Pieces of You: Teaser Tuesday #3 and ARC Giveaway!

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Teaser #3 is from Adam Parker’s POV. This teaser is spoiler-free for those who haven’t read Relentless.

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The winners of the three Pieces of You ARCs are:

♥ Jodie Stipetich (share #14)
♥ Michelle Morris (comment #46)
♥ Dawn Kephart Bush (share #24)

Jodie: I need your email address.
Michelle & Dawn: I have your email addresses. We’re all set.

Congrats, ladies! ARCs will be delivered on or about May 7th.

Giveaway Instructions

Today I will be giving away THREE digital ARCS of Pieces of You (to be delivered on or about May 7th). To enter the ARC giveaway, leave a comment below telling me what you think is in the box. 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 in your post. If we’re not friends, feel free to add me as a friend so you can tag me.

I will notify the winner tonight by email and announce it on my FB fan page so make sure you click the LIKE button. Also, if you want to be notified of new teasers and giveaways, make sure you sign up for blog updates by going back to the homepage, entering your email address in the little box on the right, and clicking the ‘Follow’ button.

Now onto the teaser. Some of you have read the first few paragraphs of this scene already, but this is the rest of it.

Chapter Seven – Adam

The door closes as Senia leaves and Claire finally turns around. She smiles hugely as she runs to me. I laugh as she jumps and I catch her around the waist as she crushes her lips to mine. I slide my tongue into her mouth to taste her and she whimpers. I kiss her slowly, savoring the sensation of her warm lips and the way her tongue dances around mine.

“I love you,” I whisper as I move down to kiss the smooth skin on her jaw. “I’ve missed you so fucking much.”

Her skin tastes clean as I kiss her neck, but I’m getting a hint of something else, something sweet.

“Why do you taste like that?” I whisper in her ear before I take her earlobe between my teeth.

She lets out a soft sigh before she answers. “Senia bought me some cotton candy flavored body powder.”

I set her down on the floor and look her in the eye. “Did you put it all over your body?” She slaps my arm and I laugh. “What? I just want to know if I’m gonna have to go on a low-carb diet when I leave here.”

She rolls her eyes as she strolls to the desk to grab her phone. “You’re always on a low-carb diet anyway.”

“It’s not a low-carb diet, it’s a training diet. And I’d go off my diet to feast on you any day.”

She tucks her phone into the back pocket of her jeans and glances around the room. “Do you want anything from the vending machine? I’m gonna go grab a bottle of water.”

“Yeah, get me a Gatorade or Powerade. Whatever they have.”

She shakes her head at me before she leaves. I would offer to go with her, but I had actually planned to ask her to get me something from the vending machine so I can be alone in her room for a moment. I quickly pull her gift out of my back pocket and stare at the slim, midnight-blue box for a moment before I place it on top of the stack of textbooks on the desk. I sit in the desk chair and pull my phone out to text Yuri while I wait for Claire.

Me: Hey. I have to be back in Wilmington tomorrow afternoon. Can we meet up tomorrow instead around noon?

Yuri always texts back right away. He’s one of my oldest surfing buddies who I’ve known since we went to high school together in Carolina Beach. He offered to meet me in Raleigh on Sunday to give me the trophy I left in the hotel room, but that’s not going to happen anymore now that I have to jump at my dad’s request.

Yuri: That’s cool. I’m bringing my girl cuz she’s not leaving till Sunday morning. A long road trip will give her a reason to give me a road job.

Me: Cool. Tell Lena to save me some of that juice for later.

Yuri: Dude, I’ve got gallons of it on reserve for you.

I tuck the phone back into my pocket as Claire walks in with three bottles of Gatorade and one bottle of water. I shoot up from the chair to help her. She closes the door and locks it as I set the bottles on top of the desk next to the stack of textbooks. She approaches the desk and completely overlooks the box as she grabs her bottle of water. She unscrews the top and guzzles half the bottle in one long swig.

“Why did you only get one bottle of water and three bottles of Gatorade?”

