Today I am opening the Blog Tour for LAVENDER DREAMS. This is book 2 in the Life After Us series by Rebekah Dodson. Book 1, Poppy Bloom, ended on a cliff-hanger so I am opening the tour with the final few paragraphs from that book in preparation for reading Lavender Dreams.
Poppy Bloom – extract:
The man was peering into the forest, looking everywhere and anywhere all at once with his piercing eyes. Behind him, two soldiers had their guns pointed into the backs of Lucy and Spencer. They had their hands up.
Vicki’s hands flew to cover her mouth—the gun was swirling with blinding electrical light. The same light Danielle had talked about, the vaporizing kind. She started to walk forward, but Ambrose snatched her around the waist. “Don’t you dare!” He hissed in her ear. “You can’t save them!”
Vicki shook her head, but she couldn’t fight him off. She watched in silent horror. Lucy was openly weeping, the sound of her crying drowning out the soldiers blindly crashing through the woods in every direction. Vicki could barely make out what she was saying: “Spencer, how could you? How could you report them?”
To their right, another soldier went down, with a hefty cry of pain splitting the air, momentarily drowning out Lucy’s cries and Vicki lost whatever else Lucy was screaming.
She stared up at Ambrose with eyes wide. I can’t let them die!
Ambrose gripped her tighter and shook his head. She knew what he was saying: there’s nothing you can do.
“No?” The tall man in the beret shouted into the forest. “You’ll let them die? Oh, well. My soldiers will find you anyway; it’s only a matter of time.”
He waved his hand and stalked behind the soldiers, out of Vicki’s view.
Both soldiers pulled the trigger at the same time, and the energy shot from their weapons. Vicki watched in horror as the kind couple who’d taken them in, saved Ambrose’s life, and shared many meals with them, light up like an artificial X-ray machine. Their bodies filled with blinding light, and then with a dazzling spark, they were gone. A tendril of gray smoke rose from a pile of ashes in the ground.
Vicki cried out.
Ambrose clamped his hand down over her mouth, silencing her. “Now you’ve done it,” he said, his voice shaking with terror.
Two soldiers called out to each other and headed their way, fast.
Ambrose glanced behind them and spun her around to face him. “Vicki, we have to jump.”
“The creek’s too shallow. It’ll kill us!”
“Would you rather stay here and be vaporized?”
Vicki shook her head.
“Before we jump, I just need to do one thing.”
“Seriously?” The crashing behind her grew even louder. “What could be so important…”
He pulled her face to his and smashed his lips against hers, quickly and smoothly.
She didn’t even have time to think, or to embrace it. It just happened. And for a fleeting moment, she didn’t want it to end. But it was over in a flash, and as soon as he pulled away, he gently pushed her into the rushing waters below. Shortly behind her, Ambrose plunged into the icy water.
~To Be Continued ~
Lavender Dreams (Life after us #2)
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On the run from invading forces, Vicki escapes into the woods with Ambrose. After his truck is stolen, she has to make a choice: accept her fiance, Will, is dead, or keep searching — possibly in vain. Can she learn to love Ambrose as she loved Will?
Khaki. That’s what everyone thinks of him, but Vicki knows the truth, and after that kiss, Ambrose yearns for more. He wants Vicki to forget about her fiance and accept the fact he is dead. They saw him being dragged off in handcuffs before the explosion!
But, what if he’s not dead?
What if he made it out alive?
When Vicki is kidnapped by terrorists, Ambrose fights to find the woman he loves. Yet their lavender dream promises of serenity may never come.
About Rebekah Dodson
Rebekah Dodson is a prolific word weaver of romance, fantasy, and science fiction novels. Her works include the series Postcards from Paris, The Surrogate, The Curse of Lanval series, several stand alone novels, and her upcoming YA novel, Clock City. She has been writing her whole life, with her first published work of historical fiction with 4H Clubs of America at the age of 12, and poetry at the age of 16 with the National Poetry Society. With an extensive academic background including education, history, psychology and English, she currently works as a college professor by day and a writer by night.