Title: Curved Horizon
Series: The Camellia Clock Cycle, Book Two
Publisher: Interlude Press
Release Date (Print & Ebook): March 8, 2018
Subgenre: Romance – LGBT, Contemporary, Science Fiction
Content Warnings: Interlude Press posts content warnings for new books on its website here.
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Curved Horizon picks up a few weeks after the conclusion of Fortitude Smashed with Daisy Yuen and Chelsea Cavanaugh, whose Camellia Clocks are drawing close to timing out. Navigating the ins-and-outs of love is hard enough as strangers destined to be soul mates and proves even more complicated when Daisy shares dark, ugly secrets that linger in her and Aiden’s pasts.
Meanwhile, Shannon and Aiden continue to explore their own, new relationship. Fall brings them an unforgettable one-year anniversary, but when Shannon suffers a life-threatening accident on the job, Chelsea, Daisy, and Aiden must find a way to let go of the past to make room for their future.
Dive deeper into the world of the Camellia Clock—a world of soulmates, secrets, and the healing power of love.
“Sorry we’re late,” Shannon said. His eyes widened when they landed on the corn, and he unashamedly leaned over to bite a chunk from Chelsea’s.
“Get your own, you brute!” Chelsea laughed, shoving him away with an open hand. “Will one of you eat frog legs with me since my girlfriend won’t?”
Daisy’s knees locked. She was in the middle of taking a bite from her corn when Aiden elbowed her in the back as he walked by, mouthing the word girlfriend over his shoulder. Apparently, she wasn’t the only one surprised.
“I will,” Shannon said, his southern accent unmasked as he beamed at Chelsea, both eyebrows raised high on his forehead. “I think I saw fried gator around here somewhere, too.”
“You eat alligator?” Daisy whined, trying and failing to convince her legs to work.
Girlfriend. There it was, out in the open, plucked right out of her head and deposited into the world as though it was nothing.
When did they become girlfriends? Was it before or after their first kiss or their second kiss? Did they cross that bridge when they went to The Hollow together, or the first time Daisy had the courage to touch Chelsea over the fabric of her expensive lingerie, or tonight, when they held hands and bought each other food at the county fair?
Daisy yearned for something, a feeling, validation, the truth, but everything about Chelsea Cavanaugh seemed far away—a distant thought, a we’ll get there that was missing the someday, because someday happened to be today.
Shannon hummed pleasantly when Aiden handed him a street corn and pointed at the row of brightly lit game stands to their right. “Make yourself useful and win me something,” he said playfully to Aiden, who narrowed his eyes.
“I believe I made myself useful, hence our late arrival,” Aiden snapped.
“I’m going to ignore that.” Chelsea rolled her eyes and glanced from one game stand to the next. “Do they have that target practice one? With the fake rifles?” She bounced on her feet; one cheek was stuffed full of corn. “Because there’s no way I can eat anything else for at least another hour.”
That is my girlfriend, Daisy thought, sounding out the word before she said it.
Her phone buzzed in her purse.
Aiden Maar 7/23 9:21 p.m.
Whats up with you. chill out
Daisy Yuen 7/23 9:21 p.m.
Is she my girlfriend? Are we girlfriends?
Aiden Maar 7/23 9:22 p.m.
you tell me
“Are you guys actually texting each other right now?” Shannon chimed.
“No,” Aiden said. A psshhh noise flew past his tight smile. Daisy shook her head and rolled her lips together, opting not to say anything.
“Oh, they totally have it!” Chelsea exclaimed, tossing her mangled cob in the trash. “C’mon, Shannon, bet I can still outshoot you!”
“You’re not going to outshoot me; I’m a cop,” Shannon said through a laugh, but stumbled along as Chelsea pulled him by his elbow toward the red-topped tent with a neon sign above it that flashed SHOOT ‘EM DOWN.
“Why are you freaking out?” Aiden whispered. He shoved his hands in his pockets and stalked beside Daisy. Both of them watched Shannon and Chelsea as they wove through the crowd in front of them. “Isn’t it a good thing?”
“Yes, no, I don’t—god, I don’t know. We haven’t talked about any of this. We aren’t friends, but we aren’t a thing, I guess. Don’t laugh at me!” Her cheeks burned, and her chest was hot; embarrassment coiled tight under her sternum. She swatted him as he continued to laugh, head tilted back, grinning at the sky. “What? What did I say now that’s so goddamn funny, Aiden?”
“She’s your Rose Road; of course you’re a thing. Thing meaning soul mate, life partner, girlfriend,” he teased, lowering his voice as they got closer to the tent.
Daisy waved to Chelsea and Shannon, who stood together in line with their elbows linked and her head perched against his shoulder. She exhaled a sharp breath; her tight lips clamped down as she huffed at Aiden. See, she said with her eyes, I’ll never be that to her.
About the Author
After fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures as a special effects makeup artist, Taylor Brooke turned her imagination back to her true love—books. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she’s traveling, hiking or reading. She writes Queer books for teens and adults. She is the author of Fortitude Smashed (Interlude Press ’17) and is represented by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services.
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