Truth or Dare – Part III

I hope you enjoy part III of Truth or Dare. In case you missed it, Part I|Part II. Please let me know what you think should happen next. How should Indigo start off her summer of fun, frivolity and being a “normal” teen.

Truth or Dare – Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

When the diner crowd started to dwindle, Indigo left again. Right after telling Yvette she would take her up on her offer of having the summer off. It almost made her laugh to see the look on her bosses face.

Sitting in her car, she took out her cell phone and called her best friend, Carmen Rodriguez.

“Can I stay there tonight?”

“What happened to hello? How are you? Other forms of greeting?” Carmen laughed.

Indigo groaned, “Carm. Please?”

“Fine.” Carmen sighed, “No. And that’s just because you asked.” She paused, “Do you have to ask?”

“Thanks.”

“What’s going on?”

Indigo paused, “I’ll explain when I get there.”

“Where are you?”

“Work. I stayed to help Yvette.”

“Wait a minute. I thought you had a date with Gregg.”

“I’ll explain when I get there.” Hanging up, she started the car, turned on the radio and pulled out of the parking lot into traffic. It took her half an hour to drive downtown to Carmen’s parents’ house.

Carmen opened the door and came out onto the porch as soon as she pulled up in front of the house, parked and got out the car.

“Well?”

“Can I get in the house first?” Indigo laughed.

“Fine.” Carmen closed and locked the front door and then led Indigo upstairs to her room. “What happened?”

“It was all a big joke. On me.” She flopped back onto the bed. “Apparently it was an elaborate game of Truth or Dare.”

“What?”

“And that’s not even the most interesting part.”

“It gets better?”

“Or worse? Depending on how you look at it.” Indigo sat up, hugged her knees to her chest.

“What happened?”

“I kissed Morgan. Well, he kissed me.” She paused, “And I kinda liked it.”

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As always, your hostesses Bria Quinlan (PG13), , Alexia Reed (R), Rachel Jameson (PG13) and Kendal Corbitt (R) thank you for stopping by!

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Leslie Dicken, Historical (PG 13)
Babette James, Contemporary Romance (PG 13)
Jeannie Lin, Historical Paranormal (PG 13)
Kaige, Historical Romance (PG 13)
Shawntelle Madison, Paranormal Romance (PG 13)
Debbie Mumford, Fantasy (PG 13)
Ryan, Mystery (PG13)
Madison Woods, Fantasy (PG 13)
Stephanie Draven, Dark Fantasy (PG 13)

Kendal Corbitt , Contemporary YA (R)
Ali Katz, Historical (R)
Vivien Jackson, Paranormal erotic romance (R)
Rhiannon Leith, Fantasy (R)
Alexia Reed, Urban fantasy (R)

Elizabeth Black, gay m/m erotica (NC 17)
Sara Brookes, Urban Fantasy (NC 17)
Angeleque Ford, Contemporary erotic romance (NC17)
Lisa Fox, Paranormal erotic romance (NC 17)
Christa Paige, Regency romance (NC 17)
Gail Roarke, Paranormal erotic romance (NC 17)

Truth or Dare – Part II

I hope you enjoy part II of Truth or Dare. In case you missed it, Part I is here. Please let me know what you think should happen next. How should Indigo start off her summer of fun, frivolity and being a “normal” teen.

Truth or Dare – Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Indigo pulled back from the kiss unsure of what to do next. She’d kissed Morgan before but it had never been more than a quick peck on the cheek.

Friendly not flirty.

She started to ask what he was doing, why he was kissing her when he did it again.

Kissed her. Again. Her hormone’s and her brain was at opposite side on this one. Part of her wanted  to demand to know what was going on in his head and why. The other half wanted him to kiss her again.

She felt her face grow hotter as she noticed the diner’s customers staring.

This was not how she’d imagined her first kiss.

She opened her mouth to say something but the only thing she could think of was that her first kiss was in the middle of Yves Diner.

Not the romantic kiss she’d imagined on her front porch. Or the sweet kiss by the fountain on Belle Isle. Or by the railing in Hart Plaza looking across the Detroit River to Windsor and the lights of the casino. Her first kiss had been across the pink and green speckled Formica counter of the diner next to the cash register.

This was one of the times when she wished she could think quicker on her feet. So Indigo did the only thing she could think of.

She grabbed Morgan and kissed him again just as Taylor and Gregg made their way over to where they were.

