Cover the Words–Best Cover Contest

Hey Friends! 

Jillian, Griffin, Sophia, and Lucas need your help! ACROSS THE DISTANCE, CAN’T GO BACK, and THE TURNING POINT are all featured in the Cover the Words best cover contest! Woo hoo!!! 

Voting is open now, through Sept. 30th! You can vote multiple times a day, every day! 

Let’s put one of these gorgeous covers at the top! Click on the link below:

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Thanks!!! 

❤ Marie

ACROSS THE DISTANCE & CAN’T GO BACK Giveaway!

Across the Distance & Can’t Go Back

in one huge giveaway!

That’s right! Jillian and Griffin are finally together!

Oh The Book Feels is hosting a huge giveaway on Instagram! For your chance to win the prize package below, Click Here for More Details! 

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Prizes include an exclusive AtD/CGB tote bag, paperbacks of Across the Distance Can’t Go Back, magnets, bookmarks, and special charms!

Giveaway ends on September 30th, so don’t miss out!

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Across the Distance

“I could not put it down… Loved it!”
— Jen McLaughlin, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

There’s a drawer I never open. It holds a picture I never look at. It reminds me of a day I hate to remember, but I’ll never forget.

I’d give anything to be like the other girls on campus. Going to parties, flirting with boys, planning for a future. But that’s not me. And hasn’t been since the day my parents died. The only thing that got me through was Griffin. Even though I didn’t have my family, I always had him. Only, now I’m not so sure I do.

It’s not just the eleven hundred miles separating us now that I’m at college. Or his band finally taking off, and all the gigs and girls suddenly demanding his time. It’s as if everything is different-the way we talk, the way we text . . . the way he looks at me and the way those looks make me feel.

Griffin has been the only good thing in my life since that horrific day. But I can feel our friendship slipping away-and I’m terrified of what will be left in its place . . .

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Can’t Go Back

In Across the Distance we heard from Jillian, now its time to hear Griffin’s side of the story…

“I could not put it down . . . Loved it!” –Jen McLaughlin, New York Timesbestselling author on Across the Distance

When Jillian moved next door, she refused to get out of the car. I climbed into the backseat beside her and promised to never leave her.

Now, I’m driving her a thousand miles away, so she can leave me.

She has to go. What else would she do? Follow me and my band from one cheap bar to another, get hit on by sleazy promoters? Because Jillian would definitely get hit on. She’s the most gorgeous, talented girl I’ve ever known, and she doesn’t even see it.

This scholarship gives Jillian the chance to study at the best design school in the country. It’s what she’s always wanted. I won’t stand in the way of her dreams, no matter how much it hurts to watch her go. I just wish she wasn’t leaving without knowing the truth . . .

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CAN’T GO BACK in One Week!

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In Across the Distance we heard from Jillian, now its time to hear Griffin’s side of the story…

I can’t believe Griffin’s story comes out in a week!!! It seems like yesterday I introduced you to Jillian! Now it’s Griffin’s turn! I loved telling Griffin’s story. Where Jillian’s passion was fashion and design, Griffin’s love is music–just like me. I related to Griffin on a personal level, he and I share so many of the same musical interests. I am so happy to introduce you to him. He may be a badass rocker, but he as a big heart! ❤

Aaaaannndddd…here’s something yummy to feast your eyes upon for Teaser Tuesday!

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Giveaway? Did someone say giveaway?

In honor of Griffin’s Book Birthday, I’m hosting a CAN’T GO BACK Book Birthday Giveaway!! Click on the Rafflecopter link below for you chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a CAN’T GO BACK Swag Tote full of goodies! What’s a birthday without presents, right?!

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Heather L. Reid’s PRETTY DARK SACRIFICE Blog Tour

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Heather L. Reid’s newest novel, PRETTY DARK SACRIFICE, follow-up to PRETTY DARK SACRIFICE, hits the shelves tomorrow! I was lucky enough to get to interview the lovely Heather about her upcoming release! And keep reading beyond the interview for more information on PRETTY DARK SACRIFICE, Heather L. Reid, and a giveaway!!

 

  1. For you, what is the hardest part of the writing process? 

 

Since I’m a panster, I’d have to say drafting is the hardest part of the process for me. I LOVE revising. Seriously, I could re-arrange paragraphs, ponder word choices, and strengthen tension and character motivations all day long. Getting new words on the page though, that’s the challenge.

