Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Another Peek

First off, I want to say that Outsider currently has 21 reviews on amazon.com! Thank you guys so much! You're awesome! If I reach 50 I'll release the 2nd chapter of Insider! Come on, I know you can do it! Also, 4 more followers on my blog and the giveaway is a deal! (And the more followers I get on here, facebook, and twitter, the more often I'll do giveaways!)

Here's a peek:


“Ugh,” Bryce held his hand out. “I just don’t want to be witness to any moments between you two. Excuse me while I throw up a bit in my mouth.”
Caeden smacked his younger brother on the back of the head.
“That hurt,” Bryce said and rubbed his head.
“Good,” Caeden said.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Peek

Outsider has 20 reviews on Amazon! 30 more and I'll release the 2nd chapter! Also, I need 5 more followers on my blog to do the giveaway! So close!

Alright, here's the peek, I'm off to my writing cave!


I watched Caeden work, his muscles flexing, and sweat dotting his forehead. This had to be the best class ever. I mean, I got to watch Caeden for a whole hour and thirty minutes, and not do anything. Plus, I was getting an A. Why had I ever been worried about this class?
Caeden flicked a piece of hair out of his eye and smiled up at me. “What are you watching?”
“You,” I said.
“Me?”
“Who else would I be watching?”
“I don’t know,” he shrugged and began aligning pieces. He picked up the nail gun and quickly assembled the cabinet. The rest of the class was still cutting pieces.
“Looks like I’ve found myself a handy man,” I smiled.
“Oh yeah,” he grinned, “I’m as handy as they come.”
“I can see it now,” I fantasized, “leaky faucets, fixing lights, painting walls.”
Caeden’s laugh filled the woodshop classroom. “And let me guess, you’re not going to help me, you’ll just watch.”
“It’s what I do best,” I laughed.
Caeden stood the cabinet upright and grabbed some trim pieces for detailing. “That’s okay, at least I’ll have something pretty to look at,” he winked.
“And I’ll always be there to hand you tools,” I said.
“Just not the power ones,” he grinned crookedly. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Random Outsider Links/ Peek of Insider

With school about to start for some of you I thought I'd give you the link to Sophie's backpack. (Her type of backpack isn't mentioned in Outsider but it is mentioned in Insider) I've had one of these backpacks and I really liked it. They only had like... four colors when I was in school so I had the Amethyst/Silver one. http://store.americanapparel.net/rsanc501.html?cid=49-752&c=Sorbet_Natural_Teal

Here's a pic of Sophie's backpack: (And this is the color combo she has) Even though I'm not in school anymore I want one. *pouts*


Here's a link to Sophie's duffel bag:http://store.americanapparel.net/rsalp540.html?cid=49-751
(You may remember it from an Insider peek I gave)


Some of you may have already seen this but this is what Caeden's room looks like:


These pictures and links can also be found if you clickity click click on the Outsider Series tab over there --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->>>>>


Here's a peek:

Mr. Collins, the woodshop teacher, was eager to start a new project today.
Pushing his black-framed glasses up his nose, he said, “Today, we’re going to start building cabinets. I’ve run out of storage areas and I thought this would be a good learning experience for you. You should see a sheet in front of you that shows that dimensions that I need. You can either make a plain cabinet or you can add detailing for extra credit. And Sophie?” He looked at me.
“Yes?” I asked.
“Please, I’m begging you, stay away from the power tools."

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Don't forget to write a review for Outsider on amazon.com. If I get 50 I will release the 2nd Chapter of Insider!!!!!!!!
I now have 43 followers on my blog!!! 7 more and the giveaway is a deal! (Swag is supposed to be arriving today!) You can either follow through blogger or by email over there -----------------> 
If you follow by email you then need to email me at msmeltzer9793@gmail.com to let me know! ;)


Also, the more followers I get here, facebook, and twitter, the more often I'll do giveaways!!! 




Thursday, July 26, 2012

Don't Forget

Don't forget to write a review for Outsider on amazon.com (or, as I like to call it, amazing.com) and I will release the 2nd chapter of Insider. :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Update

I'm sleepy...

^^^^ Probably not a good way to start a post, who knows what I may say^^^^

But I just wanted to tell you guys where I'm at with Insider. I have 33,048 words. And I'm freaking out because I have no idea how I'll have it done on time and I really don't want to push the release date back. I know you guys want this book so I'm working my butt off. Hopefully August will go smoother than July and I'll be fine.

