The (Rocky) Road to Recovery: My Journey So Far

April 18, 2015 Katie A Uncategorized 0 Comments

The last few months have been… interesting. Now that I have insurance, I have been in and out of doctor’s offices, blood work drawn, trips to the pharmacy have been more than I can count – but it’s all part of a process. It’s all part of being healthy again, living a new life and on the road to recovery.

On February 12, 2015 – I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

My entire life changed in that office. For awhile, I didn’t even feel like it was real. This couldn’t be my life. I was healthy, active and while yes, I could have eaten better at times, I tried my best to live a healthy lifestyle despite a hectic work life and balance school.

It didn’t matter. My blood glucose fasting results were a sky high level of 236. Any higher, and there was a very real chance I could have headed to the hospital because my glucose was too high. That’s a very scary thought and one that pushes me daily to get myself onto a healthy diet, keep active and make sure I take meds to help control my diabetes.

It’s barely been two months since I’ve been diagnosed. In that time I have:

– seen my numbers drop from the high 200’s to the 100’s (with a couple hypoglycemic episodes in there)

– started on two medications for diabetes, with insurance denying a third

– I attend my first diabetes class Tuesday morning

– Tackled a fabulous vacation and did well on my first big trip as a diabetic

– Proudly wear a medic alert bracelet

But it hasn’t been easy. Not at all. I still have not been able to cry over this diagnosis, because in a lot of ways – it doesn’t seem real. It doesn’t seem like this is my life. But it is. This is my life and I have to live it in the best way that I can to keep myself healthy. I have seen what out of control diabetes can do to people and I don’t want to go down that road.

I have had people tell me to my face that I “need to get on that” without understanding the negative impact it has on me. I’ve had people tell me that it’s because of all the sugar I’ve had that caused it, nope. That’s not it either. I have a family history of it, it’s genetic.

Recently, I’ve had someone I was close to decide to cut me out of their life because I was unable to make it to an event due to the fact that I was sick from the diabetes. I had been dealing with highs and lows and numbers bouncing all over the place, feeling weak and like I may pass out and realized, I have to stay home. I have to take care of myself and cannot risk an ER trip.

So, I stayed home.

Then I was berated, belittled, accused of some pretty nasty stuff and now feel like I have been cut from their life. All because I needed to take care of myself, because I was sick. Because I knew that had I pushed myself more than I already had, I would have ended up in the hospital.

This diagnosis is hard.

It means that I have had to make major changes to my life immediately. It means that I have had to give up things I loved, change my diet completely, test my sugar, learn my limits and make sure I take my medications every day at the same time so I don’t get worse.

Diabetes means that I have had to learn who really stays at my side and supports me, or who walks away. It means that people I thought I was close to had no idea I had diabetes until I mentioned it randomly. It means that I have had to say no to things I wish I could do because I am battling a low moment or I feel sick from the medications.

Most of all, it means learning to take care of myself. Learning that I have to take care of me and put my health first. It means that I can’t ignore the symptoms or a high or a low and that I have to act quickly. It means that there are days where no matter how well I eat and stay active, I’ll still have a high. Diabetes means that I have a life long, chronic illness.

It’s not going to go away. Yes, it can (and will) get better with management – but it’s been a long two months. Two months in and I still have so much to learn.

The most important lesson I’ve learned so far?

Take care of myself, no matter how hard it is, no matter how draining it can be. I have to take care of myself so I can be healthy for life and for my loved ones.

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THE WAY WE FALL by Cassia Leo – Blog Tour Review!

February 23, 2015 Katie A Blog Tour, Reviews 1 Comment

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I cannot tell you  how excited I am to be taking part in this blog tour! From the moment I read the synopsis, I knew that this was a book I had to get my hands on! What an amazing story and an amazing opportunity to  be on this blog tour.

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The Way We Fall Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a twisted and passionate love story that pushes the boundaries of loyalty.

Maybe we shouldn’t have fallen so fast and so willingly.

Maybe we shouldn’t have moved in together before we went on our first date.

Maybe we should have given our wounds time to heal before we tore each other to shreds.

