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Oct 4, 2013

Facade Blog Tour: Guest Post, Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Facade Blog Tour hosted by Forever Romance. I'm extremely excited to be on this tour because Facade is definitely my number one book of 2013. Like, seriously. I mean, throughout the year, there are tons of great books that release and tons of great books in general, but this one definitely hit all the spots for me and thus far, there hasn't been one to knock it off its spot. Anyway, I'm most honored to get to talk all sorts of Adrilaney ;p things with you today!

For today's stop, I've got an awesome excerpt from Facade, a guest post by the wonderful Nyrae Dawn, and my thoughts and feels to share with all of you as well as the tour wide giveaway, so do not go anywhere because there's a lot of epic going on, for sure! Without anymore delay...

About the book:

FacadeTitle: Facade (Games, #2)
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Publisher: Forever
Release date: September 24, 2013

No one knows who twenty-one year-old Adrian Westfall is behind his façade. After what he's done, he deserves to live alone with his pain, even if he'd do anything to forget. Anything for a moment of quiet without his past haunting him.

Eighteen year-old Delaney Cross wants nothing more than to absolve her family from her father's sins. To keep her suicidal mom off that ledge, and help her brother Maddox get the light back in his eyes. She thinks their road to freedom is through Adrian.

Adrian and Delaney are bound together by tragedy... Only Adrian doesn't know it. As their lives intertwine, they find a solace in each other they never knew existed. Laney knows she needs to tell him-to come out from behind her smoke screen, but to say the words could mean losing him.

Two people. Two disguises. True love. Will it be enough to save them when all secrets are bared?
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My review:

Ever since I first read Nyrae Dawn’s What A Boy Wants, I’ve been a fan for life. Almost everything she’s written, I’ve read. There’s something so addicting about her writing that never fails to pull me in every time, it’s so all-consuming; I can never get enough. With Façade, she did it yet again. She pulled me in, made me fall in love with her characters, wrung every emotion from me, broke me down, and put me back together. I flew through Façade in a quickness. It’s almost a double-edged sword, that sentence. I’ve been waiting forever for Façade and I really wanted to savor every amazing thing about it, I wanted to take my sweet time, but as soon as Dawn pulled me in, I couldn’t help myself, no matter how much I wanted to go slow and steady. This just goes to show how brilliant and mind-blowing Nyrae Dawn and Façade are. But now, I’m bummed out of my mind because all I want is to go back and read it all over again… for the very first time.

Read my full review here.

Excerpt from Facade:

When I see my sister, Angel, walk over to Ash’s grave I don’t get out of the car. When some guy walks up and grabs her hand, I don’t know who he is and yet, I don’t bother finding out. They hug and I don’t walk over and do the same thing to her. It’s not our thing to stand around having some group, mourning session over the two year-old boy who died too soon.

Nope. This is real life. Not like all the stupid fucking books I read or the movies people watch or the reality shows that couldn’t be farther away from reality.

Without moving an inch, I watch her. Watch as she sets flowers on Ashton’s grave. As the guy pulls her into a hug. As they kneel on the ground, probably talking to him in a way I’ll never have the balls to do.

The guy says something to her and then gets up and walks away. I duck further down in my seat, but no one is paying attention to me. He heads back to a little car and waits.

Angel’s hands go to her face and I know she’s crying in them. Know she’s mourning the loss of Ash, the boy she loved so much. The boy she took care of better than any mom could. I know she sent the guy away because she’s like me and needs to handle shit on her own. Only unlike me, she’ll never run.

She cries out there for probably thirty minutes. The whole time my chest is tight. Aching. It’s hard to breathe and I want to turn away, but I don’t. I deserve to feel this way and deserve to see this.

A fist squeezes tighter and tighter around my heart. My face is wet, but I don’t bother to wipe away the tears, either. Real men don’t fucking cry. That’s what dad always said before he hit me in a series of body shots, until I couldn’t stop myself from doing just what he said I shouldn’t do.

Then he’d beat me harder for being weak.

Angel’s shoulders are shaking. I can tell from this far away.

I’m not an idiot. Never have been. I know it wouldn’t make me weak to walk over there and hug her. To hold her and tell her it’ll be okay, but I still won’t do it. What right do I have to try and console her, when I’m the one who destroyed everything?

When I’m the one who let Ash die?

So I sit here and watch her, just so I’ll never forget the pain I caused.

Nyrae Dawn's Top Five Quotes from Facade

1. My heart drums. Heat burns through me. “Girls stand no chance against you, do they?”

He laughs at that. “I pay attention,” he says. “You like to be touched. Anywhere. Skin to skin makes you smile.” Adrian traces a path down to my hips. “Or blush. I bet it makes your heart race too. I feel you shiver every time I touch you.”

2. You reminded me what it feels like to love. You made me fall in love and, fuck, I don't want to lose that. I don't want to lose you.”

3. “She's the fire in my veins, the breath in my lungs, and the glue trying to hold each of my scars together.”

4. “I don't know what it is about you that makes me want you so fucking bad.”

They may not be the words a girl longs to hear, but I cherish them. Because they're real and real is better than a pretty lie.

5. “I can't get you out of me. Your smile's in my head and your voice in my ear.”

About the author:

Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn's passion. Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she's a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she's not with her family, you can be pretty sure you'll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her. Nyrae also writes adult romance under the name Kelley Vitollo.

Connect with Nyrae Dawn: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway details:

  • 1 WINNER: $25 gift card to the e-retailer of your choice, plus a print copy of Facade
  • 5 WINNER: Forever New Adult Prizepack including print copies of: Facade, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (Jessica Sorensen), The Edge of Never (J.A Redmerski), and Elite (Rachel Van Dyken).

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