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What About Coloring?

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Hi everyone!  I’ve wanted to do special feature on coloring books here for ages. They are so trendy and have become a passion of mine!

If you have started coloring, or you are planning to do so, I am going to recommend coloring books, markers and colored pencils and post several coloring pages for free, which I found on the internet, but took a while, hence I am going to save you the effort!

If you want an image just right click on your mouse and choose save file! Then you can print and color as you wish.

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First of all, I do encourage you to get a good set of markers and colored pencils. Why? Because when you start coloring you will see that not all markers and colors are very good, and your designs will look way better with a good set of both. All of these are not very expensive and are of great quality. I promise, you will love them.

bicsBic Marking permanent markers. These are awesome. You color with these and you will not see lines and they don’t run. The only downside of permanent markers or any other markers is that they spot the back of the page, so if you use books that are printed on both sides, you will always mess up the back. (I never buy books printed on both sides)

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Sharpie Markers. These come in a variety of color and available in fine point and regular. They are also permanent, but you can do lots of things with them. Colors are super bright! They also spot the paper in the back so beware.

 

Other markers I use, but these are more professional, are the Prismacolor Premier Dual Tip Markers. When you learn how to use them, you can do amazing things like color blending, and shadowing. They are also great for coloring faces, skin, manga, etc. You can get them on Amazon for a good price or at Michaels using a coupon (Amazon tends to be cheaper though)

And, colored pencils, you must definetly invest in Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils  or if on a budget some Faber Castell.

Crayola pencils and markers are good…. for school and your kids. I tried using them in the beginning. The super tips are really good and cheap, but they do leave streaks and personally I don’t like coloring with them, but if you want to start with something and on a budget, it’s perfectly fine!

Cool Coloring Books:

1780674880Johanna Bashford’s Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. These are beautiful. Love the illustrations, but they are printed on both sides, so they are not for me, unless I color with pencils only.

 

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Adult Coloring Book Designs: Stress Relief Coloring Book: Garden Designs, Mandalas, Animals, and Paisley Patterns

 

 

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All books from Creative Heaven

Go ahead and try. Start with these free pages I am going to leave here for you. But before you can browse them, here are some of mine, which I already colored!

 

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Forsaking All Others, by Shannon Myers. Release Blitz!

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This is the conclusion to From This Day Forward. You can read my review here. REVIEW

Synopsis:

How do you come back when everything has been destroyed? While Elizabeth works to fully regain her memory, she must also work through the pain of betrayal. Meanwhile, David isn’t going down without a fight and will do whatever it takes to win the love of his life back.

This is the conclusion to From This Day Forward. This is not a stand-alone.

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“I close my eyes and move my mouth over his. For a man whose hands are callused and rough from years of hard labor, his lips are surprisingly soft. The sparks are off the charts and I worry that they’ll light a fuse, causing me to self-destruct. I ignore my doubts and instead turn reason over to my mouth, exploring the man I pledged to love until death.”

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Author Bio:
I’m a born and raised Texan. I moved to Denver, Colorado in 2003 and met the love of my life. After having our first son, we decided to get back to that small town feel and moved back home. We had our second son in 2011 and let me just say that those boys have my heart.

I’ve always been a hopeless romantic and I love a good “Happily Ever After” just as much as the next person. I’ve always had ideas for stories and loved to entertain my family with short stories growing up.

I love cooking, writing, and weekend DIY projects around the house.

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From This Day Forward, by Shannon Myers. Release

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Title: From This Day Forward
Author: Shannon Myers
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Elizabeth tries to pick up the pieces when her marriage falls apart, but after an accident she finds that nothing in her life is as she remembers it- including her husband. 


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“I’d always played it safe and look where it got me. My life ended the day he walked out the door. I just needed one night of recklessness to grieve the end of my marriage. I didn’t plan on meeting him. What if it’s too good to be true? Do people actually get the life they deserve?”.

