Friday, August 14, 2015

Blog Tour: Red Blooded by Caitlin Sinead

Red Blooded
by Caitlin Sinead
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: August 3rd 2015
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Instead of eating ramen and meeting frat guys like most college freshmen, Peyton Arthur is on the campaign trail. Traveling with her mother, the Democratic pick for vice president, she's ordering room service, sneaking glances at cute campaign intern Dylan and deflecting interview questions about the tragic loss of her father. But when a reporter questions her paternity, her world goes into a tailspin.

Dylan left Yale and joined the campaign to make a difference, not keep tabs on some girl. But with the paternity scandal blowing up and Peyton asking questions, he's been tasked to watch her every move. As he gets to know the real Peyton, he finds it harder and harder to keep a professional distance.

When the media demands a story, Peyton and Dylan give them one—a fake relationship. As they work together to investigate the rumors about her real father and Peyton gets closer to learning the truth, she's also getting closer to Dylan. And suddenly, it's not just her past on the line anymore. It's her heart.

            “I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize the campaign, but I want to find out who he is.”
“Shit, Peyton. I want…I want…things that I can’t have too. But, I can’t let Ruiz down. He’s done so much for me and the least I can do is be professional and focus on my work.”
“What are you talking about? You’re uber professional.”
He stares at me and rolls his lips together. “Well, I’m trying to be. But I’m not the most patient guy.”
Could he be talking about me? My heart slams into my breastbone as I lean forward. “What is this horrific, unprofessional thing that you want so badly but can’t have?”
His eyes cast down my neck and to my chest. He swallows. “I…”
I lean toward him just a little more. His lips are so close. I want them even closer. I want every fiber of Dylan’s being to be closer.
But instead, he stands and takes two steps back, knocking a lamp over.
“Shit.” He bends down and messes with getting the lamp back on the table. Once it’s situated, he turns back to me as he wipes his face. “Look, Peyton, the election is just a few weeks away. Just wait, okay?”
“Do you want to wait?” I stand up and step toward him.
“This isn’t about what I want.” He steps backward again and splays his hands out, palms to the ground. “None of this is about me. But you have to wait to look into your dad.”
Oh, he was talking about my dad. Am I completely misreading him?

I sigh and pull my hair back as I sit back down. Great, I almost kissed a guy who doesn’t want to kiss me. Best scenario: he feels it’s his patriotic duty not to kiss me. Worst scenario: he resents me so much for setting his career back, it doesn’t matter that he probably thinks I’m at least kinda cute.  Either way, we’re forced to hang out together for the next few weeks. If I made an actual attempt to kiss him and he had to actually rebuff me, that would make for a fun, not at all horrendously awkward, few weeks.

Caitlin Sinead is represented by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger, Inc. and her debut novel, Heartsick, is available now from Carina Press. Her writing has earned accolades from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Glimmer Train, and Writers & Artists, and her stories have appeared in multiple publications, including The Alarmist, The Binnacle, Crunchable, Jersey Devil Press, and Northern Virginia Magazine. She earned a master's degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University

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