Karma In Blue Jeans Kicks off a New Series Focusing on Immortals #newrelease #KIBJ

Hello all!

Thank you for stopping in today to help me celebrate the release of Karma in Blue Jeans (Immortal Siblings 1). I finally finished this one in time to have signed copies available for Passport to Romance 2019 in Bellevue, WA on October 19th. If you ever have a chance to attend this reader event, please stop in to say hello. It’s one my husband and I plan on attending every year. It’s free and a wonderful way to meet your favorite and new to you authors. We call it a Booktail party for a reason! *wink wink* It’s put on by Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America chapter (GSRWA). Mark you calendars for next year!

So far, KIBJ has been accepted by my regular readers and new fans alike. All looking to learn more about the Immortals I introduced in my Now and Forever series, The Courtship of the Vampyre, and the Kayne Legacy series. I have to say, I’m quite fond of these Gods and Goddesses myself. I hope you enjoy their stories as much as I have had telling them. I should say transcribing them as we all know it’s the characters who pester us to put their tales down on paper.

Karma in Blue Jeans is available on all major outlets as an ebook and print at the following links. The first link is for Books2Read. It has all the ebook outlets on one page. Just choose your preferred vendor and it will take you directly to that site.

https://books2read.com/KIBJ

Barnes and Noble Print

Amazon Print

Back of the book blurb:

What would you do if Karma called upon you?

As Goddess of Blessings and Punishments, Karma excelled in her duties concerning her mortal charges. Her decision to reward or punish had never been done on a whim. After the God of Trials and Tribulations decides to follow his heart and step down from his position as one of The Three, Karma is asked to be His replacement. She agrees, but with one condition—

She wishes to experience life on earth as a human while completing her final assignments with her demigod lover, Justice. In her mind, this is the only way she can understand how and why the humans act as they do.

Her final assignments turn out to be her most rewarding yet:

  • Two lost and lonely souls are brought together for a second chance at love
  • An author who chooses to lie, cheat and steal her way to the top of the charts
  • A veteran left reeling after a betrayal by his boss
  • An immortal who had once betrayed The Three is offered a chance at redemption

Follow Karma and Justice as they soon learn having limited access to her magical powers makes it even harder to answer the prayers of those in need, and punish those hell bent on destroying everything they touch.

 

The first couple chapters (unedited) were released as a free read on this blog. For this post, I wanted to share a new excerpt with you that showcases new beginnings for two who thought their lives were over, and one determined to destroy her future.

Story Excerpt (PG-13)

Joe struggled to keep his emotions in check as Charlotte opened up about her life since losing Darrin. How could this wonderful woman ever feel she would be a burden on her friends and family? Why hadn’t anyone checked up on her? He held her hand as it rested on his thigh.

Just like he had always done with Carrie.

“Living out of the van hasn’t been all that bad. I showered here or at one of the truck stops just out of town. I didn’t want to spend too much time at the shelter when so many others needed the bed more than I did. I spent most of my time here at the hospital, so no one thought anything about me eating all of my meals in the cafeteria.”

“Your librarian salary wasn’t enough to keep your house?”

She shook her head. “Darrin’s medical bills took all of our savings and maxed out our insurance policies. We had to take out a second mortgage to cover his funeral expenses. He thought of everything and did what he could to take care of me right up until the day he passed.”

Joe had heard enough. An overwhelming wave of guilt washed over him. Darrin had fought hard to stay with his wife, just like Carrie had to stay with him. He didn’t understand how it was possible that their lives could be entwined this way. The only explanation had to be divine intervention. He intended to take the blessing and run with it.

“You’ve spent your last day without a home.”

Charlotte turned in the booth to face him, still holding his hand. “What are you saying?”

“I won’t allow you to face your cancer battle without a roof over your head. My home is now your home.”

She blinked rapidly and opened her mouth as if to protest. Instead, she laughed.

And laughed.

She laughed until tears rolled down her face and she gasped for air.

“I don’t know why you find moving in with me so funny. There’s more than enough space for the two of us. You’ll have your own room and bathroom of course.”

She wiped her eyes and kissed his cheek. The touch of her lips sent ripples through his body he never thought he would feel again. He knew in that instant Charlotte was his past, present and future.

