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Monday, February 13, 2012

In His Eyes Anthology - And My Short Story, Mind Games

The In His Eyes Anthology with sixteen romantic short stories by Indelibles authors is HERE!

The anthology includes my short story prequel to Open Minds, called Mind Games

Raf, a regular mindreader, is in love with Kira, the only girl in school who can't read minds. Raf struggles to keep his thoughts about her private, but secrets are something that only zeros like Kira can keep. As he works up the nerve to ask Kira to the mindware Games, his friends have other games in mind for him. 

If you've read Open Minds ... and want more Raf & Kira, this short romantic story from Raf's POV is just the thing to snuggle up to for Valentine's Day.

If you haven't read Open Minds ... there are no spoilers in Mind Games, and it will hopefully lead you straight to wanting to learn more about Raf, Kira, and their mindreading world. :)

As promised, here's a PEEK inside Mind Games:
Every time I see her, she surprises me.
            Not in a charming or tantalizing way, although there’s no question she captivates me. She surprises me because there’s no whisper warning of her presence like with everyone else in Warren Township High, where the dull roar of thoughts from the throng of students in the hallway practically drowns out my own. Sometimes she’ll appear by my side without warning. Or like today, I catch a glimpse of her retreating down the hall. But I never hear her thoughts first. Even if she and I were the only two people in the entire school, I still wouldn’t be able to read her mind. And she can’t read mine either.
            And that’s exactly the problem.
In His Eyes is FREE at Smashwords, $0.99 on Amazon (hopefully FREE soon), and $0.99 on Barnes&Noble. If you're not familiar with Smashwords, they have formats for Kindle, Nook, and just about every device.

REVIEW BLURB for Mind Games:
"I loved Kira in Open Minds ... but getting Raf's POV in Mind Games was a real treat." - TwiMom101

REVIEW BLURBS for In His Eyes:
"For any girl, it'd make a great Valentine's Day gift!"  - Footsteps to a Bestseller

"I'm certainly getting my copy. They are from the guy's point of view, and I'd love to understand the guys just a little better!!" - Buried In Books

"If you love YA, this book definitely has something for you here." - Shhh! Mommy's Reading

Stop by the fabulous Angela Brown's blog to win FREE Kindle versions of the story - today only - to be delivered on Valentine's Day! (Thank you Angela!)

Here's a peek at the other short stories in the anthology:

Surprise, Surprise by Stacey Wallace Benefiel, author of Glimpse: Half the women in Melody's family can see the future, which makes it nearly impossible for Raleigh to surprise her. What's a guy to do for Valentine's Day when his girlfriend is always one step ahead of him?

First Kiss or First Kill? by C.K. Bryant, author of Bound: Love isn't always rainbows and kittens, sometimes it can be downright deadly. (A deleted chapter from Bound.)

Shattered by Ali Cross, author of Become: James and Desi use each other in an effort to cling to the darkness in each of them, but in the end they discover that love changes you. (A chapter of Become from James’ POV.)

Before by Jessie Harrell, author of Destined: When a younger Eros is exiled to a land that doesn't believe in the Greek gods, he finds the first love of his immortal life. Read Eros' first person account of his romance, and heartbreak, in the time before he met Psyche.

The Qualm Before the Storm by Karen Amanda Hooper, author of Tangled Tides. Yara Jones doesn’t want to be a mermaid. Treygan doesn’t want to be the monster who turns her. You can’t always get what you want. (A short prequel to Tangled Tides.)

Unspeakable by S.R. Johannes, author of Untraceable: When Mo sees a strange girl in the woods, he follows her. He soon realizes they are both in a dangerous position and might not get out alive.

In the Beginning by Katie Klein, author of Cross My Heart: Seth is falling hard for Genesis Green, but the guardian angel is determined not to interfere, until an accident changes the course of their lives forever. (A short prequel to The Guardian.)

A Chance Encounter by Cheri Lasota, author of Artemis Rising: Finnian's eyes hide a terrible secret. But a girl on the train home, the girl in tears with a secret of her own...She sees right through him. A scene from the upcoming novel, Echoes in the Glass.

Family Bonds by Heather McCorkle, author of The Secret of Spruce Knoll: A Halloween party filled with teens who can channel energy and use it to kill, what could go wrong? For Spruce Knoll fans who are dying to read more about Fane.

Getting Closer by Lisa Nowak, author of Running Wide Open: Megan is smart, hot, and an upperclassman—in other words, way out of Cody’s league. So why did she choose him? (An excerpt of Getting Sideways.)

The Almost Assassin by Laura Pauling, author of A Spy Like Me, releasing Spring 2012: Malcolm tries his hand at the family business but his conscience and a beautiful "spy" may be his downfall.
By The Firelight by Elle Strauss, author of Clockwise: When Nate McKenzie asks an unpopular girl to dance on a dare, he's in for the time of his life.

A Very Alien Valentine’s Day by Magan Vernon, author of How To Date An Alien: After surviving confinement and an intergalactic war for his human half, Alex, now he has to live through the biggest challenge of them all: Valentine's Day.

Aligned by RaShelle Workman, author of Exiled: A half-Eternal boy and an Eternal girl must free millions of tortured souls from a creature whose been feasting on their pain and suffering. 

Here's wishing everyone a very romantic Valentine's Day - in fiction and real life! 


  1. Reasons like this are why I'm so glad I got a Kindle for Christmas! I have to say I'm not the most romantic person, but I love the idea that these stories are from the guy's point of view. I will be purchasing this one!! Way to go, ladies!

  2. Oh, look at all those great authors! And free on Smashwords? Yay!

  3. Yay! I've been (impatiently) waiting for this puppy to come out. I am off to get it right now!!! :-)

  4. Happy Valentine's Day indeed. Thanks for sharing. I'm excited to read more from you!

  5. great to grab a copy of the book.

  6. I'm on chapter 12 of Open Minds right now, so this little excerpt from Mind Games is tantalizing! I think it's Raf speaking, because Simon isn't a reader, either. But you would have to be sly about telling us who it is!

  7. I think you guys could be taking over the world.

    I would make a great Cabinet Member. Just sayin'.

    1. You would! I'll put you in for a nomination, once we accomplish that World Domination thing. Which comes right after afternoon naps, I believe. :)

  8. Hi, Susan. I just put up a blog spotlighting two bloggers, and you're one of them. I spotlighted the anthology, and also your novel - if you have a few minutes to drop by!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

  9. hi Susan, Stopping over from Ann Best's blog, where she highlighted us both. Your books sound terrific! I'm putting on my mindreader-blocker helmet now :-)

    1. Thanks for stopping over! I have your Christmas book on my TBR as well! If you pick up the anthology (it’s free) you will definitely need that mind-blocker helmet! 

  10. Just bought my copy, Susan! I'm really looking forward to reading your story. It's so nice to have so many of my online friends together in one collection. :-)

    1. Yay! Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy it – I certainly had fun writing Raf’s POV! 

  11. Very cool, Sue! I wish I had an ereader when I hear about this kind of stuff. Congratulations on another publication. :)


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