It's no secret that MAGNOLIA by Kristi Cook is probably one of my favorite books I've ever read. It was exactly what I needed at the time I read it, and it means a lot to me on a sentimental level. So imagine my delight when I found out that there will be a follow-up novella! You guys, this is one of the highlights of my year, and I'm here with you to share the glorious novella cover. (The cover is at the very end, right before the Rafflecopter, if you want to scroll down and come back. But here's the Magnolia cover.)
I loved this book so much, and I like Kristi, so I went a little off-script with this cover reveal, but I'm just too pumped!!!
MISCHIEF AND MAGNOLIAS is set to be released two days after my birthday, which means that I know exactly what I'm doing two days after my birthday--reading this as soon as I can get my hands on it--that date is FEBRUARY 7 of this year.
Want to know more? I know you do, here's the blurb:
When Ryder Marsden and Jemma Cafferty return to Magnolia Branch for Christmas break following their first semester at their respective universities in New York City (Columbia and NYU), their secret relationship is revealed—they’re literally caught under the mistletoe, kissing. Unexpectedly, their parents—who’ve spent their entire lives pushing them together—are somehow less than thrilled, especially when they realize the depth of their deception.
Tensions mount as the Marsden and Cafferty families struggle to come to terms with Jemma’s and Ryder’s feelings for each other, especially as they prepare to send them back to New York City together. At the same time, Jemma and Ryder must face their own problems that have arisen as a result of attending different schools—there are jealousies to be sorted out and hurt feelings to mend if their relationship is going to stand the test of time.
Oh. My. Goodness. I can't, I need to know everything! Who is jealous!? Is Jemma liking her classes? Is Ryder being possessive? Why are their parents suddenly terrible? How is Jemma's family doing after the events in MAGNOLIA!?! AHHHHH!! So many things!!
Is that enough? Just the blurb? Nope, I have a teaser for you! It's green, to represent my jealousy of anyone who has read this already.
Laura Grace nods and turns toward Ryder and me. “You two kids try and play nice for a little bit. Dinner’s —get yourselves cleaned up and to the dining room by then, okay?”
“Got it,” Ryder murmurs.
And off they go, leaving us totally and blissfully alone.
Ryder sidles up beside me. “So, last night was nice,” he says, his breath warm against my ear.
Shivers race down my spine. “Yes, it was.”
“Think you can sneak out again tonight?”
“Probably. You know my parents—always in bed by ten.”
He runs a hand through his dark hair, leaving it sticking up in all directions. “How am I going to last until then? Sitting at the dinner table across from the prettiest girl in the world and not allowed to touch her?”
“Well, would you look at that…” I tip my head toward the doorway, where a sprig of mistletoe is conveniently hanging. “Should we risk it? Maybe if we’re really quick?”
His dark eyes spark with mischief, and I grab his hand and dash toward the door, dragging him with me as I position myself directly under the waxy green leaves.
“You sure like to live dangerously, Jemma Cafferty,” he says, wrapping his arms around me.
I rise up on tiptoe, my head tipped back as I gaze up at him adoringly. “Shut up and kiss me, Ryder Marsden.”
His kiss is gentle at first—almost tentative. But then…it’s like the room falls away and there’s nothing left, nothing but me and Ryder and this kiss that literally steals away my breath and turns my knees to Jell-O and my brain to mush.
And that’s pretty much when all hell breaks loose.
I want to say one last thing before I get to the actual cover and giveaway, I love Kristi Cook. She is so sweet and kind, I interact with her a lot on social media, and while I'm participating in this as part of a promotional thing, I would have written an entire post about it anyway. Kristi is great, MAGNOLIA is great, and if I don't read HAVEN soon (which has been on my TBR pile for almost a year) I might scream. I need to get my act together. Here's what their covers look like (also, they're mostly on BookOutlet, so go, go, go!)
Here's a bit more about Kristi:
New York Times bestselling YA author Kristi Cook is a transplanted southern gal who lives in New York City with her husband and two kids. Her YA debut, HAVEN, was released in Feb. 2011 by Simon Pulse. The last two volumes in the Winterhaven series, MIRAGE and ETERNAL, followed in 2012 and 2013. Her first contemporary, southern-set YA, MAGNOLIA, was released in 2014. She's currently working on a contemporary YA with paranormal elements set in Savannah, GA.
Kristi also writes adult romantic fiction as Kristina Cook and Kristi Astor.
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OK! IT'S TIME!!! Here is the cover of
MISCHIEF AND MAGNOLIAS!!!!!
I need it poster size immediately, but not as badly as I need the story!
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