By- Ruthi Kight
Genre- New Adult
Publication Date- August 10th, 2013
Ten years ago Delia’s life went up in smoke. Literally.
After a decade of hiding, she is forced back into the world.
With only her wits to guide her, she must now figure out how to live in a
town that knows her only as a murderer.
Her family is gone. The people all fear her. She has nothing holding her in
Shores...until she meets Liam.
He’s heard the stories. He knows he should stay away from her, but he’s drawn
to her like a
moth to a flame.
Life seems to be looking up for them...until her past comes back like a bitch
slap to the face.
spread from one side to the other quickly, giving my face a nice rosy glow.
He chuckled and I almost came apart. Did this man have any idea what that one small
sound did to a girl? I bet he did, he had to, given his current shit-eating grin. There was no way that he couldn’t know. Guys like him knew they were walking fuck-me advertisements.
“Careful. It’s a little too soon to fall for me.” He smiled, dimples and all, and I nearly
lost it again. Dimples! I was in serious trouble already and I hadn’t been out
of the loony bin for an hour yet. ''Not likely,” I replied. I righted myself and leaned back casually. “Are you planning on being here long?”
He quickly scanned my face, and then returned his focus to the book in his hands.
“Not sure. Ask me again in an hour.”
Argh! Infuriating and sexy as hell? Great combo. My head told me to walk away, but my
traitorous body was trying to convince me to inch closer to him. With a quick
scoot, I was mere inches from him, our legs nearly touching.
“Whatcha reading?” I tried to get a look at the book, but he closed it before I could
figure out what it was.
A slow grin spread across his face. “As in The Odyssey. Greek epic poem…ring any
bells?” “No. The only Homer I know is married to a woman with a giant blue beehive.”
With a shake of his head, he opened his book once again. “Sheltered?”
His attitude was really starting to piss me off. “No. Unless you consider ten years
in the wacky shack as sheltered.” I had expected my words to have some sort of
impact. Nothing. He didn’t even flinch.
20 years old
Born in Sunny Shores, SC
Has been locked away in Sunny Shores Psychiatric Hospital for 10 years.
Extremely saucy- her sharp tongue and quick wit have gotten her
into trouble more times than she can count.
Likes: the ocean, sleeping late, chocolate milkshakes, and dipping
her fries in a Wendy’s Frosty.
Dislikes: Creepy old dudes, pop music, salads (they’re the devil),
and people who lie.
Favorite quote: “I wonder why it is, that young men are always cautioned against bad girls. Anyone
can handle a bad girl. It's the good girls men should be warned against.” - David Niven
Favorite Song: P!nk’s U + Ur Hand
24 years old
Born in Georgia, currently resides in Sunny Shores, SC
Has a deep love for Homer’s The Odyssey and The Iliad. Not Homer Simpson.
Recently found himself in a sticky situation involving murder, lies, and plenty of betrayal.
Likes: Reading, walking the beach at night, anything with Al Pacino, a good pizza
filled with toppings, newfound love for The Simpsons, and his *special* coffee cup.
Dislikes: Being cooped up in the house, fighting, McDonald’s double cheeseburgers, and
doing laundry...unless Delia was there.
Favorite Quote: “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” - Nido Qubein
Favorite Song: My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark- Fall Out Boy
28 years old
Family is from Sunny Shores, but he spent most of his youth in Southern California.
Is proud of his surf shack, even if he barely makes it by. He hopes to one day be
able to teach the next National Surfing Champion.
Likes: The smell of suntan lotion, motorcycles, Adam Lambert’s music, and playing
detective (even better if he gets to wear the trench coat!)
Dislikes: Scam artists, video games (what a waste of energy!), fast food, cheap shoppers,
and winter (no surfing!)
Favorite Quote: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” - Theodore Roosevelt
Favorite Song: Adam Lambert’s Strut
1) My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark- Fall Out Boy
2) Fire Starter- Demi Lovato
3) The Lazy Song- Bruno Mars
4) Grenade- Bruno Mars
5) Ooh La La- Britney Spears
6) Scream & Shout- Will.I.am & Britney Spears
7) Blow Me (One Last Kiss)- P!nk
8) One More Night- Maroon 5
9) Dark Side- Kelly Clarkson
10) Distance- Christina Perri
11) Feel This Moment- Pitbull and Christina Aguilera
12) Beautiful Goodbye- Maroon 5
13) Crazy Train- Ozzy Osbourne
14) Jar of Hearts- Christina Perri
Link to Spotify Playlist:
My Guest Post Topic - How to make your characters believable
So you want to make your characters believable? Okay, let’s talk about it.
when you are “designing” your character, can you see them in your mind? Do you
know what they look like, from the freckles on their noses to the point of their
chins? If not, that’s where we need to start. Characters need to be as real to
you as say, your spouse or your best friend. They should be living, breathing
entities in your mind. Every minute detail, from their appearance to their
personality, should be chosen and mapped. There is no such thing as an unneeded
detail. Even if you never mention certain attributes in your story, YOU, the
author, should still know it about your characters.
be careful when basing your characters on those you know in real life. We all do
it, at least once or twice in our lives, but be careful! What happens if you
kill off a character that was based on your best friend? He/she might
get a little offended at that. Taking certain personality traits from them and
incorporating them into your characters is okay. Just don’t tell the people you
snitched them from. Just easier that way.
have conversations with your characters. Yes, I know, this sounds pretty
schizophrenic, but trust me! What better way to really get to know them than to
sit down and ask them about their day? This allows you to get in tune with the
way their minds work, as well as learning to channel them with your own words.
To be on the safe side, try this when you’re alone. Wouldn’t want ya’ll getting
locked away, now would we?
lastly, don’t be afraid to make them flawed. There are no perfect people in this
world, so why would there be in your story? How boring would life be if everyone
around us always said the right thing, wore the right clothes, or never did
anything wrong? It would be completely boring, right? Spice them up. Make them
snore! Really, just have fun with them. Do you love tattooed bad boys but could
never date one in real life? Well, here’s your chance to further romanticize
those sexy guys and fall in author-love with them! It’s about whatever you want
to do. Just remember, keep them real. Perfect doesn’t exist in the real world,
so how can it exist in the book world?
That’s all from me! Now please, keep in mind, these are just MY
personal opinions on making characters believable. My word is not gospel, it is
simply what has worked for me in the past. I hope they are helpful for you!
story, and is currently working on two other novels that are due out this year.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/RuthiKight/e/B00C470JAS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1