Blog Tour + Review: Drowning in Stars by Debra Anastasia

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Debra Anastasia’s writing is imaginary, dark, comedic, and perfectly sexy.” Tijan New York Times bestselling author 

Drowning in Stars, an all-new, heartbreakingly beautiful mature YA romance from Debra Anastasia is out now!

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… he walked a tightrope five stories up just to hold my hand.

Gaze: I moved into the building next to Pixie when I was eleven. She blew bubbles through my window. I shot my Nerf gun through hers. We both had secrets, but one of us was fated to get hurt. I wanted it to be me.

Pixie: When I was afraid of the dark, he would shine a light in my window. We shared our popsicles and I taught him how to get a good swing on the playground. I never imagined I’d have to decide who got to live and who didn’t. I chose him --and he could never know.

She walked a tightrope five stories up just to save my life…


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It has been almost four years since I last read a book by Debra Anastasia. However, I knew I had to read this book the moment I saw the cover and read the blurb. Debra is such a phenomenal author and really knows how to write a book that is emotionally charged. I was hooked to Downing in Stars the moment I started it. I just knew it was going to be heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. The author definitely delivered and made me fall in love with the two broken but amazing main characters Pixie Rae and Gaze. They are both twelve years old at the start of this books, and I just loved how they met and how their friendship developed.

Pixie was such a strong force to be reckoned with and took on the role as protector of Gaze, who was the new kid on the block. She is one of my all time favorite characters and I love her so much. Both Gaze and Pixie have a very rough childhood/life but still can find the beauty in things. Their friendship is definitely one of my favorites and I didn't want this book to end. This book is funny, emotional, romantic, and uplifting. Debra's writing is just very engaging and has such a nice flow. There was no dull moment and I cherished every scene in this story. I finished this book in two sittings because I just couldn't get enough. Make sure to read this book because it is amazing.


If she was superman she couldn’t have timed it better because the fire alarm went off. I followed the flow out the door, the teachers closing doors and flicking out lights. I didn’t like how Megan and Ashlin snickered with each other.
They gathered near a group of girls that all had their phones out. Their attention was pinned on a door like they were cats ready for a mouse to pop out.
It was cold outside. I stood near my last class, but it was more a loose cluster. When the door finally popped open, the fire alarm was starting to give me a headache.
The spoils of mean laughter made me grit my teeth. I’d been bullied enough to know that that particular noise was always accompanied by someone else’s pain.
Her hair was shorter than when we were kids, but her face was an instant balm to my raw heart.
But I went from calm to confusion. My normally gutsy Pixie looked like she was trapped in her worst nightmare. She hung her head for a few beats of the alarm. Flashes went off. The crew of girls snapping pictures.
Pixie was hugging her body and I realized why with a gasp. She was only in a pair of underwear. She was topless and hugging her breasts as a way to cover herself.
I jumped through the kids in front of me, using their shoulders to hold myself up and swing my long legs through. I flat out sprinted to get to Pixie, peeling off my basketball jacket from my old school as I moved. I covered her from the front, pulling the arms behind her back.
She looked up in my eyes. Her confusion and relief collided.
I slipped my sweat pants off and held them out to her feet. She stuck them in one and at a time and then jumped so I could yank them up the rest of the way.
The world swirled around us, blurry and useless. I used the time to cuddle her to me, holding the jacket closed while she wiggled her arms inside. I leaned over her and snapped up the back.
She was covered.
“Gaze?” She held up her hand, well it was her hand but it was dwarfed by the extra fabric of my long jacket on her. She almost touched my face before squinting. “You can’t be?”
I watched as her soul knew what her brain refused to come to terms with.
“I am. It’s me and I’m back.”
Teachers came into our orbit, asking questions. The snide assholes were there too, but the pictures and video continued, I saw it in my peripheral. I’m sure my boxer briefs were super exciting.
Pixie pushed on my chest. “Are you cold?”
“No.” It was her. I could still smell her strawberry shampoo and tsee the small dusting of freckles on the bridge of her nose. They were my own personal constellation that I’ve always wished on a million times.

Meet Debra

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Debra creates pretend people in her head and paints them on the giant, beautiful canvas of your imagination. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and writes new adult angst and romantic comedies. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two amazing children.

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