Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Affiliate & Other Updates

1. THE AFFILIATE
September 15, 2015
Amazon ➞ http://amzn.to/1IpLp3N
iBooks ➞ https://itun.es/us/vo5a9.l

Look at this beautiful cover:


Yay! This book finally has a cover and a release date and preorder links! I've been doing daily snippet teasers, weekly ARC giveaways with excerpts, and weekly video blogs about the book! If you're interested in any of that, feel free to check me out here: facebook.com/authorkalinde

Otherwise, I CANNOT wait for you guys to read the first book in the Ascension series! This is my favorite series and while I knew it's a bit different (YA fantasy and all), I think it's pretty epic!

Q: What is The Affiliate about?

A: Watch this video here: VIDEO

Q: What inspired you to write The Affiliate?

A: Watch this video here:  VIDEO

Q: How many books is in the Ascension series?

A: 4! Right now. Plus a prequel! It sounds like a lot, but I hope by the end you'll be wanting more of Cyrene because she's a badass.

Q: Is it a love triangle?

A: I've been getting this one since I mentioned that there were multiple guys in the book. I really think the answer to that is NO. There are two guys in the book, King Edric and Prince Kael. However, I think it is pretty clear which guy Cyrene falls for. So, they might both like her but she only likes one. Got it?

2. ALL THAT GLITTERS SERIES


Q: I don't like to wait for books to come out because I hate cliffhangers. So I'm not going to read the Glitters series until Silver releases.

A: That's totally cool. You do you. However, THIS IS A STANDALONE SERIES! So Gold, Platinum, and Silver can all be read individually. They are about three best friends and their gold digging adventures. Diamonds (ATG, #1) can be read in combination with Gold or by itself. It's more of a prequel to Bryna's college story in Gold.

Q: When will Platinum and Silver release?

A: I'm not sure. I'm aiming for the next Glitter book to come out this fall and then next summer in an ideal world. See below.

DIAMONDS (#1, prequel to Gold) ➞ http://amzn.to/1DrMeGH

GOLD (#2, Bryna's story) ➞ http://amzn.to/1Hrk9Fl

PLATINUM (#3, Trihn's story)
expected FALL 2015

SILVER (#4, Stacia's story)
expected SUMMER 2016


Which brings me to my next point:

3. RECORD SERIES

Q: You said you were going to write Clay and Savannah's book and you haven't. When do we get them?

A: Dude, I know. I really desperately want to write Clay's book...like stop the presses here he comes. But I started the Glitters series and it is my main priority at the moment. Also, I'm FINALLY releasing my first YA fantasy book which I've been waiting on for three years so I'm putting that out first too.

I promise Clay will release after Platinum and you'll get Savannah after Silver. So, in reality it's not all that long because I'm a slave driver and release a book about every three months (less than that this year!)

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I don't think there are anymore updates. I think that's it. I hope that answers everything. If there are other questions...well, I can fill you in at a later date! 

BUT since you read to the bottom, I'm giving away an eARC of The Affiliate...just comment below or on the Facebook post!

<3
K

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Affiliate is COMING!!!


New book release information! Finallyyyyyyy, it's here!

TITLE: The Affiliate
RELEASE: September 15, 2015
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy (for lovers of Game of Thrones, Reign, Sarah J Maas, and anyone who likes my angst set into a new world full of romance!)

GOODREADS: http://bit.ly/1MtMM4Z
PINTEREST: http://bit.ly/1KInz8x

BLURB:

On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm's lifelong plans come to fruition when she's chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland—an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks.

When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene's position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have...

King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Q&A!

I recently held a Q&A and got some pretty awesome questions. I thought you would want to read all the answers in one place. Here you go:

Where are you going to be signing?
NYC in July
Melbourne in October
Birmingham, UK in June 2016


What is something you can tell us about Gold?
Be open minded about Gold. Bryna has a long way to go and like most of my characters doesn't always make the choices you want to get there. Also there are 4 NEW guys in this book just for B...

Any ideas for your next series?
Well I have 3 more Glitters series books, 2 more Record spin offs, and then a 4 book YA fantasy series. Book 1 The Affiliate out this fall! So after that I'm not sure. Maybe Donovan and Courtney from Take Me.

How are the wedding plans coming?
Wedding is pretty much all done. It's in 2 weeks!

You're killing me. Really? Four guys for B. I should start stocking up on wine now.
Yep. She's a gold digger. You can't expect just 1 guy! It's also centered around the college football team...so there are A LOT of guys! A whole football team worth.

