Title: Finding June
Author: Caitlin Kerry
Genre: New Adult 17+
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Event organized by:Literati Author Services, Inc.
~ Book Synopsis ~
Tell me your story June....June thought she had it all. She soon found out how wrong she was. Her dreams of finding the good life were washed away when she was dumped on the sandy beaches of Mexico. Now back in Boise as an overeducated server, she doesn't even know where to begin on fixing her life. But one thing June does know is the new guy at work is one to stay away from. Reece Day catches June’s attention, even if she doesn’t want it. Reece has the uncanny ability to always get in the last word, to get under June’s skin, making her question what she really wants in life. June quickly realizes that for the first time in her life, she finally has the chance to find herself.
Excerpt 2- Finding June by Caitlin Kerry
I placed a kiss on his forehead like he had done to me so many times. I then kissed each of his closed eyes, moving down to the tip of his slightly crooked nose. He started to make very appreciative noises, as I finally kissed him softly on the lips. This finally woke him up and his eyes sleepily opened. Yep, this was perfection right here. I went in to kiss him again, and this time he was responsive as he kissed me back. We made out like teenagers hiding behind the bleachers, we couldn’t get enough of each other. His kisses were addictive and all I wanted to do was lie in this bed and make out all day. I didn’t even care about moving forward, this kissing was amazing. Reece shifted and suddenly I was underneath him, his hands running up my body.
Okay, maybe I did want to move forward.
His mouth moved to my neck, using his warm lips to lazily trail hot kisses from below my ear to my collarbone. His hands moved underneath my shirt and laid heavily on my waist as he claimed my mouth again. His hands and mouth were making me feel like there was this burning heat deep within me, coursing through my body, lighting me up and trying to find a way to shine, to release the built up energy. Our kisses were innocent in nature, but made me feel like I was drowning in desire, gasping for air and searching for the surface.
Suddenly I heard a Jolene say from below, “Incoming!” I tensed as I heard it, and then I felt something hard hit the bed. I gave a loud eek as Reece chuckled and moved away from me to find the object that had ruined the moment. Reece searched through the down comforter that was in a tangle of knots to find an orange.
Hooker was throwing fruit at me!
“Jo, what the fuck? Why are you throwing fruit at us?” I yelled as I reached for my glasses.
“Breakfast, come down and get it! Sounds like you guys need some fuel,” Jo stated.
I knew she was just trying to piss me off. I wasn’t making that much noise. Was I? Oh fuck, I probably was. As I swung my legs over the bed, Reece stopped me. “Wait, one for the road,” he said, leaning me back and kissing me.
I could get used to this.
This scene may or may not have been written after an awkward Zumba class I went too. It didn’t make the final cut, but it’s still a funny scene! And also unedited, but enjoy!
Later that night it was raining and Jo had, very unwilling, made me go to a Zumba class with her. I was trying to shake my hips but to no avail. I looked like a demented emu. Jolene, on the other hand, could have been a salsa dancer in a past life. Why she was able to drag me to this damn Zumba class, I don’t know. I wasn’t too keen on the exercise idea. I tried to eat healthy and with working on my feet and being active outside, I was usually lucky enough to avoid it. I tried to follow the peppy instructor but could only focus on her god-awful bright green sweat pants and her underwear line that was hard to look away from. I followed as much as I could but generally felt pretty damn stupid. Stupid rain. Stupid Jolene with her siren ways and salsa shaking hips.Stupid hip shaking hell.
The peppy blinding green sweats wearing instructor, after her karate sounding yell, lead us into the cool down song and I was ecstatic I could leave this room. I had shimmied my hips into the next decade and was ugly sweaty from the workout. The instructor ended the class and I headed to the back of the room to grab my stuff. Jolene, looking very pretty sweaty, bounced up to me with a huge smile on her face. “Wow, that was such a good workout! I feel great”, she practically squealed. I gave her my best fake server smile, wanting to go home. We stepped out of the classroom and I started to look into my bag for my car keys, when I ran into someone. A sweaty someone. I looked up to only see Reece starting at me. I had to really stop doing this. Seriously.
“Hi” he said with a bright smile.
“Hey, sorry I didn’t even see you there” I said.
“Yeah I know, you walked right into me, I tried to dodge but you, well, dodged too.” Reece responded like it was no big deal.
So there I was, ugly sweaty, and staring Reece, reminding me of Josh Ritter’s song bright smile dark eyes because there was definitely a bright smile but those smoldering dark green eyes were staring right at me. I felt my breath catch, not sure if it was from the workout or him starting at me. “Well…” I started every so eloquently “…I never see you here Reece, I didn’t know you worked out here”.
“It was raining and I got a free pass from a friend. Figured what the hell.”
I needed to leave and leave now. I was super sweaty, not at all attractive. And I wasn’t really in the mood to deal with Reece.
“Oh that’s nice. Well see you later.” I abruptly said as I walked away. I glanced once behind me to see Reece watching me walk away. I wasn’t going to even touch what that look was for as I walked to my car.
5 Random facts about the author.
1- I’m a huge music nerd. I listen to music all the time. Walking around campus, doing homework, cleaning, doing the laundry, grocery shopping. And it’s been like that my whole life. I used to make mix tapes from the radio and listen on my Walkman when I was eight. I’m always up for discovering new tunes!
2- I love school. I am about to finish my master degree this May (2014) and I think I might miss it. I never got sick of school and I love to learn!
3- The easiest way to describe what I do or the things I love is to say that I love the stories we tell. It can be from lyrics in a song, books I read, or the stories from history. I’m a people watcher and I am always fascinated by the stories we as a society tell and how we tell them.
4- I love being outdoors! I love to hike, swim, kayak (though I’m not very good at it) and love discovering new places! My husband and I call it our Quest to Find Narnia- that perfect place in nature. Our quest continues as we discover the world!
5- I’m not a big movie watcher. There is a long, long list of movies (mostly from the 80s) that I have never seen. I swear when I tell people that I think there eyes are going to fall out. (think movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Top Gun..)
5 facts I share with June
1- We both love tea.
2- We both have worked as a server for many years (about 9 for me.)
3- We both love being outside
4- We love ice cream and fun flavors such as cotton candy! (crap, now I want ice cream)
Caitlin Kerry is obsessed with the stories we tell. Her love of reading and writing led her to accomplish a goal she set for herself at the age of seventeen. She has a degree in History and Political Science and is only a semester away from a Masters in Public Administration. Caitlin is an avid tea drinker, hopeful adventurer, lover of music and often finds the best medicine is the quiet of nature.When Caitlin isn't writing or reading she usually can be found enjoying the great outdoors with her geologist husband, always looking for the next adventure. She currently resides in Southeastern Idaho.