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Kiss of Fire (Rebecca Ethington)
Some people say love is perfect. But, I know the truth. Love is dangerous, and sometimes love can change your life, or end it.
Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn’t know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn’t want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won’t let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.
The scar is the reason she is being hunted.
If only she knew that she was.
If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.
Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.
Relentless (Karen Lynch)
Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift.
In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.
Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.
Hope(less) (Melissa Haag)
Our world is being judged, and we remain unaware.
In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny glowing sparks that fill her mind and represent the people around her, confirm it.
Clueless regarding the reason behind her sight, Gabby struggles to find an explanation. A chance encounter leads her closer to the answers she has struggled to find and into a hidden society where fur is optional. There she meets Clay, the intense werewolf delusional enough to think he has a chance with her.
Gabby escapes back into her old life, but not quite alone. Clay follows her and silently makes a place for himself in her world. As if that isn’t enough to deal with, problems compound when other werewolves, ones with abnormally colored sparks, begin to stalk her.
Instead of gaining answers, her list of questions is growing. What do the other uniquely colored sparks mean? Is she not as alone as she thought?
Judgement has begun…
Broken (Dean Murray)
Adri Paige is too busy dealing with the emotional fallout from losing half of her family to deal with boys. At least she thought so until the two most intriguing guys in her new school take an interest in her.
Both boys are gorgeous and blessed with obscene amounts of money. They should have the emotional depth of note cards, but instead display undercurrents she doesn’t fully understand. Rumors the pair destroys peoples’ livelihoods seem ludicrous until she gets caught in the crossfire and her family almost loses their home. She’s increasingly unsure either boy is really human, and their rivalry is rapidly turning deadly.
Runes (Ednah Walters)
Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.
Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.
Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.
Entangled (Nikki Jefford)
Magic, Murder, & Romance – A Resurrection Spell Gone Wrong
Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body. Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.
The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.
Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death while working out a way to disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.
Kindred (Erica Stevens)
What do you do when the one you love is also you worst enemy? Trapped in a destiny she does not want, Cassie finds herself lost and adrift, until he walks into her life, turning it upside down and awakening her in ways that she never dreamed possible.
Cassie is stunned and devastated to learn that she belongs to a long line of vampire slayers known as The Hunters. A murderous rampage by a group of elder vampires has left the Hunter line decimated and the remaining Hunters scattered around the world. With her friends Chris and Melissa’s aid, Cassie struggles to rid the world of the monsters that murdered her parents. Though Cassie knows it is her fate, she chafes against her heritage, and is resentful of the shortened lifespan that has been placed upon her by the circumstances of birth. Struggling to get through every day, Cassie finds herself simply going through the motions of living. That is, until Devon arrives. Tall, dark, and mysterious his arrival turns the school, and Cassie’s life, upside down. Fighting against her fierce attraction to him, and the chaos he represents in her carefully ordered days, she is irresistibly drawn to him. Though worried that what she truly is will place Devon in danger, she is unable to fight her feelings for him. He is the one light, and the only source of hope she has in a world that revolves around death and fear. What she does not know is that Devon has some dark secrets of his own, secrets even more frightening and dangerous than hers. Secrets that threaten to tear them apart forever.
Ignited (Desni Dantone)
Seventeen year old Kris Young is on the run from a throng of superhuman golden-eyed freaks hell-bent on seeing her dead, and she doesn’t know why. Good thing she has her guardian angel to protect her…sort of.
Kris is aided by Nathan, the mysterious man that ends up being anything but angelic when he rescues her for the fourth time in fourteen years. Even if the handsome hero illusion is shattered by his harsh treatment of her, he knows how to fight this strange enemy and is determined to keep her safe at all costs.
As the body count rises in their wake, Nathan introduces Kris to a world in which not everyone is human and the battle lines between good and evil are clearly drawn. Kris’s piece in the puzzle is something neither is aware of and, as they uncover the truth, neither is prepared for what they find. Overcoming twists and revelations that shatter both of their lives, they discover that nothing is as it seems and nothing, least of all their hearts, are safe.
Significance (Shelly Crane)
Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who’s had a bad year. Her mom left, her dad is depressed, she’s graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.
Then she meets Caleb.
She saves his life and instantly knows there’s something about him that’s intriguing but she is supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally. They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she’s ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb’s enemies know he’s imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him. Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?
