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Enduring Fate

Enduring Fate

by Alicia Rae

Series: Fate of Love

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publish Date: December 30, 2014

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Colton Kingston has loved Paige Summers his entire life. All he has ever dreamed of is having Paige by his side while he lives the simple life of a cowboy raising horses and cattle on his farm.

When tragedy strikes, fate tests the strength of their love.

Paige’s confidence is shaken as she wonders if she can heal from her past and move forward, so Colton can have the life he was born to live.

Can Colton and Paige endure everything in fate’s path?

Or will Paige give up her one true love to give Colton the life he deserves?

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About the Author

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Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…

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The Calm After the Storm

by Mya O’Malley

Can true love shine through the darkest storm?

The storm of the century raged through the northeast, causing destruction and despair, millions were left without power and hope. Weeks later, countless people were still devastated by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, Emma Riley among them.

Determined she didn’t need the help of a man, Emma was convinced that she could brave the aftermath of the storm on her own. That is, until Jake came into her life.

After having suffered heartbreak and embarrassment, Jake Mack, a utility foreman, volunteered to travel north from small town, Georgia to assist with the aftermath of the storm. Jake was decidedly done with women. But he didn’t count on meeting Emma or falling in love so quickly. Can he trust this woman or will his past get in the way and ruin the relationship with the one woman he truly loves?

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Excerpt from The Calm After the Storm:

Jake and his crew had now been in the suburbs of New York for a few days. His first thought upon entering this area was his surprise at the devastation. Sure, he had heard about the destruction on the news and had seen footage of the aftermath of Sandy, but it still hadn’t prepared him for the actual sight of Sandy’s rage. Telephone poles were down, trees were snapped in two, and houses were completed destroyed by the storm. Seeing all the destruction only strengthened Jake’s resolve that it had been the right thing to come. He felt proud to be able to help out and be a part of the solution to the horrible aftermath of this disaster.

As the day was wrapping up. Jake and Chris met up with some of their crew in the next town to finish one more area before calling it quits. The chill in the air was something that Jake had prepared for, but was not accustomed to. Clutching the new flannel he had purchased right before his trip, he put it on over his thermal shirt. Thankful for his thermos filled with hot coffee, Jake grabbed it but quickly tossed it aside.

“Come on, Chris! I asked you to stop drinking my coffee. Now there’s none left,” he said as he shook his head, irritated at his friend.

Chris looked up at his boss sheepishly. “Sorry, man. I didn’t sleep well last night. I needed some caffeine.”

“Well, that makes two of us.”

They rode until they approached the utility pole that needed attention. Jake and Chris were among the first to arrive and got busy setting up for the job. Within minutes, the rest of the assigned crew trickled in. The workers were now familiar with the details and routine of this job, so for the most part they worked in silence, focused on getting this last job done so that they could grab some dinner and hit the sheets. It was cold and dark, the night chill settling in upon them. Jake supervised and helped his crew perform their individual duties as quickly as possible. As they were just about wrapping things up, Jake headed over to Steve, one of the older guys directing traffic. He looked frail and tired.

“Hey, Steve. I got this. Why don’t you call it a night, huh? We’ll meet you at the hotel for some dinner.”

“Nah, Jake, we’re almost done here. I’m good,” Steve said as he looked up at Jake with glaring dark circles under his eyes.

“Steve, go. I’m serious. Get in a hot shower and we’ll meet up for dinner. Boss’ orders. Now go and take Andy with you,” Jake gestured toward another man on the crew who looked like he was ready for bed.

Shrugging his shoulders, Steve made his way to one of the smaller utility trucks, calling for his co-worker to join him. Jake took over the responsibility of directing traffic, slowing people down and stopping cars when necessary. Yawning, he waved a small SUV along, noticing that the approaching driver was slowing down, much more than necessary. Jake squinted his eyes to get a better look. The car came to a stop when Jake stepped up to it and its window rolled down. Looking back at Jake was a woman who appeared pretty, even in the diminished light. Wait, scratch that—she was stunning, with long, wavy hair and piercing eyes. His heart faltered just a bit.

