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This Beautiful World by Elisabeth Jackson 
  Publication Date: July 23, 2014 

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After tragedy struck, she came home to be confronted again by the chilling mystery that had haunted her since childhood and rediscovered the one romance she always regretted not having…
As children, RaeAnne and her sidekick King were held captive after they discovered the body of a boy their age in a crate of apples in their small town’s peculiar orchard. Now RaeAnne is grown and the mother of a troubled young daughter. After her mother is killed in an accident, she travels home to her father with her daughter. But RaeAnne finds that she is not welcomed by everyone, and frightening incidents start to happen involving her and her family. As RaeAnne unravels the mysteries of her childhood, including what happened to her older brother, who vanished on the same night RaeAnne and King found terror in the orchard, she reunites with King. The boy she knew has grown up to be very handsome and guarded. But can the two ever be more than old friends who share a terrifying secret?

I  realized  I’d  hurt  him.  But  I  was  too  shaken  up  to  comfort   anyone  but  myself.  
“What’ll  I  tell  Maddie  at  home?”  I  sobbed,  holding  my   hands  in  my  lap,  avoiding  King’s  touch,  if  he  did  try  to  reassure   me.  “How  do  I  tell  her  that  her  father—”  
King’s  hand  reached  me  before  I  could  shift  to  my  side,  and  he  kneaded  my  hand  with  his  palm.  “I’ll  help  you.  I’m  here  for   you.”  
Heat  descended  from  my  chest  downward.  “Pull  over.”  
I  breathed  out.  “Please,  do  it.”  By  now  we  were  far  enough   away  from  the  Grays’s  property,  and  I  knew  if  I  didn’t  do  this  now,   I  never  would.  
The  steering  wheel  jerked  in  King’s  hand,  and  the  pickup   swung  a  little  too  close  to  the  opposite  lane.   “Watch  out,”  I  said.  
King  put  on  the  turn  signal,  and  the  pickup  rode  off  to  the   side  and  halted.  He  put  the  brake  on,  switched  on  the  flashers,  and   left  the  truck  running.  “When  we  get  to  your  house,  I’ll  come  in   with  you.”  He  thought  I  wanted  to  talk  about  what  came  next  for   us  tonight.  
“That’s  not  it,”  I  said,  facing  the  window.  Branches  covered   with  wet  leaves  flattened  against  the  windows  on  one  side  of  the   pickup.  
“We’ll  call  the  police  when  we  get  to  your  dad’s  place.”  
“Okay.  But  that  still  isn’t  it.”  I  swung  toward  King  and  drew   him  nearer  to  me  by  his  collar.  I  locked  onto  his  eyes,  a  shimmer  of   deep  green  in  them.  Tilting  my  head,  and  skimming  his  cheek  with   mine,  I  closed  my  eyes  as  my  lips  enveloped  his  in  a  long,  slow   kiss.  His  mouth  worked  around  mine  faster,  and  my  body  stiffened   at  his  eagerness,  then  I  reciprocated  his  yearning.  His  lips  were  soft  and  persistent.  I  pulled  back  and  pressed  my  hands  against  his   chest.  
Bringing  his  fingers  to  his  mouth,  he  rubbed  his  lips.   “Wow.”  I  couldn’t  tell  whether  he  was  pleased,  shocked,  or  both.  
I  took  my  hands  off  him,  my  tone  quaky  with  nerves.  “I’m   sorry,  I  don’t  know  why  I  did  that.”
“I  enjoyed  it,  but  it  feels  a  little  wrong  somehow,  considering   what  has  happened,  considering  what  we  saw  tonight.”  
Ashamed,  I  turned  away  from  him.  “You  don’t  have  to   explain.  It  was  inappropriate  of  me.”
King  put  his  arm  around  me  and  squeezed  my  shoulder.   “It’s  all  right,  Rae.  People  react  in  all  sorts  of  ways  after   experiencing  these  kinds  of  things.  And  you  know  how  I  feel  about   you,  right?”  
I  faced  the  dark  woods  outside  the  window.  “Yeah,  but   wanting  to  make  out?  There  must  be  something  wrong  with  me.”  
“There  never  could  be  something  wrong  about  you.”  He   lifted  his  arm  from  my  shoulders  and  moved  the  truck  again.  

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About the Author

Elisabeth Jackson
Elisabeth Jackson loves the outdoors and dogs, rescued dogs in particular. This Beautiful World is her debut novel and blends haunting childhood secrets, romantic themes, second chances, and a mystery in a small town setting. When she is not writing small town Romances and Mysteries, she works as a freelance business writer. Her characters are inspired by the rural towns she has visited and lived in.
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