EXCERPT: Play On by Michelle Smith + Giveaway!!


Play On
Michelle Smith
Expected publication: April 21st 2015 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
258pages (paperback)
YA > Contemporary | Romance | Sports
Purchase links:
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In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything. Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.
Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma’s flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius; she’s also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there’s something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek — he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the way to South Carolina to escape.
As Austin starts to peel back the layers of Marisa’s pain, it forces him to look beyond the façade of himself and everyone he thought he knew in his town. What he sees instead is that in a small town like Lewis Creek, maybe baseball isn’t everything—maybe it is just the thing that ties them all together.


I am so excited to share this excerpt to all of you guys! Don’t forget to tell me what you think! And don’t miss the awesome giveaway at the bottom of the post! 🙂





In this excerpt, Marisa surprises Austin on the baseball field…in more ways than one.


I pass the bat to her, watching her face light up like a full moon on a summer night. “Now, it’s a little heavy,” I joke. “Think you can handle it?”

Her eyes widen. “I don’t know,” she says breathlessly. “I may need the help of a big, strong, baseball player. Because we both know that baseball is so superior to softball.”

I shake my head. “That’s not entirely true. Your balls are bigger.”

We stare at each other. Stare. Stare some more. She’s the first one who breaks, bursting out laughing. It’s one of the best sounds I’ve heard in a long time.

“Here,” I say, still laughing. I carefully place my hands on her hips, helping her square up over the plate. “In case, you know, you’re too out of practice.”

She bites back a smile. “Yeah. Because I’ve totally forgotten how to square up for a pitch.”

“Two years is a long time.” Resting my hands on her shoulders, I remind her, “And relax these. You’re too stiff.”

She hangs her head. “You’re killin’ me, Smalls.”

I walked right into that one. She relaxes her shoulders. Slowly, my hands move down her arms until they rest on top of hers. They’re so warm, fit so perfectly in mine that it almost hurts to let them go. But I do, because, you know, friends.

“There,” I say on an exhale. “Ready?”

Her lips curve up. “Let me have it, Floral Prince.”

My mouth drops open. “All right. No mercy, Marlowe.”

I grab the ball and jog out to the mound. I gotta say, she’s the prettiest batter I’ve ever been up against. Taking a deep breath, I wind up and let my fastball fly.

That girl smacks the hell out of the ball.

Holy… I turn, watching it sail all the way back to the fence. When I whirl back around, she grins, pointing the bat at me.

“And that’s how it’s done,” she calls to me, setting the bat in the dirt. She wipes her hands on her jeans.

All I can do is gape. Some of the guys on our team could take a lesson from her. It’s not like I thought she would be bad, but damn. I pull off my cap as I walk toward her. As soon as I tug it onto her head, she laughs.

“Are you going to have any of these left?”

“I have an endless supply.” I nudge the brim of the cap, so I can see her eyes. “And you’ve earned that one.”

She quirks her lips into this little half-smirk that makes me pure weak in the knees. Takes a step closer. Another. And another. I swallow hard. My hands ache to touch her, to pull her to me and kiss the daylights out of her.

But friends, though.



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Michelle Smith was born and raised in North Carolina, where she developed a healthy appreciation for college football, sweet tea, front porches, and a well-placed “y’all.” She’s a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and fully believes that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.


Michelle lives near the Carolina coast with her family.






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Prize One: Finished copy of Play On
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Frances Goes To E. Lockhart Book Signing Event!!


I first read about E. Lockhart coming for a book signing event from a blog, I can’t remember the name though. I was so excited. We Were Liars was already in my to-be-bought list and when I heard about the event, We Were Liars got into the top 5 to-be-bought books. National Bookstore announced the event I think around February, after James Frey’s book signing.

I really wanted to go to James Frey’s book signing but because of some reasons, I wasn’t able to go. I asked someone I know to get the books signed so they were signed but it’s still different from meeting the author. I’d lie if I say I didn’t cry. James Frey is one of my favorite authors. He was so close yet I didn’t get to see him. Anyways, because of that, I decided to go to E. Lockhart’s book signing (I don’t know how that’s connected).

