EXCERPT REVEAL ~ FINDING JUNIPER by Sadia Ash

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Finding Juniper by Sadia Ash releases December 18th!


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How far would you go for truly unconditional love?

From London with love… or indifference?

I have loved Kyle Paxton since I met him a year ago. We’ve gone through a lifetime of love and breakups. I can’t be with him. But I can’t keep away. I need to try to love him the way he is. Imperfect. Broken.

Unconditional love.

In an age of casual hookups, can our love survive?

Finding Juniper picks up where Juniper Smoke left off. Faster paced, with more sparks, more plot, more drama, more intensity: get ready for another fun ride as Juniper and Kyle fall in love over time and place. From Ann Arbor Michigan to San Francisco in the first book, to London and Ireland in Finding Juniper… catch up with Juniper and Kyle on this breathless journey of what unconditional love means.

EXCERPT

© 2018 Sadia Ash
All rights reserved. 

 
Taking in the glittering city dancing in the rain, we lapsed back into silence. I soon became aware that I was taking in the sights and Kyle was taking me in. As our eyes collided, my heart skipped a beat. His expression was intense, and it was obvious what he needed.
“Are you jet lagged?” I asked, moving a few inches closer to him.
He shook his head.
Then kiss me.
He made no such move, and just stood there, lips parted eyes glowing and provoked. I felt electricity in every breath I took. I saw sparks ignite in the gap between us. Like embers from a fire, they flew up. Time slowed. The ache inside me grew. Unable to bear the inches between us, I seized his shoulders and drew him closer.
Automatically, his hands went around my waist and he said, “Are you sure?”
What?
A rainwater bucket on my anticipation. I tossed him a surprised look. “I thought that’s what being your fuck-buddy was about? I’m so confused right now.”
“I told you that you call the shots. Use it when you need me.”
“Thank you for not making me feel cheap.”
He caught the irony in my voice and his eyebrows knitted in one furry line. “Listen, I want you to be comfortable. Please know you call the shots when it comes to your duties.”
My duties?
What the actual fuckadoodle?
“Wow.” I dropped my arms from his shoulders and pressed my hands in together in a prayer emoji. “What a superbly feminist gesture. A progressive man who supports my rights—exists? I am sure right now, across the world, pink pussy hats are being dropped by the millions at this empowering statement of yours. Perhaps your epitaph will read, ‘Here lies the Empoweree of women, the Giver of shots when it came to their bedding duties.’”
“Very funny. You are one clown short of a circus, Juniper.”
“Sorry, Kyle. Force of habit.” My sass unleashed, I could not stop smiling. “I forgot we are following Kyle’s Law now. I will no longer make my regular snarky and sassy commentary. If there is a punishment, let me, let you, punish me.”
His lips came down on mine and I lost my ability to make snarky comments. Expert fingers gathered my hair and jerked my head back until I was tied to the open window sill. My breath lodged in my throat. Droplets of rain hit my faces as Kyle kissed me.
It was a deep endless kiss and I wanted time to freeze right here…in the summer, rain kissing my love.
Moving over my neck and jerking right back to my lips, his mouth left blazing lines of heat on my wet skin. The insistent lips claimed all my sass and left me limp, needing…wanting more.
Heavy arms slipped under my rear and lifted me up with such a swift motion, I almost slipped back into the open window. He steadied me—and still kissing me hard—walked to the bedroom while I was straddled on his midriff.
 

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Sadia Ash has held jobs in different fields that involved writing (and never math) in some way. She has worked for film and TV publicity with the Prenner Group, did news and TV placement for Aeros (a NASA project), edited scripts for indie films, and fundraised. A lot. A serial volunteer, she has raised funds for many charities that educate and help girls in disenfranchised regions.

Currently working on two novels, a TV show, and a film script, Ash is addicted to British shows, lattes, and sushi, though her fictional characters, thankfully, don’t have such banal tastes and uneventful lives. She holds an MA English degree from Loyola University in Chicago, a Screenwriting Certificate from UCLA and Masters in English Literature from NUML. Hailing from Chicago, she now lives in California with her husband, two teens, and Misha Collins, their cat.

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TEASER ~ FINDING JUNIPER by Sadia Ash

How far would you go for truly unconditional love?
Finding Juniper by Sadia Ash releases 18th December!

