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June 15, 2016

Super quick post...I made a trailer for The Hard Count, and I dare say...I think it's pretty dang good. I hope you enjoy - one more month until release!
XO
Ginger

Watch the trailer here! (YouTube link)
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June 14, 2016

I'm equal parts excited about the inside of the book and outside of it! This cover is so special. It's my favorite. The book is my favorite, too. I have to give enormous love and gratitude to the very talented Frank Rodriguez of DLRfoto for this epic cover shoot. He saw inside my head, and the end result is something I'm so in love with. I hope you like it, too. I can't wait to share the words with you July 15th!

Welcome...to The Hard Count.

XO

Ginger

The Hard Count by Ginger Scott

**A new stand-alone mature YA football romance from Ginger Scott releases July 15, 2016**
Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.
West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.
I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.
Life on top.
Lies.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.
In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback.
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.
When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.
Pre-order links:
B&N: http://bit.ly/1U3XJgE
iBooks: http://apple.co/21hVw5H
Kobo: http://bit.ly/25T2zbx
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Published on June 14, 2016 21:51 • 50 views • Tags: drugs, football, gangs, ginger-scott, high-school, love, na, private-school, race, romance, sports, teen, ya

May 27, 2016

Hi! This one will be quick...but just super excited to share my newest release - coming July 15!

I went back to my roots - high school football, different sides of the tracks, coach's daughter, and a hot new quarterback. This one was special for me--it was a very important story I wanted to tell, and my heart is in every single word. I cannot WAIT for release day! Cover will be shared June 15...but in the meantime, here's the synopsis and Goodreads link:

The Hard Count

**A new stand-alone mature YA football romance from Ginger Scott releases July 15, 2016**

Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.

I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.
Life on top.
Lies.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback.
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.
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Published on May 27, 2016 17:23 • 127 views • Tags: first-love, football, ginger-scott, high-school, love, mature, romance, socio-economics, sports, the-hard-count, ya

March 28, 2016

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet. This little book that I'm immensely proud of is live just about everywhere...and probably where you are by the time I post this. I'm nervous, like I always am. But this baby is ready to fly - just like a dream. I hope you love the ride.

Meet In Your Dreams and Casey Coffield and Murphy Sullivan. Fall hard, and feel it all.

XO

Ginger

In Your Dreams by Ginger Scott

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Your-Dreams-Fal...

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/in-y...

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/d...

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebo...

Barnes and Noble: Link now live! http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-yo...

Casey Coffield has a growing list of personal flaws he keeps locked away in his head:
He’s never on time.
His list of IOUs to his best friend is endless.
Money is always short.
Goals are never in reach.

Oh, and he’s decided to add college drop-out to that list, too. He doesn’t really think that last one’s such a bad thing, but his family insists it is, so it stays on the list.

On paper, he’s a zero. But in person, when he’s mixing tracks for a sea of bodies at the hottest clubs and parties, he’s downright irresistible. Just-right stubble on his chin, body of a boxer and a smirk that stimulates all the right nerves—women have never been a problem. They flock to his swagger and fall for his charm…fast.

All except for this one.

Purple hair, gray eyes, a raspy voice and sass, Murphy Sullivan is a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. And her and Casey? They have history. He can’t remember it, but she wrote a song about him—and it’s not exactly a love song. But it is good. Damn good. And uncovering her inspiration just might be the key to solving a few of his shortcomings—not to mention open doors to his own big break in the music industry.

But sometimes dreams get messy when they collide. Sometimes life changes patterns. A past paints the wrong picture and futures get cloudy. The only question that remains is who will you choose when the dust settles—you? Or the girl of your dreams?

** This book is a Falling Series spin-off. It can be read as a standalone. **
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Published on March 28, 2016 22:00 • 113 views • Tags: adult, casey, college, contemporary, dreams, falling-series, ginger-scott, love, murphy, music, na, new-adult, new-release, romance, ya

February 26, 2016

In Your Dreams
In case you missed my earlier posts...there's a new Falling book! This one can be read completely on its own, and features a totally lovable, mess of a boy--Casey Coffield. He's Houston's best friend from book 3, and I love him something fierce. The book releases March 29, but I'm going to be sharing a lot of teasers on my Facebook page, so make sure you follow me: https://www.facebook.com/GingerScottAuthor.
I'm also going to be sending out the first chapter in my newsletter, and am giving away an ARC to one lucky newsletter subscriber. Find my newsletter sign-up here: http://www.littlemisswrite.com/newsletter/.

