Flashfiction results!! (Week 13)

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Last week we had such a great prompt for passion and lust. It was wicked fun. I wanted to try to tap into another side of passion in the human condition, the pulling and tearing that comes with conflict and surrender and boy, did y’all step up to the plate and hit it out of the park.

 

First up, Cecily @bonneycecily-Thank you for being the first to post. It eased my judge’s mind that my prompt was not totally lame. I loved her body language. She slowly moves towards him until she’s a whisper away showing her surrender. And although you used surrender with her words , I feel it’s his surrender in the end that impacts the reader. Thank you.

 

Second up, chinchin.unicorn @chinchinunicorn –Your choice of descriptive words set such a tone for this piece; staring, watching, judging, brace, tight, glare, escape. That first paragraph sets the stage perfectly. I love that you have the family ancestors silently standing witness. And the romantic in me felt the shattering impact of the realization that there will be no surrender. Well done. Thank you.

 

Next up, Melissa Gardener @smalltownchicka – I loooved the sweetheart feel of this piece, the way he helps her see that it’s okay to give in. And although you use surrender earlier in the piece I can feel her surrender as his mouth covers hers. This is a beautiful window looking into a sweet passion. Thank you.

 

And our Fourth gracious entry is Jennifer Garcia itlnbrt @jennifgarcia- It was so tempting to grant you another 200 words just to see what the motivations of Mr. Walter actually were. There is the impact of not knowing if she will or should surrender to his pressings. It left the reader off balanced and unsettled which can be a very powerful dynamic used by the writer to draw in and hold captive the reading audience. Well done. Thank you.

 

Thanks to each one of you. It was a true joy to participate in this one.

And the winner is *tears open envelope* chinchin.unicorn. *throws confetti*

It was heartbreakingly well written. Thank you for sharing it with us. Now for those who want to stick around, I am posting my entry below just for grins. Thanks again to each of you.

 

Dusty Britches @dustybritches 200 Words

Portraits, 6:30- please I run up the museum steps at 6:33, my heart pounding. I round the corner to the Portraits Gallery and see him standing dejectedly along the far wall. “Stephen, what are you doing? You’re going to be late getting out of the city.” “Can’t go without you,” he says as he wraps himself around me caging me in. “I can’t sit across from him and play happy family,” I spit out. He pulls back with a shocked, ashen face. “Do you still love him?” “No, no, but I’m humiliated, Stephen. How can I ever go to your parent’s house again?” He lifts my chin, catching my eye. “Tucked up against me. My brother’s a fool for letting you go but I’ll be damned if I let you slip away. I love you, B. You’re my best friend. It’s always been you for me, always.” He kisses me tenderly, worshipfully, and my heart melts in surrender. “l love you,” I whisper against his lips. “Marry me,” he whispers back. With a watery smile, I nod “Yes”. He mirrors my smile, pulling me under his arm. “Good, now let’s go tell Mom and Pops they get to keep you.”

 

Great job, everyone! Sorry about the delays – I’ve been under the weather, and tonight is the first night of Passover!

chinchin.unicorn, Please DM me on Twitter for instructions for picking a prompt. I’d like to post it tomorrow if we get it together in time. ❤

 

New Release! The Righteous and The Wicked by April Emerson

New Release! The Righteous and The Wicked by April Emerson

A new release from TWCSPH :
The Righteous and The Wicked
by: April Emerson
Summary:
Small moments can seem insignificant until they change the course of a life forever. The sound of a bulldozer. A chance meeting at a gas station.  A gust of wind through a chime. Benign events become something more when viewed through the lens of fate.
Emma Santori is a prisoner of tragic memories. Locked in a spiral of depression, she leads a desolate and empty life, trapped in her decrepit home. Rooted in routine, she’s numb and vacant. As a lonely Catholic school teacher, her only joy comes from her young students. One Saturday morning her isolation is infiltrated by a mysterious architect building a home beside hers.
That man is Eric Wilder and he’s keeping a secret—a secret that’s destroying his life. Filled with guilt and self-loathing he’s forced to move often. He chooses the small northeastern town of Pine Lake as his latest refuge and hopes to make a successful attempt at starting his life over. As always, he’s unable to make that happen.
That all changes when he meets Emma.
She finds herself drawn to Eric when she accidentally bumps into him, but Eric’s unfazed by their first meeting. When a gust of wind brings these two people together once again, Emma discovers Eric’s secret. She’s forced to battle between her Catholic faith and her desire for this stranger.
They’re attraction is intense and they soon discover they’re each lonely and longing for what the other has to offer. They begin a friendship, and as that friendship blossoms, Emma realizes her passion and lust for Eric are the remedy to her depression. Eric discovers his feelings for Emma are the only antidote to his secret burden.
They begin an erotic journey which leads these beautifully broken people to discover that love can be both righteous and wicked.
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April Emerson moved to New York City after graduating from college with a degree in Literature. As a nature lover, living in the city was a culture shock, but she soon began to enjoy being surrounded by so much energy. Submerged in perpetual crowds, April developed a fondness for people-watching, which inspired her to start writing. Drawn to both the light and dark of humanity, she strives to tell sexy and romantic stories with exquisitely complex characters. When she isn’t writing, she loves listening to music or reading a good book, with a glass of wine. Her second novel A Flawed Heart will be released in July and her third novel Out of the Dark will be released in December.
You can find her on Facebook,  Twitter,  Pinterest, and her Blog.

