Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was inspired as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 96 hours!
Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of Team Green–but there is also Team Orange and Team Purple for a chance to win a whole different set of books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page.
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I’m so excited to feature Pat Esden and her novel, Dark Heart: BEYOND YOUR TOUCH!
PAT ESDEN is an antique-dealing florist by trade. She’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.
The first two books in her Dark Heart series, A HOLD ON ME and BEYOND YOUR TOUCH are available from Kensington Books. REACH FOR YOU (book #3 Dark Heart series) is coming in 2017.
BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (Dark Heart series book 2)
She wants more than he can promise.
His desires could lead to betrayal.
But without each other, neither can survive the dangers ahead.
Annie Freemont knows this isn’t the right time to get involved with a man like Chase. After years of distrust, she’s finally drawing close to her estranged family, and he’s an employee on their estate in Maine. Though she never intended to stay on the estate for long, her father’s illness and the mysteries surrounding her family made leaving impossible. And now with the newfound hope of rescuing her long-missing mother, Annie’s determined to be involved with the family’s plans one way or another.
If only she could keep her mind off Chase and focus on the impending rescue. But there’s something about the enigmatic Chase that she can’t resist. And she’s not the only woman. Annie fears a seductive stranger who is key to safely freeing her mother is also obsessed with him. As plans transform into action and time for a treacherous journey into a strange world draws near, every move Annie makes will test the one bond she’s trusted with her secrets, her desires—and her heart.
This was an alternate beginning for BEYOND YOUR TOUCH. The core details of this scene are still in the novel, but they’ve been woven into later chapters and changed slightly.
Chase had nightmares. The thought drove me forward, overshadowing everything even the morning fog that obliterated the landscape on either side of the road.
- The number on the mailbox gleamed in the haze. It was a newer box, decorated with a typical Maine lighthouse and ocean scene. The name Abrams was stenciled in stiff black letters. Chase’s last name.
Swallowing hard, I turned the Mercedes into the driveway.
Chase and I had only spent the whole night together once, but he’d had one of his nightmares then. It had also happened a few days later when he fell asleep on the sofa after I’d rubbed his back. His muscles had twitched. Sweat coated his body. Then he’d whimpered, “Mommy, don’t let them take me. Mommy. No.”
I’d pretended to be asleep, that I didn’t notice anything. I didn’t want to embarrass Chase. He was such a strong guy, physically powerful and determined to take care of any person or animal that was a part of his life. I wasn’t surprised he had nightmares, after being raised as a warrior slave in the djinn realm. Still, the panic in his voice and those words echoed in my heart. I couldn’t ignore them forever any more than I could resist doing this bit of reconnaissance in his name.
I slowed the car, inching my way down the driveway. Here and there, streaks of grayed sun broke through the fog, opening up glimpses of clipped hedges and a turnabout in front of a newer colonial house, nice but disappointingly neat: no junk cars messing up the yard, no pile of old lobster traps, vintage signs or even rusty license plates nailed to the side of a garage, nothing collectable that an antique dealer like me could use as an excuse to knock on the front door and open up a conversation. Still, I couldn’t turn around. I had to do this.
Thank you so much for stopping by and participating in the New Adult Scavenger Hunt! I hope you enjoyed the exclusive content!
To enter, you need to know that my lucky book number is 17.
Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on Team Green and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Ali Parker!