“Hey Indigo.” Taylor said her arm wrapped through Gregg’s.

“Hey sis.” Morgan put his arm around Indigo’s shoulder.

“Hi.” She leaned into him. If I’m going to go with it might as well go all the way.

“Indy, didn’t you want to tell something to Gregg?” Morgan nudged her.

Thinking for a second, she smiled, “I hope there’s no hard feelings Gregg. But I only accepted your date to make Morgan jealous.” She held out her hand, “Sorry. I hope we can still be friends. Well, be friends since I weren’t before.”

“Yeah.”

When Taylor and Gregg got a table by the window, Indigo grabbed Morgan’s hand and pulled him out the front door and around to the side of the building away from all the windows.

“What was that for?” he leaned against the brick.

“Why did you kiss me?”

“That’s the question you so desperately had to ask me.”

“Yeah.” She shrugged.

Morgan burst out laughing.

“What’s so funny?”

Indigo him him on the arm which only made Morgan laugh harder.

“Stop laughing at me.”

He composed himself for a moment and then started laughing again. This time she had no choice but to join in.

When the laughter finally died down, she repeated her question, “Why did you kiss me?”

He shrugged, grabbed her hand, “I wanted too.” And then kissed her again.

“You have to stop doing that.”

Still holding her hand, “Why?”

Because I like it to much. Because kissing you isn’t part of my plan.

“Because…” She paused. Because why? “Because…”

“You said that.”

“Because it confuses me. And I don’t like being confused. And we’ve known each other since we were four. And it could really screw up our friendship.”

“You’re reaching now Indy.” He smiled, “I’m going to keep kissing you until you give me a good reason not too.” He paused, “And you getting confused isn’t a bad thing. You need to be a bit confused. Instead of having everything all planned out.” He touched her cheek, “You’re only sixteen. You’re too serious sometimes. Life isn’t meant to be planned out.”

“I like order. Having a plan is good.” She pursed her lips and crossed her arms. Then realized that brought attention to her almost non-existent chest, let her arms drop back to her sides.

“How about this?” He stood up straight, looking her in her eyes, “I dare you to stop all your planning, organizing and lock your planner up for the summer. No taking classes at the community college. No volunteering because it’ll look good on your resume. And no working.”

“But I need my job.”

“Did you or did you not tell me last week that Yvette had offered to give you the summer off? Something about being one of her best employees. And worrying about you burning yourself out.”

She sighed. He smiled.

“Are you gonna take my dare? I dare you. I dare you to have a summer of fun.”

I’ll prove to him I know how to have fun.

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Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG13) Vote for Bria’s Choose Your Own Adventure that starts in March
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Babette James, Contemporary Romance (PG 13)
Nadia Lee, Futuristic Romance (PG 13)
Jeannie Lin, Contemporary romantic elements (PG 13)
Caitlynn Lowe, Fantasy (PG 13)
Shawntelle Madison, Paranormal Romance (PG 13)
Debbie Mumford, Science Fiction/Fantasy (PG 13)
Erica Ridley, Historical Romance (PG 13)
Dara Sorensen, Historical Romance (PG 13)

Kendal Corbitt, Erotic Romance (R)
Mary Quast, Contemporary Romance (R)
Danielle Yockman, Steampunk (R)

Sara Brookes, Fantasy (NC 17)
Stephanie Draven, Fantasy with Strong Romantic Elements (NC 17)
Angeleque Ford, Contemporary, Interracial, Erotic Romance (NC 17)
Elise Logan, Sci-Fi/Contemporary (NC 17)
Emma Petersen, Erotic Paranormal Romance (NC 17)

Truth or Dare

With the new year, I decided to start a serial read. I hope you enjoy it.

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Truth or Dare – Contemporary, Young Adult

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Indigo Jones smelled like grease, fried onions and burnt toast.

Not a good combination for a first date.

She sniffed her hair, wrinkled her nose at her reflection in the funhouse style mirror with Yves Diner spray-painted across the top on the other side of the diner.

Ugh. That smelled too.

Ketchup, mustard and special sauce splattered across her making a pseudo-mosaic pattern on her top and apron. She knew it was unavoidable, rather, hazard of working at the diner. But she was tired of having to do a deep cleaning instead of taking a regular shower each day. And she still sometimes smelled like onion rings or grease.

Her mother said it was in her pores. But since getting new skin was out of the question, she resorted to long, hot showers every day, which drained the hot water tank.

