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Friday, September 30, 2011

Sweet Saturday Sample of "Now and Forever, Callie's Story"

Thank you for stopping by. Today I have two different excerpts of my free prequel, "Now and Forever, Callie's Story". We start with a snippet of chapter one and then jump to Callie meeting Kyle for the first time.

Chapter One
 Callie swore to her sister she knew something was up because the sound of the doorbell was different. The teen remembered going to the big picture window in the living room that Saturday to watch sheets of rain come down hard from heavily clouded skies. Boredom crept into her body and she slumped down on the window seat, tracing behind raindrops racing down the pane with her finger. Then the doorbell rang. Afterward, everything seemed to happen in slow motion.

She opened the door to reveal a grim-faced policeman dressed in dark blue, water dripping off his hat, his hands nervously clenching and releasing. She looked up at him with a questioning gaze until she saw the look of sadness in his eyes. Her hand flew to cover her mouth as tears filled her eyes.
“Callie Richards?” he asked. “There‟s been an accident.”
Callie stood there, not hearing him, just staring.
“There has been an accident. Your parents…” He gestured helplessly. “You‟d better come with me.”
She stood still, her feet riveted to the floor the tears cascading down her face almost as fast as the raindrops on the pane. The policeman heaved a sigh and entered the house, found a raincoat behind the front door and an umbrella. He helped her don the coat and opened the umbrella.
“It's the rain. It washed out some of the small bridge over Chestnut Creek. The car skidded on a mud slide. It happened fast. Come on, let's go, Callie,” he said, gently taking her elbow and guiding her to the police car.

A few days later at the house of her neighbors the Westons...:
Plopped on the sofa attempting to read, Callie answered the door when the bell rang.
“Is John home?” asked the most handsome young man she had ever seen.
Callie nodded and stepped back to let him in. The young man's gaze swept over her slowly, drinking in the beauty of her face and figure, stopping briefly at the cleavage peeking out of the neckline of her tank top. She blushed under his scrutiny.
“Kyle!” John loped down the stairs two at a time.
Kyle Maine pried his attention reluctantly from Callie to greet his best friend. A brief hug, a slap on the shoulder then Kyle turned to Callie.
“New sister? You been keepin' something from me?”
“She's a neighbor. Callie Richards, this is Kyle Maine.”
Kyle nodded at Callie, his lips parting into a wide smile. Her eyes met his and she nodded. He was about five foot ten inches, sandy blond hair and had a bright smile, which warmed Callie‟s frozen heart.
“Hey, beautiful, wanna join us?” Kyle asked.
Callie's hand opened up and the sweater she was holding slid to the floor. John put his hand on Kyle's arm and shook his head slightly in response to Kyle's questioning glance. Mary Weston appeared from the kitchen.
“That's a fine idea, Kyle. It would do this young lady good to get out of the house. Do you feel up to it, Sweetheart?” Mary asked, putting her arm around Callie's shoulder.
Callie's large turquoise eyes connected with Kyle's. The room fell quiet as she gazed at him, a blush rising from her chest to her throat. Kyle's smile vanished, replaced by a heated stare that made her shiver slightly. Mary stepped back. With a silent nod, Callie bent down to pick up the sweater she dropped at the same time Kyle did. Their hands touched, sending tingles shooting up along Callie's arm, and she backed off, allowing him to retrieve the garment.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ten wishes and Contest!

At this time of reflection, I have come up with ten wishes for those I love. Leave me your wish for someone you love and I will select five wishes to win a free copy of "Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights". Yes there will be FIVE winners!! Don't forget to leave your email address, too.


1. I wish for my son, Steve, to find the discipline to achieve the academic success he needs this year to get into Vet school. 
2. I wish for my son David to decide to become an architect and enroll in college.
3. I wish for one special friend to find success writing and achieve financial peace of mind.

4. I wish all the writers I know and love who have not yet published find the missing piece that will turn their writing into the best book ever and find a publisher.
5. I wish that all those seeking to make a living writing have their dream come true.

6. I wish all those people who are uncomfortable with those who are different from them to find a place of peace in their hearts and minds to be able to accept others.
7. I wish for a special friend of mine to become a bigger success than he ever thought possible.
8. I wish for all those I know and love to have the healthiest year they have ever had.
9. I wish at least three good belly laughs for everyone every day.
10. I wish you would all forgive me for this mushy sentimentality and continue to be my friend anyway!!
Reader request wishes:
11. I wish for a cure for Type 1 diabetes for Susan and her grandson.
12. Caseamajor wishes for perfect and peace for all who read this. 
13. Lynn Spangler's wish is that all those aspiring to improve their lives find the courage and strength to do so. 
14. Another reader offers this: I wish for comfort and strength for all those who have lost someone they love dearly. So that they may honor their loved one by continuing to live.
15. A great wish from Stephy Smith: I wish everyones wishes to be fulfilled! 

