I’m feeling a bit …

I feel a little lost and out of bounds. Why do you ask? Well, I’ve been gone for so long that I’ve lost my momentum. I don’t regret my decision. I’m happier now than I’ve been for a long time. I just miss writing and communicating with my readers.

Some of them have moved on. 

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I miss you!

But I miss you guys. I really do. I started editing my next book and I’m halfway done ith the one that comes after it.

So what can I do to get you back on my team?

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I just want you guys to know that I do appreciate you. I do. I really do!

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Thank you guys for your support by buying my books without the promotion. Thank you for the messages to check up on me. Thank you for continuing to interact with my page even with my absence. 

So I wanted to share a piece I was working on with a group of writers. It was a new experience for me because it was a different genre. It’s only my part and I hope you enjoy it. 

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Mystery and Mayhem
Corina Legret

Corina woke up in her bed with no recollection of the night before. The last thing she remembers is the beautiful man that she danced with who looked a lot like the man who haunted her dreams almost every night. She rolled over and her body responded in pain. God, what happened last night. She thought to herself.

She opens her eyes and slowly sits up. At a snail’s pace, she  walks over to her bathroom and stands in front of the mirror. What the hell happened to my arms? She says out loud as she touches the light scratch marks on her forearms. With a panic, she quickly rips off her dress to inspect the rest of her body. She breathes a sigh of relief when she doesn’t find any more scratches on her.

As she reaches for a hair tie off of the counter so that she can place her hair in a messy bun, something catches her eye in the palm of her hand. It’s a name and number. Rebel she says out loud to herself.

What kind of a name is Rebel she mutters to herself. Then something clicks in her brain. It’s him. She rushes out of the bathroom to look for something more permanent to save his number on. She reaches into her bedside table and pulls out paper and pen. She stares at the paper and his brown eyes flashes in front of her face.

She puts his number back into the draw and returns to the bathroom. She turns on the water to let it warm up a bit. A few moments later she steps into the shower and she lets her mind wander back to the night before. Her body begins to remember his hands on her and she begins to feel a tingle all over her body. Then out of nowhere a pair of glowing brownish yellow eyes appear in her thoughts.

What the hell was that? She asks herself as she steps out of the shower. The eyes looked so familiar.She thought as she slipped into her usual outfit of slacks and plain white shirt, along with her coat. She also felt like the eyes were watching her. She shivered and she wasn’t sure if it was out of fear or excitement.

She was running late so she decided she would just make herself a cup of instant coffee. Why do I feel like I know who those eyes belong to? She says to herself as she pours her coffee to go. On her way out she pets Oscar as she always does. When she reaches the front door she rushes back into her bedroom and grabs the paper with the number. Just in case. She says to herself as she walks out of her house. Because she was running late she didn’t have time to admire her surroundings.

“Did you enjoy yourself last night?” Janice asks with a knowing smile as she walks into the office. Corina frowns at her and stops in her tracks. “What are you talking about?” She asks. “Well, you left with that hot guy you were dancing with. So I assumed you had a good night.” Corina does her best to try to remember what happened last night and she comes up blank.

“Hey, Janice.” She says as she walks towards Janice’s desk. ” I need you to look up this name and number for me.” She hands Janice the piece of paper and heads towards her office. As she gets to her office door she hears Janice  say,”What kind of name is Rebel?” Corina smiles to herself.

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Corina. He repeats the name over and over in his head. When he feels like he’s about to go mad he lets out a roaring scream.

He had been in the woods for a few hours. He had to wait until it got dark to find a way home. He wasn’t sure exactly where he was and he didn’t want to get caught.

After a few hours. He started to get impatient. I need to get out of here. He says to himself as he looks around. He sits up and closes his eyes and he begins to listen to his surroundings. At a distance, he can hear cars passing. He gets up and heads toward the sound.

After about an hour of walking, he sees the road. It’s quite busy. It’s state road 17. He sighs and sits. This can’t get any worse. He thinks to himself.

His stomach begins to rumble. Great. He murmurs annoyed with himself.

He inhales deeply and he smells food. But, it seems like it’s a good distance off. With resignation, he gets up and begins to follow his nose in the shadows of the trees. How he would get the food was a problem he would worry about when he got to the food.

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Remember life is too short to worry about the small things. Love, live and laugh.

Until next time.

-Izzy xoxo

 

It’s that time again! …

My fourth book! This is my fourth book and I still feel like I’m about to hurl! Writing this book was really fun for me. The new character introduced in this book is very special to me and I can’t wait for you guys to meet him Trust me you’ll love him!!!after the heartbreak

After the Heartbreak (Undying Love #2.5) by Isabelle Connors

Blurb:
It’s the anniversary of our first time. I can never forget it because it’s the only time that I’ve ever felt whole. I am nothing without you and I can never forget the day when you gave yourself to me … so I wanted you to remember too.

