Monthly Archives: September 2014
LAUREN LAWLER’s life is visually perfect. However husband Niall seems to have forgotten she exists. Running a Vintage shop on Ebay and meeting her best friend Monique for coffee and shopping, Lauren feels settled but bored. Collecting her nine year old son Joe from school one day, she discovers that the new mum at the gates is her old school foe Bettina.
Lauren is initially wary, but encouraged by Niall, attempts to be friendly, getting involved with the school’s summer fair so that Bettina can meet other parents. This throws Lauren into working with Seb, an outwardly nerdy looking teacher who turns out to be a hidden attraction. As Niall continues to be distant, Seb’s attentions become ever more tempting.
Bettina says she is back escaping a violent husband, but best friend Monique doesn’t buy it and warns Lauren to be careful.
As a vendetta threatens everything Lauren has taken for granted, she has to discover who she can trust. But how much does anyone ever really know about those around them, what’s underneath?
Driven by adrenaline, my hands won’t stop shaking as I turn off the alarm set for three thirty am and consider what I’m about to do, part two of my plan. I suck on my top lip, trying to get some saliva into my dry mouth. I push back the duvet revealing the black DKNY top and J. Crew trousers, chosen so I look hot if arrested. I imagined Monique’s voice should I face the police dressed in Value jeans and so assembled an ‘attractive assassin’ combo. My armpits feel damp and my heart races to the point that I can feel its thud within my neck, it reminds me of old movies when the monster moves slow before attack. I breathe deep, this is self-defence. I can barely tie the converse I slip on my feet and for a moment I surrender, lay down on the floor in child’s pose, trying to regulate my breathing. It does no good. I must go now. I pull my wavy blonde hair back in a bun, grab my bag, slide on my D&G sunglasses and exit the house.
Behind the wheel of my faithful Nissan Micra, I drive to the bitch’s estate and park around the corner, leaving the car obscured by a row of garages. I glance around checking for witnesses. Though I see no-one, I can hear the inebriated screams and laughs of people on their way back from the clubs. I walk casually to her house, my posture straight so should anyone see me they wouldn’t question my being there. As I arrive at the front garden I appraise how immaculate it looks, planted with symmetrical bedding in oranges and purples. Box hedging as neat as a newly cut fringe ensures my cover from the estate. She must either love gardening herself or pay a fortune for someone to keep it so pristine. As someone who has grown vegetables from seed and tended to them like an expectant mother, I hesitate before I put on the rubber gloves. Can I really do this? Are things really this bad? As I consider past events I feel my jaw clench and my teeth grind. She deserves everything she gets. I reach down, my fingers grip the neck of the plants and I lift and smash them onto the path where the soil parts from the roots and spills out like spewed guts. I’m horrified to feel a grin that I cannot stop form from my lips. I carry on, full of energy, until the bedding plants are no more and the piled up soil resembles a grave of the newly buried. I move onto her dustbin, retrieve a bag of food waste and push it through the letterbox imagining the smell on her return, putrid and decaying.
I open my bag, fixed together only with one stud, extract the weedkiller and pour it over the meticulous green lawn. I try and dribble it to spell out the word bitch. A few days and hopefully yellowing dead patches will reveal my handiwork. I re-check that no-one watches me as I move around the back of the house, take a screwdriver from the front pocket of the bag and use it to disable the security light in order to prevent its on and off SOS. Pre-dawn light allows me to write WHORE in carefully disguised font across her white PVC door. For my finale I empty fake vomit out of a plastic container over her patio furniture. I silently thank the person who posted the recipe on Pinterest.
Back in the driving seat, I punch a fist in the air before I burst into tears. I turn down the visor and peer at my reflection within its mirror, seeing the reasonably happily married woman turned revenge seeking missile. Ground down and exposed to my rawest state, if you looked closely you’d see every part of me, each individual cell, be able to look within the membrane to the protoplasm. See what’s underneath …
Andie M. Long is a bonkers mother of one, who spends most of her time when not working as a Research Administrator/Medical Secretary on Facebook. She has a long suffering partner.
Author of the erotic novel The Alphabet Game and drama/suspense Underneath,
she has several published short stories and poems; including an upcoming release for Cracked Eye. Andie has a regular blog at www.wordbohemia.com, ‘The Emergence of the Invisible Writer.’
