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Monday, November 18, 2013

Walk Into Me Cover Reveal

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Expected date of release: December 2, 2013

I know I will never get over her. Watching her walk away with him ripped my heart out and left it bleeding on the floor. But I can’t hide anymore. I have to face my life without her.

Brad has been in love with Lisa for as long as he can remember. One night years ago they took each other’s virginity but while it was the best night of Brad’s life, for Lisa it was a way to forget about Bobby. Or was it?

Brad re-emerges right when Lisa needs him most. Only Brad knows everything about her and when Lisa’s insecurities come to the surface the shoulder Lisa needs is Brad’s. Now Brad has to decide if he has it in him to trust his heart.

I walk through the door into the crowded house, looks like the gangs all here and then some.  I look around and see all my friends but the person who sees me first is her mom, “Brad! So good to see you,” she hugs me, “Lisa will be so glad you’re here. She’s missed you.”

I don’t know what to say to that. I know that Lisa loves me like a brother but I want so much more with her, “I’ve missed her too.” It’s the truth, staying away has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I even took the boat over to Fire Island for a couple of weeks hiding out at my sister’s summer house. She was not happy about that until I started to fix the outside shower. Now she tells me I can use it anytime I want as long as I fix something each time I’m there. Her husband can’t fix shit, damn Ivy League pretty boy.

I turn back toward the party and suddenly Lisa is in my arms kissing my cheek and holding me tight, “Don’t do that again,” she tells me. “I missed you too much.” She is running her hands over my shoulders and through my hair and if I don’t get her off me soon she will know exactly how much I missed her.

I release her and put my hand in the pocket of my jacket, “Happy Birthday Lisa,” I pull out her gift and hand it to her. She smiles up at me but keeps her hand on my arm like she doesn’t want to let me go. Maybe she does feel more than friendship towards me.  I look into her eyes and hope she can’t see how much I want her.

She looks down at the box in her hand then back up to me, “Do you want me to open this now?”

I want to see her reaction but I don’t want an audience, “No later, after the party.”

“Does that mean you will stay ‘til everyone leaves?” her smile widens.

“If you want me to,” I can’t say no to her, I never could.

Then he comes up behind her pulling her back to him and extending his hand to me, “Brad, good to see you.”

I know he is staking his claim but he doesn’t have to remind me that Lisa is not mine. I have known that for a long time, “Bobby,” I can’t bring myself to say more than his name. I really want to yell at him to get his hands off of her but he has every right to touch her. She is his.

Excerpt #2 

Jodi turns me and propels me towards the sofa, sitting me between John and her, “What is going on with you and Brad?”

I pull my knees into my chest and wrap my arms around them, “That’s the question of the day. I don’t know. I suddenly feel more for him. My body reacts to him now when he holds me that never happened before. And how can it happen when I love Bobby?” I rock slightly back and forth.

“What did you tell Brad? Because he fluctuated between being lit up like a kid on Christmas or one that lost his puppy and back again when he left here before,” John tells me.

“I told him we could try and see where these new feelings lead. But I also told him I would need to be truthful with Bobby and I couldn’t do that today. So I guess Brad and I will be in a holding pattern until Bobby comes back. I can’t move forward with Brad without talking to Bobby first. That’s just not fair to Bobby.” I am so confused, while I’m with Bobby he is what I need but then with Brad earlier I felt that way as well. What the fuck is wrong with me, I finally get what I’ve wanted for most of my life and I am throwing it away because I suddenly have feelings for my best friend?  “I am royally fucking up my life aren’t I?”

John puts his hand on my shoulder, “I don’t think you are fucking up. I think you’ve built this thing with Bobby up in your mind for so long that you never allowed yourself to open up to anyone else. Now that you are in it you are finally allowing yourself to see what else is out there. That’s not wrong, maybe a little bit of bad timing but most people don’t live in a bubble. They experience what life throws at them, you never did. Even the relationships you had you held yourself back from them. That is why they didn’t work.”

