Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

As promised, I've bundled all chapters of Serendipity of Fate into an ebook, it is available for download here. Note, it is in the universal ebook format of .epub.

Aaaaaaand as a special Christmas surprise, I've added a bonus chapter called Christmas Special in the epub edition. ENJOY!!

[Download instructions: click on the link, select 'download' option. Once downloaded plug your reader's USB transfer cable into your computer, select the downloaded file and transfer to your reader. If you don't have a reader, download Adobe's Digital Editions reader here for your computer, and open file there. Enjoy!]

12 Days of Romance - Day 12 Happy Christmas Everyone!

This post contains explicit content. You're welcome. :0)

Chapter 21 - Follow-up

The flap and squeak of bats in the upper rafters of the old colonial woke Cason. Dawn had just broken on the horizon and the small black residents were returning home. He lay there on the cot listening to them, their flap and rustle echoed in the empty upper floor. It was a game between he and they on where they kept their entrance, he would find it eventually. Most likely, he thought, at the next storm.
His mind began to shed the grogginess of sleep, even though it was Saturday and allowed to sleep in, his mind had been far from restful. Purchasing the old gal had been a good investment. No one knew that he’d saved up more than enough to purchase it. His surgery would have put a financial crimp in being able to buy the foreclosure, but someone had come through. They’d said it was a fund for vets that paid for it, but he knew better. When Sophie Sparling got her teeth sunk into something, she’d not let go until she got it.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

12 Days of Romance - Day 11

Chapter 20 - Fallout

Sophie laid in her bed looking up at the dark ceiling. Her body memorizing the event that consumed her every thought since it happened earlier.
Cason coming to her, and his rough hands touching her in ways she’d never realized she wanted to be touched. Casey, had been wrong, sometimes a good rough bout with a strong man against a tree was just what the soul needed. Thinking of the way he’d filled her, had kissed her and eventually given himself to her had her smiling and turning over onto her side.
She couldn’t wait to see him again. Tomorrow, he’d be there at her mother’s for lunch. Would they know that something changed? Would her mother see through it all?
Sophie didn’t care, she just smiled into her pillow and let the memory of Cason’s body against hers escort her into sleep.

Monday, December 23, 2013

12 Days of Romance - Day 10

Explicit material below. If you are at work, please don't read the following chapter aloud.

Author's note: I'd just like to reiterate at this chapter that this novel was created to compete at the November NaNoWriMo. This means that it is wholly unedited. It also means that I didn't have the months I'd usually spend on a novel smoothing out its edges and refining the intimate moments. Intimate scenes take me, by far, the longest to create in a novel because they require the most sophistication and dedication to mood and emotion. This following chapter has had only days to cure, so please have a glass of wine before reading, it'll enhance your experience tenfold. ;0)

Chapter 19 - Love in the Woods

“It’s beautiful isn’t it?” came a deep male voice off to her left. She heard the crack then of a branch as he moved through the thicket toward her.
Startled out of her reverie, her heart thrummed instantly, “Stop where you’re at, I have stun gun and will hurt you if you come any closer.”
She heard the man chuckle then say, “I’ve seen the results of that gun. I’ll stop here.”
“Cason you bastard. You scared the pee-wahs out of me.” She said blowing out the breath she had been holding, “Jesus…”
“Does that mean I’m allowed to approach?”

Sunday, December 22, 2013

12 Days of Romance - Day 9

Chapter 18 - Gala

The day of the honoring gala had arrived. Instead of directions to a downtown hotel, the gala was taking place at the country club on the ritzy side of town. It was nestled on thirty acres of prime golf land and manicured woodlands. The gardens were just as notorious as the wealthy families that frequented the place.
Sophie was glad she’d decided to take her mother’s advice and wear a gala worthy dress. It was dark as blood and thin as rain against her skin. She opted for the lighter fabric to keep her cool, since the nights they’d been having had been humid with southern warmth. With a diamond cuff about her wrist, long silver strands at her ears and a single karat dangled at the base of her throat Sophie checked her darkened eyes one more time in the bathroom mirror before setting out.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

12 Days of Romance - Day 8

Chapter 17 - Skeletons

The search had been futile. Sophie worked her projects and in between haunting the work sites of Cason’s construction company. He wasn’t due back to work until the next week, taking a full two weeks off from the doctor’s recommended one. The first had gone by and well into the second she kept up the search. None of his coworkers had heard from him, but they all had promised to call to keep her updated. She had a feeling, they knew where he was and agreed it was stupid to keep it from her, but they wouldn’t give it up.
Sophie stopped by that evening to her mother’s house, Chinese take-out in hand. She’d been stopping by daily until the last two days when work had gotten slammed with new clients. The week had been brutal to her personal time, leaving just enough hours to sleep before working again. She had mock-ups due and final layouts to approve which made the time pass but her guilt to pile up. Sophie couldn’t even take care of a grown man much less be there for her mother, whom the last time she spoke with her on the phone had sounded distracted. Sophie knew that the honoring ceremony was weighing on her mind, as her brother’s memory was being drug out of the shadows and into the light.