Indigo muttered under her breath as she cleared off the last table in her section. She glanced up at the clock. As usual, Cyndi was a late.

I am not staying to help. I am not staying to help. I have a date. I am not staying to help.

She took the dishpan to the kitchen, undid her apron and was kneeling by the computer about to clock out when her boss, Yvette Davis, came out of her office. “Would you mind staying and covering part of Cyndi’s shift? Just until she gets in and got settled?”

“I really can’t tonight Yvette.”

“Please Indigo. You’re my best waitress.”

I’m practically your only waitress. “I have plans Yvette. And I’d rather not go out on my date smelling like the diner. You know I hate to leave you in the lurch but…”

“No. Go. I understand. Have fun.” Yvette sighed as she pulled on an apron.

Dagnabbit. “You sure?”

“Yes go. It’ll be fine.”

Indigo gave her boss a long look before she raced out the diner. She got in her beat-up, second hand car. Her mother’s first car, a navy blue Dodge Shadow and drove home. Less than two hours later, she was scrubbed, refreshed and dressed in her best designer jeans, kitten heels and shirt. She waited half an hour for him to show up. After an hour, she went back to the drove back to the diner.

Yvette looked up when Indigo walked back into the diner. “What…”

Indigo shrugged, “Still need some help?”

“Yeah. Thanks. I appreciate it. Cyndi, obviously,” she waved her hand around the diner, “never showed. This is the last straw. She knows Friday’s and the weekends are our busiest days.”

Indigo nodded and got to work. She focused on serving the customers, chatting with her school friends who came in and not on Gregg Anderson and the possible reasons, he could have stood her up.

Her day brightened considerably when her neighbor Morgan Downing came in and sat at the counter.

“Hey Indi.”

“The usual?”

He smiled, nodded and then frowned, “I’m sorry about Gregg.”

Crossing her arms, she waited for him to continue.

“The dare?”

“What dare?”

“To see how far he could get with you.”

“Mmm hmm. How long did you know about his dare?” Her voice nearly a whisper.

“I overheard him bragging to Trent when he came over to pick up Taylor for their date. Apparently, according to Trent, Taylor found out about the dare and got mad. So instead of fessing up to you, he stood you up.”

“I should have known.” She shook her head, silently counted to ten and then counted to ten again, “I…” her voice trailed off when the bell above the diner door dinged signaling new customers. Looking up Taylor Downing and Gregg Anderson entered the diner hand and hand.

Following her gaze, Morgan turned back towards the counter with a smirk.

“Just go with it.” His voice low enough for only her to hear. Then Morgan Downing, Indigo’s best friend since preschool leaned up on the counter and kissed her on the lips.

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Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG13)
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Stephanie Draven, Fantasy with Romantic Elements (PG 13)
Babette James, Contemporary Romance (PG 13)
Cynthia Justlin, Thriller with Romantic Elements (PG 13)
Kaige, Historical Romance (PG 13)
Jeannie Lin, Contemporary Romantic Elements (PG 13)
R. F. Long, Fantasy Romance (PG13)
Shawntelle Madsion, Paranormal Romance (PG13)
Debbie Mumford, Science Fiction/ Fantasy (PG13)

Kendal Corbitt, Erotica Contemporary (R)
KB Alan, Erotic Paranormal Romance (R)
Cate Hart, YA Paranormal (R)
Jeanne St. James, Interracial Menage Erotic Romance (R)
Cherrie Lynn, Contemporary Erotic Romance (R)
Michelle Picard, Paranormal/Fantasy (R)
Mary Quast, Contemporary Romance (R)
Danielle Yockman, Historical Romance (R)

Sara Brookes, Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy (NC17)
Angeleque Ford, Contemporary, Interracial, Erotic Romance (NC 17)
Elise Logan, Contemporary Romance (NC17)

Excerpt Monday – Holiday Free Reads

I don’t have my free read up yet. I’m still working on editing it. But I hope to post it before the new year. In the meantime, here are a few free reads brought to you by Excerpt Monday.

