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#Teaser Tuesday ~ TORN (Fire Born 2) By Laney McMann

Today on the blog, I’m sharing the first teaser from TORN, the second book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy.

This excerpt is taken from a random spot in the book. 😉

Birds scuttled over the treetops as Justice and I continued through the forest, dusk settling around us.

“We’re walking in circles again,” he said, his steps slowing. “There’s no way we’re going to find the Merrows. And it’s getting dark.”

“I doubt they’d help, anyway. They always hated me.” The memory of Max and me running down the beach as kids, laughing, flew through my head, Max complaining that he didn’t want to see the water spirits. I’d replayed it over and over again for years, driving myself crazy, but it remained one of the only memories I’d kept after my mother washed me of them.

“What’s up with you?”

“I—nothing.” I wrapped my hand around the eternity bracelets and squeezed.

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Coming September 8th


Winners Are In!

A huge Thank You to everyone who entered the Goodreads Giveaway to win a copy of TIED.

There were A LOT of entries. 😉

The winners are in and the signed paperbacks will go out soon!

 

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Also — I will be having an ARC Giveaway of TORN (Fire Born #2) soon ~

Stay tuned!

 

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Goodreads Giveaway #YA

FIVE more days to enter and win 1 of 10 Signed Paperback copies of TIED (Fire Born #1)

before TORN releases in September.

GOOD LUCK!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

TIED by Laney McMann

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by Laney McMann

Giveaway ends July 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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Goodreads Giveaway ~ TIED (Fire Born #1) #YA #UF

In honor of TORN, the second book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy’s upcoming release on September 8th …

I’m having a giveaway starting today (June 6th).

The month-long giveaway will happen on Goodreads, NOW through July 4th.

I’ll be giving away 10 SIGNED paperbacks of TIED (Fire Born #1).

 

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TIED (Fire Born #1)

These giveaways typically have a high number of entries, so get your name in to win!

 

Enter to WIN here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

TIED by Laney McMann

TIED

by Laney McMann

Giveaway ends July 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

GOOD LUCK!

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Layla and Max are back September 8th.

 


TORN (Fire Born #2) Playlist Countdown

For the next track on the TORN playlist, here’s:

Jon Hopkins

Breathe This Air

 

 


TORN (Fire Born #2) Playlist Countdown

For the third track of the TORN playlist, here’s:

Active Child

Ivy

 


EXCERPT RELEASE ~~ TORN (Fire Born #2) by Laney McMann #YA

 

Hi, everyone.

Today, I am thrilled to release the excerpt for TORN,

the 2nd book in The Fire Born Novels series.

Below is the first chapter.

Hope you like it.

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Layla

Sunlight seared my face, and my fingers dug into hot sand before a cool shade fell over me.

“Teine?” A soft voice called my name. Someone pulled on my arm.

My head lolled to the side, but my neck caught on a crick and refused to move further than a couple of inches.

“Teine? Can you hear me?” Soft wisps tickled my face, even as my head pounded above my left ear.

My eyelids opened and closed, scratching against the corneas like sandpaper—my mouth dry, like paste. Though blurry, a figure loomed over me.

“We have to go. Hold on to me.” A gentle squeeze of my hand made my fingers flex.

“Max …” My voice cracked, word slurred; my tongue seemed too large for my mouth. I raised my arm, but it thumped to the ground at my side with the weight of a lead pipe.

“Shh. Do not let go.”

My heavy arms swung up on their own. I attempted to clasp my hands, to entwine my fingers, but they slipped back down to my sides with a dead thud. Vision refusing to cooperate, my eyes slipped in and out of focus. “What … happened?”

“You will be all right.”

“Max?”

“Shh. Save your strength.”

Oh, god.

Max.

I fell … We fell. It was so hot. Too hot, and …

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“Layla!” Max’s voice tangles in my head along with a rush of wind whistling in my ears and the roar of fire surrounding my body.

 “I’m coming!” The pulse of pure energy surging through my veins is a fear I’ve never known—a heat I can’t control.

Where once white sand once stretched for miles, a war scene bristles. Dunes flattened to nothing. Bits of charred lumber and ash blanket the beach. Sea oats have been ripped free by their roots and lie smoldering, bright red embers shining up like sinister eyes.