 

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I’m a born and raised Texan. I moved to Denver, Colorado in 2003 and met the love of my life. After having our first son, we decided to get back to that small town feel and moved back home. We had our second son in 2011 and let me just say that those boys have my heart.

I’ve always been a hopeless romantic and I love a good “Happily Ever After” just as much as the next person. I’ve always had ideas for stories and loved to entertain my family with short stories growing up.

I love cooking, writing, and weekend DIY projects around the house.

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Thank you so much!!

Shannon Myers

 

Barely Breathing, by Pamela Clare ~ Review

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5 stabarely breathingrs!!!

An awesome start to a new series! Pamela Clare delivers a flawlessly written scorching hot story; with characters you can’t help but fall in love with. Belay! Belay!

I know this is a review, but I want to share a little background about how I fell in love with Pamela Clare’s books. A few years ago, my brain started feeling thirsty for books, I was used to reading paranormal young adult books, crime and suspense stories, but never really got into the romance scene until I began using Goodreads. It came a time when I got tired of the drama, so the search for happy endings begun. My love for suspense, and all things related to law enforcement drove me to look for romantic suspense stories, hence my coming across the I-Team series. It was love at first chapter! From that day forward, every single book wrote by Ms. Clare has been devoured by yours truly.

When I heard that Pamela Clare was working on a new contemporary romance series, I was very excited. I knew she would deliver, and Barely Breathing is all that I expected and more.

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The story is set in a fictional picturesque town in beautiful Colorado. Lexi Jewell was born and raised in that town, but her life as a child and a teenager drove her to leave for college, with the firm idea of never coming back. At least, that’s what she thought. After facing a terrible work related ordeal in Chicago, and the circumstances surrounding her father’s life, she decides to take a break and return to the town she left in order to help her Dad win his wife back and, take care of the Inn that’s been in her family, for as long as she remembers. Lexi knew that eventually, in such a small town, she would end up running into her first love, her first heartbreak, her first everything: Austin.

“A tall man in an olive green ranger uniform and mirrored aviator sunglasses stepped out.

Lexi’s pulse tripped.

Austin

He was taller, his dark blond hair shorter, his body filled out, more muscular, but she would have recognized him anywhere – those cheekbones, that jaw, those lips.

She’d known she’d run into him sooner or later, but why did it have to be today?

She sucked in a breath and put a smile on her face. “Austin.”

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Austin Taylor: Ranger, Climber, Search and Rescue Team member (anything else??). Lexi broke his heart at 18, but when he sees her again, he can’t help but remember how much he used to love her back then. Circumstances bring them together, they talk, they remember and give in. Friends with benefits, for as long as Lexi stays in Scarlet. Stupid, stupid idea.

Something about that smile fucked his equilibrium all to hell, knocked his brain out of working order, turned him into a mindless idiot.

But then she was in his arms, his mouth coming down hard on hers, her arms going around his neck, drawing him closer. Some part of him knew that kissing her was stupid – really stupid, catastrophically stupid. But then she pressed her body hard against his, and he decided stupid could fuck itself..

The story, is fast paced, super sexy and introduces a whole plethora of characters, who just make it the more interesting. The SAR Team. Yes we have a new team! Men and women who volunteer and risk their lives every day for the sake of others. A family of climbers, who take care of each other, each in their own unique way. I loved them all and I want to be their Belay Betty (LOL)

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We get humor, lots of sizzling sex scenes, tender moments and suspense, surrounded by a beautiful scenery and a master’s degree in mountain climbing! There’s even a glossary in the beginning which is awesome. Understanding a little bit more about climbing 4508-SDLand everything surrounding it, made the story even more stimulating. Pamela is also known for the best bromances ever! And she delivers here too; the interactions, banter and humor between besties was just perfect!

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“You know, for a tough guy with a uniform and a gun, you’re basically a bunny-loving-tree-hugger.” Lexi

After reading, my wheels are turning. I can already see the stories coming and can’t wait to read Hawke. I fell in love with him from the start. I also know that we haven’t seen the last of Lexi and Austin… Pamela you owe us an epilogue.. you are the queen of epilogues after all!

