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Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Beautiful on the outside, but, insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life.
When her talent wins her a piano scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong.
An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life.
Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids.
The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too.
Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?
It would be so easy to jump into his arms and drag him to bed, close my eyes, and let that physical part of me take over. I still wanted him so bad, but I wasn’t supposed to do that anymore. I wasn’t supposed to use sex to mask my problems. Damn therapy.
“You could stay in here,” he said.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“I’ve really screwed things up, haven’t I?” Troy stared at the ground.
“Troy, please don’t do this.”
“What?” He looked up.
“Make me feel sorry for you.”
“At least I’d know you felt something for me.”
“I do feel something for you.” I sat down. “I love you.”
He knelt in front of me, taking my hands. I watched as he brought them to his lips. “I love you, too.”
I pulled my hands out of his grip.
“I can’t do this. Not now. I know I said I was okay, but I don’t know. Being here and remembering all the time we spent together in this room. You made me feel safe. I felt so connected to you. I thought you’d never hurt me, but I am hurt and sad and scared we’ll never be able to get back what we had. I’m different, but you’re different now, too.”
“Please don’t say that.”
“I don’t see how—” I began.
“No, we can fix this. I can fix it.” Troy’s tone showed his desperation. “Just, don’t say there’s no chance.”
“It’s how I feel. Even if we were to get back together again, it’s not going to be the same.”
Troy stood up. He had a defeated little boy look like someone stole his favorite toy, but he turned to me and made one more plea. “What can I do?”
“Give me some time, okay?” I stood up and headed to the door.
I didn’t wait to hear his response. I closed the door behind me. As I headed to the living room, I grabbed a blanket from the hall closet and wrapped myself in it. I curled up into the corner of the coach and cried myself to sleep.
Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who
Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.hailsfrom Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.
Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life will be available June 2014. An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.