Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cover Reveal: Danielle Jamie's 'Heart Of Dixon"





Title: Heart of Dixon
Series: The Brooklyn Series #2
Author: Danielle Jamie
Release Date:  Winter 2015





Life can change in a matter of seconds. One minute you’re laughing and enjoying life feeling invincible. Then BAM! Everything changes in a blink of an eye.



My life has always been one big crazy party. That is until everything spiraled out of control. We made a catastrophic misjudgment putting trust in two people with evil intentions. Sadly none of us knew until it was too late. Now my best friend’s life is hanging in the balance and danger still lurks in the shadows.



To make matters worse the never fall in love motto I had all of my life just flew out the window at the worst time possible as I find myself torn between two men. What do you do when your heart is pulling you in one direction but your head is pulling you in another?



I can’t help but fear that all of my life before this moment was just the calm before the storm…







Amazon Bestselling Author and a mother of 3 wonderful kids. Madison 11 Bailey 7 and Finn 3. I run a successful online boutique, Bailey Booper’s Boutique; many of my items featured on Teen Mom 2.
I live in a small town in NY with my husband of 11 years, enjoying my happily ever after. My perfect day is spending time at the beach, I love the Ocean. I’m an outdoorsy type of girl; every chance I get I’m outside walking or running around with my kids.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember but I finally decide to pursue my dreams of sharing my stories with the world when I published my first Novel Irresistible Desire back in March 2013.
















Monday, December 22, 2014

❦Cover Reveal: 'The Legend Of Arturo Kina' by L. B. Dunbar❦

LB Dunbar is starting a new series!!
The Legend of Arturo King
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synopsis
My name is Arturo King, and I’m told I’m a legend in music. My band is called the Nights and we got our start at the underground Round Table in New York City. Raised by a foster father, I didn’t know the extent of my inheritance until I was twenty-one, and it was all more than I bargained for. I wanted to play the guitar and rule the world with song, but I learned I have a mother from old money, a dead father who was once a real estate mogul, and a record company that needed some rebuilding. Mure Linn, my friend and mentor, has been by my side through it all, teaching me to play, strengthening my lyrics, and guiding me in the music industry. There was one area he couldn’t guide me, though, and that was love. Guinevere DeGrance changed everything for me, I suppose, including the reason I’m here learning the legend of my life without remembering any of it.

