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Coral & Bone by Tiffany Daune Book Blitz + Giveaway!

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Coral & Bone 
by Tiffany Daune 
Publication date: July 7th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
 

Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

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Interview

Can you tell me a little bit about your book and what inspired it?

I love mermaids and magick, so I thought why not bring them together. Of course I couldn’t leave out shape shifters and sirens. I love fantasy realms and worlds. Heck my husband says I live in one, so why not write about one. Coral & Bone is set in the Earth realm and the underwater realm of Elosia. Coral & Bone is a meld of all my years of watching Disney movies and thrillers.

 

The Etlins in Coral & Bone are shifters. If you could be a shifter what animal would you want to be and why?

A crow because they are wickedly smart and eerie.

Coral & Bone is filled with magick and spells. If you could cast magick what would your first spell be?

I could have a lot of fun with magick. First, I would make sure no kids ever went to school hungry. So many kids start their day without breakfast because they can’t afford it. I don’t know how they can enjoy the school day with a rumbly tummy. I would cast a feast spell, so whenever they got up in the morning there would always be food on the table.

 

What is one of your favorite quotes?

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. ~ Albus Dumbledore

When did you know that you wanted to write professionally and how did you take the leap to get into the business? 

I started writing with the intent of publishing five years ago. I faced a lot of rejection letters, but I kept submitting and writing, until I received my first contract for Surface. Unfortunately, my publisher closed, and I had to start over. So, instead of resubmitting Surface, I wrote Coral & Bone and decided to self-publish.

 

Your first book SURFACE was published with a traditional publisher and CORAL & BONE was self-published, did you enjoy self-publishing and would you do it again?

There are pros and cons to both methods. A lot of writers are choosing a blended method and I think that’s a great way to go. I loved every bit of the process, but it was a lot of work. I was fortunate to have a great team of women working on Coral & Bone. I was blessed to have Alix Reid as an editor. She worked for Harper Collins for 12 years, and then the very talented Nathalia Suellen created the cover. Lastly, Tamara Cribley designed the inside. With this team, I would definitely do it again.

What book is currently on your nightstand? And who are some of your favorite authors?

I have five on my nightstand right now. I’m currently lost in the pages of Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

I could never pick just one, but I a few of my faves are Alyson Noel, Tehereh Mafi, Holly Black, Casandra Clare, John Green, and Kendare Blake.

 

What is next on your to read list?

I want to finish Looking for Alaska by John Green. I was busy with Coral & Bone edits when I started reading it and I had to take it back to the library before I could finish. I may just buy this one.

 

Can you share a little about the current title you are working on?

I’m currently writing book two of the Coral & Bone series. I hadn’t planned on writing a series, but the novel evolved and I found there was so much more I wanted to explore with Halen and Dax’s characters. In book two, I’m taking my main character Halen on one heck of a ride, so she better hang on!

 

What do you do to recharge your batteries?

This is a tough one, I’m kind of a workaholic because let face it I play all day. I love getting up knowing I’m going to make up a whole new world with new characters and bring them to life. I kind of know how Victor Frankenstein felt, crazy obsessed and thrilled when the story comes ALIVE. So when I do need to recharge, I unplug. I have to get away from the screen and spend time with my family. My family boosts me up and I’m good to go back to my lab, I mean laptop.

Can you see your work on the big screen?

I think most writers would love to see their work on the big screen. I’m a visual person, so when I write I’m already watching the movie play through my head. I’m just recording what I see. Coral & Bone is full of rich imagery. It would be amazing to see the three realms and watch the drama unfold within each.

 

Why mermaids?

You know when someone reads you a story as a child and it sticks with you forever?  Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid was that story for me.  I love the original and I adore the Disney version. But, it wasn’t until I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides did I find my mermaid muse for Coral & Bone.

 

If you could meet one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why?

Halen. Then I could apologize for all the crap I put her through. I’m not done with her yet, so she may need a hug.

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?

Believe.

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I write stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. When I’m not lost in Edit Land you can find me reading a book from my towering TBR pile or at the movie theater nibbling licorice. I don’t have a lucky number, but my favorite time is 11:11. I completely believe that the fortunes found inside cookies will come true and that you must be careful when wishing on stars. I live on an island, so if you want to visit you’ll need a boat, and if you want to survive the passage, be sure to bring candy for the mermaids.