Excerpt:

I look up to find the most intense dark brown eyes I’ve ever looked into on the most ruggedly handsome guy I’ve ever seen. His dark wavy hair compliments his dark eyes and tan skin. Usually, I like men clean shaved, but the scruff that he’s rocking only adds to his raw and carnal sex appeal. He oozes confidence in a way that doesn’t come across as arrogant. He is perfection on two legs.

I want to thank everyone who has stuck with this series from the beginning! You guys are seriously AWESOME!

 

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So, with that I must return to the writing cave. It was fun socializing with humans. But, the voices in my head demand to be heard! But, before I go I thought I should share the cover again, you know … in case you forgot what it looked like.

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Blurb Alert

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Order Links:
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After The Heatybreak pre-order sale ends Dec 14th. the regular price is $1.99 or FREE if you are a part of Kindle Unlimited.

The Undying Love Series will be on sale until December 14th. Only on Amazon!

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Don’t forget to like, comment, share or subscribe. I’m not picky and any will do!

P.S. Don’t forget my Facebook Contest. It closes September 11th 11:59 pm eastern time. Mr. Random will choose the winner from the persons who signed up for my Newsletter. Also, Don’t forget to check out my Goodreads giveaway.

Remember life is too short to worry about the small things. Love, live, and laugh.

Until next time.

-Izzy xoxo

✯ ☆҉➹⁀☆҉☆COVER REVEAL✯ ☆҉‿➹⁀☆҉☆

After the Heartbreak (Undying Love #2.5)

I’m super excited for this cover reveal! This feeling should get old by now, but I’m as excited as I was for the very first one!

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In case, you’re not sure which book is being released read on …

 

Blurb:
It’s the anniversary of our first time. I can never forget it because it’s the only time that I’ve ever felt whole. I am nothing with you and I can never forget the day when you gave yourself to me … so I wanted you to remember too.

Excerpt:

I look up to find the most intense dark brown eyes I’ve ever looked into on the most ruggedly handsome guy I’ve ever seen. His dark wavy hair compliments his dark eyes and tan skin. Usually, I like men clean shaved, but the scruff that he’s rocking only adds to his raw and carnal sex appeal. He oozes confidence in a way that doesn’t come across as arrogant. He is perfection on two legs.

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So drum roll, please …

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I now present you with official cover for After The Heartbreak:

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Isn’t it lovely??

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In honor of my awesome new cover and my shiny new banner, I’ve decided to have all my books for $0.99 cents for the entire week. So spread the word for this great buy!

After the Heartbreak buy links:

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Amazon UK: https://t.co/0xAKln76RH

The Before buy links:

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The Introduction & The Heartbreak buy links:

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Do you know what a new book means? … It mans a shiny new banner! And I freaking love it!!!!
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Don’t forget to like, comment, share or subscribe. I’m not picky and any will do! You can also find me on social media!

Remember life is too short to worry about the small things. Love, live and laugh.

Until next time.

-Izzy xoxo

Black Friday Special

Before we get into this awesome special I need to say something!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!

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Lol. I’m done! I really hope you enjoyed your day and ate lots and lots of turkey.

Now that’s done with … I have some really exciting news!

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I am really excited for you guys to finally see the cover, but I’m most excited to say that on December 11th you’ll be able to finally read it!!!

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In case you forgot what is to come … here’s a little snippet.

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Add it to your Goodreads: bit.ly/1NNGsqU

You can pre order it now for only 99cents, and also enter my pre order giveaway. Check out the pinned post.
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Do you want a chance to participate in my cover reveal? You can. Whether you’re a blogger or just a reader. All you have to do is click on the link to find out how! ->>>> bit.ly/1RY1Cn9

 

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While you’re doing your Black Friday shopping check out this awesome deal. Starting Friday at midnight. Lasting all day!
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So, please share this awesome deal with your fellow book lovers!!!

Don’t forget to like, comment, share or subscribe. I’m not picky and any will do!

Remember life is too short to worry about the small things. Love, live and laugh.

Until next time.

-Izzy xoxo

 

Huge Giveaway!

 

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Contest Time!

To celebrate the release of “After The Heartbreak” we are having another Huge Giveaway! This giveaway is brought to you by Elle and Isabelle. There will be FIVE winners and each winner will receive ONE prize.
For a chance to win:
1.A surprise swag pack with signed and unsigned swag
2. A signed paperback of “The Introduction”
3. A $5 Amazon gift card
4. An e-ARC of Unexpected (Unscripted Love #1) To be released early next year.
5. All three of the e-books in the Undying Love series!

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Rules
For a chance to win any of these great prizes all you have to do is
1.Pre-order “After The Heartbreak” and send a screenshot of your order to twosassybookbabes@gmail.com. The subject should be Pre-Order Giveaway.
Buy Links (Pre-order sale $0.99)
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Amazon UK: https://t.co/0xAKln76RH
2. Join our new group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/twosassybookbabes/)
3. Like Elle’s Friends and Books
4. Like Author Isabelle Connors
5. Join Isabelle Connors newsletter (http://bit.ly/1D5Hyrd)

Tagging/Sharing is not a must. But it would be appreciated!