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A Dragon Caern Christmas – Historical Romance by Emily Bryan (PG13)

A Mistress by Design – Historical by Sabrina Darby (R)
Over and Out – Contemporary Romance by Inez Kelley (R)
Belle’s Christmas Carol – Historical by Charlotte McClain (R)

Space-D: Epsiode 2 – Science Fiction by Ella Drake (NC-17)
Le Nouvel An – Fantasy by Aislinn Kerry(NC-17)
A Saint Nicholas Surprise – Fantasy by Aislinn Kerry(NC-17)
Getting Personal – Contemporary by Elise Logan (NC-17)

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Excerpt Monday – How to Survive Anything

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How To Survive Anything – Women’s Ficton

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My mother is the queen of multi-tasking. When I got into the car after my latest treatment, my mother was simultaneously on her cell phone and giving orders to my older sister Irene. I eased into the backseat, with the help of Irene, still nauseous and dizzy from the treatment. Mom has taken her to be her personal flunky since Irene took a leave from work after my cancer diagnosis.

“Make sure the photographer uses a warm gel, maybe some pink to get across the theme.” My mother said into the phone before turning to my sister, “Make sure Natalie has a decent suit something in blush or coral, pinkish but not overtly so. And since Derrick is insisting on being at Jeremy’s arraignment. Make sure he is sober, clean and has a proper fitting suit. It’s bad enough we have to go through this. We don’t need him casting another black mark over us.”

I closed my eyes, tried to block out my  mother’s voice. All I wanted was to go back to the house and rest.

“Sit up Natalie and put on some makeup. Do something with your hair. You’re going to have to get yourself together and presentable for the photos.”

“Photos?”

“Yes. I told you we had a lot to do today. Posters for the benefit, you’re lucky your treatment didn’t interfere with my schedule.”

I bit back a laugh. Or it could have been nauseau. It was hard to tell with my mother. I was the one with breast cancer and she had made it about her, and the family, as usual.

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Alexia Reed, Urban Fantasy (R)

Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG13)

Kaige, Historical Romance (PG13)

Jeannie Lin, Contemporary (PG13)

RF Long, Fantasy Sword and Sorcery (PG13)

Shawntelle Madison, Paranormal Romance (PG13)

Debbie Mumford, Flash Fiction (PG13)

Jo Lynne Valerie, Paranormal Romance (PG 13)

Kendal Ashby, Erotic Contemporary (R)

KB Alan, Erotic Paranormal Romance (R)

Penny Dune, Romantic Suspense (R)

Cate Hart, YA Paranormal (R)

Inez Kelley, Contemporary Romance (R)

Jeannete Murray, RomCom (R)

Christa Page, Regency Paranormal (R)

Michelle Picard, Paranormal (R)

Jeanne St James, Erotic Rom M/M (R)

Danielle Yockman, Historical Romance (R)

Sara Brookes, Fantasy (NC17)

Emily Ryan Davis, Erotic Contemporary Romance (NC17)

Ella Drake, Erotic SciFi Romance (NC17)

Angeleque Ford, Erotic Contemporary Romance (NC17)

Jamal W Hankins, Dark Fiction/Fantasy (NC17)

Bryl R Tyne, Transgender M/M (NC17)

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Excerpt Monday – Liar Liar

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Liar Liar – Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

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Liar liar pants on fire…

The childhood taunt echoed through Cara Harper’s mind as she talked with her boyfriend, Gerald Ko. Gerald and a few of their friends were spending the week in Ohio at one of the water parks and Cedar Pointe on his parents’ dime. The trip had been a graduation present from his parents and a way to show they were, now, approving of their relationship.

But as it grew closer to her eighteenth birthday, Cara wanted to stick closer to home.

“It’s better if I’m not there.” She sighed.

“How?”

It was safer that way. For everyone.

“And I know you’re disappointed. I am too. Plus, momma’s been kinda weird lately with the whole graduation and going off to college thing.”

Not to mention I’ll be eighteen in less than a month, about to come into a whole slew of powers I know nothing about. Or how to deal with.

She had lied to him so much that she’d lost count of the number. Actually, she’d lost count at lie number 9,999.

“This was supposed to be our chance to be together. Be alone without the parents interrupting.” Gerald reminded her.

“I know that but…”

“Unless this is just a lie? Renee suggested that you might be seeing someone else. Is that true Cara? Is this just another one of your blow offs?”

I’m not seeing anyone else. It’s just that I’m not human.

“Ugh. Why do we have to keep doing this?” She threw her hands up and the lights flickered throughout the house.

Because you can’t very well tell him that you’re a daemon.

“Cara!” her foster mother, Karin yelled from the first floor.

