I'm really excited to be able to bring you an exclusive excerpt from Kelly Siskind's Chasing Crazy. When I first heard about this one, I immediately knew I wanted to snap it up for two reasons: 1) Nina goes on a trip to New Zealand and 2) Sam sounds really swoon-worthy. I mean, seriously, a new adult novel with travel in addition to what sounds like a great romance? Sign. Me. Up. Anyway, this blog tour is super special because each tour stop is bringing you an excerpt from a different stop that Nina and Sam visit in New Zealand. Today, I'm bringing you an excerpt from their time in Waipu! But before that, let me share a little about the book itself.
Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind
Publisher: Forever Yours
Publication Date: January 12, 2016Buy It: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo
At nineteen, Nina has endured two lifetime's worth of humiliation. Tired of waiting for it to get better, she decides to get going – across the globe to New Zealand. There she soon faces what she most fears: a super sexy guy ready to be Nina's next mistake. Once Sam's life was all about having fun. That was before the accident. Now his friends have bailed and his world is broken. But when a gorgeous girl on his flight looks at him with passion instead of pity, Sam feels his old self coming back to life. Now traveling together, Nina and Sam know this isn't just a fling. They're falling fast, hard, and deep. More than anything, Sam wants Nina to forget her fears. But to help her do that he must reveal his own painful secret-and risk Nina never seeing him the same way again.
About Kelly Siskind: A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning. She is represented by Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy Literary Group. 2015 Golden Heart® Finalist [Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Make sure to sign up for Kelly's newsletter at the bottom of her website!]
Sounds great, right? Well, I'm about to give you something even more exciting - a sneak peek into Nina & Sam's story! Welcome to the third stop on this excerpt hope for Chasing Crazy, where we're about to join Nina and Sam in Waipu. 3...2...1...
STOP #3: WAIPU
“I get why you ended up at the first hostel. A strange coincidence, but I get it. But this?” She motions to me and my car. “This is a creepy. Did...Did you follow me?”
I run my hand along my neck, glancing away then back at her. “Truth?”
“Yeah, so, my grandfather has this thing about women. I won’t get into it. He’s a little chauvinistic to say the least. But if he knew I let a girl like you travel on her own, he’d string me up by my balls.”
Her eyes widen then fall heavy as her gaze dips down my body, landing squarely below my waist. “Sounds painful,” she murmurs. Her tongue darts out to wet her lips.
My dick lengthens automatically.
I’m a teenager all over again when I’m around this girl, those eyes, and that damn look. I grab her smaller pack and hold it just so, making sure I block my growing hard- on. “Seriously painful,” I say. “No one messes with my pops.” God, I want to jump her. The taste I stole earlier has only heightened my attraction. “Anyway, when I heard you left and where you were headed...” I exhale, wishing I didn’t sound like such a douchey stalker. “I decided to look for you.”
With her view now blocked by my strategic placement of her bag, she looks up at my face, crosses her arms, and grips her elbows. “Okay, that’s maybe a little less weird. Maybe. But what did you mean, just now—a girl like me?”
To avoid embarrassing her further by reliving the boob-flashing thing, I tread lightly. “Look, I heard what happened at lunch today, and we both know about the plane incident.” Remembering the vision of her tight ass, I glance down at her skirt. She blushes all the way to her neck, and I step closer. “I’m going out on a limb here and guessing this stuff, these accidents? They’re not exactly new for you. This is kind of who you are?”
Still flushed, she bites her lip, shrugs, and knocks her knees together. “You could say that.”
“Don’t sweat it. Shit happens. To all of us. Some more than others maybe.” I nudge her shoulder, and her lip curves up. Slightly. My protective instincts from earlier come back, this time in the form of wanting to erase her frown lines. “It just seems like the safest thing for you, and for all of New Zealand, is to not let you travel on your own. I mean, what if you sank the country? Or worse, blinded the millions of sheep with your flagrant display of body parts? How could I live with myself?”
She rolls her eyes and fights the smile tugging at her lips. “That’s quite the sales pitch. But...what are you suggesting?”
“Travel with me.” I wasn’t planning this. Any of it. I just needed to get to her and make sure she was okay. With the words out, I know it’s what I want. I need to see those bedroom eyes again. Touch her bare back. Again. We can travel together for a couple of weeks, hopefully get down and dirty, then I’ll take off.
“Sorry?” She swallows heavily. “With you?”
“Yeah, with me. You and me in my sweet ride, touring the country.” She squints at my recently purchased rusted, red station wagon. “Don’t look at her like that,” I say, motioning to the car. “I bet she’s been through a lot in her life.”
She hums to herself and chews her lip, but she doesn’t speak. Getting her to travel with me might not be so easy. But I can’t walk away. I chased her across New Zealand for Christ’s sake. I’m addicted to her sexy-as-hell glances.
I dip my head to meet her eyes. “So, Nina? What do you say? We can try to sell off your Kiwi bus pass. I mean, I know we’ve hung out a bit, but I don’t think you get how truly awesome I am. I’m a blast to travel with. Like if there was a show called Traveling New Zealand with the World’s Coolest Travel Partner, I’d star in every episode.”
She leans back, sizing me up. “Then why does it feel like I’ll be starring in the made-for-TV movie: The Disappearance of Nina Gabri?”
Verbal chess matches are usually reserved for my buddies, but she has me thinking on my feet. I nod thoughtfully. “Oh, okay. I get you. It’s the weird I-chased-you- across-the-country thing. That’s fine. On second thought, I don’t think you should consider getting in that car with me. And you definitely shouldn’t think about how much fun we’d have driving around in my fine automobile.”
“Reverse psychology? Really? I have five younger siblings, Sam. I am the reigning queen of reverse psychology. What’s your next tactic?”
“Wow.” I scratch my head. “That’s it. That’s all I’ve got. Usually I smile, and the girls are hacking off their own limbs to fit in the trunk.”
If you like what you read, you should check out the rest of the excerpt hop tour stops (which will be listed down below) and grab a copy of Chasing Crazy. Speaking of which, time for the giveaway portion of this post! Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below to win a signed copy of Chasing Crazy and a digital ARC of Kelly's upcoming release My Perfect Mistake.
Follow along with the excerpt hop to follow Nina and Sam through New Zealand!
Day One, February 29th: Grown Up Fangirl - Auckland
Day Two, March 1st: Smexy Books - Pahia
Day Three, March 2nd: Alexa Loves Books - Waipu
Day Four, March 3rd: Lost in Literature - Rotorua
Day Five, March 4th: New Adult Addiction - Mount Tongariro
Day Six, March 5th: Harlequin Junkie - Nelson
Day Seven, March 6th: The Book Bellas - Copland Track
Day Eight, March 7th: Fangirlish - Christchurch