Friday, December 20, 2013

12 Days of Romance - Day 7

Chapter 16 - Cason Goes

The next morning greeted Sophie with a sore back and morning light streaming through her front windows. She stretched and kicked off her blankets reaching for her phone on the coffee table, it read six AM on the dot. She lay back again and put her arm over her eyes. The night before had been an experience and a half, it would be interesting, she thought, if Cason remembered any of it.
Why he thought that they were married and she, carrying his baby, she had no idea. It could be repressed feelings for her, but he played the bad guy in her life so well. Someone who had feelings for her that ran that deep wouldn’t be able to return her contempt so easily, could he?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

12 Days of Romance - Day 6

Chapter 15 - Operation

The operation room was sterile, the equipment was set and laid out to the side. The anesthesiologist was milling about with Dr. Mathers as they made small talk with Cason.
“Alright, we’re going to get started Cason. When you wake up, you’ll be a new man.” Cason saw Dr. Mathers face crinkle into a smile under his mask.
The anesthesiologist, a woman Dr. Mathers age, stood over him, “Ready?”
At Cason’s nod she placed the mask over his face and asked him to count backwards from one hundred.
Cason knew the drill, it wasn’t his first op, and instead of numbers he simply thought of Sophie. Thought of her in the garage, remembered the kiss, the real thing, then let his mind go perfectly blank.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

12 Days of Romance - Day 5

Chapter 13 - Garage & Chapter 14 - Mathers

Sophie headed down the hall to the garage. Halfway there her stomach did a gentle flip-flop. She ignored it and tossed the door open then closed it again.
Cason looked up from where he stood at the front of the car, the hood up and a greasy item in his hand.
“What do you want?” he asked looking back down again then bent over the engine compartment.
“Awe.” Sophie said resting her hip against the side of the car. The garage was an older one car shelter that narrowly held her mother’s sedan and the plethora of tools and storage boxes. The unconditioned space was just a fraction cooler than the heady outdoors. “Is that anyway to treat the coworker of your new girlfriend?”

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

12 Days of Romance - Day 4

Chapter 12 - Casey Blabs

Sophie thought that if the sun could take just one day off, it should have been that morning. Just one day where it could be pitch black so that her eyes didn’t feel like they were burning holes into her cranium.
Taking two ibuprofen was proving to not be enough for her hangover. Still in her rental car Sophie mused that the entire bottle of Malbec imported from Argentina was good. Too good, and if she’d gone to get a car as well, she would have rented a car anyway. Just to make sure she didn’t toss her cookies at the new leather smell.
Sophie’s mind was as clear as cotton as she showed up at her work. She gave appropriate “Good mornings,” and hand waves as she made her way to her office looking out over town. She got her things into her leather desk chair and tossed her sunglasses down before having the overwhelming urge to purge her insides. She left her office just then and ducked into the corner restroom and did so.

12 Days of Romance - Day 3 - Tape Delay!

Day 3 is here!!

I was too busy yesterday partying for Jane Austen's birthday (a birthday day that gets shared with yours truly, helloooooo twenty-three! Hahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa, twenty-three, that's funny!) to get it posted, so here it is! Day 4's is right behind it, so hold on to your knickers!

Chapter 11 - Dinner and Drinks

Cason wasn’t one hundred percent sure on why he had agreed to go out with the woman from Sophie’s work. She’d been nice and incredibly easy on the eyes. He was sure her black hair wasn’t her real color but her doe eyes and equally wide rack on her tight body had made him think it couldn’t be all that bad.
She seemed nice.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

12 Days of Romance - Day 2

Chapter 10 - Nigel II

Sophie finished up at the office and headed out to her car, her next appointment that morning was Philip Nigel. It was pertinent, she was told, that they get his signature on the cancellation of the contract so that his project could be sent to the accounting department for payment collection.
Knowing Philip Nigel she thought, that was going to provoke him from his home and into the Knight offices to restate his significance in society. Sophie’s gut churned as she thought about seeing the man’s face again and his snake of a tongue.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

12 Days of Romance - Day 1

Welcome to the 12 Days of Romance!

