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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

An Interview & An Awesome New Release with Author N.C. Winters...

Title: Ride for a Cure

Release date: May 19th 2014

Author: N.C Winters

Genre: Erotic Romance

Blurb: Grayson James has dedicated almost his entire life to running the ranch his Granddad built for his Grandma in Odessa Texas, but when his niece Macee opens his eyes to a whole new opportunity, he begins to change the lives of kids all over Texas. When Macee gets diagnosed with autism at the young age of three, Grayson immediately notices the bond she seems to have with his horses. She tries to talk and interact with them more than she does people. That's when Grayson starts the Ride for a Cure Foundation, allowing children diagnosed with autism to come to his ranch daily for two weeks out of the summer to ride and interact with his horses. He also raises money to donate to finding a cure. Love was the last thing on his mind until he met Tanley West.

Tanley West grew up in a middle class neighborhood never really doing without, but never having the things money can buy which most kids take for granted, like vacations or a simple shopping trip with her mother.. Her only goal was to go to school and open her own bakery. When she and her best friend Presley Evans finally make that dream a reality, she seems to be on top of the world but Presley knows things have been hard for Tanley since she lost her dad. When Grayson James walks in to their little shop, Sweet Treats, to place an order for his local charity auction, Tanley is blown away and left breathless by his sexy cowboy looks and sweet southern charm. Tanley has a choice, she can let Grayson walk away or she can risk it all for love. Either way, Grayson is not giving up. He sees what he wants - and he wants Tanley.


Questions:

1.      How long have you been an author? One year in August! I started out as self pub J

2.      What is your favourite genre? Erotic Romance

3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why? I would say The Escape I had it self-published but it’s being revamped by my publisher now. People really seem to enjoy the fast pace and love behind it.

4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process? How hard it is to get your work out there. I have had the biggest issue just getting myself known.

5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress? I am working on one right now called Love Honor and Sacrifice, it’s about a Marine and his childhood best friend/love. It’s a very emotional read and very close to my heart.

6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you. I manage to raise four kids and handle being an oilfield wife along with writing. It can be very challenging with my husband being gone a lot. That is why I can’t put out as many books a year as most authors.

7.      Name your top three writing goals? My main goal is to always keep my readers wanting more, if they want more than there enjoying my work. Second would have to be always remain true to myself. I always want to make sure that I enjoy what I am writing, because if I’m not then my work will reflect that. And lastly I would LOVE to hit top 100 on amazon J

Fun Questions -

1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say? Caution Angel to bitch mode in 2 seconds! LOL it’s beyond true as much as I hate to say it

2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do? I would have to say Chris, he is the Marine in the book I am writing right now. I would just be in total awe of him and you all will see why J

3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done? Probably would have to say having sex in public LOL

4.      Finally, can you give us your contact links? My fan page ( Which thanks to fb no one ever sees :/  https://www.facebook.com/authorNCWinters?ref_type=bookmark\
My main page, and I will add readers J https://www.facebook.com/N.C.WintersAuthor

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Wow this book sounds fantastic, and I can't wait to get a copy for myself. Thank you, N.C. Winter's for joining us today. It's was great to learn more about you, and thanks for sharing your work with us.


Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~
http://www.jenniferlabelle.com

Saturday, July 26, 2014

An Interview with Author Michelle Escamilla...

Title: Dark Secret   
Release date: June 1, 2014
Author: Michelle Escamilla          
Genre: Paranormal Romance  
     
Blurb:  Emma Blackwood was the epitome of ordinary. She lived in a small town, where she excelled in school and loved to hang out with her friends. Wanting to escape from her ordinary life, she headed to college in the city. But as soon as college life was over, she found herself back to the same old routine. Normal.

After a night on the town with her best friend, Kyle, Emma meets a mysterious man. One small touch of his hand made her feel things that she’s never experienced before. That moment changed everything for Emma. ‘Normal’ was never going to be a word to describe her ever again.

Micah Oliver didn’t grow up in a normal world. His mother, a witch, had passed on her powers to him. He had a gift, one that could sense when others, like him, were near. Finding Emma was supposed to be a blessing for him, someone that would understand his way of life. Or was it?
Emma doesn’t know her past, or her future and Micah has the answers, but there is one problem.
He has a Dark Secret….


Questions:

1.      How long have you been an author? Surprisingly, only a year and half now!

2.      What is your favourite genre? I love Romance

3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why? Well, I write contemporary and paranormal. So, if they are into contemporary – definitely Clarity, but Dark Secret is my baby.

