Monday, June 30, 2014

**New Release Review ~ Lost in Starlight ~ Sherry Soule**

I was quite excited to get a review copy of Lost in Starlight, and I'm happy to report my excitement was warranted. :) Here are the details on the book, in case you've missed them previously. And enjoy my review.

Lost in Starlight
Starlight Saga #1
Release Date: June 26, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 Bookworms


High school reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.

They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and crazy dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova. 

Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby
extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life....

Oh, what a fun read! With a kickass, snarky heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, intrigue and snappy writing, Lost in Starlight was, as Sloane would say, awesomesauce!

Sloane Masterson is an exceptional heroine. This purple-haired, full-figured, horror-film loving girl is smart, snarky, and not afraid to stand up for herself. As a reporter for her school's newspaper, she's investigating one sexy Hayden Lancaster, whom she's been crushing on since his arrival in town. Her investigations bring to light some interesting things and put her on Hayden's radar.

Hayden Lancaster is one intelligent HOTTIE. And he does his best to keep his head down and avoid attention. Which is probably why he noticed Sloane - and her stalking. Hayden has some pretty big secrets - secrets that those close to him are willing to go to drastic measures in order to protect.

As Sloane and Hayden get closer, they face discrimination, danger, and uncertainty - not only from those wanting Hayden and his secrets protected, but from someone in Sloane's camp as well. These two young lovers must decide if what they've found in each other is worth the risk.

I delighted in Ms. Sloane's writing - her use of pop cultures references and the use of Sloane's Friday Night Babble articles in between chapters. It was exciting trying to figure out what was going to happen next and trying to unravel the mysteries. Plus, Sloane and Hayden are definitely a couple to root for. The similarities in their story and Romeo and Juliet made for entertaining reading. I liked Hayden's comment:
"I just finished reading Romeo and Juliet, and do you know what the first thing I thought was? It's called a tragedy for a reason. They were this young couple, and they died because their families wouldn't let them be together. There isn't anything romantic about that. It's just stupid and sad."
Lost in Starlight was enchanting. I'm very anxious for the next installment in the series. I'm eager to see where things go between Sloane and Hayden AND to see what comes of the revelation at the end. Whoa!

Award-winning author, Sherry Soule writes thrilling tales of romance and suspense, often mingled with a dash of the mystical and a splash of trendy fashion. Her published novels do not include any graphic sex, explicit violence, or excessive profanity, so that all of her novels can be read and enjoyed by both teens and adults. Sherry currently lives with her family and one very spoiled black cat in California's San Francisco Bay Area.

Sherry's debut novel, Beautifully Broken, was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the 2011 Wizard and Witch/Sorcery category by The Romance Reviews (TRR). Her adult PNR novel, Immortal Eclipse, is a *TOP PICK* by Night Owl Romance Reviews.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

**Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged ~ #25**

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged (gifted or won) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, and any other bookishness I want to share. :)

Here's what was added to my ereader and/or my physical library this week:


Red & Wolfe, Part III (Red & Wolfe, #3)Use (Songs of Perdition, #2)

It was a good week for me - I only one-clicked twice. ;)

I received The Anonymous Blog of Mrs. Jones from Ellen Harger for review.  

Upcoming Reviews
Lost in Starlight by Sherry Soule
Love, Lex by Avery Aster
Tease by C.D. Reiss
Red & Wolfe Part 2 by Ella James

And because my kiddos read almost as much as I do and I like to put them to work during the summer, here are a few reviews coming from them:
Sky reviews Clutch by JA Huss (I've created another fangirl!)
Berk reviews Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Jax reviews The May Bird Trilogy by Jodie Lynn Anderson

Saturday, June 28, 2014

**Blitz ~ Love, Honor & Hope ~ Supporting Our Veterans**

Love, Honor, & Hope 
A Benefit for the United States 
War Veteran’s PTSD Foundation

Eight authors are joining forces to support one fantastic cause. Beginning June 24, 2014, Love, Honor, & Hope, an anthology of eight full-length novels, will be available for 30 days at the low price of $0.99. That’s right, just 99 pennies. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the United States War Veteran’s PTSD Foundation.

PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, affects approximately 19% of the military men and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq—and that’s just those who have been diagnosed. The percentage is expected to grow as more of our military members seek treatment. It’s a heartbreaking trend for the men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedoms, especially with benefits being cut and promotions being threatened.

