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Partials Exclusive Excerpt

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hi all!

I am excited to be sharing this exclusive excerpt from Partials. As you might know from my review of Partials, I love the concept behind this book, and I love the futuristic setting that Dan Wells has created. Go like the Facebook page and do check out the excerpt. Then come back here and let us know what you think about it!

Book Review: Wanderlove


by Kirsten Hubbard

5 stars: Keeper
Publication: March 13, 2012 (Hardback)
Pages: 352
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Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry into this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.

Wanderlove: a title as beautiful as its story and the action for which it was named. The story follows Bria on a journey to heal from a bitter breakup, a chance encounter with a couple of backpackers, and her subsequent decisions to change herself for the better. The various locations that Bria visits on her backpacking journey seem to follow Rowan's plans; however, she learns something new about herself at each stop.

Both Bria and Rowan are running from their past. While they may grow to enjoy each other's company, Bria and Rowan also share a mutual discomfort about their past and with sharing their innermost thoughts with others. At first, they talk about nothing of importance and merely accept each other as travel companions forced upon each other by Rowan's half-sister Starling. As time passes, they grow more comfortable around each other, and they develop feelings that they didn't think were possible.

This is more than a book about summer romance. Wanderlove is about finding yourself and accepting yourself no matter what anyone else says about you. It is about breaking free from the past and living for the present, with expectations and hopes for the future. Bria's problems are ones that pretty much all teens face: she is angry and resentful; she lacks confidence in herself; she wants to prove her independence. Her thoughts and feelings are entirely understandable, and it is easy to relate to Bria.

Kirsten Hubbard is an amazing writer, artist, and vagabond backpacker. I enjoyed reading about Bria's traveling experiences. I am insanely jealous of her and Kirsten. In fact, I'm tempted to take off for Central America this summer and bring along my copy of Wanderlove with me as a guidebook. Too bad Bria already found Rowan, or I would be looking for him during my stay. He is sweet and gorgeous. Think maybe I'll run into them? I could use some weathered backpacking friends, especially ones like them!

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. No payment was received in return for a review. The receipt of the book had no influence on the opinions expressed in my review.

Book Review: Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart
by Sasha Gould

4 Stars: Recommended
Format: Hardback
Publication: March 13, 2012
Pages: 272
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Venice, 1585.

When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura's father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice's fiancé, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo. Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency—secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura's prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister's death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder—one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.

You can't trust anyone in Venice, as Laura finds out in Cross My Heart. Sasha Gould proved these words to be true. When I thought that I had finally figured out the truth, something popped up and baffled me yet again. Inexperienced with politics after having spent the last six years of her life in a convent, Laura struggles to understand what she has gotten herself into as she is swept into the mysterious world of the Segreta. Initially, it seems that Laura may have done an incorrigible wrong in giving up the secret that she possesses, and I found it cowardly of Laura to betray the Doge's trust, but it is in truth a stepping stone into greater intrigue. And I can't blame her desire to get out of a marriage with a sleazy old man with bad breath.

Even as Laura's father uses her as a tool in his quest for greater power at the same time that she finds herself falling in love with a painter, strange events take place in Venice, and she learns never to believe anything is an accident. When she learns that her sister Beatrice was murdered after meeting with the Segreta, Laura suspects the women have another agenda in mind. I admire Laura's courage in the face of incomprehensible danger to protect the man that she loves.

Have I mentioned how hot the painter is? Not only is he good-looking, he is sweet, caring, and far above the men embroiled in politics. Laura's first meeting with him is at night when she flees from a party after discovering the identity of Beatrice's fiancé, to whom she is now engaged. From that moment, he captured both Laura's heart and my own. I knew that either there had to be more to him for the two to have a happy ending, or she would elope with him. The mystery of how they would achieve their happy ending kept me guessing as more truths came to light, new obstacles emerged, and the plot climaxed.

