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Release Day Blitz: Bullies Like Me by Lindy Zart

bullies like me

Title: Bullies like Me

Genre: YA

Author: Lindy Zart

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If you can make it out of Enid High School alive, you can make it through anything.

Alexis is the new girl at school, and she’s ruthlessly bullied. Hopeless, and drowning in her present reality, she takes pills—lots of pills. She’s sent to a mental health facility, where she meets a boy. Only the boy can’t save her, and no one can save her from herself.

Nick has secrets. He wants to open up to Alexis, but there’s the dead boy who haunts him. In his dreams. While he’s awake. He wants to be brave, but he can’t tell her about his past, and he can’t leave the facility.

Melanie rules over the school, until a nobody named Lexie tries to disrupt her reign. She won’t allow that. She also can’t stop it. She plummets into notoriety, but she’s determined to take them all with her. The girl, the boy, and their secrets.





Nick’s arm brushes against mine as we cross the street, and he flinches.

I grit my teeth, holding in my irritation until we reach the beginning of the path. Then I slam my hands on my hips and glare at him. “Okay, what is your deal? If you really didn’t want to be with me today, why didn’t you just say it?”

He opens his mouth.

My glower deepens.

“I don’t like being out in public. I don’t…like being around people,” he says after a pause. “I like to be alone.”

I throw my arms up in frustration. “Then why did you agree to this?”

Nick steps closer. “But I like to be with you more than I like to be alone, and even though I don’t like to be around people, I like to be around you—probably more than I should. How could I say no to being with you, even if it’s in a setting I despise?”

“That’s messed up,” I say, shaking my head, even as a warm glow fills my insides.

“I’m messed up.”

“You’re not, not really.”

He lowers his head, taking my hands in his. Examining them. It feels like fire and ice when we touch. Sparks and frost. “You have no idea, Alexis.” Nick threads our fingers together, lifting our hands between us, and looks at me.

“Tell me,” I whisper, feeling like I can’t breathe. My air is caught somewhere within the magnetic pull of blue-green seas. Who needs to breathe anyway?

“Someday,” he promises, and then, with our hands still entwined, he leans forward and kisses me.

His lips are soft, firm. Magic. Tasting of dreams and hope. And grief too. I’m kissing not only Nick, but his soul as well. I feel his heartbeat with my lips. I taste the feelings he has for me, and they are overwhelming. Catastrophically beautiful. The kiss lasts long enough to rearrange everything inside me, to steal my breath, to give it back. To let me know Nick has the power to ruin me. To let me know I’d probably let him.


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USA Today bestselling author Lindy Zart writes in a multitude of fictional genres because, well, her brain requires it so she stays somewhat sane. She has been writing since she was a child, but luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then.

She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, pizza, peanut butter, and bloody marys.

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Review of Saga of Menyoral: Hard Luck by M.A. Ray

Saga of Menyoral Hard Luck

Genre: Fantasy

Dingus Xavier hasn’t had it easy. Half elven, half human, Dingus has been tormented his whole life because of his blood. Sir Vandis Vail, a Knight of the Air, had for many years avoided taking on a squire, but his goddess insists he make Dingus his squire because she wants him. Against his own wishes, Vandis takes on Dingus as his squire, but he wasn’t prepared for how much he would care for Dingus. Along the way, Vandis acquires another squire, learns Dingus may be a Berserker, and discovers that a zealous religious brotherhood has decided to cleanse Muscoda of the Knights of the Air.

M.A. Ray’s characters pulled me in right from the start. I couldn’t help but love Dingus and Vandis. The reader goes through the torment with Dingus, and it’s easy to identify with him. The author weaves the real-life issue of intolerance into the story, which drew me in and kept me wanting to know what would happen next. M.A. Ray has a writing style that flows beautifully. The dialogue and character thoughts ensured that I would remain emotionally invested in the characters throughout the story. There were parts of the book where I was angry for the characters, parts where I chuckled, and parts where I whooped out loud. I read the book as quickly as my schedule would allow because I just couldn’t put it down. The book does end abruptly, and although it’s not a cliffhanger, I had to buy the next one right away so I could read the next section of the story. I enjoyed this story wholeheartedly, and I highly recommend reading it!


You can purchase Saga of Menyoral: Hard Luck on Amazon here.


And while you’re there, you may as well just pick up the next book, Saga of Menyoral: The Service because you’re going to want to read it right away! You can find it on Amazon here.


For more about the author, M.A. Ray, visit her website and her Amazon page.