Maybe we should have never been together.

Houston has kept a devastating secret from Rory since the day he took her into his home. But the tragic circumstances that brought them together left wounds too deep to heal.

Five years after the breakup, Houston and Rory are thrust together by forces beyond their control. And all the resentments and passion return with more intensity than ever.

Once again, Houston is left with a choice between the truth and the only girl he’s ever loved.

The Way We Fall is the first book in The Story of Us series, which follows the tumultuous love story of Rory and Houston. The sequel, The Way We Break, will be released Spring 2015.

 

My Review: ★★★★★

HOLY. WHOA.

From the moment I started reading, I could not put this one down. I curled up on the couch at work, read for hours on end and then when I got home, I kept reading despite being exhausted. Easily one of my most anticipated books since I had heard about it, I was eager to fall in love with this book.

And I did.

The characters were believable – they were people I could easily know in real life. The situations they endure were ones I had seen friends or family members go through over the years. I felt connected to the characters, and I had so many feelings. I didn’t want this story to end, I wanted more, more and more because I was so in love with the story, the writing and the characters.

The descriptions in the story were clear and helped me to picture everyone (and everything) going on. I love being able to visualize a story as I read and this one didn’t let me down! I found myself lost in the story, constantly turning the pages and eager to find out what was going to happen next.

I can’t wait for the next book in the series and I know I’ll be just as hooked and in love as I was with this one!

Cassia Leo Bio:

bored-bw-profile-picNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading – sometimes both.

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VERUM by Courtney Cole Release Day Launch!

February 2, 2015 Katie A Uncategorized 1 Comment

VERUM, the second book in Courtney Cole’s psychological mind-bending NOCTE Trilogy, is here.

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VERUM-300pxMy name is Calla Price and I’m drowning.

My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets.

Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.

The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.

I’m entangled in the darkness.

But the truth will set me free.

It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.

Are you scared?

I am.

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Cover Reveal: Katie McGarry’s NOWHERE BUT HERE

January 29, 2015 Katie A Uncategorized 0 Comments

West Side Story meets Sons of Anarchy?? Yes, please!

Katie McGarry’s newest novel, NOWHERE BUT HERE, has a cover and we are thrilled to get to help reveal it to you today. The first novel in her upcoming The Thunder Road Series, NOWHERE BUT HERE is a young adult contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. We have no doubt that when you get done, you’re going to wish you were on a motorcycle and had your own cut of leather across your back!

Follow along today as pieces of the cover are revealed, and then stop by the HarlequinTeen Page to see the full cover at 7pm EST! And that’s not all, of course! We have a few Behind-The-Scenes pictures from the photo shoot itself for you to enjoy as well! Check out the Behind-The-Scenes pictures and then scroll down for our puzzle piece!


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NOWHERE BUT HERE Synopsis:

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Cora Carmack’s ALL PLAYED OUT – Cover Reveal

January 21, 2015 Katie A Uncategorized 0 Comments

Holy smokes are we excited to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack’s ALL PLAYED OUT! ALL PLAYED OUT is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is the 3rd book in the Rusk University Series, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. It is due to be released on May 12, 2015!! If you haven’t had a chance to read this sexy, fun series yet, be sure to grab ALL LINED UP and ALL BROKE DOWN!

 

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First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay… Scratch that. She knows she hasn’t had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a “to do” list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it’s impossible to get hurt… again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she’s never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he’s willing to take the chance when it’s more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

 

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ALL LINED UP, Book 1

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

 

 

 

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2015 means…

January 17, 2015 Katie A Uncategorized 0 Comments

2015 has one word for me: brave.

I was brave when I reached out for help through the county. I was brave when I opened up to my blog readers and told them what I was experiencing. I was brave when I told a group of friends just how bad things were for me.

I was brave when I walked into the doctor office and cried as I told him about my depression. I was brave when I told him everything I’d experienced, and that I was scared I wasn’t getting better.

Being brave means that 2015 is the year I put myself first. It’s the year I take care of myself. The year I do what I have to do to be healthy, happy and strong.