If you'd like to reserve your e-copy for release day, here are the pre-order links - synopsis again below the links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Your-Dreams-Falling-Book-ebook/dp/B01C5V1VVS/

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/in-your-dreams/id1087675690?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=Ge6fCwAAQBAJ

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/in-your-dreams-17

Barnes and Noble: Link now live! http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-your-dreams-ginger-scott/1123478400?ean=2940152889321

Casey Coffield has a growing list of personal flaws he keeps locked away in his head:
He’s never on time.
His list of IOUs to his best friend is endless.
Money is always short.
Goals are never in reach.

Oh, and he’s decided to add college drop-out to that list, too. He doesn’t really think that last one’s such a bad thing, but his family insists it is, so it stays on the list.

On paper, he’s a zero. But in person, when he’s mixing tracks for a sea of bodies at the hottest clubs and parties, he’s downright irresistible. Just-right stubble on his chin, body of a boxer and a smirk that stimulates all the right nerves—women have never been a problem. They flock to his swagger and fall for his charm…fast.

All except for this one.

Purple hair, gray eyes, a raspy voice and sass, Murphy Sullivan is a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. And her and Casey? They have history. He can’t remember it, but she wrote a song about him—and it’s not exactly a love song. But it is good. Damn good. And uncovering her inspiration just might be the key to solving a few of his shortcomings—not to mention open doors to his own big break in the music industry.

But sometimes dreams get messy when they collide. Sometimes life changes patterns. A past paints the wrong picture and futures get cloudy. The only question that remains is who will you choose when the dust settles—you? Or the girl of your dreams?

** This book is a Falling Series spin-off. It can be read as a standalone. **
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Published on February 26, 2016 12:50 • 112 views • Tags: amazon, college, drama, falling-series, family, ginger-scott, google, ibooks, in-your-dreams, links, live, love, music, new-adult, new-release, preorder, romance

February 9, 2016

Okay, it's just about midnight here, so...drumroll!

In Your Dreams cover image - a new novel by Ginger Scott

I hope you love the In Your Dreams cover as much as I do!

This one is super special to me. Quick story: So one of my bestest friends from back in the day of skateboards and pegged jeans and Kid and Play and (I could go on and on) shot this image for me. His name is Frank Rodriguez of DLRfoto, and he's pretty much brilliant with a lens. The model is the equally awesome Michael Patrick Gleason, and we basically turned my garage into the coolest club in town. I had this certain vibe in mind - I wanted something that said vinyl meets Boogie Nights meets hottest club in a warehouse that you can only get to if someone texts you directions at midnight. That vibe. And damn it if I don't think we pulled it off!

I cannot wait for you guys to meet Casey and fall for that infamous Coffield smirk and charm. Dare I say, I believe he has this way of putting you under his spell. And that smirk, that chin, that boy right there on the cover - Casey personified.

Get ready for March 29th. Below is the goodreads link; I will share pre-order links very soon!

Falling #4 - IN YOUR DREAMS

** Release date - March 29, 2016 **
Casey Coffield has a growing list of personal flaws he keeps locked away in his head:

He’s never on time.
His list of IOUs to his best friend is endless.
Money is always short.
Goals are never in reach.
Oh, and he’s decided to add college drop-out to that list, too. He doesn’t really think that last one’s such a bad thing, but his family insists it is, so it stays on the list.

On paper, he’s a zero. But in person, when he’s mixing tracks for a sea of bodies at the hottest clubs and parties, he’s downright irresistible. Just-right stubble on his chin, body of a boxer and a smirk that stimulates all the right nerves—women have never been a problem. They flock to his swagger and fall for his charm…fast.

All except for this one.

Purple hair, gray eyes, a raspy voice and sass, Murphy Sullivan is a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. And her and Casey? They have history. He can’t remember it, but she wrote a song about him—and it’s not exactly a love song. But it is good. Damn good. And uncovering her inspiration just might be the key to solving a few of his shortcomings—not to mention open doors to his own big break in the music industry.

But sometimes dreams get messy when they collide. Sometimes life changes patterns. A past paints the wrong picture and futures get cloudy. The only question that remains is who will you choose when the dust settles—you? Or the girl of your dreams?

