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Beyond The Page & $25 Amazon GC Giveaway: “Ugly Ducklings Finish First” by Stacy Gail

Aug 8
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The always funny Stacy Gail has taken over CABR 🙂

She’s dishing about Twitter and her latest novel, UGLY DUCKLINGS FINISH FIRST

There’s are two giveaways listed below, so be sure to read Stacy’s post carefully 🙂


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Before I begin, I’d like to thank Sasha for allowing me to hop onto her blog to chat about my latest contemporary romance release, UGLY DUCKLINGS FINISH FIRST.  You’re the best, Sasha!

A little over two years ago (before I got published), I didn’t know a thing about Twitter.  I was a FB (Facebook) chick all the way and was happy with that.  Then I signed my first contract and was told to get a Twitter account posthaste.  Who knew that this would lead to getting UDFF out of a half-forgotten computer file and into the world?

It was around Christmastime when I saw a tweet from Carina Press’s Executive Editor, Angela James, lamenting how she hadn’t seen any small-town contemporary romances recently.  At the time I was promoting a holiday novella like crazy, so I almost overlooked the tweet.  When I did see it, UDFF instantly popped into my head, but still I hesitated.  The story revolves around a woman returning to a small town where she’d been bullied as a kid.  When I originally wrote this book, the collective social conscience hadn’t yet put bullying on the radar, and I wasn’t sure how Angela would like it.  Thankfully she loved it, as well as the message that life can get better.

Payton Pruitt, the heroine of UDFF, had it rough as a kid.  A certified genius, she skipped a couple of grades, which made her smaller than her classmates.  She’d also had frizzy hair, braces, glasses, and preferred to read rather than socialize.  In short, she was a perfect target.  I totally identify with this, because I was a hopeless bookworm (still am, actually).  My brother skipped a grade in school, so I saw firsthand how kids prey on someone who’s physically smaller. My best friend (now a doctor and the person to whom I dedicated this book) admits her growing-up years were a nightmare because of her “geeky” appearance (personally I can’t imagine she’s ever had a geeky day in her life). We were made to feel like outcasts, and as I put those facets into Payton’s character, I realized that almost everyone I know could relate to her.  We’ve all been there.

Just as my brother, BFF and I have found our place in the world, Payton does as well.  What helps her?  Wiley “the Coyote” Sharpe was her only friend while growing up, even getting his nose broken while defending her.  From the beginning, Wiley saw her for the beautiful person she was, and now that she’s back in town he does all he can to convince her that she’s worthy of being loved. Wiley’s the kind of guy you wish you knew—both a friend and a lover, whose main priority is making his lady feel like the most important person in the world.  And to him, that’s exactly what Payton is. *fangirl sigh*


Want to know more about UGLY DUCKLINGS FINISH FIRST?

Ugly Ducklings Finish First coverBlurb:

Metal Mouth. Queen Geek. Dr. Payton Pruitt heard it all growing up. But she’s over it, and attending her ten-year high school reunion is the perfect way to prove it to herself. Even if there’s only one person she’s interested in seeing in Bitterthorn, Texas: Wiley Sharpe.

Now a respected lawyer, Wiley didn’t live down to the label Most Likely to Be Slapped with a Paternity Suit. But recent acts of vandalism suggest someone still sees him as a heartbreaker, and the reunion seems a likely place to find the culprit. Instead, Wiley comes face-to-face with his old pal Payton—and is wowed not only by her transformation into a ravishing swan, but by the connection they still share.

Payton is pleased the playboy she used to tutor has grown into an honorable man, but she’s too smart to fall for a guy with roots in a place she couldn’t wait to leave. But while Payton is an academic genius, Wiley is the one with the PhD in pleasure, and he intends to use it to convince her to stay…

BUY links:

Carina Press  | Barnes and Noble  | Amazon  | Google Play  | ebooks. com  | Kobo  | BAM (Books-A-Million)  | ARe  | iTunes

FYI: Be on the lookout for the second Bitterthorn book, STARTING FROM SCRATCH, a Carina Press holiday novella coming this November and edited by the amazing Angela James!


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Stacy Gail picture 2ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro.

Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.



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  • evejeann says:

    Sounds like a book that I can identify with. As a teacher I see sine bullying happening in school and as much I try get kids to understand that everyone should be valued by their differences it is never enough.

    • Stacy Gail says:

      evejeann, bullies are the scourge of our young lives, aren’t they? It must be so frustrating to see it happening before your eyes, but at least you’re doing something about it. Your words may not get through to all the bullies-in-the-making, but I’d be willing to bet you’ve reached–and will continue to reach–some of them. Thank you for all that you do.

  • denise koenig says:

    Probably not good that I remember getting in a fight
    with a bully.

    • Stacy Gail says:

      *high-fives Denise* Did you really? So did I! I know fighting is a last resort, but there are some instances where reason and diplomacy (at school-age level) just doesn’t do the trick. I’d love to hear more about this, as it sounds like you had an “Enough is enough!” moment. Good for you for standing your ground!

  • Salena says:

    Haven’t read but I’m ecstatic!


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