The United States War Veteran’s PTSD Foundation is a non-profit charity that focuses on providing FREE care to combat military members, both active and veterans. They can’t do it alone, which is why we’ve made the decision to step up and do something. All eight of the authors have their personal reasons for supporting this cause.

Cherime MacFarlane, author of Heart of the Hunter said, “For me, it’s the way a very quiet man, my uncle, receded into the background whenever a family function took place. I did understand he came back from WWII that way. A young man, easy going and quick to laugh became a recluse. My father also served in WWI, as did a second uncle who returned far from the mischievous young man he was before the war claimed his youth. I was a young mother during the Vietnam era. I had friends who did not come back from Vietnam. I had other friends who did come home but were permanently damaged by the things they saw. For me, this is an opportunity to give back something to the men who served their country when the call came. My uncles and father are gone now, but I do hope, in some small way, to pay it forward for them. This is a tiny step, but as the man once said, every journey begins with that first step.”

It’s easy to sit back and talk about helping our veterans and active military members. To step up and help is something all together different. We are answering the call for help. Will you answer? All it takes is for you to log on to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and spend 99 cents, and then hopefully share the great news on our labor of love. Not  only will you receive eight full-length novels for your enjoyment, you will also tell our men and women who suffer from this terrible and debilitating illness that we’ve got their backs.

Love, Honor, & Hope is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble from June 24 to July 23. It includes the following full-length novels:

Out of the Box Awakening - Jennifer Theriot

Early One Morning - Aubree Lane

Lost and Found - Jennifer Yarbrough

Scary Modsters - Diane Rinella

Tropical Dreams - Kelly Cozzone

Sisters of the Night - Linda Lee Williams

Heart of the Hunter - Cherime MacFarlane

Piece of Heaven - Sammie J

**Sidekick Showcase ~ #48 ~ I'll Drive, Thanks**

Sidekick Showcase (previously known as Sidekick Saturday) is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn't have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in this week's type

• Share a picture (if possible) and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• Put your link in the Linky thing and comment


June's theme ~ In honor of LGBT Pride Month, we can celebrate those characters that we love. Also, in honor of Father's Day we can pick dads or characters we think would make good fathers. Also, since summer trips start in June, we can pay tribute to characters we'd hate to travel with or just remind us of summer trips from one reason or another. 

I'm totally cheating this week and choosing TWO sidekicks. They do come from the same books though. :) 
My my picks this week:
Noah & Zane
from Jill Myles' Succubus Diaries Series

I've talked about this series before but I just had to choose these two guys. Noah is an angel and is only awake during the daylight hours. Zane is a vampire and is only awake at night.  And this is the ONLY reason I'd never want to take a trip with them...when the time hits, they're both out cold...dead to the world. That would be mighty dangerous if either of them were behind the wheel. If they were in charge of the music, it'd suck if they were suddenly snoozing. And you know, I like to chat on long drives but I prefer a two-way conversation which doesn't work if you traveling companion is snoring. Of course, if I had them both in the car, there wouldn't be an issue - at least where the sleeping is concerned. However, if they were both in the car, there's no telling what kinds of violence could erupt. ;) 

This quote features Zane and Jackie. This series is just pure fun! Enjoy!


"You use me," I said, sliding my hand down his chest, "and I'll use you." His hips fit just right under my own, rubbing against the juncture of my thighs in the most sinful way.

His teeth broke the skin of my wrist, and he was unable to hold back any longer. I felt a soft, gentle pull as he sucked on my skin. Desire flared through me white-hot, and I moaned and rubbed my hips against his harder. His tongue moved against my wrist, and just the barest of sensations drove me wild.

"Zane," I begged, "I want you."

No response.

"I need you," I pleaded.

Still no response.

I pulled my wrist away and leaned in for a fierce kiss.

And a gentle snore came from his lips.

"What the---" I shook Zane slightly, in total disbelief that he'd fall asleep at such a crucial moment. As anger cleared my fog of passion, I realized that sunlight was streaming through the panes.

"Goddamn it! This no-daylight shit is pissing me off."

Friday, June 27, 2014

**Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ The Frost of Springtime ~ Rachel L. Demeter**

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Rachel L. Demeter's The Frost of Springtime. My stop includes all the details on the book, my review, and a giveaway.

This blog tour is presented by Enchanted Book Promotions.

The Frost of Springtime by Rachel L. Demeter
Genre: Historical Romance 
Release Date: February 14, 2014
Source: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 Bookworms

 To rescue her was to rescue his own soul. 

