GIVEAWAY: Bring Me Home Teaser #1 and ARC Giveaway

This week’s teaser is from Claire Nixon’s POV. This teaser also contains **MAJOR SPOILERS** for those who haven’t read Relentless or Pieces of You. If you haven’t read Relentless or Pieces of You, get your copy here so you’re ready for the next teaser.

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Giveaway Instructions

Today I will be giving away ONE digital ARC of Bring Me Home (to be delivered via email on or about August 23rd). To enter the ARC giveaway, leave a comment below telling me whether you think Claire will say yes or no to Rachel’s request. Please include your email address in the comment or send your email address to me via the Contact page. After you comment, you can enter a second time by sharing the link to this teaser on Facebook and tagging me or my FB fan page in your post. If we’re not friends, feel free to add me as a friend so you can tag me.

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Now onto the teaser….


Chapter One – Claire

In the last five weeks, I’ve read the letter I received from my mother’s rapist twice; the first time was before I knew who it was from and the second time I read it to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. Yes, my mother’s rapist sent me a letter. Yes, that is how I refer to my father. This doesn’t change the fact that I’ve been carrying my father’s letter around with me everywhere I go.

Even now, as I stroll across the driveway toward my old home, the letter is folded and tucked into the bottom of my purse. I still get a slight urge to knock on the door, but that’s not necessary. Jackie gave me a key two weeks ago. This is my home.

I open the door slowly, still slightly afraid that I’m going to see Chris, though I planned this visit for a Thursday night instead of a weekend because I knew he wouldn’t be here. I step inside and close the door softly before I make my way to the kitchen. Dropping my purse on the breakfast bar, I immediately go to grab a bottle of water out of the fridge. As I close the refrigerator door, someone clears their throat behind me.

I turn around and Rachel is standing on the other side of the breakfast bar. Her dark hair is pulled up in a messy ponytail, but she still manages to look perfectly pulled together. She never blinks as we stare at each other for a moment.

“Chris said you weren’t going to my birthday party next week,” she says, and her glare softens a little.

Rachel can be abrasive and she sometimes takes the phrase “honesty is the best policy” to extreme, but she’s also intensely emotional and sensitive. She used to play piano with Chris’s band occasionally, but she just writes music now. She plays beautifully and she taught me a couple of songs when Chris and I were still together.

“I’m not sure it’s a good idea for me to hang out with you guys right now.”

I don’t tell her that my therapist actually encouraged me to go to the party when I told him Chris asked me to go. I don’t want to be one of those people who constantly says, “My shrink doesn’t think it’s a good idea,” but I catch myself saying it inside my head all day long. The problem is that my therapist is adamant that I shouldn’t shut out the people I love in my attempt to get my head straight.

Rachel and I were never best friends. It was always understood that Jake was her best friend and Chris was mine. Sometimes we got along great and sometimes we tolerated each other. I don’t feel obligated to go to her birthday party, but the hurt look on her face makes me feel like I may be becoming too detached in my quest to find myself.

“I know you think you’re doing what’s best for you, but Chris is right, you need—” Jackie walks in and interrupts Rachel.

Jackie looks radiant as ever; her short, dark hair and makeup are impeccable. As I watch my foster mother approach me for a hug, I’m struck by a brilliant idea.

She holds her arms open and beckons me. “Bring it home.”

I smile at the idea I’ve just come up with as I wrap my arms around her curvy waist and nestle my face into her soft shoulder. I close my eyes as I inhale her scent. This is the scent I’ve come to associate with love. Just the idea of having a mother makes my throat ache.

I haven’t called Jackie “Mom” since the first and only time I did five weeks ago. I have this stupid idea that if I say it too often, it will lose some of its impact. When I told my therapist, Dr. Goldberg, that I was still having trouble calling her Mom, he asked if I felt guilty for loving Jackie as if she were my mother.

I let go of Jackie and she looks me over for a moment, taking in my baby blue UNC hoodie and faded skinny jeans. I’m not wearing a whole lot of makeup today and my hair is pulled into a messy ponytail that doesn’t look purposely messy like Rachel’s.

