I am extremely excited to share with you the Cover Reveal scavenger hunt for Where Hearts Collide (Wardham #2) by Zoe York! I loved What Once Was Perfect and I'm looking forward to this next installment! Below you will find our cover piece and a special excerpt from the book! Thanks for stopping by! -Hootie
Contemporary romance author Zoe York is toying with us this week, releasing her latest Wardham Series cover a puzzle piece at a time, and fitting them all together at her site, www.zoeyork.com. Here is the piece she sent me, and below that, an exclusive excerpt from the book, which will be released in October:
She narrowed her eyes and crossed her arms across her chest, plumping up her breasts. Not the right moment to get distracted. She was going to scold him, then brush it off, just like she had the first time they met. He could see it coming and had to restrain himself from grinning in broad delight.
“I don’t know. But I don’t feel bad about gossiping about you now.” She scowled, but the heat was already fading.
“Good. Now tell me what has you out of sorts.”
“I’m not—” Except she was, and recognition that he had her number flashed across her face. “How did you know that I was out of sorts?”
“You stomped up the drive earlier, and you’ve had a distracted look on your face ever since.”
“I didn’t stomp.”
“It was cute.”
“Shut up.” She sighed and closed her eyes. “I was talking to my mom.”
He waited. It didn’t take long.
“I haven’t always worked at the grocery store. I mean, I have, really. I started bagging groceries when I was twelve, and before that I helped stock shelves on Sundays. But I took a break when I went to university.” The words poured out like maple syrup. Smooth and shiny, fast and sweet. She’d given this spiel before. “And when my parents decided to retire, I’d just moved home. So it made sense to take over managing the store.”
“I don’t remember.” After pausing for a sip of beer, she shook her head. Her next words didn’t come out smoothly, or quickly. “It was their idea. It benefited them as much as me, but…”
“You think they did it for you.”
She managed to nod and shake her head at the same time, which made him laugh.
“It was a good thing. Really. For all of us. They got to travel more freely, without selling the store, and I had a job at a time when I needed one. And when they came home for the summer, I could take as much time off as I wanted.”
“So what’s changed?”
“Nothing. And that’s the problem. A decade has flitted by in the blink of an eye, and I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up. And I’m in my thirties, so I can’t pretend an awesome and interesting life is still going to happen.” She grimaced and looked down at her beer bottle. While they’d been talking, she’d worried the label with her thumbnail, and now she peeled the whole thing off.
Paul felt his cock flex against the denim of his jeans. He had a flashback to high school, and a teasing game from the first drinking parties he attended. Sometimes a fully intact peeled label meant one was sexually frustrated. Other times it meant you would get lucky. It depended on which dominant teen queen was making up the rules that night. He’d never wanted the latter to be as true as he did in that moment, and never before had the former been more guaranteed.
Intrigued? Zoe has just released a novella to introduce The Wardham Series, which is free at some booksellers. Between Then and Now is currently available at:
About The Author:
For as long as I can remember, I have been a voracious romance reader. In early 2012, I got an idea for a novel. Then another, and another. My Google Drive account exploded with outlines and chunks of text and character bibles. Over Christmas, I started a holiday novella. By the end of January, it was clear I was going to wander past novella length, and the story wasn’t limited to the holiday season. And it wasn’t just one book, anymore – it was also an introduction to a small town, Wardham. Right now I’m hard at work on book no. 2 in the series. The first one, What Once Was Perfect, will be available July 1, 2013. I can’t wait to share Laney and Kyle with you! When I'm not writing, I’m a busy working mom of two young boys, wife to a very understanding soldier, and a sister/friend/neighbour as well.