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Burn {100 words}

The berry juice trickled down her chin. With a soft smile, Aiden leaned close and kissed the sugary trail away. Laura’s body ached at his touch. She wanted, no needed, more.

“Aiden…” The thudding in her chest drowned out her words. She stroked his jaw, reveling in the rough texture, pausing upon his lips, sticky and stained like her own.

“You are more beautiful than the sun, ma petite. You should be worshiped as a goddess.”

A flush rose up Laura’s body suffusing her cheeks. Laughing he stroked her bare shoulders, easing her dress down. His lips burned a path along her collarbone and she trembled.

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For Velvet Verbosity’s 100 Word Challenge: Burn

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Festival {100 words}

Banners and streamers stretched from light post to rafter. Laura gazed around in delight. A party! She hadn’t been to a party in…well ever.

“Isabelle, what’s going on?” Laura stopped at the base of the ladder her boss was perched on.

“Spring Festival. Folks usually need an excuse to smile after winter.” Isabelle brushed a loose strand of hair out of her face as she climbed down. “It’s quite the thing. Food, music…”

“Dancing.” The low timbre in her ear sent shivers down Laura’s spine. She turned to meet Aiden’s impish grin. “You shall save me a dance, oui?”

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copyright DLovering

It’s a celebration for Friday Fictioneers! Why don’t you join the party, 100 words or so gets you in ;) Also linking to Leeroy’s 100 Word Song: Jack White’s I’m Shakin’

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Nashville Sweetheart by Rachel Hauck {Book Review}

_225_350_Book.1171.coverWhat do you do when the past you’ve been dodging shows up at your door with cameras rolling?

Aubrey James ruled the charts as the queen of country for over a decade. She’d rocketed to fame in the shadow of her parents’ death—both of them pioneers in gospel music. But while her public life—high-profile romances and fights with Music Row execs—made for juicy tabloid headlines, the real and private Aubrey has remained a media mystery.

When a former band member betrays Aubrey’s trust and sells an “exclusive” to a tabloid, the star knows she must go public with her story. But Aubrey’s private world is rocked when the Inside NashVegas interviewer is someone from her past—someone she’d hoped to forget.

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To an outside observer, Aubrey James has it all. Success, riches, fame, and a sexy boyfriend. Nashville’s Country Diva seems to be perfect but this perfection is only a façade. When her boyfriend proposes in front of her audience at a festival and her former “friend” sells a tell-all story to the tabloids, Aubrey’s world comes crashing down. She is forced to take a long hard look at her life and to figure out what is really important in life.

For all the fame and success, Aubrey is clueless to reality. She closes herself off from her past and refuses to discuss it. She tries to make herself into what is expected, not who she wants to be. It’s only when all the dirty secrets and bad behavior from a tour are thrown out into the world by her former band mate Melanie that she begins to take stock in her life and what direction the next phase should take. In response to Melanie’s tell-all to the tabloids, Aubrey decides to open herself up to an in depth interview with a local news show. What she doesn’t expect is a man she went out with on a horrible date a year ago to be the one who is interviewing her.

Scott Vaughn has never really forgotten about Aubrey James or their somewhat disastrous date but he never took the time to find out why it went so horribly wrong. During the interview he learns more about Aubrey than he could have hoped and also realizes his initial attraction has developed into full blown love. Only one problem: Aubrey is engaged to a man from the upper echelons of Nashville society.

This engagement appears to be a fairytale but in reality Car doesn’t treat Aubrey or her world with respect. She is expected to make all the concessions, she is expected to watch her public profile, and she should be more than willing to just invest in Car’s project to help him out, never mind whether or not it’s a good financial option for her. I really wished Aubrey could have woken up to the fact Car was not the best match for her. He didn’t love her the way he should and he disregarded her feelings on practically everything.

I loved how Aubrey and Scott clicked. They were so much more natural together and I especially loved how she finally let him know how she feels.

This was another delightful Rachel Hauck book. There was a bit more Christian flavor to it but as usual, it didn’t distract or irritate me from the story. This book was all about people coming to terms with the past and realizing that events don’t necessarily define who we are, it is how we react and deal with those events.

4 out of 5 stars

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The Barn {Master Class & Write On Edge}

**this follows immediately after here**

The flower dropped from Aiden’s fingers and he leaned down, his hand extended.

