Hello Everyone! I am very lucky to be part of Brenna’s Tour for Replacement and today you’ll be able to read a DELETED SCENE from The Replacement! How cool is that? And, like it wasn’t already great, there will also be a giveaway =) But first let’s learn a bit more about the book!
Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement—left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with an oddly intriguing girl named Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.
Now onto the deleted scene! Please note that this scene is copyrighted to Brenna Yovanoff and can’t be reproduced.
Brenna's note: This originally took place at Starlight, in a section of the book that already spans several chapters. The Starlight really didn't need more clutter, so I wound up cutting it and I'm glad I did. The scene isn't necessary to Tate's character, because she can act out stubbornness and independence in a lot of other ways, and Nick wound up being entirely superfluous. (I thought he might figure in later, but wound up with nowhere to put him.)
The guy was named Nick Sheffler and he was standing by the pinball machines with Tate. They were so close to each other that the toes of their shoes were almost touching.
He smiled, leaning in, saying something I couldn't hear. The stage-lights made him shiny in the face, ugly with shadows. She was looking up at him with the strangest expression.
I was about to write it off as two people enjoying some privacy, when she put both hands against his chest and shoved, hard. She had her chin stuck out like she was ready to take a punch. “Go away.”
“Easy, tiger.” He said it in a loud, friendly voice, coming in close again, putting his hands against the wall on either side of her head.
“Has being an anabolic moron impaired your hearing? Go away.”
His face got red and he wasn't smiling anymore. “Maybe you should quit talking to me like a bitch, bitch.”
He was standing way too close. He had her trapped in the corner next to the pinball machine. I came up behind him and grabbed his arm.
“Hey. Hey, Nick.”
He glanced over his shoulder. “Yeah, what's the problem?”
“Maybe you should leave her alone.”
Tate didn't look relieved or grateful. She glared at me. “I don't need your help, Mackie. It's a noble thought and everything, but I'm perfectly capable of handling this all by myself.”
“I know,” I said, holding up my hands. “I know. But you looked like maybe you weren't in the mood.”
She crossed her arms and didn't look at me. “Yeah, well, this isn't your thing, so leave.”
Nick had taken his hands away from the wall, but he was still standing way too close, and he was much bigger than her.
“I'd rather stay.”
“Fine,” she said. “Fine, whatever does it for you.”
Nick smiled in a way that was supposed to show this was all just a whole lot of innocent fun. “Come on, Doyle. We're fine. Tate knows I'm just screwing around.”
She gave him a long, slow look. “Oh, is that what you're doing? And here, I thought you were being a huge pain in the ass. Look, do me a favor and go screw around someplace else.”
He was holding out his hands, laughing in that jerky, uncomfortable way that means nothing is funny. “Come on, Tate. I'm just messing with you.”
“Obviously, we are not understanding each other. Go [something totally impolite].”
Then, she ducked under his arm and stalked off in the direction of the stage, without looking at him again, and without even glancing at me once.
I hope you enjoyed!
Now you all wanna know what the giveaway is right?
Brenna is offering a themed charm bracelet to one lucky reader!
Open to Canada & US
All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment and your email addy (If it’s not in your profile) so I can contact you.
Ends Nov 17th!