The explosion has unleashed an acrid off-charge, tainting my surroundings in tendrils of fire and smoke streams. Sparks sizzle through the atmosphere, leaving traces of color in the air ahead of me, brought on by wicked lightning strikes illuminating the sky.

Streaks of green and white flash in all directions—fingers of electricity lacerating the clouds—like a fireworks display gone wrong.

Growls of building thunder vibrate my body before falling silent, and a cackling laugh echoes around me, taking my attention to the dune’s edge.

Crows line the shore, still as statues—miniature militant soldiers. Ebony feathers lay, as if methodically placed, around a broken body carpeted in withered gardenia petals. Blank, flat crystal grey eyes stare fixed and unmoving.

Cold shock ricochets through my core. “One will kill the other. Say goodbye to your beloved.” The voice, so foreign yet chillingly familiar, snarls inside my head.

A guttural vibration quakes the sky.

The atmosphere shifts, and the heavens erupt.

“Max!”

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“Shh, Layla, I’m right here.” Max’s face swims into view, stained in soot and blood, his dark eyes gazing down. “Are you okay?” Breathing hard, he crouches over me as I lay in the sand, the outline of his silhouette darkening by the sun at his back. “We need to get out of here.” He scoots forward. “Can you stand?” His fingertips brush my hand, and his firm hold makes me gasp. His gaze roams over my body—my face. Black irises taking over from the usual light grey … “Why are you looking at me like that?” His voice echoes around me as if he’s screaming, but I can barely hear him.

“You were dead,” I say in a whisper, staring up at him. “I saw you—before. Lying in the sand.”

“What?” He sweeps away the loose hairs sticking to my cheek. “I’m right here.” Concern deepens the contours of his face, and his brow crunches into a scowl as he puts a palm over my forehead. “Did you hit your head?” Cradling his arms underneath my body, he lifts me off the sand, up against him.

“Promise you’re not dead?” My voice slurs.

He chuckles, eyes darkening further. “Promise.”

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Layla and Max are back September 8th, 2014.

 


TORN (Fire Born #2) by Laney McMann~Excerpt Release Countdown #YA #UF

In ONE week,

the excerpt for TORN,

the 2nd book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy,

will go live.

Stay tuned!

TORN (Book #2)


TORN (Fire Born #2) Playlist Countdown

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Continuing on with the TORN playlist this week.

I am compiling all of the songs for the book and will be posting them up until the launch in September.

So, for the second track, here’s:

QUIET

by

This Will Destroy You.


TORN (Fire Born #2) Playlist Countdown

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I am slowly compiling the playlist for TORN, the 2nd installment of the Fire Born Novels, and today I’m sharing the first track.

🙂

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COVER REVEAL ~ TORN (Fire Born #2) by Laney McMann

It’s here!

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The cover & blurb for TORN,

book #2 in The Fire Born Novels series,

is live!

Check it out:

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Fire Born

by Laney McMann

Release Date: September 8, 2014

Target Reader: Young Adult

Keywords: FictionParanormal RomanceUrban Fantasy

Back of the Book

Find Max.

That’s all Layla cares about. Not healing from the Fomore attack. Not finding answers to how she survived a fall that nearly killed her. Nothing will stop her. She will find him. She’ll even pair up with an overbearing Fallen Angel who’s hell bent on making everything harder than it needs to be if she has to.

Protect Layla.

For Max, nothing else matters. Not the bruises covering his body. Not the pain radiating from his broken bones. Not even his hands tied behind his back. He will find a way to save Layla, and the Fomore will pay if they’ve hurt her.

Every. Single. One of them.

In the second installment of The Fire Born trilogy, a new breed of villain looms—one Layla and Max will never suspect, and this killer has nothing to lose. Better yet, with Max and Layla’s deaths, victory is in the grip of the enemy.

Will Max and Layla find each other in time, or is it already too late for them both?

For more info: J Taylor Publishing


TORN (Fire Born #2) Cover Reveal Countdown

The Cover Reveal for TORN

(Fire Born #2)

is in

5 DAYS!

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TORN (Fire Born #2) Cover Reveal Countdown

The cover reveal for the second book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy,

TORN

is in 10 Days!

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Second Book in The Fire Born Novels by Laney McMann to release September 2014

Laney McMann’s debut novel, TIED, a Fire Born novel, will release its sequel, TORN, in September 2014.

