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Heart Waves is free

Hi friends. I’m thrilled to share some news with you. Since the release of the final book of the Heart Waves Series has been released, I’ve been working on making Heart Waves free, and now it is! To celebrate, I’m posting the first chapter, for those of you who either haven’t started the journey with Jenna, Reece, and Tyler, or for those of you who have forgotten them. I hope you enjoy it.
 
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Chapter 1
 
Lies. Lies. Lies. He was covered in lies. They oozed off him like slick, goopy slime. As if I didn’t already know Steve couldn’t be trusted. I always thought of him as a pompous ass, especially after our one and only date.
But that was years ago.
 
Steve wouldn’t meet my eyes. I hadn’t spoken to him since my freshman year of high school. I wondered if it he even remembered me. I remembered him all too well, Mr. Captain of the baseball team with the perfect smile. The thought of his cold, wet lips and octopus arms still made my skin crawl.
 
Regardless, he looked past me, around me, like I wasn’t good enough to look at. I could feel his apprehension so I knew I’d get him. I’d get him good. Call him out for being the jerk he was and embarrass him in front of his friends. I just needed to concentrate.
 
I closed my eyes, focused on blocking out the music and clarifying the image in my mind. I fingered the gold bracelet interpreting the words and images flowing from it.
 
“You just came back from someplace warm,” I declared.
 
With a snide look on his face the muscle-bound jock shook his head and spoke sceptically to the crowd of onlookers, “Like most of the country isn’t warm in July. This is bogus,” he chortled, still trying to best me. He thought his wise cracks were enough to intimidate me, to make me feel stupid and insecure so I would shut up. He wanted to end it here and now. Better to make me look bad before it went any further. Not going to happen. Not tonight. If I had to be miserable, so did he.
 
“I see a beach and water . . .”
 
“Hard one. Like we don’t live at the Jersey shore.”
 
“Not here,” I said a bit forcefully. “The water is clear blue, so it’s not in this state.”
 
“Oooh,” I heard someone jeer. “She’s onto you.”
 
“Shut up,” Mr. Macho snapped at his buddy while reaching for the bracelet I wasn’t ready to release. “You probably told her.”
 
“You’re there with a beautiful girl,” I continued. “Long blonde hair. Her name begins with the letter E.”
 
“You were with Emma?” A petite brunette bellowed while pounding her fist into his arm.
 
“Busted!” someone shouted before bursting into a fit of laughter.
 
“You don’t believe this bull, do you?” he pleaded.
 
With tears in her eyes, the girl rushed off, “You’re a shit!”
 
Steve snatched his bracelet and rushed after her, “Shari, wait. I haven’t seen her in months. She must be a friend of Emma’s or my shit-head friends are playing a joke. When I find out which one of you set this up . . .” the rest of the threat trailed off.
 
“That’s what you get for two timing,” I called watching him push through the sea of people. If he didn’t remember me before the reading, he’d never forget me now. I brought my hands together, “All right, show’s over.”
 
A few moans and grumbles, then suddenly I could breathe. A wave of relief washed over me as the oppressive group surrounding me thinned. My right eye burned, and the aching in my head had already begun. I knew I had to stop before the sharp blinding pain ensued.
 
I turned and looked for my best friend Grace. No sign of her. I shook my head. I didn’t even want to come to Mike’s stupid party, let alone be the entertainment, but she insisted.
 
What exactly she found appealing about Mike was beyond me, but Grace had been crushing on him all through high school. She would do just about anything he asked; only before tonight he never did.
 
Earlier in the day, while life was still bliss, we were just two best friends lying in the sun with lemon juice in our hair (Grace’s attempt at natural highlights) listening to music. When Mike sauntered over poolside to extend the invitation, Grace turned into groupie girl, and it took her approximately one second to accept. I was biding time until I could convince her to leave.
 
“One more,” the voice caught me. Stopped me dead in my tracks. For a moment the room went silent, the people disappeared. All that existed was the soft soothing voice.
 
“C’mon, please,” he spoke again, and I wished he’d never stop talking so I could forever hear the sound of his melodious voice.
 
Before I could refuse, a small, gold ring was placed in my hand. I stood frozen, feeling as if someone connected a live wire to my heart. White electricity surged throughout my body.
 
I looked up to see what creature bore such exhilarating energy. His soft, golden-brown eyes captivated me. They were alive with laughter and mystery. I closed my eyes, barely able to focus and stroked the ring with my thumb. I took a deep breath, taking in the scent of his cologne. Fighting the sudden lump in my throat, I blurted out, “Romeo and Juliet.
 
“Excuse me?” he asked as he smiled, confused.
 
“It’s like Romeo and Juliet,” I recovered, tracing the diamond chip initial on the ring. “You believe you are in love.”
 
“She’s my Juliet?” he asked with a suspicious look.
 
“No, she’s your Rosalind,” I felt the need to explain, hoping to keep him nearby, “the girl Romeo thought he loved. Remember though, it was unrequited.”
“Really?” he asked egging me on, seeming to enjoy the conversation.
 