** This book is a Falling Series spin-off. It can be read as a standalone. **

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28794967-in-your-dreams
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November 16, 2015

Well damn. Honestly, I never thought I would make it past the semis. This...this is definitely uncharted. This is not fake humility. It's honest. And I cannot express how your votes and support for Wild Reckless, both before and during the Choice Awards, have made me feel. This book is special to me - I've said it all along. I love the message of it, the feel of it, the rush and the ride. I love the characters, and I'm blessed that there are enough of you who feel the same. To think that this book represents some of your favorite this year is unreal to me, and perhaps it will sink in eventually. That said - this is it...the finals. Wild Reckless is in there for YA Fiction of the Year. I'd love your vote if you're so inclined. Thank you for the ride.

https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-young-adult-fiction-books-2015
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November 2, 2015

Out of the gate, thank you from the absolute depths of my being for nominating Wild Reckless in this category. Owen Harper's story, told through Kensington's eyes, is my absolute favorite things I've ever written. It will probably always be held on my personal pedestal - because I believe in that book, and I love the way writing it made me feel. To log into Goodreads and see it nominated - I mean...seriously? I'm pinching myself.

Just seeing my book on a page with others like this, with those names, has pretty much made my year. I cannot thank you enough for giving it your love and attention. Voting is now open, and I'd sure love your support as Wild Reckless heads into this next round. Here's the link: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-young-adult-fiction-books-2015

One final time - thank you. You've amped me up with sheer joy and pride. It feels amazing.
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October 19, 2015

As I write this, I'm counting down the hours with a nervous tummy for the release of Wicked Restless - the second book in the Harper Boys novels. I'm nervous because I always am on release eve. Heck, I'm nervous until the book has been out for weeks, and I find something new to be nervous about. These books are little pieces of me, and I want them to find readers' hearts so very badly. I know I'm not alone in wanting that - it's something I share with many author friends of mine. We talk often about how we hope there are more lovers than haters, but in the end, we wouldn't have written it any differently.

And that's the case with Andrew Harper's story for me.

I wrote Wild Reckless, Owen's story, without any idea that there would be a second book. Owen's story has its own beginning, middle and end. But after it was released, and the threads of his story--the things that happened in his life to make him the way he was--began to touch readers, I realized those same threads were what made his younger brother Andrew so alive in the story. It only took one email from a reader asking for Andrew's story to clinch it for me. There were too many things that happened in Wild that had to leave a mark on Andrew, and then I started thinking about all of the things yet to come in his young life.

And then I tested him.

As I sent out the advance copies of Wicked to a few reviewers, one who I have come to know and value so very deeply sent me a note--"this story has that Outsiders feel," she said. I read that statement over and over. It hit me--right in the chest.

Yes. Yes!

There are books that I have read that are definitely influences in my writing style. I think I will always be chasing Sittenfeld and Fitzgerald. I like to dabble in tragedy and the bleak side of life. But I also like to find my way out. I like to see heroes and heroines overcome adversity.

And thanks to SE Hinton, I think I'm always chasing Ponyboy, too. If you haven't read The Outsiders, then one: how did you get through eighth grade without having to? And two: you should. Everyone really should. There's a reason it's on the academic must-read roster--it's important. Whereas a lot of my classmates when I was a young, awkward, 13-year-old rolled their eyes and despised having to write the essay on the greasers and the socs, I swam in it.

For me, The Outsiders wasn't a story about class. It wasn't about rebelling or sex or the angst of wanting a girl outside of your circle. Well, no...it was. But that wasn't what hit home, what resonated to the point that I cranked out six pages of essay in an hour-long class (note: that is a lot of scribbling for an eighth grader who probably also had half of her brain focused on the cute boy two rows over and one desk up). It was a story about family. I wrote about loyalty, disappointment, longing and what happens when young people have to step into the holes left behind when someone dies.

So how do these rambling thoughts come together? Well, as I mentioned--I get stupid sick to my stomach on release night because I want my baby to be loved. I close my eyes and throw pennies and blow lashes into the wind hoping. But for once, this, my ninth book, I feel just a little less nervous. Because of Ponyboy, and the fact that my story made someone think of him, just a little. I'm smiling as I type those words. I'm smiling because as much as I put Andrew Harper through in Wicked, I'm glad I did. I wouldn't change a thing. And that Outsiders feel--well damn, that one word review alone is good enough for me.