The winner will be chosen randomly with the help of random.org.Facebook is not responsible for this contest. Contest ends December 11th 11:59 pm eastern time.

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Do you want a chance to participate in my cover reveal? You can. Whether you’re a blogger or just a reader. All you have to do is click on the link to find out how! ->>>> bit.ly/1RY1Cn9

 

Don’t forget to like, comment, share or subscribe. I’m not picky and any will do!

Remember life is too short to worry about the small things. Love, live and laugh.

Until next time.

-Izzy xoxo

How Does A New Author Get Their Name Out?

So, I’m a new Indie author. My current genre is YA/Romance. In the future, I would like to venture onto NA/Romance or Contemporary Romance.

With so many different authors in this genre it’s quite hard to breakthrough. It’s even harder for readers to trust you and take a leap and read new Indie Authors. So, my question is, what should a new author do to get their names out there? What should new authors do to get people to buy their books?

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After the shock that your new book has not skyrocketed into the bestsellers list; or hasn’t become the next Twilight or Fifty Shades wears off. I would like to congratulate you into the reality of being an author in the 21st century.

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So, really what should I do? Am I doing things right? (Prepare for shameless plugs).

I’ve scowered the internet for persons to review my books. Some, persons I’ve sent my book to and I’ve heard crickets *sigh*. Some, have me on a waiting list. (I can deal with that). But, some have been great and have reviewed my books within a few days/weeks. (Thank you for that. You guys know who you are.)

I have a contest on my Facebook page. Great prize by the way. I’m giving away a Kindle.

Contest Time!

Contest Time!

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I have not one, but two giveaways on Goodreads.

The Introduction

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The Introduction by Isabelle Connors

The Introduction

by Isabelle Connors

Giveaway ends October 01, 2015.

See the giveaway details
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The Heartbreak by Isabelle Connors

The Heartbreak

by Isabelle Connors

Giveaway ends November 13, 2015.

See the giveaway details
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I also did a giveaway on http://www.librarything.com. This is a great site if you want to do a giveaway with an e-book. I think I’ve given almost a hundred books away. But, I’ve only gotten two reviews so far. Still waiting!

I’ve put my books on sale. They are both on sale for 99 pennies everywhere. (Buy links below).

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I’ve done blog interviews. I’ve given my books to countless bloggers for reviews. I’ve sent out countless e-mails, some answered and some not. I have signed up for countless free and paid advertisemnet. Although I’m no major star, when I google myself (I had to check Lol) my visiblity isn’t too bad. But, it can be bettter.
So, my question is what else should I or any other new authors do to get our names out there. I know for sure if I ventured into erotica my sales would be a whole lot better, but that’s not what I want to write. So, since that’s not what I write although I I like to read it (don’t judge me) it’s not what I write. So give me some advice. I’m all ears. Comment here or find me on any of my social media accounts and give me your thoughts, ideas or just say hi. I enjoy meeting new people.
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Also, please continue to support me whether it’s buying my book, sharing the links, or just telling someone about the series. Every little bit helps. So, thank you in advance! #PayItForward #SupIndieAuthors #Oneclick

Remember life is too short to worry about the small things. Love, live, and laugh.

Until next time.

-Izzy xoxo

Book Trailers

Watch all my book trailers. Just click on Book Trailers below. I hope you enjoy!

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The Heartbreak is Now Available for Pre-Order!

I’m so happy I feel like I could go bungee jumping. Well, maybe not bungee jumping but I’m doing my happy dance!

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The Heartbreak: Undying Love #2 is now Available for Pre-Order:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1I1xbsP
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It goes LIVE on AUGUST 25th. Save the Date!

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Do you know what that means? Yes, you guessed it. The Introduction is now on sale! It is now 99cents everywhere. Not even a dollar. So, if you haven’t read it yet now would be the time to get it while the sale lasts. Trust me, you need to read The Introduction to fully grasp the events in The Heartbreak.So, in case you’d like to #SupportanIndieAuthor here are the buy links:

Amazon:http://amzn.to/1f1WXDy
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Barnes&Nobles:http://bitly.com/1BE2VnS
Kobo:http://bitly.com/1NiKKFV
Paperback:http://bit.ly/1IdfyaB

The Facebook competition is still going on! Someone is going to win a brand new Amazon Kindle! Check out my Facebook page for the rules and regulations. It’s easy as 1, 2, 3….

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I also have a giveaway on Goodreads. I’m giving away three signed paperback editions of The Introduction!

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The Introduction by Isabelle Connors

The Introduction

by Isabelle Connors

Giveaway ends October 01, 2015.
See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Also, please continue to support me whether it’s buying my book, sharing links, or just telling someone about the series. Every little bit helps. So, thank you in advance! #PayItForward

Remember life is too short to worry about the small things. Love, live, and laugh.