The legendary rock star series begins..
TBR

And a facebook group for all things The Nights:
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SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE BAND!!!
Paisley Belle reporting for Guitar Central. Today's interview is with Arturo King, leader of the rock band, The Nights. As images of Arturo splash social media in preparation for the band's new release, I was able to sit down with the notorious Mr. King. We sit inside the dimly lit Round Table, an exclusive underground bar, known to make or break musical careers. The table seats only two in this cylinder domain with it's mirrored bar opposite the semi-circular stage. Speaking from experience attending concerts here, the few tables will be removed when the night life begins. The brickwork is something you'd find in a Medieval castle, and the empty style is known for its acoustics. Sitting behind Arturo, but nearby, are the other band members: Lansing Lotte, Perkins Vale, and Tristan Lyons.
Let's start with how you got your beginning in music...
A: It all happened by chance. It wasn't meant to be me, but my brother, Kaye, who had the spotlight. When I performed on that stage, it was only to prompt Kaye. Get him to sing. I never meant to steal the show. (He takes a deep breath, uncomfortable with this explanation). That day I met Mure Linn, my mentor and oldest friend, literally. (Laughs). He taught me everything I know. He's the father I never had.
And speaking of family. Tell me about yours. You come from a wealthy heritage.
A: Ingrid Tintagel is my mother; Locke Uther is my father. You can find that information on public record. I never met my father, and regardless of inheriting his real estate empire, it's music I intend to make. Camelot Records is a small company owned by Pendragon Empire, Inc. and that's where my focus will be. Growing Camelot.
So you have an upcoming concert? Tell us about it.
A: 2015 is going to be a legendary year for the band. We've developed a new album and it will feature songs written by our own guys. Lansing, Perk and Tristan each showcase their awesome talent and write their own story through song. It's epic.
Why?
A: Because I'm the leader, per se, and it's always my story people want. I'm the songwriter, the storyteller on guitar and lead vocals, but now they each get their turn. It's cool to share, Paisley. (He winks at me and I fight the blush that creeps up my cheeks).
Yes, well speaking of sharing, tell me a bit about those nicknames you earned?
Arturo smiles slowly at me and I can't report what his dark, dangerous eyes do to women. It's best reserved for a more promiscuous magazine. He laughs softly and replies.
A: I've been told I'm the Chivalrous Lover. I like to satisfy. (He winks again and I dare to recall). I don't have drama in my life after women because I take care in how I treat them. It's a code of honor for me. As for the other guys (he looks over his shoulder and smirks), you'd have to ask them how they "earned" their names.
This reporter knows that Lansing Lotte is labelled Lady Killer, Perkins Vale is considered the Hands-free Lover, and Tristan Lyons is just a Heartbreaker. His harem of women are reputed to be nicknamed 'flavors' but he never tastes twice. His green eyes and model good looks have paralyzed me for a moment from across the bar and I have to shake my head to clear the pleasurable sting.
It's been reported in the tabloids that there is only one woman for you now. (Arturo's lips slowly curl to smile again, although this time a bit sheepishly. I might dare saw he's blushing and his brown eyes sparkle).
A: Yes.
P: Care to expand?
A: Caring is sharing? (I'd think he's flirting with me, but I know better. I've seen the photos of him with her).
A: Guinevere DeGrance has changed everything for me. She's my future. My Once. She's been my muse for our new album.
Ms. DeGrance is a musician in her own right as a cellist, and the daughter of Leo DeGrance, owner of Round Table.
Can you tell me which bands inspired you?
Snow Patrol first and foremost, but also One Republic, Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Milky Chance, and GooGoo Dolls to name a few.  They're all noble warriors in the world spreading music just like us. These bands have helped drive our success.
Is there anyone else you'd like to credit for your success?
A: Well, Mure Linn, of course, and Leo and Kaye. We have a behind the scenes manager, L.B. Dunbar, and she's our promoter, storyteller, supporter of all things Nights.
How can fans follow you or learn more about you?
A: I'd suggest Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23675986-the-legend-of-arturo-king) and join our new group page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/737318906359166/ ) for all things related to The Nights. We love are fans. We know we wouldn't be anywhere without them.
Any final words for those fans?
A: Just thanks for your support. We love you all and we look forward to sharing on January 27.
At this point, a beautiful young woman saunters up to our table and touches Arturo's shoulder. He leans over to kiss her hand before grabbing it and holding onto her as we say our goodbyes. The Nights are cordial, flirtatious, and respectful. I dare say Ms. DeGrance is one lucky lady, but so would be any damsel who snags the attention of the other fine men who are collectively rocking history in their love of music.
Paisley Belle, reporter for Guitar Central, 2014.
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about the author
I’d like to say I was always a writer. I’d also like to say that I wrote every day of my life since a child. That I took the teaching advice I give my former students because writing every day improves your writing. I’d like to say I have my ten-thousand hours that makes me a proficient writer. But I can’t say any of those things. I did dream of writing the “Great American Novel” until one day a friend said: Why does it have to be great? Why can’t it just be good and tell a story?

As a teenager, I wrote your typical love-angst poetry that did occasionally win me an award and honor me with addressing my senior high school class at our Baccalaureate Mass. I didn’t keep a journal because I was too afraid my mom would find it in the mattress where I kept my copy of Judy Blume’s Forever that I wasn’t allowed to read as a twelve year old.

I can say that books have been my life. I’m a reader. I loved to read the day I discovered “The Three Bears” as a first grader, and ever since then, the written word has been my friend. Books were an escape for me. An adventure to the unknown. A love affair I’d never know. I could be lost for hours in a book.

