You did it! SIX TO RIDE now has 10 Amazon reviews, and 9 of them are five-star reviews, which is just awesome. Thanks so much to everyone who has reviewed!!
So as promised, here is the first full deleted scene from the book. It’s not long, but I still like it and thought it was worth sharing 🙂 Enjoy!
“I can’t believe I don’t get to come!” AJ scowled at me from her seat on the couch.
“I know, it sucks,” I said sympathetically, tucking my feet up underneath me. It was a warm afternoon, and my bare legs were sticking to each other.
“Do you want to know what actually sucks?”
We both looked over at Anders, who was half-sitting, half-lying on the other couch in the Macleans’ living room.
“Let me guess. Being you?” AJ asked him.
“Tragedy,” AJ told him, pulling a mournful face and tracing a line down her cheek from the corner of her eye.
“Cow,” he muttered.
AJ looked slightly affronted. She stabbed an accusing finger in his direction. “Cripple.”
“What does that make me?” I asked quickly, trying to ease the tension. I felt bad for Anders, who wasn’t coping at all well with being immobile. He’d been in a foul mood for the last few days, lying idly on the couch with his busted leg stretched out in front of him, propped up by multiple cushions and pillows.
“Trouble,” Anders said swiftly, then winked at me and making me even hotter than I was before. I hoped he couldn’t tell how much my face was flushing.
“Whatever. As I was saying before we were so rudely interrupted, you’ll text me as soon as you know, right?” AJ asked. She turned towards me as she spoke, which had the simultaneous effect of turning her back to Anders. He closed his eyes, ignoring us both.
“As soon as what?”
She rolled her eyes. “As soon as Tess tells you anything.”
“Oh! Yeah, definitely.”
“Don’t you think that if she wanted you to know, she’d tell you herself?” Anders asked, his eyes still closed.
“Don’t you think that if we wanted your opinion, we’d ask for it?” AJ retorted.
“You’re not exactly being quiet,” he snapped back. “And I can’t get up and walk out of the room, as much as I want to right now.”
AJ stood up. “Fine, we’ll get out of your hair. C’mon Katy, let’s leave Grumpy McGee here to his moaning and complaining.”
I opened my mouth to say that I didn’t mind when a sharp knock came at the front door, making us all jump and sending Dax, their German Shepherd guard dog, into a frenzy.
“And so you should,” AJ told him, speaking loudly to be heard over his frantic barking. “If anyone else in the world slept on the job as much as you do they’d be fired.”
I listened to her following the dog down the hall, telling him to shut up and sit down, then the front door opening and a voice that sounded vaguely familiar. I glanced at Anders for confirmation, but he had his eyes closed again. Moments later, AJ came back into the room with Harry by her side and Dax on their heels.
“Hey, how’s it going?” Harry went to see Anders, standing awkwardly in front of him with his hands in his pockets and shoulders slightly hunched.
“I’ve been better,” Anders said, trying to sound casual. “You keeping fit?”
Harry nodded. “Running eight k’s a day, and my times are getting better.”
AJ sat down next to me again and rolled her eyes. “Sports talk,” she muttered. “That’ll keep them busy for a while.”
I nodded. Anders was the captain of our school First XV, and he took his job seriously. If he couldn’t train and stay fit himself, he’d at least be making sure that his team was.