Young Adult

Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer

Monday, April 21, 2014


She’s broken with guilt.
He harbors a chilling past.
It’s safer if they keep their distance…
But, the echoes that linger connect them.

Returning to Hidden Pines is the last thing Allie Collins wants. The family cabin where she spent her youthful summers now holds a dark memory that haunts her.

While struggling to forget her past, Allie runs into Damien, a local rebel with secrets of his own. She is not sure she can trust him, and yet, she finds herself drawn to Damien for reasons she can’t explain.

By the time Allie unearths the secrets of Damien’s past, she realizes just how intricately they are connected. Now, she is caught in a dangerous battle that threatens her life and those she loves.

I’m excited to share Lingering Echoes with you! As my debut novel, Lingering Echoes is a contemporary romance that dances with mystery and suspense. The major difference between my book and others in this genre is that Lingering Echoes is a clean read in both romantic content and language. Being “clean” doesn’t mean “boring!” There are plenty of heart-throb moments and blush worthy scenes, and the two male characters will make female readers swoon for either of them. (Take your pick! “Blond, blue-eyed and charming” Aaron Jackson? Or the “dark haired and mysteriously alluring” Damien Michaels?) What I love about Lingering Echoes is that the romance isn’t about falling hard and fast, but it’s a beautiful, emotional (if not heartbreaking!) process between two characters who are hurting and deserving of both love and forgiveness. There are also some unique bad guys who will keep you on edge as you worry about the lives of these relatable and imperfect characters.

“I’m afraid of how the water feels when it swallows you whole. It doesn’t care who you are, or who you love. I’m afraid to sleep, to dream . . . to remember over and over again why I know how that feels.” ~ Allie Collins, age 17

“Go. Hide. Don’t say a word. And no matter what happens, don’t come upstairs.” ~ Damien Michaels, age 20

“When someone you care about is being threatened, the choice is simple. The action itself is instinctive.” His eyes met mine. “And obviously, you’re worth it.” ~ Aaron Jackson, 19


A gunshot echoed through the cabin.

“No!” I screamed. I threw my hands over my mouth, but it was too late. I could hear footsteps hurrying to the stairwell door.

I bolted across the room, stepping inside a small bedroom. Cardboard boxes were scattered throughout the room, disheveled and disorganized.

There was nowhere to go. I tripped my way to the corner of the room, stubbing my toe and ignoring the throbbing pain.

I could hear the heavy footsteps descending the stairs. Falling against the corner wall, I buried my head behind a large, unopened box. I crouched low, too afraid to even peek around the corner.

A set of footsteps entered the room, pausing by the entryway.

My hand clamped back over my mouth, muffling my breaths and the scream that threatened to escape. I wished I could quiet the pounding in my chest that was sure to give me away.

“We know you’re here. Come on out now, and maybe we won’t kill you.”

I didn’t move an inch, despite the painful cramping in my thighs. I closed my eyes, leaning my sweaty forehead against the cardboard.

A swift click flooded the room with light.

“There you are!”

I tumbled backwards, jumping against the wall as a very large man stalked towards me. At the sight of me, he lowered his gun, smiling in amusement.

“Stay away from me!” I managed to squeeze out from my dry throat. My voice sounded weak and small. I barricaded myself in the corner, my eyes jumping from side to side, searching in vain for an exit.

There was nowhere to go.

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