Hawke related quotes…

…That wasn’t a hat. It was a firefighter’s helmet.
He was the fire department’s response?

One man in shorts, an unbuttoned shirt, and flip flops.

Only in Scarlet.

 

… If he dressed like this, the women and gay men of Scarlet from age nine to ninety might start setting their houses in fire just to stare at him….

In the end, all I can say is that I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary romance. For sure, you’ll not stop reading and devour it in one sitting, just as I did. If you’ve never read a book by Pamela Clare, this is your chance to begin. I promise you’ll not regret it!

 

 

Barely Breathing, by Pamela Clare ~ Release

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Barely Breathing
by Pamela Clare
Publication Date: May 8, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance.

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Lexi Jewell left Scarlet Springs twelve years ago, vowing never to return to the small Colorado mountain town where she grew up. Now, here she is—over thirty, out of a job and with little choice but to move back in with her eccentric father. Lexi knows it’s just a matter of time before she runs into Austin Taylor, her first boyfriend and her first heartbreak. She’s determined to show him she’s over him—until he steps out of a pickup truck and back into her life, looking sexy as hell in his mountain ranger uniform.

As far as Austin is concerned, Lexi can turn her snazzy little convertible around and drive back to Chicago. After all, she ripped his teenage heart to pieces and turned her back on the town he loves. But from the moment he sees her again, he can’t get her out of his mind. Even her smile messes with his head.

When an evening of conversation turns into something else, Lexi and Austin agree to be friends again—with benefits. But as Lexi starts making plans to return to the big city, Austin realizes he’ll lose her a second time unless he can show her that what she’s searching for has been right here all along.

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Lexi put her car into gear and nosed back onto the highway, Austin disappearing up the road behind her in his service vehicle. “He didn’t appreciate that, you know. He wouldn’t have agreed to meet up with you if he’d known you were going to invite me.”

She might not have seen Austin in twelve years, but she could still read him. She hadn’t expected him to be excited about seeing her again, but she also hadn’t expected him to be so … cold.

“Dude needs to lighten up,” Eric took his helmet from his head, dropped it into his lap, the wind catching his hair. “It would have been good for him. He’d have had a few beers, gotten reacquainted with you, realized you’re not an ogre.”

“He thinks I’m an ogre?” She laughed but felt a twinge of hurt just the same.

Eric gave her a “duh” look. “You did break his heart.”

“He broke my heart.” She’d never cried so hard in her life as that night he’d dropped her off in front of the inn and driven away. He hadn’t even said goodbye. “He’s the one who ended it.”

“Sure.” Eric nodded, then looked over at her. “But only after you told him you thought the two of you should date other people. What did you expect?”

“That’s not what I said.” She ought to have known Eric would side with Austin. The two had been best friends since they were little.

“Okay, so you both played a role in screwing things up, but, hey, you were just kids. That’s why I tried to get you together. I thought it would give you both a chance to let go of the past.”

“I let go of all that when I left Scarlet.”

“Uh-huh.” The tone of Eric’s voice told her she hadn’t fooled him.

Months had gone by before the pain in her chest had dulled to something bearable. God, how she’d missed Austin. She’d missed him more than she’d known she could miss anyone. She’d missed his kisses, his sense of humor, the way he’d made her feel special. Everything had reminded her of him—a song on the radio, their favorite TV shows, a couple kissing in the park. It had been a solid year before she’d even considered dating again. To this day, she never saw a box of Junior Mints—his favorite movie theater candy—without thinking of him.

If only she’d kept her mouth busy kissing him that night instead of talking, that entire summer might have been very different. It’s not like she’d actually wanted to date other guys. She’d been in love with Austin. Still, she’d known their lives were about to change and that they were headed in different directions. She’d thought she was being matureby forcing herself to face that fact, but he’d thought she didn’t love him.

