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This week I’m continuing from where I left off last week with my upcoming release, Outcast, Supernaturals Book 2, a paranormal romance.
This excerpt comes at the end of chapter 3. I skipped ahead a bit because most of chapter two was about pack politics and Dave and Danielle, not Ryan and Leigh, our main characters, and some of chapter three deals with Leigh’s past. We are now in Leigh’s point of view.
As I stood in front of my seat in the back of the chapel not caring about how awful my face looked from all of the crying I’d been doing, I kept Danielle in my line of sight as she made her way to the front of the room. I ignored all the glares I felt boring into me. I didn’t even acknowledge Maddie’s smug look when Danielle stepped in front of her to face her husband-to-be. I wasn’t going to let anyone get to me to the point that I said or did anything to ruin Danielle’s day for her.
I could ignore all the hateful glares aimed my way, but there was one set of eyes I couldn’t shake. They were eyes that I was always drawn to when I did deign to come around my family. They were eyes I pretended to ignore, but eyes I saw in my sleep every night. I stood still even though I felt Ryan’s heated gaze on me, watching my every move. I couldn’t decide if he was giving me attention as part of a practical joke or if he was actually interested in me. The ache in my lower belly that I got every time I was in his presence told me that I was definitely interested in him, but I wasn’t going to let him play me or allow him to exile himself because of me if he was truly interested.
When I couldn’t hold myself back any longer, I looked at him out of the corner of my eye. He was indeed staring at me. His gaze seemed to be examining every inch of my face, my body. My already red and puffy face heated more, so I blotted my eyes, fanned my face with the program, and tried not to look at him. My efforts weren’t enough, and every so often I glanced his way to see him still watching me.
What he was looking for, I didn’t know, but if I didn’t know any better, I would swear he was undressing me, caressing me with those eyes. I felt my body flush deeper from this presumed perusal of me, but I refused to let him know that I knew he was watching me. I wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of knowing I was embarrassed and turned on by his stare. There was still a chance that I was misinterpreting the feel of his gaze, and if I was wrong, I wouldn’t be able to handle that kind of humiliation, not when the longer he stared, the more I wanted so badly for my first assumption to be correct.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed it.
Outcast, Supernaturals Book 2, a paranormal romance.
Leigh Alexander has lived every day of her life feeling like an outcast amongst her family and the small-minded people of Pine Hollow, a secretive community to which her parents belong. When Danielle, Leigh’s younger sister, asks Leigh to come home for her wedding, Leigh’s torn between wanting to be there for her sister and saving herself from people who’ve despised her all of her life.
Knowing she’ll regret her decision, Leigh gives into her sister and goes home for what she hopes is the last time. Leigh was prepared for people to ignore her, for them to shun her, for them to point out all the ways she didn’t belong all because she wasn’t a size perfect, but what she hadn’t been prepared for was falling for Ryan Hart, a man who she will soon learn knows all of the secrets her family and the town of Pine Hollow refuse to tell her.
Revealing the truth about Pine Hollow and the rest of the supernatural world might be forbidden, but to save Leigh’s life, Ryan will tell her everything about who she is, or more importantly who she isn’t, even if it will forever change her life and the lives of every person in Pine Hollow.
Shifter, Supernaturals Book 1, is a paranormal romance
***Shifter is available for $2.99 and is also available on Audio @ Audible.com*** Read by Margi Stephens
Abby is a plus size woman struggling to learn to love herself despite the damage her ex did to her mentally and psychically. For reasons unknown to her, she wakes one morning with an urge to adopt another cat. What she doesn’t know is that the cat she picks is actually Dimitri Sullivan, the son of a local shapeshifter pack’s alpha who was cursed by a powerful witch into the form of a common house cat after he had a one-nightstand with her. As the months pass, Dimitri finds himself falling in love with his new owner, but there is just one problem, she doesn’t know that he is her cat and she is currently dating his brother. When the witch that cursed him discovers that by falling for Abby, he is weakening her curse, she sets out to stop this from happening by any means necessary.
SHIFTER is a 374-page, stand-alone eBook.