Bound by Prophecy (Melissa Wright)
Aern’s only job is to protect the chosen. The trouble is, she’s the key to a prophecy and everyone wants her. Hiding a girl in the center of a secret war is tricky business, but when her sister shows up to take Aern hostage, all bets are off.
A slim brunette in borrowed jeans should be the least of his problems, but there’s something about Emily he just can’t put to rights. And it’s not her penchant for using hand tools as weapons or the fact that she seems immune to his sway.
Everything about her screams run. But when he discovers she’s working toward her own prophecy, he’s got no choice but to keep her safe. It might have been easy, if she didn’t think she was the chosen’s protector. When the opposition descends, their only hope is to stick together, but the truth unravels, and together might prove the biggest complication of them all.
Deadly Crush (Ashley Stoyanoff)
Dog Mountain is just like any other small town — peaceful and uneventful. Well, that is if peaceful means wolves howling all night, and uneventful means it’s overrun by pesky werewolves, then yes, Dog Mountain is just your average small town.
Jade Shaw has spent the last two years avoiding the pack. But when Aidan Collins moves to town, avoiding the dogs doesn’t seem possible. The pack wants him just as much as she does.
Determined to keep him out of the pack’s grasp, Jade does everything she can to gain his attention. Little does she know, Aidan is in deeper with the pack than she could have imagined, and competing for his attention is a deadly game, one she may not want to win.
Deep Blue Secret (Christie Anderson)
A sweet, mysterious teen romance with a refreshing fantasy twist.
California teen Sadie James thinks her life couldn’t get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. But her carefree life is turned upside down when she’s rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won’t even tell her his name. Each time the boy appears, Sadie’s unexplainable attraction to him deepens along with her need to unravel his secrets. The boy is there to protect her, but as wonderful and exciting as it might be to have an irresistible boy with crystal green eyes protecting her every move, every minute of the day…why does Sadie need one? As Sadie finds answers, she realizes her life isn’t as perfect as she thought. Not only is she caught in a world of dangerous secret agents she never knew existed, but it turns out her true identity may be the greatest secret of all.
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Ava, I heard in my mind before his mouth said the word out loud. “Ava.” “Well,” Dad drawled out—practically growled—and raised an eyebrow at me, letting me know he’d throw Seth out on his keister if I just gave him the nod. It was one of those obviously awkward situations. We all stood in that circle and stared at each other, letting the awkwardness stew and simmer, but all I could do was stare at those blue eyes and wait for him to speak again. “I guess we’ll…let you talk for a minute.” Dad stepped in front of me to block Seth’s view and said in a lower voice, “But we won’t be far. At all.”
Keep reading for a chapter of Undeniably Chosen, a Significance novel!
Kerrigan wrote this song, Significant, inspired by the first book in the Significance series, in 2013. With a keyboard, she put it up on YouTube and sent me a link, telling me she wrote a song for the book and I could check it out if I wanted to. Well, I did check it out…and spent the next hour boo-hooing like a big baby.
Kerrigan and me at Indie Bookfest in Orlando, FL
I shared it on my page and you guys were pretty shocked at how awesome it was. So, a year and half later, here we are and Kerrigan’s amazing song is available for you. Relive Maggie and Caleb’s first moments together as they realized that fate was coming for them in the best way.
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“So, you see, we never meant for any of
this to happen. We never meant for you to spend your life with them, the
Watsons,” my mother said carefully. “We never meant for anyone to get hurt.
We’re only sorry we didn’t make it in time…to save your mother.”
Seth stiffened beside me a second before
his phone went off. It was a short, sharp, loud ringtone. He apologized and
mumbled something about it having to be loud enough to wake him up at night at
the fire station as he looked at the text message. I wasn’t trying to invade
his privacy, but I heard it loud and clear in my mind as he read it over and
over in his mind. He stared at it for a few long seconds before shaking his
head and then tucking it in his pocket.
you finished with her yet?
He looked up with a grimace at my mother
and I felt all his emotions at once. Anger, abandonment, happiness, jealousy,
sadness, appreciation that they had tried, but they had failed. It wasn’t
enough. He had lived in a certain kind of hell his whole life and the fact that
they had been right there and he was the only one not rescued was like a slap
in the face.
I however couldn’t stop thinking about
that text. Have you finished with her?
What did that mean and who had sent it? It was obvious it was about me. So he
had told his family—the Watsons—about me. And now they were texting wanting to
know if he was finished with me? What
did that even mean?