Until next time.

-Izzy xoxo

You Picked The Cover …

Well, it’s more like covers. In the end, two covers were tied for the top spot. One of them was one of my favorite. But, I said you would pick … so I have two official covers. Yay!

So, I’m using one for the e-books and one for print.

I was going to reveal them today, but I’ll do it in a few days. I just wanted you guys to know a decision has been made!

In other news, the contest is still going on, on my official Facebook page. No purchase necessary to participate.

I also have the paperback giveaway on Goodreads. Check that out also!

Also, my book is now available in paperback. You can purchase it here on my page. Just click the Book page. You can also find it on the official Undying Love Facebook page, and on Amazon.

Thank you for participating in the poll. Have a wonderful day lovelies!

Also, please subscribe to my blog. If you’d like to connect with me on social media you can find me on:
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Also, please continue to support me whether it’s buying my book, sharing links, or just telling someone about it. Every little bit helps. So, thank you in advance! #PayItForward

If you’d like to #SupportanIndieAuthor here are the buy links:

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Kobo:http://bitly.com/1NiKKFV
Paperback:http://bit.ly/1IdfyaB

Remember life is too short to worry about the small things. Love, live, and laugh.

Until next time.

-Izzy xoxo

The Heartbreak Excerpt

Prologue

Arianna

There are times in your life that you need to have a chat with yourself. To ask yourself if the decisions you made were right. If all the choices you made thus far were the right ones to make. But, what if they’re not? Then you need to accept your actions and realize you can’t take them back. You learn from them. Sometimes things work out for the best. Other times not so much. But what do you do when the choices you make impact not only you, but also the ones you love the most? What do you do when your own choices are the reason you lose everything you love and cherish?

We always say that love is a gift, and not everyone is lucky enough to find it. But when the pain love causes is so deep, you literally feel pain every time your heart beats, you have to ask yourself are you the lucky one? Or maybe those who’ve never experienced the good, the bad and the ugly that comes along with being in love are the real lucky ones. They may never feel the joy of the good times, but they also will never feel the pain. The gut wrenching, heart breaking, and unbearable pain. This is not your average love story, this is a life story where love is pain and sometimes you have to choose pain if you want to have love.

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Michelle

As I’m heading to class, I stop by the bulletin board to search for a part-time job.

“Hey Michelle. What are you reading?”

I turn and notice it’s my roommate Leah. “Hey, I’m searching for a part time job.”

“Oh, any luck?”

I sigh. “Not yet.”

I hear someone laugh behind me and I turn around in time to see the owner walk past me. He is gorgeous. There is no other way to describe him.

Without turning away from him, I ask Leah, “Who is that?”

“That is the Skylar Montgomery. He is the soccer star here. You would know that if you came to watch some of the games.”

“When’s the next game?”

Leah laughs. “Friday.”

I smile to myself. “I’ll be the first one there.”

She grabs my hand and pulls me along with her. I turn towards her and she smirks.

“What?”

She laughs. “He’s not easy. We’ve all tried. So, good luck with that.”

I narrow my eyes. “We’ll see how hard he is.”

Leah bursts into a fit of laughter and I smile to myself.

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I’ve been at school for a few weeks now and it hasn’t been easy. Between trying to keep up with my classes, practice, talking to Ari, and sleeping, there aren’t enough hours in a day. I can feel her slipping away from me. But, aside from jumping on a plane and going home, there’s nothing more I can do until I settle into a better routine.

It’s late afternoon and I have a little time before I have practice, so I decide to call Ari. The phone rings for a while and as I’m about to hang up, she answers.

“Hey Sky.”

“Hey pretty girl. What were you up to?”

In a bored tone, she says, “Nothing just hanging out. You?”

“Just resting up before practice … I miss you Ari. I miss seeing you, touching you, and kissing your pretty lips. I especially miss seeing you smile.”

I hear her breathe into the phone. “I miss you too Sky.”

“Say it.” I whisper.

“Say what?”

“I know you Ari. What are you thinking?”

She pauses, and then I hear her take a deep breath. “Okay … I’m thinking if being together even makes sense anymore. Especially for you. God knows I love you, but is this even fair to us? I get panic attacks picturing you with someone else … do you think I can handle this for a few years? How long before you give into temptation? And please don’t bullshit me Sky.” She says in one breath.

“I’m not … I’m not going to lie to you Ari. But I’m not going to cheat on you either. I love you. There’s only you!”

Softly she says, “Yeah, but for how long?”

“Forever. Until the day I die Ari.” I whisper back.

“Don’t promise me eternity and leave me Sky. It will kill me. Don’t you understand I’m trying to save myself from the pain I know I’m going to feel eventually?”

“That’s not going to happen baby.”

“Let me go Sky … Please, let me go.” She pleads.

I grit my teeth and I close my eyes tightly. “Is there someone else Ari?”

