We’re in for a treat today. An Unstill Life, by Kate Larkindale, has just been released. The excerpt is great and cover is amazing. I know I’m excited about this one…
Livvie Quinn. Jules, her beloved older sister is sick again after being cancer
free for almost ten years. Her mom
becomes more frantic and unapproachable every day. School isn’t much better. Just when she needs them most, her closest
friends get boyfriends and have little time for Livvie – except to set her up
on a series of disastrous blind dates.
Bianca, the school ‘freak’. Free-spirited and confident, Bianca is
everything Livvie isn’t. Shaken by her mom’s desperation, her sister’s
deteriorating condition, and abandoned by her friends, Livvie finds comfort and
an attraction she never felt before with Bianca.
Bianca become victims of persecution and bullying. School authorities won’t
help and even forbid the pair to attend the Winter Formal as a couple. If
Livvie defies them and goes, she risks expulsion and further ridicule from her
classmates. At home, her mother’s behavior escalates to new levels of crazy and
Jules is begging for help to end the pain once and for all.
her own, Livvie must decide how far she’s willing to go for the people she
scent enveloping me. My laughter caught in my throat, and I had trouble
breathing through it. I looked up at her, watching the way the streetlights
played across her features. With her head thrown back, her throat was long and
white, and I was overcome with a sudden desire to touch it.
laughter quieted, and she turned to look at me, her eyes glittering in the
sodium glow. For a long time we stood there, eyes locked, the warm breeze
wafting across our skin.
Bianca bent her head, and her lips settled upon mine. They
were warm and soft, slippery with lipstick. I shivered and pressed my own lips
hungrily against hers. Her mouth opened a little, and I followed, admitting her
inquisitive tongue. It tickled mine, darting in and out, waltzing across my
taste buds. The flavor of wine, exotic and sour at the same time, flooded my
My heart beat a rapid tattoo through my chest. This was
wrong. I should not be doing this. But I remained mesmerized, nerves I’d never
noticed before singing songs of ecstasy along my spine. Kissing Jesse had been
nothing like this.
She pulled away, slowly, as if surfacing from a dive. She
licked her lips, smiling in satisfaction. Her lipstick, smeared now, blurred
her mouth into something unrecognizable. I ran my tongue across my lips and
tasted her there, spikes of electricity igniting in my belly. This was better
than I could have imagined.
“Wow…” she breathed. “You’re good.”
“Am I?” I reached for her again, wanting nothing but her
mouth on mine once more.
“Yeah, you are.” She pushed me against the wall, and I lost
myself in her kisses.
Time held no meaning. It could have been seconds or forever
before I drew back. Nothing so good could be wrong, yet my stomach writhed with
guilt. “I…I should get home.” My voice was unsteady.
Bianca glanced up at the star-speckled sky and nodded. “Yeah.
It felt completely natural when, as we walked toward the bus
stop two blocks away, she slipped her hand into mine.
is currently residing in Wellington, New Zealand. A cinema manager, film reviewer and mother,
she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but doesn’t sleep much. As a result, she can usually be found hanging
out near the espresso machine.
A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday
Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket and Residential
Aliens, among others.
other people are allowed to see. She has
also written one very bad historical romance.
She is currently working on a new YA novel that is still looking for a
title other than its Twitter hashtag, #juvvielesbian.