His warm hand covered mine and I looked
up to see him watching my freak out. He looked concerned and shook his head.
“It’s not what you think. I did tell them and they’re really happy for me. For
us. They wanted me to bring you to meet everyone tonight.”
Everything stopped, especially when
Mom’s breath caught and the glasses of sweet tea on the coffee table started to
shake. Seth leaned back a bit, having his first taste of my mom’s powers. Tea
sloshed on the table as Dad’s hand came up and cupped her cheek. “Baby,
“Caleb,” she begged him for something
that I didn’t understand. Maybe she didn’t either. “I didn’t understand what it
meant until now. She’s his significant. That means he’s going to take her to—”
“No,” Dad argued, and it was evident
that he meant it. He looked over at Seth and I started to say something to get
him to tame his look, but he went on before I could. “She won’t be going to the
Watson’s with you, Seth. I know they’re your family and I know that
it’s…customary for significants to meet the families, but with our history with
them I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
Seth’s jaw tightened. “They didn’t think
it was a good idea for me to come here either, especially alone. They said it
wasn’t safe for me, that you’d hold a grudge against them, even after all this
time, might try to hurt me. But I had to come. I wasn’t going to let Ava suffer
because of it.”
“That’s ridiculous,” Mom huffed. “I have
a distinct suspicion that what you think happened in the past and what actually
happened are two very different things.”
Seth stood, taking his hand with him. I
felt his absence in my blood like ice. “I didn’t have the best life. I’m not
going to stand here and pretend that my family is all peaches and cream. They
have their problems. We weren’t perfect by any means, but they were all I had.
They took me in when no one else would and have kept me this whole time—”
“They took you, Seth,” Mom told him.
“Taking you and taking care of you
are two different things. You and your mother were…kidnapped and experimented
He scoffed and moved away from me around
the table. “Now this is just too much.” He looked at me, then at Mom before his
eyes settled on me once more. “Ava, I know you don’t like my family, but you
can’t expect me to believe that they—”
“A lot of things happened before we were
born,” I said softly.
He shook his head, so Mom forged on.
“Their powers were taken away.” It didn’t escape me how she left out the part
where she had taken their powers.
“But even before that, they practiced with potions and blood magic, alchemy,
things they had no business messing with. Your Uncle Sikes was the worst of
them. He started all this. He made himself a…significant.”
“What?” Seth groaned in disbelief.
“He forced an imprint on a human woman,
in a sense faking a bond with a potion he gave her. You would never have known.
She got the tattoo, they were significants, they healed each other with their
touch and he was protective of her. But it was never quite right. When their
powers were taken because of the things they were doing, as punishment, they
didn’t accept that and move on. They did the opposite. They began to practice
alchemy even more and…” she shrugged, “we didn’t know in time. By the time we
found out, it was too late. We’ve tried to keep a watch on them over the years,
but since they fled the compound, we didn’t even know where they’d gone to.”
“Scattered,” Seth muttered, distracted.
“We don’t live at the compound. It’s been abandoned for years. They use it to
cellar wine for my cousin’s business.”
He stared at the floor, looking so
dejected and lost. I hated that I was part of the cause of this. “Seth,” I
“I would know,” he argued with no one
and gritted his teeth. “If my family was doing these unspeakable things you’re
talking about, I would know. I’ve lived with them.”
I caught a flash of a memory from Seth
from when he was a child, something he was trying to remember. A room, a woman,
his mother maybe, a table or bed, a bunch of people gathered around her, but
when he saw that I saw it, too, he pushed it away and glared at me.
“That doesn’t mean that it’s what you’re
talking about!” he yelled, making me jump, my shoulders bunching. He sighed and
swallowed. “I’m…I’m sorry. Do you have any idea how hard it was to come here
tonight, knowing that you were all going to hate me for my name?” He laughed once
with no humor. “And then be completely right?”
“We don’t hate you,” Mom soothed and
stood, but she made no move toward him. I just sat down and stared at his
hands. My body ached for him, for his touch, his comfort. Our first day
together and we were already fighting and yelling. This wasn’t how this was
supposed to happen. I felt awful that my significant felt so alienated.
