Sneak Peek Sunday ~ The Remembrance Trilogy by Kahlen Aymes – #31WriteNow

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Sneak Peek Sunday with Kahlen Aymes!

There are a lot of exciting things happening for The Remembrance Trilogy! 

The narrators are recording AUDIO BOOKS for Audible and iTunes.  I’m so excited!  It sounds fantastic and I can’t wait for you to hear it.

HERE IS A SAMPLE!

Copyright – 2012-2013 – Kahlen Aymes

Also, Ryan and Julia are going to FRANCE! The Future of Our Past will publish there in October of 2013!

What’s NEXT? … Alexander Avery and Angeline Hemming are my next super sexy, smokin’ hot power couple!  They’re headed your way in my  next series:  After Dark!!   These two are HOT, HOT, HOT type A personalities who’s battle of wills in and out of bed will melt hearts and panties.  🙂

As always… I love and adore you!  Let me know what you think of Ryan’s sexy voice!

xxox

~Kahlen

A Love Like This by Kahlen Aymes ~ Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

I’m hosting a cover reveal and giveaway for my friend, Kahlen Aymes, author of “A Love Like This,” the highly anticipated final volume of the Remembrance Trilogy. Her first and second offerings, “The Future of Our Past,” and “Don’t Forget To Remember Me,” enjoyed both popular and critical accalaim on Amazon, Smashwords, and other popular platforms. At the conclusion of the cover reveal, please click and enter the Giveaways. ARCs are available of all three books via the Kindle format and books one and two are available in all other platforms. Two lucky winners will win one of these packages. The giveaway runs from May 10 – 17th!

Synopsis:

Settled in New York City, Ryan and Julia Matthews seek to enjoy their idyllic newlywed life together.  Julia’s high-profile job at Vogue and Ryan’s promising career in medicine will surely set them up for everything they could ever want.  Their only obstacle seems to be finding enough time to spend together.

When a scuffle at Ryan’s hospital puts his life in danger, a colleague steps in to save him but is critically injured in the process.  In a heroic and unwavering effort, Ryan manages to save her life, but her injuries irrevocably change her future forever.

What happens next will push Ryan beyond human endurance, when he is forced to decide how much he will pay for his new friendship and Julia, what she is willing to sacrifice in order to spare herself the unspeakable pain of watching someone else try to replace her in Ryan’s heart.

Join Ryan and Julia in the heart-wrenching conclusion to the unforgettable story of an incredible love… worth every single sacrifice…

For there is nothing more sacred than… A Love Like This…

Available at these retailers:

AMAZON

SMASHWORDS

BARNES & NOBLE

Also available on sony.com, kobo.com and apple stores.

THE GORGEOUS COVER:

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RELEASE DATE: JUNE 24, 2013!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

2e88674d89260ac1d18843.L._V371105695_SX200_Kahlen Aymes grew up in the Mid-Western United States and was educated at a private university. She is divorced with one daughter, has a B.S.B.A. degree in business/marketing and began writing as a way to network a business venture. Soon, writing turned into her passion and morphed all other career goals.

Kahlen is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving contemporary romance. Her stories are filled with intense love, passion, angst and emotion that breathes life into her characters and leaves her readers captivated. She lives near Omaha, Nebraska with her daughter, Olivia and their three dogs. Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music and theater… But the love of her life is writing!

She adores hearing from her readers, so don’t be shy.

Represented by Elizabeth Winick-Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency, the first two books in her series; The Remembrance Trilogy are available now. Come and experience Ryan and Julia’s mad, mad love.

Find Kahlen on Facebook, email to kahlenaymesauthor@gmail.com or follow her twitter accounts; @kahlenaymes & @kahlen_Aymes & blog: http://kahlen-aymes.blogspot.com/

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Tax Weekend Romance Sale!

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Taxes can be a real buzzkill, but this weekend doesn’t have to be that way for romance lovers. Myself and five other authors have come together to bring you a Tax Weekend sale to take the sting out of the tax deadline. So finish your return, go off to Amazon, 1-click and enjoy some great stories from authors you love, or new to you, authors. These are a great bargain for the price!

