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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

decide if love and freedom are worth risking everything - Blackbird Summer by Em Shotwell

In the cornerstone of the rural south, Brooklyn, Mississippi, no one dares make eye contact with the strange Caibre family. Until the rewards are worth the cost. The townsfolk come, cash in hand, always at night, to pay for services only a Gifted can provide. 

Description:

When people hate the unknown, being Gifted is a curse.

In the cornerstone of the rural south, Brooklyn, Mississippi, no one dares make eye contact with the strange Caibre family. Until the rewards are worth the cost. The townsfolk come, cash in hand, always at night, to pay for services only a Gifted can provide. 

No matter the Gifts prevalent in her family, at twenty-one, Tallulah is expected to follow the path laid out for her: marriage, babies, and helping her mama teach the family home school program. She’s resigned to live the quiet life and stay out of trouble…until she meets Logan.

An outsider and all around rebel, Logan doesn’t care about her family’s reputation. Yet after a tragic loss wreaks havoc on the crumbling relationship between the Caibres and the townsfolk, Tallulah must decide if love and freedom are worth risking everything.

EXCERPT

“Oh good! You’re here,” a deep, familiar voice said to my back. 

Tension drained out of me in a rush. I set down the basket of tomatoes that had been looped over my arm and turned round. 

Logan—the guy from the diner—stood there smiling, as if him showing up was the most natural thing in the world. I’d began to think I’d imagined the feeling at Myrtle’s, the slight pull of electricity and excitement, the kind of anticipation you feel right before something great is about to happen—but you have no idea what to expect. The logical part of my mind reminded me that I didn’t know this guy. I’d only kind-of sort-of met him for like ten minutes, and that the pull that I thought I felt was just excitement over the idea of something new and forbidden. But the rest of me—my heart, my stomach and the butterflies that took up residence there whenever Logan was around—they knew better. It wasn’t just the giddy feeling, either. It was how, for some unknown reason, being next to him vanished the tension that had threatened to permanently settle in my shoulders. And how I could breathe—really breathe. Like I had been doing it wrong my entire life until I met him. 

The feeling, though exciting, was also unnerving. And if I was honest with myself, it scared me to react so strongly to someone I didn’t know. Someone off limits.


About the author:
Em Shotwell is the author of Blackbird Summer (City Owl Press, 2016). She lives in South Louisiana with a husband who spoils her and two mini-superheroes who call her mom. Em think the most interesting characters are the ones who live on the sidelines, and that small towns often hide the biggest secrets. She is inspired by tall tales and local legends.

When she’s not writing about misfits and oddballs, Em enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, and debating Doctor Who facts with her obsessed ten-year-old.

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2 comments:

Em Shotwell said...

Thanks for hosting Blackbird Summer on your blog today! :-) <3

Crystal Cuffley said...

Thank you for hosting BLACKBIRD SUMMER today!

Crystal, Tasty Book Tours