by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance
GENRE: Contemporary Young Adult
Stung by an epic betrayal, Camy Cavanaugh relies on the sure things: her best friend, her job as peer tutor, and her safe spot on the sidelines of life. But when she hacks into a secret, trash-talking website, it ignites a war between the sexes that won’t end until the whole school is turned upside down–and Camy’s world is turned inside out.
Now the hottest girls in school refuse to date the A-List boys. But with the Homecoming dance looming, everyone from the queen bee to the girl “most likely to” pushes Camy to hook them up with guys from the nerd herd.
And then there’s quarterback, A-lister–and former crush–Gavin Madison. He hasn’t spoken to Camy in three years … but he’s talking now, begging her to pair the guys on the football team with girls from the Honor Roll.
It’s a contest of wills and everything is on the line–even Camy’s heart. Will she retreat to the sidelines, or will she find the courage to get back in the game?
Elle sat on the desk so the skirt of her cheerleader uniform fanned out around her. She crossed one leg over the other and planted her palms on the surface behind her.
“In case you haven’t noticed, the guys in this school are tools,” she announced. “And I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m sick of it.”
A few girls shifted in their seats. Elle gave me the tiniest of nods, my cue to start the PowerPoint presentation. I clicked the mouse and the presentation lit up the screen just as one of the cheerleaders hit the lights. Elle, now standing to one side, fired up a laser pointer.
The first slide contained a list of sins committed by the boys in our class through the years. They started with bra snapping in fifth grade and ended with the prom date scandal last spring.
“Any of this ring a bell?” she asked. “Make you the teeniest bit angry? Anyone? How many of you seriously considered paying for a date?”
In the dark, I sensed a few involuntary arm jerks. A few fierce whispers floated in the air, but no one raised a hand.
“And what did you think when these guys, who we’ve known since kindergarten, went over to Prairie Stone and found dates there? How many of you ended up alone at the dance?”
This time, a chill settled over the group. Prom hadn’t really been on my radar, but I’d heard the stories, of dresses bought, boutonnières ordered, and no-show dates.
“What’s your point?” The question, sharp and angry, came from Clarissa. She’d been stood up too, and only had a date for the dance because Elle arranged a last minute substitute--her own cousin, from Prairie Stone of all places.
“My point.” Elle shook out her hair. “Is that the guys in this school store their brains in their butts and I think it’s time we did something about it.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Charity Tahmaseb has slung corn on the cob for Green Giant and jumped out of airplanes (but not at the same time). She spent twelve years as a Girl Scout and six in the Army; that she wore a green uniform for both may not be a coincidence. These days, she writes fiction (long and short) and works as a technical writer for a software company in St. Paul.
Her short speculative fiction has appeared in UFO Publishing’s Unidentified Funny Objects and Coffee anthologies, Flash Fiction Online and Cicada.
Mail list/newsletter: http://eepurl.com/RGffv
Darcy Vance is the slacker half of the author duo of Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance. She didn’t start writing seriously until she was 40, and didn’t publish her first novel until she was 50. Even then, she needed a co-author to get the job done.
While Charity was busy slinging corn for Green Giant and jumping out of airplanes for the Army, Darcy was busy making out with boys and perfecting the art of the doodle. She only makes out with one boy now (her husband) but she still doodles wantonly.
Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/DarcyVance (there is a free story there)
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Charity and Darcy will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to one randomly drawn winner, a print copy of "Dating on the Dork Side" to another randomly drawn winner (US/Canada only) and a print copy of "The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading" to a third randomly drawn commenter (US/Canada only) via rafflecopter during the tour.