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Cover Reveal: Her Secret Inheritance by Jen McConnel

I’m so excited to share Jen McConnel’s cover with you for her follow up to The Secret of Isobel Key. And if you haven’t read book one, get ye to an ebook retailer NAOW and do so! Oh, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

What would you risk for a second chance?

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Five years after the trip to Scotland that changed her life, Lou is back in the misty, magical country. But this time, she’s not on vacation.

When Brian, her old Highland fling, turns up at the scene of some depressing family business, tension mounts between the former lovers. But dealing with Brian is only part of the problem; something wicked is stirring in Scotland. Lou must use all her strength to handle the increasingly desperate situation, but will she be strong enough to battle both a vengeful ghost and her heart?

Lou may have thought that she was finished with the witch Isobel Key, but some secrets can’t stay buried forever. Coming June 12, 2014, HER SECRET INHERITANCE is a story of risk, second chances, and magic.

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Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time. Her debut NA novel, THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY, is out now from Bloomsbury Spark, and the sequel is coming in June. She also writes YA and nonfiction. Visit http://www.jenmcconnel.com to learn more.

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Flash Giveaway-Entangled Teen

Hi all!!! I’m so excited about two of Entangled Teen‘s books that released today, FRAGILE LINE by Brooklyn Skye and MY NOT SO SUPER SWEET LIFE by Rachel Harris, that I want to share the love by giving away three copies of each! All you have to do is comment below with why you love young adult literature, and LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND PREFERRED FORMAT (kindle or nook) so I can send gifts out to the winners tonight. I’ll do a random drawing at 8:00 p.m. central!

Fragile Line, by Brooklyn Skye

 

When I’m asleep, I’m afraid someone else might take my place.

 

 It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend—her life starts to spiral out of control.

 

 Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful and intimately drawn, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.

 

My Not So Super Sweet Life, by Rachel Harris

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.

Remember to comment telling us why you love YA literature, and LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND PREFERRED FORMAT (kindle or nook). Contest closes at 8:00 p.m. central!

 

Release Day Blast: DEAREST CLEMENTINE by Lex Martin

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This is one of the most exciting posts for me because Dearest Clementine is a book I’ve been dying to share with you all since I had the privilege of being the very first person to read it. Lex Martin is my hella talented critique partner.  And she’s my wonderful, amazing friend and identical hand twin,  and you all know how hard it is to find your identical hand twin. Dearest Clementine is funny, sexy, thrilling, and sweet. You will laugh and swoon…and fan yourself quite a bit. THIS is your perfect spring read! Yay, Lex! I’m so happy for you and proud of what you’ve accomplished! Enjoy your day! <3 you, sweetie!

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TITLE: Dearest Clementine

AUTHOR: Lex Martin

RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2014

GENRE: NA contemporary romance

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SYNOPSIS:

Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult contemporary romance series is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. Look for the second book, DEAREST DANDELION, this June.

AUTHOR BIO:

Lex_smallLex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

One thing I love about the writing community is…well…it’s a community. What I mean is, writing is an adventure, but it can be a lonely adventure at times, so I love when I get a chance to connect. That’s what the “My Writing Process Blog Tour” is all about–connecting with other writers and readers as well.

cinderellaFellow Entangled author, Shonna Slayton, tagged me to join the tour. Her YA debut, Cinderella’s Dressreleases with Entangled Teen on June 3rd! This one is so on my TBR list!

 

 

 

So, here’s how the tour works. I’ve got a few questions to answer for you, and then you’ll get to meet a few other authors who will join the tour next week!

1. What am I working on?
Now that I’m settling back into normalcy (sort of) after my debut novel, If Only, released on the 24th, I’m working on the sequel. That’s all I can really tell you because nothing is official yet with my publisher, but I think readers are going to be happy with who has a leading role in book two. ;)

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
If Only is NA contemporary romance. But I’m also a huge fan of YA, and I think my writing and reading interests are evident in this book. While NA does deal with characters a bit more mature and a bit more experienced than YA characters, my main character, Jordan, is only 20, and a pretty clueless 20 at that. She has a lot of growing up to do, and at times her maturity is not far from that of a YA heroine, which for me was intentional. I wanted my book to come off as a good example of bridging the gap from YA to NA, and thank the stars, that’s what a lot of readers have seen in it! If Only is a college study abroad setting (Scotland!), which I also think is newer in NA.

3. Why do I write what I do?
I tend to write what I love to read. My first novel is a YA dystopian novel. At the time I was kvelling over The Hunger Games and Divergent, and all I could think about was this version of a dystopia that wouldn’t leave my head, so I wrote it. It’s living safely and securely on my laptop for now until the world needs new dystopia again. Haha. And the same idea goes for NA. When I first read Losing It by Cora Carmack, I was floored by what fun was to be found in that flirty, awkward, angsty college experience. Then I remembered my own study abroad experience and wondered what it would have been like if an unrequited crush situation happened differently, and If Only was born. I love both YA and NA because they deal with such pivotal times in characters’ lives, and I love a good love story, so whatever I write, there WILL BE KISSING (at the very least).