In random news: My new computer didn't recognize Caeden's name. *hangs head* So I click the button to add it to the dictionary and happen to look at the recommendations for corrections. I expect to see, Caden, Caiden, Kaden, or Kaiden. No. Not one of these was recommended. Instead the first recommendation  was Camden. Then the next one was Cameron. CAMERON. I was like, "Really?" *hits head against desk* I actually ended up laughing about it. I mean, I did decide to spell Caeden differently from the way it's normally spelled, so I guess I was asking for it. 


Reminders: I'm still at 40 followers on my blog. If I get 50 followers here by the time Insider releases then I will do a BIG giveaway! The winner will receive a signed copy of Outsider and Insider, signed Outsider and Insider bookmarks (along with signed Fallen, Forbidden, and Forever bookmarks) signed pics of Sophie and Caeden (signed by Sophie, Caeden, and me), a signed Outsider poster (signed by Sophie, Caeden, and me), and a Lucinda's hat like the characters in the book wear. The more followers I get here, twitter, and facebook, the more often I'll do giveaways. (They won't all be quite as big as this one, I'll probably only do BIG giveaways when a new book comes out) Also, you can certainly follow by email if you don't have a blogger account. You can do that somewhere over there ---------------->
BUT if you follow by email it doesn't tell me so you'll have to email me at msmeltzer9793@gmail.com to let me know. 


Also, if I get 50 reviews for Outsider on amazon.com I will release the 2nd chapter of Insider!!!


And here's a peek:



I looked around in a panic for Bentley’s truck but it was absent. I did see Logan’s Toyota Tundra and I sprinted towards it.
“Whoa,” Logan said when I crashed into him. “Sophie? Is everything okay?” Concern flooded his pale green eyes, so much like his sisters. I was a bit surprised by his reaction. I was used to only surliness from him.
I pointed back towards the parking lot. “Caeden is going after Travis. You have to stop him. He won’t listen to me.”
Before I was finished speaking Logan was across the parking lot.
Caeden was on top of Travis and pummeling his face with his fist.
Lord have mercy I thought this kind of stuff only happened in movies. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Swag

I just ordered some awesome swag for the Outsider/Insider giveaway! I love it and I hope you guys do too! But... I won't do the giveaway if I don't get 50 followers!!! I have 40 right now so I know you can do it! (You have until I release Insider to reach the 50) 10 more! That's not bad at all! You can either follow through blogger or by email. If you follow by email let me know at msmeltzer9793@gmail.com because I have no way to know how many email followers I have. Also, in case you forgot, if I get 50 reviews for Outsider on amazon.com I will release the 2nd chapter of Insider (Book 2)!!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Boom!

So my computer decided to be a jerkface and go out on me Monday morning. I'd been saying I was going to get a new one, but then decided to wait. As soon as I decided to wait, my computer decided to go rainbow. Yes, rainbow. After it went rainbow it would then go blue and show me a bunch of different error codes. The man who rents my aunt and uncle's basement works with computers and he told me that HP's are noted for "going rainbow" so I don't feel so crazy anymore. (Every time I told someone that my computer went rainbow they looked at me like I was crazy) (I am not, haha) It was doing this randomly for about a month. But this past weekend and Monday it started doing it every time I got on the computer. That means I couldn't write. So, I got a new computer and let me tell you, I love it. If I could marry it, I would. *insert sing song voice* It's woooooonderful! Since I have a protection plan on my old one I'm going to send it off and get it fixed. Then I'll have a backup. ;) 


So between watching my aunt's dog and my computer I've written very little of Insider. :(
My other aunt is coming in from Chicago on the 30th and she's to be here for a week. Hopefully I'll still be able to write. I'm so nervous about having Insider done on time *bites nails* I feel like every interruption under the sun has happened to me this month. But I'm going to try my hardest to have it done on time. *chants, "I can do it!"*

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Another Insider Peek

I'll do an update on my progress soon! But for now, there's this:


