I’ve done a bunch of cover reveals on my blog. I love ’em. I think they are fun and give a quick one-stop place to get the details on a book.
And I always wanted one.
So it’s pretty amazing to me that today is my cover reveal day and today is the day I get to show you the loveliness that is MAKE IT COUNT. The first in my sexy and charming Bowler University series releases June 3 from William Morrow Impulse/HarperCollins and will be available in print later in the summer/fall.
I want to send a HUGE thank you to Jen McLaughlin for reading my book and providing the blurb on the cover. I’ve always been a fan of hers. And the last novel in her bestselling OUT OF LINE series — OUT OF MIND — releases April 29th. Can’t wait to get more of Finn and Carrie!
So, you ready to meet Kat and Alec? Here they are!
About MAKE IT COUNT:
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?
Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.
Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…
But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.
What authors are saying about MAKE IT COUNT:
“Steamy, poignant, and addicting…you won’t want to put it down!” –New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jen McLaughlin
“MAKE IT COUNT was like a breath of fresh air! Very clever and sweet, funny and sexy. You won’t read this without smiling and sighing and swooning—sometimes all at once.” — Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series
“Fun, fresh, and romantic, this book kept me enthralled (and swooning hard) while shining a light on important issues often ignored. A witty heroine sets the tone and the protective, loyal hero brings the heart. Nerdy IS the new black, ladies, and Alec Stone is hot!” — Rachel Harris, author of SEVEN DAY FIANCE
“Math nerds, funny chicks, and awesome side characters, oh my! This book had it all.” — USA Today Bestselling Author Cindi Madsen
“In short, MAKE IT COUNT is a fun, utterly original take on new adult that will have you laughing and swooning from the first page to the last. If you’re looking for a fun read, you’ve found it!” — Melissa West, author of PIECES OF OLIVIA
Excerpt from MAKE IT COUNT:
Kat gathered her books and stuffed them into her plaid Burberry messenger bag, then headed toward the front doors, smoothie from the library snack shop in hand. Head bent, fiddling with the clasp of her bag, she stumbled into a wall of human on the pavement outside.
“Oh, I’m sorry—” Her voice dropped out when she realized the solid flesh belonged to Alec, Max’s best friend.
She’d only met him once or twice before he’d moved in with Max this semester and every time, he cocked his eyebrow with a half frown like he knew something she didn’t. Which he actually did, since he had brainy superpowers. Smarter than a speeding Einstein. Able to leap over C-minus students like her in a single bound.
She didn’t trust people that smart. And she didn’t trust a guy who didn’t ogle her ass or leer at her boobs like every other member of the straight male species on the planet.
Right now, that raised-eyebrow frown pinned her where she stood. His pale green eyes behind thick black frames roamed over her shoulder to the library and then back to her. With his pin-stripe button-down, dark jeans with Converse shoes and hair styled in a short, messy pompadour, he looked like a nerdy Elvis.
His frown morphed into a smile when he spotted the smoothie in her hand, and she definitely didn’t notice his full lips. “You know, you don’t have to venture into the forbidden zone just to get a smoothie.”
Oooh. The jerk. She glanced around surreptitiously, then leaned in and spoke in a low voice. “Just play it cool. Don’t let it slip someone like me snuck in the library.” She gripped his forearm and whispered. “Password today is rosebud.”
His face blanked and he looked at her like he’d never seen her before. Kat debated whether or not that was an improvement over his other look.
But then those intelligent eyes narrowed and a smirk curled his lips. “I know. We nerds get an e-mail every morning.”
See? He always needed the last word. She propped a hand on her hip and leaned in. “Well, sounds like you have a mole. Might want to look into that.”
He opened his mouth but she cut him off. “Just looking out for you guys. Anyway, see ya around!”
Before he could shoot back a snarky comeback, Kat skirted around him and bounded down the stairs. She chalked that up as Kat 1, Alec 0.
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THANK YOU a million times to the bloggers and authors and reviewers and everyone else for spreading the word about my cover. I’m overwhelmed at the positive response and I can’t wait for you all to read MAKE IT COUNT. <3