I felt the drop of a warm tear on my
hand before I even realized I was crying. I wiped it away and looked up to find
Seth had done a complete one-eighty. Apparently, seeing that tear had done him
in. With my family there watching, he didn’t care a lick. He came and knelt at
my feet. His warm hand wrapped around the back of my calf while the other came
and went straight to my cheek. I sucked in a short, quick, embarrassing breath
when his skin hit mine. He on the other hand let out the tiniest of groans. His
thumb swept under my eye twice and he watched his movements as he cleaned up
“Ava,” he said my name under his breath,
“this whole time I’ve selfishly been pouting about how this was effecting me
and my family. I’m so sorry. This involves you and your family, too. No matter
what happened in the past, that doesn’t matter now. I’m sorry I yelled at you.”
He squinted, as if that caused him pain to think about. It was fascinating to
watch. “Can we just move forward, please? We found each other.” He looked down
and smiled before looked back up. “I found you. And I trust that more than I trust anything. So no
matter what happens, this is meant to be. You’re mine now. So can we just start
over and pretend that today never happened?”
I found myself smiling, then I was
biting my lip to contain the smile. And then he did the strangest thing. He
took his thumb and tugged down, freeing my lip from my teeth.
“You shouldn’t ever try to stop that
smile,” he said softly, but his own crooked smile was coming through. His thumb
moved against my cheek and I felt my eyelids flutter from the pleasure. When I
opened my eyes again he looked ready to keel over. He crawled closer, which was
almost impossible which mere inches between us. “Ava,” he whispered. His phone
buzzed with another text and he remembered the one he’d gotten earlier. The
look of awe vanished from his face and I cursed whoever it was who was texting
him. He leaned back a little. “Ava, we really do need to talk before—”
The back door slammed open, revealing
several dark-haired men who rammed their way in before I could even think. Seth
had stood and thrown me behind him on instinct, but then he realized who it
was. “Uncle Gaston?”
The tall, slender man stared at me over
Seth’s shoulder like a prize and had the audacity to smile. “Seth, you’ve done
marvelous. We’ll take it from here.”
My heart stopped. Seth’s hand tightened
on my wrist, but he didn’t turn around to look at me. He spoke to his uncle
again. “Gaston,” Seth said calmly, which was doing nothing to make me feel
better about things, “what are you doing here?”
“It’s okay, Seth,” he soothed and smiled
at him. “You did good, son.”
“What do you…?” Seth peeked back at me,
squinting, and then looked back at his uncle. “You thought I couldn’t handle
this? You thought they’d hurt me? Gaston, I told you they wouldn’t. She’s my
significant. The family feud between you has to stop.”
“We’re here now. You don’t have to keep
this up.” I felt my heart tug painfully at his words. Seth gripped my wrist
tighter to keep me from running.
“Gaston, what are you doing?” he growled
in a voice I’d never heard from my significant’s lips.
Gaston pulled a bottle from his inside
jacket pocket and held it up in front of his face. He kissed it and then
grinned as he tossed it toward his Visionary. She gasped and tried to use her
power to stop it, holding her hands out in front of her. But it didn’t work.
She seemed surprised, her mouth parting and holding open in a silent scream as
she awaited the fate of that bottle. Daddy gripped her arm and swung her behind
him just as it smashed into his chest.
She screamed just as I did. Seth’s tight
grip held steady on my arm to keep me safely behind him even as he barked at
his uncle angrily, asking him what was going on.
“It’s like I’ve always told you, Seth,”
he told him calmly, but I wasn’t watching him. I was looking at my father as he
watched a hole in his shirt eat away and then the skin under it started to turn
black. He looked up to Gaston for an answer, who just stared blankly. He
returned his gaze to Seth and sighed. “The Watsons led a hard life because of
the people in this room. We were never meant to scrounge and beg like humans.
Virtuoso are a powerful people with powerful blood in our veins.” He looked at
my mother. “Did you really think we’d just lie down and accept your
Seth jerked and looked at my mother, but
she kept her gaze on Gaston. Dad didn’t look good and I worried about him.
There was so much going on, I didn’t know what I should be focusing on.
Seth whispered, “Her? It was her that
attacked you at the palace that day?”
“Seth, son,” Dad groaned, struggling to
remain conscience as he bent to lean on the arm of the chair. Mom whimpered and
could no longer keep up her pretenses of the strong leader in charge of things.
