Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Birthday FLUTTER!!

Flutter is ALIVE!!

I tried to keep the early release of Flutter a secret, but I wasn't able to LOL!

Flutter is now live on Amazon and Banes & Nobles!! I have had an overwhelming response to the release of Flutter and I can't thank everyone, who has bought Flutter already, enough!!

Thank you for everyone's support and I truly hope you enjoy it!!

Follow the links below to purchase the ebook & if you want the paperback - it will be coming soon to Amazon, but you can still order it off my blog!

Don't forget to join the online Flutter Release Part-ay, tonight 4pm MST!!

Thank you again!

FLUTTER on Amazon:

FLUTTER on Barnes & Nobles:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cover Wars Giveaway!!

Flutter vs. The Elite

I am going to giveaway 3, signed, paperback copies of Flutter (& a few more goodies) when it's released if I can get a 100+  people to go and vote my cover!! Just comment on this post with whatever number your vote is, and I will pick 3 random winners!! Please, please, please & Thank you SO much!! xoxo -Mel


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Flutter Blog Tour: Day Four!

Day Four!

Come check out the 4th stop on the Flutter Blog Tour over at the lovely Airicka Phoenix!!


& if you missed it I was also on the lovely
Sabrina Ford's Paranormal Reads Blog

Thank you for stopping by!!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway on each blog!!

xoxo -Mel

Monday, October 15, 2012

Flutter Blog Tour: Day Three!

Day Three!

Come check out the 3nd stop on the Flutter Blog Tour over at the lovely Sabrina, Paranormal Read!!


& if you missed it I was also on the lovely
Amber's Supernatural & YA Review's

Thank you for stopping by!!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway on each blog!!

xoxo -Mel 

Touching Eternity Cover Reveal!

So I am very honored to be apart of the lovely Airicka Phoenix cover reveal for Touching Eternity!!

This cover it absolutely STUNNING! Airicka really did an amazing job with it!

This book should definitely be on your to be-read list, and if you haven't already check out Touching Smoke, book one!!

 GAH!! Hope you all love it as much as I do!!

What would you choose?

She had everything but freedom.
He had nothing but his loyalty, his wits and his training.

She was a prisoner, a disease, not fit for the world, and she didn't know why. But she did know she wasn't allowed to die, she wasn't allowed to live and she wasn’t sane.

He was a soldier, a protector, but his foundation will be tested when he must destroy the only light in his dark world.

Thrown together, prisoner and keeper, their rebellion will splinter through time, changing the course of history and the fate of the world. Their love will challenge their greatest enemy and immortalize them forever.

Loyalty. Freedom. Love.

What would you risk?

"Let me die."
Pain darkened his eyes. "Never."

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Flutter Blog Tour: Day Two!

Day Two!! 

Come check out the 2nd stop on the Flutter Blog Tour over at the 
lovely Amber's Supernatural & YA Reviews!!


& if you missed it I was also on the lovely
Kristina's Books & More 

Thank you for stopping by!!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway on each blog!!

xoxo -Mel

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Flutter Blog Tour!

It's finally here!!

The countdown has offcially started and it seems like the days are just flying by for me!!


I am SO nervous, but extremely excited for the release of Flutter and couldn't find a better way to celebrate my first release with an amazing group of blogs who have gathered to help support

A BIG, HUGE, Thank you to all the blogs participating in the 
Flutter Blog Tour! A lot of hard work and planning has gone into this and I'm so excited to share it all with you!

I would like to thank Kristina Heacker, owner of Kristina's Books & More blog & Host of the Flutter Tour, for all the amazingly, hard work she has done for me to organize this event!
She is truly a very special and wonderful friend to me!
I love you to bits Kristina!!

I want to also thank Katy Austin, owner of Book Dream Land blog & Co-Host of the Flutter tour, for all of her amazingly, hard work she has done for me to organize this event!
She is the genius, mastermind behind the giveaway! Couldn't have done it without her!
I love you to bits Katy!!

Don't forget to join the online release party for Flutter! The link below will lead to the part-ay!
There will be games, prizes and more!
It will be hosted by 3 AMAZING women!!
Krystal, Amber & Kristina! Hope to see you there!
So below is the Blog names & Tour dates!
Please check them out and show them some love!!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway either!!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Cambria Hebert: Bewitched Blog Tour!

So today I have the ever so lovely Cambria Hebert on my blog!! I have the honor of being able to be apart of her Bewitched Blog Tour! Check out a little about her new release in the Heven and Hell series & a am awesome short story about Zombie Chickens!! It's hilarious!!

