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I continue with  Rachel's story. I introduced her in "I think I love you", the third book in the "Australian Sports Stars Series". She's Sarah's sister.
When Rachel opens the door and finds the police standing in front of her door, she's scared of a repeat of the day she was dragged to the police station. Yet, the two officers only want information and ask her to stop by later that day. Worried, she calls Oliver, a good friend, but instead gets Matiu Afoa on the phone. Matiu is Oliver's Kiwi friend staying with him for a week. He's in Melbourne for a meeting.

Today's prompt is a picture prompt. 

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I moved a little forward to be able to fit the "barn" into the 300 words. This is Rachel's POV, Oliver has arrived and they're on their way to the police station.

Once they were buckled up and on the road, Oliver asked, “Have you had any contact with him since?”
“No way. Can’t wait to hear details about his name.” She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear and sat straight. “Okay, distract me a bit and tell me about Mat.”
He shook his head. “Sounds like love at first sight. Or hear I suppose.”
“Oh my god no, but I’m curious about the guy who answers your phone. We all know how much you treasure your car and phone.”
He chuckled. “Mat lived across the road from us in America,” he explained with a shrug. “His dad had been a famous rugby player in New Zealand. The family moved to the U.S. where his dad did some coaching. But it was a similar situation to ours. None of them really settled. Mat and I stayed in contact since,  I’m hoping to invest in his new business venture. That’s why he’s here.”
“What kind of business?”
Oliver parked and turned to look at her. “How about a barbeque at our place tomorrow night. I’m sure he’ll be more than happy to tell you all about his business and his little barn in the middle of nowhere.”
He laughed. “He bought the thing a few years back and turned it into one mighty great house. Shame he’s moving back to Queenstown.”
They got out of the car and walked towards the police station entrance. Taking her hand, Oliver said, “You’ll be right. I’m sure there’s a simple explanation to it.”
“With Frank being dead and the police ending up at my doorstep, I doubt the explanation is simple.”

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Snippet Sunday - JOURNEY TO HER DREAMS 29/11/2015 #romance #reading #dreams #Ireland

JOURNEY TO HER DREAMS was re-released early August and
 has enjoyed another full edit and an awesome new cover.

Here's another little snippet.



 ~~Today's snippet is a bit longer, but I wanted to add the whole dream sequence
 otherwise it might be too confusing.~~

“Please don’t,” she begged as her body was trembling, almost shaking. She stared blindly at the windows, trying hard not to sob, as her throat tightened with each of his touches.
“Come on. Don’t be like that,” he replied, moving his lips past her ear and down her neck. His hand slid down her body and under her shirt.
“Please stop. I’m awfully tired.”
He stared at her and his mouth twitched. “Sweetheart, you’re always tired.”
Her efforts to push him away were ineffective. His tight grip around her waist didn’t give her much room to move out of his arms. She was helpless, as the more she denied him, the more relentless he became. She felt his hand in her hair at the back of her neck and he moved his head closer to hers. It sent shivers down her spine.
“I love you, sweetheart,” he said under his breath.
She could barely speak and her words sounded throaty. “Please,” she whispered, nearly sobbing. “Please don’t.”
He lowered his head, and she assumed that he would whisper something in her ear. She knew she was fighting in vain when he trailed caressing kisses along her neck with his mouth; he wouldn’t listen. With his body against hers, his breathing against her neck became heavier and stronger. Turning her head away from him, she closed her eyes and did her best to ignore the pain with each movement.
When she heard him under the shower, she slowly went into the guest room down the hallway, took a little teddy bear out of the bottom drawer in the cupboard, and sat on the bed. She cradled her friend as the tears streamed down her face.
Please, someone help me, please, she sobbed. Please, someone.
She heard him coming towards the room, and quickly wiped her face with a tissue and carefully placed her little teddy bear back into the rear of the drawer underneath her pink and yellow baby blanket.
“How about I prepare us a nice dinner?” he asked with contentment.
Her faint smile held a touch of sadness and pain. It was just as painful on her lips as what had just happened between them. Yet still she smiled. “Sounds good,” was all she was able to whisper.

Hollie woke up in a sweat—as usual. Her breathing was deep and fast as she cried and her body ached. What was this? Why did she keep dreaming of this woman? And who on earth was she?   