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Armchair BEA Day 2: Author Interaction & More Than Just Words

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Hey guys! Welcome to the second day of Armchair BEA! BEA (Book Expo America) is a huge event featuring books, authors, agents, publishers and is basically a Bacchanalia for booklovers. Alas, it is in NYC and I’m on the West Coast so I will not be in attendance. But fear not! Because the lovely people at Armchair BEA have a great week planned for those of us who won’t be at the convention, and I’m participating!

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Author Interaction

So this is where I talk about Twitter. When Twitter first showed up, a few years ago, I was skeptical. I’m a writer, and the idea of having to limit myself to only 140 characters was…unpleasant. Daunting. So I never bothered to make an account. Until I discovered book blogging. Ensconced in Lit was holding a Twitter party. I had to figure out what that was, and when I realized there would be actual authors involved I had to give it a try. And I discovered that through that magic that is Twitter, I could actually interact with real live authors. This was also daunting, of course, but mostly amazing. Since starting my own blog, I’ve learned that through the magic of the @ symbol, I can notify authors of when I’m mentioning them, and sometimes they thank can me. Imagine!

And sometimes, Mary Lindsay reads my review of her book Ashes on the Waves, and leaves me a beautiful comment!

I don’t ordinarily comment on reviews of my books, but your last line really got me. *wipes away tear* This book was an intense experience–a labor of love. Thank you for taking the time to read and review Ashes on the Waves.

(It’s not letting me insert a gif, but that’s okay, because there aren’t any that can properly express my glee anyway)

And once, in response to my featuring her book for Grabby Paws, I got into a Twitter conversation with Victoria Lamb that involved sharing adorable kitty pictures back and forth.

So I’m officially a fan of Twitter, and all the author interaction it has facilitated for me.

But it still can’t quite beat meeting an author in person.

For a while I lived in Southeast Pennsylvania and they have an event there every May called the May Day Fairie Festival. It’s held on a beautiful farm in the middle of nowhere, and the best part of the event (I feel) is the Fairy Chautauqua. This involves a tent, about twenty people, an author (usually with an artist, sometimes one of two of each), and a discussion. At the last one I went to, Carolyn Turgeon read excerpts from her novel Mermaid while Charles Vess drew his interpretation on a white board. Then we all made poems or drawings interpreting a passage for ourselves. Hands down this event is what I miss most about the East Coast. If any of you reading live within driving distance I definitely suggest you check it out.

The first year I went, Holly Black was there. I’d just finished reading her Tithe series a few months before so I was beyond thrilled. I brought my copy of Tithe for her to sign and we took pictures.

I know it’s dark, but it was raining that day. It just makes her even more cool, that she was willing to drive from New York to a muddy farm in the middle of nowhere two states away just to hang out and talk to lovers of faeries and fantasy.

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More Than Just Words

Today’s discussion post is on  “those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story.”

Before I started blogging, when I was spending most of my time in the deviantART literature community, I ran a group called the Lit-Visual Alliance. There was a bit of a divide between the literature community and the visual arts community, since the latter was huge and the lit community not so much so. The idea of the group was to create literature based on visual images, and to create visual images based on literature. I was trying to foster the kind of creative cooperation that used to go into the creation of books. My mother collects old books, and my favorite is a copy of Wuthering Heights with woodcut illustrations interspersed throughout. Illustration didn’t used to be solely the domain of children’s books, and with the increased cost of printing (something we could fix if we’d start printing on hemp paper, but that’s another topic entirely!), it has sadly fallen by the wayside too often.

I had the idea for the group when I ran across a painting that haunted me so much I just had to write a poem about it, to tell the story of the creature painted within. So today, I’m going to show you the painting as well as my poem.

Child of Nature” by Anylia Larmina

Remnant

Washed up a remnant,
a relic of abandoned epochs,
she inhales her first breath in an aeon.

Air thick with soot,
pungent with poison,
sinuous hands fly to her throat 
as she sputters a curse
in a language long forgotten.

Beneath the slick surface of her murky realm
lost, she wandered on,
searched through centuries for a land
half-remembered in dreams.

Time and toxins took their toll
and when she arose from the depths
her scales shone bright with mercury,
glinting silver in the moonlight.

With trembling fingers
she combs starlight from her tresses,
brushes moonbeams from her curves,
counting lesions to her body, 
carved by knowledge, knives
or nothing. She no longer knows.