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Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever

by L. V. Lewis

Discounted from $2.99 to $.99

Amazon

Summary:

Keisha Beale and her roommate Jada Jameson have half the money they need to start their dream business. A hookup from Jada’s well-connected father gets them a meeting with the elusive venture capitalist Tristan White. The only time slot he has available is the close of business on a Friday afternoon when Jada has a nonrefundable ticket  for a sorority week in Sin City. Keisha goes to the meeting alone and almost flubs their chance at getting the much-needed start-up capital they require. During this one chance meeting Tristan White discovers he wants a little coffee in his cream. Thus begins his pursuit of Keisha Beale, the only woman who can quench his raging case of Jungle Fever!

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Taboo

Roxy Queen

Discounted from $2.99 to $.99

Amazon

Summary:

He’s the eighteen-year-old lifeguard at the pool. I’m a twenty-eight-year-old woman babysitting for the summer, before going to grad school. He’s one step away from jailbait (his birthday was eight days ago. Yes, I checked). I’m not necessarily a cougar yet, but closer to cougar than high school girl. He’s hot, and by hot, I mean holy crap. And by holy crap, I mean, when I first saw him, I thought he was twenty-one. Minimum. But he’s not twenty-one. He’s eighteen and off limits. But he has this back and these shoulders and everything about him is yummy and I just want to touch him. Once.

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Elle Insatiable: Book One

by The Black

Discounted from $4.99 to $1.99

Amazon

Summary:

To her employees and friends, Gabrielle Archer is the epitome of the self-made, strong black woman. With her aggressive style and razor tongue she’s made it in a man’s world with room to spare and bodies in her wake. She’ll put anyone who crosses her – especially any man – in his place, and then she’ll despise him for his weakness. No man dares challenge her…except one.

Simon Bishop knows what buttons to push – not to ignite Gabrielle’s wrath – but to strip away her emotional armor to reveal the woman within – the woman she yearns to be: Elle.

Elle has no power and no control. Elle is free to give herself over to a strong man, a man she trusts to take care of her so that she can give all to him. And what Elle has to give is a fiery passion that that knows no boundaries and no shame. Elle is the woman that every real man desires, and the woman that every other woman, deep in her heart, wants to be.

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Laura’s Two Ice Cream Boys (Complete Collection)

by Mimi Strong

Discounted from $3.99 to $.99

Amazon

Summary:

“A smashing, gorgeous story that takes the reader on a rollercoaster, to the heights of ecstasy and the depths heartache. The series climax is one of the most original and sweet engagement proposals you’ve ever read. This is a wonderful romance, packed with moments ranging from jaw-dropping outrage (Sharise!) to happy-tears-making.”

Laura’s always been a good girl. She doesn’t speed or smoke or swear. She’s only given her body and heart to one boy. He repaid her by dumping her at the wedding altar. She threw up on her wedding dress.

Laura’s done being a good girl.

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Love Under Fire ~ The Complete Set – The Tested Series

by Nikki Walker

Discounted from $2.99 to $1.50

Amazon

Summary:

Love Through The Fire

Marcus and Naya have been separated five years. Marcus gets injured in an accident.  Naya is a physical therapist-the best in the region.  After Marcus fires one therapist after another, his best friend, Trey steps in and convinces him to let Naya help him to recover from his injuries. Their past relationship is put to the test when Naya has to move with Marcus to start his rehabilitation. Can they rekindle the love they once had or has their divorce created a brick wall that cannot be knocked down?

“Been There -Done That”~ In Flames

Andrea is grieving the loss of her daughter.  Det. Zane Perkins enters her life over a pick-pocket breakfast. Using her daughter’s memory to build her gift basket business, her focus is soley on her business.  Andrea is convinced that she has ‘been there and done that,’ but Zane convinces her to change her mind.

Hearts On Fire

Trey is burnt out and in need of some rest and relaxation and now Sherri is run-down from her superior who wants her dead,  to the one person that she feels safe with, Trey. But, how does she deal with being in such close proximity of her love crush? Trey has watched Sherri grow up, he’s always treated her with care but now he sees her for more than just a little sister. While keeping her safe from those who are trying to harm her, can he convince her that his heart belongs to her eternally?

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The Seduction of Dylan Acosta

by Nia Forrester

Discounted from $3.99 to $1.99

Amazon

Summary:

When Dylan marries Mets superstar short stop Mark Acosta. Practically overnight, her life changes, and despite her best efforts, she feels herself being pulled deeper into a world of disaffected and deceitful baseball wives, designer clothes, celebrity parties and multi-million dollar homes. Though Dylan struggles to remain the simple, down-to-earth girl that Mark fell in love with, she feels the lure of the seductive trappings of her new life. The closer she is to becoming the quintessential “Baseball Wife” the farther apart she and Mark become . . .

