Thursday, March 16, 2023

#ExcerptReveal - Bleeding Chaos (Love & Lyrics) by Nikki As

Title: Bleeding Chaos
Series: Love & Lyrics
Author: Nikki Ash
Release: March 23 2023
Genre: Friends to Lovers, Rock Star Romance
Cover Designer: Jersey Girl Design
Photographer: Wander Aguiar Photography


“F*ck, Tori, I can’t believe it’s been six damn years since the last time I saw your face, heard your voice, felt you in my arms.” I glide my hand across the marble and release a harsh sigh. “You would’ve been twenty-four years old last week.” I place a dozen flowers into the holder. “Sorry, I couldn’t be here on your birthday. We were still on tour, and I couldn’t figure out a way to get here and back without missing a show.”
I drop onto my ass and close my eyes, wishing for the pain in my heart to go away. After all these years, you’d think the heart would be able to heal. But I swear, as I sit here and think about the only girl I’ve ever loved, my heart bleeds as badly as it did the day I lost her.

I’ve been busy for the past six years. After losing Tori, Easton put us on a plane to LA, where the guys and I signed a contract with Blackwood Records. A few months later, we released our first album and it blew the fuck up. We’ve been on several world tours, sold millions of songs and albums, and broken numerous records, but nothing relieves the constant pain deep in my soul over losing yet another woman I would’ve given my life to save.

“Sometimes, I wonder—” I start to speak, but my words are cut off by the sound of someone crying. Since I’m sitting in a cemetery, it’s not uncommon to hear someone crying, but this cry… it’s gut-wrenching like someone is literally pulling the soul out of one’s body.

When I look around, I see a woman a few gravesites down lying across the ground with her arms draped over a headstone. Her body is visibly shaking, and her cries are heartbreaking.

I’m usually one to mind my own business, but something draws me to her. Maybe it’s recognizing a kindred spirit, feeling the pain she feels.
When I walk over to her, I find her eyes are closed, and she’s actually sleeping. She’s crying, sobbing in her f*cking sleep. I consider leaving her alone, but the sky is gray, and based on the dark clouds, it’s due to rain soon.

Leaning down, I gently press my palm to her shoulder to nudge her awake. It only takes a few times before she jolts awake and faces me. Her dark red hair is up in a messy bun, and when her big green eyes meet mine, bloodshot and glassy and sad, so f*cking sad, I’m momentarily taken aback.


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