Blind Fairytale

Friday, September 27, 2013

This just so random, since I'll be deleting my livejournal (LJ) account, I think I should keep a copy of what I wrote almost 2 years ago.

“In a simple text message, where it all started, I was blinded.”

In a typical high school classroom, where the chaos never stop, the noise that banged all the walls, the girls that spoke like a chatter box, the boys that were non-stop sports talkers and there were studious students who just did not care about the crazy environment and just study.

The class started and after 2 hours or so— it was snack time. Some students went to the cafeteria and some just stayed inside the room. Suddenly, the newly-elected-not-so-great-and-a-bit-irresponsible-and-arrogant President stood up. Some students tilted their heads to see who stood up, and then they went chatting again with their friends.
“Hey girls, give me some text mates!” the President said.

No one answered; no one seemed to notice him. He went to Erika, his close friend since elementary school, and bugged her until she gave in.
“Oh all right! Just shut up! Here! Don’t you dare hurt her! She’s kind, sweet and she’s my best friend!” Erika said.
“Thanks, Erika! You’re the best!” He replied.

After class, the President immediately texted the number Erika gave him.
“Hi! I got your number from Eka. :]” He sent a message.
“Hello! Uhm… Hi also! I’m Lauren, nice to meet you…?” Lauren replied.
“Hi! You’re such an earthling, Lauren! I’m Luka! :]”

And there goes, where the friendship started… 
Lauren always sends GM (group message/s) everyday and before going to sleep:
“Oyasumi, minna-san! (Goodnight, everyone!)
Thanks for today! I love you all, and miss y’all! :} take care and sweet dreams. Sleep well.
-Lauren :*”

Luka always find it awkward whenever Lauren sent those kinds of messages, but he did not want to offend Lauren, so he tried not to mind.

But one day…
“Hi, Lauren! How are you?” Luka sent a message.
“Not fine. My sister’s in the hospital.” Lauren replied.

Luka was alarmed to Lauren’s reply; he comforted her, even in his simple text of kindness…
“Don’t worry, definitely, everything’s going to be all right! ;] I’ll be always here if you need me. I’ll stay up late so you’ll have company. :]”
“Thanks, you’re my knight and shining armor. :}”
Luka was shocked; no one ever said that to him. “Such endearment…”  he said under his breath. His heart began to race rapidly; he can’t breathe properly, but he managed to reply, “Of course =)” to Lauren.

A month had passed; Luka and Lauren were still texting each other, almost everyday. Lauren has a male-phobia but as soon as she knows Luka more, she gets the hang of it, Luka always assure her that guys aren’t maniac or whatsoever Lauren thought of men. Luka even got closer to her and managed to tell his secrets to Lauren – which he had never done even to his best friends, he told Lauren his hatred to his father. The two became best friends, with the span of time.

In school, Luka was texting happily towards the room. Eka notices Luka’s strange aura.
“Hi El Presidente,” Eka said.
“Oh… Hi Erika,” Luka replied with a waving hand and a big grin stretching his face.

Eka stood still, it was awkward to see such attitude from Luka and usually he gets mad when he was being called, “El Presidente.” Eka immediately sent a text message to Lauren.
“Huh? I didn’t do anything, I just told him that he shouldn’t be arrogant to people and smile at them.” Lauren replied.
“What?! You said that to him?! To Luka?! :O” Eka said. She can’t believe that Luka will follow LAUREN’s orders, was it an order, command or comment? For that, she wasn’t sure. It was just so shocking that Luka did what Lauren said.

Days passed, Lauren and Luka become closer, and they bonded more. The whole class was shocked to what was happening to Luka. The new “LUKA”, he began to change since he met Lauren, even it was via text message. He became responsible, happy and most of all, approachable.

Lauren and Luka became the top love team in the school, even if they had never seen Lauren up close. Eka teases Lauren whenever they hang out. Lauren just laughed at whatever Eka said. But, there was a time that Lauren and Luka decided to get-along with it and they started calling each others’ name with, “-love.” In text messages/GM, like:

“This day was a blast! :]
Thanks, Luka-love for this day :*”
-Lauren always say in her GM.