Is Ramsey happy??
I like to think he's happy :)


Can we expect Platinum and Silver to be out next year with you releasing a new YA series?
Yes, Platinum and Silver should be out next year, but they're about her best friends. Stand alone series. I also expect Clay's book this fall, Savannah next year, and the second YA book next year as well.

What are Ari and Grant up to these days?
Grant is in LA recording the ContrBand debut album, and Ari is working in a Chem lab for the summer

Is Courtney dating some hot guy making Donovan super jealous?
Her mom is sick so she's home a lot. Not much time for guys. Donovan is busy being himself trying to outrun her ghost.

You know I LOVED Savannah from the first moment I met her. How is she? What about Brady and Liz?!
Savi is finishing up school and deciding whether to go to grad school for journalism like Liz or just start a career...or if that's even what she wants to do. Brady and Liz are so cute their disgusting.

I can't wait to read Clay's and Savannah's books. Who are their respective Hero and Heroine?
Clay and Andrea and then Savannah, Lucas, and Easton

Is Jude going to be in Gold or is that relationship over?
He's in Gold :)

If you could have a profession which would you chose and why??
This is my profession of choice. If I wanted one other than this it would probably be a politician or back up dancer.

Ok so my question is, did you change All that Glitters from what you had in mind at the start?
Gold has changed some from what I originally planned after I wrote Diamonds, but it's the same story still.

Are you still writing a pnr book? Is it ya or new adult?
Yes! I wrote an adult PNR called Blood Type.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Diamonds LIVE!

Diamonds (All That Glitters, #1) Available NOW!

 

Buy Links:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1DrMeGH
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1aJmtdG
B&N: http://bit.ly/1P5jD2k
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1JmywJz
iBooks: http://apple.co/1beaYeQ
Paperback: http://amzn.to/1G9BUY6

 
Bryna feels his eyes on her.
Hot, seductive, enticing.
 

He’s at least ten years older than her seventeen years, and he knows exactly what he’s doing to her with that look.
 

Walking away would be the smart thing to do…
 

But she can’t. Not that first night when he takes her home and claims her body. Not when he shows up in her life again with expensive gifts to win her trust. Not even when she’s falling for him, and everything else is falling apart…
 

Find out how Bryna goes from golden girl to gold digger in this tantalizingly scandalous first book to USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s All That Glitters series.

Goodreads http://bit.ly/1ohJR8L

GOLD (All That Glitters, #2) PREORDER!
Coming July 7, 2015.

Preorder:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1Hrk9Fl
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Ex4S4U

iBooks: http://apple.co/1bLVYWE
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1DgI0pv

The prey becomes the predator.
Love. That cursed four-letter word no longer belongs in Bryna’s vocabulary. The only four-letter word she knows now is gold.
…and fuck.
She’s well acquainted with that one. And that’s exactly what she plans to do. She’s no longer the golden girl, and when she meets a businessman who promises everything she could ever want from the arrangement, she intends to get her money’s worth.
Follow the conclusion to Bryna’s gold digging story in this scandalizing, duplicitous second book to the USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s All That Glitters series.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Avoiding Deleted Scene

Hey everyone,

I'm so excited to release this never before seen deleted scene from the Avoiding series. I hope you enjoy it! Leave a comment after you've read, and I'll pick one lucky winner to to win a signed copy of Avoiding Commitment.

<3
K


Avoiding Deleted Scene
© K.A. Linde 2015


Lexi crouched in the darkened interior of Bridges Enterprise. The lights were flickering down the hallway, casting an eerie glow that radiated to where she was camped out under a desk. Her heart beat rapid fire in her chest, and she was worried they could hear the loud thrum.
She didn’t know long she had been stuck in here. It could have been hours or just days. Her stomach grumbled, but there wasn’t much viable food around that they hadn’t eaten. She needed to get out of the city. The CDC had warned them, but she had thought they would all get out together. She had really believed them when they said they could put aside their differences in this state of emergency so they would all be saved.
But no.
Even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, Jack and Ramsey were still fighting for her. Just now for her…BRAINSSSSS.