Flashing for Sweet Surrender (week 13)

Hello, Flashers!

Welcome back for another round of FlashFiction à la Madi Merek style!

Our Judge this week is Dusty Britches, and here’s a little about her:

“I love how the written word can draw out the strongest emotions and bring about absolute change in a person. Music and Literature and Art are my passions. My God, my man and my kids are my life.”

 

SURRENDER                  1sur·ren·der verb \sə-ˈren-dər\ : to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed : to give the control or use of (something) to someone else : to allow something (such as a habit or desire) to influence or control you

SURRENDER 1sur·ren·der verb \sə-ˈren-dər\
: to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed
: to give the control or use of (something) to someone else
: to allow something (such as a habit or desire) to influence or control you

 

 

Take a look at the beautiful pic prompt and don’t forget to include the word prompt in your flash! 100-200 words, your twitter handle/website/FB, and word count go in the comments, please. 🙂

This flash will end Saturday night at 11:59 PM (MST).

 

Good luck!

 

Flashfic Results: Week 12

 

 

 

It’s Sunday morning, and that means our FlashFic results are in and ready for your perusal!

As you see, I’ve changed the blog look a bit. I’m not sure how I like it yet, but we’ll see. 😉

First: You all ROCKED it! This was awesomely fun.
Second: Thank you, Melissa, for judging and being so enthusiastic about the whole thing.
Third: My book came out this week, and I’d be a terrible author if I didn’t tell you all to go check it out. Here’s the amazon.com and Barnes & Noble links! And go see my beautiful website as well! THANK YOU!
Fourth: Here are the results!

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Well, well, well… I asked for it and man did y’all deliver!

First off, a huge thank you to Nicole for picking my story. If it weren’t for you, I would have missed out on all these words. This was a wonderful turnout!

When I first saw this image, I knew it was going to inspire many different things, and boy did you ladies get the ball rolling!

I can’t tell you girls how hard it was to choose the winners. Everyone did an amazing job!

Jennifer Garcia: I loved that he was a skater! You gave us great details in such few words.

Packie Pie: Oh yes, dangerous and steamy! Again, wonderful plot here with the age thing and can I add, how I loved his dirty mouth?

Chinchin.unicorn: Yes, now and please!! Jesus, I was fanning myself all over the place. This was great use of words and feeling and poetry. I felt like I was melting with the characters.

Dusty Britches: I loved these two. I could just imagine them together. I wanted more of them; of their banter. And I absolutely loved the nicknames.

Cecily: Friends to lovers, always a good plot device! I know you don’t usually write, but with practice, I bet you could come up with something great! Thank you for taking a chance and doing it. I know it’s not easy at first.

glin23: Hey now, Mr. Foreman, Sir… lol, again, great plot!! This could have been longer, but it was great the way it was. (I’m greedy.)

Okay, so yeah, my job as a judge… NOT EASY! But, I had to do it…

Here goes…

First Place: Dusty Britches…because I loved the banter…
Second Place: Chinchin.unicorn…because the poetry and unfness (that’s a word) was off the charts…
Third Place: Packie Pie…because I liked the play on their age…Cougars unite!!

Thank you all so much for flashing me some words!!!!

 

And thank you Madi for letting me play in your sandbox!

Note from Madi: You know how it goes – Winner judges. Contact me via twitter or Facebook! xoxoxo

Congrats!!

 

Falling for Shock by Eryn LaPlant: COVER REVEAL!