“There will never be anyone else but you. I’m afraid of what may happen. You’re young and you never know what may happen. Girls are going to be offering themselves on a silver platter. And I’m not there with you Sky.”

“I hear everything you’re saying. I do. But I don’t accept it. The love I feel for you surpasses any sexual need I may have. That’s why we’ve never had sex Ari. I told you I would wait, and I am waiting. You know why? Because I love you. So trust me.”

“I want too, I really want to.”

With a determination I didn’t know I possessed I say, “Then do it, Ari!”

She’s quiet for a while. “Why can’t I say no to you Sky?” She sighs.

“Umm … because you love me.” I say with a grin on my face.

“I do.”

“Ari …?”

She whispers, “Yeah?”

“Do you still feel it?”

She takes a moment before answering. But when she does, she answers so soft I almost miss it. “I still feel it Sky … I feel it, but it’s not the same. It’s being stretched to a distance that I’m not sure about. But I trust you.”

“It’s only the distance baby. In a few weeks I’ll be home for Thanksgiving, wait for me baby.” I plead.

“I am waiting. Patiently waiting. “She says with a smile in her voice.

“Okay enough of the heavy shit for now. How ‘s school going?”

“It’s the same … Rachel is still crazy. Abel is still an over protective goof and some of your old teammates watch me like a hawk. What’s up with that? Did you put them up to it?” She says with a laugh.

“I plead the fifth on that one.”

She laughs and says, “Really … you have people spying on me? I can’t believe you.”

“Well believe it baby.” I stop laughing and I sigh. “I’m sorry to do this pretty girl. I’ve got to run or else I’m going to be late for practice.”

“Okay, be safe babe … I love you.”

I close my eyes and savor her words. “I love you more Ari.”

“Yeah? How much do you love me?” She asks reverently.

I grin to myself. “Well, I love you more than all the stars in the sky. And all the letters in all the books in the whole wide world.”

“Wow! That’s a lot.”

“Yeah, are you starting to get it now?”

“I think I am.”

When we hang up, I feel lighter than I’ve felt in a while. I’m feeling optimistic about us being okay and I hope so for my sanity.

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Arianna

It’s been a few days since my conversation with Sky. I felt good about our relationship after our talk, but now not so much. Since that day, I haven’t spoken to him much. He’s so busy and I can’t complain because he’s on a scholarship so he has to work hard to keep it. But I miss him something fierce. Also, I’m bored. I have a lot of free time after school so I’m thinking of joining a club. But, Rachel wants me to try out for cheerleading with her.

It’s after school and the hallways are a bit deserted. So we’re hanging around and goofing off. Unfortunately, she hasn’t stopped nagging me. She’s jumping on the balls of her feet in front of me like a Chihuahua on caffeine.

“Come on Ari put your dance moves to good use.” She whines.

“I hate you sometimes, you know that.” I murmur.

“No you don’t, and don’t worry I brought extra clothes for you to change. So perk up.” She says while clapping her hands repeatedly.

I roll my eyes and pout. “What if I had said no?”

Grinning she says, “Then I would have tried harder.”

“Fine let’s get this over with.” I murmur.

The tryouts last a little over an hour, but a few of us stay back dancing and hanging out. By the time we leave and I check my phone, I have seven missed calls from Sky.

“Crap! Sky has been blowing up my phone and I’ve barely talked to him all week.” I shriek.

“Call him back. I’m going to jump in the shower.”

“Okay.”

I dial his number and the phone barely rings once before he answers. “Where have you been, Arianna? I’ve been calling you for over two hours.” He yells.

I narrow my eyes at the phone even though I know he can’t see me. “Really? No, hello or how are you? Or I’m so happy you’re okay?”

He takes a deep breath. “Dammit, Ari I was worried sick about you. I kept calling and you weren’t answering. I’m sorry … Where were you?”

I huff out a breath. “We were trying out for the cheerleading team. I’m bored since you’re not here and Rachel wanted to try out for the team, so I was roped into it too.”

“Well, that makes up for it. If you make the team, I want a picture of you in your cheerleading outfit. Plus, you have to dance for me for almost giving me a heart attack.”

I laugh and say, “Okay, deal.”

“I miss you Ari.”

“I miss you too … that’s why I’m joining a club even if it isn’t cheerleading. I don’t like sitting around and waiting for your calls. It’s depressing.”

He sighs. “I’m sorry baby … I’m trying. Everything is just a bit overwhelming right now. I may have to get a tutor for a few classes so I can keep up.”

“Do what you need to do Sky. Remember I’m rooting for you. We’ll talk whenever we can.” I say lifelessly.

“I’m sorry this isn’t what I promised. But I’ll make it up to you. I’ll bring you lots and lots of chocolate.”

I laugh. “Oh goodie! I’ll be waiting; you know I’m a sucker for chocolate.”

“I know Ari … I’m sorry to do this, but I’ve got to go baby.”

