THE RULES comes out two weeks from tomorrow! I can’t believe it’s happening so soon. Somehow being sick and/or injured off and on for the last couple of months (shin splints, sinus infection, flu, bronchitis and neck spasms–clearly I’m falling apart at the seams) just made the time just fly by. (Um, sort of.)

Thankfully…”I got better!” *said in a Monty Python-esque voice*

And I realized it’s been a while since we had mini-excerpt! This one in particular is near and dear to my heart since it’s pretty much the first image I “saw” for this book.

When I’m starting a book, I often get random pictures or scenes that play out in my head. Which I love! The trouble is figuring out where they go. I like to write books in order, from beginning to end.

I knew the snippet I had in my head from Zane’s POV could not be the first chapter. Something had happened first. I just didn’t know, at that time, exactly what it was.

I just had this picture in my head of a tall boy, stretched out on wooden benches, getting irritated with his friends. 🙂


“I mean, who does she think she is?” Rachel said with a loud huff.

Twelve hours later and she was still bitching about the thing with Ariane Tucker and Jenna Mayborne this morning.

I shook my head. As usual, when Rachel didn’t get what she wanted, she had to make life miserable for everyone.

I was stretched out on two wooden benches on Rachel’s enormous back deck, my eyes closed and my feet hanging off the end—one of the many disadvantages of life at six foot four. But it wasn’t uncomfortable enough for me to move yet. I held a cold beer, my third, on my stomach. Condensation rolled down the bottle past my fingers to create a damp and chilly place on my shirt.

A few feet away, Rachel and the twins, her nearest and dearest cronies, moaned about Ariane over the slosh and splash of the hot tub.


THE RULES comes out on 4/23! And I’ll be visiting a whole bunch of places over the next month or so. I hope you’ll come out and say hello! 🙂

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