“Because I can go back down and get water any time, but you have to stay in here all weekend. I heard some girls talking about you in the lounge, plotting to get their hands on you.”

“Really? So are you saying you don’t trust me to go to the vending machine by myself or you don’t trust those girls?”

I grin as I sit down in the desk chair again and pull her onto my lap. I swing her legs over mine and she wraps her arms around my neck.

“I wouldn’t trust those girls around you for a single second.”

She leans in to kiss me and I turn my face.

“Don’t you want to put down that bottle of water?”

She reaches over to put the bottle of water on the desk and she finally sees the box. Narrowing her eyes, she looks back and forth between the box and me.

“What is that?”

“A small token of my affection. It’s not a big deal. Just open it.”

She grabs the box and my heart pounds as she slowly lifts the lid.

Another teaser and ARC giveaway coming next Tuesday from Shh Mom’s Reading! You can find previous teasers on the Pieces of You page. Good luck, everyone! 🙂

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About the Author : Cassia Leo, Author

Cassia Leo is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books. She loves coffee, rain, and a good read. Comment below or email her at [email protected]


  1. [email protected] April 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Yay! I want to enter for the arc give away.

    [email protected]

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Cassia Leo, Author April 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      You have to read the teaser and comment on what you think is in the box to enter. 🙂

  2. kristina young-vaz April 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    I love it! Thank you! [email protected]

  3. Toni Dooley April 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    If the box means the picture included in your email. I think I see a girl whose conflicted and a man trying to give her reassurance or may e he’s just trying to get her attention. She looks sad too not what I would expect from a kiss on the neck like that.

    Anywho… My email is [email protected]. Thank you the teaser!

    Sent from my iPad

    • Cassia Leo, Author April 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      No, if you read the teaser you’ll read the part about the box. The teaser is spoiler-free so feel free to read it then comment. 🙂

  4. Rosa April 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    A single adult diper? Oh wait that’s what Cassia is suppose to be getting me, um I say a key chain. Something cute but still so Adam that she will laugh everytime she sees it. Like Sufers do it standing up.

  5. Stephanie Denise Ruppert April 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Leaves me wanting more….

  6. Alison Hiscock-Phillips April 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    A picture of Abigail. 🙂

  7. Kirstie Hicks April 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Hey hey Cassia!! I think it’s a key chain with a key to a new car!

  8. Angie Honda April 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    I think it’s a charm bracelet with at least 1 of the charms being a surf board:)

  9. Janette April 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Its a plane ticket for her to go to hawaii with him or his medal for the surfing competiton

  10. jennifercloyd April 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    I hope its a ring…I so want her to be with Adam! Email is [email protected]

  11. Jennifer April 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply
  12. Tracey Kruger April 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    An airline ticket to see Abigail…? I can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  13. julez811 April 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I think its a charm bracelet too but has picture of Abigail on too. [email protected]

  14. Britton April 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    [email protected]
    Maybe a promise ring? Promises of a brighter future for them ahead.

  15. Dawn Bush April 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    I think there’s a necklace in the box! Jewelry of some sort! Hmmm?! NOW I NEED TO KNOW!!l lol! Thanks for the teaser!

    [email protected]

  16. jennifercloyd April 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Well my first thought was a ring but no too obvious..but I wish it was..after I read the teaservagain I see where he wants to take his dad up on his offer…maybe its some type of paperwork to help her get her daughter back??

  17. Lea Burn April 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Oh man, I have no idea! Umm…I think it’s a charm bracelet…I think. Whatever, I love Adam. He could just give me the box and I’d be happy:) Love this story and can’t wait to read this book!
    [email protected]

  18. Jessica Westover April 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    I’m guessing a necklace with some kind of compass charm/pendant. I love Adam!! My email is [email protected].

