Thrillingly Dark: Black Iris by Leah Raeder – with an Excerpt!

Posted 28 April, 2015 by Danny in Author Spotlight, Blog, Danny / 3 Comments

Thrillingly Dark: Black Iris by Leah Raeder – with an Excerpt!Black Iris by Leah Raeder
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2015-04-28
Genres: Fiction, General, New Adult, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 384

The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA Todaybestselling author of Unteachable.

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn't worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She's not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it's time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She's going to show them all

Hey everyone! I’m super excited to share with you today  parts of the first Chapter of this deliciously dark New Adult Story from Leah Raeder. With New Adult you can push boundaries you can’t even touch with Young Adult, so for all those who like it a little darker, I’m sure Black Iris might be something for you!


BLACK IRIS by Leah Raeder –

Chapter 1 (parts)


April is the cruelest month, T.S. Eliot said, and that’s because it kills. It’s the month with the highest suicide rate. You’d think December, or even January—the holidays and all that forced cheer and agonized smiling pushing fragile people to the edge—but actually it’s spring, when the world wakes from frostbound sleep and something cruel and final stirs inside those of us who are broken. Like Eliot said: mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. In the deepest throes of depression, when sunlight is anguish and the sky throbs like one big raw migraine and you just want to sleep until you or everything else dies, you’re less likely to commit suicide than someone coming out of a depressive episode. Drug companies know this. That’s why antidepressants have to be marked with the warning MAY CAUSE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS.

Because what brings you back to life also gives you the means to destroy yourself.




Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago. Visit her at


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And.. what do you think, does that sounds amazing or what? 

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