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OUT OF THE SHALLOWS by Samantha Young: Tour, Review, Playlist & Giveaway

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SynopsisFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Deep

LIVE YOUNG. LIVE HARD. LOVE DEEP.

Charley and Jake’s story concludes in Out of the Shallows…

Somehow, after everything they’ve been through, Jake Caplin and Charley Redford made their way back to one another. But finding each other and staying together are two completely different things.

When Charley’s world is flipped upside down, she begins to question the choices and decisions she’s made since her arrival in Edinburgh, and in an effort to grip onto what she holds most dear she believes she must sacrifice her love for Jake.

Returning to the States for her senior year, Charley struggles to find peace and happiness. While everyone else seems to be finding themselves in college, Charley is terrified that, along with almost everything else that’s important to her, she’s lost herself.

While friends and family deal with their own tumultuous lives, there is one person resolved to uncover the reason behind Charley’s sudden defection and unhappiness. Refusing to give up without a fight, Jake believes he is the only one who can truly understand what Charley is going through, and this time he’s determined to prove he’s there for her no matter what obstacles are thrown in their way.

However, as Charley strives to make it through the biggest personal journey of her life thus far, there is no guarantee that the woman she is becoming will still need Jake as much as the girl she once was did…

*** Yesi’s Review ***

4 out of 5 stars

This was by far one of my most anticipated books for 2014 so when I finally got it in my hands I immediately began reading. Once I started, I did not put it down and at 3am my eyes were droopy, but my heart was racing and my mind was blown! That is all on Samantha Young. She is a storyteller like no other. She brings so much depth to her characters and her writing style is brilliant. Jake and Charley are two very complex characters and she brings them to life beautifully in this series. When she released the official blurb I knew in that instant that this book was going to take me on an emotional ride and that my heart was going to hurt along the way. At the time, I just didn’t know how much.

“We love each other so we can hurt each other, but I am making a promise to do everything I can not to hurt you again. I want that promise from you.”

Hmmm…yeah…hurting they did and hurting I was. At the end of Into the Deep we are left with Charley and Jake in a somewhat happy state. They are together and are in love. Yes, there is hesitation on Charley’s part and she was totally in her right. So when Out of the Shallows begins I have to say that I was shocked at where they were at that particular stage in their life and relationship. I will admit that I did not see this storyline coming but whether it is what I wished for or not, it was told in such a way that I was immediately sucked in. I wanted to know why and how this could be. I could not read fast enough. Just like Into the Deep, OOTS goes back and forth between the past and the present and if I thought book 1 was full angst, it had nothing on this one. My heart just ached but there was promise that by the end it would be fully healed.

“It sucks at first, but it gets better.”

For me, this sums up exactly how I was feeling about Charley and Jake throughout this book. I loved Charley but I wanted to shake her and smack some sense into her. I questioned the choices she was making. I loved Jake and as much as I wanted him to grovel in this one, I think he got it much worse. The one thing that was never in question was their love for one another and that made me happy even during the tough times. This story will simply consume your life in the time that you are reading. There is so much to love about it and there is so much to feel sad about too. The times that Jake and Charley are together are beautiful and sexy as hell. The times that they are apart are sad and almost anger inducing. Such an emotional roller coaster and I cannot rave enough about how the story was brought to life. Samantha Young has once again made me fall in love with the two leading characters but also with their friends. Beck and Claudia are scene stealers in this one but in such a good way. Lowe, he still has my heart and I will hold out hope for his own story to be written. Actually, all the men from The Stolen deserve their own HEA. So my recommendation would be to go into this book with an open mind, with full trust that Samantha Young will give her characters the ending they deserve, and with the notion that a great story will be told in a magnificent manner.

“I will never love anyone the way I love you. You’re part of me. You make me feel like I can be anyone, do anything… but you also have the ability to make me feel weak. You have the ability to crush me like no one else can.”

