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Killing Me Softly

Devyn Dawson


I glance down at my black
pointy-toed high heels and realize they’re the most uncomfortable shoes I’ve
ever worn.  Andy’s mom let me borrow a
pair of Andy’s shoes since we wear the same size.  It will take me a while to think of her in
the past tense.  Looking around the room
all I see are strangers.  None of these
people knew her like I did.  No one knew
the way she loved soft furry blankets and in the summer she loved softy silky
pajamas.  They didn’t know that she spent
more time praying for her friends and animals than she did for herself.  No, they didn’t know those things, and they
never will.
My best friend, Andy, died four
days ago in a car accident with her boyfriend Doug.  A car crossed over the center lane and hit
them head on.  The police say they died
instantly.  I talked to her exactly ten
minutes before the crash, she told me she was going to stop by on her way
home.  We’ve always done that; stop by on
our way home from shopping to show what we bought.   Doug took her to Dallas to pick up a guitar
and to go shopping. Andy’s parents have money. They spoiled her, but she never
acted spoiled.  She was kind and
giving.  For her birthday, her dad gave
her a prepaid credit card.  She had to
keep her grades up, if she did, he’d load a thousand dollars on the card every
month for a year.  That’s more money than
I make at my job. When I go shopping, I hit the thrift stores and yard
sales.  Just because I don’t spend tons
of money on clothes, doesn’t mean I don’t look like I do.  There’s a thrift shop not too far from here
that I find the best deals.  If the
outfit doesn’t fit me, I do the alterations myself.   My money is from my job at the vitamin store
in the mall. Eight dollars an hour doesn’t go far when you’re the bread winner
in your family. 
Andy didn’t spend the money on
things just for her, no, she would buy things for an after school program she
worked for as a volunteer. She would give you every dime she had if you needed
help. When she went shopping for herself, she would buy a matching outfit for
me.  She would always say that I was the
sister she always wanted.
Linda, Andy’s mom, is making her
way over to me, her grief is written all over her face.  I stand up and wrap my arms around her thin
body and in that moment the magnitude of what happened hits me like a brick
wall.  I start to tremble, but I force
myself to keep it together until I get home. 
That’s when I’ll have the luxury of breaking down.
“Sugar, how are you holding up?”
Linda asks.  One of her friends leans
over and hands her a fresh martini.
“I don’t know,” I shrug my
shoulders.  “It doesn’t seem real, does
“She loved you so much,” I smell
the alcohol on her breath as she kisses me on the cheek.  “You’re welcome here any time, you’re part of
our family.  If that daddy of yours gives
you any trouble, you come over and you can sleep in Andy’s room.  She’d want you to be here with us, you know
“I know.  If you don’t mind, I need to go home and
check on my dad.  They changed his meds
this week.  As usual, he’s been in one of
his moods.  Never mind all that, if you
need anything, I’m number five on your speed dial.  I’ll drop off the shoes later this week.”
“Holland, keep the shoes, I don’t
need them back.  Go check on your dad,
I’m going to try to get everyone out of here at a decent hour.  My head hurts too much to deal with so many
people.  I love you, Holly, don’t you
forget it either.” Andy’s the only person who ever called me by my childhood
nickname.  When I started high school, I
went back to my given name, Holland. Linda pulls me in for another hug, this
one is tighter and longer than the last one. 
In my head I can hear Andy complaining that her mom is getting
mushy.  I smile at the thought. 
“I love you too.  I’ll be by soon.”  She’s hugging me as if she’s holding onto a
piece of her daughter for dear life.
Most everyone here are family or
friends of the family.  A few people from
high school came to the funeral, but everyone bailed before the graveside
service.  If it were anyone other than
Andy, I would have done the same.   My
heart is heavy in my chest and tears threaten to come, but I suppress them so I
