2016 Backward and Forward

Looking back, 2016 was an okay year as far as years go. It's hard to quantify an entire three-hundred-sixty-six days. It's a leap year so we got a bonus twenty-four hours! It's slightly overwhelming and I almost don't know where to begin, which sums up where I am right now, overwhelmed. My plate is full, but with deliciousness, so that's the upside. I'll hit the highlights roughly month-by-month to spare myself the stress of ALL the things. (Note to my 2017 self, chill out! Try to do a little bit less! Relax more!)

At the beginning of each new year I pick a word, a trait, or focus to bring light to. This year was peace. It could also have been authenticity, presence, simplification, elevation… Did I achieve any of them? In degrees my friends, in degrees.

February was prep for the release of Pearl a book written from a very vulnerable part of my heart. February was nerves and excitement in equal measure.

Then there was the funk. No, not a foul odor coming from somewhere in my car (though that happened too, each and every time I turned on the heat), but the post-launch let down. To be perfectly honest, Pearl's reception was, meh. I tried to keep my chin up like a buttercup.

Plateau, plateau, plateau and confusion. The next months were murkyyyyy.

Then the summer came bringing the sun and surfing almost every day (I surf year round, but going without a wetsuit is the bey-ast! I felt more peace.and presence. I felt lifted, elevated, more focused…

Then I got terrible news and a relationship that I thought had long since gone the way of the strange smell in my car resurrected itself, bringing lots of emotions and more confusion and anger and blahhhhh.

I also gave the Follow your Bliss series a makeover. The covers are beautiful if I do say so… Why did I do this? Maybe because I wanted one too? Because I wasn't sure who I was in my career? Mayhaps.

When school started for my little bigs, I was in a complete state of disarray. It was enough to get through the day while dealing with all the emotional fallout from the summer.

But the mid-fall unexpectedly brought renewal and deepening of friendships and a shift in the light that helped me see things from a new perspective. I dare say it was like surfing without a wetsuit. At last, I felt FREE!

Oh, in there I also released my first non-fiction book titled, Book Promotion 365: how to reach readers andshare your work with the world. It's free right now, but only for a limited time. Writers, go grab your copy now!

I had a birthday and realized, wow, time is an interesting fellow. There are wrinkles and sagging and perspective and growth in so many wonderful ways. 

Still feeling slightly out of balance and wanting to empower myself to practice more self-care, I became a doTERRA essential oils wellness advocate and my, my the improvements those little bottles of liquid magic brought! Like, wow

I also have an Essential Oils Enthusiast Instagram for this endeavor if you'd like to check it out.

We celebrated Chewie's first birthday and a year being part of our pack. He's a bitey bear, but we love him.

I lost my grandmother around this time and found her on my yoga mat. Did you know I'm a yoga student and teacher? I'd gotten so far from my practice that I felt completely out of alignment (the mental kind) and have committed to getting back to it.  

Then there was Thanksgiving and dang it if I didn't realize the multitude, the absolute wild abundance, of all the blessings I have. Grateful, grateful, grateful. 

Then the holidays. Holi-daze? I love the sparkly, twinkly time of year, I do. But I also love to sleep so I'm going to hibernate for the next week or so.

Thank you 2016 for pushing me to get uncomfortable and prompting me to let go enough to grow into my sweet ferocity. 

Life is a marathon not a sprint. I've by no means lost the race, but have realized along the way that I'm gaining a more closely united tribe—there's no rush to get to that finish line. It'll be waiting for me when I'm ready to arrive. 

What's the word of the  year? Check back in a few days to find out. But I will say this, looking forward at the New Year, I'm going to be more present and a better listener, to the people around me and to myself.  

And what do I have in store for readers? Oh, baby! BOOKS! LOTS OF BOOKS. BOOKS IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE BOOKS. Guys, I'm going ALL in. There are books coming your way. You have no idea. The goal is 10 in 2017! TEN! So charge up your Kindle, find your favorite bookmarks, and get ready to read!

If you want to stay up to date on all the ALL CAPS excitement, (there will also be confetti! Wink, wink) please sign up for my monthly newsie.

See you in 2017!


A Holiday Hello

I want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Merry Christmas! 

I'll be back next week with a look at this past year and what's on the horizon for next year. Hint, big things!

