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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Scar of the Bamboo Leaf by Sieni A.M. Book Blitz and Giveaway






Scar of the Bamboo Leaf
by Sieni A.M. 
Release Date: 07/09/14

Summary from Goodreads:
"That boy is like the bamboo...foreign and unknown in this environment. But like the bamboo, if you plant and nurture it in the right soil, it has the potential to grow vibrant and strong."

Walking with a pronounced limp all her life has never stopped fifteen-year-old Kiva Mau from doing what she loves. While most girls her age are playing sports and perfecting their traditional Samoan dance, Kiva finds serenity in her sketchbook and volunteering at the run-down art center her extended family owns, nestled amongst the bamboo.

When seventeen-year-old Ryler Cade steps into the art center for the first time, Kiva is drawn to the angry and misguided student sent from abroad to reform his violent ways. Scarred and tattooed, a friendship is formed when the gentle Kiva shows him kindness and beauty through art, until circumstances occur beyond their control and they are pulled away.

Immersed in the world of traditional art and culture, this is the story of self-sacrifice and discovery, of acceptance and forbearance, of overcoming adversity and finding one’s purpose. Spanning years, it is a story about an intuitive girl and a misunderstood boy and love that becomes real when tested.


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Excerpt;
 
I dare you,” she said a little shakier than she hoped.
What?”
I dare you to challenge yourself. To make the effort to step out of your angry little bubble. To do it for yourself, if not for your family. You’ve come here with your glass completely full with your issues and challenges and everything else that has gone wrong in your life. All my uncle asks is that you empty yourself of some of that hatred so you can allow for something else to enter inside. You might be surprised at what that might be.”
Ryler glared at her while she swallowed hard. She started to notice the other boys growing restless around her while they waited for the next step in the art class. “I’ll leave you to it then,” she said as she started to rise. She stood a little too quickly and felt her left leg give way awkwardly, threatening to topple her over. Her stomach clenched in horror as she sucked in a breath and flung an arm out to balance herself.
He watched her wobble and shot his hand out to steady her. His fingers wrapped around her arm above her elbow. He held her firmly yet gently, she observed, as she found her footing. She felt his strength radiating through her skin with a hand she was all too familiar sketching. A hand that now had calluses under the fingers from days of carving.
Thanks, I’m … I’m okay now,” she recovered quickly. When she stood as upright as she could, her back and shoulder bent at an angle, he let her go. Knowing how mortified she would have been if she had fallen over, Kiva straightened her sarong and gave him a shaky smile. “You’re not so bad after all, Ryler.”




About the Author
Sieni A.M. is a coffee addict, world traveler, and avid reader turned writer. She was born and raised in the South Pacific, graduated from the University of Canterbury, and is currently living in a port city near the Mediterranean with her husband and two daughters.

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