From the new manuscript, WITH AND WITHOUT YOU.
So you've met Cole (previous excerpt).
This is where things get messy. Meet Jase.
Danni caught herself staring at Jase. She thought she’d already met all of Cole’s friends - until Ray showed up with the new guy. The hot new guy.
“Aren’t they great?” he asked Danni, gesturing at the band onstage.
She nodded, meeting his eyes for just a moment. She tried to ignore the black, shiny hair that fell to just above his shoulders. She completely ignored how his dark skin nearly glowed against his white Nirvana tee. Heat crept up her spine; she should not be checking out this random guy. She was with Cole. “I love them. I saw them two years ago with The Black Keys at Joe Louis Arena.”
Jase shook his head, “No way, you were there? I was at that show. The Keys blew that place up.”
She nodded, “Yeah.” Brilliant, she thought.
“Danni is pre-med,” Ray told Jase over the music.
Ray was just adding to the awkwardness she felt.
“Wow, that’s awesome,” Jase moved in toward her to be heard. “Smart girl.” He smiled at her.
Danni shrugged, “I guess.” For the second time that night she wished she’d dressed differently, worn something other than her standard jeans and hoodie. Smart Danni, she thought. With her too curly hair and too tied up tongue. Jase was still watching her, in her space. This was so wrong.
“Smart, and great taste in music too, huh?”
Danni smiled. She found she was having a hell of a time meeting his eyes.
Thought it might be fun to share a few passages from the manuscript I recently finished. No, it's not a sequel to THE FALL OF OUR SECRETS, sorry about that. That doesn't exist, at least not yet.
The working title for this is WITH AND WITHOUT YOU (more info here). Meet Cole:
Danni was invisible to Cole until the night she wasn’t anymore. She was sitting on somebody’s couch at a New Year’s Eve party when he appeared in her space, standing in front of her so that her immediate field of vision was filled with his crotch. He handed her a red plastic cup of beer and sat down.
“You’re Derek’s sister, right?”
She nodded and brought the cup to her lips, acutely aware of his body flush against hers on the little couch, his football player’s build tilting her toward him.
“You look hot tonight.”
Danni blushed a furious red, laughing. “Thanks?” This was weird. Cole had never said more than a short ‘hey’ or ‘what’s up’ to her before.
“We should go out sometime. How come I never see you around?” His gaze dropped for just a moment to her chest before meeting her eyes again.
“Um.” Really? She didn’t even know how to answer that. She wondered if he would remember her name tomorrow. She resisted the urge to check her top and make sure she wasn’t popping out of it.
Cole leaned in so that his face was inches from hers. His hand was on her knee. “You wanna get high?”
Cole was only the hottest guy at their school. And he was talking to her. Asking her out. Wait, was he asking her out? Either way. Tall and fair, his eyes bluer than hers, Cole was beautiful.
Commercial women's fiction author. Debut novel THE FALL OF OUR SECRETS E-Lit Books