Book Release

It is Wednesday once again, but in place of my the Weekly News, I’m turning over my blog to Kate Larkingdale. She is an amazing contemporary YA writer whose latest book drops February 26th. Check it out!

CHASING THE TAILLIGHTS
Lucy and Tony share nothing except genes. Tony’s the champion diver destined for greatness. Lucy’s biggest concern is getting Cute Guy from the burger joint to ask her out.

After an accident kills their parents, the siblings are forced to rely on one another—and decide whether to reveal their secrets.

Lucy can’t tell Tony what she knows about the accident for fear of destroying the tentative bond between them. If she doesn’t confess, she might lose her mind. If she does, she might lose the only person she has left who loves her.

Tony has problems too. Between diving practice, classes and concealing the crush he has on his best friend Jake, Tony needs to find room in his life for his sister, but his own stability dwindles with every passing day.

As the siblings struggle to overcome a lifetime of past conflicts and jealousies, they discover they might have more in common than a love of rock music.

Publisher
Evernight Teen Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56878727-chasing-the-taillights

About The Author

Having spent a lifetime travelling the globe, Kate Larkindale settled in Wellington, New Zealand fifteen years ago.  A film marketing executive and mother to two sons, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but doesn’t sleep much.  As a result, she can usually be found hanging out by the nearest espresso machine.

She is the author of contemporary YA novels Chasing The TaillightsThe Sidewalk’s RegretsAn Unstill Life and Stumped along with several others that no one is allowed to see. Yet. She has also written one very bad historical romance, which will likely never see the light of day. She is working on several more YA novels that may or may not ever be finished.

Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday Fiction, Death Rattle, Kissed Anthology, Just Me Anthology, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket and Residential Aliens, among others.

The Sidewalk’s Regrets: Available Now Amazon / Evernight Teen Kobo / Smashwords / Nook An Unstill Life: Available Now Evernight Teen / Smashwords  AmazonKobo / Nook
Stumped: Available Now Evernight Teen / Smashwords AmazonKobo / Nook

Excerpt:

And then he’s there.

He steps into the room, his huge frame filling the doorway. He starts toward the bed then stops, his lips pressing together into a thin, white line. He drops his brilliant blue-eyed gaze to the floor for a moment and swallows hard before he looks up again. The scruffy beginnings of a beard shadow his chin.

“Hey, Lucy.” He tries to smile as he crosses to the bed, but his lips tremble too hard for it to be convincing. A muscle jumps in his jaw like a tiny fish trying to escape. “Thank you for being here, Peter.”

“I wish I didn’t have to be.” Peter gets up and gives Tony a brief hug. My brother’s arms don’t move, just hang stiffly at his sides, hands clenched into fists. 

Peter lets go and moves aside to let Tony sit next to me. “I’m going to get some coffee. I’ll be back soon.”

Tony watches him go, not turning back to me until Peter’s tall, lean figure has vanished into the hallway. When he does, his eyes are red-rimmed and exhausted. Purple crescents lie beneath them. He looks like shit, but something about the way he’s studying me makes me certain I look worse.

“Oh, Jesus, Lucy.” He shakes his head, a pleading expression on his face. “I have no clue what I’m supposed to say right now.”

I blink up at him. I need him to tell me what happened. I need him to explain it to me. I try to form the words, but they won’t come. My mouth, stitched up like a quilt, won’t shape what I need to say.

“Dad?” I manage after a long battle. “…Mom’s…” I can’t say it. If I speak it aloud it’ll be true.

I’m holding my breath. My chest aches and I let it out in a gasp. The pain is back, sharp and stabbing at my side, a dull throb in my neck and shoulder. Tony reaches out and touches the side of my face. I flinch, hating myself for it when his fingers are as gentle as rain.

“They’re dead, Lucy. They’re both dead.” His eyes lock onto mine and I know he’s telling the truth. The bleak, stunned look on his face tells me more than any words could. A sob escapes him and he starts to turn away.

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Weekly News

Welcome to another Wednesday, cats and kittens. February is racing away, before we know it March will be in like a lion. Until then, we could all use a bit of entertainment. To that end, I have picked a couple of stories and a song. Enjoy!

