BLOG TOUR: The Summer I Fell by Sonya Loveday (The Six #1)- Guest Post & Giveaway


The Summer I Fell by Sonya Loveday (The Six #1)
Publication date: July 27th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis: 
“So you wanna be part of the Six, huh? You wish…”
~Jared, Ace, Mark, Josh, Aiden & Eli
Riley Clifton can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a part of the Six, a group of rowdy boys who would do just about anything for her. Growing up alongside of six guys is never easy. Especially in high school. Falling in love with one of the Six? Even harder when Ace has a hold of her heart, and he doesn’t even know it.
Jake (Ace) Aceton has loved Riley for a long time, but has kept the secret oath of the Six. Riley was off limits. At least until after graduation. When he overhears Riley admitting to her best friend, Paige how she feels about him, Ace doesn’t let his chance slip by. Riley, in his mind, has always been his.
When her college plan falls through, and her future is left to the hands of fate, Riley finds herself scrambling to keep up with all the changes. But that’s not the hardest part. The hardest part is saying good-bye, especially to Ace.

Heartache, hard lessons, and a love deeper than her Alabama roots will threaten to crumble Riley’s world as she waits for Ace’s return.
Will Riley and Ace’s love be strong enough to hold them together when life tries to tear them apart?


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AUTHOR BIO:

Sonya Loveday, first and foremost is a reader, an avid one. It is of that love that brought her to
purchasing her first laptop in 2009, and publishing her first novel, Casted, in 2013.
In early 2014, Sonya expanded Casted and then went on to publish Spelled, the sequel to Casted, in March, wrapping up the series, and her stint with Paranormal Romance. For now.
Not long after the completion to the Casted Series, Sonya tried her hand at New Adult/Coming of Age, a sub-genre of Contemporary Romance. Thusly, the Six were born with The Summer I Fell, which released at the end of July 2014. The demand from readers was instantaniously, which brought about End Note, the second book of the series in December 2014.

To date, Sonya lives in Central Florida with her husband, and two kids, and is currently working on her fifth book set to release later this spring 2015.

Author links: 
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**GUEST POST**
“Hey Josh!” I say, waving at him. Seeing me, he picks up the pace. I chose to meet him here at the small park down the street from where he’s taking classes at Penn State, thinking it would give us a little privacy to catch up.
His footsteps eat up the ground until he stops in front of me, and pulls me into a brief hug, before turning me lose. “Hey, Sonya. How’s it going, haven’t talked to you in a while.”
“Yeah, I know. I’ve been pretty busy. How’s college life?”
“Eh…” He evades, giving me an answer as he leads me over to a park bench where we sit.
“That good, huh?” I say, bumping my shoulder into his.
“So you wanted to talk about something?” he asks, switching the subject, turning the conversation back on me, and the reason for my visit.
“I do. I’ve been asked to do an interview about the Six by an awesome blog called A Thousand Words A Million Books that’s hosting a blog tour for The Summer I Fell.


His eyebrows arch as a look of intrest crosses his face. “Oh yeah? Well, what do they wanna know?”
“How did you and the others become the Six?” I ask air quoting the question.

AND READ ON- FOR EXCLUSIVE 'SIX' INFO:



