I’ve been away on vacation since September 7th, and only just returned yesterday. I visited Cozumel and had the chance to swim through the underground caverns, Belize- where I took a tour around the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins, Mahogany Bay- where I snorkeled with lion fish and my friends, and Grand Cayman Island- where I stood in the water during the highest tide in sixty years with sting rays swimming into my hands.
In short, it was an amazing experience. I learned so much about these places and myself, and enjoyed the chance to wind down and really enjoy life.
But I digress.
While I was away, I was nominated by Sonya Loveday, my bestie and fellow author, to share the opening sentences from the first three chapters of my current WIP, Evernight (Night Watchmen, #3).
This novel is a continuation in the Night Watchmen Series … obviously.
Book two, Evernight, is currently with the editor getting prepped for its release on October 31st, 2014.
Before I share, I must say that none of these sentences are set in stone. I mean, after all, it is a WIP. Subject to change. And with being as picky and indecisive as I am, I’m sure there might be a change or two in the future.
Any who … here are the sentences:
Obviously, I can’t explain what you just read. Especially with book 2 not even out yet.
But it’s coming … muhahaha!
I’d like to thank Sonya for nominating me. This was fun!
Rivers Young was the popular guy untouchable by reality. He was like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and Rivers Young was no different.
He fell far and he fell hard.
Delilah Bana was the outcast enshrouded in all of life’s ironies. Alone, in the d…ark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers fell from the sky, she was the night that caught him. In the darkness, they found one another. Together they melded into something beautiful that shone like the sun.
Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.
“You could always come work at the flower shop with me. I’m sure your flower arrangements would be extraordinary.”
“You’re really not as funny as you think you are, you know that?”
“I’m funnier,” I say, poking his stomach. A tiny light blinks above his shoulder and I grab his arms and whirl him around. “Look! It’s a lightning bug.” I bounce on the balls of my feet.
He looks over his shoulder at me. “You act like you’ve never seen one before.”
“I love lightning bugs,” I breathe. “I used to spend hours every summer catching and releasing them.”
“Like a true fisherman of bugs.”
I squint my eyes at him. “Come on—let’s catch some.” Without waiting for his answer, I skip forward, turning in a circle as I catch blips of glowing orbs in that magical time between partial dark and full. I spy one in the grass by my feet and reach a hand down, holding still as the bug lands on my fingers. “Go on, little buggy, go home before the storm comes.” It flies away, lighting up as it goes, and I smile as I straighten.
His breath tickles the side of my neck as he says, “You are the sweetest version of quirky I have ever had the pleasure of seeing in motion.”
I laugh softly. “Thank you. Glad you got to see me in action.”
He wraps his arms around my midsection and rests his chin on my shoulder. “Don’t ever change.”
“I do what I want,” I say, just to say it.
Rivers’ hold tightens. “That’s the exact thing I don’t want to ever change about you.”
Hello once again, readers!
Guess what?! You read that right! Evernight (Night Watchmen, #2) is now available through pre-order on Amazon!
Can I get an oh snap?
And to celebrate this upcoming release (which is also releasing on the same day as the annual Culling … October 31st, 2014), Everlasting (Night Watchmen, #1) will be on sale for only 99¢ for a whopping 96 hours!
Can I get a double oh snap?
Yep! August 22nd – 26th, you’ll be able to snag The Gramm Curse (Night Watchmen, #0.5) & Everlasting (Night Watchmen, #1) for only 99¢ each! All while waiting on pins and needles for the highly anticipated release of Evernight.
And now I’m hearing the infamous infomercial voice in my head. (And if you buy now, you’ll get not one, but TWO magic plungers!)
In other news, I have an official website up and running. You can visit it HERE.
It’s pretty snazzy … considering I put it together myself (and I’m not really that tech savvy). It has all of my books listed with purchase links (in case you want a coveted hand-signed copy to add to your shelf), some of the inspiration behind the series (pinterest boards and spotify playlists), dates of events, and even a faq page telling you how you can read my novels that are sold exclusively through Amazon.
My eyes are barely functioning because of it.
Any who, feel free to share the sale.
Speaking of sale … the Born in Flames Trilogy is also on sale!
It’s a sale-a-palooza! ♥
Hello once again, readers!!
Everlasting (Night Watchmen, #1) is having a blog tour run with Xpresso Book Tours coming up in September before the release of Evernight (Night Watchmen, #2)!
Want to be a part of it?
There are 15 spots available, so get in while you can!
(Night Watchmen #1)
Publication date: February 19th 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
What if your destiny lay on the other side of death?
The annual Culling ceremony is a day every coming-of-age novice looks forward to within the Primeval Coven. It’s the start to being initiated into the Night Watchmen, humankind’s protectors, and it’s the long-awaited day when novices discover if they’re a Hunter or a Witch.
But this day is not a happy one for Faye Middleton. Not when she’s known her whole life that she’s a Defect and is about to face banishment in front of her fellow novices. She’s forced to attend the Culling with little hope for her future, but what she discovers about herself is far worse than she could’ve imagined. And far more dangerous.
Thrown into training and separated from her friends, Faye must learn to adjust. She struggles to find her place within the Coven, and with Jaxen Gramm, the darkly handsome and extremely unnerving man assigned to watch and protect her. Emotions run high, and when she discovers a deadly secret about him, her struggles deepen. As corruption within the Coven begins to unravel, Faye pieces together her role in saving the future of her people, and within Jaxen’s life…but will the truth save her, or be her undoing?
NA / Coming of Age
*The book contains adult content and is appropriate for ages 17+*
This means, the characters like to swear – or as we say in the south, cuss. While there is no strong sexual content, the story does imply the act itself. You have been warned ;)
Other works by Sonya Loveday
The Casted Series
The stunning sequel to the thrilling paranormal romance novel Everlasting!
One lie will change everything.
Faye Middleton has secured the Dagger of Retribution for the High Priesthood, but in doing so, she’s opened the door to more demands set by them. She now has to break the Holy Seal, and soon. Trapped in the alluring Ethryeal City, Faye is pushed to the breaking point trying to discover just what she is truly capable of, even if it means destroying herself in the process.
With the clock ticking down to the war between both Covens, and the truth about her parent’s mysterious disappearance within her reach, Faye is faced with tough choices that will forever change her. Will Faye be able to handle the demands from the Priesthood, and still be able to continue her search for her parents?
But more importantly, can she survive the truth she finds?
Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. In January of 2014, the last book in the trilogy, From the Embers, was released, thusly completing the trilogy. She now works on the Night Watchmen Series, while guzzling Red Bulls and pretending to be a ninja on Heelys.