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This fabulous cover came from none other than my head and computerized art programs. I had some excellent help from Russian resident, colleague and graphic designer Ольга Лабзина (Olga Labzina). Together we made this cover POP! and WOW! And I hope you enjoy it too and it captivates you enough to pick up FALLING FOR SHOCK when it release on April 25th, 2014!

Until then here’s a little teaser.

Oliver Hannel, England’s sexiest new star, has finally moved from the television screen to the silver screen, playing comic book hero The Shock in Hollywood’s upcoming blockbuster. While filming one summer night in the midwestern town of Greenfield, Indiana, Oliver finds himself witnessing a crime in progress. Will he embrace his inner superhero and save the day? Or will he remember he isn’t invincible and call for help?

Layla Brooks is a small town girl with a big spirited heart, especially when it comes to her twin sister, Lucy. She will rest at nothing to protect her from a casino mogul’s henchman bent on collecting a debt… even if that includes taking her sister’s punishment. But a strange suited man from out of the shadows isn’t about to let that happen.

Oliver and Layla’s opposite worlds collide with a Bam! But are either of them ready for the lies, truth and lust that comes along with a relationship born of shock? Or will their love come and go as fast as a bolt of lightning?

 

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Review – Hello LAlaland

A magnificent review of Hello LAlaland by an awesome new Book Blog!

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Wine pairing: Champagne, preferably a mimosa made with Piper-Heidsiek

Rating: 4 Wine Glasses

Before I get into the awesome that is Hello LAlaland, a quick note: Madi gave me an ARC of her novella with the agreement that I would, as a very close friend, give an honest review. Lucky for me, LAlaland was an absolute joy to read.

Reading Hello LAlaland was like a long overdue, gossipy brunch with your best friend – immensely satisfying and leaving you wishing for more. I would suggest making an icy pitcher of Mimosa’s and enjoying the by turns hilarious, frustrating, and hot relationship Wini Chapman has with Tony Ricci.

The story opens with Wini flying into Los Angeles for her ten-year high school reunion. She is mostly ambivalent about the reunion experience; more than anything she wonders how her classmates will treat her given her celebrity (she is the owner/designer of…

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Hello LAlaland release day has arrived!

Hello LAlaland

 

Paparazzi, vodka cocktails, and sex. Welcome to LAlaland.

Winifred Chapman isn’t thrilled with the idea of her ten year reunion; especially not the idea of returning to LAlaland. Even in the midst of her thrilling career, she’s managed to avoid LA as often as possible, which is saying a lot for a world-renowned fashion designer. She has a life which women everywhere would envy, and has everything she needs . . . or so she thinks.

Anthony Ricci was the most popular guy at Westlake High, and the one Winifred thought would never look twice at her. A former professional athlete, he now runs a successful Italian restaurant in New York City. When they run into each other at the reunion and give in to a widely passionate night, Anthony decides he may want more than Winifred is willing to give.

Hating being known by the men she’s dated or slept with, Winifred has learned to take what she needs from them without investing emotionally. When she discovers Anthony’s old desire for her and disappears after their night together, he refuses to give her up.

Will he be able to show her that love doesn’t have to be a battle, or will LAlaland prove to be enough to destroy her carefully constructed walls?

Hating being known by the men she’s dated or slept with, Winifred has learned to take what she needs from men without investing emotionally. When she discovers Anthony’s old desire for her and disappears after their night together, he refuses to give her up.

Will he be able to show her that love doesn’t have to be a battle, or will LAlaland prove to be enough to destroy her carefully constructed walls?

 

Get a quick glimpse at Tony:

 

Check out what Winifred is all about:

 

Get the book from Kobo, TWCS Publishing House, amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble.

Madi also has some paperback copies available. If you’d like a signed one, please contact her through her website, www.authormadimerek.com, or below.

Follow Madi on Twitter and like her Facebook Author Page!

 

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Rave Review for Hello LAlaland:

“…deserves ten damn stars, not five.”