I hope you all enjoy.
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September 1, 2015

It's technically midnight somewhere as I write this post...I just can't wait any longer. I've been dying to share the Wicked Restless cover with everyone. I hope you all love it as much as I do.

Wicked Restless by Ginger Scott

While Wicked stands on its own, I think the reading experience is richer if you've read Wild Reckless. Wicked releases Oct. 20th, but I'll be sharing excerpts and teasers like crazy over on my website and Facebook page. I'd love your visit at https://www.facebook.com/GingerScottAuthor.

For now, here's a little taste of more to come...

“Alright, Harper. Who’s the target tonight?” Trent leans over me, startling me out of my trance, grabbing my next beer and taking it for his own.

“Hey, dickhead,” I say. He holds up a hand and orders another one, sliding it to me. “I’m pretty sure it’s your turn this time.”

His face falls and his complexion turns green. Trent and I have this game we play with one another. It started as a drunken dare a few months ago, when he goaded me into taking a girl home from Majerle’s Pub. I’m not suave; I don’t have great pick-up lines. I usually wait for girls to hit on me. I wait for easy. When Trent dared me, I came up with my own set-up—I stole a girl’s wallet. I returned it to her later, pretending I’d found it. She was so grateful she spent the rest of the night sitting on my lap, her arms looped around my neck, her lips sucking on my skin, her hands soon finding their way in my pants.

That first girl taught me to never bring any of them to our apartment. I go to theirs now. It’s easier to leave then it is to kick someone out.

“Fine, I’ll go. But next time, I get to pick your girl,” I say, tipping my beer back to drink what’s left before leaving the bottle on the bar behind me and pointing at my friend.

“Dude, whatever. You know it’s your turn anyway,” he says.
“My choice next time,” I remind him as I walk backward. I know it’s his turn, and I also know he doesn’t really like taking the dare. Trent’s too nice, and he usually ends up dating the girl for weeks after. He doesn’t like to be an asshole. Or maybe he just doesn’t like people to say bad things about him. Maybe there’s no difference between the two.

I couldn’t give a shit what people say about me. Let ’em talk.
I make one pass through the crowded bar, letting my eyes roam over the dance floor and the tables that line the back wall on the way to the bathrooms. It’s a Friday night, so there are lots of girls here. It’s the middle of the semester, too, so they’re all ready to party—no finals to worry about. There’s one group that seems like an easy target, a blonde on the end who keeps trying to talk the others into dancing. I hover around the restrooms waiting for my shot, and when she finally drags the group of girls with her out to the dance floor, I walk back through the crowd, passing their table.

So easy.

Their wallets and purses are all piled in the center of the table except for a red bag looped over the back of a chair, the ID sticking out of the top. I drag my hand along the bottom of the table, and as I pass the red handbag I grab the small plastic card poking from it, tucking it into the sleeve around my palm. I glance up to make eye contact with Trent, and raise the corner of my mouth in a smirk.

“Dude, you are so slick at this. Seriously, if you flunk out of the engineering program you should just turn to a life of crime.”

I slide into my stool and look away from him. I know he was just saying words, but the joke doesn’t sit well with me. I have a chip on my shoulder. It’s my fucking chip, and I earned it. He also doesn’t know how many nights I walk that line with Harley, fixing bets that are illegal in the first place. Trent just thinks I like the workout boxing gives me.

“Well…let’s see it? Who’s the lucky lady?”

I pull my sleeve loose from around my wrist and let the card slide out, flipping it over while I drink what’s left of my beer, and that’s when karma slaps me like a bitch.

She’s older. Of course she’s older. She’s twenty-one, too. But she looks…older. She also looks the same. Nobody looks good in an ID photo. Emma Burke looks like a dream. Her brown hair is just as I remember it, long waves around her bright pink cheeks, lips that stretch into this sensuous smile. I don’t know if it’s sensuous to anyone else, but to me, it sure as fuck is.
It’s also cruel. I swear to god she’s mocking me in her picture, her eyes shining through and looking at me, calling me stupid, telling me what a chump I am for thinking I was some sort of hero or something.

She’s slapping me in the face for being good and decent to her.

Don’t worry, Emma. I won’t ever be good and decent to you again.
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