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Month: February 2015

RELEASE DAY BLITZ – Sessions #5

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Simon Session’s rival Ralph Bixby’s sabotaging and blackmailing has reached its new low as more betrayals and spies reveal themselves in book 5 of the Sessions Series.

Despite the lows, the woman of his dreams, has come clean about her desire for him. He had waited for this moment, for his chance to be with her. Will his wish come true?

Haven’t started Sessions yet? Make your first appointment with Dr. Sessions today!

 

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I’m Mark Sessions, Dr. of Psychology, Sex Therapist and Former Mr. Body, also an entrepreneur who made millions from owning a health supplement company.

I have a practice in Seattle where I am a therapist. They call me the Sex Shrink of Seattle. Women call me Sex on Legs. I’m an expert on sex because I get plenty of it, and I know a whole lot about it. I’m also on TV as an expert on sex therapy when the whole Fifty Shades thing became big so now my business is exploding with women wanting to learn how to break free of being prudes.

Problem is, I’m in a rut myself. It’s not exciting for me anymore, until SHE walked through my door and propped herself down on my sofa. Who knew SHE would be taking lessons from me, but she is, and now she may be the one teaching me a thing or two.

For a mature audience.

About Kailin Gow

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Kailin Gow’s life is sometimes more fascinating and stranger than fiction, which is being chronicled in a feature film based on a treatment optioned and in development for a release date of 2018. (IMDB.com – The Colorful Worlds of Kailin Gow 2018). Her true life experiences as a world traveler where she has traveled to over 25 countries, logging hundreds of thousands of miles, absorbing the cultures and collecting stories relating to places and the romance of the land, and incidents in her personal life, has inspired her to write and publish over 170 books with over 30 series.

She is noted as an indie pioneer, as one of the first to publish in 2001. Breaking stereotypes, her books has crossed traditional and indie lines, gaining recognition in schools and libraries, as well as the indie community. Her action adventure young adult fantasy series, The Frost Series, an ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated book series – had been optioned by an international film company and is currently in development as a game and a film at http://www.facebook.com/thefrostseries. Five of her fantasy/action adventure series have been optioned to be made into worldwide games.

Kailin Gow has been known in The World Journal, an international newspaper, to be a phenomenon. She was profiled on the homepage of Amazon.com as an Author Success Story who overcame personal obstacles to become a bestselling author, appeared as one of Amazon’s top authors for the Kindle Fire launch release, and is one of the earliest indie authors who have sold over a million books. She writes for Fast Company as a publishing expert, had appeared on a major network Television News as a bestselling author who writes fiction and non-fiction with a social conscious, and has made speeches and appearances across the U.S. and on top 15 national radio regarding self-esteem and issues relating to women.

Kailin Gow was an invited speaker and signing author at Book Expo America (BEA)2014.

Having experienced bullying firsthand and slander as a woman, Kailin Gow is an active advocate against bullying in the workplace and in schools. She has written Shy Girls Social Club Handbook Against Bullying and has helped launch Stories for Amanda where all proceeds go towards the Amanda Todd Foundation against bullying. She has written several books with the theme of abuse towards women and children, especially the steamy international bestselling The Protégé Series, which launched a book club initiative in battered women’s shelters and won The Indie Excellence Awards at NIEA for Erotica in 2014.

She holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from The University of Southern California, and degrees in Drama and Social Ecology.

She resides in the American West with her husband and daughter, but had lived for a decade in Texas, and briefly in England. Besides being a full-time author, she volunteers for many organizations, is active in church helping build homes for the homeless and visit orphanages. A voracious reader, when she is not writing, she loves reading an entire series in one sitting! She spends way too much time on Facebook than she is supposed to at http://www.facebook.com/kailingowbooks, but loves meeting new people from all walks of life.

She has over 30 Series, written under Kailin Gow, and more under her middle grade, women’s fiction, and mystery pen names:

***For 16 and up***

The Frost Series – COMPLETED. Bitter Frost Series Consists of 8 full-length novels.
The Wolf Fey Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 2 full-length novels and one novella.
Fairy Rose Chronicles – age 13 and up.
The PULSE Series – Next Book – Blood Ring (PULSE #9), releasing due to readers’ demand to continue the series. Consists of 9 full-length novels and one novella.
FADE Series – COMPLETED. ALL Full-length novels.
DESIRE Series – All Full-length novels. Last Book, FRENZY – 2015.
Fire Wars Series – All Full-length novels.
Alchemists Academy – All Full-length novels.
Wordwick Games – All Full-length novels.
Wicked Woods Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 5 full-length novels.
Steampunk Scarlett – All Full-length novels.
The Phantom Diaries – All Full-length novels. Last Book, DARK VICTORY – 2015.
Stoker Sisters – All Full-length novels. Last Book, SISTER OF THE STRIGOIS – 2015.

