Red Dawn Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway
Hello fellow readers! Today I am excited to be kicking off the Red Dawn blog tour. Enjoy the awesome excerpt!
Hi Bailey! Thanks for kicking off the Red Dawn blog tour! I am super excited to be at IB Book Blogging today! In fact, I’m so thrilled to be kicking off the tour that I’ve got a special treat for your readers– an exclusive excerpt from Red Dawn! For those who’ve been enthusiastically waiting to see what’s next for Nik and Katia, this little teaser is sure to reignite your curiosity. It was one of my favorite scenes to write!
“I thought you’d been practicing?” Nik taunts.
“Shut it,” I growl through gritted teeth as I jump back to my feet. I can’t let him get inside my head. If I do this match will be over before it begins.
I go on the offensive as soon as my feet hit the ground. I surge forward delivering a triple kick that drives Nik backward across the mat. Outside kick, spinning back hook, roundhouse. Although he yields his position on the mat, Nik blocks them all. I drop to the mat and attempt to sweep his feet out from under him, but Nik easily dodges. He flips gracefully over my head and as I spin around, I get an elbow strike to the temple for my effort. The force of the blow causes me to bite my lip and I feel a warm trickle of blood making its way down my chin.
We go at it like this for a while. Punch, kick, block, roll, sweep, kick, dodge. It’s a vicious and brutal cycle. Seeking to end the match, I roll to the left and spring up from the mat, driving my palm into the underside of Nik’s chin. His head snaps back and I follow up with a spinning back fist. He retaliates with a kick to the back of my right knee. I crumple to the mat and just barely manage to block the fist that nearly crushes my throat as Nik descends upon me.
I’m faster and stronger, but Nik’s a more patient and skilled fighter. As Nik and I lay on the mat, arms locked, both struggling to gain the advantage, I contemplate the knife in my boot. Probably not a good idea. Pulling a weapon is likely to be considered bad sportsmanship in hand-to-hand combat. Besides, it’s only training. Nik lets out a groan and I tentatively raise my eyes to meet his.
When our eyes lock I know I’m in trouble. Big trouble. I’ve seen that smoldering look before. In my experience it precedes a smoking hot kiss. Nik’s lids are hooded and his breath is coming hard and fast as the weight of his well-muscled body presses my back into the mat. I’m trapped. My own breath catches in my throat and my grip on his forearm falters. Before I know what’s happening, I’m face down on the mat, arms bound behind my back.
“Do. You. Yield?”
“Bloody hell!” I scream, angry at myself for being a sucker. I should have seen that coming. Nik’s been known to play a little dirty when it comes to me.
“I’ll take that as a yes.” He laughs and releases me. I sit up and rub my wrist, giving Nik the dirtiest look I can muster. I doubt he even notices. He’s too busy gloating, although I’m sure he doesn’t miss the flaming embarrassment painted all over my face.
“I’m so stabbing you next time!”
“I’ll consider myself warned,” he snickers, pulling me to my feet. “Besides, I’d expect nothing less from you.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?” I ask, tilting my head innocently.
“Just that I know how much you hate to lose.”
“You know, for a minute there I thought you were trying to compliment me on my resourcefulness,” I tease.
“Katia, if I were going to compliment you, it would be on those stunningly short shorts,” he purrs.
Before I can come up with an appropriately indignant response, he’s running his finger along the waistband of my running shorts. Okay, so maybe Nik is faster than me. But I can’t think about that right now. Actually, I can’t think about anything except the heat blazing along my skin. Nik’s finger leaves a delicious trail of fire in its wake. I should push the roving hand away, but deep down I know I don’t want it to end. I want more. A lot more.
Katia’s done running. She’s fought fiercely to protect her identity, her secrets, and those she loves most. And while it hasn’t been easy, she’s finally making peace with the past. Katia’s even looking forward to the start of a new school year at Crossroads Academy.
Too bad things at Crossroads are going to be a little different this fall. There are new rules, new students, and new relationships. Katia quickly discovers that navigating the halls of Crossroads is as complicated as ever.
When a friend’s life is at stake, Katia will be forced to choose between the safety of Crossroads and an enemy more dangerous than any she’s ever faced. Will Katia have the courage to risk it all -including her life- for a friend?
J.J. Bonds has also provided a giveaway for everyone! You can win an ebook of Crossroads or Red Dawn. Must be 13 years or older to enter and it is international!
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