Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Insatiable Reads Tour: Andra Brynn - Where I End and You Begin (@insatiablereads)

Join us for the Insatiable Reads Summer 2013 Tour

Today we're hosting Andra Brynn and her new novel

Where I End And You Begin

From the blurb:

In Japan, they say there's a red thread of fate that binds people who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. It may tangle, it may knot, it may stretch or fray, but it will never break. It is a future as indelible as the past.  I hope that isn't true. I pity anyone destined to meet me. 
For Bianca Ray, the past is always catching up, one way or another. Now in her third semester at college, it's doing it again. Too much drinking has led to plummeting grades and rising absences, putting her scholarships in peril. When she makes it clear that she needs help--all over the floor of her history class--she's given one last chance to shape up: seek therapy and bring her grades up by the end of the semester, or she's out. Enter Catholic seminarian Daniel McGuire. The last thing Bianca wants is an aspiring priest to counsel her on how to live her life, but the handsome graduate student is different from the holy rollers she fled from at home. Gentle and unobtrusive, he helps her pick up the pieces and find a new way to live: not running from the past, but facing it head on.  But opening up her heart to release the pain means that something else can come in. As Bianca and Daniel grow closer, their relationship moves onto dangerous ground. When they finally cross the line, the fragile courage Bianca has built up threatens to fail her. Can she exorcise the ghosts of her past, or will they catch hold and drag her down where not even Daniel can reach her?
An excerpt:


I blink. The voice didn’t come from the phone. Slowly I turn, teetering on my feet, to see Daniel McGuire lounging not twenty feet away against the brick facade of the bar. A cigarette dangles from his fingers, the cherry brilliant in the dark, his face a nightmare of clashing colors in the neon light. He’s staring at me with his mouth open, his phone pressed to his ear.

In a daze, I turn my phone off.

“I was just calling you,” I say.

A smile flits across his face as he lowers his own phone. “I know,” he says. “Any particular reason?”

I blink. My eyes feel hot, as though I were about to cry. But I never cry. I won’t cry.

“No,” I say. Then, “Yes.”

He pushes away from the brick wall, his tall, lean body all delicious, all restrained. He’s wearing fine slacks and a white button-up under a fitted sport coat. If we’d just met, I would have wanted to hook up with him.

But I can’t. I’m tired of fucking up my life.

“What’s wrong?” he asks, and his face is again all concern, all gentle thoughtfulness. He’s not thinking of anything but helping me.

I want to fall into him, but I don’t.

“I don’t know where I am,” I say. “I’m drunk. I don’t know where my ride is. I have to get back to my dorm, but I don’t have any money, I can’t call a cab, and I know you said it was to talk, but I... I just don’t want to call anyone I know, I just want to go home—”

He holds his hands out, as though placating me. “It’s okay,” he says. “I told you to call me any time of day or night.” He smiles “I said I wanted to help you. I don’t get to pick how. Don’t worry. I’ll take you home. I hate this kind of place. I’m just the designated driver for my friends. I’ll give you a ride.”

I want to hit him. He’s too kind. Someone is going to hurt him some day.

He moves toward me and stops just a few feet away. He’s so tall.

“I’m sorry,” I say. “I didn’t mean to call you, it was just a stupid thought, I don’t want to bother you if you’re out with friends...”

“Don’t worry,” he says again. “They can afford a cab. They’ll be fine.”

I try one last time. “I didn’t mean to call you for this…it’s stupid…”

But he’s shaking his head. “I’m here. You meant to call me, and here I am, right where you need me. Hey, pretty good timing on my part. We must have met for a reason, eh?”

I think about it.

“Yes,” I say. “Yes, we did.”

About the author:

Andra Brynn writes books. Obsessively. She lives in Texas and when she is not writing books, thinking about writing books, wishing she were writing books, anxious about not writing books, or passed out from writing books, she spends time with her husband, son, dog, and garden.

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