She shivers in the shadow of
impossible structures,
their quivering reflections rippling 
across the magic mirror 
from which she surfaced.
In the dark their glass eyes gleam,
a thousand starry-eyed monstrosities,
rake their gaze across her form.
She clings to the shoreline, 
jagged rocks and filthy sand. 
Another breath laced with smoke
and she feels herself fall.

“This land is not the one I have dreamed of,” 
she reasons. “I will find my way back to it one day.”

A lullaby of cities screaming sings her to sleep,
and like a marble image of long-lost beauty
she graces the land like a Goddess,
forever marking the place with her presence.

A discarded star slips unnoticed from her brow,
shimmers like a promise against the tainted shore,
before she sinks beneath the waves,
to upon waking, resume her search, once more.

This poem will be in my upcoming collection, “The Fall”, releasing in September. I hope you enjoyed it. 

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Thanks so much for reading and please feel free to comment!

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Interview with Fire of the Sea author Lyndsay Johnson!

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Fire of the Sea
By Lyndsay Johnson
Published: March 24, 2014
Publisher: 48fourteen Publishing
Pages: 379

Sharp, sleek, and golden. Like the dagger she has worn since childhood, eighteen-year-old Aeva is all three of these things. But there is something else that this mermaid and her prized weapon share – they are both hunted.

Hidden within the caves off Iceland’s dark shore, Aeva waits to take her place as the next ruler of the Meriads. But when Aeva uses her potent and alluring song to save a drowning human, she disrupts a delicate balance. Realizing she has unexpectedly bound herself to Gunnar, Aeva is torn between duty and love.

Aeva severs one life to begin another, and soon finds herself not only rejected by the sea, but also stalked by an old enemy. As the worlds of myth and man intertwine, Aeva will challenge fate to protect her own sacred relic and the man she loves.

But legends and lies cast an intricate net. With time and safety quickly unraveling for Aeva and Gunnar, there is only one clear course: Find and defeat Delphine before she can shift again.

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About the Author:

Lyndsay grew up in the wide expanses of Texas, where the only thing stronger than the accents was the state pride. An over-active imagination, tale-telling father, and encouraging librarian mother lead to her love of all things creative.

When it comes to books on her bedside table, young adult lit has always been a favorite (Blue Balliett, Libba Bray, and Stephenie Meyer, to name a few.) But it was actually an old, yellowing copy of Scandinavian Folk and Fairy Tales that planted a particularly relentless seed. Shapeshifters and sea nymphs began forming the seed of an idea that would eventually grow into Lyndsay’s debut novel, Fire of the Sea.

When she is not writing, you can find Lyndsay spending time with her family in the Rocky Mountains of Utah. She enjoys sitting in dark theaters, trying new gluten-free recipes, watching breaking storms over the peaks out her window, and secret naps.

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Now for my interview with the author!

1.) Your book is jam-packed with mythology. How much of that is adapted from existing legend and how much did you invent yourself? What was it like melding them together?

The mythology in Fire of the Sea is so intertwined, that it might be hard to pull it apart and distinguish between existing myth, and my own spin on things. I drew on Norse and Greek mythology, as well as Scandinavian folklore and the Icelandic Sagas (and other Norse texts). There are so many small details that are inspired by those sources. It took me over a year of researching myths and legends, before the story started to take shape. But I took it a step further by creating new connections between the Greek and Norse gods. It was fun to create my own class of mermaids, as well. I enjoyed finding ways to make them seem like they could actually exist (they are marine mammals, for example, and their skin functions a lot like a wetsuit).

2.) Iceland is a fantastic, unusual setting. Have you been there yourself? What was the setting research like? Any interesting facts that didn’t make it into the book?

I actually have never been to Iceland. But my husband (a filmmaker and photographer) is passionate about Scandinavia and especially Iceland. He shoots there multiple times a year, and comes home with amazing stories about the people and culture. The photos always blow me away. When I was trying to create a new world for mermaids that hadn’t been done before, Iceland jumped out as the perfect wild and wonderful setting for the story. Iceland is just being born compared to the rest of the Earth. So to have Aeva’s first encounter with the Earth as a human happen in Iceland really worked for me.

With three small children, international travel isn’t always feasible for me at this stage in my life. But setting the story in Iceland gave me a great excuse to do all kinds of research and experience the landscape—even if it was only virtually. Scandinavian culture is something we focus on a lot in our home (my husband’s side of the family has Danish heritage). It was very much a team effort between the two of us when it came to the research side of things. And I was able to learn so much more about a place that is so important to him.