When I go to events like these, I want to know what it’s about. I don’t want to go to an event just because it’s “cool” or because some people I know will be there. So I wanted to read We Were Liars before the event so I could understand what they’ll talk about. Unfortunately, when I asked my brother to buy the book, it was sold out and he was already coming home so he can’t wait for the new stocks to arrive. I had no choice but to order from NBS online store. It wasn’t until after my order shipped that NBS in a way ‘announced’ that they had other E. Lockhart books and I really really wanted to buy and read them beforehand but you don’t always get what you want. I was able to read We Were Liars in a day and I’ll be posting my review about it soon 😉

I live an island away from Cebu (where the event is taking place). It takes at least 3 hours to travel via fast craft from Leyte (where I live) and Cebu. We traveled via a barge to Cebu on the 20th the day before the event. We rode a barge or a big boat because my mom’s friend brought a car so we accompanied her. It took more or less 4 hours to get to Cebu. I was so exhausted when we got there.

This is the third book signing event that I’ve attended. It’s quite weird because the first book signing event I attended had three authors, the second had two authors and now, the third only has one author. Anyways, from past experience, it really depends on the popularity of the author on how many people go there early to register. The mall opens at ten and registration starts at ten and I got there.. I think around 10:20 or 10:30. I wanted to by the whole collection of the Ruby Oliver novels and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks but my mom only allowed me to buy two books from the Ruby Oliver novels and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. I bought the books before I registered. I knew that the Boyfriend List was the first book in the series but I wasn’t sure what the second book was so I asked the staff. They told me the second book was The Treasure Map of Boys and so I bought it along with the first book and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. After I registered, I opened to books to discover that the second book was The Boy Book. I was so disappointed because then my books wouldn’t be in sequence (OCD much). I became grateful of it tho.

After I registered, we went home to eat lunch. After lunch, we went to Cat Cafe, a small cafe that has 5 persian cats that are so fluffy and cute. Here’s a picture of one of the cats in the cafe

So photogenic XD

From past experience, even though they start that the event will start and 2pm, they usually start at three or quarter before three. One of my best friends, Lm, was also in Cebu so the night before I convinced her to go with me to the event because no one was accompanying me and I might get bored waiting for my turn. (I got the 80th btw) She was already in National Bookstore waiting for me. She called me and said that E. Lockhart was already there so we rushed to the mall and got stuck in the traffic longer than we estimated.

To say, I wasn’t able to hear the discussions/talk/idk what it’s called.

Credits to Lm!

Lm was there to hear it though and she told me about it. It was her first time attending events like these. She said E. Lockhart’s advice to new writers was to write what you want to write. Don’t mind what others say and love what you right or something like that. She was so inspired because of the talk.

Now, the main event!


As usual, I was so tongue tied went I got in front of her. I get so nervous even when I keep telling myself she’s also a human being. While she was signing We Were Liars she asked if I wanted to put a stamp on my wrist (thought I didn’t hear her very well) I just nodded and got stamped. As seen on the second pic. When I presented my wrist, to my horror, I saw my hideous allergies. I wanted to get my book stamped too but I was to tongue tied and shy. I wasn’t able to take a picture on the stamp on my wrist because when the excitement wore of, it became blots and was unreadable. If I’m not wrong, it said ‘Be kinder than you should be’ WE Were Liars .


When she signed the Ruby Oliver books she noticed that I have the first and third book and I had to explain why. She then asked the staff if I could change it because she wants that I’ll be able to read the books in sequence and they said I could so she gave me instructions to have the book changed, though I was sort of.. uhm.. dazzled I guess and I kept nodding even if only half of what she said sank in.


She wrote this to show the staff, I think. I still kept it though.
She told me that after I exchange the book, I could cut in line and she could sign it real quick. I just kept on nodding and when we took the picture….


I can’t even understand my head. It looks like my head is floating I don’t know or long neck.. so weird looking. I wish I tied my hair.