***

Two Weeks Earlier

“Evacuate the city.”
Those were the words that changed everything. Some super virus had been set loose in Atlanta. The military was quarantining the city, and everyone was streaming out to the countryside like locusts. The Bridges had immediately set to work locking down their facilities and airlifting employees away from the deadly heart of the metropolis.
Lexi stood in a tight circle waiting for her turn on the helicopter. Bekah and Parker stood together chattering like high school girls in gym class. They didn’t seem to have a care in the world. When all of Lexi’s heart went out to the two people missing.
Jack and Ramsey.
“Where the hell are they?” Lexi asked. “They were supposed to be here all ready.”
“They just had to get one thing,” Bekah said. She watched her parents climb onto the helicopter.
“How could you let them go in this? I knew you were psychotic but allowing your brother and husband to leave in the middle of the worst scientific catastrophe of our lifetime, maybe any lifetime, is horrible…even for you.”
“How exactly was I going to stop them?” she asked, cold and deadly. “Don’t think for one second that you are the only person who cares for them. We’re all freaked out.”
Lexi didn’t even have the energy to argue. She was too anxious.
“Honey, that’s all we can fit on this trip,” Bekah’s father said. “We’re leaving the two military men with you just in case, and then we’ll be back with another helicopter as soon as we can.”
“You’re just leaving me here?” she shrieked. “You can’t leave us all here.”
“We will be back in a half hour. If we take anymore people on, we won’t make it out of the city.”
“I’m your only daughter. How can you do this to me?”
“Ma’am, please step back,” the military man said, pushing her away from the helicopter.
They watched it fly off into the afternoon sun. Bekah was shaking. “What if they never come back? What if we’re trapped here?”
“Keep it together,” Lexi said. “We’ll wait an hour and if they’re not back then we’ll find somewhere safe to stay until the morning.

***

Footsteps.
She could hear them somewhere on this level. They were getting closer. She knew she didn’t have much time left if she had any hope of escaping this insanity. The only thing she didn’t understand was why the helicopter had never returned to pick them up. Maybe all of this could have been forestalled if the helicopter had come back for them that night.
Had something happened to the Bridges? Or were they selfishly in the countryside set to live out the rest of their lives without their children. Heartless people abandoning the ones they loved. In this new world, there only seemed to be one rule.
Every man for himself.
“Lexi…” a voice called down the hallway.
Oh shit.

***

One Week Earlier

“We can’t stay here forever,” Lexi cried. “I cannot be stuck in hell with you two.”
Bekah shrugged. “It’s not as if I want to be here with you either.”
Parker sighed. “We’ve had this conversation over and over again. There is nowhere else for us to go. Her parents never came back. There have been no planes flying over in the air space. We have two guards, and so far have encountered no fighting. We’ll just have to stay here until the food runs out.”
“And what about Jack and Ramsey? Neither of you want to go out and look for them?”
“I think we all know what happened to them,” Parker said quietly.
“Well, I can’t stand around and wait for them to just get eaten. We should go and try to find them.”
A commotion on the other side of the door stilled their conversation. All the girls froze. “Oh no,” Bekah whispered.
Gunfire rang out, and the fight seemed to intensify. Lexi heard two loud thumps and that jolted her.
“Go,” she cried, breaking for the door to the other room. “We have to get out of here.”
“They could have won though,” Bekah said.
Lexi was already through the other door, when the front one burst in and Jack and Ramsey filed into the house. It was them…and it wasn’t them.
Ramsey was still tall, blonde, bulky, and utterly gorgeous. Jack still had that natural confident gait, stunning blue eyes, and cocky smile. But it was all twisted and wrong at the same time.
Her heart dropped. No. They had turned.
The last thing she saw as she raced away from the two people she had ever loved was their them grabbing Bekah and Parker.
Then came the screams.