On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.

But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age. 

Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone—replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart. 

Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.

It's been a little while since I read historical fiction/romance. The Frost of Springtime was a wonderful way to dip back into the genre. Set against the Paris Commune, this story is one of the redeeming power of love.

Aleksender de Lefèvre, the Vicomte of Paris, has returned home from war feeling empty and defeated. He returns home to find the city he once loved in the midst of a brewing revolution. And he returns to find that his ward, Sophia Rose, has grown into an enchanting young woman. But Alek has many demons to fight and believes himself too broken for Sophia.

Sophia Rose had suffered terribly until fate thrust Alek into her life. Being raised from then on in his care, she's grown into a talented ballerina. There has always been a special bond between she and Alek. Sophia's gusto for life brings out the compassion in Alek. When he returns home from the war, they both know things have changed between them.

The love story between Alek and Sophia was touching. It grew so naturally, each giving the other something they needed. They each completed the the other. Their journey wasn't an easy one - there were many obstacles in their way - not the least of which being Alek's belief he was unworthy of Sophia. The brewing trouble in Paris paralleled the love story nicely. The way in which Alek ignored what was going on around him politically matched the way in which he ignored the personal developments. The turmoil roiling in Paris mirrored Alek's inner turmoil. 

I'm ashamed to admit I don't recall learning about this particular time in French history, but I felt Ms. Demeter used it well as a setting. I was a bit confused by Alek's comrade Christophe's role in the Commune and the motives driving him. I'm still uncertain as to whether or not he accomplished his goals where Alek was concerned, but I choose to believe he did.

I delighted in Ms. Demeter's use of The Nightingale and the Rose and The Story of Eros and Psyche in conveying Alek and Sophia's story. As with the revolution, these stories were apt in relation to the obstacles Alek and Sophia faced.

As I have no prior knowledge of these events in history, at least that I can remember, I can only say Ms. Demeter did a brilliant job in conveying the atmosphere of a troubled Paris. I did feel that at times her prose was a bit too flowery - too much metaphor was used. And some of the dialog felt too modern in places. Otherwise, I quite enjoyed this take of star-crossed lovers in a Paris divided.

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Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of ten years. She enjoys writing dark, edgy romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and examine the redeeming power of love.

Imagining stories and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mom would jot them down for her. She has a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether sculpting the protagonist or antagonist, she always ensures that every character is given a soul.

Rachel strives to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some common themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness. Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

**Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Freedom ~ S.A. Wolfe**

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for S.A. Wolfe's Freedom. My stop includes all the important details for the book, my review, and a giveaway.

Freedom by S.A. Wolfe
Fearsome #2
Release Date: April 7, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: I received am ecopy of the book in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 Bookworms

Dylan Blackard is back in town and certain everyone knows his secrets.

Putting away his notorious reputation as the wild guy with a womanizing past, he's now on a new path, wanting to be the good guy his brother can stop worrying over. As long as he gives up his old vices - including women - he can keep himself on the straight and narrow and finally live up to everyone's expectations.

However, obsessing about his lack of self-control is making Dylan on humorless, cranky hermit. That all changes, though, when his brother hires a new employee, the stunning Emma Keller, who will be sharing an office with him and all of his tightly wound nerves.

Emma, a spunky young woman from New Jersey, isn't about to feel sorry for Dylan and his situation. She is beyond distracting to him, and that is enough to turn his emotional balancing act upside down. Not only is she intelligent, and a smart aleck, she's also very determined to pull the sexy Dylan Blackard out of his self-imposed isolation.

From the moment he meets her, he feels alive again, but Emma doesn't come as a gift with a pretty bow; she comes with major baggage - a family embedded in its own tumultuous history.

Will Emma be the tipping point that causes Dylan to regress into his past destructive behaviors...or will he actually pursue her for keeps?

Freedom is the second book in the Fearsome series. While I liked Fearsome, I enjoyed Freedom more. Getting to know Dylan better was a joy. And Emma was a wonderful match for him. Freedom can be read as a standalone. However, I think having read Fearsome and having some backstory added to my enjoyment.

Dylan Blackard has a mental illness. Following a stint in a mental health facility, the boy who was once known as a party boy and lady-killer has a new regiment. Dylan now works, exercises and steers clear of alcohol and women. He also takes meds and visits is psychiatrist regularly. Things are going so well for this new anti-social Dylan until Emma Keller shows up.

