Megan Tayte's Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully Release Day Party (+Giveaway)
Blurb: DARKNESS HAS FALLEN, AND SHE ALONE WILL SEE THE
With her mother’s life hanging in the balance, Scarlett is devastated – and
done with being in the dark. She wants answers, all of them.
But when was her pursuit of the truth ever straightforward?
Pulling a single thread impels a great unravelling. And each revelation will
force Scarlett to rethink what she thought she knew about the Ceruleans, the
Fallen, her family – herself.
All that came before was a mere prelude to this, the last journey. From London
to Twycombe to Hollythwaite to Cerulea, Scarlett will be stalked by the ghosts
of what has been, what may have been and what may come to pass. Until she
reaches the place where it all began, and it all must end.
But in the final reckoning, none will survive unscathed. And some will not
survive at all.
In this explosive conclusion to The Ceruleans series, all must be defined by
their actions: sinner, saint… or something more beautiful entirely?
I kissed Luke then. I kissed him. Like I hadn’t kissed him in more than a week – since
before London, since before Hollythwaite, since Barcelona: when we’d been just
a regular couple on a city break, wrapped up in each other. Through the kiss I
heard his sigh, the release of emotion. And then he pulled me to him, onto his
lap, and I kissed his lips, his jaw, his collarbone, his shoulder, and he
kissed my lips, my earlobe, my neck, my–
My robe had slipped, exposing my back, and
I struggled off him and wrestled with the fabric entangled at my waist.
He stood up. Put his hands on my shoulders.
Said my name with so much tenderness that I had to stop. Had to look at him.
The room was steamy, the glass doors occluded. No one could see. Only him.
‘Trust me,’ he said.
Slowly, he turned me. I steeled myself as
he took it in, the brand I now wore. Non
Serviam. I will not serve. Emblazoned on my back in the form of angry,
jagged scar tissue.
When I felt his lips on the nape of my
neck, I jerked in shock. But his hands on my hips held me still as he traced
the path of the scar, one kiss at a time, from its very top to its termination
just above my bikini bottoms.
‘Beautiful,’ he said.
I turned to him. He smiled up at me.
Sinking down so that we were both kneeling,
I said, ‘How could you…?’
‘How could I not?’ was his answer. ‘I was
there, Scarlett. I saw what you did for your mother. That scar: it’s
‘But it’s a punishment, Luke. Because I
sinned. That’s not beautiful. It’s dark. Wrong.’
‘No! Don’t you say that. Trying to save
your mother – that could never be wrong. If I’d had the chance, I’d have done
it. My mum, my dad, Cara… I’d have saved them all. And you. I would always save
His eyes were glistening, and I lunged for
him and hugged him hard.
‘So stop hiding it from me,’ he finished,
his voice muffled in my hair. ‘Please. Because I love that scar on you so
I nodded into his shoulder and he squeezed
It was calm in our little haven. Still. Warm.
Nothing existed but Luke and me. We held each other for a long time, drifting
in the haze.
And then Luke sat back and said, ‘So, you
and me. We’re good?’
‘We’re good,’ I told him. Then I frowned
and added: ‘For now. You know, Gabe, the Fallen: I have no idea what we’re
'Me either.' He reached out a finger and drew, in the condensation on the glass door, a little lightbulb. 'But whatever lies ahead,' he said, 'it has to be better than living in the dark.'
Author Bio: Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. 'Write, Megan,' her grandmother advised. So that's what she did.
Thirty-odd years later, Megan is a professional writer and published author by day, and an indie novelist by night. Her fiction - young adult romance with soul - recently earned her the SPR's Independent Woman Author of the Year award.
Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in a village of Greater Manchester. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt, her son, a budding artist with the soul of a palaeontologist, and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she's not writing, you'll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.