Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Streamline Tour Stop: Excerpt + Giveaway!

Streamline by Jennifer Lane.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Contemporary.
Publication : March 27th 2012 by Omnific Publishing.

Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He’s captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother’s crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father’s abuse, battered and alone.

Leo’s girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida’s top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there’s an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter--her father--is in prison for murder.

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything’s on the line . . . streamline.

Stationed on the deck plate in the middle of his dorm passageway,
Leo shouted a rapid fire chow call on his designated day. “Sir,
you now have seven minutes until Noon Meal Formation! Noon
Meal Formation occurs outside. Firsties carry swords. The uniform
is summer working blues.”

Ms. Nevington stood about fifteen feet away, observing him with
her arms crossed over her chest. Those upperclassmen not scurrying
to their rooms congregated in the passageway around Leo.

“The menu for noon meal is roast beef and turkey sandwiches,
coleslaw, crackers, bread, milk, and apple and rhubarb pie. The Officer
of the Watch is Midshipman First Class Viva Nevington, Second
Company Commander. The Midshipman Officer of the Watch is
Midshipman First Class Tom Sour, Honor Officer.”

The second class midshipmen, responsible for training plebes
once the school year started, flitted around Leo like wasps over nectar.
He eyed them warily as he spouted the meticulously rehearsed
details. He was determined not to forget one word or pause one
second. “The professional topic of the week is aircraft carriers,” Leo
continued. “The key events of the Yard today are: sixteen hundred
men’s soccer versus Maryland, nineteen hundred mass in the chapel,
and twenty-one hundred glee club concert in Alumni Hall. You now
have five minutes, sir!”

He began his fourth repetition, each time less intimidated by
the predatory midshipmen, who had nothing on his father. CS had
made him rehearse chow call on the track until he was hoarse. The
number of midshipmen mulling about dwindled as the time ticked
down. “Sir, you now have three minutes until Noon Meal Formation!”

As Leo continued, the last remaining youngsters turned away,
looking dejected. Leo hadn’t made one error. Ms. Nevington smiled
at him before she departed.

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