Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cover Reveal And Exclusive Excerpt - Chasing Dirt Roads by Pixie Lynn Whitfield

You may remember a recent cover reveal by Mrs. Whitfield for her upcoming Across The Stars And Ashes, the conclusion to her Guardians Of The Night trilogy.  While I'm obviously excited for that one as well - I mean, it's not every day that one of your best friends finishes a trilogy they've sweated over and bled into for years - CDR has a huge majority of my Pixie-release excitement.  I have the pleasure to be an early beta reader for the novel (and occasional spot-check editor) and it's clear that her contemporary writing skills are even more awesome than her urban fantasy.  I also know that Whitfield is seriously, bullet-sweating, late-night agonizing, sleep-deprived excited for this book's release, so I ask my fellow bloggers to give it a shot!  More often than not, you can ask for a free copy in exchange for an honest review, so if you're even the teensy bit interested, I encourage you to contact the author and try to set that up!

Anyway, time to end the rambling and show you lovely people the gorgeous cover for the upcoming Chasing Dirt Roads.  (Drumroll please...!)

It's got a horse.  Seriously, how can you not read this book?
It's the last place I wanted to be during the most important summer of my potential photography career. I was used to this though. Mom and I have been running the roads since I was thirteen while I stood by quietly and let her take me wherever. Cans and bottles littered our junked-out old Buick with the boxes. But something was different about the place this time. His name was Cooper Reed...

When eighteen-year-old Kenley Brooks moves to Lovely Heights, she's tired. Tired of moving around the country. Tired of taking care of her drunk mother. She just wants to finally settle down, live a normal life and get back into pursuing her photography dreams. After meeting Cooper and his friends, she thinks she could. But she has deep secrets and people are starting to gossip.

      I heard him before I saw him, but when my eyes adjusted, I saw the young man standing on the inside of the fence, slightly off to the side. When I turned my head toward his voice, he came forward. I swallowed the lump forming in my throat and took a quick step backward. I couldn’t make out all of his features in the darkness.
“No, no. I’m sorry.” I heard my voice stutter out in a hurry. My mouth felt dry. He stepped up to the fence, placing his hands over the wood, and let out a friendly laugh. It rolled out in gentle baritone waves.
“It was a joke. Yeah, this is our property, but we let everyone come by and go swimming in the pond. Just clean up any trash—cans, bottles, wrappers. That’s all we ask.”  
“Oh.” I was barely choking out syllables. I’d always struggled talking with strangers, especially guys. Most especially good-looking guys. Which I realized he definitely was as he got closer.
“You’re new…the new neighbor from down the road, aren’t you?”
I nodded, this time not even uttering a word, and hoped he could see my head bobbing. A goofy grin spread across his cheeks. His teeth were straight, with a slight gap between his front teeth giving him a more youthful, boyish appearance. He couldn’t be much older than me. His hair looked brown, but it was hard to tell which shade in the dark. And he was tall, at least a foot taller than me.
He leaned against the fence and I stepped further back into the road. I turned to head back to the house with nothing else to say to the stranger. It was embarrassing in a way really.
“Welcome to the neighborhood,” I heard him shout behind me as I started to walk away.
“Thanks,” I muttered. My cheeks flamed.

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So there you have it!  Chasing Dirt Roads is high on my 2013/2014 TBR list, add it to yours!  And drop the author a line on GR or Twitter, she loves hearing from her readers.  Thank you all for taking the time to check out this much anticipated cover reveal and exclusive excerpt, and I hope it was enough to whet your appetite for more!


  1. Yes, my bookish taste buds are salivating! Sounds good, I do prefer contemporary to fantasy and the extract is very promising.

    1. Yay I'm seriously glad you're interested in this! It'll be a little while before it's released, but I can't wait to see what you think of it. :D


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