“Yes,” I continued with a nod, “then he met Juliet, and Rosalind turned into nothing more than a distant memory. I’m sure you know the rest.”
 
“Do you know who my Juliet is?” he asked with a smile. “Have I met her yet?”
 
“Yes.” I answered.
 
“Hmm. Someone I know.” He looked around the crowd mischievously, a delicious smile on his lips, “Will we get married and live happily ever after?”
I shook my head sadly. “No.” I paused a moment, and found my breath. “You’re going to break my heart.”
 
I reached for his hand, his strong, warm hand, and took hold of it. I didn’t want to ever let go. I placed the ring in his palm, closed his fingers around it, turned and walked away.

 

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And Forever Release!

And ForeverI can’t believe today is finally here. This has been years in the making. When I first released For Always, I had no intention of continuing Jordan and Stephanie’s story. I thought it wrapped up well, but so many people reached out to me, asking for more, I had to start considering it. The decision to write And Forever wasn’t an easy one for me. Even as I wrote it, much like when I wrote To My Hero and Regret Me Not, there were many times I thought about scrapping the whole thing. Ultimately I didn’t because I didn’t want to disappoint my fans. I have to tell you, I am so excited about this release. If you fell in love with Stephanie and Jordan in For Always, I have no doubt you’ll love And Forever!
 
Here’s the first chapter of And Forever. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you’re excited, and what your thoughts are!
 
Chapter 1
 
The scent of death lingers nearby. Always. Only I don’t attract it like I once thought. I repel it, like a deflector shield. This is my lot in life, my special gift, to extend the days of those I love. That theory comes from Jordan; the keeper of my heart, and the love of my life!
 
I sigh. I don’t realize I made a sound until Jordan apologizes. Again.
 
“I’m sorry, Steph. I just don’t want to be distracted.”
 
“I know.”
 
He misunderstands. It’s a contented sigh. One that says I’m thrilled my boyfriend is driving me to school. It’s a sign of how surreal sitting next to him and knowing that he loves me is. How I can’t believe in a matter of hours he’ll be leaving me alone on my college campus, and I intend to savor each minute with him, every possible second. The sigh is the only chance I have of communicating any of these sentiments because he doesn’t want me to talk while he’s driving. I know just being together in the car for this length of time is challenging for him.
 
Jordan still suffers the after effects of a terrible car accident that killed his ex-girlfriend. Ex as in he broke up with her minutes before it happened. When he served as my unexpected prom date, I pressed him to admit his feelings for me. That’s what led to the break-up. Now he has to deal with the swamp of guilt-induced quick sand he’s been left in. It hasn’t been an easy road to get to where we are, but we worked through all that.
 
I hope.
 
“I’m doing the best I can, babe.”
 
“I know.” I don’t bother saying anything further to reassure him that I’m not upset.
 
“Maybe you can find some music on the radio.”
 
Maybe I would if I could hear what’s on the radio. Every time I turn the volume up, he lowers it. The problem is he wants it down so low I can’t hear the music. I glance at his hands on the steering wheel. He holds it in a death grip. His knuckles are white, and I think his fingers might snap in two any moment.
 
“I’m fine. Just happy to be here with you.”
 
“Liar.”
 
“Am not.”
 
A car swerves slightly towards our lane. He lays on the horn and goes back to stoic silence. I hate that this is so hard for him. I want him to find his way back to being the carefree, flirtatious boy I fell in love with. I doubt he’ll ever go back to being that person, and it makes me sad. I don’t want him to carry all this pain for the rest of his life. I wish I knew how to make it better, but the only thing I can do is stand beside him and hope in time he’ll heal.
 
I turn to my window, watching the never-ending expanse of trees zoom by. I wish for a fleeting moment I’d gone in the other car with my mother and her new, at least new to me, boyfriend Eddie. I’d been clueless about Eddie, but after her health scare last week, she came clean.
 
“There’s someone I want you to meet,” she said when he showed up at our house to visit her.
 
At that point she had no choice. She’d been ordered to take a few days off of work, where they’d rendezvous during lunch. She’d been frightened when they first told her it looked like a heart attack and realized it was silly to keep him hidden away. I can’t imagine the cheesy conversations taking place in the other car, but I’m happy for her. My father died a decade ago and as far as I know she never dated before, so it’s about time she gives someone a chance.
 
“Sorry.” I hear the tension in his voice.
 
“No worries. It’s all good, as long as I’m here with you.”Always and Forever guy
 
I mean it, because even with the deafening silence, and the tension he carries on his shoulders every time we’re in a car together, there is nowhere else I’d rather be. From the first moment he spoke to me, he owned my heart. It’s branded with his name. I’d tried for four years to move on, to forget him, but that wasn’t an option for me. No one can hold a candle to him.
“Hey,” He pulls my attention back to the here and now. “You know I love you right?”
 
