Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Excerpt & Giveaway: Finding You by Lydia Albano

Finding You
Lydia Albano
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: September 19th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Taken from home and family, all they have is each other.
Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, Isla’s only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming… If they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.
Swoon Reads is proud to present Lydia Albano’s debut novel, a powerful story of a teen girl finding strength and hope in even the worst circumstances.

“If I could free us, would you come?” His expression turns to one of fear. “Des, you’ll never find out what happened to your sister if you keep on doing the same thing day after day. You can’t keep working for the man who took her and hope you’ll learn the truth. Certainly not if you want a happy ending.” I shouldn’t promise anything, but I can’t help my self. “If we get out, we’ll look for Lillian. We can find out what happened once and for all. I’ll help you.”
He watches me for a long moment, his jaw set like he won’t let himself hope.
“The day I was taken, Des, there were so many people that when the hands grabbed me and dragged me away, no one noticed.” I’m there again in my head, on the platform in the hot sun. I can feel the fear again, the same as when they pulled me through the crowd. “How did no one notice?”
“I’m so sorry, Isla.” Des’s voice draws me out of my memory trap and I look down, realizing I’m clutching the bars between us. I release them, my fingers burning from holding on so tightly, and take a deep breath.
“I can’t remember if I even kissed my pa when I left, Des. I was going to say goodbye to someone.” I feel as if something is crushing my chest; the talking hurts, but keeping quiet is worse, with the words pulling at my tongue.
“His name is Tam and I love him. Everyone in this cell loves someone they’re missing. Your sister, Val’s family. We need to get home to them.” For the longest time, every thing is quiet, with only the breathing of the other girls stirring the air.
“You really do look so much like her, you know,” he says quietly, his eyes far off. “And she could always twist my arm.” He smiles ever so slightly, nodding. “Where was he going, your Tam?”
My Tam. “To join Nicholas Carr’s army. I don’t know where he is now.”
“But you’ll go and look for him?” I nod, hoping I look confident. “Maybe we can look together, after we find Lillian.” I hiccup on a sob of relief. “Do you even have a plan?” Des says, shaking his head. “Nothing stupid, I hope.”
“All my ideas are stupid.”
“Well, so long as one of them works, then.

Author Bio:
Lydia Albano is a (self-proclaimed) Bunburyist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she promotes Oxford commas, spends her money on musical theater, and demands the Myers-Briggs letters of everyone she meets. Her debut novel, Finding You, will be released in September, 2017, with SwoonReads/Macmillan.