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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I fell completely, mind-torturingly in love with her - Sky High (The Attraction #3) by C.J. Lake

Sky High is the third book in The Attraction Series. Like the other books in the series, Sky High is a standalone novel—although characters from Constructing Us (Book 1) and A Hot Winter (Book 2) also appear, so readers can see how they’re doing! I had a lot of fun with this book, because Jamie is one-of-a-kind and I hope I captured that.

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Publication date: May 2015

First she stole my parking spot. Then we became friends. Then I fell completely, mind-torturingly in love with her. Oh, wait—I think that happened first.

Sky High is the third book in The Attraction Series. Like the other books in the series, Sky High is a standalone novel—although characters from Constructing Us (Book 1) and A Hot Winter (Book 2) also appear, so readers can see how they’re doing! I had a lot of fun with this book, because Jamie is one-of-a-kind and I hope I captured that.

What makes Jamie and Sky such a great couple? 
When the story begins, Sky is in a tough transition, finally coming to terms with the fact that her ski career is over after it had only just begun—and that she has to figure out what’s next. She has become somewhat negative and cynical, but when Jamie comes along with his easygoing, funny personality, he inevitably brings a positive energy to Sky’s life.

EXCERPT





“Why are you so pissed?”
Jamie spared her a cold glance over his shoulder.  For a fleeting moment, she thought he might deny his anger or talk around it, but instead he muttered, “You know why.”
Sucking in a breath, Sky hesitated.  For a long moment, she watched him picking up weights and stacking them (loudly), feeling like she had a wad of cotton in her throat.  She wasn’t sure what to say or how to play this; she only knew that she needed Jamie to be her friend again—and so much more than that—and she wasn’t going to insult his intelligence by playing dumb.
“Look, I didn’t even want to go on that date,” she told him, still talking to his back.  “It was a last-minute favor to Alison—she begged me!”  Wordlessly, Jamie stacked two more weights, then scooped up a dumbbell. 
Frustrated, Sky said, “Look, she begged me as a personal favor to go out with him.”
With his back still to her, he said, “Yeah, did she beg you to bring the guy back home with you, too?” 
Sky winced at that.  “The date didn’t mean anything, Jamie.” 
God, he was being difficult.  Was he going to make her say it first?  Didn’t he know how scary that was? 
Suddenly he whipped his head around, as if a thought had just occurred to him.  “Wait—is he downstairs right nowWaiting for you?”
“No!” Sky nearly yelped.  “No, he’s not there.  He left.”
“Ah,” Jamie said with a nod.  “So that’s why you’re here.  Let me guess: you want my opinion now.”
“No,” Sky began, shaking her head, “that’s not—”
“Well,” Jamie declared, “my opinion is that this is bullshit.”
Stunned, Sky just blinked at him for a second.  “Exactly which part?” she asked, confused.
“This whole thing with you and me,” he stated bluntly.  “And I’m done with it.”
For a terrifying second, Sky panicked.  How was he “done” with it?  With her?  “What does that mean?” she said, trying to keep her voice from betraying what a hot mess of emotions she was right now.
Jamie started walking toward her, his eyes burning with anger.  “It means: I don’t want to be your friend and I don’t want to hear about these guys anymore.”
“That’s what I’m trying to—”
“What do you even need my input for anyway?” Jamie continued brusquely, and Sky’s breath hitched in her throat.  She’d never seen him this angry (and was it wrong that it was turning her on?)  “You’re a grown woman,” he practically barked at her, stopping his processional about five feet away from her.  “You go be with whoever you want to be with.” 

Nodding, Sky felt her adrenaline rise.  “Fine, I will.  In fact, that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” she promised, walking closer to him.  If he was missing her meaning, he certainly wouldn’t be missing it for long...



About the author:
About the author:C.J. Lake is a storyteller who is passionate about art, surfing, and skiing/snowboarding. Residing near the coast of Massachusetts, C.J. is currently working on a new book. Readers can get in touch via:email (writercjlake@gmail.com) or follow C.J.:

18 comments:

Ty Wilson said...

Great excerpt. I look forward to reading the rest of the book. Thanks!

Jan Lee said...

I like the fact that this is a stand alone book but that it incorporates characters from previous stories in it. That's unique to me :)

Amanda Sakovitz said...

thanks for the chance!

katieoscarlet said...

The author bio indicates the passion for art and some outdoor sports. I would love to see some of the art created by the author.

Juana said...

I liked the excerpt, and the beautiful book cover.

John Thuku said...

Interesting excerpt. I would love to read the whole novel.

Danielle Merkle said...

Great excerpt, thank you for the giveaway!

Natalie said...

I have been looking for my next great read!

skyline1210 said...

Ooooh what a sexy cover <3 <3 <3

Amber Ag said...

Sounds like a great read. I love easy going and funny male leads. :)

Stephane Bourque said...

Interesting excerpt, thanks for the giveaway!

Judy Thomas said...

Loved the excerpt, thank you.

Brigitte Hermoso said...

Sounds like a promising book.

Arf2-D2 said...

I liked the excerpt. Its nice to have a character who goes after what she wants without second guessing herself all of the time.

gemiinii said...

Looking forward to reading this book

Jerry Marquardt said...

I would like to thank you for your great works. Keep up the great writing, because it is much appreciated by all of us.

Tammy D said...

cant wait to read this book

Dan said...

Looks like some good hot fun! Way to go!