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Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2017


In tradition (well mine at least) of today being Thanksgiving Day (the USA version of it at least), here is a list of ALL the books I've read thus far this year that I've given my highest ratings to (5 out of 5 stars), which means I'm VERY Thankful for finding/reading them! Be forewarned though ... I moved a few months back and that has killed my reviewing schedule SO ONLY FOUR (4) of these books below have complete write-ups and reviews for them. The other novels I will HOPEFULLY have their COMPLETE book reviews posted soon (my goal is to get them in before the New Year .. *hahaa* wish me luck)! But anyways, here you go they are all listed in the order of when I read them this year:
  1. "Bedded Bliss" [Found in Oblivion Series, Book 1] by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott: 5 out of 5 stars!! Two acquaintances meet up unexpectedly in Vegas. After a night of partying and heavy flirtation they wake up to find they’re married yet have no memory of doing so. Both are from different upbringings and completely different worlds, but because of how he was raised Michael doesn’t want to get divorced and plans on assisting Chloe any way he can so their marriage will work. Will all of Michael’s plans fall into place, making it so Chloe, her son, and Michael can actually be a good family together? Or will others try to keep them apart for good?

    This is the first really sweet rockstar romance novel that I’ve read in a while, and I am SOOO HAPPY that I found it! [Read more of Jess' Review and THREE TEASERS for this novel HERE]

  2. "The Governess Was Wanton" [The Governess Series, Book 2] by Julia Kelly: 5 out of 5 stars!!! When Mary starts her latest job as the governess to the Earl of Asten's only daughter, she finds her world tilted of its axis by the Earl (Eric) himself. He's handsome, smart, and kind with a roguish streak the only seems to come out around her. They try to maintain distance between them but the night of the masquerade ball the distance becomes obsolete but only Mary knows the truth. Will Mary & Eric be able to have more than stolen moments together or will their ranks keep them separated forever?

    This novel enamored me from the very beginning!! The illicit situation that brews between Mary & Eric is sweet and all consuming; it had me wanting their story to be never-ending. [Read more of Jess' Review and THREE TEASERS for this novel HERE]

  3. "Shadow of a Girl" by Shannon Greenland: 5 out of 5 stars!!!! Eve (Nesiah) has spent her life as a shadow of her true self in hopes of staving off the emotional and physical abuse she dealt with daily from her "father." Therefore, after confessing to her longtime friend about the abuse she received they device a plan to get Eve to escape. Once Eve ran away, she hides behind a false identity as a roadie and ends up meeting West (a famous lead singer). Over time, West breaks through Eve's defenses and their friendship turns into something more ... but soon Eve's past and the lies she's kept hidden come to light and might breakup the best things she's ever known. Will it all be too late to save her?

    This intense YA rockstar romance had me riveted from the very beginning. I loved the innocent passion Eve shares with West and how empowered Eve becomes throughout this whole novel. [Read more of Jess' Review and TWO TEASERS for this novel HERE]

  4. "Royally Roma" [The Royals Series, Book 1] by Teri Wilson: 5 out of 5 stars!! After feeling beaten down by his own royal responsibilities, Niccolo (Nico/Mano) the heir to the Lazaretto throne decides on escaping his gilded cage by pretending to be someone else when he meets Julia. Julia is an American tour guide living in Rome, who is running from her own notorious past and is in the midst of pulling her life together when she meets Niccolo. Their attraction is instantaneous and is blooming into something more by the minute. Yet when Niccolo’s “quick getaway” turns into something a whole lot more and into a bigger fiasco then he originally planned, will he still be able to go back to his “real” life after all is said and done; or will he be able to change his life for the better with the help of Julia by his side?

    Okay truth time … this novel is said to be a modern retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn film ‘Roman Holiday,’ and though I have heard of it I have never watched it so I really didn’t know what it was about. Yet I can definitely say I was not disappointed in the least as I was hooked by Chapter 2. [Read more of Jess' Review and TWO TEASERS for this novel HERE]

  5. "Undeniable" [The Always Series, Book 3] by Cherie M. Hudson: 5 out of 5 stars! Yes, Caden loves his cousin like a brother and would do anything he can for his cousin’s family (and has on more than one occasion) but that isn’t the real/only reason he travels whenever he could to San Diego, California during his time off from his university in Australia. The real reason is because of his cousin’s sarcastic, snarky, big hearted sister-in-law Chase (Chastity). He has been in love with her from just about the beginning of their “relationship” now he just has to prove it to her any way he can. But while Chase tries to keep him at bay others conspire against them, will Caden’s actions be enough to win her heart for good or will he fumble up any chance they have of being together?