I read over the directions for the Spanish essay once more.
Write a three page paper, in Spanish, on your overall high school experience. “Sophie?” said Caeden. I studiously ignored him. Talk about classes you enjoyed/didn’t enjoy, teachers, friends, extra-curricular activities, and anything else school related. “Soph?” poke. Also talk about your plans after high school. Work? College? Dreams? Goals? Ambitions? “Sophie,” he said again and pushed me hard enough to knock me out of my seat and onto the floor. Dang shifter reflexes. Weren’t they supposed to keep this kind of thing from happening?
“Caeden!” I hissed under my breath.
“Oopsy daisy,” he blushed.
I picked myself up and brushed dust off of Caeden’s shirt and my shorts. Ugh, gross. That dust had probably been on the floor for twenty years. 
Straightening my disheveled appearance I said to Caeden, “What was so flippin’ important that you had to push me out of my chair? I was trying to work on an essay.”
“Flippin’?” he quirked a brow.
“Yes, flippin’,” I said and slid back into my seat. “Now what was it?” I asked, picking up my pencil. I tapped the eraser against the desk.
He pointed to the power point and I rolled my gaze towards to it. “Chess club? Why should I be concerned about chess club?”

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Oh Brother

Hi ya'll!

Just got back from taking my aunt's dog home and going to dinner with the family!
This is a pic of my aunt's dog. Her name is Sadie and she's a chocolate English Cocker Spaniel.
Moving on... My sweet little brother got shingles! Shingles! He's only 13! I've felt so bad for him! It just breaks my heart to see someone hurting like that! But thankfully he's feeling much better now. But the other day I got a text message from him that said, "I wish you'd come over for a little bit." I was like, "Awww." So I called him and asked him if he wanted anything. I ended up having to go to Taco Bell and Wendy's. But I wanted him to have what he wanted so I didn't mind. Although I did tell him, "I don't go to Taco Bell for just anyone." I don't know why but that place freaks me out. It's not necessarily the place but the location. It's really busy and I'm scared to death I'm going to get hit. But once I got there and gave him his food he showed me this picture that he had drawn out of boredom. I thought it was awesome so I asked if I could have it and he said yes! I plan to frame it and put it beside my desk.


Here's a pic of my brother, Hunter, this is from 2006 (I don't have any current pictures of him) but you get the idea. His hair is a lot darker now.


And here's a really short peek but at least it's a peek! ;)


I turned to Caeden. “Holy hell, what happened while we were gone? Is it mating season for wolves?”

Friday, July 13, 2012

Easy

I absolutely loved Easy by Tammara Webber! I read it when it first came out at the end of May and have not stopped thinking about it since. I originally read it on my kindle and loved it so much I decided to order a paperback copy. I had heard Tammara say that she was going to sell autographed copies on her blog. So I decided to patiently (okay, not so patiently) wait for it to become available. I can't gush enough about this book. Lucas is... wonderful. I mean he's the perfect package. He's got the bad boy vibe but he's a total smarty pants too. I also really liked Jacqueline as the main character. I've heard some people say that they didn't like her but I did. I thought Jacqueline was easy (no pun intended) to connect with. I also liked that she was aware of her mistakes instead of being so blindly naive. If I could give this book 10 stars I would. It has to be my favorite read of 2012 so far.

Here's the description: A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex's frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she's still the same intelligent girl she's always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There's just one problem--their only interactions are through email.

Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees--hoping for more.

Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they've hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

(Mature Young Adult/ New Adult)


Here's the link to buy signed copies of all of Tammara's books: http://tammarawebber.blogspot.com/p/signed-copies.html

I haven't read her BTL Series but if it's anything like Easy it must be amazing!

Here's Pics of my paperback copy:



Beneath where she signed it is a poem from the book and one of Lucas' tattoos. (The poem is written by Tammara Webber)
It reads: 
Love is not the absence of logic
but logic examined and recalculated
heated and curved to fit 
inside the contours of the heart

Seriously, if you haven't already read this then you need to drop what you're doing and read it now.

P.S. Whatever you do, don't start this at night like I did. You won't be able to sleep because you can't put this book down. 


My interview with EponaReviews is up and running! Don't forget to follow the blog! (Caeden's interview is coming soon!)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It's time for another...

Peek!
I've been really busy and haven't gotten a lot of writing done. :( I'm watching my aunt's puppy while they're on vacation and let me tell you, she's a hyper, spastic, mess and driving me nuts! *sighs* My dogs are older so I'm just unused to the puppy behavior. And I have 3 dogs (which is one dog too many) and 4 is just unmanageable. Every time I turn around I have to do something for one of the dogs. I've written like 1 sentence since Friday so I'm really frustrated... and stressed. 