Pigs can learn to play video games apparently. Do you think this somehow changes the odds of seeing a pig fly? 😉 https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_6026b303c5b6741597e1a3ac

Scientists changed just one part of a brain to make it reflect a Neanderthal’s, and it changed everything. I heart science! https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/neanderthal-inspired-minibrains-hint-what-makes-modern-humans-special

I leave you with a bit of classic rock. I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/iX_TFkut1PM

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Weekly News

Hello all! It has been A WEEK. Which means I need music therapy more than anything, and I always share. 😉

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IWSG and Weekly News

It is time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) post. You’re in for some twittering fun. The hosts this month are:  Louise – Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, Nancy Gideon, and our incomparable leader Alex J. Cavanaugh .

The optional question this month is–Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

I have. I’ve participated with IWSG for years now, and through it, I have built a web of relationships with several writers, relationships I value. IWSG is a truly great place to connect, Writer’s Digest was absolutely correct to name it one of the 100 Best Websites For Writers.

Time for some news.

My first story tonight is about Statler the bat. He’s amazing, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Watch the clip. You will not be able to resist him. https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_6019e6e4c5b69137248daeed

In science news tonight, mapping platypus DNA because … well, because I wanted to read it. 🙂 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210106133034.htm

Last but not least, time for a song.

That’s it for me tonight. See you in seven.

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Weekly News

Happy Wednesday! January is racing away, sending us all careening toward February. Do you feel yourself careening? I do. And since it is absolutely inevitable in our current crazy timeline, some news and a song to make it more enjoyable.

This first story has a different kind of racing. Jetson-like travel is fewer than five years away if you visit Florida. Mind blown. https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5fac5a15c5b635e9de9e8f70

In science news tonight, Saturn is tilted in its axis because of its moons. I heart science. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210121132103.htm

I leave you some Billie Eilish. Stay healthy. I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/EgBJmlPo8Xw

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Weekly News

Hello all! It’s Wednesday once again, a slightly chill but otherwise nice day in my neck of the woods. Nice days deserve nice news and music.

This first story is heart-warming, and, well, nice. 😉 https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5fe1005fc5b6a7df6666ff26

And in science news, kangaroos can intentionally communicate with humans. You know what this means, don’t you? I’m moving to Australia. 😂 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201217135258.htm

My song choice tonight is largely influenced by my current edits. Enjoy! I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/2fngvQS_PmQ

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Weekly News

Hi all! It has been a while. I had intended to be back last week, but whoa boy! If you’re not in the US, um…last Wednesday was something else. Since I don’t want to miss any more time, and we could all use something fun/funny, time for some news and a song.

I would eat it. https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5ff89895c5b691806c48ba05

In science, “Ten Times Science Made a Sucky Year Suck Less.” What more do you need? 😉 https://www.livescience.com/10-times-science-made-sucky-year-suck-less.html

Sometimes you need to turn the news off and dance. Here’s the perfect song. Enjoy it, and I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/y6Sxv-sUYtM?list=PLJNlve0_Ebae2aPbjfolLT-6LvZkP8UZA

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Christmas Break

Hi all! I’m taking a few weeks off blogging for the holidays. I’ll see in the new year. Happy Holidays!

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Weekly News

Welcome back, friends! It is is midweek again, which means it is time for a news and music tasting. I hope you’re hungry. 😉

Nice move on the deer’s part. https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5fbd9d00c5b61d04bfa50663

In science today, our memories create a unique structure in each of our brains. Like fingerprints, our experiences help tell us apart. I heart science! https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201120132624.htm

Sharing one of my favorites again. Enjoy! I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/ZXhuso4OTG4

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IWSG and Weekly News

It’s time once again for the monthly posting of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The weird and wonderful time of the month where twittering fingers reach through their screens to connect with the world. Come see. 🙂

The wonderful co-hosts for the December 2 posting are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre!

The optional monthly question: when are you most productive and why?

I tightened the question from a focus on specific months, which doesn’t really apply, to a general time of day question. I’m most productive in the morning before the day gets going, and my mind gets swirled with stress and busyness. It means I get up every day around 5 a.m. to write, making my writing priority number one for the day. My productivity means a lot to me.

Now, time for some news.

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I know many of you have seen this next story, but I could not help myself. They just found a third one in California as well. Aliens, I’m going with aliens. 🙂

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/utah-monolith-twin-romania_n_5fc570d5c5b66bb88c6996bc

Today’s science story is AMAZING! Reversing aging could be a game changer. I heart science!

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/12/researchers-restore-lost-sight-mice-offering-clues-reversing-aging

I leave you with one of favorite songs. See you back here in seven.

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