4. How does my writing process work?
I am extremely linear and extremely co-dependent. What does this mean? The former means I have to draft a book in order, from chapter 1 to the end. I cannot fully flesh out a scene if the book isn’t ready for it yet, which is why I have notes all over creation from my shower note pad to my phone (which I should just take in the shower since it has a waterproof case…but I’m still scared to test it out!). My co-dependency is with my critique partners (CPs). In our early writing days, one of my CPs and I drafted together, trading fresh pages every other week and giving edit notes to work on before moving forward. Now that we’re all on the path to being published, we’re a little busier, so the every other week thing doesn’t happen too often. But we all still trade pages with each other before anyone else, and I rely on the thumbs up from my CPs before going further in any project, starting with the beat sheet all the way through to THE END of the first draft. Oh yeah, speaking of process, I am not a pantser. I used to be, until I found Blake Snyder’s beat sheets. Now I’m a total plotter. And I. LOVE. IT.

That’s all from me. Next week you can learn about some other fabulous authors–a fellow Entangled writer whose new book releases TODAY; my close friend and critique partner whose debut releases Friday; and my friend and agent sister whose pretty NA words will be heading your way soon!

hadesReese Monroe is a wife, athlete, and New Adult author. When she’s not writing, she’s training for her next endurance event, which helps manage her addiction to chocolate and Chai lattes. MARKED BY HADES, book two in her Bound by Hades trilogy, releases today with Entangled’s Embrace line.

 

 

Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa ClemFrontangst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.  Her debut novel, Dearest Clementine, releases on April 18.

 

jen blackwoodJennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and NA author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. Special announcements about Blackwood’s debut novel coming soon!

 

 

Cover Reveal: OUR BROKEN SKY by Sarah Harian

Sarah Harian’s cover for her debut, The Wicked We Have Donewas so original and gorgeous, and I’m so excited to share the cover to her follow-up novella, Our Broken Sky, because it’s crazy gorgeous too. Fans of TWWHD’s Valerie, you’re in for a treat. But before I share the cover, I’ll tease you with the synopsis. Be sure to hang out after the reveal to read an excerpt as well!

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Release Date: August 19th, 2014

Series Info: Chaos Theory #1.5

SYNOPSIS:

In The Wicked We Have Done, readers were introduced to Valerie Crane. But you don’t know her the way you think you do. This is her story…

Valerie has always been different from her identical twin Veda. Tattooed, fiery, and foul-mouthed, Valerie acts on instinct, getting even with anyone who wrongs her passive, and sensitive sister.

At twenty-two, Veda doesn’t want to seek revenge against the three young men who raped her. As for Val…

Val never could manage her anger well.

As far as Val sees it, the Compass Room is simply a quicker way for her to die—payment for the crime she feels no guilt over. There isn’t a reason to fight, not until a girl as broken as she is reminds Val of what it’s like to hope…

 

Here it is, folks! Our Broken Sky!

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Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received herSarah B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.

 

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EXCERPT:

Her name and crime come back to me…

Jacinda Glaser. Her suicide attempt killed a family.

“I feel alive here,” she says. “If I’m going to feel alive, then I want to stay alive.” Her face scrunches up, and another tear slides down her cheek. “The waiting is the worst. And now I don’t know why they’ve put us here of all places. Like they’re teasing us with something beautiful we could live for before they take it away.”

I can’t help it. I laugh.

Behind all of those tears she shoots me a dirty look. It’s sincere. I’ve angered her to all hell.

“I’m sorry. This place isn’t beautiful to me. It’s torture.”

Her cheeks puff out and she blows air out of her lips, glancing back toward the trees. It’s a ‘fuck off’ gesture if I ever saw one. I didn’t mean to insult her… not really.

“I hate waiting to die,” she says.

“Then don’t. Go out partying hard. Don’t wait for anything.” Hell knows that I never did.

I hold out my hand. She looks at it reluctantly before finally taking it, but then quickly drops it like she touched fire. “Jace,” she mumbles.

“Hi, Jace. I’m—”

“I know who you are.”

I cock my head. The tone of her voice is dark and a little vicious—at least, as vicious as I can ever imagine coming from her.

I should probably stop judging people so much on looks. Jesus.

“That so? Then who am I?”

Her courage falters a bit. I can see it in her eyes. She bites the corner of her lip and looks away again. “Triple homicide. All of those boys. They say that the evidence partially clears you because you couldn’t hang them all by yourself.”

