Monday, August 11, 2014

Cover Reveal + Interview | Author Brittany Hiester

On her upcoming novel, Let Me Go.

What inspired you to write your first book? 

A lot of things have inspired me to write my first book. The very fact that I love to read I have to say would be the most inspiring. I would read all these books and just think to myself “I wish I would’ve thought of that.” Also, my best friend inspired me to write the story as well. It’s a personal experience and he was the first one I told about it. He suggested that I turn my experience into a novel. At first I was totally against writing about an abusive relationship because it was a side of myself that I didn’t want anyone else to see. I thought that it would be showing a weak side of me. But I eventually realized it would actually make me stronger.

Do you have a specific writing style? 

 I like my writing to reach out to anyone really. If the topic speaks to someone and they want to read it then go for it. But I do have to say my writing is more towards the YA and NA category.

How did you come up with the title? 

The title was inspired by Avril Lavigne’s song “Let Me Go” which is the title of the novel. I feel like her song basically talked about how my love life went for my first relationship in the first part of her song. The relationship didn’t work out and just like her I was trying to break free of the memories. I just wanted to be completely let go of. The second part of her song says how she found someone new and doesn’t want to be let go of and that’s how I feel now.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

Yes. My message is “Love does not hurt.” If your in a relationship where you feel like you’re constantly hurting whether it’d be physically or emotionally then you need to get out. Love isn’t supposed to hurt.

How much of the book is realistic? 

It’s down to the core realistic. I mean I changed names to protect the identity of everyone in the book. I’m basically writing the book from memory and it was a haunting part of my past which is hard to forget. It was kinda scary how much I remembered. I would sometimes have to stop and take a breather because the experience was real for me. It was something very hard to get through, but I did.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

Events in my own life. The novel is based on a true story of what I personally went through. I know other people have suffered the same fate as I did today and some still are. But the novel is my own story to tell to the world.

What books have most influenced your life most? 

The Maximum Ride series would be number one. The characters in the book face so many life threatening situations and face everything head on. I consider myself almost just like Max except I’m more girly than her. We both had to grow up fast and fend for ourselves. We were betrayed by the people that we loved. But those experiences only made us grow stronger. Biographies of WWE superstars such as Jeff and Matt Hardy and Amy Dumas have influenced me to keep chasing the dream no matter how big it is.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 

Ellen Hopkins. She gets down to the hardcore truth of real life. She wrote about her own daughter’s real life experience which I thought was pretty brave. Ellen is in her fifties and she writes about these teenage situations as if she’s sixteen again. Her books blow me away every time it’s incredible. She gives great advice and messages through her books that I feel like everyone can take with them.

What book are you reading now? 

Stardust an anthology which is pretty good right now. I’ve been taking breaks between books though in order to finish my novel. If I get too caught up in a book I start thinking of another book I could write and I don’t wanna finish the one I’m working on. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? She’s not really new anymore, but Rashelle Workman has definitely kept my attention. She wrote a mini series for Snow White, Cinderella, etc. I love fairytale retellings especially with the way she’s been writing them with a paranormal twist.

What are your current projects?

I do have one story that I started, but didn’t finish that I plan on finishing. It’s about fae’s and faeries. I started it last year, but then stopped and completely forgot all about it. Then one day I decided to look through some unfinished projects and decided that this one would be my next big novel. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. My best friend/ boyfriend. He was the one who supported my writing. Even only two months after knowing him he asked to be my editor which I thought was awesome. He edited “Siren and the Vampire” for the anthology “Dawn of the Living Dead”. He was also the one who thought it would be a good idea to write about my past experience as a novel.

Do you see writing as a career? 

