April 14, 2016

How I Ruined My Life Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


How I Ruined My Life
Author: T.L. Bainter
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 12, 2016


Kyle has gone unnoticed for the vast majority of his life and he’s always preferred it that way. Homeschooled, shy, and only attending church because he’s forced to, there’s not really anything outstanding or interesting about him. That changes, however, when he meets James Porter. The two are fast friends, but Kyle isn’t sure if that’s a good thing or not. While some of the experiences resulting from their friendship are grand, many other experiences leave Kyle broken, angry, and depressed. Is Kyle’s friendship with James really such a good thing, or would he have been better off if he’d simply remained the quiet, lonely boy that no one seemed to notice?  


“So, yeah, you asked about the church? The answer is yes. Everyone is freaking insane. I was starting to wonder if I was the only one who could see it.”

“No one else has noticed?” I ask when we reach the edge of the parking lot. We have to cross a rather busy two-way street, and the nearest crosswalk appears to be almost half a mile down the road.

Kayla looks to her left and then to her right. “Nope. I mean, they call each other crazy. Have you heard Susan and Lauren arguing yet? They're probably the craziest of all. They're so alike that they butt heads all the time. One of these days one of 'em will kill the other, I swear.” Suddenly, and without warning, Kayla begins to sprint across the street in spite of the fact that there are cars coming. I shout her name in surprise, then cover my eyes and wait for the screeching tires and honking horns.

“Come on, you chicken!” I hear Kayla command.

I pry my fingers from my eyes and look at her. She has successfully crossed the street and is waving me over. “You just ran into traffic!”

“Well, if you wait for the cars to disappear, you're going to be there for a while. Just come on! It'll be fine. Take the next opening!”

My stomach starts to toss the bit of salad I ate for dinner as I stare at the oncoming cars. Most of them are moving at nearly fifty miles an hour, and there's no way that they're stopping for me. “This doesn't seem like a good idea!”

“Just trust me!”

“I just met you!”

Kayla sighs with enough noise and exaggeration for me to hear it from all the way across the street. “Just go! Wait for me to tell you when, okay?”

I shake my head and am nearly thrown back by the powerful force of a car speeding past me. Kayla has a lot of nerve calling the attendees of her church insane when she's the one running headfirst into traffic. “This isn't a good idea!” I yell.

Kayla starts to count loudly. “One...”

Reluctant, but knowing that I'd rather be on the other side of the road with Kayla than on this side of the road with a bunch of asylum escapees, I clench my fists and prepare myself for a full-on sprint.


A long series of cars zooms right in front of me.

T. L. Bainter was born in 1994 and began writing short stories not long after that. Since the age of six, he has been churning out short story after short story. After receiving an award from the renowned Writers of the Future competition for his short story Edwin, T. L. Bainter found the confidence and encouragement that he needed to write and publish his first novel: How I Ruined My Life. Currently, he resides in Kansas City with his cat, Sooba.

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 Giveaway: (1) Signed copy of How I Ruined My Life