Steel Strings by Alex Hayes – Excerpt with YA Bound Book Tours

Steel Strings
by Alex Hayes
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 3rd 2019


Compelled to silence, Brianna is like a cello without strings and must fight to reclaim her voice through the instruments she creates.

Brianna Jones is a nerdy, biracial teen who dreams of bringing music to the world via orchestral instruments fashioned out of recycled materials. But she must keep her project secret from her half sister, whose mission in life is to destroy everything Brianna holds dear.

Marek Lakewood is one of the few guys who sees Brianna for whom she really is and has admired her from afar for years, but he’s never been a risk-taker, not since his father was killed on a black diamond ski slope.

When a physics project lands Marek in Brianna’s sphere, he finds himself taking bigger and bigger risks, and discovers Brianna’s life and aspirations are far more complicated than he ever imagined

Steel Strings is a contemporary romance and companion novel to the Chameleon Effect Series.

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Excerpt of Steel Strings by Alex Hayes

We reach the top of the drive. Below, the road is unplowed, while the snow continues to fall in heavy wet flakes.

“Parking’s gonna be crazy downtown. You wanna walk?” he asks.

My eyes brush the white pine across the street. “Definitely.”

Hardly a scar shows in its thick trunk, but scars are strange things.

We walk in silence until I can’t hold my question in any longer. “Why are you surprised Jac and I are still together?”

His shoulder twitches with a subtle shrug. “Body language. The way you look—or don’t look—at each other. The way you never stand close or touch.”

I’ve kept my situation with Jac secret, but obviously Marek’s more observant than most. It hadn’t occurred to me the truth might’ve slipped into the open another way. “Have you studied people’s body language a lot?”

A quiet laugh rumbles from his chest. “No. Just yours.” The rumble cuts short, and he clears his throat.

My foot lands unevenly and slides over an icy patch. Marek’s hand shoots out and grabs my elbow.

Startled, I meet his gaze and swallow. “How come just mine?”

His grip loosens, but he doesn’t let go. “Guess it’s tough not to pay attention to the smartest girl in school.” He looks uncomfortable until a half-smile pulls up his lips. “Though wearing heels might not have been the smartest choice for a hike.”

“They’re usually pretty good in snow,” I murmur.

He clears his throat again. “You’ll have to be careful is all.” His gloved hand slides down my forearm and wraps around my fingers.

My lips part as my mind back flips to Jac’s departure, to his kiss. A passionate move that suggested things were far from over for him, but they’ve been over for me for a long time.

My conscience tells me I shouldn’t encourage Marek until Jac and I come clean, but my desire has other ideas, and I find myself gripping Marek’s hand tighter.

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About the Author

Alex Hayes wrote her first fiction story when she was twelve. Inspired by her mother’s storytelling, she began work on her first novel, Ice Cracks, at eighteen.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In her twenties, she moved from Marin County, California to Boston, Massachusetts, where she built a career as an IT professional in database engineering. In 2004, she self-published Ice Cracks, which became a semi-finalist in the 2005 IPPY Awards.

Alex splits her time between Grand Junction, Colorado and Guanajuato, Mexico. When she isn’t writing, she’s helping her partner, Lee, renovate a 450 year old hacienda. She is mother to one beautiful daughter and many wonderful cats.

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