What she hadn’t known, what she couldn’t have known until she’d gotten settled in Illinois, was that she would have changed her plans—just to be with him. But by then it had been too late.

“If I were you, I wouldn’t stir the pot.” She turned into the parking lot behind the fire station. “You’ll only make Austin angry.”

“I think I’ve made you angry.” He grinned, apparently untroubled by this. “Damn, it is good to see you again, Lexi.”

She let go of her irritation. “It’s good to see you, too. But, hey, if you ever actually fight a fire, you might want to, you know, wear something. I hear fires are hot and dangerous.”

Which was also a great description of the man sitting beside her.

He chuckled. “I’ll try to remember that.”

“Good.” If he dressed like this, the women and gay men of Scarlet from age nine to ninety might start setting their houses on fire just to stare at him.

“Hey, if you’re looking for a date during the short time you’re in town, I’m available.” Eric rattled off his phone number, then opened the door and stepped out. “If you can’t remember that, just dial 911.”

She laughed. “How do you know I’m not already in a relationship?”

She hadn’t been with anyone since Chris. Trust issues, Vic said.

Eric glanced at her hand. “No ring means there’s nothing I need to take seriously.”

“I don’t recall you being this bold in high school.”

The Eric she remembered had been shy.

He looked her straight in the eyes. “If I had been, Austin wouldn’t have been the one to pop your cherry.”

She gaped at him, unable to keep from laughing. “You’re sure of that, are you?”

“See you around, Lexi.” He gave her a devastating smile, then disappeared inside the fire station.

Still laughing at Eric’s brashness, she left the fire station, passed St. Barbara’s Catholic Church and Frank’s Pump ‘N’ Go, and soon reached the town’s biggest intersection—a roundabout where the Highway 119 intersected with Second Street and Highway 72. She kept to the right, driving past the fossil store and the New Life Institute, where people paid thousands of dollars to have their heads cryogenically frozen after death so they could be brought back to life. Then she took a right turn onto West First Street. There, across the street from Rose’s New Age Emporium, Izzy’s Mountain Café, and a new marijuana shop called Nature’s Meds, stood the Forest Creek Inn.

Yellow with white trim, it was an enormous three-story Victorian home, one of the town’s oldest inhabited buildings and a registered historic landmark. The large yard had been landscaped over several generations with small clusters of aspens, tall blue spruce, two benches, dozens of flower beds, and a pond. The bed and breakfast was run out of the top two floors, while the family had four bedrooms, a bathroom, a family room, kitchen, and dining room on the ground floor.

Everyone assumed it must have been great fun to grow up in a stately, old house with so much history. They had no idea how much work it was to run a business out of one’s home. They looked at the inn and saw its charm. She saw endless chores and lots of rules. Toilets to clean. Beds to make. Furniture to dust. No running. No jumping. No shouting. No friends coming for sleepovers.

She turned into the long, paved driveway and headed back to the parking area reserved for the family. She’d no sooner parked the car and turned off the engine, when she caught sight of her father. He stood in the backyard watering one of the flower beds wearing nothing but his underwear.

 Sweet Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!

He really had gone off the deep end.

Forgetting her suitcases, she jumped out of the car and ran over to him. “Dad, what on earth are you doing? You’re going to scare the guests away!”

He turned his head, looking much older than the last time she’d seen him, his jaw covered with gray stubble, his salt-and-pepper hair unwashed and uncombed. “So, one of the prodigal daughters has returned.”

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Austin turned off the highway, drove the short distance to Moose Lake, and parked. He reached for his hand mic. “Fifty-six-twenty. Moose Lake on foot patrol.”

“Fifty-six twenty,” dispatch acknowledged. “Moose Lake. Eleven-oh-five.”

So … Lexi Jewell, huh?

 Damn.