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From London with love… or indifference?

I have loved Kyle Paxton since I met him a year ago. We’ve gone through a lifetime of love and breakups. I can’t be with him. But I can’t keep away. I need to try to love him the way he is. Imperfect. Broken.

Unconditional love.

In an age of casual hookups, can our love survive?

Finding Juniper picks up where Juniper Smoke left off. Faster paced, with more sparks, more plot, more drama, more intensity: get ready for another fun ride as Juniper and Kyle fall in love over time and place. From Ann Arbor Michigan to San Francisco in the first book, to London and Ireland in Finding Juniper… catch up with Juniper and Kyle on this breathless journey of what unconditional love means.

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MEET SADIA 

Sadia Ash has held jobs in different fields that involved writing (and never math) in some way. She has worked for film and TV publicity with the Prenner Group, did news and TV placement for Aeros (a NASA project), edited scripts for indie films, and fundraised. A lot. A serial volunteer, she has raised funds for many charities that educate and help girls in disenfranchised regions.

Currently working on two novels, a TV show, and a film script, Ash is addicted to British shows, lattes, and sushi, though her fictional characters, thankfully, don’t have such banal tastes and uneventful lives. She holds an MA English degree from Loyola University in Chicago, a Screenwriting Certificate from UCLA and Masters in English Literature from NUML. Hailing from Chicago, she now lives in California with her husband, two teens, and Misha Collins, their cat.

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REVIEW BLITZ ~ ANGELS OF BELLE MEADE by Lindsey Iler

Today we are delighted to be sharing Emma-Louise’s review of Lindsey Iler’s all-new paranormal romance,
ANGELS OF BELLE MEADE

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We govern with broken wings, using fear and beauty as our weapons.
Through inherited traditions, each of us are born to play individual parts in our reign. In previous years, the transition has been calm.
Until our generation is unveiled.
Newcomers step forward to wreak havoc amongst us. Secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested, and the dark truth of our town is forced into the light.
Townspeople, prepare to meet your judge, jury, and executioner.
We are the Angels of Belle Meade.
We’ll be coming for you.

Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

With the number of books I read, it is difficult to find a premise that is new to me. New adult paranormal romance with so many new spins, I felt a little dizzy at times.

Lennox, Amilee, and Emerson have a strong bonded friendship, one that has stood the test of time. That is until they reach their nineteenth birthday and things change…dramatically.
The premise of the Angels is more like: Judge, Jury, Executioner for the town of Belle Meade, and this is as far as I’m going into this because I want you to experience it for the first time whilst reading.

Belle Meade, to me, is built on secrets and lies. The girls had no idea what was underneath their feet for most of this book and what they were told was spoon fed to them in small noses.

Edric and his family are very unusual characters. It took me a considerable amount of time to figure out what on earth was going on with them. He was the kind of character I wanted to sink my teeth into and get to grips with. His attraction to Lennox was swift and profound.

‘On the third step, I peek over my shoulder. Could he stare any harder at me?
“You aren’t going to kill me, are you?”
“If I were going to, do you think I’d let you know? Murderers don’t advertise. They lurk in the dark, waiting to pounce on their victim, listening to their blood race through their veins, desperate to spill it.”’
 

Lennox has so many issues to overcome throughout this book that at times I just wanted to put her in my pocket. Her mother is a right act, and I don’t mean in a good way.

This is a new author for me and I’d not be lying if I said I wanted very much to read some more of what she has. Thank you for a new take on something I didn’t think could be done any different. Well done and bravo.

EXCERPT

© 2018 Lindsey Iler   

All rights reserved. 

 
One of the windows looks out over Belle Meade. Every landmark is easy to spot from this vantage point. Main Street lined with cars. Shoppers buzzing in and out of stores. City Hall packed with business suits.Across from us is a telescope. When I move toward it, Edric blocks my path. I place my hand low on his stomach and stand on my tiptoes, knowing it will distract him.“Let me take a peek, Edric.” My lips feather his skin.“Be my guest.” He moves out of my way, and I walk past him, breathing in a lungful of air scented with his cologne. The cedarwood isn’t too strong but enough to grab my attention.I place my eye up to the eyepiece and gasp. I jerk back, only to return for another look.“It’s on my house.”“It’s not what you think.” He wrings his hands together, but guilt doesn’t fall from his face like I half-expect.“Why?”“Why, what?”“Why is your telescope pointed at the Mayor’s Manor? Specifically, why is it pointed at my bedroom window?”“Curiosity.” He releases a long, annoyed breath.“You’re a Peeping Tom.” A deep scowl creases my forehead. Edric’s been watching me.

