Awaken (Book One of the Awakened Fate series) by the fabulous Skye Malone has arrived! This young adult paranormal romance, published by Wildflower Isle, promises to be an enchanting read.
Running away from home was never Chloe Kowalski’s plan. Neither was ending up the target of killers, or having her body change in unusual ways. She only wanted a vacation, someplace far from her crazy parents and their irrational fear of water. She only wanted to do something normal for once, and maybe get to know her best friend’s hot stepbrother a bit better at the same time.
But the first day she goes out on the ocean, strange things start to happen. Dangerous things that should be impossible. Things to which ‘normal’ doesn't even begin to apply.
Now madmen are hunting her. A mysterious guy with glowing blue eyes is following her. And her best friend’s stepbrother seems to be hiding secrets all his own.
Awaken is only 99 cents and is now available at Amazon (Kindle,Paperback), Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords. You can also add Awaken to your Goodreads list here.
“You ever been to the ocean before?” Noah asked after a moment.
I shook my head. “I always wanted to see it, though.”
A heartbeat passed as he watched the water. “You could’ve come with Baylie to visit us sooner.”
I glanced at him. He didn’t look at me. “It’s complicated.”
Silence returned. I swallowed, still feeling awkward. It was just the two of us for as far as I could see in either direction, and from the way he was sitting there, he seemed like one of the stones, comfortable with the idea of remaining silently by the seashore for eternity.
Quieter, Baylie had said. I didn’t have much to go on for how he’d been before, but now… he was certainly that.
I looked down to my legs, absently noting the drying salt from the water glistening faintly on my skin. I probably should just go back up to the house. I wanted to stay, to get as close to the deep water as I dared, but with him here…
“I’m glad you came,” Noah said.
“Even if,” he acknowledged the words with a shrug, “it’s complicated.”
I hesitated. “Me too.”
He smiled and returned his attention to the water. “I always wondered what it would be like, growing up somewhere else. Somewhere away from the ocean. It’s just such a…”
“Force,” I filled in when he trailed off.
He looked back. “Yeah,” he replied, as though pleasantly surprised.
I could feel heat spreading like wildfire up my neck and I turned my face away, hoping the shadows hid the blush.
“And I can’t imagine what that’d be like,” he finished. “Not having it nearby.”
I hesitated. I didn’t know what to tell him. I’d always wanted to come here, and now that I was sitting only a few yards from the water…
It was like a sound you’d heard all your life, but so faintly you’d never noticed it. And now, being so close to the source, almost immersed in the amazing, overwhelming source, you suddenly realized what you’d been hearing.
And what you’d been missing.
“Not as nice as this,” I whispered.
He looked over at me. I could feel the blush coming back.
“You think everyone feels like that?” he asked.
My mind tossed up a few shining memories of my parents. They’d thrown away every picture of the ocean that I drew in school. They’d ripped pages from books that mentioned the sea. They’d punished me for asking them to paint my room blue.
“No,” I answered, certainty hardening my voice more than I intended.
“I mean, I’m pretty sure some people don’t,” I amended, trying not to grimace and hoping he wouldn’t ask for more.
He turned to me, and my throat choked from the way his green eyes searched my face. “But you do.”
I swallowed. “Yeah.”
“Yeah,” he echoed. “It seemed like you… I don’t know. Like you would.”
His brow furrowed and he looked away.
“What?” I asked.
He shook his head. “Nothing.”
About the Author:
Skye Malone is a fantasy and paranormal romance author, which means she spends most of her time not-quite-convinced that the things she imagines couldn’t actually exist.
Born and raised in central Illinois, she hopes someday to travel the world – though in the meantime she’ll take any story that whisks her off to a place where the fantastic lives inside the everyday. She loves strong and passionate characters, complex villains, and satisfying endings that stay with you long after the book is done. An inveterate writer, she can’t go a day without getting her hands on a keyboard, and can usually be found typing away while she listens to all the adventures unfolding in her head.
Skye also writes YA urban fantasy as Megan Joel Peterson and is the author of The Children and the Blood trilogy.
Happy Release Day, Skye!
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