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12 days of Kickass posts: Cindi Madsen!


Happy Holidays!

Join us in celebrating Entangled Teen’s 12 Days of Kickass Event! We are joining together to share some exclusive content with you all! There will be 2 teams, The Smartass Team, who will post a good or swoon worthy deleted scene or an excerpt, and The Badass Team, who will post a villainous deleted scene or excerpt. And the cool part is we’ll be posting on each other’s blogs! The party starts on December 2nd and goes all the way to December 13th! We will wrap up the event with our monthly twitter party on December 13th 9 PM EST/6 PM PST as well! Each day will have 2 posts from us along with an EPIC giveaway!

So how do I join in you ask? It’s easy just follow along with the tour and find the hidden word (it will be highlighted) in each post and fill out the Rafflecopter form! What can I win you ask? You can win one of 2 Kindles (valued at $69) and we’re giving away 5 sets of 5 Entangled Teen Print Books US Only, and 10 Entangled Teen eBooks International! Also we will be giving away more books and Amazon and Barnes & Noble Gift Cards during the twitter party! That means 2 people will win a kindle, 5 people will win 5 of our amazing print titles, and 10 people will win eBooks!

Today I am hosting the amazing Cindi Madsen!  



About Cindi: Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.


Cindi writes adult and YA, but for today, she's offering an excerpt from one of her YA novels, ALL THE BROKEN PIECES.




Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Genre: YA, mystery, contemporary romance
Buy: 
Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iTunes

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is? 


Sounds amazing, right? Now for the excerpt!

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            The more the guys drank, the more adventurous they got. They started challenging each other to do stupid things. Only they thought they were hilarious.
            Of all the “firsts” I’ve checked off, this one has been the least fun.
            Every so often Clay would turn and shoot her a smile, and it was nice; it just wasn’t what she wanted.
            Liv pulled out her phone and looked at the time. “I better get going. I don’t want to be late for curfew.”
            Clay slid his arm off her shoulders and took her hand. “Okay, let’s get you home.”
            He couldn’t even walk in a straight line, and she realized they had a problem. “Aren’t you too drunk to drive?”
            “I’m fine.”
            The image of a rain-soaked windshield and hazy headlights coming at her flickered in her mind. The feeling of being completely out of control engulfed her. The screech of metal against metal echoed through her ears. No, no, no. Do not get in the car with him.
            She yanked her hand from his and took a step back. Hysterical emotions she didn’t fully understand overwhelmed her. “You’re too drunk. I’m not getting in the car if you’re driving.”
            “Fine. I’ll let you drive.” He dug his keys out of his pocket and extended them to her.  
            “I don’t know how.”
            “Don’t worry. I’ll help you.” He swayed and then steadied himself on her.
            Liv heard footsteps and turned around to see Spencer coming. “What’s going on?” he asked.
            “I need to go home, but Clay’s too drunk to drive.”
            “I’ll take you,” Spencer said.
            Clay tightened his arm around her waist. “No way. I’m taking her home.”              
“You don’t want to get hurt, do you?” Spencer’s jaw was set, fists clenched by his sides.
Is he threatening Clay?
            “And you don’t want Liv to get hurt, either. Right? That’s why I’m going to drive her home.” Spencer held out his hand. “Come on, Liv.”
            She almost took his hand—she really wanted to—but her conscience wouldn’t let her leave Clay like this. “What if he tries to drive himself home and something happens?”
            Spencer glanced from her to Clay and made a sort of half-sigh, half-groan noise. “Give me your keys, Armstrong.”
            Clay glowered at him for a moment, then handed him the keys. “Fine.” He pulled her toward his car and opened the back door. “You can watch us cuddle in the backseat.”
            Liv stepped out of Clay’s grasp. “I’m going to sit up front with Spencer. I’m not sure I want this night to end with me being puked on.”
            Clay fell into the seat, a hurt look on his face.
            Spencer shoved the door closed and shot her a sidelong glance. “Funny, I’d think you’d be extremely sure about not wanting to be puked on.”
            “Very funny.”
He held the passenger door open for her, waited for her to get in, and then walked around the front of Clay’s car.
            Liv wanted to hug him—of course, she always wanted to hug him, but tonight, even more than usual. With him behind the wheel, she felt safe again.
“Hey, Hale,” Clay said from the backseat as they pulled onto the road, “remember that night we got wasted and woke up with cactus all over? There were those two hot chicks there, too. That was a really good party.”
Spencer looked over at her, then back at the road. His voice was quiet when he spoke. “Yeah. The reason I know he’s a jerk is because I used to be just like him. Bet you’re rethinking my friendship now.”
“You’re not a jerk,” she said.
“What did you think about me when we first met?”
“Well, your words said mean, but your actions said nice. So yes, I thought you were rude at first. But then I got to know you, and I don’t buy the jerk thing.”
“That’s because you don’t know the whole story.”
“So tell me.” Liv kept her eyes trained on him. “Just tell me already.”
            His gaze remained on the road and his mouth set in a straight line.
            With every second that passed, it became clearer and clearer that he wasn’t going to answer. “You know what? It doesn’t matter to me. Because I know who you are now. You’re the guy who made sure I was safe tonight, even though I didn’t ask you to. That’s what matters to me.” She reached over and squeezed his hand.
            He moved his hand from under hers and she thought he was pulling away, like he always did. Instead, he twisted it so their palms were together, and he laced his fingers with hers.
            Heat ran up her arm; her heart raced. Worried the slightest movement or wrong word would cause him to pull away, she held her breath and stayed perfectly still.
Spencer’s solemn expression relaxed. Calm replaced the storm.
            When Clay groaned, Liv jumped. She’d forgotten he was even in the car with her and Spencer. “Dude, I’m so going to ralph if you don’t stop taking those turns so fast.”
Great. Now Spencer’s going to pull away.
She braced for it, telling herself not to let it hurt her feelings. But Spencer gave her half a smile and squeezed her hand.
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Haven’t read today’s other post? Stop by Cindi’s blog and check out my deleted scene (Hint, hint: It's from GRAVITY!).