In a disappointed voice I say, “It’s okay baby. We’ll talk whenever. Love you.”

I don’t wait for him to respond before I hang up. I know he loves me, but I feel him slipping away, and it’s scaring me.

***

I want to save my relationship with Skylar. So, I’ve been meeting with my guidance counselor Ms. Smith, to see if I qualify for early graduation, and she says if I work hard this semester, I will qualify. I haven’t told anyone about this, not even Rachel. I’m meeting her today to see if I’ll be able to pull it off or not. I knock on Ms. Smith’s door.

“Come in.” She yells from behind her closed door.

“Hey Ms. Smith.”

“Hello Arianna. Have a seat.” She says while pointing to the empty seats in front of her.

I lower myself in one of the chairs. “Thanks.”

She eyes me pensively and says, “So today is the big day …”

“Yeah, I’m excited.” I say with a smile.

“I’m sure you are. But are you sure you want to do this. You’re going to miss out on a lot of experiences with your friends.”

I think about it for a while. “I’m sure Ms. Smith. I want to do this.”

She nods. “Okay. Let me check to see where you stand.”

She awakes her sleeping computer and begins to pull up my records. She’s quiet for a while and then she looks up at me. “Well, it looks look like you qualify academically, but you still need an extra-curricular activity, which is an easy fix. So if you want, you will be able to graduate next spring.”

I grin. “Thank you Ms. Smith. This means a lot to me.”

“You’re welcome and congratulations.”

I smile at her as I leave her office. I can’t wait to tell Sky. I want to surprise him when he comes homes for Thanksgiving. I’m so happy I feel like bouncing off the wall. I’m so happy that I don’t pay attention to my surroundings and I bump into someone. I look up to see Abel looking at me suspiciously. “Why are you smiling so much? You look like you’re up to something, little one.”

“No reason. Can’t I just be happy to be alive?” I smile sweetly at him.

He eyes me for a while and murmurs, “I guess … So, where are you headed to?”

“To the library.”

He hooks my hand through the crook of his elbow. “Well, it’s your lucky day; I’m headed in that direction now. Let’s go.”

I smile at him and say, “Let’s go.”

I haven’t felt this light and happy since before Sky left for school. I feel like the stars are finally aligning and I hope the natural high that I’m on doesn’t dissolve.

Chapter Two

             I’m Not the Only One              

Arianna

They are posting the list for the cheerleading squad right after school today, and surprisingly I’m excited. But I don’t think I’m as excited as Rachel is. As soon as the bell rings, she sprints out of class. I don’t even bother trying to catch up with her, so I walk at a normal pace. As I’m walking, I see Colin coming out of his class. When he sees me he says, “Hey Ari.”

I smile at him and say, “Hey stranger. How have you been Colin?”

“I’ve been good. I just saw Rachel fly down the hall. Where was she headed?”

I laugh and say, “She’s excited to see if we made the cheerleading team. That’s where I’m headed to now.”

He grins and says, “Oh, wow, you in a cheerleading outfit. Oh, I’m praying you make the team.”

I hit him in the chest. “You are awful Colin.”

“Well, l do try.”

“I’m sure you do.”

Stacey, one of the most popular girls in the school, sees me walking with Colin. She struts up to us and says, “Hey Arianna.”

I crinkle my nose and say, “Um … hi Stacey.”

“Do you want to introduce me to your friend?” she says beaming at Colin.

“Oh … uh, this is Colin.” I say while pointing to Colin. I turn to Stacey and say, “Colin this Stacey.”

“Hey Colin, I’ve seen you around. Aren’t you on the basketball team?” She says while looking at Colin through her lashes.

“Yeah, that’s me.” Colin says tightly.

After a few seconds of standing there awkwardly, I decide to leave. “Uh, I’m going to go and let you two chat.”

As I’m about to leave Colin grabs my hand. “Uh, I’ll talk to you later Stacey, me and Ari have to be somewhere.”

With a tight smile she says, “Um okay Colin. See you around I guess? Bye Arianna.”

“Yeah, I’ll see you around.” Colin says while dragging me down the hallway.

As we’re walking away, I say to Colin, “Why didn’t you stay and talk to her she’s interested.”

“I know. But I’m not.” He says while looking straight ahead.

I stop in my tracks. “Colin …”

He turns to look at me. “What l didn’t say anything? I just said I’m not into her.” He chuckles.

I tilt my head at him. “Let’s not go there … Are you going with me to see if I get in?”

He starts to grin and says, “Of course.”

I sigh and continue to walk towards the gym. When we get to the list, I’m too nervous to look.

“You look. Tell me if I made it. I can’t do it.” I cover my eyes with my hands.

“Okay … Well Ari it seems you … Have made the team, Rachel too.”

I start screaming and I jump into Colin’s arms and hug him. “Oh my gosh, I’m sorry, Colin.” I say as I step away from him.