I smile. I’m sure it’s just the reaction he hoped for. It feels like that’s all I’ve done over the last week since he found me crying on the beach. I’ll never forget the wave of relief that washed over me when I found out he’d been spared from a terrible plane crash. He never made it on the plane because I called him at the last minute in an attempt to convince him to stay. Thank goodness he did.
 
I always believed myself to be the root cause of the bad things that happen to people around me. Jordan thinks I’m what keeps them hanging on. I don’t believe him, at least not yet. But having him try to convince me otherwise promises to be an amazing adventure.

 

 

And Forever Playlist

One more day until the release of And Forever! One of my favorite things to do when I’m going through my writing process is piece together songs that keep me focused and in the mindset of my characters, along with the book I’m writing. I choose songs form my playlist that I feel help tell the story and have the emotional content I’m looking for. Here’s my And Forever playlist along with YouTube links. I hope you enjoy it.

 

1. I lived- One republic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKt3o7WPYdo

 

2. Sheppard- Geronimo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-SeaCZE2TM

 

3. Honey, I’m Good- Andy Grammer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go7gn6dugu0
 

4. Somebody to You- The Vamps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0go2nfVXFgA
 

5. Somewhere Only We Know- Keane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oextk-If8HQ
 

6. Take Me to Church- Hozier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVjiKRfKpPI

 

7. Night Changes-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syFZfO_wfMQ

 

8. Christina Perri- The Wordshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9tc9R_Y3FY

 

9.I Bet My Life- Imagine Dragons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ht80uzIhNs

 

10. Coming Back- Dean Ray https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16uJQAODCnE

 

11. Fall For You- Second Hand Seronade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1O9DyFLIKo

 And Forever

12. Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp-EO5I60KA

 

What do you think? I can’t wait for you to read And Forever and tell me what songs are on your playlist!

 

 

Prom night from Jordan’s POV

For AlwaysAnd Forever

Just a few more days before And Forever is released. I thought another good refresher scene would be the prom, but this is another bonus. This is the prom scene from Jordan’s POV.

 

The spiral started in the limo. I couldn’t wait to get the tie off. Once I tossed it aside I glanced at Stephanie. God she took my breath away. I forgot myself for the moment, lost thinking about how much I wanted to touch her creamy skin. At least when we were dancing I had an excuse to put my hands all over her. Now it was an urge I wasn’t sure I could control.

 

I let out a long breath and opened the top buttons of my shirt, watching her watch me. The look in her eyes, the hunger; it was hot. I stretched out and reached my arm behind her, allowing my fingers to brush against her shoulder. I heard her inhale and moved. If I kept my arm there I’d let my hand start to roam.

 

I took her hand in mine, and interlaced our fingers. I hoped this would stop me from tearing her dress off and touching her in places I only imagined. I looked at our joined fingers and couldn’t hide the silly smile growing inside me.

 

“Are you having a good time?” I asked.

 

She nodded.

 

“It’s about time,” Maria interjected.

 

She pulled me back to the present. We weren’t alone in the limo, and even if we were, this was Stephanie. I cleared my throat, and let go of her as I moved away. The more space between us, the better chance I had of keeping this platonic. Just one friend helping another. I couldn’t let anything happen between us. She was too young and it was out of the question.

 

“I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable,” Maria explained. “You looked so happy and perfect together. It’s just . . . it’s about time.”

I wanted to thank her for the reality check, but didn’t think Stephanie would appreciate it. I peeked at her from the corner of my eye. Stephanie was spitting mad. I half expected her to shoot steel spikes out of her mouth aimed at Maria’s throat. Rob broke the awkward tension in the air with small talk. I followed his lead.

 

“Everyone’s meeting in front of the concession.” He said getting out of the limo.

 

A large crowd formed on the sand in front of the red, brick building. Music blared from a boom box connected to a pair of large speakers. Blankets were scattered about with coupled bodies cozy inside. Frisbees and beach balls flew through the air. A volleyball game ensued nearby.

 

I tossed my jacket aside, unbuttoned my shirt, and pulled it out of my pants. Steph’s eyes soaked me in. Every visible inch of me. I was tempted to strip down further if she promised to keep staring at me like that. I didn’t mean to be selfish. I just wanted to enjoy her wanting me, as much as I wanted her.

 

We took our shoes off and joined a group playing Frisbee. When I saw her dash for it, I decided to go after it too. We fell to the ground and I rolled on top of her. Looking at her beneath me in the moonlight, I almost lost it. Pinning her down, holding my hands just above her shoulders, our eyes locked and the crowd disappeared. All I wanted to do was kiss her. As I felt my control withering, I jumped to my feet and extended a hand to help her up. Air between our bodies did wonders for my teetering control.

 

“A bunch of us are going skinny-dipping,” Maria ran over to inform us, “want to come?”

 

“I’ll pass.” Stephanie answered.

 

“You sure?” I could see pink coloring fill her cheeks. I put my hands around her waist, wondering if she’d notice if they dropped down to her hips, or lower. “It could be fun.”