  19. Mariella April 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I think it is pendant or locker that is related to surf or something both of them will ever remember.
    [email protected]

  20. Annette Adkins April 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Love them together! I think it will be either a charm bracelet or necklace with a charm :). [email protected]

  21. Karla April 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    I think it’s a nice pen for school with maybe something engraved on it.
    [email protected]

  22. tabbiecat23 April 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    OMG!! What is in the box? I think it’s a bracelett 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    My email is [email protected]

    • tabbiecat23 April 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      I shared on Facebook but for some reason it wouldn’t let me tag you! 🙁 I know we are friends on FB too… I also Tweeted it out too! 🙂

  23. Diandra April 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    I think its a necklace with a heart pendant

  24. Kim April 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    A charm bracelet with charms that have meaning for her, like an A for Abigail.
    [email protected]

  25. veRONIca April 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    I think it’s a key. To where? I don’t know maybe a car or apartment or his heart ( : P )

  26. Whitney April 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    A bracelet <3 btw this teaser was definitely a tease! I want more haha …. thanks!

  27. Shannon Bereza April 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I’m hoping its jewelry of some sort, my guess is a locket of some sort or a completely unique item that was hand-made. Thanks for the chance to win…. Keeping my fingers crossed! sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Shannon Bereza April 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm - Reply

      Shared on Facebook and tagged your author page!!

  28. Veronica April 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Agh… You are killing me with these teasers….!
    What is in the box ? If it is jewellery , which I am not convinced about , it would be something like a charm bracelet that has charms that re

  29. Veronica April 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Agh… You are killing me with these teasers….!
    What is in the box ? If it is jewellery , which I am not convinced about , it would be something like a charm bracelet that has charms that represent adam and Cassie’s relationship

  30. Stephanie April 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    I don’t know! I’m not a big fan of Adam’s. I’m guessing something to do with surfing. Maybe a key chain or bracelet?
    [email protected]

  31. Jen Berg (@JenBerg3) April 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Umm..okay I am a pervert..I was thinking a long thin vibrator…LOL!! My mind really needs to get out of the gutter!! Sure a bracelet sounds wonderful!! Heehee..now I reeeally want to know what’s in that box!!
    [email protected]

  32. melanie J April 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    I think it’s jewelry… not sure if it’s a ring, but something pretty magical!

    Can’t wait for more!

    mpashon at hotmail dot com

  33. Amy Malek Concepcion April 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    I think it’s a locket with Abby’s picture. Thanks for the giveaway. [email protected]

  34. Sarah Bolles April 1, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    I’m thinking its jewelry possibly a charm bracelet mixed with charms that represents Claire and Adam kind of like a reminder for her for when he’s not around?

    Can’t wait for another teaser and for the book!!
    [email protected]

  35. Elena Eckmeyer April 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    He says that it’s not a big deal, but then goes on to freak out when she goes to open it….now, that only happens with something life changing….so either a ring…or maybe a key to a place for them to live together…something that signifies them moving forward together. Or maybe something for Abigail, since I think another previous teaser spoke of that issue.

  36. Annie April 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    I think it is either a key chain or a bracelet.
    Thanks. [email protected]

  37. Marina April 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    i think its a necklace maybe of like a surfboard..i dont knw. my email is [email protected]

  38. Jody Anderson April 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    I think it might be a key!

  39. Michelle Morris April 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    I’m going to guess… a charm bracelet?
    Maybe with some charms that will remind her of their relationship 🙂

    I can’t wait to read this! Thank you for the giveaway. My email is [email protected]

  40. Ashley April 2, 2013 at 12:18 am - Reply

    A necklace!

  41. Adrianne Burke April 2, 2013 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Thank you for the teaser!! What’s I’m the box?? A ring.. I hope. Thanks again!!

  42. Gloria Landavazo April 2, 2013 at 2:07 am - Reply

    I think it is a necklace with an endearing charm on it!!!
    My email is [email protected] I can’t wait to read this!!!!