Being brave means that I realized I might have to let go of some things in my life. I have to let go of the worry, the doubt and the stress. I may have to let go of friendships, people in my life and things I can’t control.

Being brave in 2015 is realizing that if someone can’t be there for me when I need them the most, that I may have to let them go. It hurts but if they aren’t there when I need them the most in my life, can I trust them to be there in the good times? To share the joy with me, to celebrate. Instead, I’m facing the realization that they aren’t there now when I need them the most.

Being brave in 2015 means embracing new adventures – discovering great books, trips planned to travel across the country, hours of laughter and joy with my friends and family. It means standing up for myself and learning to love myself for who I am.

2015 means that even though I let go of the negative – I’m embracing the joy and open doors the year can bring me. It means stepping out into the world and embracing my life, how I want to love and what is waiting for me ahead.

Being brave in 2015 means letting go, but letting the brand new in.

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What’s Wrong With Me?

January 4, 2015 Katie A Uncategorized 1 Comment

You may have noticed that I haven’t been around as much as I usually am. I’m quieter on social media. I don’t get out much other than work and basic errands. I’m quiet, don’t say much and don’t interact with my friends much.

As hard as it is to say, I know I need to say it.

I’m struggling with depression.

It’s quite possibly the worst round of depression I’ve ever dealt with, and it’s exhausting, terrifying and I am still wondering how I am supposed to pull myself out of this and come out stronger, healthier and happier on the other end.

Right now, I don’t think I ever will. That kills me to even think about. That’s how bad this is right now.

It’s the kind of depression where I’m so exhausted most of the day that I can barely keep my eyes open at times, but when I try to fall asleep – I can’t sleep. I doze off for a few minutes at a time, only to wake up even more exhausted than before. For the most part in the last couple of weeks, I have gotten half of my normal amount of sleep each night.

It’s the kind of depression where for most of the day, I’ll be fine – still down in the dumps and blue, but dealing okay. Then something, anything will flip a switch and I’ll lose my cool. I’ll cry over anything and everything, no matter how small. The little things that normally don’t bother me cause me to snap, to lock myself in my room.

I don’t want to do anything – just going to work before the holiday break was a struggle. I barely made it through each shift and I tried so hard to keep myself in one piece until I got home. I watched the clock anxiously; I made myself focus on something, anything other than what was going on in my head. It was exhausting, it was a battle.

It’s the kind of depression where I’m not eating much – and even when I do eat? It’s only because my body has gotten to the point where I will be sick or pass out because I haven’t eaten enough. I’ve lost weight, I know I have. I don’t know how much, but I’ve noticed because my clothes are loose on me, nothing fits right, nothing feels comfortable.

It’s the kind of depression where I don’t want to do anything I love. I can’t read. I can’t listen to music. I can’t watch my favorite movies or television shows. I sit in my room in my bed, in the dark and stare at the walls for hours. Sometimes I’ll have the television on, but I am not paying attention to it. I’m still in the dark, wrapped up in my blankets and wondering when this will end.

This is the kind of depression where I will curl up at the end of the night and fight back the tears as I try to go to sleep. I wonder what’s wrong with me, why this is happening, when it will end and I try to tell myself that I have to take it day by day. I tell myself that I got through this before, I can do this again – but this is the worst I have experienced.

I’m not myself.

It has been the longest and hardest month I have ever gone through.

What is worse are the weird thoughts in my head. I hate them. They scare me. They don’t happen often, but when they do – it startles me and really makes me wonder what the hell is wrong with me. I know what’s wrong with me. I’m depressed. I’m a shell of myself and I’m waiting for the light to come through, waiting for something to change.

There are days where I sit for hours and wonder if I am making it sound worse than I really feel, if it isn’t this bad and someone will come up to me and tell me that. I wonder if this will end and I’ll feel like myself the next morning, but I don’t. I wake up, hoping it’s the day where I will finally feel like things are turning around… only to face the cruel reality that it hasn’t.