Andie will be signing at Orchard Book Event, Peterborough, UK in March 2015, Tattooed Bad Boys Event, York, UK April 2015, Dublin July 2015 and Silver City Signing, Aberdeen, August 2015. For details keep in touch at www.facebook.com/andiemlongwriter
living the dream. I had a great career as a romance author, a successful
boyfriend, and am the daughter to a New York power couple. With my standing, my
family groomed me to be perfect. Despite having it all, something was missing
in my life.
attempt to break away from my privileged, suffocating life, I was in pursuit of
finding my own path to happiness. After my literary agent gave me a risky
writing assignment, I set out to write a best-seller that took me completely
out of my comfort zone and into the arms of another man. He was only supposed
to be a research toy, falling in love wasn’t a part of the plan.
become tangled into a huge web of lies, I quickly find out that I have a life
changing decision to make. Do I choose to continue living a life of comfort,
stability, and misery or do I take a chance on the unknown to preserve my
Bright is from a small town in North Carolina and currently resides in
Greenville, South Carolina. She has been writing since she was in the eighth
grade, starting with small short stories. As her classmates began showing
interest in her work, she began to write longer stories, filling multiple
spiral notebooks with her thoughts. During her freshman year in high school,
her English teacher encouraged her to enter a writing contest in which she won
local, region and state levels. She has entered many writing contests since and
have won a few. Figuring out she had a passion to share stories with anyone who
would listen, she set out to write her first book Love Unbroken.
is very versatile in the genre of books she likes to read. Her book choice mostly varies on her mood, but she is
particularly interested in crime stories, romance, teen fiction, sci-fi, and is
now venturing a little in paranormal fiction. As for her own writing, she
doesn’t really put it into a category or genre. She just writes whatever is on
her mind and lets it create itself!
favorite quote: “I’m just a loon with access to a keyboard, a pen, and a
5-star notebook. Writing is my escape…so run away with me!”
New Adult Contemporary
Cover Designer : Najla Qamber Designs
The only thing inevitable in love
I knew from the start that he was going to wreck me.
Nothing could have prepared me for the day he walked into my life…
or the day he walked out of it.
All that remained was a shell of the girl I once was.
And I don’t know if I’ll ever recover.
Silence passes between us and he nudges my elbow with his. Reaching out for my hand again, he delicately traces the inside of my palm where he kissed it yesterday with his fingertip. Goosebumps rise and my body hums with anticipation. I turn to look him in the eye again and he has a charming, yet shy, look on his face.
For the love of all that is holy…lean over and kiss me, already!
“You know … if you’re wondering whether or not I want to,” he pauses for a quick breath and stares at my lips before continuing. “I want to. Or rather, I want you to.”
I can hardly control myself and double over in laughter.
“What?” Phoenix asks, his eyebrows knit together.
“I cannot believe you just said that! You just turned one of my most favorite songs into a cheesy pickup line!”
He chuckles softly and tries to pull me back toward him. “Yeah, you got me. At least now I have confirmation that you have good taste in music.”
Pfft. As if there were ever any doubt. I’m becoming increasingly more aware of how he works. Clearly he has issues making the first move, but once the door is open, the shy guy dissolves.
We stare at each other in silence … staring through each other … his hazel eyes pleading for what we both want to say … for what we both want to do.
For something that has been so easy to do so many times before, I’m surprised by my nervousness.
Then, as if on cue, the world starts moving in slow motion. I watch Phoenix close his eyes and lean toward me, and I swear … I swear I see his lips quiver.
“Ivy…” he whispers. My name tastes of chocolate and caramel from the cupcakes we shared and my heart sighs at the sound of my name rolling off of his tongue.
I lean forward and close the gap between us, running my fingertips down his face and committing his stubble to memory as I slowly part his lips with mine.
I fall into this kiss…
Fall into him…
Fall for him.
This kiss. God, this kiss is deliciously slow like honey. Instantly I can feel it everywhere in my body, blazing in my palm … my chest … my toes. He takes his time, his hands outlining my neck to my shoulders and down to my arms.