He’d known she was coming back to Scarlet, had known his path would cross hers eventually, but running into her as the reporting party of a call had caught him off guard. What had surprised him most was his own reaction.

Some part of him had actually felt happy to see her.

How he could possibly feel anything for her—good or bad—was beyond him. Like cleats, ski racing, and homecoming floats, she was a part of his past, just a woman he used to know. They might as well be strangers.

Except that she hadn’t felt like a stranger.

It had been twelve years since he’d seen her, twelve years since he’d kissed her, twelve years since he’d held her, but everything about her had felt familiar—the sound of her laughter, the way she smiled, the dimple in her left cheek. He’d felt drawn to her, as if some stupid part of him—probably the part attached at his groin—recognized her and wanted to stake some kind of claim.

Well, she wasn’t his. She never had been.

She’d made that clear on July 4, 2004—a date he remembered only because it was a holiday. They’d gone up past the ghost town of Caribou—to watch the fireworks, he’d told her father—and fucked each other’s brains out on a blow-up mattress he’d tossed in the back of his old Ford. Afterward, she’d lain naked on top of him, and they’d kissed. It had been perfect—until it imploded.

 “I’m going to miss you so much, Austin.” 

“I’m going to miss you, too, but we’ll see each other over break.” 

“I’m not coming back here.”

 “What? What do you mean you’re not coming back?”

 “Once I leave town, that’s it. I’m not coming back to Scarlet—not for a very long time, anyway. I can’t stand this place. You know that.”

 “When will we see each other?”

 “I don’t know. I suppose you could come to Champaign, and I could visit you in Fort Collins.”

  “You suppose?”

He had imagined them going to college, spending breaks together, and getting married after graduation. But she’d had a very different future in mind, one that hadn’t seemed to include him. With a few words, she’d brought his world crashing down.

If he’d had half a brain in his eighteen-year-old head, he would have let it go and taken the summer to convince her that she couldn’t live without him. Instead, he’d accused her of not loving him the way he loved her—which had been true—and had ended their relationship that night.

 “I thought we’d stay together, spend our vacations in Scarlet, and maybe get married, depending on how things go.”

 “Get married? Austin, we’re way too young even to think about that. We both need to see new places, try new things, meet other people. Maybe when we’re older—”

 “You want to date other guys?”

 “That’s not what I said. But the world is going to get bigger for both of us, and chances are we’ll change a lot. Statistically speaking, the vast majority of high school relationships don’t last.”

 “Is that what this is to you—just a high school relationship? Am I just a fun way to pass the summer till you leave for college and hook up with other guys?”

 “Austin—”

 “Get dressed. I’m taking you home, Lexi.”

He’d been so angry, so hurt. They hadn’t spoken a word to each other while he’d driven her home, fireworks exploding overhead, his heart in pieces.

In retrospect, they’d both been right. He truly had loved her more than she’d loved him, and she’d understood that they were far too young for serious commitment. She’d also known herself well enough to understand that the life she wanted couldn’t include him. He had to give her credit for that. But knowing all of this didn’t take away the memory of heartbreak.

First love. Why did people romanticize it? It sucked.

True, none of the handful of relationships Austin had had with women since then had been able to match the intensity of that year with Lexi. The two of them had spent every spare minute thinking about sex, reading how-to manuals about sex, talking about sex or having sex, practicing until they’d got it perfect for each other.

Had it really been that good, or was he remembering it through the rose-colored lenses of a teenager?

Hell, he didn’t know.

He climbed out of his service vehicle, grabbed his pack out of the back, and slipped into it, fastening the waist belt and adjusting its weight on his back. He checked to make sure the trash had been collected then walked over to have a look at the restrooms. The women’s room was out of toilet paper, and the men’s room…

“Son of a … !”

This day was going downhill fast.

He let the door swing shut, reached for his hand mic. “Fifty-six-twenty.”

He didn’t understand how shit like this even happened—no pun intended.

“Fifty-six-twenty, go ahead.”