Here's a writerly snapshot for now:

The release of Pearl, my second YA with Skyscape Publishing. 

The Follow your Bliss series got a makeover! 

About five years in the making, I finished Frigid, possibly my most favorite thing I've ever written.

Thank you for all your support this year. Reviews, likes, comments, emails, ALL of it is like a year-long gift wrapped in sparkly paper under the tree.

Let's stay connected on Instagram (my jam), Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and of course sign up for my monthly newsletter!


Sugar's Christmas Wish List

Sugar's Christmas Wish List: a mixture of goodies and goodwill for everyone in the world (in no particular order as told by the character Sugar from the young adult novel, SUGAR.)

1. A massage for service worker's, preferably after their shift: food servers, teachers, nurses, bus drivers, police officers, they do tremendously stressful jobs and could certainly benefit from tension relief. It would also create a high demand for masseurs! 

2. A splendid sunrise for everyone who fell asleep crying. 

3. A proper birthday cake with the appropriate number of candles. For people turning 100, it'll be a big cake, but that just means more to share. 

4. Peace on this planet. Peace in our hearts. Peace in our minds. 

5. Pink nail polish for fingers or toes. 

6. A notebook like this BE BRAVE one or this KISS MY CURVES one *Check out my Zazzle store for more goodies like this. I like to jot down design ideas, but it's also great place to preserve experiences, write out frustrations or hurts, or make lists of hopes and dreams. 

7. Speaking of preserving experiences, a retro instant camera like these are mega fun to have had when hanging out with friends or road tripping. 

8. Self love, respect, and body care for girls and boys, and men and women, young and old, little and big. 

9. A house, a room, or a spot in a church to take shelter. If I'm being specific I really enjoy a cushiony bed, with a pillow top mattress, and pillows like these! Sheets and pillowcases that are super soft like this one and a big warm blanket because everyone deserves to be warm and cuddled. 

10. A pretty, pretty dress or something like a dress. Like this Golden Girl one. Or this Frida inspired skirt. Or this one. I don't believe there is a one-size fits all, but I do believe girls and women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful and should feel fancy and lovely when they dress up.

11. Reusable water bottles with fresh water for every human being on the planet. I like this glass one in raspberry! And this metal one is pretty utilitarian. 

12. Hugs. For everyone. Everyday. 

*Please note, I was not compensated to promote any of the items listed here. They are listed solely for the purpose of this post. Post originally appeared 

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall
Genre: Contemporary Fiction // Age Group: Young Adult


I’m the fat Puerto Rican–Polish girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve always been too much and yet not enough.

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl she sees in the mirror or sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

What am I grateful for this year? I'm incredibly thankful for my family, friends, health, home, freedom, and career, but for fun, I'll list a few of the things I'm particularly grateful for today: (I borrowed a portion of this list from this site.)

What smell are you grateful for today? Cinnamon! But I've been getting really into essential oils and am fond of lavender and peppermint.

What technology are you grateful for? I am so thankful for "lappy" my "mature" laptop and the many, many years of faithful service it's provided. I've even grown to love the wonky letter i key and perpetually stuck space bar.

What food are you most grateful for? Tacos! This goes without saying, but I also have been nom-ing loads of lentils with greens and goat cheese. I know, not as exciting as tacos, but great writing fuel that kept me going through the completion of my latest manuscript, a romantic comedy titled Love, Hate, and Other Lies we Told.

What sound are you grateful for today? I am thankful for the sound of laughter: my kids' laughter, my friends' laughter, my husband's laughter, my own laughter. A good belly laugh is THE BEST. Make me laugh and you win my heart (also tacos.)

What in nature are you grateful for? I am super thankful for the ocean. I appreciate its ever-changing, moody, clear blue, generous, wave-making enormity, even on small windy days, flat spells, medium swells, I love diving in, surfing, or walking along the shore with Chewie.

And YOU! 
Thank you for reading, supporting, liking, reviewing, sharing, and being such an amazing group of people!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Gratitude Giveaway

Every November I find myself getting deeply introspective about everything I'm thankful for. Focusing on and celebrating the blessings, abundance, and friends & family keeps me grounded, positive, and attentive to all of the things that are going right, rather than the complaints, the aches,and the comparisons. #KeepingItReal

November is also autumn, my birthday month and Thanksgiving in the US, which might also lend to this process of inquiry and examining what I appreciate and value. And this year, as much as ever, I'm so thankful for readers, book lovers, and fans of this glittery-writing space I have on the internet. 