Alright here's the peek, I know you're sick of me ranting! :)

“They’re afraid of us?” I asked.
“Yeah,” he said, “they are. They can sense that we’re a predator so they just… stay away.”
“But we’re not any different,” I choked.
Caeden put one hand beside either side of my body against the wall. “Yes, we are Sophie.” A dangerous look glinted in those cerulean blue eyes. “We’re faster, stronger, and-” his voice turned deliciously husky. “Sexier.”
His lips brushed against mine in a tantalizing gesture. “You’re definitely sexier,” I breathed. 

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I have 40 followers! So that means 10 more and the Giveaway is a deal! (Once again, I won't do the giveaway until Insider releases) 

IF I GET 50 REVIEWS FOR OUTSIDER ON AMAZON.COM I WILL GO AHEAD AND RELEASE THE UNEDITED 2ND CHAPTER OF INSIDER!!!!! 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Interview


I'm going to be doing an interview with EponaReviews really soon on Outsider! Here's the link: http://eponareviews.blogspot.co.uk/ Caeden is also going to be interviewed. So if you have any questions about Outsider that you'd like me or Caeden to answer then email them to: eponareviews@gmail.com 
Please specify in your email which questions are for me and which are for Caeden. You must have your questions in by July 13th. That’s this Friday.
I can’t wait to hear what you guys want to know!

P.S. I’ve been working on some really awesome swag for the September giveaway! I’m so excited! Eeeek!

DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW EponaReviews BLOG!

Two and a half hours until Teen Wolf! Yippee! (I think Sophie should watch Teen Wolf, that would be really funny, since she's a wolf shifter. Just sayin'. Teehee.)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Randomness

Yesterday I went to a book signing about an hour from me. Here's the link: http://ttpbooks.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=TTPB&Category_Code=VB
There were 8 authors there but I only knew two of them... Well, three. Nora Roberts owns the bookstore. Yes, THE Nora Roberts. So, most of the people were there for her. Except me, apparently. I went to see the AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL AWESOMELY EPIC AND OH SO NICE Jennifer L. Armentrout. I love her books so, so, so much. She's so nice and wonderful to talk to. Plus, she loved my name so she deserves bonus points for that! Teehee. If you haven't read her books yet then you need to drop what you're doing and get them. I already had 1 book (Obsidian) signed by Jennifer and the cover models Stzella and Pepe. (I didn't actually get to go to the signing which sucks because it would've been awesome to meet Pepe and Stzella) I ordered the book from here: http://www.foxtalebookshoppe.com/ I had to call while Jen, Pepe, and Stzella were in the store to have it signed by Pepe and Stzella. They might have copies but I don't know. Moving on...

Here's a pic of the one signed by Jen, Stzella, and Pepe


And here's a pic of one of her books I had signed yesterday



And Jennifer's swag that she gave away (She had a lot)

For those of you who haven't read her books the guitar pick is for her Half-Blood Series because Aiden collects them (Aiden is so wonderful)


I also got to meet Diana Peterfreund. She is really nice and very bubbly. At one point I thought she might jump out of her seat in excitement. I bought her book, For Darkness Shows the Stars, and had her sign it. I haven't read it but I think it sounds really good.

Here's a pic of the book:


Diana's Swag


Here's the link to Jennifer's goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4476934.Jennifer_L_Armentrout

Here's the link to Diana's goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/119848.Diana_Peterfreund

I'll do another Insider update/peek soon.

Clarification

Okay, I'm getting a lot of questions about this so I decided to do a post.

I'm not doing the Outsider/Insider signed copy giveaway until Insider is released. I'll use one of those rafflecopter thingies to pick the winner. (I'm tech challenged so it might not work and I'll have to think of something else)

I said I would only do the giveaway if I reached 50 followers. By entering your email over there----------->
You are following me. But since it doesn't tell me how many email followers I have, you have to email me at msmeltzer9793@gmail.com to tell me that you're following my blog. By entering your email address you are not entering the giveaway you're just following me and I'll count you towards the 50 followers I need to do the giveaway. (Hopefully I can get lots more!)

I hope this made sense!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

First Chapter of Insider! Whoop! Whoop!