“Hi. I wanted to thank you guys for all of the hard work that you’ve been doing. We really appreciate you guys coming up here. I think I speak for everyone,” she said as she smiled widely. Her smile hitched his breath ever so slightly. Jake smiled back. This was certainly a change. Since he had been in this area, some people waved, some people smiled, others remained with their eyes straight ahead, but nobody had yet offered any thanks verbally. So different from the Southern hospitality way of life where he grew up, Jake mused.

Here it was different, the pace of life was much faster. People always seemed to be in a rush, and they minded their own business for the most part. Sure, being so close to the big city must be nice and the landscape was quite beautiful at times, but he didn’t think this lifestyle was something he could ever get used to. It seemed too stressful, too impersonal. He would be glad to be back home when his job was finished.

The woman leaned over and offered Jake a box of donuts, disposable coffee cups, and a box of hot coffee. Jake was impressed.

“Thank you, that was very thoughtful!” Jake gushed, thrilled at the idea of hot coffee. He thought he felt warmth spread across his cheeks despite the chill in the air.

The woman stared back and smiled at Jake for a minute and then set her eyes on the road ahead. She waved as she pulled away.

“Wait!” Jake called out. “Wait, what was your name?” But the words were lost. The mysterious woman with the coffee and donuts was long gone.

“Guys!” he called out as his crew worked on cleaning up for the night. “Guys! Our guardian angel just appeared, and she brought coffee!”

The coffee and donuts were gladly received, but the idea that someone would go out of their way to show a random act of kindness truly touched Jake. He felt the warm liquid slide down his throat and knew that he would always remember the woman’s thoughtfulness. Who was he kidding? That woman’s beautiful face was what he would most remember. He just wished that he had gotten her name.

Author Mya O’Malley

Mya OmalleyMya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of two boxers, named Destiny and Dolce, and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.

Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. She spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel and has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Costa Rica. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

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Bad Publicity Cover Reveal

Bad Publicity

By Sara Schoen & Taylor Henderson

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About the Authors

Sara Schoen:

Sara-Schoen-400x400My name is Sara, I’m 19 years old, and I was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. I have always been interested in writing, even started a book in elementary school, but it didn’t get very far. But it wasn’t until high school that my friend, and writing partner, more or less forced me to join an amateur writing site. After some convincing from her, I plucked up the courage and posted one of my stories. While it wasn’t popular at first, I was shocked and overwhelmed by the support of readers on Wattpad, and they gave me the support and confidence to get where I am today. I continued to write religiously for the next three years I was on the website, starting countless stories. I wasn’t worried that they weren’t popular because I had once heard that you shouldn’t be afraid to write crap, because it will make great fertilizer. I can’t wait to start sharing more works and Ideas with you guys!

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Author-Pic-Taylor-Henderson-400x400My name is Taylor, and I was born and raised in Northern Virginia. I have been an adamant reader and writer for as long as I can remember. Writing has been a huge part of my life since I was able to even grip a pencil.

Now I am nineteen years old, and nothing has really changed. I am still a resident of the state for lovers, and I still using writing as my main form of expression. I love the idea that with a few words, all put together in perfect order; I can create a world of my own. I have the ability to create characters who have special talents that I’ve always wanted, or even situations that I’ve never experienced in real life. Writing is the only activity that I seem to excel at. It’s my escape from my average life. A place where I can be who I want to be, go places that I’ve never been, and meet people whom I’ve only met in my dreams. Isn’t that what writing is all about? Finding an escape into another world? Because let’s face it, the world we live in today is crazy, and uncontrollable. I like being in control. I just want to write my own story.

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It is my pleasure to welcome Sara Schoen and Taylor Henderson, authors of Bad Publicity, to Room With Books!

What do you do when you are not writing?

Sara – I’m studying for classes or listening to music.

Taylor – When I’m not writing I spend a majority of my time in bed. Either asleep, watching Netflix, eating, or occasionally studying. (When I am writing, I’m still usually in bed.) On the rare occasion that I’m not in bed, I’m either at school, work, or driving around aimlessly.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Sara – William Johnstone influenced me. My boyfriend had me read some of the books to keep me preoccupied while I was on a trip, and I grew to understand about what we had to lose in a disaster and what it would mean to have gun completely taken away from law-abiding citizens. It allowed me to make some of the first few major changes in my way of thinking, and also inspired me to write so that I could inspire a few more people, and give them a story worth reading.

