Friday, January 20, 2017

Out of the Darkness Teaser

“Alice, please?” I begged as I paced the length of the building next to Bella’s. “Felix already hates me for not being there. Can you take him out?”

“What on Earth made you think that getting a dog was a good idea, Edward?” Alice chided. “You’re never home.”

“Up until now, I was home. Every night. Now, I’m protecting,” I said, shooting a glance over my shoulder. Bella was resting, sleeping comfortably. It had been almost three weeks since her wrist was broken and a week since we last saw Riley. He hadn’t shown up to work, claiming a ‘family emergency.’ Bella also quit working for Rose at the cafĂ©/deli. It meant that Bella’s rent would go up, but I used my computer skills to help with the payment, without Bella knowing.

But, that’s neither here nor there. I wanted her to be with me, twenty-four/seven. Bella was stubborn, not wanting to put me out and be a burden. I was offering my hospitality.

Just saying.

“You’re stalking,” Alice giggled, breaking my reverie. Over the phone line, I could hear Felix barking. “Hey, boy! Edward, your dog is pissed at you.”

“What did he do?” I asked.

“Your couch is no longer a couch, but a mess of leather, stuffing, wood and springs,” Alice retorted. “Come home. Bella will be fine for the night without you hovering.”

“But, what if Riley, Lucifer … whatever his name is, what if he comes back?!” I growled. “If I can track her, so can he.”

“No. He can’t. She’s not his mate,” Alice said. “You have a deeper connection to Bella. If you leave, you’ll be able to defrost. There’s an icicle growing on your nose, Edward.” I swatted it away, growling lowly. “You can be back to your new home on the roof, crouched like the gargoyle you are, within a few moments. You’re still the fastest flyer of all of us.”

“Okay, okay. Even though the cold doesn’t bother me, I would like to see Felix,” I said.

“I’ll take care of the sofa,” she chirped, ending the call. I looked down at Bella’s sleeping form and closed my eyes. She was rested comfortably, not assaulted by her usual nightmares, probably due to her pain killers. With a sigh, I unfurled my wings and took off. I landed in my backyard. Felix ran to me, barking up a storm, his tail wagging. “You’re awfully forgiving, pup.”

I crouched down, scrubbing behind his ears as Felix slobbered on my face. “I missed you, too, Felix,” I said. He barked happily, pushing me onto the ground and plopping in my lap. “He ate the couch?”

“More like destroyed it,” Alice snickered. “I ordered one just like it and it’ll be delivered the day after tomorrow between three and five in the evening.” She pressed her hand onto my chest, frowning slightly. “You’re still in pain, Edward.”

“I’m okay. It’s not so bad when I’m around Bella,” I said, standing and picking up Felix with me. He let me carry him like a baby, his tongue lolling out of his head. “Could it be due to our being mated?”


“You’re not mated yet,” Alice responded. “You’re mates, but you have to make that commitment before you’re mated.”

The One That Got Away Update

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“Does anyone want coffee?” Esme asked, getting up with some of the plates. The kids were playing in the game room in the basement of the house after dinner.

“Let me help you, Esme,” Bella smiled, following her into the kitchen.

“Dad, you’re awfully quiet,” Edward whispered. “Are you okay?”

“I got an email with information about Bella,” Carlisle said. “Or, at least, some alleged information about Bella. What does she do again?”

“She works for University of Tampa,” Edward answered, arching a brow. “Plus, she’s a published author.”

“What does she write?” Carlisle asked.

Edward and Bella spoke about her fiction writing. With her decision to possibly begin a more public profile, she was okay with him sharing information about her second career as a writer. “She publishes fiction, along with several articles published in library science magazines.”

“What kind of fiction?” Carlisle pressed. “Should I be concerned?”

“No, Dad. You shouldn’t,” Edward said, narrowing his eyes at his father. “What are you getting at? How did you get an email about Bella? Can I see it?” Carlisle pulled out his cell phone and he skimmed the email that was sent from an anonymous source. “Dad, this is bullshit. Yes, Bella does write these novels and she’s going to begin promoting her novels publicly, but she’s not a deviant. You better not be thinking about …”

“Does she practice BDSM?” Carlisle blurted.

“What? No! Dad, Bella is not a deviant as this email says,” Edward hissed. He looked back down and growled. “Her laptop. While we were on vacation, Bella’s laptop was in the middle of the closet. It may be how they got the copy of her latest story. Someone has been following us, or must be following us. The white van … maybe? Dad, this is serious.”

“Serious as in like we may need to call the cops?” Carlisle muttered.

