Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Giveaway - Love Spells and Other Disasters by Angie Barrett


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Love Spells and Other Disasters by Angie Barrett

Publication Date: February 1, 2021

Publisher: Entangled Teen


I didn’t know when I wrote the first love spell that it would actually make things happen. Like, actually make people fall in love with each other…

How could I have known something like that? I mean, magic isn’t real, right?

But here’s the thing—the spell does work and so does the next one and the next one...and suddenly I’m getting a whole lot of attention from everyone at my high school. Me, Blend-into-the-Walls, Please-Let-Me-Introvert-in-Peace Rowan Marshall. And not only that, but I’ve also caught the attention of Luca Russo, a godlike, football-playing hottie who claims he likes me just the way I am. Ummm...

But as I’m about to learn, playing around with things you don’t understand means when things go wrong—like really, very awfully wrong—you don’t know how to fix them.


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I ask to go to the restroom. The substitute doesn’t even glance up from her book, so I slip out and immediately head toward the restroom that Ethan and I always meet in. I pause outside the door, then take a left in the opposite direction. The last thing I need is someone walking in while I’m burning a piece of paper and some hair. Knowing my luck, I’d probably set off the sprinkler system with the smoke.

I make it to the back doors near the gym before realizing that I don’t actually have anything to light the paper with. It’s not like I’m a smoker. After a second or two of thinking, I detour again and head for the bleachers out back. There’s got to be someone there who has a lighter.

“Oh hey!” Two big arms wrap around my waist and pull me backward, not in a terrifying way, more like a I’ve-got-you way just as the door immediately in front of me slams open and a group of guys come barreling out. “Gotta watch it around here.” His voice is gruff, his arms still holding me tightly, and his breath is sliding down my neck. Every nerve ending in my body blinks on like sensor lights in a dark hall.

I barely know him but everything about him is familiar in this moment. “Thanks, Luca.”

Luca slowly unlatches his arms, turning me around so I’m farther away from the doors but still pretty up close and personal with him. “Didn’t mean to manhandle you but you were walking pretty fast and these goofs never look before they come barging out.”

Just then the gym door flings open again and another pile of guys come jogging out. I’m staring up at him, into those green eyes of his only to realize that they aren’t exactly green…they’re blue…or maybe aqua. So pretty. Did my brain liquify a second ago? Is it seeping out of my ears? I think I might be gawking but I can’t seem to stop.

“We’re heading out for a run.” His hands are still on me, holding my hips lightly and he’s staring at me, too. I’m sure that I can’t speak. I mean, my heart is jammed up into my throat.

“A run?” I manage. “Outside?”

He smiles, his eyes light up, dazzling me all over again. That smile could totally slay a million hearts. He lifts one hand so he can brush his hair away from his face. “Yeah, I know. Hardcore, right?”

Actually, no. Of course he’s running outside. That’s what all the athletes do.

“It’s important.” His voice goes husky, a tone I haven’t heard before, and it does a number on me. There’s so much heat pooling to the center of my body that I can’t explain the goose bumps rising or the shiver that quakes over my skin. Whatever is happening to me feels so strangely good that I don’t want it to stop. “Gotta keep the stamina up, you know, to stay in shape…” He makes sure I’m steady before letting me go.

Yeah, well, he’s definitely in shape. I feel like a lump standing next to him. I clear my throat. “Um…well…thanks for the rescue. It’s nice seeing you again.” I try to side step him before I fully descend into awkward mode.

He gets in my way again. “Hey, before you go…” He pulls his cell out of his pocket and offers it to me. “Can I get your number?”

“My number?” I gawk at his screen.

“Yeah, so I can text you.”

“What for?” I’m literally kicking myself right now. What for? What the heck, Rowan!

“I mean, sure.” I hastily take his phone, pray that I don’t drop it, then send myself a smiley face emoji. A smiley face. OMG.

“I’m thinking maybe we could hang out sometime,” he says as he takes his phone back. I check his eyes, expecting to see amusement despite the serious look on his face. His eyes are not laughing. His eyes are looking hopeful, like he’s waiting for me to—

“Hang out?” I recover my brain. “I mean, yeah, sure, I’d like that.”

“Great. Good.” His smile is huge and totally contagious. I can’t help but smile the same way back at him. I think I’d do anything to keep him smiling like that.



About the Author


  Author Angie Barrett lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada in an old century home that is also known as the “cat house” because, well, Angie likes cats. A lot. She also likes shopping for books, or for anything really, and spending time RVing in the summer with her family. She has worked for sixteen years as a high school English teacher and Librarian and is currently a Curriculum Consultant for new teachers. Angie has always dreamed of being a published author and strives to create worlds where there are strong, relatable characters who maybe are not always perfect but who understand the meaning of friendship and loyalty and who will use their collective strengths to overcome adversity.

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