4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process? How much time it actually takes to get everything edited and organized.

5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress? I’m getting ready to release the follow-up to Dark Secret , Wicked Spell. I’m also working on and off on a new steamy read

6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you. If you would have asked me ten years ago if I would ever write a book, I’d laugh at you.

7.      Name your top three writing goals?  I’d really like to be part of an author signing (its happening in July 2015), To get published (happened June 2014) and people to enjoy my writing. (I kinda hit all my writing goals!)

Fun Questions -

1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say? Caution: Potty Mouth

2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do? Muhahaha! I’d meet Micah and yeah, I don’t think its appropriate to talk about what I’d do privately

3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done? Ummm… I don’t really have anything? Well I do but…yeah inappropriate

4.      Finally, can you give us your contact links? YES!

@msescamilla

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I'd like to thank Michelle for joining us today. It was great to learn more about you.

Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


Monday, July 21, 2014

Lacey Silks, My First, My Last Release Day!

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Fate has kept them apart for twenty years.
Their roads hadn't crossed and the stars didn't align until now...

Matured, more experienced, pierced, tattooed and hot as hell, Adrian steps back into Mia's life to reclaim his first love.

And the moment she sees him she can't even remember her own name.

Adrian Reed had always remained in Mia's heart. After all, he was her first boyfriend and the man she'd lost her virginity to, but that was twenty years ago. His sudden appearance at a bar, on a girls night out, has Mia acting like the fifteen year old girl she was when they parted.

But life now is not as simple as it was twenty years ago. With two kids, a hopeful ex-husband and new insecurities, Mia finds opening up to a new relationship more challenging.

Will she give her first love another chance, or will she push him away, this time for good?
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Excerpt 1:

Stepping over the threshold, within inches of his reach, I removed my shoes and waited. He simply pulled me inside, shutting the door, and set the wine bottle and my purse aside on the hall table.
His silence buzzed through me with pleasurable tingles.
He cupped my face, tilting my head to the side. I closed my eyes, breathing in his scent. Adrian’s mouth brushed mine and my hands fell to my sides. His lips traced along the bow of my upper lip before his tongue dipped inside. I opened wider. He slowly walked backward. My foot brushed against his every few steps. Keeping my eyes closed, I followed wherever he led me until a hard surface touched my back. By this point there was nothing innocent about the way his mouth was dominating me. I heard myself moan and whimper pure lust with each breath. My hand lowered to his jeans and curved around his arousal, stroking the hard length underneath. I wasn’t sure what came over me, but I was so desperate for him, for us, I could no longer control my body. His hips pressed in as he groaned inside my mouth.
When he pulled away, his gaze bored through me with penetrating heat. If he had wanted to, he could have melted those buttons right off my dress. Adrian took me by my waist and lifted me up to the kitchen counter. His fingers slowly trailed down my nose, over my lips and chin, and then along the middle of my neck and upper swell of my breasts until he reached the buttons on my dress. My chest swelled, and all I could think about was how fast he could get this dress off me. With each passing second I found it more difficult to breathe. The fabric was restraining me as if I were locked away in a coffin.
Unfasten these damned buttons! my mind screamed, but my mouth couldn’t form a coherent sentence.
But the eager fingers from our teens now had unbelievably arousing patience and experience. Adrian undid the top button open and I looked down, following the movement of his hands.
He stole a lingering kiss again, and then flicked open one button after another, trailing a downward path until he reached the hem. Parting the fabric to the sides, he took me in, slowly scanning my body.
“You wore white the first time we made love.”
“I know.”
Everything inside me turned and twisted into knots of nerves. As he watched me, my chest tightened inside yet swelled on the outside. The heat coming off his breath and skin was too much and not enough at the same time. My cleavage and stomach were partly exposed for him, and I couldn’t help but hold my breath.
The skim of his fingers down my arms as he admired every inch of my skin sent beautiful tingles through my body. Adrian seemed in no hurry. I grasped the hem of his shirt, lifted it up and off his torso, and then pushed my dress from underneath me and moved it to the side. It fluttered to the ground, freeing my hips and legs.
And as we stared at each other, I knew that there was no one else I had ever wanted more than him. He was the soulmate I’d once lost and been lucky enough to find again. That little piece of my heart I’d locked him away in had begun expanding the moment he reappeared in my life.
Looking at him now, I couldn’t believe how much his body had changed over the past twenty years. I held my breath, admiring the marvel of a man he’d become. His naturally toned torso and sun-kissed skin mesmerized me. The tattoo weaving up his upper arm hid beyond his shoulder and all I could think about was the need for my tongue to trace those dark lines and for my lips to kiss the new patterns inked over his skin. I wanted to throw myself at his hips, wrap my legs around him, and feel him dive into me. How in the world did he have so much control? Or did he do this on purpose? It was as if he compelled me to inspect his pecs and abs and that beautiful path, sprinkled with a shadow of hair, that led beyond the buckle of his pants, just to excite me. I devoured his taut body as he leaned forward, splaying his hands against the counter at the side of my thighs. His thumbs gently brushed against my hips. The flex of his arms and that sexy way he had of focusing just on me—really, really looking at me—made me hungry for more than just baked apples.
“There, that’s much better.” He leaned in and kissed me. “Hi, Thumbelina.”
“Hello.”


