(congrats to our cover reveal giveaway winners, Deb and Nina!)
At the Stars is out today! I spent two years writing this book, and while every book I’ve written has been special, I poured my heart and soul into it like I never have any other story. I truly hope you all enjoy.
Some books come easy and some books come hard. Jake and Cassie’s story took years of stops and starts to get onto the page. Today is a HUGE day for me, just to see At the Stars out in the light of day. I hope all of you love it, I really do. Honestly, I’m grateful simply to see At the Stars finished and out in the world.
I want to say an extra big thank you to those who pre-ordered the book. New adult isn’t something you’ve seen from me before, and you took a huge risk. I extend to you the biggest, squishiest virtual hug ever. To everyone who checked out At the Stars and everyone who plans to, huge hugs to you, too. I hope Jake and Cassie’s story makes you laugh, cry, and feel warm, fuzzy things.
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About At the Stars:
A GIRL TRYING TO LEAVE HER PAST BEHIND
I was a normal teenager who loved music and dancing, until the day I was attacked in my favorite record store. A few years later when my mom succumbed to depression and took her own life, I couldn’t stay in my hometown with all the memories and the curious stares. I decided to get in my car and just go – except my car decided it was done going outside a tiny place called Evergreen Grove. That’s where I found Jake. Or I guess Jake found me.
A GUY WHO CAN’T LET HIS GO
For the last eight years, all I can think about is the day I ended another man’s life. Then I manage to save Cassie’s, and I feel like maybe I’ve got some kind of second chance. To do what I couldn’t before, or maybe even for something bigger. Something like love. If only I could feel like I deserve her…
Excerpt – Jake’s POV – All rights reserved:
All at once she bites her lip and I see her going for the drinks, but I slap my hand over hers. “You shouldn’t be walking home late. It’s dangerous.”
She gives me a look like she’s being patient with me. “It was good enough to get here. I’ll have AJ with me. We’ll be fine.”
She gestures toward the patio door where her buddy is probably waiting for her to return with the drinks. Dante chooses that moment to come inside, and I don’t like how he’s looking at her. Too much like he had a good dinner, and she could be dessert.
The icing on the cake comes when AJ calls through the open door. “Hey birthday girl, you bringing us drinks or what?”
Dante grins at Cassie, veering her way like a homing missile. “Birthday girl, eh?”
She smiles slightly, trying to take the drinks again. “What do I owe you?”
My hand tightens over hers. “On the house.” I lean close, so nobody else can hear me over the din of music and chatter in the bar. “If you let me give you and AJ a ride back tonight.”
I can’t even believe it when she starts to pull away. “I can pay for the drinks.”
I’m still gripping her hand and feeling a surprising unwillingness to let the subject drop. “You’re not walking home in the dark on a night when everybody’s out getting stupid, with nobody but your skinny sidekick for protection.”
She presses her lips together, giving me what I figure is supposed to be a death stare for a few seconds before she caves. “Fine. My feet hurt anyway,” she says with a slight smile.
Cassie turns to go back to her table with her friend, and I turn to deal with Dante. My chest is tight and my heart is skipping around. I don’t take time to wonder why getting what I wanted has me more weirded-out than I was before.
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EXTRAS: Want to share At the Stars with the interwebs? Feel free to download one of these teaser graphics to post to your favorite social media page:
Look at this handsome devil!
Cassie and Jake’s Playlist:
- Mother Love Bone – Chloe Dancer / Crown of Thorns
- Matt Nathanson – Come on Get Higher
- Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
- Death Cab for Cutie – Underneath the Sycamore
- Greenday – Waiting
- Sugarland – Run (ft. Matt Nathanson)
- Howie Day – End of Our Days
Happy reading, everybody!! <3
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