Courage by Carrie Butler
Blog Tour • October 14th–16th
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Making a deal with the bad guys wasn’t the highlight of Rena Collins’ semester, but hey, it saved her boyfriend. Now, in order to appease the human-altering organization known as ERA, she’ll crawl under their microscope while they study the Mark of Nexus and plot their eye-glazed version of the future--until she realizes that’s not all they’re plotting.
Wallace Blake has always known his girlfriend is unlike most girls. But now that information has surfaced regarding the two bloodlines that balance his supernatural race, he finally understands why. Rena belongs to one of them. She’s been augmenting his power, all along...
Enter: Corynn Catley. Brought into the country under the guise of an internship, she’s intended to become ERA’s secret weapon. Kind of. Her abilities cancel out Wallace’s, rendering him powerless, but that’s exactly what he’s always wanted. Too bad it only works when his girlfriend’s not around.
All the while, Rena fails to notice the crush her geeky best friend, Aiden Ross, is nursing. He’d give anything for her to see him in a new light--even reinvent himself through questionable means--but there’s a reason people are told to be careful what they wish for. Finding the courage to tell her could put everyone’s lives in danger.
“Took a little field trip,” Cole whispered, choosing that moment to emerge from the shadows. “Interested in some light reading?”
I matched his tone with gritted teeth. “Define light.”
He smirked like he’d just gotten away with something. “Oh, you know. Faxes, blueprints, confidential records…”
“How did you…?” I shook my head. “Never mind. You don’t have this stuff on you, do you?”
“Are you kidding? I made a few copies, kiped the rest, and threw everything in the Jeep.” He shot me an impatient look. “I’ve been doin’ it for weeks.”
“Okay?” My pulse quickened in anticipation. “So, what’d you find out?”
“What? No thank you?”
I drew in a deep breath and let it out slowly. My patience had already worn thin. “Just tell me.”
Cole crossed his arms. “No, I risked my ass for this.”
I reached for his collar and met nothing but air.
“I can’t believe you were gonna grab me,” he huffed over my shoulder, jabbing me in the kidney. "My own brother."
I grunted and shifted the door to my other hand before turning around. "Cole…"
“Self-defense,” he insisted, palms up. “Now say thank you.”
My nostrils flared. “Thank. You.”
“There! Was that so hard?” He leaned back against the wall, exasperated. “First off, I know they hacked into Rena’s medical records for comparison.”
The door groaned as my grip tightened, and cracks branched out from my hand. Calm…
“And they paid for Uncle Henry’s moving expenses,” he continued.
"What?" Up until a week ago, Grandma Clara’s brother had lived in Virginia. He had a successful neurology practice down there—one that helped him afford a live-in healthcare worker for our great-grandpa Edwin—but last week he’d just packed up and moved back to Ohio. No explanation given. “You think he’s caught up in this?”
Cole shrugged. “Haven’t gone through everything yet. Doubt it, though.”
"Me too." I let out a breath. “Anything else I should know?”
“Yeah.” He lowered his voice and took a step closer. “ERA is making a virus.”
Carrie Butler daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.
Her passion for New Adult fiction led her to co-found NA Alley—a widely recognized informational hub for the category. She is the author of STRENGTH (Mark of Nexus #1) and COURAGE (Mark of Nexus #2).