Blog Tour: Animate Me by Ruth Clampett Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to our stop on Ruth Clampett's blog tour for her novel Animate Me. This tour is hosted by Book Nerds Tours. CLICK HERE to view the full schedule. 

Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director Bob Clampett, grew up surrounded by artists and animators. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, she has been VP of Design for Warner Brothers Studio Stores and taught photography at UCLA. Today she runs her own studio and as the Fine Art publisher for Warner Brothers Studios has come to know and work with some of the world’s greatest artists in the fields of animation and comics.

From this colorful background comes Ruth’s first novel, Animate Me, a fun and sexy, unique and engaging contemporary romance.

Ruth lives and works in Los Angeles, strictly supervised by her teenage daughter, who helps plan their summer around their yearly pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic Con.

Excerpt from Animate Me

I realize it's my turn to be strong. I clear my throat so my voice will be sure and steady. "I'm not going anywhere, so stop saying that Brooke." I pull her into my arms. She feels so fragile, and it makes me want to protect her.
     "Besides, even if you are a mess, you're my perfect mess."
     She bucks and fights my embrace. "Quit saying that! I'm not perfect Nathan…not even close."
     I decide to try a new tactic. "Oh, I know that… believe me!" I tease.
     "You do?" She sniffles, the crying slowing down.
     "Sure. What you don't understand is that despite the fact that your coffee drinks are disgustingly sweet, you like Strawberry Shortcake, and that you have questionable taste in men, you're still perfect to me."
     She sniffles against my chest, and I feel her relax a tiny bit into me. I rub my hand over her back slowly.
     "You think my coffee drinks are too sweet?" She asks quietly, sniffle-free.
     "Oh yeah! When I order them my teeth hurt."
     "Then why do you get them for me? You could try to get me to order something less sweet?"
     "I wouldn't do that, Brooke. I don't want to change you. I just want to make you happy."
     She takes a deep breath that shivers from the leftover tears.
     "Oh, Nathan. Whatever am I going to do with you?"
     "Whatever you want to," I reply.
     She pulls away just enough to look up at me and smile.

She seemed far beyond his reach…could love draw them together? For years shy animator Nathan has carried a torch for Brooke, the beautiful and dynamic Director of Development at their animation studio, even creating B-Girl, a comic-book heroine in her likeness. When a new project throws the two of them together, lovestruck Nathan finally seizes his moment – only to find Arnauld, head of the animation studio, claiming exclusive rights to Brooke’s affections.

But Nathan, it turns out, is not giving up on his dreams so easily. With inspired determination, he sets out to be the super hero of wooing his girl. Threatened by his persistence, Arnauld plays dirty – only to spark an uprising at the studio that unleashes the sort of havoc only a building full of frustrated animators can create. While Nathan pulls out all the stops to win his B-girl, Brooke has to choose. Should she pursue the sparkling career that has taken her years to build…or follow her heart?

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