Friday, April 28, 2017

"Painting Sky" by Rita Branches

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Painting Sky
by Rita Branches


This book blitz and giveaway for Painting Sky by Rita Branches is brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.


For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on Under a Million Stars.

Description
Nobody ever said life was easy ...
People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend.
But things don’t always go as planned ...
Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate – another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend’s older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane’s life becomes more complicated than ever before.
When Keith’s past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants – even if it hurts everyone she loves.

Excerpt
“I’m sorry about your hand,” I said. He threw his jacket over one of the couches and sat on the other. His eyes dropped to my arm, which I was subconsciously rubbing.
“Did he hurt you?” He wasn’t mad, this time—he was worried.
I tried to hide my smile and shook my head. “Not really. I bruise easily.”
He jumped to get closer. “Bruise?” He pulled my wrist and turned my arm to check the damage. It was red. Maybe I wouldn’t get a bruise, but his face made me smile.
“I’m not dying, Keith. He was just an ass.”
“I told you to go with your brother.” He sat again. “Did you have fun, at least?”
“Not really. I guess I didn’t drink enough.” I shrugged, not feeling drunk anymore.
“You really shouldn’t have told me that.” He jumped from the couch and disappeared into the kitchen. I heard a couple of cabinet doors opening and closing and then glasses clinking.
Keith came back with a bottle under his arm, two glasses in one hand, and a lime cut in two and salt in the other.
I wasn’t experienced, but I knew what that meant. “Tequila? Do you think it’s wise?”
“This night wasn’t supposed to be about being wise. It’s just the two of us: you won’t get in trouble.” He paused for a second, staring at the walls in deep thought. He then placed the ingredients on the coffee table. “We won’t get too drunk. Do you know how to drink this?”
I nodded. I’d never tasted it, but I saw it in the movies. The first one burned, and the second did, too. I stopped, while Keith kept pouring shots for himself.
After the first shot, Keith had turned the TV to a music channel. He had turned it up a couple of times, since. We were laughing at each other’s faces. Of course, he was used to it, but I saw the glimmer in his eyes. We were both drunk. The first time I had ever gotten drunk was with Keith Hale. Who would have guessed?
“You should go to sleep,” he slurred, pushing me to the stairs. “Your brother would kill me if he showed up right now.”
“Really?” I stumbled on almost every step. Keith grabbed my waist every time and released me after I steadied myself, only to stumble again. I repeated the word because it was funny in my tongue. “Really?” He laughed behind me.
“Yeah…” He was also dragging his words. “Thanks.”
“For what?” I had reached my door and turned to say good night.
He struggled for the words. His smile disappeared and he took so long to say anything that I was considering forgetting the question and going to my room. Then he grabbed my face with his hands.
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Praise for the Book
"I'd recommend this to any YA fan looking to dive into some new adult books. This book makes an easy transition because it's not heavy on the things that make a book new adult. It has a sweet but tortured romance and shows you just how not perfect everyone really is." ~ Chelsea
"Wow. This book blew me away. It left me speechless, which is hard to do if you know me. It was absolutely a beautifully written story that deserves to be read and shared by all avid readers." ~ Amers
"Words... I got nothing because this book left me with so many feels that I don't know if I will ever recover!! I've never been so angry to have to live my life. All I wanted to do was consume this book!" ~ Jesus Freak Reader
"YAY! I love finding new authors and new books to fall in love with. And this totally happened with Painting Sky by Rita Branches . Anyway, this book had me hooked from the get-go. The words on the pages just sucked me in and I didn't want to take a break from reading because I was so into it." ~ Pretty Little Book Reviews
"This book stole my heart. It is official. My heart was broken and shattered at the same time for what I felt for the characters in this book. Rita Branches, a new author to me, brought one of the sexiest, sweetest, and loveliest books that I have ever drank up within a day." ~ Amy's Review Obsession

Playlist
Check out the author's Painting Sky playlist.


About the Author
Rita Branches is the author of young adult and new adult contemporary romance. She published her debut novel, Painting Sky, in April 2016 and her second novel, Under a Million Stars, was published in August 2016.
Rita lives in Portugal and has a degree in Landscape Architecture, although from a very young age, her love has been in books. Rita Branches is an independent author who enjoys spending every free moment (when she´s not reading) writing emotional stories.

Giveaway
Enter the blitz-wide giveaway for a chance to win an ebook copy of Painting Sky and a $20 Amazon gift card.

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