Yay, we did it! 25 followers so that means you get the 1st chapter of Insider! (I need 25 more to do the giveaway so keep spreading the word) And if you follow by email, send me an email at msmeltzer9793@gmail.com so that I can count you towards the giveaway. (If you've already told me, then I counted you)

(There is a prologue to Insider, but I'm changing it so I won't include it)

THIS IS THE UNEDITED FIRST CHAPTER OF INSIDER


one.
The small black and white dog jumped into my suitcase for the third time.
“Archie,” I groaned. “Please, stop it,” I said picking up the little dog and looking into his sweet brown eyes. He gave me a little doggie whimper before I set him back down.
I had to finish packing. Caeden would be here any minute to pick me up.
It was the day before Spring Break officially began and we had a plane to catch to LΓΌbeck, Germany.
The little Boston Terrier pawed my plain black suitcase and let out a cry.
“Archie,” I said, “I’ll be back soon. You won’t even know I’m gone.” I kissed the dog on top of his soft head and then scratched him behind the ear. His back right paw thumped enthusiastically. I smiled at him.
I stuffed the last of my clothes in the bag and then zipped it easily. I smiled satisfied. I’d managed to get a week’s worth of clothes and essentials in one carryon bag. Success was mine.
“Sophie, Caeden’s here!” called Gram from the living room.
I shrugged my shoulders at the little dog. “Sorry bud, time for me to go.”
I wheeled my bag behind me and Archie nipped at my heels.
Caeden smiled when he saw me. “What, no fifty bags?” he joked.
I pretended to be offended. “Of course not. I’m a simple girl. See-- sweatshirt, sweatpants, and ponytail,” I said pointing to each.
He laughed and then kissed my cheek. “I know it’s part of the reason why I love you,” he smiled.
“Good,” I said. “Because you’re not about to get me in another dress,” I said referring to prom.
He chuckled. “You look good either way.”
“Suck up,” I said and smacked his arm.
Gram clucked her tongue. “If you two keep bickering like an old married couple you’ll miss your flight.”
“Gram’s right,” I said to Caeden. I pulled her into a hug and kissed her cheek. “I’ll miss you Gram.”
“I’ll miss you too, sweetie,” she said and patted my cheek. She looked between me and Caeden. She pointed to each of us and said, “You two be good. No funny business.”
“Eww Gram. Please,” I said shaking my head.
Caeden chuckled. “Don’t worry. I don’t have a death wish and I’d prefer for Sophie’s dad to actually like me,” said Caeden with a smile.
Gram narrowed her eyes at him but didn’t say anything.
I turned to Caeden. “Alright, let’s get out of here before she gives us the safe sex talk.”
Both their faces blanched and I quickly scurried out the door, my laugh carrying behind me.
I turned around and Caeden came striding out the door with my bag in his hand, shaking his head at me, with Archie nipping at his heels.
“Archie!” I scolded. “You have to stay here!”
Caeden chuckled. “No, he doesn’t. We’re bringing the familiars. See,” he said and pointed to the back of his red Jeep.
I could see a large crate in the trunk with the huge Murphy was sitting inside it looking displeased.
“I thought Murphy and leather didn’t mix?” I joked.
“Hence the cage,” said Caeden with a grin. “Bryce would not relinquish the use of Stella so I had to put Murphy in a cage. He’s not at all happy,” Caeden smiled.
He opened the trunk and put my suitcase in before petting the dog on the head.
“Sorry Murphy,” he said. The dog playfully nipped at his fingers. Caeden laughed and closed the trunk.
He shook his head and then suddenly pulled me into his arms. Our bodies were so closely molded together that air couldn’t pass through.
“Caeden,” I said startled.
“Shh,” he said and one hand caressed my cheek while the other held me firmly to him. Both my hands were flat against his hard muscular chest. His hand that had been caressing my face tangled in my hair as he pressed his lips firmly against mine. My toes literally curled. My mouth opened underneath his and he deepened the kiss with a moan before he pulled away.
“What was that for,” I panted.
He tucked a piece of hair behind my ear. “With your parents around I’m probably not going to have a lot of time to do that. It’s going to be a long week,” he sighed.
“Very long,” I added breathlessly.
He chuckled and then held my door open for me. Archie hopped in and then up on my lap. Caeden jogged around to his side and started the car.
