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The Summer Before I Met You

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The Summer Before I Met You

“Take care of your spirit, Kami,” said Megumi. “And don’t burn the place down.”

Kami grabbed both the suitcases and headed for the cabin she was sharing with Liz and Angela. Liz walked with her, and on their way Kami stopped.

“My Sobo was exaggerating,” she said earnestly. “There have been very few fires.”

Six days until UNSPOKEN comes out, and let me present to you… this present, as hosted by a wonderful indie bookstore! And look it has a COVER. My short story has a cover of its OWN. Isn’t that fancy and beauteous?

I hope you guys enjoy. ;) It is one of two, so expect the other, The Spring Before I Met You, and the first look at Jared Lynburn, very soon…


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 5th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
I am trying to be patient, but it's very hard.
Sep. 5th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
So soon now!
Sep. 5th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Reading this in a library was a terrible mistake, because this is a place where uncontrolled giggling and emotional outbursts are typically not appreciated, and had be held back with force.

Angela and Kami's relationship is exquisite, with such a nice blend of absolute closeness and realistic relationship strain (the moment when Angela hugs her was the best sort of gutpunch of feelings), and Kami is a marvelous force of awesome. I love that even though this is Kami's story, Liz isn't just the observer; she gets her own feelings and her own revelation, which was just lovely. And Rusty and the children and Kami's interactions with them... (Possibly my favorite line: “These aren’t toys and nobody should play with them,” Kami told the kids. “Now, who’s going to win the race to get to the phone and call the police?”). And you made me love Kami's relationship with her grandmother, and with her whole family in general, in just the few short paragraphs of their introduction. So excellent.

I would say this makes me want to buy the book, but I have already preordered it and am waiting by the mailbox, so I will say that it makes me even more desperate to read Unspoken, and that it is fabulous to get a taste of it ahead of time. And can't wait for the Spring story! Thanks for all the bonus awesome you give your fans.

Also the cover is excellent. I wish more short stories came with covers.

Sep. 5th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
I was so delighted when I saw the cover. Spring has a cover, too. SO FANCY!

And I am delighted by this comment. A marvelous force of awesome is an excellent description of Kami, I think! And no character should just be an observer, or I am writing that character suckily, though Kami, Angela, Rusty and her family are the ones we'll be seeing the most of. ;)

I am so glad fans like the extra content: I like to do them, as a reward to those being so kind as to support me. Thank you!
Sep. 5th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Hurray! I cannot wait for the book to be out, and I very much enjoyed the story. Thank you for sharing it with us!
Sep. 5th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading! I'm so glad you liked and I will hope you like ze book also. ;)
Sep. 5th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
This was lovely, and I adore Kami already.
Sep. 5th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
*beams* I am fond.
Sep. 6th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
Having read the ARC of Unspoken, I loved Kami in Unspoken and I love her even more seen through another character. And I LOVED her interactions with her grandmother!! And Angela and Rusty and everyone!!
Sep. 6th, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you! It was fun to write Kami's grandma, who has such an effect on her. And I am so glad you love Kami!
Shanyi Gu
Sep. 6th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
I am so in love with Angela. I loved her line about why she and Kami have no other friends, as well as Kami biting her lip in response-- the perfect little touch of vulnerability to her brass.
Sep. 6th, 2012 11:36 am (UTC)
*beams* My grouchy girl. I very much wanted to write a book with BFFs.
Sep. 6th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
This was such a fantastic introduction to Kami and Angela and their relationship. Complex. Kami is amazing - I loved her with the kids, esp. Clive! So, so looking forward to Unspoken.

Anyway, thanks for the story - It is pretty amazing to have authors take the time to do short stories like this and share them:)
Sep. 6th, 2012 11:37 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm so glad you like them! I like doing them. ;) And I so hope you will like Unspoken.
Sep. 6th, 2012 07:44 am (UTC)
Oh Sarah, I loved this story, thank you so much for writing it. I'm really looking forward to Unspoken but also sort of not because then I will have read it and will have to wait ages till you've written something new for us to read!
Sep. 6th, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
Aw thank you! I hope you will like Unspoken.
Sep. 6th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
I can't help but be reminded of Claudia Kishi... is that intentional?
Sep. 6th, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
No, but I read the Babysitters Club when I was wee.
Sep. 7th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Loved every word, and the presentation is quite fancy.

And it is completely impossible to pick a favorite character, they are all interesting and intriguing in their own ways.
Sep. 7th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
I am really really looking forward to Unspoken! I love how you can reveal so much and yet tease me with this short story!
Sep. 15th, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
Hi! I loved both short stories and the last gothic parody very much! I've had Unspoken preordered for quite some time, but it's not here yet. :/ Bookdepository, get on that, please! :) Although since I have a newborn to take care of, I have no idea when I'll get around to reading it anyway. :P Oh well... Priorities ofthe real life variety suck when all you want to do is READ a good book. ;)
Sep. 19th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Love it! Love the book as well. Very fun!
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