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Frogs and Toads

I have a really unique connection with author Stacy Lynn Carroll. We didn't meet online, in a writer's forum or networking, which is how I've met most of my writer friends. We happened to work for the same amazing family as a nanny, so we spoke on the phone years ago, when she called me (the previous nanny) to make sure this particular family she was thinking of working for wasn't full of psychopathic axe murderers. Fast forward a little while, and we realized we both write. And our oldest daughters have the same unusual name.  I love having this connection with her--she's felt like an old friend from day one. 

So what better way to tell you about my sistah in writing and nannying than to celebrate the release of the second book in the Princess Sisters series? Frogs and Toads is out now! Stacy generously offered an excerpt for Oh, How Novel readers, and I have to say this book just looks fun. Check it out! 

Belle and her cousins have conquered their fears. Now as they navigate their way through the dating world, they start to see a "happily ever after" on the horizon. But when an unexpected school assignment forces them to examine their past, the Princess sisters realize they have a lot of questions about the fathers they've never met. Secrets are revealed, long lost family members are discovered, and now the girls must decide who belongs in their future and who should be kept in the past.

“Wait!  Shhhhhh!  It’s starting!”
Aurora and Ariel stopped talking mid-conversation and turned their focus to the TV.  Belle picked up the remote and turned up the volume as the theme song began playing a dramatic tune.  Without moving her eyes away from the screen, Cinderella passed a bag of peanut butter M&M’s to Snow White, who sat beside her on the couch.  Their eyes were completely glued to the screen during the opening scene of their new favorite show.
School had only started a few weeks ago, but this new teen drama filled every conversation in the halls between classes.  No one talked about anything else.  The cousins had turned it on the first night out of curiosity, and were instantly hooked.  Now, every Thursday night, a similar scene could be found in Belle’s basement as the girls gathered to laugh, gasp, and ogle at the super-hot teacher on the screen.  Then as soon as the first commercial started, the girls began talking again as if there had been no delay. 
“Oh, this show is so good!  Why do they have to ruin everything with dumb commercials?”
“To make us anticipate what’s coming even more.”
“We could always set the DVR to record Locker Partners, and just watch it later. That way we could fast forward the commercials,” Snow White suggested.
Ariel looked at her like she had gone crazy.  “And just stare at the clock for an hour while we wait for it to record? Are you insane?!”
“I dunno you guys, I think I can make it through some lousy commercials to get to see Lucas Ferreira for an hour,” Aurora stated.
Her cousins all nodded with enthusiastic agreement.  Then the show came back on and the room went silent once again.  The scene opened with Mr. Ferreira himself, leaning over a beautiful blonde student as he helped with her writing assignment.  The girls simultaneously sighed, not one of them noticing the others, as they all wished for a Freaky Friday moment to transport them into that girl’s shoes.  Everything from his tan skin to his dark hair and eyes reflected his Latino roots.  But his flawless American accent indicated he was second generation.
His character grinned down at the student when she found success, revealing his perfect white teeth, embellished by a dimple on the right side.  His dark, long lashes winked right into the camera during a close-up shot and Snow White actually giggled.  She quickly covered her mouth in embarrassment, looking around, but her cousins were too lost in his charming voice to notice.
When the show went to another commercial break, the girls were quickly broken free of their trance and resumed conversation.
 “What do you think it would be like having a teacher like that?”
“Oh, I would definitely pay better attention in school if all my teachers looked like Lucas Ferreira!” Aurora said emphatically.
“I dunno,” Belle paused.  “I think I would be daydreaming so much, I’d probably fail all my classes!”
“Only one way to find out,” Ariel piped in.  When the others looked at her quizzically she continued.  “You’re friends with a lot of the student body officers, just get them to put in a request to hire Lucas Ferreira as the new English teacher, Belle.”
            Cinderella and Aurora both launched pillows in Ariel’s direction, who laughed in return.
“If only I had that power!” Belle replied, laughing.
Then the show returned with its final climatic minutes, filled with cliff hangers to keep the viewers wanting more, and insuring their return next week.
Mary came walking down the stairs after getting off work and paused at the bottom step.  “Hey Belle, I need you to−”
“Shhhhh!” all five girls shouted.
“Well, this must be some show!” Mary said more quietly.
“Hold on Mom, you haven’t seen the best part yet,” Belle said.  “There!” she pointed to the screen as the gorgeous actor appeared.  “Isn’t he great?”
Mary stood frozen to the spot.  Usually she was the first to agree with the girls when it came to cute guys, and her sudden silence caused them all to turn in their seats.
“Mary?” Cinderella asked.  “Is something wrong?”
“He…” Mary started, but couldn’t finish.  Her brain wouldn’t form the right words.  She reached out for the handrail and sat slowly on the bottom step, never taking her eyes off the screen.
“He plays one of the high school teachers,” Ariel said, looking at Mary quizzically.  “His name is−”
“Luke Ferreira,” Mary finished, breathlessly.  She could feel the room spinning around her and was glad she had chosen to sit.
Belle looked at her mother curiously.  “Yeah, how did you know?”
“Because,” Mary answered, pointing at the TV, “that is your father.”

Looks fun, right? Don't forget to snag your copy of book one, The Princess Sisters, while you're at it! 

About the author: Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories.  She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English, learned how to western swing, and watched as many of her fellow students became ‘True Aggies’.  She then finished her BA at the University of Utah where she got an emphasis in creative writing.  After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers.  When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer.  She and her husband have three children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don

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