Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Little White Lies by Erin Lawless Excerpt and Giveaway!

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I'm so excited to this fun British New Adult novel with you guys today!

Little White Lies by Erin Lawless

Beware false friends and the smiles of certain boys.

Miles and Nicky are getting married. Unfortunately, their wedding party is a tangle of ex-housemates, ex-friends and ex-lovers.

Leigha, Sukie and Harriet used to be the best of friends. Unfortunately, there are some things you just can’t forgive.

Johnny thought that Leigha was the love of his life. Unfortunately, he still thinks that; even more unfortunately, she never loved him at all.

Adam and Harriet might have been something, once. Unfortunately, now Adam isn’t even sure if he’s going to be able to look her in the face.

So this wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a reunion. Can anything be salvaged from the past? And what really happened between them all, back at university?

With a playful but firm grasp of the zeitgeist, Little White Lies moves back and forth between 2007 and 2012 and seven characters to build up a rich and compelling story, in turns funny and sad, but always honest, about friendship in all its forms and the practicality of second chances.
 
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Johnny was so surprised by Adam’s appearance in the lounge that his spoon dropped back into his bowl with a splash.

"Bugger me, mate." He swiped at the droplets of milk on the table with his sleeve. "Has someone died?"

"No, why?" Adam sat on the arm of the sofa and cracked the ring-pull to his breakfast of a can of Pepsi.

"I don’t think I’ve ever seen you down here before ten o’clock before," Johnny said.

"There’s a viewing in the library at nine." Adam took a swig from his can. "A German film adaptation of Hamlet. From the sixties." Johnny sniggered into his cereal.

"You lameass English students sure know how to have fun. So sorry to give it a miss, but – damn it! - I’ve got a seminar." Adam shrugged and downed the rest of his drink.

"Your loss," he grinned as he crushed the empty can to a concave shape. "Hoping I can base one of my courseworks on it and look intelligent."

"That would be a nice change for you," Johnny agreed, solemnly. Adam pitched the can at his head.


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Harriet dotted little blobs of concealer under her eyes. Leigha sat on the edge of her bed, bundled into a lilac dressing gown and blinking blearily over the rim of her cup of tea.

"And you’re sure you want to come?" Harriet repeated doubtfully, clicking the lid back onto the makeup pen. "Gotta leave in about ten..."

Leigha wordlessly waved a hand at her and took another deep drink from the mug. "Yeah, yeah, I’ll only take five minutes, don’t worry."

"You know it’s only going to be a shitty little TV set up in one of the reading rooms," Harriet said, blending the makeup with the tip of her index finger. "And it’s in German."

"Yeah you said. I told you, sounds interesting. You know I like to do—" Leigha was cut off by a resounding yawn—"different things."

"Well, if you’re sure." Harriet checked the time on her mobile phone display. "But please get dressed." Leigha laughed.

"We’ve spent our fair share of time wearing pyjamas in that library."

"Yeah, we lived on campus then. You wanna walk through town in your dressing gown, be my guest." Harriet combed her fingers roughly through her short hair.

"Guess I’d better start getting my face on," Leigha agreed, leaving her mostly-empty mug on Harriet’s beside table and strolling unhurriedly out of the room and into her own.

Feeling exhausted already, Harriet flopped down on the recently vacated bed. Sukie’s face appeared around the side of the bedroom door, which Leigha had left ajar.

"She going with you?" she asked.

"Apparently."

"Isn’t this film in German?"

"Well, yes, but it’s not like it won’t have subtitles!" Harriet answered, impatiently.

Sukie was silent for a moment, uncharacteristically thoughtful about what she was about to say. When she did speak again she pitched her voice lower. "Is Adam going to this?"

Harriet looked up at her sharply. "Yes, we’re picking him up on the way. Do you think that’s why she has suddenly decided to come?"

"Well, I don’t think she developed an interest in the German film industry in the time it took her to make that cup of tea."

"I agree. Eurgh, I’m going to be a right spare part."

"Practice for when they’re a couple," Sukie agreed. "I can see Ley being a super clingy girlfriend."

"Fun, fun, and more fun." Harriet rolled her eyes. "So you think he likes her then?"

"Das ist die... question," Sukie answered, raising her eyebrows.


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Leigha looked longingly at the reflection of her bed in the mirror as she rubbed tinted moisturiser into her cheeks in vigorous circles. She heard a sudden burst of giggles from Sukie and Harriet across the landing.

"What’s up?" she called.

"Hustle it, Webster!" Harriet bellowed.

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Adam’s phone chimed its message tone and he lazily fished it out of his pocket.

"Oooh," he smirked, waving his mobile phone tauntingly in Johnny’s face. "Leigha’s coming along with Harriet. Bet you wish you were coming to see this 'lameass' film now!"

"Oh fuck off," Johnny growled, lobbing the Pepsi can back across the room for good measure.


About the Author


You’d probably like Erin Lawless; she’s quite nice.

She lives in London with a man who buys her books instead of flowers and brings her cups of tea when she’s writing. She blogs about writing, London living and British history and absolutely loves having new Twitter, Goodreads or blog followers to bore to death!

Erin is the author of The Last Train Home & Other Stories (2012) and Little White Lies (2013), with both historical fiction and non-fiction coming soon and a contemporary rom-com in 2014.


Giveaway!


Want the chance to a Little White Lies prize bundle, including a digital copy, postcard, and fridge magnet? Two lucky readers will!

To enter, tell me:
What's the worst "little white lie" you've ever told? Remember to leave your email address so I know who to contact when you win!
Please say something meaningful!! Comments only consisting of one-worded responses or "thanks for the giveaway" will not be eligible for entry! Erin and I really want to hear your thoughts! :)

Rules and disclosure:
Sponsored wholly by the author—thank you so much, Erin!
Giveaway ends July 3rd at 11.59 pm (your time).
Open to anyone with an email address—anyone in the world! Woohoo!
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen.
Although I do select winners, I am in no way responsible for the prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤ Plus you get extra entries ;)
Good luck!