“Partially clears me.” When I lean toward her, she doesn’t back away like I’m expecting her to. “What doomed me?”

“DNA. And the news… some of the news debates say that you… umm….”

I grin deviantly, and she finds the words.

“Have a psychotic personality.”

News to me. I just thought I was aggressive.

“And what do you think?” I take a step toward her, closing the space between us, and she looks up at me, her eyes narrow lines.

“You’re the kind of girl that parties hard on her deathbed, Valerie.”

She says my name like it’s sugar-coated toxic waste. I fucking love it.

Cover Reveal: Make it Count by Megan Erickson

I’m ridiculously excited to share this cover with you all. Not just because it’s gorgeous and sweet and sexy and all of the things a New Adult cover should be, but also because this cover is for Make it Count by Megan Erickson. Megan is my writing partner and friend and I’m so happy to give you all the first peek at Kat and Alec. You are going to LOVE Make it Count. Mark your calendars for June 3rd!

MakeItCount3About Make it Count:

Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new college math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends–both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

About the author:

MEGAN ERICKSON grew up in a family that averages 5’3” on a Headshot3good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

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Make it Count Excerpt!

Kat gathered her books and stuffed them into her plaid Burberry messenger bag, then headed toward the front doors, smoothie from the library snack shop in hand. Head bent, fiddling with the clasp of her bag, she stumbled into a wall of human on the pavement outside.

“Oh, I’m sorry—” Her voice dropped out when she realized the solid flesh belonged to Alec, Max’s best friend.

She’d only met him once or twice before he’d moved in with Max this semester and every time, he cocked his eyebrow with a half frown like he knew something she didn’t. Which he actually did, since he had brainy superpowers. Smarter than a speeding Einstein. Able to leap over C-minus students like her in a single bound.

She didn’t trust people that smart. And she didn’t trust a guy who didn’t ogle her ass or leer at her boobs like every other member of the straight male species on the planet.

Right now, that raised-eyebrow frown pinned her where she stood. His pale green eyes behind thick black frames roamed over her shoulder to the library and then back to her. With his pin-stripe button-down, dark jeans with Converse shoes and hair styled in a short, messy pompadour, he looked like a nerdy Elvis.

His frown morphed into a smile when he spotted the smoothie in her hand, and she definitely didn’t notice his full lips. “You know, you don’t have to venture into the forbidden zone just to get a smoothie.”

Oooh. The jerk. She glanced around surreptitiously, then leaned in and spoke in a low voice. “Just play it cool. Don’t let it slip someone like me snuck in the library.” She gripped his forearm and whispered. “Password today is rosebud.”

His face blanked and he looked at her like he’d never seen her before. Kat debated whether or not that was an improvement over his other look.

But then those intelligent eyes narrowed and a smirk curled his lips. “I know. We nerds get an e-mail every morning.”

See? He always needed the last word. She propped a hand on her hip and leaned in. “Well, sounds like you have a mole. Might want to look into that.”

He opened his mouth but she cut him off. “Just looking out for you guys. Anyway, see ya around!”

Before he could shoot back a snarky comeback, Kat skirted around him and bounded down the stairs. She chalked that up as Kat 1, Alec 0.

Cover Reveal: Swimming to Tokyo by Brenda St. John Brown

Woohoo!!! I am so excited for this book, and HELLO gorgeous cover!  Swimming to Tokyo releases July 28, 2014!

 

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The rules for swimming are simple:


Rule #1: There is no lifeguard on duty.
Since her mom died three years ago, nineteen-year-old Zosia Easton’s been treading water. Living at home. Community college. Same old Saturday nights. So when her father breaks the news he’s taken a job transfer—and by the way, it means renting out the house that’s been her refuge—a summer in Tokyo feels like it just might be a chance to start swimming again.

Rule #2: Beware of unexpected currents.
Finn O’Leary has spent God knows how many years trying to drown out his past. Juvenile detention. Bad decisions. Worse choices. He’s managed to turn it around – MIT, Dean’s List, a sexier-than-thou body with a smile to match – at least on the surface. When his mom asks him to spend the summer with her, Tokyo seems as good a place as any to float through the summer.

Rule #3: Swim at your own risk.

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IF ONLY-RELEASE DAY!!!!

March may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over at Embrace. My debut, If Only, releases TODAY! You can pick up If Only on sale for just $.99 right now! Thank you, everyone, for your amazing support up until today. Let the next phase begin!

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About If Only:

Sometimes it takes crossing an ocean to figure out where you belong.

It’s been two years since twenty-year-old Jordan had a boyfriend—which means it’s been forever since she, well, you know. But now she’s off to spend her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland, the perfect place to stop waiting for Mr. Right and just enjoy Mr.