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The Future Of Our Past

The Future of Our Past (The Remembrance Trilogy, Book 1)

by Kahlen Aymes

Discounted from $3.99 to $.99

Amazon

Summary:

Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews have been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle, unwilling to risk their incredible friendship, but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of Ryan’s departure to Harvard Medical School and Julia’s for her new job on the opposite coast, they are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings and find themselves enthralled in a passion like neither has ever known.

The lovers are faced with forced separation, great distances and others who try to sabotage their relationship as both of them work to build the shared future they both dream of. When their lives begin to finally gel, Julia is offered a promotion that will jettison her career to new heights. Ryan is left angry and bereft as it will only postpone their reunion yet again. In light of the sacrifices she has made for him, he can hardly deny her, and Julia is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. Will she choose the chance of a lifetime or the love of her life?

The Future of Our Past is the first book in The Remembrance Trilogy, a transcendent love story about the type of powerful and passionate connection we all dream of.

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Dont Forget To Remember Me

Don’t Forget To Remember Me (The Remembrance Trilogy, Book 2)

by Kahlen Aymes

Discounted from $3.99 to $.99

Amazon

Summary:

Ryan Matthews has everything he ever wanted. Close to graduation from Harvard Medical School and on the verge of marrying his gorgeous and accomplished girlfriend, Julia Abbott, his dreams are about to come true and all of their sacrifice is finally at it’s end.

When tragedy strikes, their relationship is hurled into turmoil that leaves Ryan devastated. His sorrow drives him to keep his distance yet leaves him aching; consumed with desire and love he refuses to let manifest.

Julia is inexplicably drawn to Ryan and longs to build a future with him, but his agony over the loss of the heart-stopping memories she no longer shares with him, leaves him unable to trust that she could truly love him without the brilliant past he clings to.

When love so unforgettable has been forgotten, can Ryan find enough faith to believe that Julia’s heart will remember, even when her mind can’t?

The second book of The Remembrance Trilogy follows Ryan and Julia’s quest to rebuild their stunning past. An incredibly beautiful and heart-breaking romance, full of passion, intensity and truly immeasurable love that will leave you spellbound, breathless and longing for more…

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Tax Weekend Sale: Romance and Erotic Romance Authors

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Taxes can be a real buzzkill, but this weekend doesn’t have to be that way for romance lovers. Myself and five other authors have come together to bring you a Tax Weekend sale to take the sting out of the tax deadline. So finish your return, go off to Amazon Friday, April 12-Monday, April 15, 1-click and enjoy some great stories from authors you love, or new to you, authors. These are all great bargains for the price!

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Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever

L. V. Lewis

Discounted from $2.99 to $.99

Amazon

Summary:

Keisha Beale and her roommate Jada Jameson have half the money they need to start their dream business. A hookup from Jada’s well-connected father gets them a meeting with the elusive venture capitalist Tristan White. The only time slot he has available is at the close of business on a Friday afternoon when Jada has a nonrefundable ticket  for a sorority week in Sin City. Keisha goes to the meeting alone and almost flubs their chance at getting the much-needed start-up capital. During this one-chance meeting Tristan White discovers he wants a little coffee in his cream. Thus begins his pursuit of Keisha Beale, the only woman who can quench his raging case of jungle fever!

Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever, the comedic run-away hit by L. V. Lewis for only $.99? Fairy Hoochie Mama and Triple-G can even afford it (but you have to read the book to find out who they are).

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Taboo

Roxy Queen

Discounted from $2.99 to $.99

Amazon

Summary:

He’s the eighteen-year-old lifeguard at the pool. I’m a twenty-eight-year-old woman babysitting for the summer, before going to grad school. He’s one step away from jailbait (his birthday was eight days ago. Yes, I checked). I’m not necessarily a cougar yet, but closer to cougar than high school girl. He’s hot, and by hot, I mean holy crap. And by holy crap, I mean, when I first saw him, I thought he was twenty-one. Minimum. But he’s not twenty-one. He’s eighteen and off limits. But he has this back and these shoulders and everything about him is yummy and I just want to touch him. Once.