I do, but not as a main career. Unfortunately, being an author isn’t going to pay my bills unless I happen to be as famous as Stephanie Meyer or John Green. Writing is more of a side career for me.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

No way! I’m writing the book just as it should be written. It’s truthful and it’s a side of myself I’m ready to completely let go of. It’ll be a weight lifted off my shoulders.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 

For some reason cartoons influenced me to write. I loved how creative cartoons could be and I was a fan of superheroes like Teen Titans and the Powerpuff Girls. The very first story I ever wrote was a short story about the Powerpuff Girls when I was eight. Then I proceeded to write a one hundred paged fan fiction on Legend of Zelda for my best friend when I was eleven.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

Certainly. My very first story was a short story published in “If I Die Before I Wake”. The story is titled “The Little Girl Who Cried Vampire” which I was told could’ve been better. A lot of people are actually really proud of my short story “Siren and The Vampire” featured in “Dawn of the Living Dead” anthology. It’s about vampires and mermaids in a feud with one another. But a vampire and a mermaid befriend one another which is against the rules. I’m in six anthologies and the seventh one is an anthology being made by Mera Sampson which features poems. It’s titled “Truth Behind These Lies” so look out for when that will be released.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

Sticking to a topic. I’ll be writing a story and I might make it in about ten pages before another idea bounces around in my head. I’m quite proud of myself that I could stick to this story.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 

Once again it’s Ellen Hopkins. The way she writes about real life situations strikes a cord in my heart every time. I’ve cried after three of her books and one left me frozen. I could not stop thinking about the book for two hours. I literally just sat in my room trying to take in what happened before I called my best friend to tell her. The book is called “Burned” and it just made me feel so depressed. It’s crazy what books can do to you.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Release Blitz | Alexxxa by D.T. Dyllin

Title: AleXXXa
Author: D.T. Dyllin
Series: Standalone 
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Tik Tok Press
Cover artist: Lindsay Tiry
Expected Release Date: August 2014
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Synopsis: Love and sex, sex and love… Can you have one without the other? As a world famous porn star, Alexa James thinks she has everything all figured out. But what happens when someone who gets paid to have sex has an existential crisis? Suddenly sex isn’t enough, and love seems out of reach. Will Alexa’s career choice permanently crush her spirit? Or will she discover that real love is about more than just the physical?

About the Author:
D.T. Dyllin is a Bestselling Romance Author who writes in both New Adult and Adult genres. She is a member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) and also her local chapter, the MCRW (Music City Romance Writers).

 D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two spoiled GSDs.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


We've been on a blogging hiatus for a few months, but guess what? We're so back! Better than ever and with ASSCC news! Yes, guys, it's that time of the year again! This will be our fourth official anthology!

The My Home Away From Home Annual Short Story Charity Contest is back again, so warm up your laptop and sharpen your pencils! 

We are now open to submissions! 

Theme: 1. Classic With A Twist!

We've talked about this one for a while and thought this would be a great one, allowing you to show your innermost creativity! 

Your Task: Choose a classic book character(s) and revamp it with your image! Have you always pictured Dorian Gray slightly more blood thirsty? Did you wonder what would happen if Dr. Jekyll was the villain and Mr. Hyde was just trying to stop him, only to get caught up in conspiracy? What if the esteemed Ms. Elizabeth Bennett had a dark side no one saw? Now's your chance to bring your ideas to life!

2. Dark/Light Seasons!

Your Task: Write a thriller/fantasy/paranormal story set in a season of your choice. The season must be mentioned and described in the story, and the story must be centered around two characters--one representing light and one representing dark. ALSO, the setting must be in another country other than your own!

Disclaimer: Be original! If you pick a character who's from a love story, as opposed to a classic horror, that's perfectly fine! We know some people are uncomfortable writing in the style of Jane Austen or Sir Conan Doyle. That's fine. Feel free to modernize! Fairy tales are acceptable. 

Deadline: You have until October 15th to send us your unpublished work! We want to read original takes on these characters so don't hold back!

Charity: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. (For more information about St Jude, please visit their website at For more info on how we fund donations, click here.

General Guidelines, Rules, and Regulations:

Please take the time to write to the best of your abilityBe sure to revise and edit your stories before submitting them as we will judge them as we receive them.When submitting short stories, be sure to include the contest division you're entering--the title and your name or pen name (if using one) in the subject line. Also include a short 5-6 sentence biography to be included in the ebook if your short story is chosen.We reserve the right to cancel or extend the contest if there are not enough submissions by the deadline date.

