The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a week away! To help share our excitement, we’ve been shining the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day until the conference.
The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One. Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference held October 18-19, 2013.
Spotlight on Young Adult: “Conjure,” by Lea Nolan (Entangled Publishing)
His lips curl into a hopeful half-grin. “Yeah. You were at your dad’s, wearing that funky skirt of yours, and your hair was pulled up in a ponytail. I couldn’t believe how pretty you were.”
Holy. Sticklewort. Cooper Beaumont likes me.
I gulp, processing the words I’ve longed to hear for more than a year. This is way better than my fantasies. “Um, really?” My voice trembles with awe, and my hands quake. All other thoughts flee my brain. The only thing I focus on is what’s happening here, in this moment, now.
He inches closer, his lips hovering near my mouth. “Was I wrong? Did I misread you, Emmaline?”
“N-n-no,” I finally manage, then gush, “Gosh, no.” My lids shut, and my mouth parts slightly, yearning for him. A moment later, his velvety lips are on mine, soft and gentle. He’s smooth and so very kissable. Every inch of my skin sizzles.
Good luck to Lea and all our Golden Leaf finalists!
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