As a way to thank you, I'm offering a special giveaway! See below for more!

Enter below to win a digital copy of the Follow your Bliss series in your desired digital format and a $5 Amazon gift card! Thank you to The Book Hounds for hosting this blog hop. You can simply follow the links on the list below to visit the sites of numerous authors and bloggers and enter for a chance to win great prizes including books, swag, gift cards, and more

Happy Thanksgiving! 
What are you thankful for this year?


YA Books to Read in the Fall & Interview with Cheyanne Young

Autumn is so cozy, ya? Pumpkin. Cinnamon, Socks! And books, of course. This is the time of year when I tend to turn in and open up a book or six. Here are some of my favorite fall-ish reads, they've got that *feel,* ya know? 

And a bonus mini-interview with Cheyanne Young, author of The Breakup Support Group down below!

I've provided links, in case you want to add 'em to your TBR.

The Heist Society by Ally Carter

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Looking for a fun, fall, flirty read? I was lucky enough to read an early copy of The Break Up Support Group and if you answered yes to the question I just asked, this book is for you. It hits all the notes and has a sweet and modern, non-jaded Breakfast Club feel. I'm doubly lucky to have become friends with author Cheyanne Young and thought it would be a treat to do a autumn mini-interview with her. 

1. What's your favorite fall YA book?
The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. It's such a great story to cozy up with and read for hours.

2. What's your favorite warm drink?
Coffee will forever and always be my favorite, but in the fall, I love a pumpkin spice latte! (Or, to be frugal, a coffee with pumpkin spice creamer from Target.)

3. What is your favorite way to spend a rainy and windy day? 
I should probably say reading, but I love going on a Netflix binge when it's storming outside. I read nearly every day, but a Netflix binge is a treat.

4. What is your favorite television show to return with a new season? 
Oh man, this might be impossible to answer. I've watched every season of OITNB the day it was released, so that one might be the winner, or at least tied with Mr. Robot. I'm also obsessed with Reign, How to Get Away with Murder, Shameless, and Longmire.

5. What's your favorite Halloween candy? 
Chocolate oranges. I now know they're sold year round, but my BFF and I used to get them for each other on Halloween, so I still think of it as a Halloween thing. They're SOOO good!
Speed round!

Apple or pumpkin? Pumpkin.
Hat or scarf? Scarf! 
Hay ride or corn maze? Hay ride.
Halloween or Thanksgiving? I was born on Thanksgiving, so that's my fav! 

Dressing up for Halloween or staying in and giving out treats? Both!

Thank you Chey for answering and sharing your stories with us! If you'd like to find out more about the author, visit her website and be sure to pop on over to Amazon and preorder the book! It releases November 22, perfect timing for indulging in after you've stuffed yourself full of Thanksgiving dinner. *If you're not in the US/celebrating Thanksgiving, you can still plop on the couch, put your feet up, and enjoy a sweet read.

Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations for me to read this autumn? Please share below!


NaNoWriMo 2016

This is my third year participating in National Novel Writing Month. Want to know more about this annual writing endeavor? Visit NaNoWriMo.org for more on how to participate, support fellow authors, and get nifty T-shirts!

Curious about some of my previous NaNo projects? Check out 2014 & 2015. What about this year? Read on to find out what I'm writing.


The Breakup Support Group Cover Reveal!

Not to brag or anything, but I did get a sneak peek at the cover of The Breakup Support Group and I have to say, it's well worth the wait! It's certainly a standout and captures the book perfectly. How do I know? Confession #2: I read an early version of The Breakup Support Group and there wasn't a page or a character I didn't love, well, except one, but you'll have to read it to find out who I mean. 

This novel hits all the YA notes: a unique voice (I guarantee you'll adore Isla), authenticity (more than once I felt like I was in that lunch room/wanted to be in there eating pizza and gabbing), perfectly paced prose (say that three times fast), and romance (I don't know about you, but I won't read a book unless there's a little bit of love, unless it's non-fiction.) 

