I'm going to start by saying what you already know: you are awesome! I swear, I have the best readers. You guys have been so patient, waiting for the release of the final book in the Spirit Trilogy. And I'm happy to announce your wait will soon be coming to an end. I'm working on The Soul now and am hoping for a March/April 2016 release.
So to wet your taste buds, here's what you can expect in this sure-to-be epic finale to Lucas and Carrie's story.
“I look like Godzilla’s wife,” I said to myself, looking into the full-length mirror behind my bedroom door. I pick at the blue graduation gown that’s big enough for me and my Siamese twin.
Seriously, these robes needed to be redesigned a hundred years ago. I mean, I got the whole school spirit thing, but why couldn’t I wear one of the fifteen Villisca Blue Jays t-shirts I’d inherited over the course of my one year? That’s more school pride than this atrocity.
Besides, graduating today was not my idea. I had no intention of walking across a stage to receive my diploma. Rumor had it, if you didn’t show up they’d mail it to you, so I didn’t see why the fanfare was necessary. The hell that was last month was still fresh on my mind, and this whole graduation celebration didn’t seem worth the mental effort.
Especially when tomorrow I’d be leaving.
I slipped my feet into white flip flops. “That’s more like it.”
I took one last look at myself, groaned, and swung the door open. Lucas, with his hand raised to knock, stood on the other side. His glowing green eyes ran the length of my body and back up before he lowered his hand.
“Now that is damn sexy.” He nodded his approval.
I glared at him. “Oh shut up.”
“No, I’m serious. Very hot.”
I went to slug him, but he disappeared and my fist hit at air. From behind me, strong, cool arms circled my waist and pulled me against him. His head lowered to my neck, and his lips brushed over my skin.
“I love you, Carrie,” he said out loud. Then, in my head, he added, “You don’t have to come with me tomorrow. You can go home with your mom if you want.”
Since we’d gotten back from Jessica’s funeral, Lucas hasn’t let an opportunity to convince me to stay behind while he goes to North Carolina slide away from him. He wanted to protect me, and I knew that. Still, I proved time and time again that I could take care of myself—with a little help.
Plus, Lucas soul-search wouldn’t only affect him. Half of his soul now resided in me.
“Not a chance. I’m coming with you,” I said, like I have every single time. “I meant it when I said we’d do this together.”
I spun around in his arms to face him. Lifted myself up on my tip toes and kissed him. “I love you, Lucas Reynolds, and I’m not giving up on this. We’ll find your soul and we’ll find a way to be together.”
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