Anyways, after that Lm and I went to exchange the books, fangirling all the way and when we went back to get signed. The people in line were like “wth?” Before E. Lockhart signed the book, she said,”Honey right?” all I could do was nod. OHMYGAWD SHE REMEMBERED!!! For now. By the way, Honey is my nickname.


It was such a fun experience, I didn’t expect she’d really check the book and everything. It was an experience Lm and I would never forget.

<– This is Lm. She stood beside me while E.Lockhart was signing the books not just that, she stood beside me in everything.
Thank you so much ever so supportive Lm for accompanying me from line to exchanging books to the signing. I don’t know what I’d have done if you weren’t there :* Chick Flick moment haha.



11082575_345988232265314_5897621943893968465_nLook at my creepy grin while she was signing. It feels like I’m plotting murder or something. O_O —->

Also, Thanks to National Bookstore for bringing E. Lockhart.
And, thank you so much E. Lockhart for the kindness and for coming!








Thank you for reading!
Have you attended a book?signing? How was your experience?
Tell me all about it on the comments section below.
Till next time! ♥


Happy Hearts Day from HBT

Whether you have a date or you’re staying at home and will spend your day with your book boyfriends, we here at Her Book Thoughts want to greet you all a HAPPY HEARTS DAY! Everyday is full of love when you spend it with a book but today’s pretty special because as we share our favorite swoony titles AND authors with you guys, we’ll also give them away. (Obviously the authors aren’t part of the prizes. I know, makes me sad too)

Choosing our top 5 is so HARD. It’s impossible, honestly. But if we list all our favorite swoony titles, this post will be very… very long. So as hard as it is, we finally decided our TOP 5. Let me go first.


Paula’s TOP 5…


  1. Eleanor and Park – Though this two leaves a bittersweet feeling inside of me, Eleanor and Park will always be one of my favorite YA couple. The feels.. the songs.. the tears


  2. Penryn and Raffe – This pair killed me and.. yeah I’m still dead. SUSAN EE, hear my tears. Whatever happens in the end though. Penryn and Raffe will always be loved by me OTP FOREVER!
  3. Anna and Bennett – Adorableness. Anna and Bennett challenged time to be together.. and they survived. They SURVIVED! *their love is legendary*
  4. Gus and Hazel Grace – I cannot even imagine my list without them. I CANNOT.


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You have no idea how hard that is. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Next on making the hard decisions is Marga. Here’s her top 5.


Marga’s TOP 4…


  1. Jem and Tessa – “I like Will but Jem is life, OKAY? That’s why I really love the epilogue of of Clockwork Princess. And actually the whole series.”
  2. Dimitri and Rose – “I like Dimitri and Rose’s relationship so much. They make each other stronger and they’re both dedicated to each other.”
  3. Raffe and Penryn – “Raffe and Penryn are just adorable.. There’s nothing going on with them yet in the books and I badly need that ship to sail.”
  4. Adrian and Sydney – “As for SYDRIAN.. Who doesn’t love them? Only those who haven’t read the Bloodlines series, of course”


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Next up is Frances, let’s see who her OTP’S are..


France’s TOP 4…


  1. Magnus and Alec – “..because Malec is the best and cutest gay couple I know <3”
  2. Will and Tessa – “Wessa’s story is one of the love stories that made me cry so much.”
  3. Jem and Tessa – “Jem and Tessa’s story is that other story that is equally heart wrenching.”
  4. James and Lily – “James and Lily’s love story never got any canon details much.. but I still love them”


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And last but definitely not the least is Rhea who I’m sure had a hard time on choosing her top 5. Let’s see her choices:


 Rhea’s TOP 5…


  1. Katy and Daemon – “I always liked you. From the moment you first flipped me off.”
  2. Brandon and Natalia – “If you burn away my bones, my love for him would remain, tattooed in the air.”
  3. Ansel and Mia  – “I think I need a cast for my penis.”
  4. Miles and Tate – “I didn’t fall in love with you… I flew.”
  5. Levi and Cath – “You know that I’m falling in love with you, right?”


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Now that we shared ours, we would like to her yours? Who is your TOP 5? And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!!


