Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Excerpt from DRIFT by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt

Exclusive Excerpt from DRIFT by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt

Lydia is unlike anyone I’ve been with before.
She’s guarded, but when she opens herself up, it’s like she lets every defense fall to the wayside, and that vulnerability? It’s something rare.
I think about it as I set up the easel in my studio, right under the length of skylights that made me decide on this place over other apartments with more square footage or better locations. The ceilings rise and dive at strange angles, and the rooms run together like a crooked jigsaw, but the light. There’s no way to recreate natural light like this, and I’m thankful for every sunny day I get to spend in front of my canvas.
I set the music on my iPod loud, strip down to just my jeans, and prepare a tray of oil paint. I start mixing, letting my brain unhook from every worry that’s tethered me all week long. I shift colors, trying to get the perfect blend of gold with shots of deep brown to capture the color of Lydia’s eyes when she was deep in memory. I sketch and erase over and over, attempting to capture the curve of her lips when she smiled after calling me a bully. My arm becomes a part of the brush, and I let it go loose and shape the outlines of her body, the soft, sweet swells and curves that walked away from me with a confidence that is still driving me crazy.

About The Book
There’s no way Lydia--oldest and most responsible of the tight-knit Rodriguez clan--is going to let her nosy family find out about the uncharacteristic work screw-up that landed her a paid suspension. To keep busy and avoid panic, she enrolls in a life enrichment class. The first guest speaker is a handsome artist with a wicked smile and eyes that melt right through her.

Even the “ice princess” can’t help but feel an immediate spark that lights her blood on fire. 

Isaac Ortiz is unquestionably the sexiest man Lydia has ever met. The talented son of a famous Spanish artist, he’s constantly moving from one new glamorous city to another, working if and when the muse visits him.

He also has a stare that makes Lydia’s heart race and hands that look more than capable of making her scream with pleasure. She shouldn’t be attracted to this free-spirit who makes all his own rules--but she is.

There’s just one hiccup....Isaac is nineteen.

Lydia has lived her entire life firmly inside the box, and being with a younger man is definitely outside the safe confines she enjoys.

So why can’t she stay away from him? And why is she seriously considering his proposition to take off to a place she’s never been...just because?

When Lydia is invited back to work with a cleared name, she should be overjoyed.

But the reality is, Lydia doesn’t know what anchors her life anymore...or if she wants to be anchored at all. Should she travel the world with Isaac? Or continue down the road that she’s worked long and hard to pave for herself? Choosing one means losing the other, and Lydia isn’t sure if she’s ready to drift with the current that’s pulling her by the heart.

Title: Drift (Lengths #5)
Authors: Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt
Publication Date: November 12, 2013

About Steph Campbell
Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now calls the Northeast home. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession. She's repped by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Steph's works include Delicate, Grounding Quinn and Beautiful Things Never Last; My Heart for Yours and My Fate for Yours (with Jolene Perry); A Toast to the Good Times (with Liz Reinhardt) and the bestselling new adult LENGTHS series with Liz Reinhardt: Lengths, Depths, Limits and coming soon: Ties & Riptides.

About Liz Reinhardt
Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.

She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.

She is the author of the Brenna Blixen series (Double Clutch, Junk Miles, Slow Twitch), the Youngblood series (Fall Guy, Perfectly Unmatched), and co-writes with the awesome Steph Campbell in the Lengths series (Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties, Riptides).

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