Hello Everyone!
Big thanks to Melissa for having me here today as part of the Bewitched Blog tour! Bewitched is my newest release in the Heven and Hell series. It is a short novella detailing Kimber, the girl we all love to hate. 
And because it’s almost Halloween and I am feeling extra witchy (watch out!) I have brought along a little story I wrote about chickens… yes, chickens. Many of you know that I am terrified of the nasty things (no I am not kidding!) and so I have written a story to match my fear and go along with Halloween. I present to you a story about Zombie Chickens!
Before you read my masterpiece (lol) here is a little info about Bewitched:
For years, I accepted that Heven was more popular than me. I never liked it but I lived with it. I walked in her shadow, I stood by her when no one else would. When I finally thought her spotlight was mine things began to change. She began to change. Now she hardly ever calls me back, she spends all her time with her hot new boyfriend and everyone at school thinks she’s back on top. She had it all. But apparently she wants more. She wants Cole – my boyfriend. What’s worse is that it looks like she got him. I’ve had enough and she’s going to be sorry. Why?
                                                               Because I am bewitched.

And now for your scare!!!!

I awoke to an odd sound. I didn’t want to get up lying beneath the sheets and burrowed under the comforter. My body’s internal clock was telling me it was so early that it wasn’t even natural for me to be awake.
But the sound was so odd that I couldn’t ignore it and drift back to sleep. I turned my head toward the single window in the room, it was still so early no light from the morning sun shone around the edges of the blind.
The sound was for sure coming from outside – in the dark – not really of dark of night but not yet of morning. It was that odd time of day – the transition from night to day.
The sound was constant – a sort of moaning whine. It changed in pitch off and on going from loud to low but it sounded kind of lazy. It kind of sounded like crowing… a muffled, drawn out – drugged out – kind of crowing the rooster did in the morning when the sun was beginning to rise…
But that was crazy because rosters didn’t crow in the dark.
Unable to shake off the sound and the uneasy feeling it gave me I tossed off the covers and rolled out of bed pointing my sleep heavy body toward the bathroom. I was awake (sort of) and I had to pee. I shuffled into the bathroom not bothering with the light – I had been in here a thousand times before and knew what to navigate around.
I was only wearing a nightshirt so I pulled down my panties and sat down, flinching at the coldness of the hard toilet seat. I thought nothing of the splash I heard in beneath me – I was peeing after all.
Something sharp sunk into the flesh of my buttocks and I screeched and jumped off the seat. Something came with me and slapped the back of my thigh. I screamed again and flicked on the light.
There was a giant green snake hanging from my butt! I screamed again and this time the snaked hissed and unlatched its fangs from my behind. I took the chance and sprang away tripping because my panties were around my ankles. I looked back as I yanked up the pink and red cloth and noted the green snake slithering on the floor, a wet trail behind it. It had to be a good 3 feet long…
I thought toilet snakes were a joke.
I reached around, shoving my hand down where I had bitten and felt a stab of pain. I held my fingers up in front of my eyes – they were bloody. Were toilet snakes poisonous??
The snake hissed and I noted it was closing the distance between us.
I screamed and raced from the bathroom, slamming the door behind me. I stared warily at the crack beneath the door wondering if the snake would squeeze beneath it.
“Go back to the toilet!” I hollered. As far as I was concerned I was never using that potty again.
The odd moaning sound distracted me and I went to the window and lifted the blind. I stared down into the yard – which was barely lightening with the first morning rays.
Every single chicken from the coop was out and wandering around in the yard. It was an odd sight because they stared straight ahead as they moved. They didn’t peck at the ground or look for food. They didn’t even look at one another. They stared off making that odd sound…
I raced down the stairs, sparing a quick look at the bathroom door. No sign of the toilet snake. I pushed open the kitchen door and ran out into the yard, the wet grass sticking to my bare feet. I slowed as I reached the chickens who were still staring off and making that not quite crowing sound.
Suddenly they all stopped. Silence reigned for mere seconds then all hell broke loose.
The spindly brown legs they stood on seemed to stretch and spin, their feathered, dirty wings reached out and they all turned toward me. That’s when I noticed their beady eyes. Hungry.
They let out a cawwwwww and then charged. I screamed. I had no idea that chickens moved so fast.
They came racing at me, snapping their beaks and scratching their pointy toes. Feathers began flying and my heart began hammering in my chest. I raced toward the bag of corn hoping to distract them with a snack.
They pecked at my feet and ankles as I reached into the bag, on tried to fly and hit me in the back, ripping my shirt with its nasty beak. I cried out and flung the corn onto the ground.
I had one moment of relief – a moment that was only me thinking I was safe. The chickens didn’t care about the corn. They ignored it. They kept pecking away at the fragile skin of my legs and feet. They didn’t seem to know what they were doing – only trying to satisfy their hunger.
They were hungry but not for feed. For me.
They were zombie chickens. I was going to get pecked to death by these nasty little creatures. I had a vision of myself falling to the earth and them pecking out my eyes and scratching away my skin. The warm trickle of blood on my legs seemed to shake me out of my paralyzing fear.
 I looked around.
I found a weapon.
It was a metal rake with a long wooden handle. I began swinging it. The chickens began flying.
“Take that you feathered freaks!”
I kept flinging them as I moved toward the door of the house. I would take my chances with the toilet snake over a pack of crazed zombie chickens any day.
I ran into the house taking the rake (now covered in feathers) with me. I slammed the door and sagged against it.
A hissing sound brought my head up. There was no longer one toilet snake…. There were ten. And with them was angry Emu that was growling….
I screamed. And screamed. And screamed.
My eyes flew open and I sat up with force. I was in bed. The sheets were sticking to my sweat soaked skin. It had been a dream.
Just a dream. A nightmare.
I shivered.
That was the last time I eat a meatball sub before bed. After my heart rate returned to normal I climbed out of bed and headed toward the bathroom. Once there I stood for a nano - second before switching on the light and staring down into the empty toilet. It was safe to pee.
Once my task was complete I left the bathroom, going back out into the bedroom… I would just peak outside to see what the chickens were doing…
I never made it to the window.
An emu taller than me was in the center of the bedroom and it was growling.
It charged.