“Call it whatever you want, Lennox. I wanted to look at you, so I did.” He runs his thumb over his bottom lip and smirks.

The news should scare me. His viewing me in secret doesn’t elicit fear, though, and I’m not sure why. I want him to watch me, to see me. Maybe he’ll be the first person who finally does, even if it is in the creepiest way possible.

On the other hand, it’s an invasion of my privacy. “What have you seen?” I ask, because even though I shouldn’t get giddy from the idea, a thrill runs through me.

“Just a girl, who sometimes seems to struggle with who she is. So, she writes in her journal a lot, because it’s the only place she can tell her true fears and desires.” He shakes his head. Is he fearful of what he’ll say next? “I’d give anything to know the secrets you whisper into those pages, Lennox.”
 

 
 

 

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Lindsey Iler has had her feet planted in the state of Michigan since she was born and she still lives there with her husband and four kids.

When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with family and friends, listening to music, reading (obviously), and hopefully just enjoying every moment in life. She has a twisted sense of humor and tends to speak honestly.

Lindsey writes mature young adult/new adult contemporary romance. She falls in love with every character that pops into her head and is notorious for writing long chapters in her notes on her iPhone. It’s embarrassing how many started/unfinished projects are on that thing. She finds inspiration from music and the people around her.

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#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY TWELVE & THIRTEEN OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

🇧🇷 DAY TWELVE & THIRTEEN 🇧🇷

The #Brazilliant adventure tour

starring Jane Harvey-Berrick,

Stu Reardon, Franggy Yanes & GERGO JONAS

with The Gift Box Team,

Roberta and Esther

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#Brazilliant adventure tour?

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  DAY EIGHTnineTEN & ELEVEN

🇧🇷 DAY TWELVE 🇧🇷

 

The final post from our #brazilliant adventures with @thegiftboxbr on my Facebook page and Kindle Friends Forever or in Portuguese at The Gift Box Blog

It’s an early start as authors and volunteers head over to the Gift Day event. Hundreds of readers from all over Brazil are already standing in line, and I just want to start! The adrenaline begins to flow and I can’t wait to meet everyone.

Stu and Gergo are on my table, lucky me, a thorn flanked by two roses.

We’re expecting hugs, and we’re not disappointed. There’s a special Brazilian hug, I think, that’s so tight it’s hard to breathe, but completely heart-felt.

   

Many readers bring chocolate (I must have mentioned my love of chocolate once or twice), and the lovely Leticia brings me a soft toy dog named Pip because I’d said I was missing her. That has me welling up.

Both Stu and Gergo are showered with gifts, and for Gergo especially, it’s a day full of wonderful moments and surprises as he experiences his first Brazilian book signing.

EXPLOSIVO sells out, but that’s because the printer didn’t send enough books. One of the headaches for the Gift Box team. Along the way, they’ve had cancelled venues, cancelled flights, and an Author who had to pull out just days before the event. They even worked until 4am the night before to iron out the final problems.

  

The day is long, with signing from 9am to 8pm with two breaks. It’s a test of stamina for volunteers and readers as well as authors. Our two translators Carol Sales and Carol Dias work tirelessly, and we even learn a few Portuguese words and phrases along the way.

By the end, We’re exhausted, but happy.

And then it’s one final challenge after the event, we sign copies of PARA VOCÊ (For You) for our publisher for another long hour before taking the minibus back to the hotel to pack our cases.

🇧🇷 DAY 13 ~ THE LAST DAY 🇧🇷

Back on the minibus and heading for the airport. We have time to stop for brunch at the beautiful Art Nouveau Confeitaria Colombo. Enormous crystal mirrors and French stained glass windows add to the elegance. Founded in 1894, the cafe is part of the Cultural and Artistic Heritage of Rio de Janeiro. It was a meeting point for artists, politicians and intellectuals – including Olavo Bilac, Rui Barbosa, Villa-Lobos, Chiquinha Gonzaga, among others.

I feel I should order English tea, but I have iced moccachino instead. The cake display is something else sadly not gluten free, so I can only look.