 

She froze. I recognized the panicked look on her face before she answered. “You can go if you want. I’ll wait here.”

“Nah,” I laughed, “I just wanted to see if I could get you out of your clothes.”

 
*
 

The walk had been my idea. There were too many people. And if we stayed, I’d focus on getting her out of that dress and into the water with me. I rolled my pant cuffs up so we could walk on the hard, wet packed sand. The cool sea foam rolled over our feet every now and then. Again I took her hand in mine. We walked, talking, holding hands in the silvery moonlight.

 

“Let’s sit.” I motioned toward a lifeguard stand.

 

We climbed up and took a seat. An awkward silence hung between us, and with nothing to say I imagined all the things we could do with the privacy the lifeguard stand had to offer. Suddenly I thought we would’ve been safer staying with the crowd.

 

“Stephanie.” She looked at me with so much hope in her eyes my chest ached. “You’ve really grown up.”

 

“Thank you.”

 

“I can’t believe I’m here with you.” I gave her a sly sideward glance hoping she’d pick up on what I couldn’t say.

“You mean the beach?”

 

She was always so naïve, so innocent. I chuckled and moved my hand to the nape of her neck. I ran my fingers through a few loose strands of hair hoping this would quench my need to touch her. She gasped. I felt it, throughout my body, but mostly there, where I shouldn’t have.

“You look . . .” I let my eyes crawl from her sweet face, down to the exposed area of her breasts, all the way down. “Incredible.”

She smiled, and I realized I’d do just about anything to keep the smile on her face.

 

“You’re amazing.”

 

“What do you mean?”

 

I had to think of something quick to cover what I really wanted to say. “I’m sure tonight wasn’t easy for you. I know it’s not the night you planned.”

 

“No.” She took a deep breath. “It’s so much better.”

 

I looked at the water. Afraid of where she wanted to take this.

 

“Charlie’s an idiot you know? Anyone who would let you slip through his fingers is.”

 

Her teeth chattered. I pulled her close hoping to warm her up. With her face nuzzling into my bare chest, I hoped she wouldn’t catch on to how much heat she was causing me. After a moment she placed her hand on me, right beside her cheek. I pressed down on it. I wanted her to know she was in my heart.

 

“Present company included?”

 

Again I looked away. How could I answer? I didn’t expect Stephanie to ever push the issue. I thought she was too shy to ever say anything like that to me. She touched my face and forced me to look at her.

 

“I know you have feelings for me.”

 

Uh oh. My stomach dropped. “I never said I didn’t.”

 

“You pretend you don’t.”

 

Didn’t she realize I only asked to take her to the prom because of my feelings for her? I squeezed her hand gently, “Stephanie, you’re young and idealistic.”

 

“Idealistic?” She looked insulted. “If anyone knows a big, heavy foot is about to come crashing down at any minute, it’s me. And age has nothing to do with it. You’ve hidden behind that since the day we met.”

 

Where did this bravado come from? “Age has everything to do with it.”

 

“I see your point when we were younger, but not now. Not anymore.

 

I cleared my throat. I had to end this conversation. Now. “Do you understand everything you’re going to experience I’ve already been through. You’re starting your first year of college, I’m starting my last.”

 

“Great. Help me prepare.”

 

Was she for real? How? “It’s not an academic issue. It’s social. You need to experience things without anyone holding you back.”

 

“Let that be my decision.”

 

She’d want to go to parties, get involved in campus life, and what if she wanted to date other guys? I wouldn’t hold her back. For four years I kept us in the friend zone, this is where we needed to stay.

 

“I can’t. I don’t want to hurt you.”

 

“Then don’t.” Tears filled her eyes.

 

I looked away. I just wanted to wrap her up in my arms and kiss her until I made it better. “It’s not that simple, Steph. Things aren’t black and white.”
 

“If you don’t want to be with me, Jordan, say so. But don’t you dare tell me you’re doing it for my own good.”

 

“You think that’s the problem?” Why couldn’t she see how hard this was for me? “That I don’t want to be with you?”

 

She nodded.

 

I brushed my hand over her back, hoping if she knew how much more I wanted, it might scare her a bit. “If you only knew how hard it’s been to keep away from you.”

 

“Then don’t.”

 

She’d be the death of me. If you could die from desire she’d kill me a hundred times over. I looked at the waves biding time. Thinking.

 

“Jordan, this isn’t a silly school girl crush.”

 

“And they called it puppy love…,”

 

“Not puppy love. What I feel for you, it grows year after year.”

 

“I know you like me.” I smiled hoping to soften the blow. “You’ve always liked me. I know that. I like you too. I do. But…”

 

“No. I don’t like you.”

 

“You don’t?” I brought my hand up to my chest, “That hurts.”
She shook her head looking exasperated. Good. I hoped it’d be enough to stop her. As long as she didn’t say those words we were okay. Any words but the three trite words that made prom night a cliché. If they slipped out, everything would change. It would have to.

 

“It’s more than that. I’d die for you.”

