Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I HEART YA: Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek: The Marked Duology Series by Jennifer Snyder

Marked (The Marked Duology Series, #1)

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Synopsis: A mysterious stranger she can’t stay away from.  A birthmark with a hidden meaning and one bite that changes seventeen-year-old Tessa Morganton’s destiny forever…

Life for Tessa had been steady and calm—with the exception of her overly jealous boyfriend—until the moment Jace Fowler walked into her life.

Jace—incredibly charming with boy band good looks—is someone whom Tessa can’t seem to stay away from… no matter how much she knows she should.

After surviving a strange animal attack, Tessa learns just how mysterious and secretive Jace really is and that his secrets not only involve himself…but her as well, making Tessa question everything she’s ever believed regarding her life and those around her.

Sneak Peek Into Marked

I stood on Jace’s front porch trying to slow the erratic beating of my heart before knocking on his door. Finally deciding it was impossible to do, I stepped forward and rapped my knuckles against the door. I rolled on my ankles as the seconds dragged by and large butterflies broke into flight in the pit of my stomach. He never answered.

I knocked a second time and waited. This time quick footsteps from inside caught my attention.

“Coming,” Jace shouted. He answered the door and shock rippled through me at the sight of him. He was shirtless. “Hey, you been waiting out here a while? I was in the shower.”

“No, not really,” I said, unable to remove my eyes from his bare, and incredibly solid looking, chest with its well defined muscles.

“You’re a little early.”

“Am I?” I asked, struggling hard to tear my eyes away from his six-pack.

“Nah, just messin’ with you. I’m running a little behind—got caught up in tearing off the back porch and rebuilding it,” he said with a low chuckle. “Come on in and let me go grab a shirt. You’re staring at me like you’re either about to faint or eat me... and I don’t particularly care to witness either.”

My cheeks burned with embarrassment as I shifted my eyes from his exposed skin for the first time. “Whatever.” I scoffed.

Jace smiled and shook his head before turning to retrieve a shirt. I bit my bottom lip and allowed myself to indulge in watching him saunter away. It was then I became struck by the sheer beauty of a large, full moon tattoo, which stretched across his entire back.

“Wow, I didn’t know you had a tattoo,” I said, pleasantly surprised.

Jace paused mid-step. “Uh, yeah.”

“It’s beautiful...,” I whispered, walking to where he stood, mesmerized.

I gazed at the intricate design displayed across solid muscle with fascination. I’d never seen anything like it before—slight shadows in places formed the illusion of tiny craters, creating a realistic, 3-D effect, and bluish-black clouds hung in the night sky surrounding and touching it in two places. It was absolutely breathtaking.

“Thank you,” Jace said, glancing over his shoulder to look at me.

“Did it hurt?” I wondered, reaching out to trace a finger across the raised, colored skin. Goosebumps prickled across his skin as my fingertips wandered the length of the tattoo.

“I have a high tolerance for pain.” A lopsided grin formed on his face, obviously due to my amazed expression.

I dropped my hand and straightened my back.

“Done?” He smirked.

“Yeah,” I said, holding his stare.

Changed (The Marked Duology Series #2)

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Synopsis: Would you fight to the death to prove you are worthy to stand beside the one you loved?

Eighteen-year-old Tessa Morganton’s life has flipped upside down. After learning Jace’s secret and discovering the man she’d thought all her life was her father isn’t, she must also cope with the reality of what she’s now become—a werewolf.

Tessa tries to maintain her normal life while her body changes more and more each night as the full moon grows closer, but when Shelby comes back to pay her a visit, Tessa soon realizes turning into a wolf may not be the only dilemma she will have to overcome.

As the Wolf Moon draws near, Tessa uncovers some things about Jace and Shelby’s relationship and exactly what Pack Law entails in the untraditional situation Jace has created for them all.

Sneak Peak Into Changed

Jace returned my hesitant smile with the crooked grin of his own. Raising his shirt above his head, he slipped it off, revealing his bare chest. I watched in silent shock as he folded the shirt perfectly before placing it on a pile of nearby leaves. His fingers then reached for the button of his jeans and unclasped them, the sound of his zipper coming undone echoed loudly in my ears.

“Whoa! What are you doing?” I asked, feeling pleasantly surprised at the sight of him undressing in front of me, but entirely confused and embarrassed by it.

Jace raised an eyebrow in mild amusement as the corners of his mouth twisted into a slight smirk. “Preparing for the change,” he answered smoothly, his tone insinuating this was something I should know.

“Oh, right,” I fumbled, my eyes darting toward the ground.

“You should, too. You don’t want to rip those clothes. It can get a little expensive if you don’t take the time to undress first. Not to mention, early in the morning when you head back home, it’s not quite as strange for your neighbors to see you emerging from the woods fully clothed instead of naked,” Jace said, his irresistible little smirk still lingering on his face.

I swallowed hard. “So you want me to undress… here… in front of you?”

My cheeks burned with embarrassment. I hadn’t given much thought to undressing in front of Jace yet, not even while preparing for the change. I lifted my eyes, meaning to meet his stare, but I didn’t make it past his solid abs.

“You’re making me nervous staring at me like that,” Jace muttered.

My eyes darted away from him and I shifted on my feet.

“Would it make you feel more comfortable if I turned around?” he asked.

I picked at my fingernail polish, hesitating before finally answering, “No. I’m going to have to get used to this part anyway, right?” I dropped my gaze to my toes and began to peel off my pink long-John shirt.

“Yeah,” he answered a little breathy.

I could feel his eyes on me while I slipped out of my gray sweatpants and folded them neatly before placing them on top of my shirt lying on the ground.

“Now you’re staring,” I muttered, a nervous smile tugging at the corners of my lips as I watched his eyes drift up my body.

“Sorry, I can’t help myself.” With blushing cheeks he cleared his throat and shifted his eyes away from me and out into the surrounding woods.

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