This is the kind of depression where it’s hard to just get up and do those basic things I need to do in order to get through the day. Getting through work or a quick grocery shopping trip have become something that a exhausting and nerve wracking. I go out and I put on the face that everyone is used to – the happy, normal, take it as it comes kind of girl.

Except on the inside, I’m broken, sad, depressed and trying to figure out what my next step is. Nothing I’m used to doing is fun – friends have had to drag me out of the house to get me to do something, anything. I’m not excited (or even focused enough) to read or watch television. I barely have enough energy to roll out of bed most days.

It’s been like this for a month.

Failing my math class after sixteen weeks of working my ass off, countless hours of homework, studying, going to class, asking questions, getting help from friends and family members – and still I didn’t pass. I was in a funk before that – but this was my breaking point.

I realized that no one is going to know that I am struggling unless I tell them. No one will know that I need a little extra love or time, a little more understanding or space unless I speak up. No one will know that I’m stuck in a deep and dark place, trying to find my way out unless I tell them. Everyone thinks I’m okay – that I’m maybe just worn out or overwhelmed – no one has really realized that I’m depressed.

I’m depressed.

It scares me. The way I feel scares me, the thoughts that randomly creep into my head scare me and I am depressed. Making it through each day in one piece is hard – I’m mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted. I cry over anything and everything. Even the smallest thing will make my mood crumble.

So no, I’m not okay and it is harder than you can ever imagine to sit and here and tell everyone that. I’m not okay. I’m struggling. I’m depressed. I’m scared. I’m sad. I’m not myself. I’m in a dark place, I’m exhausted, beaten down and not sure where things will go from here. I can only take things one day at a time, one step at a time.

But the truth is, I’m struggling with this round of depression. Really struggling.

 

 

 

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Cora Carmack’s INSPIRE Blog Tour – Excerpt

December 19, 2014 Katie A Uncategorized 0 Comments

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I am so excited to be on the blog tour for INSPIRE! Today I am sharing with you an excerpt and I can promise you – you NEED this book in your life! Ever since I found out about this story, I KNEW I had to have it and that it would be my fresh start into reading paranormal! I cannot wait to hear what you all have to say about this book and I know it is absolutely gorgeous and a breathtaking story!

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About INSPIRE:

 

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

 

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He undoes the button at the top of his pants, and I’m so eager to have him that I feel giddy.

“Wait,” I say. Then I scoot back down the bed, still holding the blankets tight against me. “I want to.”

He makes a sound low in his throat, but drops his hand away. I reach for the front of his jeans and seek out the zipper. I suck my bottom lip between my teeth as I drag it down. Since the denim is wet, it takes both of my hands to inch the jeans down his hips. Then I let him kick them off the rest of the way, along with his shoes. Underneath he wears black boxer briefs.

Boxer briefs are hands down the best invention of the last century.

I lift my eyes to his, and his gaze pierces through me as I drag that last item of clothing down his hips, too.

And suddenly, I’m nervous.

I’ve never slept with someone like this. Without knowing exactly where we stand, and how things will end with the other person. Every other time, I’ve been in control. But now, the balance of power is completely off because I want this with a desperation that puts too much out of my control.

I lift my hand and wrap my fingers around his erection, thinking maybe it will shift that balance, give me the upper hand. He utters my name with a low growl and smoothes a hand over my cheek, resting one callused thumb on my bottom lip. I tighten my grip and give a slow tug.

“Jesus, Kalli. You feel so good.”

I kiss his thumb when it passes over my lips again, and he bends, taking my mouth in a bruising kiss. He pulls back the covers and grips my hips to slide me further up the bed. Back in the open air, I should be cold, but I’m not. In fact, I’m burning up.

Wilder crawls up my body, his limbs sleek and strong. He dips and places a kiss on my sternum, just between the swell of my breasts. He closes his eyes, humming under his breath and drags his stubbled cheek over the sensitive swell of skin until his hot breath skates over the tip.

I cry out, arching under him, and he’s barely even touched me.

“I think,” he says, murmuring just above my skin, “that this part of you will have to wait.”

“Wait?” I ask, breathless.

