Friday, April 10, 2015

~~~BLOG TOUR~~~ LOVE SURFACED by Michelle Lynn

The equations are


Piper Ashby + Brad

Ashby = Twin Siblings

Brad Ashby +

Tanner McCain = Best Friends

Piper Ashby +

Tanner McCain = Off limits

Tanner and I

abided by the rules. We stayed on our designated sides of the relationship


Ignoring swarming


Brushing off

skipped heartbeats.

Settling on

lingering stares.

Here’s the secret … a hand extended over that

invisible line once, exponentially changing the equation. I was convinced we

could make our relationship work until Tanner broke the trust he embedded in me

from the age of seven.

One deceit of mega proportions and the relationship we

built for that short month vanished. I swore never to speak to him again and

it’s worked. Until now—two years later, when my brother’s wedding places me face-to-face

with the best man—Tanner McCain.

Leaving one equation to be solved. Can love surface



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Soon, I’m unable to focus, and I

have no choice but to take a break to recoup some energy. Gripping the side of

the pool, I toss my goggles on the cement and lay my head on top of my hands,

leaning over the edge of the pool. Mentally tormenting myself on my recent

obsession with Tanner McCain, I’m surprised when the echo of someone else in

the pool alerts me.

There goes my therapy for today, I think to myself.

I hastily grab my goggles and rest

them on my head. My eyes glance up to see if the person is one of my teammates,

but what I find halts my breathing. Tanner snakes into the water, gracefully

picking up each plastic rope and ducking underneath, until he reaches the lane

right next to me. I gulp down the last of my saliva when he casually swings

back and forth on the lane separator closest to me.

He’s breathtaking with his goggles

resting on the top of his head and his strong biceps holding his body up in the

water. “I thought I’d find you here.” His classic smirk from last night is back

in place.

“You did?” Immediately, I hate my

timid and unsure voice. Even worse, the hopefulness it’s laced with.

“Want to race? Loser chooses Truth

or Dare?” He doesn’t make eye contact with me. Rather, he peers across the

empty pool.

“So I can lose?”

Every swimmer from here to

California beats themselves up on their workouts, imagining their fingertips on

that tile wall before Tanner’s.

He chuckles. “You know I only use

half of my energy when I go against you.”

I cup my hand and drag it across

the pool, splashing his face. He shakes his head, water droplets spraying off

his divine features.

“Jackass,” I say, my back against

the tile wall. I purposely don’t allow my body to win the fight to break the

distance between us.

“I’m kidding. Come on.” His head

nods toward the other end of the pool. “One lap.”

Then, out of nowhere, a confident

creature rises within me. I want to pick his brain and dig through the layers

to discover exactly why he sought me out in this pool so early in the morning

and why his hands roamed places on my body they never ventured before last

night. Most of all, I want to know how he left me without even a good-bye.

“What do I get if I win?” I raise

my eyebrows at him a few times for competition.


Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from

school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years

ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.  She developed a love of reading at a young

age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write.   With the encouragement of her family, she

finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating

around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing

with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family

and friends.  But after chasing around

twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after

putting the kids to bed.

Twitter: @michellelynnbks

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