 

“What?” My heart hammered, shooting the blood through my veins with such force I didn’t realize at first all the places the blood was flowing. Did I hear right? She didn’t really say that. So much for the cliché. I would’ve taken that over this.

 

“If a bullet was coming your way and I could save your life by giving up mine I would. That goes far beyond like.”

 

I wanted her. Right there in that moment. It would’ve been so easy to take her. Just reach under her dress and rip her underwear off. But I knew nothing worthwhile ever came easy. We couldn’t be together. After tonight it was back to the real world. Back to Madison.

 

“Why are you doing this?” I closed my hand around her shoulder, her soft, silky shoulder. I wondered if every part of her was that soft. “What do you want to happen?”

 

“I want to know how you feel. I think I deserve that much.”

 

“Don’t you get it Stephanie? When I’m with you, it takes every ounce of self-control I have . . . and then when I’m not with you . . .” I looked away and then back at her, “You always leave me wanting more.”

 

“Then have more. The only thing standing between us is you.”

 

I smiled. She made it seem so easy. Like it really could happen. “This is what I mean about being idealistic, you believe everything will work out and we’ll live happily ever after.”

 

“Give me one good reason why we can’t.”

 

“Because things will get complicated. We’ll forget how to talk and trust each other.” My heart was thumping hard in my chest. What was I doing? This sweet, beautiful girl was offering herself up and I was saying no. Someone shoot me! “We work great as friends and I don’t want to lose you. If that means we need to sacrifice so we don’t mess this up than I’m okay with it.”

 

“What if I’m not okay with it? Then things will get complicated anyway.”

 

I never thought of that. I just expected we could go on as normal. But now everything was going to change whether I wanted it to or not.

 

“Haven’t you ever thought about us as more than just friends?”

 

“All the time.” I stared into her eyes and pulled her close, moving towards her lips. I could do it, taste the sweetness of her mouth. I imagined it for years, and now I was centimeters away. I just had to give in. I wanted to do it. I closed my eyes poised to kiss her and drew back at the last moment, kissing her forehead instead. “Let’s head back.”

 

“Kiss me!”

 

“I can’t.” It wouldn’t be fair. I had a girlfriend. “Madison.”

 

I don’t know what was harder, not kissing her or knowing I caused the pain in her eyes.

 

“I thought you were seeing other people.”

 

“It’s all or nothing Steph.” She wouldn’t be the other woman in my life. She deserved so much more than that. And I sure as hell wasn’t about to start a relationship with her before I ended things with Madison. “It’s the least you deserve.”

 

She nodded and bit her lip.

 

“So, which is it going to be? All or nothing?”

 

“I need a little time. Is that too much to ask?” I didn’t want to answer. I didn’t want to risk making a life altering decision in a heartbeat.

 

“Don’t you think four years is long enough?”

 

“A few days. That’s all I need.”

 

She pulled back and looked away, but not before I saw the disappointment in her eyes. “What’s the point?”

 

I swallowed hard, “I need to do this the right way. I have to end things.”
 

“Do you mean it?” Her eyes lit with hope and happiness.

 

“You’re not giving me much choice.”

 

I stuck my chest out, proud that I was the reason for that light. I knew there was nothing I wouldn’t do for her, and I would do nothing to dim the glow in her eyes. It was rare to see, and that’s all I ever wanted for her. No one else made her happy like that. If I could bring it out, if I could make her days better, I’d lay my heart and soul at her feet. I’d give in and love her the way I wanted to, back when I leapt off the bus. Back when I found her at the cemetery. All along I wanted her. I knew her heart was mine. Now it was time to give her my heart in return.

 

 

Countdown for the And Forever release

Today I’m starting the countdown to the release of And Forever the long awaited, highly anticipated sequel to For Always.
 
And Forever

Today I’d like to give you some insight into the Eternity series by sharing some fun facts about it with you.

 

1. I really did start a fire with candle and a paper towel when I was six. My mother was napping on the couch when she heard me blowing on the flames shooting out of our garbage pail.
 

2. The original setting of For Always was Canarsie Brooklyn, the area I grew up in, but I had to change that because of the drastic changes that area has gone through.
 

3. The Halloween scene in For Always was inspired by real events.
 

4. The smoky bus scene really did happen. I watched in awe and horror as the guy I liked flew through the window.
 

5. I always wanted to learn how to play the drums.
 

6. Although I never come out and say what college Stephanie is going to, I tried to describe FDU Madison campus with the beautiful fountain behind the mansion.
 

7. As far as I know, no students went skinny-dipping in the fountain.
 

8. After reading For Always, my two best friends each thought they were the Character Maria (neither is), so I dedicated And Forever to the both of them.
 

9. While writing And Forever my husband and I went to Dave and Buster’s and it seemed like the perfect place for Jordan and Stephanie to go on their first “official date.”
 