“Became it? It wasn’t like a choice or anything,” he says, laughing as he crosses his arms and settles  against the slatted wood.
“I know that, and you know that, but the rest of the readers don’t. And what better way to give a backstory of your friendships than to do this interview,” I answer, shrugging as I search his face, noticing his gaunt features. He looks so different than when he left Alabama, and it’s more than a little concerning.
“They’re honestly interested in that?” he asks with a shake of his head.
“Yep. I’ve had readers say they wanted to know more about the Six growing up. I mean, I did drop the reader into your lives right after graduation,” I say, nodding.
“And you chose to pick my brain about it, why?” he asks, smirking.
I roll my eyes at him. “Because it’s kinda of like you were the kick off point of the Six. They used to come to your house back when you started out as friends. And there’s Riley, she was your neighbor, so…”
He snorts then laughs. “Riley, the pig-tailed pain in the ass.”
My brow inches up. “That’s kinda mean, don’t you think?”
Smirking, he blinks slowly as if calling his memories forth. “Yeah well, we weren’t always best friends. Riley was the girl next door. The one who just kind of showed up in my yard one day and never left, no matter how many times I tried to make her go away.”
“Wait, you didn’t want her around?” I ask thrown by his admition of how he’d originally felt about Riley.
“Yep, but she never took the hint. If anything it made her even more of a pain for a while. The harder I tried to get her to leave me alone, the more she came around. After a while I just gave up…wait that’s not true,” he says, chuckling, “my mom overheard us arguing in the yard one day. She waited until I came in the house, and caught me right inside the  front door. God, I can still picture it now. She had this look on her face, ya know the one that just screams disappointment? And then she asks me ‘And what was that about?’ I can’t even remember now what me and Riley were fighting about. But anyway, Mom ended up giving me an ultimatum. Either be nice to Riley, or spend the next week in my room, with no chance of going outside. So, I chose to be nice.”
“So what you’re saying is you ignored her?” I can’t help but laugh as I ask him that.
He smiles, giving me my answer.
“How old were you then?” I ask.
“Four, I believe. Yeah it had to be four, because it was before we started Kindergarten. I didn’t always ignore her though. After a while, she was like a shadow mimicking me, and then one day we were just…friends. I guess I kinda got used to her being around. It’s weird now. She’s always just…been there.”
I nod, giving him a smile of understanding. “So what about the others? How did they start coming around?”
“School. We all met in elementary school, well except for Eli. He didn’t start hanging around with us until middle school. But Aiden, Mark, Jared and Ace have been around forever.” He stops giving me a smile that lights up his face, and I see first hand just how much all of them mean to him. His voice takes on more of an animated tone as he continues, “At first it was birthday parties and stuff, then it was sleep-overs and then gradually it just became more. Once we hit middle school we thought we were the shit, there wasn’t anything like us and everyone knew it,” he paused, shaking his head, “We were so damn full of ourselves at that point. But it sorta flipped on us, when we saw the way Eli was treated when he first came to school. There we were, this group of kids that were idolized or whatever, so the bullies left us alone, but Eli…he didn’t have that. We talked about it, seeing him struggle with Seth Johns, our class bully. It really pissed Jared off, so he took it upon himself to teach Seth a lesson. And then Ace showed up with Eli one day. From then on he was one of us. After that, we realized it didn’t matter how cool everyone thought we were. It wasn’t about status for us. It was about friendship, and not becoming douchebags, like Seth.”
“Some people might say that it’s unrealistic…your situation as friends,” I say, biting my tongue after the words slip out. A small part of me wishing I hadn’t said that, but I know what’s been said about their friendships and saying it gives Josh a chance to have his say back at those who would question the loyalty and friendship of the Six.
His face scrunches as he says, “What do you mean?”
I shrug trying my best to explain what I mean. “Well, they think that it’s unrealistic for that many people to be friends, and stay friends, like all of you have.”
Something close to agitation slips across his face. “What the hell do they know? Just because it didn’t happen to them doesn’t make it impossible.” He pauses for a second, fingers drumming against his leg. “Someone’s actually said that? I mean, don’t get me wrong, we’ve had our knock-down-drag-outs. Friends always do, but damn that’s a pretty harsh opinion.”
“Yeah, someone actually did make that remark, but I’m with you on your answer. No relationship is perfect, especially long term ones where people are constantly growing and changing, even if it’s subtle changes. But if there’s a strong foundation it takes more than petty differences to shake what’s solidly built.”
Scratching absently at neck, he says, “I feel sorry for whoever said that, maybe they weren’t lucky enough to be blessed with such awesome people in their lives.”
It’s time to get off the subject of nay-sayers and back on track, so I shift the conversation to what matters and say, “So tell me about Aiden, Mark, Jared and Ace. I know you said it all started with birthday parties and sleep overs, but is there more to it?”
He scrunches his face as if in thought. “Not really, we just all gravitated towards each other. Hanging out, fishing, ya know, the usual. When we got older and Jared’s parents built the cabin, it gave us all a place to go, and for the most part, kept us out of trouble.”
The reminder of the cabin still brings a sense of awe, even after knowing why they catered so much to Jared and his friends, and can’t help but say, “That was a pretty big gift from Jared’s parents.”
Josh pulls in a deep breath, blowing it out and then cuts his eyes over at me with a sharp nod of his head. “Tell me about it. But there wasn’t anything they wouldn’t do for him if he asked it. And I think it made them feel better about being away so much. Having a place where all of us could hang out worked in everyone’s favor, especially when the Hole was dug. Best swimming and fishing in Bama.” His hand comes up, scrubbing at his face as he says, “Man, I miss those days.”
