Today is my stop during the book blitz for Face Time (Love in the Digital Age #1) by SJ Pajonas. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. This blitz takes place on 25, 28 and 30 April, you can view the whole blitz schedule here.
(Love in the Digital Age #1)
(Love in the Digital Age #1)
By SJ Pajonas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Blurb: After the best first date ever, Lee thought Laura was funny, intelligent, and impulsive; a whirlwind of bright laughter and happiness. Laura loved Lee's sweet smile and the way he expertly filled in every awkward pause. He held her hand and then pulled her in for the most perfect kiss she’s had in years. What could possibly be wrong? Just the 7000 miles that separates them the next day. Even though Lee has gone home to Seoul, Laura can't stop thinking about him. What starts as an innocent text thanking him for their dinner date becomes something much more: someone either of them can't live without. But Laura's got a live-in mother going through a midlife crisis, and Lee's stressful traveling schedule means they'll be apart for some time. Life, family, and a complicated past also get in the way, and they're both going to need actual face time to figure it out. Told from both Lee and Laura’s point of view, FACE TIME is a funny, romantic, modern-day story about two people who connect across the world.
FACE TIME Excerpt:
We decide to walk to the Starbucks on Broadway instead of staying in the East Village, and the time on our feet gives me the chance to make my move on Laura. I know plenty of people who fell in love on the first date or went home with the other person or immediately turned around and saw their date the very next day, but that’s never happened to me.
Cori and Chris were like that, I hear. Chris met Cori at a party, and he was into her right away. He saw her ass from across the room and said to himself, “I want that.” At least, this is the way he describes it. He hounded Cori for a date all evening, and, when she gave in, she thought, “Well, I’ll go out with him once, and if I don’t like him, I’ll refuse a second date.” But she kissed him on the first date and by the third, they were sleeping together. Chris is pretty proud of this fact, and Cori laughs every time he mentions it and calls him a slut. I have strange friends.
“I’m so full of curry, I could burst,” Laura says, clutching at her belly. “Thanks for dinner, Lee.”
“Thanks for joining me.” I reach over and slip her hand into mine, and I don’t let go though her eyes widen in shock. I use her hand to pull her closer to my side and make eye contact.
“Lee…” She draws out my name, long and hesitant, while pushing her hair back with her other hand. It’s a decisive moment. She can either withdraw her hand and make this totally platonic or… She smiles and sighs, bumping her shoulder into me, so I lace my fingers with hers and smile back.
“Lee,” she whispers, “you live so far away. This is probably a bad idea.”
“I know.” I shrug my shoulders at her because I don’t care. Not now. Not here. I thought this over at dinner and weighed all the possible outcomes, as I normally do, and this is the direction I want to go in. I really like Laura already. She seems bright, smart, and funny, and she’s so attractive. I love her long legs and her V-neck sweater plunged enough to make my eyes travel back to her cleavage every few minutes. But most of all, she seems to like me. She kept the conversation going at dinner, her iPhone tucked away almost the entire time. She didn’t flirt with anyone else or talk about old boyfriends constantly. She ate dinner and enjoyed the restaurant. She’s the kind of first date most men hope for.
Stopping at the light at Bowery and Fourth Street, I pull her closer to my side and stroke my thumb along the back of her hand. She groans and closes her eyes for a moment while my pulse pounds in my ears. This sudden connection is torturous, and I know it, but she’s worth flirting with, or trying to, at least. It’s been a long time since I went on a legitimate date with a woman, and I want her to know I’m interested in her but not going assault her or anything. I chose coffee over drinks on purpose. We can still talk and flirt, but there won’t be a drunken mistake at the end.
A dozen people stream past us to cross the street, swarming around us without giving us a second thought, the light switching from the white, walking man to the red, blinking hand. This is how I know I’m not in Asia. None of the crossing walks chirp. Laura squeezes my hand again with her eyes closed, and my gut clenches.
“Come on.” I pull her along, and she stumbles on the curb before laughing and righting herself by my side.
You can find FACE TIME (Love in the Digital Age #1) on Goodreads You can buy Face Time here: - Kobo Or you can request a review copy of Face Time through Netgalley. Want to know more about Face Time?
- You can listen to the Face Time playlist - Visit the Face Time visual inspiration Pinterest board - View a teaser trailer for Face Time from Laura’s point of view:
About the Author: S. J. Pajonas loves all things Asian and has been in love with Japan and the East for as long as she can remember. Writing about Asia and Japan came naturally after studying the culture and language for over fifteen years. She studied film and screenwriting first and eventually segued into fiction once she was no longer working a full-time job. Face Time is the first novel in the Love in the Digital Age series, and Pajonas’s first foray into Korean culture and families. Along with Removed and Released in the Nogiku Series, she continues to take the cultures of Asia and weave them into stories that appeal to people from around the world. Her writing is described as unique and unpredictable. Expect the unexpected. Stephanie lives with her husband and two children just outside of New York City. She loves reading, writing, film, J- and K-dramas, knitting, and astrology. Her favorite author is Haruki Murakami and favorite book is The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.
You can find and contact her here: - Website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads - Pinterest - Flickr - Instagram - Tumblr
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