***Promised Cover Reveal***
Here is the beautiful cover that Eden Crane came up with for Promised. I love, love, love it!
I wrote yesterday that I would post the 2nd Chapter of Promised when I posted the cover and since I'm a girl of my word you'll find it at the bottom of this post. If you haven't already read the first chapter you can find it under the Promised tab at the top of this page or by clicking this link: http://michelleturnerauthor.blogspot.com/p/promised.html
Chapter 1 of Promised was Linc's point of view and if any of you have read my first book (Reviving Bloom) you know I like to share both characters side of the story, so Chapter 2 of Promised is from Wyn. I love these new characters so much and I hope you all do too.
So with out further delay here it is.......................
Chapter 2 – Wyn
~The Black Sheep Of The Family~
“Dani?” I call out knocking on the door to my sister-in-law and best friend’s travel trailer.
“I’m in the bedroom Wyn. Come on back.” She calls back.
I walk the short distance to the back of the trailer where the bedroom is located. Dani is sitting on the bed folding onesies and placing them into neat stacks in a wicker laundry basket. Her red hair is pulled up into a messy bun on top of her head and she’s wearing black yoga pants and a tight fitting red tank top that shows off her tiny pregnant belly.
“So when will we know if I’m having a niece or a nephew?” I ask sitting on the edge of the bed and grabbing up a onesie to fold.
“The ultrasound is in three weeks.” She tells me.
“Do I get to go with you?” I ask placing the onesie on the stack in the basket and grabbing another.
“I wouldn’t have it any other way. I think Adam is going to take off and go too.” Dani tells me smiling from ear to ear. All Dani has ever wanted since we were little girls running around my parent’s front yard was to be a wife and a mother, and she always knew she wanted my brother Adam to be the man in that perfect life. Adam didn’t realize Dani was the end all be all for him until sometime last January. But once he realized it he didn’t waste time. He had his ring on her finger and her last name changed by April. They found out in September that they are expecting their first child and they’ve both been over the moon ever since.
“I think he’s more excited to find out the sex than either of us.” I return my friend’s smile.
“He’s so convinced we’re having a boy he’s already picked out a name and won’t even discuss girl names.” She says rolling her eyes.
“So what name has he chosen?” I ask.
“Clayton Allan.” She tells me.
“He’s not giving his child a name that starts with A? Complete blasphemy!” I tease. In my family everyone’s name begins with an A, but my mother. My father is Allan (Al). Then there is my brothers Aidan, Aldon, Alec, Aaron, and Adam. Finally there’s little ole me Arwyn. So Adam not going with the family tradition of choosing an A name might cause uproar in our tight knit clan.
“I know.” She sighs. “I warned him what that decision might cause, but you know how these men can be.”
“I’m proud of Adam for not giving into the family on this. Dani, you should be free to choose whatever baby name you want without having to worry about what my family might say.”
“Even so, it’s tradition.” Dani states firmly.
“So have you thought about girl names? Since my brother is being a stubborn butt.”
“If we do have a girl I’d like to name her Alana Arwyn.” She says watching closely for my reaction.
I of course don’t disappoint. I sit the onesie down and throw my arms around her giving her a hug, “You want to name your baby after me!”
“The middle name and only if the baby is a girl.” Dani laughs hugging me back.
“Still, you are willing to permanently scar your baby with the same name as her black sheep aunt. I think that’s a big deal.” I pull back and smile at her.
“You are not the black sheep of the family.” Dani scowls at me.
“I’m not married.” I state.
“There are several Romani girls not married yet.” She states firmly.
“I’m still in school.” I fire off another reason why I’m the black sheep.
“Well.” She’s can’t come up with a response to that so she sucks in her bottom lip and nibbles on the corner.
“It’s ok Dani I know that I’m the black sheep of the family. And you know I’m exactly where I want to be. I asked Daddy to let me graduate.” I try to ease her discomfort.
“I never understood that, but if that’s what you want I’m glad he gave it to you.” She tells me releasing her lip.
“I wish everyone was as understanding.” I whisper to myself.
“I’ve got some news that will cheer you up.” Dani declares putting her arm around me.