Excerpt 2:

I ignored Adrian’s chummy sense of humor and swam toward the waterfall. There, the shallower bottom allowed me to stand, and I adjusted my nearly nonexistent attire. Within seconds Adrian’s arms were around me, reaching down from behind for my hands. Our fingers interlaced and I lifted my head up and tilted it back, meeting his larger lips. His mouth covered mine. The dominance of his strength transferred through the kiss. I twisted in his arms, turning to face him, and felt myself being lifted out of the water. I held onto his neck, wrapping my legs around his waist, pressing myself to him like a savage, but I just couldn’t get enough of his divine lips. He stepped to the right and my back touched the cold rock surface. My lower lip found itself in his mouth as he bit it tenderly, and then his tongue dipped back inside me, grazing against mine, curving gently between my tender gums.
My hands played with his wet hair as his fingers dug into my ass, molding my behind as he held me. Underneath my ass, his arousal was hard and I fought the urge to jump off him and feel his length grow in my hands. God, how I wanted him! I wasn’t sure how long we remained like this—like two reckless teenagers without a care in the world, savoring each second of our deep kiss, twining our limbs, completely enveloped in each other. There was something so enticing about kissing the first man who’d stolen my heart. The first one who had kissed me, touched me, and made love to me: the one whom I’d bared my body to for the first time. The man who’d first seen me naked and christened my skin with his hands and lips like it was created only for him.
My sex dripped with desire for him. When my feet finally touched the ground, his free hand slid up my hip and ribcage, grasping my breast. I sucked in his breath, needing him to rip that bathing suit off me. A deep yearning surged through my veins. Adrian’s hard cock poked through his shorts into my belly. I stepped up on my toes, careful not to slip so that I could grind myself against him. Frenzy built inside me with each twist of my hips. I was no longer a responsible mother, but a woman whose needs had been denied for far too long. I wanted to feel all the exquisite things he could do with my body as a man.
“Let’s get more comfortable, T.” He pulled away, his suggestion thick with lust.


Excerpt 3:

I woke up just as the sun began to rise. It was six in the morning, and my bladder was urging me to get up.
With the sheets barely covering his hips, Adrian was sleeping on his back. Feeling the need to touch him, I sat up, admiring the body that had rocked mine three or four times the night before. I’d sort of lost count. Between naps and grunts through the night, I’d savored every moment he wanted me, giving myself to our needs.
The increasing pressure on my bladder forced me to slip out from underneath the sheets. I tiptoed to the bathroom and then back without waking Adrian.
Returning to the crumpled sheets, I sat at his side, watching him. Adrian hadn’t stirred, and I wished I could wake up like this every morning. My gaze ventured lower. The lure of his morning bulge under the sheets excited me. The impulse to touch him made my fingers twitch. Sitting at his side, I lowered my hand to his thigh and then slowly to his erection. A gentle flex in my palm stiffened him even more. With the exception of his eyes, he didn’t move, and my need to please him even through a dream grew. More so, I wanted to feel his width that had filled me last night, and so I lowered my hand to his groin and stroked him, once, then again, stimulating a flex through his dream. At least I assumed he was dreaming, the way his eyes moved under his lids and his mouth opened by a fraction.
There was something dirty about the act that hardened my nipples and slicked my thighs. Perhaps I should wake him? But my hand kept pulling the soft skin of his cock along the muscle, up and then down, as I watched him grow in my palm. The thicker and harder he became, the more the rough texture of his veins under my fingers smoothed. I’d held him in my hand before, but now, as a man, he seemed bigger and more appetizing. A drop glistened on his crown. I licked my lips and lowered my mouth to his cap. His hips twitched higher as I locked my lips below the crown, stroking him slowly. I rolled my tongue under the rim, feeling his round edge under my lips, and then licked his full length from the root to the tip before taking him in my mouth again, slowly pumping him from the base up. My dampness increased at the taste of him.
Adrian moaned, his brows narrowing in confusion, but still slept. I squeezed tighter around him, letting my mouth work his shaft deeper and deeper each time. He grew between my lips to his thick, delicious size. My bottom lip felt the swell of his vein pulsing underneath it. I cupped his balls, feeling their warm, soft weight.
And he stilled.
I looked up, batting my lashes. He slid out of my mouth with a pop.
“What are you doing?” he whispered.
“Making another first?” I winked.
“You’re wilder than I remember.” He grinned.

Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~

Thursday, July 17, 2014

An Interview & A Savannah's Journey GIVEAWAY with Kathleen Ann Gallagher...

Title: Savannah’s Journey

Release date: 5/14

Author: Kathleen Ann Gallagher

Genre: Contemporary romance

Blurb:

Savannah Mason is a career minded journalist who spends long hours at work, hoping to take the spot as anchor. She continues to fight for independence and refuses to allow her demanding father to take control of her life, despite his wish for her to take over his surgical practice. On her darkest day twelve years ago, she agreed to give her baby up for adoption. On her daughter’s birthday a chance encounter gives Savannah an opportunity to explore a corner of her heart she thought was lost forever.

Rob Sinclair a renowned surgeon and NY Times best-selling author has a new release and needs a promo spot on the television show, The News Stop. When he meets the assertive newswoman, desire and passion awaken his broken spirit. The last thing Savannah wants is a relationship, especially one with a divorced, doctor who happens to have two small children

When Savannah gets to conduct the interview over the senior reporter, a door opens to her future. However, first she must face the unsettled issues in her life, before she is free to accept love. A man, who seems all wrong for her, slowly weaves himself into her heart. Can he accept her when he learns about her past?

Rob’s commitment to climb the ladder of success, keeps him on the road for days at a time.  How will he ever be able to trust another woman?

 Savannah and Rob’s strong attraction is undeniable as they journey to a place where honesty and the power of forgiveness, can help heal the scars of the past. Will it be enough to allow them another chance for love? 



Questions:

1.      How long have you been an author? I’ve been writing since I was a young girl, but started writing romance ten years ago.

2.      What is your favourite genre? I love contemporary romance. I also enjoy paranormal romance.

3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why? I’d recommend they start with Savannah’s Journey. It’s one of my favorite stories. I’m very proud of the way it turned out.

4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process? It’s amazing how much time you have to spend on promo. Between blog tours, interviews, release parties, blog hops, guest spots, I have to fit in time to writing new material. I wouldn’t change a thing. Being an author is fantastic.

5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress? I’m currently working on book 2 in the City Lights Series.  Perfect For Her.

6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you. I’m a grandmother of three adorable boys.  

7.      Name your top three writing goals? I’d love to finish my latest work in progress by the end of August. I’d love to be able to touch the hearts of my readers with my stories. Okay, I’d like to be a NY Times bestselling author.

8.      Fun Questions -

1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say? High energy alert!

2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do? I’d love to meet Dr. Rob Sinclair from Savannah’s Journey. I’d love to hear more about his writing, since he is already a NY Times best-selling author. His first book One Heart soared to the top of the list soon after it hit the shelves.

3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done? I touched Jon Bon Jovi’s leg at a concert. lol

4.      Finally, can you give us your contact links?   

 I love to hear from my readers.

            Amazon buy link   http://amzn.to/1zKeNRh



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She got up and slowly moved toward him. Her chest tightened with each step. As she approached him and admired his broad shoulders, it dawned on her he could be a candidate for People’s sexiest man alive. Control yourself.
“I’m happy here,” she admitted. “I love it when the morning light shines on the water and it mimics fine pieces of crystal.”
Rob slowly approached her. His gaze fixed on her, sent shivers from head to toe. Afraid of what might happen next, she turned away. They were too close for comfort. An electric energy surged between them. Before she could stop him, Rob reached for her and pulled her up against his chest. “You’re an amazing woman, Savannah.” His lips met hers and he cradled her head in his hands as if she was a precious jewel. It all happened so quickly, she didn’t have time to react. The warmth of his touch sent waves of heat down her stomach and in between her legs as the world stood still. When Rob’s hands moved slowly across her back, it took her to a level of arousal she never expected. She found herself spellbound by the feel of his rock hard body pressed up against her chest. All of the emotions she’d kept inside emerged when Rob held her tight. When they finally parted, she stood frozen in shock with her heart pounding and her ears ringing.
His expression made him look as if he broke the law with his eyes practically popping out of his head. He quickly took a step back. “I don’t know what to say. I’m so sorry for my rude behavior.”
“You weren’t rude. I didn’t stop you.”