So why writing now? I had a story to tell. It haunted me from the moment I decided if I just wrote it down it would go away. But it didn’t. Three years after writing the first draft, a sign (yes, I believe in them) told me to fix up that draft and work the process to have it published. That’s what I did. But one story let to another, and another, and another. Then a new idea came into my head and a new storyline was created.

I was accused (that’s the correct word) of having an overactive imagination as a child, as if that was a bad thing. I’ve also been accused of having the personality of a Jack Russell terrier, full of energy, unable to relax, and always one step ahead. What can I say other than I have stories to tell and I think you’ll like them. If you don’t, that’s okay. We all have our book boyfriends. We all have our favorites. Whatever you do, though, take time for yourself and read a book.

L.B. Dunbar
Tour Host - Brenda

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Debut Novel**: To be released January 5, 2015. Chasing Reese by Imy Santiago looks really good.



Loss brings love… 

Everything in life is not permanent but it was perfect. Catalina Pardo had a career in journalism most people could only dream of, a hot, sexy fiancĂ© to call her own and a brilliant future ahead of her. When tragedy struck, the life she once knew fell apart. Four years later, traumatized by the events that ultimately changed her existence, Catalina sets herself on a punishing work schedule, preventing herself from facing the demons of her grief-stricken past. Emotionally shut down, she’s alive but not living because everyone she ever loved leaves her. 

Fate intervenes in Catalina’s life in the form of a last minute assignment to a snowy mountain lodge in Whistler, B.C. Sent there to cover the life of the infamous Jackson Reese; an Olympic Snowboarding Champion, she is faced with many challenges bringing to surface the raw emotions of her past. Compelled to work alongside Stryder Martynus, an award winning photographer brought in to document the Reese press tour, tensions and denial run high forcing Catalina to accept the past and face the present with zero regrets. 

Adult Contemporary Romance 

 *Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.*


Pre-Order Links:
Amazon US: amzn.to/1x089EN
Amazon UK:  amzn.to/1Cpy7Dx
Amazon CA:  amzn.to/1GK9ELt
Amazon AU:  bit.ly/1wSKAyO

**Review to follow

❦ Paranormal Romance Fans! This looks like something that'll keep you warm on a cold winter night! ❦



Title: Bondmate
Author: JJ Lore
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Goodreads: bit.ly/1z9rEc8


Decorated Alphan warriors Mateen and Bynton are on a clandestine mission to one of Earth’s refugee camps, in search of the one woman who might complete their bond. Tempering their instincts to capture and hold, both men realize they must court their chosen woman to win her trust.

Avanelle Rein is merely trying to survive in the chaos of a dying society. The last thing she expects is rescue at the hands of golden-skinned alien men. Despite her attraction to them, she fears their warrior ferocity.

Facing danger from Xyran raiders draws the three together as they explore their new relationship and one another. An unexpected challenge during an ancient claiming right forces Avanelle, Bynton, and Mateen to decide if their bond is strong enough to survive.




✰ Holiday 99¢ sale: “Let Me Go” by DC Renee is on sale for a limited time! ✰

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TITLE: Let Me Go
AUTHOR: DC Renee
Amazon: amzn.to/1CpnLn3

Synopsis:

Rape. One word changed his life. Mason Tredwell had it all. He was a good looking, well-respected doctor. He had money, power, and friends. He never worried about finding a woman to warm his bed. But that all changed when he was wrongfully accused of rape. And now, after five years in prison and the loss of everything he cared about, he wanted revenge.

Abandoned as a baby and bounced around different foster homes, Kat Gingham never really had a charmed life. But now, things were really falling apart. She had no money, no job, and even her lying, cheating boyfriend was gone too. She allowed herself one night to cry about her situation before she picked herself back up. But when she woke up, she was no longer at home, and she was no longer alone. She was facing Mason, a guy who claimed she ruined his life. And he’s hell-bent on breaking her down, humiliating her, making her feel like he has all these years.

She claimed she had no clue what he was talking about, but he didn't believe her. The facts don’t lie.

Was Kat lying? Could she convince Mason to let her go? Or was fate playing a role in why they were thrown into this together?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Birthday, Liz Crowe!



