Thank you to everyone who participated in my recent giveaway by entering and sharing and congrats to the winners! I hope you enjoy your copies of Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover and A Different Blue by Amy Harmon. These really are some great books and I encourage all of you to check them out. You will not be disappointed. Here are the links again:
Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
A Different Blue by Amy Harmon
But now on to the fun stuff you guys have been so patiently waiting for...A NEW TEASER from Coast to Coast. This one is a scene at the beach party between Emerson and Shane. It features a song from Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, an incredible band that I had the privilege of meeting last month and plan on using their songs and lyrics throughout the book. So at the request of a few people close to me, the first song in the book is "I Only Need You" Enjoy the new excerpt and be sure to check out CC&SG's music too.
Wait! Logan! Shit! I sit up and push him off.
“Shane, really this is too much. I can’t do this. I’m not that kind of girl.”
“I know you’re not, that’s why I like you.” He rolled over on his side and propped up his head with his hand. “Emerson, I just wanna be around you. I find you intoxicating and I don’t care that you have a boyfriend, I’m going to say it anyways, because thoughts should be spoken out loud. And I don’t care if you laugh at me, but I feel like you and I are meant to be. I’m going to do everything within my power to drive Logan out of your mind so that I can fill that hole…and so much more. I want to own your heart.”
“Wow, that’s pretty intense for someone you just met a few hours ago.” I playfully slapped his arm. He grabbed my wrist and spun me onto my back. Once again his gorgeous face was looming over mine.
“Emerson, my soul has known your soul from the beginning of time and my heart is connected to yours for eternity. It’s only now that our bodies are finally meeting.” There wasn’t any playfulness anymore. This was serious. Intense. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. But I did. He had just knocked down every single brick out of the wall I had worked so hard to build. And it felt good.
“Shane…really, we have to stop.” I continued to stare directly into his eyes wishing that the words I’d just said would be ignored and he would really continue to hold me. Instead, he rolled over onto his back, tucked his hands behind his head, and starring up at the starry sky he began to hum. I relaxed myself into the sand as well and listened to Shane harmonizing with the music from the bonfire that was floating our way down the beach.
“You know this song? It’s beautiful. Who is it?” I asked as we continued to lay there next to each other on the beach.
“Yeah, I kind of know the lead singer, long story but we’re friends. It’s Connor Christian and Southern Gothic. They’re a really talented band and nice guys too. They had a bit of a break on their tour schedule so we got them to play the beach tonight. This song is actually called “I Only Need You” and it’s one of my favorites. It’s about a guy that has his heart broken because the girl he loves only wants him when she finds it convenient for her. He promises that when he finds his true love it will be just that. True Love. Unconditional. Unwavering. It’s a beautiful song because it changes from the conditional terms of “I only need you” to “I only need you” Very poetic and meaningful. But sorry, I’m just rambling now.”
“No, I think it’s interesting and beautiful.” I sit up and face him, he’s still lying recumbent in the sand. “You sound like maybe you know firsthand about that kind of heartbreak.”
“Yeah, maybe I do. But then again…no…I was young and I don’t think you could really call it love. But then again, you never know. Come on, we’re getting too deep now.” He pushed himself up out of the sand and offered me his hand to help me up. “Let me walk you back to your place. Give me your phone and I’ll download the song by them that you really need to hear.” I took his hand, grabbed my sandals, and handed him my iPhone after opening and logging into iTunes.
“Well, that is certainly an offer I can accept because I like being safe, but I LOVE good music. You’ve got a deal.”
-From Coast to Coast by Lisa Royea
-Music & Lyrics by Connor Christian & Southern Gothic