Emma Keller is Blackard Designs' new marketing and sales assistant. Emma was raised around dubious people who participated in dubious business practices. She even dated the son of a top man in the 'business'. But she wants to separate herself from that life. So she's come to Hera to start fresh with a new job and a new place. She's not thrilled to find she's attracted to her new office mate, who also happens to be her new boss' brother. She's even less thrilled to find her old life has followed her to Hera.

Maybe it's because I already knew Dylan but whatever the reason, I felt that character development was better in Freedom. And I also felt as though Ms. Wolfe did a better job at showing me rather than telling me. Freedom is told in alternating POV - Dylan and Emma - and that added a lot to the character development and the story. I felt as though I knew Dylan and Emma - how their pasts affected them and who they aspired to be in the now. I also enjoyed the action and tension brought with the developments surrounding Emma and her family. Those developments also introduced a few new characters, one of whom, Cooper, I'm hoping to see more of.

One thing I missed, having read Fearsome, was the way the town elders, Archie, Eleanor and Lois, were so involved in the lives of the youth. While they made a brief appearance, they weren't as big a presence in Freedom.

I liked how Dylan and Emma's love blossomed. It might have been a little fast but as Dylan's doctor told him,

"You realize there's no right way of falling in love."

And both he and Emma were rather cautious about their relationship. Dylan was especially concerned due to his past. But I liked how things between them developed.

Obviously, I liked Freedom. I'm glad I decided to continue in this series. Ms. Wolfe's writing showed growth. I liked that she gave me a better understanding of Dylan's illness, as it plays an integral role in the story. And the excitement added with Emma's baggage, made the story more entertaining. I look forward to more from Ms. Wolfe.

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S.A. Wolfe lives with her very loud, opinionated children and husband. She is a voracious reader and is passionate about writing, and when those two activities don't keep her locked away in her room, she loves roaming the streets of New York City. Sometimes she even hikes mountains, but most of the time she finds excellent ways to procrastinate.

**That's What HE Said ~ #8**


That's What He Said is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies @Chapter Break. Here's the deal: every Thursday, post a line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind, these are direct quotes from dialog in the books. The quote doesn't have to be romantic - just something our hunky hero said to his lucky lady. Be sure to link up over at Chapter Break as well.

This week, my That's What He Said is from 
Freedom by S.A. Wolfe.


"You're showing me who I am," he whispers in my ear. "You're showing me what it's like to go through the motions of being with someone, giving in sexually while managing to be empty inside. I'm not a poet, but I understand you. And I'm not empty inside when I'm with you."

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

**Release Day Blitz, Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Come & Come Back ~ JA Huss**

Welcome to the Release Blitz for Come and the Cover Reveal for Come Back by the fabulously talented JA Huss!! I have all the information for these books, a few teasers, and a giveaway.

Come (Dirty, Dark, & Deadly #1)
by JA Huss
Genre: Erotic Suspense
Release Date: June 25, 2014

My name is James Fenici and you will never see me coming. I walk the shadows like darkness itself. I hide in the corners where nobody looks. I live by no rules, I have no boundaries, I take no prisoners, and I never, ever blink. I am not your knight in shining armor; I’m your worst nightmare.

My name is James Fenici and you are my target. Only one of us is getting out alive, and that’s not gonna be you. Once your name is on my list, your life is over. It’s a deal I make with death, it’s a contract I sign in blood, it’s forgone conclusion—get used to it.

My name is James Fenici and I’m as dirty as they come. But then one day I saw her. And every monster I thought I was. Every fact I thought I knew. Every dirty promise I ever turned down came back to slap me in the face.

My name is James Fenici and I think I am in love.

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“I watched you all morning as you did your circuit. Pull-ups hanging off the railing of the pier. Running the steps that lead to the beach exactly fifty times. Sit-ups lying on the sand. And then the final

cooldown walk out to the end of the pier just before dawn. And the entire time, your eyes were sweeping the area. Looking for people.”

“I never saw you,” I say, the panic back again.

“No, I’m not someone who likes to be seen, Harper. I’m someone who likes to do the seeing. But I figured,” he continues, changing the subject back to me, “you were just being careful. Maybe a bit
paranoid. Afraid of getting mugged by a crazy homeless person looking for drugs. Typical shit, Harper.”

The way he says my name, God. Why is this man making me feel like this?

“So I was curious. Just an ordinary kind of curious. The kind of curious I feel when I see an unusual bug. But diving off a pier—great form by the way, did you take diving in school?” He doesn’t wait for my answer. “Diving off a pier, to avoid telling me your name? Now that... Harper, that shit is downright intriguing.”

