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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

BLOG TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Center Stage! by Caitlyn Duffy

Book & Author Details:

Center Stage! by Caitlyn Duffy
(Center Stage!, #1)
Publication date: September 14th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult


Allison Burch’s wildest dream is to become a famous singer. She can hardly believe her own good luck when she auditions for the reality television singing competition, Center Stage!, and is chosen as a contestant. She finally has a legitimate shot at fame, fortune, and a chance to go on tour as the opening act for her favorite boy band on their world tour.

However, Allison wasn’t counting on one of the celebrity coaches being Chase Atwood, the famous rock star father of her former best friend. Allison’s terrified that Chase is going to find out that she and his daughter have been in a fight for months, and it’ll ruin her shot at the grand prize. Making matters worse, Allison’s own coach, Country Western star Nelly Fulsom, intends to groom her into a Nashville superstar.

As Allison struggles to decide if she really wants to win on the show if it’s by resorting to dirty tricks and assuming the image that Nelly wants to create for her, she find herself falling hard for her biggest competition on the show: a brooding songwriter named Elliott Mercer. She’s not sure if Elliott’s interest in her is genuine, or if he’s just playing along with the producers’ strategy.

It’s up to Allison to decide: how much is she willing to lose in order to win?
Fans of Caitlyn Duffy’s The Rock Star’s Daughter will enjoy this tale about Taylor’s friend Allison and her journey to fame.


“Actually,” I began, setting my sandwich down on my orange plastic lunch tray. I had decided that morning before school that I’d tell everyone about Center Stage! after making Mom scour the paperwork to ensure that I wasn’t breaking any rules by telling people before the show’s first airdate. As it turned out since at-home viewing audiences could text in their votes for singers, contestants were encouraged to start building fan bases early. There was no sense in putting my big news off any longer. “I can’t try out for Fiddler on the Roof because I already have a part in something else.”
Now all eyes were on me. Nicole lifted one eyebrow, a little trick that she thought made her look irresistibly sexy. Kaela stirred her Greek yogurt and commanded, “Spill it!”
“Well,” I said, lowering my voice because I wasn’t sure I wanted the entire student body of Pacific Valley to hear me, “Do you guys know that show Center Stage!?”
“Uh, yeah. Danny Fuego is like, hot,” Nicole said, taking a monster-sized bite out of her sandwich now that it had been relieved of the offending mayonnaise.
“Ew, not even,” Michelle disagreed. “He looks like he has major B.O.”
“How can someone look like they have body odor?” Nicole challenged.
“Guys,” Lee urged them both to be quiet. “Allison’s talking.”
“So, I ditched school on Wednesday to try out for the show, and I made it. I’m going to be one of the contestants,” I announced, trying to sound casual about it.
Lee exclaimed, “Holy crap. That’s major!”
Nicole was confused. “Wait a minute. On Wednesday? You said you were in the nurse’s office on Wednesday.”
“God, Nicole! I lied, okay?” Sometimes I wondered if Taylor was right about Nicole, and she really was just dumb even though she was in advanced classes. “I didn’t want anyone to know I’d cut school to try out for a TV show until I knew whether or not I’d made it.”
“Wait—so you’re, like, really going to be on the show?” Colton asked me.
“I’m really going to be on the show.”
Lee pushed his lunch tray aside and leaned forward across the table toward me. “Allison, do you know how awesome this is?”
“I didn’t even know you liked to sing that much,” Kaela muttered, licking yogurt off her plastic spoon.
“Like, this is the biggest thing ever to happen at our high school,” Lee continued, as if in a trance.
“It’s not that big of a deal, Lee,” I corrected him. For starters, a girl named Megan Humboldt, who’d been four years ahead of us in classes, had been cast in an adventure movie about Egyptian mummies when we were in ninth grade. She’d become a gossip magazine regular and was engaged to marry a famous action movie director thirty years older than her. One of the kids in the seventh grade, Brendan Lopez, played an autistic child genius on a sitcom and had already been nominated for an Emmy. My little victory seemed very insignificant compared to some of our classmates’ who were practically celebrities. “I could get kicked off in the first Expulsion Series.”
“No way,” Lee argued. “That can’t happen if you get a ton of at-home votes, not even if you epically screw up.”
“How am I going to get a ton of at-home votes?” I wondered aloud. “No one in the world knows who I am.”
“Yet,” Lee said. “We can fix that.”
“Well, you’ve only got about a week and a half to fix that because the show starts taping the Monday after next,” I informed my friends. “And I basically can’t come to school anymore until the last episode of the show airs. It’s in their terms and conditions. So, I might not be here again for... a while.” I didn’t dare suggest to my friends that I might be kept out of classes until after Christmas break. It seemed like even voicing the possibility might jinx it.
“This is crazy,” Kaela marveled. “Crazy amazing,” Michelle clarified.

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Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN) - ends 17th December

  • 1 Grand Prize Winner will receive:
    - 1 Sol Angeles t-shirt
    - 1 pair of Monroe sunglasses by Wild Fox Couture
    - 1 bottle of Malibu Blue nail polish by Lauren B of Beverly Hills
    - 1 signed paperback copy of Center Stage
  • 4 Runners-Up will receive:
    - 2 bottles of LA-themed nail polish by Lauren B of Beverly Hills
    - 1 signed paperback copy of Center Stage

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Caitlyn Duffy is a private boarding school survivor and the author of The Treadwell Academy Novels, a series about privileged girls in an elite boarding school setting and the challenges they face. The series addresses issues common to teen readers including eating disorders, divorce, grief, heartbreak, first love, drug addiction and disagreements with parents. It was Caitlyn’s dream to create a series that mixed glamour and celebrity with the real-life problems that kids endure that could be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Her writing experience includes freelance editing for publishing houses and copywriting in the advertising industry.

When she’s not writing about the girls of Treadwell, she’s walking her semi-famous dog Maxim around Park Slope, Brooklyn and drinking too much coffee.

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  1. Sounds like a great book, I enjoyed reading the excerpt! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. looks great ... thank you for this chance