***

“I know you’re here,” Ramsey’s voice carried down the hallway.
Lexi stopped breathing entirely. He couldn’t really know, could he?
After that close call when she had been with Bekah and Parker, Lexi had been on the run trying to dodge the guys as much as she could. She hadn’t even liked Bekah and Parker, but she hadn’t thought that they deserved to be eaten by zombies.
And even though there were still plenty of likely victims for Jack and Ramsey to try to get, they still both came for her. In life and death, they were both completely obsessed with her.
“Back off, Ramsey,” she heard Jack call from the other end of the hallway. “I had her first.”
“That’s always your argument. But it doesn’t work that way.”
If they kept this up, Lexi was just going to let them kill each other and then slip out the back. She had wanted to save them, but she knew it was futile at this point. No one was going to find a cure for the disease before she got out of the city. And she couldn’t risk them destroying the rest of the world trying to get to her. She had to make a choice.
Just as Lexi was about to stand, a team of military men stormed the building. She screamed at the top of her lungs as gunfire ricocheted off the walls. Jack and Ramsey had just made it to her hiding spot. She backed away fiercely. They were both bleeding out of their wounds, but still coming for her.
“Lexi, I love you. I always have,” Jack said before a bullet caught him in the skull and he collapsed at her feet.
Tears streamed down her face. “Jack.”
“Now we can be together forever,” Ramsey said. He reached for her, and she stumbled backward.
“No. Stay back.”
“Even now. You choose him?”
“I choose life.”
“I love you,” Ramsey said, reaching for her once more.
A bullet slammed him away from her and she screamed. “No, no, no, no,” she cried. This was not how it was supposed to end. Where was her happily ever after? The zombie apocalypse was a cruel, cruel joke. She had lost them both after all.
“All clear,” a man said as he strolled down the hallway. “Are you Miss Walsh?”
“Ye-yes.” She was shaking from head to toe.
“I’m to take you out of Atlanta. Let’s go.”
“But how did you even know I was here?”
He smiled. “There’s someone waiting for you upstairs. She was most insistent that you be rescued. We’ve had our team scouring for you the past week.”
Lexi stared down at the dead lifeless bodies of the only two men she had loved her whole life. She let a tear fall for each other them. There was nothing more she could do. She had lost so much in a short period of time, and she knew she would mourn their death for years to come. But first she had to get out of the war zone and to safety. They would have wanted that.
She followed the man up the stairs to where a helicopter was waiting on the top of the building. A team of military personnel surrounded the chopper. And inside stood her beautiful friend drinking fucking champagne out of a flute.
“Chyna.”
Lexi hopped into the helicopter next to her and was offered a drink.
“How’s that for closure?” Chyna asked before they were lifted out of Atlanta.


***

Thank you for reading this Avoiding short: Avoiding Zombies! I hope you enjoyed my April Fool's Day story! Don't forget to leave a comment here or on my Facebook page to win a copy of Avoiding Commitment!

Best,
K

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ALL THAT GLITTERS SERIES REVEAL!!!

Finally, I get to show you these beauties! I'm obsessed with them!

All of these books are stand alones and don't have to be read in order, though of course I think they're better understood in order of course!


Diamonds (All That Glitters, #1)
April 21, 2015.
The first book in the All That Glitters series.
Goodreads http://bit.ly/1ohJR8L


"A darkly glamorous joyride through sin, pleasure, and the finer things in life, no matter the cost. A must read!" -- Lauren Blakely, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author

"A sexy, beautiful mind-fuck of a book. You think you know K.A. Linde--you have no idea. Amazing." -- Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author

"Spellbinding and addictive. I devoured every word. This is K.A. Linde at her absolute best!" -- Kendall Ryan, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author

"Wholly entertaining and utterly consuming, K.A. Linde's Diamonds is a sexy, evocative story that will leave the reader stunned and ravenous for more." -- Angie and Jessica's Dreamy Reads

Blurb:

Bryna feels his eyes on her.

Hot, seductive, enticing.

He’s at least ten years older than her seventeen years, and he knows exactly what he’s doing to her with that look.

Walking away would be the smart thing to do…

But she can’t. Not that first night when he takes her home and claims her body. Not when he shows up in her life again with expensive gifts to win her trust. Not even when she’s falling for him, and everything else is falling apart…

Find out how Bryna goes from golden girl to gold digger in this tantalizingly scandalous first book to USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s All That Glitters series.


Gold (All That Glitters, #2)
Summer 2015.
The second stand alone book in the All That Glitters series. Follows Bryna Turner through first two years of college and the tumultuous road she has taken to go from golden girl to gold digger in fabulous Las Vegas.
Goodreads http://bit.ly/1t1Qm0r


Platinum (All That Glitters, #3)
Release TBD.
The third stand alone book in the All That Glitters series. Follows Trihn Hamilton, one of Bryna's best friends, in their junior year of college as she navigates her parent's expectations and the heady lifestyle she and her friends have created in fabulous Las Vegas.
Goodreads http://bit.ly/1zMi5jb


Silver (All That Glitters, #4)
Release TBD.
The fourth stand alone book in the All That Glitters series. Follows Stacia Daniels, the second of Bryna's best friends, in their senior year of college as she struggles with the consequences of her jersey chasing desires in fabulous Las Vegas.
Goodreads http://bit.ly/1Mve90q

Monday, January 12, 2015

Take Me With You Chapter 1 & 2

Yesterday, I promised you a teaser, but it didn't end up happening. So, today I thought I would surprise you with the first two chapters of Take Me with You!

We're only two weeks away from release of the last book in Grant & Aribel's story! Preorder your copy now!