ExcerptI couldn’t actually dispute any of that, which made me even more pissed, hurt, defensive, scared and … confused.
I started to shiver. “I … I can’t do this.” I turned away.
I hadn’t taken two steps when I felt his hand wrap around my wrist. Jake tugged me, forcefully, pulling me around so I stumbled into his chest. His lips crashed down on mine, his kiss hungry, desperate, angry …
For a moment I forgot everything else but the hard pressure of his mouth on mine, the smell of his cologne, the feel of his body. I was surrounded.
Drowning.
And I let it happen.
His lips moved from my mouth to my chin, along my jaw, as his hand slid up my waist, his thumb just grazing my breast. I sighed, my body arching into his. I was hot. Hot and wanting. Nothing else mattered but the way I felt when he touched me.
His voice was ragged in my ear. “I’ve missed you so much. I love you so fucking much.” He squeezed my waist and pulled me closer, his mouth reaching for mine again but those three little words had broken through the spell of lust created by Jake’s proximity and the four beers I’d had.
“Stop,” I whispered, pushing gently on his chest.

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OUT OF THE SHALLOWS

Wake Me Up – Avicii
Give it All Up – Amy Macdonald
Of the Night – Bastille
Hey Brother – Avicii
No Angel – Birdy
Flying Machine – Everly
Hear Me – Imagine Dragons
Parade – Matchbox Twenty
Artificial Nocturne – Metric
Runaway – The National
Say Goodbye – Olin & the Moon
Almost Everything – Wakey!Wakey!
Life in a Beautiful Light – Amy Macdonald


Book 1 in the Series – Into the Deep

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SynopsisLive young. Live hard. Love deep.

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

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INTO THE DEEP

Pearl Jam – Black
Adele – Don’t You Remember
Biffy Clyro – The Thaw
Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Amy MacDonald – Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over
Florence + the Machine – Never Let Me Go
The Killers – Miss Atomic Bomb
Rihanna – Russian Roulette
Biffy Clyro – Skylight
Amy MacDonald – Troubled Soul
The Killers – Here With Me

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Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty six countries.

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Rest in Places Author Marlayna Glynn Brown Shares: My Ten Favorite Intimate Cities To Fall In Love (Or Have Fun Trying)

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Author:Marlayna Glynn Brown

Genre: Memoir/Travel

Publish Date: 01/12/2014

Publisher: Self Published

Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

 

~ Book Synopsis ~

Join award-winning memoirist Marlayna Glynn Brown on a tender journey to understand the father she never knew in life by spreading his ashes around the world after his death.

A relatable must-read for anyone who has lost a loved one, this memoir lights the way to afterlife and afterdeath where forgiveness supersedes pain, blame, remorse and regret.

In her effort to understand the generational effects of alcoholism and subsequent dysfunctional adult relationships, Marlayna takes her youngest son and her father’s ashes on a personal journey, embarking on an emotional voyage to both physical and mental states of being. She confronts her own existence as a mother and a daughter, seeking and ultimately finding peace with her disappointment, anger, failed marriage, and complex relationships with her own four children.

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My Ten Favorite Intimate Cities To Fall In Love (Or Have Fun Trying)

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We all know about Paris, but Paris is a big city and can feel a bit intimidating. What if you’re looking for somewhere a little more intimate? Many travelers seek a little amour while enjoying the flavors of a foreign city. If you happen to be looking for love, what better way to see a city than on the arm of a native? Locals know all the best places – public and private – and are usually quite proud to show off their city. If sparks fly, light a fire and really get to know the country!

Budva, Montenegro

Summer in Budva is one loud, giant party. Don’t even consider visiting the popular Montenegro Riviera city without bringing your bathing suit and dancing shoes. Spend the day at the beach on one of the hundreds of lounge chairs, rocking out to the pumping house music while your cocktails are hand-delivered. In the evening cruise the main promenade where you’ll find cafe bars, cotton candy, restaurants, shops and discos with go-go girls. With the reputation for having the most millionaires per capita in Europe – 500 in a town of 22,000 – who knows who you might meet?

