Thursday, June 12, 2014

Blog Tour Swoon Thursday (#72) and Giveaway: #scandal by Sarah Ockler

Welcome to the blog tour for #scandal by Sarah Ockler! A few weeks ago, I read this book, and loved it! I hope you enjoy the swoony excerpt I've choose - and be sure to enter the giveaway!

Swoon Thursday is a hot meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at YA Bound!

- From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering

- Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting

This week, my swoon is from #scandal by Sarah Ockler!

... I finally turn to face him. His eyes fill with sadness as he studies my hair, my skin, my mouth like this is the last time we'll ever see each other, five seconds before the earth explodes. His lips are full and pink and I'm wondering what they might taste like and then, with the horse looking on and Cassiopeia watching from the night sky, Cole presses his mouth to mine. Every cell in my body collides, a million tiny explosions under my skin. 

The swirl behind my belly button deepens, and when I close my eyes, the sky shatters and the stars fall, pinpricks of white-hot light landing on my shoulders like glitter. Cole's mouth is cool and sweet, apples and beer. I lean closer and wrap my arms around his neck. His hands are on me, one tangled in my hair, one pressing the bottle to my back, and I'm lost.

Spinning, falling.

- eARC, 11%

About the Book:

#scandal by Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 17, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

About the Author:

Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of novels for teens, including The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens' Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. Her latest, #scandal, hits the shelves in June 2014. 

Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she's not writing or reading at home in Colorado, she enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex.

The Giveaway:

Win a prize pack with 4 signed hardcover copies of Sarah Ockler's books:  (Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah, Bittersweet, and The Book of Broken Hearts) - US Only


- Must be 13 or older to enter
- Giveaway ends on June 16th at 11:59 pm
- A false entry will be consider as cheating, so this person will be disqualified. 
- Winner will be notified via email and needs to answer in 48 hours letting us know if he/she accepts the prize and send us his/her full name and address.
- Your personal information won't be used or be seen unless you're the winner of the giveaway. We won't sell it nor use it in a bad way.


  1. Somehow my comment disappeared. :( Anyway, that excerpt is getting some swoons from me! Definitely excited for this book. I wish I lived in the US--that giveaway is pretty awesome.

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    1. I'm so sorry! Blogger is annoying like that -.- And I'm sorry that this giveaway is USA only, like so many out there :/ Thank you for the comment!

  2. "with the horse looking on" that got me wondering.
    This book sounds great. Thanks for sharing the swoons.

    My Swoon @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

    1. LOL I knew someone would be curious! It's interesting, the role of the horse. I like him :)

  3. Oh wow... that's a nice swoon! Sounds like a good book too!

    Here's My Swoon!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  4. Love your swoon! I haven't heard of this book before, but it's definitely getting added to my TBR! :)

  5. Very nice swoon! Great choice for this Thursday, Alyssa!

  6. Love it! I'm curious about the sad look though.

    My swoon is from Apocalypse Lovers by Serena Walken!

    1. It's a bit hopeless in the beginning, Lucy and Cole's relationship. But not for long!

  7. I was never really involved in scandal at, I was. Seventh grade. Small Texas town, like about 7,000 people. At the end of 6th grade my math teacher asked me to manage the football teams, since he'd be coaching the next year. I agreed - and my so-so friend decided she wanted to join in too because she liked about 3 guys in 8th grade, and probably another 3 in 7th grade. He agreed to let her help out too. Her mother worked with my mother, and any time Deanna was ever at my house under grandparent supervision, whatever happened always got back to my mom - every single sibling squabble. I finally realized it was her doing the "sharing," but thought we were growing up. After we were mostly through the season, one day I was walking in the courtyard and a bunch of 8th graders were giving me these crazy looks. One guy, who we both had crushes on, said across the courtyard "Preggo your eggo?" I had no clue what he was talking about. I soon found out my "friend" Deanna started a rumor, and even got one my cousin who was on the 8th grade team to help her spread it, that I was pregnant by one of the football boys. Fortunately it quickly died down (although something like that, I don't know why - perhaps nobody really believed it when they thought about it). But I was livid. My friends shunned her, and she quickly found herself slumming it with the girls at the bottom of the barrel, so to speak. I never really talked to her after that, and definitely didn't trust her. As I write this I realize I never told my mother about her rumor...I wonder if that would have changed her opinion that I just "dumped" Deanna as my friend.

    BUT the scandal I was going to tell before I remembered I did have my own scandal: also in 7th grade, we had a new kid come a few weeks late. She was very weird, very smart, but very obnoxious and quite frankly, rude - to everyone. (In fact, one of my high school Spanish teachers, who had his PhD, knocked her off her pedestal in class one day.) Anyway, her behavior did nothing to spare her the "new kid" phenomenon: She and I had the first class together, Spanish. There were about 30-35 kids in the class. There was a cricket in our classroom. She made our teacher stop class so she could take the cricket outside. Our class was in an wing outside, so the door led directly into the courtyard. When she came back in, there was a cricket antennae sticking out the side of her mouth! Needless to say, by lunch EVERYONE knew. Some stupid kid even confronted her and asked her about it, which she adamantly denied, but there were at least 30 other kids who saw her come back in with that black antennae hanging out the side of her mouth.

  8. Wow, now that's a kiss!! Great swoon and this book sounds really good!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!



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