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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…

Rae Lamar Book Signing @ DST Mad Hatters Fashion Show!

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YAY! I’m super excited to be a part of this wonderful day of fashion, food and fellowship!

This Saturday, I’ll be joining other awesome vendors and exhibitors to showcase our merchandise, services and works of art to a fierce and fabulous crowd.

That’s right! I will be selling and signing copies of my latest release, Dawn of Aris. Copies of 22, Open, Unlike Me and Somewhere In Between will be available for purchase as well.

Many thanks to the Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated for having me… this is going to be so much fun! 😀

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22 is now a NOOK book!

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Have you read 22 yet? You should. 🙂

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Having suffered the loss of her fiance, cushy job and luxury Midtown Atlanta condo at the height of the U.S. recession, Nina Drake packed up and left the ruins behind to start anew in sunny South Florida.

With no life and no friends, Nina settles in and resigns herself to the simple existence of a gift shop attendant where she passively observes the scores of colorful clientele living in the five-star resort where she works. After a few random run-ins with a peculiar resident, Nina’s boredom gives way to curiosity and she blindly steps out of her dull routine into someone else’s shoes…and the arms of an irresistible stranger. But it’s only a matter of days before Nina goes from dreaming of romantic possibilities to realizing that this tawdry hookup can never evolve into something real…

In spite of Nina’s aversion to his sordid past, Dean Whitmore is determined to make her believe that his intentions are as real as their instant connection. And the fact that he only has a few weeks to prove it to her before life leads them in different directions just makes the challenge that much more appealing…

#SampleSunday | An Excerpt From DAWN OF ARIS

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Aris was wide awake.

She rolled from her side to her back, willing herself to get out of bed and start the day. Minutes passed as she stared at the ceiling, rubbing circles around her navel. Over and over again.

She thought about Ralph. It would be easy to call him and continue their unique cycle of drama, but it was pointless. Their attempts to get back together never worked, no matter how many times they tried.

For weeks, she’d dismissed his twisted promises—to break up with her for good, to pursue other women, to report her to the police to reclaim his car. Blah, blah, blah. That’s what people in love did when they were hurt…talk shit. Especially, when the person they loved didn’t love them back the same way. So she had purposefully ignored it all. Ignored him. Never once believing that he’d actually make good on any of his threats, that he could ever leave her stranded with no means of transportation. Clearly, he’d had enough and was sending her a message that the days of him taking care of her—of taking her shit—were over.

She really couldn’t blame him though. Beyond her standard loyalty card, she really didn’t have much else to play in terms of their relationship…but at least she’d tried. If there was ever an award for Best Girlfriend in a Lackluster Rebound, it would bear her name.

She had done the best she could with what she had.

Didn’t that count?

A few minutes later, Aris grabbed the phone off the nightstand and tossed it back and forth in her hands.

Should she call him? Apologize and give it another shot?

Despite his demanding nature, she still believed that Ralph was a good guy. It was just his deep need for her world to revolve around him that annoyed her most. He had to come first in all things, and her ability to not get with that program was their turmoil. Somehow, Ralph believed that she had only chosen him out of desperation, once claiming that “fact” was the only logical explanation for her indifferent behavior and overall lack of energy for their relationship.

She didn’t call him enough.

She didn’t initiate sex enough.

She had never once asked him for anything…with the exception of his car, of course.

Aris never argued the point because there was a lot of truth in Ralph’s accusations, stretching across the last two years that they had been a couple. Sadly, she really didn’t want him, and he truly was her go-to resource when inconvenience surfaced or whenever loneliness struck…the latter being a whole other issue.

Fully aware that her fickle libido left much to be desired, Aris did her best to compensate in other ways but her unpredictable sexual temperament never failed to trigger the eventual demise of every romantic relationship she attempted.

At first, she believed that most men put up with her because she was nice to look at and a very good lay…when she was in the mood. Sex was typically an occasional but not quite frequent desire for her, always appearing suddenly and unexpectedly like a rip current. During the long lulls between her surges, she’d learned that very few had the patience to hold out for her next rush and not one owned the ability to provoke it. Even the best of them would ultimately see a hindrance where at first they perceived an ego-driven challenge. They all grew tired and unfulfilled in the end though, eventually taking off in search of the consistent tides of other women.

Hell…who wouldn’t?

Succumbing to a sudden yawn, Aris placed the phone back in its cradle and left her bed for the shower.

Ralph was her past. She had to move on.

They both deserved so much better.


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…

 

Rae Lamar Book Signing @ Delta Marketplace in April!

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YES! I will be selling and signing copies of ALL five of my novels at the Delta Marketplace!

If you will be in or around Atlanta on Saturday, April 18th, stop by and hang out with me. I’d love to see you.

Many thanks to the East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and the Economic Development Committee for having me again this year…I can’t wait! 😀

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