Taylor – I haven’t had any authors who have influenced me growing up or as an adult, but I have had authors who have influenced my writing. Tami Hoag, Scott Westerfeld, Judy Blume, Sara Shepard, and R.L. Stein are all authors who have influenced my writing in one way or another. I feel that the more I read, the more my writing style is influenced. All of these authors that I have mentioned are very talented writers, and storytellers that a young author can learn a lot from, and I have.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

Sara – I had to sit through so many people telling me “no” for one reason or another. I was either too inexperienced, as I published when I was 19, or they weren’t looking for the book that I had written. It was hard hearing so many no’s and then pushing through until I got that one person who said yes.

Taylor – I think the hardest part is hearing the word, “no” repeatedly. It’s hard when the people that you are sending your book to don’t want it because either it’s not what they are looking for at the time, or because they do not think that the book is ready or strong enough to be published yet.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

Sara – Teleportation. That would be the best thing of my life. I could go anywhere in the world and be back before dinner.

Taylor – Teleportation because I am always late, and I think this would make my teachers, Sara, and all of my friends very happy.

What was your first job?

Sara – I still do it actually, I work as a beach tag inspector in New Jersey and have for about seven years now. I basically get paid to ask for tags and learn to be a people person.

Taylor – My first job was as a sales associate at Lakeshore Learning Store where I was a leader of crafts for the kids, a cashier, and an associate. It was a fun job, and I loved it.

Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?

Sara – It’s a definite tie between Jade of Bad Publicity, and Night Stripe of Suicide Mission because these girls are a part of me. They embody my dreams, wishes, passions, desires, and everything I wish I could be.

Taylor – My favorite character out of all of my books, co-written and solo, has to be either Lena from Better Than Revenge, or Brooke from Bad Publicity. Both girls are strong characters despite the fact that neither are the actual main character of their books. Brooke is fun-loving and free-spirited, and Lena says whatever is on her mind and stands up for herself and her loved ones. I feel like I share those qualities with them, and can relate to them both in many ways.

What does your writing schedule look like?

Sara – I try to write for about two hours a day, and then I edit for about three for the ones that are undergoing major revisions.

Taylor – I aim to write at least one chapter of any story a day, but that doesn’t usually end up happening. I would say that I write the most when I am motivated, so sometimes I’ll write a little every day, and other times I can go days without writing.

Do you both use your OWN experiences?

Sara – Yes, all the time. The good and the bad. I think it makes the book more relatable, and enjoyable.

Taylor – Most definitely. My friends and I are a very interesting bunch of people, so why wouldn’t I use all of our wild experiences together? My inspiration for novels comes from my life. If you write what you know then it will feel more realistic and relatable.

Was it easy to pick the title for your book?

It wasn’t easy. We started just spitting out ideas for the title until we both agreed on one. It took a while until we finally agreed on Bad Publicity.

If you could pick one profession other than author, what would it be? Why does it appeal to you?

Sara – Wildlife Biologist, I love working with animals and have always wanted to work with them.

Taylor – Clinical psychologist or a Victoria’s Secret angel. I would love to listen to people’s problems and find a way to help them through situations where they are unable to help themselves, so being a clinical psychologist would be good for me. On the other hand I have always wanted to be a Victoria’s Secret angel, so that would truly be a dream job.

What are you currently working on?

Sara – I’m working on a spy series (thriller/suspense), editing a mystery book for publication, and writing another teen fiction on my own. Together we are working on the Untamed Hearts series, a kidnap novel, and a few mystery novels.

Taylor – I am currently working on three young adult novels on my own, as well as the Untamed Hearts series, a few mystery novels (one that is almost complete), and a kidnapping novel with Sara.

Fun Facts

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Chocolate -Sara; Vanilla or Coffee -Taylor

Night owl, or early bird? Early bird -Sara; Night Owl -Taylor

Coffee or tea? Tea -Sara and Taylor

Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Rollercoasters – Sara and Taylor

Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Pool -Sara and Taylor

Walking or fitness club? Walking -Sara; Walking to my bed -Taylor

Any last words?