I saw Gram peek out the front window and waved at her. I saw her narrow her eyes suspiciously but she finally waved back.
“Away we go,” said Caeden with a grin as he backed out of the driveway and we began the one hour drive to the airport. He took my hand. “Are you excited to see your parents?” he asked as we got on the interstate.
“Yeah,” I smiled. “Nervous though,” I said with a laugh and glanced at him.
“How do you think I feel?” he joked.
“Hey, I already met your mom. Now it’s your turn,” I said and squeezed his hand.
“You didn’t have to go to a whole other continent to meet my mom,” he said, “and your dad is a Beaumont.” He gulped, “This should be his pack. Not mine. What if he doesn’t think I’m adequate enough for you or the pack?”
“Caeden,” I said. “You’re perfect. He’ll love you. You’re worrying over nothing. I promise you. You’ll be like the son he never had.”
“I hope you’re right,” he said taking the exit.
“I am,” I said reassuringly.
“Welcome to Virgin Atlantic Flights,” said the overly perky red head flight attendant. She was probably twenty-five or twenty-six and her eyes kept lingering on Caeden. A growl rumbled in my chest. It was the growl of a wolf. A wolf saying, back off he’s my man.
Apparently she got the message because she moved away with a strained smile. Caeden squeezed my hand and emitted a low chuckle.
“Stop it,” I said and smacked him. “What if that was some guy hitting on me? I swear you attract single females in a five mile radius like a fly to honey.”
Caeden laughed outright now, throwing back his head.
“I can’t help it,” he said, “I’m just so charming and insanely good looking,” he rubbed his jaw.
“Conceited much?” I joked and petted Archie who snoozed happily on my lap. Poor Murphy was too big and had to fly with the suitcases.
“Don’t worry, babe,” he said leaning towards me so his cerulean blue eyes dominated my vision, “I’m all yours.”
I laughed and then sobered. “I love you, Caeden, with all my heart, I do.”
His eyes darkened. “I love you too, Sophie. I won’t let him get you,” he whispered sensing my thoughts.
I sighed and leaned my head back. “I know you won’t but it still scares me. He’ll know I’m a shifter now.”
“He hasn’t shown his face in months,” hissed Caeden. “Maybe we’re lucky and something happened to him.”
“You mean… he might be dead?” I asked.
Caeden shrugged and buckled his seatbelt. “One can always hope.”
I rubbed my face. “I don’t think we’re that lucky,” I sighed.
“I don’t think so either,” he said as the plane taxied.
“At least we have each other and I’m not so defenseless this time,” I said flashing my wolfy teeth at him.
He grinned. “Nope, you’re a natural. Travis won’t know what’s coming for him if he tries to attack you again.”
“I really hope there isn’t a next time,” I whispered.
“If there is we’ll handle it together,” he said as the plane took flight.
I clenched my teeth and tried desperately to get air to my starved brain. If this annoying red head didn’t go away I was about to go all wolf up in here and it wasn’t going to be pretty. My wolf was screaming at me to defend my territory. Caeden was mine and she just wouldn’t get the message!
She leaned over me to hand him his soda practically shoving her ample chest in his face.
Sophie. Caeden warned in my mind. No doubt I was shimmering around the edges as my wolf form tried to take shape. My fingers dug into the leather armrests leaving claw marks.
“Can I get you anything else?” she said in a sickeningly sexy voice.
I glared at her but she ignored me, that was her new policy, ignore the angry girlfriend.
Caeden smiled politely at her and leaned over me like he wanted to have a more intimate conversation with her. She leaned down, once again giving him a great view of her, um… assets.
“I’d appreciate if you’d stop flirting with me,” he smiled. “It’s very rude and not at all the kind of behavior you should have on your job. I might have to file a complaint. Oh and I’m still in high school,” he added and she paled.
She slowly stood and pulled her short skirt down so it was a tad bit longer. Color flooded her cheeks making her look like a tomato. She ducked her head and darted away.
“Thank you,” I said and the air finally flowed freely to my lungs.
“Sorry I made you suffer this long but it was so hot watching you get all worked up,” he grinned wickedly.
“I hate you,” I said pouting.
He chuckled. “Oh now I know that’s not true.”
“You’re right,” I said, “but that was unusually cruel.”
He grinned and gently stroked my cheek with his index finger. “You know there’s only you,” he said.
