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Friday, November 30, 2012

River's Recruit Blog Tour

Today is pretty exciting because not only is Charlotte Abel hanging out on the blog today, but we have got an awesome contest for you guys!  Woohoo!  Plus you'll get to read my review of Charlotte's awesome new release River's Recruit.  

Jonathan McKnight lost everything in Afghanistan. His left hand, his identical twin and his self-respect. He searches for redemption during a solo backpacking trip into the remote Sawatch Mountains of Colorado and discovers a secret tribe of shifters.

River, the beautiful young shifter that rescues Jonathan from certain death, wants to recruit him. He is equally determined to rescue her from her cult-like society — even if he has to kidnap her.

Review:  I was pleasantly surprised reading this book.  I have not read anything by Charlotte Abel before, so in my first experience reading something by her I am glad that I started off with River's Recruit.   First off I really like the cover of the book.  It isn't something that is overly edited like we are prone to see in a lot of books out today (not that that's a bad thing, but it's nice to have something different from the norm every once in awhile).    It almost looks painted, and after reading the book the way that River is portrayed makes total sense to me now.  

So let me be honest: when I first started the book I was panicking because we meet River when she is pretty young.  In my head I'm thinking well shoot I thought she would be older!   But, there is a time lapse and she DOES get older before we get into the meat of the story.  I thought the alternate perspectives between her and Jonathan were done quite well, and it was cool to see how much growth Jonathan's character achieved throughout the book.  

When Jonathan and River meet for the first time in the woods, their relationship was completely believable at least to me.  As they slowly got to know each other and friendship develops, you can't help but root for them to be able to be together.  But, of course there is Eli and Shula.  A mother/son duo who in a surprising twist are closer to Jonathan and River than they could ever have imagined.  

The plot in River's Recruit was a slow and steady build.  Charlotte Abel definitely knows how to take her reader on a journey and make you feel like you are along for the ride.  She creates a puzzle, every piece has a significant importance, and when you reach the end of the book your face will probably be like this :O no joke.  Charlotte has created a riveting story that you can almost believe is actually going on in our world today.  

Something else that I REALLY enjoyed were the secondary characters.  Reuben and Gabriel were vivid characters that I connected with.  Which is awesome when an author can do that not only with her main characters, but her secondary characters as well.  They were a great addition to the overall story and mythology behind the shifter society.

Overall, this is a great read.  There is so much lore and myth that Charlotte goes into great detail that it becomes the whole backbone of this story.  There is so much good going on in this book that it creates an overall awesome book.  When I first started thinking about what I was going to write for this review, I had pretty much determined I would be giving this 4/5 oh yeahs.  But, as I kept thinking about the complexities within the story it actually deserves 5.   This book is a definite recommend for anyone who likes paranormal lore, and some good and solidly built characters!  Can't wait to start reading some other stuff by Charlotte Abel!  You are awesome in my book!

Oh Yeah Count 5/5

A post from Charlotte Abel! 

I’m often asked which books and writers have influenced me the most. I don’t know why, but this is a really hard question for me. My answers change from one interview to the next, but there is a common denominator in all of my favorites. There is always a romance that drives the heart of the story—and the main characters have to make at least one life-changing, personal sacrifice before they earn their HEA.

Even as a kid, my favorite books had that sacrificial element. But instead of star-crossed lovers, the book had to have an animal (preferably a horse or a dog) as one of the main characters. I read every story about horses and dogs I could find in the book-mobile. (We didn’t have a library.) Some of my favorites were: Black Beauty, My Friend Flicka, Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows.
Today, at least ninety percent of the books I read are written by indie authors. My favorites include: Nancy Straight, Shannon Dermott, Shelly Crane, Amy A. Bartol, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Tammara Webber, Jus Accardo, Tiffany Heiser, Tammy Blackwell, Quinn Loftis, Abbi Glines, Michelle Leighton, Maddy Edwards, Christie Rich and Ann Charles. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! These ladies and their stories inspire me on a daily basis.

I guess it’s only natural that my own books feature ordinary people that become heroes when faced with extraordinary circumstances. Jonathan and River’s trials are just beginning, but they’ve already captured the hearts of hundreds of readers.