can get home before I start the water works.
My street is ten streets away from
Andy’s house, but the neighborhoods are polar opposites.  Her street is lined with manicured lawns and
matching brick mailboxes at the end of each driveway.  Several people on our street have taken their
mailbox down because some kids drove by with a baseball bat and dented in the
metal mailboxes.  A couple of the
neighbors have cars parked in their yard and many of the houses have some type
of car up on car ramps or a jack.  Andy’s
neighborhood is filled with houses with three bedrooms and two or more
bathrooms.  Ours isn’t. 
I pull into the driveway that is
cracked from neglect and hot Oklahoma summers. 
Our small two bedroom house is dark red brick with white trim that could
use a new paint job.
The screen door bangs closed as I
step into the living room.  Dad is right
where he was when I left this morning, asleep on the couch.
“Dad, it’s after two.”  I say it loud enough for him to hear me. 
He pushes himself up to a sitting
position.  “How was it?  Is her mom holding up okay?”
“It was as nice as a funeral can be
for an eighteen year old girl.  Her mom’s
okay, she’s a strong woman,” I say harsher than intended. 
“When will you go to the store to
buy groceries?”
The only question he cares
about……food.  He doesn’t give a crap about
the funeral, he’s been sitting on the couch all day.  He sits around and feels sorry for
himself.  “Dad, I told you I don’t get
paid until Tuesday.  Your Social Security
check paid the bills.  I have thirty
dollars for gas.  That’s all the money we
have in the bank.  There’s stuff to eat,
just not what you want.   Give me a few minutes to change for work and
I’ll make you some supper.”
“You’re working on the day of your
best friend’s funeral?”  He asks, posing
as the concerned father.
“Yes, I’m working on the day Andy
was buried.  I have to pay the bills, so
working isn’t an option. Your prescriptions will be running out this week, I
need money for your co-pays.  Look, I
don’t want to talk about this right now.” 
I set my stuff down as I head down the short hall to my bedroom.
“Holland, I’m getting better!  Don’t you worry, before long, I’ll be able to
go back to work!”  He shouts out to me.
He’s told me a thousand times how
he’s getting better.  Per Dr. Paul, his
regular doctor, he’s never going to be fit to work again if he doesn’t go to
therapy on a regular basis.  He’s two
steps away from being placed in an institution. 
He was involuntarily committed last October, it lasted for five
days.  Being the selfish person I am, it
was the most sleep I’ve had in years.  He
was safely behind locked doors, and I didn’t have to worry about which side of
him I was going to come home to.
My little room is large enough for
my full-size bed and a small desk I found at a garage sale.  Most of my clothes are folded up inside big
plastic bins.  Andy teased me about my
organization skills.  She said I’m the
only teenager who puts away their clothes on their own.   I found it easier to strap a bin of dirty
laundry to my skateboard and pull it the two blocks to the Laundromat than to
carry it that far.  I’ve been doing our
laundry since my mom left when I was thirteen. 
That was the year my dad lost his job with the advertising firm and everything
spiraled out of control.
I bend over to tie my shoes and
pick up my keys that fell to the floor. 
I double check my reflection in the mirror before rushing out of my room
to make a quick dinner for my dad. 
Crap!  I think to myself as I
realize I got more bleach splatters on the hems of my khakis.  Thankfully, Gerrie won’t be working tonight
to gripe at me about buying a new pair of pants.  She find a way to complain about me at every
opportunity she finds.  She hates it when
I wear my long hair down, she says I shed it all over the store. Last year she
got upset with me for not being tan like all the other girls in the mall.  She told me guys would come in to buy
vitamins if I had a tan and wore make-up.
Andy and I would dream up crazy
come-backs to Gerrie’s insults, but I never used them. 
How can I face another day without
her humor?  How am I going to deal with
my dad without her encouragement?  How
will I carry on?


