Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Excerpt: One Night in Close Exposure by Ashley C. Harris

One Night in Close Exposure by Ashley C. Harris
The highly awaited follow up (and final book in the series) to Ashley C. Harris’ ONE NIGHT IN HEATED SNAPSHOTS.

Series: Snapshots #2
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 23, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Print Length: 89 pages
Format: Digital
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Beth, in another life, was a top student and had nothing but visions of a successful career in her head. That was until one night with Sterling Johnson, the sexy and deceitful swim champion next door, who changed her entire future. Now, because of that night from her past, Beth’s path as a photographer is forever changed. Gone is the young women she used to be as she struggles to keep a secret hidden.

Sterling Johnson, on the other hand, has quickly become America’s favorite Olympic athlete. Constantly followed and stalked by the press and the father he has turned his back on, Sterling craves someone who isn’t interested in his celebrity.

When a publicity stunt takes him back to a wild college campus and Beth, who turns out to be the media photographer assigned to his story, the flame he thought was dead rekindles. Will Beth prove to be the only girl not interested in his celebrity status? Or are her own twisted secrets and lies about to bring both their worlds down?

Enjoy this excerpt!

·       “So,” his voice cracked with a fraction of compassion, “you want me to help your friend, is that what you’re making a spectacle about right now?” he asked as she felt her face getting more and more red. A spectacle?
She took another deep breath as she stared at part of her team approaching the ropes and security asked Sterling if they should be let in too. He said no, as he and Beth stood close in the smoldering sun.
            “I want you to not punish a decent guy. Do you still have it in you to be decent, Sterling?” He paused, and they shared a long look as he finally breathed. “Fine.” “Fine?” she asked, wondering more and more if he had sent those pictures to her. God, who are you really? she wanted to ask.
            “I’ll make the phone call to get Ari reinstated on one condition.”
            “What’s that?” she asked as he took another step closer and made the inside of her pulse want to explode.
            “I want the slate wiped clean between us.”
            “Wiped clean?”
            “Clearly you’re still holding a grudge. I’m asking you to forget our past so we can work well together the rest of the day.” That was a little hard to do considering what he didn’t know, but if he was asking this, then was it possible that maybe he wasn’t the one sending those photos? Maybe he really didn’t want this experience to be awkward or terrible. The question is, if not Sterling, then who? Beth wondered as she tried to play investigator instead of photographer.
            Then, as he raised his phone to call his lawyer, she saw it, theSiren app was loading, and her heart shattered. This was all some kind of sick game celebrities must play on normal people. This was why his father had told her to keep Sterling away until his swimming career was done. Until this hyper version of him was over. He was sending the pictures!
            “What the hell is wrong with you?” And then she saw their picture flash on his phone as he gave her a questioning look.
            “What’s this?” He looked confused as he noticed the picture on his phone, and just as she was about to go absolutely ballistic on him, there was the piercing sound of a gunshot, stopping her heart.
            Everything was suddenly a slow moving blur as Sterling, who was rigid and guarded before, was diving around Beth now. All the animosity and weird energy between them was gone as their bodies collided and he was shielding and taking her down. His skin was warm, strong, and protective. Nothing was making sense.
His security team was diving around them too—well, around Sterling, whose arms were around Beth as they hit the ground. People were screaming and students beyond the ropes were
going crazy as they still managed to snap phone pics. Unbelievable ... yet, in a sick way, if Beth had been a bystander she would have been just as bad.
            So many bodies were pushing Beth and Sterling hard to the floor, her heart was racing like it was about to stop. Oh my God! A gun went off! Has someone been shot? Has Sterling? As he held her tight and she felt all his weight on her, their eyes locked on each other and they became so close that for a moment there was no celebrity, or Olympics, or media photography ambitions, or regretful feelings between them from the past, just a recognizing of something deeper. That truly, for whatever reason, they did care about each other.

            Then the world around them sped back up as an alarm on campus was blasting and Sterling was pulling Beth up the next instant as he shielded her body so only his back was exposed as he half lifted and half pushed her into his limo. Then the vehicle was talking off.

To celebrate the release of ONE NIGHT IN CLOSE EXPOSURE, Ashley’s giving away a gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) worth $10! Enter below!

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ONE NIGHT IN HEATED SNAPSHOTS, Book One in the Heated Snapshots series, is currently free on Amazon! Grab your copy now!

About Ashley C. Harris:

Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film Lines. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops.

In 2013 Ashley teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first title in a new young adult series Shock Me. Ashley then went on to release the first of a new NA series, One Night in Heated Snapshots, that quickly reached Amazon's Best Selling top ten list for sports romances.

When she is not dreaming up new books and working on film sets, she loves to spend time with her friends and family.

Keep a close watch for Ashley's newest young adult books releases!

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