I should leave the singing to someone else (as I know that I have butchered the lyrics just a little bit and my voice is not helping me much), but I think that I might have your attention now… Because with the anniversary of this young book, Reena Jacobs has a series of surprises for you: The first one is that “I loved you first” has a new cover!
Alexandria (Alex) Carmichael guards two secrets close to her heart.
One ― she’s in love with her best friend, Seth. Two ― he’s gay.
As a freshman in college, Alex looks forward to fun times with her best friend. When Seth decides cycling through girlfriends is the way to fit in with the straight crowd, Alex must make a choice: watch Seth give his affection to another while her heart breaks or come clean with her feelings and risk losing his friendship forever.
I LOVED YOU FIRST is a new adult love story told through the eyes of Alex, an African-American/Caucasian student, who takes a journey of self-discovery while watching her best friend come to terms with his sexuality.
Giveaway [International]: CLOSED
The celebration doesn’t end here, and the second surprise is that Reena is hosting a giveaway and you have the chance to win a book from the Book Depository ($15 value) and even $25 in books or Barnes & Noble Gift card. Enter the Rafflecopter below and make sure to come back and see if you are the lucky winner. Good luck!
The last surprise is an excerpt from the book. Enjoy it!
“This is what I wanted to show you.” He led me to the edge of the roof, the cement guard the only barrier to a deadly fall.
My stomach plummeted as I tried to convince my head I wasn’t going over the side.
“I found this place the first week we arrived,” Seth said. “I love it.”
He leaned over the edge, and I forced myself not to grab and scold him like a mother saving a child heading into the street.
“Up here, I can pretend I’m already on my way to Alpha Centauri.” Seth, the astronaut and visionary. Despite the slow advances in space travel, my buddy still believed we’d make it outside the solar system in our lifetime. He hopped atop the guard.
“Seth!” My heart fluttered as vertigo hit.
He looked down at me, held out his hand. “Join me, Wendy. A few happy thoughts and you too can fly.”
“No way. Wendy got a dose of fairy juice.”
Seth smiled. “Dust, Alex. It was dust.”
“Whatever. You won’t catch me up there in this lifetime.”
He faced forward and spread his arms. The wind caressed his blond hair as he tilted his head back. Spectacular was the word which came to mind—like the Greek god Hermes ready to take flight. I loved him all the more for his strength… his courage. If only I was the goddess to stand by his side instead of a shadow beneath his wings.
About the author:
“Reena Jacobs is just a writer who loves to see her words in print. As an avid reader, she’s known to hoard books and begs her husband regularly for “just one more purchase.” Her home life is filled with days chasing her preschooler and nights harassing her husband. Between it all, she squeezes in time for writing and growling at the dog.”
This being said, happy midnight reading everyone!