Thanks for having me here today!!!!
Happy Halloween!

Bewitched Giveaway!!

Comment on this post & I will pick a random winner to win:

A signed  Bewitched notecard
A signed  Bewitched Flyer
A signed  Bewitched bookmark
An Ecopy of Bewitched

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Derinda Love Blog Tour!

So I have the greatest pleasure of honoring a wonderful and beautiful lady on my blog today!

Ms. Derinda Love from Young Adult & Teen Readers. I don't you as well as some of the other on this tour, but you are always there to cheer me on and support me on my author page. Your page is always sharing updates about my book without even me having to ask and you go out of your way to include my book in your contests.

I am so glad that I could be apart of this tour for you and that I can share in the support being given to you for how much you do for others. 

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!!

I am hosting a short story that the awesome Jocelyn Sanchez  has written just for you! I hope you enjoy it :))

Derinda Love  
By: Jocelyn Sanchez

My story begins with a meeting. I received a message from one of the angels here in heaven that I was to report to the elders. So I started flying to their office on the other side of where I live. The elders office was not like a normal office like on earth, or so I have been told. The offices here in Heaven are made of clouds and are surrounded with bright lights with angels flying by all the time. As I approach their office I take a deep breath and open the door. There I see four angels sitting on their floating chairs and looking straight at me. I float over into the room so that I’m facing all of them in the center of the room. When I land my feet on the soft ground I do a quick nod and an elegant curtsey to show the elders respect. One of the elders, the oldest I assume, because of his long white beard speaks first.
“Hello Derinda Love” he says with a small smile
“Hello sir” I reply back with a weak smile of my own. I’m so nervous I really wonder why I was called here.
“Yes I guess you should be curious why you were called down here to us” My eyes widen in surprise but I should know better. It was rumored that the arch-angels can hear other angel’s minds. Wow, that’s so cool!! Wonder how old I have to become to get that cool gift. With that thought the elder raised his eyebrow at me.
“Oh, and how old do you think I am?” the elder asks
Whoops guess I got to think before I talk. I bite back a smile and reply: “Not old at all sir”
“Yes, that’s what I thought” he gives a small chuckle “Now Derinda the reason why your down here is because we” he waves his hands around to the other elders and himself “have decided to give you an assignment”
“I’m sorry sir” I say confused “but what kind of assignment?”
“I, as do the other elders, believe that you are ready to get your first charge on Earth”
“Really” I start to grin so big and my wings start to flap faster “Who is it?”
“A human girl named Claire” the elder on the far left replies to me
“She is a rather special girl” the elder on the far left continues “She is technically a Nephilim. Her father is human while the mother is an angel”
“What happened to her mother?” I ask
“She decided that when Claire was born that her duty belonged to helping others in Heaven and decided to leave Earth and her daughter” the angel said sadly
“That’s awful” I say bluntly with anger
“Ah, young Derinda, Claire’s mother still watches over Claire, but she thinks that Claire is better off without her and that she can help more people here” he gestures around himself “But enough about Claire’s mother. You are to report to Earth and watch over Claire. You will take the job her father is offering and stay with them. Help train her”
”Train her? What do you mean by that, Sir?” I asked puzzled
“Well like we said” the first elder replied “Claire is special. She is blind, yet she possess some magic of an angel”
“Really” I asked excited “Like what? Can she fly? Heal? Read minds?”
 “You will see in time” the elder smiles at my excitement “Your stuff will be transported to Claire’s house and remember to not get too close to the family, you can’t stay”
I feel my stomach bubble with sadness of my limited time I get to spend with Claire, and Earth. Look at me, I haven’t even been to Earth and I’m sad to leave it already.
“Yes rather odd it is” the elder replied to my thought “Remember what we have said. Your assignment will last for 6 months.”
I nod my head “Yes sir. When do I leave?”
The first elder smiled at me “Right now” and with that said all four of the elders lifted their hand and a bright light hit me. Next thing I know I’m in front of a small house that is painted white. On the door it says welcome to the Mcadams. “I guess this is the house” I say to myself. Thanks for the warning elders, I think bitterly. I mean, what I am going to say. ‘Hi I’m your angel for half the year and oh by the way you are half angel and have a human father and an angel for a mother. But it’s nice to meet you!’ I sigh and knock on the door “Well here goes nothing”