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Elle Insatiable: Book One

by The Black

Discounted from $4.99 to $1.99

Amazon

Summary:

To her employees and friends, Gabrielle Archer is the epitome of the self-made, strong black woman. With her aggressive style and razor tongue she’s made it in a man’s world with room to spare and bodies in her wake. She’ll put anyone who crosses her – especially any man – in his place, and then she’ll despise him for his weakness. No man dares challenge her…except one.

Simon Bishop knows what buttons to push – not to ignite Gabrielle’s wrath – but to strip away her emotional armor to reveal the woman within – the woman she yearns to be: Elle.

Elle has no power and no control. Elle is free to give herself over to a strong man, a man she trusts to take care of her so that she can give all to him. And what Elle has to give is a fiery passion that that knows no boundaries and no shame. Elle is the woman that every real man desires, and the woman that every other woman, deep in her heart, wants to be.

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Laura’s Two Ice Cream Boys (Complete Collection)

by Mimi Strong

Discounted from $3.99 to $.99

Amazon

Summary:

“A smashing, gorgeous story that takes the reader on a rollercoaster, to the heights of ecstasy and the depths heartache. The series climax is one of the most original and sweet engagement proposals you’ve ever read. This is a wonderful romance, packed with moments ranging from jaw-dropping outrage (Sharise!) to happy-tears-making.”

Laura’s always been a good girl. She doesn’t speed or smoke or swear. She’s only given her body and heart to one boy. He repaid her by dumping her at the wedding altar. She threw up on her wedding dress.

Laura’s done being a good girl.

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Love Under Fire ~ The Complete Set – The Tested Series

by Nikki Walker

Discounted from $2.99 to $1.50

Amazon

Summary:

Love Through The Fire

Marcus and Naya have been separated five years. Marcus gets injured in an accident.  Naya is a physical therapist-the best in the region.  After Marcus fires one therapist after another, his best friend, Trey steps in and convinces him to let Naya help him to recover from his injuries. Their past relationship is put to the test when Naya has to move with Marcus to start his rehabilitation. Can they rekindle the love they once had or has their divorce created a brick wall that cannot be knocked down?

“Been There -Done That”~ In Flames

Andrea is grieving the loss of her daughter.  Det. Zane Perkins enters her life over a pick-pocket breakfast. Using her daughter’s memory to build her gift basket business, her focus is soley on her business.  Andrea is convinced that she has ‘been there and done that,’ but Zane convinces her to change her mind.

Hearts On Fire

Trey is burnt out and in need of some rest and relaxation and now Sherri is run-down from her superior who wants her dead,  to the one person that she feels safe with, Trey. But, how does she deal with being in such close proximity of her love crush? Trey has watched Sherri grow up, he’s always treated her with care but now he sees her for more than just a little sister. While keeping her safe from those who are trying to harm her, can he convince her that his heart belongs to her eternally?

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The Seduction of Dylan Acosta

by Nia Forrester

Discounted from $3.99 to $1.99

Amazon

Summary:

When Dylan marries Mets superstar short stop Mark Acosta. Practically overnight, her life changes, and despite her best efforts, she feels herself being pulled deeper into a world of disaffected and deceitful baseball wives, designer clothes, celebrity parties and multi-million dollar homes. Though Dylan struggles to remain the simple, down-to-earth girl that Mark fell in love with, she feels the lure of the seductive trappings of her new life. The closer she is to becoming the quintessential “Baseball Wife” the farther apart she and Mark become . . .

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The Future Of Our Past

The Future of Our Past (The Remembrance Trilogy, Book 1)

by Kahlen Aymes

Discounted from $3.99 to $.99

Amazon

Summary:

Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews have been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle, unwilling to risk their incredible friendship, but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of Ryan’s departure to Harvard Medical School and Julia’s for her new job on the opposite coast, they are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings and find themselves enthralled in a passion like neither has ever known.

The lovers are faced with forced separation, great distances and others who try to sabotage their relationship as both of them work to build the shared future they both dream of. When their lives begin to finally gel, Julia is offered a promotion that will jettison her career to new heights. Ryan is left angry and bereft as it will only postpone their reunion yet again. In light of the sacrifices she has made for him, he can hardly deny her, and Julia is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. Will she choose the chance of a lifetime or the love of her life?

