September 21, 2015

Picture Imperfect Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway
Welcome to my stop on the Picture Imperfect blog tour! I have a great excerpt from the book to share with you today - and don't forget to enter the giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

Picture Imperfect
Author: Jelsa Mepsey
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Romance


Sixteen-year-old Max Prescott knows all too well the joys of cheating girlfriends and traitorous friends. He’s not eager to have his heart trampled again, but money and a fresh start can mean the difference between happiness and a dark path with his name on it.

So when Melly Hewson, a perky and enigmatic classmate, asks him to be her model for a year-long photography project, Max agrees. Melly Hewson is everything Max isn’t. She’s outgoing, witty and always knows the right words to say. And despite his best efforts, Max finds himself drawn to her.

Still, he isn’t stupid. He knows a girl like Melly will only use him and then never speak to him again. Besides, he’s been to that rodeo. As long as he keeps his feelings off the market, he won’t make the same mistakes as last time.

Yet underneath Melly’s sweet smiles lies a secret she’d rather kept hidden. And as the year goes on and the photos pile up, Max and Melly will find themselves developing through the negatives, a story that when told could push them to opposite ends of their world. But the only thing worst than the truth is, the facade that surrounds them.

“Remember that time you went on your roof? Why were you really on it?”

I scowl. “I didn’t ask you a deep question. That’s not fair.”

Melly smirks. “I never said I played fair.”

“I’ll keep that in mind next time.” Plunk. Plunk. Plunk. Ah, fuck it. Just tell her. “I was wondering what would happen if I jumped.”

Plop. Her eyes widen. The ball lies forgotten on the sand. “What? Would you have jumped if I didn’t show up?”

I raise an eyebrow. “That’s two questions.”

Her eyes narrow. “Max!”

“No, Melly! Geez!” I walk over and pick the ball up. “Don’t get all psycho on me.”

Melly stays silent so long my feet burn. I hop around to cool them off. Finally, she raises the camera and gestures to me. “Hit the beach ball.”

Plunk. She snaps a picture. Then she puts the camera away, somehow managing to keep the beach ball airborne.

“Max, you really worry me sometimes.”

Why is she thinking about that day? I wasn’t really gonna jump. Suicide solves nothing.

It just creates a hell of a lot more shit for the ones who are left to pick up the pieces. 
Jelsa Mepsey writes young adult contemporary romance fiction, drawing inspiration from daily life. With her work, she is dedicated to spurring people to think about what they have taken for granted and to shed light on the issues people avoid talking about. As an Asian-American in her 20s, she is excited to explore more of the human experience as she herself journeys through life. Writing, rock climbing 5.12 routes, and playing various instruments have resulted in the formation of many calluses on her hands over the years. When not engaging in her previously mentioned hobbies, Jelsa can be found at her local library with a stack of at least ten books, naming her various pens, or staring at her dog Waffles for inspiration. 

Buy Link: Amazon 
One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of Picture Imperfect by Jelsa Mepsey + a $10 Amazon GC (INT)

Contest ends October 16, 2015 



  1. Sounds great, thank you for the giveaway!

  2. Cute cover and this sounds really cute too. I like the idea, that we get to see the relationship grow over a year.

  3. what a fascinating excerpt and author info posted. Sounds very fun to read.

  4. Sounds like a really nice book to read. Thanks.