Wicked Romance is hosting the following fabulous authors this week:
Monday, July 22 ~ Brynn Myers
Tuesday, July 23 ~ Heather Allen
Wednesday, July 24 ~ Kate Lutter
Thursday, July 25 ~ Zrinka Jelic
Friday, July 26 ~ Rebecca Hamilton
These ladies will be hosting me on their sites. Please click ENTER RAFFLECOPTER for Author Jean Murray’s Key to the Cursed Giveaway.
*** Tuesday, July 23 ***
*** Heather Allen ***
Just Breathe Trilogy tells the story of brother and sister, James and Ever Harding and their journey into an unknown world where unbelievable things are possible.
Barely Breathing (Book #2)
Ever Harding used to believe in love. That is until she was left heartbroken by the only person she ever really loved, Jack, the mysterious boy from her history class. Little did she know he was born of the sea, on land to watch over her. But was he really? She made the ultimate sacrifice, to live in the sea as a mermaid, for Jack and for love. But she found that in the end, that love wasn’t enough.
Now she finds herself alone, having to make a huge choice. She must decide whether to defend others against the choices she has made or fight for the freedoms of a population, she has just become a part of.
Ever’s brother James, became a part of the sea not by any choice of his own, but he is willing to embrace it as long as a certain long legged, beauty is by his side. But as his sister found, things are not always as they seem.
In the end what they feared the most comes to reality, the battle, waged between staying true to life in the sea or changing a race of people to become more powerful and diverse. Will Ever and James survive the lines drawn in the sand or will they have to battle each other for what they believe?
Little do they know the battle in the end, will be something entirely different than what they were ready for.
Excerpt from Barely Breathing – Ever’s POV
My ear buds are in and I’ve been reading missed chapters since I got here. I feel an elbow in my arm so I glance up to find the source. Sasha is motioning for me to take my ear buds out. I pull them out to hear her, ” …and he’s looking right at you.” I glance to the front of the classroom to find Mr. Griggs staring at me. I wince and look away completely embarrassed. I squirm and sink further into my seat trying to avoid any more unwanted attention.
As he starts to lecture, I notice that someone is sitting in the seat to my left. My heart stops, literally. That seat is just condemned. Nothing good has come from anyone sitting there in this class. I’m scared to death to look. I have to know though. I turn my head slightly and my eyes meet the unmistakable green that I know so well, Alex. He glares at me angrily and looks away. Okay, so maybe I’m not at the top of his favorite people list. Ugh, this is probably not so good that he’s chasing me down.
Class drones on forever. With every minute that passes, I am more and more uncomfortable. I know he’s going to corner me after class. I just don’t know what I’m going to say. I steal another glance his way, this time his eyes have a softness in them, and that familiar flutter roams through my belly. I look straight ahead. Why in the world can’t I get my life together?
The bell rings. I get up and gather my things, noticing the whole time that Alex is standing there waiting on me. Maybe if I drag it out and make him late, he’ll leave without me. Fat chance. I pull my backpack over my shoulder but he stops me and effortlessly grabs the strap, placing it on his arm next to his bag. Ugh, now I definitely can’t run. I look over and he gestures for me to walk in front of him.
Once we’re in the hall I feel his hand under my elbow guiding me out the doors toward the parking lot. My heart speeds up at his touch. We pass many of my friends but they don’t give us a second thought. I wonder if this is it. Will he demand I go right back to the sea? That thought hurts a little, I don’t think I’m ready to go back.
His hand stays under my arm steering us to a black pickup truck, a few rows from the door. Once we’re next to the truck he drops our bags, turns me so my back is against the truck, and rests his hands above my shoulders against the black metal.
He lets out a deep breath as if he’s been holding it in, “Ever, don’t do that to me again.” His voice is pained at the last word. I glance into his eyes, so much hurt. Without thinking, my hand goes up and rests on his cheek. He leans in so that his lips are an inch from mine. I close my eyes, knowing this is wrong but needing to feel something. His breath hitches but he doesn’t move any closer. I open my eyes and he’s still right there. I close the gap. My lips graze his gently. A feeling rises up like none I’ve felt. Not the intense need or tingle I feel with Jack. A soothing feeling, a calmness, that I welcome. His lips explore mine. It lasts only a few seconds and he pulls away searching my eyes. My head screams at me, Ever this is wrong, what are you thinking?
My Start as an Indie – Heather Allen
What a wild ride already! I am still such a newbie but amazed at the support and friends I’ve made in this new world of Indie! I have met some amazing authors and who would have thought they all self-published. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I started this thing, well really not a thing, writing, about 2 years ago. I concocted a story about a girl with magic powers yada, yada, yada. I had my husband read the first ten pages (there were only 60) and he couldn’t understand or get the picture I was trying to portray. I gave up. Girls and boys, don’t do that, never give up! Shame on me!
A year later I started Just Breathe, a new story swimming around up there. It seemed to shape up pretty nicely and after a year I had a full novel. This time I decided to avoid the husband and try for someone more appropriate for my audience. I grabbed my neighbor’s daughter, a young adult, and a reader at that. I must have chewed my finger nails to the cuticles, waiting for her to stroll over day after day. Finally, she came knocking with a smile on her face. She loved it! I was so happy with just that one little step in the right direction. And each part has been another step in the right direction ever since.
I recently released the third book in the trilogy, Forever Breathing. Let me tell you, it has been quite the journey. The third is of course my favorite but you have to read Just Breathe and Barely Breathing first. I have learned so much and refined my craft in such a short time. I’m very eager to continue on this adventure, the sky is the limit!
You can find Heather:
On her blog: http://heatherallen127.blogspot.com/
Just Breathe – book trailer http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DvtZMKp6mv64&h=3AQFjdfE_
Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/254324