The door opens and my mouth flies open. A man in faded blue jeans and a button up  shirt is standing in front of me and WOW! He is so hot! He has dimples on the side of his face and a lovely smile that can melt any angel’s heart. But his beautiful smile cannot hide all the years of loneliness and heartbreak I see hided in his eyes.
“Hello” he says with a warm smile “I’m Michael”
I couldn’t help it I started to laugh. I mean the irony that his name would be named after an angel was too much. I managed to control my laughing and looked up at him. He was still smiling but had a confused look on his face.
“I’m sorry. I had a moment there, happens all the time” I grin “It’s lovely to meet you Michael, I’m Derinda Love. I’m here for the job offer”
Understanding lit his face “Yes, the job offer. Your boss called earlier and told me you were coming. Come on in, I’ll get Claire” he opens the door for me and waits until I inside then closes the door. He goes up the staircase to the second floor, and calls out to Claire.
“Claire. Honey the lady I told you about is here”
I hear two sets of footsteps and then I see a beautiful little girl walk down the stairs. She was holding onto her father’s hand while the other hand touched the walls. She looked like a little angel, with her light blonde hair and her pretty glowing skin. Michael held her hand all the way down the stairs and then let go. Claire with amazing grace and beauty walked straight to me with no trouble at all. My eyes widened, I thought the girl was blind…
“Claire has an amazing sense of direction” Michael said answering my inner though. Hmm maybe not amazing sense of direction, more like magical. Claire stops directly in front of me and holds out her hand.
“Hello, my name is Claire” she said with an angelic child’s voice and a beautiful smile. So much happiness showed on Claire’s face and made me smile. She was so precious. I reach out and shake her hand when something weird happened. I felt a huge magical shock pass between our hands.
“Wow!” Claire said with surprise and jumped back
“What’s wrong sweetie?” Michael rushes to her side and grabs her hands
“Nothing daddy” Claire said and rolled her eyes “You worry too much, it was just an electric shock”
“Oh, okay” he puts her hand down “Well I’m going to show Derinda to her room, go into the living room and listen to some music”
“Actually” I say to Michael “Can Claire show me to my room? I’ll love to get to know her a little”
“Sure” he smiles “Great idea. I’ll get dinner started” He said and then left the room. So, he can cook and he’s hot. If he gives me chocolate for dessert I swear I will marry him. I smile at the thought as I grab Claire’s hand. When I did she looked down at them as if she could see the swirling magic that was passing between us.
“What’s your name?” She asks shyly
“My name is Derinda Love” I say to her with a smile
“It’s a very pretty name”
“Thank you. You have a lovely name too”
She stops and smiles up at me “Really?” she asks
“Absolutely” I smile back
We walk all the way up the stairs and Claire pulls me along with her. She seems to know where she’s going and has no trouble guiding me. She walks up to a door at the end of the hall.
“This is your room” she said and opened the door. She grabbed my hand again and walked in. In the room there were flowers everywhere. Lilies, Roses, Sunflowers…It was breathtaking.
“There are so many flowers” I say in awe
“Daddy let me decorate it” she grins “Do you like it?”
“I love it” I grab her into a hug “Thank you sweetie”
Claire hugs me back and then steps back. She tilts her head up and seems to be thinking hard about something.
“Can I show you something?” she asks nervously
“Of course” I arch my eyebrows in confusion “What do you want to show me?”
Claire stares at me for a few moments more and then walks to the flowers. She grabs a small pot with a white lily in it. The lily was turning brown and dying. Claire sat on the bed and stared at the plant.
“Watch” she said
And with her hand held above the flower she starts to hum. I watched confused as the once dying flower started to grow tall and regain its color. I gasp and walk over and sit next to her on the bed. When she stopped humming the plant looked perfect. I saw the remaining gold light on Claire’s hand start to fade away.
“How long have you known you could do this?” I ask. What I wanted to actually ask was ‘How come I’m the only person without a cool power!’ 
“A while now” she lowers her head down “I haven’t showed daddy”
“Why not?” I ask
“I don’t know” she had tears in her eyes “I don’t want him to worry about me more”
“Hey, come here” I reach out and Claire lays her head on my lap. “Why did you show me?”
She hesitated a moment before she answered “You seem special. You glow”
I blink a couple of times and frown. “What do you mean I glow?”
Claire sits up and looks at me. The tears are now gone but, she seems to be seeing me. But that can’t be possible…can it?
