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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Blog Tour & Excerpt: Right Text, Wrong Number by Natalie Decker

Title: Right Text Wrong Number
Author: Natalie Decker
Genre: YA Romance
High school juniors Layla and Tyler are complete opposites. Sure she’s a cheerleader and he’s a football player, but she thinks he’s the biggest jerk in the school and he thinks she is too high on her horse to even be worth of a second glance from him. And when the two of them are near one another, sparks fly in all the wrong directions. They are NOT interested in speaking to one another, let alone date.

But when Layla unknowingly sends Tyler a smack-down text meant for the girl sending naked photos to her then-boyfriend, Adam, Tyler has no idea it’s Layla and decides to play along. After all, Tyler cannot resist messing with the pissed off girl firing off texts about junk pictures, cheating, and girl code.

As the fallout from Adam’s sexting scandal plays out in front of the entire school, Tyler and Layla secretly continue to text one another using fake names. But as days and weeks pass, things take a turn for the serious between them, and suddenly, their texts mean more. They both begin to consider revealing their true identity to the other and taking the relationship from texts to dates, then kissing and maybe more.

They say there's a thin line between love and hate. Can reality live up to the fantasy, or will Layla and Tyler be forever offsides?


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I drag myself through the front door of our house. My legs feel like lead; Coach Mallard was a real tyrant today. My voice is a little sore from yelling but that’s the sacrifice of being a cheerleader.

The last thing I want to deal with is my mom’s glowering expression as soon as her attention lands on me. Her work phone rings. “Be my Valentine; how may I help you?” my mom says cheerily into her phone. I should mention it’s fake cheer, because there is a deep scowl on her face at the time. Her finger motions downward, indicating that I should sit.

I slump into her office chair and sigh. “Well, Dolores, did you read the pamphlet I gave you on how to strike up a meaningful conversation, dear?” she asks.

My mom is a matchmaker. Julie hates what our mom does for a living. She calls it poison to the soul. I think Mom’s job is pretty cool; she’s finding people love. Mom claims it’s her calling. After our dad died a few years ago, Mom needed to get a job. She started working at this matchmaker service, and got really into it. They got a kick out of her last name being Valentine. Of course, once she started pulling in dough out the wazoo for that place, she realized she could make more on her own. Enter the creation of “Be My Valentine, where your perfect person is just a click or phone call away.”

Mom hangs up the phone a few seconds later and then narrows her eyes at me. “What were you supposed to do today?”

“Take out the recycling and the trash.”

“So why is the recycling and trash canister still against the garage?”

I huff. “I forgot. I had to get to school. Coach Mallard is breathing down the whole cheer squad’s neck about the state competition.”

“And what does that have to do with the one chore you have around here?”

“Mom, I’m really sorry. I won’t forget again.”

“I know you won’t, because you’re grounded. Don’t think I haven’t noticed your sister covering for you the last few times.”

I clamp my mouth shut. Dang it. “I’m really sorry.”

She shakes her head. “Don’t apologize to me. Apologize to your sister, who’s been picking up the slack for you. In fact, as a tradeoff, I think you will have to do her chores and your own for the next two weeks.”

“W-what? But I have homework and cheer practice!”

“We all have things we have to do, Layla. This is about meeting your responsibilities, not slacking off and expecting someone else to take care of it for you. Or if you prefer, I can ground you for three weeks. What will it be?”

I grumble. “Extra chores.”

“Good. Go start on your homework.”

Author Bio

Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series and the Scandalous Boys series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn't her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She's a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she's not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she's off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!
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