The Future of Our Past is the first book in The Remembrance Trilogy, a transcendent love story about the type of powerful and passionate connection we all dream of.

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Dont Forget To Remember Me

Don’t Forget To Remember Me (The Remembrance Trilogy, Book 2)

by Kahlen Aymes

Discounted from $3.99 to $.99

Amazon

Summary:

Ryan Matthews has everything he ever wanted. Close to graduation from Harvard Medical School and on the verge of marrying his gorgeous and accomplished girlfriend, Julia Abbott, his dreams are about to come true and all of their sacrifice is finally at it’s end.

When tragedy strikes, their relationship is hurled into turmoil that leaves Ryan devastated. His sorrow drives him to keep his distance yet leaves him aching; consumed with desire and love he refuses to let manifest.

Julia is inexplicably drawn to Ryan and longs to build a future with him, but his agony over the loss of the heart-stopping memories she no longer shares with him, leaves him unable to trust that she could truly love him without the brilliant past he clings to.

When love so unforgettable has been forgotten, can Ryan find enough faith to believe that Julia’s heart will remember, even when her mind can’t?

The second book of The Remembrance Trilogy follows Ryan and Julia’s quest to rebuild their stunning past. An incredibly beautiful and heart-breaking romance, full of passion, intensity and truly immeasurable love that will leave you spellbound, breathless and longing for more…

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Kahlen Aymes: Most Kissable Character Contest Winner!

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Congratulations to Kahlen Aymes, author, and Ryan Matthews, character, for winning the Author-to-Author “Most Kissable Character Contest!” Kahlen is a wonderful author and her books are absolute treasures, so this win couldn’t have happened for a better writer. It has been fun working with her and all the other author-to-author writers, and I look forward to more projects with all of them in the future!

No sour grapes from my guy, Tristan White. He’s rather secure in his own talents in that way. 🙂

Below is a picture of Kissable Winner, Ryan Matthews, (an actor I’m sure we all know and love) and a sneak peek at the upcoming third installment in Kahlen’s Remembrance Trilogy!

Ryan Matthews

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Here is an excerpt of Kahlen Aymes’ “A Love Like This”

Julia~

I pushed one on speed dial before I could change my mind.  My heart was beating so fast, I felt it would burst out of my chest.  Instantly, Ryan picked up.

“Julia?”  I could hear the panic in his voice and it hurt.  “Where are you?” he demanded.  “Jesus, are you okay?”

“I’m fine,” I lied.  I wasn’t fine.  I hadn’t been fine for weeks.  “I texted hours ago.  Didn’t you get it?”

“Anyone could have sent a text from your phone.  How was I to know someone hadn’t hurt you and had your phone?  I needed to hear your voice!”

My heart squeezed inside my chest and plummeted to the pit of my stomach.  I’d never thought of that.  “I’m sorry.  I didn’t think you’d believe something bad happened to me.”

“No shit, you didn’t think!” he spat angrily and I winced.

“Look, I don’t want to talk if you’re just going to yell at me.”  I was exhausted.  Emotionally drained and just done.

“What did you expect me to do?” he yelled again.  “Agghhhh! Tell me where you are and I’ll come and get you right now.”  His voice was thick, throbbing with anger and something indefinable.

“You can’t come.  Just… I need some time.  Ryan, please.  Just give me some time,” I said again, praying he would accept my plea and not press me.  It was too much to hope for.

“Why are you doing this to us?” I could hear the anguish and fear in his voice.  More than anger, he was hurt.

“I didn’t mean to hurt you.”  The words ripped from me.  Physically, my throat was aching and emotionally, I knew I’d had it.

He huffed into the phone.  “Yeah, right!  That’s why you run off without a fucking word… Don’t ask me to believe you give a flying fuck what you’d put me through!”

Tears squeezed from my closed eyes as I struggled not to let out the sobs building up inside.  “I didn’t think.  I just had to get away.  I can’t be in New York right now.  I’m sorry you’re hurting, but no more than me!”

“You left town? Are you in Boston?  How in the hell am I supposed to keep my head in the job like this?” Ryan demanded.  I pictured him pacing angrily around the apartment, just back from the hospital, still in his scrubs.  It was certain he was exhausted.

My throat thickened and I felt sick.  “Your job.  Your life. Your friend.  Your everything, right?  I’m just an observer.  Stuck on the outside looking in.”  I hated the crack in my voice, the weakness and helplessness that held me prisoner.

