Hope this letter finds you well. Fuck, what has it been? Nine years? Ten? I guess it would be about nine since that’s how old our daughter is. She found me, Liv. She wants to meet us—both of us. I thought we should make the decision together. I can come to you or you can come home. I know your momma misses you something fierce. Let me know what you decide.
It’s been ten years since I left. Turned my back on my home, my family, and him. I wasn’t strong enough to salvage what was left after we gave her up. I couldn’t bear to see the look of disappointment and blame in his eyes.
I should’ve fought harder for her; for us. Now, all the feelings I spent ten years burying are beginning to resurface from one letter; one single piece of paper. I’m not sure I have it in me to face my past but I know I can’t turn my back on her again; not when I gave up so easily the first time.
Lover of angst, drama, and happily ever afters, Nikki Sparxx is the bestselling author of The Scars of Us. When she’s not writing, Nikki enjoys reading, playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker, and bingeing Netflix.
Sometimes dreams were deceiving and the difference between doing the right thing or spriraling down the wrong path boiled down to one thing—survival.
I grew up in extreme poverty.
A walking statistic.
An undocumented immigrant.
Life’s circumstances hardened me.
Reality crushed my notions that angels existed.
Until I saw her…
I wanted to hate her.
I wanted to hurt her.
I wanted to find my salvation in her.
I just…wanted her.
But she wasn’t mine.
She was my brother’s girl.
Faye Amos has been sheltered due to being born and raised in a small Amish community. She dreams big though and wants to see the world outside her little piece of it but doesn’t dare disobey her father. Then Faye gets the adventure she’s always craved, just not the way she’d hoped. What she doesn’t realize is her dreams just might come true after all.
Porter Rysk, crime king of Illinois, lives in the shadows, building an empire based upon wise leadership and a deadly reputation. Nothing else matters, but when Faye is dropped at his feet, he believes heaven must have sent him an angel…and he’s never letting her leave.
Faye doesn’t understand the world she’s been thrust into, and Porter finds himself fighting a war to protect her while trying to hide the dark side of his life. Will he succeed? Or will Faye find out the truth, sending him back into hell without her?
The known playboy and all-American good guy. I’ll act indifferent. I’m not really that huge of a baseball fan after all.
Who am I kidding, I’m a sucker and he ducked me right in. However, the media is spreading lies and Gunnar seems to care less – or does he?
When rumors leak out about a trade, Gunnar and Sawyer must make some heavy decisions. Will they stay together or go their separate ways? Can they overcome what the tabloids say?
You met Gunnar and Sawyer in the short story in Rounding Third, A Baseball Anthology.
The story that you may have previously read is new and improved and come find out what happens between Gunnar and Sawyer four years later.
You hit your head, which caused your brain to swell.
Can span any distance, stretch across time, last beyond death.
The pressure against your skull damaged your brain.
Which leads one to wonder …
The damage left you unresponsive to most kinds of stimuli.
If you fall in love in your dreams,
And this unresponsive state is what’s known as a coma.
Can you find that love when you wake up?
Write. Wine. Work. Repeat. A look inside the mind of a not so ex-party girl’s escape from her crazy life. Hailing from the Nation’s Capital, Q.B. Tyler, spends her days constructing her “happily ever afters” with a twist, featuring sassy heroines and the heroes that worship them. But most importantly the love story that develops despite inconvenient circumstances.
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The move to the remote town of Quarry Hill, Pennsylvania was supposed to help Griffin McGuire start over and forget the two people who betrayed him. As a paramedic at the local hospital, he would still have to interact with people, but the rest of the time he could hole himself away in the secluded cabin he was renting. It was perfect. For the first time in over a year, he felt like he could finally breathe.
That was until he met her.
A woman who doesn’t know her own name or why she was covered in blood and standing in the middle of the road when he found her. Griffin knows he should contact the police, but something is preventing him from going to the authorities. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that he was correct in trusting his instincts. Every time she falls asleep, she dreams and another memory is unlocked. Memories that are horrific and make him want to protect and hide her from the world.
I close my eyes, take a deep breath and allow the breeze to whip through my hair when I feel someone watching me. I look over and catch Griffin eyeing me. His heated gaze goes straight to my core. I have no idea why he affects me so much. Yes, he is gorgeous and built like a brick shit house, but he also can be moody as hell. Something must have happened to him. The man is kind and gentle one minute and grumpy and on the verge of having a tantrum the next. I can make him chuckle, but I can also make him curse and storm out of rooms. I want to figure him out, but I get the feeling that is the last thing he wants…along with a housemate.
Which means I have to get my memory back, all of it. This bits and pieces bullshit is going to drive me insane. At this rate it will take me years to regain my memory. I take another bite of my sandwich, put it down on the napkin next to me, and reel my line in a little. “So where did you grow up?” I ask, trying desperately to have a normal conversation.
“South Philadelphia, just a few blocks from the Phillies ballpark,” he says, peeling back the foil from his sandwich.
My vision blurs and the peaceful lake in front of me mutates into something else entirely…
“Drink this, Tye. You’re freezing,” the young girl said as she handed him the Styrofoam cup. Despite the visible steam coming from the cup, he drank it down in two gulps. Through her veil of ratty hair, the girl smiled and sat next to him on the stoop.
Tye wiped his mouth off with the back of his gloved hand and said, “Steer clear of Market Street, girl. It’s swarming with cops. They’re rounding everyone up and forcing us into shelters tonight because of the snow that’s coming.”
“I’m going to the church. They don’t ask many questions there,” she said. “Why don’t you come with me?”
“Nah, I’ll be fine. I like the cold. It keeps me alert.”
“That’s bullshit,” she said.
“Young ladies shouldn’t curse,” Tye scolded.
The girl snorted and laughed at the old timer. She then looked down, her eyes taking in the miserable sight. Her smile faded and her eyes hardened. “They shouldn’t be covered in flea bites or wear clothes that are full of fucking holes, either,” she spat.
“Hey, what is it? Talk to me.”
I blink away the vision and stare into Griffin’s concerned eyes. “I saw a young girl, maybe twelve or thirteen. I didn’t get a good look at her face because her hair was covering most of it. I think she was living on the streets.” And she was pissed. I heard the bite in the young girl’s voice and saw the disgust in her eyes, not when she looked at that man she called Tye, but when she gave herself a once-over. At her tattered clothing, her matted hair, her flea-bitten skin. “Why is my brain spitting out random images of some poor girl?”
“You’re going to remember. Each memory, each vision is a puzzle piece. They may seem random and useless right now, but you will find the connection.”
“How do you know I’m going to remember who I am?” I ask, staring into his green eyes.
“Because you’re too stubborn, too strong-willed not to.”
Elle Keating is the author of romance novels with sexy heroes and fierce females. Her first book, Thrill of the Chase (Dangerous Love, #1), was published by Forever Romance’s digital imprint, Forever Yours, in 2015. Cut to the Chase (Dangerous Love, #2) soon followed. Most recently, Elle self-published Wanting More (Dangerous Love, #3), Back to the Start (Dangerous Love, #4) Feels Like Falling (Dangerous Love, #5) and the standalone novel, Keeping His Commandments.
When Elle isn’t torturing her heroes and heroines (don’t worry, there’s always a happily ever after), she is a public school administrator and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children in New Jersey. For more on Elle and her books, visit ellekeating.com.
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