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A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetary and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.
When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she’s intrigued despite herself. He’s an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely…familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel’s. The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there’s something very wrong with Alex Franks.
And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks’ estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.
Sounds cool huh?
That's the blurb from Strange Chemistry's up-coming release Broken, by A E Rought. It is due for release here and over the pond in January 2013. Above is the cover. I love it. It makes me want to dive right in and start reading!
You want more? Well it just so happens that we have been given a few snippets to share with you guys...
His leather jacket is warm, his flesh firm, and the electric tingle is missing when I touch him. The zing I feel racing my insides is shocking enough. Somehow, he manages to cleave the entire school from existence when he turns and steps closer. I look up but feel like I’m drowning.
“What’s up, Emma?”
“Why are you so nice to me?” Why did I ask that?
He knows the badass rumors floating around the school. He claims to use them to his benefit. So why is Alex so kind? Why does he look at me like I’m a gift he never expected to receive?
A short breath sucks between his teeth. Alex’s eyes widen, and I get the feeling he’s seeing me on a different level when he stares. His pupils dilate, the left a fraction smaller than the right, like a cat with heterochromia. His eyebrows sink, and scrunch closer together, and his gaze changes, as though he’s looking inside himself for the answers. A fist clenches at his side, then relaxes.
“I wish I knew,” he says, hanging his head in some kind of defeat. “I have to…”
He seems as shocked by that truth as I am.
For a moment he’s the wounded, scraped hollow boy I saw by the car, a sad jack-o’-lantern covered in deer blood and regret. Ghosts past behind his pupils, then his face closes off, and he grunts, “Gonna be late for class,” and stalks off.
Here is another one!!
A heavy breath escapes me, and if he wasn’t holding me so close, I might melt and pour from this dress.
Alex clings to me like I may honestly be a fairytale princess and when he lets go, I’m going to disappear. He pulls off one glove, tingles following his bare hand as it glides over the curve of my back, up my neck to tangle in my curls. He guides my head to his chest. Thunder rumbles in his heartbeat, and his electric surge slicks over my skin like warm oil.
Neither of us speak. Words have less meaning than time in his arms.
“There’s so much I want to say,” he whispers in my ear. I press my fingers to his lips. My heart jolts when Alex kisses them. Then he curls them in his gloved hand and holds my hand pressed above his heart. “Feel that? It doesn’t beat for me, Emma.”
I for one, cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this! One of you lucky readers however, will not have to wait until January to have a copy of your own! All you have to do is follow this blog and leave a comment with your thoughts about the cover on this post. It's that easy! Just follow AND comment.
The competition closes at midnight Saturday 21st July (BST) and is only open to UK readers. The winner will then receive an advanced readers copy (ARC/Proof) as soon as they are ready, in about a months time.
I will pick the winner at random on Sunday morning, and announce the winner on here on Sunday too. If you don't live in the UK then check out some of these blogs. They are also part of the giveaway and cover reveal.
Thanks for reading and GOOD LUCK!!
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