Last stop before the airport is Real Cabinet Portuguese. Founded May 14, 1837, the Office was created with the intention of offering the resident patricians access to the publications of their country. The Royal Portuguese Reading Office has a collection of 350,000 works by Portuguese authors outside Portugal. It smells of old books and history, and I love it.

And then we have to say goodbye to new friends, leaving behind the sunshine and hugs to head home to rainy England.

I’m ready to see my family again, but we’ve all had an amazing experience on our #brazilliant adventures ❤️🇧🇷

Thank you, Gift Box Team!!

Boa leitura! Happy reading!!

 

REVIEW BLITZ ~ JOCK by Jacob Chance is now available!

We couldn’t be more delighted to share Jacob Chance’s all-new sports romance stand-alone novel in the Boston Terriers series, JOCK

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When the dean of students asked me for a favor, I had no idea it would mean tutoring Owen Dawson.

Me, forced to spend time with Boston University’s notorious quarterback?

With his dark hair, chiseled body, and a promising future playing in the NFL, every guy on campus wants to be him. Every girl wants to be under him.

Every girl, except me.

But when we work closely together, I realize how much I enjoy his quick wit and easy sense of humor. And resisting his glowing smile and smoldering green eyes is a lot harder than I imagined.

How do I keep the irresistible jock from slipping past my defenses and into my heart?

*can be read as a standalone*

Reviewed by donna on behalf of kff

Eliza Michel is asked for a favour by the dean of students at the Boston University where she attends. What she didn’t bank on was being asked to tutor Owen Dawson, the quarterback for the university football team. A good-looking guy with a promising future playing for the NFL, he is everything the girls want except Eliza isn’t drawn into that. A popular guy with a reputation as all the football players for The Boston Terriers have. It’s apparent when they start working together that they enjoy each other’s company. Eliza sees Owen in a different light, not what she was expecting at all. Nonetheless, she doesn’t want to get too attached and risk her heart being broken.

Eliza is a nerd and has been through some heartbreaking events in the past, so she keeps herself very guarded. Owen is a good-looking guy that has made some terrible mistakes in his life and now has to focus on his school work before he jeopardises his future at the university. They become closer and Owen manages to talk Eliza to go on a date with him. Eliza is apprehensive but so intrigued, she agrees.

The banter between the two had me smiling and I was really rooting for the two of them. I thought the story would be a slow build up to a new developing sweet romance; however, I wasn’t expecting the twists and turns I got. Their pasts I guess would inevitably catch up with them, especially as I’d discovered things before the actual characters had. I thought something which had happened in the beginning could come back to haunt the pair but just as one hurdle was jumped, another came along. Reading Jock was a roller-coaster of emotions I never expected for a moment. From tears to laughter, even to stomach-churning angst, exhausting me with all the feelings evoked.

The Boston Terriers series has introduced me to likable and interesting characters and whilst they are all stand-alones, it’s advisable to read all of the books if you are a sport’s fan. There’s a crossover of characters which will give you an insight into what they are all about. I loved that we got to glimpse at Owen and Eliza’s families and there were some very funny moments mixed with banter which I loved. The epilogue was a brilliant insight into their lives, making me grin while reading it.

Reading Mr. Chance’s work is always a pleasure and you never know exactly what you are going to get. I was totally invested in Jock as soon as I’d read the prologue. The writing style captured my imagination and I felt every word paramount to the incredible storytelling we’re treated to. I can’t say how much I’m looking forward to the very last instalment of the Boston Terriers and although it will be sad to see the last of them, I’m sure I will do a re-read of the whole series in the future. A very well-deserved 5-star rating and I urge potential new readers to one-click if you like sports romances with a little something different added.

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Jacob Chance grew up in New England. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

An author of erotic thrillers and sports romance, he plans to write many more sexy, suspenseful stories.

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COVER REVEAL ~ RUNAROUND by Jay Crownover

From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes the next standalone title in her Getaway series, RUNAROUND! Now in Kindle Unlimited, RUNAROUND will be released this Friday, December 14th! And that’s not all! The entire Getaway series is in Kindle Unlimited and ON SALE now! So check out the amazing cover below, and grab your copies today!

 

RUNAROUND is coming 14 December!