In the end, I still do not understand the intention of the Segreta other than to wield power over men from the shadows. The politics of the time confuses me. Seemingly kind people will turn on you the moment you threaten to take political power away from them; friendship means nothing. Then again, this book takes place in another century. Overall, Cross My Heart is an enjoyable read that I will definitely recommend to those who love a good historical and/or mystery book.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. No payment was received in return for a review. The receipt of the book had no influence on the opinions expressed in my review.

Book Review: A Touch Morbid

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
A Touch Morbid (A Touch Trilogy #2)
by Leah Clifford

3.5 Stars: A Good Read
Publication: February 28, 2012 (Hardback)
Pages: 299
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (Imprint of Harper Collins)
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Eden won the battle-she saved her true love from the darkest evil. But the war has only just begun. With secrets swirling around her, powerful allies unraveling, and life-and death-as she knows it eroding, Eden and those she loves tread dangerous ground. Can she trust anyone? Will her unearthly powers be her salvation or her downfall? A sweeping, dark, and sexy paranormal romance that will haunt readers with an inventive mythology and a cinematic New York City filled with shadows and longing.

A Touch Morbid is as dark and sexy as A Touch Mortal promised it to be. Eden gets a new look with green replacing the pink highlight and her new pixie-ish haircut, and Az is back in her life. However, they have both suffered heavy losses in their face-off against Luke. They need each other more than ever now in these uncertain times.

One big difference from book one is that there aren't time skips. The second is that Jarrod and Kristen have become narrators as well. Jarrod's relationship with a mortal brings another important character into the story while Kristen's narrative opens us to another side of a key character. Jarrod's perspective becomes crucial in pointing out changes in Eden that we wouldn't pay attention to otherwise, and it allows us to see the changing dynamics in the group's functions with Adam and Libby out of the picture.

As I mentioned earlier, there is more dark and sexy in this book. Leah further develops character relationships. Prepare yourself for hot scenes, sweet scenes, and some surprising reveals. I found myself falling in love and/or sympathizing with characters that I wanted to hate, and I fell deeper in love with characters that I liked from book one.

Eden forms new alliances, and she faces old friends in new lights. As Eden learns more about Siders, she faces new, dangerous threats that may potentially bring about her downfall. I eagerly anticipate book three in Leah Clifford A Touch trilogy!

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. No payment was received in return for a review. The receipt of the book had no influence on the opinions expressed in my review.

A YA Romantic Fantasy in Real Life

Monday, February 27, 2012
Characters in Love
The Totally True Story Of How I Lived Out a YA Romantic Fantasy in Real Life

LOVE. Pretty loaded word, right? I mean, how do you even KNOW you're in love, really? What do you base your assessment on? What do you compare the experience to?

When I was growing up, the actual relationships I saw around me didn't give me a lot of hope for romance. The boys in my class were idiots. My parents fought a lot. Most of my friends' parents were divorced. So where were all these terrific magical feelings we were supposed to aspire to?

For me, the answer was always books. In the pages of my YA novels I could always find girls being surprised by flowers, sneaky kisses, adorable secret admirers... and in one book in particular, a girl named Kate actually got to go out with the soap opera star she'd been in love with for years.

The book is You Never Can Tell by Ellen Conford. In the story, the main character is obsessed with a guy on a soap opera who plays a sexy bad-boy named Brick. Then one day, it turns out the actor who plays him is going to her high school! They meet! He has a crush on HER! Craziness ensues!!!

I must've read this book a hundred times. And every time, I hoped that Kate would not act like a lunatic and mess the whole thing up – she wanted the guy (whose real name I can't remember... because, let's face it – Kate didn't care what it was and neither did I) to be like BRICK, you see, and not himself. (It didn't end well, as you can imagine.) At no point did I stop to think about how impossible the whole scenario was in the first place – I mean, really? A soap star in a high school? TV teenagers are played by 25 year olds. Everyone knows THAT.

It didn't matter.

I wanted a gorgeous guy who existed far outside the realm of my reality to suddenly burst into it, look around, and choose ME. That was love, obviously. And you know what? It only took 20 years for it to happen.

Not bad, if you consider.

