Published by Entangled Crave
To be Released January 8th, 2018
Genre: YA Paranormal
The last thing a girl as awkward as Dani Gale should be doing is trying to learn the high wire. Yet that’s exactly where Dani ends up—at OZ, the Oswald Zinzendorf School of Circus Arts. Trying to overcome her shyness is near impossible when her new partner—the hottest guy she’s ever laid eyes on, and whose touch seems to give her poise she thought impossible—also seems to be sabotaging her progress.
The last thing Cai Coppersmith needs is a distraction, especially in the form of the new, cute shy girl. He needs to focus on trying not to shape-shift into a tiger on school grounds, and completing his mission to keep Dani from winning the school’s high-wire competition. In fact, the entire safety of OZ is relying on Dani not succeeding. But there’s something about the girl that draws him in. She has magic, he can feel it. So he’ll do what he can to protect her, even if it means pushing her away.
About the Author:
You can visit her on twitter @TawnyStokes
Excerpt from Lions and Tigers and Boys:
I spread my legs into a straddle and flattened my torso onto the floor. This was one of my favorite stretches, as it really worked on the lower back. I was rewarded with a whole bunch of snapping and popping sounds when my spine repositioned. As I turned my head slightly to the left, I saw Cai walk into the studio. My belly instantly flip-flopped.
He wore a form-fitting dark blue tank top and baggy knee length shorts. He wasn’t football player big, but he was strong-looking with wide shoulders and trim arms that were cut sharp with muscles. He looked lean but powerful, and I imagined he could do a one armed push-up with little difficulty. He looked a bit like Eddie Redmayne, but with fewer freckles and redder, wilder hair.
His gaze flicked to me briefly, then he strode across the floor and found a spot to toss his bag on the opposite side from where I was. I tried not to make a big deal out of it. He was just sitting with the other sophomores. It wasn’t like he was avoiding me altogether.
I sat up and tried to catch his gaze, but he was talking with the boy stretching next to him. It was probably a good thing, because I needed to focus. I didn’t come to this school to chase a boy. I came to be the best high-wire act the world had ever seen. I came to make my mother proud.
Suddenly the lights flickered overhead. We all looked up to the ceiling to see our instructor Miss Gisele balancing on one of the high wires. She smiled and waved. “Bonjour mes beautés.”
She walked easily across the wire, and it hardly even moved. She then stopped, bent backward, and did a walkover. When she was upright again, she went onto her toes and did a pirouette. I gaped in awe. After another wave, she let herself drop from the wire and landed in the net beneath it.
She was weightless. Like a fairy dancing on a flower petal. That’s what I wanted to do, what I wanted to be.
“Welcome to OZ,” she said, her voice thickly accented. We all got to our feet. “In my class, you will learn to find balance. Not only here,” she held out her arms to her sides, “but in here.” She tapped her head, then her heart, then her stomach.
Can you tell us about your book, Lions and Tigers and Boys, in 45 words or less?
A teen girl with dreams of performing in Cirque du Soleil, is whisked away to a mysterious circus arts school and discovers a world of magic and love within the school grounds.
What was your favorite scene to write?
My favorite scene was when Dani sees Cai outside her window naked in the moonlight. She has the best reaction. Lol
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
I wrote this scene between Dani and Maggie (the bully of the school) and it was just really intense and they both had great little quips. But it just didn’t work within the changes I eventually made in the book. I actually had to edit out quite a few scenes between Dani and Maggie. I love their banter and the conflict they create together, but had to keep reminding myself, or my editor had to keep reminding me lol, that the book wasn’t about their relationship.
Series or Standalone?
This book is part of a series. But me, I love reading Standalones.
Curiosity is killing me….how many boys are we talking about?
A couple. But it’s not a love triangle.
Who would you cast to play the main characters?
Cai Coppersmith, played by Hampus Luck, he’s a Swedish male model, he would make a great tiger shapeshifter wouldn’t he?
Dani Gale, played by Maia Mitchell, an Australian actress
Leander, played by Cole Sprouse, an American actor
Anna, played by Amandla Stenberg, an American actress
Maggie, played by That Poppy, American singer/artist
Professor Morgan Marvel, played by Ben Barnes
Dean Vasilev, played by Famke Janssen
Frank Coppersmith, played by Billy Campbell
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
Recently, I’d say The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. I loved how flawed all her characters were. And that not everyone gets redeemed. Because the fact is not everyone is redeemable, some people are just jerks. Lol
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on the sequel to Lions called The Lion, The Witch and The Contortionist
What’s next in your TBR pile?
I usually have a couple books on the go…right now I’m diving into Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, and also Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. The Hate U Give is then next on my list, and I can’t wait.