May 13, 2015

Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway
Welcome to my stop on the Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate tour! Today I have a great excerpt from the book to share with you - and don't forget to enter the giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate (Book #1)
Author: Wray Adran
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: November 14, 2014


Discovering long lost relatives can be a real nightmare. 

Do you know who or what you're related to?

Jaden Lisette never imagined she might not live to see her sixteenth birthday, or that befriending reclusive triplets and a mentally challenged man could be her only chance of survival. Days after coming to Louisiana, Jaden falls for eighteen-year-old Briz Nolan. Then she falls into a living nightmare when she discovers a side of her family that she never knew existed.

Once she uncovers her family's deadly secret, Jaden is forced into a world she could only imagine in horror movies.

There's nowhere to run
Belle Fleur had never felt like home to Briz. Now it was less so. With Jaden still unconscious in the front seat of his car, he sped into town. Every pothole in the road grabbed at his tires. Most of the streetlights had been shot up by bored kids with hunting rifles. The few that remained gave off a faint glow and a crackling hum, as if they were prophesying what the night would bring. Briz was watchful, his attention skittering from one side of the road to the other. He was anticipating the creature from the black lagoon—or in this case, the mucky green bayou—to come charging at him. 

He swerved into the coffee-shop parking lot by the trailer. The light escaping from under the edge of Hubs’s curtains should have filled Briz with hope. Instead, doubt took hold. 

He meant to knock calmly on the hobbit-sized metal door, but his fist struck with force. There was no answer. He took in a sharp breath. Violet had said Hubs was the only chance for Jaden’s survival. Briz called out his name.

The door opened.

With great effort, Briz stretched his lips into a crooked smile. Now what? What do I say to get him to help us?
“Hey, Hubs.” Gesturing toward his car, Briz kept his voice as calm as he could. “I . . . I need your help.”

Normally when any kid Briz’s age approached Hubs, it was to play a joke on him.
Briz’s saving grace was that he’d never been involved with their mean tricks. In fact, more than once, he’d called off some of his so-called school buddies and made them
leave Hubs alone.

He hoped Hubs remembered his good deeds.

Hubs hesitantly followed him over to the car. The streetlight shone through the windows on Jaden. Her head hung limply, and foam dribbled from the sides of her mouth.

A stammer and slow drawl were both evident as Hubs declared, “I-I d-didn’t d-do any-anything.”
I live on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with an artist, five cats and a parrot. Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate was inspired by sculptures my partner in life and business, artist Steven Lee Smeltzer created. Currently I'm writing bk 2 of Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate

With a desire to promote teens that are PONO, Hawaiian for "doing the right thing," I have created the site DaKine Teens+ at

After all, our future lies in their hands.

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