January 16, 2017
Book Blitz: Horribly Marvelous: The Diary of Cyndi Victoria Chase (Part One: Miracle Week) by Troy CLE with Giveaway
Welcome to the Book Blitz for
Horribly Marvelous: The Diary of Cyndi Victoria Chase
(Part One: Miracle Week)
by Troy CLE!
This book is part of the Marvelous World series
Simon and Schuster and
Random House Listening Library.
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Cyndi Victoria Chase’s junior year was supposed to be about fun and getting into college while desperately dodging the pitfalls of being awkward and painfully self-conscious. All of that was derailed when the massacre of two of her Alonis Academy classmates marked the beginning of a local epidemic. That did not sit well with Cyndi, who is a highly imaginative girl living in her own “Naturally Augmented Reality” where she can flawlessly detect when someone is lying and see people’s words come to life right in front of her eyes. She’ll discover that she’s up against a vicious trans-dimensional and intergalactic threat that has dropped chaos upon her life, school, and town. Cyndi is Cyndi and will always be compelled to fight back; her powerful foes better be prepared for a battle that will become historic throughout the galaxy.
This book is part of the Marvelous World series published by Simon and Schuster and Random House Listening Library.
Horribly Marvelous: The Diary of Cyndi Victoria Chase
(Part One: Miracle Week)
by Troy CLE
Publication Date: November 29, 2016
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I got a text message from a number that I didn’t know. It said, “Sweetheart be careful. Carey may be more dangerous than you think. #AVOID.” Really? Why on Earth would someone send me that? In my mind that’s the equivalent of saying, “chase Carey to the ends of the Earth.”
I have been training in the martial arts since I was 8, so it’s not easy to creep up on me unnoticed. So, instead of closing my locker to reveal that Carey was standing to the side of it, I pushed the locker door the other way, playfully hitting him in the face.
“Carey what are you doing there? Trying to sneak up on me and create that cliché close the locker reveal?” I said. Still, I can’t explain how excited, intrigued, a bit scared – and yeah I’ll write it – turned on I was by the sight of him, especially on the heels of that lame message. However, I agree with the message because Carey could indeed be dangerous – but as I said, that’s exhilarating. I really can’t help it.
Not to mention that I felt a version of that feeling that swept me up when he showed up yesterday. I can’t lie about how the mystery of him had me wanting to chase him down the rabbit hole. I think the message just exasperated that feeling. So the #SSM was on and I was going to get some answers.
Carey immediately began to explain that what has been happening to students is terrible. On a less depressing note, he had no idea that the video of his speech would be posted, go viral, and land on the news – let alone that I would be in it. He apologized for any unwanted attention that it brought me.
This newly crowned prince of unrivaled mystery, intrigue, and quiet danger was not through yet. “Cyndi I know that me saying sorry means nothing without some sort of gesture. Please let me make it up to you by taking you out to anywhere you choose,” he said.
Wait a minute – that was so wrong!
Cyndi Rule (Dating) – Never Tell a Girl You Will take Her Anywhere She Wants on a First Date:
Anywhere I choose? That’s the worst thing to suggest for a first date or whatever he had in mind. That’s not because I could be an ass and ask to go somewhere crazy expensive. It’s just that most women like guys with a plan. No, this is not about relinquishing control; it’s about forcing a guy to perform and prove he knows what the hell he’s doing. On top of that, it’s not fair for us to have to carve out the time, get dressed, look great, and then plan the date on top of that. The best is when a guy takes us somewhere we don’t even know we want to go. Hopefully, we will love it and name it “our place.” When a guy can do that, that means he went on a reconnaissance mission to find out a few things about me or whoever he’s taking out. We always appreciate the effort. After we know a guy is truly worth our time we can then make suggestions and might even decide to take the guy out. Yes, ladies, we should all take our man out every now and then.
Ehh, who am I kidding? This is high school. It’s a crap shoot. What am I to expect from a 17 year old? I get why Jewels goes for the older guys. But as long as a guy is cool I’m cool. Jesus, I need to extend myself and date more.
Back to the regular programing…
There was no way my rational mind would allow me to salivate over him as if I was about to fall over in arid thirst. I could see the orbiting satellites – female students, pretending to be oblivious of our exchange from across the hall. I never once approached or initiated a conversation with Carey. Yet, I could feel the curiosity, hate, and jealousy needlessly welling up in them. #thirsty. Really? You guys are swooning over Carey, when one of our classmates has been freshly killed and another has just gone missing? Thoughts of them dissolved as I focused on the game of wits that Carey and I were about to play. The ball was in my court and it was time for me to work my magic and put him on the defensive…
“Carey, everyone inside and outside of these walls is totally buzzing about all that is the new you. I’m happy about that. I really am, but there are lots of loose ends that I need you to tie up so I can be comfortable for you and me to be alone. You can understand that, right?”
He told me that he understood. Of course he did because I was entrapping him to come clean. How on Earth could he make an excuse for me not being comfortable if he seriously wanted to take me out? I knew he was serious – all guys are about that.
“If you want to hang out, I need you to tell me what happened. If you tell me, I’ll know if you’re telling the truth so don’t lie. One thing I’m not known for is gossip, and you know I won’t tell anyone what you tell me.” (I guess no one but my diary.)
Carey told me: “Cyndi, what happened is a very hot commodity that everyone is interested in. What I also know is that every guy wants a chance with you. So yeah, I’ll trade my diamond laced info to get you to hang out with me. But I’ll only let you ask two questions now and when we hang out you can ask as many as you like. I think that’s fair.”
He wants a date in exchange for his secrets of death and murder. How messed up is it that I absolutely loved his tactic? It takes a lot to move me to go out and that was one way to make things interesting. On top of that, I wonder if he knows how much of a power move that was. He was only going to answer two questions – not even the standard three, and that put a limitation on me. No one really has an opportunity to put any limitations on me when it comes to getting something that I want. This time I’m going to have to allow it, because what I would get is too valuable to turn down. Plus, I do want to go out with him. Could he see my hidden smile tied to how excited I was to casually trade secrets of murder with a chance to hang out like trading cards? Not to mention that in a few minutes after this I was about to try to hack into the computer of one of the richest men on the planet. “Awesome – ” that’s what’s stamped on my life’s gift wrapping.
Agreed. Our dance began.
Troy CLE is the author of the Horribly Marvelous and Marvelous World book series (Simon & Schuster / Random House Listening Library Audio) along with being the creator of Marvelous World University. He is a graduate of New York University (BA American Literature and English, MS Digital Design) and a highly experienced lecturer who has spoken Harvard, UCLA, Colorado College and many other well know and respected institutions.
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