    I really liked this contemporary new adult romance that is written in a diary style kind of way. It was easy to follow along (as this is the first novel from its Always Series that I’ve read) and I enjoyed how it gave the reader a way of viewing/learning about Caden and Chase’s thoughts on WHY they did the things they did throughout the novel. All in all... [Jess' COMPLETE Book Review will be COMING SOON please STAY TUNED!]

  6. "Sweet Southern Trouble" [Harmony Homecomings Series, Book 4] by Michele Summers: 5 out of 5 stars!! Under the pretense of getting Nick (Nicholas), the head coach of the North Carolina Cherokees, to allow her access to his team for her school's planned bachelor auction Marabelle (Tinker Bell/Mary-bell/Thumbelina) agrees to his ruse of being Nick's fiancee. However, every time Nick and Marabelle are together, sparks fly and they quickly find there relationship progressing rapidly and into something VERY real. That is if Marabelle can get over her own securities, Nick can get over his past, and if some one from Nick's recent "past" doesn't get in the way....

    Wow!! Out of the three novels I've read in Ms. Summers' Harmony Homecomings Series (Book 2, 3, & 4) THIS one is beyond far my favorite!!! Especially since... [Jess' COMPLETE Book Review will be COMING SOON please STAY TUNED!]

  7. "Beyond the Stars" by Stacy Wise: 5 out of 5 stars!! Jess’ (Jessica) dream has always been to live in France and speak fluent French. However, that all changes after she has to give up her year abroad because of getting mono. So, if she wants to stay in LA she is stuck helping out her Aunt by becoming a personal assistant for Jack, a popular leading actor. They don’t have a good beginning at all but overtime they let each other into their worlds and overtime they seem to fall for one another. But could it all be too good to be true or are they actually “soul mates”….

    This passionate sweet romance wins over its readers with endearing characters that make you want to either be them OR want them to be your friend! I fell in love with Jack right alongside Jess. Finding out... [Jess' COMPLETE Book Review will be COMING SOON please STAY TUNED!]

  8. "Marked for Them" [Witches of Rose Lake Series, Book 1] by Lia Davis: 5 out of 5 stars! All of Reese’s life she has been living in seclusion and on the run. She is half-demon after all. Than with her father trying to kill her staying hidden is necessary. But when a ghost finds her and brings her to men who might be able to help protect her, she finds the courage to take it upon herself to make a new future for them all. Now they just have to be sure to defeat their common enemy (her father) before he rips their lives apart even more…

    Can I just say now what I’ve been thinking since I finished this novel … which is, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!” Why Ms. Davis, did you do this to me?! I am on Ms. Davis’ newsletter list and when she was pimping this novel (Marked For Them) it left me REALLY intrigued. Therefore... [Jess' COMPLETE Book Review will be COMING SOON please STAY TUNED!]

  9. "Lover Eternal" [Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, Book 2] by J. R. Ward: 5 out of 5 stars! Continuing right where “Dark Lover” ended, we now follow Rhage. Watch as Rhage deals with fighting the lessers, protecting the civilians and those he cares for from the Society and himself, all while finding his mate. Yet will he be able to handle the repercussions that come with finding the woman who was meant for him?

    Like before … I LOVE this novel. Yet, in truth, it’s in a whole new way. I say that because... [Jess' COMPLETE Book Review will be COMING SOON please STAY TUNED!]




  10. "Blocked" [Blocked Series, Book 1] by Jennifer Lane: 5 out of 5 stars!! Dane & Lucia (Luz) are in a unique situation. Dane’s mother and Lucia’s father are BOTH Presidential Candidates to become the next President of the United States. And because of a scandal at Lucia’s original college they are now attending the same college on volleyball scholarships. This forced proximity has Pros and Cons, which they end up dealing with along the way, but once Lucia’s true feelings come out for Dane both of their worlds change. But will it be a better change for everyone? That still remains to be seen …

    OMG!!! This novel held me RIVETED from the very beginning. I could not get enough of Lucia and Dane’s passion throughout this novel. They were... [Jess' COMPLETE Book Review will be COMING SOON please STAY TUNED!]


