UNDER MY SKIN BOOK TOUR

Under My Skin
Laura Diamond
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam’s torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.

The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man’s heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head.

And then a donor is found…

Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals . Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn’t even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents – something Darby has never had.

Darby’s always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.

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EXCERPT:

ADAM:

Best to get it over with now. I type: I had the thought today.

I click send.

For a few seconds, I watch the screen, waiting for her to reply. I can’t expect Dr. Shaw to be right there to answer me. She’s probably in session with someone.

A group of students pass by, chattering and laughing, light at bubbles. They halt at the curb to wait for the light to change. They’re all wearing NYU sweatshirts and carrying messenger bags or laptops with silkscreen logos about “being green” and “tolerant of diversity.” Adventurers embarking on the quest known as Life. What it must be like to have a whole lifetime to look forward to, no dead end staring back at you.

My mobile buzzes.

It’s Dr. Shaw. Tell me the exact thought and context.

I had a flutter. After, I saw Mum and Dad. Their backs were turned to me and I thought: They’d be happier without me. They’ll be fine after I’m dead. I click send and try to ignore the gnawing pit in my stomach. My message seems dramatic now that I’ve sent it off for her to scrutinize. It was better left unsaid.

A bubble with three dots surfaces at the bottom of my screen. She’s typing right now. I suck in a dry, exhaust laden breath.

She replies: What evidence do you have that they’ll be happy?

That was simple. They were laughing.

Your death will be devastating to them.

My heart twinges a bit. Will be? Does she somehow know I won’t make it until I find a donor? Maybe the surgeon told her I’m not a candidate. I blink and re-read her statement. No, I’m over-reacting. She’s just countering my argument with logic. It’s her style to challenge me with the opposite idea so I’ll find the reality somewhere between. Still, I’m not ready to admit she’s right. Mum and Dad don’t need me dragging them down. I text, Yes, but they’ll be alright.

Of course they will. Life goes on.

Dr. Shaw is unrelenting in her approach. So different from Mum who tries to comfort me with delusional happy thoughts.

Right. And I’m such a burden on them now.

Whatever you think they’re sacrificing is nothing compared to how much you mean to them.

I’m tired of waiting for my heart to stop.

Do you want it to stop? You won’t suffer anymore.


Author Bio:

Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.

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Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam’s torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.

The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man’s heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head.

And then a donor is found…

Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals . Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn’t even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents – something Darby has never had.

Darby’s always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.

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Under My Skin by Laura Diamond
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance

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Laura Diamond

Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.

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UNDER MY SKIN Cover Reveal Sign-ups

  
 
My upcoming YA contemporary, UNDER MY SKIN, is coming April 12 from Swoon Romance and the cover reveal is set for March 18. 

I. Cannot. Wait.

I’m so excited for all y’all to meet Adam & Darby. 

If you’d like to sign up to help share the cover, click HERE for Chapter By Chapter’s list.

And here’s the blurb for UNDER MY SKIN:

Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam’s torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.
The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man’s heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head.
And then a donor is found…
Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals . Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn’t even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents – something Darby has never had.
Darby’s always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.

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Under My Skin Cover Reveal Signups and #AuthorLifeMonth Week Three

My young adult contemporary romance is coming in April and the cover reveal is planned for March 18, hosted by Chapter By Chapter. I’m so excited for Adam and Darby to meet the world and the cover fits their story PERFECTLY, thanks to Georgia McBride and her FAB team at Swoon Romance!

PS: I’d be totally stoked if you’d sign up to help!
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(I couldn’t resist snapping screenshots of the announcement and book blurb.)

 

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Changing gears…

  
#AuthorLifeMonth continues to go strong. Here are my posts for the past week:

Day 15: swag

   
 
Day 16: where you write

  

Day 17: where you relax

  

Day 18: research

  

Day 19: your critique partners

  

Day 20: fave chapter ending

   
 
Day 21: your muse

  

One week remains until the end of Author Life Month. Stay tuned for more posts! 

#AuthorLifeMonth Week Two

The fun continues with #AuthorLifeMonth. Here’s this week’s posts recapped.

  

Day 8: awesome moment

  
 

Day 9: challenge overcome

  

Day 10: non-author photo

  

Day 11: a fav review

Blogger and writer April Wood gave The Zodiac Collector such a lovely review!

  

Day 12: killed darlings

  
  

Day 13: a fav book in genre

  

Day 14: fav of your book covers

    
 

Tune in next week for more recaps!

Author Life Month–Week One

FB has been all atwitter with #AuthorLifeMonth and I’ve had a blast sharing with all y’all. 

  
Here’s a run down of the first week:

Day 1: your books

This photo captures all the works I’ve had published since Nov 2012, including short stories and novellas (stand alone and in anthologies) and fill-length novels. Some are no longer available and some will be republished. I’ll be adding a YA contemporary to this list in April!  

  
Day two: your author photo

For this one, I decided to include my original author photo and my newest one.

  
Day three: your last 5 star read

There are so many! But I picked Bats of the Republic. A totally unique read.

  
Day four: your WIP

I included an except from a YA contemporary I’ve been working on about a drug-addicted girl and a religiously preoccupied, abused boy.

  
Day five: comp covers

I don’thave before and after cover shots, by I do have FAB cover artists, Lisa Amowitz and Danielle Fine.

   
   
Day six: fan art

A lovely fan decided to select Jamberrys that matched The Zodiac Collector’s cover. How fun!

  
Day seven: writing music

I totally had a favorite song that embodied Justin’s plight in Endure (new title coming soon!).

The Kill by 30 Seconds To Mars.

Check back next week for more Author Life Month fun! Or, you can catch me on FB & Twitter! 

How about you? Any factoids you’d like to share?