Okay, back to the question about which book has inspired me the most…

If I had to choose just one book, I’d have to pick Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. It’s not my favorite, but it is the one that launched my own writing career.

I loved the first three books, especially New Moon (I still cry every time I read it). But Breaking Dawn just pissed me off. All that build up with the Volturi and everyone just walks away? Stalemate? Oh come on! Really? Jeeze! Somebody needed to die. Irena and Bree don’t count. (BD2 is the exception to the rule where the movie is actually better than the book. I freakin’ love that movie!)

The whole imprinting on an infant thing bugged the crap out of me. What was going to  happen when Nessie hit puberty before her seventh birthday? Talk about a "jail bait" situation. Yikes!
Anyway…I started imagining how I might have finished the series if I’d written it. Entire scenes sprang to life in my mind. I had to write it down before it drove me nuts. 200,000 words later, I found the closure I was looking for. I also found an audience for my writing on

The response was amazing. The attention was addicting (over 2,100 reviews). But when the story won a couple of awards (including “Best Original Plot”) I gained the confidence to write my own original fiction. I'm not telling anyone the title of the story or the pseudonym I used when I wrote it. I'm proud of the plot and the original characters I created, but the writing SUCKS! So stop trying to figure out which of the bazillion Twilight fan fics is mine and grab a copy of River's Recruit. Just kidding. Sort of.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Trapped Cover Reveal!

This cover is gorgeous guys!  Brace yourselves! :D

So can't wait for this!  Yay Ella James!!

Trapped is book 2 in the Here Series!
Release Date: December 2012
Tiny link to Here, book one:
Link to Ella's site:
Twitter: author_ellaj

When Milo Mitchell falls for the beautiful, tuxedo-clad guy she found wandering her family's rural Colorado property, she never dreamed he was a scout from another galaxy, or that their relationship would leave him with an impossible choice: eradicating humankind, or initiating the end of his own people. 

Nick's job is finding the elements his people need to power their elaborate interweb of minds. Being a scout means he is capable of traveling to other planets on his own. It also means that, unlike The Rest, he has access to primitive feelings and individual desires. For eons, he was part of the whole, but when he encountered Milo, his obsession with her changed everything.

Nick's partner, Vera, is capable of independent thought, but not compelled by it. She is satisfied with her existence as one of The Rest, and she won't agree that humans are worth sparing; not when their planet has a precious cache of the gold her people need so badly. 

While Vera tries to force Nick into endorsing an Earth invasion, working behind the scenes to tie his hands, and the Department of Defense lays a trap for them with Milo's mom as bait, Nick and Milo are waging their own war - against a primal desire that can only lead to one thing: heartbreak.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Ballad of Aramei Review

J.A. Redmerski you have become one of my favorite authors in a matter of months.   Seriously, I downloaded The Mayfair Moon because it was free and after I finished it- I. needed. more.   I have pretty much accepted the fact that whenever you put out a book, I will be buying it and reading it and loving it.  Your books are that awesome and so are you.  The Ballad of Aramei is the final book in The Darkwoods Trilogy, and it was awesome.  It was sooooo good.  Really, I can't say over and over again how sated I am that the trilogy ended to my satisfaction.  It was seriously so crazy at parts I was definitely gaping through a lot of the book.  I mean hello, there was some insane shizz going down.

Adria has definitely turned into a badass.  I mean she has always been a strong person, but she is literally now super strong.  Her interaction with Rachel at a certain part of the book had me going, "Awww hells yeah Adria, you take that lint licker down!"  Adria is AWESOME in this book.   For reals, she even verbally takes on Trajan, which is as close to suicide as you can get.  I'm still having a love affair with Isaac.  He is wonderful and dreamy, and smoldering.  Oh, and let's not forget about Nathan.  I adore him, he is sarcastic, charming, and selfless.  I am beyond glad he was a major part of this book.  Finally, I must talk about it because it is in the title, Aramei.  The incorporation of her story alongside of Adria's was insane.  I got goosebumps at parts of their interactions, and of course there was so much gasping at parts too.  This book literally was adrenaline pumping-down hill part of the roller coaster of this trilogy.  