  11. "A New Leash on Love" [Rescue Me Series, Book 1] by Debbie Burns: 5 out of 5 stars!! A man (Craig) who is still coming to terms with the devastating loss that happened in his life years ago takes his daughter’s puppy to a local animal shelter at the wishes of said daughter and his ex-wife. From that moment on his life becomes unexpectedly intertwined with Megan, the Director of the animal shelter. Yet, especially with them both being so different, are they ready to try making something of their budding relationship or will fate take the choice out of their hands?

    Enchanting from the start with Craig and Megan’s sparking chemistry and intense banter. Though I think what might have really hooked me was Sledge within the first chapter, I love him! All together... [Jess' COMPLETE Book Review will be COMING SOON please STAY TUNED!]

  12. "P.S. I Like You" by Kasie West: 5 out of 5 stars!! Oh my goodness, you guys!! This novel!!! I don’t know where to begin with this review. *happy sigh* So here we go ...

    Lily is a shy girl who covers that with false confidence. Yet because of how she portrays herself to everyone else, it means she only has one friend. Her best friend Isabel. But even though she has a “hipster” eclectic sole and style, her goal in life is to be a song writer. And she is still on the brink of being great, IF she can get a “muse” to work for her. So, one day she was “working” on her lyrics during Chemistry class and using the desk as her paper. The following day she finds a response on her desk that someone else wrote. And so begins her exchanges with her secret pen pal. Who could it be? As time goes by she decides to find out who her pen pal actually is but will she be happy once she finally knows ...

    I had originally heard about this book from Julie @ Pages and Pens and I am so glad I did! I agree when Julie said... [Jess' COMPLETE Book Review will be COMING SOON please STAY TUNED!]

  13. "A Hummingbird Christmas" [Glacier Creek Series, Book 1] by Karen Foley: 5 out of 5 stars!! Joy's Christmas wish is to give her five-year-old daughter the best holiday ever. So, in hopes of a winter wonderland Christmas they head to her in-laws house in Montana where they find that everyone seems to be needing a bit of holiday magic....

    In truth, I was on the fence about this novel at its beginning, but I am sooo happy that I stuck with it! It is a heartwarming tale about overcoming the loss of a loved one and finally moving on. It was especially nice that... [Jess' COMPLETE Book Review will be COMING SOON please STAY TUNED!]




I hope you'll find a novel or more that you'd like to read as much as I did!! As usual it's an eclectic mix of Erotic, Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary, and Young Adult ROMANCES! =0)

Anyway ....

As always I wish you a FUN, DELICIOUS, and ENJOYABLE Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful day and some exciting days ahead! Again please STAY TUNED for my upcoming reviews (including the ones above I've listed that the reviews aren't posted yet I have about FIFTY-ish book reviews coming)!! Thank you for visiting and if you follow any of my social accounts THANK YOU for doing that too! If you have time please share this book list around. =0)

Best regards, Jess

🦃 HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!! 🦃

Check out my previous Thankful Book Lists :
Top 5 Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2011The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2012The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2013
The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2014The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2015The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2016

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#TeaserTuesday: Never Resist a Rake | #BookTeaser #RomanceNovel #historical #MiaMarlowe

TEASER TUESDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews.

Anyone can play along! Just share a teaser from a novel you've previously read or are currently reading! Just do the following:
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MY Tuesday Teaser :

"Never Resist a Rake" [Somerfield Park Series, Book 2] by Mia Marlowe - [Amazon Book Link]

TEASER for Mia Marlowe's NEVER RESIST A RAKE

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Blog Tour - @mobpromos' 3rd Birthday Bash - #Horror #BookPromo | Spreading the Word & GC #Giveaways



Magic of Books Promotions hosted its first tour during the month of November three years ago.


The company was created from the passion and desire of its owner, Tami Adams, because of her experiences as an author. From her struggles to have her books viewed and appreciated she knew there had to be another way.


Three years later Tami no longer writes but is determined to show the world the magic that lies within the pages of all books.


The following authors are helping Magic of Books to celebrate its birthday. Enjoy.


Message from Tami:


The last three years have been an incredible journey. I've made so many friends who began as bloggers, readers, and authors. I have been privileged to present and showcase new and old books from seasoned and new authors. I've learned so much I didn't even realize I should know prior to getting into this business. And after three years I can honestly say I'm still learning, I'm still growing, and I'm still making friends. I love and appreciate all of you who have supported my little slice of heaven. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.