– Cecily’s Book Review

… You are an awesome writer and this book freaking kicks ass. I am now officially in love with Tony and his sexy ass.Again thank you so very much!! I loved this book. I couldn’t put this book down I had to finish it right away. The writing was amazing. The story line is brilliant, sexy, romantic, wonderful, and amazing. I loved all the characters. Winifred is a strong, amazing, successful woman. She is head strong and knows exactly what she needs and doesn’t need in her life. I admire this character very much. She will not let any man break her heart or it come close to breaking her. Anthony is so…ummmm yummy! I could read about him all day long. He is strong, sexy, hot, manly, and successful too. He wears his heart on his sleeve for the woman that he loves. Tony is my new book boyfriend. The history that the two of them have is crazy, sad, and makes me want to shake them both. Then I want to smile like a kid eating an ice cream cone for the first time. Yes this story is that damn good. I honestly could read this book over and over again. I love how I got sucked into this story. I am so digging the ending of this book and I can’t wait for book 2. Congrats on writing this freaking amazing story!!!! All I can say is that I am so glad that I got the chance to read this book and I am looking forward to reading so much more.

 

 

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Author Biography

Madi Merek was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She married a sexy rock star from Los Angeles in July 2008, and they have a beautiful daughter named Scarlett Rose. Her first novel was finished at fourteen. She’s currently writing a literary/historical fiction novel based in the Second World War. Jon and Madi spent several years in Los Angeles before moving back to Denver, but they plan to return home to LAlaland soon.

Hello LAlaland (Lost in LAlaland, #1)

Hello LAlaland RELEASE DAY is HERE!!!

 

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Hello LAlaland release day has arrived!

Hello LAlaland

 

Paparazzi, vodka cocktails, and sex. Welcome to LAlaland.

Winifred Chapman isn’t thrilled with the idea of her ten year reunion; especially not the idea of returning to LAlaland. Even in the midst of her thrilling career, she’s managed to avoid LA as often as possible, which is saying a lot for a world-renowned fashion designer. She has a life which women everywhere would envy, and has everything she needs . . . or so she thinks.

Anthony Ricci was the most popular guy at Westlake High, and the one Winifred thought would never look twice at her. A former professional athlete, he now runs a successful Italian restaurant in New York City. When they run into each other at the reunion and give in to a widely passionate night, Anthony decides he may want more than Winifred is willing to give.

Hating being known by the men she’s dated or slept with, Winifred has learned to take what she needs from them without investing emotionally. When she discovers Anthony’s old desire for her and disappears after their night together, he refuses to give her up.

Will he be able to show her that love doesn’t have to be a battle, or will LAlaland prove to be enough to destroy her carefully constructed walls?

Hating being known by the men she’s dated or slept with, Winifred has learned to take what she needs from men without investing emotionally. When she discovers Anthony’s old desire for her and disappears after their night together, he refuses to give her up.

Will he be able to show her that love doesn’t have to be a battle, or will LAlaland prove to be enough to destroy her carefully constructed walls?

 

Get a quick glimpse at Tony:

 

Check out what Winifred is all about:

 

Get the book from Kobo, TWCS Publishing House, amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble.

Madi also has some paperback copies available. If you’d like a signed one, please contact her through her website, www.authormadimerek.com, or below.

Follow Madi on Twitter and like her Facebook Author Page!

 

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Rave Review for Hello LAlaland:

“…deserves ten damn stars, not five.”

– Cecily’s Book Review

… You are an awesome writer and this book freaking kicks ass. I am now officially in love with Tony and his sexy ass.Again thank you so very much!! I loved this book. I couldn’t put this book down I had to finish it right away. The writing was amazing. The story line is brilliant, sexy, romantic, wonderful, and amazing. I loved all the characters. Winifred is a strong, amazing, successful woman. She is head strong and knows exactly what she needs and doesn’t need in her life. I admire this character very much. She will not let any man break her heart or it come close to breaking her. Anthony is so…ummmm yummy! I could read about him all day long. He is strong, sexy, hot, manly, and successful too. He wears his heart on his sleeve for the woman that he loves. Tony is my new book boyfriend. The history that the two of them have is crazy, sad, and makes me want to shake them both. Then I want to smile like a kid eating an ice cream cone for the first time. Yes this story is that damn good. I honestly could read this book over and over again. I love how I got sucked into this story. I am so digging the ending of this book and I can’t wait for book 2. Congrats on writing this freaking amazing story!!!! All I can say is that I am so glad that I got the chance to read this book and I am looking forward to reading so much more.

 

 

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Author Biography

Madi Merek was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She married a sexy rock star from Los Angeles in July 2008, and they have a beautiful daughter named Scarlett Rose. Her first novel was finished at fourteen. She’s currently writing a literary/historical fiction novel based in the Second World War. Jon and Madi spent several years in Los Angeles before moving back to Denver, but they plan to return home to LAlaland soon.