Chapter One. 

Six months later.
“Yes Aunt Laney, I know his
birthday is Saturday.  Dad won’t show up
for dinner, he never does.  He hates surprises
and apparently he hates showers too.  I
know you don’t like to come to our neighborhood, so you can drop it off at the
mall.  I’m working tonight and tomorrow
“Okay, I’ll bring it to you at the
mall.  I’ve reloaded that Visa for you to
get some groceries.  Holland, you can
come live with me, no one would blame you,” Aunt Laney says for the hundredth
time.  She’s my dad’s older sister and
the only family member who still checks in on us.  Her husband is a big corporate lawyer who
represents every big company in Oklahoma. 
She was his paralegal, until they fell in love and got married.  To ease her conscience she loads a prepaid
Visa so I can buy groceries and gas.  She
paid off the mortgage last Christmas. 
She has no idea how much easier she made my life when I didn’t have to
worry about that bill anymore.
Things have been looking better
this year.  June moved away and I was
promoted to assistant-manager, which included a two dollar an hour raise.  “Okay, I’ll see you then….and thank you for
helping us by loading the Visa.”
“Oh honey, you’re a doll.  I’m proud of you for being such a good
daughter to my baby brother.  I hope
you’ve been able to keep your flawless GPA. 
You’ve been working so many days a week, it must be hard to keep up your
I can picture her admiring her
fingernails as she talks.  She’s always
struck me as a superficial person by the clothes she wears and the people in
her life.  “Thanks, I don’t have any
choice, he’s my dad.”  I state the
obvious.  “I’m taking online classes, so
it works around my schedule.  Not to be
rude, but I need to go; I have to be at work in fifteen minutes.”
“I’ll see you later.” 
“Okay, I’ll see you this evening,”
I click my cell phone off and close my bedroom door behind me.
“Dad, your dinner is in the fridge in the
purple container, heat it up for one minute.” 
I turn the corner and see my dad sitting up for a change.
“You’re going to work early, you
should eat breakfast,” he suggests.
“Dad, it’s four in the
afternoon.  I have to do laundry
tomorrow, so it would be nice if you took a shower and put your dirty clothes
in the hamper.”  He won’t.  He’ll give me excuses why he couldn’t shower
before I got home.   Recently, he
developed a fear of showering in an empty house.  His therapist called in a new medication, but
it only seems to make him more of a zombie and has done nothing for his fear of
“Four?  The days sure go by so fast.”  He rubs his hand across his unshaven
face.  He’s not even forty, but you’d
never know by the amount of grey in his beard.
“Gotta go, Dad,” I hold my breath
and give him a peck on his head.
Friday evening at Darby Springs
Mall is crowded as usual, leaving the only parking spaces ridiculously far from
the doors.  During my lunch period I’ll move
my car closer so I don’t have to get security to walk me to my car after
work.  I ease the Charger between two
SUVs, barely clearing the one on my right. 
Aunt Laney gave me her old one as a graduation gift during my senior
year.  Old to her is anything older than
two years old.  She had only owned this
one for a year before giving it to me. 
She even covers the car insurance so it wouldn’t be a burden on me and
my dad.
“Hey Sam, can you stay until
close?  It’s the fifteenth which means
payday for the military, and they love to come stock up on the protein
powder.  This is usually the busiest day
of the month.”  I glance around the store
to make sure everything is in order.
“Is that what’s going on?  I had to restock the powder a couple of times
already today.  One guy wanted to return
something, but I told him to come when you’re working.  He said he’d come back tonight,” Sam says.
“Will you straighten up the display
of Vitamin C?  Someone turned all the
bottles backwards, it was probably a kid.” Sam’s a quirky guy who spends all of
his paycheck on body building powder and his spare time in the gym.  He dates a girl I went to high school with,
she’s rumored to have appeared in a couple of adult films.  She’s a pretty girl but she can’t carry on a
conversation without talking about kinky sex. “I’m going to the back to place
some orders, if you need me just call,” I say as I turn to the back of the
“Holland?” Sam’s voice booms over
the phone intercom causing me to jump. 
“Yes, Sam.”
“That guy is here with the return.”
“I’ll be right there.” 
There’s a guy at the register
dressed in jeans and a black t-shirt talking to Sam.  His short light brown hair is definitely Air
Force the way it is perfectly squared off on the back of his neck.
 I remind myself that I’m the assistant manager
and not to be intimidated. 
“Hi, I’m Holland, what can I help
you with,” I ask as I step behind the cashier counter.  Another pretty-boy airman with his deep
dimple and flawless skin.  There’s no way
he’s much older than I am, that’s good because I don’t typically back down to