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HORROR/THRILLER


Horror is a genre of fiction whose purpose is to create feelings of fear, dread, repulsion, and terror in the audience—in other words, it develops an atmosphere of horror.


Please enjoy these books that focus on horror and all the sub-genres. The list is available in alphabetically order by title.


Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter.


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Horror/Paranormal/War


Emma Jackson is an army wife and new mom with all the uncertainties that come with it… until that fear is pushed in a different direction. Instead of worrying about diapers and feeding schedules, her only objective is to keep her child alive after being chased by a man who looks entirely too dead.


Trish Walsh thought her day was bad when she had to drag all four of her children on an errand, but she rethinks the meaning after what she can only hope was someone dressed up like a zombie beats on her car door. Yet, the bloody mess left behind is anything but reassuring.


Cooper Walsh’s job is top secret. When criminals break in to steal his company’s secrets, he overhears the conspiracy devised to create chaos as a cover-up. Knowing he must do everything in his power to right the wrong, he sets out on a mission.


Surviving long enough to reunite with their families is all that matters. That… and stopping the zombie apocalypse before it destroys them.




Psychological Thriller


After the death of her mother, New York surgeon Alexandra travels to New Orleans to face the secrets and tragedies of her youth. A mystery is solved leading to a journey to madness.












Paranormal Horror


Graves Grove isn’t your ordinary town…


Nestled within the folds of the Canadian Rockies, Graves Grove probably isn’t the picturesque place you’d like to stay for long. Peculiar things happen here. The citizens seem normal superficially—they function well enough. But each one is deeply disturbed, wrapped in secrets and neuroses which drive them to strange behaviors.


And then there are all the missing children. And why is everyone afraid of that sycamore tree?


The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove is an anthology of stories taking place throughout the history of this mysterious town, from its founding to its future. Read them…if you dare.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

#TeaserTuesday: An Amish Match | #BookTeaser #RomanceNovel #Christian #JoAnnBrown

TEASER TUESDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews.

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MY Tuesday Teaser :

"An Amish Match" [Amish Hearts Series, Book 2] by Jo Ann Brown (aka J. A. Ferguson, Jo Ann Ferguson, Joanna Hampton, Rebecca North, & Marianne Ellis) - [Amazon Book Link]

TEASER for Jo Ann Brown's AN AMISH MATCH

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Join @fromjesstoyouVA's THANK YOU Followers & Birthday Party #Giveaway! WIN #books OR a #GiftCard!

What can I say but ...

You all have been wonderful these past 9 years as this blog grew and as I expanded to my business From Jess to You Services last year. So, instead of doing my usual listing of book sales to celebrate my birthday I decided to GIVE AWAY SOME BOOKS AND A GIFT CARD TO YOU MY LOVELY SUPPORTERS!! I cannot thank you enough. And with all my moves this past two years which have made me really backlogged on my blog you have stuck with me and followed my antics along the way. It truly means the world to me.

So ... THE GIVEAWAY!! I know it's not much but I hope you'll enjoy the prize options as there will be FOUR WINNERS!! This giveaway will start today (November 9th) my Mother's Birthday and will run until November 14th which is my Sister's Birthday. We also have to celebrate my Birthday tomorrow (November 10th) and my client, Michele Summers, Birthday on November 12th!

Jessica's THANK YOU Followers & Birthday Party Giveaway | From Jess to You Services / From Me to You ...








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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Book Riot October Bookstagram Challenges Wrap Up | #RiotGrams #BookChallenges #photography #videos #BookRiot


OMG I SUCK at Book Challenges! *hahaaa* This was actually the FIRST ONE I have EVER done and as you can see down below I just accidentally (because I kept forgetting) dropped these daily challenges like halfway through the month. 😆 🤣 OPPS! Oh wells! So here is the Book Challenge requirements through Book Riot ...


-- OKAY the book challenge photos/videos are in order of the date they were posted be sure to click the photos or videos to get a better look at them! --

October 1st
October 2nd
October 3rd
October 4th
October 5th
October 6th - 8th

October 9th
October 10th
October 11th - 31st
So it looks like I didn't even go halfway ... Opps!

The End via GIPHY

Hopefully I'll do better next time, but I don't have to much faith in that since I wanted to start another for November but thus far (on November 4th) I haven't started one yet. 😂 Have a great weekend everyone! Also if you have any questions about the above novels that I mentioned than please let me know and I'll respond as soon as I can! =0)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DIY Kids Crafts - Holiday Gift Ideas | From My Kids to You #DIYCrafts #KidArt #painting

Here are some gift ideas for the relatives in your life that you and your kids can create!

