"Dusk" - Sneak Peek and Cover Reveal

I'm excited to share that "Dusk", my new YA Paranormal Romance, will be released in early 2014!

I'm just thrilled with the cover. I absolutely LOVE all the different colors of the sky! I think the picture really captures the magic of those moments when afternoon gives way to evening. A special shout out to Debi Warford for some invaluable assistance in getting the motorcyclist and his shadow placed perfectly!

"Dusk" is different from my previous two books, both of which were a part of the "Sky Cove" series. It's a story of family and love, tragedy and grief, but most of all it's a story of grace and forgiveness, a message that's very close to my heart. I hope readers will be encouraged by the message that everyone deserves love, forgiveness, and a second chance.

Here's the blurb:

Zoe Gray lost her father... in more ways than one. Angry and bitter, she spends the summer before her senior year of high school doing everything she can to forget, legal or not. But a close call triggers a reality check, and Zoe decides to put her life back together, a task that proves a lot harder than she thought. 

Adrian Shaw shows up on the first day of school, creating quite a stir with his striking good looks and gleaming black motorcycle. But Adrian is much more than a "biker boy", and as Zoe discovers, he may just hold the key she needs to put her life back on the right path.

But as they do battle with evil forces that want nothing more than to destroy Zoe's chance at a normal life, will their feelings for one another make them stronger, or be the reason Zoe's happiness slips away forever?

And will Zoe learn to forgive before it's too late?

Read on for an excerpt!

I waited on the front sidewalk with the other kids whose parents picked them up.  By and large they were all either too young to drive or unfortunate enough to have overprotective parents who wouldn’t let them ride the bus.  Then there was me – a licensed driver who’d lost her keys thanks to reckless behavior.

I saw him – ebony hair guy from the cafeteria - just as I noticed Mom driving down the street and pulling into line with the other parents.  The motorcycle was hard to miss, large and gleaming black, standing between two pick-up trucks, looking completely out of place and totally cool at the same time.

He picked up the helmet and turned to look straight at me, like he meant to.  Like among all the other people in the parking lot and waiting on the sidewalk, he’d picked me out on purpose. 

I couldn’t help but look back.  There was something so familiar about him.  Even from a distance I could tell he was tall, at least a head taller than the boy getting into the truck next to him.  His hair, dark and just long enough to turn up on the ends, was just the right amount of messy.  I couldn’t see the color of his eyes, but the deep dimples in his cheeks flashed when he smiled at me.
He. Smiled. At. Me.

A breeze swirled around me and seemed to warm me from the inside.  A sense of rightness simmered and hummed around in my soul, as if somehow he’d flipped the switch that had shut off when my dad died.

Check back often for announcements about some "release week fun" I have planned!

Happy reading and writing... and a very Merry Christmas to all of you!


  1. And her mom is arriving just at that moment... super bad timing, she could have had a bike ride. Or is she going to get one anyway?

  2. I love the last sentence of this---and the premise is very interesting!

  3. Great snippet. (I hope Mom's timing isn't that bad throughout the rest of the book! LOL)

  4. Loved this snippet and all the promise inherent in this guy's look...can't wait to read more!

  5. Did she lose her keys to the family car (mom) or her license (illegal driving)?

    1. Her mom took her car keys after Zoe demonstrated some realllllly poor judgment over the summer!

  6. I love this snippet, especially the last line.