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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

His love life will just have to wait - Aftermath (The AfterWorld Saga) by Sandy Goldsworthy

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After losing her father, Emma Bennett moves to her aunt’s small town of Westport to finish out her senior year of high school. Emma wants to forget the pain and loss of the past few weeks, finding relief in the company of Ben Parker—a local boy who she has an instant attraction and uncanny connection with. When Ben seems a little too preoccupied with other responsibilities and has no time for her, Emma turns to the town’s hottest flirt—Lucas Crandon—for affection. Unfortunately, she realizes a little too late that, sometimes, bad boys really can be bad for you.

Life as an undercover agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation isn’t an easy job. When Ben Parker finds his soul mate, Emma, in a small town, he finds himself forced to choose between doing his job or rekindling a relationship with the love of his existence. After Ben is notified that a notorious immortal is loose somewhere near Westport, he realizes that his love life will just have to wait. There is a criminal to apprehend before he can have his girl.

When lives are at stake and immortals are on the loose, can two soul mates find their happy ever after?


I smelled him before I saw or heard him.

It was a cool and fresh scent, like crisp air I imagined breathing in atop the highest mountain. I turned when I heard Ben’s deep, pleasant voice. He was just inches from me, the closest I had ever been near him. He leaned around the door of my locker with his masculine hand holding the top edge like a shield, separating him from me. His fingernails were perfectly oval and neatly trimmed.

My heart skipped a beat when our eyes met. A gentle smirk flashed across his face.

“Aren’t you supposed to have tons of pictures taped up in your locker?” Ben asked after he swung my locker door open wide and peered inside.

I looked away briefly, trying to contain my smile. My heart skipped again with the realization that he was talking to me, and not to someone else. “I guess I didn’t get around to it yet.”

The hall was quiet, with only a few kids at the other end. We were basically alone.

“I thought you’d have pictures of your boyfriend posted. Matt, is it?” he asked. “I mean, what would he think if he knew you didn’t have his picture plastered up for all of us to see?”

My lips betrayed me, and I grinned. “Um… Matt’s not my boyfriend.” I grabbed my books without looking at him. I was afraid I’d blush.

“Oh.” He hesitated for a second and then continued. “Well, I just wanted to apologize for the other night.”

I glanced up at him.

“I was out of line. You’re free to drink as much as you want. I shouldn’t have said anything… It’s none of my business.”

I stared into his cocoa-brown eyes and reached to close my locker door, but he didn’t move. My fingertips grazed his shirt, and I imagined a rippled stomach underneath. He always looked nice. His deep red shirt complimented his tan skin and dark brown hair. I wanted to touch him, but quickly cleared my thoughts.

We were just friends, if that.

“Thanks,” I said, still holding the door. I felt the blood rush to my face. My stomach felt a little queasy.

“Can we start over?” He extended his hand. I reached for it and nodded.

“Friends.” His grip was firm, yet comfortable, like a good fit. I couldn’t deny how attracted I was to him. I never felt this way about Matt and especially not about Lucas. My cheeks had to be fuchsia. Get control of yourself, I thought.

He smiled, still holding my hand in his.

“So did you finish the homework for calc?” he asked after letting go of my hand.

“Yeah… and you?”

“Pretty easy.”

“I thought so, too.”

He glanced behind me, and then said, “You going to the library for study hall today?”

“Yeah, I’ll be there.”

“Good. See you later,” he said and left.

Would he really ask if he just wanted to be friends?

About the author:
Sandy Goldsworthy was born and raised in a small Wisconsin town.
Her passion for writing began when her high school English teacher inspired her to be more descriptive in her work.

Today, Sandy is writing the second book of Emma and Ben’s story.

When she’s not writing, Sandy enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and two children, Brittany and Kyle, or playing with her English Mastiff, Miles.

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