June SST: Excerpt of All the Feels (+ GIVEAWAY!)

Sunday, June 5, 2016
All the Feels by Danika Stone
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Publication Date: June 7, 2016


About All the Feels (via Goodreads):

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.




EXCERPT

Xander was waiting outside Cup O' Joe when Liv arrived. Icy fingers of wind dug under her coat as she trudged up the street, whereas Xander, with his long wool cloak and knee-high riding boots, was much better dressed for the weather. 

Catching sight of her, he waved his walking stick. "Liv! Over here, dearest!" (As if she'd assume the Jonathan Harker lookalike was anyone but him.) Dracula was set nowhere near Boulder, she thought, but she'd be willing to bet she could match it for mood. 

"I thought you would've grabbed us a table," Liv said, her breath clouding the frosty air. "It's freezing out." 

Snow swirled around the streetlights, catching on Xander's hair and peppering his top hat, giving the scene a postcard appeal.

"Joe's is packed," he said. "I tried, believe me. We'll have to-" Xander's dashing grin back-flipped into a look of concern as he caught sight of her face. "Christ, Liv, you look terrible!" he said, giving her a once over. "Whatever happened?"

Liv burrowed her nose into her scarf. "Nice to see you too, Xander." 

"I'm sorry for saying so, but you really do look dreadful."

"That is not an apology." She glowered at him. "You are a terrible best friend."

Xander groaned. "Oh come now, Liv. You know what I mean."

"I don't."

He waved a hand toward her mismatched ensemble. "Your hair isn't washed, your clothes are wrinkled, your shoes-"

"Not all of us live in a state of constant cosplay," Liv interrupted. Her voice dropped. "Or perfection," she muttered, thinking of Arden's long blond hair, pert body, and designer clothes.

Xander's gloved hand brushed her elbow and he gave her a gentle smile. "But you don't look like you, dearest, and that worries me."

Liv knew it was true, because his words were growing into that strange hybrid of modern American and fake British upper-crust. The first week of classes, Xander had gotten into an argument with their professor in the middle of class, and that same BBC-approved accent had come through. He was concerned.

Liv glanced over his shoulder to the window of Cup O' Joe. Xander was right. Every seat was taken. "So where do you want to go?" she sighed. "Cause I'm turning into a popsicle out here."

"Is Mickey Dee's to your liking, m'lady?"

"Perfect." 

"Then your carriage awaits." He did a half-bow, waiting for Liv to pass in front of him. "Just give me a minute to text Arden."

Liv headed down the street, snow crunching beneath her boots. She was annoyed again, and she couldn't explain why. She waited next to his car - a rusting orange Mazda - until Xander caught up. 

"So what's going on?" he asked. "You've been radio silent for days. I thought you'd joined a nunnery or something."

"I'm actually doing a little better. That's why I'm here."

"Oh?"

"I have an idea, but I'm going to need your help."

Xander unlocked the car door, and pulled it open with a flourish, his cape swinging wide. "You know I could never deny a damsel in distress."

Liv bit the inside of her lip to keep from grinning. "Am that what I am to you?"

"Not saying I mind. It lets me play hero." He winked. "So what's this idea of yours?"

Liv settled inside the car and smiled up at him.

"I'm bringing Spartan back from the dead."



About the Author:
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series and Ctrl Z) and teens (All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.



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