Positano, Italy

Although this Amalfi Coast city is quite popular, it doesn’t detract from its ambient romantic charm. Lovely climate, picturesque views, homemade limoncello and amazing seafood make this walkable, hillside city a must-visit. This city is made for romance! If you don’t bring your own lover, feel free to engage the locals, but be warned they will not tell you their real names. As explained to me by a young Italian male, their lifecycle is such: live at home and enjoy life and work hard until marriage. Marriage includes the ‘love years’ where a man dedicates his life to his wife and children. After the children have grown, the man returns to working hard and enjoying life again. The locals are fairly irresistible but don’t say you weren’t warned.

Budapest, Hungary

Nicknamed “Paris of the East” due to its lovely lights and architecture, Budapest has grown increasingly popular among European youths. With so many museums, parks, Turkish baths and monuments to experience, you could walk for days without using public transportation. Budapest is quite inexpensive compared to its major European counterparts which means you’ll have more money to spend eating, drinking and mingling with the locals. The Hungarian people are known for their style and beauty – go see for yourself.

Makarska, Croatia

Croatia is breathtaking in many aspects, especially the Markarskan Riviera. Aside the crystal-clear Adriatic sea, this town boasts fresh organic food, Croatian wines, and delectable seafood. The active will enjoy parasailing, rafting, kayaking and nude sunbathing. The towering Biokovo mountain range behind Markarska includes the Nature Park – great for hiking, exploring or visiting the tiny church at the top. Cruise along the main promenade in the afternoons and evenings to meet a new friend or two. If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to board one of the Island Fish Picnic tours for a lovely day spent touring a couple of Croatia’s more than 1200 islands and dining on unbelievably tasty fresh grilled fish. Most of these tours offer unlimited wine. Drink too much and you may end up leading the guests in off-key renditions of “Hey Jude” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” like I did.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a city rich with history making for enjoyable days exploring by the side of a knowledgable host. Although it’s definitely worthwhile to see the common tourist sites in one of Europe’s largest cities – bridges, cathedrals, and the biggest ancient castle in the world – be sure to veer from the trodden path. Outside of the mulled wine and absinthe bars in the tourist zones you can gift yourself with visits to working man’s pubs for lunch, dinner or beer. Hear some music playing? Stop in to see what’s going on where you’ll likely find cheap beer, Czech patrons who bring their dogs along, and friendly people. I was lucky enough to be taken to an unmarked secret ‘tea room’ on the fifth floor of a walkup. I’d tell you where it is, but then I’d have to – you know.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini is on my list only because there isn’t much to do on this island other than be in love. I accompanied a recently-divorced friend to Santorini and we had to laugh when we found ourselves together in a double bed in one of Santorini’s many romantic bungalows. Although we filled our days riding quads, exploring the red, white and brown beaches, and taking a cruise to the lava island, we both vowed we would never return to this romantic island without bringing a lover along.

Munich, Germany

One word: Oktoberfest. Another word: Beer. A final couple of words: Beer is the ultimate language translator. Get thee to Oktoberfest, otherwise known as Sausagefest.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

This ancient city boasts miles of a coastline so lovely you won’t want to do anything but sit at one of the bars situated on the rocks above the Adriatic sea, drink a refreshment and enjoy the view, the sun and the air. Of course you will do other things such as stroll along the Stradun at night, dine on grilled or stuffed squid, drink local Croatian wine or lick Extra Black ice cream. Feel like dancing? Hit up Culture Club Revelin – a wild club in one of Dubrovnik’s old forts where you’ll meet people from many different countries, hear top DJs and watch dancers on stilts, in cages and on bars perform amazing acts.