I kiss him like I’m starving and I only now realize that I have been hungry for the past twenty-two years, savoring every last bite, committing it to memory for both the present and the afterlife. I take my time memorizing his mouth with my tongue.
The fresh taste of his lips …
The way his arms envelop me, delicate but firm …
The tender moan that rises from the back of his throat …
I’ve come undone.
Pulling back, I watch him bring his fingertips to his lips in wonder. When his lips struck mine, tiny sparks jumped. Heat flashed. Instant combustion.
With that one kiss, an ember hidden deep inside my soul awakened a sleeping shadow. A kindling in my hollows started a slow burn. The ember becomes light, a twin flame illuminating my heart.
It’s strange to think that something as innocent as pressing one’s lips to another’s can so drastically alter the course of your entire life. But with that single kiss, I know that he is important.
That single kiss has changed everything.
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About the author
B.L. Berry is many things. A New Adult author. A self-proclaimed music whore. A long-course triathlete. A marketing savant. And a full-time working mom. While there are never enough hours in the day, she does the best she can to get things done and hopes for technological advances in human cloning.
When she’s not hiding behind her computer writing, you can find her spending time with her family or catching up on her favorite TV shows. Rumor has it she’ll sleep when she’s dead.
She is Canadian by birth. Mexican by marriage. Chicagoan by heart. Kansan by choice. Jayhawk purely by common sense.
Residing outside of Kansas City, she lives with her husband, two children and black pug. Each day her family thanks the makers of e-Readers, because without which they would be living amongst stacks and stacks of romance novels. Conversely, each day B.L. Berry thanks the makers of e-Readers for hiding her book-hoarding tendencies.
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from Author: This isn’t your typical romance story. This book
contains strong sex scenes, lots of bad language and things that
might not be suitable for all readers. Reading this novella may cause
uncontrollable heartache, loss of voice, and damage to ones reading
device. Proceed with caution, for you have been warned. This is book
one of Corey and Mimi’s story with the second book releasing in
happens when fire meets gasoline?
all it took was a spark. One kiss and I was hooked. I wanted to hate
Corey Winchester more than anything and most days I did. He was an
arrogant asshole, and bully. He didn’t know the first thing about
love but yet here I was falling into his lap.
things changed. I changed. Someone broke me, and he was there to pick
up the pieces showing me a part of him I had never seen. Compassion,
trust, and love. I wanted to hate him, with everything in me I wanted
to look at him and feel nothing but I guess love and hate can’t
happens when you think you know someone? Like really know
out we didn’t know each other as well as we thought.
out if you play with fire for too long you, you will in fact get
names Mimi Jones and this isn’t a fairy tale—
Beck is the author of Bittersweet Revenge(A Bittersweet Novella Book
1). A four part novella series. She lives in Elroy, WI with her
husband Brandon, and daughter Bella. Since the moment she could reach
the shelves on the book shelf shes been reading, thus influencing her
to write. Her favorite books are those that leave an imprint on your
soul. You know the ones that have you putting everything off because
you have to find out what happens next.
she’s not writing or reading(of course)you can find her picking up
after her three year old daughter, or explaining to her husband why
its unsafe to do something any other way, than the way your wife told
a huge fan of all things drama, with shows like The Vampire Diaries,
and Arrow being some of her favorites. She’s addicted to all things
social media, caffeine, and Starbucks.
me, you know you want
That’s what Jenna Haines felt when she discovered that her
relationship with Rex Winchester was anything but real.
a broken heart, and a deep sadness running through her veins she
picked up the pieces and forced herself to move on. After all, what
better place to start fresh than at University of California,
is until the day she finds out Rex got accepted to Berkeley too, and
that he will be following her off to college. To add salt to the
wounds, it seems as if he will do anything to win her back. With Rex,
on the prowl and her heart being the prey can she resist his advances
more so can she move on from the vengeful things he once did and fall
into a deep bittersweet love? Or will the hate, lies, and secrets
break them beyond repair? Is love really capable of healing all
wounds or is everything still just a lie?
a slut. Or at least that’s what everyone calls me. I guess that’s
what you get when everyone think’s you’ve slept with the whole
football team and then some.