“Claire” I say slowly “Can you see me?”
She smiles and lets out a tiny laugh “No, I’m blind silly” she pauses “But I can see your colors”
“Colors?” I ask
“I can’t see you with my eyes but I can still see you. It’s like, I can see colors swimming around where you are, but that’s it”
“Hmm” I sigh “Do different colors mean different things?”
“Most of the time” she replies “Red for love, green for jealously, pink for embarrassment, and yellow for happiness” Claire paused “Except your color is different”
“Different how?” I ask
“You shine gold” Claire said excitingly “It’s so pretty, I’ve never seen it before”
“I bet you haven’t” I say with a grin
“Are you...” she stopped in mid- sentence
“Am I what?” I ask
“Magical” she whispers like it’s a secret word
I laugh “You could say that” I spent the next hour talking with Claire about Heaven. About her powers and what I was. We talked about Angels and how her magic was very strong. I didn’t tell her why I was there but I told her what I thought she should know and told her that we couldn’t tell her father. We were about to talk about what we were going to do the next day when Michael called us down for dinner. Claire and me walked happily down the stairs laughing about a story I was telling her about my angel friend Missy and this fairy Marco. When Michael saw Claire and me walk into the kitchen he smiled.
“I see you guys are getting along well” he said as he puts food on each of our plates.
“Daddy Derinda is awesome” Claire said then ate a bit of mashed potatoes “She loves flowers like me and she was telling me stories”
“Really?” he smiled at me “Stories about what?”
I smile back “Angels”
“Angels?” Michael raised his eyebrows
“You know, they live in Heaven, have cute wings, and eat lots of chocolate” I say with a wink and dig into my food
Michael stares at me for a moment then shakes his head and smiles. “You are imaginative, that’s good”
Claire started to giggle and Michael looked at her. “What’s funny baby?”
“Daddy do you like the color red?” she looks at me with she said emphasized the word red
“Red?” he looked confused “I guess honey why?”
“Nothing daddy” she said with another giggle
Red? I think. What does she mean when she said red? I push the thought aside the rest of the night. I tucked Claire into bed, and told her another story. When she was asleep I tip toed out of the room and went down the stairs.
“She asleep?” Michael asks
“Sound asleep” I smile at him. I stand in the door way and watch him put the left overs in the fringe. He looks really handsome in his blue jeans and shirt. I was so fascinated watching him that I didn’t notice he was staring at me and saying something. I blinked and blushed red.
“What did you say?” I ask
Michael chuckled “I said, what did you do before this”
“Oh you could say I watched over people” I say with a laugh
“Really?” Michael sits at the kitchen table and I sat next to him. “Were you any good at it?”
“Yes, I was great at watching but” I pause
Michael leans in “But what?”
I look up and stare into his beautiful blue eyes “I got tired of watching, unable to do anything. When the opportunely came to make a difference I took it”
He seems to think that over “And do you think you made the right choice?” he finally asks
I look at the stairs and think about all the hours I spent talking to Claire. I only just met her but, there’s a bond between us that’s special. Then there’s Michael, I only just met him today but I feel…..something I never felt before. I take a deep breath and smile.
“Yeah. I think I did”
The next day me and Claire played all day and got to know each other better. Those days turned to weeks, and those weeks’ months. The bond between me and Claire continued to grow every day, and I found myself slowly falling in love with Michael. The way his eyes shined when he talked about Claire, the trips to the Zoo and museums he took us on his days off, and how he and I connected together….I knew I was in love. Soon I found myself running out of time. The 6 months were going to be over in under 3 weeks and….I wasn’t ready to let them go. One afternoon on the beginning of the last 3 weeks I was teaching Claire a traditional Angel dance while she tried, unsuccessfully, to teach me a modern human dance.
“D?” Claire said interrupting my thoughts
“Yes sweetie” I reply and try the move she showed me again
“No, no” she giggled “I might be blind but I can tell your doing the moves wrong” she walked up to me and grabbed my hand and showed me the move slower.
“It’s easy. Try to close your eyes, your ears will help lead you to the music” I finally get the move right and Claire jumps and cheers.
“What were you saying Claire?” I ask after she was done cheering
Claire stares at me and asks “Are you okay? Your colors have been all over the place”
“They have?” I sighed. One thing I learned spending time with Claire was that she might be blind but there was no pretending around her. She somehow saw everything better than seeing people.
“Yeah your colors have been blue and yellow recently” Claire said