Playa Grande Beach, Dominican Republic

This lovely white-sand beach is truly one of the most beautiful areas I’ve ever visited. Located an hour south of the athletic paradise of Cabarete, it’s well worth leaving behind the surfers, windsurfers and kiteboarders to find this piece of paradise. Away from the noise of the motorcycles, the sales pitches of the jewelry vendors, and the tourists that populate other parts of the Dominican Republic waits this quiet stretch of beach with a powerful surf. Rent a surfboard or a boogie board or just bodysurf. When you’re hungry any one of the restaurant employees will be happy to set up a table and chairs for you to dine on fresh seafood and drink fresh coconut juice straight from the shell. If your idea of paradise is blue water, hot sun, white sand and great service – this beach is for you.

Antigua, Guatemala

This quaint, cobble-stoned city surprised and enticed me with her unexpected charm. The streets are filled with both tourists and native Mayan people dressed in the clothing indicative of their village. The air is often filled with the sounds of cannons, firecrackers, music and laughter because there is seemingly always some kind of celebration going on. To escape the raucousness, drop into one of the many wonderful restaurants or bars. This city is one of the easiest places to meet other people regardless of whether you’re eating, drinking or just resting. The center of the city contains a lovely park filled with benches. I guarantee you cannot sit there alone for five minutes without making a new friend.

About the Author

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Marlayna Glynn Brown is a best selling American memoirist, award winning photographer, screenwriter and yogi. Immediately upon publication Marlayna’s first book became and still remains one of the most highly rated author memoirs on Amazon, and placed as a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Marlayna’s extensive travels, BA in Literature and MS in Human Services have honed her remarkable gifts in observing and recording the ways of humanity. Her works include:

Overlay: A Tale of One Girl’s Life in 1970s Las Vegas

City of Angeles

Big As All Hell And Half Of Texas

The Trilogy: Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown

One Day The Invitations Will Stop Arriving: A Travel Memoir

Lovers, Liars and Lotharios: Lessons Learned and Self Esteem Earned

Rest In Places: My Father’s Post-Life Journey Around The World

The Nomadic Memoirist: Memoir Writing Tips For Authors

The Nomadic Memoirist: Award-Winning and Best-Selling Promotion and Marketing Tips for Authors

 

Find Marlayna on Facebook, Twitter, and visit her at www.marlaynaglynnbrown.com.

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Blog Tour: The Seer: A Tellaran Novel by Ariel MacArran

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Title: The Seer

Author: Ariel MacArran

Publisher: Here Be Dragons

Publication Date: February 19, 2014

Genre: Science Fiction Romance 18+

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

 Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars 

 

~Synopsis~

Discovery means death but Arissa risks everything to save Fleet officer Jolar’s life. Repaying this telepath means saving her from execution and Jolar strikes a bargain that will spare her life. In return, Arissa must join him on a dangerous mission and use her telepathic abilities to help him uncover hidden forces that threaten the Tellaran Realm.

Jolar will do whatever it takes to clear his life debt to Arissa. The only thing he absolutely cannot let himself do is fall in love with her . . .

Note: The Seer is a stand-alone novel but it takes place in a universe (The Tellaran Realm) where one already published book (Stardancer) takes place.

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Arissa is a Seer. As far as Arissa knows, she is the only Seer alive since they were all extinguished hundreds of years before. Jolar is a Fleet Commander. Going against all of her instincts, she risks everything and saves Jolar’s life. Jolar vows to repay her in any way he can. Upon finding out that she is a Seer, he promises to keep her secret and is even more determined to make sure nothing happens to her.

The only way to keep her safe is to have her accompany him on a secret mission to find out who is plotting to take over the Tellaran Realm. Throughout his mission Jolar doesn’t know whom to trust and finds out that things are far worse than he thought. Arissa has been raised to hide her powers so when she is promised a new identity in exchange for helping Jolar on his mission, she doesn’t really have a choice but to go. She also isn’t sure she can control it well enough to be any good to him.

