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Feature & Giveaways: THE ROAD TO YOU by Marilyn Brant

Today at So Many Reads we are celebrating the release of The Road to You by Marilyn Brant. I started reading this book over the weekend and am really enjoying it. To celebrate this new release, we have an excerpt from the book as well as some giveaways.

About the Book

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Title: The Road to You
Author: Marilyn Brant 
Publication date: October 3rd 2013 
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Romance

Official Summary:

Sometimes the only road to the truth…is one you’ve never taken.

Until I found Gideon’s journal in the tool shed—locked in the cedar box where I’d once hidden my old diary—I’d been led to believe my brother was dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that.

The Road to Discovery…

Two years ago, Aurora Gray’s world turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Now, during the summer of her 18th birthday, she unexpectedly finds her brother’s journal and sees that it’s been written in again. Recently. By him.

The Road to Danger…

There are secret messages coded within the journal’s pages. Aurora, who’s unusually perceptive and a natural puzzle solver, is hell bent on following where they lead, no matter what the cost. She confides in the only person she feels can help her interpret the clues: Donovan McCafferty, Jeremy’s older brother and a guy she’s always been drawn to—even against her better judgment.

The Road to You…

Reluctantly, Donovan agrees to go with her and, together, they set out on a road trip of discovery and danger, hoping to find their lost brothers and the answers to questions they’ve never dared to ask aloud.

In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began…

Book Links: Goodreads / Amazon

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Excerpt:

I’d felt a lot like an actress on the night of our brothers’ secret graduation party two years ago. For one thing, I wasn’t remotely as reserved as usual, thanks to being away from home and, also, being a little buzzed.

More than that, I remembered how the bourbon and the careless abandon of summer even made me kind of bold, and how I’d walked up to Donovan McCafferty when he was alone in the kitchenette part of the hotel suite.

“Hey, Donovan,” I murmured, standing much closer to him than I ever would have normally. But I was nearly a high-school junior then. I thought I was almost cool.

“Aurora,” he whispered, watching me with a rare inquisitive look as I smiled at him and leaned against the mauve-colored wall. That glint of interest in his gaze gave me courage.

I reached out to stroke his chest—firm against my fingertips—and I grabbed a handful of his t-shirt because I liked the sensation of it. It was deep red, newish and much softer than I’d expected. Somehow, it made sense to me in that moment to tug him close, my fingers letting go of his shirt’s front and reaching all the way around him. Caressing his back and pressing him to me. I raised my head to kiss him and noticed he was holding his breath.

For a second, he let me touch his lips with mine. Just that one single time. Then he stepped away, abruptly, and with an apology.

“Been drinking,” he said, glancing to either side of us, not that anyone else was looking. “Sorry.”

At first I didn’t know if he’d been talking about my drinking or his. I sort of laughed. “Everyone’s been drinking. Half the people in the other room are passed out.” I shrugged. “Nobody’s, um…watching us.”

I knew my best friend Betsy was making out with some townie in the hall. My brother Gideon was on the sofa—a blonde sprawled languorously on top of him. Donovan’s brother Jeremy was smoking weed with a few people in the bathroom. I could smell it. Hear them laughing.

“You’re too young,” Donovan said simply.

I was almost sixteen then and, in my expert opinion, at least as mature as a twenty-nine year old. He’d just turned twenty-one and had to be going on about thirty-five. But I liked older men. Well, specifically, this man. He was just five years older, really.

And, anyway, if he had a point, I wasn’t about to admit it.

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About the Author:

MarilynMarilyn Brant is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She wrote the new adult/humorous paranormal novel ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), the women’s fiction relationship drama FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010), and the romantic travel adventure A SUMMER IN EUROPE (2011), all published by Kensington Books. She’s also a #1 Kindle and #1 Nook bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty romantic comedies, including ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE (2011) and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (2013). Her coming-of-age romantic mystery, THE ROAD TO YOU, will be available in October 2013.

Marilyn is a lifelong music lover and a travel junkie. She’s visited 46 states and over 30 countries (so far—she’s not done yet!), but she now lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family. When she isn’t rereading Jane Austen’s books or enjoying the latest releases by her writer friends, she’s working on her next novel, eating chocolate indiscriminately and hiding from the laundry.

Find Marilyn: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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Giveaway Details:

So Many Reads Giveaway (open internationally): Includes one digital copy of The Road to You. To enter just comment below and let us know about the most adventurous trip you have taken or mystery you have been involved. Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm central time on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

Grand Prize Giveaway (open internationally): Includes one signed trade paperback copy of According to Jane, one signed trade paperback copy of On Any Given Sundae, one A Summer in Europe t-shirt, one Marilyn Brant canvas tote bag, and one The Road to You luggage tag. To enter the grand prize giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

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Thank you so much for celebrating with us today! Check out my review of The Road to You coming soon!

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  1. Michelle Harlan

    Sounds like an interesting read. I really need to read a Marilyn Brant book. I purchased Kindle copies of On Any Given Sundae, and Pride, Prejudice…definitely time to move this author up on my TBR list.

    1. Michelle Harlan

      Oops…forgot to answer the blog question. My most adventurous trip? That would have to be when we moved from VA to TX. We essentially had a caravan. I drove my truck, with 1 kid, 3 dogs and a Uhaul trailer. My husband drove the GIANT moving van, pulling his car loaded down with our mountain bikes. It was an epic trip. Thunderstorms and road construction galore. Both the cargo and the car trailer came loose at various points of the trip. Dogs got sick. Yep…tons o’ fun. I have always loved driving long distances, but I must admit that I was never so glad to be done with a trip. It was 34 hours of torture!

      1. Amy

        Thanks, Michelle! You do need to read Marilyn. I really liked Pride, Prejudice and a Perfect Match a lot. I have On any Give Sundae and Double Dipping, too, but haven’t read them yet. I am liking The Road to You. Great mystery. I can’t wait to finish it this weekend to find out what happens to Gideon and Jeremy. I almost want to skip to the end, but I won’t. And you had quite a road trip. My longest “move” was an hour away from home before kids and dogs. 🙂

  2. Edie Ramer

    I loved this book! I’ve been recommending it to all my reader friends. I’ll have to put a review of it up today.

  3. Marilyn Brant

    Amy, thanks so much for sharing the book! And, YAY! I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far!!
    Michelle, I really hope you’ll like the novels of mine you have (and, hopefully, this one, too!). Thanks so much for getting them!
    And, Edie, you know I *heart* you! Thank you so much for buying, reading AND reviewing my newest book!

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