Beyond Crystal River – 2015 NEW SERIES.

SHADES – 2015 NEW SERIES. This is a high concept psychological thriller.

***For 18 and up (New Adult/Coming of Age)***

Loving Summer – All full-length novels.
The Donovan Brothers – All full-length novels.
Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy)- COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Never Knights – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Rock Hard Love Hard – 1st book, Rock Hard Love Hard is now Available.

Sawyer House Chronicles (Spin-off of You & Me Trilogy) – Coming in 2015
Canvas – Coming in 2015

***For 18 and up (Adult/Steamy Romance)***

The Protege – COMPLETED. 3 Full-length novels.
Master Chefs – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
The Blue Room (Spin-off of Never Knights Trilogy) – Romantic Suspense.
Barely Legal (Spin-off of The Protégé) – Romantic Suspense.
The Oyster House – Artistic Romantic Thriller set in Hong Kong and England.
– Coming in 2015.

For information on the series, new series and new book releases, contests, appearances, KG-Convergences, and more, sign up at http://www.KailinGowBooks.com.

BLOG TOUR – Born 2 Be Different

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Book Title: Born 2 Be Different: Empowering Stories by Young Women Who Overcame the Odds of the World to Make a Kingdom Impact

Genre: Christian/Youth/Inspiration

Release Date: February 15th 2014

Print Length: 115 pages

Publisher: LaToya Gay (February 14, 2015)

ASIN: B00TFXLE26

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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR/EDITOR

Tell us about your book?

7 women OVER 30. (Paving the Way)

7 women UNDER 30. (Setting the World’s Record Straight)

What do each of these 14 women have in common?

They each have a powerful story of how they OVERCAME the odds of the WORLD to make a KINGDOM impact.

Each woman has a different yet powerful testimony that will allow young women to understand that they are NOT alone.

We have all been through disappointments, struggles, pain, hurt and so many setback in life.

However, it is these very setbacks and “tests” that help us grow and accept that we were called to stand out, be different and make a difference in God’s Kingdom.

As young women, we often have low self-esteem, low self-worth and have accepted the LIE that we will NEVER overcome our failures, our past and our pain. This is NOT TRUE! You are beautiful, You are different and you were born 2 be different!

Born 2 Be Different is a 4 part book series that targets young women and men under the ages of 30 years old. Our first book is set to launch in February 2015 and is dedicated to every young girl across the nation.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?  

God gave me the idea behind this book and instructed me to write from my heart so that the lives of other young ladies will be impacted and those who are non-believers will understand their worth in Christ.

Tell us about yourself?  

My name is LaToya Gay and I am a 31 year old wife of almost 7 years to my best friend and biggest supporter Joseph and mother of 4 beautiful children. I grew up in Caroline County, VA and now reside in Henrico, VA. Being the oldest of two and having went through many heart aches and setbacks in life, I have gained confidence within myself and now have released all of the pain from my past in order to help other young ladies heal and learn how to let go and let God.

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I am the founder of VirtuallyNSync, LLC which was a business that helped women find legit work from home and published my first book “Who Says You Can’t Work From Home?” in February 2012. During this time of my business I realized that God has so much in store for me and my family. A passion was ignited and I was desiring to do more within God’s Kingdom. As of February, and through much prayer, I decided to shut down that part of my business to chase and accept my gift of ministry and mentoring young ladies under 30 who guidance and help understanding their worth.

I am very passionate about helping young women push through their doubts and chase after their dreams by accepting the purpose for their life and realizing that they were created to stand out from the crowd and live life differently. I have been featured in an interview with Tamyka Washington of Marketing her Way, Nominated for “Woman of the Year” with WERock Awards, Nominated for “Leading mom in business” with StartUpNation and featured in an interview with Leslie Truex of Work at Home Success.