During this undercover mission Jolar realizes that he has fallen in love with Arissa. She being a Seer, knows that his love for her is real and her feelings are mutual. This makes the mission all the more dangerous because as much as Arissa can help him with her power, she is now his biggest weakness. She can’t bear to be the reason he fails or worse, loses his life. Jolar also has a big secret he is keeping from Arissa.

Gasping, Arissa stood. “I have to stop.”

“Why?” he asked hoarsely. He stood too, blocking her retreat. “Because you can feel how much I want you?”

“It doesn’t matter. We can’t—“

His breath caught. “You want me too, don’t you? You want me.

“Of course I do!” she burst out. “Did you think I didn’t? That I could just turn off how I feel? That it isn’t agony to sleep next to you every night and not touch you?”

“Do you still love me, Arissa?”

She shut her eyes. If she looked at him she would shatter.

“I love you, Arissa.” His fingers whispered over the skin of her cheek. “My sweet one. My heart.”

She could feel the waves of his love, his desire hot around her.

“If you don’t love me anymore, tell me. I can’t hide my feelings from you, I know that, but I can promise I’ll never speak of how I feel again.”

She looked up at him, at his pained blue eyes and her vision blurred.

“I have to know. Do you still love me, Arissa?” he asked and his voice broke. “Do you?”

“Yes,” she whispered and tears overflowed. “Gods, yes, I love you.”

He promises to help her gain control of her telepathy so they can finish the mission and live happily ever after. Now we all know they will have some obstacles to overcome before that happens.  The sex is hot as hell, no obstacle there; but above all, it’s a love story.

“Because—just in case my thoughts and feelings aren’t shouting it to you, my beautiful Seer—I’m madly, wildly in love with you and nothing is going to keep me away from you.  Not the law, not the Fleet, not the whole festering Realm.”

“Oh,” she breathed.  His love was undeniable—white hot, more unbreakable than tarasteel and the hot waves of it surrounded her,  filling her with it’s warmth.  “I love you, too.”

The author does an amazing job of writing her characters so that you feel what they feel and see things through their eyes (no pun intended). She keeps you guessing as to who is friend and who is foe. She also does a wonderful job of describing all of these different worlds and their inhabitants. You question everything and everyone’s intentions up until the very end. This is the first book I’ve read from Ariel MacArren but definitely not the last.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author. I was not paid to read or review this book. All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.

 

Purchase Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA

 

~About the Author~

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Ariel MacArran has loved books and writing since childhood. Growing up in New York City, her first self-published works (at 5) were made with construction paper and yarn and featured original stories and illustrations by the author. She holds a degree in English and a Masters in Counseling. Ariel lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her family.

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Blog Tour, Book Review & Giveaway: Dazed (Connections series 2.5) by Kim Karr

 

 

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Title: Dazed (Connections series,2.5)

Author: Kim Karr

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: April 1, 2014

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Maria

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Jagger Kennedy never went looking for fame, he just fell into it. After scoring a major modeling contract, his clean-cut good looks and charm catapulted his career. But when his actress girlfriend breaks his heart, he moves to L.A. to try his hand at acting. He’s not looking for love—he just needs to make a change.

 

Aerie Daniels is a woman in control … until she meets Jagger. Her surprising connection with him leaves her dazed and it’s unlike anything she’s ever felt. But just when she lets her walls fall, she makes a startling discovery about Jagger that breaks her fragile heart into a million pieces.

To keep from losing the woman who’s changing his world, Jagger is willing to give up anything—including his career. But even that might not be enough to regain Aerie’s shattered trust…

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Let me start by saying if you haven’t read Connected  and Torn, books 1 and 2 in this series, you absolutely MUST!! Though not necessary to read Dazed, they are just so amazing, I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that you are missing out on an epic story if you don’t add them to your TBR list. Back to Dazed. I really loved this story!! Jagger Kennedy is funny, sweet, and HOT!! Aerie Daniels is strong, guarded and also funny. I liked her the minute we met her in Connected, book 1 of the series. I was very happy to hear she’d be getting her own story. Author Kim Karr’s writing is fantastic. Dazed can be read as a stand alone. It is complete, no cliffhanger.