The Breakup Support Group is THE book to read for ya back-to-school fall feels. Stay tuned for an interview with author Cheyanne Young, coming soon. And while you're waiting, read on and preorder your copy. 

Oh, one more thing, check out Cheyanne's website for some cool stuff coming your way, including a giveaway! 

The Breakup Support Group
Cheyanne Young
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

After four years of first love bliss, Isla Rush just got dumped.
Any hope she has of winning her ex-boyfriend back is shattered when the town rezones her neighborhood, forcing her to spend senior year at a wealthy high school in the next town over.
With a broken heart consuming her soul, Isla can’t focus on anything, except maybe Emory Underwood—a ridiculously hot guy who dates a new girl almost every day. She can’t help but crush on him, even though it’s wrong.
When memories of her ex make her cry in second period, the school counselor sends Isla to a club that meets during lunch. The Break-Up Support Group is a collection of broken-hearted misfits who are all helping each other heal.
Just when Isla’s heart is finally on the mend, Emory shows up, forced to atone for all the broken hearts he’s caused over the years. While hiding her massive crush, she helps him understand the seriousness of breaking a heart.
In turn, Emory offers to help Isla get back on the dating scene by agreeing to be her fake date for the homecoming dance. Isla gladly accepts the ruse, because if anyone can make her into a desirable girlfriend, Emory can! There’s just one small problem.
Isla’s little crush on Emory might be exactly full blown. And a homecoming fake date with him could push her over the edge to possibly uttering the “L Word!”
Isla can’t afford another heartbreak so soon after the last one. She will have to resist his charms, refuse to look into those dreamy eyes, and above all else, not make the mistake of letting him kiss her.
If only she hadn’t let her guard down at the end of the night, under the light of her porch in a toe-curling kiss moment of weakness. And now, after months of Break-Up Support Group therapy, and with a heart fully on the mend, Isla has just handed it over to a guy who knows full well just how to break it.

Author Bio:
Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, and collecting nail polish. After nearly a decade of working in engineering, Cheyanne now writes books for young adults and is the author of the City of Legends Trilogy. She doesn’t miss a cubicle one bit.
Cheyanne lives near the beach with her daughter and husband, one spoiled rotten puppy, and a cat that is most likely plotting to take over the world.
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New Adult Scavenger Hunt Fall 2016

Welcome to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt


The NA Scavenger Hunt is a biannual event to give readers a chance to receive bonus material from their favorite authors, find new books, and have the opportunity to win great prizes, including what else? 


It works like this: there are teams (right now you're on TEAM GREEN). Each participating author leaves a numerical clue. Add up the clues and enter to win the grand prize! Find the complete details, rules, and frequently asked questions hereRemember, the game goes lightning fast lasting from October 26 at noon EST and ending October 30 at noon EST.

What are you waiting for? 
Go! Go! Go!

I'm hosting Heather Young-Nichols author of 


About the Book

Flannery Tate left home for a college half a country away. She just wants an education. Something that will give her opportunities and lead to a life unlike the one she grew up in.

Then she meets Cain Dorsey and the education she gets is so much more.

Living her new life, one she never dreamed of, Flannery gets gobsmacked when she receives notification that the scholarship she’d worked years for in high school, has disappeared. Without the money she’ll have to leave school and return home. It’s hopeless.

Until Flannery gets creative.

With the help of a friend, Flannery decides that selling her virginity to the highest bidder is the only option. When Cain discovers the plan his feelings of betrayal drive the lovers apart. She wants to stay in Michigan even if seeing Cain around campus with another woman would crush her but if she can convince him that she’s worth all the trouble more than just her virginity will be Up for Grabs.

About the author

Heather Young-Nichols is a multi-published YA and contemporary romance author and a native of the great and often very cold state of Michigan. She is better known at home and to her friends as the Snarker-in-Chief, a job she excels at beyond anything she could have imagined. She loves many things, but especially cold coffee, hot books, and baseball. But not necessarily in that order.

Find out more at Heather's Website.

And connect with her here:
Amazon Website - Facebook Twitter 

Bonus Scene
Cain’s POV
Up for Grabs

“I don’t get it, Cain,” Sam said. He was leaning against the brick wall next to the coffee cart while I waited for my order.

