I’m a sucker for those desperate, private moments when a character is facing a powerful emotion. When the character alone and dealing with the aftermath of a major event or revelation. That’s exactly what my favorite romantic moment in Vanish is like.
It’s a very short scene, when Jacinda is in bed, staring up at her star-filled ceiling. Her mind drifts and she thinks about Will. Everything that they spent all of Firelight building together has been taken away. Jacinda is facing the reality that she might never see Will again. And even if she does, that things might never be the same.
There is so much longing in Jacinda, a desperate hope that somehow things will work out, even though she’s convinced they never can. As a reader, I can’t help but be moved by her pain. I can’t help but sympathize.
Maybe the thing I love most about this moment—what we all love about those moments—is that I’ve been there. Haven’t we all? Lying there in the dark worrying or wishing or longing for something or someone so hard that it makes your heart hurt. Sophie is a genius at drawing on those universal emotions and making us relive them through her characters. That’s what makes this scene so heart-achingly romantic.
I was lucky enough to get an early peek at Sweet Venom. There’s just so much to love about this book – namely following three intersecting storylines. Not just one great story – but three! Yes, three times the fun! Three times the romance.
Now Tera Lynn Childs only gives you a taste of the boy/girl relationships developing in the series. But those teasers promise good things to come. You can expect a lot more in books 2 and 3. In Sweet Venom we’re just getting out feet wet with our heroines (Gretchen, Grace, Greer), and that means we’re easing into their prospective romances as well. But believe me, Tera knows how to deliver chemistry and romantic tension with only a few words.
For example, here’s a sneak peek at a scene between monster-hunting Gretchen and the mysterious Nick. The sparring is light, but sexy, too.Love that interaction!! I predict things are going to get very interesting between these two. I’m more than intrigued. What about you?
“I thought cell phones were off limits at school.”
Nick falls into step beside me.
Are you kidding me? What kind of guy follows a girl after the face-flat rejection I just served him? He should be running away to the nearest cheerleader for consolation. With a face like his, he’d have no problem scoring the queen bee.
Not exactly sure how to react to his pursuit, I say, “They are.”
“I get it,” he says with a gut-tugging laugh. “You're that kind of girl.”
Stopping in my tracks, I know I shouldn't rise to the bait. But I can't help demanding, “What kind of girl?”
He steps ahead of me, pushes open the door to the cafeteria, and nods me inside. I move forward because I’m hungry, not because he’s holding the door like a real gentleman. I could care less if he’s got manners.
As I pass by he whispers, “The kind that ignores the rules.”
The hair on the back of my neck stands up at that display of arrogance. Easy as that, he thinks he can read me. Thinks he can put me in a little box as a certain type of girl. Well, guess what? He has no idea. No idea.
Stopping and spinning so fast he almost runs into me, I say, “I don't ignore all the rules. Only the ridiculous ones.” Then, as a smiles starts to spread across his face, I add, “But I do ignore all the boys who think they can figure me out in under five seconds.”
As I turn and blend into the crowded lunchroom, I think I hear him say, “Oh, it's been more than five seconds.”
About Sweet Venom:
Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster. Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though. Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they’re triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.
These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.
An Impossible Romance. Bitter Rivalries. Deadly Choices.
Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?
In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.
About Their Authors:
Tera Lynn Childs (Authora neo) is a newly discovered species of author fish who always dreamed of being a mermaid, but never got closer than a career as a competitive swimmer. She loves to spend as much time as possible in and around water (right up until her fingertips turn all pruney) in the vain hope that one day her legs will magically turn into fins. When stuck on land, Authora neo can be found writing in coffee shops across the country, prowling for cool mermaid gear on Etsy, and spending way too much time online. Visit her at http://teralynnchilds.com.
Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler. Visit her at www.sophiejordan.net.
Sophie and Tera Lynn’s upcoming appearance:
October 1 at Austin Teen Book Festival in Austin, Texas