Essence series:



They both feature glamoured-up models and some otherworldly light effects.

I think I liked her older covers better, but I do like the way The Cindy Chronicles has a uniform theme that will allow readers to know what they're picking up!


O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title: The Cindy Chronicles
Author: Rashelle Workman
Release Date: Out2013
Publisher: Polished Pen Press

SUMMARY:

Life sucks. 
Possessing magic sucks. 
What doesn’t suck? Fashion, Cindy's boyfriend Gabe, and her best friend, Snow White. 

Cindy (Cinderella…shhh, don’t tell) was born a witch. It’s part of who she is. But there’s more to her than that. She loves deeply. And has a big heart. She’d do anything for those she cares about, including risk her own life to save theirs. 

When her fairy godmother demands she leave Salem, Massachusetts and return to the land she was born to rule, she has two options. Tell her fairy godmother no, and seal a death sentence on complete strangers. Or, leave all she’s ever known behind, including the love of her life, for an unknown land she’s fated to save. 

So, yeah, life sucks. 
But Cindy is determined to change that.
~*~
RaShelle Workman lives on a mountain with her husband, three children, and three dogs. From her back porch she can see the city lights and imagine... She's the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (SLEEPING ROSES is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series.


Visit RaShelle's website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

Girls in Sports Wrap-Up

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where you can access the schedule!
 Or go here to get involved!

I hope you had as much fun with Girls in Sports Week as I did! It was fun honoring sporty, athletic girls. I'm pleased to see so many great books coming out and in the pipeline featuring such fab gals!

Don't worry if you missed a single minute...

Here's a wrap-up of everything that went on during Girls in Sports Week!

Want more girls in sports? 

This coming Sunday, check out the launch of new website Sporty Girl Books!

Here's what you might have missed during Girls in Sports Week:


GUEST POSTS:

*"Dream Big or Go Home" by Liz Fichera, author of HOOKED
*"Why Sports?" by Pretty Tough Series Co-Author Keri Mikulski
*"Playing Like a Girl" by Janet Gurtler, author of HOW I LOST YOU
*Sarah Skilton on "Martial Arts and the Inspiration for BRUISED"
*Writing about Girls in Sports with Jennifer Iacopelli, author of GAME. SET. MATCH.

AUTHOR INTERVIEWS:

*Miranda Kenneally, CATCHING JORDAN, STEALING PARKER, THINGS I CAN'T FORGET, RACING SAVANNAH
*Simone Elkeles, WILD CARDS, PERFECT CHEMISTRY, RULES OF ATTRACTION, CHAIN REACTION, LEAVING PARADISE, RETURN TO PARADISE...

SHORT STORIES & EXCERPTS:

*RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally

MOVIE/TV/WEB SERIES REVIEWS:

*Pretty Tough {Web Series}
*Whip It {Movie}


BOOK REVIEWS:

*HOOKED by Liz Fichera {YA}
*CATCHING JORDAN by Miranda Kenneally {YA}
*STEALING PARKER by Miranda Kenneally {YA}
*THINGS I CAN'T FORGET by Miranda Kenneally {YA}
*HOW I LOST YOU by Janet Gurtler {YA}
*BRUISED by Sarah Skilton {YA}



What was your favorite thing about Girls in Sports Week?  
Would you like to see it again in the future? 

Thanks for stopping by throughout the event.  I hope you had as much fun as I did!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sporty One to Watch: Interviewing Simone Elkeles, Author of WILD CARDS

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where you can access the schedule!
 Or go here to get involved!

WILD CARDS is scheduled to release on Oct. 1, 2013 from Bloomsbury Walker Books for Young Readers. Fans of Simone Elkeles, one of today's most prominent contemporary YA authors, are excited because Simone Elkeles has a new book coming!

New fans are excited because this book focuses around sports, predominantly football...and WILD CARDS features a female football player, which we haven't seen since Miranda Kenneally's debut novel CATCHING JORDAN. How will Elkeles handle a girl in the sport? I, for one, can't wait to see!

Simone Elkeles was kind enough to take part in an interview about her upcoming new Wild Cards series for Girls in Sports Week!
~*~

An interview with 
Simone Elkeles

Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists, and added to the Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Reading List. Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry. Simone is especially proud of the fact that the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named her Author of the Year.


Visit Simone on her website, Twitter, and Facebook!


Were you athletic growing up? What sports did you love/play?


I was very athletic growing up and have to thank my parents for being blessed with great hand-eye coordination. I love tennis, football, and badminton! I’m also awesome on the speedbag at the boxing gym-guys in college used to watch me in awe as I hit the bag faster than any other guy. I played tennis as a teen and in high school I wanted to try out for the football team. Since none of my friends would try out with me, I didn’t do it. But I can still throw a pretty mean spiral and taught my son how to throw a football. I was on the badminton team in high school and would love to play more!

Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming novel WILD CARDS?

I’m SOOOOO excited about it. It’s about Ashtyn Parker, the high school kicker on the football team and Derek Fitzpatrick, a boy who stopped playing football after his mom died. It’s funny and emotional and I loved writing the scenes where Ashtyn and Derek challenge each other. They’re both strong characters who definitely clash and don’t want to be attracted to each other but they are! You can read more about it on my website at www.simoneelkeles.com
What inspired you to make Ashtyn a female football player in WILD CARDS?