people my age.  Older guys in the
military scare me, they seem so hard and angry. 
“Hey Holland, Sam here told me to
come back when you’re here to refund this powder.”
The first thing I notice are his
eyes, pale blue eyes…incredibly pretty blue eyes and smile.  The manager-in-training classes I took told
me to always hold the customer’s gaze. 
They obviously never looked into eyes like his.  It takes everything in me not to shift my
eyes away from him.  It makes me feel
exposed as if he is literally looking into my soul. 
“Yes sir, is there a problem with
the powder?” 
He’s first to avert his eyes and
look down at the jug of Mega Muscle Protein Powder.  “It gave me a rash,” he replies without looking
up at me.
Most of the guys who come in are
embarrassed to admit they ended up with a rash. “A rash?  Do you have a photo of the rash?”  Our return policy on store-brand products are
if it gives you a rash, you have to provide a photo.  There’s nothing more disgusting than looking
at a rash on a stranger. 
“That rule on your policy is pretty
intrusive.  When I read it, I was floored
that it was a real rule.”
Here we go, he’ll turn off the
charm and turn into a douche.  I’m sure
Sam is doing the countdown in his head. 
“Yes sir, we must turn in the photo along with the explanation in to our
corporate office.  Our policy is for
quality control and has nothing to do with being intrusive.  May I see the picture?”
He pulls out his cell phone and
scrolls through his pictures before holding it up for me to see.  Sure enough, it’s a rash… on his ass!  He took a selfie of his ass rash in the
mirror. He is standing in his boxers and holding one side of them down and
taking a picture with his other hand.  I
need to call Andy and tell her about this, she’s going to die laughing.  Dammit! 
I can’t call her, because she’s dead. 
“I need a print of the picture,” I
snap.  My mood has gone from good to
pissed in two seconds.
“You really need a picture of my
ass to give me a thirty-five dollar refund?”
I cock my head to the side, my
go-to defense pose when I’m hiding my feelings from the world.  “I didn’t write the rules, but I follow
them.”  This is the look Andy called my bitch-face.
“Look, I’m not going to go print
off a picture of my ass to get a thirty-five dollar refund.  You can keep the powder and the money.”  He shakes his head back and forth before
taking his receipt and folding it up neatly before returning it to his wallet.
I stand at the register and watch
him walk out of the store.
“What happened?”  Sam asks.
“Nothing, I’m following policy,” I
reply nonchalantly.
Sam looks at me like he wasn’t
buying it for an instant.  “Holland, one
minute you were okay and the next you flipped and were pissed off.”
“I didn’t flip.”  I gather up my paperwork to tally out our
sales for the day.  My dad flips, I just
get pissed.
“I think there’s Pamprin in the
office, if you need it,” Sam says sarcastically.  Good thing I like him or I’d write him up
just because I can.
“I’m not PMSing and just for that,
you get to mop the floor tonight.” 
Without turning around, I head back to the office.  When memories of Andy pop into my head, I’m
reminded how lonely life is without her. 
I’ve been going to her grave and sitting there for hours.   She was always my sounding board when it
came to my dad, now I feel guilty for all the times I made her listen to me
complain.  We should have spent more time
doing pranks and laughing at stupid movies. 
Now, I’ll never be able to do those things with someone.  Lately, everything reminds me of her and I’ll
either cry or get angry.  It isn’t that
I’m mad at her, it’s I don’t know when the pain will stop.  My therapist says dumb things like, time heals all wounds, or everyone grieves differently.  The therapist was Aunt Laney’s idea since the
health insurance policy she bought for me covers the visits. 
“Knock, knock,” Sam’s voice brings
me back to reality.  “Hey, do I really
have to mop the floor?  I have plans
after work and I don’t want to smell like bleach and dirty mop water.”
“I told you to mop not take a
bath.  I’ll let it slide this time, but
don’t ever hint for me to take Pamprin again, okay?”
“Deal.  Your Aunt Laney is in the store, do you want
me to send her back here?”
“No, I’ll go out there.”
I’ve thought of myself as a writer for as long as I can remember.  I played grown-up with my family, until everyone grew up and left me to figure out what I really wanted to be.  Jumping over the cliff, I took a leap of faith and wrote my first full length novel, The Legacy of Kilkenny.  My love of young adult books, helped mold me into the writer I am today.  The books I write, reflect the types of books I enjoy reading.  Every story I write will have a huge twist at the end, one that often leaves the reader in shock (no pun intended, if you know me, you know why I say that, LOL).  Thank you for considering to read my books.  Happy reading!
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I’m in an Anthology!