“I’m not laughing at you or your wonderful offer. I’ve had another flash of déjà vu. You were booted out of your frat house…”

“Oh, holy hell! I’d forgotten about that.” He chuckled as he recalled punching a senior at a party for making lude comments about Carrie. The foul-mouthed creep happened to be a legacy and had thrown a fit, demanding Joe be booted out of the fraternity. Instead, their chapter leader kicked him out for the night with instructions to sleep it off at the nearest hotel. He had ended up standing under Carrie’s window at two in the morning, drunkenly proclaiming his undying love for her.

“You defended my virtue then and here you are protecting me all over again. Darrin had done something similar. Both of you were drunk off your asses thanks to tequila shots.”

He brushed her hair from her cheek and ran his thumb over her bottom lip. “I can say for all certainty it wasn’t the tequila that caused me to open my heart to you. Please say yes, Charlie. Take the leap with me.”

She nodded and molded her body into his as their lips found each other again.

 

I want to live! I want to live and love this man here, now and always. If this is a dream, I don’t ever want to wake up.

He tasted of berries and cola, of sunshine and promises. He was her Darrin, and yet not. She knew in her heart her prayers had been answered in the hospital cafeteria of all places. She clung to him and promised to never let go again.

“Are you sure about this, Joe?”

“Never surer about anything in my life.”

She smiled and slid out of the booth. She tugged on his hand still clutching hers. “I have one stop to make before we head home.”

That sounds so good to my ears. Home to start living again.

  

Justice tapped out Karma’s dictation with lightning speed. Once she had the remote in her hand, she figured out the features with only a few instructions from him. She’d made all of the screens combine into one to focus on Joe and Charlotte. He’d laughed with the couple as they recalled the memories of proclaiming their love for each other the first time around.

But that kiss stopped his heart.

As soon as their lips came together, their auras changed, signaling their path had finalized.

“Where did she have to go?”

“With Joe beside her to boost her courage, she made the decision to tell her doctors then and there she would go through cancer treatment as soon as they could set it all up.”

He pumped his fists in the air. “Yes!”

Karma tapped the remote and shrunk the screen to the upper left corner. “The two of them can take it from here for the rest of the night. Brighton is settled in with her brother and niece. Let’s see what Evil Evie is up to now.”

“Evil Evie? Is she really that far gone or are you giving your charges nicknames just for fun?”

She snickered. “The name fits don’t you think?”

His eyes took in the scene in front of him. Evangeline struggled to communicate using the tablet Dallas provided for her that morning. It pained him to watch as she awkwardly gripped a stylus and tapped out words one letter at a time. Even in her debilitated state, she treated her nurses as her personal punching bags. She kicked, thrashed and attempted to bite one who simply tried to adjust her pillows.

“Why is she so combative?” His experience working in the hospital had shown him humans usually allowed the staff to see to their needs without throwing a fit each time. Evangeline faced months of rehab to get back to where she was functioning before her stroke. If she alienated her caregivers, her recovery would be harder if not damn near impossible.

“She wants to push them away to be alone. She’s about to get her wish. Watch what she does.” Karma expanded Evangeline’s screen to quadruple the size.

Within moments of tossing her water bottle at the back of the nurse escaping through the door, Evangeline tapped her stylus on the tablet to bring up a chat window. Her speed increased as she spelled out each word.

 

“Did you get the books uploaded?”

“Yes, and you won’t believe the number of downloads we’ve had in the last hour.”

“Good 2 hear. Be ready for the take down notices to hit within the next couple days.”

“You don’t need to remind me. I know what to do.”

“Humor me.”

“Deny, deny, deny then shut down the site.”

“Then?”

“Start all over again. You need to trust me, Evie.”

“I trust you to keep this up and keep hidden. With my competition freaking out about pirates, my books will keep beating them on the charts.”

“They’re not for sale any longer, sweetheart.”

“Temporary setback. I have my people setting up an alternative sales channel…”

 

Anger flowed through him. He had been taken in by Evangeline and had felt pity for her. Even now she kept trudging down her dark path. “Yeshua is right to cut this one off. She’ll never learn.”

“Brighton will see her tomorrow along with others who Evangeline has wronged in the past. These women will be her final test. As always, the choice will be hers. This time will truly be her last.”

“Why does she spend so much time on schemes like this? She has the talent. She’s more than capable of making it all on her own.”

