Hello once again, readers!
It’s teaser Tuesday! I’ve done WIP Wednesday, but haven’t tried teaser Tuesday yet. I’m not sure what qualifies as a teaser as far as length though, so I hope you’re happy with what I’ve chosen as my teaser today.
But before we get to that, I wanted to share the giveaway with you. I’ve started it up for almost reaching 3500 likes on Facebook. When the page hits that number, the giveaway will end. Here is the rafflecopter link if you want to join in. There is a Born in Flames paperback, as well as eCopies up for grabs.
Now for the teaser:
“How did you get past the force that prevents novices from using their powers outside of the classroom?” He drops his hands and takes a step back, looking at me. Really looking at me. Like I was an equal.
I shrug a little and think back to the incident. “I’m not sure, really. I felt it trying to stop me, but I pushed it back. I was too dead set on beating Chett down.” Just saying those words fills me with a sense of regret. Though I felt Katie had been righted, I still knew better. I still knew it could’ve been handled better.
“It was impressive,” he admits. He rubs at the dark stubble on his jaw line, glancing down at the floor.
“I shouldn’t have done it.” I hate saying it out loud. I hate admitting I was wrong, especially when it had felt so good at the time.
“No. You shouldn’t have,” he agrees. My eyes drop to the floor. There’s an odd pattern in the marble that almost looks like a butterfly if you look from the right angle. His hand brushes against mine, and I jump. When I meet his gaze, his lips are turned up into an impossibly handsome smile. The second smile I’ve seen in a matter of hours. I was charting new territory with him.
“You’re smiling again,” I say softly, enjoying the feel of his touch as his hand continues up my arm.
“I am,” he agrees. The way he is looking at me steals my breath and sends my heart racing. So much passion, so much longing. His hand stops on my neck, gripping me with a gentle firmness. “I’ve never encountered anyone like you, Faye. You’re strong and brave and true. You’re intoxicating, and you don’t even realize it. And you’re making it impossibly hard to resist you. To resist whatever is happening between us.”
“So then why try to?”
As if awakened by my words, he pulls me against him, his eyes roaming over my lips. I let myself touch his chest, enjoying the way his heart pounds like mine beneath the soft material of his shirt. Almost as if we are one. We stand there, not moving or speaking, just being. He leans forward, and I think he’s going to kiss me. I will him to. But then the door in the other room bursts opens, stealing away a moment that never really had hope to begin with.
EVERLASTING © 2013 CANDACE KNOEBEL
And scene. This scene is between the main characters Jaxen and Faye after a blowout in the dining hall at the academy. Obviously, Faye had fought with someone, but I can’t say who or why. This is a defining moment for her though because she not only alerts the entire academy to her unique power, but she also proves to herself that she is more fierce, more strong than she ever thought possible. And she also learns that Jaxen is into her, that she hadn’t read the signals wrong. And that she has the ability to make someone so closed off from everyone else smile.
After I thought I had finished this novel, I worked with an author friend for beta reading and found that I had actually written three plots into one book. So I decided to break the book in three, and started expanding more into the world and the characters in book one. This process, though new to me, has been an enlightening process. I can feel myself growing as a writer. I am so excited about this project. I can’t wait to share it with you.
That being said, Echelon out. ♥