Tri Destiny Publishing Announces

Net Worth, a Good Faith sequel

Visit Tri Destiny Publishing to read the full announcement


"What better
way to celebrate a birthday and exceptional hard work than with the best
announcement I could be making. *drumroll* After careful calculations, Good
Faith’s final totals for this year to date are 1327– which means….

That’s
right, you amazing readers, supportive fans, and everyone who spread the word
about Liz, Stewart Realty, Jack Gordon, Jack and Sara, and the rest of the
crazy Stewart Realty family in an effort to get us over the 1000-books-sold by
12/17 mark – you did it! You. Are. AWESOME! From the very bottom of our hearts,
we thank you. This is the best birthday present you could give Liz – the demand
from her fans for more of a “beloved series that never should’ve been.” Because
that’s exactly what this series was when it started and with each book, with
each reader, with each fan, it became so much more.

So, as a
special thank-you to all of you who have been with us through it all. To you
who have waited just over a year to find out “what happens after.” To everyone
who read the last five words of Good Faith and screamed “NO! Liz, no” with
tears streaming down your face. For the fans who came into the Good Faith
support group and yelled at us or emailed us privately when you got to “that
certain spot.” For every single one of you, we are releasing an extra special
sneak peek today at the first chapter of “Net Worth” the Good Faith sequel."

* excerpt from Tri Destiny's Official Announcement  - http://bit.ly/1BT0N7H*


And with that we say HAPPY BIRTHDAY and CONGRATULATIONS

 to Liz Crowe for this mighty fine accomplishment!



Don't forget to head over to Tri Destiny to read the FIRST CHAPTER OF NET WORTH....but before you do that, check out the amazing new covers the first three books in the series have been given below, and enter the giveaway!



And don't forget to check out Liz's blog for her annual birthday post - http://bit.ly/1BT4NoJ





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Floor Time

Free  at time of posting on Amazon | BN | iBooks | Kobo | Tri Destiny

Jack Gordon is Ann Arbor's most delectable bachelor. At age thirty-five, he's made millions as a top-selling Ann Arbor real estate broker and has the right connections to close a deal by any means necessary. With his rugged good looks and compelling personality, he has a virtual black book most men would kill for and he uses it often, never settling for one woman for very long.




While his D/s past remains buried, exactly where he wants it, an undercurrent of boredom and dissatisfaction runs through his life now. A disastrous experience years earlier made him swear off the whole scene, but the more Jack suppresses his natural Dom, the more his frustration grows.





Sara Thornton, a rookie in the real estate game, has fast-tracked herself to the top of the Ann Arbor market. Her life reflects a disciplined and focused routine, exactly the way she wants it. However, as her career takes off, the fulfillment she seeks remains inexplicably out of reach. The one thing she knows for sure, she will not join the Jack Gordon groupies in her company, no matter how tempting that might seem.







A chance encounter, then a difficult transaction, throw Jack and Sara together and the sparks fly high and hot and often. Forced to confront the compulsions that gain momentum with each sizzling encounter, their relationship seems to spiral out of control until Jack finally admits what he needs, and shows Sara what she's been missing. 

Sweet Equity

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Jack Gordon thought he’d finally made it. He had a wildly successful career, money in the bank and even returned to his life as Dom, putting an end to a string of unfulfilling sexual encounters. Now that he's made the ultimate commitment to Sara Thornton, he believes all is right in their world. However, a series of misunderstandings and a dose of self-fulfilling prophesy bring his perfectly crafted house of cards tumbling down around him, forcing him to confront lingering misgivings about marriage and trust. Could those be the only two things he can never achieve?

Sara struggles with her intense need for Jack and her desire for less volatility in her busy life, two goals which appear to be mutually exclusive. Although willing to put in the time and emotional effort to make their relationship work, she finds it futile and frustrating, littered with clashes thanks to near-identical personalities and temperaments. Given Sara’s history, easing back into the comfortable status quo becomes easier than fighting a war with the one person who should be her safe haven. But will the easier choice satisfy her the way only Jack can? Is her "war" one that comes from without or within? 