“Possibly,” Edward replied as Esme and Bella came into the dining room. Bella had a tray with mugs and a cake. Esme had a carafe of coffee. Edward took the tray, placing it on the table. “Sweetness, I have a question for you. Have you noticed anyone following you?”

“Following me? No. But, I haven’t been looking,” Bella said, sitting down next to him, looking anxiously between Carlisle and Edward. “Is there something going on?”

“I just got an email from an unknown sender,” Carlisle said. He passed the phone to Bella, who paled as she read the information. “It’s true?”


“These are my novels, but … I was not going public with my identity until my first convention in Las Vegas in early August. The only people who know about this was my agent, publisher and Edward,” Bella whispered. “Not even my dad knows about my novels. Do you think they’ll call child protective services? I would never …”

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

La Musica del Cuore Update

I'm posting this a day early since I'm going to be at work super late tomorrow night. I have spring musical auditions tomorrow after school. So, you get an early update! :-)

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“Mr. Moore, there was a package delivered to your room,” said the concierge as we walked into the lobby of the hotel in Washington. “It was from the record company. And smaller envelope, too.”

“I think that’s the single,” Kellan beamed, dragging all of us into the elevator. We made it into his suite that he was obviously sharing with Alice. He grabbed the box, tearing into it excitedly. “Yes! Listen!” He took the flash drive and plugged it into his computer, turning up the tiny speakers. It was an amazing mix of our duet and the song as a solo. “I’m impressed with the engineer. This is fantastic work.”

“You can hardly tell that my voice was dying,” Bella said, her voice still raspy.

“No talking,” I chided. She nodded, zipping her lips and twining her fingers with mine, idly running her finger across my wedding band. “I like how they morphed the two versions together.”

“From what I’m reading, this is going to be the single,” Kellan said, skimming over the letter. “It’ll be sent out to radio stations tonight and the single will be released next week. Both versions will be on that record you’re putting out at the end of the month with the instrumental and previously unreleased material.”

“The end of July?” Jasper asked, sipping some water.

Kellan nodded. “We need to do a photo shoot for the cover. Also, Rolling Stone wants to an interview with the band. They will meet up with us in Chicago and document our shows at Wrigley Field. I’m assuming that this is the letter from Rolling Stone, introducing the reporter.” He picked up the envelope, tearing it open and gasping. “The fuck?!”

“What is it?” Emmett asked.

“Call the police,” Kellan choked out, dropping the contents of the envelope on the bed. There were two pictures of Bella and I, photoshopped to look like we were dead. Bella’s eyes were milky and unfocused, with a gaping wound along her neck. I looked like I was charred. Or, at least, I thought it was me. Bella whimpered, wavering next to me. I took her, sitting her on the couch and crouching in front of her. “Go to your suites. I’ll handle this.”

“You’re not the one who has a picture of your corpse on the bed, Kellan,” I snapped.

“But it was sent to me,” Kellan barked back. “Go back to your suite. Your wife looks like she’s about to pass out.”

I turned back to Bella, who was white as a sheet. I scooped her up, carrying her to our suite. I took out her medications, handing it to her. “You’re okay, Bella.”

“They’re going to kill us,” she choked out. She gripped arms, her eyes wild. “I thought … I thought …”

“Shhhh, baby,” I said soothingly. “I know. I’m just as scared as you.”

“When is this going to stop?” she sobbed, collapsing against my chest. 

Lexington, KY




Rupp Arena



Indianapolis


Banker's Life Fieldhouse





Peoria, Illinois

BradleyUniversity




Peoria Civic Center (I'll be there next weekend!)





Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The One That Got Away Teaser

“Does anyone want coffee?” Esme asked, getting up with some of the plates. The kids were playing in the game room in the basement of the house after dinner.

“Let me help you, Esme,” Bella smiled, following her into the kitchen.

“Dad, you’re awfully quiet,” Edward whispered. “Are you okay?”

“I got an email with information about Bella,” Carlisle said. “Or, at least, some alleged information about Bella. What does she do again?”

“She works for University of Tampa,” Edward answered, arching a brow. “Plus, she’s a published author.”

“What does she write?” Carlisle asked.

Edward and Bella spoke about her fiction writing. With her decision to possibly begin a more public profile, she was okay with him sharing information about her second career as a writer. “She publishes fiction, along with several articles published in library science magazines.”

“What kind of fiction?” Carlisle pressed. “Should I be concerned?”