  43. Zita R April 2, 2013 at 2:39 am - Reply

    Love the excerpt! I think there’s a bracelet in the box. zita at aol dot com

  44. Megan April 2, 2013 at 4:11 am - Reply

    I think it’s a necklace or some type of jewelry that helps remind her of Adam 🙂

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!! [email protected]

  45. Melissa O April 2, 2013 at 4:22 am - Reply

    I think it may be a necklace 🙂
    [email protected]

  46. Evette PRMamaLlama April 2, 2013 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Aaaaaaargh! I LOVE Adam, it needs to be 5/7 now!!!!

  47. Tammie Clark April 2, 2013 at 5:16 am - Reply

    A bracelet from Hawaii. Maybe made out of seashells? 🙂 [email protected]

  48. tetrev301Nicole April 2, 2013 at 5:34 am - Reply

    A key?

  49. Tatia White April 2, 2013 at 6:11 am - Reply

    I think it’s a bracelet of some sort, charm bracelet seems like something he would get her. Cause it says it’s a slim box so I think it kind of cancels our it being a ring.
    I’m so ready for this book to come out! I can’t wait!
    [email protected]

  50. kp April 2, 2013 at 6:13 am - Reply

    I think it’s a charm bracelet!

  51. Michele Dewell April 2, 2013 at 6:22 am - Reply

    my email address is [email protected]
    I think that it is a bracelet since the box is slim. Maybe its a promise bracelet since he is going to have to go somewhere for his dad.

  52. Robin the Book Nerd April 2, 2013 at 6:31 am - Reply

    I think it may be a necklace since it is in a slim box. Maybe what other people are saying a charm with a surf board or something. dang I want to know what is in the box!

    robin (dot) nichole79 (at) gmail (dot) com

  53. Elizabeth April 2, 2013 at 6:48 am - Reply

    I’m going to guess a nice bracelet.

    [email protected]

  54. Chantel B April 2, 2013 at 7:18 am - Reply

    well I haven’t read any of your books yet! on my tbr list on goodreads 😛
    so my guess is it could be a key to his place? or an actual token haha just kidding 🙂

  55. Mick Murphy April 2, 2013 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Bracelet? Not sure. Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Mick Murphy April 2, 2013 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I forgot to leave my email address, sorry.
    mickalamurphy AT yahoo DOT com

  57. Michelle April 2, 2013 at 9:35 am - Reply

    I think it is a necklace with a “life alert” charm..lol Thank You for the teaser and giveaway.

    [email protected]

  58. DeeDee Griffin April 2, 2013 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Thanks for the teaser! I hope it’s a locket with Abby’s picture in it to show that he supports her decision.
    deedee [at] grifmail [dot] com

  59. Corinne April 2, 2013 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I agree with DeeDee…locket with Abby’s pic (& maybe Claire’s)… thanks for the chance to enter!! =)

    abbeycat34 @ yahoo.com

  60. ann t April 2, 2013 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Jewelry… Is that to broad of answer? Thank you for the giveaway!
    [email protected]

  61. Brittany V April 2, 2013 at 10:55 am - Reply

    I think maybe a necklace?
    [email protected]l.com

  62. Martha April 2, 2013 at 11:03 am - Reply

    A necklace with key that symbolizes the key to his heart.

  63. Tricia April 2, 2013 at 11:04 am - Reply

    I think it’s a charm bracelet with charms reflecting their special moments including a charm for Abby!!

  64. Tanya H April 2, 2013 at 11:05 am - Reply

    I’m going to say it’s a necklace!
    Tanya.f.sanders (at) gmail (dot) com

  65. Lisa Carta-Gates April 2, 2013 at 11:08 am - Reply

    I think it may be a key chain with a surfer motif….maybe a house key too?
    [email protected]

  66. sarah glover April 2, 2013 at 11:10 am - Reply

    I’m guessing a locket with a pic of her daughter in. [email protected]

  67. Joy April 2, 2013 at 11:12 am - Reply

    I think it is a bracelet.
    Joy(dot)goss(dot)woods @ gmail.com

  68. doxiechick April 2, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I think it is a key to his place.
    Julie Deaton ([email protected])

  69. Danielle April 2, 2013 at 11:45 am - Reply

    A charm bracelet

  70. Jessica Katz April 2, 2013 at 11:45 am - Reply

    I think it’s a bracelet.