If you are dedicated to getting published then just keep trying and persevering. You can learn, and grow from rejection, and if you do not put yourself out there then you will never know if you missed out on an opportunity or not. -Taylor and Sara

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Strict parents make rebellious teens…

Jade Phillips wasn’t what everyone wanted her to be. She was supposed to be an honor roll student, polite, and most of all, well behaved.

Instead she had a juvie rap sheet as long as her arm, a liver that handled more alcohol than most Irish men, a partying habit that kept her hungover on weekdays, and a bad attitude.

She wasn’t going to change for anyone, or so she thought…

Her father is remarrying, and his future wife, the senator of Virginia, can’t afford to have Jade’s unruly behavior ruin her reputation.

That means no more drugs, alcohol, partying, and most of all, no more arrests, or she will be forced to live with her overzealous grandmother in the middle of nowhere leaving her friends behind. Now Jade has to make a choice, either change for the better, or suffer the consequences. What will she do?

After all, no one’s ever been hurt by a little…

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Katie In Love
by Chloe Thurlow
Genre: Contemporary Romance


 
Katie Boyd has nothing in common with Tom Bridge, the volunteer doctor she meets at a party – except in bed she finds a passion to match her own. Tom is intense, puzzling, a man who cares about others and compels Katie to question her own life drifting through the hip clubs and London party scene.
When Tom returns to his post in a Sri Lanka orphanage, Katie isn’t sure if their passion was lit by its brevity, or if love, unexpected and not entirely wanted, has edged its way into her life. Should she go back to being who she always was? Or follow Tom into the unknown?
Katie in Love is a compelling erotic-romance that will grip readers as they follow Katie’s journey to an ending they may have expected – but not in the way they expected it.
Brilliantly written and coolly self-aware, Chloe Thurlow was described by KM Dylan on Amazon as “…the Anaïs Nin of our times.” With Katie in Love  – her sixth novel – Thurlow reveals a writer at the height of her powers.
 
 
I am a night person, the girl at the bar who looks like she should have gone home and maybe has no home to go to. I compose my work between two and six while the early bird planes follow the Thames into Heathrow carrying bankers and businessmen hoping to make it in the greatest city on earth – London, where I was born on a cold December night with a full-moon overhead and snow covering the garden. Katie in Love is my 6thnovel – more romance than erotic, but as Mother stopped talking to me when I published The Secret Life of Girls, I don’t imagine anything is going to change. Katie in Love took 13 months to write and my soul is pressed into every page. 


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Book Title: Reft
Author: Libby Austin
Genre: Mainstream Romance
Release Date: March 28, 2015
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For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. ~
Newton’s Third Law of Motion

Brandon “Brand” Carmichael’s life was the stuff dreams were made of…too bad it was an illusion. As a guitarist for Inert Motion, Brandon traveled the world, performing with his brothers in all but blood. He never stopped moving all the while his mind played in a never ending loop. Now outside influences have changed the band’s course, leaving Brand’s life void of the balance he craved. Once again, his dream had become a recurring nightmare. Brand coped the only way he knew how; retreat into solitude.

Magdalena “Layna” Delacroix had achieved the long sought goal of her Ph.D. in Psychology, but success came at a high cost: over one hundred thousand dollars in debt. After being presented with the opportunity to fulfill her desire to help someone in the aftermath of tragedy, along with earning enough money to clear her debt and start a psychology practice of her own, Layna had to balance the means against the outcome. Could she be the force to stop the downward spiral of someone who refused to seek help?

Neither Brand nor Layna expected the reaction they had to one another. It was the opposite of everything they sought.

Could Layna live a lie while pushing Brand to live in the truth?

Would Brand forgive her for committing one unforgivable sin?

Or was he branded by destiny to be…

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I faced Brand’s parents. The guilt of knowing I’d failed my best friend resting heavily upon my shoulders. There was nowhere else to turn. Brand had steadily declined over the last tour. None of the other guys in the band could figure out what was going on with him either. The more we tried to include him, the more Brandon withdrew; the more he withdrew, the more erratic he became. It seemed the only time he functioned was when we were on stage.