“Self-doubt crept in after the release of her first book. Rhiannon told me Evangeline thought it was a fluke, one shot and done. She feared the words wouldn’t come fast enough on their own. She found a way to keep up the insane pace and put her books and her name at the top of the charts. The awards and acclaim had been too enticing. She wanted it all then and even more so now.”

He recorded everything into the file open on the laptop and turned his eyes back to the footage playing out in front of them. The camera angles shifted to showcase Evangeline’s tablet as she struggled with the stylus. She sighed with relief as the folder opened to display no less than two dozen files for books yet to be published.

“I’m almost afraid to ask where those came from.”

“Angela wasn’t the only ghostwriter on Evangeline’s payroll, Justice. Each and every single one of those files is a book stuffed with combinations of their stories. Her plan had been to publish these books under new pen names and cash in on book subscription services that pay out by pages read as well as sales of the books. She set up the new account using an LLC she’s kept secret from everyone including her husband.”

He groaned. The biggest online book retailer in the world just cleaned house and deleted the accounts of the people pulling off the very same scam Evangeline planned to launch. “Come on, Evie. Don’t dig yourself a bigger hole.”

Karma rolled her eyes. “Babe, we are witnessing a woman too desperate to care. She won’t put the books out today, but I’m betting within the week.”

“You can’t see her future yet?” Having Karma more human than goddess was going to take time to get used to for both of them. Her frustration came off her in waves and set his nerves on edge.

“I see all of her possible futures. She hasn’t made her choice known. Once she does, there will be no turning back.”

 

Happy Reading!

Tammy

 

Seven Eight, Justice is Karma’s Perfect Mate #KIBJ #NSFW

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Hello my friends! I hope you have enjoyed your Easter celebration. I realize not everyone celebrates this religious holiday, but for me it’s the start of Spring and New Beginnings. With that in mind, I have the next chapter from Karma In Blue Jeans to share with you. For those of you who haven’t read the first three chapters, click on the links below to catch up. Of course, you don’t have to do that right away. You can read Chapter 4 first and then go back to the beginning to catch up. It’s all good!

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Karma in Blue Jeans Cover first oneI do have one more surprise for everyone. I finally decided on a cover for KIBJ. I had debated about using the beautiful model I’ve chosen to represent her in these posts or go with something a little less obvious. Facebook loves to block images of covers that showcase too much skin. That of course is all subjective as they have no problem allowing videos with full on sex acts to be posted. So to get around all of that, I decided not to put Karma’s face on the cover. First of all, in the book readers find out she can change up her look depending on her mood. Last week she was granted her wish to live among the humans…in human form. She’s a wild child so I had to choose a photo that would represent that. What do you think?

So far we’ve learned Karma has been begging The Three for a chance to learn more about the mortals. With Lucius preparing to give up his immortality for his love of a Wiccan Priestess, Karma has to fill his shoes. Before she steps into her new role as part of The Three, she is allowed to experience life as a human. With her on this journey will be her lover the demigod, Justice. In this chapter we meet the sexy half human. I won’t say anymore.

Enjoy!

Chapter 4

 

 

Justice stood next to Marissa after her father entered Evangeline’s room alone. “I’m sorry you have to go through this.”

She waved him off, shrugged and appeared utterly defeated. “It’s not your fault, Doc. She did this to herself. She got caught up in all the hype of becoming a bestselling author. Somewhere along the way we lost her. It wasn’t always like this you know. Now there’s no turning back.”

He nodded. “The pressure to be on top can and has destroyed many. All’s not lost. There is still hope she’ll snap back and learn from her mistakes.”

“Don’t bet on it.” She turned away and shuffled toward the elevators.

He sighed. He’d never envied Karma’s position of having to decide when to reward and when to punish. He had always erred on the side of hope but in this case, he wished They’d stop enabling and let Evangeline hit rock bottom.

“Your wish is my command.”

He smiled and noted she’d turned into her human form after she’d materialized. Just like her to wait for the perfect moment to enter the earthly realm. Now she can’t hear my thoughts as easily. This could be fun. “They granted your request?”

She nodded. “How much longer must you stay here tonight? I’d hoped we could celebrate Yeshua’s decision—alone.” She moved to within inches of his lips and smiled.

Shirtless muscular man with tattooes on his body.Desire rolled through him as her scent filled his nostrils. “I’ve done all I can here tonight. Your plan must progress on its own from here. I managed to convince her husband she must stay for at least another three days.”

