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Title: Let Me Know
Author: Stina Lindenblatt
Publisher/Publication Date: Carina Press, September 1, 2014
Amber Scott thought her screaming nightmares would end now that her stalker is locked up and awaiting trial. But they return when her slam-dunk case starts to fall apart. Explicit letters she allegedly wrote surface, suggesting she was the mastermind behind her assault, a willing victim.
Amber only feels safe in the arms of her boyfriend Marcus, the one person she can lean on. Until damning evidence from Marcus's past collides with the case and the media circus drags them both down. To protect Amber's reputation, Marcus has only one option: end their relationship. He won't risk further damage to her case, even if it means breaking her heart.
Amber has to find the strength to step into the spotlight and bring awareness to victims' rights before she's convicted in the court of public opinion. And she's really not sure what's worse—that her kidnapper could walk free, or that the seemingly endless attention and speculation will drive Marcus away permanently…
We lie here for a few minutes, a tangle of limbs, both lost in each other, not wanting to move anytime soon. And we don’t have to. Mom won’t be up for another four hours. I just have to make sure I’m in my room before then.
“Tell me about your Christmases,” Marcus says. “What were they like?”
I smile softly, caught up in the memories. “Wonderful. My brother and I would sneak down early and check out the presents Santa left us. Emma and Trent used to come over after lunch and we’d hang out. Then my grandparents would come over for dinner and Michael and I would stay up late.” As hard as I try, I can’t keep the sadness out of my voice. My grandfather died several years ago, so I’m used to his not being around for Christmas. It’s Michael and Trent’s absence that is new and fills me with an unwelcome heaviness. If Marcus weren’t here, I have no idea how I would survive.
I snuggle closer to him and smile. Even though we were forced to be quieter than usual, the sex was amazingly hot. Hot enough to say what happened between us is now one of my favorite Christmas morning memories.
“Tell me about you and Ryan. What were your Christmases like?” I stroke the side of his face. This isn’t just my first Christmas without Michael. It’s Marcus’s first Christmas without his brother. It’s why I wanted him to be here with me during the holidays. No one should be alone today when they’re filled with this much pain. And although Marcus pretends to be stoic when it comes to Ryan, I’ve noticed in the past week he, too, is experiencing the same heaviness.
He smiles, the emotion behind it filled with neither happiness nor sadness. It’s more an act of comfort, for him, for me, because what he has to tell me won’t be something out of It’s a Wonderful Life.
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