“What exactly are you saying, Julia?  Tell me where the hell you are!  Right now!”  His breathing was hard; I could hear the refrigerator door open and then slam over the phone.

I sucked in my breath and let my fury fly.  It wasn’t as if he didn’t already know why I left.  “I’m saying that while that woman is invading your every waking moment!  As long as you let her, I’m not coming home, Ryan, okay?!” I yelled into the phone, panting, my face crumpling in pain.  “I can’t take it anymore!” My chest was

heaving and I was shaking so much I almost dropped the phone.

He sighed heavily.  “We talked about this!  You know that I’m just trying to be a good friend!”

I rolled over again; a new wave of pain threatening to drown me like the deepest ocean, that name was like nails on a chalk board.  I was so fucking sick of hearing it.  Jane this, Jane that, poor Jane…bla bla bla!  Maybe I was being a bitch, but at that point, the pain over took caring.

“So what?  We talked and nothing has changed!  When you’re done letting your friend take over  and can remember you’re married, give me a call.”

“It isn’t like that!  I owe her!  Don’t we both owe her?”

I was so friggin’ tired of hearing my husband taking her side over mine, yet upset that his words made me feel guilty about my own pain and resentment.  “I won’t let you turn me into the bad guy, Ryan!  I will not stay and watch while you let her drive a wedge between us.  We never see each other, so I’m surprised you even notice I’m gone!  Did you let Jane know you were calling me?” I asked bitterly.  “I mean, could she spare you for a moment?” I sniffed.  I knew I sounded like a petulant child and truly didn’t care. “How generous.  Remind me to send her a thank you note,” I said sarcastically.

Ryan sucked in his breath harshly and paused.  “This isn’t you, Julia.  Where is the generous woman I know?” he asked quietly.  “You’re not being fair.”

The air left my lungs in a whoosh as the pain replaced the anger instantly.  My voice was quiet and I felt numb.  “I can’t believe you just said that to me.” He was doing it again; taking her side over mine.  Maybe that wasn’t even what was happening, but resentment welled up inside me like a damn ready to burst.  She was taking him away from me and he was letting her, he was helping her. “I’m not being fair?”

“You know she sacrificed a lot for me.”

So did I, Ryan!  I suffered your absence for years while we built this life!

“Yeah, I know the feeling.  I guess she wins though, since she bled real blood,” I said miserably.  I flushed at the jab, but I was hurting so God damned bad, I couldn’t help but lash out.

I could hear his breathing get heavier.  He knew how much his words stung.  “You know what we have is sacred.  Please, just stop this.” His voice was low and urgent.

“Then why have I felt so alone?  It feels like you’ve completely abandoned me.”

“You know how much I love you and I’m sorry, I just …”

“No,” I begged.  “Please don’t say anymore.  Every word… hurts.  I can’t take it.  Just give me some time.  Don’t call me.  Let me…figure things out.”  I felt like I was drowning, clawing for the surface and Ryan could save me, but he didn’t.

“Julia….please…” I could hear his voice shaking, cracking.  He was crying.  “Don’t do this.  We figure shit out together, so tell me where you are so I can come to you.  I’m going crazy.”

I closed my eyes and my heart began to ache again when my Ryan finally showed up.  That was the voice of the man who loved me and I wanted nothing more than to be in his arms.

“I’m safe, and I’ll call.  I promise,” my voice broke again.

“Are you… are you leaving me?”  Each word was dripping in emotion, anguish

and panic.

Why didn’t he know nothing would make me leave him?

“It just hurts too much.  She has a part of you that used to be mine and I can’t stand by and watch.”

“For Christ’s sake!  How can you even say that? No one has the part of me that belongs to you!”

All of you used to belong to me.  My heart was pounding.  I wanted to claw it from my body so the pain would stop.

I know.  I tried to force the words out, but they stuck in my throat, because they felt like a lie.  But, I didn’t know.  Not anymore…. and, it was killing me.

The seconds ticked by while we both cried, both of us waiting for the other to say something and neither willing to end the call.  I knew he could hear the tears and the sniffles, even though I kept the sobs confined to the silent shaking of my shoulders as I pressed the heel of my hand to my mouth.  Somehow, I had to keep him from hearing how broken I really was.

“Just tell me that you still love me,” he begged raggedly.  “God, Julia, please.”