“No, Dad. You shouldn’t,” Edward said, narrowing his eyes at his father. “What are you getting at? How did you get an email about Bella? Can I see it?” Carlisle pulled out his cell phone and he skimmed the email that was sent from an anonymous source. “Dad, this is bullshit. Yes, Bella does write these novels and she’s going to begin promoting her novels publicly, but she’s not a deviant. You better not be thinking about …”

“Does she practice BDSM?” Carlisle blurted.

“What? No! Dad, Bella is not a deviant as this email says,” Edward hissed. He looked back down and growled. “Her laptop. While we were on vacation, Bella’s laptop was in the middle of the closet. It may be how they got the copy of her latest story. Someone has been following us, or must be following us. The white van … maybe? Dad, this is serious.”

“Serious as in like we may need to call the cops?” Carlisle muttered.

“Possibly,” Edward replied as Esme and Bella came into the dining room. Bella had a tray with mugs and a cake. Esme had a carafe of coffee. Edward took the tray, placing it on the table. “Sweetness, I have a question for you. Have you noticed anyone following you?”

“Following me? No. But, I haven’t been looking,” Bella said, sitting down next to him, looking anxiously between Carlisle and Edward. “Is there something going on?”

“I just got an email from an unknown sender,” Carlisle said. He passed the phone to Bella, who paled as she read the information. “It’s true?”

“These are my novels, but … I was not going public with my identity until my first convention in Las Vegas in early August. The only people who know about this was my agent, publisher and Edward,” Bella whispered. “Not even my dad knows about my novels. Do you think they’ll call child protective services? I would never …”

“Bella, relax,” Edward said calmly, wrapping his arm around her waist. “Right now, that’s the least of our worries. You have someone following you and that’s dangerous. I want you to stay with us tonight.”

“I think you should be here,” Esme murmured.


“No, I’m not going to stop living my life,” Bella said. “However, I think I should come forward before this person, who I think is Tanya, tries to reveal my secret. I’d rather be ahead of the game than playing catch up. I need to make a few phone calls.” She got up, taking her cell phone with her and stepping into the backyard. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

The One That Got Away Update

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“This doesn’t look like home,” Edward said, his nose wrinkled. “It’s too decorated and not in your style, Bella.” He was leaning against the peninsula in Bella’s apartment. “You can just come and stay with me. It’ll save you money.”

“Edward,” she sighed, putting her silverware into the drawers. “December. My lease is up in December. I know why you want me to move in, but I want to establish myself here. And don’t discount the fun in adult sleep overs.”

“True,” he chuckled, turning back to the box filled with the glasses. He filled the cabinets, working seamlessly with her. It was the weekend after they’d returned from Key West. Edward was enjoying the last two days of his vacation while Bella moving into her new place and out of her dad’s home. “Oh, and don’t forget, Mom wanted you to come to dinner tomorrow.”

“I know,” Bella replied, opening the fridge and grabbing a water bottle. “Should I bring anything?”

“Just yourself and a smile,” Edward beamed, kissing her sweetly. “Mom knows that you are moving this weekend.” He caged her against the counter. “And she said she’d watch the kids tonight so we can have our first adult sleep over.”

“You just want to christen my bedroom,” Bella giggled.

“Duh,” he snorted, his lips dragging along her neck.

“We can christen my bedroom after we finish the kitchen,” Bella said, pushing him back. “And take a shower. I know moving in just a handful of boxes wasn’t all that stressful, but I still feel gross.”

They worked and filled the kitchen with plates, cookware and other kitchen necessities. When they were done, they shared a shower and got ready for dinner out and going grocery shopping to fill Bella’s pantry and fridge. All that was in there was a welcome basket from the apartment management and a twenty-four pack of water that had been left by the previous tenants.

When they got back to the apartment, they put the food away and settled onto the overstuffed couch, ‘watching’ some television after Edward said his goodnights to his children. They didn’t christen the couch, but they did both enjoy themselves while making out like horny teenagers. Shortly after they calmed from their heated session on the couch, they did go to bed and crashed, both exhausted from working so hard in the apartment.


Early the next morning, Edward left, much to his dismay. He wanted to stay and cuddle with Bella, but Liam had a soccer game and then, Lucy had gymnastics later in the afternoon. Bella used the time to finish putting her office together and work on her second draft of Out of the Darkness. She also did some incognito press for her latest release, Friends with Benefits, that was coming out in a week. She posted a few teasers on her author page on Facebook and with New Moon’s blessing, offered a giveaway for a few ARCs of her book. Bella also made arrangements with Alice, who was flying out in a week, to get some professional headshots for her first convention and to finally make her public debut as Marie Cigno. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Magic Within Update

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After Carmen left with Bella, I sat in the empty conference room trying to come to grips to the hollowness I felt. It wasn’t until Marcus came back that I flew into action, calling my contact at the Seattle Police Department, Detective Emmett McCarty, to meet with Carmen and Bella at Harbor View Medical Center.

