Spotlight: For Her Sister

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Eighteen-year-old Bresha blames herself for her younger sister’s death. She knew that Arlene was gullible and fragile. Yet she still let her tone-deaf sister meet with Saul Sanderstorm, a record company mogul whose charisma is as big as his temper.

When Arlene is found floating in Camden Lock canal, the police call it suicide. But Bresha knows different. She knows that sleazy Saul is somehow to blame. And so does Arlene’s ghost. Why else would she fog up mirrors and trace the letter S for Saul through the condensation on the glass? Now, Bresha has to find a way to prove that Saul’s guilty.

She lops off her Nordic blond hair, goes undercover and gets a work experience job at Saul’s record label. It’s a dangerous, almost blundering spy game. The game is hampered when Bresha develops an office crush on a super hot techno DJ, who turns out to be Saul’s son.

When Bresha discovers that Saul is getting a kick out of mentally breaking singers, she wonders if this happened to Arlene. The truth has to be ugly and shocking. Because why else would Saul be prepared to do anything to conceal it?

Soon, Bresha faces a choice. Risk her life to unearth the facts. Or drop the case and be forever tormented by her sister’s ghost.

Excerpt

Someone was screaming. She realised that it was her. She found herself on her feet. She took off down the path, her breath jagged, her shoes pounding over the gravel. Fire flashed against her legs, as the nettles stung her.

She ran a few more steps. She had to be faster than him. Surely, she was faster. He was paunchy old man. Her feet hit a boulder and she stumbled. She felt his hands on her back. Slam. He pushed her down. A burning pain shot across her cheek, as her face smashed into the gravel.

She scrambled up and ran on. He sprang on her from behind. Again, he brought her down. She twisted around. He threw himself on top of her, his weight crushing her. She reached up and tried to claw his face but he caught her hands and pinned them down by her sides onto the path.

“You will not to do this to me,” he snarled. “You will not ruin me.”

Bresha tried to speak but her tongue was frozen. She gazed into his eyes, hoping to reason with him on an unspoken level, human to human. She’d read somewhere that eyes were supposed to be the view point into people’s souls. Now she saw his soul. It looked like the photograph of a cancerous organ on the side of a cigarette packet, black and festering.

He brought his head towards her lips. Was he going to kiss her like he might have been trying to do that day on the couch? She turned her head away, pushing one side of her face into the grit. He’d never kiss her. She’d die before he kissed her.

She felt him bite into her neck. He was giving her love bite, the sick pig. She screamed as he drew blood.

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Playlist

Lost Boy – Ruth B

This tune is dreamy and other-worldly exactly like Arlene – the girl on the front cover and the sister in my novel. When Arlene is alive, she often feels lost or overwhelmed by what’s happening and retreats into her head.
Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers (feat. Daya)

Don’t let me down, I need you right now – go the lyrics of the song. This is how Bresha feels when Arlene starts communicating with her from the dead. Bresha doesn’t want to let her sister down. She wants to find out how she died . . . even though this seems impossible.

Turn Down For What – DJ Snake, Lil Jon

The energy of this track is off-the-chain! It feels hard and spiky. And it reminds me of the energy in London or in any big city, which seems to flow through everything like a boiling undercurrent. I imagine this playing as Bresha hurries through the high-rises to find Pixie, a rapper with the bubblegum pink hair. Bresha thinks that Pixie knows what happened to Arlene. Only Pixie is clearly too scared to tell her.

About the Author

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British born Lara Sleath has been writing stories – on paper and in her head – for as long as she can remember. But gave up on the idea of becoming a writer because she believed that the idea was too far-fetched. Instead she took the only slightly more sensible option of working in the music industry.

But even that proved too dull for Lara. In her mid-twenties, she set off from London with her boyfriend in a battered VW van. Their aim was to drive to India. They arrived a quarter of a year after adventures with warlords and after having seen many mind-blowing sights.

Today, the boyfriend in the beaten-up VW van is Lara’s husband. She lives with him and their two children in Vancouver, Canada close to the ocean and the mountains. Lara writes every day surrounded by an army of cats. For Her Sister is her debut novel.

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The last movie I saw was…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I’ve loved each and every one of the Harry Potter movies, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from the latest installment in the wizarding world. I had thought, since Harry wasn’t in it, that I wouldn’t care for it as much. But truth be told, I loved it as much as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone…a movie I still watch every month, sometimes twice a month. I can’t wait to see if there will be another movie in the series, maybe featuring Newt as he journeys across the world to return each and every creature he’s carrying around with him. Or maybe we’ll get to meet more wizards and witches, each with their own tale.

I loved all the different creatures that kept escaping and loved the mischief they would get into. I even liked the muggle that Newt dragged along with him on his adventure in America. I might have actually liked him the most.

All in all, it was a great movie and I’d give it five stars! It’s definitely one I will be rewatching again, probably sometime soon.

