Monday, November 17, 2014

Emeralds and Pearls by C. Spencer-Upton [Blog Tour & Giveaway]

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Emeralds and Pearls by C. Spencer-Upton
Publication Date: October 11, 2013 

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I've spent seventeen years being a wallflower. Seventeen years, watching people live their lives, while mine stood still. I was happy for those years, nothing new happened because I never let it, every day was the same and predictable.
When my parents told me we were another state, I freaked. I spent the first week, after the move, wishing I could move back. But then something changed. I became a someone, and to begin with I enjoyed it, but I soon learned, some things aren't always as they seem. I have two lives now. Both of them are testing me, pushing me to my limits.

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As I got my shoes back on, I got the feeling I wasn't alone, like I was being watched. Cautiously, I looked up. Dean was standing at the foot of the porch steps. Every good feeling that I'd gained from the night, vanished. “What are you doing here?” I stuttered.
“I was about to ask you the same thing.” His eyes stared at me, hard and angry.
My hands shook and my mouth went dry, I'd pushed him too far now and, contrary to earlier belief, I wasn't sure I would be happy taking the rap for tonight. “Freya and Marie wanted to come, they practically dragged me here,” not a lie, just a slightly twisted one.
I waited for him to respond, but he didn't for a few moments. “You're such a liar, you know that?” He went to grab my hand, but I moved out the way. I hoped someone would need the bathroom, like now, or at least for someone to come check that I was okay. “Don't play games Chelsea, we need to talk.” He marched up the steps and dragged me back down, down the driveway and pretty much chucked me into the passenger seat of his truck. “Don't even think about getting back out, I don't mind dragging you back here in front of the whole party,” he spat.
It had been my plan, but I didn't want to deal with the embarrassment.
When he started the truck, I panicked, no one knew where I was going, no one could help, and I was certain steam was coming out of his ears. I chastised myself for giving up the fight too easily, for not just letting the other two go, Freya knew everyone, she didn't need me, and lastly, for getting tipsy and dancing with everyone in ways I don't think I should have. If I could go back in time, I'd do what I originally planned to, curl into a ball in the corner.
His foot hit the pedal with too much force, we were speeding down the roads and swerving around vehicles, far too aggressively, I silently prayed that when we stopped, he'd have calmed down and would be at least rational and understandable.
As we drove up his street, I mentally thanked the Lord, until I noticed the house was dark and there were no cars parked outside, I'd been premature on the thank you.

About the Author

C. Spencer-Upton Born and raised in a small mining town in Derbyshire. Caroline (The C in 'C Spencer-Upton') has spent her adult years building a home and a future based on what's in front of her, and for a while, that was all she needed. Family, friends and the dog. In 2012, that all changed. Her new love of reading became a drug. Living in a fantasy became her happy place to escape from reality. Her imagination came to life and ideas that had laid dormant for years, came rushing back to the surface and Emeralds And Pearls was conceived, her debut novel. In October 2013, that new chapter in her life started and Emeralds And Pearls were introduced to the world. Caroline works a normal 8-5 job which has nothing to do with literature. When people discover that she has written a novel, the look of shock on their faces is enough to bring a smug smile to her face, knowing that people underestimate her. Writing is her escape and she loves reading about her fans enjoying something she loves. This is the start of a new story of her own and can't wait for new readers to be a part of it.

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