“Come. I have something else to show you.”

Laura clambered up the slope and dried her feet as best she could on the grass. Placing her hand in his she felt a little shiver run up her back.

The walk was silent except for the occasional twitter of birds or rustle of leaves. Laura wondered once more how someone like Aiden could be interested in a girl like her. She wasn’t beautiful and she didn’t know much about the world. Aiden was the most attractive man she’d ever met and he’d been living on his own for…well, she didn’t actually know how long.

“Aiden, how long have you lived alone out here? Don’t you have family?”

A shadow crossed his face before his lips curved into their trademark grin. “Ah, of course. Yes, I have family but it was better for me to be on my own. Too many mouths to feed, you know?”

She nodded. There had always been enough to eat at home. Not much but enough. Laura had been hungrier since leaving home.

“As for how long,” he continued,” it has been a few years.”

“Have you ever gone back? To visit?” Laura would give anything to see her mother and sister again.

“No. I do not think that would be wise.” His voice trailed off but before Laura could ask him anything else he spoke again. “Ah, here we are.”

Laura turned to look across a large field. Plunked in the middle was a dilapidated barn. That alone wasn’t odd, there were plenty of farms stretched out along the edge of the lake and the river but she could see there was a cliff just on the other side of the barn. Who would build in such an odd location?

Curious, Laura walked past Aiden and reached the edge of the cliff. If wasn’t significantly steep but it didn’t look very stable either. She edged back as pebbles tumbled down, clacking on the jagged rocks piled near the bottom. Aiden came up behind her and guided her over towards the barn.

“Why would anyone build in such an odd location?” Laura craned her neck back to judge the distance between the barn and the edge. “Where is the house? Behind the barn in the woods?”

“It wasn’t such an odd location five years ago. Beautiful vistas, ample land to graze, a stream nearby.” Aiden sat on a fallen log and lifted his face to the weak spring sun. “But the unexpected can happen, your life changed in an instant.”

Laura sat next to him and rubbed the ache building in her ankles. She wasn’t used to so much walking. Aiden’s words struck a chord. She was intimately familiar with how your life can change in an instant.

“So what happened?”

“The owner decided to try and dig a well. Other farms had tapped into underground sources which greatly benefited the stock. More water means the ability for more animals, more profit.”

“I don’t see anything that looks like a well.”

“And you won’t, ma petite. The digging unleashed a significant amount of water, which flooded the ground under the house. This weakened the foundations and…”

“And?”

Aiden gestured towards the cliff, his lips twisted. For a moment she was confused then the light bulb went off.

“Oh. Did you know him? Was he…in the house?”

Aiden sighed. “I knew him. Quite well. But he survived.”

“Well that’s good. Do you think-“ Laura broke off as loud crashing came from the surrounding woods. A man stumbled out, his eyes wild and his long tangled hair streaming out behind him. He was screaming but the words were so garbled, Laura had no idea what it was. At his appearance, Aiden stilled then pulled Laura off the log and behind some bushes. She opened her mouth to ask what was going on but he quickly covered her lips with his hand and motioned to silence.

Another voice echoed from the same woods the man burst out of. War whoops and screams interspersed with yells of “You can’t get away, Quint!”

The man, Quint Laura guessed, just kept running straight towards the cliff edge. Loosening his tie with one hand, Quint stepped out into the air and flew.

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I used to link up to numerous sites every week. Life and all that stuff got in the way and I haven’t participated as much. This week, even though I’m coming in under the wire on one and just missed the other I’m participating in two of my old haunts.

For Master Class we had to use this line as our final line. I edited it a bit to make it work :)

master-class-chalkboard-2014-9And for Write On Edge we were given this image of a barn to get our imaginations going:

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The creek {100 word song}

On impulse, Laura took off her shoes and waded into the shallow stream oozing out from under the old mill. The water, despite being glacial runoff, was cool but not shocking.

“Do you even have enough water to move the wheel?”

Aiden leaned against a stone wall swerving drunkenly into the ground and plucked a rogue flower growing from a crack. “There’s another creek that should feed into this one but beavers blocked it up. I just need to bust the dam.”

Her nose scrunched. “That’s not very nice to the beavers.”

“Knowing my neighbors, those beavers are long gone.”

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For this week’s 100 word song, chosen by Leeroy himself: Talking Heads (Nothing But) Flowers

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