“I don’t mind, Ari. Actually I quite enjoyed it.”

“Still it’s not appropriate.” I look anywhere but at Colin.

“Says who?”

“Oh my gosh Ari. We made it!” Rachel says running up to me.

“I know, right? I’m so excited! I need to call Sky.”

I pick up the phone and call him but it rings until the voicemail picks up. “I guess he’s still in practice.” I sigh.

Colin just stares at me, but he doesn’t say anything. I look away feeling uncomfortable. Rachel, unaware of what just transpired between Colin and me, says, “You can call him later, let’s go to practice.”

He looks at me with a shy smile and asks, “Do you mind if I stay and watch?”

Warily I say, “I guess not.”

***

Colin

Watching Ari dance is hypnotizing. I want her so badly it hurts. It seems as if Sky is helping me along in getting her back. From the look on her face when she called him earlier, things aren’t going well. I’m just going to sit back and wait.

“You look good out there Ari.” I say as she walks up to me after practice.

“Thanks …”

“So what about me? Am I chopped liver here?” Rachel says with a mock glare as she walks up to us.

I laugh. “My bad, munchkin, you look good too.”

She smiles brightly and says, “Thanks a bunch.”

“How are you girls getting home today?”

“We are going to walk.” Ari answers.

“I can drop you guys off.”

Ari looks hesitant, but Rachel hurriedly accepts. “Yes please. I’m quite tired.”

I look at Ari from the corner of my eyes and I see that she rolls her eyes at Rachel, which causes me to laugh. Rachel, being confused, asks, “What?”

Ari hurriedly responds, “Nothing let’s just go.”

As we get to the car, Ari quickly jumps in the backseat. When I’m seated, I look at her in the rear view mirror. As soon as she sees me looking at her she looks away. A few moments later her phone rings.

“Hey baby … I called you earlier … You did? Oh, well I haven’t checked my phone yet … Guess what? Ha, ha, ha, real funny, no. Be serious babes … well anyways I made the team. Actually, we both did … Yeah we just came from practice … Mm no we caught a ride … With, uh, Colin. He was there during practice and he offered to drop us home, no big deal … No he doesn’t.”

She looks up at in the mirror. And I whisper, “I do,” assuming he’s telling her I’m still into her.

“Baby … relax. It’s just a ride … You know what, I’m almost home, I’ll call you back when I get there.” She hangs up without even saying a goodbye. She doesn’t look at me once for the rest of the ride to her house. When we get there, they both thank me and jump out of the car.

“Ari, wait!”

“I really appreciate you taking us home, but I’m exhausted. I just want to take a shower and relax for a while.” She says as she looks anywhere but at me.

“This won’t take long; I just wanted to know how you were doing. We’re friends right? Friends check on each other.”

She eyes me warily and says, “I’m fine.”

“Okay, but whenever you need a friend to talk to or just a shoulder to cry on, or to lean on, I’m here for you.”

She just nods and walks away. I have a feeling she’ll be taking me up on my offer real soon, because college boy seems to be too busy lately.

***

Arianna

When I get inside, I take a shower and lay my books out to do my homework. Just as I’m about to begin, my phone beeps with a text. It’s from Abel.

Abel: Hey little one congrats on making the team.

Me: Thanks

Abel: If I didn’t think of you as my sister, I would be really excited about you making the team. Lol 🙂

Me: But you’ll see Rachel!!!

Abel: Oh yeah. I’m gonna text her to beg her for a pic of her in her uniform. Wish me luck! Ttyl

After I read his last text, I decide to call Sky. He takes forever to respond and as I’m about to hang up he answers.

“Ari.”

“Sky … Are you still mad?”

“I am Ari but not at you, at him.” He murmurs.

“He was just trying to be a good friend, baby. You should also know that I sat in the back all by my lonesome.”

“I don’t care where you sit. I just don’t want him anywhere near you.”

I sigh, “Trust me he knows how I feel about you. He’s just a friend. I’m with you and only you.”

I hear someone in the background talking to Skylar.

“Who is that in the background?”

“Uh … I’ve been meaning to tell you I’ve got a tutor. Her name is Michelle.”

“Michelle huh? Okay …”

“Don’t worry, okay baby, it’s strictly platonic.” He says with a nervous chuckle.

“If it’s platonic why am I just learning about her after I hear her voice? Is she attractive Sky?”

He groans. “Because we haven’t talked much baby, and I don’t know if she is attractive or not, I don’t look at her much while my face is buried deep inside my books.”

“How many times do you study together in the week? And when did you even start studying with her.”

“Uh … three to four times a week. I started two weeks ago.” He says quietly.

“Okay … Well I better not keep you from your studies.”

“Don’t be like that Ari.”

“I’m not being like anything, you’re just busy.”

“I know you’re mad. But will you call me later? Please Ari … I miss you.” He pleads softly.

“Okay. I’ll try. Night Sky.”

“Night Ari.”