I learned a while ago that blue meant sad and worried while yellow meant happy. “I’m okay Hon, it’s just..” I babble off not knowing what to say
“You also been having a lot of red in your color” she adds with a knowing smile
“So” I say and feel my cheeks getting heated
“You love daddy, you love daddy!” she yelled and giggled
“Shhh” I hushed her and look out the door to make sure Michael wasn’t listening. She watched me do this and giggled uncontrollably. I smile despite myself, I love her so much, and she was like my own daughter. I start to laugh despite everything and then me and Claire started our daily magic lesson. We have gotten much accomplished the pass several months. Claire learned to focus her magic on one object so she could heal different objects without touching or humming. We also learned that the ‘colors’ she was seeing were auras, and made a chart on the different colors. Claire was a special child indeed. The last two weeks we were practicing more than ever, because of her normal human lessons and then the secret magic lessons. On the last week Claire knew something was wrong.
“D what is going on?” Claire demands one night when we were making magical orbs with our hands and passing them back and forth. 
“What do you mean?” I asked confused
“Something has been bothering you for a while now. Please tell me” she pleaded
“Claire. I...” I choke up on a few tears “I have to leave soon”
“What do you mean leave?” she asked scared “For how long?”
“Sweetie, I wasn’t sent down here to stay forever” I let a few tears fall down my cheeks “I have to go back”
“To heaven?” Claire is crying but soundlessly now “But…Derinda I don’t want you to go”
“I don’t want to go either but…”
“Please” she cries harder now “Don’t’ leave me”
“Oh baby” I grab her and put her in my lap while she cries louder and louder. “I don’t want to leave you but the arch angels would never let me stay”
“Why not” she cries out “Why are they taking my mommy away from me? Did I do something wrong?”
“Claire this has nothing to do with you” I say sadly “I don’t belong here”
“You belong with us Derinda” Claire said as she falls asleep crying
I lie next to Claire on her bed and think about everything I’m about to lose. I was almost asleep when a knock came at the door. I get up and open the door to see Michael.
“Hey Derinda” he smiles “She asleep?”
“Yeah” I close the door and enter the hallway
“Can we talk for a moment?” Michael asks nervously
“Of course, let’s go and sit down in the living room” We walk down the stairs slowly and sit on the loveseat together.
“So your job is supposed to end at the end of the week” He starts out
“Yes” I say sadly
“Well would you consider staying longer? Claire really loves you and her studies have been really improving”
I stare at him open mouthed. How would I love to say yes, to stay with them on Earth but it was impossible.
“I can’t” I say “I am needed by my bosses somewhere else”
Michael looks down at his hand and then surprises me when he leans in and grabs my hand. I look at our hands and then look up at him slowly. I see his eyes focus on my mouth and the next thing I know he kisses me. I have wanted him to kiss me for so long I forgot I would be leaving at the end of the week and kiss him back. We finally break away from each other and stare into each other’s eyes.
“Don’t leave” Michael said and leaned in again
We kissed again but this time the kiss was more intense. I lean back even though it pained me and tried to catch my breath. “Michael I can’t” I start to cry
“Derinda” he whispers and pulls me into a hug “I know you love staying with us. I know you love Claire and she loves you too. I..” he paused and looks into my eyes “I love you”
What he said made me cry harder so I held onto Michael tighter. The next couple of days were bittersweet. Michael made me dinner every night, we went on moonlight walks, and he even took me to Hershey Park one night. All the while he tried to convince me to stay. But every night I had to say ‘I can’t’ and watch how much pain I was causing him and Claire. On the last day on Earth I packed all my stuff early and was sitting with Claire on my lap, listening to the music in the living room. She cried most of the day, I did my share of crying too, but she understood why I couldn’t stay. The clock rang as it turned 10pm I got up and went to find Michael so I could say my good-byes with both of them. I found him sitting on the front porch looking at the sky.
“Michael” I say quietly
He turns his head around and looks at me with a small smile, but I can see the pain in his eyes
“Hey Derinda. You all packed and ready?”
I shallow pass a lump in my throat “Come inside so I can say good-bye to you and Claire together. I turn to go inside but Michael gets up fast and grabs my hand.
“Derinda” he sighs “This is silly. I love you, and I think you love me” he says as he searches my eyes “Why are you not staying? Is it something else?”
I take a deep breath “Let’s go inside and I will try to explain better….it’s not going to change anything though” I look up at him and give a small smile