If you follow me or are my friend on Facebook, you may have seen my announcement the other day that I am going to be a part of a Halloween anthology. It will be titled Howl, and will be a Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal Romance. Featuring authors: Alivia Anders, Airicka Phoenix, Inger Iversen, Victoria Escobar, Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons, Desiree DeOrto, Jennifer Martinez, Katie Quinn, Sami Schwartz, and, of course, me! I’m already hard at work on mine, and I think y’all are gonna like it. It will be available in ebook and paperback. The official cover will be revealed on September 8th. If you’re a blogger and want to sign up to participate in the cover reveal, sign up here:  In the meantime, hope you’re pacified with the placeholder cover!

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Fair Fun!

My mother-in-law and I took my two boys to the County Fair for the first time on Wednesday. I hadn’t been to a fair since I was eight, so I was super excited! Now, my kids are one and a half and five months, so rides were pretty much out of the question. We stayed in the animal area the whole time. I don’t like to post my kids’ names online, so I’ll call my toddler Dino for the purpose of this blog, because he stomps around like a dinosaur. Anyway, I took Dino into the petting zoo. Go figure, he was afraid of the animals! He wanted me to hold him, and he freaked out every time I tried to get him to pet an animal. Ever heard of the website “Reasons Why My Son is Crying”? I was seriously tempted to submit a picture of him to that website. “My son was crying because he pet the animals in the petting zoo.” Yet, he was fine with the animals that were in cages. Sigh. My five-month-old, L.B. (a.k.a. Little Babe), was unaffected by Dino’s antics and was so happy to be out of the house that he slept the majority of the time.

In writing-related news, my latest release Ouroboros is finally up on Barnes & Noble. The paperback is available there as well. I’m working on the sequel, called Time Turners. My business cards, designed by the awesome Joe Eastwood of Joseph Design and Photography (he also designed my book cover and formatted both my ebook and paperback), arrived in the mail today. The picture isn’t the best, but aren’t they pretty?


And now I leave you with this picture of a rabbit for no reason:


Much-Overdue Announcement!

I absolutely fail at blogging. I know I’ve said that before. I’m going to try to change that. So, I have a new book out. It’s available on Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords. I’m still waiting on Barnes & Noble. Paperbacks will also be coming soon! Here’s my cover, done by Joseph Eastwood, of Joseph Design and Photography:

Ouroboros Ebook Cover

And here’s the blurb:
Waking up from a coma is hard enough, but throw in an undead ghost at the foot of your hospital bed, and you’ve got a big problem.

While recovering from a rock-climbing accident, eighteen-year-old Rhiannon Sorenson meets Zachary Cohen, a Zayin—one of an elite fighting force for the supernatural realm—and wonders why she’s the only one who can see him. Not only that, he tells her he needs her help to find his physical body, which has mysteriously gone missing. As Rhi reluctantly agrees to come to Zac’s aid, they both uncover a trail of deadly revelations about a powerful and evil being: The Necrovorst.

In this first installment of a trilogy filled with vibrant and imaginative mythology from around the world, follow Zac and Rhi while they face powerful, supernatural beings, and learn all that they can in order to stop The Necrovorst.

Hopefully, it will be available on B&N soon. If you’ve followed my blog for quite some time, you may have seen me write about it before. I’ve re-written the blurb, and changed the series title (it used to be “The Zayin Chronicles”).

I’m currently working on book two in the series, titled “Time Turners”. In other news, I now have two boys! That’s why I never post any more. But, I will seriously try to be better about that, I promise. 😀


I’ve been failing at blogging lately. Sorry about that, everyone. It’s been a crazy couple of months, so here’s a few updates:

Overshadow, book two of The Shadow Imperium series, is almost ready to be released! I just sent the proofs back to my editor today. I should have a release date and a cover to share very soon!

I have several other works in progress (WIPs). One of these is the third and last book of The Shadow Imperium series, called Queen of Shadows. I also have a time-travel/steampunk novel that I’m working on. I’m really excited about this one. I’m planning on participating in both sessions of Camp NaNoWriMo in hopes of getting a lot of writing done. If you’re curious about Camp NaNo, you can find it here:

One more update. This has nothing to do with my writing, but I wanted to share it anyway. My husband and I are expecting our first baby in November! So, that’s why I haven’t been around much lately. I’ve been completely exhausted! I’m finally starting to get some energy back, so hopefully you’ll be hearing more from me soon.

Guest Post: Using Details to Your Advantage

Please welcome Joanne Troppello, author of the newly-released Bella Lucia, to the blog!


Using Details to your Advantage


In my life, I’m a very detail oriented person. However, when I write, sometimes I forget about the details because I’m too excited to write the story. Details are very important—sharing too much information might bore the readers and not sharing enough could leave the readers dissatisfied, wanting to know more.


As with so many things in life I believe in finding balance in the usage of details in my books. I’m learning to meet in the middle and add more than what I did before because I was lacking in my presentation of the story.



