About Under the Lights:
Josh Chester loves being a Hollywood bad boy, coasting on his good looks, his parties, his parents' wealth, and the occasional modeling gig. But his laid-back lifestyle is about to change. To help out his best friend, Liam, he joins his hit teen TV show, Daylight Falls...opposite Vanessa Park, the one actor immune to his charms. (Not that he's trying to charm her, of course.) Meanwhile, his drama-queen mother blackmails him into a new family reality TV show, with Josh in the starring role. Now that he's in the spotlight—on everyone's terms but his own—Josh has to decide whether a life as a superstar is the one he really wants.
Vanessa Park has always been certain about her path as an actor, despite her parents' disapproval. But with all her relationships currently in upheaval, she's painfully uncertain about everything else. When she meets her new career handler, Brianna, Van is relieved to have found someone she can rely on, now that her BFF, Ally, is at college across the country. But as feelings unexpectedly evolve beyond friendship, Van's life reaches a whole new level of confusing. And she'll have to choose between the one thing she's always loved...and the person she never imagined she could.And here's Dahlia!
Welcome to part 3 of the UNDER THE LIGHTS cover reveal! When I saw Tirzah’s post on The Compulsive Reader about how pretty much all books featuring a romance between two girls have covers featuring “Lesbian Hands,” rather than the kind of all-over-the-map variety hetero Romances get, I knew this was a blog I needed to take part in my reveal. This was exactly the conversation I’d been having for weeks as we geared up to design this cover, and the post was the perfect confirmation that we were right to decide we absolutely needed it to feature two girls.
And so it does…which you’ll see when the full cover is revealed in one hour! For now, here’s another piece of the puzzle:
I know, I know—I’m being kind of a tease. But hopefully, this last excerpt, which, ironically enough, features some flirty handholding, will make up for it!
Excerpt from Under the Lights:
“Hey.” Her hand covers mine. “It’s okay if you’re not a hundred percent sure what you’ll be doing in five years. I mean, it has to be, right? If you’re screwed, I’m beyond screwed.”
I laugh, squeezing her fingers. “Then yes, it has to be. Because we’re both gonna be fine. We just need to make some actual plans, or something.”
“And to move out of our moms’ houses!” she adds triumphantly. “Definitely a solid goal for both of us.”
“I will if you will.”
“I will, so you will.” The confidence in her voice is unwavering, and it makes me smile. It’s infectious. More than that, it’s the first time I’ve actually felt like maybe I can make it happen, especially if I have someone trying to dig out of the same hole at the same time.
“We could do it together, even,” I say, growing excited now. “Get our own cute place. Something close to both the set and Jade’s office.”
“Could we get a shaggy purple rug? I’ve always wanted a shaggy purple rug.”
I burst out laughing. “Of all things, that’s what you want? Sure, we can get a shaggy purple rug. As long as there’s enough space on the hardwood for our yoga mats.”
“Obviously. And fish—we should get fish. One of those really cool fish tanks they have in fancy hotels and whatever.”
“I’m pretty sure those are like a billion dollars,” I tell her sadly.
“Oh.” Her face falls. “Well, maybe just a dinky little goldfish bowl then. I’ve always wanted a pet.”
“I thought you’ve always wanted a shaggy purple rug.”
“That too. Shockingly, Jade wouldn’t let me have either one.”
“I am shocked. I bet you’d make a great fish mom, too.”
“I totally would, right? I’d spoil those babies rotten.”
“I believe it,” I say sincerely. “You are a very excellent caretaker.” I realize then that her hand is still on mine, and I hook my pinky around hers. “I really am glad you came.”
She swallows hard but doesn’t respond.
For the second time in two days, I feel like a complete and total idiot, and I quickly slip my hand out from hers. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean…I’m sorry.”
“You know, you don’t flirt like a straight girl,” she murmurs, the words rolling right through my body to curl my toes.
My skin prickles with heat as a guilty flush steals over me, and I’m grateful it’s hidden in the twilight. It isn’t that I didn’t realize I was flirting, exactly, but…why am I doing it? Yeah, I like hanging out with her, and she makes me feel good about myself when no one else can, but she’s a friend. Period. Because that’s all girls are to me.
“I’m sorry,” I rasp again, and mean it. “I’ll stop.”
She’s silent. And then fingertips, soft and cool as they sweep through my hair, rest on the base of my neck. “No,” she says, softer now, her touch tingling my skin. “Please don’t.”
Oh God. The prickle of heat blazes brighter, lower, and there isn’t any ignoring what it means. I don’t understand how, or why, but I am turned-on beyond belief.
By a girl.
And I really, really don’t want to stop flirting with her.
I love the excerpt, and I'm really excited for the full cover release! I think you'll all really like it! Click over to Cuddlebuggery.com at noon today to see the full cover!