Tuesday Tales - BLOSSOM


   
Welcome back to TT.

This is the story of our third friend in the Sports Series.
Markus DeLeon is a goalkeeper with a soccer club in Melbourne. Sarah is his best friend since kindergarten days - best friends? Or more?
  
Today's prompt is: BLOSSOM

Enjoy - and feel free to leave a comment. And don't forget to click the link below to go back to the main Tuesday Tale site for more stories by very talented authors.






“You’re the love of my life,” she replied, with a slap on his arm.

Oliver gently pulled her closer and placed a kiss on her forehead. “Lemme tell you, sweetcakes, you’d never have doubts if you’d slept with me.”

Sarah laughed. “You’re such an overindulged Casanova. I mean honestly.”

She turned to look at him. “The thing is, though, what if Marky and I are not compatible as lovers?”

Shaking his head, he lifted his beer and took another sip. “Rubbish.”

But it wasn’t rubbish for Sarah. It was an issue which was important to her. She’d enjoyed the sex with Markus, more than she actually wanted to admit, but next to Oliver and Tyson, he was her best friend, and one she had fallen back on many times. The idea of throwing away a great friendship of over twenty years for a relationship scared her. Leaning into Oliver’s arm, she let out a long breath. He’d been right by saying that she’d been tiptoeing around Markus for the last couple of months. In hindsight, she knew that Timmy had only been a distraction.

Oliver hauled her back from her thoughts. “I reckon your relation with Markus could bloom into something really nice.”

“Bloom?”

“You know, as in grow, blossom—”

“I know what you mean.” She interrupted him. “It’s not your usual choice of words.”

He shrugged nonchalantly.

The phone rang, and Sarah moved away, but Oliver didn’t budge. The answering machine switched on, and they listened to Markus’ voice.

Mate, I need to catch up. I fucked up with Saz this morning. Give me a call.

“Since when have I become Dr. Phil?” Oliver asked through gritted teeth as he stood.
 
 
 

 

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Sunday Snippet - "Fresh Beginnings" 20/07/2014



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I'd like to introduce you to a new story that'll be released soon. "Fresh Beginnings" is the third book in the Beginnings series, and takes Jared to the USA. He travels the same route as I did with my family last year in the motorhome ... this book is like my diary and a special thanks to the many Americans we met over the four weeks. It was such a memorable holiday!
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ʺYa know it's dangerous to hitch a ride," he finally said when she was still quiet.
She stared at him for a moment, but then replied with the typical American twang in her voice. ʺI know you said something, but I have no idea what.ʺ
He chuckled. ʺIt is dangerous to hitchhike,ʺ he repeated with exaggerated pronunciation.
The woman stepped a bit closer to the window. "Are you from Austria?"
He laughed aloud.
ʺAustralia, I meant," she added, seemingly embarrassed by the mistake.
ʺI am indeed.ʺ He watched her looking ahead towards the horizon. ʺSo you wanna hitch a ride?"
 
 

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May I introduce: Maggie Christensen "Band of Gold"

 
 
Band of Gold
by Maggie Christensen

Another Author, who calls Australia home. Very happy to welcome Maggie to my blog today!

1-  How did you come up with the idea for "Band of Gold"?
Several years ago I heard of a woman whose husband placed his wedding ring on the kitchen table on Christmas morning. It stuck in my mind and eventually became the basis for this novel.
The novel follows Anna through the months after her husband leaves her. It’s the story of a woman in her middle years, who is suddenly alone. It’s about how she copes with that, alongside her daughter’s joy in her first love and her parents’ failing health. When the opportunity for a second chance at love comes her way, she struggles to leave the past behind and create a new life for herself. Can she trust again? Does she dare?



2 - Tell us a bit about your current project.
I’m currently working on a book called The Dreamcatcher .It’s part of my Oregon Coast series, the first of which, The Sand Dollar, will be released later this year. The Dreamcatcher is Ellen’s story. Ellen is a minor character in The Sand Dollar, a Native American who owns a bookshop in Florence, Oregon.
Ellen has the gift of being able to foretell the future, but is at a loss to explain her nightmares and the uncanny premonition she experiences one morning when a dark cloud obscures the sun and she shivers with a sense of foreboding.
When her brother’s old army friend, Travis, insists she help him take her brother to hospital, she dismisses him as another of her brother’s no-hoper buddies, but can’t shake the idea there’s a connection between her nightmares and Travis’ sudden appearance in her life.

