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Fun Times With the Ladies of Onyx Book Club!

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Yesterday, I had a blast with the ladies of Onyx Book Club! Great food and fellowship — SO much fun. 😀

Kudos and special thanks to Sarah and Magnolia; you both are absolutely wonderful! ❤

I truly appreciate all the love and I’m so glad y’all enjoyed ‘The Aris Effect’… thank you so much for having me!

Onyx Book Club Mug

BTW: I enjoyed drinking my favorite black tea from my Onyx mug this morning… love it! xoxo

 

Rae Lamar Book Signing @ 2016 Mad Hatters Event!

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This Saturday, I will be selling and signing copies of my books at the 2016 Mad Hatters Event…WOO! I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful day of fashion, food and fellowship.

Many thanks to the Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated for having me again this year… fun, fun, fun! 🙂

2016 Mad Hatters

The Aris Effect | The Music Behind The Story . . .

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Hello My Book Friends! Happy Friday and thanks for an awesome Release Day…I appreciate you!

Today, I’m sharing the songs that influenced me most while writing The Aris Effect.

Music is a huge part of my process, so to all the musicians and songwriters — thank you for the inspiration!

TAE Noveltracks - FINAL

 

The Aris Effect – Coming January 28!

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The Aris Effect - Cover Art by Rae Lamar
Being in love?
REALLY loving someone??
Two totally different things…

Aris Collier is a masterful artist but, when it comes to the art of love, she couldn’t be further from her comfort zone…

For Luke and Aris, it’s all fun and games until their work and general differences get in the way. Soon, Aris is falling from cloud nine into the reality of a live-in life with Luke where she’s failing forward almost every day. On the flip side, Aris is thriving in her new career. It’s much easier to navigate and a lot less complicated…especially the synergy she finds with Troy Murphy, her partner-in-art whose mere presence begins to undermine her life with Luke.

As Aris struggles to maintain a practical balance, she learns that loving Luke Donovan is effortless…but maneuvering the nuances of a real relationship? Not so much. It’s a simple truth that she quickly discovers the hard way, forcing Aris to either confront the contradictions within herself or continue to take unnecessary gambles that just may end up costing her the love of her life…

THE ARIS EFFECT – A NEW NOVEL FROM RAE LAMAR….COMING JANUARY 28!

Cover Reveal – The Aris Effect

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New Year…New Novel!

#ComingSoonish 😉

The Aris Effect - Cover Art by Rae Lamar

Girl Talk | An Excerpt From Somewhere In Between

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“Hey.”

“Hey chick.” I pressed pause on the DVD remote, then put my phone on speaker. ”I didn’t expect to hear from ‘til tomorrow. You home?”

“Yeah. What are you doing?” Bree asked, her voice filling my family room.

“Having a Fright Night.”

“Selection?”

“Pet Sematary.”

“Since when did you become capable of watching scary movies alone?” She paused. “You must be drunk.”

“Nope. Perfectly sober.”

“Trying to win a bet?”

“Wrong again.”

Another pause. “Cry for help?”

“Whatever, Bree. Why don’t you leave me alone and go torture that bald-headed better half of yours?”

“Kinda hard to do when he’s not here.”

“Where he at?”

“Out.”

“Hmph.” I looked down at the phone to check the time. “That a new lounge downtown or something?”

“Very funny.”

“Is that all he said when you asked where he was going? Out? I bet you couldn’t get away with telling him that.”

“I didn’t ask,” Bree said. “He left. To be honest, I’m glad. Having me time is wonderful.”

“I’m sure. Just seems like you’ve been having an abundance of that shit lately. But if you’re good, I’m good. You are good…right?”

“I’m great.”

“Yeah,” I replied, my voice dripping with sarcasm. “And I’m celibate.”

I gave her a minute to say more. She didn’t.

We settled into a comfortable silence as I actively avoided watching the images on my television. Thinking I heard a noise in the kitchen, I sprang up from the sofa as if someone…or something…would appear. Seconds later, my eyes shifted to the security alarm. The red light was on.

What the hell was I really thinking trying to watch Pet Sematary for the first time? By myself?

Craziness.

“Dez is still not home yet,” Bree finally said. “Not that I expected him to be after the fight we had. I should probably be angry that he’s not back, but sometimes I wonder if I even care.”

“Sure, you care,” I said, settling back against the sofa cushions, my eyes still on the red light. “You’re just tired. Fed up. It happens. And it’s okay.”

“Yeah. I guess you’re right.”

“But you know if that tired suddenly shifts to rage, I’m all in. Seriously…just say the word, and we can roll up on his ass.”

“Nah. I’ll pass.”

“Your choice.”

“I like Quincy,” she said abruptly, changing the subject in true Bree fashion.

I frowned. “Who asked you?”

“You like him too.”

“A momentary setback.” Closing my eyes, I curled up tighter in the corner of my couch. “I’ll rise again.”

“I didn’t know you’d sunk.”

“Lower than you can imagine.”

I felt her smile through the phone. “Your turn.”

Uch. This time, I’ll pass.”

“Can’t. Spill.”

I pouted. “Can too.”

“Purge, Tashi. Get it off you. Trust me, you’ll feel better. Ready…set…meltdown.”

“Please. I feel great.”

“Yeah,” Bree replied, laughing. “And I’m happily married.”


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#SampleSunday | An Excerpt From Dawn of Aris

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Shifting to rest on his back, Luke pulled Aris to him and they lay quietly with her head against his chest. Minutes passed as he stared at nothing, hesitant to say anything as he fingered a strand of her hair.