The second installment in the Fire Born Novels continues Layla and Max’s story, widening the supernatural world and introducing a new set of characters into the fray. TORN ties together the loose strands started in TIED, and is a key element toward completing the circle of the trilogy.

Unlike book one in the series, TORN revolves not only around Layla LaBelle’s journey, but we get a view inside Max’s head, as the story is written in both perspectives.

TORN releases September 2014 in e-book and print by J. Taylor Publishing

Photo on 2014-02-01 at 13.13 #5With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney McMann developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. By the time she reached her teens, Laney had accumulated notebooks full of poems which led to short stories and finally novels, specifically in the young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology genres.

 

Stay tuned next month, as I have New News regarding the series. 😉


Romance Is In The Air #Giveaway Hop

Romance is in the air Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Rachael Anderson

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WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAILS. 😉

What’s up for grabs on the hop?

Taking full advantage of the romance theme … and putting a Paranormal spin on it 😉 … I’m offering a few Young Adult Paranormal Romance titles

Here’s what’s up to win:

Young Adult:

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Good stuff.

So … Rafflecopter is going to choose TWO winners.

Each winner can choose ONE e-book of choice.

ENTER RAFFLECOPTER

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Book Release and #Giveaway ~ Darkest Day (The 19th Year #3) by Emi Gayle

January 6th marked the release of Darkest Day by Emi Gayle, the final book in the 19th Year Trilogy.

(Is everyone sad yet?)

To celebrate the release, we have a big Giveaway, a quick 10’s List with Suze, and a fun poll about Mac.

Let’s check the book out first:

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Blurb:

Mac Thorne’s time as a Changeling is coming to an end.

It may have taken eighteen years, but Mac did finally manage to do what the Council wanted: she chose a teacher and renounced the in-between.

There’s just one last step. She must say goodbye to her human. Forever.

After being challenged in every way possible, Mac leaves what she thought would be the easiest task for the last possible moment. As midnight on July fourth draws near, though, she hasn’t found a way to give up Winn Thomas.

Nor does she want to.

With time running out, Mac stands at a literal crossroads.

Choose Winn, and she’ll be stripped of the only family she’s ever known—vampires, dragons, and her favorite demon. Even her own mother. Accept her position on the Council and rule as an equal to her twelve peers, and she’ll forget Winn ever existed.

Independence and freedom have never before been so limiting.

In this final chapter of the 19th Year Trilogy, it’s time for Mac to decide.

Responsibility? Or Love?

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Now let’s hear what Suze’s Top 10 favorite TV shows and movies:

10. Abbott and Costello

9. Alvin and the Chipmunks

8. Batman & Robin

7. Sesame Street

6. Ghostbusters

5. The Goonies

4. Hercules

3. The Jetsons

2. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

1. The Flintstones

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 AND for the POLL:

Have some fun with us! And give us your guess:

What will Mac choose upon her 19th birthday?

Enter the Poll

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AND … the  group Giveaway. Emi is giving away:

– One set of paperback copies of After Dark, Day After AND Darkest Day for the US only.

– Two sets of ebooks of the complete trilogy – this is for International participants

– Three set of bookmarks of the complete trilogy – also open to international participants

Enter the Rafflecopter

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For more info you can find Emi Gayle on the web: Web  |  Blog  |  Twitter  |  Facebook

And you can add Darkest Day to Your TBR List on Goodreads

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Cover Reveal ~ Night and Day by Emi Gayle

I have a cover reveal to show off today!

Emi Gayle has written a novella, a spin-off of her awesome YA trilogy,

The 19th Year.

  Night and Day is coming out February 14th. 
Check it out:

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BLURB:

Something is wrong with Suze. His memory, his magic, even his muscles have all gone mental. If he’s not careful, the underworld’s version of the loony bin may be his next stop.

Not ready to give up the goat yet—if he had one he didn’t eat that is—Suze sets out to stop the mystical mayhem. Unfortunately, this isn’t a fairy tale, and Suze isn’t Snow White felled by an apple waiting for a kiss. Nor is he Prince Charming.

Nope, he’s just Suze. A destroyer demon stuck without the one person who probably kept him sane for the last eighteen years. Mackenzie Thorne. Or, maybe, just maybe, Mac made him insane, and what was once wrong is now right.