3 - From one immigrant to another ... any regrets?
Absolutely not! I came to Australia in my mid-twenties attracted by advertisements to ‘Come Teach in the Sun’ which depicted muscular young men wearing swimmers, gowns and mortar boards standing on beaches. Needless to say, the school I was sent to was nothing like the posters. I came for two years and stayed to build a career in education, teaching in schools and colleges. I met my wonderful husband here when we both teaching education at Wagga Wagga. I came to Australia to exchange the dark, dank winter (and often summer) days of Scotland with Australian sunshine. Beautiful though the land of my birth is, I really hated the weather and wanted the adventure of travel. Having grown up with romantic tales of a great aunt who married an Australian soldier during the First World War, Australia was my first choice. Now I live on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in almost perpetual sunshine. Winter here is very like the summers I remember in Scotland. What is there to regret?


Blurb:

Band of Gold, deals with the tricky topic of new romance after a failed marriage.

Anna Hollis is a forty-seven year old schoolteacher living in Sydney. She juggles her busy life with a daughter in the throes of first love, and increasingly demanding aging parents.

Anna’s world collapses when her husband of twenty-five years leaves her on Christmas morning. She makes it through the family festivities, explaining his absence with a flimsy excuse, but later breaks down on a Sydney beach where a stranger comes to her aid.

Marcus King has returned to Australia from the USA, leaving behind a broken marriage and a young son; through their mutual hurt and loneliness, a fragile friendship is formed when he takes up the position of Headmaster at Anna’s school.

Written in first person, present tense the author slips the reader into Anna’s shoes as she struggles to leave the past behind and learns to trust again. Can Marcus be a part of her future?

 

 Author:

Born and brought up in Scotland, and attracted by advertisements to ‘Come and Teach in the Sun’, Maggie Christensen emigrated to Australia in her twenties to teach in primary schools in Sydney. She now lives with her husband of almost thirty years near Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. She loves walking on the deserted beach in the early mornings and having coffee by the Noosa River on weekends. After spending many years in teaching, lecturing and education management, where she wrote course materials and reports, Maggie began writing the sort of books she enjoys reading, books about women in their prime, their issues and relationships. Now her days are spent surrounded by books, either reading or writing them – her idea of heaven! She continues her love of books as a volunteer with Friends of Noosaville Library where she helps organise author talks and selects and delivers books to the housebound. 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/maggiechristensenauthor

Website:  http://maggiechristensenauthor.com/

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/MaggieChriste33

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8120020.Maggie_Christensen

 

 

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Excerpt:

 ‘I don’t want to be married anymore.’

The band of gold, symbol of our twenty-five years of marriage lies on the table between us. I am stupefied, unable to speak. Tears prick my eyes as my first coffee of the day grows cold beside me. The sun is shining brightly through the kitchen window. The turkey is sitting on the kitchen bench waiting to be cooked. My parents, daughter, brother and sister, along with her husband and children are due to arrive in five hours’ time. The house is redolent with the scent of pine needles and Christmas pudding. It’s Christmas morning and my world has collapsed.

‘What do you mean?’ I finally utter, thinking this must be Sean’s idea of a bad joke. My mouth goes dry. My head begins to spin. The bottom has dropped out of my world. I look over at the man I have loved for over twenty-five years, his bushy greying blonde hair, his ruddy cleanshaven cheeks. He looks no different from any other morning. He’s wearing the bright yellow tee shirt we bought on our holiday in Bali last year. His steely blue eyes meet mine. This isn’t happening.

‘I can’t do this anymore, Anna.’ His waving arms take in the kitchen including me, ‘All this; family, house, job. I need to get away.’ He pushes his chair back from the table and strides out of the kitchen. I sit there in a daze, my mind going round in circles. Is it too late to call off Christmas lunch? How can I even think of such a thing? Does Sean mean he’s going to leave right now? How will I explain his absence? God, this is really going to be the Christmas from Hell


Tuesday Tales - Picture Prompt



   
Welcome back to TT.