My husband was able to actually shoot the footage for the trailer while on business in Iceland, so be sure to check that out, as well.

I have a whole file of notes on my computer that didn’t make it into the story. But that just means I’ll have a few more surprises up my sleeve if I decide to write a sequel!

3.) What was it about this story that made you want to write it? What is the “heart” of your story?

I had a dream that I was a mermaid. I had rescued a pilot who had fallen from his plane (he was being dragged under by his parachute). I was swimming through all of this billowing, white fabric. It was amazing. I woke up and had to type a rough draft of what would eventually become the second chapter in my book. So that was the initial inspiration for Fire of the Sea. But as I started to develop the idea more, I was so excited to write mermaids in a new way. I think the heart of my story revolves around fate and choice, and how the two intertwine. It isn’t easy or clear to choose our paths as teenagers. And I wanted to write a story that explored the idea of making decisions based on the heart and true passion and drive, rather than based on outer expectations.

4.) Would you be a mermaid if given the chance? What do you think it is that makes mermaid stories so compelling and enduring?

I think it would be fun to have the option to be a mermaid. I like the idea of going between land and sea. But I wouldn’t be lying if I said I had never pretended to be a mermaid while swimming in the ocean.

I feel like mermaid stories are so compelling because the world is so close to our own. It feels just out of reach, yet possible on some level. What’s to say they don’t exist? I guarantee each one of us has stared down into the depths of the sea and wondered—almost willed—a mermaid tail to appear. The bridge between our world and that of the ocean has always fascinated mankind. And it’s wonderful to escape into this hidden world.

5.) What draws you to the fantasy genre?

Fantasy lights a fire in me. I love being able to access the feelings I had as a girl when I read or write fantasy: wonder, delight, magic, mystery, suspense, the impossible made possible. I am also especially drawn to fantasy that is somehow rooted in reality. The idea of something enchanting, terrifying, or fantastical being just out of sight really appeals to me.

6.) What are you influences (books or non-books)? What books have made an impact on you and/or your writing?

I draw inspiration from many things—my dreams especially. I also try to observe the way my children interact with the world, the conversations between friends or lovers. Some of my favorite books and series include The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray, anything written by Suzanne Collins or Blue Balliett, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, and of course the Harry Potter series. I also like browsing through Scandinavian folk and fairy tales when I have a spare moment.

7.) Tell us a bit about your journey to publication.

I knew from the moment I started writing Fire of the Sea that this wasn’t a hobby. I had to publish this book. Of course it wasn’t an easy goal. I spent more than three years researching, writing, seeking representation, then ultimately going with an independent publisher. I searched for an agent for about a year. It was grueling, and I learned a lot about myself as a writer. I revised my manuscript more times than I can count. And I had a few close calls! There were agents who showed real interest. But I also received an offer from 48fourteen that just felt right for me at this stage. I like to call it my “Goldilocks” experience. Self-publishing felt too small. An agent and large publishing house started to feel too big. But an indie publisher that offered eBooks and print options felt just right—especially for a debut novel. (To read more about this, I have written a few posts on my author site www.lyndsayjohnsonwrites.com detailing the entire process from conception to publication.)

8.) Any advice for aspiring writers?

Well, I still kind of think of myself as an aspiring writer. Ha! I think the best thing I could say is to take risks when it comes to creativity. Do something that scares you a little (or a lot), and see how it changes your world!

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Lore: Tales of Myth & Legend Retold Book Blitz + $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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Lore: Tales of Myth and
Legend Retold
Release Date: 03/2014
Summary from Goodreads:
A collection of six
folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

 

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid… but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn’t believe in Native American magic–until the
dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do
it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love,
and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an
Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know,
or tear it apart?

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Author Bios:
Brinda Berry:
Brinda
Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers.
She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from
reality.  She doesn’t mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When
she’s not working the day job or writing a novel, she’s guilty of surfing the
internet for no good 
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Brinda at
www.brindaberry.com .

Karen Y. Bynum:
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unicorns, genies…oh my! NA/YA author, coffee-lover, olive-hater, tea-drinker,
music-listener. Random becomes me. Easily distrac—
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Laura Diamond:
Laura
Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and multi-published author of all
things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. When she’s not writing,
she is working at the hospital, blogging at
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Laura Diamond–Lucid Dreamer
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and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion.

