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Man Up Husband is Live

I’m excited to announce that my latest book in the Man Up series, Man Up Husband is now live! This series breaks away from my earlier work as the content is meant for readers 18+. I’m very excited about the feedback I’ve gotten on Troy and Marlena’s journey. Jump in and buckle up for a fun and emotional ride. Ready?

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Secrets are like explosives- hard to handle, dangerous and sometimes lethal. A marriage with secrets is a marriage on the brink of destruction.

 

Falling for Troy Evans was a fairy tale. As real life took hold, things changed. Once upon a time, we couldn’t keep our hands off each other. Now we barely touch each other. Talking is close to impossible, until Troy turns the heat between us up a notch. I’m falling in love with him all over again, but I have a secret. A secret I’m afraid will destroy us.

 

Marlena Madden was everything I could ever ask for. She’s smart and beautiful, my perfect match. I love her more than anything. Somehow we allowed married life and parenthood to swallow us up and come between us. Exploring ways to pull us out of the humdrum routine we fell into, we’re making our way back to each other. But I can’t help but feel there is something she’s not telling me. Something dark. Something that’s threatening to destroy us.

 
 

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Man Up Playboy

Have you seen the cover of my new Book Man Up Playboy, scheduled to release on September 25th? Looking at the whole cover, I can tell you without a doubt this is my favorite cover. And I think CT Cover Creations really captured the essence of Cooper Sutton. What do you think? I’d love to know!

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With just over a week before release, let me tell you a little about Cooper Sutton.

 

No one knows the man behind the face.

 

Cooper Sutton loves nothing more than living up to his reputation as a playboy. That is until he meets Selene Davis in a coffee shop. Unlike the girls he’s known before, she doesn’t fall for his good looks and witty charm. She makes him work for every bit of her time and attention.

 

Haunted by memories of his childhood sweetheart, Cooper doesn’t believe in love, marriage or monogamy. And much to his delight, neither does Selene. She appears to be his perfect match. Until she changes the rules of the game. And he finds himself knee deep in a committed relationship.

 

When the stakes are raised, Cooper’s faced with a decision. Can he put the past behind him and move forward with Selene, or will he push love and happiness beyond his reach forever?

 

Due to language and sexual content, this book is intended for mature audiences.

 

To celebrate Man Up Playboy, I’ll be having a Facebook release party on Friday Sept 25 from 7-11pm EST. I hope to see you there!

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Best of all, you can preorder Man Up Playboy right now, so that as soon as it is live, it will be delivered to your device-

 

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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.

 

 

Prom night from Jordan’s POV

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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.

 

 

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?

 

 

Alert! Early Release

Alert! I decided to release Into You before Christmas. It’s live on the Kindle now! And should be available on Nook and Kobo any day. You my reader mean so much to me. Thank you to all of you that have reached out to me after reading any of my books, and for all the fun you created for me around the Heart Waves Series. I want you to know that your feedback is very important to me. I listen to what my readers say because my ultimate goal is to make you happy. That being said, stay tuned I have some big news in the new year.Final Cover Into You

 

Here’s an excerpt of Into You from Elizabeth’s POV. I hope you enjoy it!

 

 I looked around at the stores and shops, most of them were closed, with metal grates covering the windows. That was something you didn’t see much of in Jersey, at least not where I lived. That and the attached stores packed so close together, one on top of the other. The stores and restaurants on the main streets tended to be close, but only for a few blocks. All of Brooklyn had this tight squeezed-in feel.

 

I’d gotten my fill. I found myself looking to get away from the noise of the cars beeping, buses screeching and music blaring. I wanted to go home. Yearning to feel my cool, crisp sheets cradle my bare skin, I walked faster, looked down at my watch, and yawned.

 

“Son of a bitch!” a male voice barked as I felt myself bounce off what felt like a brick wall.

 

I shook it off realizing there are no walls in the middle of the sidewalk. The hard object I bumped into was a man.

 

“Sorry,” I said, before even looking at him.

 

The striking young man shook his head annoyed. He looked down at his chest to assess the damage. I followed his gaze, and gasped as I made out the egg carton against his chest oozing with gook.

 

Without thinking, I reached into my pocket, pulled out a tissue and dabbed at the eggy spot on his suit jacket. I hesitated, embarrassed at the liberty I had taken. With heat filling my face I looked up, and met his eyes for the first time. My stomach tumbled. I stood frozen, mesmerized by his steely grey eyes. In an attempt to hide my awkwardness I pulled my hand away from him.

 

“Forget it,” the handsome stranger said.

 

“The yolks on you,” I recovered.

 

“Very funny,” he snapped.

 

“I didn’t mean . . .” I looked away, disappointed he didn’t get my humor. Why should he be any different than the rest of the guys I’ve come across? Especially since I left my mark on him.

 

“Yes, you did,” he said soberly. After a moment he continued. “Good thing I like my eggs scrambled,” the corners of his lips turned up ever so slightly.

 

Now back to my big news, can you guess what it is?