This is the story of our third friend in the Sports Series.Markus DeLeon is a goalkeeper with a soccer club in Melbourne. Sarah is his best friend since kindergarten days - best friends? Or more?

Enjoy - and feel free to leave a comment. And don't forget to click the link below to go back to the main Tuesday Tale site for more stories by very talented authors.



 
 



“You heard.”

Mouth wide open, Sarah stared at Oliver. Yes, she heard what he’d said. The exact words were About time. About time what?

Hands on hips, she said, “What the hell are you talking about?”

Oliver took her hand and gently pulled her along the hall and into the lounge room. “Have a seat. I grab us a drink. Beer?”

Nodding, she slumped into the lounge seat. A movie on the television caught her attention – an orange full moon in the twilight sky rising above the mountains.

“Are you watching some horror flick again?”

Returning with two bottles of beer, Oliver laughed.

“Why horror? Didn’t you leave with one very special person last night?” she asked.

Still laughing, he nodded. “Yup.”

About to ask for more details about Oliver’s love life, she remembered the reason why she was here.

“About time, what?”

“That you two got together, sweetcakes.”

“I honestly don’t understand.”

Oliver choked back a chuckled. “For Pete’s sake, Saz. You two have been tiptoeing and dancing around each other for months now. It was simply a matter of time until you two would do the deed.”

Sarah took the beer and took a sip before she said, “Please, don’t make it sound so dirty.”

Sitting next to her, Oliver placed his arm around her and gently pulled her closer. “Seriously, what’s bothering you? Was he a disappointment? Or—”

Sarah nearly spilled the beer. “Of for goodness sake. He… he… I mean.” She sighed. “He’s my friend. My best friend.”

Moving his hand to his chest, he said, “Ouch. That went straight to the heart. I thought I’d be your BFF.”

“You’re the love of my life,” she replied, with a slap on his arm.



 

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Sunday Snippet - "Fresh Beginnings" 13/07/2014



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I'd like to introduce you to a new story that'll be released soon. "Fresh Beginnings" is the third book in the Beginnings series, and takes Jared to the USA. He travels the same route as I did with my family last year in the motorhome ... this book is like my diary and a special thanks to the many Americans we met over the four weeks. It was such a memorable holiday!
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Ivy Bennett stormed into the back of the trailer. She'd had enough. More than enough. For the last five years she'd lived in this small, forsaken place outside Las Vegas, surviving on the edge of existence. Her job as a waitress at the local bar paid well, but it was hard-earned money, and she was sick of her boyfriend drinking away almost every penny.

"What are you doing, Ivy?"

Her eyes narrowed furiously. "I'm leaving Dylan. I need more than this." She waved her hand in a circle around the inside of the trailer. "I deserve more than this," she added with emphasis.

"Honey," Dylan said gently as he reached out for her. "Let's talk about this." With a hardly noticeable move, he chucked the can of beer in the bin. "I'm having a bit of a low, but I need you to get through this."

Ivy shook her head vehemently. "Not this time, Dylan. There's always an excuse for your drinking. Your father's death. Your broken leg. The police taking your bike—"


 
 





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May I introduce: J.J. Nite "Bruises of the Heart"

 
Bruises of the Heart

by J.J. Nite
 
Please help me welcome J.J. Nite as she tells us about her latest release Bruises of the Heart.
 
I love the title!

1 – I had to laugh at this description “She's also found that if she doesn't write something everyday, her mood is that of a bear waking from hibernation”. What triggered your love for writing or have you always been writing ?
 
According to my family, I've always been a storyteller. When I was little, my father would come home from work and ask what we did that day. I told these elaborate stories of the places we had been and the people we had seen. In reality we had never left the house. As for writing it all down, that came much later.
 
 
2 – Three kids, a dog, turtle, and 5 goldfish – what’s your secret when it comes to time management?
 