That was the end of me and the sobs finally erupted into the silent room.  “You know…” I gasped.  “You know how much I love you.  Nothing can ever change that.”

This was the second time he’d questioned me about loving him.  The first time being when Meredith offered me the first promotion, on his visit to New York for Valentine’s Day when he proposed.  I tried to swallow the pain so I could speak, but it still crept into my shaky voice.  “Just a little time, okay?  Try to understand how it’s been for me. ”  I love you, but it hurts too much to be with you right now.  “I just really need your understanding.  Please, Ryan.  Just for a little while.”

He sighed heavily.  His voice was low and thick, laced with his own tears.  “Okay.  God, I’ll try.  When we got married you said you sometimes you wondered if a love like this even exists.  It exists or it wouldn’t hurt so fucking bad.  But, only for us, Julia.”  Ryan’s voice was deep, but thick with tears.  “Believe that and…don’t forget to remember me.”

As Ryan said the words that connected us for the past five years, my heart broke inside my chest, shattering instantly into a million pieces that ripped me to shreds.  He knew those words would yank my heart from my chest.  And they did.  It was pure manipulation, pure guilt, pure heaven and pure hell.

As if I could ever forget him.  My eyes squeezed shut and pushed more tears down my cheeks.

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Enter The Author to Author – Most Kissable Character Contest!

 

Welcome to the Author to Author Most Kissable Character Valentine Contest!

The Author to Author group has a wonderful contest in celebration of the most romantic day of the year: Valentine’s Day. 
 
From now until February 13th at midnight, you can vote for the Most Kissable Character (characters listed below). The winning character’s author will post a snippet/outtake/sneak peek from their book for you to enjoy!
 
So sit back, scroll down, and meet some of the hottest characters in fiction. Don’t forget to click the SurveyMonkey link at the end (and leave the Author to Author group a little love via a comment). 
Have an idea for a contest you’d love to see? Let us know! We’re always looking for some great ideas to connect with readers!
 
Book title: The End of All Things
Name: Justin Thatcher
Eye Color: Dark brown
Hair Color: Dark brown
Profession: Ex Special Forces soldier
Special Abilities/Talents: The man you’d want
around in case of an apocalypse, Justin is skilled in combat and survival
techniques.
Why he’s the most kissable: Beneath that
tough, ruthless exterior, Justin’s got a heart as sweet and soft as melted
chocolate.


Purchase The End of All Things by Lissa Bryan at The Writer’s Coffee Shop Website

Book title: MORE

Name: Caleb Foster 

Eye Color: Blue (kinda)


Hair Color: Dark Brown

 

Profession: Protector of the Race/Student/Physics Tutor 
Special Abilities/Talents: Superior strength and speed, heightened senses, compelling people and
blurring memories, an ability to shift from place to place with only a
thought. 

 

Why he’s is the most kissable character: At first, Caleb comes off as a bit of a nerd – I mean seriously, he is a
physics tutor after all, and look at that hair – and those glasses! But peel
below the layers (and the hoodies) and va-va-voom! There’s more to him than
meets the eye, and we’re not talking Transformers here. One top of that, he’s
got a heart of gold. Sure, he’s dedicated to his job as a Protector of the
Race, but when it comes to doing his duty or doing what’s right (like
protecting Ava) – he’s going to make the right decision. 
 


Purchase MORE by T.M. Franklin at AmazonBarnes and NobleThe Writer’s Coffee Shop WebsiteiBooksKobo

Book title: Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever

Name: Tristan White

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Blond

Profession: Venture Capitalist

Special Abilities/Talents: Dominant
who knows the canon of the Kama Sutra from front to back. He dispenses orgasms
as if they are party favors at your own private party. 

Why he’s the most kissable character: Well,
Keisha says Tristan’s tongue should be registered as a lethal weapon due to his
ability to exact pleasure with it!


Purchase Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by LV Lewis at Amazon

Book Titles: Redemption and Revisited 

Name:
 Ryan Edwards

Eye Color: Dark Brown

Hair Color: Jet-black

Profession: Angel of death

Special abilities: Can
transport anything or anyone to any spot in the universe.

 

 

Why he is most kissable: He spent the remaining years of his human life searching the globe for
his wife. Even in the afterlife, he never gave up his search. Now that they
have been reunited, a love that has spanned a century can be fulfilled. Who
wouldn’t want to kiss someone that dedicated to the love of his eternity?

