Title: The Ghost of You and Me
Series: Stand alone
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields Publishing
Buy Link: Amazon & Kindle Unlimited
How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him?
From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels.
The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives.
Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right…even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend.
With the emotional resonance of Jellicoe Road and the magical realism of The Lovely Bones, The Ghost of You and Me is a story about overcoming grief, finding redemption for past mistakes, and the healing power of friendship and love. Fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Nicholas Sparks are sure to love this haunting new tale from Kelly Oram.
“What is he doing here?” Liz whispers from somewhere behind me. The sound is distant, barely registering in my mind.
“What do you mean? Who is he?” Charlotte asks again.
Wes Delaney is here. I can’t believe what I’m seeing. It’s been almost a year. He dropped out of school a couple of weeks after Spencer’s accident and disappeared from Columbia High’s social radar. My heart pounds at the sight of him.
Wes pays the lunch lady for his food, and when he turns around, his eyes immediately land on me as if he already knew which direction to look. My mouth goes dry when our eyes meet. I didn’t know how much I’ve missed him until this exact moment. My entire body yearns to reconnect with him. And yet…I have no business feeling that way. I squash those feelings and let my old friend, guilt, swamp me. Guilt is all I deserve where Wes is concerned. Still, I can’t look away from him.
He seems different—older and hardened. His head is shaved nearly bald. Only a dark layer of fuzz remains that is no longer than the five o’clock shadow ghosting his face. It’s a surprisingly good look for him. While Spencer eventually outgrew his awkward tween stage (mostly), Wes never experienced one. He was always hot. Now, he’s just plain sexy.
With his hair so short, his dark eyes and long lashes stand out more than normal. And he’s so built that even from my seat across the cafeteria I can tell his body is rock hard beneath his tight plain white T-shirt and low-hung jeans. He looks tough. Jaded.
“What’s he doing here, Bailey?”
I ignore Trisha’s question. I couldn’t speak right now, even if I knew the answer—which I most definitely do not. I can’t breathe. Can’t think. I’m locked in his stare, and I can’t decipher the look on his face.
Where has he been for the last year? What is he doing here now? What is he thinking? Why can’t he take his eyes off me? Is he going to tell everyone what really happened that night?
Feeling sick, I jump up from my seat and run from the cafeteria as if my life depends on it. Right now, it feels like it does.
I have a playlist for almost every book I write. I need quiet when I’m doing the actual writing part, but I still wear my playlists out all other hours of the day.
It’s usually a combination of things that will draw a certain song to a book playlist–a sound, or a line of lyrics, or it reminds me of a certain scene or character.
The Ghost of You and Me playlist is my most melancholy soundtrack yet, but the book is also my most dramatic to date. It’s also totally going to date me. (I’m getting old.) Yay for 90’s alternative rock! lol
Anyway, here’s what The Ghost of You and Me sounds like to me. Enjoy! And if you’d like to listen along, I made a playlist on my YouTube channel.
Hoobastank — The Reason
Jimmy Eat World — Hear You Me
Colbie Caillat — I Never Told You
Lifehouse — You and Me
Daughtry — Waiting For Superman
Sarah McLachlan — In the Arms of the Angel
Keane — Somewhere Only We Know
Kelly Clarkson — Because of You
Rascal Flatts — What Hurts The Most
Secondhand Serenade — Your Call
Howie Day — Collide
He is We (feat. Owl City) — All About Us
Ed Sheeran — Photograph
Five For Fighting — Superman
Enjoy live author readings?
I’ll be on Facebook today reading the book via Facebook Live. (Warning: I’m no professional narrator!) 😛 But it should be fun, or at least mildly entertaining. Join me at 11am Pacific Time on my Facebook author page!
I’ve joined 2 different giveaways at the moment where you have the chance to win signed copies of Cinder & Ella (among other awesome prize packages.)
1. First, Young Adult Book Central (YABC) is doing a summer scavenger hunt and I am one of the participating authors. As part of my scavenger hunt post, I’m giving away a signed copy of Cinder & Ella via a rafflecopter giveaway. You can enter that giveaway HERE. Or Join in on the whole scavenger hunt for lots of other giveaways, including a mystery box of books HERE.
2. Second, in celebration of Jordan Ford’s new release of Paper Cranes, Jordan is doing four different giveaways: a subscription to Kindle Unlimited, an ebook bundle, a signed paperback bundle, and a kindle fire. Cinder & Ella is in both the ebook bundle and the paperback bundle. You can join this giveaway on her FB bags HERE. (And don’t forget to check out her new release, Paper Cranes. (After you read The Ghost of You and Me, of course!) 😉