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♡ Promo Tour + #Giveaway ♡ The Pledge by Laura Ward & Christine Manzari @laurarosnerward @Xenatine @wordsmithpublic




We're celebrating the release of THE PLEDGE by Laura Ward & Christine Manzari!



The Pledge
by
Laura Ward & Christine Manzari

Release Date: July 27, 2015

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Okay Creations, Sarah Hansen





✾ Synopsis ✾


Taren needs a do-over. She's decided the best way to put the high school bullies behind her is to pledge a Taylor-Swift-lip-syncing, beer-guzzling, sorority. Sisterhood helps Taren find the acceptance she's always craved, but not the love she needs.

Alec wants freedom. To escape his father's iron fist and unrealistic expectations, he pledges a campus acrobatics club where he finds that drugs and alcohol aren't the only ways to get high. His addiction to danger helps him gain his independence, but it comes at a heavy price.

When the two cross paths, Alec fears his undeniable attraction to the party girl just might threaten everything he's worked so hard to earn. Taren hasn’t forgotten that Alec humiliated her back in high school, but she also can't deny the chemistry they share.

Alec and Taren have nothing in common, but fate is bound and determined to bring them together. They know falling in love is a risk, and yet it's too hard to ignore. When their worlds clash and they both end up suffering, will they fight to stay together? Or are some pledges too hard to keep?








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The Pledge, in Five Words


Trustworthy - The underlying theme to The Pledge is trust. Taren and Alec each make promises that cause them to lead different lifestyles, and their trust in one another is constantly tested. They must take advantage of second chances and discover that they can depend on one another.

Profound - William, an important secondary character who has special needs, challenges Taren to step back and look at her life in a more simplistic way. She realizes that maybe things aren't as complicated as she thinks. William helps her realize that love is really all that matters.

Provocative - Taren is dedicated to a life of partying and Alec is determined to achieve the adrenaline high he gets from risky activities. The Pledge is a story of opposites attract and is filled with alcohol-fueled parties, dangerously seductive gymnastics, and unexpected trysts in unusual places.

Optimistic - The Pledge explores the idea of new beginnings and recreating oneself. Taren and Alec both learn to leave behind their fears and go for the futures they want.

Authentic - Alec and Taren are "real". They face insecurities and peer pressure, but their responses are genuine and heartfelt. Taren feels an intense need to belong, to be a part of something. Alec is desperate for freedom. While their choices aren’t always what would make their lives easier, their decisions are true to what they think they need to be happy.





Laura's and Christine's Favorite Quotes
from The Pledge


"Taren's hands worshipped my body. Her lips followed the path of her fingers to brand every part she touched. The heat spreading through me was a slow burn; the kind that snuck up on you. The kind where you didn't know you were in trouble until it was too late and you were lost in a blazing inferno."

We love this quote because the road to Taren and Alec's physical relationship was a long one. Once the two finally found themselves able to be together, their chemistry was hot!


"We've both made pledges that are important to us and the things we believe in, but this time, my pledge is for you."

This quote is the essence of our book. Two very different characters pledge themselves to different worlds, but through growth, are able to realize their most important pledge is to one another.


"He pulled me close, and as he kissed me in the moonlight, my soul felt like it was lodged in my throat. My heart beat erratically because with every part of me, I was sure. I know it. I love him. I love Alec Hart."

We loved this quote because early on in the book Taren insists that she hates Alec Hart because of how he humiliated her in high school. But, as we all know, there's a thin line between love and hate. As Taren and Alec get to know and trust one another, she discovers that not only does she like Alec, she loves him with all of her heart.


"I want you to know that you will always be my yes. I promise that no matter how life might try to tear us apart, no matter how tangled things get, I will always come back to you."

The concept of the red string of fate is one of our favorite surprises for readers of The Pledge. This quote hints to the theme that no matter how different Alec and Taren are, they're bound by fate. When things go wrong, their connection is strong enough to withstand the problems and they come out stronger.


"Second chances don't change the past. They just prove we can learn from our mistakes. I'm not the same guy I was in high school. I'm going to prove that to you."

Another theme of this book is starting fresh and getting a second chance to do things right. This quote is a perfect one to highlight that theme.


"With her body pressed up against mine, we danced in the flickering light of hundreds of candles on a night of second chances."

We like this quote because this is the perfect way for Taren and Alec to get a second chance at the night that created so much pain for both of them.


"A tear rolled down my face as emotion overwhelmed me. I wasn't just another body. He saw me. The real me."

Isn't this what each of us wants more than anything else? To be seen for who we really are? Taren was bullied and ignored for most of her young life, so when she realizes Alec sees all of her, she can't contain her emotion.





✿ The Authors ✿


✤ Laura Ward ✤


Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not changing diapers, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.



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✤ Christine Manzari ✤


The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.



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