Sophie absently listened to the girls’ conversation and sat down at the table. Her love of architecture and design drew her eyes up to admire the big arched windows close by. She liked the secluded area where the host seated them. She took a quick survey of the surroundings and noticed the ceiling, at least thirty feet high. Massive arched and squarewindows lined the parallel walls. The chandeliers sparkled beautifully and that light combined with the sunshine made a glorious sight.


Alexander came over and interrupted her thoughts. “This was the hot spot since the eighteenth century. I bet you didn’t know that.”



Admiring the great architectural design of the room, Sophie sat down at the table and absently listened to the girls’ conversation. Alexander came over and interrupted her thoughts. “This was the hot spot since the eighteenth century. I bet you didn’t know that.”


Which example do you think best utilizes detail? I’m sure we’d all agree the first one does. Without going on forever, the first example gives just enough detail to pull you into the scene; whereas the second example leaves you wanting to know more detail about the “great architectural design of the room.”


How can you utilize details to your advantage? You can be stingy with your details. What? Wait a minute, you say. I know I just got done sharing that you shouldn’t skimp on details. To clarify, you need to value each and every detail you include as if it were a gold coin. You don’t want to include details just to include them. Really, every word we write should have a good reason behind it for why it’s included in our novel.


So, if you want to tell the reader that someone is wealthy, should you write?


Jasper Jenkins was

 a very wealthy man.


Or would you go with option two?


Jasper Jenkins drove his BMW (or whatever other luxury car you’d like to include) up to the iron gatehouse and punched in the security code. The gate opened and he drove down the long, tree-lined private driveway. He came to a stop near the Italian fountain and exited the car just as Nigel, his butler, came rushing down the front steps to assist with carrying the luggage inside the sprawling mansion.


Remember that you are creating the movie or word picture in the reader’s mind. Of course, the reader will create his or her own picture while reading—but the point of being an author is to give the reader all the details he or she needs to see the picture you want him to see…in order to correctly portray every aspect of your story in the best possible way.


Where do you stand on details? When you read, do you like to know as much information as possible or do you think less is more? For the authors, do you load on the details in your books or keep it simple?



After being married for six years, Gwen and Lucas DeStefano are dealing with the pain of a childless marriage and trying to trust God for their future. On a weekend getaway to the Poconos, they attempt to relax and renew their marriage, but witness an event that turns their lives upside down. They see a body dump in the woods while they are on a hike and their lives become entangled in a web of suspense and God’s ultimate blessing in the form of a little baby girl, named Bella Lucia. Will Gwen learn to trust God with childlike faith and wholeheartedly accept His plan?


Det. Marc Abrams is assigned to the murder investigation of Sabrina Reysen and he will do whatever it takes to find her killer. He has his suspicions and is pleasantly surprised when he meets Samantha “Sam” Collins, the attractive US Marshall assigned to protect one of the witnesses in this case. Will Det. Abrams find the killer before it’s too late and is the attraction between him and Sam strong enough to survive?


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Joanne Troppello is an author of romantic suspense novels. She has published three books: Shadowed Remembrances, Mr. Shipley’s Governess and Bella Lucia. Currently, she is working on her new writing project, The Paradise Redeemed Series. Joanne is married and loves spending time with her husband and family.She enjoys interacting with readers at The Mustard Seed Blog.


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Six Sentence Sunday

Here’s another six sentences from Foreshadow!

He let go, but he didn’t move away. “Now tell me, Raena. What are you doing out here in the middle of the night?” He eyed me appraisingly. “Looking quite appealing in your lovely pajamas, I might add.”

My face burned, and I felt thankful the trees were hiding the moon.


Imagine discovering that your boyfriend was out to kill you—and that the annoying boy from school was your guardian angel.


Rae Davenport has already lost her mother. The only thing keeping her sane is her new boyfriend, Andrei—that is, until she finds out that he wants to kill her. Andrei is a devil, and he wants to use Rae as a sacrifice to get back into Heaven. The only one who can save her is Logan, her guardian angel. He’s only annoyed her in the past, but now he will be her savior.


Six Sentence Sunday

It’s that time again: Six Sentence Sunday! Here’s six sentences from Foreshadow:

“You deserve so much better.”

“Oh, and are you going to be the one to treat me better? Are you saying you could treat me how I deserve to be treated?” I retorted.

He fell silent. His emerald eyes warmed as they bored into mine. “I could,” he whispered.