10 Snowmen & a Chicken :




Kids Snowmen Handprints | Let It Snow :

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Second Sentence Saturday: Thunder on the Plains | @RosanneBittner #BookTeaser #RomanceNovels


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
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MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"Thunder on the Plains" by Rosanne Bittner - [Amazon Book Link]

"I don't take nobody but gentlemen in my boardinghouse," she warned defensively, "and only them that bathes."



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Monday, October 23, 2017

#BlogTour - Missing From Me by Jayne Frost / @JayneFrostBooks | #BookRelease & Spreading the Word @givemebooksblog




Title: Missing From Me
Series: Sixth Street Bands #3
Author: Jayne Frost
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: October 23, 2017





Blurb


SEAN

Four years ago I made an unforgivable mistake. And Anna was
the price. I thought I’d forget her. Thought I’d move on. But who was I
kidding? No amount of drumming could drown out my love for her.

When I see here again, backstage after one of our shows,
it's clear: Anna's mine. She’ll always be mine. 

One mistake. Four years of regret. Is there such thing as a
second chance?

ANNA

When Sean Hudson walked out of my life, he shattered me.
Broke me in untold ways. And when I saw him again, I did the only thing I
could: I ran. 

Sean is the past. And I can't survive his brand of hurt ever
again. 









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Excerpt


Chapter One


4 YEARS AGO



Sean

 