“Don’t get what?”

“Do you realize how early this is? Why would you take a class this fucking early?”

After I grabbed my large cup and began the slow journey toward my first class, Sam pushed off the wall to fall in step with me.

“I might be mistaken but I’m pretty sure you have a class right now, too.”

“Yes, but mine is required.”

“And mine is the last one I need for my minor.”

“Yeah,” he said but his focus was on the two girls that had just passed by. He turned around walking backward with me while watching them saunter away. “But you could have taken it any time.”

I came to a stop.

“This matters to you why?”

“I would have found a way out of my class if you would be less of an adult. Can’t have you out do me.”

I shook my head as I laughed at my best friend and got moving again. We’d been through everything together since we were kids and he probably wasn’t joking. He’d have skipped the class but was competitive enough to not let me make him look bad by being up early twice a week while he continued to snooze.

“This is me,” I said when were about to the right classroom.

“Still working out later?”


After all, just because it wasn’t soccer season didn’t mean we could let ourselves go. Not that either of us had any dreams of going pro, even if we were good enough. We just liked the competition not to mention it kept us in shape.

Sam kept walking when I turned into my room.

“Christ. Your mouth is huge. Big enough—”

I heard those words to my left. When I glanced toward the voice, the guy looked familiar but the girl was really familiar. I had a class with her last semester. She was quiet. Didn’t really talk to anyone there but it didn’t seem to be because she was sky. It came off more like she didn’t know anyone in the class. She was cute as hell then and cute as hell now with her hair thrown into a long braid pulled over her shoulder.

The corner of my mouth turned up and took a hard left down the row next to them.

As I glanced around the room, most of the faces were somewhat familiar though one I’d prefer not to see again. A girl I hooked up with last year.

“Go no further.” The familiar girl said throwing her hand up at the guy. I think his name was Adam and he just laughed loudly right at her.

Crap. They interacted so comfortably they were probably a couple. I should have asked her out last semester. My loss.

The professor came in cutting off all conversation in the room.

After giving the same first day of class spiel I’d heard for the last three years, the prof walking around the room herding us into groups. Expected in a communications class. Luck was on my side when he pointed at me, familiar girl, her boyfriend and the gangly kid sitting behind me. The couple made me laugh already and she was beautiful so it wouldn’t be all bad.

 “Ok,” Prof interrupted my thoughts. “These last fifteen minutes I want you to get together, introduce yourselves, and exchange information. In short, get comfortable. A good portion of your study time will be spent with these people.”

The four of us quickly pushed out desks together so we could see each other. Familiar girl was already hard at work writing in her notepad. I opened my mouth to introduce myself when I heard the guy again.

“Christ, Flannery that better not bruise.”

Flannery. Somehow the name fit her.

“Why? Got a swimsuit competition this week?” She asked back.

I snorted. So did the kid next to me.

“I’m Adam. This bitchy little thing is Flannery.”

His body flinched again. This time I heard her foot make contact with his leg.

“Ow. Ok. This sweet, docile young lady is Flannery.” Adam gave Flannery a smirk. “Happy?”

She nodded with enthusiasm.

“Flannery? What’s your first name?” Our last unknown member asked.

“Flannery,” she said back right away.

“Your first name is Flannery?” He asked again.

“Yes. Flannery Tate. Here.” She passed each of us a small section from her notebook. “All the ways you can 
get a hold of me. You guys should do the same. Ah … what’s your name?”

“Matt Mazer,” he answered.

“Cain Dorsey.” I said before anyone had a chance to ask.

Flannery’s big brown eyes turned to me. I held her gaze for as long as I could before she went back to focus on Adam.

“Oh right.” Adam snapped his fingers in my direction. I raised an eyebrow in return. “You’re Sam Allen’s roommate, right?”

I nodded.

“Flan, remember that Halloween party?” Adam asked turning to her.

“The one where your tongue spent most of its time down Kendra’s throat?”

That was the one. I knew I’d met him before.

“Yeah, that one. It was at their place off campus.”

“That’s where I’ve seen you.” She said her focus back on me.

I think I wanted her to keep it there. But I didn’t have a chance to utter another word before she started shoving her stuff into her backpack.