Yes - I actually went on a date... with a soap opera star. He's a friend of a friend, and we went to dinner one night in the dead of winter. He was unbelievably handsome and charming and polite and funny and smart. Just like Kate, I spent the first part of the date looking around the restaurant thinking: “Is everyone here wondering what this crazy-hot guy is doing with a regular girl like me!?” But unlike Kate, I got over it. I had a terrific evening. I charmed HIM. I was rewriting the book! It was all happening!!!!

He was an excellent kisser, I'm delighted to report. (As he should be, with all that professional practice.)

Then he went back to Hollywood, and I stayed in NYC, and that... was that.

And you know what?

I still remember the book version as being more exciting. I still remember Brick. Because the sad (or great?) fact is, books are carefully plotted out to give you the maximum suspense and intrigue that will make that love scene pack a wallop. Real life just sort of marches along and takes you with it.

So. What's the moral of the story? Definitely not that romance in books is better than real life – don't panic! I wouldn't do that to you. Just that it's different. Characters who are in love let you peer through a window at them. You can watch what they do and learn from it. You can figure out what you'd have done differently. And you can relive their fun - their romance, their mistakes – over and over, whenever you want.

That comes in very handy when you're 12. Or 25. Or... well. That's enough sharing for now, methinks.

About the author
Meredith Zeitlin is a writer and voiceover artist who lives in Brooklyn with two adorable feline roommates. She also writes a column for Ladygunn Magazine, changes her hair color every few months, and has many fancy pairs of spectacles.

In case you're wondering whether any of Kelsey's experiences are based on Meredith's own, the answer is NO WAY. When she was fourteen, Meredith looked and behaved perfectly at all times, was never in a single embarrassing situation, and always rode to school on her very own unicorn.

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Characters in Love: Favorite Themes

Saturday, February 25, 2012
My Favorite Themes
Jennifer Laurens

Young love is the subject of zillions of songs and books – including some books of mine. One of my favorite themes is forbidden love. (Overprotected, A Season of Eden) I also enjoy writing about unattainable love. (the Heavenly series )

Since a lot of readers prefer HEA endings, I try to encourage my characters that direction. But since I’m an organic writer (meaning I have a skeletal outline of a story, set the characters in it and let them go where they naturally want to go) sometimes I can’t control the outcome or MAKE it a HEA.

Like in A Season of Eden. Eden’s a confident high school senior who always gets what she wants. When she meets the new choral director, James Christian, she’s taken by his youthful enthusiasm. She wants him. She doesn’t care that he’s her teacher—he’s only twenty-two and she’s eighteen—in her mind, she’s a legal adult and so is he.

To paraphrase Eden: “If we met in a club or somewhere outside of school, our age difference wouldn’t be an issue.”

This story could have gone different directions if James hadn’t been a young man with integrity and character. Even though Eden does everything in her power to encourage him, he holds his own— to nearly the breaking point—but does Eden really want to break him? Or is she just enamored with someone who has strength, discipline and integrity? (characteristics she hasn’t seen much at home and doesn’t really have herself).

Of all my books the ending of Eden is the one most readers have a comment about. Some want the end defined. Others love that the end is left to the readers’ interpretation based on the reading experience.

I believe in intelligent readers capable of coming to a suitable conclusion. That’s why the ending of Eden is satisfying.

But you can decide for yourself if it’s HEA.

Jennifer Laurens
Writer of YA books including the Heavenly series, Falling for Romeo, A Season of Eden, Nailed, Magic Hands & Overprotected.


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Characters in Love: Love and Leftovers

Friday, February 24, 2012
Excerpt from Love & Leftovers

If only Linus and I could walk downtown on Thursday nights
when musicians play on the street corners
and art galleries serve crackers and cheese.
If only we could dance on the sidewalk,
look up at the sequined sky
and wish upon the same shooting star.

If only Linus and could teach me chords on his guitar,
reach around to adjust my fingers
and help me strum.
If only we could sing about autumn mist and sealing wax,
hear our voices mingle,
and stir the air as one.

And by being with Linus
I’d figure it out.
I’d learn what love is.
If only Linus would kiss me,
touch the skin under my shirt,
press his fingers to my ribs, and feel my beating heart.

