Swallowing, I picked my way back to the bed. As I’d thought, the floor was covered in beer bottles and discarded clothes. A mess of papers and a pen were scattered in the corner, and a guitar stood propped against the night stand. A prescription bottle of pills stood on the edge of the night stand, gleaming white. Doubt began to creep over me. The person in the bed was surely evil, if this was the way they lived… I brushed the thought away, and finally pulled up alongside the bed and peeked at the person who lay there. I gasped. It was a man. A shirtless man. I’d never seen a shirtless man in the flesh before. It was…strange. He was young, with a boyish face and dark hair. Jewelry, more jewelry than I’d ever been allowed to wear, gleamed against his skin. His ears twinkled with rows of earrings, a curved spike jutted from his eyebrow, and even his lip had a piercing. I hadn’t known that pierced lips happened. And he was covered–absolutely covered–in tattoos. Thick black lines, thin, dancing shapes, sharp jagged patterns–all of them flowed over his skin, dipping and diving and rising again over the landscape of his body. His muscular chest and well-formed arms were more ink than skin, and even his throat had been decorated. I knew what the Church taught about tattoos and piercings. That our bodies were temples from God, and that tattoos and piercings desecrated God’s gift to us, as if someone had painted graffiti all over a temple. I knew they were wicked. I knew they were wrong. So why does this temple look so good covered in graffiti? I wondered hazily…
Hard Rock Remix, Excerpt 1:It was the coffee that drove it home for me. Sinful, sinful coffee. I stood in the hotel restaurant and stared at the huge metal cylinder of coffee in front of me. Actually there were three whole cylinders of coffee rather than one, but I was having trouble with just the one. It was all there, ready for me to try. All I had to do was reach out, take a cup, and shove it under the spout. Then I could bring it to my lips and taste, for the first time, the forbidden drink. …Well, to be honest there were a lot of forbidden drinks, but I needed to tackle this one thing at a time. I looked down at the hand not holding a book and willed it to grab a cup. It didn’t move. I glared at it, but it stayed stubbornly at my side. Do it, I chided myself. Just do it. Do it. Do it. You won’t be damned. Well. Any more than I was already. I’d smelled coffee before, at the Gentile grocery store, on the few occasions I was allowed to go shopping for the household. It had smelled divine, everything about it tempting…which of course was what made it so sinful. The only things worth doing, it seemed, were things you didn’t want to do at all. I’d always wanted just a sip, to see if it tasted as good as it smelled, but of course we weren’t allowed such things. Our souls and bodies needed to be pure. Well. Nuts to that…
~Oh Aylen. You have no idea what kind of temptation is about to hit you. I need to cast Carter. And Kent. For… research.
where i end & you beginIn Japan, they say there’s a red thread of fate that binds people who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. It may tangle, it may knot, it may stretch or fray, but it will never break. It is a future as indelible as the past. I hope that isn’t true. I pity anyone destined to meet me. ——————— For Bianca Ray, the past is always catching up, one way or another. Now in her third semester at college, it’s doing it again. Too much drinking has led to plummeting grades and rising absences, putting her scholarships in peril. When she makes it clear that she needs help–all over the floor of her history class–she’s given one last chance to shape up: seek therapy and bring her grades up by the end of the semester, or she’s out. Enter Catholic seminarian Daniel McGuire. The last thing Bianca wants is an aspiring priest to counsel her on how to live her life, but the handsome graduate student is different from the holy rollers she fled from at home. Gentle and unobtrusive, he helps her pick up the pieces and find a new way to live: not running from the past, but facing it head on. But opening up her heart to release the pain means that something else can come in. As Bianca and Daniel grow closer, their relationship moves onto dangerous ground. When they finally cross the line, the fragile courage Bianca has built up threatens to fail her. Can she exorcise the ghosts of her past, or will they catch hold and drag her down where not even Daniel can reach her?
HARD ROCK REMIXStarting over isn’t always easy, but Aylen Ware thinks she just might manage to pull it off. She has a new town, a new look, and, most importantly, a new job as a makeup artist on the set of one of the hottest movies coming down the pipeline. Everything is in place to get her life right this time. But Aylen also wants to become a new person. The only problem is that she knows only one way to survive: keep her head down and don’t get noticed. But when she’s assigned as the makeup artist for rock star and burgeoning acting sensation Carter Hudson, her survival methods go out the window. Carter is outgoing, enthusiastic, and bursting with energy and a love for life that Aylen only thought existed in books–and he notices Aylen whether she wants him to or not. Suddenly subject to the attentions of the rock world’s wildest child, Aylen discovers what it truly means to change–and what it truly means to love both another person as well as herself. Can Carter coax her out of her shell and show her a side of herself she never knew existed, or will Aylen’s past come between them, and ruin her second chance at life? Add to your Goodreads list! Yeah. CAN’T WAIT TO GET THIS ONE ON PAPER. Thank you all for all your support. I’m so excited to be able to do this job, and you make it possible.
Exclusive Engagement (Rock Arrangement, #4)
I love you guys. I’m planning Carter’s story for late August/early September. Full novel this time. A slightly cleaned up version of the Rock Arrangement series will be released as a New Adult novel titled Hard Rock Arrangement (The Lonely Kings, #1). Carter’s story will be #2 in the series and is probably going to be called Hard Rock Remix. Look forward to it, and thanks for reading!