We're happy to be part of Jessica Verday's tour for THE HAUNTED, the highly anticipated sequel to THE HOLLOW. To kick things off we have an excerpt (copyright by Jessica Verday) for you to enjoy! The review will be up on Thursday AND Jessica has generously provided a vial of her perfume, CASPIAN, for a giveaway!
After a summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with by the bridge where her best friend drowned - the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead - Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, determined to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into schoolwork, perfume-making and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be able to help her get over Caspian once and for all. But Abbey is never going to truly be able to move on from Caspian and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side: for Caspian is a Shade and Abbey is his destiny. The two are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow and the famous legend that binds their fates - a legend whose true ending and dark truths they are only just beginning to guess...
Squeezing my eyes tightly shut, I choked back tears. Did this mean I was still crazy? That I always was? “Caspian…,” I heard myself whisper.
He didn’t respond, but there was a rustling sound, and I opened my eyes again.
He’d moved closer, and in the darkness I could see bright green eyes. Their shocking color tore right through me, and my world tilted crazily. I’m falling…
Grabbing on to the tree for support, I stopped myself from pitching over. I cursed as I saw everything so clearly. It was happening again.
“I missed you, Abbey,” Caspian said quietly. “I know it’s wrong. That I shouldn’t be here-” He stopped and ran his hands through his hair. “God, Abbey, I missed you.”
My heart somersaulted, and I wanted to fly into his arms. Started to, then stopped myself. Remembering. “I don’t even know if you’re real. How can I see you? You’re dead.”
“I don’t know why you can see me. We’re both just…here.”
“But why are you here? I had to leave town. I had to go see a specialist. I thought I was crazy. Seeing things that weren’t there. You, and Nikolas and Katy…”
“Is that where you were? I thought you just stopped coming to the cemetery.”
“Of course I stopped going to the cemetery. Last time I went there, the boy I thought I was dating told me that he couldn’t love me because he was dead! I don’t know if I’m more pissed off at you for making me think I was crazy or for making me think you were alive.”
“I thought you’d be mad that I lied about not loving you,” he said softly.
“You lied about…not…loving…me…?”
He nodded, and the stripe of black hair that normally angled across his forehead fell into one eye.
“You love me?” I whispered.
He looked at me and said very clearly, “I think I’ve loved you from the moment I first say you, last year in the cemetery.”
I stared down at my hands. Once, I would have been happy to hear those words. Now they just left me feeling even more confused. “But you…I’m…You said that-”
“If you’re mad, be mad,” Caspian said. “I’ll take that over…” He shook his head. “The last time I saw you, I thought I…broke you, Abbey.” His voice came out in a whisper.
Thanks Jessica and be sure to check out the review on Thursday!
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