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.

Friday, February 14, 2020

for their lives and their love... - Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony

"This new adult romance warms the heart with sweet, first love nostalgic feelings while keeping readers glued to the pages with all the obstacles that are thrown in the way of these strong, captivating characters." InD'tale Magazine, Goodreads


Published: January 21st, 2020

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. 


I invite her into the circle of my arms. She leans against me and rests her head on my shoulder. Above us, the moon is nearly full, casting bluish light across the river. The sky is a starry mess. 

“Look.” I point to the sky. “There’s Ursa Major.” 
“What?” she asks. 
“The bear constellation.” 
“Where is it? Show me.” 

I raise her hand and trace the starry image like I’m doing a dot-to-dot picture. “There’s the head.” I swoop her hand left. “And there’s the tail.” I finish by pointing out the bear’s front and rear legs. 

“The way you do it makes it look like a skinny, headless dog,” she says. 
I laugh. “Where’s your imagination?” 
“Let me try.” She lifts my hand and traces a detailed shape of a bear, describing the air-drawing from ear to toe. “Is that better?” 
“Perfect,” I say. “Like you.” 

She laces her fingers through mine. 

I rub tiny circles on her palm with my thumb as I speak. “When I was a kid, I used to fear the bear would swoop down from the sky and eat me alive.” 

“That’s horrible.” She presses her lips together, and her ribs shake in suppressed mirth. 
“I wouldn’t laugh if I were you,” I say. “Elisi says that bear is pretty bad.” 
“Don’t worry. I’ll protect you from Starbear.” She makes a muscle, flexing and releasing her cute bicep. 
“You will, huh?” I tickle her side. 

Shesqueals, wiggles around, and digs her fingers into my ribs. We engage in a full out tickle-war. In the middle of our battle, the wind shifts and the earth rotates, and soon we’re on the ground with her straddling me, both of us panting. 

Our eyes lock, and I brush a strand of hair behind her ear. 

She leans over inch at a time until her nose touches mine. She kisses me, only a peck, then runs the tip of her tongue around lightly around my lips. Unable to resist any longer, I pull her to me and crush my mouth into hers. 

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About the author:
I am an IT by day, hip-shaker and writer by night, artist whenever possible, and an internet addict. I live in the sunny south with my teenage son and two Cairn Terriers. 

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Susan Antony said...

Thank you for the mention. If anyone has any question I'd be happy to answer.

Melanie B said...

This book sounds great, thanks for the chance to win!