Ashtyn is the girl in me who, in high school, wanted to be on the football team. Unfortunately I was too insecure to be the only girl on the team. I wish I could do it over again because I would have definitely been on that field! I guess I’m reliving that dream by writing Ashtyn!

Can you tell us a little bit about what to expect when we meet Ashtyn this fall?

Ashtyn is a girl who just wants to be loved. She has trouble trusting people, because everyone who she’s loved in the past has left her without a backward glance. I love writing strong heroines. Ashtyn is also best friends with a bunch of guys on her team and “gets” them…which is very much like me! I have a LOT of guy friends and it’s scary how I know exactly what they’re thinking. Ashtyn is athletic without losing her femininity, which I love. You can be cute and sexy and feminine all at once!
What can we expect with future books in the Fullriders series?

It has actually been changed to the Wild Cards series instead (My publisher didn’t love the title Fullriders so they asked me to change it). There will be a LOT of drama with the boys on the football team – because sometimes your best friends let you down and are your rival when you least expect it and sometimes they’re your biggest supporter. Victor’s story is next - I’m super excited to let you know who he’s in love with but I can’t. Soon I will, though! Maybe when you read WILD CARDS you’ll realize who it is! (I am also doing book trailers for WILD CARDS – I cannot WAIT for that to come out!)

Are you planning to feature more athletic female heroines in future novels?

My daughter is an ice hockey player, so I’d love to write about a female hockey player in one of my books! At the end of CHAIN REACTION, the girl is a hockey player. I love sports so much that it’s hard NOT to write them into my stories.
One thing I really enjoy about your books is their diversity and emotional depth. Your characters experience so many things in life, which shape them in various ways. What have been your hardest (and easiest) writing moments so far?

The hardest thing for me to do is kill characters that I love…like Paco in PERFECT CHEMISTRY. I seriously cried when he died! Maggie in LEAVING PARADISE was hard for me to write because she is so unlike me. I love writing diverse characters and showing what it’s like to be in someone else’s skin – it’s very powerful. When Maggie had to stop playing tennis because of her injuries, it was emotional for me. I couldn’t imagine not being able to play a sport that I loved.

What other books would you recommend to readers looking for more athletic female characters?

CATCHING JORDAN by Miranda Kenneally. 
MEXICAN WHITEBOY by Matt De La Peña does not have an athletic female character but it was a great baseball story!

Thank you so much, Simone!
I loved seeing how big of a role sports have played in your life, and think you will be an inspiration for many girls! 
Thanks for teasing us with info on WILD CARDS.
I'm looking forward to your new series!
  ~*~
O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  WILD CARDS
Author: Simone Elkeles
Release Date: Oct. 1, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Walker Books for Young Readers
SUMMARY:

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama. 


Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

Sporty One to Watch: Excerpt from RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally

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where you can access the schedule!
 Or go here to get involved!

Check out my reviews of CATCHING JORDAN
STEALING PARKER, and THINGS I CAN'T FORGET!

Check out Miranda's Girls In Sports Week Interview,
and
 Take a peek at an old interview from 2011 and see how much things have changed for Miranda (not to mention the look of this blog)! 


RACING SAVANNAH is scheduled to release on December 3, 2013 from Sourcebooks Fire. Fans of Kenneally's previous books are excited because on her website, Kenneally teases,

"You’ll get to catch up with characters from my first three books… and there might even be a wedding."

Fans of horses are excited because there are horses in RACING SAVANNAH. I know I'm always extra-interested if a horse is involved. I blame My Little Pony and Rainbow Brite's horse Starlight for my obsession...but that's another story!

If you've never read Kenneally before, you're missing out on one of today's great new contemporary authors. Each book gets better and better. I encourage you to take a peek at RACING SAVANNAH in December!

Miranda Kenneally has graciously allowed me to share an excerpt from the first chapter of RACING SAVANNAH below! Are you as excited for this book as I am?

O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title: RACING SAVANNAH
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: Out Dec. 3, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

SUMMARY:

They’re from two different worlds. 

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries. 

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack...


An Excerpt from Chapter One of
RACING SAVANNAH
by Miranda Kenneally


EXCERPT

I charge down the driveway and suddenly a wailing, high-pitched alarm goes off. My first thought is: Tornado! But the skies are as blue as a robin’s egg. Seconds later I see a brown and white blur streaking across the grass. A racer. Two guys on ponies are chasing it. He must have escaped! 

I sprint toward the horse as he zigzags my way. The horse seems curious. But not curious enough to slow down. He zips past me as I yell, “Stop!” and take off after him. The horse circles back around. I hold a hand up. “Whoa, there.” 

The horse slows to a jog, studying me, his expression both wary and nosy. Then he charges me. I reach out and snatch his bridle. With a firm grip I thrust him away from me, showing him who’s boss. That’s when I discover he’s wearing a saddle. 