Young Adult Division:
  • No obsessive cursing or swearing
  • Must be between 5,000-7,500 words (title not included)
  • Poems - must be between 500-1,000 words (title not included)
  • 10 (ten) short stories will be chosen and published in an ebook via
  • Stories must be original, unpublished fiction and double-spaced
  • Word count included on document
  • This division is open to all U.S. and International writers. There are no age restrictions for the YA division
  • Entries must be in English
  • No previously submitted or published works will be accepted. Any plagiarized work will call for an immediate disqualification from the contest
  • Judges will choose the top ten short stories in both divisions to be published in an ebook and in PRINT with all proceeds going to charity.
  • The top rated stories will receive the featured spot in the book and the title of the story MAY be used as the book’s official title.
  • Winners will be contacted via email about prizes no later than 2-4 days after announcement.

  • Tianna Scott
  • Nadège Richards
  • Guest Judge(s)

Please write Anthology Submission as the SUBJECT when sending in your entry. All submissions should be sent to For all inquires, title your subject as INQUIRY.

Thank You.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Cover Reveal | ARV-3 by Cameo Renae

by Cameo Renae 

Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: CHBB
Cover Design: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design Photograpy
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours  


June 6, 2014: The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse.

A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild. We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong. Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter. It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it. My name is Abigail Park. I’m seventeen, and this is my story.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Blog Tour | Scent of a Mate by Milly Taiden

by Milly Taiden

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Mission: Scent a Mate

Jordan Alvarez knew that a promise to her best friend involved staking out the local wolf pack's scenting ceremony and recording the graphic details, but she was the writer and the only one with the balls to finish the task. No one would know that four human women had sneaked proof of their rituals, or at least, that was the plan until Aric Wolfe showed up. 

Mission: Stake a Claim

Aric Wolfe knew his baby sister was up to something, and expected her best friend, Jordan, to be in on the chaos. He finally had an opportunity to lay claim to a mate that had been under his nose for years. Jordan's scent called to both the man and the animal, and he was done fighting the call of the beast. It was time to mark his mate.

Mission: Survive an Alpha

When a good intention creates a problem for the Wolfe family, Jordan finds herself being stalked by a woman intent on claiming Aric as her own. Battle lines will be drawn, love will be put to the test, and Aric will have to fight Jordan's strong personality to keep her alive. Two alpha hearts seeking control will either find the balance or risk losing their love forever.


I really expected nothing short of OMG-DELICIOUS with this Milly Taiden read. I know I say this all the damn time, but I love her work! There's great wolf/shapshifter novels and then there's Milly Taiden, all alone in her own part of the genre because she deserves to be set apart! The premise of SCENT OF A MATE hooked me from the blurb. It's different. Here we get a shapeshifter who imprints on a human woman! Um, what? I just don't get 'em like this anymore! I will say that there is, however, no suspense--and this is a GREAT thing in this sense because the sex scenes ... dear God and everything holy ... Milly writes them like NO OTHER! 

Read this! Read this! READ THIS!

If you've never read any of Taiden's work, I promise you--her work is pure gold. If you love Milly but haven't picked up this one yet, I promise you that this is her best one to date! I absolutely fell in love with Aric and Jordan's story! 

CATION: You will HOWL.



Jordan stood to open the door and her legs tried to fold under her. Shit, how many glasses had she had? She slowly made her way to the front door to let her friends inside.

Another round of rings met her at the door.

“I’m here, cool your heels.”

She jerked the door open and found the three missing amigas.

Emma’s gaze roamed her face. “Damn, Jordan, how long have you been drinking?”

She licked her lips, tasting the residual wine on them. “Not long. Why do you ask?”

Karla tickled her side as she sashayed past her. “You’re all red in the face. You only get flushed like that when we talk sex or you’ve had like a ton of wine. We all know that.”

Jordan was probably flushed from all the thoughts of Aric. Damn man made her get all flustered without even being in the vicinity. “Get inside and stop whining or you won’t get any food.”

