Tuesday, January 7, 2020

STEEL STRINGS | by Alex Hayes #YA #ContemporaryRomance #Excerpt #DreamCast #Giveaway #AlexHayes #YABoundBookTours

Check out my stop on the blog tour for Steel Strings by Alex Hayes!

Steel Strings
by Alex Hayes
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 3rd, 2019


Compelled to silence, Brianna is like a cello without strings and must fight to reclaim her voice through the instruments she creates.

Brianna Jones is a nerdy, biracial teen who dreams of bringing music to the world via orchestral instruments fashioned out of recycled materials. But she must keep her project secret from her half-sister, whose mission in life is to destroy everything Brianna holds dear.

Marek Lakewood is one of the few guys who see Brianna for whom she really is and has admired her from afar for years, but he’s never been a risk-taker, not since his father was killed on a black diamond ski slope.

When a physics project lands Marek in Brianna’s sphere, he finds himself taking bigger and bigger risks and discovers Brianna’s life and aspirations are far more complicated than he ever imagined

Steel Strings is a contemporary romance and companion novel to the Chameleon Effect Series.

Steel Strings is available on Amazon and KU. Here is a universal link: https://mybook.to/SteelStrings 


Physics book unearthed, I drop it on the round table, along with a notebook containing my shortlist of topics. My eyes stray to the doorway, anticipation pushing up my pulse.
Will she show? What will I say when she does?
The dating advice I read drifts through my mind… Compliment her. Act natural. Be confident. Focus on her. Be yourself. Flirt…
Jeez. How am I going to do all that?
Stop trying so hard.
Yeah, okay. Sound advice. I seriously need to chill.
The door swings open. The flash of a silver jacket captures my gaze. And holds it.
Brianna weaves through the café, eyes searching. For me.
I unfreeze and lift a hand.
She notices the movement and her inquisitive frown morphs into a heart-stopping smile.
This could be really bad. In a really good way. As in I could get used to seeing that smile.
But I’m not going anywhere with this girl unless I make use of at least six of those twelve steps. With Jacob Flinn still owning the field, I’m going to have to make damn good use of them too.
When Brianna reaches the table, I stand. “Hey…uh, have a seat.”
Her smile gets even brighter. “Thanks.” She inhales deeply as she sits. “It sure smells good in here.”
Focus on her. No problem. All sensory organs are one hundred percent homed in on the girl in front of me.
But there’s something I’ve missed, something she just said about the smell of coffee.
“Can I get you something to drink?”
She blinks. “Um, sure.”
I grin, when I never grin. All because of this girl.

Dream Cast

Coming up with a dream cast for Steel Strings is tough. In a way, I don’t want to associate my characters with specific actors or other fictional characters. Not to say I don’t model them physically on faces I trawl for on the internet! Also, I’m not a big TV watcher. Most likely, I’d borrow actors from the Marvel Universe or choose well-known musicians. Maybe a young Chadwick Boseman for Marek and Tessa Thompson as Brianna. For Idris, Marek’s best friend, I’d choose Jordan Fisher. 

About the Author

Alex Hayes wrote her first fiction story when she was twelve. Inspired by her mother’s storytelling, she began work on her first novel, Ice Cracks, at eighteen.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In her twenties, she moved from Marin County, California to Boston, Massachusetts, where she built a career as an IT professional in database engineering. In 2004, she self-published Ice Cracks, which became a semi-finalist in the 2005 IPPY Awards.

Alex splits her time between Grand Junction, Colorado, and Guanajuato, Mexico. When she isn’t writing, she’s helping her partner, Lee, renovate a 450-year-old hacienda. She is mother to one beautiful daughter and many wonderful cats.

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