“Sup, dudes?
How are ya? Y’all doin’ fine?
Thanks for today, Lauren my love. Be fine, OK?”
-Luka sends his GM.

All just seems to think that Luka and Lauren were already together. They always teased Luka, “LAU-KA!!!”, when GM of sweet endearment was sent to them.

Massu, one of Luka’s close friends, notices that Luka really changed. Luka got more obsessed in texting; Luka is the laziest person when it comes to texting. It was always “Lauren this… Lauren that…” non-stop! Massu confronted Luka out of curiosity…
“Do you like her?”
“Of course not!” Luka said in his denial-lying voice. His face turned pink.
“You like her. Just admit it.”
Massu knew Luka very well; he stared at Luka straight in the eyes. But, Luka decided to go home.

Massu’s cell phone suddenly rang…
“I don’t know. Maybe? I don’t know, I’m getting more confused by the second. I don’t want to fall in love to someone I had never seen.” Luka answered.

One month passed and Luka gets more confused. He was so sweet a second ago and out of the blue, he just went out of his mind and acted so coldly at Lauren.
“I’m pissed. The hell! I don’t like YOU!” Luka said to Lauren.
“What? What happened?” Lauren replied in a concerned manner.
“Just shut up. I call this quits! Can we just stop this, once and for all?! This Friendship or whatever you call this!”
“What are you talking about? Couldn’t you just chill for a second?”
“Do you know how hard I pretended just to be close to you?! I tried to be something I’m not! I tried to be responsible; everything you asked me, and I just do it. And I had enough! Don’t text me ever again!”

After reading Luka’s reply, Lauren was shocked; teardrops fell from the corner of her eyes.
I thought I found a best friend. Someone who wouldn’t hurt me, a guy friend I trusted, but… how could he just throw a friendship like that?” Lauren said, falling down at her knees and more tears fell on the ground. She never said a thing to Eka, about what happened between her and Luka. She tried to fix things up, but Luka doesn’t bother to reply.

Lauren still cries for the lost of a friend, whom she treated as a best friend; she accepted Luka besides the fact that Luka is the most-hot-headed-impatient-arrogant-person-in-the-universe and renewed him. Meanwhile, Luka just went back to his old self—being a playboy, moody person; he had a girlfriend but broke up after a month.

“What a waste of time. Knowing and befriending a guy like him.” Lauren said.

Time flies so fast, and when Lauren was finally over with Luka, someone texted her, an unknown number that had been texting her for a couple of days.
“Hi!” was the only message sent, the only one that she always receives from the sender.
She started to reply, “uhm. Hi! Well you’ve been texting me. Who are you?”

Lauren’s cell phone vibrated in her pocket. As she reads the message, her cell phone slips in her hand and falls at her toes…

It was Luka who kept on texting her!

Lauren was shocked. She doesn’t know if she’ll reply to the message of Luka.

Suddenly, Eka sent her a message,
“I’m so sorry, Lauren! I really am! I know I should have told you sooner but… I don’t know… I’m so sorry! Luka forced me to give your number! He was so irritating I sent your new number! I’m really sorry! :[” and Eka continued to beg forgiveness.
“It’s okay. No harm done. It already happened. No need to say sorry. ;}” Lauren replied in the most considerate manner.

The oh-so-kind Lauren forgave Eka and befriended Luka, again. They thought that things were going pretty smooth, but it was not, Luka became his old self, AGAIN. He acted so cold; he stopped texting Lauren—didn’t even greet her for Christmas or New Year.

“Why are people getting snobbier? Is there something wrong?
Is a simple 'Hi!' a big effort to make?
Ohayo (Good Morning)! And Take Care :)
- Lauren :}"
Luka suddenly sent a GM to Lauren and then, doesn’t text her again. It’s like Luka wants to avoid Lauren, once and for all.

“If Luka doesn’t greet me on my birthday, I’d tell him to stop this nonsense friendship.”  Lauren said to herself. 
Lauren’s special day came; many of her friends greeted her, so much messages and special mention on their group messages.
But before Lauren went to school…
Luka texted, “Happy Birthday”
Lauren replied, “Thank you, and also happy birthday to your ex-girl friend.”
Luka was shocked that Lauren knew something about his ex. He asked Lauren how did she knew, but Lauren preferred not to answer.

