Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Blog Tour: LIFE'S WHAT YOU MAKE IT by Theresa Troutman - Excerpt & Giveaway

Title: Life's What You Make It (Love's Great Adventure #1)
Author: Theresa Troutman
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 28, 2014

Here's a sweet romance to add to your TBRs that just came out! Love's What You Make It is the first book in the Love's Great Adventure series and the blurb sounds sweet and intriguing. :D Enjoy an excerpt and and cool giveaway! 


“She’s everything I’m not and everything I want to be.”

Sebastian Iron’s life is spiraling out of control. Over the course of one week: Sebastian witnesses death, runs away with his best friend’s girl, gets kicked out of his English prep school, and is banished to America by his domineering mother to repeat his senior year of high school.

In America, Sebastian struggles to find self-discipline and a purpose to turn his life around. He meets Tess Hamilton, the only person to show him any kindness in his new school. Little does he know, she is the savior tutor hired by his mother to help him improve his grades. The two slowly begin to build a friendship.

As their friendship blossoms, Sebastian begins to have romantic feelings for Tess. She claims to only wants a plutonic relationship, but Sebastian feels the undeniable spark that sizzles between them every time they are together. 

Forces beyond their control will either bring Sebastian and Tess closer together or tear them apart. 

Will Sebastian return to his old habits or find the strength to be the person worthy of Tess’ love.


Sebastian left Edgewood and pulled up to the Hamilton home at 7:00 a.m. With his mind on his mother’s arrival, he shook the thought away and knocked on the front door. Tess answered quickly and she looked at him skeptically.

“I brought you some hot chocolate,” he said, offering her the steaming cup. “I’d like to drive you to school today.”

Tess took the cup and stepped back, allowing him to enter the house. She was only half dressed, her white blouse still untucked and no shoes on her feet. “Give me ten minutes to finish getting ready,” she said as she scurried away, leaving him to his own devices.

Sebastian settled onto the sofa and drank his coffee. His eye caught an invitation-sized envelope sitting on the coffee table. He could see that the postmark was from England and tensed up immediately, recognizing the script—it was from his mother. He opened it, although he knew it wasn’t his place to do so. It was a personal invitation to dinner from his mother to Tess. She wanted to meet the tutor who had done such a magnificent job getting her son to buckle down and achieve good marks, it said. The date of the dinner was tomorrow.

He was still holding the card in his hand when Tess finally joined him. She was fully dressed and ready for the school day. “Oh, you found the invitation. Did you know about this?” Tess inquired, not bothered that he had opened it.

“I had no idea,” he admitted. “You’re not going, are you?”

“Of course I’m going,” Tess told him, grabbing her coat from the closet.

“I’d prefer you didn’t.”

Tess gave him an odd look in return. “Sebastian, you need to tell me what’s going on. You haven’t been yourself lately.”

“I don’t want you to go because I don’t want to be around you,” he blurted out. Of course, that wasn’t the way he meant to say it, but it was too late.

“Oh,” was all she could manage to verbalize, confusion flooding her expression.

“Tess, I don’t want to be around you because I don’t like who I become when I’m with my mother. I go to a very dark place with her that I don’t want you to see. I don’t know how to stop it. I’d prefer you stay away from me while she’s in town,” he explained.

“She invited me to dinner. How can I refuse? How bad could it be?” She spoke in short bursts tinged with a hint of annoyance.

“I can’t stop you, can I?” he sighed, defeated.


“You’d better wear the Chanel, then. Jeans are not permitted at the dinner table.”

She leaned in and kissed him on the lips. It made his heart feel a little bit lighter. “Everything is going to be okay,” she whispered.

He pulled her closer and kissed her again, wanting to believe her, but he knew better.

About the Author: 
Theresa Troutman is a Young Adult/New Adult Romance author who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre, traveling and is an active member of the SCBWI. My Secret Summer is her first published work. Her latest release is A Special Connection and her first full length novel, Life's What You Make It will be available in April 2014.

Find Theresa Troutman on: 

#1 - Love's What You Make It: Amazon * Amazon UK

Signed copy of Life’s What You Make It and a swag pack (US Only),
E-book copy of Life’s What You Make It (worldwide), e-book copy of 
Special Connection (worldwide), and 3 swag packs (US Only).