She purred and traced her fingertips along the lapels of his lab coat. “Time enough for one of our quickies before I have to take care of my next charge.”

He brought her hand to his lips. “You’ll have to get used to the idea that seventy-two hours of fucking isn’t considered a quickie for humans.”

She laughed. “Do tell.”

“I’d rather show you.” They moved toward the on-call room arm in arm. No one appeared to notice them as they made their way through the hallway. He pushed the door open to find the room completely empty.

She followed him into the room and then tossed her jacket on the chair.

He reached behind her, locked the door and then pinned her against it.

“What if we’re caught?” Her breathless question sent quivers through his body.

“That’s over half the fun and what makes this the best demonstration of what horny mortals do to satisfy their urges.” He lifted her up as his lips found hers eager as ever. He pulled up her blue jean skirt to find a bare ass. He groaned as her skin warmed with his touch.

A deep throaty laugh tickled his ears and buzzed against his lips. He had to have her now. His cock strained against his scrubs as he made his way to the bed against the opposite wall. He tossed her down and dropped his pants as she spread her legs before him.

He gasped and then in haled deeply. Her scent of arousal was enough to trigger a dribble of precum from his throbbing cock. He shoved her legs wide and then plunged into her. He steadied himself as he balanced his weight on his forearms and then pounded her pussy with abandon.

“Jus…tice…” Her cunt clenched around him and welcomed him home as only she could do. No human or goddess for that matter had ever been able to do that for him and demand more.

Not that he was complaining.

She wrapped her legs around his hips and then dug her heels into his ass to help pull him inside her with each thrust. Her nails raked along his back through his scrub top.

Beautiful girl and fashionable muscular man posingThe thought of them still partially clothed as they enjoyed each other turned him on even more. By the look in her eyes, he knew she felt the same. This had been exactly what he’d wanted to experience with her in her first moments as a human and it morphed into something much more than he’d expected.

He watched her skin flush from the top of her full breasts, up her neck and color her cheeks. Her pupils dilated into black orbs that pulled him in. Seconds before he thought he’d fall into them, she tossed her head back and cried out as her body shook violently beneath him.

He thrust into her a half dozen more times and willingly followed her over the edge. He collapsed on top of her as the last of his cum shot out of him.

She pushed him over so they could lay side by side with their arms and legs still entangled. “I think I like this quickie. Why haven’t we done this before?”

He brushed her curls away from her forehead and then kissed her, slowly, with eyes wide open. “You’ve not been human before nor have we had to sneak around. We’ve been able to enjoy each other whenever we wanted in your realm. This will be a whole new experience for you.”

She pouted. “So you’ve experienced this rush with your mortal conquests before me?”

“They’ve meant nothing to me. It’s you who has always had and will always hold my heart.”

She clenched her inner muscles down on his softening cock. “Now I claim this for only me as well.”

He smiled and devoured her lips again. Their tongues swirled and danced with each other until his dick filled and stretched her again. Even as a human she’s insatiable!

“It’s about damn time.” She moved her hips enough to glide along his shaft until both of them shuddered.

He nuzzled her breasts as they clung to each other, chests rising and falling in sync. He kissed the cleft between her tits and moved up along her neck, hitting all of her hot zones. He’d hoped they’d be the same for her now and had been pleased to find her even more aroused. Unfortunately, he needed a little more time to recover.

She giggled “Already I’m not liking being a human. I have to wait too long to have you again.”

“There will be plenty of time for that later. This was just an appetizer of things to come now that you’ll be with me in this world. That’s what you’d planned to do right? Stay with me?

 

 

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Nice smiling couple of athletic man and slim blond woman.

She noticed the momentary look of panic in his eyes. She frowned and touched his face. He’s actually worried I want to be with anyone else during my journey. “Justice…”

He untangled from her arms and stood up from the bed. He picked up their discarded clothing and shrugged. “You don’t owe me anything. Yeshua finally granted your wish. I’ll not stand in your way. You need to partake in all that being human has to offer, even if it means you take on other lovers.”

She sat up and stared. She had to admit she hadn’t thought that far ahead but the thought of other lovers intrigued her. “If there are to be other lovers, I wish to share all of them with you. I have no desire to be with anyone else unless we do it together.”

He helped her from the bed and kissed her. “That can be arranged.” He wiggled his eyebrows up and down to get her to giggle again.

“Spill it. What do you have going on in that mind of yours?”