Imagine discovering that your boyfriend was out to kill you—and that the annoying boy from school was your guardian angel.

Rae Davenport has already lost her mother. The only thing keeping her sane is her new boyfriend, Andrei—that is, until she finds out that he wants to kill her. Andrei is a devil, and he wants to use Rae as a sacrifice to get back into Heaven. The only one who can save her is Logan, her guardian angel. He’s only annoyed her in the past, but now he will be her savior.


St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

Welcome to my stop on the St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop!

My favorite color is green. Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is pretty much the only St. Patrick’s tradition I participate in. I know, I know. Where’s my Irish pride? Where’s my holiday spirit? Well, I don’t like beer, and I’m not really a fan of corned beef or cabbage…especially the smell.

Despite my aversion to the traditional food and drink of the holiday (green beer, anyone?), I do faithfully don my green clothing every St. Patrick’s Day. Even when I worked in a doctor’s office, I had a green scrub top that I wore to work. Hey, I didn’t want to get pinched! It hurts! Of course, I try not to overdo it on my green. I don’t want to look like Barney…

I would really like to find a leprechaun, though. Not one of the scary ones. A cute, friendly one, who will share his pot of gold with me.

Anyone know how to build a leprechaun trap? Bueller?

What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s Day tradition? Tell me in the comments below for a chance to win a $10 Amazon OR Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice) gift card!

Even if my gift card offer doesn’t tempt you, leave a comment anyway for a chance at the two grand prizes: a Kindle Fire OR Nook Tablet (winner’s choice), and a $90 Amazon OR Barnes & Noble gift card (winner’s choice). There are over 120 authors participating in the hop, so you can leave a comment at each stop! Visit for the full list. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Character Interview with Michaela from The Sphinx Project by Kate Hawkings

Today, I’d like to welcome Michaela from The Sphinx Project by Kate Hawkings to the blog! I just finished reading The Sphinx Project, and I loved it! You can check out my review HERE. I asked her some either/or questions as to what she would prefer. Welcome Michaela!


BREA: Michaela, do you prefer being by yourself or with others?

MICHAELA: It’s hard to decide because I’ve never really had much time to myself. I’ve managed to steal a few moments here and there since we left the labs though, and I’ve really enjoyed the peace.


BREA:Soda or coffee?

MICHAELA: I’ve never tried coffee, but it smells nice!


BREA: Car or motorbike?

MICHAELA: Motorbikes, they just makes me feel free.


BREA: Rock music or pop music?

MICHAELA: To be honest I don’t know the difference… I’ve liked all the music we’ve listened to though.


BREA: Going to stores or ordering online?

MICHAELA: I’ve not bought anything online before, but Mouse has. It seems so much easier.


BREA: Cake or ice cream?



BREA: Movie theatre or DVD?

MICHAELA: I’ve never been to a movie theatre OR watched a DVD before…


BREA: Book or magazine?

MICHAELA: Book… I’ve seen a couple of magazines since I got out, but they all seem to be about clothes.


BREA: Dressy clothes or casual clothes?

MICHAELA: Casual. I really don’t understand the frilly and lacy bits on the dressy clothes. I like to be able to move around without worrying about what I’m wearing.


BREA: Sleep in or get up early?

MICHAELA: Early. I like seeing the sun rise.


BREA: Italian or Mexican?

MICHAELA: I don’t think I’ve tried Mexican, but I did get to try pizza. It was awesome!


BREA: Which would you rather lose, you hair or your teeth?

MICHAELA: Hair, I could always wear a wig.


BREA: Chocolate or vanilla?

MICHAELA: Chocolate, definitely chocolate.


BREA: Money or love?

MICHAELA: I’ve never had money of my own, I can live without it. I’d take love any day.


BREA: Fly or read minds?

MICHAELA: Hmm, both could be hugely advantageous… On one hand I would always know what my opponent are going to do next. On the other, I would be able to get a proper view of our location and see things coming from miles away. Although it would probably be more sensible to choose mind reading, flight just tugs at me!
BREA: Lose your sight or hearing?

MICHAELA: Sight. My hearing would be more beneficial than my sight if I were only to have one of them.


Thanks so much for visiting with me today, Michaela! I really enjoyed your story, and can’t wait to see what happens to you next!

For those of you who haven’t picked up The Sphinx Project yet, you should! It’s great!