Buffeted by circumstance, temptation and distraction, Jack and Sara’s tenuous relationship crumbles, sparking a continuous quest for the ever elusive: trust, love and acceptance. By the time they rebuild a foundation for renewal, fate has other plans. This leaves them both reeling, once again questioning their destiny. 


Closing Costs

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Love conquers all? Not likely, according to Sara Thornton. She's spent eight years coming to terms with the new parameters of her life while resigning herself to the idea that “happily ever afters” are best left to fairytales. Sales manager for her successful real estate office and juggling an added element of responsibility she never thought she'd face, Sara continues to struggle with the men in her life. Love, for her, has only meant hurt, broken trust and anger; all of which she’s completely banished from her life, so she claims.





Jack Gordon has come a long way since his early days of obsession with Sara. As the general manager of Stewart Realty, his own level of responsibility for the well-being of others has ramped up. He’s even honed his caretaking skills, now that he has someone who loves him unconditionally.





Continuing to invest effort and rebuild their relationship, he and Sara grow close as friends. Despite this, his ultimate question remains unanswered; the one he keeps asking, no matter how many times she says no. Sara isn't prepared for the keen focus of his need--to have her back, once and for all. Her stubborn resistance nearly rips both lives apart





The epic conclusion to The Realtors series, Closing Costs brings Jack and Sara truly full circle. Proving that the heat of lust and obsession; the need for control and to be mastered in many areas of life can lead to love —surprising you when you least expect it – if you will only allow it. 





About Liz Crowe



Amazon best-selling author, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, mom of three, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”). More recently she is garnering even more fans across genres with her latest novels, which are more character-driven fiction, while remaining very much “real life.

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Forbidden love, a war between hidden worlds and witchcraft. 'The Lebrus Stone by Miriam Khan, a sensational YA paranormal release!


Title: The Lebrus Stone
Author: Miriam Khan
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance




When eighteen-year-old orphan, Crystal Valdez, accepts an invitation to the small town of Blacksville, West Virginia, she hopes to have a summer to remember and a chance to learn more about her parents, to also get to know the family she never knew existed.

But the Lockes begin to act strange and erratic; eerie movements in the night fuel her vivid and gruesome nightmares. To complicate her summer further, she becomes attracted to the menacing yet handsome Cray Locke: her none blood related cousin. He seems determined to keep his distance. The only bonus to her trip seems to be the housekeeper and gardener.

And when a local informs Crystal of the secrets buried at Thorncrest Manor, the kind consisting of a forbidden relationship and a war between hidden worlds, and witchcraft, she must decide whom to trust. Even if it means leaving behind those she has come to love.

Monday, December 15, 2014

❦Blog Tour Stop: "Christmas Wish" by Danielle Jamie❦










Originally in Mistletoe & Kisses anthology. This is the full version with 16,500 more words added.

*If you love Hallmark Christmas Movies and steamy romance novels then this is the perfect holiday read for you!!*




Callie Greenwood’s life has never been easy. Her father up and left when she was six and her mother passed away from breast cancer when she was just thirteen, leaving her grandparents to raise her. But since her grandfather passed away and her grandmother was put into a nursing home, she’s been on her own.



Desperate for love, Callie foolishly settled for the clichĂ© bad boy, thinking he would change his ways for her. Sadly, she learns the hard way that life doesn’t care how bad you have it, and that you can’t make someone love you. When Callie needs Jase the most he abandons her, just like her father did sixteen years ago.



Determined to not spend the holidays alone, Callie decides to spend the holidays at her Aunt Ella's bed and breakfast in Lake George, New York.



Little does she know that everything for her will change when she checks in to the quaint town at Christmas. Callie expected to spend two weeks sipping cocoa by the fire place, listening to Bing Crosby and spending time with her Aunt. The last she ever expected was to meet the handsome but mysterious Brody O’Reilly...



This Christmas heartbreak, secrets, and romance will collide making it a holiday she’ll not soon forget.
