10. For Always was a standalone. I had no intention of ever writing a sequel.
 

It is because of the tremendous fan response I received from For Always, and the never ending requests for a sequel that And Forever came to life. It’s been a labor of love, but now that it is finished I’m glad that I wrote it, and want to thank you, my fans for convincing me to do so.
 
I hope you enjoy this next part of Stephanie and Jordan’s journey as much or more than you enjoyed the first part. Please continue reaching out to me. It may take a day or two to get back to you, but I love interacting with my readers. Happy Reading.

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day Card.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my friends and followers. I hope your day is filled with sweet treats and lots of love! While I’m hard at work finalizing things for this week’s release of And Forever, I’m hoping to do my share by reposting one of my favorite extra scenes. I wrote this two Valentine Day’s ago, hoping to use it in Waves of Love. It didn’t work into my time line, but I know this has been a fan favorite, and one of mine as well. This is a scene between Tyler and Jenna. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the Heart Waves series, just take this for what it is, a sweet, and sexy treat.

 

I stood outside the door to Tyler’s suite, my stomach fluttering like a flock of wild birds, fast and with abandon. I felt so awkward. Instead of focusing on Tyler and our first Valentine’s Day together, I couldn’t get Reece out of my mind. This should be a year of firsts with Reece. Instead, I was doing my best not hurt this amazing, but fragile heart I’d been so lucky to be handed. Of all the things I felt being with Tyler, lucky was at the top of the list.

 

I knocked before I lost the courage, cut and ran. I couldn’t do that to him. I owed Tyler so much, I was just nervous tonight he’d want to collect on it. The door opened, and I couldn’t breathe.

 

Tyler stood in front of me, dressed all in black, which brought my attention to his smoldering green eyes as they moved over every inch of my body. A half grin played on his clean shaven face, and I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He reached for my hand, his tongue touching the right corner of his upper lip. I knew I was in for it. He pulled me against him hard. I didn’t expect it and stumbled forward. He inhaled, making it perfectly clear what he was thinking of.

 

I swallowed hard, knowing I had no chance of resisting him. Not tonight. His hands already moved down and cupped my bottom, pulling me against him. His teeth gripped my earlobe, and moved down my neck. And this was just his hello.

 

I pushed him away, biting my lip. “Let’s leave something for later.”

 

He laughed, it was such an unusual sound, but I’d been hearing more of it lately, and every time I did, a small part of my heart melted.

 

“Don’t worry, I have plenty planned to keep us busy.” The way he raised his eyebrows, the pure heat in his gaze, I was afraid to imagine.

 

“Come,” Tyler took my hand and moved further into the living area. I’d been so preoccupied with him, I didn’t notice the indoor picnic he’d set up on the floor. Should we eat first?”

 

I nodded, since I couldn’t find my voice.

 

We got down on the neatly laid out blanket Tyler had spread on the floor. Next he handed me a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

 

“I made it myself. It’s my favorite.”

 

I laughed. It seemed so out of place considering the atmosphere. Once we finished. Tyler went in his bedroom and came out with a gift wrapped present. I’d expected a chocolate heart, not an actual gift.

 

“Go ahead, open it.”

 

As I unwrapped the paper I could see a pile of books stacked one on top of the other. It wasn’t until I got the paper completely off that I could see what books they were. I felt my face fill with color. I’d heard about these books, but hadn’t even attempted to read them. What if my parents saw them? What would they think?

 

“I thought, since you love to read, and I just want to ravish you, I’d bring both worlds together.” His arm came around my waist as he leaned against me. “And when you read these,” he whispered, “you can highlight the things you might want to try.”

 

I put the books down and reached my hands behind Tyler’s neck. “Thank you.” I stood on my tiptoes ready to get lost in a steamy kiss, but Tyler leaned back and unclasped my hands from behind his head.

 
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“Not yet. That’s only the first part of my gift.”

 

“I can’t imagine what else you have in store.”

 

“Wait right here,” Tyler ordered. I did as I was told and watched him disappear into the bedroom. When he returned, he carried his desk chair. He cleared away the picnic blanket, and placed the chair in the middle of the open space. I watched curious.

 

Tyler sat me down in the chair, “Don’t move.” He kissed his finger then touched it to my lip as he continued to move around. “And no peeking.”

 

I giggled, hoping to hide how silly I felt. The silence broke. Loud music blared through the open space. I tried to turn my head, but Tyler placed his hands on either side of my face and didn’t let me. “Don’t move,” he whispered.

 

I recognized the music. Bree played it in the Zumba class. This was the song he mouthed to me in the mirror, the one that undid me. Tyler leaned over the back of the chair and placed his hands over mine. I heard him sing the lyrics as he took control of my hands and moved them, slowly, seductively over my body. He moved my hands up my legs, slowing down as they reached my inner thighs, up and up he continued to go. Together our hands moved up my center, grazing over my breasts, up my neck, lifting my hair along the way, all the way up to my head.