She caved and rushed to lean down to him, never stopped touching him, but still
kept looking back at Gaston as if he’d attack at any moment. I’d never seen my
family so helpless. We were always the strong ones, the leaders, the ones all
the other clans looked up to. And now the Watsons show up, supposedly with no
powers at all, and now are able to lay flat my family with one vial?
Dad continued. “I doubt you have the
whole story, in truth and in full. Remember that you only know what they’ve
told you, what they want you to know.” Gaston growled in warning, but Dad
pressed on. “There’s a reason that you bonded with my daughter. Remember that.”
Seth looked at me over his shoulder and
I saw something different in his eyes now. It wasn’t reverence or the
beginnings of love or wonder. It was suspicion. I felt as if he himself had
reached up and slapped me. It was his
family that had come in and attacked my family. I saw him flinch with that
thought. It was his family that sent
him a suspicious text earlier asking if he was ‘done with me yet’. He flinched
again, seeing where I was going with this. It was his family who hurt my father, his
family who barged in here as if on a mission, and his family who were now watching him like they were waiting for
something. I backed away a little, pulling my arm from his grasp. His lips
moved, saying he word ‘no’ but no sound left his lips. His eyes begged me as he
finally understood the gravity of his actions, of his family’s actions. Whether
he understood what was going on or not, he was taking a side right now. And it
was ripping me in two that he wasn’t choosing mine.
Gaston looked at Seth and nodded. Seth
shook his head as if he understood what he wanted but he didn’t want to do it.
It was then I finally understood that my significant came here to betray me. A
gut wrenchingly painful breath burst through my chest and out of my throat. The
moan stopped Seth dead in his tracks and he moved to come to me, but I put my
hand up to stop him.
“How could you?” I asked him which as
much conviction as I could, but it came out a pathetic whimper.
He seemed to get it then and
straightened. He seemed shocked and shook his head. He glanced back at his
uncle and then back to me. “No, Ava. No. This isn’t what it looks like. Uncle
Gaston came here to make sure I was okay. He…he was worried that your family
was going to hurt me. I would never betray you this way,” he said angrily. “My
family would never do that—the way you’re thinking—when they know that we’ve
imprinted. They’d know what that would do to me.”
“Seth,” Gaston implored in an exasperated
tone, “we need to be going. No more stalling.”
“Gaston,” he growled. “What are you
I felt his confusion, his anger, his need
to protect me, but also his will and want to protect his family. I backed away
another step away as his back was turned.
A member of his family that had fallen
in the back of the room was getting up. Things were getting worse for us by the
second. When Seth heard the noise behind him, he turned and lunged my way. I
covered my head on instinct at the roar that erupted from him and the way he
came at me. But nothing ever came. I opened my eyes to find Seth’s back in my
line of sight. I peeked around him and saw the man glaring at him, his arm
twisted in Seth’s grasp.
“Don’t ever touch her,” Seth told him in
that voice I had heard before and I was so confused I didn’t know what to do or
think. Was he with me or against me?
I felt arms go around my waist and
gasped, but Rodney shushed me. “Come on,” he whispered into my hair, but Seth
had already turned and started to lunge.
I held up my hand and he stopped
immediately. He sighed seeing it was Rodney and then sighed again when he saw
me back away another step. “Ava,” he begged. For what, I didn’t know. What did
he want me to do in this situation?
Then his eyes rounded and his mouth
opened to speak, but it was too late. I heard Rodney’s grunt and then he fell
to the floor behind me as Mom screamed. I was yanked roughly by my hair as
Gaston dragged me away from Seth who came for us.
“Uh, uh, uh, nephew.” He held something
over my head. Seth’s eyes glued to it as he stopped. “I see that you’ve let the
bonding and intensity of the situation get to you and that presents a problem
“She’s my significant,” Seth argued.
“What did you expect? Would you let someone take Aunt Amy from you?”
He smiled. “You’re missing the point. You
haven’t been with Ava. You don’t know her, you haven’t fallen in love with her,
and my significant isn’t the daughter of the woman who destroyed our family,”
he finished loudly. I couldn’t help but flinch. He pulled a little tighter on
my hair, but it didn’t escape my notice how he made sure not to touch my skin.
“This is it. This is our chance, what we’ve always talked about.” Seth
paled—actually paled at his uncle’s words. “We’ve always said that when the
time came we’d return the favor to the ones who destroyed us. You’re bonded
with the Visionary’s daughter.” He grinned. “I see no more fitting restitution
“And what about me?” Seth asked calmly
and seemed to throw a wall up in his mind. I got nothing from him. “While
you’re torturing and doing whatever you plan to do to her, what about me? I’ll
feel that, have to…deal with that.” He gulped, but kept looking at his uncle.