 

  1. Do you have a writing ritual? Things that must be done before your muse will come out to play? 

 

Tea! Okay, more than tea. Seriously though, I write best in my writing chair in my office. I always have my essential oil diffuser on beside me, though the oils I choose are different depending on my mood. I make tea and do some yoga stretches, and then I sit down at my laptop, start my playlist on Spotify, and beg my muse to at least meet me half way. Sometimes I have to bribe her with Dove chocolate and another cup of tea.

 

  1. Pantser or plotter? 

Panster. I wish I could be more of a hybrid, but plotting gives me hives.

 

  1. What is your favorite line, passage, chapter from PRETTY DARK SACRIFICE? 

Oh, that’s a tough question! I loved writing the scenes that explore the mythology behind the demons and reveal more of the backstory of Aaron/Kaemon and their connection to Quinn. I also love writing the scenes with Marcus. He adds just the right amount of humor to lighten the mood.

 

  1. What advice would you give to aspiring writers who hope to see their book published one day?

Read everything you can. Read inside your genre and outside your genre, fiction and non-fiction. Then start writing. Experiment with different styles and point of views until you find your own voice. It takes time to develop your unique voice, and the only way to get there is by writing, no matter how bad it is at first. And if you’re passionate about writing, don’t give up. Look for mentors, ask questions, and learn what you can about the craft and about the business.

 

  1. What is your favorite dessert? 

Ice cream! I’m not too picky on the flavor, as long as it’s gluten/wheat free. Before I was diagnosed as celiac, I loved cookies and cream, but now, I usually go for salted caramel or chocolate or mint chocolate chip. I also recently had dark chocolate pomegranate ice-cream. So yummy! A lot of it depends on my mood.

 

Thanks Heather!

 

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ABOUT PRETTY DARK SACRIFICE:

Title: Pretty Dark Sacrifice (Pretty Dark Nothing #2)

Publication date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

Author: Heather L. Reid

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It’s been five weeks, two days, and eight hours since the demons forced Quinn to throw herself into the raging river, since Aaron sacrificed himself to save her, since his body disappeared without a trace.

Everyone wants Quinn to move on, but she can’t, not after a spirit appears to her at Aaron’s memorial, convincing her he’s still alive.

When a mysterious box materializes on the very spot Aaron disappeared, Quinn finds she’s at the center of an ancient prophesy of betrayal, revenge, and sacrifice that takes her to the depths of the underworld to face Lilith—Adam’s first wife.

If Quinn can stop Lilith from unleashing the demon horde Eve, trapped inside the box during the Battle of Eden millennia ago, she will save the human realm and free Aaron from an eternity in torment.

All it will cost is her blood.

 

Giveaway Time!

Giveaway Information: Contest ends August 21, 2015

· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Pretty Dark Sacrifice (Pretty Dark Nothing #2) by Heather L. Reid (INT)

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Heather L. Reid  ABOUT HEATHER L. REID:

Heather L. Reid is both American and British and has called six different cities in three different countries, home. Her strong sense of wanderlust and craving for a new adventure mean you might find her wandering the moors of her beloved Scotland, exploring haunted castles, or hiking through a magical forest in search of fairies and sprites. When she’s not venturing into the unknown in her real life, she loves getting lost in the worlds of video games or curling up by the fire with good story. For now, this native Texan is back in the Lone Star State, settling down with her Scottish husband and writing new tales of fantasy and horror.

 

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PIXELATED Release Week Blitz & GIVEAWAY!!!

 

 

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BY L.S. MURPHY

I am so excited to host the author of PIXELATED, the YA contemporary romance by L.S. Murphy!! If this book isn’t on your To-Be-Read list, then it should be (*ahem* you can add it here: Add to Goodreads).

Not only is L.S. celebrating her release, she also signed on to do a guest post on piracy, which you can read below, but first let’s celebrate PIXELATED!!! *releases balloon drop and throws confetti*

 

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Senior Year. 

Middle of nowhere. 

What’s the new girl to do?

For Piper Marks, the answer is simple. She’s determined to have her photography rock the cover of National Geographic someday, and moving to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school is not going to stop her. Even if her usual subjects have changed from bright lights and skyscrapers to fields, cows…and more fields. 

But when photographer at the local paper quits in a huff, she steps into his spot. Her new job keeps Piper busy capturing tackles, and zooming in on first downs and end zone dances, not to mention putting her directly in the path of varsity football star Les Williams IV. Her new friends warn her off, but she can’t resist the pull she feels toward this mysterious country boy. But this small town is keeping a secret, and it’s one that could destroy any chance they have to be together. 

It’s up to Piper to decide what to do with the distorted truth. Can she risk exposing her heart? It might be worth it, ’cause Les is about to change her world from black and white to fully saturated color. 