 

Never releasing my hands, Tyler came around to the front of the chair so I could see him. I could see desire and raw need in his eyes. He looked how I felt. As the music continued, Tyler swayed his hips from side to side before starting our hands on a journey of his body. Again he started with the legs. His legs were so muscular and strong, over his growing bulge, all the way up to his chest. In a sudden move, Tyler let go of me. His hands moved up his neck over his face, into his hair, with moaning and heavy breathing sound effects that matched the sentiment.

 

I stared with an open mouth, heat surging through my body, a strong need growing in my belly and down below. Tyler’s hands moved back down to his black shirt opening each of the buttons as he continued swaying in time with the music.

 

When all the buttons were opened, he asked, “Do you want to take it off?” Did I!

 

“Yes!” I just wanted my hands back on him. I stood and took my time moving the shirt back over his shoulders and off him. When I finished, I reached out to touch him, but he shook his head and pushed me back down onto the chair.

 

Tyler disappeared behind me once again. I wanted to look, but I was rather enjoying the show.

 

“Can I look?” I asked.

 

“Only if you want me to take you over my knee. But I think you should read those first,” he teased.

 

When he showed himself again, Tyler’s chest glistened. I watched him touching himself, dancing suggestively in front of me. Then his hands moved down. Down his naval, over the fly of his pants. I watched the pleasure on his face as he stroked himself. He unbuttoned his pants and slid the zipper down. I was bursting with desire. I needed him to stop teasing me. I never wanted anything so bad in my life.

 

Tyler straddled me on the chair. His hands went around me and held on to the frame so that he wasn’t touching me at all. He leaned into me, his eyes burning, his lips dipped down, I closed my eyes waiting for him to kiss me. It was such delicious torture to be teased like this. His lips never met mine.

 

“I want you so bad, Jenna.”

 

“I want you too.”

 

I couldn’t take anymore, I grabbed his hair, wound it between my fingers and pulled him to me. My hands fell to his shoulders, ran over his chest, all the way down passed the open fly.

 

“Oh, Jenna,” he threw his head back, eyes closed. “I love you.”

 

“I love you too.”

 

Tyler’s head snapped forward. He met my stare. Although he’d said it the night we first kissed, I’d never before told Tyler I loved him.

 

“What?”

 

“I love you, too. It’s time for my gift, all though I don’t know if you’ll find mine as awesome as I’ve found yours.”

 

My eyes never leaving his, I reached down and opened my locket. I had no idea how he would react to this, but for me it was very symbolic. Opposite Reece’s picture, I placed Tyler’s. I loved them both, and they were both a part of me.

 

“Jenna. Do you mean it?”

 

“Wait there’s more.” I reached down for my bag and pulled from it a binding ring with laminated slips of paper, and handed it to Tyler.

 

“What is this?” His lips curled up in a smile.

 

“Read it.”

 

“Coupon book,” Tyler read. “This coupon is good for one foot massage. One use only.” He flipped to the next one. “This coupon is good for home cooked meal. One use only. This is cute.” He reached out and stroked the side of my face.

 

“Keep going.” I kept my eyes glued to him as he turned to the last coupon in the booklet.

 

“This coupon is good to ravish my body. Use any time you’d like.”

 

His mouth fell open as eyes met mine in disbelief. “Jenna, are you sure?”

 

I nodded. I didn’t blame him for being skeptical, I asked myself that same question even as I gave it to him.

 

“Do you like it?”

 

Instead of answering, Tyler met my lips with a deep all-consuming kiss. A kiss filled not just with longing, but with love.

 

“You’re sure?” He asked again. I kissed him back to answer. Tyler stood and pulled me to my feet. “In that case,” he swept me up in his arms. “I’d like to cash in one of these coupons.”

 

“Oh yeah? Which one?” I asked leaning my head into the crook of his neck as he started walking to his bedroom.

 

“The one that’ll have you screaming my name all night long!”

 

I knew this was going to be one of the greatest nights of my existence!

 

 

For Always & And Forever Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to reveal not just one, but two covers today!

The first- It’s the same love story, just with a fresh new look! Here’s the new cover of For Always-

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“There’s nothing you can’t do if you want it bad enough.”

 

I entered the world with a massive defect. I attracted death. Like a magnet. I could feel it all around me. It wrapped its icy fingers tight around my chest, leaving me no room for escape.  That was my life before I met Jordan Brewer, the boy I became infatuated with. Obsessed with. The boy that became my everything.

 

I knew he wanted me, too. I saw it. I felt it. But he was older, and wouldn’t act on his feelings. I knew in time I’d make him mine. Just as he promised me a future together, his life was torn apart. He turned away from me and shut me out of his life. Could I convince him to let go of his past and hold on to me? Or would he continue to punish us both for something he couldn’t control?

 

My readers and fans have been so wonderful contacting me via email, or on Facebook and Twitter asking for more of Stephanie and Jordan’s story. It took a while, but you convinced me, so I’m happy to reveal the cover to the long awaited, highly anticipated sequel to For Always, And Forever.

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“Sometimes being with the one you love hurts more than being without them.”
 