The front door slammed,
shaking the walls in our small apartment. I snuggled closer to Anna’s side and buried my face in her hair.
Logan’s agitated voice
cut through the fog of near sleep.
“Dude, wake up!”
Whatever mess my best
friend had gotten himself into, he’d have to solve it on his own. This was one
of Anna’s rare mornings off, and since we’d had the apartment to ourselves, we’d
stayed up late, listening to the rain and having lazy sex until we’d passed
out.
Smiling at the thought
of a repeat, I grumbled in Logan’s general direction, “Go away. I don’t have
any condoms. Carry your ass to the store like a normal person and leave us
alone.”
His footsteps echoed in
the tiny room, and then he was beside me, his long fingers digging into my
shoulder as he gave me a hard shake. “I’m serious. Get up.” 
Not
happening.
A frustrated groan
escaped my lips when Anna twisted in my arms. She propped herself up on
one elbow, wiping the sleep from her
eyes. “What do you need, Lo?”
A
swift kick in the ass.
Rolling onto my back, I
smothered my face with the pillow, hoping he’d get the hint. Of course, he didn’t. 
Cursing under his
breath, Logan rooted around under the comforter. 
“Hey!” I snarled,
tossing the pillow at him. “Whatever you’re looking for, I don’t have it.” 
Running an agitated hand
through his blond hair, Logan glared at me. 
“Where’s your remote?”
Anxiety laced his tone when I didn’t answer right away. “For the TV,
douchebag—where’s the remote?” 
Anna fumbled around on
the nightstand and then handed him the clunky device. “What’s wrong with the TV
in your room?”
Logan walked to the end
of the bed and took a seat.
Anna sat up,
scowling. “Make it quick.” She slumped against the headboard, glaring at
the back of Logan’s head. “Seriously, Lo, hurry up. I have to pee.” 
Logan ignored her, all
his attention focused on the screen as he flipped through the channels. His
shoulders sagged when he reached CNN. 
Cable News? Now he had
my attention. The only things Logan ever watched were MTV, VH1, or the Cartoon Network. 
I popped up to see what
was so important, but something told me I didn’t want to know. “What’s going
on?”
“Quiet,” Logan
whispered.
Buttoning my lip, I
reluctantly focused on the screen where a stone-faced commentator stood in a
field, fat droplets of rain pelting her microphone. 
“…live footage from the scene of the tragic
accident outside of Fredericksburg, Texas this morning where two members of the
super-group Damaged lost their lives in a fiery crash. At this point, we’re
unable to confirm the identities of the deceased. Damaged, arguably the hottest
band in the country, just completed a series of shows in the Southwest and...”
The camera panned out
for a wide-angle shot. Wisps of smoke rose from the wreckage, dissolving into
the gray morning sky. 
A gasp from Anna. “Oh my
God.” 
She crumbled against me,
her small hand curving around my waist as she buried her face in my chest.
Unable to make sense of what I was seeing, I stroked her hair with numb
fingers. 
After a few moments of
stunned silence, Logan jumped to his feet. “What the fuck is she smiling
about?”
Confused, I blinked at
him. “Who?” 
“The fucking reporter.”
He pointed at the TV with a shaky hand. “What the hell is she grinning for?”
I shifted my gaze back
to the screen, and sure as shit, the reporter was smiling. Just a slight upturn
of her glossy lips. 
I tightened my grip on
my girl. “It’s her job, man. She doesn’t...” Emotion clogged my throat, and I
struggled for breath. For words. “She doesn’t know them.”
But then, neither did we.
Not really. Damaged hailed from Austin, our hometown. And over the last five
years, as their star ascended, our paths had crossed on occasion.
Our band, Caged, was one
of the many groups on Sixth Street that loosely followed the Damaged blueprint.
Since high school, we’d been playing the same bars where Damaged got their
start, hoping a little of their magic would rub off.
The news report abruptly
cut to KVUE, the local ABC affiliate. Terri Gruca, the nighttime anchor, sat
stoically behind the half-lit desk, her co-anchor nowhere in sight. 
“Thank you, Sandy.”
Terri blinked into the camera. “We’ve just got word at the studio that Rhenn
Grayson, lead singer for the Grammy winning band Damaged, and Paige Dawson,
lead guitarist, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Highway
290 this morning.” She looked down at the copy wobbling in her shaking hand. “Rhenn’s
wife, singer Tori Grayson, and drummer, Miles Cooper, were airlifted to
Brackenridge Hospital via Care Flight. According to band manager, Taryn Ayers,
Mrs. Grayson and Mr. Cooper are both in
critical condition. The bus driver was also pronounced dead at the crash site.”
Still photos of Rhenn and Paige appeared
on a split screen in the background behind Terri’s head. “Our prayers go out to
the families. After a brief commercial break, we’ll cut to the CNN studio for
further updates on this tragedy and a look back at the lives of these two
gifted musicians.”
My head pounded as a
commercial for toaster strudel flickered across the screen. Smiling faces and
cheery voices, touting the virtue of strawberry jam tucked inside a fluffy
pastry shell. Somewhere, people were probably eating that shit. 
But not Rhenn or
Paige. 
“They were twenty-four
years old,” Logan murmured.
As he turned to face me,
questions clouded his arctic blue eyes. The same questions I’d seen every day
since the first time we met. About death, and why it visited some while leaving
others alone. Death was what brought Logan and me together, after all. Our
shared bond. Two kids whose mothers would never sit at the long table in Mrs.
Varner’s classroom handing out cookies. Because our mothers had “passed.” 
That’s the polite term
people used when someone died. The same folks made sure to tell you they were “sorry
for your loss.” 
Which I always found
funny, since my mother wasn’t lost. She was dead. 
Rhenn’s voice boomed
from the speaker on the worn-out TV. Smiling his most iconic smile, he stood
back to back with Paige as he crooned the band’s latest hit.
I leaned forward to
drink it all in. Because that’s all that was left now, bits of light and shadow
caught on tape.
Slithering from my loose
hold, Anna stumbled to her feet. “I’ve got to pee.” 
Before she got away, I
swung my legs over the side of the bed and then slipped my arms around her
waist to pull her between my knees.
Resting my forehead
against her chest, I breathed deeply, her peach scent soothing me like a balm. “I
love you, Anna-baby.” 
She sifted her fingers
through my hair until I stopped shaking, and then kissed the top of my head. “Love
you too.” 
Reluctantly, I let her
go, and she retreated into the tiny bathroom. Through the paper-thin walls, I
heard her crying softly. 
When she returned, her
face splotchy and her eyes glistening with leftover tears, I gave her a soft
smile and lifted the covers so she could crawl in beside me. 
An hour later and we
still hadn’t moved, like if we stayed here, it wouldn’t be real.
But it was. 






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Jayne
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with a dream of moving to Seattle to become a rock star. When the grunge thing
didn’t work out (she never even made it to the Washington border) Jayne set her
sights on Austin, Texas. After quickly becoming immersed in the Sixth Street
Music scene…and discovering she couldn’t actually sing, Jayne decided to do the
next best thing—write kick ass romances about hot rockstars and the women that
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