Read an excerpt from Rusty Nail by Nazarea Andrews

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In a small town, rumor is everything… 

Life came easy to him.

Town playboy Aidric Jones has it all: money, women, a life without responsibility.  Until his house burns down and a daughter he doesn't know lands on his doorstep. No one expects him to step up, to grow up, but he finds disappointment is different when someone is counting on him. 

And everyone is whispering… 

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks everyone knew Olivia Buckley was going to end up pregnant and stuck in River City with a deadbeat boyfriend. Now she’s a single mom working for her parent’s construction company, unable to escape a reputation she hates. She’s fighting like hell to make a life for herself and her son, to prove everyone wrong.  

They’re two people with nothing in common except a falling down house, two angry kids, and a town full of rumors--but maybe that’s enough

They’ll give them something to talk about…


I stand and wave my hand at him. "Lead the way, Bill."

Askew gives me a dirty look, but he does as I instruct.

In life, there are moments that crash into you, moments you can't see coming, that hit you from nowhere. Jonathan dying was one of those moments. So was my mother's sudden death.

But this—this isn't. Walking down a long, quiet hallway toward a corner office—this is me walking into it, eyes wide open. I know that my life is about to change, that when the door to that office opens, it's going to change everything I know and I am moving toward it anyway.

Charlie is glaring and muttering under her breath but I follow Askew quietly, almost eagerly. He pushes open the door.

A girl sits there, reading.

She's small, fine boned, and looks almost delicate sitting there on Askew's long black couch. She's dressed in a pink skirt and a black top with shiny black buttons, her hair a wild cloud of curls around her.

She looks like Lindsey in miniature, and she's heartbreakingly adorable.

And then she glances up. My heart stops, and Charlie chokes.

She has ice blue eyes, the same ones I see in the mirror every day and in my sister—and she's smiling, shy and sweet like Dempsey does when he's uncomfortable, and I just know.

I know that this girl is mine. My life will never be the same again.

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About the Author

Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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