I lean my head against John’s shoulder, “So what you’re telling me is I’ve been a superficial bitch for the last six years?”

He laughs, “Well I wouldn’t call you a bitch.”

“No just superficial.”

Jodi leans against my other side, “Look Lisa you had this instant attraction to Bobby. You guys never ran your course because he left. Then you shut down for a while. When you started dating Steve I thought you were working your way out but it was more a convenience for you. You needed someone to be with, to help keep your mind off Bobby and he fit the bill. But you never let yourself feel anything for him. He was totally in love with you and you had no clue. You couldn’t see it.”

I look at her incredulously, “He didn’t love me. We always had a good time but he never once told me he loved me.”

“And if he had told you he loved you what would have been your answer?” She shakes her head, “No don’t answer that. Steve knew you didn’t love him and he protected himself the best he could. He never told you how he felt so you couldn’t reject him.”

Was she right? I have to think back to that time. I always thought we were just fooling around, he was safe. I knew I could never love him and I figured he felt the same way. I never let myself think that he felt anything more for me. That’s how my relationships worked. I was never in it for the long haul, they were a way to pass the time and have some fun.

“I never knew,” What does that say about me? “That does make me a bitch.”

“No it doesn’t.” Jodi says, “You were living your life and protecting yourself the best way you knew how. We all knew what you were doing, even Steve. Remember he was part of our crowd. He saw what Bobby leaving did to you and in the beginning he was hopeful that the two of you could heal the hurt together. Eventually he realized that you weren’t ready to let yourself feel anything more than companionship with him and that’s when things started to break.”

John turns to me, “He held out hope for a long time but finally he needed more. He and I talked a lot while you were together and he never felt that it was your fault. He always blamed Bobby for leaving the way he did.”

I nod my head, taking in all they’ve said.  I was more broken than I thought by Bobby. I never realized that I wasn’t open to the guys I dated. That’s not exactly true. I never felt the connection with them. I never told them about Bobby and what happened, the only ones I would talk to about him were sitting on this sofa with me, and Brad. But after that New Year’s Eve I shut Brad out too. Why?

“Can I ask you something we’ve never talked about?” Jodi asks.

“Sure,” I turn towards her.

“When you and Brad were together after that party, were you thinking about Bobby the whole time you were together?”

Her question surprises me, I’ve never really thought about that night. It was something that happened and I always felt bad because I thought I used Brad. I think back to that night in his room. When he first kissed me I was picturing Bobby. Then at one point he stopped and looked into my eyes, told me I was beautiful and then it wasn’t Bobby I was seeing anymore it was Brad. I was reacting to him, he made my body feel cherished. It wasn’t the all-consuming need I felt with Bobby, it was slower more potent. By the time he entered me I wanted him, Brad.  That’s why I ran from him after that. I can see it now. I wasn’t ready to open up, to feel. How could I forget that night?

“No, it wasn’t all about Bobby,” I answer Jodi’s question. “At some point it was all about Brad and me. I loved him that night and I think that’s why I ran from him. Why I couldn’t even talk to him after that. I was scared because if I was too close to him I would have lost myself in him.” Jodi nods like this is what she thought all along.

There's still time to read book one of the series:

At the age of seventeen, Lisa was broken when Bobby left. He was supposed to be her first. First Love. First Time. First Everything. No word for six long years. She moved away from the painful reminders sacrificing her relationship with her best friend Brad. She struggled to rebuild her life.

Now six years later she returns as a strong, successful woman grabbing a job at one of New York’s hottest marketing agencies. She is dating a gorgeous guy with his eyes on a corner office. But it all changes when she sees Bobby again.

Can she risk another heartbreak from Bobby? Will she be able to repair her friendship with Brad? Lisa will have to decide between the man she's with, and the two men that want her.

Who will she be with, and who will she tell to "Watch Me Walk Away?"


