My Heart is Yours by Amanda Leigh (Excerpt + INTL Giveaway)

My Heart is Yours
by Amanda Leigh
Release date: May 18th 2015
Publisher: N/A
Genres: N/A
Age category: Young adult
No. of pages:  169 pages (paperback)
Samantha Marie Ramsden has three brothers. Craig, John and Matt. When tragedy strikes their family, Craig takes on the task of becoming his siblings legal guardian. It’s hard enough being someone’s guardian, but when you’ve only recently entered adulthood yourself it’s almost impossible to know where to draw the line between sibling and ‘parent’.
This is made even harder on him when Sam starts to get close to a long time friend, Jason. It looks like their friendship could turn into something more. An idea that Craig has never been too happy with. Spanning six years, My Heart is Yours explores family, friendship, love and much more. As well as asking the question: Would you defy family for love?

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“Shut up! I do not like Jason!” She ran her hands through her hair, messing it up even more. She’d have to spend a half hour fixing all of this damage later.
“Then why are you getting so mad at me?” He laughed.
“Because it’s completely ridiculous you would even accuse me of liking him!”
“He likes you.”
“He does? Did he tell you that?” Sam asked, unable to hide her slight smirk.
“No. But I can tell.” A gentle smile played on his lips momentarily. “And by the way, if you don’t like him then why do you care?”
“Who said I cared?” She shrugged her shoulders.
“You’re smiling.” He reached out and pinched her cheek.
Sam wiggled away and quickly hid her smirk.
“Well, I care so I can gently let him know that I don’t feel the same way.” She nodded officially.
“Too bad you’d be lying to him.” John cocked a perfect eyebrow.
“Oh my God! For the last time I do not like him!” She pushed John backwards lightly and he stumbled back a few inches.
He put his hands on her shoulders and said, “I think you’re scared.”
“Scared of what?”
“Two things.”
She raised her eyebrows. “Which are?”
John held up one finger. “One: you’re scared Jason doesn’t feel the same way. Which is ridiculous, because it’s obvious that he’s crazy about you.” He held up another finger. “ And two: you’re scared of Craig.”
“Scared of Craig? Why would I be scared of Craig?” Her eyebrows pulled together.
“Easy, you’re scared he won’t let you and Jason be together.” Sam began to interrupt but John held up a hand to stop her. “Craig knows you’re the smartest one in the family and could easily get a scholarship to Harvard or Yale or Princeton or any Ivy League school. And don’t say that’s not true Sam, because you know it is. Craig also knows that you and Jason like each other, and he’s scared you’ll fall in love, give up a scholarship to be with Jason, and never have a better life than we do now”
“That’s ridiculous.” She said.
“Maybe so, but it’s true.” He shrugged.
“I hate you.” Sam said smirking ever so slightly and starting to walk away.
“No you don’t, you love me. Almost as much as you love Jason.” He made a kissy-face in her direction.
“Shut up!” Sam yelled, as she turned around, grabbed a pillow from the couch and threw it at John. He ducked, but not before the pillow messed up his oh-so-precious-hair.

Playlist for My Heart is Yours

  1. If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys
  2. Open Arms - Mariah Carey (originally by Journey)
  3. You and Me - Lifehouse
  4. Nothing Without Love - Nate Ruess
  5. I’ll Be - Edwin McCain
  6. Iris - The GooGoo Dolls
  7. With Eyes Wide Open - In Flames
  8. Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
  9. Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley
  10. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
  11. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling - Elvis Presley
  12. I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
  13. Earth Angel - The Penguins

About the author:
Amanda Leigh graduated with a BA in English and Communications and a double minor in Psychology and Creative Writing. During college, she worked on the literary magazine and loved every minute of it. She adores cats and has one named Sawyer - named after one of her favorite characters in Lost. Amanda enjoys reading, writing avidly in a journal, writing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, cooking, listening to music, singing, swimming and art - particularly photography. Amanda is a bit of a chocoholic and is slightly obsessed with office supplies. She has many ideas for stories so keep an eye out for more work from her.

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