“Did you bake me the cupcakes that have sprinkles in the batter?” I ask. She knows I love the sprinkle cupcakes.
“No, but now that you bring them up I want some. I think this baby is going to like the same foods as his or her Aunt Wyn.” She giggles.
“That’s fitting since she’s going to have my name.” I grin.
“Only if it’s a girl and it’ll be her middle name.” She corrects me again.
“I’m still calling her Lil Wyn.” I inform her flicking my hand around.
“You are a complete goof.” She laughs at me.
“So what the news that’s better than cupcakes with sprinkles?” I ask getting us back on topic.
“I never said it was better than cupcakes with sprinkles. I said it would cheer you up.” She reminds me.
“The only thing that cheers me up is cupcakes with sprinkles so if you say it’ll cheer me up then it must be better.” I explain my reasoning.
“I’m seriously re-thinking this giving my baby your name as her middle name. I don’t know if I want her named after a goof.” Dani kids.
“Oh hush! You know you love me just the way I am.”
“There’s no way I’d have you any other way.” She gives my shoulder a squeeze.
“So what’s this fantabulous news?” I ask turning to look at her.
“Rumor has it that Shay Dawson is planning on speaking with your Dad about your hand.” She’s so excited by this news she’s bouncing her butt up and down on the bed.
“My hands seem fine.” I try to play ignorant, because I so don’t want this to happen.
“Oh don’t even try that act with me. You know exactly what I’m talking about.” She chides me.
“How reliable is this source?” I ask.
“Adam told me he heard it straight from Shay’s mouth himself.”
I let myself fall face first into the bed and grumble against the comforter, “Oh poop!”
“How can you not want this?” Dani asks as she absentmindedly strokes her pregnant belly.
“I’m not ready.” I grumble against the comforter some more.
“It’ll be fine.” She promises.
“Do you know how soon he’s planning his acquisition of me?” I sit up and snap.
“If Adam understood correctly, then it’ll be happening soon.” Dani tells me.
“Poop! Daddy promised me he’d let me finish school.” I complain. I thought I had my Dad wrapped around my pinky about this. I thought he understood I wanted to finish school before I took this step, but if he entertains Shay’s interest graduation could be thrown out the window. It’s not that Shay’s a bad guy, like Dani with Adam I’ve known him my whole life, but I don’t see him like that. He’s more like my sixth brother than my future husband. I don’t know what the Hades has gotten into him if he’s thinking about doing this.
“I better get home,” I stand up and grumble.
“Ok, but you could stay a little while longer.” She suggests.
“Nah, I need to get home and make some sprinkle cupcakes ASAP.” I give her a hug and head out of the trailer.
As I’m walking out of the trailer I walk smack dab into my brother.
“Easy there Winnie.” He says grabbing my shoulders to steady me. Out of all of my siblings I’m closest to Adam and he’s the only one on this planet I allow to call me Winnie.
“Hey Addie.” Just like his nickname for me, I’m the only one allowed to call him Addie.
“Leaving so soon?” He asks.
“Yeah, I’m gonna go make sprinkle cupcakes.” I tell him knowing he understands the meaning of sprinkle cupcakes to me.
“What’s wrong?” He asks releasing me. I’m about to answer when I notice we’re not alone. A few feet behind him stands the reason I’m upset. Shay Dawson has his hands shoved in his pocket and is watching the exchange between my brother and me closely.
“We’ll talk about it later.” I tell Adam while I glare at Shay. I’ve decided he’s on my list and he should know that’s not a good place to be. If he thinks I’m going to roll over and take this betrayal easily he’s sadly mistaken.
“I see Dani has been sharing.” Adam says noting my glare.
“I have no clue what you’re referring to.” I try to play innocent turning my attention back to my brother.
“It’s good to see you Wyn.” Shay finally speaks up. He has taken one of his hands out of his pocket and is using it to smooth down his honey blonde hair.
“Don’t even try it Shay Dawson.” I snap my attention back to him.
“Come on Wyn. Don’t be this way.” He pleads.
“You….you..Ugh! I’m leaving.” I throw up my hands and stomp off without saying goodbye.