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Monday, November 26, 2018

Can Dreams Come True? by Krysten Lindsay Hager - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Krysten Lindsay Hager and her new book, “Can Dreams Come True?”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Krysten and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Can Dreams Come True?
by Krysten Lindsay Hager

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GENRE: YA

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BLURB:

Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?

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EXCERPT TWO:

I felt disloyal sharing my problems with Zach with another guy, but in some weird way it was like no one got me like Andrew did. Even though we had only known each other for a little over twenty-four hours, it was as if I had known him for ages. Although I guess it made sense seeing as it always seemed like he understood what I was going through whenever I listened to his music.

I ended up pouring out the whole gross story about how insecure I felt about Tanna and how I didn’t want to seem jealous, but I didn’t feel comfortable with Zach hanging out with her.

“I know you’re probably thinking, well, obviously her first serious boyfriend, how insecure and jealous can she be?” I said wishing I hadn’t opened my mouth.

“Nope, not at all. In fact, I was thinking this crap is why I don’t date more. What is it with our generation being so casual about stuff? Again, people call me old-fashioned, but I don’t think you and I are wrong to expect people not to hang out with their exes anymore. And if I’m old-fashioned, then why are my songs about this exact thing so popular? I can’t be that out of touch if people are relating to the lyrics, right?”

“Yeah, I think a lot of people want commitment deep down,” I said. “Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe guys just want to date as many girls as possible and not settle down.”

“The media says I come off as this wounded guy as an act to get more female fans.”

I bit my lip. I had heard those rumors, too. In fact, at my old school, people made fun of me for falling for his fake image and said I was too naïve to see he was a player.

“Why are people so cynical?” he asked. “There was this article about me called, ‘Vulnerable or Vulgar: Is Holiday for Real?’”

I had read the article five times and then went online to read the outtakes from it, but all I said to him was, “Oh?”

“Yeah,” he said. “The journalist who interviewed me had an edge to him. The whole time I could tell he didn’t like me, and I almost wanted to call him out on it. I gave short answers and he labeled me, ‘moody and reclusive.’ Actually, I’d like to be reclusive, but I can’t get enough time off to do it,” he said laughing. “Being a recluse is just a dream at this point.”

I giggled. “It’s annoying how people just make snap judgements about you and they can put it out there.”

“I know, right? And if I’m having a bad day because I don’t feel good, nobody writes, ‘He had a sore throat and doesn’t feel like talking.’ No, they make it sound like I was being stuck up when all I wanted to do was go to bed and not die from the flu.”

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GUEST POST:

Who Inspired My Love for Books?

When I was a kid I loved reading and being read to by my parents. Both my parents were big readers and our house was always full of books. My mom would take us to the library all the time and she’d keep up with what books were popular for kids, so she wasn’t just pushing classics on me but also finding contemporary books I’d enjoy. Before I could enter the world of mean girls on the playground or frenemies, she prepared me by getting me novels about those very topics. She also got me a book in fourth grade called The Great Mom Swap that had a character who wanted to be a writer and I read that book over and over. My mom would get me books from school book orders (I always loved seeing that form!) and when I got into series books in fourth grade (which would last for a few years), she’d take me to the bookstore once a month to pick out a few. I used to read them so fast I’d have to read them over again before the next book in the series came out.

My mom was into mysteries and introduced me to Mary Higgins Clark books. Years later she got us tickets to a book and author luncheon where Mary Higgins Clark was speaking and we enjoyed that. She also got me some of those updated Nancy Drew books.

When I got to college I decided to be an English major and my dad would buy me extra classics and books to help me with my papers. I remember my mom taking me to a giant used bookstore in Detroit called the John K. King Bookstore, which I write about in Dating the It Guy. I have Emme and Brendon visit that store and I used to go and load up on books for fun and also for my classes. If I had a paper to write then I’d hit the library and the used bookstore. I always liked to buy some of the books if I was really into the topic I was writing about for class.

My dad liked history, so he’d always take the history books I got for class and read them as well. He loved the end of the semester because he’d inherit all of my text books, which he’d read for fun. My dad and I found a lot of the same things interesting, so my paper topics were always things he was interested in. In fact, he gave me several topic ideas like about Queen Elizabeth (the first). I also wrote a book review column for my college newspaper and he would read the books after me and suggest some for the column, too. He introduced me to some great current event books and we shared sports biographies since we liked a lot of the same players. I remember when a Ted Williams biography came out and I got it because Ted was my dad’s childhood hero. I wrote a review on it and he enjoyed the book.

I was lucky to have parents who were big readers and shared their love of reading with me. Sharing books with my parents was a great way to have fun conversations, too.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, and Can Dreams Come True? True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist.

Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on the talk show Living Dayton.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Krysten will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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