Title: Losing Logan
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Published: April 15th, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: 65,000
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Content Warning: Non-explicit murder
Recommended Age: 15+
Synopsis: âWhat if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, is the one thing you canât let go of?â
Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldnât irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because heâs dead.
As the only person he can make contact with, he convinces Zoe to help him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Loganâs suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And thatâs just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.
âSomething interesting?â I ask, tossing the damp yellow towel across my chair.
He doesnât turn to look at me.
âIâm just bored. I never realized how boring being dead could be.â He sighs deeply, his shoulders slumping as he exhales. âStill, could be worse.â
âWorse than being dead?â
He glances over his shoulder, his blue eyes piercing from across the room. âI could be dead and alone. At least I have you.â
I feel a blush creep up my neck and I try to shrug it off. âYeah, Iâm sure youâre just dying to hang out with me.â Then I force a weak chuckle.
âI mean it, Zoe.â He turns, walking toward me slowly, stopping just a few inches away. My heart skips in my chest. Even dead heâs the most beautiful boy Iâve ever seen. From the sharp slope of his nose to the curve of his jaw, from his broad shoulders to his dirty blonde hair is that perfect-messy that only movie stars seem to be able to achieve.
âIf I didnât have you to talk toâif you couldnât see meâIâd have gone crazy days ago.â He reaches out and for a second, and idiotic, unrealistic heartbeat in time, I think heâs going to touch my face. But before he gets close he drops his hand to his side and the corners of his mouth turn up just a little.
At which point I realize that Iâm standing there like a moron.
âMaybe I should start a business.â I fan out my hands in front of me. âZoe Reed. Therapist to the dead.â
âYou could have business cards with coffins on them.â
I snap my fingers, âAnd my tag line will be, Just because youâre dead doesnât mean youâre not crazy.â
He laughs and it rolls through the room and across my skin like a cold breeze. I shudder and grab a light denim jacket from my closet.
âWhatâs first on the agenda today, General?â
He points to my phone. âFirst text Carlos about taking you shopping.â
I stand up tall and salute him. âYes sir.â
As Iâm texting Logan goes over and starts looking through my closet.
âCarlos has one thing right. You are entering a combat zone. You need a first day battle outfit.â
âOoh, leather and stilettos?â
He looks over his shoulder, frowning.
âThe point is to make you look less likeâ¦â
âLike you might rip someone in half just for saying hello.â
I put a hand on my hip. âSo no leather then.â
âNo. Iâm thinking a dress. Something feminine.â
Oh sure. Pick the one thing I donât own.
My phone vibrates. âOk, Carlos is in, and judging by the amount of happy faces in this text, heâs a little excited.â
It vibrates again.
âHe wants to take me to Potomac Mills, to the designer outlets.â
âAnd how shall I pay for those expensive garments? With my good looks and winning personality?â
He frowns. I take a deep breath and go to my dresser, pulling open the top drawer. Pushing aside the underwear I grab the small black wallet.
âI didnât want to have to do this.â I open the billfold and remove the one lonely card from the slot.
âMy debit card to my college fund.â I clutch it tightly. What little inheritance Iâd received from my dadâs insurance policy went into his account. Iâve never used a penny of it, not until now. It always felt like blood money.
âDo you have enough?â he asks.
I glare at him.
âYou owe me for this, Logan. Big time. When you get up there, you had better give me a damn good recommendation. I mean it.â
He grins, âDeal.â
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless sheâs on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.
She is the author of The Gods of Fate Trilogy now available from Dragonfly Publishing. Her previously self-published novel After Burn: Military Brats has been acquired by Harlequin and will be released in 2014 with a second book in that series to follow. Her newest YA steampunk novel, Extracted: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is now available everywhere books are sold and her newest YA novel, Losing Logan, is due for release in 2014 from Clean Teen Publishing.
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