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Running by Amanda Kay Blog Tour

Title: Running
Series: The Dark Woods Tales #1
Author: Amanda Kay
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy F/F Romance
Published: April 11, 2017
We've all heard the stories. The childhood tales forever imbedded in our minds. Tezzi is no different. She would sit in bed night after night as her mother told her of the trolls.
The tales of the Dark Woods are keeping her up at night. And she dreams of a lush dark place only in fairy tales. Her heart pounds and her feet want to take flight. She feels her mind running.
Running towards a fantasy, running towards adventure, running towards something she's only dreamed about.

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I just want to start off by saying I give this book 5 stars. I was so deep into the book wanting to know more. I can't wait for the second book to come out. It started off a little slow and confusing but the more I read the more I started to understand the secret that was being kept was for everyone's safety.


    Different, this is the best word I could use to explain this book. I’m usually not a fan of YA but this book sounded intriguing. I went in looking for something different and I found it.  I cannot say it wasn’t intriguing it just wasn’t for me. I think the thing that I could get into was the concept trolls. I also felt a disconnect between the two main characters that just threw things off with me. This story has a lot of potential there. I think that the plot and the characters must be developed more and hopefully in book two there is more development to the characters.  This begin my first YA F/F book I would not call it a fail but I would like to see more in the second story.

    Running Excerpt © Amanda Kay 2017

    Kea didn't speak  when I finished that part of my mom's story, but I saw the tears welling up in  her eyes. I covered her hand with mine, "Are you okay?"
    "Was  Randi lying?"
    "About  loving my mom? No. My mom never doubted her love, but everything else, my mom  questions until this day.”
    Kea  sighed, "That's understandable, from what you've told me so far."
    I  nodded, "Yeah, I wish I could find answers for her."
    She  squeezed my hand. "You will. We will." The words rolled off her  tongue like a vow.
    "I  hope so," I whispered.
    After  we returned to the campsite, we did our usual routine.
    Food,  showers, and then crawling into our tent, ignoring the stuff Mya and crew were  spewing our way. "Goodnight, Tezzi." Kea yawned and I followed her  lead.
    "Goodnight,  Kea."
    Closing  my eyes, I fell asleep quickly. My body and mind exhausted from the days I had  been having. Actually, telling my mom's story to someone who wasn't judging us  and being in Vlukens Grove caused my heightened excitement and anxiety.
    "Mommy,  if you loved Randi, why did you marry daddy?" She sighed and stroked my  hair.
    "It  was a means to an end." I looked at her confused. I didn't know what that  meant.
    "Did  you love him?" I asked her with wide eyes.
    "For  a time, baby girl."
    "Are  you happy alone?"
    She  looked down at me and kissed my forehead, "I'm not alone. I have  you."
    I  threw my arms around her, "I love you, mommy."
    "I  love you so very much, baby," she whispered, hugging me back. "Now  lay down and I'll tell you more of the story."
    I  snuggled close to her, waiting for more. "Ready, mommy."
    "I  went back to that spot, day after day, hoping to catch one glimpse of Randi  with the trolls, but I never saw anything more. I felt lost, like I was losing  everything, until one day…"
    I  hated when she paused, I needed to know. I wanted to know. "Tell me. Tell  me." I bounced excitedly.
    "Calm  down, Tezzi," she warned gently. "The flames shot up just as the sun  began to set. They danced around and chanted much like that first time, but  then I saw her. I saw Randi. Their chants grew to praise as they all bowed. I  tried to change my position and in doing so, I stepped on a stick, cracking it  in the process." I gasped. "Her eyes met mine and with a wave of her  finger, she sent the trolls charging at me."
    "What  did you do?"
    "I  ran. I ran as fast as I could. I ran until I couldn't run anymore. I tripped  and felt something touch me, but I crawled away until I could get onto my feet  again."
    "More,  mommy," I begged, knowing it was late and she was going to stop.
    She  kissed my forehead, "Tomorrow,  my sweet Tezzi."
    I am a Paranormal/Fantasy Adult and YA Romance Author
    (M/F, F/F, & F/F/M stories)
    I am a Florida girl at heart, but since getting married I have lived in Washington, South Carolina, and our latest move Connecticut. I hold a B.A. in Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
    Writing is something I love and since I am blessed to be a stay at home mom I thought I would try my hand at getting the stories in my head out and see how far I could go. I tried a few years ago to go through a Literary Agency, but it went nowhere. The self-publishing market was just starting to get hot so I self-published two books mainly for family and friends. I then discovered the world of New Adult. I wanted to stick with my paranormal roots and began thinking up story ideas that took on not only a paranormal element, but a fantasy element as well.
    So, that is me in a nutshell. I am a little crazy and simple and I love my life and my family.

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