He leans in and lays a gentle kiss on my lips then rests his forehead on mine. We stand like that for a while then Michael kissed me quickly on the cheek and takes my hand. We walk together into the living room to find Claire asleep.
“Let me wake her up” he reaches for Claire “Sweetie wake up. Derinda wants to talk to us before she goes.”
Claire gets up and yawns. “D, are you leaving?”
 “Yes Claire I’m leaving”
“Will you visit?” she asks with a few tears rolling down her face
“I…promise I will look over you always” I say simply I know she will understand what I meant
“Derinda you said you will explain” Michael reminds me
“My life is complicated. I have a responsibility to others and I have no choice to stay. I was told this was short time job and then I have to move on”
“Can’t you quit your job? Or transfer to a different location?” Michael said
I sigh again “It’s not that simple” If only it were that simple. All of a sudden Michael and Claire both freeze. I walk over to them and see if they are okay. They’re both motionless. I look at the clock it stopped moving. Someone has frozen time.
“Hello again Derinda Love” a voice from behind me says
I spin around and stare opened mouthed at the angel standing before me. It was the angel that could read minds, the one I called old.
 “Hello sir” I nod and curtsey
“You may call me Ian, Derinda” he smiles knowingly. Reading my mind no doubt
“I was just saying my good-byes sir” I look down at my feet
“What is wrong young Derinda? Why do you look so somber?”
“It’s just I….I really love them sir” I look up to see his expression to find him smiling at me.
“I know Derinda” he seems to be lost in thought “Tell me do you love the man?”
I blush and try not to think about kissing Michael. Seems like I failed because the elder starts to laugh. I blush even harder.
“Well Derinda? Do you?” he has an amused expression on his face
“Yes” I snap mad that I do but cannot stay “I do. I love them both, but I cannot stay now can I?”
The elder stays quiet. Wait, does that mean I can stay? He probably hears my thought but I have to ask anyway.
“Can I stay with them?”
“Well…yes but do you understand what that means?”
I raise my eyebrows confused “What does it mean? What do you mean by that?”
The elder sighs and sits on the chair next to the T.V. “You may stay here with the approval of an elder, such as myself but at a price. You will have to give up being an angel and everything that comes with it. You can never be a guardian angel again, you can’t see your friends anymore, you will lose your angel abilities such as flying, strength, and healing. In other words you will be human. You will age, get sick, like normal humans.”
I stand and think over that. Giving up everything I worked so hard to accomplish, my angel rank I spent so hard to higher, my friends in Heaven, and most importantly giving up the chance to help others. Do I really want to lose all that? No, but I going to do it anyway.
“Seems to me you have made your decision” the elder said with a smile
“Yes, I have. I don’t want to lose everything but…I love them and my place is here, on Earth with the people I love” I say with confidence
“Very well” the elder raises his hand at me and gold light flows out of me. My angel essence. “It is done” he looks at me, than at Claire
“Do you truly love the girl?” he asks pointing at Claire
“I do, with all my heart” I say
“Then I have one more gift for you” He gets off the chair and walks over to Claire. He takes his hand and points one finger at her face.
“I wish you all the happiness Derinda Love” he said and touched her forehead. Three things happened when he did. Time continued, a flash of gold light appeared in front of Claire and Claire screamed.
“Claire!” Michael yelled and ran to her side “Are you okay sweet-heart?”
Claire looked at her father surprised and then smiled so big her face looked like it hurt. She reached out and touched her father’s face with tears in her eyes.
“Daddy” she said “I can see you”
Michael eyes widened and then he started to cry. He grabbed Claire and swung her in a circle while she laughed and cried. I watched with tears in my eyes as my new family rejoiced at Claire’s restored vision. Michael sees me standing there and grabs me into the huge and we all start to laugh.
“Derinda” Claire said “I can see you. I can really see you” she smiles and hugs me hard.
“I know sweetheart. And guess what? I can stay” I smile and cry a little
“Really?” Michael said as he grabbed us all into another hug “What changed your mind?”
I looked at the angel still watching us in the living room and grin “I just realized that losing what I had before is nothing compared to losing the people I love now”
“Oh my god Derinda! Look at the angel over there” Claire points at Ian as he waves at her. He was standing in the corner like Claire said with his glowing white wings pointing out.
“What are you taking about baby?” Michael said with such happiness in his voice “There’s nothing there”
If he only knew……….