Aerie Daniels is on her way to visit Dahlia and River. Dahlia is her best friend.  She decides to bring dessert. At the cupcake place, she bumps into Jagger but doesn’t get his name. Although, he gets the cupcakes she was eyeing up. Coincidentally enough, it turns out her sexy cupcake thief is River’s cousin and is also at the house for dinner.  The chemistry between them is palpable. The tension is thick. It surprises Aerie how visceral her response is to Jagger.

“The things his touch does to me. I don’t know if I should melt away out of embarrassment or jump for joy out of elation.” ~ Aerie Daniels 

Oh, Aerie!! Do it!! Just jump for joy!! But, Aerie’s been hurt before and not one to let her guard down or lose control. Jagger has something though, that tears down her defenses and has her trying new things. Everything seems to be going so well. Until, she finds out something that leads her to believe he hasn’t been completely honest. Will she let that destroy what they’ve started to build or will she give him a chance to prove her doubts and fears are unfounded?

Jagger is looking for more than life as a model. He is getting ready for what could be his big break. He hadn’t counted on meeting Aerie and feeling what he feels for her. It’s intense. From what he can tell, she feels the same way but is wary. Just when things are going good, a blast from his past threatens it all. He’s willing to give it all up for Aerie. The question is, will she let him?

“Do you have any idea how much I want you right now!” he growls not meaning for it to be a question. ~ Jagger Kennedy

Dazed  has everything a great romance should have. Sexy hero and beautiful heroine that are each strong, well developed characters. There is a perfect amount of angst, personal past baggage, and very steamy sex scenes. It hooked me immediately and didn’t let me go until I was done. This is a quick, light read that will have you falling in love with Jagger and Aerie. You will be rooting for them to get their HEA. Kim Karr does not disappoint. Fans of the Connections series and new readers, alike will love this story. I wish it were longer because I really fell for Jagger Kennedy! What a doll!! Highly recommend this novella!!

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Aerie Daniels

There’s something deliciously perverse about staring through the clear glass. All of my senses engage as I wait in line—the fragrance that fills the air as the fire crackles beneath the foil wrapped treats wafts under my nose, the beauty in each and every small package as they line the shelves with tiny dots and colored sprinkles mesmerizes me, the sound made as the silver sheet is peeled back to reveal the magnificence it holds captivates me, and the anticipation of the taste makes my mouth water. Ummm… just thinking of the first bite into the moist brown exterior with its bittersweet Belgian chocolate complimenting the flavor of the Madagascar bourbon vanilla that oozes from its inside has me trembling. The black and white cupcake—it’s simply perfection. Amidst the skyscrapers in Los Angeles’ South Park neighborhood, Sprinkles is a gem tucked away for those of us who seek out a small piece of heaven. I don’t come here often, but when I do it’s for that one special treat. The menu describes it as, “Yin and Yang.” An ancient proverb that says, “Complementary opposites, such as light and dark, day and night, and masculine and feminine, seemingly may exist as contrary forces, but are actually interconnected.” Simply put, it says one gives rise to the other and it’s true— opposites attract. Without the vanilla inside, one could not possibly crave the chocolate outside—looking at the two parts united has me drooling.

“You know what they say about staring through the glass,” a deep husky voice says from behind me. His words tingle my skin and my gaze snaps up.

“Excuse me?” I stop short, in a daze, not even sure what he just said I was so lost in my thoughts.