Emma shoved her aside and made a beeline for the kitchen behind Karla and Nicole. “Thank God. I’m starving.”

Jordan snorted. Her friends would never change. “Yeah, okay. I didn’t cook this time. Sorry.”

Emma turned to her with wide eyes. “You mean you didn’t make the flan or the empanadas?”

She shook her head. Her friends loved the chicken and shrimp filled dough. “Sorry. It was my night off.”

“Since when? You and Ellie are the cooks. Nicole and Karla are the bakers. And I’m the eater.”

Jordan laughed. “We’re all eaters. I don’t see a single skinny person here. Now go. We have take-out in the oven. We’ll eat now that you’re all here.” She followed the others into the dining room. For as long as she could remember the five of them being friends, Ellie had always been the worrywart in the group. Though the others had met the Wolfe’s back in college, she and Ellie had been friends the longest. It worried Jordan to see Ellie so quiet. Somehow, she knew that the scenting ceremony was not as simple for Ellie as she made it sound. While her family may not be putting pressure on her to mate, it was probably not the case with the others in the pack.

“Alright! Pizza!” Nicole cheered.

“Thank God. I swear I could eat a horse.” Emma rubbed her stomach dramatically.

Jordan lifted a brow. “Um, didn’t you already eat horse when you did that stint in China during your semester abroad?”

“Hell no. I did take a stab at the fried bugs, but I just couldn’t go past a single bite.” She wrinkled her nose.

Nicole grimaced. “Damn woman, I couldn’t even take the one bite. You got bigger balls than me.”

“It has been established that Emma has bigger balls than most men.” Jordan ran her fingers through her hair.

“Will you all get in here already? You know I can hear you, and I’d like to participate in how big Emma’s balls are,” Ellie yelled.

They brought the warm pizza boxes into the living room. Jordan opened a new bottle of wine and maneuvered it with the extra glasses onto the coffee table.

“Alright. Now that we are all here, I need to inform you that Ellie has agreed to let us watch the scenting ceremony.”

Everyone spoke at the same time.

Emma lifted her wineglass. “That’s awesome!”

“Finally,” Nicole said between pizza bites.

Karla laughed. “Leave it to Jordan to wear the poor woman down.”

“Hey, I resent that. I will have you know. I did not wear her down. I may have offered my first born, ninety percent of my paycheck for a year, and a possible front seat to some Broadway show, but that’s it.” Jordan leaned back on her easy chair, the single item in her house she’d bought not caring about how it went with the décor. The fluffy chair was like being snuggled by a giant pair of warm hands. It had an automatic heater and massager. Hell, not that she’d tell her friends, but one of the reasons she’d bought it was because the damn thing started vibrating under her ass at the store. She’d gotten embarrassed and excited at the time. Oh, the possibilities.

“So,” Emma, the other bossy one in the group other than Jordan started, “what’s the plan?”

Jordan laughed, holding the glass of wine by her lips. “It’s going to be a long night.”



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About Milly:
  Want to know about me? Milly Taiden (aka April Angel) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy. She’s addicted to shopping for shoes, chocolate (but who isn’t?) and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. A bookworm when she can get her hands on a good story, she loves reading romance, thrillers and suspense.

Look for these titles from Milly Taiden!

Now Available

Scent of a Mate (Sassy Mates, Book One)
Wolf Fever (Alpha Project, Book One)
Wolf Protector (Federal Paranormal Unit, Book One)
Sharp Change (Black Meadows Pack, Book One)
Caged Heat (Black Meadows Pack, Book Two)
Mate Event (Halloween Heat III)
Fate’s Wish 
Wynter’s Captive 

Coming Soon

Dangerous Protector (Federal Paranormal Unit, Book Two)
Alpha Fever (Alpha Project, Book Two)
Match Made in Hell 
Caught by the Alpha 
Unwanted Protector (Federal Paranormal Unit, Book Three)
Mate Fever (Alpha Project, Book Three)

As April Angel 

Stranded Temptation 
Party Crasher 
A Hero’s Pride (Wounded Soldiers #1)
A Hero Scarred (Wounded Soldiers #2)
The Sizzling Encounters Series
Mr. Buff #1 
Wicked Valentine #2 
Lucky Break #3 

Coming Soon 

A Hero’s Surrender 
A Hero’s Temptation

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cover Reveal | Immagica by K.A. Last

by K.A. Last

Genre: YA Fantasy/Adventure
Expected publication: November 2013
Cover Illustrator: Lawrence Mann
Word Count: 66,000
Cover designer: KILA Designs




Where anything is possible, but not always controllable.