Jayne A. Knolls:
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A. Knolls lives and works in New York City.  The Maker is her first
published work of New Adult Fiction. Jayne can reached at
JAKnolls@optonline.net

Theresa DaLayne:
My name is Theresa DaLayne and I’m a new adult
author with Bloomsbury Spark, an amazing digital imprint of Bloomsbury
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suspense and paranormal, with some action packed YA paranormal and fantasy
thrown in. I love to write, and I have been doing it most of my life. I’ve made
up stories in my head for as long as I can remember, and I am thrilled to be
able to write them down and share them with you. If you want to be the first to
know when the next book is released, or be in on some fun, exclusive contests
and giveaways, join my list here:
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Now for an excerpt! From
A Beautiful Mourning by Theresa DaLayne

I could not help but smile at the newly budded flowers scattered over the hills of the middleworld. My bare feet sank into the cool grass. It sprang between my toes, reminding me of the many walks my mother and I took together when I was a child.

It had been many years since she last strolled beside me. Many years since her soul left her body and joined the breeze of the heavens.

I paused beside a tree and lay my hand upon its bark.

I missed my mother’s laughter. Her sparkling green eyes and her sweet voice. No longer a child, I ached for her guidance and advice in the matters of life, and especially love.

A hummingbird buzzed past me and broke my gloomy thoughts. I turned and watched it hover over blooms and feast on the bounty of the nectar. I extended my hand. The tiny bird startled.

“I intend you no harm,” I said softly. It was not only for the mortals, but for the creatures of this realm that I tended to the greenery on which they depended to survive. I loved them, and wished them nothing but prosperity and joy.

Yet their happiness was a constant reminder of my sorrow, and some days, my heart did not have the will to carry on.

The rhythm of the bird’s rapidly pumping wings soothed my disparity and brought a smile to my lips. I lowered my hand and the creature vanished from sight.

It was then I noticed the large cat weaving between the trees. I smiled and stepped toward the jaguar. “Balam. How nice to see you. It’s been far too long.”

The middleworld deity slinked toward me. One large paw lazily moved in front of the other until he was close enough to touch.

His fur was like silk under my fingers.

“What special occasion brings you?”

Balam did not answer, which was typical for him. Even when in his human form, the middleworld god had never spoken a word. Instead he simply butted his head against my leg and rubbed his body along me. His tail brushed across my belly as he continued past me and headed to the forest.

I spun just in time to see Balam vanish into the foliage. There was no use in calling him back. He would wander in the forests and jungles until he decided to return. When that would be, I couldn’t say.

I turned back toward tending to the flowers. Spring in the mortals’ realm was my fondest season. It was, after all, the beginning of seasons in which I spent the most time with Kinich.

I pulled my hair to one side and wove it into a braid over my shoulder. My touch prompted tiny purple flowers to blossom in my hair. They were Kinich’s favorite color to see paired beside my skin.

My father knew not of our romance, though it could not be deemed a surprise. I was the tender of flowers and trees for the mortals, and Kinich…

I paused beside a struggling rose bush as the sun warmed my shoulders. My smile widened, and the grass, which I had raised from seedlings, flourished into thick, green blades.

A beam of light focused on the bush beside me. The branches bloomed with wild rosebuds.

I stooped beside the flowers and touched their silken petals. They were so lovely.

The sound of light footsteps caught my attention. The warmth of the sun intensified on my back. I took one last moment to admire the blooms before I stood and turned to see Kinich standing behind me—golden hair, and eyes that beamed with shades of orange and yellow.

He smiled.

My heart jumped.

His gaze wandered to the rose bush. “Your flowers no longer struggle for life.”

I arched my brow and strode toward him. “And you believe you are responsible for giving them life?”

“Perhaps.” He reached out and twisted my braid around his fingers. “Without my light and warmth your flowers would not bloom.” He allowed my braid to slip out of his gentle grasp.

I tiptoed around him. “And without my touch, the light which you provide would have nothing to nurture.” I walked past him and gave him my back.

“Then I suppose we need each other.” His hands rested on my hips and then rounded my waist. Kinich pulled my back against his chest. My eyes fluttered shut.

His lips grazed the curve of my neck, his breath hot against my skin. “I have no shame in admitting I need you.” He pressed a kiss on my shoulder.

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