Sexy, sweet (and possible player) Griffin may be her perfect, no-strings-attached match. He’s fun, gorgeous, and makes her laugh. So why can’t she stop thinking about Noah who, minutes after being trapped together outside the train’s loo, kisses

Jordan like she’s never been kissed before? Never mind his impossible blue eyes, his weathered, annotated copy of The Great Gatsby (total English-major porn)…oh, and his girlfriend.

Jordan knows everything this year has an expiration date. Aberdeen is supposed to be about fun rather than waiting for life to happen. But E. M. Forster, Shakespeare, and mistletoe on Valentine’s Day make her reconsider what love is and how far she’s willing to go for the right guy.

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On the eve of release…

Welp, we’re less than 24 hours from release, and I’m trying to figure out how to articulate what I’m feeling. But I’m feeling SO many different emotions at once, so I’ve decided that in honor of my first book release, I shall write my first GIF blog post to try to somehow encapsulate EVERYTHING I’m feeling all at once.

First and foremost, I am EXCITED. I wrote a book, and it’s being published, and everything I’ve always wanted is happening. This is freaking AWESOME.

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As much as I want to keep my cool, grooving to the beat of this awesomeness that is happening to me, I’m also a little bit this:

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Because OMG, EVERYTHING I’VE ALWAYS WANTED IS HAPPENING AND THIS BOOK I WROTE IS NOT JUST MINE ANYMORE.

And I’ve slowly been able to get used to this because my galleys went out a month ago, and people have been reading and reacting and it’s so THIS.

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And THIS.

Ewan And I’m overwhelmed at how many people have already requested, read, and loved IF ONLY. But on the same token, THIS BOOK I WROTE IS NOT JUST MINE ANYMORE.

sheldonAnd YES, it’s scary. Scary to get what you want but realizing that the thing you want most also comes with putting yourself out there, with making yourself more vulnerable than you’ve ever been, and there’s really no way to prepare for that. All I can say is that I’m grateful for this this amazing, scary, crazy thing that’s happening–grateful for the people who’ve supported me up until this point, to the early readers who’ve helped put IF ONLY on the map, to my amazing publishing team at Entangled for making my debut all I could have hoped for and more, and to YOU, the readers. I am hopeful and anxious, proud and terrified. Because in a few short hours, IF ONLY will be yours, and I’m beyond grateful to you for wanting to share in this experience with me.

And so, in the immortal words of the wickedly talented, Adele Dazeem, I’m gearing up to LET IT GO.

let it goBecause I have a book coming it, and it’s time to CELEBRATE!

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Cover Reveal: Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin

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TITLE: Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1)
AUTHOR: Lex Martin
RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2014
GENRE: NA contemporary romance

This is a really special cover reveal for me because the author of Dearest Clementine is my critique partner, good friend, sister from another mister, identical hand twin, Lex. I’m honored to have been the first to read this fabulous book and so excited that in just a few weeks, you’ll get to read it too. Dearest Clementine is sweet, sexy, funny, exciting, and OMG it’s almost April 18th!!! But first, let’s look at Lex Martin’s gorgeous cover. Then enjoy a sexy excerpt that will be enough to show you why I will forever love Gavin Murphy. Here you go, folks! Dearest Clementine!

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SYNOPSIS:

Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult contemporary romance series is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. Look for the second book, DEAREST DANDELION, this June.

EXCERPT:

The laundry room is dark when we walk in, so Gavin flips on the lights. A row of washers and dryers line both sides of the small room. He opens up a washer and dumps in his basket of clothes.

“Gavin, why are you washing clean laundry?” I can’t help the laugh that escapes.

He drops in a few quarters and starts the machine before he turns to me, grinning.

“I’m helping you get in the zone. Come here.” He wraps his hands around my waist, and I let out a surprised squeak when he lifts me up onto a washer. I can’t believe he just picked me up. Okay, that’s a stupid thought to have. He did carry me home two weeks ago.

His grip is firm on either side of me as he leans down to look into my eyes. I lean back slightly. He’s so far in my personal space that my shadow is crowded.

“Clementine, I want to warn you.” His voice is husky and deep. “I’m going to kiss you, and you’re going to like it. A lot. But I want to be clear that I’m not going to sleep with you because I want you to respect me in the morning.” His mouth lifts up in a wry smile. “This is simply one friend helping out another. Okay?”

Wait. Is he serious?

He must sense my apprehension because he rubs his thumb softly across my cheek. “It’s just an exercise, to get you into your story. I promise.”

I laugh, embarrassed, intrigued, and a whole lot turned on by the idea. He smiles again, but this time it’s different. His eyes darken as his hands glide over my hips. My breath catches in my chest.

“Gavin, I don’t think—“

He rests a finger over my lips.

“I’m doing this in the name of academics. You need inspiration? You’re looking at it. Now shut up and let me kiss you.”

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Lex_smallAUTHOR BIO: Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

 

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