What if you lost the most important person in your life and never got to say goodbye? Worse still, what if you lost them without giving – and asking for – the forgiveness necessary to mend your relationship? Seventeen year-old Zoe Gray comes face to face with this dilemma in DUSK, my newest young adult paranormal romance.
In the spring of her junior year of high school, tragedy strikes her family not once, but twice, and her life will never be the same. What she doesn’t realize is that she has the power to choose whether she’s changed for worse… or for better. Adrian Shaw arrives on the scene, intent on helping Zoe work through her problems. He has the uncanny ability of showing up at just the right moment, and it’s not long before Zoe realizes that there’s more to Adrian than meets the eye. Much more.
DUSK is a story of forgiveness, grace, and second chances… something I think everyone can relate to. I hope you’ll come along with Zoe as she learns that the road to forgiveness is filled with heartache… and love.
Zoe Gray lost her father… in more ways than one. Angry and bitter, Zoe 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?
“Why are you paying so much attention to me?” There, I said it. Just put it all out there.
“Is it that hard to believe that I’m interested?” He reached for my hand, pulled me closer to him. “That I want to get to know you?”
Inside my chest my heart hammered and I could hear the blood rushing through my veins. The nearness of him and the sincerity in his voice made it difficult to breathe.
He took my free hand and threaded our fingers together, using both hands to pull closer, until I was almost flush against him. Tilting my head, I found his baby blues locked on me. The sun had begun its descent behind the trees as dusk settled, the sky glowing a warm orange.
“I’ve got a lot of baggage,” I whispered. “I’m practically a basket case.”
He raised one shoulder in a casual shrug.
“Why me?” I hated that I still needed reassurance.
“I found what I was looking for when I saw you.”
And just like that my world shifted, tilted on its axis. My chest tightened with emotions so foreign, so intense, their beauty almost painful. The cool water swirled around my ankles as I shifted, trying to rebalance myself and not crumple at his feet.
Adrian was a man of few words, and his few words had slain me.
“I can’t claim to understand how you feel,” he said, squeezing my hands. “And I won’t always have the answers. But I can listen. And I can care. All the time.”
Staring up at him, I could not find the words to express the feelings bubbling inside. He didn’t seem to mind my silence. His eyes stayed glued on mine, a sweet smile playing across his face.
“Okay,” I whispered. It was the best I could come up with.