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Hello, you guys!! December passed ny through me like a  snap of a finger. I apologiged if I have been less talkative this past month (or you guys actually like that??) Anyway, I did put my Blog and Twitter and GR account on a hiatus since something happened on my life-as-not-a-blogger and I hace to put that first, unfortunately. I haven’t been commenting back lately,and I’m posting less and less except if it’s a Blog tour. It really makes me sad.
I miss being active and all. Anyway, I can’t promise to be back like I was before right now. BUT I WILL, someday.
Luckily, I have found some angels that will help me run the blog. YES I HAVE FOUND CO-BLOGGERS! And they’re all wonderful and sweet. I hope you guys will read and support their reviews as well. They are very nice people. I know because I stalked them. (whoops okay I was not supposed to mention that) No but really, I’ve been talking to them since November last year and I think some of you knows them! Ahhhh I’m so excited!! So anyway, I’m gonna stop babbling and introduce you to them.




photo[1]First up is Frances!! This cutie pie is from my country too so I know that she is a sweetheart. She’s 15 (she’s our baby) AAAND  You can find more about her HERE.





Next up is Rhea!! She has her own blog right HERE. This lady is sugar and spice! Expect some sassy and funny reviews from her 😉 You can learn more about her HERE.










And of course, Marga!! Marga is from Philippines too and we haven’t officially met yet but yeah she’s my friend. You guys must have read her reviews from Deadly Darling and from her own Blog right HERE so that’s why she’s familiar. She’s also a sweetheart!! Know more about her HERE.









I trust and love these girlies and I KNOW, I JUST KNOW that you will too. Let’s give them a hug and expect their reviews, posts, selfies (???) to be posted.. next week (????)
And lastly, I hope you guys won’t forget me and be patient with me. I still visit your Blogs. And I’m thankful for those who still visit and leaves a comment. You people are incredible.
Three things are for certain: I will be active again SOON, I will never quit reviewing and book blogging and me and my my girls are gonna kick some ass! (but really we’re all adorable and tiny people)

SNEAK A PEEK: Lifer by Beck Nicholas + GIVEAWAY!!

TITLE: Lifer
AUTHOR: Beck Nicholas
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: December 16th 2014 by Month9Books
PAGES: 300pages (paperback)
GENRE: YA > Science Fiction
Purchase links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Chapters Indigo! | IndieBound


Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents’ crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.
Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.
On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.
As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to. Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.
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I don’t even have time to hold my breath. A face appears on the screen. My face, but not the one I saw in the water’s reflection.

This boy looks younger than the one I saw earlier. His hair is longer, the brown strands spiking up at odd angles and his cheeks a little more plump.

He’s not smiling, I guess he’s suffering through the picture, but there’s a carefree shine to his brown eyes.
White-hot envy snakes through my chest. Who was that boy? What happened to me?
The hunger to know engulfs my physical need for sustenance. I search for more on the screen. A name. Something to answer the questions that have been building in my mind. Where the name should be is blank.
“Blank, eh?” says Gan with a smirk.

“Catchy name.”
“It’s the one my dear mother gave me,” I retort.

“It’s been in our family for generations.” I skim the rest of the ID report. I’m seventeen years old and the medical scan pronounces me free of disease.
The last known address is as blank as my name. Only one other field has an entry. Where my credit history should be, there’s only one deposit listed. A large one.

I have no real feel for what the number means, but I’m guessing from the way Gan is looking at me like we’re long lost friends that I can afford a game or two. I act unsurprised.
His hand comes down on my shoulder.

“We print credit sticks here, Blank my friend, but there’s a small fee. And of course I ask no questions.”
Small? He names a figure and I half-heartedly haggle him down, assuming he’s trying to rip me off. His lack of surprise at my lack of information is, in itself, telling.

I clear my throat. “What about the authorities?”
He glances around. “People without a history would be wise not to attract attention.

The people in charge around here don’t take much convincing to match a stranger with a crime, if you know what I mean.” He turns away to deal with another customer.
He might be biased but what he said goes with my gut: I have to find answers myself.







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I always wanted to write.  I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.





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