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Praise for Pixelated:
“In Pixelated, L.S. Murphy weaves a complex web of secrets and lies with a ‘will they or won’t they’ romance that kept me turning pages and holding my breath!” ~ Julie Reece, author of The Artisans and Crux

“Beautifully written, with a full spectrum of emotion and complex characters, Pixelated will tug at all your heartstrings. I easily lost myself in the world L.S. Murphy created and couldn’t stop reading because I needed to see how the story ended.” ~ Kelly Oram, author of Cinder & Ella

“L.S. Murphy brings something for every reader with Pixelated: romance, secrets, mystery, and a main character torn between two choices. Murphy’s writing is sharp and steeped in emotions, deftly hooking her readers from the first sentence to the last.” ~ Sarah Bromley, author of A Murder Of Magpies 

 

 

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L.S. Murphy obsesses about St. Louis Cardinals baseball, fangirls over her favorite   authors, and watches every
episode of Doctor Who like it’s the first time. When she’s not doing those time-consuming things, the former farm-girl turned city slicker turned suburbanite writes sweet romances for teens and adults.

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GIVEAWAY

It’s PIXELATED’s book birthday, so naturally, there has to be a gift, right? How about a $25 Amazon Gift Card? To enter the giveaway, click on the link below!

 

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I also want to thank L.S. for putting together this short message on piracy. Take it away, L.S….

Back in March, before PIXELATED was even on NetGalley or had eARCS available, I discovered something disturbing. Of course, googling isn’t always going to bring sunshine and roses, but I digress.

I searched for PIXELATED just to see if it would pop up on any blogs. Lo and behold, I stumbled across a discussion thread. Someone had asked where they could get my book for free.

Um… excuse me?

Well, for one, it hasn’t been released yet. For another, go to the library. For a third, WHAT?

Now, a few peeps responded that it’s never okay to download books from the internet illegally. Yay them. They also directed her to some sites for purchase and recommended she request the title from her library.

So all good, eh?

Of course not. Silly me. I kept reading. It turned from “don’t do piracy” to “another author pulling the wool over our eyes.” I’m not sure how I’m pulling the wool over someone’s eyes. I work a full-time job. Most authors do. It’s almost impossible to make a living as an author these days. Yeah, there are some that do. Great for them. But they’re in the 1%.

I’m not out to get rich. Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE to be in the 1%. But I’m not doing this for free either. I work my tail off. All authors do, even the 1%. I sacrifice time with my family, my friends, and even downtime to relax. All because I love to write.

And I worked my rear off to get an agent who worked her rear off to get me a deal.

None of us are doing this for free.

So, the next time you hear someone saying all authors are rich, remember me. I may be sitting next to you at Starbucks counting change so I can have another latte to get me through another thousand words.

 

As an author too, I agree with everything L.S. mentioned, one hundred percent. For all authors, their agents and editors, and everyone else that’s behind the scenes when it comes to getting a book on the shelves, writing is our livelihoods. Books put food on our tables. Please do not download illegal copies of our books. We sincerely appreciate it, thank you! 

 

Thanks for stopping by and celebrating the release of PIXELATED!! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway above and check out L.S. Murphy’s fabulous new release, you won’t be disappointed!

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Countdown to CAN’T GO BACK!

Are you ready for Griffin’s story?

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I can’t believe Griffin’s story comes out in six weeks! It seems like yesterday I got to introduce you to Jillian in ACROSS THE DISTANCE. Sharing Jillian’s story has been a dream come true, and I’m super excited to share Griffin’s story in CAN’T GO BACK! 

CAN’T GO BACK will be available on August 4, 2015 from Grand Central/Forever Yours. 

To celebrate Griffin’s upcoming book birthday, I’m hosting a Goodreads Giveaway for ACROSS THE DISTANCE! Click on the link below to enter to win 1 of 2 autographed copies of ACROSS THE DISTANCE!

Add ACROSS THE DISTANCE & CAN’T GO BACK to your Goodreads TBR list! 

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DARE TO RUN Cover Feature and Scavenger Hunt!

DARE TO RUN Cover Feature & Scavenger Hunt

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Today we are celebrating the release of the DARE TO RUN cover! DARE TO RUN is a gritty, super sexy, adult title coming out on February 2, 2016 from Jen McLaughlin and published by Penguin (NAL Signet). To celebrate, we are having a scavenger hunt! There are 8 clues scattered around groups of bloggers hosting this feature. All you have to do is find all 8 clues and figure out the scrambled word.

 

To make it easy for you, we will tell you where you can find Clue #1.