Then I’d know.
I know I’d know.
I’d know
I was in love.

Now, we would like to ask you...
If you had to choose between a brown-eyed rocker boy who writes you love songs and posts
them on YouTube or a popular, soccer-playing jock with a Prince Harry grin who brings you
breakfast, who would you choose?

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Characters in Love: Ditched

One day, when I’m not planning it, and organizing it and strangling it, love will become possible. There won’t be anymore leapfrogging. We’ll land in the exact same spot at the same precise moment.
- Robin Mellom, Ditched

About Ditched, from the author
In Ditched: A Love Story, Justina Griffith must piece together exactly how she ended up dateless on prom night—and with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven.

By telling her story of how she was ditched by Ian, her best friend (the guy she’d hoped would become so much more), Justina comes to realize maybe there was much more to this story.

Justina is the type of girl who has an assumption problem. And when it comes to love, it’s one of those things that can really get in the way. She assumes she knows what the other person is thinking or feeling. So she doesn’t ask because—really— she’s afraid of what the answer will be, right? It could go either way, so it’s best to it safe. Or is it?

Read the Prologue and First Chapter of Ditched here!

Book Synopsis
Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. So she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her.

Ian, who always passed her the baseball bat handle first.

Ian, who knew exactly when she needed red licorice.

Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at prom.

And then ditched her.

Now, she must piece together stain-by-stain on her thrift store dress—exactly how she ended up dateless…with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven. But to get to the whole story, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. Can losing out at her prom ultimately lead to finding true love?

About Robin
Robin Mellom is the author of DITCHED, her debut teen novel coming January 2012 from Disney-Hyperion. And also THE CLASSROOM, a middle grade series coming from Disney-Hyperion June 2012.

Robin has taught grades 5 through 8 and has a master's degree in education. She lives with her husband and son on the Central Coast of California.

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Characters in Love: Bad Boy - Good Guy Debate

Today, Emma from The Book Barbies is here with the Bad Boy - Good Guy debate!

We've all read that book, where the lost MC has two beautiful and handsome boys fighting over her.

They're both heroes. They're both sexy, and totally edible.

Yes, they're the Bad Boy and the Good Guy.

I'll tell you right now that I'm a total sucker for the bad boys. I cannot explain how much I love the whole mysterious and troubled image. It's hot. It's the fact that they seem so far gone and so lost into their dark world that makes me want to scoop them up and surround them with love! I'm the type of girl who will always look for the better half of people. Undoubtedly, it's stupid, and I've gotten hurt over the years, but no matter how many times I tell myself to give up, I will never stop believing.

Have I saved my own 'bad boy'? Have I cured him from his misery?

No. And believe me I've tried (more than enough times). When I come to the aggravating conclusion that they just refuse to budge, that's when I wish my own Prince Charming would save me from this perpetual frustration and feeling of helplessness.

So, hello Good Guy! Where are you and do you even exist? Because I'd really love some help trying to understand these selfish and immature boys who just. won't. listen to me!

And this is how he feels.
There is only one 'good guy' in my life, and that is my best friend. He's my texting and city-roaming buddy and has the most awful case of unrequited love! And that is why it absolutely sucks to be the good guy. He's the friend, he's the funny guy, he's the guy everyone knows and respects, but he's never that guy. He's the guy you feel sorry for in novels because he's never the one to get the girl. He's the one that ends up alone and still apparently happy.

Isn't it just depressing how good guys hardly ever win? Because they're what we're supposed to want. Gentlemen, chivalrous, and handsome. Why aren't we girls satisfied with that? Why must we delve into the darker world to feel alive?

I know I'm just being general here. There are girls who'd do anything for a sweet and sensitive guy that actually cares about their girl. Someone who's actually decent and isn't a lawbreaker or some twisted supernatural creature.

Although I undoubtedly fall head over heels for the bad boys in books and movies, I know now to avoid them at all costs in real life. They are not good news. If you plan on fixing up one yourself, I bid you the best of luck, because unless you've got some great party trick up your sleeve, they are not going to change!