“You look beautiful,” she says with a smile. “Are you ready to go?”

“Go where? I thought we were having dinner at home tonight.”

I turn to Rachel and she’s trying not to smile. “We’re taking you out.”

Jackie raises her eyebrows. “Is that okay? I know it’s a school night for you, but we’ve been dying to take you to this new restaurant downtown. It’s classy, but the waiters look like models. Rachel and I have gone to ogle them three times since they opened up a few months ago.”

I give Jackie the side-eye because this all sounds very suspicious. Jackie isn’t shy when it comes to men. She chooses to stay single because she insists serious relationships are more trouble than they’re worth at her age. I’ve always had a strong suspicion that she avoids relationships because she’s afraid of getting hurt.

“I’m not dressed to go out to a classy restaurant. Anyway, why are you two so eager to take me out tonight?” I ask as I open my bottle of water and take a long swig.

Jackie and Rachel glance at each other before Rachel replies. “It was my idea. I wanted to take you out to ask you something.”

“Okay, now I’m even more confused. Why don’t you just ask me now?”

Rachel sighs; looking slightly annoyed that I don’t want to play along with this suspenseful dinner date she had planned for the three of us. “Claire, you know I don’t have a whole lot of girlfriends. And I haven’t spoken to my sister in three years. You’re the closest thing I have to a sister.”

A sister.

My eyes dart toward where my purse is resting on the breakfast bar. I’ve only read that letter twice, but I remember every single word.


You may not recognize my name. Your mother did a good job of protecting you from her past. Henry Wilkins at Northstar Bank contacted me recently. He informed me that you refused the trust fund your mother set up for you before her death. I hope you will reconsider your position on this, as that money is rightfully yours.

I also hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me for my transgressions and that you won’t hold my past against your half-sister. Nichelle just turned seventeen last week and she’s very eager to meet you.

I hope this letter finds you well.

Your father,


Rachel rounds the breakfast bar toward Jackie and me then holds out her hand. I spot the giant rock on her finger right away and I’m instantly reminded of the two rings sitting on top of my bedside table in the dorm.

“Jake and I are getting married. I was hoping you’d be my maid of honor.”

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  1. Selene May 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I totally think she will say yes

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  2. Bobbie Saben-LeMatty May 21, 2013 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I think she will say yes 🙂
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  3. Angie Farley May 22, 2013 at 2:49 am - Reply

    She’ll say yes

  4. Jenifer May 22, 2013 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I believe that she will say yes. Staying in touch with her family and friends is important to her now and I hope that she will not shut them all out again.

  5. Samantha May 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    I think she will say no at first….then reconsider and say yes:)

  6. Nay May 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I think she will say no at first and have her doubts since most likely Chris is going to be the best man but eventually she is going to agree.

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  7. Charli A May 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I think she will say yes, but she will torment herself with the decision until it is done. :}

  8. Jasmine Roman May 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait it feels like torture having to wait Lol. But just that little bit you gave us is enough to make me at the edge of my seat.

  9. Shelley May 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Most definately….yes.

  10. Morgan J. May 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Team Adam all the way! Can’t wait for August!!

    • Kay Clancy May 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      I’m team Adam too!

  11. Renee May 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    I think she will say yes

  12. Elizabeth May 25, 2013 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    I think she’ll say yes!
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  13. Linda Brueggeman May 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I’m all for Adam…can’t wait until August. She’ll say yes.

    • Jenny June 10, 2013 at 2:51 am - Reply

      Team Adam!!!

  14. Cynthia May 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I am so Team Adam!!

    • Kay Clancy May 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      Team Adam here too!

  15. jenny hutchinson May 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Ditto_ I am routing for sweet Adam!

  16. Isabel May 27, 2013 at 7:23 am - Reply

    The answer to Rachels question has nothing to do with who she will choose, she should say yes, she needs to be with people who love her and to stop shutting those people out, the only way she can choose who she really loves is to open herself up to the true friends in her life. I still cant pick a team, both guys have their good points, she has to decide who is the person she cant live without, Cant wait for you to tell us, I cant believe I have to wait till August,! Love the story, Im sure it will be worth the wait

  17. Tammy May 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I believe she’ll say yes. Since the third book won’t be out untill August, I’m going to reread both books at the end Of July. That way I’ll be in the zone!!!! Team Adam

    • Morgan J. May 31, 2013 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      I reread Relentless before PoY! I plan to do the same in July 🙂 Team Adam here too!!!

