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Matters of the Heart

Things are seldom as they seem. My friends know the pain I am feeling ending a two year relationship with my best friend and love. I couldn’t be the person she needed. She couldn’t be the person I needed.

I am not one to air dirty laundry over the internet. We were both right, we were both wrong. Mostly wrong for each other. I’ll not call her names, like raving lunatic. I count the toll of what I sacrificed to make this relationship work. Sadly, I think if our roles were reversed she would be equally distraught.

I am hurt. I am sad. I feel foolish for the poor choices I’ve made. I’ve hurt my family and myself. I’ve lost happiness and joy with the person that I am. I hope I can find me again.

In the meantime, I begin 2012 dedicated to that endeavor. I will get my career back on track. Yes, it involves travel. I happen to like to travel. I can’t support myself and family on menial labor wages. I hope the fates give me a second chance. I promise to appreciate it more this go round.

I was privileged to sign with Rebel Ink Press this year for two short novelettes in their Halloween and Valentines anthologies, respectively. “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp” in “Once Upon A Twisted Tale” anthology. “Raynia’s Magic” coming out Valentines, 2012 in “Tempting Cupid”.

I was also honored to be part of their “Paw Prints” Rebel writers for a cause. Twenty-five of us collaborated in a round robin manner to create a contemporary romance. The proceeds will go to support animal rescue. All three are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Strand, and All Romance.

I am setting writing goals and making my writing career move forward. Yes, these are difficult times in publishing. The doors are wide open and as an author it is very difficult to get readers to see you and take notice. All I can do is dedicate myself to writing the best story I can, promote it the best that I can and leaving the rest in the hands of the powers that be.

My hopes to heal, find myself, and move forward are worthy of my dedicated focus for now. Will I try love again after failing miserably so many times?

Hearts endure.

I am a romance writer after all, am I not. 🙂

Sunday update

I have been running like a six legged dog. That’s a scary thought but yes describes it accurately. I’ve had to move my three classes to distance education for the finish of these last couple weeks of the semester. I needed to jump back into the real work force. These times are hard financially and I had to go to work.

I’ve become an associate with a huge international shipping conglomerate. They ship virtually anything anywhere. I don’t want to say the name. I’m one of the worker bees. I’ve spent sixty hours packing boxes with those products and labeling them to go on their way being shipped to where ever.

I haven’t worked this hard since Chris Triche and I had to do barn work over Christmas vacation at school with 400 horses and cattle. I’m like the Donut man. Make the donuts, crash get up to make the donuts again. Lordie I’m tired and places hurt that I didn’t know were places.

I hope to do well on this job so that after the Christmas Holidays I get kept on as an Associate. The schedule would calm down to 40 hours a week with Mon/ Tues and Thurs/Fri for a very manageable 40 hour week. I’ll have two classes on distance education at that point equally manageable and I can get back to more writing time again.

So I just wanted to check in to update you on the little twists life has taken lately. I’ll try to keep you all posted from time to time.

I’m happy to think about “Raynia’s Magic” coming out in the Valentine Anthology with Rebel Ink Press. I am working on another piece for them that is exciting and coming together well.

Weekend Dirty Dozen

Two highlights this week. One of my gal pal’s, writing buddy from Florida just signed with a fantastic agent. I am so happy for her. I now have two friends signed with this “dream” agent that I have twitter stalked for a long time.

Also, went to midnight release of Breaking Dawn Part 1. It was pretty amazing. I pause, I muse, Humm I need some pretty amazing lines today for my weekend dirty dozen.

This week I am picking 12 more lines from my WIP that will be part of the “Tempting Cupid” anthology. Follow all the authors participating in the Weekend Dirty Dozen by following the link to the main website. There are some great free reads out there.

Raynia’s Magic
Blurb:

Raynia Castellano is drawn to purchase an amethyst pendant on an impulse buy. The clerk assures her the magic is in the woman, not the necklace that seems to call to her. She’s left an adulterous x-husband and settled into law practice with her oh so sexy and oh so apparently gay law partners Chase Thompson and Peter Thornton.

