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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

BLOG TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - 12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla

Book & Author Details:

12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: April 19th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult


Twelve hours, thirty-six questions, and a chance to fall in love…
It’s the last day of Dorothy Patmont’s family vacation. Soon, she must head back to Reno, where all that waits for her is the cold and the snow. To top it all off, her brother, Chester, acted like a little jerk and ate one too many cookies from the sample jar in the cookie store. But his antics have an unexpected benefit—attracting the attention of an intriguing boy who could change her life forever.

Treats can be sweet, but love is sweeter still…
Arash Atkinson, fluent in four languages and an adventurous soul, is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. When he meets Dorothy, he realizes their time together is limited. “Come out and play,” he texts her. A night of romantic adventure ensues, and Arash discovers an app that claims it can make people fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence.

With each question asked, their stories and feelings continue to unfold. But with every hour that passes they’re more at risk of being found out—Dorothy, by her parents; Arash by his school chaperone. And then Arash gets the dreaded phone call—he has been discovered missing from his room, and must return immediately. Can they finish the questions before facing their consequences?

When time is running out, true love cannot wait. What Arash and Dorothy have is beyond special, something that comes along once in a lifetime, and begins with Twelve Hours In Paradise…but can it survive the trials of the real world?

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The pool deck was nearly deserted, and the light show was long since over. But a transparent sphere on the side of the pool attracted us. It was about five feet tall, and on the inside we could see a young woman in black shorts and a white, long-sleeved shirt, trapped like a fairy princess inside a snow globe.
“What the heck?”
“Should we save her?” Arash asked.
The snow-globe princess stepped off the side of the pool, taking herself and the giant bubble into the water. It sparkled like a crystal marble. Underwater lights lit her from below. A Hawaiian love song unfolded in the background. I couldn’t look away.
She walked slowly but deliberately inside her bubble prison like a hamster in an exercise ball.  Once she reached the middle, she dropped to her hands and knees. A faint splash. A glittering ripple. She extended her arms behind her and arched her back, bringing herself into a handstand. Every move was precise. Flowing. Graceful. We watched the bubble ballet in silence. Maybe this was a performance she shared with thousands during the day. Maybe this was her rehearsal time—a time when most people were tucked away in hotel suites, tending to their sunburns and the sand between their toes. And yet, there we were. Me and Arash. Our private show. A secret performance for two in a city of nearly half a million people
“She’s beautiful,” I said. “I wish I could do that.”
“She reminds me of you.”
“In what way?”
She looked nothing like me, and I had none of the skills to do what she did.
“Strong but fragile. I sense that about you. It’s tantalizing.”
“Tantalizing, huh?”
“Look, do you see the man on the other side?” I peered through the darkness and noticed a guy sitting in the shadows on the opposite side of the pool. I hadn’t seen him before. “He’s holding a rope that’s attached to the bubble. He’s her anchor.”
I wondered why I hadn’t seen the rope before. Maybe I hadn’t wanted to see it. So we weren’t alone after all.
“Probably so he can pull her in if it starts to leak,” I said.
“Everyone needs an anchor.”
We watched the bubble-ballet performance until the music stopped and the man pulled gently on the rope to bring her back to the side of the pool. I thought about the anchor and how Arash said everyone needed one.

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL) - ends 28th April

2x $25 Amazon Gift Cards

Signed copy of 12 Hours in Paradise

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Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  1. Great excerpt - thanks for sharing.

  2. This book sounds great and I would love to read it. ty.

  3. It sounds like a great romance! Look forward to reading it.

  4. I would love to read this book as I am a romantic at heart.

  5. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.