The plot is so complex in BoA.  Things that have been manifesting since book one are finally revealing themselves, and whoa, a certain characters origins threw me for a loop, and simultaneously depressed me.  Plus the ending of the book probably gave me heart palpitations.  There was SO much going down it was making my head spin.   I don't want to give anything away so please excuse the ridiculous over glossing on the plot, but if I were to go into it, I would be giving away major spoilers.  You'll thank me when you  read the book!

We also get to learn more about Harry and the Praeverian world.  This stuff was creepy and cool to learn about.  Plus we got to see into Harry's head a little bit at the end which was really neat.

The ending.  I won't say too much about this.  Only that I was personally satisfied.  It didn't end necessarily the way I thought it would, but it was a very apt and fitting ending.  Plus, you get a look into a bunch of different characters minds which was really cool.  

So overall: I LOVED IT. Seriously.  If I could give it 10 stars I would.  It was an insane ride, but this series is honestly one that I will go back and read again and again.  It's soooo good.  I can't wait for whatever else Jessica has coming out.  I bought this the day it came out and I feel as though this trend will be continuing for a long time!

Oh Yeah! Count:  5/5 Plus 5 invisible ones!!!

Blurb: Everything about Adria Dawson’s life has changed in unimaginable ways: the shattering betrayal of her mother, the fight for her life and sanity…the loss of her humanity. But now Adria must face the ultimate challenge and risk not only her life, but the lives of everyone she loves at the wrathful hands of Isaac Mayfair’s father.

Determined to help unravel a mysterious message deeply rooted in an unhinged mind, Adria becomes obsessed with traveling into Aramei’s turbulent past to see the truth of how the relationships and betrayals between the Mayfair and Vargas bloodlines were formed.

Meanwhile, Adria and the Mayfairs are doing everything they can to smoke out and trap the Praverian traitor. A trip to Providence uncovers not only an old family line who are enemies of the Praverians, but also raises questions about the Praverian’s true agenda.

But the traitor will be caught. People will die. And Adria’s destiny to be the cause of a war will come to pass. But what could a kind and simple girl like Adria Dawson ever do that could be considered an act of war? The landscape of the werewolf world will be forever changed in the climactic conclusion to The Darkwoods Trilogy

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Blood Debt Blog Tour!

Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately wants.

Review:  When I first read the book description I admit it, I got really excited.  This book sounded really good, and different (something that I completely appreciate in the YA genre).  Let me say, this book did not let me down.  From the first pages of Camille's struggle in calling her father for the first time, it was like BAM I connect with you Camille!  Nancy really brought a strong female character to the table, (something else I always appreciate :D) but didn't characterize her in a way that made her seem unreachable.  I really liked that I felt what Camille was going through as we flipped through the pages with her. 

My one sort of qualm with this book is that Camille kind of takes off pretty fast to meet this family that she has never known before.  I mean I get it, she wanted to meet her father and there were other circumstances, but maybe the whole flying across the country to live with strangers thing was a tad too fast for me.  Kudos to the friend Daniel who acted like a sane person in that situation!  Other than that I was sold on the book! 

The plot was something I got into very easily.  It flowed really well, and Nancy is a superior story teller.  All of the characters in the book were really strong and solid, and the whole Romeo and Juliet aspect of the book sucked me in.  (I'm not giving away who this takes place between!)  The whole Greek mythology behind the story of the Centaur was so cool.  I'm so glad that there was something totally unique to read about in the story!  

The chemistry between all the characters was wonderful.  Camille bonding with her brothers was actually really cool for me to read about since I had been going through something similar in my own life.  I love books that I personally can take something out of. The chemistry between Camille and her step mother was also something that was really sweet.  Oh, and let's not forget: Drake.  *swoon*  He was the ultimate hero to Camille's heroine.   Their dynamic was really sweet, and he did get to play a little of the knight in shining armor! 

Overall, Blood Debt is a definite recommend!  In fact, I am going to go start Centaur Legacy (Book 2) right now!  I hope everyone checks this one out!  It's a great read!  

Oh Yeah Rating:  4.5/5
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About Nancy Straight: Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband and two children.

She enjoyes reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.    

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Wooo!! I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS.  I am a BIG J.L. Armentrout lover and seriously cannot WAIT for Opal to come out in December!  Wooo so without further ado, because I am so excited about this!   The OPAL BOOK TRAILER!!