“Gotta run.” Flannery turned away from us then spun back around, grabbed my and Matt’s info then turned to leave again.

“Hot date this early, Flan? I’m scandalized,” Adam called behind her.

“Yeah, Adam. Hot date with my bed. Ava’s crying and whining kept me up all night. Again.” Flannery giggled. “Why do you look constipated?”

“Trying to decide.” He sat back stroking his chin. “I want to make a completely inappropriate joke about joining you in bed but also want to hear what’s up with Ava.”

“Well since you have no chance of getting in my bed…Ava and Jared broke up over Christmas. It’s a nightmare.”

“I take it you two already know each other,” I said because I really needed to know if they were together. I already wanted to ask Flannery out but not if she had a boyfriend and he was right in front of me. That wasn’t the kind of guy I was.

“Yeah, I’ve been cursed with him since the first day of college,” she said with a grin.

“The word you’re looking for, Flan, is blessed.” Adam laughed back at her.

I couldn’t help but chuckle. They were friends. Had been friends for a while but if they were really together, Adam would’ve let me know. That’s how guys work.

So I needed to find an opportunity to ask Flannery out on a date.

Same beat me back to the apartment and was already on the couch with a sandwich when I came through the door. That man could eat more than anyone I knew.

“How was nonverbal communications?” He asked then took a huge drink of water.


“I’d think you already knew how to communication nonverbally.”

I snorted.

“Not in an appropriate in public way.”

Sam chuckled. I knew where he’d been headed and got there first.

“Actually, it doesn’t suck.” I fell into the chair near the couch.


“Nope.” The ‘P’ on my nope popped.

“Ah, so there’s a girl.”

“Maybe.” I shrugged. “You remember the girl I mentioned last semester. Brown hair…she came with that girl Kendra you invited to your Halloween party?”

“Oh right.” He nodded. “She’s in your class?”

I nodded.

“You going to puss out on making a move again?”

“Fuck you,” I said with absolutely no malice. “I didn’t puss out. She just kind of kept to herself and I didn’t get a chance.”

“And now?”

“Now’s different.”

“She’s cute?” he asked.

“She’s beautiful, Sam. And I’ll cut your balls off if you go near her, got it?”

“Afraid I could woo her away from you?”


“Not a chance. I’m afraid you’ll do something stupid then I’ll marry the girl and have to kill you.”

His loud laughter echoed through the apartment as I went to drop my bag in my room.

Flannery would come and go so quickly that I hadn’t had a chance to ask her for her phone number. Nothing. She wasn’t avoiding me; she was just a busy person apparently.

A few classes later, Flannery came rushing in, no coffee in hand. I thought the cardboard cup was a permanent part of her hand but now her hand was empty. She always had one when she came to class.

Adam pushed back and propped his feet up on Flannery’s chair. I wasn’t watching him but he’d snorted just when she crossed the threshold so I wanted to see what he had planned.

Flannery stomped down the aisle and pushed his feet off her seat. Roughly.

“No coffee?” Adam asked loudly.

“Overslept,” she growled.

It was a real growl.

“That stinks.” He said then slurped a huge drink from his own coffee.

Flannery spun in her seat and said, “You suck.”

“You can have mine.” I offered my coffee without even thinking about it.

“I can’t take your coffee.” Flannery shook her head.

“Why not? I don’t have cooties. Plus, I haven’t taken a drink yet. Take it.” I thrust the cup out under her nose to ensure she’s smell the freshly brewed scent and hoped she didn’t mind black coffee.

“Take the fucking coffee so we’ll be able to stand you,” Adam answered for her. And earned himself a smack to the head courtesy of Flannery.

She smiled, took the coffee and dipped her head in appreciation.

“Oh god,” she groaned loudly, her eyes rolling back in her head.


That looked like something else.

“I think I need to marry you,” she said to me.

I laughed loudly, not caring that class was about to start. The professor already stood at the front of the room.

Flannery had just given me an in.

“If I’d known it’d be that easy …”

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THROUGH THE JUNGLE is a prequel & sequel novelette to the Follow your Bliss series & is a quick, must read! Simply sign up for my newsletter  and you can grab your free copy in your preferred format! Or cruise on over to Amazon and get it.

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