I hear his car pull up and am out the door like a bullet. I wave to Arthur in the front seat and the back door open and he is here. I freeze and just look at him. God he looks good enough to eat. He shuts the door and walks up to me and stops. I want to throw myself at him and shove my tongue in his mouth.

“Hi, Beautiful.” He lifts his hand to caress my cheek. “God you look good. I missed you.” And that’s it. I grab his hair and pull him down for a kiss. We both groan when our mouths touch. His arms go around me and he picks me up and holds me close. Our mouths open at the same time and our tongues battle for dominance. All thought has left my mind I just want to get closer to him. I wrap my legs around him and use my thighs to push up so my mouth is above his. One of his arms goes under my ass to hold me up. Both my hands are now in his hair my elbows resting on his arms. He nips on my lower lip and I counter by sucking on his tongue. I press my core into his abs and rub myself up and down. He groans against my mouth and squeezes my ass. Finally I need to take a breath and pull away.

“Hi, Handsome,” I pant. I release the pressure of my thighs a little so I am more eyelevel with him.

“Wow that was some welcome.” He smiles at me. His hand is rubbing my ass sending shivers through my body.

One of my hands releases his hair and I caress the five o’clock shadow on his cheek. “Well I missed you too.” I smile back.

I kiss him again. I can’t stop. My whole body feels like an electric current is running through it. My hands alternate running from his neck down his back. He is all muscle and I feel his reaction to me as his skin shivers as I go over it. His hand is on my neck holding our mouths together as his tongue searches my mouth. His other hand is kneading my ass almost between my legs. I want his fingers on me, in me. This time it’s him who breaks the kiss and I moan as his lips move away. We look at each other both breathing hard.

“You have two choices” he pants. I raise my eyebrow in question. “Either we go inside or I have Arthur drive us back to the city.”

As he is talking my hand moves from his back up over his shoulder and is now unbuttoning the top of his polo shirt. Just as he ends his ultimatum my hand moves against his skin between his pecks. His eyes flare and his pupils are so dilated I can’t see any blue at all. It makes my panties even wetter knowing that I’m affecting him like this. He grabs my left leg to get me down and I surprise him with hooking my right leg between his and using his body like a pole to slip down until I’m standing.

I haven’t answered him yet and he’s just about to say something as I grab his hand and take a step back towards the house. “We’ll go inside. But we’re going to have to be social for a few minutes. We were watching a movie.”

He stops walking and releases my hand. “You have to give me a minute if I have to be around other people.” He looks down with a sheepish look in his eyes and my eyes follow his. I can see his problem bulging out in the front of his pants and I give him a small giggle. “Not funny” he growls. At that I break out into a huge laugh. He looks at me like I’ve lost my head.

When I’ve calmed down enough to talk I say, “So nothing’s changed since high school. How many times were we caught together where I had to stand in front of you to block someone’s view?”

Now it’s his turn to laugh, “I guess you’re right. But you’re not going to be cruel and wiggle your fine ass against me while we stand there now are you?”
I give him an evil grin, “Now why would I do that? It’s not like I enjoy torturing you.”

He rolls his eyes and grabs me. “God I’ve missed you. No one else teases me or makes me laugh. And I have never wanted to spank anyone else.” He whispers that last line into my ear and my whole body quakes. “I will swat that sweet ass if you don’t behave.”

I look up at him and he is smiling like a kid on Christmas morning. I have to admit it feels so natural this banter with him. I’ve never been this relaxed and turned on at the same time with anyone else. I have to smile back at him because I just feel happy. “I’ll be good. I promise” and this time I mean it.

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I live in Northern New Jersey. I am a wife and mother of two girls. 
I have been an avid reader my whole life, I cannot remember a Sunday afternoon that did not include my parents reading. We had a huge bookshelf in our den with a diverse set of authors like Ayn Rand, Stephen King, Mario Puzo & Danielle Steele. 

I have always had ideas and characters running around my head but it took a few good friends to push me to start putting them down on paper. 

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