Title: Shock Me (Book 1, re-issue)
Series: Shock Me
Author: Ashley C. Harris
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Format: Digital eBook
A promising gymnast, Donna Young is a shy, quiet nobody from the wrong side of town. The only exciting thing in life is her secret friendship with Ryan, her childhood crush. But after the accident—one that should have killed her—she discovers she has impossible powers! Why now, at sixteen, can she transform into something shocking and inhuman? Donna doesn’t know how to use her new abilities or who she can trust, but unveiling this mystery might lead to conclusions about Ryan that are deadly.
Rich kid, Ryan Applegate is the most popular guy in town. He has a face that should be on a poster in every girl’s bedroom and dates the hottest chick in school. But ever since the big explosion at the town’s power plant, Ryan has been keeping secrets of his own that if revealed could force him to choose between his family and the girl he's forbidden to love.
As their electrifying puzzle unfolds, so unfolds a town where friends become enemies, and enemies become unrecognizable and intertwined. Tortured heroes just might be the bad guys, and Donna discovers that her and Ryan’s secrets are powerful enough to destroy everyone... including themselves.
Praise for Shock Me:
“Memorable characters and plot momentum will keep the reader fully engaged right up to the pulse-pounding, dramatic conclusion with a stunning ending that I didn’t see coming!” ~ Lori Zalewski, Lusty Penguin Reviews
“Everyone can become a hero. That is what I got out of it. Well a lot more but that was a really powerful message. It keeps you on the edge of your seat to see what will happen next. I can’t wait for the next book and look forward to more from this new author!” ~ Kelly, Kindle and Me
“One of the best things about this book, is that it’s not like any other I’ve read recently. It’s absolutely unique. And, I loved that it was told in third person instead of first, because with all the things going on throughout the book, being able to know what more than one person was thinking was extremely helpful.” ~ Stacey Mosteller, Reading Rainblog
“Shock Me by Ashley Harris is a story with new, fresh premise and I believe that fans of paranormal young adult novels will be thrilled to read it. “ ~ Glass, Ja čitam, a ti?
Also, in the Shock Me series: Sparks (Book #2), Collide (Book #3), and New Divide (Book #4) by Ashley C. Harris!
When he got to the movies he saw her, Donna’s friend that had been staying at her house the whole week. He still couldn’t believe this girl was friends with someone like Donna. She looked too wild and free to be friends with anyone around here.
She was tall and leggie. Her short ruffled skirt revealed just about everything, and that lacy top … Randy could barely keep himself contained. She was a city kind of girl. Looking at her in East Applegate was like looking at a gator in the desert. She just didn’t fit.
She walked right up to him confidently. “Hey, cowboy.”
“Hey, yourself.” He flicked his lighter on and off, juggling it in his right hand, sensing the flame in his veins, controlling it.
“So what are we doing tonight?” she asked him as the wind blew through her hair.
“Whatever,” he answered. He looked around; it was going to be a cool, windy night for a change. His first night off in a while.
“Well, you planned for us to meet in front of a movie theater. Did you want to see a movie?” she asked him smoothly.
As they walked toward the theater, she stared at the titles and babbled something about each one. This part of the date was the boring pointless part. It was the torture part that girls did to lead up to the fun part. Not that Brook was a girl. She was definitely a woman. Not that he’d act any different with her than he did with the rest of the girls he dated. The reality was always the same. He could never truly get close to someone normal like them, so why even bother to try? They were beautiful, but that was all they could ever be. It was something he constantly had to drill into his brother’s head. People like Ryan and Randy had power, but did not have the luxury of getting close to anyone. Not that Randy ever would want to …
She turned around, bewildered and confused. Behind her was a very tall, handsome teenager about her age or maybe a little older. He had dark hair and bright blue eyes. His skin was tanner than her own, and he was in the best shape she had ever seen anyone else in. It was as if royalty were in front of her; his skin shone so bright and perfect, and when he opened his mouth slightly, his teeth were whiter than she had ever seen. She felt herself unable to turn away, as if she were looking at the sun, and it had trapped her. He was like a giant warrior angel without wings, and her body was drawn toward him like a magnet.
It was the seventeen-year-old Ryan who stood in front of her. He was in his orange and blue jogging suit listening to his music. After a minute, his expression changed and he took off his headphones and shook them. “That sucks; I thought I just charged these,” he said, tossing them aside.
“I’m sorry.” For some reason she knew it was her fault that his MP3 player had no power.
“I’ll just buy a better one,” he said casually, taking a step closer.
She nodded, staring idiotically at his chest and then back to his handsome face. Then at his muscular arms, then back to his face again, like she was examining a fine painting that was so great you could look at it a hundred times and still be unable to appreciate it all. He smiled at her, his gaze intense and strong. Then they both took a step toward one another instinctively. His hands grazed hers lightly, and her heart began to race.
“Remember the first time?” he asked her; at once she seemed to know what he was talking about before the words left his mouth.
“Yes,” she answered him. Her face was lit with her most sensual smile. She felt so alive, like the sun was burning inside her.
He leaned forward then, making her body tremble, and kissed her lightly, his lips playfully touching hers. Then he pulled away, moving toward her right ear, just like his child self had, and whispering, “Never forget. Even if it’s all mixed up, remember,” he spoke slowly, and each word he said grew more faint.
He moved his face back to hers, drawing her in. She looked into his eyes; they were blue like the water that kept saving her. Then they were kissing again, first softly, but as she wanted more he kissed her further and more intensely. She felt his hands slip under the back of her shirt. He touched her skin, then disappeared.
About Ashley C. Harris
Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film Lines. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops.
In 2013 Ashley teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first title in a new young adult series Shock Me. Ashley then went on to release the first of a new NA series, One Night In Heated Snapshots, that quickly reached Amazon's Best Selling top ten list for sports romances.
When she is not dreaming up new books and working on film sets, she loves to spend time with her friends and family.
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