Hello LAlaland (Lost in LAlaland, #1)

Hello LAlaland Release Day is HERE!!!

 

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Hello LAlaland release day has arrived!

Hello LAlaland

 

Paparazzi, vodka cocktails, and sex. Welcome to LAlaland.

Winifred Chapman isn’t thrilled with the idea of her ten year reunion; especially not the idea of returning to LAlaland. Even in the midst of her thrilling career, she’s managed to avoid LA as often as possible, which is saying a lot for a world-renowned fashion designer. She has a life which women everywhere would envy, and has everything she needs . . . or so she thinks.

Anthony Ricci was the most popular guy at Westlake High, and the one Winifred thought would never look twice at her. A former professional athlete, he now runs a successful Italian restaurant in New York City. When they run into each other at the reunion and give in to a widely passionate night, Anthony decides he may want more than Winifred is willing to give.

Hating being known by the men she’s dated or slept with, Winifred has learned to take what she needs from them without investing emotionally. When she discovers Anthony’s old desire for her and disappears after their night together, he refuses to give her up.

Will he be able to show her that love doesn’t have to be a battle, or will LAlaland prove to be enough to destroy her carefully constructed walls?

Hating being known by the men she’s dated or slept with, Winifred has learned to take what she needs from men without investing emotionally. When she discovers Anthony’s old desire for her and disappears after their night together, he refuses to give her up.

Will he be able to show her that love doesn’t have to be a battle, or will LAlaland prove to be enough to destroy her carefully constructed walls?

 

Get a quick glimpse at Tony:

 

Check out what Winifred is all about:

 

Get the book from Kobo, TWCS Publishing House, amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble.

Madi also has some paperback copies available. If you’d like a signed one, please contact her through her website, www.authormadimerek.com, or below.

Follow Madi on Twitter and like her Facebook Author Page!

 

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Rave Review for Hello LAlaland:

“…deserves ten damn stars, not five.”

– Cecily’s Book Review

… You are an awesome writer and this book freaking kicks ass. I am now officially in love with Tony and his sexy ass.Again thank you so very much!! I loved this book. I couldn’t put this book down I had to finish it right away. The writing was amazing. The story line is brilliant, sexy, romantic, wonderful, and amazing. I loved all the characters.

Winifred is a strong, amazing, successful woman. She is head strong and knows exactly what she needs and doesn’t need in her life. I admire this character very much. She will not let any man break her heart or it come close to breaking her.

Anthony is so…ummmm yummy! I could read about him all day long. He is strong, sexy, hot, manly, and successful too. He wears his heart on his sleeve for the woman that he loves. Tony is my new book boyfriend.

The history that the two of them have is crazy, sad, and makes me want to shake them both. Then I want to smile like a kid eating an ice cream cone for the first time. Yes this story is that damn good. I honestly could read this book over and over again.

I love how I got sucked into this story. I am so digging the ending of this book and I can’t wait for book two.

Congrats on writing this freaking amazing story!!!! All I can say is that I am so glad that I got the chance to read this book and I am looking forward to reading so much more.

 

 

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Author Biography

Madi Merek was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She married a sexy rock star from Los Angeles in July 2008, and they have a beautiful daughter named Scarlett Rose. Her first novel was finished at fourteen. She’s currently writing a literary/historical fiction novel based in the Second World War. Jon and Madi spent several years in Los Angeles before moving back to Denver, but they plan to return home to LAlaland soon.

Hello LAlaland (Lost in LAlaland, #1)

Interview with Madi Merek

My interview with the new Book Blog IN LIBRI QUOD VINUM ILLIC EST VERUM (In Books and Wine There is Truth). Check it out and follow them!

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On April 1, 2014, my dear friend Madi Merek will be celebrating the publication of her first book, Hello LAlaland. What better way to christen In Libri Quod Vinum Illic Est Verum, than by having a book birthday party? Pull up a chair, pour a flute of champagne, and join the fun!

Because Madi is a wonderful friend (truly my twin separated by birth and time), she let me play interviewer, so I could share some of her insights about her first publication with you.

Hello LAlaland heavily features Wini’s HS reunion. What were you like in high school? 

Oh, high school . . . Well, I was an outspoken brat most of the time. I was very opinionated in politics and religion – very pious and incredibly innocent. We wouldn’t have been friends back then.  Probably true. I would have mocked you, if I bothered to…

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