Coffee!! And an understanding family. I carry a notebook around with me and write things down whenever I get the chance. Then at night when the kids are in bed and the menagerie has settled in, I grab my laptop and work for a bit.
 
3 – Tell us how you came up with the story "Bruises of the Heart".
"Bruises of the Heart" was written several years ago. I had finished writing another book, but wasn't ready to let the characters go yet. Or rather they didn't want to let me go! Tori had a story to tell and I got very little sleep until I finally started to get it all down on paper. The subject of relationship abuse between teens hadn't been widely talked about, but I thought there was a story to tell and I've received a lot of positive feedback.
 
4 – Tell us about your current project.
 
I have a new release from Astraea Press coming out in August titled "Beginnings of the Heart". It is Tori's mothers story and also a Regency Christmas novella "His Christmas Bride" that will release in the fall from AP as well. There are a few other projects I'm working on and you may see a few familiar faces show up in those!
 
 
 
Blurb:
 
 When Victoria’s long-time boyfriend breaks up with her she’s convinced that she will never be happy again. But after meeting the new student, Will Prescott, things start to look up. Victoria is happy again and even when a little voice tries to tell her that something isn’t quite right with her new relationship, she holds on even tighter. Before long even Victoria can’t deny that she needs to end her new relationship, but can she get out before something happens to change her forever? Or will she be lost?

 
Author:
 
J. J. Nite lives in North Alabama with her husband, 3 kids, a dog, turtle, and 5 goldfish. She devours books like some people eat chocolate! She's also found that if she doesn't write something everyday, her mood is that of a bear waking from hibernation. Don't worry though, the children have learned to let Mommy write a little before approaching. 

@jjnite

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Tuesday Tales - SUMMER


   
Welcome back to TT.

This is the story of our third friend in the Sports Series.
Markus DeLeon is a goalkeeper with a soccer club in Melbourne. Sarah is his best friend since kindergarten days - best friends? Or more?
  
Today's prompt is: SUMMER

Enjoy - and feel free to leave a comment. And don't forget to click the link below to go back to the main Tuesday Tale site for more stories by very talented authors.



When Sarah looked into the mirror she was startled by the reflection. Instead of seeing a happy and sated woman, she stared at a face revealing a hint of self doubt and even a hint of regret. Tears began to trickle down her cheeks and she stepped over to the shower before turning on the spray.



As the splashed some water into her face, she heard a knock at the door. Her entire body was on alert and ready for more.

“Saz, something’s come up. I’ll catch up with you during the week,” Mark said.

That was it? Catch up during the week?

Not wanting to wash off his kisses with soap, she kept the shower short, stepped onto the bath map and wrapped herself into a towel. She listened to any noises, but the house was quiet. Markus had left.

Yes, she’d wanted to sleep with him, and yes, she had enjoyed every single second.

Now what he had asked, but she’d played down the situation, too scared to tell him the truth, to tell him that she wanted more. It had obviously been a one-off thing for him. Not that she’d blame him. She’d made it clear, that’d been all she was interested. What a lie!

Looking back over the last few months, they’d both been flirting with each other more than usual, and had spent more time together than they’d before. Did she read too much into it?

Did they ruin a wonderful friendship? Would things be awkward now?

Sarah dressed into her summer dress before heading out. She needed to talk to someone, and she needed a shoulder to cry on.

Half an hour later she stood in front of Oliver’s house. It took him a while to come to the front door, but when he saw her crying, he didn’t hesitate and took her into his arms straight away.

“Timmy?” he whispered.

Shaking her head against his chest, she let out a long sob.

“Come on in, sweetcakes.”

Oliver gently pushed her inside the house towards the kitchen.

“Family?” he asked.

Another sob, before she met his gaze. “Nope.”

“Saz, I need a bit of help here unless you only want to have a little cry. If that’s the case, let’s move into the lounge room, so I can watch a movie while you do so.”

Wiping her face with the back of her hand, she blew out the breath she'd been holding. “I slept with Marky.”

There was a moment of silence, before he raised his eyebrows and replied, “About time!”

Shocked, confused, and a tiny bit amused, she leaned back to meet his gaze. “Beg yours?”
 

   
 
 

 

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