I've accepted that I'm never going to meet that 'good guy', all 'bad boys' are going to remain stubborn jerks and my love life will go no further than the books I read.

So while you girls are wishing for those bad boys to turn good (partially at least) and the good guys to obsess over the right girls, you'll meet a bunch of those other boys who'll test our strengths and threaten to push you to the very edge. But ladies, never give up hope.

One day, you'll get your chance, you'll find your guy - good or bad, and you'll have a story to tell of your own. I do look forward to it (;

Thus, my conclusion to this debate:
In the books:
Bad boys all the way!
In real life:
Seriously, I'm better off without boy problems.
And books to read if you're into the bad boy action? ;)

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (Will is to die for!)
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (Oh, Luke, why are you so hard to love?) 
Split by Swati Avasthi (Okay, Jace isn't 'bad', but he breaks my heart♥)
Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick (Fallen angel..? nuff said) 

Thanks to the lovely girls at Imaginary Reads for hosting such an awesome event!

Characters in Love Event: Cara Lynn Shultz on Best Kisses

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Disclaimer: I won't be posting about The Notebook. Yes, the kiss in The Notebook is incredibly hot and romantic and rainy and Gosling-y. But everyone posts about The Notebook. Everyone wants to kiss in the rain. (Everyone wants to kiss Ryan Gosling in the rain, but that's another post.)

So, I made my best efforts to avoid the iconic kisses that we all know and love, like The Notebook and Titanic. ("I'm flying!" Yeah, I'd feel like I was flying, too, if floppy- haired Leo was smooching on me.) So here are some of my favorite movie and TV kisses. Granted, I was limited by what clips I could find on the Internet, so some of my favorites (the glove scene in The Age of Innocence, for example) are missing. Some are sexy. Some are sweet. But they all make you reach for the rewind button on your DVR. Check 'em out—and thanks to Kris for having me be a part of this Valentine's event!

Buffy & Angel

Skip ahead to minute 9. One of the greatest doomed romances of all time—Buffy and Angel. He's a vampire cursed with a soul. She's the Slayer in a world where vampires are bloodsucking demons, end of discussion. Spoiler alert: It's not going to work out. But the amount of love between those two practically jumps out of the screen and slaps you in the face.

Angel & Collins

A different Angel (played by Wilson Jermaine Heredia) and Tom Collins (Jesse L. Martin) profess their love for one another in the movie version of Rent. Now, I have to tell you: I worked at Rent as an usher in 1996, when the original cast was in the show. So I have a very deep-rooted love of this show, since I watched it eight times a week. This number was just as sweet in the movie as it was in the play, and Angel & Collins remain one of my favorite tragic couples. Their love is pure and sweet and true.

Indy & Marion

Only Indiana Jones can pull off being this romantic and slick while being a big ol' baby about his wounds. Hands up if, somewhere along the way, a guy tried this move on you.

Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy

Okay, the kiss isn't in this particular scene. But this scene, from the BBC miniseries, Pride & Prejudice, is still amazing. This is what made me love Colin Firth.

Robbie & Cecilia

The stolen kiss in the library is all breathy pauses, out-of-focus, shadowed shots of hands on skin and glimpses of fabric (like that enviable green dress), but it's the determined "I love you" from Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in Atonement that make this scene completely and totally hot.

Blaine & Andie
Click here to watch at Movie Clips.

There are a LOT of Molly Ringwald clips to choose from. The kiss at the end of Sixteen Candles. The stolen Judd Nelson smooch in Breakfast Club. There are even two other great kisses in Pretty in Pink: the parking lot kiss where Andie drops her bag in the rain, and Duckie planting a big ol' smooch on Iona in the club. But when it comes to smooches, being asked to the prom and then kissed by he-of-the-household-appliance-name Blaine, well, tell me you didn't swoon, even though Andrew McCarthy manhandles Molly's face like he's tenderizing meat.

Baby & Johnny
Click here to watch on Youtube.

The scene in his bungalow is also equally hot, but the playfulness (and sexiness) of this scene earn it a spot on the list, and space for Johnny Castle in everyone's dance space.