“We need the water truck and high-pressure hoses up at Moose Lake. It’s time for a Code Brown hose down of the men’s room.”

There was a hint of laughter in the dispatcher’s voice when she answered. “Fifty-six-twenty, Code Brown hose down, Moose Lake. Eleven-oh-nine.”

 Well, shit.

Literally.

Author’s Notes

The idea for the Colorado High Country series came to be back in 2013 when I was trying to decide what direction I wanted to go with self-publishing. I had self-published a few older historical romances that had gone out of print after my first New York Publisher went out of business. I had also published a couple of novellas related to my popular I-Team series. But I wanted to try something new.

Where to start? Well, there’s no place like home—especially when your home is Colorado.

I grew up in Boulder, Colorado, right up against the mountains and went on my first hike in the foothills before the age of 3. Weekends at our house were spent hiking, bouldering, skiing, rock climbing or trekking up one of the state’s many fourteeners—14,000-foot-high peaks.

My father taught rock climbing and mountaineering, even doing the first ascent of a few crags in Boulder Canyon. I have memories of my dad doing fingertip pull-ups and organizing his climbing gear—ropes, carabiners, pitons—on the floor of our living room. My brother followed in his footsteps. He learned to climb rock and ice and went on to summit Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere.

My contribution to climbing history was less admirable. I fell 40 feet down the side of Mt. Ida in Rocky Mountain National Park while on a five-day backpacking trip and had to be taken by helicopter to a trauma center. A ranger hiking in the backcountry came across my father and me, assessed my injuries, and called for a helicopter rescue.

That’s not exactly climbing glory. But it’s where the Colorado High Country series gets its inspiration—with an all-volunteer mountain rescue team.

We have several teams like this scattered across our state. Their members are highly trained men and women who do everything from rescuing injured climbers to finding lost children to helping people who’ve gotten stuck on a rock get safely down. They don’t charge for their services. They simply save lives.

My fictional Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team is headquartered in Scarlet Springs, a small, quirky mountain town with a colorful history and an even more colorful population. Scarlet is based loosely on Nederland, home of brewpubs and Frozen Dead Guy Days. It’s the perfect setting for these bigger-than-life heroes and heroines to meet, have adventures together, and fall passionately in love.

Have I mentioned that the series is hot? These are men and women who love adrenaline and who live big. In the bedroom, they’re just as adventurous. After all, if your idea of a good time is climbing 700-foot rock walls, you’re not going to be satisfied with a few sweet kisses and a little polite sex in the bedroom.

I had a lot of fun writing the first book, Barely Breathing, and will be starting the second book soon, with as many as ten books planned for the series overall. I hope you enjoy the stories as much as I enjoyed writing them!

Pamela Clare

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USA Today best-selling author Pamela Clare began her writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Along the way, she and her team won numerous state and national honors, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service and the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award. A single mother with two college-aged sons, she writes historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense within view of Colorado’s beautiful Rocky Mountains.

 

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The Hidden Life by Erin Noelle ~ Blog Tour

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Title: The Hidden Life
Author: Erin Noelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance

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Are you ready to get Seth’s side of the story from The Perfect Life???

Synopsis

I had a hidden life.

To everyone on the outside, I was Seth Andrews, an easy-going, fun-loving rowing coach, best friend to Colin Cassidy – the superstar quarterback of the New England Patriots, and infamous playboy.

To anyone looking in, my life was what others only dreamed of. I had the posh apartment, luxury car, and designer threads to prove it.

But what happens when the life you lead isn’t the life your heart wants? What it needs?

How long can you live your public life when the one that really makes you happy is the hidden one?