The only thing Suze is sure of—maybe—is that he needs to find the cure. However, with boy wonder memory-less and Mac in California, he’s not even sure where to start.

Of course, once he does figure it out, everything will fall into place like a well designed set of dominoes. Where the path leads, though, is a place Suze never would have expected.

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Can’t wait!

Add it your TBR pile on Goodreads

Find Emi on the web: Web  |  Blog  |  Twitter  |  Facebook


Midwinter’s Eve #Giveaway Hop

Rounding out the year of 2013, I’ve decided to jump in on the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Book Hounds.

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Up for grabs is a paperback copy of TIED (The Fire Born Novels, Book #1)

Published September 9, 2013

Published September 9, 2013

and a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card to ONE winner.

Just enter the RAFFLECOPTER!

That’s it.

GOOD LUCK!

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#Giveaway ~ Darkest Day by Emi Gayle ARCS

J. Taylor Publishing are giving away FIVE ARCs of Darkest Day by Emi Gayle!

Check it out!

Mac Thorne’s time as a Changeling is coming to an end.

It may have taken eighteen years, but Mac did finally manage to do what the Council wanted: she chose a teacher and renounced the in-between.

There’s just one last step. She must say goodbye to her human. Forever.

After being challenged in every way possible, Mac leaves what she thought would be the easiest task for the last possible moment. As midnight on July fourth draws near, though, she hasn’t found a way to give up Winn Thomas.

Nor does she want to.

With time running out, Mac stands at a literal crossroads. Choose Winn, and she’ll be stripped of the only family she’s ever known — vampires, dragons, and her favorite demon. Even her own mother. Accept her position on the Council and rule as an equal to her twelve peers, and she’ll forget Winn ever existed.

Independence and freedom have never before been so limiting.

In this final chapter of the 19th Year Trilogy, it’s time for Mac to decide.

Responsibility? Or Love?

DARKEST DAY is the third installment in the 19th Year Trilogy, featuring Changeling Mac Thorne and her hot-geeky boyfriend Winn Thomas. And J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARC copies.

To YOU!

You don’t even have to be a book blogger!

Nope, so long as you are willing to leave an honest review between the dates December 23rd 2013 – January 6th 2014, you are eligible to enter.

Interested?

Then just fill out the form and keep your fingers crossed.

Enter Here!

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Other books in the series:

About Emi Gayle:

Emi Gayle just wants to be young again. She lives vicariously through her youthful characters, while simultaneously acting as chief-Mom to her teenaged son and searching for a way to keep her two daughters from ever reaching the dreaded teen years.

Ironically, those years were some of Emi’s favorite times. She met the man of her dreams at 14, was engaged to him at 19, married him at 20 and she’s still in love with him to this day. She’ll never forget what it was like to fall in love at such a young age — emotions she wants everyone to feel.


November Book #Giveaways of TIED

THESE GIVEAWAYS HAVE ENDED.

I have TWO Giveaways going on this month.

First one is happening over on Goodreads from today through the 29th (yeah, soon) for TWO Signed paperbacks of TIED.

Here’s the link to enter: Goodreads

(Goodreads runs this giveaway)

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Second up, Reading Teen is hosting me on their blog and as thanks I’m having a giveaway over there. ONE signed paperback. Easy entry:

What’s your ideal boyfriend? Bad boy? Good guy with an edge? Best friend turned boyfriend? Leave a comment on Reading Teen on my TIED Spotlight post to win, and check out everyone else’s dream guy. 😉

Here’s the link to enter: Reading Teen

(the winner of this giveaway will be chosen randomly)

Good Luck and Happy November!

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The Best Of: Author Excerpt Series

The best of: Author excerpt series.

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There are so many incredible writers, so much talent, and too many books to ever try to read them all. I thought, in light of that fact, it would be nice to share some of the best of the best. Quick little hints of what lies inside the pages of some of the books from my favorite authors.

JK Rowling:

“Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.

~ JK Rowling, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

English: J. K. Rowling, after receiving an hon...