I looked away from him, completely
disgusted. Even if he hadn’t come here to purposely ambush me, they had talked
about ‘the family’ who had ruined his family all those years ago and apparently
that trumped our bond. He was going to let them ruin us.
“Don’t worry, Seth,” his uncle was
saying. “We have our ways of getting around the bond. We even have ways of
creating a bond itself.” Seth seemed surprised by that, seemingly to have
forgotten what we talked about before…or it seemed, but who knew what was real
anymore. “We’ll take care of you. In the meantime, she’ll be at your disposal.
Whenever you need her, or want her,” he tacked on with a grin, “she’ll be
Seth gulped again and nodded. “That’s
Rodney woke up with a groan and
scrambled up at seeing the scene, remembering where he was. His face was red
with anger as he cursed and braced himself on the back of the couch. I tried to
look at him, but couldn’t. Gaston turned us toward my parents and I could
practically hear the smile on his face as he began to spew propaganda at them.
I didn’t hear a word of it as my world crumbled around me. I just stood and
tried not to crumble with it.
Rodney’s phone dinged with a text. He
ignored it. It dinged again, and then again without waiting. He sighed and
pulled it out, to turn it off I presumed, but then he stopped and looked at it.
Then he started to text back. My mouth fell open and if I could have smacked
him in the back of the head, I would have. Only my brother would be texting his
buddies back in the middle of a Watson\Jacobson clan battle. What a jerk.
He slipped his phone back in his pocket
and looked at me. He looked beyond angry, but there was something else. His
eyes shifted left once before he mouthed for me to duck. I didn’t wait or
think, I just trusted my brother. I yanked out of Gaston’s grip as fast and
hard as I could. He had been holding me for so long that he has gotten careless
and comfortable. I went easily, falling to the floor in a heap, my chin
smashing into my knee. I hissed in pain, but before I knew it, Seth was
smashing into his uncle from behind, toppling them over the coffee table to the
floor. He punched his uncle just once and that was all it took for him to be
I heard some scuffling behind me, but
couldn’t look away from Seth as he rushed to me on his knees across the floor.
“You’re hurt,” he breathed and took my
chin in his fingers. His calm didn’t seep in and I wondered if our bond had
been severed because my heart was broken. I pushed him away before I could find
out or think too hard about it.
He sighed. “Let me help you.”
“You chose, didn’t you?” I asked softly.
“Ava, please. I need to get them out of
here. Let me give you my touch before I have to leave.”
“Or you just want my touch for yourself
before you go,” I said, but didn’t look up at him. I felt his fingers under my
chin, but it was as if he knew exactly where to press to not hurt where it was
aching. He lifted my face gently to make me face him. He was so close that our
noses almost touched.
“Do you really believe that?” he asked,
his voice gravelly and filled with unchecked emotion. I couldn’t answer him.
Not only did I not have the answer, but I was afraid of being wrong and afraid
of being right. Finally I felt his touch begin to sink into my skin. I was
relieved and…so many emotions at once. I wanted him, but was it all chemical?
Was it all something in my body that made me want him? What if he didn’t want
me and I was stuck wanting someone who just wanted to use me? I sighed, letting
his touch comfort me for now and heard his responding one, like he was waiting
for me to accept his touch before he let himself accept it. “I have to leave,
take care of some things,” he told me, pressing his forehead to mine. “I will be back. I’m so sorry for…” He
leaned away and looked like there was a million things he wanted to say.
Instead he leaned forward and kissed my forehead. I sucked in an embarrassing
breath that I’m sure he enjoyed at my expense. “Don’t give up on me, Ava.”
With that, I watched him pick up his uncle
from the ground and heft him over his shoulder. Rodney was dragging someone
from the room and I realized the room was clear of everyone but us. My brother
was outside with them and I felt a moment of panic before he came in the
kitchen door and shut it. Or tried. The hinge was destroyed and wouldn’t latch.
He gave up and put a chair in front of it to keep it closed and then gave me my
phone. “Why do you—”
“Seth had it. Must have picked it up
from the table at some point. He was the one texting me. He planned that
little…move we pulled.”
I gasped and covered my mouth. “What?”