For 2 weeks, Lauren always thought if she’ll text Luka or not, but it ended up like a wind that passes in our faces, Too fast... and can’t be held.
Luka was hanging out with his friends playing online games. An Usher song was playing, and he recognized it was his voice mail tone. He stopped playing and listened to the message…

A heavenly-catchy-soft voice started to speak:
“Hi Luka, thanks for everything and sorry for the things I have done. I just wish you all the best and may you find the happiness you’re looking and longing for. There’s a favor I’ve been thinking lately. Could you please delete my number and e-mail? I don’t want to become a burden to you. Thanks, but always remember: We’re STILL friends.
‘till here. Sayonara (Goodbye), Luka.”

Luka just stared blankly. His friends called his attention but there wasn’t any response. After a minute or so, Luka decided to go home.

Meanwhile, Lauren, after sending the message, tears burst from her eyes. She was falling in love with Luka, but she chose to hurt herself than to believe and once again be fooled by Luka’s lies.

“I prefer not to love you. I’m scared to be hurt by you. I’m afraid to be fooled by a man that I once thought as my knight-and-shining-armor…

Farewell, Luka, this is not a fairy tale. This so-called love that breaks me down, maybe you’re not the one that I was looking for. Neither the prince that’ll not chase me in his white horse nor brings a love that has a happy ending…”
A letter Lauren wants to keep on writing to send to Luka… but was suddenly soaked in her tears.

It’s vacation time! And Luka’s birthday’s so soon!
For those days and months, he missed Lauren a lot, those sweet messages, the “-love” after his name, her voice. Everything.
                “She’s like a flower that captivates me, even in the most unexpected glimpse.” Luka said.

Luka looks at his watch and afterwards, at his cell phone, he’s waiting for his birthday, a minute ‘till his birthday. At exactly, 12 midnight, someone texted him…

“Happy Birthday, Luka! Congratulations for the award, first honorable mention, right? I wish you, more blessings and good health.”

A large smile stretched his face and he replied, “Thanks. Who are you? ;]” to the one who sent him the message.

But there was no response from the person.
For weeks… for months… still... no response.

“It’s better to greet him and remain a mystery,” ‘she’ said.

“I know who you are. The only person I fell in loved the most. The one that made me a coward, the person who changed my life and the Lotus Flower that blooms in the mud and still looked beautiful…

I did pretend again… I pretended I didn’t know who you are… I never did take the chance to delete your number. It feels like when I like to press the ‘delete’ button, it hurts… Nor did I love another woman other than you… Yes, I was seeking more than your love… But there’s NO ONE who can ever replace you in my heart and in my mind…

You’re the only woman my heart calls out… The only woman my mind thinks about… I never thought that not seeing you makes me seek for you more and more… Your kindness, your love, your presence, I want ALL of those back. I WANT YOU BACK. I regret all those times I’ve been a coward, all those times I’ve acted so coldly… I wish I can turn back the span of time.

It was love that put me to the test, but I chose to let go…

I wished at the shooting star to find a Princess… But I realized my wish had already happened. I was so stupid not to notice, it was YOU that I’ve been wishing for…

I pretended to be the Prince riding on the white horse… I was chasing you, but I stopped…

I know I hurt you; you’ve suffered so much, just changing me… I may not be deserving of your love, but I really want you back… I couldn’t promise that I can always make you happy… I may not be as perfect as you wish but this love I have is the only thing I can offer and can forever be yours, and only yours.

Now, my silent heart shouts, ‘My one and true love, my only Princess… Could you give me another chance? My darling dear Princess Lauren… Can you give me another chance to prove my love to you?”  Luka wrote in his diary where he kept his memory of Lauren while crying his heart out.

"It was I who was blinded by my very own fairytale." Luka and Lauren said, to themselves, in unison.

