Swoon Thursday (173): Works in Progress

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Hey, y'all! Ashley here.  I know, it's been a while.  All of us have been swamped lately, between sicknesses, writing, editing, jobs, etc. so we decided to cut back to doing Swoon Thursday posts once or twice a month.

Now, I hope you're excited for the title this week, because it probably means exactly what you think it does...we're all sharing teasers from our works in progress!  I hope you enjoy them all!

Happy Thursday, y'all!

ASHLEY:  My swoon is a long one, from my WIP, currently titled I COULD WRITE A BOOK (although, it's already gone through three name changes, and might change again): :-D

Everywhere he touches me, I feel like I’ve been burned, but in the most delicious way; like when your skin first starts turning pink from being kissed by the sun. And his hands are everywhere, moving up and down my spine.
Asher’s tongue lightly runs along the length of my lips, and I only hesitate for a millisecond before letting him in. I move my hands down to his shoulders, then slowly run them down his arms. His hands move under my swim suit cover up, and as his hands touch my bare skin, I let out a delicious sigh. He breaks our kiss, but only to move his lips to my jaw, and then he kisses his way to my neck. But as amazing as this feels…
“Yes?” he replies in between kisses.
“I am thoroughly enjoying this, but I think we need to stop.”
He freezes, then pulls away, just far enough for me to see his widened eyes. “I’m so sorry Becca, I didn’t think—”
“Asher. There’s nothing for you to be sorry for! It’s just, I made a promise, as you know, and if I don’t cool off, it will be extremely difficult for me to stop.”
He lets out a sigh of relief, and a small smile forms. “Don’t forget, I made that same promise too. See?” He leans his torso away from me, and pulls his t-shirt off. Around his neck is a silver chain, and his purity ring is hanging on it in the middle of his chest. “And speaking of cooling off…” Asher puts one of his arms under my knees, and the other around my back, standing up with me in his arms.
“Asher what are you—”
“Bazinga!” he shouts, as he jumps off the side of the pontoon into the water, with me in his arms.
Well, that’s one way to cool off.

He plants his lips on mine. I’m stunned, but I kiss him back, my hands finding his waist. He continues to hold my face like he’s afraid I’ll pull away. I have no intention of doing that. I wrap my arms around him, pulling him closer, and his hands finally lower. His lips leave mine and trail down my neck. He brushes my hair aside, giving himself full access to my bare skin. I bite my lip to keep from moaning and squeeze his T-shirt in my fists.    


I can feel Quinn’s hesitation in his stiff posture, the tension straining his muscles. Then, with too much caution the UNSUB would never possess, Quinn wraps his arm tighter around my neck and flattens his other hand against stomach.

“He would only sexually degrade her after he felt stripped himself,” Quinn says, his voice low and testing. Sliding his palm slowly downward, his fingers splay over my hip, then being to inch the tight material of my dress up.

The shock of cold air hitting my skin sends a buzz to my head, the room bleeding away at the corners. As his hand roams lower, inching my thighs apart, my breathing intensifies. I can feel his own labored breaths against my back, his thick want along the crease of my backside.


“Why save me?” I ask, disappointed now that he did. Seriously, it was probably our one chance to be free of Marissa. “You should’ve let me drown.”
His muscles tense, and a dark, humorless chuckle rumbled from his chest. “Don’t think I didn’t contemplate it. But if I’m going to suffer on this God damn island, I’m not going to suffer alone. I can make your life as much of a living hell as you’ve made mine.”
The coldness of his words makes my skin unravel with goose bumps, my limbs quake, and my heart shatter. Honestly, what did I expect him to say? Because he loves me? Because he feels the same connection I feel whenever he touches me or I look into his eyes? He thinks I’m Marissa, for crying out loud, and I let him believe that.
I go limp, so defeated that I wish the sea had killed me. “Are you going to let go of me, now? Or are we going to cuddle in the sand for the rest of the day?”
Actually, my suggestion doesn’t sound half bad. Even Cole hesitates, intriguing him in some way or another. I can feel his true desire pushing up against my thigh. Every part of him is so stiff, part of me is afraid what action to take next. Seducing Cole isn’t exactly the first thing on my mind, and it’s completely out of the question.


He brushed his thumb across my jaw. “Instead of giving up in the hospital, like most people would’ve done, you walked away optimistic. Grateful even. I’m in awe of you.” Justin looked deep into my eyes and said, “Peyton, you make me want to be a better guy. I want to deserve those sweet smiles of yours. I—”
I leaned forward and kissed him.
Words wouldn’t express what he did to me. My heart felt heavy, so overflowing with love for this wounded, insecure boy that I couldn’t contain it all. So I put it in my lips. In my mouth and in my tongue and in my small gasp of surprise when Justin yanked my body flush against his.
I gave myself over to emotion, threading my fingers through his thick, dark hair. Deepening the kiss and tangling my tongue with his. Dizzying desire whipped through my body, fogging my head with want, and settling in a warm pool of tingles in my belly. Goose bumps danced across my skin as the cool, crisp taste of mint exploded on my tongue.
Wow. The word set off a flame in my blood. It was a claiming, every bit as much as his lips as they ravaged my mouth, taking over control, possessing me. And I wanted to be his. Completely, in every way I possibly could. 

Delicious Repeats:

JESSICA:  Swooning over WICKED by Jennifer L. Armentrout : 

Ren cupped my cheek, his hand gentle as he tilted my head back, and before my heart could take another beat, he kissed me.  
It was no slow or seductive kiss.  
He claimed my lips as if he were laying claim to my body, to my soul, and every part of me. His mouth was demanding as he tilted his head, his lips moving over mine, his tongue tracing the seam of my lips, willing them to part, and I...I opened for him. My lips parted, and he made this sound, this deep animalistic groan that sent flames lapping over my skin. The kiss deepened, and his tongue slid over mine, along the roof of my mouth. He took me with his mouth, tasted me and claimed me.  
When he lifted his head, he was breathing deeply as he stared into my eyes. They swirled in a multitude of greens as he dragged his thumb along my lower lip.