***NOTE TO READER: This is a supplemental novella to the full-length novel, The Perfect Life, and should not be read as a standalone.***

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund to help raise awareness for mental health illnesses.
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It had been nearly two months since I’d seen or talked to Colin. His calls and messages continued for a couple of weeks after the night I’d stormed out, but when it became evident I wasn’t going to return them, they tapered off until there were none at all. Every day, at least once, I’d pick up my phone, click on his name in my contacts, and stare at the picture of the two of us for a few minutes, longing to hear his voice, desperate for his touch. Then, before temptation got the best of me, I’d shut it off and toss it to the side, reminding myself I deserved more. I was worth more than being somebody’s dirty little secret, no matter how much I loved him.

But now, if something had happened to him… my throat began to close as I waited for her to answer.

“He’s okay, he’s okay. Don’t freak. It’s not life-threatening, but he thinks it’s a pretty serious injury to his shoulder and arm,” she quickly clarified, as my body slumped against the wall, sliding all the way down until I was sitting on the floor.

Air flow returned to my lungs as my heart began to beat again while she went on to explain he’d dislocated his shoulder in a game of pick-up basketball with some kids. As she spoke and the fear and concern gradually dissipated, anger and resentment flared inside of me and I cut her off, bitterness dripping from my tongue.

“Monroe, I don’t mean to be rude,” which I truly didn’t, at least not to her, “but I’m not sure why you’re calling me right now. I feel really terrible this has happened, because I honestly want the absolute best for him, but something like this doesn’t concern me anymore. I told you a while back at the game that I’m moving on. I can’t continue to fall back into something I know is going nowhere, and that’s exactly where Colin and I are headed as long as he wants to continue living a lie.”

She didn’t need to know that my “moving on” was more like a “stalling out.” Monroe wouldn’t judge me for my actions, but that didn’t mean I wanted her to know I was bed-hopping my way across New England.

“But… but he’s sorry,” she contended, “and you know he lov—”

“Did he ask me to come?” I interrupted her again. “Does he want me to be by his side to support him as his lover? As his boyfriend?”

Blowing out a frustrated sigh, she answered, “No, but—”

“But nothing, Roe,” I urged, sick of her defending him. “I’m tired of being his dirty secret. I deserve more, just like you do.”

She didn’t say anything right away, and I wanted to ask if anything had come of the whole Oliver thing, but didn’t think it was the right time.

“I understand. Sorry I woke you up,” she finally whispered.

“No need to apologize, baby girl,” I assured her softly, reminding myself there was no reason to be upset with her. “If you need me, call any time. You’re still my number one girl.”

“‘Kay, I will.”

“Bye, Roe. I love you.”

“I love you, too. Bye, Seth.”

I hung up the phone, but didn’t move. Closing my eyes, I tried to clear the onslaught of emotions warring inside of me, unsure if I was doing the right thing by not going to see him. I knew I was being a dick, but dammit, I was still pissed. After agreeing to give him another chance to make things work with the two of us, we had spent a couple of amazing weeks together. I really thought we were back on track… then all to have it ripped right out from under me. How could he be so thoughtless? So self-centered?

Clinging to my anger ensured that I didn’t fall back into his arms. After over seven years, it was time I stood up for what I wanted. Things that were important to me. But I knew if I saw him, there was a good chance he’d draw me back in. My brain was no match for the needs and desires of my heart and body. Not yet at least. I needed as much time as possible to build up my defenses to resist him. Like maybe forever.

Unfortunately, forever was right around the corner.

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Branna Murphy is a survivor, a wife, a friend, a sister, and a soon-to-be-mother. She doesn’t have time to linger on anything, especially on a silly argument about how many children she will bear.

Ryder Slater is a hardass, a husband, a friend, a brother, and a soon-to-be-father. Unlike his wife, he has nothing but time to argue his case about how many children they will have… until that time is threatened to be taken away from him.

A surprise honeymoon deep in a beautiful forest for a secluded getaway was supposed to be fun, romantic and peaceful – until the storm of the century hits and both Branna and Ryder face a new enemy that has means to harm their family. Mother nature.

Branna is consumed by her love for Ryder, and will fight to the end to keep her family safe. Branna treasures Ryder, and what Branna treasures, Branna defends.

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