Title: CHEROKEE SUMMER
Author: Susan Antony
Genre: YA Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
When Ace leaves home to spend the summer in Cherokee, North Carolina the last thing she expects to find is a boyfriend—until she meets Cherokee Tribe member John Spears. As Ace and John's friendship blossoms, they find their life experiences mirror each other and they fall in love. Despite hurdles thrown by well-meaning family members and jealous frenemies, the star-crossed lovers remain committed to their mutual belief that the universe has drawn them together. However, when Ace sends John a strange text and then suddenly disappears, the two must rely on their trust in each other to save both their lives and their love.
Two fun facts about Susan Antony and Cherokee Summer:
Like Ace, Susan Antony has a unique and wonderful person in her life who has autism.
While visiting the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina, Susan Antony recalled a crush she had on a Native American classmate when she was a tween and pondered how the relationship might have evolved had they been older. Chasing a childhood dream of becoming a writer, she put her imagination to work and her fingers to the keyboard and thus Cherokee Summer was born.
“Hold still,” she says. “You’ve got jelly on your lip.” She leans over and wipes it away with the pad of her thumb.
Her blue eyes capture mine and everything around me blurs. The only thing in focus is the two of us.
She wets her lips and her eyelids drop to half-mast, exposing her blue-tinted eyelashes. I’m one-hundred percent sure I’ve never wanted to kiss any girl as much as I want to kiss her right now.
I brush her hair to the side and stroke her neck. Then I press my lips to hers. Her breathing stops momentarily, but then she opens her mouth, inviting me in. I grip on to a handful of grass to hold myself back, then let go almost as quickly. It’s no use. I want her close. I want to feel her skin against mine. My hands roam her perfect body. She makes little groaning noises into my mouth. “You are the best thing that’s happened to me,” I whisper.
“I’m the lucky one,” she whispers back.
My heart smiles.
Just then, a raindrop hits the back of my head— then another and another.
I tear myself away from her and stare at the sky. A large drop plops between my eyes and rolls down the side of my nose. I wipe it away, and a rumble of thunder sounds in the distance. The drops fall quicker and grow larger. In the blink of an eye, both of us are nearly soaked.
We hop to our feet, stumbling over each other, laughing. I gather up the blanket, take Ace’s hand, and we run into the asi.
The sun hasn’t budged. It’s still shining hard on the earth. We sit in the doorway, my arm around her shoulder, watching the world’s largest sun-shower. Even the rain can’t ruin a day when she’s around.
I’m one of the authors participating in the Pot 'O Gold Book Giveaway and you can win a print copy of Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony (US only).
Runs March 1 - 31 and is open internationally.
Winner will be drawn April 1, 2019.
Susan Antony is an IT by day, hip-shaker and writer by night, artist whenever possible, and an internet addict. She lives in the sunny south with her teenage son and two Cairn Terriers.
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