I am on fire for Christ and as a licensed and ordained minister, have made it my personal mission to help young women Be, Live and Do Life Differently while making a Kingdom Impact.   In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, singing and whatever the future holds for us.

What do you want readers to take away when they read your book?

We want their lives to be forever changed. We are all beautifully and wonderfully made in Christ. Nothing that the enemy throws our way can stop us from loving God and accepting the fact that we are more than conquerors. When the readers read Born 2 Be Different, I want them to understand that in spite of our past mistakes and pains we are and will come out victorious and with our difference and living the characteristics of Christ.

Why was it important to have stories written from women that where younger and older than 30?

We want young ladies to see diversity. When you are sharing stories from both point of views you are allowing the reader to see that they are not alone but also embrace the wisdom that women older than us have endured and the steps they took to overcome their odds to make a Kingdom Impact.  Whatever they are going through is nothing new to us. We have all, whether young and old have experienced the same issues they currently face. When young ladies hear from both sides, they are able to take knowledge from it and use that wisdom to grow and accept our difference and beauty.

SOCIAL LINKS

Website: http://www.born2bedifferent.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/born2bedifferentbook
Publishers Website: http://www.born2bedifferentbook.com/
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00TFXLE26

Trailer: http://youtu.be/D1KdkdTZJ68

BLOG TOUR – This Side of the River

 

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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

What initially got you interested in writing?

I’d always written things since I was a very small boy making books for my mother, but I didn’t decide to become a writer until I was nineteen when I read The Old Man and the Sea. I read it over the course of one night and by 4AM I knew I wanted to do the same thing to future readers that Hemingway’s novel had just done to me.

How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?

The business end of it all has been so dysfunctional over the years. Ten years ago I had a book deal that went south, then there were endless query letters to agents who never seemed to make time to read full manuscripts. The only thing a writer has any “control” over is the work itself. So I would say that the decision to become a published author has more to do with simply capitalizing on opportunities whenever they present themselves. That’s about it.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

That war is waste–a waste of life, money and time. That Violence begets violence and that violence aboard comes back home to roost.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I live for those moments whenever a character I think I knew so well surprises me. For instance, Uncle Calsas, a sixty-year-old slave from a Texas cattle ranch, was a character I’d been working on in drafts dating as far back as fifteen years ago. Yet it wasn’t until maybe five years ago that someone demanded something out of him in a scene and he replied, “I reckon not.” He’s a slave, so he must bow to the will of his master. And yet that simple sentence is a declaration of independence (or at least protest) that revealed Calsas suddenly in a way I had not yet understood. What I love most about writing is whenever I feel like the characters are telling me their stories, not the other way around.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Well, it took a decade and a half and literally thousands of pages simply to reach page one of the final draft. Enough said.

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

To only listen to those already living in the art world, not the business world. The business world is no more the “real world” than the art world, but rather one of two hemispheres. All my friends who chose the security that the business world offers over the freedom that the art world provides have largely regretted their decisions. We no longer live in an economy that rewards putting your passions aside in order to have a middle class lifestyle, so you ought to pursue those passions instead.

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I’m an even better visual artist.

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

My website, which launches on Feb. 16, is:www.JeffreyStayton.comwww.JeffreyStayton.com

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PUBLICIST INTERVIEW – Samantha Lien, Roger Charlie

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Samantha Lien is owner of Roger Charlie, a company that specializes in publicity and management for creative professionals – particularly authors, musicians and small businesses. Through her years of experience in marketing and management for a variety of industries, she has curated an abundant network of contacts in the music and literary world, and loves working to support those who value a more personal approach through communications so that they can stay focused on their craft.

At what point do you think an author is ready to promote, and if ready, what should an author do to take that step?

Great question! And so important because you want to get the most bang for your book when you’re spending your hard-earned money on promotions.

There are really five best times to hire a publicist to promote your title:
● If you have a book that is scheduled to be published in the near future (generally, 3-6 months). This means your book has been edited, ready-for-print and officially scheduled for a release date. The lead time gives us time to do all of the legwork on the front end so that coverage and events roll-out right around launch.
● If you already have a book that you published within the last year and you want to drum up some new exposure and interest in your title.
● If your book has been published within the last year and a recent national headline has brought the subject matter to the forefront of discussion. This makes your book topical and of great interest to the general public.
● If your title is undergoing a reprint – this is a great time to alert outlets about the re-release and to share a new cover or angle on your story.
● If you have a business where your book would be a great selling tool or aid in awareness of your company and it’s mission.