“There’s nothing you can’t do if you want it bad enough.” This is the mantra Jordan Brewer drilled into my head since the day I met him. He convinced me nothing is out of my reach, not even him.
 
I love Jordan, and Jordan loves me, but something always gets in the way. I had to fight tooth and nail to convince him we belong together. Now he’s mine, but I’m not sure our love is strong enough to survive.
 
I’m away at school and Jordan’s playing drums for a local band. We hardly see each other, and when we do, he’s haunted by demons from his past. I’m struggling to fit in and he’s struggling with his ever-growing mountain of guilt. Will we be able to hold on to each other through the tough times, or will it all come tumbling down around us?

 

These beautiful covers were designed by CT Cover Creations.  I hope you love them as much as I do. Well?  What do you think?

 

 

And Forever update!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve given an update on And Forever the sequel to For Always. But if you’ve been waiting for news, I have some. The And Forever cover reveal will be on February 5th, 2014. Along with this cover, will be the new cover of For Always. Yes, For Always is getting a new look. I’ve been torn about changing the cover since For Always was my first book and I love the current cover of For Always.

 
And Forever teaser

To all my fans, I never planned on writing a sequel to For Always. But the overwhelming amount of requests I’ve gotten since its release convinced me to do it. I took my time with this to make sure I got it right. I hope that love Stephanie and Jordan as much in And Forever as you did in For Always.
 
The release of And Forever will be . . . drumroll please, February 24th, 2014.  If you’d like to help out with the cover reveal, I’d appreciate the help getting the word out. The form is on my Events & Signings page!

 

For now, I’ll leave you with an And Forever teaser. I’ll be posting more teasers on twitter and Facebook until the release.

 

Go add And Forever to your TBR list!
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24284891-and-forever

 

What are you most looking forward to in And Forever? What do you hope will happen?

 

 

Happy New Year!

Wishing all my friends and fans a very Happy and Healthy New Year! Stay warm and safe. Have fun and give lots of love tonight! Thank you for making 2014 so great, and here’s to making 2015 the best year yet! All my best! All my love!

My Top 5 Reasons Why This is My Favorite Time of Year

This is a special time for most people, but for me, it goes beyond special. This is my favorite time of the year, and these are some of the reasons why.

 

5. Christmas music. Whether I’m listening to the radio in the car, watching a commercial during my favorite television show, or shopping for groceries and gifts, Christmas music almost always flavors the background. It doesn’t matter that most of the songs were recorded before I was born, or those old traditional ones have been rerecorded by every top ten artist of the decade. None of that taints the joy the festive music brings out. Many of the old favorites are songs that people from all generations can sing along to.

 

4. The Animated specials. I’ll admit that every year for as long as I remember, and I do mean my very first Christmas memories, I’ve waited and watched with baited breath for that old silk hat to animate Frosty, and for Santa to show those nasty reindeer that they’re not all they believe themselves to be, when he asks Rudolph to use his special gift and lead his sleigh. What winter would be complete without a battle between the Miser brothers? It doesn’t matter that we all know how it’s going to go down. It’s the singing these polar opposites do that many of us love. No matter how advanced and realistic today’s animation becomes, nothing can replace, or take ownership of my heart the way the old Claymation specials do.

 

3. It’s pretty. True the skies are often grayer than at other times of the year, at least here on the East Coast, but it’s the perfect back drop for the cool, crisp weather and the celebratory time of year. Green trees pretty lights and colorful ornaments are used to decorate anything from Christmas trees to clothes. Red, green and gold stand out in malls and stores. Animated decorations, blow-ups, and candle lights adorn the front lawns and windows of people’s homes. It is hard to leave your home without seeing some bold, bright colors drawing you in and giving you a warm feeling inside your belly.

 

2. People are nicer. This is the time of year people are naturally kinder. I’m not just referring to the people that donate or volunteer for programs like the Salvation Army or Toys for Tots. This is the time people generally feel uplifted by the spirit of the season and feel the urge to be generous. We’ve all heard stories about strangers buying dinners and gifts for families in need, or someone checking out at a store giving the cashier money to pay off the lay-away bill for someone they’ve never even laid eyes on. Even just the general disposition of people seems to be friendlier. There are more smiles as kind words are offered, such as Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays, to total strangers. Maybe it’s just the promise of a day off from work, or the brightness of the red Santa hats people often wear. Whatever it is, the holiday cheer is one of my favorite things.  

 

1. The reason for the season. This is a very holy time of the year. It’s not just the Catholics that celebrate this time of year. Chanukah and Ramadan, holy holidays in the Jewish and Muslim religions, are also celebrated at this time of year. Let’s all enjoy the expression of love and joy that comes with these celebrations, and offer well wishes as we each in our own way choose to celebrate, or not, what it is we believe. Above all let us treat each other with the respect that no matter how different we are, we are all the same, each of us born of flesh and bone. Each of us will return to dust when we die.

 

 

These are my reasons I love this time of year. What are yours?  

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! And wishing you a healthy and Happy New Year!