Eden Morgan makes a list of six goals to accomplish in order to have the best summer ever. Getting a boyfriend, which is perhaps the most important goal, becomes complicated when she and her best friend, Lexi, fall for the same guy. Since Lexi is popular, gorgeous, and always gets her guy, Eden thinks she doesn’t have a chance.
Channing Johnson is everything Eden’s ever dreamed of and she can’t believe he just moved in next door. When he starts showing interest in her, she’s overjoyed…until she sees him out on a date with Lexi. He says Lexi talked him into it to repay her for tutoring him. Lexi says they’re in love.
Eden doesn’t know who to believe and is forced to choose between her best friend and the guy of her dreams. Nothing is as it seems and no matter who she chooses, someone will get hurt.
After dinner, Mom suggested that we go swimming while the adults had coffee. Channing hurried home to change into swimming trunks and, when he returned, I was waiting in the pool. Still a little self-conscious about the few extra pounds I carried, I’d rushed at breakneck speed to get in before he came back. Not to mention that I was embarrassed at the old-fashioned one-piece I wore.
“Want to play some water volleyball?” I called as he sauntered across the patio.
“Sounds like fun.”
Channing climbed down the stairs into the pool. His chest was broad and tanned, his body pure muscle. He belonged on a magazine cover.
The breeze was warm, carrying the delicious smell of lilac from the bushes between our houses. I breathed in the scent as Channing swam under the water toward the deep end, his body just a shadow under the surface. Dusk had fallen, and the pool lights were on.
He surfaced, and I hit the ball. Channing sent a quick return, which I missed by inches. “Hey!” I yelled. “That’s not fair. I didn’t see it coming.”
Channing laughed. “Maybe you should keep your eye on the ball.” There was a teasing tone in his voice.
Stephie would have been right out there in the middle of it if she hadn’t gone to bed with a headache. I should go check on her soon. She was prone to the ones Mom called migraines, and sometimes they made her throw up.
We played until I was tired, and then we swam a while. I did some laps, glad that I’d lost at least some of the weight I’d put on during the winter. I was so lost in my thoughts that I hadn’t realized I’d swam too close to Channing until I surfaced and found myself almost in his arms. He reached out to steady me, and I stepped forward, attempting to regain my balance.
A shiver tripped over my skin even though the night was warm. My eyes locked with his, and I found myself lost in the mossy depths. He hadn’t released me, and his hands were warm on my arms.
We stood there, speechless, drinking in each other in with an odd kind of understanding, an odd feeling that all was well in the world and we were meant to be together. His touch and his gaze were so mesmerizing that I couldn’t have looked away if my life depended on it.
“Channing, you ready to go?” called his mother from somewhere across the patio.
The spell was broken. I backed away, hoping our parents hadn’t seen the magic that had passed between us. I wasn’t sure what my parents would think about my dating a senior if Channing asked me out.
“Good night,” I said, turning and diving under the water, my heart beating wildly as what passed between us seemed like a dream, a beautiful, surreal dream.
I surfaced on the other end and watched Channing retreat from the pool. He turned and waved and, just like that, the guy of my dreams, walked right out of my life.
Wow! Cool cover and awesome excerpt. Hey, Dawn, do you mind answering a few questions?
What does a normal workday look like for you?
I write all my books in 30-day spurts. I’m careful to choose months that I don’t think will be very busy in my personal life. I start with a loose plot and photos that I’ve cut out of magazines of my characters. I map out my daily word count on a calendar, which helps me to stay on track. I work 8 hour days and also am on call some weekends. I write during the evenings after work or on weekends if I’m not out on a call with my job. I try to write at least 2,000 words per day.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a natural born plotter. I can’t even go to the grocery store without a list.
What are some of your favorite things to do when you’re not writing? Least favorite?
Favorite? I have a new hobby. I’m raising guppies and killifish and having a blast. Least favorite? I hate to empty the dishwasher.
If you had a Friday night all to yourself, what would you do?
I’d either watch a chick flick, plot, or write.
About K. Dawn Byrd:
K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance and romantic suspense. Mistaken Identity, her first young adult romance released on June 15 from Desert Breeze Publishing. Queen of Hearts, a WWII romantic suspense released in April 2010 and was the bestselling book for her publisher during its debut month. Killing Time, a contemporary romantic suspense, released August 1, also with Desert Breeze Publishing.
When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years while walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.
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