“Sorry.” She thought, knowing Karin would hear her. One of the benefits of having a foster mother who was a Guardian. She could talk to her foster parents without having to actually talk to them. That was also one of the problems. If she didn’t have her shield up, they could read her just as easily.

“Renee has never thought I was right for you. If it wasn’t for the fact she’s dating your best friend I’d think she was after you herself. You know I’d give anything to be there with you, swimming in the lake, showing off my new bikini. Heck it’s even in your favorite color. But I can’t. Even if I could convince momma to let me go. I still need a way up there.”

Cara stood by the window, watching the people standing at the bus stop across the street from the foster center. She should have taken Tansy up on the offer to create a program to keep track of her lies. At least then, she’d be able to remember what she’d said to whom, when and why.

“I can come back to get you.”

No!!!!

“And that’s sweet of you to offer baby but that’s so much driving. Stay, have fun. Maybe we can do something when you get back.”

“I noticed you didn’t deny Renee’s accusations.”

“Fine Gerald. I’ll tell you the truth.”

“That would be nice for a change.”

Someone is trying to kill me.

“My biological parents are coming into town and I didn’t need the distraction.”

“Distraction?”

“That came out wrong.”

“I should hope so.”

“I meant. I don’t know what I meant. Just this is big for me, you know? Meeting them. And…”

She heard the distinct clink of metal against metal. Listening closer, she heard the rapid sound of tires against pavement.

“What are you doing?”

“What do you mean?”

“I hear jingling. Like keys? Are you in the car?”

“Damn it.”

She heard his hand hit the dashboard of his car.

“Yeah. I’m on my way back home. I should be there in about an hour or so.”

“Why? You can’t. I mean, you should go back. Spend some time with the gang before we all go off in different directions.”

“Look, I spent time with the guys. But that isn’t what this trip was about them. It was supposed to be about us. And I’m guessing if you’re biological parents are coming then you’re going to need me there with you more than they would.”

“Fine do what you want.” She grumbled. “Look,” she lied, “Tansy is giving me the evil eye. She wants to use the phone. I’ll just talk to you when you get back.”

“Okay. Bye.” He paused, “Oh and Care?”

“Yeah?”

“I love you.” He paused and sighed when the sentiment wasn’t returned. “It doesn’t matter Cara. You don’t have to say it back.”

She wished she could return the sentiment but instead remained silent. Her thoughts on the drama of her life, centered on the dual identities she was forced to live.

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Jane Bled, Yaoi/M-M Erotica/Vampire/Paranormal/Horror (PG 13)
Heather S Ingemar, Dark Fantasy (PG13)
Babette James, Fantasy Romance (PG13)
Cynthia Justlin, Contemporary Romance (PG 13)
Kaige, Historical Romance (PG 13)
Julia Knight, Fantasy Romance (PG 13)
Jeannie Lin, Historical paranormal romance (PG 13)
R.F Long, Fantasy (PG13)
Shawntelle Madison, Paranormal Romance (PG 13)
Debbie Mumford, Fantasy (PG 13)
Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG13)
Megan S, Paranormal (PG 13)
Rosalind Stone, Women’s Fiction (PG 13)
Jo Lynne Valerie, Paranormal Romance (PG 13)

Kendal Ashby, YA (R)
Jax Cassidy, Contemporary (R)
Cate Hart, YA Paranormal (R)
Inez Kelley, Romantic Comedy (R)
Aislinn Kerry, Fantasy (R)
Jeanne St. James, Contemporary Erotic Romance (R)
Cherrie Lynn, Paranormal Romance (R)
Jeanette Murray, Romantic Comedy (R)
Christa Paige, Paranormal (R)
Michelle Picard, Fantasy Romance (R)
Mary Quast, Contemporary Romance (R)
Alexia Reed, Urban Fantasy (R)
Zora Stout, Contemporary Erotic Romance (R)

Sara Brookes, Erotic Sci Fi (NC 17)
Emily Ryan-Davis, Romance (NC 17)
Ella Drake, Historical Paranormal Romance (NC 17)
Angeleque Ford, Erotic Dark Urban Fantasy (NC17)
J.W. Hankins, Dark Fiction (NC 17)
Annie Nicholas, Paranormal Romance (NC 17)
Kim Knox, Erotic SF Romance (NC17)
Michelle Polaris, Erotic Futuristic Romance (NC 17)
Bryl R. Tyne, Contemporary M/M (NC 17)

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