Her “bisexual” law partners come out of the closet and surprise her, celebrating the anniversary of her joining the practice with the seduction of her life. She runs from the intensity of her sensuous side and the fear of ruining their long friendship and business partnership.

She is preparing for the trial of her career with very little evidence for the defense. Something isn’t right about the scene of the accident. Her client’s brother makes an attempt on her life, to cover up her discovery that he was the drunk driver who committed the hit and run, not his brother.

The set up is: Raynia just returned from her lunch and the purchase of an interesting amethyst quartz necklace. Chase came into Peter’s office where they both watched her walk through the reception area. Their close proximity to her on a daily has them both hard and hungry for a deeper relationship. We are in Peter’s POV but this snippet is banter between them. Pulling it out of context is a fun challenge.

Chase starts off the conversation:

“You’re the one who had the bright idea to let her think we’re gay.”

“You know she was a wreck after her husband left her. She needed a place to stay where she felt safe. I didn’t exactly know how to broach the conversation of Chase and I are bi-sexual and have wanted to jump your bones since we were freshmen together. Chalk it up to, our timing sucks.”

Chase pushed away from the doorframe and crossed the room to lean over Peter’s chair. He punctuated his words with forefinger jabs. “Yes, well our little butterfly is emerging and if we don’t do something soon another bee is going to be dipping into that honey.”

Peter slapped Chase’s hand away. “Didn’t anyone ever brief you on the concept of metaphors and explain–what you do with them should be grounds for incarceration.”

Chase, shot his partner a quick, fuck-you gesture and grinned. “I manage to communicate.”

11-11-11 Weekend Dirty Dozen

Hi all. I am so excited about the prospects of the day. 11/11/11 won’t happen again for another 100 years. Other interesting dates 09/10/11, 12/12/12, 12/21/12, 10/11/12. What’s your favorite ohhh. I remember exactly what I was doing on 08/08/08 and 09/09/09, 10/10/10 was another ohhhh. LOVE IT But enough date squeee. On to business!

My Weekend Dirty Dozen. Find other Weekend Dirty Dozen authors on the blog.

This is draft from my next release “Raynia’s Magic” which will be part of the Valentine’s anthology from Rebel Ink Press “Tempting Cupid”

blurb:

Raynia Castellano is drawn to purchase an amethyst pendant on an impulse buy. The clerk assures her the magic is in the woman, not the necklace that seems to call to her. She’s left an adulterous (now) x-husband and settled into law practice with her oh so sexy and oh so apparently gay law partners Chase Thompson and Peter Thornton.

Her bisexual law partners come out of the closet and surprise her, celebrating the anniversary of her joining the practice with the seduction of her life.

(Thank you Fine Art America)

Weekend Dirty Dozen

“It feels good,” slipped out on a sigh.

Her fingers slid along the purple slice of quartz, cut to reveal the flame of the gemstone and polished to a smooth cool sheen.

The bauble hung from a brass rope chain. A petite metal feather and a gemstone bead nestled next to the oval stone, caressing it like lovers, three lovers.

Raynia wasn’t sure if she and the clerk were talking about the stone at all.
“A beautiful woman such as you may find happiness being receptive to the pleasures life has to offer.”

She let his comment pass. She hadn’t thought of herself as beautiful in a very long time. A slow smile, so much like Peter’s devilish grin, framed his perfect teeth. She blinked to clear her eyes. Peter’s smile, Chase’s hair color, the memories shot a tingle of sensation straight to her core.

If the clerk only knew, her frustration at resisting the pleasures her two very sexy law partners might provide.

Halloween Blog Hop Winner

Jennifer is the winner of the E-ARC of “Once Upon A Twisted Tale”. My contribution is “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp.” Congrats to everyone for playing. I’m glad to have made some new blog friends. I hope you come often and comment.

My next submission went in last night for the Rebel Ink Press Anthology “Tempting Cupid” due to release in time for Valentine’s Day 2013.

Thanks.

Eden