Just go to this article on DARE TO RUN, found at USA Today HEA!

In order to find the groups of bloggers posting, go to Jen McLaughlin’s blog and she will have the lists so you can check out each group and find the remaining 7 clues.

 

For this site, the clue is listed below, along with the rafflecopter.

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DARE TO RUN Summary:

The New York times bestselling author of the Out of Line Novels takes readers to Boston where one gang of criminals knows how being bad can be so good…

She knows what he’s like on Boston’s mean streets. Now she’s going to find out if he’s got some heart.

Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he’s ready to go legit and live a normal life. The problem is, no one leaves the gang without permission—even if he is one of the boss’s top men. Plus someone’s placed a hit on him. And then there’s that feisty little bartender who’s going to cause him even more trouble.

Heidi Greene knows to keep her distance from a ladies’ man like Lucas—even if she can’t keep her eyes off him. When he rescues her from an attack in the alley outside her bar, she’s forced to stay by his side for safety. But the longer she spends time with him, the greater her chances are for getting hurt in more ways than one.

 

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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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New Adult Scavenger Hunt: Jennifer Lane

NEW ADULT SCAVENGER HUNT NOW CLOSED! 

 

***MEET JENNIFER LANE, AUTHOR OF BLOCKED***


Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.


A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline — a military mystery about swimmers. Readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The CONduct Series, a complete romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Two parolees find love in a hopeless place.

Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.

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College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

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Jennifer Lane is sharing her dream cast for her college volleyball romance series, BLOCKED.
 
First up, at 6’2″, freshman Lucia Ramirez!
 
 
Lucia has a major crush on 6’8″ Dane Monroe:
 
 

Launching in late 2015 is ACED (Blocked #2), featuring Lucia’s teammate Maddie Brooks and Lucia’s older brother Alejandro Ramirez.



6’1″ College Senior Maddie Brooks:




6’5″ Medical School Student Alejandro Ramirez:


 

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Do you prefer an All-American boy or a Latin lover? Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win NINE (which is way better than 5, right?) signed books by Jennifer, me, and more!

Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on Team Blue and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


***CONTINUE THE HUNT***

To keep going on the hunt, check out Annika Sharma’s site HERE!

New Adult Scavenger Hunt

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Hello Everyone! I am super excited to be participating in the first ever, New Adult Scavenger Hunt!! My contemporary romance, Across the Distance, is part of Team Blue, along with some other outstanding New Adult awesomeness!

The scavenger hunt begins on April 23rd and continues through April 26th. During that time, you have the opportunity to win signed copies of the books listed below. All you have to do is hop from blog to blog, collect the secret number, and add them up for your chance to win. In addition, each author will have posted exclusive content, teasers, bonus material, etc…, about their featured book. In other words, REALLY COOL STUFF! Not to mention, some authors may be hosting other giveaways on their sites, so be sure to visit everyone on each team!

Hope you are excited as I am, because we have less than two weeks until the first ever New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins!

Here are the NewASH teams:

TEAM RED

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TEAM BLUE

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I hope you all are as excited as I am! The New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins at Noon Eastern Time on Thursday, April 23rd and runs through Sunday, April 26th.

Leave a comment below to tell me which team you are the most interested in checking out!

The Rearranged Life Cover Reveal and Giveaway!!

THE REARRANGED LIFE

by Annika Sharma

I’ve had a lot of cover reveals lately, but that’s because there is sooooo many amazing New Adult books coming out soon. May is going to epic!

Today’s reveal is for Annika Sharma’s THE REARRANGED LIFE. I’m super excited to host Annika Sharma’s cover reveal! I’m not going to lie, this story sounds amazing and I cannot wait to read it! 

 

About The Rearranged Life:

Nithya, a vivacious, intelligent and driven college senior has always known what she’s wanted: a successful career in medicine and the love of her family. She’s even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition her conservative Indian family has held up for thousands of years.

When a night of partying puts her on a collision course with danger, Nithya’s entire life changes. Enter James St. Clair, the smart, challenging and heartbreakingly handsome American. As Nithya and James fall in love, she questions the future she and her parents have always planned. To make matters worse, Nishanth, the son of newly reunited family friends is the perfect match for her in the eyes of her loved ones.

Now, Nithya has a choice to make: become a doctor and a good Indian bride, or step away from her family and centuries of culture to forge her own path. The decision she comes to takes her on a journey that transforms how she sees her future, her relationships with loved ones, and how she learns to put herself back together when even her best-laid plans fall apart.