I would also stress it’s so important to shop around and find someone that’s a best fit for you. Publicity is really a team effort, and you’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable with whomever you choose to work.

How does an author benefit from working with a promotion partner versus working on the author’s own?

Really what it boils down to is time. Publicity is a full time job, and just as authors spend their hours pouring their creative ideas and stories onto blank pages for us all to enjoy, we spend our time crafting quality pitches and relevant angles to appeal to an audience best-suited for their book, and developing and maintaining relationships with media, bloggers, bookstores and other organizations who will help in sharing the story.

I’ve spoken with a handful of authors who say it’s so easy to promote someone else’s content, but they have an extremely difficult time doing that for themselves. I think the old adage is true that “it takes a village.” I hate to see someone burnt out on doing it all on their own when they can hire someone like me to focus on what we do best so that authors (and other creative professionals) can do the same.

What made you decide to go into book promotion?

It all came about really naturally, actually! I was just finishing up my Masters in Business and Entertainment Management at University of Colorado – Denver and had a family member that is a published author recommend a literary publicity firm to me. She had worked with them for a few years and constantly raved about how wonderful they are (and they are!), and she thought I would be a great fit for their team. I called the founder, and a week later, flew to meet her and her team in New York City at Book Expo America. I ended up staying with the firm just under four years, and just recently branched out on my own in January so that I could further expand into offering publicity for two more passions of mine – music and small business.

Are there any type of books that you prefer to promote, and if so, why?

I’m all over the place, and honestly – it’s more that I prefer to promote authors who are passionate about their project.  That sounds like an easy answer, because who isn’t passionate about their writing, right? But when that drive is truly there, I really think that it translates and influences the direction of my efforts, too. Success abounds when everyone has a positive attitude and is willing to think outside of the box to promote their book!

What do you feel is unique about your approach?

I think I just answered that in your question above! I really value a distinctly personal approach in promotion, and love working with those who feel the same.

Do you personally have thoughts on the influence and power of words?

Words really have the power to change how people view the world around them. I mean, look at all of the ways there are for us all to connect through conversation – especially online!
It’s so easy to get sucked into what someone else puts out there (even in 140 characters on Twitter) and often forget what your own perception is.

Ultimately, I think it’s essential to really know what you stand for and who you are so you can take in the positive, shield yourself from the negative, and most importantly, know how your own words can impact those who you come in contact with everyday.  I really admire those who choose to deliver their message in such a unique way – like through stories or musical lyrics – that offer up such significance in our lives.

Did that just sound like a Miss America answer? Haha! 🙂

How can people find out more?

 

I’d love to hear from you! In addition to publicity for authors, I also support musicians and small business, so stop by Roger Charlie, and if you or someone you know might benefit from my services, definitely get in touch and we can talk! My e-mail is Sam@RogerCharlie.com.
You can also find me on social media, and I’d love to connect!

Facebook

Instagram

Spotify

Goodreads

YouTube

Google+

Twitter

LinkedIn

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Thank you so much for hosting me for an interview, Shannon!

 

RELEASE DAY BLITZ – The Commitment Test

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The Commitment Test

(The Marin Test Series: Book Two)

Release Date: February 4th, 2015

Publisher: Elephantine Publishing

Genre: Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

When a Valentine’s Day proposal doesn’t come with an engagement ring, Marin Johns begins to wonder if she and James will ever get married. As her closest friends begin to move forward with their lives, she refuses to be left behind.

 

Hope is restored as she devises a plan to get James down on one knee by becoming the ideal mate. Everything seems to fall into place until her college boyfriend resurfaces after a decade with his own ideas about their future. Will Marin be forced to choose between the man of her dreams and the diamond ring she’s always dreamed of?

 

Amanda Aksel Bio

Amanda Aksel is an author with an affinity for love. Becoming a couples therapist was her “backup” career, and after completing her BA in Psychology she was on her way to solving love’s most complicated quandaries one couple at a time. Now she plans to solve love’s most complicated quandaries one novel at a time.

 

Social media links

Website: www.amandaaksel.com

Email: amandaaksel@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amandaaksel

Twitter: @amandaaksel

Instagram: http://instagram.com/amandaaksel

 

Link to buy Amanda’s first novel The Man Test (The Marin Test Series: Book One)

BLOG TOUR – The Gospel of Wolves

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Everyone is a wolf.

