Always Kiss Me Goodnight
By MEGAN GAUDINO
Publisher: Evernight Teen Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance, 67k words
Released: August 28, 2015
Sophia Destino is supposed to die.
All seventeen-year-old Sophia wants is to coast through her junior year. But with her parents obsessed with her Olympic-swimming-hopeful brother, a psychic best friend with a penchant for reading tarot cards, and prophetic dreams that predict her death—that won’t be easy. As her nightmares begin to come true, Sophia finds herself dodging death and longing for the time when getting over her ex-boyfriend was her biggest problem. Until she meets Leo Knight. The mysterious stranger seems determined to keep her alive—and steal her heart. But Leo has a secret that is about to change everything and Sophia is about to learn that sometimes…your number is up.
14+ due to adult situations
What a waste last night was. I would’ve laughed out loud about how tragically ironic it all was if I could have. My lungs started to twinge at the thought of laughing. They wanted to be filled with fresh air.
The finale of my life was playing out before me. I recalled the peaceful feeling from my dream. I was just waiting for it to happen. My lungs were screaming at me to breathe. This was it. Time was almost up and I was waiting for my life to flash before my eyes when movement out of the water caught my attention. Leo was standing on the edge of the pool. He was shirtless and surrounded by the light, making me question if I’d died and gone to heaven.
He dove into the pool an instant later and scooped me up in his arms, obelisk and all, just as he had the night before, then pushed up to the surface of the water in no time flat.
The extra couple hundred pounds of weight I and the obelisk—mostly the obelisk…I think—added did nothing to slow him down. We shot out of the water as if we had the help of a cannon, not just Leo’s legs.
I gasped for air as soon as my face was free of the water. The breath felt so good my lungs craved more and more. I kept inhaling the air as if it were being funneled down my throat.
Leo swam to the side of the pool, using only his legs to keep us afloat. With one hand, he threw the obelisk all the way in the bed of wildflowers and pulled us up out of the water.
We sat on the edge of the pool with his feet in the water and me on his lap, vowing to never again take air for granted and wondering what happened that made my dreams start coming true.
Using his thumbs to push the water out of my eyes, he laced his hands through my soaking wet hair and rested his palms on my cheeks.
“Sophia?” I coughed up some water and he turned my head to the side. “Sophia, are you okay?”
The air was flowing easily in and out of my lungs. They felt calmed; they knew they would be getting air on a regular basis.
“I’m okay.” I coughed one more time, then took another deep breath to clear my reeling mind and tried to speak again. “I’m fine.”
Physically I was fine but mentally I wasn’t. The world I lived in up until this point didn’t consist of anything supernatural or unexplainable happening except the occasional perfect hair day and the beauty of an aquamarine crystal.
Leo stood easily from his seated position with me still in his arms and crushed my chest to his. Of course I couldn’t help but wrap my arms around his bare torso but his skin felt so hot to the touch. Between the freezing cold of my body and the warm temperature of his I felt overwhelmed. Everywhere our bodies came in contact with each other little puffs of visible steam arose.
When we made it to the living room Hercules began lapping up the puddles of water we left behind us. Leo yanked the gray blanket off of the armchair and wrapped it around me because I was suddenly shaking.
He moved a salt stone lamp out of his way and sat on top of the coffee table, motionlessly taking in my expression. Before he even spoke I just knew he was reading me all wrong. I felt like I could read him already too.
“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry, Sophia,” he groaned.
“For what? My idiotic carelessness or that you saved my life once again? You shouldn’t be sorry about either of those things.”
“I shouldn’t have let that happen. I shouldn’t have been sleeping still. I promised you I’d protect you and look what happened. Do you have any idea how close you were to dying? Even closer than you were last night. If I was just one second later I would’ve been too late.”
“I know. I was there. But you weren’t too late. It’s all over now—I’m fine.” He put his head in his hands and scrunched his hair in his palms. “Leo.” I reached forward and placed my hand on his arm. He was still so hot to the touch. “Why’s your skin so hot again?”
He flinched away from my hand, stood up, folded his arms across his chest and turned his back to me. His reaction made me question my gesture.
“It’ll go away.”
“Yeah but why does it happen at all?”
He hesitated for just a moment before he answered. “Because I keep saving your life.”