    [email protected]

  71. Michelle Bowman April 2, 2013 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Well I haven’t read your books yet but I can’t wait too. SInce its a slim box it must be jewelry so I’m thinking a necklace.

  72. Sharilyn Dickerson April 2, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I think it is a charm bracelet. [email protected]

  73. barb April 2, 2013 at 11:56 am - Reply

    a pandora bracelet with something special on it to reflect how he feels [email protected]

  74. Sara Butler April 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Hmmm….bracelet! [email protected]

  75. Alicia Taylor April 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    bracelet or ring maybe? great teaser!!

  76. Jessica April 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    A charm bracelet! 🙂
    [email protected]

  77. Sarah Arndt April 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I’m definitely leaning towards charm bracelet. So much meaning in one little piece of jewelry.

  78. Ilene April 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    I think it’s a charm bracelet with dates on some charms sharing special moments such as the date of their meeting/relationship and the name and birthdate of her daughter.

  79. Kristi Celebrezze April 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    A bracelet!

  80. Micah Woodley April 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Jewelry! Some sort 🙂 [email protected]

    Great teaser! I love Adam

  81. readingismyworld April 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Adam is the best! He’s sweet and sooo in love with Claire, they HAVE to be together at rhe end!

  82. Michelina April 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    I think it’s a charm bracelet 😀

    • Michelina April 2, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      Forgot my email addy … 😛


  83. Christina Racich April 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Hmmm I think it is a bracelet, but not sure with what on it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. Wendy Sexton April 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I think is it a necklace

  85. Denita Kee April 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm - Reply
  86. bmwyatt April 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    I’m going to go with some sort of necklace. Maybe with a locket. Can’t wait to find out though!

  87. Amy Baehl April 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I think it’s a bracelet 🙂
    [email protected]

  88. Cathy Lasky April 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I think it is a heart necklace

  89. Beth H. April 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I’m going to say that there is a locket in the box so she can put a picture of Abigail in there 😉 At least there better be if he wants me to stay on his good side! ha jk! [email protected]

  90. andieleah78 April 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    I’m thinking its a braclet or necklace

    [email protected]

  91. Melinda Medina April 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I think it’s a bracelet

  92. sarah April 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I think its a beautiful bracelet with a “A” for Abigail???

  93. sarah April 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm - Reply
  94. [email protected] April 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this giveway opportunity! You rock!!!
    I think there is a necklace, with a heart locket with her Daughters initials on the front and a picture inside.
    My email address is-
    [email protected]

  95. Shannon Fuhrman April 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I think it’s a necklace!
    [email protected]

  96. jackiebkworm April 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I’m guessing its a ring, not engagement but maybe a promise ring. Or a necklace with a charm that will remind Claire of Adam. Poor Adam, this is going to be Chris’ chance to move in while Adam’s away.

  97. Junis Cariello April 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Necklace. [email protected]

  98. Mary G April 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Aww so cute! I’m gonna say it will be something totally cute but definitely Adam. Like a keychain with a surfboard on it with a date inscribed on the back, the day they went to the surf competition. Or a charm bracelet with a surfboard charm. Thanks for the great teaser. [email protected]

  99. Desirae April 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I think it’s a necklace.

  100. Jessica Cross April 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    I’m thinking that it may be some sort of charm bracelet with charms that mean something to Claire and Adam. I can’t wait for this book to come out.

    [email protected]

  101. Meghan Mack April 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    A locket! [email protected]

  102. monicams2013 April 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    [email protected]
    I think it might be a bracelet.

  103. Allie Mathews April 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Earrings??? [email protected]

  104. Destiney Rice April 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    i think its going to be a necklace with a charm/pendent othat represents something really special!
    [email protected]

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