Enter at your own risk. The night before her fifteenth birthday, Rosaline Clayton receives an amulet from her deranged father. He tells her she must find the book, and begs her to save him. Rosaline is used to her father not making any sense, and she dismisses their conversation as another of his crazy rants.

Rosaline and her younger brother, Elliot, find the old, leather-bound book tucked away in their Nana’s attic, and it sucks them into its pages. They land in a magical world where anything is possible, but when Rosaline and Elliot are separated, the only thing Rosaline wants is to find her brother and go home.

The creatures of Immagica have other ideas. Rosaline befriends a black unicorn, two fairies, and a girl named Brynn, who are under threat from a menacing dragon. Rosaline discovers she is bound to Immagica in ways she doesn’t understand, and the fate of this magical world rests entirely on her shoulders.

The book flew open and a gust of wind whipped my curls around my face. The pages riffled back and forth before coming to a halt, open at the first page. This was getting a little weird. I was about to slam the book shut when words began to appear of their own volition, right before our eyes.

“Um, Elliot. Can you see that? Or am I as crazy as Dad?”

“I can see it,” he whispered.

Immagica, the place where anything is possible, but not always controllable. Enter at your own risk.

“What a load of crap,” I said, picking the book up. The new line of text flickered gold and pulsed, on then off, then on again, like a flashing, neon sign. I gingerly picked up the corner of the page and peeked under it to the next, but it was blank.

“How do we enter?” Elliot asked, leaning into me and staring at the book.

“Why do you keep asking me all these questions? You’re here, you know as much as I do.”

“You’re older, and always acting so much smarter than me,” Elliot said. I poked my tongue out. “That’s real mature.” He rolled his eyes.

“Oh, so you’re Mr Maturity now you’re a teenager.”

“Sometimes I’m more mature than you!” While we argued, we were oblivious to what was happening. The book riffled its pages again, and another gust of wind hit our faces. Before we knew what was happening, the golden glow exploded from the book and sucked us in. That’s the best way I can describe it. One minute we were in my room, surrounded by my grandmother’s elegant interior decorating, and the next we were enveloped with gold light.

At first I felt Elliot beside me, but then he was gone. The light was warm, like a soft, fuzzy blanket. Then the ground hit me in the face. It was hard and rough. The force of my landing knocked the wind out of me, and I tumbled over myself before coming to a halt on my back. Above me was an azure sky dotted with fluffy, marshmallow clouds. I turned my head and spotted the book lying closed on the ground a few metres away. I tried to move to retrieve it, but it took a few moments before I could roll onto my side and get to my knees.

When I finally managed to stand, I took in my surroundings with wide eyes. The sky may have been blue, but the ground was dirty charcoal. Lumps of gravel mixed with sand and dead grass. It stretched on, and on, nothing but barren wasteland no matter which way I turned. The only break in the landscape was where the horizon met the sky.

A lump of fear rose in my throat. Where was Elliot?

I didn’t know where I was, and I was completely alone.



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About K.A. Last:

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K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful, leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children, and a rabbit named Twitch.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cover Reveal | Let Him In by Sharon Davis

 Lacey’s gaze slowly traveled up as she swiped the back of her hand across her bloody mouth. Black slacks adorned with a thin, black leather belt. Black, long-sleeved silk shirt, top three buttons undone. An overwhelming sense of déjà vu made her scalp prickle as her unblinking eyes continued their journey up to latch onto a pair of ice-blue eyes that regarded her as if she was a dirty wad of chewing gum stuck to the bottom of the owner’s polished wingtip Oxfords.

