Friday, July 26, 2019

BLOG TOUR: When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Jessica Pennington's When Summer Ends!!! Today, on our tour stop, we have an exclusive excerpt AND cool tour-wide giveaway to share! So... Check it out and grab your copy now!!! Follow the tour, HERE!

Young Adult
Contemporary Romance
Publish Date:
April 9, 2019

Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he's losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she's starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.


“Did you, or did you not, spend the last two Saturdays planning a wedding with his mom and sister?” 
“I did. Because his sister is my friend, and I actually like his mom. And then I went out with my boyfriend.” 
Emma scowls and a little rumble escapes her throat. “Did you? Did you go out and do something fun?” 
We went to a movie. Movies are fun. Last time I checked, taking your girlfriend to a movie wasn’t a criminal offense. Where is this coming from? Zander and Emma have always gotten along. “What’s wrong with a movie?” 
“Nothing, it’s perfect. He’s perfect. Just like you’ve been telling me since we were ten.” 
“And before you know it, you’re going to be going to the movies that Zander picks out for the rest of your life,” she says. 
“And that’s the worst thing?” 
“It’s not very romantic.”
“They make movies about falling in love with your best friend, Em. It is romantic.” 
“Yeah, but they’re like . . . Hallmark movies.” Em squishes her nose up, like just the word offends her. “You need to be in the kind of movie that gets leaked on the internet because it’s so hot.”
She makes a sizzling sound when she touches my knee and I want to laugh but I can’t quite make myself. I hate that she’s putting these thoughts into my head, making me question what I’ve always wanted. Because I have always wanted Zander. I still want him. 
“Okay, but seriously.” Em’s eyes are soft. “You’ve been in love Zander since you were ten or something. You’ve never kissed another guy. You’ve never been wooed.” 
“Wooed? Seriously?” 
“Don’t you want to know what it’s like?” 
“What?” I can feel the warmness rising up in my chest, the feeling when I know I’m in trouble, when I’ve done something wrong, been caught. I feel the panic rising up, the anxiety and anger. The sadness. I breathe slow through my nose, so slow Emma won’t even notice it. But I do. I feel the air filling my lungs, feel the blood cooling down, my nerves starting to settle. 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . I can’t remember the last time I had to calm my nerves like this, had to do my breathing exercises from therapy. But I feel so unwanted right now. 
“Don’t you want to know what it feels like to be chased?” 
She’s right. I was most definitely the chaser with Zander. Even though he’s the one who made the move that turned us into a couple, I was the one sitting on the sidelines, waiting for it. Deep down, I know he knew how I felt about him. For years. So yes, it’s a little sad that I just waited around all of those years, until he was ready. But it never mattered because I ended up with what I always wanted. “Maybe I don’t want to be chased,” I say. 
“And maybe you do.” 
Yeah, maybe I do.

Copyright © 2019 by Jessica Pennington


“A captivating read and a great pick for fans of Morgan Matson and Emery Lord!” ―RT Book Reviews

“Filled with lyrics, love, and late nights, Pennington's debut novel will appeal to romance fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti.” ―School Library Journal

“Pennington’s debut is a light road-tripping romance about redemption and the love of music.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Reading Cam & Vee's past and present romance reminds me of This is Us! This is going on my keeper shelf.” ― Simone Elkeles, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author

Love Songs & Other Lies is a music-infused romance about a pair of perfectly imperfect teenagers who will have readers rooting for their happily ever after.” ― Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden

“Boys in bands, second chance romance, and pitch-perfect chemistry. Love Songs & Other Lies hits all the right notes!” ― Gina Ciocca, author of Last Year's Mistake

“Fun and full of heart, with a hero who stole my heart!” ― Katie McGarry, author of Pushing the Limits


**About the Author**
Photo Credit: Sheena Pearce
Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her novel, with her husband Josh and their son, Rory. Love Songs & Other Lies is her debut novel.

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