He shook his head. “Nope. This will be a surprise for later. For now we have to get back to Evangeline. She’s finally asleep with the help of medication but I had to put her in restraints to keep her here. Unless she agrees to a longer stay, I can only keep her here for the three days.”

“Plenty of time. While you’ve distracted me with this surprise, another charge is in need of my help. I have to visit one who is to be rewarded for all her goodwill. It’s the reason I came here today.”

He spun her around and placed her into a dip. “Not for the quickie?”

“Alas, no, but that was an amazing. You may know her. She’s one of the volunteers here—Charlotte Mayberry.”

His face lit up. She runs the library here and visits the children’s ward to read to them every day.”

“Did you know she’s homeless.”

He visibly paled. “What?”

She nodded. “She spends her time here to keep busy. She lost her home after her husband died. She’s been living in a shelter off and on for the last two years.”

“I don’t understand. She has family. Why haven’t they helped her?”

“She doesn’t want to be a burden. Yesterday she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. She’s refused treatment because she wants to go and be with her husband. I’m here to grant her wish.”

“To let her die?”

She shook her head. “I’ve arranged for her to meet the most wonderful man, a widower. The two must meet today for it all to work as I’ve planned. I’ll need your help to pull it off.”

“I’ll do whatever it takes to bring joy to our Charlotte. The kids call her Charlie. Stage four? She’s so young…”

Karma nodded. “She gives so much to everyone else at the expense of her own health and happiness. Fate and I agreed Charlotte—Charlie is to go on and can do so in this lifetime. Her husband will be able to join her through this widower.”

“How will she know it’s him?”

“The heart always knows its soulmate. The realization will hit them both hard. We’ll need to be there to encourage them to follow their hearts and not be afraid to love again.”

“The cancer?”

She smiled. “True love conquers all. Both of them will have to take a leap of faith and believe they are meant to be together.”

“With a little push from us?” He winked.

“More like a gentle nudge. Come on. We’ll miss our window if we stay here any longer.”

“This is where not being human would help move things along. We’d be able to materialize to wherever we need to go in the blink of an eye.” He scurried after her as she sashayed toward the elevators that would take them up to the cafeteria.

“I can still do that but it can drain my powers. I have to be careful not to weaken myself to the point I’m unprotected.”

He leaned against the back of the elevators and crossed his ankles. His eyes appeared to glaze over.

She laughed and snuggled close to him. “I’ll explain all of it later. Right now we have to make sure Charlie and Joe’s worlds collide.”

 

 

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Next week: Friends and Enemies

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Three Four, Karma’s Knocking on Your Door #KIBJ #paranormal

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Welcome back to Behind Closed Doors and the next chapter from Karma In Blue Jeans (Immortal Siblings). For those of you who are visiting for the first time, let me give you a brief explanation of this book and the series. Karma’s story came about in response to several issues I’ve seen crop up in the publishing world as well as the news and my life outside of my writing. We’ve all heard the “what comes around goes around” saying and many toss out barbs about the Karma Train coming for their enemies. I thought why not give Karma a face and a voice. Let’s see how she doles out punishments and rewards. The more I wrote in my Karma notebook, the more I found her story as well as those of her siblings would fit well as a cross over between my Now and Forever series and my Kayne Legacy series. Both have gods and goddesses as characters and the Immortal Siblings series is the perfect vehicle for me to explore the other characters and tie together all of story lines. It’s been a natural process for me because all of them are connected. It had been difficult for me to keep them separate so I gave in and let them tell their story.

This book has been a pleasure to write. I’m loving all the characters even the villains. LOL! I hope you do too. If you missed last week’s posting of Chapter One, click HERE. When you’re all caught up, please join me back here for Chapter 2. Leave a comment. I’d love to hear what you think of the story so far!

Enjoy!

Tammy

Chapter 2

 

Beautiful blond woman.hairstyle.salon care.sexy young girl “Did you see what I’ve been dealing with here? She’s going to lose her soulmate because she can’t admit she’s cheated and lied her way to where she is today.”

Karma sighed. “Ms. Cross will be confronted by those she used to lead in attacking others. They’ve already begun cutting ties with her. Reviews are being pulled and changed from five stars to one star. The tumble she loved to watch her competition go through is happening to her and headed into a full on free fall.”

“Is there hope for her?”