For those of you who missed the back story to this posting: we started posting chapters of my National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Contest entry back in November. The first eight chapters of that novel are up [view here] and as a celebration for Christmas we're continuing the posting of that contest entry through December (even though the contest ended on December 1st, we just HAVE to finish it!) ending on Christmas day with the entire novel complied into an ebook, just for you. :0)

To catch you up, below are the synopsis and first eight chapters.
Waiting desperately for Chapter 9 - Errand Boy? Scroll down past the chapter list below to start reading.

Cason McPherson and his childhood friend Ryan Sparling enlisted to the US Army together. Years passed and they served on separate missions until years later when the US military sent in a ground strike team into the Kandahar Valley. Joined together again they entered the valley but only a handful of men came out. Ryan wasn't one of them.

Back home, and suffering from war wounds himself, Cason watched as his commanding officer told Ryan's family of his death. Watched as the mother he came to see as his own wept and reached for him. While Ryan's younger sister, stoic and dry eyed stepped back.

Sophie Sparling lost the brother she loved to war, but pours herself into her work to hide the pain. When her mother invites Cason, the man who had once been her brother's best friend and the last to betray him, to live with her Sophie finds a willing participant in the outlet for her pain. Her resistance and anguish to the horrific truth of her brother's death slowly begin to come to light and eventually erode at her soul.

Sophie and Cason are forced to face their loss and work together in healing the scars that mar their hearts.

"Hot and passionate story of opposites attracting under anguishing circumstances. A true happily ever after." - Said No One Ever

Chapter 1 - Groceries
Chapter 2 - Nigel
Chapter 3 - Friday
Chapter 4 - Brunch
Chapter 5 - Wreck
Chapter 6 - Bed Rest
Chapter 7 - Aftermath
Chapter 8 - Refill

Chapter 9 - Errand Boy

The next morning came early, Cason was up and dressed for a full day of work. The surgery was still on his mind, he was glad to be heading to work early, he needed a distraction from the significance removing a chunk of shrapnel from his body. He grabbed a granola bar from the cupboard in the kitchen and saw a package for Sophie on the counter. It had been overnighted and arrived the day before from her cell company.
It took Cason a fraction of a second to tuck it under his arm and head out the door.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

NaNoWriMo Entry - Chapter 8

Chapter 8 - Refill

It was eight am when Cason found himself sitting in the waiting room of his clinic. In his work clothes and concrete work boots he felt out of place from the other much more polished patients waiting that morning. His refills were denied, a doctor’s visit was required. When he’d arrived for his appointment he’d been advised that his doctor had been pulled away on a family emergency and they were scheduling patients with other doctors. He’d be fitted in at some point, but they didn’t know when.
He’d asked if the nurse practitioner could just OK the refill. A resounding ‘no’ was given, there had been specific instructions that he be seen before the next refill.
Cason tried memorizing all the magazines on the wall first. Then counted the number of corners in the room before pacing to ease the sharpened stabbing in his hip that was now making his thigh go numb. It was nearly noon before he was called in. It was another half hour in the exam room, in the exposed exam gown, before the doctor came in.

Monday, December 2, 2013

NaNoWriMo Wrap-up

It's happened. The end of November showed up and I only got thirty thousand words down, that's a far cry from the contest winning fifty thousand. Queue losing music and exit stage left.

Not to fear all you hundreds of people who show up every time I post a new chapter (I love all you by the way, give yourself a hug - it's from me) I'll be finishing up this badboy before Christmas. And you'll get to watch as Cason and Sophie sort their things out. ;0)

In the mean time though, let's share in a conciliatory hug and hang our heads low at losing at NaNoWriMo this year, but make big promises to be back with a vengeance next year. I'd also like to take a moment of this team hug to mention that I could have easily copy and pasted my third novel that I'm editing into the word counter and have won. Just saying!

Back to the story at hand. This thing is shaping up to have close to twenty chapters so starting on December 14th we will be starting what I call the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Instead of me picking a random time to post chapters hither and tither, we'll have 12 back to back days of this story culminating in a free ebook for folks to download at the end. Ye-up I'm gonna wrap it up and give it to you for Christmas. So be sure to tell your friends, this holiday season will be the only time I give this thing away (read: I'll be going rogue and giving it away until my publishing team finds out and puts the kibosh on it).

On to Chapter 7!

Chapter 7 - Aftermath

It seemed like an eternity before the storm cleared and the Barney’s and their groggy furball left. Helen checked on her daughter again and decided to take her to the doctor first thing in the morning, with a half dose of Cason’s pain medication she was doing well. She busied herself with the dishes and leaving a message making her daughter’s doctor appointment, something she realized she hadn’t done in decades.
Her thoughts drifted to Cason who had seemed rattled when he’d left Sophie, darker even. She’d have to speak with Sophie about the way she treated him, especially now that he had saved her life. Helen, felt doubly indebted to him.