Title: Rivers Author: Jennifer Rae Gravely Series: Orders of the Sky #2 Genre: New Adult Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
I’ve always been fascinated by ghosts. They’re simply lost souls looking for the conclusion to their story. After years of chasing the phantom of Stone into the night, I’ve sought to live and love again in the new chapter of my life. I’m not the naïve girl I once was. I know what I want, what I need. But like the tortured spirits wandering the earth, can I find the happy ending I crave or will the apparitions of the past destroy any chance of everlasting bliss?
"I told you that you shouldn't smoke." Drew came up behind me. "Don't scare me like that." I jumped. "I almost threw the cigarette into the water thinking you were Jackson." "Here, let me do that for you." He snatched the cigarette and threw it into the river. "Hey! I was enjoying that immensely." "You don't need to smoke. If you aren't worried about your health, then be vain and worry about your looks. Smoking will age you." "It's not like I chain smoke or anything," I tossed my hair over my shoulder. "Doesn't matter, it's a horrible habit to start." "Then what self-destructive habit should I take up?" "Why do you need to destroy yourself?" "Pattern of my life." I stared out at the stars in the night. "Are you that unhappy?" "Right now, yes." He put his hand on my shoulder. "What can I do to make it better? Anything, you name it?" "I'm not sure there's anything you can do." "I can make you happy." He twisted me around to face him. "Run away with me." "Be serious, Drew." I sighed. "Come teach me to jitterbug. Dancing will clear my mind. Not to mention, if we're caught outside together, tongues will wag." The door creaked open across the deck behind us. "Too late."
Sweet. Sassy. Southern. Born in Ohio but raised in Pickens, SC, Jennifer Rae Gravely graduated from Converse College with a triple major in History, Politics, and English before earning a master's degree in education. Returning to her high school alma mater to teach English and coach volleyball, Gravely's teams won five state championships and seven upper state titles in eleven years. Moreover, the SCACA named her coach of the year for the 2013 season. Jennifer writes about the fictional Southern town of Keowee. The Astraea Press novels,