Opal (The third book in the Lux Series)
Available in both print and digital version on December 18, 2012
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Official Opal Book Trailer

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Clutch Blog Tour!!!

How long can you lie to yourself before it all comes apart?

In 2152 the avian race is on Earth looking for something stolen from them decades ago – their genetics. At the center of the search lies the Rural Republic; a small backwards farming country with high hopes of military domination and a penchant for illegal bioengineering.

19 year old Junco Coot is the daughter of the Rural Republic’s ranking commander. She’s the most foul-mouthed, wildly unpredictable and ruthless sniper the Rural Republic has ever trained. But when her father’s death sparks a trip into forbidden places, she triggers events that will change everything she knows to be true.

As an elite avian military officer, Tier’s mission is to destroy the bioengineering projects, kill Commander Coot’s daughter, and return home immediately. There’s just one problem. Junco isn’t who she claims to be.

With no one to trust, not even herself, Junco must confront the secrets of her past and accept her place in the future, or risk losing herself completely.

CONTENT WARNING The I Am Just Junco series is NOT YOUNG ADULT. This series contains foul language and graphic violence.

Review:   Going into this book, I was expecting something that was kind of far out, like in the universe wise.  But, instead we get a lot of action on Earth.  Right off the bat I loved Junco.  She is seriously as bad ass as they come.   She's someone that I would definitely want to have on my side in a bar fight, because I'm pretty sure she could take out five burly motorcycle dudes with one punch.  We meet her in weird circumstances, where it seems like she is trying to escape from something, but also trying to find something else.  When the jeep she was driving crashes, Tier an Avion (alien) who Junco first pegs as an enemy.  Through an epic chase through some really tall grass (I envisioned the scene from Jurassic Park 2 while they were trying to escape some velociraptors) Junco must decide between going with humans who are using her, or Tier and Avion who she knows is evil.  As the book progresses, we see Tier and Junco's relationship change to one where Junco tries to trust him (after a few murder attempts on his life) and we begin to see what hell Junco has lived through her whole life.  

Let me just say this book was CRAZY.  Seriously, there was some ridiculous under handed shady stuff going on that I was definitely gaping over.  This book is fast paced to.  You might need a seat belt for the ride, because this story literally catapults you through what is going on in this crazy version of Earth.  

Again, I really loved the character of Junco.  She is a born and trained killer, but J.A. Huss allows us to see humanity and emotion in her.  She brings out a realness in Junco that is needed because of who Junco was trained to be.  Plus the dynamic between her and Tier at the beginning of the book is hilarious.  I could easily identify with what each character was feeling, and it made me want what both of them wanted.  

Over all this was a really great read.  I feel like there are some parts that were really confusing, but overall the idea behind the series is fantastic.  Plus the characters in the book were well done and not over or under developed.  A solid debut, can't wait to see what else Junco will get up to in the later books!

Oh Yeah Rating: 


Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday!

Since this Thursday is Thanksgiving (where has November gone?!) I thought I would as you about Black Friday.Its an American tradition it would seem. :-) So, do you go out on Black Friday? Why or why not? And if so what is the best deal you have gotten? What are you hoping to get this year if you go?

For me I look at black Friday as something that's dun to do.  Sure it's busy and people are RIDICULOUS.  But, it's something that usually my mom, aunt, and I do every year.  We usually map out our plan of attack within the store, find the items that we really have, and my aunt and I are the runners, while my mom sort of plants herself with a cart somewhere less busy in the store.  This is the year I think that might change.  One reason being I have pretty much all of my Christmas shopping done.  Another is that everything is opening on Thanksgiving!  What the heck is that about?!  I'll probably venture out at some point in the day, but I probably won't be sacrificing my sleep for any deals this year.   What about you!?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Salamander Stone Blog Tour!