Buy Links:
Take Me for Granted -- http://amzn.to/1IgIUTI
Take Me with You (Jan 27th) -- http://amzn.to/1B7uMdo

Best,
K

*spoilers if you haven't read Take Me for Granted*

Chapter 1: Grant

I’d never given much thought to falling in love.

For someone like me, it’d seemed like an impossibility. Why dwell on something that would never happen? I’d had no interest in chicks for more than what they could give me in one night. Fuck ’em and then show ’em the door.

There were always clinger groupies, who would claim to love me. But they loved what I could offer them—sex, a one-night stand, a story to tell their friends about how they’d slept with a rocker, with

Grant McDermott.

I was a name.

A symbol.

Nothing more.

My eyes slid over to the blonde sleeping in my bed. I brushed a strand of hair out of her mouth and pressed a kiss to her lips.

That was before Ari.

“Grant?” she whispered in her sleep.

My name on her lips was better than a thousand one-night stands.

I’d almost lost her to a whole lot of stupidity. Some groupie slut, Kristin, had come on to me at the ski lodge where my band, ContraBand, was playing the Poconos music festival. And by come on to me, I meant she had stripped down naked in my room and ambushed me, thinking I’d fuck her desperate ass. Ari had walked in, and all hell had broken loose.

After a month of miscommunication over Christmas break, we’d reconnected on the shore at my uncle’s beachside pizza place, Duffie’s.

The past two weeks, we’d been pretending that nothing had happened, but I knew something was brewing behind her big blue eyes.

“Yeah, Princess?” I said, sliding my body against hers. My hand ran over the dip in her waist and down to the curve of her tight ass. I tugged her closer to me, rocking her against my dick.

“Mmm,” she groaned. Her eyes fluttered open. “Again?” Her voice held groggy disbelief.

Ari really hadn’t believed me when I said my appetite was insatiable. I could fuck her all day long, and it wouldn’t be enough. I’d still want more. Sex had been my escape for too long for me to ignore the pull now that the same person was frequenting my bed.

“Again,” I agreed.

I rolled her onto her back and kissed my way down her front—between her breasts, over her soft stomach that often made her self-conscious from my attention, to her hip bones that peeked out from her cotton underwear, and down between her legs. My breath came out hot and urgent as I blew on her through the material. She whimpered and writhed in my grasp.

“Grant…Grant.” Her words were a moan, an encouragement.

My fingers hooked under the elastic and pulled them off. She stiffened beneath me and pushed herself up to the top of the bed. I reached for her, but she shook her head.

“I have class.” Ari looked at the comforter, the desk, my cherry red guitar—anywhere but at me.

“Not for an hour.”

“I need to shower and change.”

“I can take you,” I insisted.

“Don’t worry about it.” She slid off the bed and shrugged on her jeans. “Don’t you have to work at the recording studio today?”

I’d gotten a job working at a studio in Trenton when I wanted to show Ari that I was serious about something other than playing in a band. Her dad was the CEO of a bank in Boston, and I’d never seen money like that before. I couldn’t give her that, but I wanted to.

“Yeah. Later.”

I wanted to throw her down on the bed and fuck her until she stopped suggesting ways to keep us apart. But I couldn’t finesse my way into that—at least not with Ari. She would call me on my bullshit.

“Okay. Well, I’ll see you after work then,” she said, sidestepping the issue.

She threw her cardigan back on, tossed my old man’s dog tags over her head that I’d given to her last semester when I asked her to be my girlfriend, gave me a peck on the lips, and then dashed out of the room.

I crashed back into bed and stared up at the blank ceiling. I didn’t fucking understand what had just happened. I had my fucking girlfriend back. We were fucking together all the fucking time.

Yet I felt like the pussy getting ditched after a one-night stand.


Chapter 2: Aribel

I roughly slammed my hands down on the steering wheel of my BMW. What the hell was wrong with me?

I couldn’t believe I’d run out of Grant’s bedroom like a crazy person. I wanted to sleep with him. I wanted to be with him. But I had been acting like a total idiot, and if he hadn’t already noticed, then he certainly had after that spectacular performance.

Unlike most people my age, I actually knew who I was, and I’d never pretended to be anyone but myself in a relationship. Not everyone liked that I wasn’t afraid to speak my mind, and I didn’t need someone else for my own personal validation.

Then, Grant McDermott had walked into my life.

He loved everything about me that intimidated other guys. He’d push back when I tried to pull away. He fought for me and sacrificed for me and…loved me.

