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Another Year Around the Sun Edition
Hey, y'all! We're officially in September…how the heck did that happen? Now that it's officially September, that means I've hit my most recent birthday and am another year older, but maybe not necessarily another year wiser. LOL
I ended up working all day on Wednesday, but my co-workers treated me to lunch and some treats and then I met D and the Twinx at On the Border for some Mexican food.
Birthday shenanigans will continue tomorrow when we have a bigger family dinner with my family at a German food restaurant—so basically I get both my favorite foods in one week!
In addition to my birthday, it appears as though the back-to-school cold has descended on the house. Right now, I'm the only one who hasn't succumbed and I'm hoping to keep it that way!
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10 Days and Counting!
The chill in the air of his room tempers the heat I’m generating. He stops once we’re standing next to his bed and turns to face me. Only then do I see the truth. He may seem calm and steady on the outside, but the lust firing through my blood blazes in his eyes.
“I—” His voice is more gravel-laced than usual, and he clears his throat. “Do you have any idea how many times I’ve imagined you here with me?”
My chest heaves with my breath. “No.”
“I’ve lost count.” He anchors one hand on my hip and cups my face with the other.
One step is all it takes to eliminate the sliver of space between us. My breasts brush his chest, and I clench my thighs together to stem the ache that has reached a fever-pitch.
I’m about to go up in flames, and he’s barely touched me.
“We’re only going to do what you feel comfortable with. Your speed,” he reminds me.
I loop my arms around his neck and pull him closer. “Then we’re going too slow.”
Popping up on my toes, I sink my teeth into his lip and tug slightly. It’s a quick caress, but it does the trick. His eyes darken, the deep blue akin to the water of the bay I’ve been fascinated with since we got here.
“You want me to speed up?”
The word still vibrates between us when his mouth descends on mine. His tongue teases the seam of my lips, and I open on a moan as I drag my fingers through the short hair at the back of his neck. It tickles my palms and adds another layer of sensation.
His hands drift under my sweater, his fingers feathering along the skin just above my pants. I gasp, but I don’t shy away from the touch. I need him closer. He moves a hand to my lower back, pushing me against him and eliminating even the thought of space between us. His kisses are magic. They’re a drug. They’re a current dragging me under. And all I can think of is more.
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I still have a few of the original covers left on the Heart Beats series and am looking to make some space for the new covers. Want to grab your copies of the previous covers and get them signed at the same time?
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The book boxes I did earlier this Spring seemed to be a big hit. So much so that I'm working on some new ideas for one in the fall…
Are you interested if I do one? What would you like to see in a book box?
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In The Beat of the Moment custom sprayed edges are here! And they are GORGEOUS! These were done with Sabrina and The End Bookish Boutique and I am in love! What do you think?  
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Want your copy? Like last time, these will be on a lottery-based system. I will tell you that I have less copies of these than I do of Written in the Beat. That being said, unlike last time, if you are not selected, you will be able to add yourself to a waitlist/preorder list for the next run.

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