F I N.
December 9, 2011

Author’s Note (A/N):
            Stories similar to this are purely coincidental.
It not a first-hand experience, yet this is an original story.
Words were partly-edited since this was written. Forbid the typos and grammatical errors.

            This was a RyoDa fanfiction: Nishikido Ryo and Ueda Tatsuya are real people, and are both male. BUT, one here was portrayed as a female. Though I changed the names already and disregarded the former OTP.

This was written when I was in my first year in college (year 2009), in (1) one-sitting: when out of the blue, I heard White Horse by Taylor Swift. I got a scratch notebook (my blue research notebook) and a red pen. And I just scribbled words, phrases, sentences, formed paragraphs, quick dialogues, and a point-of-view (POV) of both characters, in those leaves. In the end, I wrote a (4) four-page back-to-back manuscript for this; with a little pencil scribbles for some random ideas I wanted to add, and was therefore completed!

Forgiveness is in order, no hatred for the unedited version, pace and setting shifts and mostly to the angst-ending. I wanted to apologize but I prefer not, I would like to make a happily-ever after ending but it never happened (along the lines, some parts there were true).

Release Day Blitz + Excerpt + Teasers + Giveaway: Second Chance Summer - Emma Hart

Monday, September 23, 2013

Second Chance Summer - Emma Hart
Title: Second Chance Summer (Chance Series, #1)
Release Date: Monday, September 23rd
Cover Design by Emma Hart
Publisher: Self-Published

Back Cover Blurb:

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Love Game and Playing for Keeps is a story of hope and the beauty of getting a second chance at the kind of love that comes once in a lifetime…

“You don’t get a love like ours and get to leave it behind.”

Kia James was never meant to return to her hometown of Harlan Grove, Alabama… But she has.
And Reese Pembleton was definitely not supposed to still be in love with her the way she is him… But he is.

Last summer was the summer to end all summers. It was the summer they both fell in too deep to get out, and try as she might, Kia can’t deny that whatever was there between them a year ago is still there. If she’s honest with herself, there’s so much more there than there ever was, but the way her dad walked out six years ago has shattered her belief of that fairytale love every girl craves.

Reese isn’t giving up so easily. His biggest mistake was not chasing after Kia the way he wanted to when she upped and left him without a word. Despite what she says, he knows her better than anyone, and he knows she still wants him the way he wants her. And this time, nothing will stop him from getting – and keeping – his girl.

But nothing is that easy. When Kia’s dad arrives back in town, family secrets come tumbling out she never realized existed. Everything her mom has ever told her about the reason he left is a lie – but how can she trust the man who, by his own admission, didn’t fight for her as hard as he could have?

With her past and present wants and needs colliding, Kia is thrown into the turmoil of the biggest decisions of her life. And she realizes, sometimes a second chance is all you need. 

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“Are you gonna be wearing that dress all day?”
I suck my bottom lip between my teeth and look at him innocently. “Why?”
“I… You can’t answer a question with a question.”
“Fine. No, I won’t be.” I cross one of my legs over the other, my dress sliding up my thigh. Reese stretches his fingers on the steering wheel.
“You won’t be?”
“No. We’re going to the beach, right?” He nods. “Well, then. I’ve got my bikini on underneath. I’ll be wearing that.”
“Just that?”
“No, Reese,” I say dryly. “I have a trench coat in my beach bag I was planning on putting on when we get there.”
He’s silent for a second, his eyes flicking to me and back to the road again a few times before he says, “I like it when you turn on the attitude.”
“I don’t have an attitude!”
“Like that.”
“I don’t have an attitude!” I repeat, shifting in my seat. “Do I?”
“Yeah, you do, baby. And I feel like I need to respond with my own attitude.”
“The one that is supposed to sweep me off my feet, right? That attitude?”
We turn off-road, taking the shortcut we used last summer, and Reese nods. “That attitude.”
“And how exactly is that attitude going to help you now?”
The truck swerves suddenly and stops at the side of the empty road. My hand is released, and I hear the click as Reese undoes his seatbelt. He leans over toward me, one hand on the back of my seat and the other resting on my thigh.
I look up from where his hand is on my leg and straight into his eyes. His nose brushes against mine as he breathes out across my lips. My eyes shut slowly, and his fingers dig into my skin a little.
“This attitude,” he whispers huskily, his probing hand moving further up my leg until it reaches my bikini bottoms. He slips a finger under the waistband, running his finger along my skin from my hip to the clenching muscles between my legs, not touching them, and back again. His breath moves across my mouth as he breathes heavier than usual, and I can do nothing but sit here and let him do whatever. I’m frozen in place with anticipation. I’m blazing hot wherever he’s touching me, and everywhere he isn’t is ice cold.
I tilt my head back slightly, but he pulls away. I open my eyes and stare at a sea of gold flecked hazel. Hardened gold flecked hazel. Yep. He’s pissed.
“If you kiss me right now,” he breathes, his face as hard as granite. “There isn’t a chance in hell we’ll make it to that fucking beach today.”



