Dog Girl by Gabi Justice – Spotlight & Interview

I’m pleased to welcome author Gabi Justice to the blog with her latest YA novel, Dog Girl! Learn about this fun, awesome read, enter to win an Amazon gift card and free T-shirt, and stick around to read an interview between the author and one of her characters!
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Dog Girl
by: Gabi Justice 
YA Contemporary Fiction 
Tour: March 8-12 
 

Summary: Dog Girl is Fangirl meets Pit Bulls and
Parolees.

Saving the dogs who end up at Delray Dog Rescue is Kendall’s life. It’s the perfect job for a girl with severe social anxiety.

Delray Dog Rescue doesn’t just rescue dogs, it’s a second chance for felons, like her dad. Losing the rescue means losing Kendall’s home, her sanctuary, the dogs she loves, her identity and her dad, all over again.

But money’s tight, and soon, Kendall must decide between keeping a roof over her head and saving the rescue.

When a video of Kendall’s harrowing rescue of a pit bull from the path of an oncoming train goes viral. Suddenly, everyone wants a piece of Kendall, making her anxiety worse. But this is an opportunity to put the rescue in the spotlight and secure the donations needed to save it.

Can she overcome the social paralysis that’s plagued her all her life? Can she ignore negative comments on social media about her looks and smell? Can she accept help from a boy who really sees her, even though she can’t understand what he could possibly see in her?

DOG GIRL is the story of a teen girl who wants to save the world, and ends up saving herself in the process.

 
 
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Gabi Justice is the author of Dog Girl, her teen and young adult contemporary romance debut set to publish in the fall of 2020. She is the mom to three dogs and one stray cat named Luna Buna. She lives in Florida with her husband and children. You’d be hard-pressed to find a tennis court in the state that she hasn’t visited, having three competitive junior players in the family. She spent most of her adult life writing editorial copy for local magazines after graduating from the University of South Florida. Florida provides the settings for all her coming-of-age stories that highlight bullying, misjudgment, acceptance, and teen anxiety. Her main characters are goal-oriented teenage girls with a drive that can be fierce and dangerous.

 

Author Links:

Website: https://www.gabijustice.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabijustice/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yagabijustice

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20495013.Gabi_Justice

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gabi_justice

My Interview with Ryan Kast
First, a little background information on Ryan: Born September 18 – Ryan is a Virgo Earth sign. He is grounded and stable. He is sensitive and reliable. Stubbornly looking for stability.
Ryan grew up having everything. A strong family unit with plenty of money to travel the world, go to the best private schools, and have lavish things. His parents have always worked. His mom is an attorney, and his dad is a world banker. Even though his parents weren’t around due to work, he had his brother. Together they homeschooled their high school years and trained for tennis tournaments. When his brother left, he suffered from horrible loneliness. Plenty of girls stalked the handsome tennis player. They hung on his every word. They cheered his tournament wins and consoled him when he lost. But none could fill the void his brother left behind … until Kendall. She challenged him, argued with him, and did not care about his tennis wins or losses.
Gabi: Hello, Ryan. Thank you for joining us today to talk about your character in Dog Girl and give us your perspective as the story is told from Kendall’s point of view.
Ryan: Happy to be here. Thanks for having me.
Gabi: Always so polite.
Ryan: What can I say? I’m a sucker for good manners.
Gabi: Yes, I’ll admit your character is diplomatic, but you have your mischief and mystique.
Ryan: Of course. I knew if I was going to win over someone as strong and interesting as Kendall, I had to play a little hard to get.
Gabi: Tell us. Was it love at first sight?
Ryan: Well, I don’t know about love at first sight, but I knew instantly that I had to know more about her. She had an edge that I urged to smooth out or get cut by. I was so sick of surface girls and their backstabbing drama. Kendall was different. She was real.
Gabi: And where exactly did you meet?
Ryan: Here’s a little secret that’s not in the book. I actually knew who Kendall was before she knew who I was.
Gabi: Interesting, tell us more of the juicy insider scoop.
Ryan: The guys and I drove the dirt road that runs by the rescue center a lot. I’d seen her walking home from school a few times. Once when Jake’s Jeep drove too fast it dusted her and she was pissed. I tried to smile as an apology. I think I even waved. I was sitting in the back and it’s an open-air Jeep, so I had a good look at her. She gave me the finger. That’s when I knew I liked her. I’d hoped she’d be at the rescue when I showed up to ask about becoming a volunteer. I was so happy when I spotted her in the yard training Rascal. She was just as fiery and interesting as I’d thought.
Gabi: And from then on it was an easygoing love affair?
Ryan: Ha! Hardly. She did her best to get rid of me. When I offered to escort her to Puerto Rico and Cat said yes, I was thrilled. I’d get to be alone with her and she’d have to give me a chance to sweep her off her feet. Everything went great until Jennifer’s lies.
Gabi: Who is Jennifer?
Ryan: My ex. Kendall didn’t trust me even though I’d done nothing untrustworthy, but she had her reasons, her inner demons. I just had to be patient. She’d push me away, but I’d just come back. Luckily, Jimmy liked me and had my back.
Gabi: And Jimmy is …?
Ryan: Kendall’s best friend. He’s awesome. I guess I can call him my best friend too. Jimmy and Vicky.
Gabi: Now that the Dog Girl story has ended, what are your plans?
Ryan: I’m at Northwestern University playing five position on the tennis team. I enjoy it but I miss Kendall and the dogs.
Gabi: How’s the long distant relationship thing working?
Ryan: We talk every night. It helps. I envision her sitting in her special spot in the barn looking at the starry sky with Dragon sitting at her feet always protecting her. And every chance I get I fly home to be with her. She’s coming to watch my match this weekend. We play UF. I can’t wait to see her.
Gabi: Lastly, any news on your brother?
Ryan: Unfortunately, no. It’s not quite as hard now that I have Kendall to share my grief with. If she can endure all the pain she’s been through and be a better person for it then I can too.
Gabi: Well, it’s been nice catching up Ryan. I wish you well. Tell Kendall hello from me.
Ryan: Will do. It’s been my pleasure.
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