 

But putting the pack first can have different ramifications if you don’t really belong with the pack you’re hunting with in the first place.

 

In The Gospel of Wolves, you delve deep into the heads and hearts of four people who will take risks as they search for where they belong that will force them to make serious choices about the person they are willing to become as they cross paths with some of the cruelest sociopaths the world has to offer to ultimately find out if they are part of the pack or one of the prey.

GUEST POST WITH THE AUTHOR

The Power of Words

20 minutes. That’s all it took, before the itching and tautness of swollen
skin clued me in that I must have been the only supply of blood available to the mosquitos in that wretched forest.

Rivulets of sweat uncomfortably streamed down every crease of skin I owned and even the fragrance of flowers bore a taint. The rot of vegetation couldn’t be completely overpowered.

The lizard part of my brain took this all in and a brief fantasy
materialized where the human quarry I was chasing was hiding in the
refrigerated room of an ice cream shop tucked in a nice suburban strip
mall.

None of what I was experiencing was real, but the scenes painted by the
story I was reading had transported me to the other side of the equator
and dumped me in a place most people would never choose to go, unless
their life depended on it.

I shifted on the couch I was laying on while reading, but as I navigated
through the vines and mud, there was a part of me that couldn’t get
comfortable until the author allowed me to.

This is a big part of what made me fall in love with reading.

The ability to live different lives on a whim.

To travel to exotic places and not worry over baggage fees or stolen
passports.

Then there is that other thing.

The way well written characters can teach us about ourselves.

To make us feel not so alone in the world, because surely if the author
could write a character that we relate to on a deep level, then they must
know something of the personal way we have experienced the world thus far.

In that connection, sometimes I find moments where the world becomes still and silent as I pause in the book and reflect on something I could never quite wrap my mind around, but now with the author’s help, I gained a new understanding about.

It doesn’t matter whether I’m the one writing, or the one reading.

It’s a magic thing to be a part of.

 

EXCERPTS

Excerpt One (300-500 or so Words):

 

“Mommy. I don’t think daddy’s gonna make it.”

It wasn’t just what little Melanie said, it was how she said it that caused Lindsey to duck down to eye level with her daughter before reassuring her. “Don’t be silly, dear. Your father will be here any moment to get us and we’ll be on our way home.”

Melanie didn’t seem convinced. She appeared as if she was listening to someone who was telling her something she didn’t want to hear. Whomever that someone was, it wasn’t her mother. She stayed down at eye level with Melanie a little while longer, brushed some of Melanie’s bangs back under the hood of her coat, then stood upright and looked around the airport receiving area for her husband’s car. They had been waiting for half and hour, but the airport was busy, and with the rain, there were surely traffic. She resisted the urge to pull out her cell phone and call him. After what Melanie said, Lindsey was afraid of doing anything that might encourage her to think that something really was wrong.

It seemed like half of the people driving had bought the exact same make, model, color and year of the car her husband owned. With the sky’s reflection bouncing off of the windshields, the identities of the drivers remained concealed until they drove past her and Melanie. She held her frustration and impatience behind a veneer of calm that was becoming harder and harder to maintain each time she mistakenly thought she had spotted him.

If he doesn’t come in the next five minutes, I’m calling him, Lindsey thought to herself. Knowing that this might upset Melanie further, Lindsey looked down to see how Melanie was fairing to gauge if she needed to provide any additional consoling before the call, but Melanie wasn’t there. Lindsey glanced all around her immediate area, but her daughter was gone.

“Melanie!”

Looking to the parents of a family that had been standing next to them, she asked, “Did you see which way my daughter went? She’s wearing a pink overcoat with the hood up and black stockings?”

Both of the parents gave a quick glance around, then offered sympathetic shrugs.

Lindsey forgot about her luggage and began pushing through the crowd of people yelling her daughter’s name. The amount of people seemed to increase with Lindsey’s anxiety and somehow, they seemed to always manage to be where she was trying to get to and move into the cracks and seams right as Lindsey attempted to peer through to catch a glimpse of where her daughter might be. Irritated by the mass of bodies, she tried stooping down to knee level thinking that looking between legs rather than around torsos might provide more gaps to peer through, but it was a moving forest of limbs that again seemed to move directly into her line of sight as quickly as she could look in a direction.