Rubbing my hand over my head, I confessed, “We just don’t know what else to do. We thought it was drugs or booze, but we could never catch him doing it or find it hidden anywhere. Then we thought maybe he was going through groupies”—I grimaced at the thought of talking to my friend’s parents about their son’s sex life—“even though that had never been his thing before, but he wasn’t taking anybody back to his room and he wasn’t going out. He’s not eating or working out. He’s lost weight.” I sighed and looked down, focusing on the pattern in the rug. “With the tour ending and him going home by himself, we’re worried.” Looking up, I met their concerned gazes. “And in spite of feeling like I’m narcing on my friend, I’m here because he needs help and I don’t know where else to turn or what else to do.”

Peter and Sarah exchanged a knowing glance before turning their eyes back to me. As her husband squeezed her hand, Sarah asked, “When did you start to notice Brandon’s behavior changing?”

I shook my head and said, “That’s just it, it was like BAM—all of a sudden he just wasn’t the same. Then Danelle pointed out that he started acting like an ass to her when she and Ty started to get serious, and he’s gotten worse as the rest of us have settled down with girlfriends and wives and stuff.

“It doesn’t make any sense. He always got along with Danelle when she was our publicist, so I don’t get why he would suddenly be a jerk…” I trailed off as I thought back over the past couple of years.

Sarah’s worried gaze found her husband’s once again, and he swallowed and nodded his consent. It was time.

Meet the Author

One day some words came to mind, so I wrote them down. Soon the words became sentences, which formed paragraphs, which, in turn, formed chapters. Before long, those words had become a book.

When I’m not reading or writing, I’m a wife, mother, and business owner. I’ve lived on the Gulf, East, and West Coasts, but as a born and raised Southern girl, my favorite will always be the Gulf Coast. There’s just no place like home…

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Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can’t hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny lead her to writing again. She constantly strives to be a positive role model and write stories that empower and inspire.

Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after. While God is currently writing her love story she continues to put all her time into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.

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Discovering April

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Publication date: April 27th 2015

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April Landau thinks she has everything she’s ever wanted. Her high school sweetheart, a house she can’t afford, her bipolar tabby cat, and she’s all set to begin her junior year of college. Just when she least expects it, her life gets thrown for a loop. When things between her and her longtime boyfriend unravel, she becomes stuck in a downward spiral of emotion. Finally, opening her eyes to the fact that she may have given up more than she ever could have imagined in this relationship. She finds herself struggling to keep her head above water.

Enter April’s next door neighbor— Jared Hoffman. He’s her complete opposite. A high school dropout who was forced to take over his parent’s business after their untimely death. It’s no surprise this tragedy affected him greatly, causing him to recede almost completely from society.

But he has one secret. A secret he’s been carrying around for years.

What happens when their worlds collide? Can an old friendship be the one thing that brings these two back to life?

A new adult love story filled with drama, sex, death, and the complications of all of the above. 

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My head is still pounding when my eyes flutter open the next day. My brain is throbbing inside my skull and I punch the pillow underneath me, scaring Jinx out of his slumber. He meows in protest before hopping off the bed. Looking around, I’m in my bed. How did I get here? I groan in pain as I prop my pillows up and lean my head back against them. It’s then that I feel the eyes on me. Tilting my head straight again, I glance out my window. My eyes lock with those big brown eyes of Jared’s across the way. He looks down to his phone and back up again. My phone chimes with an incoming text.

“UGHHH!” I moan, blindly reaching for it. It slips a few times before I grasp it between my fingers and look down to read.

How are you feeling?

Closing one eye, I text back, Like someone ran over me with a truck, then backed up and ran me over again.

Lowering my phone, I watch as he smiles from my text and disappears from view. I’m trying to piece last night back together; it’s like a fragmented mirror that has shattered all over the corners of my mind. I remember laughing with Ro about her sexual conquests and then I remember red and blue lights and… Jared. Starting to feel hot, I throw the covers off of me and lay like a starfish, trying to get my mind to focus. Glancing down, I notice I’m wearing my pajamas. Before I can process any further, the door to my room creaks open. Jared walks in with a cup of water and a closed fist.

“How did you get in?!” I yelp, trying to sit up in bed, and pulling the covers back over my braless tank top.

“I left the back door open when I left last night,” he informs me as he opens his fist to show me he brought a hand full of Advil.

