My preambles preambulate everything, BUT...this one truly does rock.
I'm going to do a cover reveal for a cover that's close to my heart for a book that's close to done written by a team of writers close to being the most fun-loving, amazing team who ever cracked each other up and pushed the boundaries of New Adult.
I may have mentioned before that Step Campbell and I began talking and those innocent words unfurled into more magical words, and by more magical I mean they stopped being hilarious emails about our wacky lives and started to be a book about our characters' wacky lives.
Wacky and sexy. And strange. And wonderful. And exciting. And, can you tell I'm in love?
It's been a busy summer, and I've loved every second of it. I couldn't have asked for a rawer, more honest, more hilarious writing cohort, and I'm so damn proud of this book we've created together!
So here's a tiny sneak peek at our baby. I hope you enjoy!
Nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad leaves her conservative Pennsylvania home for sunny California, looking for independence, a fresh start, and a place to stash her grief. She promptly finds a job at a tattoo parlor, a craptastic first apartment, and one friend—Ryan—who is a little less friend, a little more benefits.
Deo Beckett is a soulful surfer with a passion for tattoos and beautiful women. On the eve of his twenty-second birthday, he finds himself living with his grandfather, recently unemployed, and seriously adrift. He doesn’t know much about what he wants out of life, but he does know his current situation isn't cutting it.
When Deo meets Whit, she’s all sexy makeup and fierce, smart-ass fun. It doesn’t take him long to see past her tough shell. And when he gets a good look at what's under all the superficial stuff that usually gets his attention, it leaves Deo wondering if there might be more to life than living fast and free.
Too bad Whit has a past she doesn't plan on sharing—no matter how hot Deo is. She might want him, but she knows better than to let her guard down.
Deo falls for Whit, and falls hard. But everything about her, down to that mysterious tattoo and the way she thrashes in her sleep, tells him that the girl he loves is hiding something. And the more he pushes for answers, the more Whit pulls away.
Having your guard up is one thing, but are the lengths Whit goes to to protect her secret worth throwing away the second chance she has at happiness with Deo?
LENGTHS is a Contemporary New Adult Romance by Liz Reinhardt and Steph Campbell, to be released August 2012.
Cover by Todd Maloy, http://toddmaloydesign.com.
“Deo?” I turn and look at her, hands in my hoodie pocket. She takes a few tentative steps my way. “You have a phone?” She nabs her lip between her teeth again, like she’s about to do something she knows she shouldn’t, and it makes me feel this wild surge of triumph. I have a feeling her worst instincts are leading her straight to me whether she likes it or not.
And I’m betting she doesn’t like it much at all.