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#Review for "Love Will Find You" #reading #teamlimitless #bookboost #love #bookreview

One my favourite books I've ever read!
Tyson is the typical Aussie football (and prefect book boyfriend). While taking a break he meets a crying Katie his world is upended and he doesn't even shy away from the tears that stream down her face.
Despite reservations and distance, Tyson pursues Katie with the same vigour and persistence that have made him the hottest thing in football.
Tyson's relationship with his grandmother is adorable and just makes him even a little more perfect, if that is at all possible
The perfect summer beach read for those wanting a little bit of romantic innocence


Friday Feature: Mark Taylor "Shutter Speed" @filingwords!

✺ ‪#‎NewRelease‬ ✺ ‪#‎ShutterSpeed‬ by @filingwords!
"Evil Doesn't Burn..."
SHUTTER SPEED by Mark Taylor
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Burned, scarred, and left for dead, Jimmy Tasker is running from everyone.

The blaze changed him—changed the way his brain fires—and left someone else in his head with him. Someone who wants to kill for fun.
He changes his name, buries his past, starts a new life…and disappears.
Years later, four friends from the city are hard up. Steve needs work, Gil’s jumpy, Peter is struggling, and Cal’s an addict. So they plan a robbery. Steve backs out, but the other three go through with it and botch the job, resulting in the death of Lauren Westerbrook.
Ronan Westerbrook has a hidden past, a love of photography…and a fondness for flame.
Ronan’s revenge for his wife’s death culminates in a bloodbath—and unleashes Jimmy, who was there all along, tormented by nightmares of atrocities he has no idea if he truly committed.
Steve is trying to build a respectable life, but now Jimmy has one last piece of unfinished business…the only witness who can identify him.


Mark Taylor crash landed on planet earth in 1975. Then he started writing. He writes macabre, dark, stories, with a brooding style. He has enjoyed releases of both novel and short story collection alike.

Some of Mark’s work is about kittens and daisies. Just not very much.
Some say he is a product of his environment, others, a product of his own imagination.
Whichever it is he works happily, portraying dark existences on this planet and others. He relays his fears and doubts on his characters, so always has a smile. If Mark is real, as some say he is, you might find him in England.

May I introduce: Kate Hill "Trouble in Paradise" #Freeread

Trouble in Paradise - A Free Read!
by Kate Hill

Format(s): Ebook
Heat Level: Traditional Romance
Pairing(s): M/F
Genre/Themes: Action/Adventure, Suspense
Length: Novella
Cover Art: RomanceNovelCovers.com
ISBN: 9781301560318

Purchase Links:
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Before cell phones and reality TV, when women had big hair and men were all about action and adventure, a girl walks into a bar searching for a hero. She finds R. C. Benson, a soldier turned grave robber wallowing in past sins. With a marriage of convenience, a pet shark and a shady butler, Grace and R. C. have their work cut out for them, but that gives them the perfect chance to fall in love.

Excerpt from Trouble in Paradise
The elevator jerked to a stop. Dropping her suitcase at her feet, he swept by her and walked down the hall.

"Jerk," she muttered, picked up the suitcase and followed him to their room. Then it struck her. Their room.

"We both can't stay here," she said.

He narrowed his eyes. "We're supposed to be getting married. And when we get to the island, do you think Van Lord will give us separate rooms? What were you thinking?"

Grace sighed. "I wasn't thinking past getting the candlestick."

"We'll get it."

"You sound confident."

"I've never failed--well. Only once when it was really important." He cast his gaze to the floor, his expression darker than she'd seen it since the first night they'd met. Making their plans seemed to have distracted him from old problems. She'd started to think he could really help her after all, but not if he reverted to the person she'd met in the bar.

"What makes you think you're supposed to be perfect?" she demanded.

"You can't screw up a person's life and explain it away. I had a responsibility."

"And it sounded like you did everything you could to keep it." She sat on the end of the bed and searched his face. She wished to offer him some comfort, and not only because she needed his help. Part of her felt genuinely sorry for him. They hadn't known each other long, but she sensed how much he'd cared about his brother.

"I keep thinking if I'd done something different. If I hadn't enlisted again I would have been there for him when our parents died. If I'd spent more time with him. If--"

"You can't take the blame for his decisions."

"He was only eighteen."

"When you were eighteen, you were in the service, not thieving."

"He wasn't me. You have to look at people like individuals."

"I'm not saying you might not have made mistakes, but I don't doubt you did your best with him. You can't blame yourself for his decisions. I know it's not easy to deal with death, but--"

"Don't tell me about death. I know about it from every possible angle. I've been near it. I've lost family and friends to it. I've sent my enemies to it and seen men, women, and--" He paused, his brow furrowing. "Even children die in ways I wish I could forget."

"The war?"

He nodded, dropping his duffel bag onto the bed. "Let's talk about something else. We have a few hours before the wedding. Let's go shopping."