Emmett and I played football in high school. We were close in high school, but drifted apart when we went to college. After my breakdown, when I began working for legal aid, I ran into him at one of the precincts. He’d arrested one of my clients. We got to talking and exchanged numbers. Whenever I needed a cop, I called him and he pulled through. Every time.

I also made a reservation at a hotel near the office, using my name. Bella and I were traveling for business and needed adjoining rooms. I didn’t know her last name, so I used my birth name as her surname, Bella Masen.

Yeah, I was adopted by the parents from hell. Okay, not from hell, but definitely from purgatory. Alice and I were the accessory children for Esme and Carlisle Cullen. Esme was a home maker, housewife, and chair to numerous charities. Carlisle was a decorated state senator, who was running for congress in this election. From what Alice told me, Carlisle had a good chance of winning.

When we were kids, Alice and I had everything we could have ever wanted. We were loved, protected and cherished. However, if we made a mistake, it was hell. I got a speeding ticket and I was forced to sleep in my car for a month. Alice got a C on a midterm and she was grounded for the rest of the academic school year. Our parents only expected perfection. Mom was more lenient than Carlisle, but she was still strict. So, an adoptive son with mental health issues?

Not an option for the cookie-cutter, perfect Cullen clan.

Hence, my parents disinheriting me and giving everything to my sister.


Bitter much, Cullen? 

Edward Masen Cullen

Bella B. 

Detective Emmett McCarty

Alice Brandon Cullen

Carmen


Out of the Darkness Update

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I parked her car, trying to keep my wings hidden and not show the excruciating pain that Riley had caused me. Or, should I say Lucifer, acting as Riley. Riley was long dead. His soul was completely consumed by the evil. The man who had broken Bella was gone, but he was already evil to begin with. Now, he was an instrument for the devil, a disguise for Lucifer to wear to get to Bella.

But why?

“Edward, are you sure you’re okay?” Bella asked, her voice faint and tinged with pain, but so sweet.

“Let’s focus on you, pretty Bella,” I replied, getting out of the car and helping her out as well. It took all my strength to stay upright and keep my wings tucked in my body. Checking into the emergency room, we were led into an examination room. A nurse took Bella’s vitals. I stayed close by, but I needed to stretch my wings, eat a steak or twenty and sleep for days. Whatever Riley had done to me; it was bad.

“Isabella Swan?” asked a female doctor. Bella smiled tersely. “I’m Dr. Leah Clearwater. You broke your wrist?”

“I think so,” she replied. “I was working when an ex-boyfriend came in, grabbing my wrist and grinding the bones together. Then, I fell back and I felt a snap.”

“Let me get some x-rays,” Dr. Clearwater said, jotting something on the chart. She turned me, her eyes narrowing. “Sir, are you okay? You look pale.”

“I’ll be fine. Bella, I need to step out. I’m feeling a little nauseous,” I said, rubbing my belly. Bella frowned sympathetically. “I’m okay. I just don’t want to …” I chuckled and imitating throwing up. She nodded and I darted out. I made my way to the exit, sprinting to the tree line. Once I was hidden, I unfurled my wings and took off. Using my mind, I shouted for Alice. She found me, guiding me to a remote mountain. I fell to my knees, panting heavily. “What was that?”

Kneeling, Alice pressed her hand to my chest. “Darkness. Pure evil,” she said, her hand warming and healing me. “It was just a fraction of his power, Edward.”

“So, it’s Lucifer?” I asked. “You’re certain?”

“Yes. He’s assumed human form once again. We don’t know exactly what he has in store,” Alice sighed, finishing her healing and stumbling. “How did you stay upright, Edward?”

“I don’t know, but I did. For her,” I murmured, wanting to be next to her once again. Alice sat down, giving me a smirk. I shook my head. “What is Riley or Lucifer or whatever his name is, what does he want with Bella? Is this another wave of genocide?”

“She’s powerful, but she’s at a crossroads,” Alice said. “If she focuses on her powers for good, Lucifer will lose power and be banished to Hell for a thousand years. If she goes to the dark side, the world will erupt into chaos and we will never recover. Ever.”

“How is she so powerful?” I asked. “Surely, you’re privy to that information.”

“That we don’t know,” Alice said, her brow furrowing.