 

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Spotlight: Or the Girl Dies

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Thank you, Charity, for having me on your blog!

My name is Rachel Rust and I’m an author of YA books, including my recent thriller, Or the Girl Dies (The Escape Series, Book One). In both reading and writing, I love all things mysterious, romantic, and thrilling. If it’s a whodunit, I’m all about it…especially if it ends with a kiss.

When not making up stories, I can usually be found with my husband, two daughters, and our hyper chug (chihuahua/pug).

I love connecting with readers and authors on social media, so please come say ‘hello’ to me!

https://rachrust.wordpress.com

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Or the Girl Dies blurb:

 

~Editor’s Pick~

 

One school project. One kidnapping. One night they won’t forget.

Natalie is an honors student with perfect grades. Victor is a drug dealer with a cryptic past. And when a school assignment forces them to work together, things spiral out of control.

Victor fails to complete his part of their assignment, so Natalie hunts him down the night before it’s due. But Victor’s kingpin boss interrupts their study date and drags Natalie down into a seedy underworld where anything can be bought and sold—including her.

Over the course of one night—while dodging bad guys and trying not to inhale—Natalie discovers shocking truths about Victor. And she’ll need to choose between preserving her perfect academic future and helping him escape his troubled past.

Except one final revelation about Victor may be too much for Natalie to survive.

 

Or the Girl Dies excerpt:

 

I had heard a ton of rumors about Victor. People said he had been held back a grade, maybe even two. He had Mexican cartel ties. He was a Russian spy. He had been infused with gamma rays and turned green when angry. Everyone in school had their favorite myth.

But there was one rumor that stuck and stuck hard—Victor Greer was a dealer. And not the car kind. Sophia said he had a brother who was in prison for federal drug distribution charges. And Josh once told me that Victor had taken up his brother’s helm at doing whatever it was that drug dealers do. Sell drugs and stuff, I assumed.

Victor took a deep drag off his cigarette and looked past me, over my shoulder. Black lashes fringed his dark brown eyes. On the inside of his wrist was a black tattoo—22. Nothing else, just the number 22. Maybe it was the number of people he had killed. Or the number of cats he had at home.

Smoke exhaled from his nose and Marlboro replaced the scent of ponderosa in my lungs. He gave me one last glance before turning to the driver’s door of his black Trans Am. It was smaller than Josh’s car, but just as loud when started up. Victor shut the door and drove away.

“This is so not gonna be fun,” I muttered as the impending dread of having to work with that guy settled into my stomach like a rock.

 

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http://www.evernightteen.com/or-the-girl-dies-by-rachel-rust

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/or-the-girl-dies-rachel-rust/1125940804

(For a complete list of buy links go to my website: https://rachrust.wordpress.com)

 

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Interview with Kaycee Witherspoon

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Today I’m interviewing Kaycee Witherspoon, the heroine from Rising from the Ashes (Flame Kissed book 1).

Kaycee, thank you for joining us today. I understand that you just recently moved.

Kaycee: Yes.  I left my life behind in my old town and decided a fresh start was in order. I think everyone should do that at least once in their life.

And this new life includes a job at the fire station, is that correct?

Kaycee: Yes, it is! I love my job there. The guys all welcomed me my first day and made me feel right at home. Everyone has been really great.

There’s a certain fireman who caught you though, didn’t he?

Kaycee: Definitely. Zarek is everything I’ve ever wanted in a guy, and I’m lucky that seems interested in me too. The moment our gazes met, I knew that he was special, and not just because it’s his job to be a hero every day. Although, that part is pretty amazing too.

How did the two of you become so close so fast?

Kaycee: Well, my first day of work, I went out to the parking lot and discovered my tires were slashed. Zarek was there and he was really concerned. One thing led to another, and we ended up dating.

So, what can we expect from Rising from the Ashes?

Kaycee: Suspense. Romance. A little action.

Thank you for stopping by Kaycee! We look forward to learning more about you in your story, Rising from the Ashes.

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New Release – Rising from the Ashes

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Genres: Contemporary, Suspense, New Adult, Mainstream Romance
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Heat Level: 2

Kaycee Witherspoon barely escaped her last relationship with her life. Now that she has a fresh start in a new town, she feels like she can finally breathe. But is she relaxing her guard too soon? When she finds her tires slashed and her apartment broken into, she has to wonder if her past isn’t quite so far behind her.

Zarek O’Donnell doesn’t know much about the new assistant at his fire station except that her mesmerizing curves and bewitching smile have him under her spell. Even though she laughs easily and seems to light up around him, he can tell that there’s something darker haunting her. His protective side rises to the surface whenever she’s near, and he knows he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe.

When the lines of past and present begin to blur, there’s only one thing Kaycee knows. This time she might not escape. If she wants the new life she’s forged for herself, she’ll have to fight to keep it.

