Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski @lang_witch @XpressoTours

Meg & Linus
Hanna Nowinski
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school?

Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.

But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . .


From crowdsourced young adult imprint Swoon Reads comes Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, a fun friendship story about two quirky teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks—even if that means joining the drama club, making new friends, and learning how to stand on your own.


“Look.” I take his arm as the Sports Jerseys finally dissolve their misshapen human circle and wander off, and I start steering him in the direction of his English classroom down the hall. “He needs someone to help him with math. You are good at both math and explaining things. And then there’s the added bonus that you’d get to spend time with him. How can you not think this is a good idea?”
He groans. “Because that means I will have to talk to him!”
I nod. “That would not only be unavoidable but also a rather beneficial side effect of this arrangement. Yes.”
“What if I completely embarrass myself?”
“Like, how?”
He shrugs. “Failing to utter a single word, sweating profusely, and then passing out. Or what if I suddenly forget how English works and start speaking only in Klingon?”
It’s my turn to blink at him, feeling just a little hurt. “Did you learn Klingon over the summer without telling me?”
He laughs, pats my hand. “I wouldn’t do that to you. It was just an example.”
“A bad one, in that case.” I shake my head at him, bump our shoulders together in a gesture I hope is encouraging. “I promise you that it won’t be as bad as you think it will be. Okay?”
“What if he asks me for help, and I tutor him and just end up embarrassing myself? Or if he decides he doesn’t want me to tutor him after all?”
I tilt my head at him. “I’m pretty sure that won’t happen. He’s new here, right? He doesn’t know anyone.”
“Just indulge me here. It might be a disaster, you know?”
“Okay.” I pinch the bridge of my nose, take a long breath. “So . . . on the off chance that something goes wrong, which it won’t—you’ll come straight to me and I’ll buy you a whole chocolate cake and we’ll come up with a new game plan.”
“It will be embarrassing.”
“Or it might lead to something really amazing,” I point out. “You won’t know until you try!”
“You sound like a badly written greeting card with one of those kittens on the front that give you a thumbs-up or whatever,” he says.
But I know that I at least got him thinking about it.

Author Bio:
Hanna Nowinski is a language enthusiast and trained translator for German and English who lives in the middle of nowhere, Germany. She has wanted to be a writer since she learned that books were made by real people. As a kid, she made up her own bedtime stories, mostly sending her stuffed animals on adventures around the world. She loves books, music, coffee, and getting way too emotionally invested in TV shows. Meg & Linus is her debut novel. 



Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)