All I hear is click. He doesn’t say he loves me. I can feel our connection beginning to fizzle and I don’t know what to do to get it back. I love him until it hurts but I feel like our time may be running out. Maybe there is something more going on with his tutor, or maybe even with someone else.
All I know is there is a storm coming and I just hope he doesn’t let me drown.

***

Arianna

Two Months Later

Even with everything that’s been happened I’m optimistic about me and Skylar. Not, because of some great improvement in our relationship, but more of the little things that he has been doing. He’s still super busy, but he tries to talk to me at least once per day. I appreciate it. Every call, text, or e-mail; because I know the sacrifice he makes to keep connected with me. There’s still a nagging feeling in the back of my head, but I refuse to listen to it.

Thanksgiving is in a few days and I couldn’t be more excited, because I finally get to Sky. I’ve missed him so much I thought I would have lost my mind.

I’ve just returned home after cheerleading practice. Instead of taking a shower I decide to call Sky. The phone barely rings before I hear his husky voice on the other line.

“Hi, pretty girl.”

“Hey Sky.”

“To what do I owe the honor? Our phone date isn’t for another few hours.”

I close my eyes and whisper, “I miss you.”

With a smile in his voice he says, “Yeah?”

“Yeah.”

“I’ll be home soon enough, pretty girl.”

“I know,” I say with a grin.

He chuckles. “I guess you can’t wait?”

“It’s not like I have much of choice,” I say with a pout.

“Be patient. I’m almost home. When I get there I’ll kiss you for every day we were apart. I’ll make you forget every night you cried yourself to sleep; or when you locked yourself in your room because you didn’t want anyone else but me.”

“H-how do you know about that?”

“I check in with everyone around you to make sure you’re okay, pretty girl. I know you’ll never tell me these things so I won’t get distracted. But, I’ll always find out. I need to always know that you’re okay, and I’ll make it okay when I get there. I promise.”

With a smile I whisper, “Okay.”

“I love you pretty girl. I’m headed to practice. I’ll call you later.”

“I love you more.”

He sighs, “I don’t think that’s possible, but okay. I’ll talk to you later pretty girl.”

With that he hangs up the phone leaving me with a feeling so big that love is too small of a word to describe it.

Chapter Three

Without You

Skylar

I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but most of all I’m afraid of losing Ari. I promised her I wouldn’t lie to her, but I don’t know if I can bear to tell her the truth. The day that Ari learnt about my study sessions with Michelle she began to withdraw from me, or was it me from her? I don’t really know anymore, but I do know that there was a big hole between us. I began spending more and more time with Michelle, and I spent less and less time talking to Arianna. Then the one night that I wish I could have erased from the history books occurred.

“Earth to Skylar.” She says waving frantically in my face.

“Oh sorry, my mind isn’t here right now. Maybe we should end early tonight; my brain isn’t functioning properly right now.”

“Where is it then?” Michelle asks with furrowed brows.

“That’s personal …”

“Okay I can take a hint. You’re not interested; you don’t have to be so mean.” She says with a pout.

I sigh. “I’m not trying to be rude I’m just dealing with a few personal things that I don’t feel comfortable discussing with you.”

“Point taken. But, maybe I can help you get your mind off of those things.” She says as she walks over to me provocatively.

“I don’t think that’s a good idea Michelle.”

“We are about to know each other on a personal level, I think you can me Shelley now.” She says with a flirtatious tone.

“Michelle is fine. This can’t and won’t happen; you need to leave. Now!” I yell.

“I don’t get it … I thought you liked me?”

I close my eyes and say, “I do. But as a friend, and I’m in love with my girlfriend. I couldn’t do that to her.”

“I can make you forget her, Skylar.” She says as she begins to strip out of her clothes.

“Do not take your clothes off Michelle.” I say in a panic.

“Are you afraid of me?” Her hand freezes on her jeans button.

“No. I just love my girlfriend more than life, so I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize our relationship.”

She looks me straight in the eyes and removes her jeans. Then she says, “That’s so sweet, but I don’t want a relationship with you. I want something a little more physical.”

She’s standing before me in just her underwear and, me being a mere mortal, I start to give in to my physical needs.

Just as she reaches out to touch my chest, I hold her hands and say, “Just so you know this isn’t going to turn into a relationship, I won’t and can’t love you, so do not put any fantasies in your head about a happy ever after with me. If you are looking for a boyfriend or something serious, you really need to get the hell out of here, like five minutes ago. Do you get what I’m saying?” I say looking straight into her eyes.

With a wicked grin she says, “Got it.”

With that, I give into my carnal needs for a night of wild and passionate sex that did not have anything to do with love. Everything happens in a haze. It feels like an out of body experience, almost as if I have no control over my own body. I don’t know how I could betray Ari so easily, but I did. But it did prove to me without a doubt in my mind that I am totally in love with Ari. Ironic I know, but true.

***End of Excerpt***

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