The Salamander Stone by CJ Fenge:


She’s just the girl-next-door, that long-legged pretty thing with the flowing auburn hair. Nothing special, just ordinary Amber Brigantia, a sixteen-year–old with boyfriends on her mind; nothing more.
But you’re wrong. Beneath that enigmatic smile lie dark secrets hiding an elemental power, and when those secrets come out, everyone wants her. Everyone wants a piece of Amber.
 They murder her father and lock her mother in an asylum. Then they come after her, led by the charismatic Dr. Pitt who wants that power for himself. And he doesn’t care how he gets it, smiling and smiling as he twists the knife. But Pitt has a rival, the sadistic Mrs Fedorowicz. She wants Amber too and she is an expert at making people dance to her tune - a tune that can really hurt. 
Even those who love Amber cannot help her. Khiza, the African boy, is the lost other half of Amber’s soul, yet when she encounters the damaged and demonic Meshak she is torn in two and cannot decide what to feel any more. 
Then the demon Azmodeus suckers onto Meshak and time itself rocks in chaos, for the demon is after Amber as well - and what he wants is unspeakable. 
So let the power-games begin. And let that long-legged pretty thing be the prize. 


I really liked the concept of this book.  You definitely get thrown into the fold right away.  I kind of felt like the experience was similar into jumping into a pool of really cold water.  At first you're kind of like, "crap what is going on"  but then you slowly adjust and get warmer and can eventually start swimming.   That was kind of what my feeling was when I started the book.  I was slightly disoriented, but it eventually gets straightened out.  The plot is a complicated one, and for the beginning of the book I was really trying to grasp what was going on, but the mystery that the story adds to this I think creates for an intense reading experience.  Overall the plot was really good.  The mystery and suspense of what was going on created a very intense reading experience.  

As for the characters, I really tried to identify with Amber, but I felt like she was really immature at points in the book.  She was the only character that I had a semi-problem with.  I was really expecting that Khiza and Amber were supposed to be in love, but the love I felt they portrayed was more sibling like and innocent.  The character of Meshak was a great foil for Khiza, and he was easily unlikable.  

Although, I really hate to say this, the book got slow at points.  I realize that you can't have non stop action on every page, some parts of this book fell flat for me.  

The concept of the book is great.  The world that C.J. Fenge has created is superb, I just couldn't connect with the plot and characters as much as I really wanted to.  It's definitely worth a read if you are into fantasy/sci-fi-ish things.  I don't regret reading it, and the ending was to my satisfaction.  It's slow going at first, but it does pick up.   

Oh Yeah Rating: 3.5/5 


About C.J. Fenge 

I’m an English Teacher, and all my working life I’ve been telling students: “Don’t put labels on yourself. They’re restricting.” I little realised that I was guilty of exactly that because I’d classed myself as analytical, not creative. And it was only when I was forced into some writing that I discovered I could create worlds, not just comment on other people’s creations.
So that’s what I do now and I have an increasing amount of time to do it in. My teaching career is winding down, my two children have grown up and left home, my husband of 40 years, also a writer, is busy creating worlds on his computer all day. To a casual observer ours is a very quiet, boring household. There aren’t even any pets making a racket since my two adorable, but elderly, ‘rescue’ cats died last year. But the inner life of our house is far from boring. Take a journey with Amber and her Salamander Stone and see what I mean. And remember not to put labels on yourself. If I can break free, anyone can. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ember Blog Tour!

Jessica Sorensen is here today on the blog and there is some exciting stuff in store for you in my interview with her!  Namely a SNEAK PEAK at the next Death Collectors book!  What, What!?!  So without further ado, let's look at book one: Ember.

What if you knew when someone was going to die?

For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven.

Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can't sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.

But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher's death and what he may be hiding.

Review:  I really liked this book!   There was a ton of intrigue and mystery to keep me plowing through it.  Ember definitely takes on a darker tone than Jessica's other books, but for a book about death it's obviously fitting.  Ember's character is very strong, and I think character development is something that Jessica Sorensen does extremely well.   Ember's indecision about Asher and Cameron was something that translated really well to the reader.  For a good majority of the book, I really didn't know who the hero and who the villain were.  This book kept me on my toes!   

The plot in this book was also absolutely fantastic.   Taking a character that can see a person's death is something that is incredibly interesting.  I didn't really think of the ramifications of what it would be like for Ember, and why she would come off as a weirdo.   The one thing that irked me at a few points in the book, was Ember's best friend Raven.  I mean, I get why she acted the way she did at these parts, but man it didn't stop me from wanting to strangle her!  