“I know that,” I snapped. “I’m not some insecure girl,” I hissed. “But I am a wolf. You know that. Your instincts are the same as mine if a man would come onto me. My body screams that it’s wrong. You’re mine, Caeden. My body doesn’t like it when other women touch you,” I said and found my fingers digging into the leather seats again.
“You’re right,” Caeden said again. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have done that, no matter how cute you are when you’re mad.”
“You’re killing me,” I said.
He grinned wickedly. “Love you too, babe, love you too.”
“Bite me,” I said and playfully bit his finger instead.
* * *
As the plane landed in Germany I looked over at Caeden. He saw the fright on my face and grabbed my hand. Once we were in the air I was usually okay unless there was a lot of turbulence but take off and landings always made me sick.
“Breathe,” he said.
I glanced at him and huffed, “If I breathe I’ll be sick.”
He chuckled and I smacked him.
Finally the plane landed on the runway and I let go of Caeden’s hand. Little red half-moons dotted his hand.
“You know,” I said sitting back in the seat and taking a deep breath, “when you said you’d distract me on the plane I didn’t know it would entail flirting with the staff.”
His laugh filled the cabin. “It worked didn’t it,” he grinned.
I narrowed my eyes at him. “I might have to tell my dad.”
“You wouldn’t,” he said paling.
“Oh, I would. I don’t think my dad would like to hear about my mate flirting with a flight attendant,” I grinned and he relaxed.
He leaned over and pecked me on the lips and then cupped my cheek with his hand. “Only you,” he said and then leaned close to my ear. “I might have to distract you with my lips on the way back,” he whispered and I shivered.
The plane pulled up to the gate and everyone stood to gather their stuff. Caeden grabbed my bag and his so I could keep my hold on Archie. I followed him off the plane and took in the stiff posture of his shoulders.
“Still nervous?” I asked giggling.
He glanced behind him at me and gave me a small smile. “Very,” he sighed.
Caeden found a trolley and loaded our bags onto it and then we went to get Murphy. The large dog barked happily when he saw us.
“Hey buddy,” said Caeden bending down to pet his familiar. Murphy’s large pink tongue darted out to lick Caeden’s waiting fingers.
Caeden then proceeded to load the large crate on the trolley. The cotton of his shirt stretched tightly over his muscles and I gasped. He was too perfect.
He looked up at me and grinned. He glanced around quickly before pulling me in for a kiss. He kissed me long and deep before pulling away with a grin. “Last one for the week,” he said.
“Oh please,” I said rolling my eyes.
“Hey,” he said, “I want to be on your parent’s good side. That means hands off,” he said and raised his hands in the air to demonstrate.
I stuck my tongue out at him and he laughed.
“Sophie!” I heard called behind me.
I turned and smiled. “Mommy!” I cried, gave Archie to Caeden, and ran into her waiting arms like I was five years old.
“Sophie,” she said again crushing me to her.
“Christine, don’t squish the girl,” my dad said from beside her.
“Daddy!” I said and dove into his arms next.
“There’s my little girl,” he said and gave me his signature bear hug.
“I’ve missed you guys so much,” I said.
“Oh, we’ve missed you too, Sophie,” said my dad and I could swear he sounded close to tears.
I pulled way. “Mom, dad, this is Caeden,” I said and motioned to the hunky piece of man meat standing awkwardly to the side with the horse sized dog and the very upset black and white dog.
“Get over here,” said my dad motioning Caeden to join us. He pulled Caeden into a hug. Surprised, Caeden hugged him back. My dad pulled away and held Caeden at arm’s length looking him over. “You look so much like Roger. I can’t believe he’s gone. He was my best friend. I loved him like a brother. He’d be very proud of you, I know that I am,” said my dad.
Suddenly, tears pooled in his eyes and he hastily looked at the ground.
My dad clapped him on the back. “It’s okay, boy. Good leaders know when to show emotion and when to remain stoic. Come on let’s get out of here. I’m sure you two have tons of questions.”
I smiled at him, “Of course we do, smart people always have questions.”
My dad laughed. “I’ve missed you, Sophie.”
My mom smiled at me. Caeden grabbed the trolley and we followed my parents out into the parking garage.
“I told you they were cool,” I said.
Caeden smiled at me, “Yes, they are.”