Thursday teaser excerpt: Driving Tempo

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This week’s excerpt comes from the upcoming third House of Archer novel.

By Raine Thomas

All at once, the absurdity of Rosemary’s day overwhelmed her. She burst into hysterical laughter. She laughed so hard that her eyes filled with tears…though her disastrous day might also have been to blame for that.

The guy went to one knee beside her. “I’m so sorry,” he said again. “Are you okay?”

A large black object filled her peripheral vision, prompting her to look over to see what it was. She realized that the rectangular box currently balanced on his knee was what had struck her. She wondered if the logo was imprinted on her skin.

“I’m peachy,” she lied, using an elbow to wedge herself up. “But please tell me I didn’t just damage a thousand-dollar piece of sound equipment.”

“What?”

She pushed herself up into a sitting position and looked around for her glasses. “That’s a mixer, right? A Behringer?”

“Uh, yeah.” The guy sounded surprised she knew that.

“Are you a DJ?” she asked.

She found her glasses and put them on. They were scratched and smeared to hell.

Of course they were.

“No,” he said. “Are you?”

“Nah. I just know a lot of ’em.” She resumed her hunt around the floor. “Do you see a driver’s license with a truly atrocious photo on it anywhere?”

“No, but there’s one in my wallet if you want to borrow it.”

She laughed, forgetting about the lingering pain in her face. Her gaze finally moved to the guy. He stared back at her. Her pulse immediately leaped into overdrive.

Wow, she thought. He’s a total hottie!

“Sage?”

Lily’s voice came to them from somewhere nearby. Rosemary couldn’t look away from the golden eyes currently holding steady on hers from behind a pair of dark-rimmed glasses. It clicked in the back of her mind that she was staring at Sage Strickland, The Void’s sound specialist. That explained why he was running through the halls with an expensive digital mixer in his hands.

“Yeah,” Sage replied over his shoulder, not looking away from Rosemary.

“What in the world are you doing?” Lily asked, hurrying over to them. “You’re late. Christopher is going to kill you.”

“I know. I’m going.”

He stood up and reached down to help Rosemary to her feet. When she placed her hand in his, she felt the tingle of it all the way along her arm. It had her breath tangling in her throat.

He pulled her up so easily that she stumbled into him. Her free hand instinctively went up to brace herself against his chest. She almost licked her lips when she felt the hard body beneath the T-shirt and suit jacket he was wearing. Her eyes once again met his and stayed there for a long, palpable beat.

“Let’s go, Strickland,” came a low male drawl. “You’ve got a crowd waitin’ for you.”

Rosemary glanced over as a dark-haired, blue-eyed guy in a suit approached. She thought he looked like a federal agent or something. It was enough to have her stepping back.

“You’ve got to go, Sage,” Lily urged, giving him a light shove.

“I know,” he said again, still looking at Rosemary. “Sorry again. Really.”

“It’s fine,” Rosemary assured him. “Break a leg.”

Like the excerpt? This is what Driving Tempo is about

A rock band. A reality show. A life swerving out of control.

The House of Archer cameras continue to roll, and Lily and Archer feel the pressure to perform. As the show’s stars and media’s newest darlings, their love life is bright in the public’s eye. But what should be the best time of their lives has Lily feeling like she’s an inch away from a head-on collision.

Between the never-ending cameras and a relationship moving forward at top speed, she barely recognizes her life anymore. All she wants is to pursue her writing career and plan her future with the man she loves. With complicated road blocks popping up at every turn, neither seems possible.

Time to call in reinforcements.

Recruiting the help of her sister, Rosemary, seems like the answer to Lily’s problems…until things between Rosemary and The Void’s spoken-for sound specialist, Sage Strickland, start to heat up. Now there’s one more teetering band relationship for Lily to balance in the media along with her own. One misstep could not only destroy The Void’s recent success but end the only career she has.

Once Lily, Archer, and the band transition from touring back to everyday life in L.A., they’ll have to learn how to navigate the twists and turns of their newfound fame. After all, the summer tour may be coming to an end, but the drama is just beginning.

Coming soon!

Does this excerpt make you want to find out more? The author will give an e-copy of the first book in the House of Archer series, Imperfect Harmony, to anyone who is interested in the series and leaves a Comment below.

About the author

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine has signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She’s a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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