Monday, January 30, 2017

Blog Tour: Return to Autumn by John Richards!

YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: Return to Autumn by John Richards. This tour will run from January 30th to February 3rd. Check out the tour schedule below.

Return to Autumn
by John Richards
Genre: Upper YA Contemporary Fiction/Coming of Age
Release Date: October 14th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Adam Raynor and his best friends started the summer of 1992 with their usual antics. Each of them in their own way preparing for their last year of high school and the interruption of their friendship that college would bring. What they didn't know was how getting a girlfriend, using drugs and experiencing the death of someone close would turn their worlds upside down.

About the Author
John Richards was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs where he currently resides with his wife, kids and German Shepherds. John worked as a book seller for a few years before attending law school and becoming a litigation attorney. John’s writings are loosely drawn from personal life experiences but would never admit to it. When not at work or writing, John and his family enjoy spending time outdoors and vacationing in the Mountains of Tennessee.


 Chapter One
The Beginning of Summer

Every year on the last day of school it was our ritual to exit the school bus by jumping out of the emergency exit in the back. Mark, Joey, and I had been doing it since we were in sixth grade. Irritating the bus driver went back further than the sixth grade though. In third grade when we had a substitute bus driver that didn’t know the route, we would yell, “That’s it! That’s my house!” This shouldn’t have mattered since the driver was only supposed to stop and let us out at designated stops. Nonetheless, she slammed on the brakes and jerked the bus to a halt and we hid behind the tall-backed green seats calling out “Why are you stopping?” or “NO! Not here you idiot.” The woman just sat there looking back at all us kids in her huge rearview mirror, stunned and trying to figure out if someone was actually going to get off. Someone would eventually tell her no one was getting off, and she would start driving again to the chorus of our profanity. The bus was so full she wouldn’t have a clue who was doing all the yelling, and in hindsight, I don’t think she cared who was yelling. She just wanted off the bus herself. Now, we were juniors in high school. Even though we all had our driver’s licenses we couldn’t drive to school until we were seniors due to limited parking spaces.
You could only jump out the back of the bus on the last day of school. If you did the jump midyear, the principal would be waiting on the bus after school the next day and the bus wouldn’t leave for home until he found out who had activated the fire exit. He would threaten to give everyone a detention if nobody tattled or confessed. I know because we tried to do it on a Friday once in eighth grade, and the next Monday there he was waiting for us inside the bus. Carolyn Autumn was the one who told on us. She didn’t even hesitate; she wanted to get home and ‘prepare’ for a history test she had the next week. Carolyn was constantly worrying and studying. She lived down the street from us and we rode the bus together since our first-grade year.
“I’m sorry Adam,” she said. “I had to. I thought I was going to fail.”  
But she was one of the most successful students in school. She was always on the honor roll, as long as I could remember anyway. Her obsessive worrying was likely the reason for all her success in school.

Blog Tour Schedule – 
January 30th
Books Direct     Review
Books,Dreams,Life     Promo Post
Just Us Book Blog    Promo Post
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,&,Sissy, Too!    Promo Post
January 31st
Reads & Reels      Review
Literary Musings     Promo Post
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium   Promo Post
Loves Great Reads    Promo Post
PlatinumDiaries     Review
February 1st
Crossroad Reviews    Promo Post
The Bookworm Chronicles    Promo Post
The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange   Promo Post
Mythical Books    Promo Post
February 2nd
Haddie's Haven    Review
I Read Indie   Promo Post
The Avid Reader    Promo Post
Queekie Girl Reads    Promo Post
deal sharing aunt Promo Post
February 3rd
Vox Libris    Review
CBY Book Club     Promo Post
The Phantom Paragrapher    Review
What Is That Book About     Promo Post
Drink Coffee and Read Books  Review
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  1. John is a new author to me and I'm looking forward to reading Return to Autumn.

  2. Great excerpt, sounds like a book I'll enjoy. Thanks for sharing :)