Sunday, December 8, 2013

Blog Tour: On the Right Side of A Line Ebook giveaway

On the Right Side of A Line
Author- Shandy L Kurth
Genre- New Adult Action/Romance

I thought I knew where I was going. I had my life all planned out. It had been mapped for me since I was ten. When I turned fourteen I became a Raven, just like my big brother. It was a lifer thing, not something you could walk away from. I moved up the ranks quickly, just like everyone thought I would. Now at eighteen I was close to the top. I could break thumbs with the best of 'em and bust heads with the best. I was a force to be reckoned with. Yeah. I had it all together before that one event tore my life apart, and that one girl got me all confused

“You’re gonna pick up some gated brothers out here sitting around half naked.”
            “I am not half naked!” she barked, finally looking up at me, her face flushing red whether it was from the heat or embarrassment, I wasn’t sure.
“You might as well be. What’s a hoity-toity like you doing on Columbus?” I bent down, checking out her bike that was leaned up against the railing, the chain still hanging off it.
            “You’re a real gentlemen, you know that?” she said slapping her book shut and standing with her arms crossed.
“I never claimed to be.” I laughed as she pulled her shorts down.  It didn’t help.  I snapped her bike chain back into place without too much effort and stood up, wiping the grease on my jeans.
            “What’s ‘gated’ mean?” she said after a minute of being a silent.
I laughed again, “Just let out…like the pen, just released.”
            She bit her lip and turned to go back inside.
“Wowa! What the hell we got here?” It was JB, a Raven of the low life persuasion which is saying something since none of us were prizes. “Where’d you pick up this classy broad?” he snarled, looking her up and down.
            The girl’s eyes turned huge as she crossed her arms over her chest again.  It still didn’t help.  I shook my head. I had way too much going on to worry about her, but something wasn’t letting me go.
“She’s my new girl.  I bought her up town. What do ya think?”
“ I think you better share,” he leered, taking a step toward her, practically drooling.
            “Oh, you know I never share. Shall we go?” I asked her, putting my hand out, tempting her to grab for it.
            She hesitated, still leery of me as she had the right to be.  She must have decided she didn’t want to be left alone in a house with JB waiting out front, waiting to catch her alone.  She reached for me.

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On the Right Side of a Line by Shandy Kurth
This book is about Valen and how he has had to join the group to get protection for his family and make money.
It's a hard life on the streets and he has many interruptions from others that he once sees as distractions and then something else.
Love the beach scene and how it's described-felt as if I was there..
Love how we hear what he's thinking when he learns that his brother wants him and the family to leave...
Liked how the book is from a gang member and his point of view-I mostly read romance novels so this is a refreshing change once in a while as you can picture the scenes taking place in front of you as the descriptions are so detailed and true to life.
I felt like I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't read it fast enough as the action is fast paced.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

About Shandy-

Shandy was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. She loves writing, reading, her school kiddos, her hubby, and her babies…both four and two legged.   She likes to listen to Rock and Roll… old or new and reads just about anything YA, although she’s still working on getting into the paranormal. When Shandy is writing she can't wait to see what’s going to happen next! If you don’t like her characters don’t blame her, blame them! They have a mind of their own!

Q&A with Shandy

Where did the idea to write this book come from? 
 Wow, no one has actually asked that about this one! Hard to believe I know. Hmmmm, I don't have a real answer for that. I just started writing about Valen. I wanted a main character that wasn’t some knight in shining armor, someone with major flaws but that you still trusted, still liked. Valen came from that and after Valen, came the story.

Why did you want to revisit Valen?
  Why do I? There have been many who have read the book who are hoping I revisit him, and he is actually my all-time favorite character. I'd love to revisit him. I can't make any promises though. Haha.

Which female character in this book relates to you personally?
   There aren't a lot of female characters now that I think about it, and I actually do not relate to any of them. Charlie is blind to the world, and I was raised in a way and place that made me knowledgeable about the way the real world works. If I related to anyone, it’s Devin. Strong, even though he's a bit anxious and fiercely loyal to his friends.

Have you ever belonged to a gang?
   No no. Haha. I've been asked that one a few times, or at least if I know people in gangs and the answer is actually no. I'm just perceptive. This story is just things I've absorbed in this life from afar. Really, it just takes us back to the human condition, how people react.

What do you do to relax after writing all day: cooking, reading others, knitting, soak in hot tub, exercise?
  Actually writing is what I do to relax! I work a full time job, I'm married, I do the dinner thing and the house up keep, I have a daughter and in my down time, I write! It calms me.

What other books are you currently working on?
   Ohhh so many. There is The Reapers, a brother book to It Can Always Get Worse. Then there is Black and Blue which is probably the next project to hit the shelves about a couple of boys from a broken home and how the system works. I have book 3 in the Built on Fear series, currently untitled. So many untiled works are floating around on my laptop. I have a couple of serious pieces, one about an underground MMA fighting  circuit as well as my newest piece that probably more Romance than I've tried before.

What other authors do you like to read?
  Anyone who strikes my fancy. Mostly young adult stuff. But I'd have to say three of my favorites: Neal Shusterman, Patrick Ness and SE Hinton.

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amy o'neal said...

thanks Julie.....

Mary Lowery said...

I love Shandi Kurths books!

julie barrett said...

Thanks for stopping in,


Beccie said...

Julie, thanks for helping out Shandy. We really appreciate you doing this =)

julie barrett said...

Not a problem, still one day left also to enter to win an ebook copy :}