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Author Bio:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. Emma is currently working too many books to even count - including Playing for Keeps, the companion book to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Love Game. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to when all the ideas come to life.

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Release Day Blitz: Rift - Cindi Madsen

The short wait is over! The sequel to Cipher is now available!
If you haven't read Cipher yet, well honey,
Today (September 23, 2013) is the last day for you
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Rift (Cipher #2) - Cindi Madsen
Summer Davis is a Cipher, a person chosen to help people resolve problems with their loved ones before they die. She’s just gotten her second job when weirder-than-usual things start happening. There seems to be a rift between her and the afterlife, and she’s seeing things she shouldn’t, including people who have already passed on. As she struggles to help her new assignment, Liam, make amends with his incarcerated father, she finds it hard to balance being a high school student, Cipher, and girlfriend.

Troy’s been nothing but supportive, but Summer can see her secret weighs on him, and she worries the more she tells him, the sooner he’ll decide he can’t deal with her freaky life. But when a murderer is thrown into the mix, and the girl he killed keeps asking Summer for help, she’ll risk everything to make sure the guy gets what he deserves.

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Author Bio:
Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the YA author of DEMONS OF THE SUN & ALL THE BROKEN PIECES, and the adult author of FALLING FOR HER FIANCE, ACT LIKE YOU LOVE ME and CINDERELLA SCREWED ME OVER.

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-     Jassie

Cover Reveal: April Fools - Karli Perrin

Friday, September 20, 2013

April Fools (April #2) - Karli Perrin
Love. Hate. Fear. Fate.
All four letter words.
All consuming. 
Naked to the eye, they have the power to control the heart and destroy the soul.
April Adams is about to experience them like never before. 
When everything in April's life goes up in smoke, she is faced with some life changing decisions.
Join April as she continues her journey of love and loss.

Author Bio:
Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language & Linguistics graduate from Manchester. She has always been a big lover of books and is currently writing her first NA novel - April Showers. 

She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She honestly believes that there is a reason why you are reading this right now (apart from the fact that you are awesome!)
Her ultimate goal in life is to live in a house made entirely out of books with her best friend, who also happens to be her fiancé.
...Hogwarts is plan B.

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Excerpt + Giveaway: The Art of Letting Go - Anna Bloom

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Art of Letting Go - Anna Bloom

Check my tour stop on Oct. 21 (Blog Tour runs from Oct. 14 - 25):

The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom is a Mature NA Romantic Comedy set in England (and is full of British charm and humor!). We're excited to present you with the cover, an excerpt and a giveaway in anticipation of the release of this fantastic book on September 25th!

The Uni Files: Year One- The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom
Due to Release September 25th, 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing

One year. One woman. One Diary. One question: can you ever stop history from repeating itself and if you could what would you do to stop it?

When Lilah McCannon realises at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action. 

Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enrol at university, get a degree and prove she is a grown-up.
As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a local band and finds herself unexpectedly falling in love, she realises her rules are not going to be the only things hard to keep.

With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges: will she ever make it up the Library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? And most importantly, can she become the grown-up that she desperately wants to be.
With her head and her heart pulling her in different directions can Lilah learn the hardest lesson that her first year of university has to teach her: The Art of Letting Go?