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GIVEAWAY TIME!

I'd like to thank Kathleen Ann, for joining us today. She has generously decided to give away an e-copy of Savannah's Journey to one lucky commenter. 

Please leave a comment with your email address' and follow this blog for a chance to win it.

We'll be picking the winner on Tuesday July 22.

Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

An Interview & A GIVEAWAY with Izzibella Beau. Who'd like a chance to win two new books?

Title:
Broken: Assumption Series Book 1 and

Barely Breathing: Assumption Series Book 2

Release date:
Broken (May 4, 2014) and Barely Breathing (May 31, 2014)

Author:
Izzibella Beau

Genre: New Adult and older Young Adult

Blurb: Broken:

Could this be the record for the worst name to give a child, Ayma Kuntz. Welcome to Ayma's world and the other Bayshore students as they contend with the drama, romance, and heat that fills their days.  Broken - Book One of the Assumption Series centers on Ayma and Colton. It follows them through the first half of their senior year in high school. A year when life should be exciting, fun and happy...but sadly, it isn’t always like that.
        Ayma comes from wealthy divorced parents. Her mother has made her life a living hell from the time she was born and named. Her life has been planned and designed to make her a replica of her mother; a socialite living on Bay Shore. Ayma is trying to break that mold. She wants to be nothing like her mother, but really doesn’t know who or what she wants to be. She has her limited friends, but lots of nemeses, low on the social ladder, and a name that will haunt her forever.
        Then along comes Colton, He’s who every girl wants or every guy wants to be like. Colton is the opposite of Ayma, he’s not rich, has a supportive family, tons of people who want to be his friend, but Colton feels he is damaged at best. He has a past, one that includes time in jail.
        Ayma and Colton seem to balance each other out, they aren’t supposed to be together, they are complete opposites, yet the attraction is one they can’t fight for long... Will his past catch up and tear them apart or will they be able to pull through all the obstacles created to break them apart?
        Broken is how both of them feel. Can they help each other fix the damaged pieces of their lives or will unforeseen circumstances keep their lives forever shattered?

BLURB: Barely Breathing
Love is supposed to conquer everything, but can it survive the tornado of lies and secrets that fill Colton and Ayma’s relationship. Will their passion be able to weather the storm that’s about to be unleashed? Colton and Ayma have never had an easy go in their love affair. They’ve dealt with an ex-girlfriend making a reappearance, Ayma’s mother involvement with Colton’s past, being forced apart, and now the threat of a new love interest, a possible pregnancy, a best friend’s illness, and the stress of trying to graduate high school are taking a toll on this tragic love story. Their family and friends think nothing will be able to break this couple apart, but are Ayma and Colton destined to be together forever or will the stress of trying to stay together be the breaking point for their relationship? Will the past be the end to their future together?

Buy link: 

Questions:

1.      How long have you been an author?
I began writing a series, which I haven’t completed yet, back in the summer of 2009. My current books, the Assumption Series, I began writing in September of 2013.

2.      What is your favourite genre?
I don’t have particular genre that I have to read. If the storyline and characters capture my attention, then I’ll read the book regardless of what the genre is.

3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?
I would recommend starting with Broken. The Assumption Series books are not stand alone, as each one feeds of the preceding one. 

4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
The time that it takes to get the format and editing completed was the biggest surprise. There are so many rules and guidelines to follow, when one writes fiction, that is seems like it takes forever to get through all the mistakes that happen as I write the first initial copy. It isn’t a process of write it all down and throw it out on Amazon or such media, it takes time and careful editing to make sure that the possible best is made available for the readers. 

5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
One of my current works is the fourth and final book in the Assumption series. It doesn’t have a title as of yet, but the scene takes place five years from where Blinded by Betrayal ended. Since the other three books haven’t had the HEA that most readers want, maybe it’s time for Ayma and Colton to finally be happy. But you just never know what could happen, it all hasn’t been decided yet.
    Other than that, I’m working on a series called ‘When Separate Worlds Collide’ and it will be a paranormal romance and also a series called ‘Abidance; which is a dystopian romance.