junior year of high school I gave my heart to Corey Winchester. He
was handsome, cocky, and a pure gentlemen. Then everything changed in
an instant. When I found out he was spreading malicious rumors about
me, after I refused to sleep with him I was utterly surprised. To add
to it, he broke up with me in front of the whole school. I
essentially became the laughing stock of the town. People that I once
called my friends became my enemies. Finding a way to ruin my life
one day at a time. Now the shitty part is I should have known a
pretty boy like him was too good to be true. After ruining my
reputation and life I did everything I could to stay under the radar,
but it just wasn’t enough. I slowly learned that all the torment, and
hate was all for one thing. Revenge. That’s what Corey wanted, and
why I didn’t know. Then Rex Winchester came along. Corey’s cousin,
and someone I knew I shouldn’t be getting close with. A whole six
feet of hotness, a smile that melted the panties off of every girl in
a fifty mile radius, and a heart of gold. He could have anyone he
wanted, so why he chose me Corey’s ex, the bullied, slutty girl was
beyond me. All I knew was that I wanted him. I wanted him more than
anything. The problem was, I couldn’t tell if Rex, was just like
Corey or if his intentions were as innocent as he was making them out
names Jenna Haines, and this is the story of how the one thing I
wanted.. turned out to be the one thing that would hurt me the most.
What happens when the one thing you least expect to happen, does?
When all the lies and secrets come out. Well you’re about find out.
Bittersweet Hate Book 3
Jessica Stanley is comfortable in her orderly life as a paralegal at a high end law firm. Having dated her fair share of liars and manipulators, Jessica views men through a pair of thick, cynical lenses. Men are good for one thing in her eyes, and one thing only.
Her predictable life is thrown into a whirlwind of new experiences when she meets a dominating man at a casual dinner with friends.
Royce Bradford is a man of intent and is used to getting his way. Until he meets Jessica. She is wound tight, and he finds himself yearning to unravel her secrets and her passions.
Jessica declares their relationship casual. She’s tempted by his seductive tone and unusually powerful demeanor to give him that much. But for Royce, it’s not enough. He wants more.
Except Jessica has built a secret tomb around her heart, and it will take a lot more than sensual play times and verbal commands for him to be allowed entrance. Royce never backs down from his desires. He takes up the challenge to seek out her Hidden Heart.
Meet The Author
Williams. She is at the airport on an important work assignment. If everything
goes smoothly, after three years of hard work, she’ll get a promotion and a
much-needed raise. Elizabeth is putting her life back on track after it was
ripped out from under her feet four years ago when she lost her parents along
with all her dreams. Standing here, she believes her life is going to change
for the better any moment now. Nothing can go wrong, right?
came to Moscow on business. Right now, Ryan is standing at the airport looking
at a ‘present’ from his brother, judging by the sign a beautiful young woman is
holding. Damn his brother for not cancelling this arrangement as Ryan asked.
misunderstandings and a brilliant but painful love story begins.
flight, lovely breakfasts, long evening conversations, sharing a secret or two,
discovering one another, a lot of laughter, tender moments and some tears, a
fight and, of course, the I-am-ready-for-the-end-of-the-world kiss.
way, they won’t be able to fight their feelings any longer.
his life, Ryan will experience a different shade of lust. And for the first
time in her life, Elizabeth will have to trust despite all of the times she has
wounded lost souls find love, peace and comfort in each other or will they just
break each other more? Is it a train wreck of a love story or a happily ever
who consumes whole books in a single day, Emily Krat is ecstatic to now be on
the other side of the page. For her writing stories and developing ideas for
novels is a true passion and a dream come true. Emily is a chocolate
junkie, “Grey’s Anatomy” fan, and admirer of good music. She loves summer
rains, warm blankets on cold winter nights, as well as traveling, sleeping in
late, watching TV shows, cooking, and baking. When she’s not writing or
rewriting, she loves spending time with family and friends.
her first love?
left her heartbroken and alone.
Who will be the one to help heal her heart?
Will it be Dylan, who started as her re-bound, but has become her strength and her
life line over the past few months.
Or will it be Kade, the one who stole her heart and showed her the true meaning
of love. Then showed her all the despair, vulnerability and pain a broken heart
Which path will bring her to her happily ever after?
