Wednesday, August 29, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Freefall Summer by Tracy Barrett

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Freefall Summer by Tracy Barrett!!! Today, on our tour stop, we have an exclusive excerpt AND a cool tour-wide giveaway to share! So... Check out all the tour festivities and follow the tour, HERE! Grab your copy now!!!

Young Adult
Contemporary Romance
Publish Date:
April 3, 2018
Charlesbrige Teen

Sixteen-year-old Clancy Edwards has always been "the good girl." Ever since her mother died in a skydiving accident when Clancy was young, Clancy's father has watched her like a hawk. Between her dad's rules and her boyfriend's protectiveness, she's longing for an escape this summer. Then she meets Denny.

Denny is a new skydiving student and college freshman. Clancy lets Denny think they're the same age--and that she's old enough to make decisions for herself. But the lies snowball, relationships are damaged, and suddenly Clancy isn't the person she wants to be. If only making choices were as simple as taking a leap out of a plane. Before Clancy can make things right, one last act of rebellion threatens her chance to do so--maybe forever.


“So what made you decide to make a jump this summer?” I asked Denny, to change the subject. Plus, I was being friendly to a client. My dad would approve.
His smile disappeared. Odd—usually first jumpers are thrilled to talk about what inspired them to skydive. “It’s just . . . it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I was only going to do the one jump yesterday, but then I changed my mind. I’m going again.” He looked out at the landing area. “This time I want to do it without someone else doing all the work.”
“You’re doing an AFF?” This doesn’t happen often. It’s more expensive than a tandem jump since there’s a half day of class and practice, and then the jumper has to pay for two instructors, not just one. Most AFF students are interested in more than the adrenaline rush and want to learn the sport side of it. Others want to prove something to themselves. I wondered which kind Denny was. Either way, I respected AFF students more than tandems. If you’re just going for an adrenaline rush, why not do a bungee jump instead of a skydive? It’s cheaper and quicker.
Over the PA, Cynthia said, “Load one to the hangar,” and the first group of jump students came in through the wide door, chatting nervously. Randy—my least favorite instructor—and Noel followed them, and Randy beckoned me over to where the student rigs were laid out on the floor.
’Scuse me,” I said to Denny.
“Rig this one up, would you?” Randy pointed at one of the guys in the group. I recognized him from the week before, when Patsy had been training him in AFF. Randy consulted the sheet of paper in his hand. “His name’s Travis. He’s the only one not doing a tandem. Patsy’s running late but she should be here in time to take him out with Mad Jack. I’ll brief the tandem students while you’re doing that.” He winked. “And I’ll owe you one.”
I ignored the wink and introduced myself to Travis. I told him to step into the leg straps and pull them up over his knees. “Now put on the harness like you’re putting on a jacket,” I said. He pulled the straps over his shoulders. I tightened the leg straps around his thighs, then the chest band and the belly band. I tucked the ends of the straps into their keepers. “Can you breathe okay?”
Travis nodded. He was pale. “You’re not the one I’m going to jump with, are you?” His voice shook a little and he cleared his throat.
“No, I’m just helping. Patsy and Jack are taking you out. Don’t worry—they’ll be here any minute and they’ll check everything before you get in the plane, and then they’ll check it again before you go out the door. And someone will check their gear too.” I’d said those words so many times that my voice sounded mechanical to me. Maybe it did to Travis too; he didn’t look any calmer.

Copyright © 2018 by Tracy Barrett


**About the Author**
Photo Credit: Jenny Mandeville/Vanderbilt University
Tracy Barrett has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. She’s much too interested in too many things to stick to one genre, and has published nonfiction as well as historical fiction, mysteries, fantasy, time travel, myth and fairy-tale retellings, and contemporary realistic novels. She knows more about ancient Greece and Rome and the European Middle Ages than anyone really needs to know, can read lots of dead languages, and used to jump out of airplanes.

A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers led to the writing of her first novel, the award-winning Anna of Byzantium (Delacorte). Her most recent publications are a contemporary YA novel, Freefall Summer, which draws on her own skydiving adventures; a middle-grade fantasy entitled Marabel and the Book of Fate; The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard, a collection of little-known Greek myths; and the popular middle-grade series The Sherlock Files.

From 1999 to 2009 Tracy Barrett was the Regional Advisor for the Midsouth (Tennessee and Kentucky) with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She is now SCBWI's Regional Advisor Coordinator.

Tracy grew up near New York City, and went to college in New England and graduate school in California. She holds a Bachelor's Degree with honors in Classics-Archaeology from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Italian Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers and won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Work-in-Progress Grant in 2005. She taught Italian and other subjects at Vanderbilt University for almost thirty years. She has two grown children and lives in Tennessee with her husband and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

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