She draped her arm around Rhiannon’s waist. “There’s always hope. She simply has to reach out and accept the help offered with grace and humility.”

“Yeah, that’s not going to happen based on her track record with me.”

Lucius materialized in front of them. Karma smiled. He’d been stopping in on her assignments more and more as of late. Not that it bothered her. She adored him and wished they’d spent more time together instead of it always being on the job.

He nodded and appeared to be pleased with her work. “You went with a multipronged attack with this one. Brilliant.”

Rhiannon laughed. “She did learn from the best.”

He bowed and kissed her hand. “I do my best to share my secrets with those meant to take over when I’m gone.”

Karma sighed. “So you’ve made up your mind then? The Priestess is worth giving up everything and eternity for?”

He hugged her and chuckled. “She is and so much more. Brigid understands me and accepts who I am. She didn’t ask me to give up my powers. In fact, she left me when I told her my intentions.”

“She did what?” Karma admired Brigid more in that moment than she’d ever admit. She was willing to walk away from her soulmate in order for him to continue as one of The Three. That took courage and sacrifice, two traits she looked for in all mortals.

“It’s when Yeshua knew He couldn’t deny my request. While we’d created so many worlds together, He could read my heart like no other. He knew before I did that I would do this.”

Rhiannon snorted. “It’s that family of hers. Fate intervened with the lot of them and their friends. When she sets her mind to something, Yeshua sees that it happens. You, dear Brother were a casualty of that, albeit a pleasant one. Personally I adore the little minx who claimed your heart. She’s full of fire, the only kind able to control you.”

He smiled. “That she does. Now that I know Karma will be able to handle things, my transformation will take place soon.”

“Not before I get to spend time among them.”

“It’s not necessary…”

“I disagree. Cases like Evangeline Cross are easy. There are others who will take more finesse. I need to know how they think in certain situations. That will help me design their trials and tests.”

“I’m not the one you have to convince. You may be able to use Fate’s intervention with Brigid’s family to your advantage.”

homme caucasien beaut - fauteuil baroqueRhiannon agreed. “Mortals haven’t changed much through the centuries. Sure they have more toys and can communicate with each other instantly, but at their core, they’re all the same. If you feel you must experience life among them to do your job, then Yeshua will agree.”

“He wasn’t having any of it the last time I broached the subject.”

“He’s had time to mull it over and has listened to a few of us who feel you need to do this.”

She stared at Rhiannon. “What do you mean? Have you talked to Him about this behind my back?”

“No. It wasn’t a secret. You’ve been busy lately and I simply took the opportunity to let him know I supported you. I reminded him He has allowed me to do what you’ve asked and it hasn’t changed me.”

Lucius took both of their hands. “Come. Let’s make your case to Them now. Between the three of us, I’m sure we can get Their blessing.”

She smiled. “Are you sure you must leave us for The Priestess?”

He nodded. “She has been my destiny from the very beginning. Now is our time. One day you’ll be faced with the same choice.”

“Bite your tongue! I have more than enough on my plate with Justice and his shenanigans. Living disguised as a mortal is one thing. Giving up my powers is another—and completely out of the question.”

The three of them faded and left Evangeline alone to discover just how far she’d fallen.

 

 

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 “@evangeline is a fraud and thief #StopPlagiarism”

“@evangeline lied and cheated her way up the ranks #TheMightyWillFall”

“I’ve deleted all @evangeline books. Will support the #RealAuthor”

 

She scrolled through page after page of tweets all calling her out for an explanation or joining the mobs bombing her everywhere. With one click, she deleted her Twitter account. I don’t need that bullshit. She opened a new window and navigated to her website to shut off comments on her blog. She’d decided to not go the extra step and make the site private—yet. She needed to keep up the illusion she was going to fight this lawsuit and not run from it.

She gulped down the last of the wine in her glass and then deleted the nasty comments that had escaped her filters. Her eyes snapped away from her the screen as the front door slammed. She cringed as the telltale sound of broken glass reached her ears. My vase collection!

She bolted from her office to find her daughter, Marissa on her knees picking up the pieces of glass and pottery that covered the floor. “How many times have I told you not to slam that door?”

Her daughter sat back on her heels and glared. “Are you kidding me right now? I’ve had the worst day of my life thanks to you and you’re bitching about me slamming the door. Unfrickinbelievable!”

“Hey! You may be eighteen, but you live in my house and you won’t talk to me like that.”

