Friday, August 14, 2020

The Fall Changes by Marie McGrath ~ Excerpt & Giveaway


The Fall Changes
Marie McGrath
(Honey Cove , #1)
Publication date: August 11th 2020
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Change where you live.
Change your parents being married.
And maybe, change who you are.

At 16 years old, Riley Mills has had more change than she ever wanted. A new high school would be daunting for most teens, but between getting attention from the most popular girl and being paired with a boy for her class project, she is navigating many situations she never could have imagined.

With homecoming fast approaching and rumors about her swirling, Riley must confront her true nature. Is she a popular girl at heart? Could someone actually like her?

With no clear answers, Riley may just find some answers from the most unexpected sources.

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A girl with reddish-brown hair didn’t allow me to dwell on it for very long as she sat across from me. “Hey, new girl.”

Now what? Wasn’t one interaction enough? Couldn’t I have one minute of peace in this school without someone bothering me? All I wanted was to blend in and move on. If people kept reminding me I was the new girl, then neither of those things would ever happen.

“I’ve never seen those two stomp away in my entire life. I decided I had to introduce myself to the person who would accomplish such a feat. I’m Sophie Graham.”

I was unsure what to say. After what I just experienced, my walls were all the way up, and I wasn’t exactly thrilled with being called the new girl.

“Look. I know you don’t know me, and I can only assume what those two must have said to you, but seriously, I mean no harm. Okay? I think it’s cool what you did. Those two have been asking for it for, well, forever.”

“Thanks … I guess. I didn’t say much.”

“Well, for not saying much, they certainly bolted out of this lunchroom. Not to mention their bad mood could be felt like an earthquake across the cafeteria.”

I tried to stifle a giggle but wasn’t very successful. I imagined those two as an earthquake and couldn’t help it.

Sophie seemed to be really nice. But I thought Shelby seemed nice too, and look how well that turned out. I supposed if I was cautious with Sophie, it couldn’t hurt, could it? Something about her made her seem familiar and genuine. As my mom-mom always said, “You catch more bees with honey.” If I didn’t try, I would never know.

Sophie sat and blabbed about the school and her classmates.

I had a hard time concentrating. Instead, my brain churned everything that had happened so far. My thoughts were at war with each other. How much should I trust these people?

Sophie waved her hands in front of my face and snapped her fingers. “New girl! Hello! Are you in there? I asked you what class you had next. Lunch is almost over.”

I retrieved my schedule and showed it to Sophie. “I think it’s gym.”

“Well, isn’t that ironic. So do I. I’ll show you how to get there. Follow me, new girl.”

I hesitated before getting up and throwing away my trash. “The name’s Riley.”

“I know, new girl. Remember it’s a small school and town. You’re famous. We don’t have many newcomers, and most people have already heard your name, but new girl is more fun to say.”

I shot her a look.

“Well, I guess so is Riley. Come on, let’s go. Coach Schneider does not like you to be late. Trust me, I learned that the hard way.”

I may have only known Sophie for what felt like ten minutes, but Sophie was easy to listen to and seemed like she would be easy to get along with. I hoped things would be different with Sophie than how they had turned out with Shelby so far.

Author Bio:

Marie McGrath lives in a small rural town in Maryland. She hopes to inspire others with her stories. Her favorite genres to read are YA Romance and Contemporary Fiction. She loves the color turquoise, tigers, and listening to music.

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  1. Sounds like it will be an emotional read.

  2. New to me author and this looks like quite the lovely YA story :)

  3. First of all...I absolutely LOVE Fall and I'm so ready for it. This book sounds so cute, and would have been something I'd have read as a teen.

  4. I love a good romance. Thanks for your good works on this sweet story

  5. I love the colorful autumn look of this book's cover.

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  6. I love the cover because fall is my absolute favorite season. I love the smell of a campfire and the sun warming your skin with a cool breeze in the air! Gahhh I can’t wait!

  7. This sounds like a great read! I love fall and the cover is absolutely beautiful. I hope Riley can make the right decision!

  8. This looks great. I like the cover and the blurb.

  9. David HollingsworthAugust 14, 2020 at 9:40 PM

    The cover is gorgeous, and it makes me really look forward to Fall.

  10. I think my niece would enjoy reading this book. Her name is Rylan...and people call her Riley, lol She's about the age of the characters, so I think she could relate to the her birthday is in "the fall" many coincidences LOL :)

  11. This looks like a fun and lighthearted read – just what I need right now!

  12. Sounds interesting... love the cover

  13. Sounds like it will be an awesome read! Although I love summer I am ready for fall. I am excited to read this

  14. Sounds like a great book, Love the cover

  15. I really enjoyed the excerpt-thanks for the giveaway!

  16. sounds like a fun one

  17. Sounds like a good one! And I'm loving this cover. I just adore all things Fall.


  18. i really like the title and the cover. a job well done

  19. I think the book sounds great and I would love to read it.

  20. Sounds like a great read love the cover

  21. The cover is great. It sounds like a fun read.

  22. Sometimes I really miss the fall K-12 routine. Walking to school in the crisp autumn air, hearing the leaves crunch underneath your sneakers. I’m just glad I got to grow up to read this fun romance!

  23. The cover is intriguing to me.