English: J. K. Rowling, after receiving an honorary degree from The University of Aberdeen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


#Teaser Tuesday TIED (Fire Born #1)

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Blood sped through my veins as I gripped the edge of the counter, gazing into the face I knew so well. A shadow of confusion crossed his expression as he stared back at me before the corner of his mouth drew up in a slight grin, and my face flushed with a burning heat. Goosebumps shivered down my arms, the air seeming to quiver with a faint breeze.
“Layla, are you okay?” Someone shook me by the shoulder. “Layla?” Devon’s voice rang from far away.
I tried to speak, but words wouldn’t form. I remembered his face, the waterfall, the forest. The warmth of his hand in mine. Droplets of water cascading down his golden skin. His eyes reflecting the sunlight like crystals. The rush of wind as he ran beside me. His laughter. The sound of his voice when he called my name.
“Max …”

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#Teaser Tuesday TIED (Fire Born #1)

“Layla.” Benny’s terrified voice rang out above me. Her fear-filled eyes came into focus as glaring fluorescent lights radiated down from the ceiling. “Can you see me?”

“Who else would I see? You’re in my face.” I shielded my eyes from the light’s glare, the vision reverberating through my mind. The same vision I’d seen a hundred times before. The one I thought had to be a memory but knew couldn’t be. The vision that made my heart ache as if it were being ripped out.

A crowd of dancers hovered around, all gazes fixed on me as I hastily wiped my damp eyes.

What did I do?

“I told you she was crazy,” Dena said.

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#TIED Book Blast #GIVEAWAY

Starting today, I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, is hosting the TIED Book Blast Giveaway.

First, about the book:

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BLURB:

Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.
Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.
Or is that all in her head?
Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.
No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?
The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.
In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.
Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?
The answer may never be far enough … away.
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Excerpt:

My window opened easily. The same way it had so many times before. Climbing out on the ledge, I found the ground empty and dropped from the second floor—a jump I’d made a hundred times. In another life.
My feet sunk into the sand, and I followed the well-worn pathway through the dunes. Even the strong evening winds hadn’t misshaped the deep gully. The ocean’s breeze lashed at my hair as the moonlight glinted off the water’s surface. Seagulls flew up from their nesting grounds. They should have recognized me, since I’d been wandering at night for so long. Wrapping my arms around my knees to block the slight chill, I settled in the sand, and the birds quieted in a tight huddle, the wind blowing their feathers in awkward angles.
My gaze fell on a figure standing beyond the dunes edge, a shadow hidden within the darkness. My pulse quickened, but I didn’t move. Another trick—an illusion. Weary of the games my mind continued to play, I bit back tears and the catch in my throat. I should have been immune to them—the hallucinations—the way they haunted me and followed me, but I wasn’t.
Forcing myself to blink, I turned my head away. The visions had grown worse as I’d become older. I’d tried to convince myself they were nightmares—or weird dreams. Hoped for years they were, but only people who sleep dream.
Unable, or unwilling to stop myself, I glanced back over my shoulder, thoughts flooding my brain. Memories I knew couldn’t be memories but I cherished all the same. For years I’d tried to shake them away. To make myself forget.
I couldn’t.#**#**#
A stone raps against my bedroom window. I creep over and peer through the blinds.
“You’re late.” I lean out over the sill, grinning at the boy staring up at me.
“Come on, let’s go before she comes,” he says.
I climb onto the window ledge. “Be nice. She’s my friend.”
“Okay. Jump.” He waves at me to go faster.
“Move, and I will.”
He takes one casual step to the side.The jump isn’t too high; I make it all the time.
He grabs my hand when I land beside him in the soft sand. “Ready?”
I nod.
“One, two …”
“I’m going to tell!” Benny runs across my yard toward me, her blonde pigtails flapping in the wind. “You’re not allowed to talk to that boy, Layla! Your mom said!”
Max tightens his grip on my hand.
“Shut up, Benny! I’m old enough.”
“You’re only nine. Don’t go! “
“Three!” Max and I leave the ground.
“You’re going to get in so much trouble.” Benny’s yell rings in the distance.
Our feet touch down in the wet grass of the Otherworld, icy sea air whipping at my face.
“Hopefully, she won’t follow us again.” Max lets go of my hand.
“She won’t. I told her not to.” I lead the way down the cliff face to the ocean.
“She never listens to you.”
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Up second? The Giveaway.

What’s up for grabs?  A $50 Amazon Gift Card or Pay Pal Cash.

Enter to win: RAFFLECOPTER

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Ends 11/24/13
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com/” target=”_blank”>http://iamareader.com</a> and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Good Luck!

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