Amazon Bestselling Author and a mother of 3 wonderful kids. Madison 11 Bailey 7 and Finn 3. I run a successful online boutique, Bailey Booper’s Boutique; many of my items featured on Teen Mom 2.



I live in a small town in NY with my husband of 11 years, enjoying my happily ever after. My perfect day is spending time at the beach, I love the Ocean. I’m an outdoorsy type of girl; every chance I get I’m outside walking or running around with my kids.



I have been writing for as long as I can remember but I finally decide to pursue my dreams of sharing my stories with the world when I published my first Novel Irresistible Desire back in March 2013.










New Release! The One She Loves - The newest in the Corbin's Bend series by Constance Masters

Carol and Crystal love the lives they share in Corbin's Bend with their nine year old daughter Brianna.

Carol is a taken in hand bundle of fun but she is not a Susie homemaker. Their house is often times a mess. She'd rather spend time living life than cleaning. She loves Crystal and Brianna and she loves spending time with her friends. She often finds herself over her girlfriends knee for a bare bottomed spanking for getting her priorities wrong.

Crystal is a fire-fighter and the head of their loving home. She's fit, neat and organised. Apart from her career, Carol and Brianna are her world, and while she knows friendships are important, she feels somewhat threatened by how much her girl shares with her friends and not with her.

When Carol decides she wants a baby, it throws their house into a spin. Crystal isn't sure and wants to wait. When Carol's three naughty friends from Leading the Way (4th in the Corbin's Series) see how disappointed their friend is, they help the young mom go on a sperm search with hilarious results. Only problem is, Crystal knows nothing about their hijinks.

Can a punishment fix this mess or will what Crystal sees as disloyalty tear them apart?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23475772-the-one-she-loves
Dashed Dreams!
Excitement is a hard thing to repress. I remember when I was a little girl (just a short while ago) if something good happened, I would run all the way home, bursting through the back gate, slamming it shut and making a beeline for my mum. I just had to get out the news.

I remember one day at school, my friends and I decided we would have a party. On the way home we stopped at one girl’s house to put the idea to her mother, no dice. The dream slipped a little. We stopped at the next girls house; no joy the there either. Mine was the final house only I was on my own by then, each of my friends having been made to stay at their own houses. I ran the rest of the way home, just dying to inform my mum that we would have to be the ones to have the party because I was the last chance. Things didn’t go as well as I planned. I was an hour late home and everyone had been out looking for me. Trust me, I did not get the reaction I had hoped for.