Can two people perpetually moving in opposite directions ever end up in the same place? Or will love just keep giving them the runaround?

Webb Bryant is intimately acquainted with every type of trouble there is. Trouble is all he’s ever known and the only constant in his life.

Webb’s a man constantly on the move. He’s a drifter. A wanderer. He bolts from one bad choice to the next, never able to put enough distance between himself and the ghosts from his past. He lives hard and fast, until everything comes to a screeching halt the moment he lays eyes on Tennyson McKenna. The stunning woman appeared out of nowhere to save the day, and Webb’s been unable to forget her. The leggy, blonde forest ranger might very well be the one person in the world important enough to finally keep him in one place. Only, Ten isn’t impressed by Webb’s knack for finding trouble. And no matter how hard he tries to shake it, he can’t escape his bad habit of falling into the deep end of questionable decisions. When his newest brush with trouble gets Webb in way over his head, Ten jumps after him into the dangerous waters. It’s possible they’re going to sink so fast they both might drown.

Tennyson McKenna makes it a point to be diligently cautious in all aspects of her life. She learned the hard way that leading with your heart instead of your head gets you nowhere.

Ten’s a woman stuck in a frustrating rut. After a string of failed relationships lands her back home, a pit stop to mend her broken heart becomes a hole she’s lost the will to dig herself out of. Coasting through her days was easy until Webb Bryant crash-landed in her path, complete with bullets, blood, and a grin far too charming for his own good. Webb is anything but safe and predictable. He’s everything Ten swore she would never gamble on again, but it’s impossible to ignore the way trouble follows him around like a shadow. And every single time Ten pushes Webb away, she finds herself chasing after him before he’s gone for good. When Webb’s past finally catches up to him, Ten has to decide if she’s brave enough to put her heart on the line for a man who might be gone tomorrow.

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Jay Crownover is the International and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series, The Saints of Denver series, the Point and Breaking Point series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays, as well as live music and terrible TV shows. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road. For more on Jay and her books, visit www.jaycrownover.com.

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BLOG TOUR ~ VERITY by Colleen Hoover

“Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse. I’ve been waiting on a thriller like this for years.” Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling author

Verity, an all-new romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, is available now!

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity likely didn’t intend for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

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REVIEWED BY DONNA & SHARON THÉRÈSE AT KFF

The mere fact that Verity is written by one of our fave authors was enough for us to one-click. Hoover’s expanded her writing genre and delved into psychological thriller romance, and to say we were impressed by this change would be putting it mildly. We are both ardent women-driven readers of twisty, suspenseful-drama-love-stories novels, and although our reflections on the storyline were open-minded, we still had that critical eye on it. Consuming us from the very beginning, we couldn’t put this nail-biting read down. Hoover has woven the unimaginable, made it come to life and more importantly, built a solid and convincing narrative oozing with tension. Something else which caught our attention was how the author’s concentrated more on inner thoughts and much less on dialogue, making the protagonist’s internal conflicts feel incredibly realistic. Well, the other player’s recount of happenings simply left us aghast. To make things even better, clues given made us wait anxiously for the pieces to fall into place while in the interim, other developments threw us off-kilter. Punches are delivered right, left and centre so if you like being caught off balance, go in blind as we did. You won’t regret it.

Lowen’s a likeable character we found ourselves rooting for. Whether it was correct to do so remains to be seen as this story touches on an issue which might not be to everyone’s liking. A romance writer finding it difficult to make ends meet, she’d taken on a job to finish a project she really didn’t want for reasons we’d rather not disclose. What we can say is she’s lacking in self-confidence and lived a lonely life because of her inhibitions. Stumbling on secrets that should never have come to light, our concern for her increased with every page we turned. It was really a case of should or shouldn’t she confess, well-knowing her findings could destroy someone she’d started having feelings for. But how long can one go on when someone else’s secrets consume you night and day. What we learnt was nightmarish, making us wonder how on earth Lowen would be able to come out of the whole ghastly situation unscathed. It certainly felt unlikely most of the time.

Verity. She is the epitome of the perfectly perfect anti-heroine. Hoover’s created this woman’s character to a tee. You’re not supposed to like her, not even a teensy-weensy bit. We tried to feel sorry for her but reading on, all we saw was negativity in her persona and what she had done was so egotistically outrageous, we gasped in horror. She’s a nasty piece of work you’ll seriously want to alienate from the story, giving everyone around her some breathing space. But the question is, will she linger, making life even more insufferable than it already is?

