Very Bad Things (#1 Briarcrest Academy)
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Expected release date: September 10, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Mature YA and NA
Cover Designer and website: Toski Covey Photography and Sommer Stein from Perfect Pear https://www.facebook.com/toskicoveyphotography?fref=ts
Model is Mariah Jane Scott
Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She’s perfect…
Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.
Then she meets her soulmate. But he doesn’t want her.
When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about…until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.
As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.
Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.
Unedited excerpt from Very Bad Things:
I checked my teeth in the mirror. I practiced my fake smile. I practiced it again and again. I counted forty-three seconds in my head.
“Nora, quit primping and say something! Anything, dammit,” he demanded, straightening up from the door and stepping closer to me.
Falling for someone can be a lot like playing roulette. You don’t know what will happen when you place that bet, but you take a deep breath anyway and put all the chips out there. And when the ball spins around and around, you pray it lands on your number. Probability says you’ll likely loose, and in this game of love with Leo, odds were I would lose, too, but I had to try.
I stared at him through the mirror and said, “We shared a tiny moment that was…something rare. The first time I saw you, the whole world just vanished except for me and you. I don’t think everyone gets a moment like that, but we did. If I could, I’d freeze that moment and relive it over and over again. I need more moments like that because life isn’t about the big moments, like when you graduate from college or get that job you’ve been wanting. It’s the small moments that take your breath away, like when you first see your newborn’s face or…when you meet someone who could be your soulmate.”
“What are you saying?” he whispered.
I turned to face him, trembling, as I said the rest, “I shouldn’t have painted your car. I shouldn’t have stripped. I shouldn’t have gotten trashed. And, I shouldn’t have assumed you wanted me back. So yeah, maybe I am a mess, but I do know one thing for certain…I want more little moments like we had that day. I’m greedy for them. I want those extraordinary moments over and over… and…I’m not going to get them from you am I?”
Leo’s face was white, and to me that was his answer.
He was my Prince Charming, but I wasn’t his Cinderella.
Ilsa wrote her first work at the age of twelve when she penned a little ditty about a handsome prince who had no sense. Since then, she’s written plays, poems, and numerous short stories. Very Bad Things is her first full-length novel and part of a new series called Briarcrest Academy.
She graduated summa cum laude with a master’s in English. After graduation, she directed plays, worked with autistic children, helped start a children’s clothing company, and eventually had a family. Now, she spends her days with two small kids and her Viking husband. When she’s not typing away at a story, you can find her drinking too much coffee, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash.
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