Purchase Redemption and Revisited by Lindsey Gray at

 
 
Book titles: Riverbend and Rapid Water

 

 

Name: Will Sundback

Eye Color: Brown

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Profession: Runs the family’s remodeling and construction business.

Special Abilities/Talents: Very
athletic and proficient in most sports, basketball being his favorite.
Dependable and kind.

Why he is the most kissable: Will is
caring and kind while always remaining brutally honest. He has a lovable,
confident, and sometimes cocky personality.


Purchase Riverbend and Rapid Water by Andrea Goodson at Amazon (Riverbend) and Amazon (Rapid Water)

 
 
Book title: Wraith
Name: Connor
Jacobs
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Dark
brown
Profession: Student
Special
Abilities/Talent: Can
see ghosts
Why he’s the most
kissable: When
the supernatural Big Bads to big bad, you want him on your side, that is, if he
can stay out of trouble long enough to be there.

 

Purchase Wraith by Angel Lawson at Amazon

 
Book: Are You Mine?

 

 

Name: Fox
Harrington

Eye Color: Brown

Hair Color: Light Brown

Profession: Warehouse
worker

Special Abilities/Talents: Graffiti
artist, portrait artist, manga artist.

Why he is the most kissable: Fox is a
hopeless romantic, and no matter how difficult life maybe, he always focuses on
the positives. Plus, look at those lips!

Purchase Are You Mine? by N.K.Smith in March/April of 2013. Keep an eye out at N.K.Smith Writes (blog)

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Book Title: Legacy of a Dreamer

Name: Mathias

Eye Color: Blue

Hair: Dark Blonde

Profession: Warrior of the Contrite Lineage

Special Abilities/Talents: Protector
& Guardian of the Oracles, assigned to keep Chantal safe. He has inhuman
strength and power, and has the ability to move through the Shade where evil
lurks to harm mankind. He has an incredible heart and falls for Chantal
quickly. It doesn’t hurt that he has an insane body, too. 


Why he’s the most kissable: 
He’s handsome, fearless, and always puts his woman first. Always 😉

Purchase Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean at The Writer’s Coffee Shop Website

Book title: The Future of Our Past &
Don’t Forget to Remember Me, Books One and Two, The Remembrance Trilogy
Name: Ryan Matthews 
Eye Color: Dark blue
Hair Color: Golden Brown
Profession: Medical Student/Doctor
Special
Talents/Abilities: “Hi! Kahlen, (the chick that
writes my story), said I have to tell you about my special abilities and
talents, but no dude likes to talk about himself; for sure not me! I will say
I’m passionate about two things, my woman and my career. I’ve always wanted to
be a doctor, but nothing is more important to me than Julia. I’d sacrifice
everything just to see her smile.”
Why he’s the
most Kissable: “I had to ask Jules why I
was the most kissable because I’m like, ‘seriously?’ She said that I’m every
woman’s dream; being handsome, tall, and built, doesn’t hurt, but mostly it’s
how much I love her and always put her first that seals the deal. She also said
I’m not just kissable, but lickable. I’m rolling my eyes at it all because I’m
a modest guy, but I have to admit that last part got me grinning like the cat
that ate the canary! As long as my girl’s the canary… I’m golden!”
(*winks!*) 

Purchase The Future of Our Past & Don’t Forget to Remember Me, Books One and Two, The Remembrance Trilogy by Kahlen Aymes at AmazonSmashwordsBarnes and Noble

Book Title: Talented

Name: Erik Kelley

Eye Color: Turquoise

Hair Color: Brown

Profession: Hunter-
a special forces operative for the government

Special
Abilities/Talents:
Able to mimic the talents of others

Why he is the Most Kissable Character: It may be cliché, but having him throw his life on the line for the girl
he loves just makes us want to bite that sexy bottom lip

Purchase Talented by Sophie Davis at Amazon

Ready to vote? 

CLICK HERE to vote for who YOU think is the Most Kissable Character!

Check back on February 14th to see who won and for an excerpt or a sneak peek from the winning author! 

authors (in order of character appearance in this blog): Lissa Bryan, T.M. Franklin, LV Lewis, Lindsey Gray, Andrea Goodson, Angel Lawson, N.K.Smith, Allie Jean, Kahlen Aymes, Sophie Davis