You will fall head over heels with Jeremy. Man, how this gorgeous guy has survived so far is incomprehensible; no options to alleviate his damaged soul seem to exist. Or do they? Life goes on, his daily routine couldn’t appear more mundane until… Nope, we’re not letting on since it is for you to discover how he ticks and who would give him a glimmer of hope!

Told in present tense first-person from one of the character’s point of view, it’s difficult to differentiate between the two main protagonists. Both are essential for the story’s growth, and seeing as the other has plenty of words to convey, the book’s narrative structure is an interesting one. A suspense where nothing’s ever clear-cut, you think you’ve got it sussed only to find out you’re way off the mark. And even though towards the end a surprise and a half sneaked up on us, we thought what had been revealed a tad peculiar and for this reason, we’ve awarded Verity 4.5 stars. We felt certain goings on lacked development and could have given the ending even more impact than it already had. That being said, we found Hoover’s daring venture positive and we’re hoping to see more on these lines in the near future. Bravo!

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EXCERPT

© 2018 Colleen Hoover
All rights reserved. 

 
“What are you wearing?” Corey is staring down at my shirt, perplexed, just now noticing it despite having spent the last fifteen minutes with me.
I look down at my oversized shirt. For a moment, I forgot how ridiculous I look. “I spilled coffee on my other shirt this morning and had to change.”
“Whose shirt is that?”
I shrug. “Probably yours. It was in my closet.”
“You left your house in that? There wasn’t something else you could have worn?”
“It doesn’t look high fashion?” I’m being sarcastic, but he doesn’t catch it.
He makes a face. “No. Is it supposed to?”
Such an ass. But he’s good in bed, like most assholes.
I’m actually relieved when the conference room door opens and a woman walks in. She’s followed, almost comically, by an older man walking so closely behind her, he bumps into the back of her when she stops.
“Goddammit, Barron,” I hear her mumble.
I almost smile at the idea of Goddammit Barron actually being his name.
Jeremy enters last. He gives me a small nod that goes unnoticed by everyone else.
The woman is dressed more appropriately than I am on my best day, with short black hair and lipstick so red, it’s a little jarring at nine thirty in the morning. She seems to be the one in charge as she reaches for Corey’s hand, and then mine, while Goddammit Barron looks on. “Amanda Thomas,” she says. “I’m an editor with Pantem Press. This is Barron Stephens, our lawyer, and Jeremy Crawford, our client.”
Jeremy and I shake hands, and he does a good job of pretending we didn’t share an extremely bizarre morning. He quietly takes the seat across from me. I try not to look at him, but it’s the only place my eyes seem to want to travel. I have no idea why I’m more curious about him than I am about this meeting.
Amanda pulls folders out of her briefcase and slides them in front of Corey and me.
“Thank you for meeting with us,” she says. “We don’t want to waste your time, so I’ll cut right to the chase. One of our authors is unable to fulfill a contract due to medical reasons, and we’re in search of a writer with experience in the same genre who may be interested in completing the three remaining books in her series.”
I glance at Jeremy, but his stoic expression doesn’t hint at his role in this meeting.
“Who is the author?” Corey asks.
“We’re happy to go over the details and terms with you, but we do ask that you sign the non-disclosure agreement. We would like to keep our author’s current situation out of the media.”
“Of course,” Corey says.
I acquiesce, but I say nothing as we both look over the forms and then sign them. Corey slides them back to Amanda.
“Her name is Verity Crawford,” she says. “I’m sure you’re familiar with her work.”
Corey stiffens as soon as they mention Verity’s name. Of course we’re familiar with her work. Everyone is. I hazard a glance in Jeremy’s direction. Is Verity his wife? They share a last name. He said downstairs that his wife is a writer. But why would he be in a meeting about her? A meeting she isn’t even here for?
“We’re familiar with the name,” Corey says, holding his cards close.
“Verity has a very successful series we would hate to see go unfinished,” Amanda continues. “Our goal is to bring in a writer who is willing to step in, finish the series, complete the book tours, press releases, and whatever else is normally required of Verity. We plan to put out a press release introducing the new co-writer while also preserving as much of Verity’s privacy as possible.”
 

 

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