 

Sounds intriguing, right? So, what about that cover… Are you ready to see it? Alright, since you asked so nicely! I give you, THE REARRANGED LIFE…

 

 

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Gorgeous!!! 

You can pre-order it here: Amazon

And because I love you all so much, I have an excerpt from THE REARRANGED LIFE to share with you! 

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There it is again. That electric charge. It’s as if the air between us has solidified into a molten mass, white-hot and pulling us together like magnets. My heart pounds so hard, I’m afraid it’ll break the stone we are sitting on. His eyes stare into mine, and I am engulfed by their vibrant green sheen. James crosses his legs and straightens his back from the way he was leaning. He’s closer to me now. I can see the shade of stubble on his chin and exactly where his jaw flexes. There’s a scar on his forehead near his eyebrow, and I wonder distractedly where he got it.

“You can really see the stars out tonight.” He tilts his head. I turn around, taken aback by the change of subject. The shadows of the mountains in the distance are huge waves of dark blue on the horizon. The green grass in the fields behind the pavilion appears teal in the night. There are no lights there, while the other side of the arboretum is lit by campus streetlights. The stars are brilliant, glittering specks against a dark background. Suddenly, one jets across the sky, trailing faint white light behind it. It travels so quickly, my eyes can hardly keep up.

“Hey!” James and I cry out, pointing to the shooting star. The second it disappears into the universe, I close my eyes.

“What’re you doing?” James whispers. I hold up a finger to make a wish, willing it to happen with all of my heart and soul. I wish this night would never end.

“I had to make my wish.” I whisper back. I’m not sure why, but after the fleeting glimpse of the meteor, it feels appropriate.

“What did you wish for?” He has shifted his weight again, his position mirroring mine perfectly.

“I can’t tell or it won’t come true. Did you wish for anything?”

He shakes his head, smiling.

“It’s not too late. You still have time. Give it a shot.”

He closes his eyes, and the vision of him with his eyes serenely closed, cross-legged on the stone floor inches away from me, is seared into my mind. He looks so peaceful, like a child. A wistful smile lingers on his lips—until his eyes flutter open, and his smile turns playful.

“Are you going to tell me what you wished for?” I repeat his question.

“It won’t come true.” He echoes my response.

We are inches from each other. Our faces tilt toward one another, our images reflecting in each other’s eyes.

“I really want to kiss you right now,” he whispers.

“I really want you to,” I reply, breathlessly.

He moves in closer, taking his time. The world has stopped. There are no passing cars, no breezes blowing through the trees, no ties binding us to anyone but each other. When his lips finally touch mine, it is as if a fire bursts to roaring, glorious life inside me—it is flaming, reaching for any way to free itself from my body. Though I’ve never done this before, I have no worries. I am a lost soul, and he is my lifeline.

“You taste like chocolate,” he whispers to me, grinning.

“Is that a racial reference?” I ask him, smiling.

He laughs softly, his forehead pressed against mine, his hand still grazing my cheek, fingers entwined in my hair. “I guess I got what I wished for.”

“You wasted a wish. I would have kissed you anyway.” I tell him, playfully.

“I didn’t want to take any chances,” he murmurs and kisses me again.

I am in heaven, and there is nowhere I would rather be.

 

Ugh!! Swoon! Is it May 15th yet? *pouts*

Did you catch the title of this reveal? I mentioned something about a GIVEAWAY! That’s right, Annika is offering up a $25.00 Amazon gift card! Click on the Rafflecopter link below for your chance to enter!

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Annika  About Annika:

Annika Sharma was born in India and moved to the United States (Pennsylvania!) when she was a baby. Annika was a daydreamer from day one, always coming up with stories and games of pretend that seemed real. She was a serious journal-writer from fifth grade to college and wrote dramatic scenes for stories often, inspired by soap operas she watched in summers off from school.

Eventually, when the time for college came around, Annika’s parents encouraged her to pursue journalism. Convinced she couldn’t make a living from writing, Annika disagreed. After five years, two degrees, two minors, working with children, being a dancer teacher, and creating a two-and-a-half page resume in college that had interests so all-over-the-place that even she couldn’t make sense of it, Annika finally decided her parents were right. Writing was where her heart was, all along.

In the month before graduate school, the idea Annika had in my mind for years finally poured out in the form of the novel, The Rearranged Life. Annika began editing in earnest after she finished her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education, landing Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group as an agent. Three months later, she had a book deal with Curiosity Quills.

In her spare time, Annika loves spending time with her family and friends, often indulging in the three S’s: Starbucks, shopping and superhero movies. As a chocolate lover and general all-around vegetarian foodie, Annika also adores cooking.

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