“Did you throw your rider?” Suddenly he rears up and kicks his feet. When he returns to all fours, I get up in his face again. “Whoa!” He cowers, bowing his head. 

One time a horseman told me I have a way with horses. Dad told me not to listen when men say things like that, because they’re just trying to get into my pants. But I do have a way with horses. Dad, however, does not have a way with words. 

I confirm the horse is a boy, then gently slap his neck, checking the engraving on his bridle. His name is Tennessee Star. 

“You sure are fast,” I tell the young horse, petting his nose. He’s beautiful—a light brown chestnut with white markings. A Ferrari. I never rode such a well-made colt in Charles Town. 

Then, from the fields beyond the manor house, a guy comes riding up on a horse. I don’t take my eyes off that rider, even when Tennessee Star tries to yank away. 

I haven’t met the owner’s son yet, but I’ve seen him riding around like he’s king of the place. Which is technically his title, I guess. When we arrived two days ago, Mr. Goodwin’s chief of staff told me the Goodwin family is fiercely private, and that non-housekeeping staff aren’t allowed inside the manor. We were instructed to keep our distance from the Goodwins. Since I don’t want Dad to get fired on Day 3, I haven’t spoken to the boy. 

Still, he’s beautiful: I should start a magazine called GQ Cowboy, and he could be the cover model every month. Wavy hair the color of straw is just long enough to show out from under the brim of his cowboy hat. His snowy white button-down shirt is spotless and pressed, tucked into his jeans, the arms rolled up to his elbows. The three coonhounds that always seem to follow him around bound up and sniff my jeans. 

Last night a giggling maid told me his name: Jack Goodwin, and he’s 17, like me. He attends Hundred Oaks High, the school I’m starting on Monday.


~*~
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.


Visit Miranda on her websiteTwitter, and Facebook!
  

Saturday, May 25, 2013

{Guest Post} Writing about Girls in Sports with Jennifer Iacopelli, author of GAME. SET. MATCH.

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where you can access the schedule!
 Or go here to get involved!

~*~

Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave...ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett all of whom wrote about kick-ass girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-ass. She got a Bachelor's degree in Adolescence Education and English Literature quickly followed up by a Master's in Library Science, which lets her frolic all day with her books and computers, leaving plenty of time in the evenings to write and yell at the Yankees, Giants and her favorite tennis players through the TV.

Jennifer Iacopelli is the author of newly released GAME. SET. MATCH. available for the Kindle and Nook.

Visit Jennifer's website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook!


Writing about Girls in Sports

by Jennifer Iacopelli


When I started write a book about sports, more specifically a book about girls in sports or even more specifically a book about young female professional athletes, most of the response from my writer friends was less than enthusiastic, to say the least. Most of them thought I was crazy, completely nuts. "Girls don't like sports," they said. "A publisher won't buy it," they argued. "It really hasn't been done before."

And my response was, "I don't care."

I was excited about the story that popped into my head because it was something I wanted to read about, something that I'd looked for over and over again, but couldn't find on the bookshelves. I wanted to read about kickass girls who put their dreams of a professional athletic career ahead of everything else. Young women who are just as dedicated, sometimes even more so, then their male counterparts to the sport of their choice.

We have plenty of real life examples. This summer I was blown away by the amazing Fierce Five, the US Women's Gymnastics team who went into London and utterly destroyed the rest of the world on the beam, bars, floor and vault. Particularly the vault. We all remember this, right?



And I've been a fan of Maria Sharapova's since she won her first WImbledon title at the age of 17. I was cheering when she won the French Open last year for the very first time.



There have been lots of examples on the screen as well, both large and small. Movies like A League of their Own and Bend It Like Beckham, showing girls kick ass on the field of play.

TV shows like Make It or Break It, digging into the lives of Olympic gymnasts (granted fictional gymnastics, but still) and opening our eyes to a life of total sacrifice and dedication.

I wanted to do that, but I wanted to put it on paper. I wanted my words to draw people in as much as a real life tennis match or the movies we've all come to love over the years.

Jennifer, thank you for shedding light onto why you chose to write about athletic girls when creating GAME. SET. MATCH. I'm glad that you ignored all the naysayers. We definitely need more girls in sports when it comes to fiction!

O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  GAME. SET. MATCH.
Author: Jennifer Iacopelli
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC
SUMMARY:

Nestled along the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the world's most elite training facility. In this pressure-cooker environment, futures are forged in blood and sweat, and dreams are shattered in an instant. 


Penny Harrison, a rising female star, is determined to win the French Open and beat her archrival, Zina Lutrova. But when her coach imports British bad boy Alex Russell as her new training partner, will Penny be able to keep her laser-like focus? 

Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. The daughter of two Grand Slam champions, she's hell-bent on extending her family’s legacy and writing her own happily-ever-after...until her chosen Prince Charming gives her the just-friends speech right before the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic. 

With a powerful serve and killer forehand, newcomer Indiana Gaffney is turning heads. She’s thrilled by all of the attention, especially from Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and hot older brother, except he keeps backing off every time things start heating up. 

With so much at stake, dreams—and hearts—are bound to break. Welcome to OBX: Where LOVE is a four-letter word, on and off the court.