“So you spent a lot of time out at the cabin during the summers, but what about Riley and Paige?” I ask.
He’s back to being animated again, remembering the past gives him a touch of color and a sparkle to his eye as he opens up. “Every summer we were out there for weeks at a time. Of course, our parents would make us come home every so often, so they could see us. Sometimes they’d drop in and check on us. Make sure we were behaving. Riley’s dad was pretty cool about her hanging out with us, but she didn’t really come out and stay overnight with us until maybe our Sophmore year of High School. Before that her dad started doing the longer hauls, taking him away for days at a time, so he had her staying with friends of his. It just so happens they had a daughter…”
“Paige.” I answer.
His head dipped in acknowledgement. “Yep, and they became really good friends. Paige was one of those girls who was quiet, stayed to herself, not really making any waves, sort of under the radar, if that makes any sense. Being friends with Riley changed all that for her though. And then Riley being friends with us brought Paige into our world. It’s funny, because for the longest time, Riley never invited Paige to come hang out with us. I think when she realized Paige had no interest in sinking her claws into one of us is when Riley dragged her along, and then she was just one of us too.”
Hearing about Paige make me curious and I ask, “So what do you think of Paige?”
I can tell I’ve caught Josh off guard, asking him something he hadn’t expected. “Paige? She’s cool peeps. She’s fun to hang out with, and watching her and Jared is priceless. I swear they fight more than anything, but it’s funny stuff they argue over, nothing serious. And nothing that would break up the dynamic of our group. Of course Jared’s a pain in the ass, and he loves nothing more than firing her up.”
I can see Jared doing that. He has the ability to rile anyone up with the right words, but something about the whole ‘Riley brought Paige in’ thing has me wondering, so I ask, “You say Riley brought Paige in only after she knew Paige wasn’t ga-ga over the Six, but there’s definitely something up with her and Mark. When did that happen?”
Josh shrugs. “Honestly, I really can’t say, ‘cause whatever happened between them, didn’t happen around any of us. But I can tell you it wasn’t something Mark could hide. You could see how he felt about her without him saying a word. Same as Ace. He mooned over Riley. I noticed it right away, but kept it to myself. I think Jared, for as much as a jokester as he is, saw it too with both Mark and Ace. I think that’s why he amped up the torture on Paige so much. Maybe he thought if he put just the right amount of pressure on the situation someone would admit how they felt.”
“But he didn’t seem to do that with Riley and Ace. Why?” I ask.
His laugh barked out of him, surprising me. “Seriously? If Ace wouldn’t have kicked his ass, Riley would have. She never put up with any of our shit. She usually was the first one to call us out. I think that’s why we respected her so much. She wasn’t some simpering, needy girl. She held her own in a group of six guys, and demanded the same respect as we gave each other. Says a lot about her, I think.”
“I agree.  But did you ever wonder about how it would be if Ace and Mark decided to change things…make their feelings known to Riley and Paige?”
Josh gives my question a dismissive wave as he says, “Nah, not with Paige. And Riley was off limits for us, for a long time, which is one of the reasons why the time capsule was put together. That and Jared’s obsession with being a pirate,” he says, chuckling.
“What made Riley off limits?” I ask, hoping he’d give me more than just a blanket reason.
“Honestly? At one point each of us had a crush on her. Had any of us made a move, and it didn’t work out with her, she would have removed herself from us. And there was no way we’d let that happen. See, she’s more than just a friend. She family. Our family. You can’t fix something like that once lines are crossed that can never be uncrossed. That’s why we made it a point to keep her off limits. Once we graduated, then it was up to her. And really, all the signs were there for years between Ace and Riley. They gravitated towards each other, and I don’t think they really realized they were doing it. I guess that’s the thing about love. It happens as it’s meant to happen.”
That seemed a little odd to me, I would have thought there might have been a little resentment. “So everyone else just moved on? Forgot their crushes and let it go?”
He shook his head. “Nah, I wouldn’t say it was that easy, but putting the box together, and realizing how important she was to us helped. No one wanted to lose what we had as friends. Eventually, everyone got over their ‘crushes’ and I think we were all pretty thankful for not making complete asses out of ourselves by acting on something that might never have gone anywhere. Well, besides Ace. He never got over his crush, obviously.”
Looking down at his watch, Josh groaned.
“Something wrong?” I ask.
“Nah, I just was supposed to be in class like five minutes ago.” Seeing the grimace on my face he adds, “Don’t worry, I’ll get notes from someone in class. It isn’t the first time I’ve missed that class, and it’s easy enough to get caught back up. Besides, it’s nice to catch up and chat, I miss having my friends around and think about them all the time.”
My heart clenches for him. He obviously is going through tough times, but doing his best to keep moving forward no matter what. “I have an idea!”
He looks over at me, eyes still caught up in the past. “Oh yeah, what’s that?”
I wiggle my eyebrows at him, and say, “How about I buy you lunch, and you can catch me up on what’s been going on here with you. I mean, you never know when your story could be coming up so…”
He stands up, putting his arm out, waiting for me to slip mine through ans says, “Well, in that case, I know this place that has the best beer battered onion rings.”
I tug his arm to get him walking. “You had me at beer battered. Lead on!”

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for being on the tour, Aditi! :)

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  2. thanks for being part of the tour.and the book sounds good

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