Title: Lingering Echoes
Author: Erica Kiefer
Published: November 1st, 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: 86,000
Genre: NA/YA Contemporary Romance
Recommended Age: 14+
She’s broken with guilt.
He harbors a chilling past.
It’s safer if they keep their distance…
But, the echoes that linger connect them.
Returning to Hidden Pines is the last thing Allie Collins wants to do during her final summer before college. For her, the family cabin she spent her youthful summers in, now holds a dark memory that has haunted her every day for the last year.
While struggling to forget her past, Allie runs into Damien, a local rebel with secrets of his own. He’s dark, dangerous and he keeps showing up when Allie least expects him to. She has every reason not to trust him. So why does she find herself opening up to him in a way she hasn’t been able to with anyone?
As pieces of Damien’s identity emerge, answers to a rumored mystery begin to unfold. By the time Allie unearths the secrets of Damien’s past, she realizes just how intricately they are connected. Now she is caught in a dangerous battle that threatens her life and those she loves.
With a gentle push, he encouraged me to take a step.
“I can walk without your help.” I released myself from his grip and stooped in quiet pain to retrieve my flip-flops from the ground. Taking a tentative step, I silenced a groan, feeling my body resist.
Fortunate for me, stubbornness runs in my family and I leaned on it to carry me forward, my right leg limping in protest. I managed a few quick, short steps, trying my best to walk with dignity, when I heard a low chuckle behind me.
Apparently, I was failing in my efforts.
No sooner had I turned my head around, ready to battle him on his sense of humor, when I was swept up into the air by two strong arms.
“Hey! Put me down!”
With a full smile, he exposed his white teeth lined up next to each other, as his dimples teased me again. “With the pace you were making, you’ll never make it back before sunrise.”
Resisting the idea of being carried, I tried another tactic.
“You’re not supposed to move someone who’s fallen, you know. Everybody knows that. I could have a broken back or a broken neck—”
He cut me off. “Well, there’s obviously nothing wrong with your mouth.”
I fumed in resigned humiliation, though not before cursing at him under my breath.
Quotes from Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer:
“Go. Hide. Don’t say a word. And no matter what happens, don’t come upstairs.” ~ Damien
“I’m afraid of how the water feels when it swallows you whole. It doesn’t care who you are, or who you love. I’m afraid to sleep, to dream . . . to remember over and over again why I know how that feels.” ~ Allie (p. 96)
“I knew I should be scared. I was about to die—death by drowning, after all. . . .This was my fate. Water, the conquering enemy, would have me at last, but the fear that should have fueled me was numb—unresponsive, just like the rest of my body.” ~ Allie (p. 225)
“You’re afraid. You don’t let anyone get close to you because you’re afraid of getting hurt.”~ Aaron
“Look, the two of you together can probably take me.” He paused, gripping the wooden plank with both hands. ‘But whoever comes at me first will be going to the hospital.” ~ Damien
“When someone you care about is being threatened, the choice is simple. The action itself is instinctive.” His eyes met mine. “And obviously, you’re worth it.” ~ Aaron
“Seems like you have some secrets of your own.” ~ Allie
About The Author:
Erica Kiefer was born on Christmas Eve in Southern California to an American father whose ancestors arrived from Europe during colonial times and a Thai mother who moved to the US during high school. Adding to her rich and varied heritage, Erica grew up living abroad in Asia, including Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia.
She gained a great respect for the beautiful mosaic of cultures found in various parts of the world. After graduating from International School Bangkok, she attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a degree in Recreation Therapy. Her career as a Recreation Therapist has allowed her to work with at-risk youth since 2007.
Erica made the best decision of her life by marrying her husband in 2005 and is currently a mother of three, one of whom awaits her in heaven. Erica also loves singing, reading, writing, and satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies. Playing collegiate rugby was one of the most memorable experiences of her life, thus far. Erica’s first book, Lingering Echoes, was signed by Clean Teen Publishing and is scheduled to release in early November 2013.