Friday, February 21, 2014

Flirtilicious February Blog Hop ~ Excerpt from My First Book + Excerpt from Rachel Harris + HUGE GIVEAWAY!!

Rachel Harris' Flirt Squad is doing a blog hop! The Flirtilicious February Blog Hop! We can post about anything fun and flirty and romantic! Perfect for February! And of course for the Flirt Squad! So, today I thought that I would share a couple of poems - and photographs-  from my book Thousands of Mornings: Original Photography and Poetry.  In addition, I'll be sharing an excerpt from one of Rachel Harris' books. PLUS, there is a HUGE giveaway! Now, to the poems and photographs that go with them in my book. 

I Love the way we are when we're together.
The way you hold my hand. 
The way you sing me to sleep. 
The way you wipe away the tears that I cry. 
The way you kiss me before we say goodbye. 
I know we'll be together forever.
Our love will never die. 

Just Go Under
Emotions like tidal waves
crashing over me.
/too many to place
too many at once.
One right after the other.
I'm going under and
I just resist.


These emotions are
familiar, unfamiliar
all at once. 
But wonderful.
How did I get into this?

Stop fighting. 

Crash down on me
tidal waves.
I'm ready to go under.
Engulf me in bliss
and happiness. 

I can't resist. 

Fun Fact: The poem above was inspired by the song Never Let Me Go by Florence + The Machine. 

And now, here is an exclusive unedited excerpt from Rachel Harris' forthcoming My Not So Super Sweet Life

Exclusive Unedited Excerpt:
Cat sticks her head back through the door and calls out, “Love you!” then closes it firmly behind her. “Do I at least get a tiny hint about tonight?”

I take her jacket from her and hold it out, helping her slip her arms through the holes. Grasping her shoulders, I spin her around and let her see my bike waiting in the drive. “Clue number one.”

Cat squeals and does a bounce-like dance. “Are you serious?” She shoots me a quick questioning look, and when I nod, her face becomes a mask of confusion and eagerness. “Did you clear it with Dad first?”

“You think I’m stupid, woman?” I wrap my arms around her slender waist, imagining how it’ll feel having her arms wrapped around mine. And thighs straddling my hips. I glance at the photographers snapping away near the fence, and immediately begin thinking about puppies. “Of course I cleared it with him. As if I could get away with not clearing it between your bodyguards and Star Magazine staked outside your door.”

“Touché,” she says before doing another bounce step. “I’m gonna ride a motorcycle. That’s so badass!”

I chuckle and link our fingers, tugging her forward. “Come on, little badass. Let’s give the paparazzi something worth capturing.”

Her answering smile is so dazzling it nearly steals my breath. Knowing I put it there makes me feel like a freaking king. “Are you trying to get me in trouble, Mr. Cappelli?”

“Always, Miss Crawford,” I reply. “Always.”  

With a knowing nod at the bodyguards as we approach my bike, I remove my second helmet from the seat and help her put it on, smoothing back her hair and strapping it. I step back and look at her. Standing beside my bike in curve-hugging denim and leather, the black helmet in place, she does look like a badass. My badass. And she’s never looked hotter. 

“Damn I wish I could kiss you right now.” Both the helmet and the prying eyes of the paparazzi keep that from happening, but when I catch her licking her lips in response, I groan and shove on my own helmet. “The quicker we get where we’re going, the better.”

Her eyes light up from behind the visor as I flip it down. I hop on my bike and take her hand, tugging her close. “Swing your leg around and scoot up close.” 

Cat does as I say, intuitively grabbing onto my hips, and pulling herself closer. She’s not close enough. She’ll never be close enough, but I take her hands and lace them around my stomach, then grasp her knees and tug them firmly beside mine. She slides an extra inch. The scent of leather and rose mingle in my nose as the heat of her body seeps past the denim. I could get used to this.

I look back to see her face. Her flirty grin says she’s enjoying this as much as I am. “During a turn, you’re gonna lean slightly. When we turn right, look over my right shoulder, and keep your body in line with mine. When we turn left, look left. Got it?”

She lowers her gaze to where my lips are behind the visor and shifts closer. “Look and lean. Got it.” Her voice is a mixture of excitement, fear, and desire. This was an excellent idea.

“One more thing?” I say, waiting for her eyes to flutter back to mine. “Hold on tight and enjoy the ride.” 

Cat laughs, and pressed up against me like she is, I feel the vibrations throughout my body. I yank the clutch, press the starter, and feel her jerk behind me as the engine rumbles to life. 

“Best Valentine’s Day ever!” she screams in my ear. 

And it’s only just begun.     

About the Author:

Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother and staying up 
late sneak reading her mom's favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, 
she still stays up too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly 
believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of 
king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain 
She homeschools her two beautiful girls and loves watching reality television with her amazing 
husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with 

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