About the Author
Photo and Bio from her website
Cara Lynn Shultz’s love of supernatural writing began when she was 7 and wrote a play about ghosts, which she and her friends acted out on her grandparents’ porch. Since then, her work has appeared in Teen People, Alternative Press, Stuff, InStyle, Us Weekly, The Guardian UK and countless posts on Facebook and Twitter. She is a proud graduate of Fordham University and is currently a senior editor at Cara lives in her native New York City with her husband, tuxedo cat and 8 million other people. Spellbound is her first novel.

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Thanks for dropping by Imaginary Reads again, Cara, and thanks for sharing those phenomenal kiss scenes!


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Characters in Love Event: Forbidden Love with S.M. Reine

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Today, S.M. Reine is here to talk about Rylie and Seth from her Seasons of the Moon series!

I was asked to visit and talk a little bit about the relationship between Rylie and Seth, who are in my books Six Moon Summer and All Hallows' Moon. When Rylie first saw Seth, there were instant sparks between them. Maybe it was the bad boy charm of someone from the guy's camp sneaking into the girl's camp, or maybe it was something else entirely-- more like animal attraction.

See, they met right after Rylie got bitten by a werewolf, and started transforming slowly into the same monster that attacked her. She later learns that Seth is a werewolf hunter, which means that it's his job to wipe out the bad guys. Including her. But by that point, she's already crazy in love with him.

Lovers don't get much more star-crossed than that.

The whole story is told from Rylie's perspective, so we see her going from crush, to love, to realizing he might kill her, and all the way back to love again. But if you ask me, Seth's side of things is a little more interesting.

Imagine how he must feel-- here's this beautiful girl who got mauled by the werewolf he was hunting, and he failed to save her. He feels responsible for her. He wants to save her. Even though he feels guilty for his part in her change, and knows he should shoot her if she makes the final transformation to werewolf, he can't help but fall for her.

So he's faced with a decision: love or duty? That's no small choice, and a heck of a responsibility for a seventeen year old werewolf hunter.

Their story has been wonderful to experience as I write, and even more wonderful to share with the readers. I still have two more books in the series to publish, so even I don't know what will happen with Rylie and Seth yet. But I do know it's going to be epic.

The first thing she saw when she managed to open her eyelids were her hands. Ropes circled her wrists and were connected to her ankles by another rope. Rylie was laying under something heavy—a jacket. It was warm, buttery leather, and it smelled like the tang of metal and burning coals. She hadn’t realized it before, but that was Seth’s distinct smell.

She looked up. His face hovered over hers.

“Hey,” he said.

Realizing she was seated on the ground with her back against his chest, Rylie decided not to move. She was much more comfortable than she had been after the last moon. “What happened? Did we do okay?”

Seth untied the ropes around her wrists and ankles. “It doesn’t matter. How do you feel?”

“I’m... good,” she said. “Really good. I feel satisfied.”

Seth’s mouth drew into a hard line. “Good.”

“Is my face normal?”

“You look fine, Rylie.”

Her nose picked up the smell of drying blood. She sat up to look around and saw Seth’s ruined white shirt a few feet away. Examining her hands once more, she found blood in the cracks of her palms and between her fingers. He must have used his shirt to wipe her off. “I didn’t hurt you, did I?”

“No. Let’s get you back to your cabin,” Seth said. He was only wearing his undershirt now, but he didn’t look bothered by the cool morning air.

“What about you? Won’t you get in trouble?”

He almost smiled. “They can’t send me home.”

He tried to shield her from something on the ground when they got to the side of the trail.
“What is that?” she asked, voice shaking. Seth didn’t respond, so Rylie pushed him aside to see the body.

It was a fawn. She could tell because of the spots on its rump and the four spindly legs. The rest of it, however, was barely recognizable. Rylie had killed a baby deer.
Her knees gave out. Rylie drew her legs up to her chest and buried her face in her arms. She didn’t hear Seth approach until he was crouching at her side. “It was an accident,” he said. “I let you get away.”

Seth touched her hand, and Rylie wrapped her fingers around his.


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