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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.
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.
Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect
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.
boy from West End is the only shining light.
almost too late.
collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West
Ginger’s Favorite Quotes from The Hard Count
- “I glance up just enough to see his smile, all lopsided and perfect, the dimple that he gets when he’s right in its place. I hate him so much.”
– Reagan PrescottThis quote is all about that war that happens inside of us when we acknowledge that yes…yes he’s good looking, but damn it all to hell, he’s still a cocky SOB. Ha!
- “Nico is a wild stallion full of promise and gifts, and I’m not sure if he can be tamed. I’m not sure if he should.”
– Reagan PrescottI love this quote because it’s maybe the first time Reagan starts to look at Nico as more than just some pig-headed genius that pushes her buttons in their honors class debates. She acknowledges that he might just be special, and maybe she’s okay with telling herself he is.
- “This right here? It’s just a game. What matters are the relationships inside of it.”
– Bob, the trainerI love my side characters. If you’ve read any of my previous books, you’ve probably noticed that I try to give a lot of time, color and detail to the bit players in a story. I want my reader to feel like they are walking in someone’s shoes, and that means the people you meet along the way in a story all make an impact. Bob is this very small character, but he is, in many ways, the “Silent Bob” of The Hard Count. He delivers profound words of wisdom when they are needed most, and I love his take on what makes this football team so great.
- “Look at me like you expect more. Look at me like it isn’t going to be easy.” Nico breathes the words against my lips, pausing when his bottom lip connects with my top, the faintness of the touch so much better than any other real kiss I’ve had. “Make me earn it,” he says, pausing again to take my top lip between both of his. “I’ll earn it. I’ll never stop trying to earn it…to earn you.”
– Nico MedinaI love this one because it’s where Nico’s stubborn determinism meets swoon. He wants to be tested—he thrives off of it. He knows that when someone is pushing him to be better that he will step up, and this is him showing how he will always step up for Reagan.
- “You can be a toad in love with a beautiful girl all you want, but in the end, you’re still a toad. That’s how everyone is going to see you, and you know what? That’s how the beautiful girl sees you, too—when other people are looking.”
– Nico Medina
This line comes from a class debate about how the original fairytales weren’t about happy endings, but it’s about a lot more than the debate at hand. I love how honest this line is, how it shows how easy it is to let society tell us what we should think—what we should feel, who we should love and their worth in the eyes of the masses. It’s about our ugly sides.
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About Ginger Scott
and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless and In Your Dreams.
stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and
towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching
her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball
team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her
college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).
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