16. From Marybelle: I wish for my children to be happy, fulfilled & giving.
If you are a friend and I missed you, my bad! Please email me at: and I'll add a wish for you to the list!
17. Denise Z : I wish for my son to finish his schooling and a life of joy and success.
18. Lindsay: I wish people would trat dogs and even cats with the respect they deserve. Don't forget to comment to win!

Monday, September 26, 2011

TUESDAY TALES - New Chapter of Sexy Night at the Museum

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Chapter Seven

        Liza stretched her arms over her head then brought them down, folding them around the naked chest of Dr. Rick Banks hovering over her in the big bed.  As he lowered his mouth to hers, the phone rang and Rick looked at the clock…seven a.m. He gave Liza a quizzical look as he removed his hand from her breast and moved over to pick up the phone.
            “It’s the police,” he said turning his head to face her, cupping his hand over the phone.
Liza slid out of bed as Rick continued his monosyllabic conversation with the police. Stark naked, she sat next to him on the bed, draping her arms over his shoulders, distracting him.
He took her hand and kissed her palm before responding to the policeman on the other end of the phone.
            “Yes, officer. It’s my day off, but I don’t mind coming in. No, I understand. It will take me an hour or so…” he looked at Liza, his gaze moving down her body and back again,
“Maybe more. I have some…uh…research I’m doing at home I need to finish before I... Right,” he said, hanging up the phone.
            “What was that about?” She asked, her fingers sliding up his neck and dipping into his dark hair.
            “Some robbery at the museum. The police want to talk to everyone. I guess you’re coming with me.”His hand sought her breast again, cradling it.
            “They want to interview everyone, including beautiful, sexy interns. But I think we have time for a shower.” He bent over and nibbled her  neck.
            “This time we’ll use water,” Rick chuckled as he stood up from the bed, lacing his fingers with hers and led her into the bathroom.
            An hour later as they stood finishing their coffee in the kitchen, Rick moved closer to Liza. He leaned over and planted a kiss on her soft lips.
            “I can’t seem to stay away from you,” he muttered.
            “Don’t want you to,” she whispered, moving her body up against his.
            Rick put down his coffee cup, gave Liza one more quick kiss and picked up his keys. They got in his car for the short drive to the museum. Liza gazed out the window, dreaming of what it would be like to be Mrs. Rick Banks. He mentioned marriage but they hadn’t gotten around to discussing it yet. She knew what her answer would be.
            Her dreams were interrupted by the sight of five police cars parked in front of the museum. Liza got out a couple of blocks away as was her custom so the administration wouldn’t know she was Rick Banks’ lover, which was against the rules, and walked in.
            In half an hour, Liza was bringing Rick his second cup of coffee at his desk. He was wearing his mask of polite disinterest in case anyone should happen by, but he smiled a knowing smile at her before she turned to leave.
            Liza was stopped by Donovan Carstairs, Rick’s assistant curator. Not tall and good-looking like Rick, Donovan had mousy brown hair and a rather large nose. He had asked Liza out several times. She did once go to lunch with him, but found him self-absorbed and pompous.
Donovan had an Ivy League degree and thought that entitled him to first dibs on Liza’s luscious body. Unfortunately for him, she didn’t agree.
He never gave up and began to notice the heat between Liza and Rick as much as they tried to hide it. Liza tried to ignore his jealousy and repeated attempts to ask her out but he was persistent.
            “I’ll have a coffee, while you’re here, Liza, make it the same way you do for Rick” Donovan said, his gaze focused on her breasts.
            “My face is up here, Donovan,” she snapped at him, moving her arm across her chest.

            When Liza returned with his coffee, Donovan and Rick were talking about the theft.
            “The Dodo egg?” Rick asked, his eyebrows raised.
            “What about the Dodo egg?” Liza asked him.
            “Donovan said they thief stole the Dodo egg.”
            “That’s a very valuable piece, you know,” he said, turning to Liza. “The Dodo bird is extinct.”
            “Duh, Donovan!” Liza said, making a face when he turned his back to her.
            “The police are searching everyone’s desk and such,” Carstairs said.
            “I’ve nothing to hide, let them come,” Rick said. He picked up a specimen and proceeded to make notes.
            “Are you sure?”
            Rick looked at him with his brows knitted and a frown on his face.
            “Of course.”
            “I’m simply saying, Rick, if you needed money or anything and thought this wouldn’t be missed, I hope you took it home. After all, swiping the precious egg at midnight makes a getaway easy, doesn’t it?”
            Liza wanted to slap the smug look off Donovan’s face. Pink crept up her neck to her cheeks.
            “Donovan you’ve got a lotta nerve…” she began.
            Rick took off his magnifying glasses, rubbed the bridge of his nose and trained a hard stare at his assistant. “How do you know the robbery took place at midnight, Donovan?” 

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