“You brought me home last night?” I rub my head before reaching for the pills and water.

“Yup, after you called me to pick you up from the police station.”

“I WAS WHERE?!” I scream as water comes spraying out of my mouth.

“Police station. Apparently, you popped a guy in the face.” He smirks.

I squint my eyes, vaguely remembering the heavyset guy that tried grabbing my ass in front of the bar.

“Whoa!” I have to lean my head back against my pillows when the information begins to become too much for me. “If you took me home, how did I get into pajamas?!”

The smile that crosses Jared’s face is a mixture of a blush and a sly smirk that makes my insides twist with anticipation and excitement. “Jared…”

“That… you did on your own. I had nothing to do with that!” He holds his hands up in surrender.

“What? I just stripped in front of you!”

“Well, once you got your shirt off, there was really no stopping you…” he teases and my eyes widen in embarrassment.

“Oh my God!” I slump down, pulling the covers back up to my face. “Did we… ya know…” I mutter, completely mortified now.

“Uh, that would be a no.”

“Oh, thank God!” I sigh.

“Thanks a lot!” He comes to his feet now, turning to look out the window.

“Not like that, it’s just … I don’t like to do things I’m not conscious for.”

“Yea, completely plastered girls that get arrested and throw up in bushes are really sexy!” His voice drips with sarcasm.

“I threw up?!” This just gets better and better.

“Twice.”

“Twice?” I’m mortified, staring at his amused face.

“Well, after the first time I thought maybe you needed something to eat.”

“Oh no…”

“Yeah… I’ve never seen someone eat a Big Mac that fast before…” He stares at the wall as if remembering my weak moment.

“Oh my God!” I groan, throwing the covers over my entire body. I curl up in a fetal position, planning to never come out again. The room grows silent. It’s starting to get hard to breathe under the sheets when I feel the mattress by my feet cave slightly.

“Come on, it’s not that bad. We all have our moments.” He pats my feet through the sheets.

“Just when I think I’ve reached rock bottom, things just seem to drops out from under me and I’m at an all new low!” I roll over, trying to pull the covers with me, but Jared’s weight prevents it. My head comes peeking out as I roll over, facing away from him.

“April, I think I just determined your major.”

“What?” I curiously twist to look at him again.

“Drama. You’re such an actress. Now, put your big girl panties on and get up!”

I stare at him for a second; did he just say what I think he said? He waits about two seconds before getting up and opening a drawer to my dresser. “Are they in here? Nope!” He closes it and opens another.

“STOP!” I scream, stumbling out of bed, horrified.

“How ‘bout this one?”

“Okay! Okay! I’m up!” I slam the drawer closed just in time to save myself further embarrassment when Jared eyes my plain old undergarments. I sigh when the pounding in my head launches my stomach into action and I collapse onto the corner of the bed.

“You okay?”

“I refuse to puke again!” I respond, taking another deep breath. “Jared…”

“Yea…”

“I could use some donuts.”

“Okay.” He pauses for a few seconds, looking down at his feet before adding, “I’ll be outside then.”

And he leaves me alone

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Release Date:  April 17, 2015
Have you ever wondered what your purpose was in this world? Have you wondered if it was a coincidence or something more?
Many people find themselves, at one point or another, wondering about the meaning of this life and why we co-exist, but have you ever stopped to look at your own life?
Coincidence or God? is my story of being lured in by the darkness. I was addicted to meth for six years and almost lost my life. One night changed everything.
The testimonies in this book will give you a view into the world of addiction. It will show you how I witnessed the evil domain in this world, lost touch with reality, and was present at ground zero during the May 22, 2011 EF5 tornado which ripped through the heart of Joplin, Missouri.
 
This is a story that cannot be forgotten. It is a place most Christians have never known, let alone lived. It is a living testimony to help you understand this life is meant for so much more and is by no means a coincidence.
 
Aaron Garcia is an inspirational writer, video blogger, addiction life specialist, and support group leader of the ministry “Restored” through Destiny Church. He mentors to men who suffer from addiction and gives back to the community by feeding and ministering to the homeless. Aaron has been a Registered Nurse for seven years and is currently pursuing his Masters in Nursing. He and his wife, Emily, reside in Joplin, Missouri.

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