“Mmhmm. I told you that I’m going to know all of you, but you’re so fucking responsive. And so damn sweet. I know if I taste you here …” His teeth graze my nipple for just a second, and my back nearly bows off the bed. “I’ll get impatient if I take your perfect breast into my mouth, and I won’t be able to resist being inside you.”

“So don’t. You’re not the only one who lacks patience.”

He chuckles, moving over to kiss my shoulder. “I made a promise, sweet. And I keep my promises.”

 

 

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About Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

 

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Cora Carmack’s INSPIRE – Release Day Launch

December 15, 2014 Katie A Uncategorized 0 Comments

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We are so incredibly excited to be able to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack’s INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and the first book in her new Muse Series!! Holy canoli, y’all. Go out and get this today!

 

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About INSPIRE:

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

 

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I can feel Wilder’s breath against my lips. More than that, I can see it. The sun has set and the temperature has dropped, and air fogs between us. There’s something about actually seeing it, like our lips are touching, we are touching, despite the distance between. And as we sway from side to side, my heart gradually begins to pick up speed.

The strains of guitar music flowing out from the restaurant are nearly indecipherable over the heavy heartbeat in my ears. But Wilder must hear it. His hands are strong on my body, guiding my movements, and I’m practically clay in his palms.

We dance, eyes on eyes, lips nearly on lips, and there is lightning beneath my skin each time his body brushes against mine in a new way. His touch is firm, but gentle, never pushing or pressuring, though I can tell from the dark look in his eyes that he’s just as affected as I am. The music shifts, building to a crescendo, and he spins us. My chest pushes tight against his, and I bite back a gasp. I don’t know if it’s the cold or him or some combination of both, but the tips of my breasts are painfully tight. Just the pressure of my bra is enough to rub them raw.

I remember the night at his apartment, the way he’d taken his time learning my body. I think of the heat of his mouth on my skin, and the memory alone is enough to make me shiver and clench.

He’s back to being business, grown-up Wilder tonight in his button down and glasses. Only now that I know him, it doesn’t seem like such a stark difference. He is neither the straight-laced man nor the tattooed bad boy. Or perhaps he’s both. Regardless of what he’s wearing, Wilder is caring and loyal and strong and so sexy that I’m having trouble remembering why I shouldn’t push him into the backseat of his SUV and crawl on top of him.

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HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

 

 

 

 

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VERUM by Courtney Cole Pre-Order Drive!

December 10, 2014 Katie A Uncategorized 0 Comments

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You loved Courtney Cole’s NOCTE in all it’s dark, twisted, spellbinding, messed-up awesomeness. You can’t wait until VERUM (Nocte Trilogy Book 2) releases in February 2015. And now Courtney Cole is going to release an exclusive VERUM excerpt…but only if we can get it to the top 1000 on Amazon!

All you have to do is go to Amazon and pre-order VERUM right now. Go, pre-order, and get all your NOCTE-obsessed friends to pre-order, too. If enough people do it, VERUM will climb up the ranks, and we’ll get a sneak peek at the follow-up to what’s being called “a haunting psychological suspense” and “the rare kind of story that leaves permanent marks on your heart and your soul.”

>> PRE-ORDER VERUM ON AMAZON RIGHT HERE <<

About NOCTE

NOCTE-300pxSAVE ME AND I’LL SAVE YOU….

My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole. My other half– my twin brother, my Finn–is crazy.

I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.

I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.

Dare DuBray.

He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.
He has the power to destroy me.

Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.

Why? Because of a secret.

A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.

You won’t either.

>> GET NOCTE ON AMAZON RIGHT HERE <<
>> JOIN THE NOCTE TRILOGY TEASER AND CLUE LIST RIGHT HERE <<

About VERUM

VERUM-300pxTHE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE.

My name is Calla Price and I’m drowning.

My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets.

Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.

The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.

I’m entangled in the darkness.

But the truth will set me free.

It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.

Are you scared?

I am.

>> PRE-ORDER VERUM ON AMAZON RIGHT HERE <<
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