"You don't want to get married in jeans and boots, do you?"

"Well don't expect me to wear a white gown."

He held up his arms and formed a frame with his hands through which he gazed at her face and torso. "I was thinking more along the lines of a red bikini. Just kidding. Let's get some clothes that will look nice in pictures."

About Kate
Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.
When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out and spending time with her family and pets. Kate also writes under the pen name Saloni Quinby. She enjoys hearing from readers and she can be contacted at katehill@sprintmail.com. Visit her online at http://www.kate-hill.com.

May I introduce: @Starla_Kaye "Trusting Love Again"

 Trusting Love Again
by Starla Kaye
All she wants is to start over, live a peaceful life…
After an abusive marriage and an ugly divorce, Toni needs to rebuild her self-confidence and start a new life in her hometown. Going home again and confronting people she'd hurt when she'd left is never easy. She'd hung onto the idea of buying a long-abandoned old house and remodeling it to help her recover. But a man from her past has recently purchased it for his business. That's her emotional breaking point and she does something reckless. Now she must pay the legal consequences of her foolish actions…by working for him.
All he wants is to focus on his work…
Chad's job as a lawyer working to protect the rights of the abused elderly consumes his time and energy. It cost him his marriage and an aborted child he hadn't known about. Now he works harder, guards his bruised heart. Yet the return of someone he'd held secret feelings for comes back to town. She upsets his world, starting with minor destruction of his business property and causing him minor injury. He shouldn't become involved in helping this troubled woman, yet he can't keep from doing so.
Two heart-damaged people have trouble trusting love again.

Professional Bio-Short:  Starla Kaye wears many hats professionally and as a writer. She is the community coordinator for a Midwestern accounting firm, a gerontologist who volunteers with an active group of senior adults, a mentor/teacher of writing, and a multi-published author. She dabbles in writing romances of many sub-genres: contemporary, historical Western, medieval, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, and Regency. To date she has published 20 novels, 39 novellas, 8 anthologies, 18 short stories, and 3 audio books. You can learn more about her work at http://starlakaye.com

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Book Title: Trusting Love Again
Publisher: Black Velvet Seductions
Date Published: November 8, 2015
ISBN: 2940156674237
ASIN: B017RNS888
Genre: Contemporary romance
Heat Rating: 3
Page Count:  99
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He glanced at the young woman standing close by, worrying her lower lip. "Maybe you should call—"
"What? Call my father? Because I'm acting a little wild?" Toni snorted and cut him off. "I have every right to act upset. Yet another man has messed with me, lied to me."
His angular face tightened in annoyance. "I still have no idea what you're talking about." He stepped closer and reached for her.
"No!" She jumped back, breaking off the other stiletto heel, and barely managed to keep from falling. Her entire body tensed.
A memory flashed into her mind. Stanley had grabbed her arms during their last argument right after they'd eaten a special meal she'd prepared for him. His grip had been agonizingly tight. When she'd hissed in pain, he'd shoved her away. She'd landed hard on the floor, knocking her head against the dining room table. After a half-second of possibly regret, he'd turned and hurried out of the house. No apology.
"Antoinette," Chad said again, sounding cautious.
She pushed the recollection away and looked at Chad. His expression appeared concerned. Again, he inched forward and tried to reach for her.
"Don't touch me!" she gasped, batting his hand away, dropping the heel and purse. She hated that she was reacting this way but felt helpless to control it.
"What's your problem?" Appearing confused, he moved toward her once more.
Panicked, defensive, and determined to stop him, she snagged the iPad from his grasp, flung it away. It crashed into the nearby towering, leafless elm tree. The sound of cracking glass made her flinch. What had she done?
Footsteps behind her on the sidewalk pounded in her direction. The young woman on the porch gasped and Chad's father walked behind him.
"Have you been drinking?" Chad's tone dripped with disgust as he seemed to sniff for hints of alcohol.
Her cheeks flamed. "No, I haven't been!" she bit out. It was humiliating to realize that her brother must have told Chad about her drinking problem, something he must have read in the gossip columns.
His vivid blue eyes didn't look as though he believed her. His jaw taut, he latched onto her left forearm before she could move. He gripped her tightly.
No! Panicked, she drew on the self-defense lessons she'd learned after the separation. With a palm strike, she gave a hard jab to his shoulder.
"What the hell?" he snapped, jerking but not releasing her. His arm was stretched out between them.
Heart racing, she hit his elbow with another palm strike. This time he lost his grasp on her arm and glowered at her in frustration and pain. She sensed he would reach for her again, but she couldn't let it happen.
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