Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Excerpt + Giveaway!


     


THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER has been one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 and I am thrilled to have my pre-ordered copy in my hands! I'm so ready to jump right into this one because Jennifer is an author whose writing never lets me down. And there's still time to register your pre-order! Just fill out the form using the link below and you'll receive some awesome swag. Enjoy the excerpt below... and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER - a young adult title about friendship, survival, and finding your voice. This incredible book is available today! Read more about this stunning new novel below and be sure to order your copy today to receive an amazing FREE fan pack while supplies last!

   

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About THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER:


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

For some people, silence is a weapon.


For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield.


Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.


Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.


It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.


Register your preorder of THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER by May 20th to receive a FREE fan pack! Includes inspirational wall art, a colorful poster, and flag-as-you-read stickers. You will also get immediate access to an extended excerpt from the book.

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EXCERPT

Prologue

Dusty, empty shoe boxes, stacked taller and wider than her slim body, wobbled as she pressed her back against them, tucking her bony knees into her chest.

Breathe. Just Breathe. Breathe.

Wedged in the back of the dingy closet, she didn’t dare make a sound as she sucked her lower lip between her teeth. Focusing on forcing every grimy breath into her lungs, she felt tears well in her eyes.

Oh gosh, she’d made such a big mistake, and Miss Becky was right. She was a bad girl.

She’d reached for the dirty and stained cookie jar earlier, the one shaped like a teddy bear that hid cookies that tasted funny. She wasn’t supposed to get cookies or any food by herself, but she’d just been so hungry that her tummy hurt, and Miss Becky was sick again, napping on the couch. She hadn’t meant to knock the ashtray off the counter, shattering it into tiny pieces. Some were shaped like icicles that clung to the roof during the winter. Others were no bigger than chips.

All she’d wanted was a cookie.

Her slender shoulders jerked at the sound of the all cracking on the other side of the closet. She bit down harder on her lip. A metallic taste burst into her mouth. Tomorrow there would be a hold the size of Mr. Henry’s big hand in the plaster, and Miss Becky would cry and she’d get sick again.

The soft creak of the closet door was like a crack of thunder to her ears.

Oh no, no, no…

He wasn’t supposed to find her in here. This was her safe place whenever Mr. Henry was angry or when he—

She tensed, eyes peeling wide as a body taller and broader than hers slipped inside and then knelt in front of her. In the dark, she couldn’t make out much of his features, but she knew in her belly and her chest who it was.

“I’m sorry,” she gasped.

“I know.” A hand settled on her shoulder, the weight reassuring. He was the only person she felt okay with when he touched her. “I need you to stay in here, ‘kay?”

Miss Becky had said once that he was only six months older than her six years, but he always seemed so much bigger, older than her, because in her eyes, he took up her entire world.

She nodded.

“Don’t come out,” he said, and then he pressed into her hands the redheaded doll she’d dropped in the kitchen after she broke the ashtray and rushed into the closet. Too frightened to retrieve her, she’d left Velvet where she had fallen, and she’d been so upset because the doll had been a gift from him many, many months before. She had no idea how he’d gotten Velvet, but one day he’d simply shown up with her, and she was hers, only hers.

“You stay in here. No matter what.”

Holding the doll close, clenched between her knees and chest, she nodded again.

He shifted, stiffening as an angry shout rattled the walls around them. It was her name that dripped ice down her spine; her name that was shouted so furiously.

A small whimper parted her lips and she whispered, “I just wanted a cookie.”

“It’s okay. Remember? I promised I’d keep you safe forever. Just don’t make a sound.” He squeezed her shoulder. “Just stay quiet, and when I…when I get back, I’ll read to you, ‘kay? All about the stupid rabbit.”

All she could do was nod again, because there had been times when she hadn’t stayed quiet and she’d never forgotten those consequences. But if she stayed quiet, she knew what was coming. He wouldn’t be able to read to her tonight. Tomorrow he would miss school and he wouldn’t be okay even though he would tell her he was.

He lingered for a moment and then he eased out of the closet. The bedroom door shut with a smack, and she lifted the doll, pressing her tearstained face into it. A button on Velvet’s chest poked at her cheek.

Don’t make a sound.

Mr. Henry started to yell.

Don’t make a sound.

Footsteps punched down the hall.

Don’t make a sound.

Flesh smacked. Something hit the floor, and Miss Becky must have been feeling better, because she was suddenly shouting, but in the closet the only sound that mattered was the fleshy whack that came over and over. She opened her mouth, screaming silently into the doll.

Don’t make a sound.
   
   

Praise for THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER:

“The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” –Kirkus

“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly


About Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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16 comments:

  1. I can't wait to get my hands on this, thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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    1. My copy is just sitting around staring at my like "Why haven't you already read me?" lol Soon, though, very soon! :)

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  2. I'm really excited for this one! I actually just got an email from Liza Wreimer today saying her and Jennifer are going to be in Mequon for a signing tonight for this book and for Hello? by Liza! I wish I could go!

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    1. Oh no, how sad to miss out on that! I would have been at home hugging my books to make me feel better. :)

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  3. I've read one of her new adult novels Wait For You, and it was TERRIBLE. So terrible, that I vowed to never read anything by her again lol. That was about 3-4 years ago, and while I stuck to my word, I really, really want to read this. Maybe this will be her redemption novel to convince me she doesn't suck lmao

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    1. Oh no, don't you hate that? It may be one of those cases where her writing just isn't for you. I mean, not everyone is going to love the same stuff. Obvs. But I will say that this one is getting rave reviews. Maybe it'll redeem JLA for you. :)

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  4. THIS IS JLA, I don't think we could EVER, EVER, EVA go wrong with this author! And that freaking excerpt, OMG I NEED THIS BOOK NOW, so I'm so stoked that the wait is finally OVAA! <3 I hope you love it and I can't wait to read your thoughts on this! <3 ^^I hope Tika gives her a try and loves it! teehee!

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    1. I know, right? JLA is the best! Maybe Tika will read this one and finally see the light. LOL

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  5. I've heard nothing but good things about this one - thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. Same here, Grace - I'm super excited for it!

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  6. Looks amazing! I can't wait to be able to read this novel. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lola! I am so excited for this one! JLA never disappoints.

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  7. I can't wait to read this -- I've been on the fence about a lot of her NA but this sounds really good!

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    1. I am seeing so many rave reviews for it, Eva, so I'm pretty hopeful that it's going to be fantastic.

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  8. This one sounds really good!! I don't think I've read on of JLA's contemporaries yet, but if they're anything like the Lux series (minus the aliens of course), I know they must be amazing!! Thanks for hosting this giveaway Tanya!! :)

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    1. Hey Brittni! Oh, if only even the contemporaries could have a little dose of Daemon Black... he makes everything better. LOL

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