Marissa rolled her eyes. “I don’t give a shit, Mother. It’s all over school what you did. Do you have any idea what it’s like to have people ask if you’re still going to follow in your mother’s footsteps? My English professor called me into her office today and asked me flat out if everything I’d turned in to her was my own work.”

She stood and carried the larger pieces of debris to the kitchen. She tossed them in the trash and then grabbed the Dustbuster from the charging station. She stomped back to the entryway and collided with Marissa, knocking her to the floor again. “Look. This whole mess will be worked out in court. It’s all lies. The judge will see it and then we can get back to normal.”

Marissa stood up and leaned against the wall. “You’re delusional. I’m not a little kid you can tell bullshit lies to anymore.”

“I’m not lying, Mar. This is all a big mistake. I submitted every book to Bliss, worked through edits, and rewrites. They’re my words…my work.”

“No. You stole someone else’s work and passed it off as your own. The original manuscripts didn’t belong to you. You had no right to send them to Bliss or any other publisher.”

“You’re turning on me too? First your father and now you. I can’t do this right now. I have to get ready for my doctor’s appointment.”

“Appointment for what? Is it for your fibromyalgia you don’t have or are you having another cancer scare?”

She slapped Marissa and knocked her back against the wall. Her body shock and her chest tightened. It took all her self-control not to slap her daughter over and over again. “You will show me respect while you live under my roof.”

Marissa’s eyes glistened with tears and she touched the red hand print blooming on her cheek. “Don’t worry. I’ll be out of your hair within the hour.”

She reached out but froze when Marissa recoiled from her touch. This was supposed to be my happily ever after and now it’s all gone to hell.

Woman using laptopEvangeline vacuumed up the rest of the shards and then returned to her office to start damage control. She opened up her private Facebook group page dedicated to her street team, Evie’s Angels. At least these people stand by me.

“Hello my Angels!”

“Evie! We’ve been worried sick.”

“I told you she wouldn’t leave us hanging.”

She grinned and licked her lips. This is going to be so fucking easy. “I had to gather myself together before I came here to be with ya’ll—the only people who’ve stood by me through everything.”

She giggled with glee as message after message popped up expressing their unwavering support. All the expensive prizes she’d given them to promote her work had not only helped her sales but had ingratiated her in their hearts. They’d do anything to get another handbag or piece of one of a kind jewelry. Little did they know, all of it was as fake as her online persona. She couldn’t give a rat’s as about any of them, but if they could get her through this, she’d consider changing her mind for some of them. The rest had always grated on her nerves.

“This legal snafu is just that. It’s all a huge misunderstanding. Each book Bliss put out under my name is mine. The truth will come out. In the meantime, I could use your thoughts and prayers. With my books pulled from Bliss and Amazon, my family will have to take a huge hit. I found out today my last mammogram detected another suspicious spot. It’s been five years cancer free for me and now it all comes tumbling down.”

She watched as more messages flashed on her screen detailing support and asking her to tell them what they can do. “I need help, my Angels. I’ve set up a GoFundMe account to help with the medical bills and other expenses with this court case. I’m not asking you all for a dime. You’ve done more than enough for me already just by being here. If you could share the link for the GoFundMe page, I’d be forever grateful.”

She waited.

And waited.

No response to her plea.

Sweat trickled down her back as the seconds ticked away.

“You got it, Evie!”

“Anything for our girl!”

Thank God. She emptied the last of the bottle of wine into her glass and read every word of encouragement as they filled her screen.

And then it happened.

“Sorry, Evangeline. I won’t share your crowd funding link like the rest of these lemmings. I stayed here waiting for you to explain yourself, maybe even apologize for what you’ve done and for all the lies you’ve told. Boy, talk about a huge disappointment! Instead of begging for a handout, maybe you should tell the truth. Your daughter did.”

The room spun in front of her eyes. The glass slipped from her hand, bounced on the floor, and then soaked the white carpet with the wine. Her phone blew up with email and text notifications. She stood and clutched her chest. Her knees buckled and then she collapsed.

Marissa rushed into the room.

She couldn’t hear a word her daughter yelled at her, nor could she speak. She tried to squeeze her hand to let her know she was still there, but her body failed her again. If I get through this, I’ll make it right. I promise.

 

 

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Chapter 3 will be up next week! You’ll get to meet Karma’s lover Justice and more of her Immortal Siblings