Carol didn’t get the reaction she’d hoped for either when she told
Crystal that she wanted to have a baby.
“Dinner was fun,” Carol said after Bri had left to get ready for bed. It had been nice to sit at the table and hear all about the school news. She usually heard what was going on, either on the way home or while they were at the grocery store or on their way to soccer practice, but it was Crystal that often missed out when she was on shift at the fire station. Brianna had usually gone on to the next piece of news by the time her momma was home.
“Yes it was,” Crystal said. “I never would have found out that Jeremy Spinks liked Amelia who’s never going to love him in a million years because she hates red heads.”
“I know right? Remind me not to invite that little witch to Bri’s birthday party.”
“You can’t do that,” Crystal said. “They’re just kids.”
“I can.”
“You won’t,” Crystal said. “Anyway, when did we decide that Bri was having a birthday party, it isn’t for months?”
“When Amelia decided she hated red heads.”
“You can’t get a set on a nine-year old. Anyway, I’ve waited long enough. I want to hear your news.”
“Okay,” Carol said. “Here’s the thing. I was thinking today that I’m almost thirty and I have a few things that I’d like to experience in my life that I haven’t got to yet. I’ve decided—”
“Yes?” Crystal said when she paused. “Just say it.”
“I want to have a baby.” Her eyes were shut tight and she couldn’t bring herself to open them to see the look on Crystal’s face.
“Open them, Carol. I’m still here.”
“You don’t want to, I can tell,” she said when she did finally open her eyes to her girlfriend’s blank face. She wasn’t giving much away.
“It’s a big thing, Carol, having a baby.” Crystal put her hand over Carol’s, her thumb tracing delicate circles on the soft skin.
“I know. I was there with Bri.” Carol could feel hurt bubbling. She wanted to say that she had been the one raising Bri but she didn’t want to be petty or to lessen the love she had for their first child by making it sound like raising her was a chore. She’d loved every minute of being a Mommy. Well maybe not the temper tantrums and the homework was hit and miss, but nothing in life was perfect was it?
“I know that, honey, you were there then, you have been there ever since.”
“Then why don’t you want to have a baby with me?”
“I didn’t say that I didn’t want to have a baby with you. It just seems kind of sudden. You’ve never so much as hinted at the fact that you wanted another child. You certainly have never mentioned carrying a child.”
“It just dawned on me today.”
“Hmm. Where were you when you had this epiphany?” Crystal asked.
“Does it matter?” Carol asked pulling her hand out from underneath Crystal’s.
“It might,” Crystal said. “If for instance, the idea wasn’t your own.”
“It was, I told you. I want to have a baby!”
“Were you with the girls?”
“Brianna and her friends?” Carol asked with feigned ignorance.
“Must I name them? Your partners in crime: Jen, Sienna and Erin.”
“They didn’t decide for me.”
“Were you with them when you decided you wanted to have a baby? Yes or no?”
Carol sighed. “Yes.”
“I need to think about this,” Crystal said. “We need to think about this.”
“What’s to think about?”
“This kind of important decision is one that any couple has to take seriously, Carol.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“Keep your voice down,” Crystal said firmly. “It’s not like deciding you’ll try a recipe that someone else has made and liked.”
“You’re pissed because I want to have a baby,” Carol said, lowering her voice slightly so Brianna didn’t hear, but she was so disappointed with how this was going.
“Even if it just crossed your mind that you wanted to have another baby, you should have come to me. I should be the one that you share an important thing like that with first.”
“You’re jealous? Of my friends?”
“No, it isn’t that,” Crystal said. “It affects me. It affects this household. It isn’t going to make a difference to Jen’s life if you have a baby, and I’m sure not going to decide in one conversation, in one night that we are going to have a baby because your friends think it’s a fun idea.”
“Are you two fighting?” a small voice said from the doorway.
“No, baby,” Carol said, immediately going to Brianna to comfort her. “We were having a heated debate about something.”
Brianna looked from one to the other of her parents. “Are you sure?” she asked her momma.
“Yes, we’re sure,” Crystal said, kissing her daughter’s head and wrapping an arm around Carol’s waist to reassure her.
“Okay,” Brianna said, heading back to the living room.
“Five minutes, Bri,” Carol called. “It’s nearly bedtime.”
“This conversation isn’t over, Carol. We’ll save it ‘til later.”
“What’s the point?” Carol said, tossing a dinner plate into the dishwasher. “You just let me know what you decide about my life.”
“Pardon me?” Crystal said. She took the remaining plates and placed then carefully on the racks of the dishwasher. “You need to calm down and be reasonable before you get yourself in trouble.”
“I can get in trouble for wanting to have a baby?”
“Of course not. Don’t think you won’t get yourself in trouble if you don’t take a hold of your tongue though.”
Carol’s face colored. “Yes, ma’am, I’ll try.” She would try but it wouldn’t be easy.
This hadn’t gone at all as she planned. Being calm and respectful was the last thing she felt like. She felt like telling her girlfriend exactly what she thought of her lack of support. She shut the dishwasher and pressed the buttons to start it with a little more enthusiasm than was probably needed.
Constance Masters is a writer of spanking romantic fiction. Her stories are a little like real life, with families, fun, laughter and people that love each other while living within a domestic discipline lifestyle. At this time she has twelve published books.
Constance loves to write and loves that she is able to fit that into her busy home life in Australia. She has a husband, five children and four grandchildren all of whom she loves to spend time with. She also loves watching crime shows and reality television. Extreme chocoholic and lover of champagne.
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