Giveaway Details:
2 Kindles (valued at $69) US ONLY
5 sets of 5 Entangled Teen Print Books US Only
10 Entangled Teen eBooks International!
(no purchase necessary)
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And here’s the post schedule so you can follow along each day!
12/2/2013           Kendra Highley will host Rachel Harris with a Smartass post.
12/2/2013           Rachel Harris will host Kendra Highley with a Smartass post.

12/3/2013           Christine O’Neil will host Vivi Barnes with a Badass post.
12/3/2013           Vivi Barnes will host Christine O’Neil with a Badass post.

12/4/2013           Karri Thompson will host Danielle Ellison with a Smartass post.
12/4/2013           Danielle Ellison will host Karri Thompson with a Smartass post.

12/5/2013           Princess Sophie will host Cecily White with a Badass post.
12/5/2013           Cecily White will host Princess Sophie with a Badass post.

12/6/2013           Jolene Perry will host Lea Nolan with a Smartass post.
12/6/2013           Lea Nolan will host Jolene Perry with a Smartass post.

12/7/2013           Victoria Scott will host Sara Hantz with a Badass post.
12/7/2013           Sara Hantz will host Victoria Scott with a Badass post.

12/8/2013           Kelley York will host Tiffany Truitt with a Smartass post.
12/8/2013           Tiffany Truitt will host Kelley York with a Smartass post.

12/9/2013           Melissa West will host Cindi Madsen with a Badass post.
12/9/2013           Cindi Madsen will host Melissa West with a Badass post.

12/10/2013        Rebekah Purdy will host Shea Berkley with a Smartass post.
12/10/2013        Shea Berkley will host Rebekah Purdy with a Smartass post.

12/11/2013        Lisa Burstein  will host Jus Accardo with a Badass post.
12/11/2013        Jus Accardo will host Lisa Burstein with a Badass post.

12/12/2013        Renee Collins will host Tracy Clark with a Smartass post.
12/12/2013        Tracy Clark will host Renee Collins with a Smartass post.

12/13/2013        Chloe Jacobs will host Brooklyn Skye with a Badass post.
12/13/2013        Brooklyn Skye will host Chloe Jacobs with a Badass post.

We’re super excited to share all of these awesome posts with you. Make sure to follow along on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #12DaysOfKickass!

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