A part of Luke had expected that being inside of Aris once would be enough to get over his infatuation, to finally lose that ever-present edge he had been feeling since they’d met. In his mind, their unexpected connection was something he’d given too much thought to, something he simply needed to resolve so he could move on, get her out of his system and continue the life he was living with Jessica before Aris invited him into hers. Tonight, his only goal had been to douse the flames but, with her body pressed against him now, all he’d done was expose the answer to a question he’d had no business posing.

And now that he knew, he couldn’t un-know it.

What the fuck was he supposed to do now?

Aris stirred against him and snuggled closer. Even in that moment, he couldn’t stop himself from needing her again. He wanted to touch her, to replace what had just happened between them with something less dicey and perverse, something that would be a truer reflection of what he wasn’t quite ready to put into words but still needed her to understand. Instead, he continued playing with her hair knowing that anything he attempted in this moment would come off wrong, inadequate…selfish.

So he did nothing.

More time passed as Luke kept thinking, the pressure in his chest building so strong that he suddenly felt like he was suffocating…until Aris lifted a hand and placed it over his heart. Though his mind continued to race, her touch immediately calmed him…as it always did.

“Sorry I was so rough,” she blurted, breaking their silence. “Did I hurt you?”

Before he could stop it, a laugh bubbled up and tumbled from his lips in response. His mind immediately flashed through every moment of passion they had just experienced, how she’d matched him with equal fervor, how they’d been consumed with each other. Dropping his hand to brush his palm over the curve of her ass, he was more than happy to know that the intensity was mutual. “In the best way.”

He could feel her smile as she began trailing soft kisses down his torso, lightly grazing his skin with her teeth along the way.

Suddenly, she lifted her head and caught his eyes. “Can I hurt you again?”


Dawn of Aris - A Novel by Rae Lamar

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Aris Collier is chasing her dreams…at a snail’s pace. With little money and big talent, she works tirelessly to perfect her craft…even at the expense of her relationships. When Aris walks away from yet another dead-end entanglement with the hopes of finally getting her life on track, the last thing she expects is a fast friendship with her neighbor, Luke. They couldn’t be more different but soon the two become an inseparable pair, leaving Aris both surprised and disturbed that Luke understands her better than anyone else ever has…

Luke Donovan has it all—looks, career, money and status. Most importantly, he has the bold, brave and beautiful Jessica Knox, a woman he’s been building his impeccable life with since college. But as Luke continues his corporate climb, he soon realizes that the view from the top isn’t so great and the future laid out in front of him is very far from his true definition of happiness. For the first time in his life, Luke is unsure…until he meets his quirky neighbor, Aris, who just may help him discover what love and life are really all about…

#SampleSunday | An Excerpt From Dawn of Aris

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When I say my last several days have been cray…woo! My IG post last week says it all: I am presently experiencing life at a rate of several WTF’s per hour. Seriously. lol

Anyway, I meant to post this yesterday. Oops. Ah well, better late than never. 🙂 Enjoy!


Moving back to the bed, Aris held both dresses up by the hanger and faced him. “Black or green?”

Raising an eyebrow, he crossed his arms. “Neither.”

“Seriously, Luke…which one is best?”

“Why?”

“Because Marcel is on his way over.”

Luke twisted his mouth, still staring at her.

“Which one?” she asked impatiently as she turned her head side-to-side to look at each one.

“Put them both on, so I can see.”

She finally looked at him, her eyes wide. “What?”

“Put them on.”

She didn’t move right away, observing him to see if he was serious or not. When he didn’t say more, she tossed her head back and let out an exasperated sigh before rushing into her bathroom with both dresses.

Removing his phone from its case, Luke checked messages while he waited. He hadn’t expected her to change so quickly, so when she opened the door and stepped out he was still busy replying to an urgent email from Devin. After he pressed SEND, he finally focused on Aris.

She’d chosen to put on the black one first, and he didn’t bother to disguise his desire…or ignore the stirrings of jealousy in his gut that she was getting all dolled up for Marcel. She looked as amazing as he expected she would, and he knew it was childish but he wanted to see her in it first.

“So?” she asked, twirling around.

“So,” he replied, his eyes everywhere the dress didn’t cover. “Wear the green.”

“Seriously?” She glanced down at her body to inspect the dress before she looked up. “What’s wrong with this one?”

Closing the distance between them, Luke’s eyes revealed everything that was right with it and she took a step back in understanding.

“Fine,” Aris said in a low voice. “Thanks.”


Dawn of Aris - A Novel by Rae Lamar

AVAILABLE NOW ON KINDLE, NOOK & KOBO!
Download Your Copy Today: www.amzn.com/B00TC1K3J6

Aris Collier is chasing her dreams…at a snail’s pace. With little money and big talent, she works tirelessly to perfect her craft…even at the expense of her relationships. When Aris walks away from yet another dead-end entanglement with the hopes of finally getting her life on track, the last thing she expects is a fast friendship with her neighbor, Luke. They couldn’t be more different but soon the two become an inseparable pair, leaving Aris both surprised and disturbed that Luke understands her better than anyone else ever has…

Luke Donovan has it all—looks, career, money and status. Most importantly, he has the bold, brave and beautiful Jessica Knox, a woman he’s been building his impeccable life with since college. But as Luke continues his corporate climb, he soon realizes that the view from the top isn’t so great and the future laid out in front of him is very far from his true definition of happiness. For the first time in his life, Luke is unsure…until he meets his quirky neighbor, Aris, who just may help him discover what love and life are really all about…