He slid down beside me on the wall. We
looked over at Dad and Mom. Dad was already looking better so the poison
apparently wasn’t deadly or permanent, but Mom had to stay with him. He was
asleep with his head in her lap and she looked at us worriedly, listening,
splitting her focus between us and Dad. Dad was going to be so pissed when he
woke up. He hated when Mom had to take over. He wanted to protect her, always.
It was in the Virtuoso man’s blood to.
Rodney sighed. “He got your phone off
the table sometime during the night, texted me from it, and told me to take out
his cousin behind him so he could take his uncle and you wouldn’t get hurt in
the process. I don’t know what happened. I don’t know what was going on, what
he knew and didn’t know, okay? But I do know that he didn’t want to hurt you.
He wanted to keep you safe.”
“How can you say that when—”
“He defied his family, who obviously thought
he was going to be on board. His uncle’s plan was a bust. What do you think
they’re going to do to him when they wake up?” I groaned and sucked in a breath
without even realizing it at the thought. Oh, God… Would they hurt him? He
covered my hand on my knee. “I’m just saying, he was ambushed as much as we
were. He knew the Watsons and Jacobsons had beef, but he didn’t know that Mom
was the one who took their powers. They left that little tid-bit out
apparently. Why, I don’t know. He just thought he was going to have to be
overcoming a little tiff, he never imagined he was going to have to deal with
I licked my lips. “He blocked his mind
from me. Why would he do that unless he was guilty?”
“Maybe he didn’t want you to know what
his plan was and give it away? I don’t know. I just know what he did, and what
he did was defy his family and save you. They were planning on taking you away
from us, Ava. Do you understand that?” he finished, his words slow and telling.
“Yes,” I said quickly.
“Wait—why didn’t he have to release you?
Or vice versa?”
I sighed and almost smiled when I
thought back to our conversation. “He did release me.” I grabbed my chest,
feeling his heart beating next to mine as I worked so hard to feel him there,
to feel him connected to me somehow, to know it was real. “He knew it was me
that needed to be released,” I said in wonder, “and he knew I was already upset
and freaking out so he said that he had to take care of some things but he
would be back. I wasn’t even paying attention.” I sat there immobile and useless
as my emotions overtook me.
“Turn on your phone,” he said and yawned
as he put his head on my shoulder. “Lover boy said to tell you to open your
I did as he said and there, in a message
to no one, was an unsent text. It read: Don’t
give up on me, Ava. Please…
I could do nothing but let Rodney wrap
me in his arms and cry.
There is no official
release date for this book, as you know. I’m shooting for the end of the year!
Significance the TV Show has shared a first look (sizzle reel) which is some footage taken when you pitch your show. And they're showing a couple of those scenes to you!! This is a flashback scene from the first Virtuoso. And some shots of the new cast! Now, number one is, no, I do not have any control over and reign over the producers and this production. lol Authors do not ever. I'm not sure why some people think that, but...no.
This is the production team's baby. The director told me once that I birthed Significance and now she was taking it to College. And what an apt statement! Now, when they re-optioned this for TV instead of a movie, the director and producers told me I was going to get more of the story with TV option, which I was SO excited about! They had to cut a lot of the story from the movie script because it's such a big book. But with the TV episodes option, it's going to be spread out over the episodes. Obviously, they can't just follow the books exactly word for word, storyline for storyline, no matter how much we would love that!!! So, as with any book-to-tv series there are changes. I have read the script for the pilot episode. They have the series following along with my books, but taking some turns, too. It will be things from my books and then sprinkles of things added in.
For TV, they spruced and spiced up some of the powers a little to make it more dramatic. At the very end of this clip is something you'll see with Beck. My jaw dropped when I read the script. I was so angry!! lol And then I finished reading and all was put right in the world. So...don't worry. Yes, things have to be a little different, but YES, things will be same, too. So I want you guys to remember that throughout this process. And YES, there are very good things coming our way in the weeks to come.
So cross your fingers and toes that it all works out and we get to see Maggie and Caleb on our TVs very soon!! #SignificanceSeries
P.S. If you haven't liked the Significance Series TV Page yet, you should because that's where you'll get all the updates as they come in!!
I hope you enjoy Mason and Emma, and then Milo and Maya in the third book (My favorite book that I've ever written, and the hardest.) I still go back and read parts of that book because I miss them so much.