 

 

 

Excerpt Two (500-800 or so Words):

 

He allowed her to wrap her arms around him and squeeze, before pushing her back to arm’s length. “It’s been what? Eight years? What are you doing now? Are you still painting?” he asked. He injected as much interest as he could into his voice to make up for his lousy greeting.

“I’m a senior account manager with Razor[Gun]. We’re an advertising and branding agency. Not much time for painting anymore, but every now and then I’ll wet a canvas. More importantly, why are you out here rather than in there?” She pointed at the gallery’s open doors.

Some of the pain and embarrassment Lucien was suffering showed on his face. “Senior Account Manager, huh? So you’ve risen to the high ranks.”

A trace of something flashed across her face, but disappeared before Lucien could interpret what it meant, then Lindsey replied while doing a little dance, “Your girl’s got skills, and so do you, so…again, why are we out here,” (Lindsey’s dance ended with both hands pointing at the gallery door) “and not in there?”

Lucien looked around and mentally measured the distance to the nearest group of conversationalists. He leaned in so only she could hear, “I’ve only sold one of my paintings.”

She gave him a look that wasn’t entirely sympathetic. “Toughen up,” she advised and planted a playful fist into his chest. “You have your own solo exhibit. Excuse my insistence that you not wear a skirt and sensible shoes in my presence. Now, enjoy your success and let’s see what you’ve got cookin’ in here.”

As she moved towards the gallery entrance, he stayed where he was. “I’ll be in. Go ahead and browse. Maksym and Oksana are in there. They’ll both be glad to see you.”

He watched her enter the gallery and was pleased that she made her way over to a painting and not to where the food was. Needing to know if she was just trying to be polite, he waited until she approached a second and then a third painting of his before accepting that she was there in genuine support of his work. It was in that moment that Lucien knew that their relationship was real and not just imagined in his head.

He turned away from the gallery and looked up and down the street. There were still a couple clusters of people on the sidewalk outside the gallery, but the Indian girl and her friends had disappeared. He was relieved. It was bad enough not selling many paintings, but it would’ve been worse if he had been beaten up in front of his own opening as well. Lindsey had inadvertently saved him.

He turned to see what painting she was looking at but she wasn’t in the front room anymore. She had gone deeper into the exhibit space. There were three rooms total, showing off the last six months of his work, he wished that he had learned how to enjoy these moments better.

Looking through the floor to ceiling windows separating the gallery from the sidewalk, he counted two people looking at his art. The other 14 he counted in the room were clustered in groups and conversation. He felt he might as well have not created anything at all.

He heard knocking on the window and turned to see a guy in his early 20’s wearing a striped collared shirt, vest and jeans with a pageboy hat waving a ‘come here’ to someone in the gallery. There was another guy standing next to him looking out at the passing traffic. A few seconds later, a couple of pretty girls of the same age came out of the gallery. One of the girls (a red head) asked Pageboy if he got in touch with Peter yet as she crossed the gallery’s threshold.

“Yeah,” Pageboy answered. “He texted me his address. It’s like five minutes from here, so come on.” Pageboy started to walk down the street, confident that they’d follow.

The red head ran awkwardly in her heels to catch up to Pageboy and put her arm around his waist. He leaned down and kissed her. The other guy reminded Pageboy that the car was in the other direction, but Pageboy complained that he wasn’t moving after already paying for parking. Realizing that Pageboy wasn’t going to wait up for them, the guy and his girl hurried from behind to catch up. When they caught up, the guy put his hand in the girl’s back pocket.

Lucien waited until they were two storefronts away before falling in behind them.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

chriswesley

Chris Wesley is the award-winning author of the fiction book The Gospel of Wolves, the short fiction story Regret in Triptych and the poetry book Pack Animals. He uses his fine art photography as prompts for character sketches and settings in his fiction along with gallery shows. He has written for the music magazine Night Moves Magazine, acted in independent movies and plays; wrote, cast, directed, shot and edited an independent short movie, started bands and gone solo. He plays a few instruments and is generally considered a smart ass. He also has a thing for how we connect with each other and with ourselves.

 

Author Links – The link for any or all of the following…

Website: https://www.chriswesley.com

Blog: https://www.chriswesley.com/engage

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.wesley.live

Twitter: www.twitter.com/chriswesleylive

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/chriswesleylive/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chriswesleycreates/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Chriswesley

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/chriswesley

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