“You,” she breathed, her heart skipping a beat.

“Me,” he confirmed, his deep, smooth voice making her think of whiskey and honey for some odd reason.

Sharon was born, raised and has resided in Virginia all her life. Most of her free time and energy is devoted to writing, however when she does takes a break from her imaginary worlds and characters she enjoys reading and playing with her Blue Russian, Pickles. Her idea of Heaven is a day spent in front her computer with a never-ending supply of iced coffee. Visit her on Facebook at Sharon Davis Author.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blog Tour | Reflection by Elene Sallinger

by Elene Sallinger

Rating: 18+


Bridget Ross is a woman with a shameful secret. Despite a life full of success and close friends she denies herself her true desires in penance for the crimes she can't take back.

Connor Reynolds is a man without a purpose. His own tragic past prevents him from putting down roots and pursuing his dreams.

Their paths collide forcing them to face the ultimate question … is their love worth confronting their deepest fears and insecurities?

“I have no idea why you don’t see yourself as sexy, but you are. From your brain all the way down to your perfectly painted toes. Everything about you is erotic as hell. You get me hard in the same breath that you intrigue me with some thought you just spoke.”

She turned her eyes away and flushed even deeper at the mention of him getting hard over her. She was no prude, but she wasn’t used to men so casually discussing sexual things with her.

He didn’t say anything else, but he did shift until he was sitting more closely beside her. She could feel the heat from his skin through the jeans he wore. The cotton of his T-shirt did nothing to mask it either. A soft breeze washed over them and she could smell the light woodsy scent of whatever soap he used. Her entire body was instantly attuned to his.

She saw his hand move but was still surprised when he gently tipped her chin up to look at him. She didn’t know what she’d been expecting, but the depth of the desire she saw in his face was not it. She responded almost violently. Her nipples sprang to life, hardening and tingling against the simple cotton of her bra. She went liquid at her core and her heart rate kicked up a notch.

“I want to kiss you, Bridget. Hell, let’s be real, I want to do a whole hell of a lot more than that, but I want to start with kissing you.”

His eyes had deepened to an almost gunmetal gray with lust. She was completely mesmerized by his obvious desire for her, by the touch of his fingers on her chin, by the scent of his body so closed to hers. She didn’t bother reaching for words, she just nodded.

He leaned in and brushed his lips across hers. They were warm, and soft. As he deepened the kiss, licking into her mouth, she could feel the rasp of stubble from where he’d shaved earlier that day. His tongue leisurely explored her mouth. No crevice went without tending, but he didn’t force his attention on her.

His hand ran gently up her body, stopping briefly to cup her breast. He lingered but a moment as if testing the weight and shape before moving up her body. She luxuriated in the feel of him. The soft invasion of his tongue in her mouth was both foreign and familiar throwing her even further off kilter.

She moaned and leaned into him bringing one hand to rest on his thigh which flexed under her fingers. Her blood was thrumming through her veins and she felt her body tuning to him. Any lingering embarrassment over the portrait was forgotten as she gave herself up to his kiss.

She could kiss him forever.

Connor brought his hand to her neck and exerted gentle pressure to lean her backwards at the same time he turned and subtly shifted his body to cover hers.

She didn’t think, she simply reacted. Her knee connected with his balls and he exploded back from her curling into the fetal position with a sharp cry.

“Connor!” she scrambled to her hands and knees as realization sank in, “Oh my god! I’m sorry. I’m sorry!” Hot tears began to run down her face and she chanted her apology over and over. He wasn’t looking at her.

His eyes were clamped closed and he rocked back and forth, the pain evident on his face.

It was time to face facts. There was no use pretending anymore. She was just too broken.


About Elene:
Hailing from Washington, DC, Elene Sallinger first caught the writing bug in 2004 after writing and illustrating several stories for her then four-year-old daughter. Her writing career has encompassed two award-winning children's stories, a stint as a consumer-education advocate, as well as writing her debut novel, Awakening - a novel of erotic fiction that won the New Writing Competition at the Festival of Romance 2011.
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