Book Excerpt Under My Skin

Under My Skin by Laura DiamondUNDER MY SKIN by Laura Diamond

PUBLISHER: Swoon Romance

Publication: April 12, 2016

Ages: Young Adult

Category: Contemporary Romance

Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam’s torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.

The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man’s heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head.

And then a donor is found…

Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals . Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn’t even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents – something Darby has never had.

Darby’s always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.


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Author Bio

Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.



Twitter: @DiamondLB



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Book Excerpt


“Wait a minute.” Mum grabs her purse from the back seat. She frets with a loose string on the strap.

My fingers grip the door handle. “Mum?”

After sucking in a deep breath, she opens the clasp. Slowly, she pulls out a pill bottle.

“What’s that?”

She reads the label. “Ziprasidone. Doctor Shaw prescribed this for you last week. She said I’d know the right time to talk to you about it.”

My throat goes dry. Changing meds had been part of Shaw’s plan all along. She must think I’m getting worse. “Why didn’t she say anything to me?”

“She doesn’t want to give the impression of being a pill pusher. You are doing therapy and she doesn’t want you to associate medication as the go-to solution for everything. She said it clouded the therapeutic relationship.”

My eyes cross at the psychobabble. “Hiding things from me isn’t okay.”

Mum tips her head to the side. “She said you might challenge this.”

“She gave you control over medications I put in my body.” Inside, I’m shaking. I clench my fists.

Mum uncaps the bottle and shakes a tablet into her palm. “We’re all on the same team, Adam. This is supposed to work with your anti-depressant to make it more effective. Doctor Shaw said it will also help keep you calm so your heart won’t be as stressed. You’ve been acting more upset lately and after what happened in the city…”

“More upset?” My voice cracks, something it hasn’t done since I hit puberty.

“Adam, you don’t do anything, talk to anyone, or have any fun. You’ve cut off everyone from home, and—”

“My heart is dying,” I interrupt.

“You’re still alive.”

“For how long?” I mumble.

Mum’s eye twitches. “This isn’t the time to give up.”

I cross my arms and squint at the dashboard. “I’m not taking any more pills.”

Mum plucks her water bottle from the center console. “And I’m not taking no for an answer.”


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