Thursday, December 7, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: The Sweetheart Sham by Danielle Ellison @danielleewrites @chapterxchapter @EntangledTeen


The Sweetheart Sham (Southern Charmed #1)
by Danielle Ellison
Publication Date: December 4, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen: Crush


In a small town like Culler, South Carolina, you guard your secrets like you guard your cobbler recipe: with your life. Georgia Ann Monroe knows a thing or two about secrets: she’s been guarding the truth that her best friend Will is gay for years now. But what happens when a little white lie to protect him gets her into a fake relationship…and then the boy of her dreams shows up?

Enter Beau Montgomery: Georgie’s first love, hotter than ever, and much too much of a southern gentleman to ever pursue someone else’s girl. There’s no way to come clean to Beau while still protecting Will. But bless their hearts, they live in Culler—where secrets always have a way of revealing themselves.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a hilarious “fakeship,” a scorching-hot impossible relationship, and a heartwarming best-friendship that will make you want to call your best friend right here, right now.



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Excerpt:

“Beau Montgomery, what on earth!” someone, I think it’s Will’s mom, says with a squeal. I can’t single it out because my heart seems to stop beating.
Everyone scoots toward the patio entrance and gathers around. Will drops my hand to move closer.

And then I see him.

He’s standing behind Mrs. M next to his dad, a big smile on his face, and he’s tall. Real tall. His dark hair is longer and nearly falling into his hazel eyes, definitely a length that Orry won’t like much. His jaw is strong, some muscles pressing under his polo. He looks nothing like the boy I remember.

And suddenly I’m a little self-conscious. What am I wearing today? I can’t even remember. I could look down but that would mean looking away from him, and thenmaybe when I look back he won’t be there. I don’t know if he even sees me, but I see him. Clearly. After more than twoyears of nothing.

“Beau, is that you, boy?” Orry calls. Beau steps around the rest of the family toward his grandpa. He’s closer now, and I can get a better look at his face. My eyes explore his features and rest on his lips, which break out into a small smile and—Dang, is it hot out here?

“Hello, Granddad.” Orry pulls him into a hug and Beau has to lean over to reach him properly. Orry looks like a kid in his arms.

Cheese and rice, even his voice is sexy. Deeper but still with a familiar feeling that it stirs up in me, and an accent with a hint of Georgia twang instead of South Carolina
cadence.
I like it. Lord help me, I like it.

Orry holds him out at arm’s length and examines him before giving him a pat on the shoulder. “You look more like your daddy than I expected. How tall are you?”

“Six one, sir,” Beau says.

“You look good, grandson, real good. Atlanta treating you well?”

“Yes, sir, it is.”

I want to move, but I can’t. My feet are stuck to the ground, not that I should move anyway. I don’t reckon I trust myself around him. Especially not right now when I’m not sure if I want to hug him or kick him somewhere that would hurt. I’d do a good job of it too and make darn sure my kick was as painful as him not showing up that night.

“When’s your momma coming?” Mrs. M asks him.

“Not until closer to the wedding,” he says.

I watch as Will hugs him. They’re both smiling, and it reminds me of before when he was here. They were inseparable—we were—and now I’m just standing here like an idiot. Which I am. Will looks in my direction, and then Beau’s eyes are on me, too. It’s even worse when he’s looking at me, especially now with a hidden glimmer in them. It’s not how he said hello to the others; it’s almost like his eyes hadn’t seen me before, and now he’s hyperaware. Just like I’ve been since his dad yelled his name.

He takes a step toward me.




Interview with Danielle Ellison


What inspired you to write The Sweetheart Sham?

It was Georgie and her insistence that she had a story about how she was the only one in the town who knew her best friend was gay. That made me ask why, which lead me to the story, to the unique setting, and to the problem. I call this book my Will and Grace meets Gilmore Girls books because it’s about best friends and small towns.

Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in the Southern Charmed series, or what you have planned for the future?

The next book in the series follows two characters you meet in TSS…and let’s just say they don’t like each other very much. They are from different worlds, even though they live in this same town, and they are different people…but when they’re brought together, they are a really interesting combination.
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Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Sweetheart Sham??.

Georgia Ann Monroe, aka Georgie, is a pure-breed Southern Belle, but she’s more than meets than eye. She’s pretty fierce, loyal, spunky, and knows how to balance Southern Charm with fishing.

Beau Montgomery is back to his hometown after a hiatus (and his parent’s messy divorce) and he hasn’t really been the same since he left town, so he comes back hoping to find some of what he’s lost.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

My favorite author is Jennifer Donnelly because she creates intense characters and her stories are always unique. They aren’t afraid, and I admire that–almost as much as her ability to make words dance on the page. 

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

I have a cat named Simon! He’s two and I adopted him over a year ago. He picked me, and he knew what he was doing because we are pretty much the same. Except he holds a grudge and he’s much cuter. 

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today. 






ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Danielle Ellison is a nomad, always on the lookout for an adventure and the next story. In addition to writing, she’s the founder and coordinator of the NoVa TEEN Book Festival. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges. She is newly settled in Oklahoma (for now) with her cat, Simon, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

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Giveaway:

The Sweetheart Sham Prize Pack (US):
-Pampering goodies (sweet southern soap and bath bombs)
-a “peanut butter <3s jelly” mug
-ice cream erasers
-heart shaped sunglasses
-a copy of “Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit” by Jaye Robin Brown



 



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