{Blog Tour} Excerpt + Giveaway: Blossom Among Flowers by Jay E. Tria

Monday, September 21, 2015

I love supporting Filipino authors and today, I'm sharing an excerpt from Jay E. Tria's BLOSSOM AMONG FLOWERS. Check it out and join the giveaway as well!


Title: Blossom Among Flowers (Blossom Among Flowers #1)
Author: Jay E. Tria
Date of Publication: July 18, 2015

Being invisible can't be that hard, can it?

Unlike most people, 17-year old Hikaru Saito likes being invisible. Perfectly happy with her nose buried deep in her growing manga collection, she hardly notices how her "harmless hobby" is taking control of her life. But when she fails an important exam, Hikaru is forced to spend more time with her studies and her new tutor, fellow student, campus genius, and golden boy Takeshi Hinata.

Unfortunately for Hikaru, Takeshi's popularity in school forces the spotlight on her too. His adoring fans don't like seeing how much time they spend together and punish her for it. Luckily, Tetsuya Sakuishi, a new young and beautiful teacher, is always there to save the day for Hikaru. It doesn't help that his smile distracts her, however.

Like her tormentors, Hikaru cannot understand why Takeshi keeps showing up in her life long after the tutoring sessions are over. As if the complications of grueling exams and university applications weren't enough, a haughty socialite mother, an imposing business mogul father, and a princess-in-hiding all come bearing down on Hikaru. Through it all, Takeshi is there, looking at Hikaru like she's not invisible after all.

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Excerpt

Chapter 1. Hobby

Hikaru Saito heaved the glass door of the bookstore open, cheeks puffing with the effort, sounding the wind chimes. The cold morning frost tumbled inside with her.

"Good morning!" Eriko, the shop girl, called from the counter.

"Good morning!" Hikaru called back. She jogged in place and wagged her arms in circles as if swatting away the cold.

She was the first customer today, as she was every Saturday. Miss Okari, the bookstore owner, knew all of her avid customers by literary preference, by the float of their steps, and by their names, in that precise order. To her, Hikaru was romance and samurai manga; heavy, uneven stomps.

"Heeee-ka-ru," Miss Okari sang, gliding through her silkscreen blinds in her auburn kimono. "You're late today."

"Miss Okari." Hikaru bowed her hello. "I was jogging."

"Oh-ho, really now," Miss Okari chimed in her hummingbird voice. "Eriko already wrapped it for you." Her thin lips slid into a knowing smile before she turned and flitted back to her office.

Hikaru waited, fidgeting, until Miss Okari disappeared behind the patterned blinds. When she was sure the bookstore owner was gone, she zipped to the counter.

"You know we have glass doors, don't you?" Eriko leaned toward her as Hikaru stood tapping her fingers against the wood panel.

"I was jogging," Hikaru repeated, grinning. Her messy hair should be enough evidence.

"In a circle in front of our store? Since seven thirty in the morning?"

Hikaru hopped on her toes. "It's good for the heart."

"Oh yes, A seventeen-year-old girl like you really needs extra cardio." Eriko nodded, a smile lurking at the corner of her lips. "That's a cute jogging suit by the way."

Hikaru pinched her nose, looking down at her fluffy pink hoodie and matching jogging pants, the hem showing two inches of white socks. It was the only athletic garment she owned and she'd had it since seventh grade, but she had to make do since her mother believed she was training for Physical Education class; the only valid reason to be out of the house by sunrise on a Saturday morning.

Won't Mrs. Saito wonder why you haven't made the track team yet?" Eriko read her mind.

"I told her I have a lazy knee..." Hikaru muttered, remembering the awkward conversation.

About Jay E. Tria

My name is Jay E. Tria, and I think writing about myself in the third person is weird. So I won’t do it here.

I am an author of contemporary Young Adult and New Adult love stories about characters that live inside my head, about people I’ve met and people I wish to meet. By putting them out in books, I’m letting you know them too. So I do hope you like them.

Blossom Among Flowers, a Young Adult novel is my first book, available in your favorite e-retailers :) My second book Songs of Our Breakup, a New Adult romance, is out now too:)

I am a blogger. I blog about most things I like, and I like many things, which would explain the many, varied categories you would find here.

I am a daydreamer, a reader, and a lover of T-shirts, skinny jeans, and adopted cats. I am not a cool kid.

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