by Tiffany Truitt
Date Released: July 18, 2016
About Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart
In the span of seven days, Annabel Lee will lose her heart.
Kennedy Harrison, as reckless with life as Annabel is obsessed with order, never could commit to anything—not to a person, not to a job, not to a path. But he’s got a history with Annabel, and for once Kennedy doesn’t want to run. Determined to spend time with her before she leaves for college, Kennedy dares her to join him on a road trip to a music festival.
And neither of them could ever say no to a dare.
But Annabel’s got a plan. She’ll complete seven dares in seven days—if Kennedy applies for one writing internship per dare. Because Kennedy needs to be pushed just as much as she does.
What follows is a dizzying week of music, shady hotels, comical dares, and a passion neither one knew existed. But when it ends, Annabel and Kennedy will realize the biggest dare of all might just be falling for each other.
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An Excerpt from Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart
Maybe it’s the melodic beating of the rain against the tent, or the deceptive quiet of a music festival campsite in the early-morning hours, but I swear I’m creating a song to the inhaling and exhaling breaths of the girl lying next to me. The impossible and stubborn girl lying next to me. Interspersed between the verses of her song slithers in the harsh words from last night, words I know are entirely true.
I am a selfish ass, and lying next to me is the most selfless girl I’ve ever met. She did a heavy as fuck thing when she let me back in her life after what I did, and I couldn’t even do the one little thing she asked me to do. Why? I dig writing, and maybe I’m not entirely crappy at it. I just can’t bear to see her watch me fail.
The rain beats quietly on the tent, and it’s like a whole new song starts playing on the record player. I kiss her under her ear. “I’m sorry,” I whisper. I kiss her on the cheek. “I’m sorry,” I say again. I gently turn her, so she’s lying on her back. Her eyes look up at me, wet with unshed tears. I’m not sure what I’m sorry for. Continuously letting her down? Not being the man she deserves? “I’m sorry,” I repeat, kissing right underneath her eye.
“Me, too,” she says, her voice a bit hoarse from not being used in a while. She reaches up both of her hands and places them on my cheeks.
“You have nothing to be sorry about,” I say, looking down at her.
“Of course I do. Ninety percent of the time, I’m impossible to be with,” she says, her voice choked with emotion.
“That’s crap. One hundred percent of the time, I wouldn’t want to put up with anyone else,” I say before kissing those beautiful lips of hers.
Our kiss is slow. The kind of slow that could burn a man straight through.
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A Guest Post from Tiffany Truitt
If there is one thing this girl loves, it’s a good road trip. Funny thing is, I waited till I was almost 18 to get my driver’s license. I hung out with a lot of older kids in high school (so…duh…I made them drive), and the thought of merging onto the interstate induced a few panic attacks. I even lied to my driving instructor when she asked if we had went and practiced on the interstate. She saw a million-billion students a day, so it was easy to fool her that I had.
Not so much the case these days. I am a driving fool, and I love traveling across this beautiful country with my windows down and the music blaring. As a seasoned road trip pro (I once drove all the way home from Chicago in one day…17 hours…after Lollapalooza), I know that in order for a road trip to be amazing and not a disaster, you need to be prepared.
Road Trip Preparedness:
1) Snacks – Now, you might be thinking this the simplest of tasks. But a good snack collection takes some serious thought. I am a HUGE fan of spicy food. I’ll take a bag of Hot Fries over a candy bar any day of the week…but spicy food is not the best option when your bathroom choices are limited to restaurants and gas stations where you have to ask for a key to unlock the door. Make smart choices.
2) Airplane carry-on bag approved toiletry set. Yes, I know you’re driving and not flying on a plane, but you never know when you and your toiletry back might need to travel. Sometimes you’re going to have to brush your teeth on the side of the road with a toothbrush and a bottle of water. Sometimes the line for the public shower in camp city at a music festival might be too long, and you’ll have to wash your hair outside your tent. You never know. Always be prepared and to ready to travel lightly.
3) The perfect copilot. Long car rides are sort of like suffering emotional whiplash. You need someone you can go through hell and back with, and you’ll still talk to each other when it’s all said and done. No matter how many road trips I go on, they all follow the same pattern.
Stage 1- Happiness – You both are so excited to for this adventure. You gush over all the things you’re going to see. You both high five and fist bump and sing all the same tunes. The road is good.
Stage 2- The quiet. The anticipation wears down a bit. You both get quiet. For some, that can be awkward. You need to find someone you can be quiet with. Quiet is good. You can figure a lot of stuff out on the road.
Stage 3 – The annoying stage. You will get annoyed with the person you are traveling with or the drive itself…heck, probably both. Make sure your relationship is strong enough to survive this.
Stage 4 – The crazy / giddy stage. That time where everything and anything is funny. Make sure you have some napkins for when soda comes out of your nose.
Stage 6 – The ‘Let’s Have Deep Discussions about Life’ stage. One of you will cry…be prepared with more tissues, candy, and some 80’s power ballads.
4) Good tunes. Make sure you change it up. Limiting yourself to one type of music could really set your mood for the whole trip. My current driving playlist contains a little bit of everything: Disclosure, DJ Snake, Death Cab for Cutie, Mumford and Sons, Broods, Lana Del Rey, White Panda, Guns and Roses, and the soundtrack to Game of Thrones.
And most importantly, wherever you go, make sure you bring with you a sense of adventure…because you never know where the road might take you.
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About Tiffany Truitt
Tiffany Truitt lives with her Netflix and junk food in Virginia. She is a graduate from Longwood University with a Masters in Literature from Old Dominion University. Previously she has worked in the realm of Young Adult literature having written the Lost Souls series, Because You Exist, and The Language of Silence. This is her first New Adult book.
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