FORGIVEN Snippet #2

And now for the second snippet from FORGIVEN.  If you haven’t read the first two books, this will be a spoiler. You’ve been warned 😉

Setting: The rooftop of a building

Situation: Riley and Peter are on stakeout in an attempt to bust the fake Holy Water scam.


Peter pushed off from the roof and stalked a few feet away, his back to her. “Please tell me this is all some kind of a sick joke.”

“It’s the truth. All of it. That’s why hunters are after me.”

“How did they find out?” Peter asked, swiveling toward her now.

“I think Beck ratted me out. I went to his house this morning and told him what had happened. He was furious, Peter. I’ve never seen anyone that angry.”

“Duh! Now there’s a surprise,” her friend replied sarcastically. “I saw the way he looked at you at your dad’s funeral. Of course he’d be mad. You’re about the only one on the planet who doesn’t realize how he feels about you.”

“He never said anything,” she retorted.

“Hey, we guys don’t blurt out that kind of stuff,” he replied. “It’s against the man code. Beck may never have said how he felt, but everything he did for you should have been a big clue. I mean, come on, how slow are you?”

She glowered at her friend. “I figured he was doing it because of my father.”

“Maybe, but the guy is really into you, Riley.”

“No way. If he’d liked me, he wouldn’t have blown me off and—”

“Ancient history, girl!” he countered. “You were, what, fifteen? Your dad would have torn him apart if he’d touched you. Beck had no other choice.”

“He didn’t have to be so mean.”

“God, will you listen to yourself?” Peter retorted.

“You have no idea how much he hurt me,” she shot back.

“Give it up, will you? You’re my best friend, but you can be a real self- centered asshat sometimes.”


(c) 2012 Jana Oliver


Macmillan Children’s Books (UK & Australia) March 1st

St. Martin’s Griffin (US ) March 27th

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13 responses to “FORGIVEN Snippet #2”

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    Open your eyes Riley!! *dies* Awesome snippet; I can’t wait till this comes out in the US. 🙂

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    Ahh, great snippet!! I’m glad somebody is finally telling Riley what’s what!

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    Woo hoo, Peter! It’s about time someone let her have it and there’s no better person to give it to her than her very own best friend.

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    Thanx for the snippet. Can’t wait for the whole book.

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    I dunno, I’m kinda Team Riley on this one! I think she’s got a point. Whats she supposed to be, a mindreader? Beck doesn’t want to admit his feelings as much as Riley doesn’t want to believe them!
    Thank God for Peter, that’s all I’ve got to say!

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    Julia – You’re right — neither is willing to take the first step, fearing they’ll get shut down big time. Riley’s too busy dwelling on the old heartache and Beck has reasons why he doesn’t want to take that next step (which are revealed in FORGIVEN). They really are a frustrating pair. Sigh…

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!!!! I am ready for them both to get a clue!! I also have to say that living in Atlanta very near to all the sites that you write about just makes this even more fun for me to read.

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    I’ve got the first book loaded on my Kindle now. I can’t wait to dive in. 🙂 I’ll come back after I catch up on the books.

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    Pamela – I try really hard to get those sites as accurate as possible so us locals can go “Hey, I’m in the middle of Demon Central and… I think I’ll leave now, you know?”

    Ciara – Congratulations on your book launch!!!

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    Man, Riley can be so stubborn! I don’t see why she’s so hung up about the earlier stuff. If anything, I feel like she should be angry with the way Beck handled the whole Ori debacle.

    Also, yay for more Pete! I love their friendship, and it gives us a chance to see a different side of Riley.

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    Absolutely!!! You do a great job with it!! Having lived in Midtown and now Decatur and spending oodles of time in all the areas, you really have nailed it. I used to frequent the coffee store that is now the school when I was in Midtown…made me chuckle!!

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    Man code..hehe!! Yes there is a man code. Peter is coming into play more, awesome!! Come on BECK wake up!!! and Riley don’t go playing with ORI….these two need an intervention and Justine I am coming for you with a big bag of lollies..hehe!!


    6 days to go..tick tock!!

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