HEATHER:  Swooning over LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins:

I kiss him like I've never kissed anyone before.
He doesn't move. His lips aren't moving.
My head jerks back in alarm. I've acted rashly, I've pushed him too quickly---
He collapses to his knees and yanks me back to his lips. 
His kiss isn't even remotely innocent. There's passion, but there's also an urgency verging on panic. He pulls me close, as close as my dress and chair will allow, and he's gripping me so tightly that I feel his fingers press through the back of my stays.

NEREYDA:  Swooning (TWICE!) over THE HOOKUP by Kristen Callahan:
"I want to kiss you, Anna."
My breath hitches.  I'm all the way under the covers now, in a dark heated world.  And there's nothing but his voice.  "I think about it all the time.  How soft your lips will be?  What will they taste like?  Will you make those sweet little noises like you do when we make love?"


“Why won’t you let me kiss you, Anna?”
I can’t breathe.
“Why, Anna?”
“It’s too much,” I rasp.
“Not when I want everything.” He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. “And I want everything with you, Anna.”

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Need to Read March 2015

We've waited for these books, drooled over their covers, and added them to our TBR lists. Now, they're here. Need To Read is a monthly meme, posted on the first Tuesday of each month, to highlight the books that we just need to read and can because they release this month! Want to join us? Grab the button, post your Need To Read list, and leave the link in the comments.

Here are my Need To Read books of March 2015:

The Norns think they’ve won,
but it’s hard to control a teenager,
let alone a powerful one…

Raine Cooper’s life should be perfect. She’s an Immortal Seeress, most likely to be elected Prom Queen, and envied by the girls at Kayville High for dating the dreamy quarterback, Torin St. James. Instead, she’s haunted by the smug facial expressions the Norns’ wore during their last meeting.

As a Norn-In-Training, Raine crossed the line long ago when she sided with the Valkyries and Mortal Witches. When the Norns return with demands of their own, Raine feels trapped. She must repair the battle grounds and wipe out the memories of every Mortal witness. Torin tries to convince her that the Norns are manipulating her, but she refuses to listen. At least until the Norns’ demands focus on someone she loves. When Raine refuses to cooperate with them, their punishment is swift and gut-wrenching, turning her pain into fury.
Raine plots revenge on a massive scale and makes deals with unsavory allies. Her goal? Total destruction of the entire Norn race. Raine’s only hope of salvation is Torin, but how much will he sacrifice to save her?

(I usually edit Ednah's books, which is so much fun because I love her writing, but this time around my editing schedule was booked and I had to pass on this one. Still, I'll be grabbing a copy to see how this series continues.)

Expected publication date: March 17 (Firetrail Publishing)

Mike Hannigan is looking for love in all the wrong places. Maybe that’s because having his heart torn to shreds by who he thought was the perfect girl left some emotional scarring. But that’s about to change. 

Summer Patterson isn’t like anyone Mike’s dated before, and he can’t help but be intrigued by her. Now if only he could keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to win her over. But when a secret involving Summer brings Mike’s past crashing back to the present, he’ll need some backup from his best friend and wingwoman, Mindy, to sort out the mess.

Will Mike find love before he leaves Timberland College for good?

(Okay, yes, this is my book, but I'm really excited about it.)

Expected publication date: March 17

The gods of chaos cannot be trusted.

Since battling her best friend, Darlena’s grip on Red Magic has been shaky. She heads to Scotland after the Winter Solstice in search of another Red Witch.

On a sightseeing excursion with girls from her hostel, Darlena arrives at The Vaults, a mysterious underground city beneath Edinburgh. But there is something there that make Darlena’s instincts go haywire, as she lets loose a defensive burst of Red Magic, putting everyone around her in danger.

If there was ever a time when Darlena needed the help of another Red witch, it was now. But beware the witch who wields Red Magic

(I really liked Daughter of Chaos, so I'll be checking out this sequel for sure.)

Expected publication date: March 31 (Month9Books)

When Stephen is forced to move back to the nowhere town where his father grew up, he’s already sure he’s not going to like it. Spencer, Michigan, is like a town straight out of a Hitchcock movie, with old-fashioned people who see things only in black-and-white. But things start looking up when Stephen meets the mysterious twins Cara and Devon. They’re total punks–hardly the kind of people Stephen’s dad wants him hanging out with–but they’re a breath of fresh air in this backward town. The only problem is, Cara and Devon don’t always get along, and as Stephen forms a friendship with the charismatic Devon and something more with the troubled Cara, he starts to feel like he’s getting caught in the middle of a conflict he doesn’t fully understand. And as Devon’s group of friends, who hang out in a cemetery they call The Playground, get up to increasingly reckless activities to pass the summer days, Stephen worries he may be in over his head.

Stephen’s fears prove well-founded when he learns of Spencer’s dark past. It seems the poor factory town has a history of “bad times,” and many of the town’s oldest residents attribute the bad times to creatures right out of an urban legend. The legend goes that the only way the town will prosper again is if someone makes a sacrifice to these nightmarish creatures. And while Stephen isn’t one to believe in old stories, it seems Devon and his gang might put a lot of faith in them. Maybe even enough to kill for them.

Now, Stephen has to decide what he believes, where his allegiances lie, and who will really be his friend in the end.

(I haven't read anything by Heather Brewer in a while and this sounds really good.)

Expected publication date: March 31 (Harper Teen)

What do you Need To Read this month?