This book is definitely not for the faint of heart.  It is a true battle against something that almost all of humanity fears: death.  Reading the novel kind of becomes a trip down creepy lane, but is balanced nicely with some swoon worthy boys and romance.  Probably not something you would want to read right before you go to bed if you get nightmares easily.  But, that's a good thing because this book is creepy and good!   I cannot wait for the next one after that intense and perfect ending.  It isn't exactly a cliff hanger, but you definitely know something bad is coming.... or should I say coming back.

Recommended for thrill seekers, horror lovers, and those who don't fear death!

Oh Yeah Count: 4/5

Interview with Jessica Sorensen

Thanks so much for stopping by on my blog Jessica! I already know I am going to love this interview so much because we’re name twins! Haha!

BITB:  I must ask you this first because I am literally in awe of how fast you can write and put out books. How do you do it? Are you an undercover superhero with mega fast writing powers?

JS:  How did you guess? I thought I was doing so well at keeping my superpower hidden, lol.

Honestly, the biggest reason would probably be that writing is a full time job for me. I spend about 8 to 10 hours a day down in my writing cave.

BITB:  How did the idea of this series come to you? I read The Fallen Star series, and I feel like this right off the bat is a darker toned story, which is awesomely foreboding of what is to come next.

JS:  The idea for the character Ember came from a dream, but the reapers and angels theme was something I added because I wanted paranormal creatures related to death.

Ember definitely has a darker tone to it than the Fallen Star Series. When I was creating the story, I figured that a world built around a girl who could see death would be dark and slightly morbid

BITB:  Was Ember inspired by anyone you know, or maybe even yourself?

JS:  She may have a little bit of characteristics to a few people I know, but she’s not really inspired by one single person.

BITB:  I love the juxtaposition of Asher and Cameron. Who did you have more fun writing about?

JS:   I don’t think I can pick one over the other. I loved writing about both of them!

BITB:   Did you have any scenes in the book that were really intense in the writing process?

JS:   There were a few scenes that were intense to write:

1. The bar scene.

2. The scene where Ember wrecks her car.

3. Where she gets hit by the car.

4. Where her mother attacks her

5. And the steamy scenes between Ember and Asher.

BITB:   Do you have any rituals that you do in your writing process?

JS:  I don’t really have any rituals other then I need a supply of candy and caffeine nearby and a playlist that fits the tone of whatever book I’m writing. Other than that, I like to jump into the story and have fun.

BITB:   Can you give us any teasers of what is to come next?

JS:    Here’s a little teaser from Cinder (Death Collectors, Book 2)

I shut the door quietly and turn back to my bed, but halt at the sight of him. “Asher.”

He’s sitting on my bed, shirtless, and his wings are tucked behind his back in full angel form. His head is tipped down, his inky black hair hangs in his eyes, and his sadness is heartbreaking.

“I’m not supposed to be here,” he says, meeting my gaze.

My heart beats to life in my chest. “Then why are you?”

“Because I had to see you.” He stands to his feet and his wings span open. All I want to do it touch them, run my fingers along the black feathers and feel the softness of each one. “I had to know if you’re okay.”

“I’m okay,” I lie not wanting to make him any gloomier.

“I wish that were true. But it’s not.” He steps toward me and his wings close in and disappear into his back.

“Why? What’s going on?” I ask, staring at the tattoos on his ribs. “Does this have something to do with the battle?”

He nods his head slowly as he continues to inch toward me. “And I have to explain some things. But first I need something from you.”

My eyes refuse to leave him as he stops right in front of me, so close I could reach out and trace my fingers up his chest. He cups the back of my head with his hand and brings my lips to his. A fire ignites inside me as press my body against his, needing to touch as much of him as possible, knowing that when I let go, he’s going to leave again.

BITB:    Tell us a random fact about yourself!

JS:    I have a huge obsession with muscle cars, which is why one is mention in almost every book I’ve written.

BITB:   Finally, can you let us in on what else you are working on right now?

JS:  Right now, I am getting ready to start The Temptation of Lila and Ethan.

BITB:   Thanks again so much! I can’t wait to read pretty much everything you have coming out next!

  • Jessica Sorensen lives with her husband and three kids in the snowy mountains of Wyoming, where she spends most of her time reading, writing, and hanging out with her family.