  18. Jessica May 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I love them both, but I have to agree with most everyone when I say Team Adam. It seems just like the characters mesh well with one another. Like it truly is a toe curling kind of love! One can only hope, so now we wait!

  19. Emily June 2, 2013 at 11:14 am - Reply

    There’s way too much baggage between Chris and Claire now. There will always be resentments for the choices they’ve made. Adam opened a new door for Claire and showed her she can find happiness and deserves to. She’d be a fool to give up on Adam.

  20. Nelda June 2, 2013 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Team Chris – they are soul mates and destined to be together.

  21. nikki June 3, 2013 at 6:27 am - Reply

    I think she will say yes. I hope see picks Adam he is a great guy who is willing to give it all up for her. Chris is using their baby an his money to get back into her life. They will always have a past but she needs to live in the present an see what the future holds.
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  22. Teresa June 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    She will over think it like she does everything, but will say yes.

  23. Leslie Ramirez June 6, 2013 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    I definitely think Claire should say YES! They have a history of growing up together in their teens…spending time with Jake and Chris…this is Claire’s friend/family! She needs to start opening up and stop shutting the people who love her most out. Please say YES to Rachel and please say YES to Chris!!! She gave him a piece of her heart a long time ago and she never got that back…she needs him to feel complete! CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!!!! Aaaagghhhh!!!! I need to see Claire have her Happily Ever After! She deserves it

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  24. bettysunflower June 7, 2013 at 8:21 am - Reply

    She will say YES!!

  25. Jen June 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    I hope she will say no. I feel like it is a ploy to make her more accepting of getting back with Chris. I want her to be with Adam. I think he cares about her in a different way, and want to see them together!!

  26. GreenEyedGirl June 10, 2013 at 2:24 am - Reply

    Can’t wait for more!!
    So happy too see a lot of “Team Adam” comments!!!

  27. Ashley Bailey June 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Team Adam 🙂

  28. Laura June 14, 2013 at 4:59 am - Reply

    I think she says yes!

  29. Tina June 15, 2013 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Team Adam for sure move on with your life!!

  30. Brittany June 22, 2013 at 5:26 am - Reply

    I actually think she’s going to say no…, I think it’s too much for her to handle right now.

  31. Isabel June 23, 2013 at 7:19 am - Reply

    I see that everyone is Team Adam, but as much as I love Adam, I don’t think we are giving Chris a chance. We got to know Adam in the contents of a whole book, but we have not had the chance to get to know Chris, I think we need to get to know more about him before we rule Chris out, As much as I love Adam I think Chris is her soul mate

    • Cassia Leo, Author June 23, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Thank you for your comment Isabel. I hope you enjoy Bring Me Home!

      • Isabel August 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm

        I LOVED IT!! It was worth the wait, but left me wanting more, lol Are you considering writing more books about the other characters, such as Senia and Tristan??

      • Cassia Leo, Author August 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

        Thanks Isabel! There is a possibility of a Senia and Tristan book – Cassia is still thinking about it. She will be writing a short story for Abby around the holidays. Thanks for supporting Cassia!
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    • Kelly July 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      Beautifully said…. Team Chris all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Kristen June 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    OMG you’re driving me crazy! I cannot wait for August to get here. I’m torn between who I want Claire to end up with; I think either guy would give her the world. But I’ve pick my team and I’m Team Adam!

    • Cassia Leo, Author June 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you for stopping my – hope you enjoy Bring Me Home!

  33. devyn July 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    I like Adam and Chris there both good guys but I think she needs to be with Chris. There is so much between them and they have that bond that she wont have with Adam. I Don’t think her and Adam will work.

    • Cassia Leo, Author July 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you for leaving a comment! Hope you enjoy Bring Me Home!

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