“I thought angels are supposed to save lives.”
“I already told you. I’m not an angel. I’m not supposed to save lives.”
It is my pleasure to welcome Megan Gaudino, author of Always Kiss Me Goodnight, to Room With Books!
What do you do when you are not writing?
Of course I like to read, but that’s a given. I’m a huge fan of taking road trips. On weekends I often pack up my Jeep for a little get-away. My destination is usually a lake, I’m kind of obsessed with lakes, or to see friends. If a friend lives on a lake they get top priority!
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
When The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books came out I devoured them. I liked books up to that point in my life, but after reading Ann Brashaers’ words I became a bookworm. Reading those stories was a real game changer in my life and when Ann Brashaers’ released her adult novel when I was older it was like another jolt of inspiration. The Last Summer (of You and Me) is one of my all-time favorite novels and has influenced everything I write.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
It was a very long process for me. I wrote Always Kiss Me Goodnight about six years ago when I was in college and I didn’t plan on doing anything with it. Then two years ago I discovered Wattpad, thought it was a brilliant place for writers, and posted the first chapter of Always Kiss Me Goodnight. After it started to get pretty popular I decided to start looking for an agent. I quickly learned that the YA paranormal genre was overly saturated and the market wasn’t quite in the right place for my story. It was frustrating and disappointing but I wasn’t ready to give up so I started looking for publishers that would accept submissions without an agent and in my genre. It took a lot of time to do my research but it was definitely worth it in the end.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Okay, I have given this a lot of thought. While there are obviously plenty of benefits to being able to read people’s minds, and it would be very tempting to have that ability, there are also a lot of things I just don’t want to know. Somethings just can’t be unheard. So, because of that, I would choose the ability to transport. How awesome would it be to not have to drive anywhere or worry about parking?
What was your first job?
My very first job was working as a recess monitor on the playground for a kindergarten class. It was actually really awesome. I was paid to have recess.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?
This is such a hard question because I feel like they all have their strengths and likable qualities but I’m going to say Amelia. She is so different from everyone else and when you’re in high school that can seem like such a bad thing, but Amelia embraces it. She loves reading people’s auras and doing tarot card readings and she doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Amelia is also the kind of girl who isn’t afraid to tell her friends like it is which can lead to her being a bit overbearing but she only does it because she is psychic and she knows what’s best.
What does your writing schedule look like?
Once, long ago, I read an article that said you should write five hundred words a day. There are, of course, thousands of articles out there saying a thousand different things but I’ve always stuck by the five hundred rule. Some days finding the time to write at all seems impossible but it’s easy to rationalize just five hundred words, that’s nothing. Then of course there are days that I go way over the five hundred and that’s okay too.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
Surprisingly, yes. Titles are usually very hard for me but Always Kiss Me Goodnight was an easy choice. It’s this popular phrase that’s floating around the internet on coffee mugs and decorative signs and I just so happened to have one of those signs hanging above my desk. I just looked up one day as I was writing and thought it’d be a great title.
If you could pick one profession other than author, what would it be? Why does it appeal to you?
It would be awesome to be in bookbinding and restoration. I have a massive love for old and vintage books so it would be endlessly interesting to me to get to work with them. My daytime job is in a library so I do get to work with restoring and repair books on a regular basis and I love it but it would be a dream come true to get to work with some historic novels.
What are you currently working on?
There are two more books in the AKMG series. They are both written so I am really working on editing them and I’m so happy to be doing that because it’s so fun to spend time in Sophia and Leo’s world and explore the characters more. I’m also working on a new adult manuscript that I’m really excited about because it’s something quite different for me.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Vanilla. Boring I know, but always with rainbow sprinkles.
Night owl, or early bird? Night owl. I function better at night.
Coffee or tea? Coffee all the way.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? I love this questions! Water slides. They are so fun.
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Both! I love swimming anywhere and everywhere.
Walking or fitness club? Walking. I’ve gotten some of my best ideas while taking a walk.
Any last words?
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Megan Gaudino works in a high school library by day and on her own books by night. Always Kiss Me Goodnight his her debut novel and was first posted on Wattpad where it gained over two million reads. Megan lives in Pittsburgh where you can find her reading, writing, and Instagramming.