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Last night. 
By the time there was a knock on my door, I was ready and completely geared up. I enhanced my normal minimal makeup routine with smoky eyes and lashings of eyeliner. The crazy fuzz cut was managing to look quite funky. I could not guarantee it would hold.
I am rewarded for my efforts by Meredith dropping her drink all over the floor and Beth announcing very loudly that she may fancy me after all. I cringe at her loud voice, shushing her with my hand, which they both think is hilarious.
“Don’t worry, Lil, he has already walked over with Jayne. You would have heard them leave had you not been so busy singing. “
“Bite me.”
“You look lovely, Lilah,” Meredith says, seeming very sincere, and I give her a big hug.
I should own up to the fact that I have had a few sneaky drinkies in my room whilst getting ready.
We head out of the door and run across to Digby. Well, I totter, but at a reasonable pace despite the stilettos.
As we push through the doors, I have the immense satisfaction of seeing Ben, who is sitting in the corner, choke on his beer. I give a little half-interested wave of my hand, acknowledging that I have seen him, and saunter over to the bar.
Trev gives a low whistle when he sees me, and proceeds to give me a drink on the house. 
Blimey! Who would have thought that getting dressed up would have had this much effect? I should have done it ages ago. There is a DJ playing, but as yet there is no one on the dance floor, so we stand at the bar and make girly chitchat.
Jayne comes over from her table and high fives me. “Well done. Lilah! The whole football team wants to give you a shot. “
I blush furiously and swat her away. Shame for them, there is only one member of the team from which I would be open to offers.
After a while, Tristan arrives. He actually spends so much time on campus I don’t know why he does not enrol and just study here as well. He gives me a wink as he leans in to say hi.
“Going all out, Lil?”
“Better believe it,” I respond with a wink of my own.
I feel completely amazing. For the first time in my entire life, my confidence is at an all-time high. I grab a drink and start mingling around, greeting people I recognise. It takes them all a moment to register who I am, and then I get a lot of hugs. It's great, but then again it's a bit worrying. Do I walk around looking like scruffy moose the rest of the time? The only person who doesn’t come and speak to me is Ben. I maturely decide to ignore this. Out of the corner of my eye, I can see the blues flash as he watches me talk to a couple of the guys from History class. Ha! Stick that, sucker.
Five vodkas later and the Lilah dancing machine is out in full force. There are not that many people on the dance floor but I don’t care. I dance away quite merrily until I realise that the room is spinning rather a lot. I try to slow my pace but the room is still spinning which makes me realise that it must be my head and not the crazy dance I am performing.
“I am going out for a smoke,” I tell Meredith, who is doing something I would rather not witness with Tristan on the dance floor.
Outside, I lean against my tree (yes, it is mine) and merrily smoke away. As I smoke I start to sober up a little bit. What on earth am I doing? My whole reasoning for the day begins to make no sense to me at all.
I don’t want to get back together with Ben because I want him to go to the States and have his great career.
It was me who suggested being friends.
It is me who has enjoyed the last week of being friends and the casual flirting that has been simmering under the surface.
It is me who knows that eventually I am just going to have to let go of him being a part of my life.
So why the fuck am I dressed up to the nines attempting to get his attention?
By the time I am on my second cigarette, leaning against the tree with my eyes shut, I am feeling like a complete idiot and just want to go back home and get changed into my comfy jeans and a hoodie.
I feel a hand slide down my arm. I don’t have to open my eyes to know who it is. I would know that touch anywhere.
“What are you doing out here, Lilah? It is freezing.”
I don’t bother opening my eyes, but wave my cigarette in the general direction of his voice, hoping I don’t set his hair alight.
“Look at me,” he says, his voice soft and very close to my ear.
I open my eyes and meet his. “Hey,” I say.

“Hey,” he whispers back.
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Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

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-     Jassie

Cover Reveal: Reckless Royal - Nichole Chase

Monday, September 16, 2013

Reckless Royal - Nichole Chase
On Sale from Avon Books March 25, 2014

Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly-men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . . 

When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue? 
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Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule. For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs. Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic toddler, super hero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

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