Twenty years has passed since that day. And not a day goes by that I regret my decision to stay on earth. Soon after the elder came that night me and Michael got married. Two years after that I was blessed with the birth of twin boys who I named Ian and Gabriel. We spent the next several years raising Claire and the boys to be the best person they could be. After College Claire decided she wanted to travel the world, so she could see all the beauty the world had to offer. She is now a doctor and uses her healing abilities to help make a difference. The boys are starting college in the Fall both are And me? Well I’m enjoying my human life with my 3 wonderful children and my beloved husband Michael.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

next big thing blog hop!

Maybe, just maybe, one of our independent books will be the next big thing! 
Hey it doesn't hurt to dream big right?! It could happen!
 The secret to ‘best seller’ success is to ensure that a book has a good combination of the following: 1) a GREAT story, 2) is well written, 3) is put in the hands of the right readers, and 4) is promoted/marketed to the right target audience and in a consistent manner.
Blog hops offer an opportunity for authors to focus on the latter two.
This blog hop consists of stopping off at a myriad of different blogs to discover new works of literature, as well as works in progress. As a blog hop participant and/or visitor, rest assured that you will find some fantastic works of fiction to enjoy. Some are still being written, some are just being released. 

I would like to thank Eva Martinez at www.SweetestTabooBook.com/blog/ for inviting me to participate.

In this blog hop I have answered 10 pre-determined questions, which reveal a little about my debuting release, Flutter. I have received so much support and excite about the release and I am overwhelmed by the response!
As always, I welcome your comments, feedback, and/or any questions you may have!

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
 I wanted to create something different, it took me a while to come of with my idea for Flutter, I have gotten asked this a lot, but it’s hard to go to much into the story until Flutter is out haha.
What genre does your book fall under?  
I believe it fall under YA Fantasy.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?  
Haha well I have been so busy trying to finish the book rendition of Flutter that I haven’t had time to even consider the possibilities. Plus I am super picky when it comes to Sara and Adan, it was hard enough finding just the right bio pictures!
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
 “She is the reason he existed. He would be the reason she survived.”
Sums up everything about the Flutter series.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
 Self Published all the way baby haha.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  
Wow, a little over a year! I got pregnant during writing the first half of Flutter and that sort of sent me back.

Thank you so much for stopping by my 
Below please find a list of the authors/bloggers I have tagged for next week. 
Stop by their blogs next Wednesday, October 10 to read about their works in progress and/or new releases:

Cambria Hewbert, Author of the Heven & Hell Series
Cameo Renae
Tish Thawer
Micalea Smeltzer

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Flutter Trailer is here!!

Flutter Trailer debut!

So I am really excited about the Flutter Trailer because I made it myself!!

I haven't always been a fan of book trailer, but I've seen some really awesome ones lately and it have encouraged me to make one for Flutter.

I really like the way it came out and I hope everyone else does too!!

I am also doing a giveaway around the trailer!

It's simple:
All you have to do is share the Flutter Trailer! 
I set up a rafflecopter & I think you'll like the prize :)) If you get people to watch & comment that they watched, I'll count that as one extra entry that I'll add to the rafflecopter :)) 

Flutter Trailer