Welcome to this little stop on Team Purple’s YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m on team purple.
I’m Olivia Hinebaugh (Hinebaugh rhymes with pine-paw, in case you were wondering). I’m a debut novelist so this is my first time participating in the hunt and I am just so excited you’re here.
My debut book The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me is a YA Contemporary about a girl who’s never been kissed, but somehow becomes her school’s sex expert. It’s feminist and sex-positive and if those sound good, it’d be rad if you wanted to add it to goodreads! I wrote all about sex in the media somewhere along this team purple scavenger hunt, and I hope you find it.
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And now for the fun stuff. I’m happy to host author Julia Day!
Julia Day is an award-winning author of Young Adult fiction. She lives in North Carolina (USA), halfway between the beaches and the mountains, along with two twenty-something daughters, one old husband, and too many computers to count. When she’s not writing stories or software, she’s traveling to distant places or baking something she probably shouldn’t eat. Julia also writes YA magical realism as Elizabeth Langston.
About her book Fade To Us.
Brooke’s summer is going to be EPIC — having fun with her friends and a job that finally lets her buy a car. Then her new stepfather announces his daughter is moving in. Brooke has always longed for a sibling, so she’s excited about spending more time with her stepsister. But she worries, too. Natalie has Asperger’s–and Brooke’s not sure how to be the big sister that Natalie needs.
After Natalie joins a musical theater program, Brooke sacrifices her job to volunteer for the backstage crew. She’s mostly there for Natalie, but Brooke soon discovers how much she enjoys being part of the show. Especially sweet is the chance to work closely with charming and fascinating Micah–the production’s stage manager.
When her summer finally comes to an end, will Brooke finally have the family she so desperately wants–and the love she’s only dreamed about?
Exclusive Bonus Content!
Fade to Us
Bonus Scene in Chapter 20
From Micah’s POV
Brooke and I hadn’t spoken much on the ride back from the ballpark. An hour of silence should’ve felt awkward, but it hadn’t. Instead, it felt great.
After dropping her off, I drove to the rental house, my thoughts drifting to her. In the week since she’d started working for me backstage, I’d come to depend on her. When I needed something, she anticipated it. If I gave her a crap project, she completed it without complaining. She was the perfect assistant.
But she was so much more. Pretty. Kind. Always happy. It made me happy to be around her.
I was in danger of becoming addicted to Brooke Byers.
As I pulled into the driveway, I saw a light on in the family room. My mother was up. Was she waiting for me? Reviewing her notes from today’s rehearsal?
I entered through the garage, tossed the keys on the counter, and snagged a peanut butter cookie from a plate. Mmm, still warm.
Mom glanced up from her laptop. “Did you enjoy your date?”
“Yeah, and it wasn’t a date.”
She snorted. “Looked like a date to me.”
“Nope. Just friendly hanging out.” I started down the hall to my room.
Mom’s voice stopped me. “So Brooke’s mother’s an umpire?”
“Yeah, college league.” Pausing in the doorway, I swallowed the last bite of the cookie and eyed Mom warily. She acted like she was in the mood to talk. I wasn’t. If I was lucky, she would get the hint.
“Is everything okay, Micah?”
She watched me a moment, then frowned at her laptop. “We need to chat about the fight scene in the second act, but we can do it in the morning.”
I continued to my room and threw myself on the bed. Tonight had been fun—all because of Brooke. She was easy to talk to. Interesting. Observant. She’d asked me about something not even my mother had picked up on. Running a show this big and expensive had turned out tougher than I expected. The pressure was getting to me.
Brooke was the only one who’d noticed. Can you ever let the stress go?
Not exactly a question I would normally answer for someone I barely knew, but her beautiful brown eyes had encouraged me to trust her.
I can let it go when I’m with you.
She’d smiled before turning back to the game. And even though she clearly wanted more from me, she hadn’t pushed. Just honored the boundaries I’d set.
Maybe I should rethink the rules. I was tempted to—
No. I was her boss. After theater camp ended in three weeks, I’d be gone. More was not an option for us.
It was time to back away—while I still could.
Want more of this story? You can buy Fade to Us here.
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Next stop on the purple train: Mackenzie Flohr.