14 December 2013

Title: Out of the Ashes (The Ashes Series Book 1)
Author: Diana Gardin
Publisher: (December 12th, 2013)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: Out of the frying pan and into the fire…

Paige Hill is discovering who she is again after losing everything she loves in a tragic fire. She’s endured a long road to recovery with the help of her best fiend Gillian and is finally beginning her life again: college, a job, and a blossoming love she never even saw coming.

Clay Forbes is the notorious campus playboy. He’s a star athlete, a senior architecture major, and the only son in a family with power and money back in his hometown. When he crashes into Paige, his whole perspective on life shifts, and his world as he knew it becomes nonexistent. He’s wrapped up in her.

They’re both learning how to love, but Clay’s ex-girlfriend Hannah won’t make it easy for them. She puts a target on Paige’s back, and won’t stop until she’s derailed their budding romance once and for all. Who will be left standing after the ashes settle for the second time?


          I moved my finger across her face to trail down across her…scar? It wasn’t a line in her skin like a scar was. It was more like the skin on that side of her face was patched. I ran a finger over it, and then leaned closer so I could look in her eyes.
          “Does this hurt?” I whispered.
          She flinched at my touch, but didn’t pull away. She shook her head slowly, transfixed in my stare. Was she as hypnotized looking into my eyes as I was looking into hers?
          I continued to stroke the puckered skin. What was her story? There was so much buried pain in her eyes that it hurt to look at her sometimes. I needed to know the source of it. But I couldn’t push her to tell me. She’d shut down and run away from me.
          So I did the only other thing I could think of. I leaned in and kissed the imperfect skin. Just once. Her breath caught in her throat, and her body tightened. I didn’t move, just inhaled deeply. Her scent overwhelmed me at this distance. She must have just taken a shower before she left her apartment, because she smelled like vanilla and something spicier all at once. I inhaled again, and as I leaned forward my lips brushed her cheek again.
          “Clay,” she said in a ragged whisper.
          My other hand drifted around to smooth the hair out of her face.
          “Paige,” I replied softly.
          “What are you doing?” Her voice was barely audible.
          Her mesmerizing green eyes still had me frozen, and a battle raged inside me. Half of me wanted to take her face in my hands and kiss her until the sun came up. The other half told me it would be a mistake, that I would send her running. The side of me that lacked self-control won, and I closed my eyes as I leaned forward to press my lips against hers.

About the Author: 

I’m a mom before I’m anything else. When I finally felt brave enough to quit working and stay at home with my oldest daughter, the idea of becoming an author was born. So now I’m a mom, a wife, AND an author. And I love being all of those things. I live in South Carolina now with my family, but I’m a Southeastern Virginia girl at heart. I love books, steak, and television, and I hate working out. My two kids are Carrington, age 3, and Raleigh, one. We also have a four-legged family member of the doggie variety, whose name is Landis.I've released a YA Contemporary Romance novel entitled Color Blind, and Out of the Ashes is my first NA Romance. Look for the sequel to be released February 2014.

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