Friday, July 21, 2017

Football Hero by Day, Thief by Night! Read an Excerpt from @SunnivaD's PATH OF THIEVES | @xpressotours


Path of Thieves
Sunniva Dee
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Football hero by day and thief by night, Charles “Cugs” McConnely leads a double life in the small town of Newbark, Florida. At sundown, the seventeen-year-old turns burglar, forced into the business by the man who should be teaching him the difference between right and wrong: his father.
Cugs is a pro at both games, but only one can secure him a college scholarship. It should be an easy decision, a no-brainer—if Newbark hadn’t proffered the only life he knows.
After run-ins with Nadine Paganelli, his accidental victim and the sole person to have caught him in the act, Cugs starts to realize that hearts can be stolen too.
When his long-lost sister makes contact, lies are uncovered and truths revealed. Suddenly, Cugs finds himself questioning both plans and loyalties. Because sometimes the only way to move forward is by pulling the bottom out of the past.


EXCERPT:
Last night wasn’t good. Dad’s getting more eager. He wants to accomplish so much on his shopping sprees, blaming a more expensive life now that Step-Cynth’s with us. I’m not in a place to meddle, but it seems six-packs of aprons aren’t the only things she buys on his bill.
My father’s becoming sloppy. Yesterday, we returned in the early morning after hitting almost a dozen houses. The owners of four of them were still at home. Yeah. He isn’t doing his homework the way he used to.
Thing is I’m tired. I don’t see a change in sight. Now, I try to keep my eyes open as I drive the wreck to Orlando to meet up with Keyon. Which is going to come back and bite me in the ass. What other option did I have though, come off as a coward to, in the words of Liza, “freaking Keyon Arias of Alliance Cage Warriors?”
Keyon is already there when I enter the Hard Rock Café. He fills out his side of the booth with fighter shoulders and wide thighs. Elbows on the table and bent over a glass of water, he lifts a hand in greeting as soon as he sees me. My chance to chicken out just dissipated.
“Cugs,” he says, voice husky like it is after a fight. Maybe that’s his voice now. I remember it light, prepubescent, I guess, from back when my own had the pitch of a little kid.
“Keyon.” I tip my head, acknowledging him without a smile, and then I sit down in front of him.
“Soda?”
I think of the possibility of going to Gainesville for the tryouts. “Ice water.”
Keyon doesn’t need to do much to get the waitress over. Half-turned to our table, she’s hovering with a watchful eye. When he glances up, she meets his stare immediately and hurries over.
“How are you?” From his expression, he’s not just being polite. He wants to know. “It’s been so long since we’ve talked.”
“I’m good,” I lie.
“What have you been up to? Your sister has been trying to get a hold of you.”
I’ve steeled myself for questions, assuming they would come. I didn’t think he’d start with them right away though.
“Oh you know, living it up in Newbark.” I do a long, purposely fake nod hoping it will make him laugh. Instead, he studies me, starting with my eyes then traveling over my face.
“You liking it there? How’s your old man?”
I shrug, unable to lie about him. “Married again. To a girl Paislee’s age.”
His eyes widen a little. “Is that so?”
“Yeah, as of a few months ago.”
“Geez.” He blows air out his nose. “New stepmother, huh?”
“Yeah, she isn’t exactly Mom.” And there, I said it. I hope he doesn’t notice. I open my mouth to add something, whatever, to get us off the subject, but he jumps in before me.
“You miss your mother?”
Silence.
Snowmen. Hot chocolate. Cold summer lakes. Blue lips.




Author Bio:
Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.
Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece--Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.
Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it's contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon's Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).
This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

*SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT* Opinion Article: Who Really Wins in a Lottery Winning?


In this Sunday, July 9 2017 photo, Rosa Dominguez, 19, won more than $600,000 from two scratcher tickets within 1 week, lottery officials said. (AP Photo/California Lottery)           
Money can’t buy you happiness, we all have a feeling that this is true. But people continue to buy lottery tickets in the hopes of winning thousands of dollars, quit their jobs and splurge on expensive things.

Not all people spend their newly won money on material things; some spend on a new car and a new look. Such is this for California teen Rosa Dominguez, who had won $555,555 on a $5 scratch-off ticket bought at a Paso Robles gas station.

“I was so nervous I just wanted to cry,” she told the California Lottery when she won the first time.

She had more than luck on her side, because she won another lottery prize in Monterey County and won $100,000. Dominguez claimed her prizes at the California Lottery’s East Bay District Office in Hayward. In cases like this, it’s all fun and games when money is involved. When money has been indulged to a certain extent, it quickly gets from bad to worse as soon as the finances start increasing.

Julie E. Nelson and James K. Beggan of the Journal of Psychology explained the psychologies behind lottery winnings.

[block quote] According to Kaplan, the mythology surrounding lottery winners includes the belief that they become frivolous with money, quit their jobs, and splurge on bigger houses and cars. As a result of excessive spending, they often end up bankrupt. Despite the inaccuracy of these beliefs, they continue to represent public opinion.

So even though a lot of lotto winners end up going bankrupt, there is a certain intrigue from others who still like the see what it could be like to win a huge financial opportunity. But it’s also important for all involved that when someone wins money, that money goes to everyone else before they have a chance to use it. Money is essential in the world, but it is not everything. Especially when it comes to realizing who one’s real family and friends are. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

*SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT*: [OPINION] Parents Have a Right to Complain About Snapchat's "SnapMap" Feature


(photo credits: In this Friday 23 June 2017 photo, Snap Map lets users see the location of their Snapchat friends. (Photo by Eric Sykes/KMOV.com)

In response to my post about Snapchat’s new feature, “SnapMap”, I don’t personally use the mobile app all of the time. I mostly use the app during family gatherings, parties, special events. But even so, I know how powerful technology can be, especially in the hands of online predators.


Monday, July 3, 2017

*HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!!* @TonyaKuper's #ENIGMA (Schrodinger's Consortium Duology) @chapterxchapter




Happiest of book birthdays to my author fave, one of my closest author friends, Tonya Kuper's new book, Enigma!! Enigma is the second and final book from the Schrodinger's Consortium series.

You guys don't understand how happy I am for this release. It's been a long time coming, it almost didn't happen! I'm just glad Tonya created this new world and made me fall in love with fantasy again. Congrats, Tonya! I love you, you awesome, amazing, nerdy girl!!


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