About the Book
Series: Velvet, 2
Author: Temple West
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Medias Res Publications
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
This high-stakes sequel to Velvet proves that when you’re the only human caught in a paranormal war, high school can get a little tricky. With Adrian’s brother trapped in hell, the Praetorian Guard has made Stony Creek their base-of-operations, but Caitlin has a bad feeling they’re more interested in her than in finding Lucian. Caught in a sea of conspiracies and lies, Caitlin and Adrian perform a risky magical procedure in an attempt to protect Caitlin from compulsion.
Relieved that her nightmares have ended, Caitlin is disturbed to find that something even stranger has taken their place.
Determined to get on with her life, even amid a crazy paranormal manhunt, she applies for a competitive summer fashion internship in New York. Searching desperately for answers about what Caitlin might be, how Adrian’s father is involved, and where Lucian has been kidnapped to, Caitlin and Adrian must rely on each other to survive. But when the truth finally comes to light, the consequences are unimaginable.
And the question still haunts them both: even if they survive, how will they deal with the fact that Adrian is immortal and Caitlin is not?
“Kalare?” I asked, peeking into her room. She’d taken over my former suite on the third floor, so she was literally across the hall from my sewing studio.
She was sprawled back on the bed, a cigarette dangling from her lips and a bottle of beer sweating onto the very expensive silk comforter. “Yeah?” she asked, not looking up from her book. She was also wearing reading glasses.
“I have a question, but first, why are you wearing glasses?”
“That’s already a question,” she said, still not looking up from her book.
“Fine, then I have two questions.”
She ripped a corner off the beer label and stuck it between the pages as a bookmark. “They’re hipster frames, no prescription. Mariana’s got the upper class covered so I figured I should represent the youth of America.”
I couldn’t help but grin at her. “You’ll do perfectly.”
She frowned at my grin. “I don’t like the sound of that.”
“Look, I have this application due Monday and I need your help.”
She eyed me warily. “Doing what?”
I shot her an overly exasperated look. “Holding stuff, and stuff. Come on! Do you want me to live up to my potential or not?”
She snorted, but set the book down and scooted to the edge of the bed. “I’m not your mother, you doofus.”
I grinned at her as she followed me into my studio. “Take your biker death jacket off.”
She glanced down at her leather jacket. “Biker death jacket?”
“It’s all ripped and covered in spikes! You look like you belong in The Lost Boys.”
“Keifer Sutherland was hot.”
“Yeah, in the ‘80s.”
“That was practically yesterday for me.”
“Great! Jacket off.”
While she frowned and slid the jacket off, I quickly texted Adrian: Bring Julian to my studio.
A moment later he texted back: Why?
Just do it, I typed. It’ll be funny.
As soon as Kalare turned back to me I slid the phone in my pocket. She was down to her ripped skinny jeans, biker boots, and a white tank top. I half-expected her to be covered in tattoos, but her skin was completely free of ink. Maybe vampires couldn’t get tattoos?
“All right,” she muttered around the cigarette, “what hell have you in store for me today?”
“I actually need you to change into this,” I said, handing her the dark green velvet dress that I’d made for Winter Formal.
She looked at the fabric as though it were Cindy Lou Who and she was the Grinch.
“Yeah, I don’t really do dresses. Go get Sabine.”
I stared pointedly at her. “Sabine literally wants to kill me. Help me, Kalare Whatever-Your-Last-Name-Is. You’re my only hope.”
“You weren’t even born when that came out,” she muttered.
“Dude, put the dress on. I just need to snap a picture for the application; it’ll take thirty seconds.”
“Why can’t you put the dress on and I take the picture?”
“Are you a photographer?”
She feigned indignation. “I dabble.”
I rolled my eyes. “I’m already featured in the other outfit. I can’t be in both of them; that’s like, narcissistic. I want them to take me seriously. Dress.”
She glowered at me, but stuck the cigarette behind her ear and went behind the changing screen in the corner of the room.
“You owe me big time,” she grumbled.
There were the sounds of struggling and a string of inventive curses. “How the hellfire do you even get this on?”
“It literally just goes over your head.”
Several more curses later, Kalare stepped around the edge of the screen at the exact moment the door to the studio opened. A very irritated Julian came into the room followed by a very confused Adrian.
Kalare and Julian stopped dead, staring at each other. Then Kalare turned to me, glaring. “I’m going to kill you.”
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About Book 1: Velvet
Series: Velvet, 1
Author: Temple West
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.
After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.
Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?
About the Author
The debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Seattle but tends to wander from city to city like the gypsy she is.
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I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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