Friday, October 4, 2013

{Tour Stop} NO ONE'S ANGEL by Kelly Walker—Excerpt + Giveaway

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No One's Angel
by Kelly Walker

Tess used to spend more hours than she’d care to admit playing her favorite computer game, using the nickname Angel. She could pretend her life was different, and she could pretend Arion was just a friend. But a girl needs more to keep her warm at night than pixels and she traded her virtual heaven for a real life hell. Now she’s on the run from a past she won’t talk about, and the only place she has to go is the doorstep of the friend she’s never actually met.

When Angel disappeared from their nightly games, it nearly destroyed Arion. He threw himself into work and women, but he can’t help knowing the one night stands will never compare to the angel who haunts his dreams. At first, when she shows up soaking wet and scared-shitless on his doorstep, he thinks his prayers have been answered.

But the more Arion tries to keep Angel close, the more her fear drives her away. If they are ever going to have a chance for a future, they’ll first have to deal with the past that hasn’t forgotten her any more than she’s forgotten it, and Arion will have to learn how to let her go.

*No One's Angel is a New Adult (NA) Contemporary Romance and is recommended for mature audiences only due to language and sexual content.*

Age Group/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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He gestures to an open barstool across from him, and I don’t take my eyes from his as I slink across the room onto the seat. The hint of a smile grows wider, but more sheepish as he pushes a styrofoam box toward me. “I didn’t know what you like…”
I open the lid and laugh. The sound is foreign to my ears, a forgotten part of me that Arion has dredged up from the depths of recent reality.  A burger and french fries are tucked in next to a piece of grilled chicken, with a salad in the corner. Five packets of salad dressing are cradled on top—each one a different flavor.
Arion shrugs. “I figured if I brought red meat, and poultry, and rabbit food, something would be okay. If not, I can go get you something else.”
Blondie must be picky. “What about the fries?”
He winks and snags one, popping it in his mouth. “Those are for me.”
I take a fry, trying not to pay attention to the way his tongue glides over his lower lip, licking at a stray grain of salt. I chew slowly and deliberately, and he’s watching me back.  “Ketchup?”
He flips through the packets, and holds up the winner. “Of course.”
Once there’s a little pile of ketchup on the lid of the takeout container, I dip in a fry, then suck the ketchup off while he watches, enthralled.
Arion walks around the island, stopping a few inches away. “I’m going to touch you, now,” he whispers, then waits for my response.
A little shudder goes through me, but I’m not sure if it’s fear or anticipation. I want so badly to be touched by him. I crave it like a junkie after her next fix. And like the junkie, I shouldn’t want something so bad for me, because I know being touched means pain. But his voice was gentle, giving me a small ray of hope. I nod then hold my breath. His finger softly glides across my lip. “You’ve got a bit of ketchup right here.”
I don’t, and I’m sure of it.
“I’m going to kiss it off of you.” He pauses, waiting again.
If my heart beats any faster, it will turn itself inside out. I tilt my chin up toward him, telling myself I want this, because I do. I wanted it to be real every time we flirted in game, but it wasn’t. Is it now?

He dips the tip of his finger in the ketchup then lightly touches it to my mouth. I can’t help it. My tongue flicks out, licking the last of the ketchup off his finger. He tastes like salt and heaven. And he’s definitely real.

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Kelly Walker was born in Trappe, MD but she now calls Fredericksburg Virginia home. She has an unhealthy appreciation for chocolate, and a soft spot for rescued animals. Her best lessons on writing came from a lifetime of reading. She loves the fantastical, and the magical, and believes a captivating romance can be the most realistic magic of all. Kelly, her husband and her two children share their home with three dogs who walk her, and two cats who permit her to occasionally share their couch.

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