Healing my Heart
hands along her body I tell her. “This tanned skin of yours is so clear and
smooth; I love the softness, your untouched beauty, no Photoshop of Botox or
plastic surgery. Roxy I love you and just you my all-natural Aussie beauty. You
are my very cheeky, stubborn, way too independent, hotter than hell Aussie
beauty” I state to her as I thrust deep inside her wet core. I glide in with
ease; she is so aroused and dripping.
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia.
crazy boys, never a dull moment, always on my toes…
and an escape to another world.
me hooked on reading, you can find me chilling out with friends, reading,
writing or at the beach:)
FIX UP (Patch Up #2)
Coming out October 14th
Fix Up on Goodreads: Fix Up (Patch Up, #2)
Saying “I love you” doesn’t erase the old scars and fears. “I love you to insanity. I’m not even sure if it’s a good thing.” — Duke Skye is trying to overcome what happened with Sean. Now that she’s slowly healing, both physically and mentally, she’s determined to do something she should have done sooner. She’s meeting twice a week with a new, very young therapist, Dr. Marshall. There, she’s able to talk freely, unwind, and question things. Most of the sessions she talks about herself and her hangups, along with her relationship with Duke, which is still on rocky ground. “I want to taste his sweat. I want to hear his groans. I want to feel him inside of me.” — Skye But while Skye is slowly getting back on her feet, Duke feels like he’s drowning. He’s afraid of pushing her too much, of initiating intimacy, and it’s weighing between them. Moreover, knowing that he’s not the one she’s talking to anymore is making him feel things he never thought possible. “It’s a matter of when I’ll stop fighting.” — Duke As days pass, Duke is showing over and over how vulnerable he truly is and how Skye has more power over him than she ever imagined. When Skye sees how they keep hurting each other, she’s determined to do everything in her power to make things right, no matter what the cost. But one thing is still sure; she can count on Duke whenever she needs him, even if they disagree and fight. When Duke loves, he loves with everything he’s made of, the good and the bad.
“Loving her is confusing, making me afraid of myself and what I can do … because I can break us both.” — Duke
Change Up (Patch Up #3)
Coming out late November.
Change Up on Goodreads: Change Up (Patch Up, #3)
In Patch Up and Fix Up you had Skye and Duke’s story. Now, it’s time for Derek and Kate to find their path. He fights for the people he loves. She fights against love. Kate Andrews is starting her second year of college in Seattle. She is happy to leave Chicago and her dysfunctional family behind to be with her friends again. Growing up she thought that her parents’ loveless marriage was all her father’s fault, but that summer she discovered that things are so much more complicated in life and love. Her mother is bipolar. That doesn’t mean her father isn’t unfaithful, nor does he support her and her choices. Additionally, he isn’t a great father or husband, but it brings a new perspective in her life; the way she envisions love. Derek Williams graduated college a few months ago, and while he moved back in again with his single mother and teenage brother, he never thought that he would be struggling with two crappy jobs. He is not succeeding in either of his jobs or in his countless plans for the future. Instead, he’s trying to bring back his brother and set him on a straight path, while trying to avoid the wrong crowd hounding him, thanks to his brother. Together with fighting his mother on her lack of support in their family, this all has caused chaos. “Yes, my life is a fucking mess. I have nothing for that girl who deserves everything, and yet I still can’t just sit on my ass and wait for the next asshole to pursue her.‘’ — DEREK Both of them are very different. Their upbringing is opposite; their vision of love and life contrast, and yet … “I want to open up to it, open up to the possibility of heartbreak even if I’m scared to death. I’m ready to change up.” — KATE They’re both still hung up on each other. They can’t forget that one night they shared months ago, can’t ignore their attraction and quickly maturing love. They match in every way that matters, but time and time again their respective families are getting in the way. “He’s the commitment kind while I’m anti-commitment.” — KATE Are they willing to fight for each other? Is Kate ready to risk her comfort and everything else for love? Is Derek prepared to chose which battles are worth fighting for? “It’s never been friendship, and it’ll never be.’’ — DEREK
Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn’t wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn’t enough. She started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels and PATCH UP is her first New Adult Contemporary novel.
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The first book in the series, Patch Up, is currently on sale. $0.99 for a limited time to celebrate its 1 year anniversary.