6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
Wow, one thing that y’all would be surprised about…I don’t know I’m not that exciting. I guess one thing I enjoyed doing was being a head coach for a youth football team. I guess people would be surprised since there aren’t too many female head football coaches.

7.      Name your top three writing goals?
Goal one would be completing all the series that I have started so far; hopefully within the next year.
Goal two is to have one of my books make it to the top 100 on Amazon. The top ten would be even better, but I’m not hard to please so I’d settle for 100.
Goal three is to have my books for sale in bookstores across the U.S. and abroad.

Fun Questions -

1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say?
****May bite if provoked****

2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?
I guess I would want to meet Colton. He’s been created into someone that I find attractive. He’s gorgeous, athletic, thoughtful, someone that all the other women want, and he has a little bit of badness to him. What would we do…hmmm….I guess I’ll let the readers use their imagination on this one.

3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
Ladies don’t reveal such secrets as that. But if you really want to know, I guess having sex on a bench in a public park hoping that no one would drive by…Hey, I was only twenty-one years old at the time.

4.      Finally, can you give us your contact links?



Broken Excerpt:

“Ayma! Ayma!"
                Even in my sleep I heard my mother calling me. I hope she knows she just ruined a great dream. It’s not every day I can get the guys from One Direction to fight over me. Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?
                Let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Ayma Kuntz. Go ahead, get it all out of your system. I’ve heard all of the comments before.
                For those of you who don't get the innuendo of my name, my parents wanted to play a cruel joke on me or obviously didn't think this one through. My first name is Ayma (pronounced Ima) last name Kuntz; where the z is silent.  Don't know why the z is put there in the first place, it’s so lame. Anyway, you get the picture, right?
                Flashback to first day of public middle school:
                I begged my mother to let me go to the public school. I went to private school all through elementary and just didn't fit in with all those kids. I was so excited when she finally gave in. I went to my first class and the teacher asked me my name. Of course being from a highly prestigious elementary school we didn't use any kind of bad language or slang words. I proudly told her my name, Ayma Kuntz. Her eyes just about popped out of her head when I said that. The whole class burst into a laughing fit. This was so not how I wanted my first day of public school to be, so I took off running out the door. I didn't know where I was going, so I just stopped at the end of the hallway. A girl I didn't know, who is now my best friend, Tabby, came up to me to see if I was okay. She told me she was from the class I’d just left and did I know what everyone was laughing about. I shook my head no. I had no idea what they thought was so funny. So, Tabby went on to explain about the slang word for a girl's private part and how my name kinda sounds like 'I'm a cunt' when I say it.
                Well, there went my whole existence at this school.

Barely Breathing Excerpt:

I was guessing any romantic escapade was sort of out of the question right now. I didn’t know why I wanted to, maybe it was all hormonal or something. I let out a deep sigh and sat down beside him. “I really don’t know what to do. I’m about as clueless in this as you are.” I didn’t know what else to say. I knew he was looking for answers and solutions, but I didn’t have any to offer. “Colton?” I looked over at him staring at the wall in front of us.
“Hmm,” he said without even a glance in my direction.
“Do you still love me?” My voice sounded like it was cracking or I could start crying at any moment.
There was hesitancy in his response. Finally, after what seemed like forever, he said, “Yeah, I do.” But why did I get the feeling there was something more going on?
“I think I’m going to go to bed.” He stood up and started toward the bedroom. “We have school tomorrow,” he said as he walked into the room and out of my sight.
I turned off the lights and made sure the front door was locked. I went into the bedroom where Colton was and saw that he was just lying in bed with the TV on. It really didn’t seem like he was even watching it.
I changed into my night clothes and crawled into bed beside him. I gently kissed him on the cheek and rolled back over to my side. There was no response on his part, except for a soft ‘good night.’
The night of dreaming was eventful. Let’s just say my excitement from the little make-out session Colton and I had in the living room carried over into my dreams. Somehow, Colton ended up turning into Bentley somewhere along the dream lines. Hey, I couldn’t help what I dreamed, right?
I knew I’d woken myself up from the excitement I was feeling or the way that the Bentley/Colton character in my dream was making me feel. I remembered I kept calling Bentley’s name every time he would touch or kiss me in my dream.
I looked over to Colton’s side of the bed. He wasn’t there. I heard a noise over by the dresser and saw him standing there.
“Hey, why are you over there?” I questioned, sounding still half asleep.
He held out my cell phone. “Who the fuck is Bentley and why were you calling his name in your sleep?”
Uh-oh…busted!

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