This is part of the book blog tour for The Silent Swan by Lex Keating, organized by Shane at Itching for Books.
Once upon a time – better known as “now” – Gabriel Pritz reigns as king of his high school. Easy grades, perfect baseball season, a pretty date for prom—he’s coasting into a golden future. Until his parents demand he cook dinner once a week. Caught between kitchen fires and ballpark withdrawal, Gabe is thrown into Tam Swann’s orbit. Hostile, friendless, and stubborn, she’s exactly the sort of person he’d prefer to avoid.
Tam’s sphere of influence expands beyond Gabe’s sad domestic skills, rapidly invading everything from his favorite game to parts of his soul he didn’t know existed. It’s uncomfortable, it’s hard work, it’s…making him a better man. And that’s just what she does to people she doesn’t like. The better he gets to know her, the more he has to face the truth: this sharp, heart-breaking outcast is worth fighting for. How many families, fairy tales, and felons will he go through to ride to the rescue of the bravest person he’s ever met?
As a blog tour host, I’m going to share an excerpt with you today.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.
Excerpt from The Silent Swan
By Lex Keating
from Chapter Thirty-Four
Saturday afternoon, Gabe might’ve technically regained his social life, but that didn’t excuse him from junior league games. So he found himself at Derby Field on a warm, heady day that smelled like worn leather and lawnmowers. His undefeated team swarmed the ballpark, warming up for yet another awesome game, and Gabe tried to relax into his role as coach.
He waved everybody in when the other team arrived to warm up. This was only a scrimmage, but the opposing team was from a couple towns away. Some of the boys had the jitters, and Gabe didn’t care to advertise their teamwork or talents ahead of time.
Which made it especially annoying for Williams and Swann to perk up and yell “Tam!” just as the team closed into a huddle.
“Can’t it wait?” one of the parent coaches asked.
Swann waved his arms, signaling an invitation that fighter planes couldn’t have missed, while Williams explained, “First time we have the only Swann on the field.”
“Isn’t that bad?” said one boy. “Don’t we need one on the other team?”
Andre wiped his drippy nose with his arm. “Tam needs tiger stripes, too.”
Gabe said, “Sure. Let’s finish up here first.”
Williams turned around, frowning. “What if she says no? She always has before.”
“Tell her I’ll wear stripes,” Gabe offered, grinning so sharply the grown-ups noticed. “If she does. Come on and focus, guys.”
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