“It is?” 

“Yes.” His lips touch my ear this time. His tongue slides in and flicks against my skin. I hunch my shoulders and let out a moan. “I still want the dirty fuck. But not right now.”

“Oh God,” I whimper. “Just say it already, what do you want with me?”

He pulls away. His hand comes back to my throat, but it doesn’t rest there. No. His fingertips are prodding me to lift my head up and meet his gaze head on.

I obey. It’s I’m like stuck in a trance. He’s entranced me.

“I want to know you.”

And then his mouth is on mine, his tongue probing, pushing for entrance. His hand goes to that spot between my legs where it throbs wildly as he creates friction, calling forth more wetness. His other hand goes to my breast, the nipple hard and bunched from the cold water, my skin tingling with anticipation, fear, and want.

He tastes like salt and he kisses like the sea. Like a dangerous, killing, unforgiving sea that can do whatever it wants with my body. Toss me, twirl me, take me under and steal the breath right out of me. Make me powerless.

And that’s exactly how I feel.

I am in love with this cover!!! Of course, I love anything Ms. Huss does. What do y'all think? I can't wait to get my hands on this one!

Come Back (Dirty,  Dark, And Deadly #2)
by JA Huss
Genre: Erotic Suspense
Release Date: July 21, 2014

“Secrets keep the darkness alive,” Harper tells me. But that’s not how I see it at all. Secrets keep me alive. The truth is overrated. Honesty is never the best policy. And everything you know absolutely can hurt you. The contracts I fulfill are just agreements. Death is a business deal. Secrets are currency in my world. I pay my debts with them. I feed on them. They ground me in the present and they promise me a future. I’ve lived a life filled with secrets for so long—I forgot what it’s like to... feel.

Until I saw Harper. Until I saw how beautiful she’s become. How perfect, and pure, and innocent of all the ugly that goes on around her. And that dirty promise I refused the night her father turned me into a killer twelve years ago is suddenly on the table again.

Harper can be mine. No—Harper will be mine. All I have to do is
complete the mission.

Death is a business deal.

And I just shook his hand.

“I think I know why he didn’t kill Merc.”

“Why?” Harper asks quickly, turning around to see Sasha.

“Because Merc is gonna kill him.”

“That’s fucking it!” I swerve the Hummer over to the almost non-existent shoulder, and slam on the breaks. “You shut your fucking mouth, kid! Or I swear to fucking God, I’ll—”

“You’ll what?” Harper asks, her eyebrows raised up to the ceiling. “She’s got legitimate questions, James. And to be honest, I’m interested in the answers. Who was the guy who took her? And why was he sending me messages?”

“Harper, use your fucking brain. Why do you think he was sending you messages?”

“Why? If he knew where to find me, then why didn’t he just take me? Why play this game? I’m sure my father has a reward out. Or a hit.”

“Oh, is that where we’re at again? You think I’m here to kill you? Did you know the smurf is an assassin too? Or did you not put that two plus two together yet?”

“Don’t insult me, Tet. I figured that out, thanks.”

“Then maybe you’re her target and not mine? How about that?”

“So why hasn’t she killed me?”

“I haven’t killed you either, but you still think that’s my job. And while we’re all playing let’s confess to shit we’re not doing, what’s your job, Harper? Who the fuck are you and your brother after?”

“Oh, snap!” Sasha says loudly.

“Shut up!” Harp and I yell together.

“She’s playing us, you do realize that, right? I mean, you can see that now, right? She’s egging us on, making us fight.”

“I’m just trying to tell you something,” Sasha squeals. “Something you don’t know but I do. And you know what? Forget it. You don’t deserve my help if you’re gonna treat me like a traitor! I was kidnapped for her!” She shoves Harper on the shoulder and Harp reacts and slaps her hand off, turning around like she’s gonna dive back there and start a real fight. 

“Sit back, Harper.” I growl as I yank her by the arm and push her against the door. I pull back onto the road before one of these girls decides to get out of the car. I am not in the mood to chase them down in this heat.

“I don’t want to travel with you anymore,” Harper says as she crosses her arms and turns her back to me. “I’m leaving when we get back to civilization.”

“I’m leaving too. I’d rather die than go back to Merc. I’ll find Ford on my own.”

Called that one.


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JA Huss is the USA Today best-selling author of the Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master's degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.