And lately, all I could think about were the million logical reasons that we would never work, like the fact that ContraBand had been selling an insane number of copies of their new single, “Life Raft”—a song Grant had written for me last semester. They weren’t hitting the Billboard charts, but I saw fame on the horizon even if Grant acted as if he didn’t. As much as that excited me, it also terrified me. I couldn’t think about losing him.

Not to mention, there was the scary fact that his dad was about to get out of prison where he had resided for the last thirteen years after murdering Grant’s mom in front of him.

On top of that, we’d never really talked about what had happened over Christmas break when we were apart. We’d both swept it all under the rug, assuming it was fine now since we’d slept together, but there was still so much we needed to address, so we could move forward and trust each other. Our month apart had been a reality check that things weren’t always going to be perfect between us, and after we’d gotten back together, it was easier to ignore that than to face it head-on.

Plus, I still hadn’t even told him about Henry, the guy who worked for my father. My parents had tried setting me up with him, and he had kissed me while I was drunk one night in Boston. It had only happened because I thought that Grant had slept with some groupie slut on New Year’s. But still…he didn’t know about it, and this would never work out if we couldn’t be honest.

I shuddered. The last person I wanted to think about was Henry.

Parking at the apartment that I shared with my three crazy roommates—Cheyenne, Gabi, and Shelby—I bounded up the stairs and went inside. Since Grant and I had gotten back together three weeks ago, I hadn’t been home this early in the morning. I usually kept a change of clothes at his place and would leave for campus from there. Staring at my roommates’ surprised faces after I’d barreled through the door, I could see they thought three weeks seemed more like a year.

“What are you doing home?” Cheyenne asked. She flipped her crazy red hair over one shoulder and cocked an eyebrow. “Shouldn’t you be in the throes of passion or whatever?”

I rolled my eyes and kept walking toward my room. “What? Just because I’m home early one morning, I haven’t been in the throes of passion? Jeez, I don’t see you and Vin together every morning.”

“Whoa! Chill. Vin and I aren’t even dating.”

“That’s because he’s a douche bag.” I pushed open the door to my room and leaned against the doorframe, waiting to see Cheyenne’s response.

Cheyenne shrugged. “Well, yeah.”

“Would the both of you shut it?” Shelby asked. “This feels like last semester all over again with you two bickering like an old married couple.”

“We do not!” I said defensively.

“She doesn’t like to give us the goods,” Cheyenne complained.

Shelby looked at Gabi for backup, but she had her nose buried in her laptop while dripping milk from her cereal onto the table.

“Gab?”

“Oh. Huh?” Gabi asked.

“Never mind,” Shelby said.

“You guys can’t sit there and act like you don’t want to know what’s going on with them.” Cheyenne threw her hand out at me.

“Actually, since she’s never home, I assume that the sex is pretty amazing,” Gabi said, looking at her computer screen.

“I never thought she’d be the one to go from proud holder of her V-card to sexpot living at her boyfriend’s house in a matter of a couple of weeks.”

I huffed at Cheyenne’s comment. “I’m still standing right here.”

I hadn’t even considered what my roommates might be saying about me while I was away. I knew that I’d made a drastic change in my life by agreeing to date Grant, but I’d thought they would be happy for me. Maybe they were, and this was their backward way of showing it.

“Anyway, I have to get ready for class.”

I disappeared into my room and changed into a purple V-neck sweater and jeans. Instead of taking the time to straighten my hair, I pulled it up into a tight ponytail at the nape of my neck. After applying some mascara and baby-pink lip gloss, I made a hasty retreat.

“You know,” Cheyenne said when I walked back into the living room.

“No, I don’t.”

“You’d think you’d be in a better mood with how often you’re getting laid.”

I slung my backpack over my shoulder. “I probably would be if you stopped badgering me about it.”

“Yeah, Cheyenne. If she wanted to tell you how big Grant’s dick was, she probably would have already,” Shelby cut in.

“Grant would probably show you before I’d tell you,” I said, crossing my arms over my chest.

“Noted,” Cheyenne said with a wink.

“Cheyenne!” Shelby cried. “You’re not going to ask Grant to show you his dick.”

“You’re right. That doesn’t sound like me at all.” Sarcasm dripped out of every word.

Laughter bubbled up out of me. I couldn’t help it. I’d been on edge all morning, and now, I was clearly losing my mind. I was sure that it all had something to do with my crazy course load and the issues with Grant. I wished I knew why Grant and I couldn’t work out our problems. When we had gotten back together on the beach, I’d thought the worst was over, but I had a feeling that the worst was yet to come.
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