Thursday, May 5, 2016

Exclusive Excerpt Reveal for Twisted Souls By L.L. Collins

Twisted Paths is not a standalone. This is meant to be read after book one in the Twisted series, Twisted Souls.


Present- 1997
Blake shoved another pair of swim shorts into his bag, catching his reflection in the mirror above his dresser. He turned back and forth, flexing into the mirror, and smiled. He had been working hard this year to not look like a little boy anymore, now that he was eighteen, and he thought he was doing a great job. There was muscle now where there just used to be flat skin. Hed always been so skinny, and was tired of it. He played basically any sport he could, but added weight training to it this year and it had paid off. He had added thirty pounds of straight muscle, and was now satisfied he didnt look like a skinny little boy anymore. He was a man.
He wondered what Liane would think of him. They were leaving in the morning to go to Florida, and she was coming this time. She had promised. He hadnt seen her in four years. It still hurt that she hadnt come to see him in so many years, but he also knew the last time they had seen each other had changed things for them. She was still his best friend, and they talked on the phone all the time and sent letters. But making sand castles and splashing in the water had been replaced by feelings for a girl that had become a woman, and he wasnt quite sure how to handle it. All he knew was he couldnt ruin the relationship with the only person that really got him by making things weird between them, so he made a vow to himself that he never would. When they were last together, the summer before they started high school, he had almost ruined everything. Not this time. She had a boyfriend, anyway.

The door swung open, and his two sisters, Brooke, whos sixteen and Brianna, whos fifteen, bounded in and jumped on his bed. The three of them were very close. Their littlest sibling, Bennett, was almost thirteen and his only brother.
All packed?” Brooke asked, her blue eyes bright. She was the only one of the four that got their moms blue eyes. The rest of them had their dads chocolate brown eyes, and all four were blondes.
Blake looked back one more time at the mirror, his stomach fluttering with nerves about seeing Liane again. His LiLi, though he had stopped calling her that when she came to the beach looking like a woman instead of a little girl when they were fourteen. He now stuck to just calling her Li. Her school picture on his bulletin board caught his eye. It was her senior picture, and they were both heading off to college in just a few weeks. It had been a source of a lot of conversation over the last few months. Her blonde hair fell in waves over her shoulder, her bright green eyes sparkled at him, and her body was even more womanly now, the small cheerleading skirt and top not hiding anything from his eyes. He had memorized every single thing about that picture. Covering his bulletin board were pictures of the two of them all the way from infancy until fourteen. No wonder he couldnt get a girlfriend. Well, scratch that. He could get one. Just not one he wanted.
Ready to see Li?” Brianna asked, a knowing smile on her face. He told Brianna and Brooke everything, and they knew how much he was struggling with staying friends with her. They also knew she had a serious boyfriend she had been with almost two years. He had endured too many conversations about Ronan the amazing boyfriend. He hoped he didnt have to fake being interested in that amazing’ relationship while they were at the beach. All he wanted was to spend the next two weeks making up for not seeing each other for the last four years.
He blew out the breath he had been holding. Im as ready as Im getting,” he admitted. Brooke watched him, not saying a word. She was the intuitive one, always knowing what he was thinking without having to say a word. She has a boyfriend.
And youre in love with her,” Brianna just threw it out there. You probably have been your entire life, Blake. What are you going to do about it?
Blake blinked, looking back and forth between his sisters. In love with her? No, Im not.
Brooke smirked. There are two ways to be fooled, big bro. One is to believe what isnt true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true.
Shut up,” he growled, making both of them cackle with laughter. He had never been in love with anyone, and wouldnt know the feeling if it hit him.
Brianna stood up, followed by Brooke. This is your shot, Blake. You dont want to regret it for the rest of your life.
He shook his head. This is not my chance, Bri. She has a boyfriend. Ill never be that person.
Until she has a ring on it, its not too late,” Brooke said quietly. Youre both adults now. You graduated from high school and are going to college. Things are different. Does she have any clue how you really feel?
He sighed, running his hand through his spiky blonde hair. I havent seen her in four years, Brookie. And I almost ruined things back then. I cant take that chance again.
Brooke and Brianna exchanged a knowing look. A lot can change in four years, Blake. Shes coming to the beach for a reason, and I dont think its to hang out with us.

TWISTED SOULS (Twisted, #1)



What if your soul is so intertwined with someone else's that it's impossible to imagine yourself without them?

Blake McIntyre and Liane Kelly’s families have spent their vacations together on Sanibel Island their entire lives, and the two have always been the best of friends. But as they get ready to go to college, they admit that friendship isn’t enough for them anymore and spend a whirlwind two weeks daring to dream of their future together.

But building sandcastles and lazy beach walks filled with moonlight kisses isn't the same as real life, and soon they are faced with a new reality. Can their hope of forever survive past their summer, or does fate have its own twisted plan?

TWISTED PATHS (Twisted, #2) 



Life is a series of choices, and every one we make sends us down a different path…

It is easy to look back at your life and see the mistakes you’ve made and wonder how it all could’ve been different. But when the path you thought would last forever comes to an end and you have to choose a new one, do you follow the route that looks the straightest and easiest? Or do you follow your heart and choose the one that might have more twists and turns but could lead you to the happiest tomorrows?

Twisted Paths is not a standalone. This is meant to be read after book one in the Twisted series, Twisted Souls.


L.L. Collins loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and two boys, reading, and writing. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out made her lifelong dream of becoming an author come true in the self-publishing world. She’s the author of the Living Again Series and the Twisted Series, plus a new standalone, Back to the Drawing Board. Visit LL on her website, and on all social media. Look for more of her emotionally charged novels soon!

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