Life & Being

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A Thursday teaser from Book 1 of The Arcane Wielders Series

By DelSheree Gladden

Harvey laughed after hanging up with Cori. “Dude, Lils is pissed at you. Fire breathing dragon pissed.”

“Good,” I grumbled. I didn’t give a damn what Lilian was thinking. She had no claim on me last night and never had. I’d been perfectly honest with her about my interest.

Having more than a little trouble focusing on my homework, what I had managed to gather flew out the window when Harvey flopped down on my bed next to me. “Who was it?”

“Who was who?”

He jabbed me in the shoulder. “Who were you rolling around on top of a car with?”

That got my attention. I looked up at Harvey and scowled. “I was not rolling around on top of anything with anyone. It was a kiss. That’s it.”

“To hear Lils describe it, you and some chick were practically having sex right there up against a car, out in the open for everyone to see.”

Rolling my eyes, I tossed my book aside and shoved myself up from the bed. “Lillian just wants attention. I won’t give it to her and now she’s determined to make me look like some kind of manwhore.”

“Smore,” Harvey corrected.

I really wanted to punch him. “I don’t care about the terminology. I’m not a slutty man whore either, spelled out or shortened into some lame acronym. She’s not my girlfriend, never has been, and I have every right to make out with someone at a party if I want.”

“Who. Was. It?” Harvey demanded.

Ignoring him, I marched over to the mini-fridge and dragged the door open in search of something to take my mind off last night. I barely got a look at the contents before it slammed shut. Harvey was leaning up against the fridge, determined and clearly not going to let this go. We’d been friends since elementary school, but times like this made me wish I’d roomed with a stranger, someone who wouldn’t have cared in the least about my personal life.

“Dahlia,” I finally confessed.

Harvey’s mouth literally fell open. The arms he’d had folded across his chest a moment earlier dropped lifelessly to his sides. “You’ve got to be kidding me. Right? You’re just trying to get back at me for not letting this go. It was not Dahlia Carter you were feeling up last night.”

“It was just a kiss!” I shouted, throwing up my hands and storming away from him.

Harvey skidded to a stop in front of me a split second later. “No, no, no. You are not leaving until you tell me everything.”

“Why do you care so much?” I demanded.

He shook his head at me. “Dahlia Carter is this smokin’ hot mystery wrapped up in some crazy weird shit nobody knows anything about, and she just pops up randomly to make deals nobody’s allowed to talk about, and oh yeah, did I mention she’s hot? Every guy I know who’s ever seen her would bang her in a second, but not a single one of them has ever gotten close enough to even try.” Harvey ran a hand through his hair and shook his head. “She’s literally unattainable and you had your hands all over her last night and didn’t tell me? No wonder Lils is ready to kill you!”

Life & Being

A 007-style handoff between a girl he knew in high school and the college’s star football player catches Sanford Camden’s eye. He almost wishes it hadn’t. Almost.

Despite the fact that he hasn’t spoken to Dahlia Carter since they graduated high school two years ago, he rushes to catch up with her, warn her the local police are watching the campus. Unfortunately, his warning isn’t received very well. Insulted that he thinks she’s a drug dealer, Dahlia storms away. That should be the end of it. Move on. For some reason Sanford can’t quite explain, it’s not the end. It’s only the beginning.

Dahlia can’t decide whether Sanford is simply as weird as his mannequin parents, or if he’s not quite all there. Neither option explains him showing up at a party she’s working to basically stalk her and hurl questions. Of course, her grabbing him and locking lips just to piss off the skanky girl hounding him doesn’t make a lot of sense either. It puts everything at risk, in fact. If her dad ever finds out…about any of her extracurricular activities…she won’t have to worry about Lillian Devry scratching her eyes out. Her dad will kill her first.

An insane father seems like the biggest stumbling block to Dahlia’s freedom, until long-hidden secrets begin bubbling to the surface, and what once seemed like paranoid delusions become threats to her life neither Dahlia nor Sanford are prepared to fight.

Life & Being is available now on your favorite ebook platform.

DelSheree Gladen

was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn’t speak a single word for the first three months of preschool. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting it before having it published.

Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their cousins close by. When not writing novels, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and working at the local newspaper.

DelSheree has several bestselling young adult series, including Invisible, which was part of the USA Today Bestselling box set, Pandora. DelSheree also has several contemporary romance and paranormal new adult series. Her writing is as varied as her reading interests.

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