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Excerpt:

“You have to be exhausted after working until this morning and then dealing with my apartment this afternoon.” I nibbled my bottom lip. “What if I made dinner? I haven’t eaten yet, and I’m sure you haven’t either.”

“I have a better idea. Why don’t we order some pizzas and watch TV for a while? We can sit on the couch and just relax for the rest of the night. Put on PJs and kick back.”

I arched a brow. “You own pajamas?”

“Well, I own pajama pants. Does that count?”

Holy Jesus, was he seriously going to run around without a shirt? Because I wasn’t sure my hormones could handle it. The hint of muscle I could see through his t-shirts was enough to make me drool. I didn’t think I could handle bare skin. Although, it would be a nice distraction from my problems, as long as I could keep my hands to myself. I wasn’t going to make any promises, though. A shirtless Zarek might be too much temptation.

He smirked, and I realized I was staring like an idiot.

“You just pictured me shirtless, didn’t you?” he asked with laughter flashing in his eyes.

My cheeks flushed. “No. Of course not.”

His grin widened a little, and he shook his head, clearly not believing me.

“If you tell me what you want on your pizza, I’ll place the order while you get comfortable.”

“I knew you were anxious to get me out of my clothes.”

My whole face felt like it was on fire. Before I could embarrass myself further, I bolted from the room and went to get a drink from the kitchen. I’d made a fresh pitcher of sweet tea last night and hadn’t touched it yet. By the time I’d poured myself a glass and returned to the living room, I could hear the shower going. I set my glass down and went to change into a tank and sleep shorts. They were old and comfortable, but they showed enough skin to be considered sexy. Do I want Zarek to see me as sexy?

I’d thought we would be roommates, co-workers, and nothing more. But the more I got to know Zarek, the harder it was to resist him. I’d felt that instant spark when we’d met at work on Monday, and I had to wonder what that spark would feel like if our lips touched. Would I feel the zing all the way to my toes? Just being near him was enough to make me tingle with awareness. I thought about him in the shower and wondered if he was as sexy dripping wet as I imagined him to be. I gave myself a mental slap, changed into my pajamas, and then returned to the living room. I couldn’t order the pizza yet since Zarek hadn’t told me what he wanted on his. I hadn’t paid close attention at work when the crew had ordered enough pizza to feed a small army.

I heard the shower shut off, and a few minute later, he wandered into the room.

My tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth, and I nearly choked on my own spit as he sank onto the sofa next to me. Holy hell, he was hot as fuck! His broad chest was well-muscled and his abs … I nearly fanned myself. As I whipped around to face the TV, before I got caught staring, I absently wiped at my chin to make sure I hadn’t been drooling.

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Spring is in the Air…

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I don’t know about you, but I’m enjoying all the springtime weather we’ve been having. Where I live, it’s been in the 60s and 70s since early March, which is unusual for us. Typically, March is when we get a lot of snow and ice, but not this year. I’m not sure that bodes very well for summer weather though. I have a feeling it will be scorching hot!

Did you have any big spring plans this year? I did a little spring cleaning, took the kids to the museum, and we’re planning a zoo trip over the weekend. What I really wanted to do was see the new Beauty and the Beast movie, but I may have to wait for the DVD. The animated version is one of my favorite Disney movies so I’ve really looked forward to the live action one, especially since Emma Watson is Belle!

My spring “to do” list also includes a lot of writing! I’ve been opening the windows in the mornings to let in the breeze and fresh air, putting on a favorite movie or playlist, and I’ve just been letting the words flow. As part of Camp NaNo, I’ve managed to write quite a bit of the second Flame Kissed book. With some luck, I’ll have it finished before the end of the month!

I haven’t had as much time to read as I’d like. I’ve downloaded a few things to my Nook that I intend to read soon. Would you like to know what a few of them are?

Enchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Forever Country by Brenda Kennedy

Fielder’s Choice by Pamela Aares

Bride by Mistake by Nicole Helm

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Playlist for Rising from the Ashes

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Want to know what I listened to while I wrote Rising from the Ashes? I’ll be happy to share my playlist with you! These are the songs I listened to on a loop while I worked on the story.

Halestorm – It’s Not You

Flo Rida – My House

The Offspring – Gotta Get Away

Meatloaf – Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Harmony – Dreaming Awake

Green Day – Basket Case

Foreigner – Hot Blooded

Journey – Wheel in the Sky

Kansas – Carry on my Wayward Son

Madison Rising – Marines’ Hymn

Taylor Swift – Blank Space

Pitbull – Timber

The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be

When I got burned out on listening to music, I would switch to playing movies in the background while I worked. Want to know the movies I listened to?

Sixteen Candles

Corpse Bride

The Heartbreakers

Maid in Manhattan

While You Were Sleeping

Practical Magic

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