He chuckles. “You know what they say about staring through the glass,” he repeats.
My eyes blink and come into focus on the upward tilt of his full lips. Then my eyes move to his smooth pale skin flecked with a light stubble, his nose seemingly sculpted even with a slight imperfection in its slope, large eyes with the most unusual gray color swirling from within, and chocolate brown colored hair framing his face in pieces—I’m not sure if he has just rolled out of bed or if product molds it just so. Either way, he is utterly beautiful. “I’m sorry, I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Just be careful so you don’t fall in like Alice.” He smiles, displaying his bright white teeth.

“Again, I’m sorry but I have no idea what you’re talking about.” I notice his eyes sweep over me and my heart starts pounding.

“Through the Looking Glass,” he responds in a dangerously husky voice.  This time when he speaks I catch an accent, ever so slight but extremely sexy.  It reminds me of how Robert De Nero talks, just not as loud or fast. I continue to stare, unable to respond. I notice that his physique is long and lean. He’s dressed in worn jeans that fit him perfectly. His orange laced hiking boots scream I don’t conform. A pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses hang from the V of his gray sweater, which clings to his body perfectly. And an outdoor vest tops the outfit. It throws me off. It makes him look more like an Abercrombie model than a James Dean type. It’s a navy blue down and quilted one with a silver zipper. I don’t know why, but something about his outfit, about this man, captivates me.

“Number 98,” calls the girl from behind the counter. He steps closer. His warm breath whispers across my neck.

“Through the Looking Glass is the sequel to Alice in Wonderland. When Alice gets too close to the glass, she falls in and starts on a crazy journey,” he tells me as his arm waves in the air with a green ticket on display. Stepping closer, his gaze cuts from mine to the glass case as he hands his number to the clerk whose wearing a cute brown apron with the word Sprinkles scripted across it.  “Can I have a dozen of the black and white cupcakes?” he asks.
Suddenly alarmed, my eyes dart to the case as I watch the single remaining row of beautifully crafted cupcakes diminish until there are none left. My irritation flares as I glance at my number—97. The beautiful stranger hands the clerk his credit card and waits to sign the slip.  “I was number 97, my number was before yours,” I say as he’s handed the bag that holds his treasure.

“Oh, I’m sorry. Here let me get the sales clerk’s attention so you don’t have to take another number,” he says.  I want to stomp my feet. I want to scream. I don’t want her attention. I don’t want another number. I want the cupcakes that he stole from me. “Miss,” he calls draping his perfectly fit body over the case. She looks his way and with a charming grin he says, “Can you help this lovely lady? She missed her number being called.” “Of course, I’m so sorry. How can I help you?” the girl asks averting her eyes from the man who looks like he should be on the cover of GQ magazine, over to me.

He smiles at me with a face that belongs on a billboard. “Don’t fall in.”  I swear he’s goading me. But then he tips his chin and a sexy, smoldering grin passes over his lips and I’m not so sure anymore. He turns to look at me one more time before he exits, and excitement flushes over my face. I nod a slight cursory acknowledgement, then he disappears and disappointment washes over me—he’s gone. Crap. The cupcakes are also gone. Double crap. And now I’m left wondering if he saw me staring at that flavor? Did he distract me on purpose so he could purchase them first? Urrr…I’m so angry right now I consider walking out, but when the clerk asks me what I’d like I settle for the Vanilla Milk Chocolate cakes—they are the mirror reflection of the black and whites, with vanilla cake and chocolate frosting, but they are not nearly as good.

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~ About the Author ~

Kim Karr

I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I’ve always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, I wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. I went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and full-time embracing one of my biggest passions—writing.

I wear a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of the family. However, I always find time to read. One of my favorite family outings use to be taking my kids to the bookstore or the library. Today, my oldest child is in college and my twins are juniors so they no longer go with me on these outings. And although I don’t need to go to the actual store anymore because I have the greatest device ever invented—a Kindle, I still do. There’s nothing like a paperback. So now my four year old and I make dates out of going to the bookstore–it’s time I love and cherish.

I like to believe in soulmates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. I love to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

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