Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cover Reveal Forgiveness

Forgiveness - Happy Anniversary


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Title – Forgiveness Author – AJ Best Genre – Erotica Publication Date – 6/28/14 Length (Pages/# Words) - 6,000 Publisher – Secret Cravings Publishing Cover Artist – Dawne Domonique



Mary is prepared for the anniversary of a lifetime. Ten years of wonderful memories fill her mind. She can’t wait to see what the next ten will bring. When her plans for early morning seduction fail, her mind jumps to worst case scenarios.

Joe’s attention, focused elsewhere, may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Will he be able to come up with a good reason for forgetting their anniversary?

As the day continues, will the answers Mary finds leave her in tears? Will she find the next ten years dreams shattered before her? Only Joe holds the answers to the questions her heart asks.

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Forgiveness - 2 Years


It seemed more and more lately that no matter how hard she tried, he looked right through her. It was infuriating and heart breaking. She'd had enough heartbreak during the past year to last her a lifetime. Her mother had been sick battling cancer all last year. Unfortunately she’d lost the battle. She’d made sure to pass on information to Mary while on her deathbed though.

Something Mary had never seen coming. She was adopted. Her world felt as if she had lost all control.

The adoption information that her mother had left with her will quickly found its way into the trash. Why would she want to find someone who didn't want her? She had enough instances of that in her own home. She did wonder, after a year, if she had reacted too rashly. You never know when you'll need family, and if she met her biological mother maybe she could figure out who she was, inside and out.

Mary plopped herself on the bed and let out a huge rush of air. There was no way Joe hadn’t noticed her outfit. She had bought it specifically for their ten-year anniversary night.

She remembered how she had anxiously awaited this evening and decided that she would make it perfect no matter how she was feeling. Every year on this day, they left the house at four twenty five and drove to the lake where he had romantically declared his undying love and proposed to her. He always hired a horse drawn carriage. The prancing steed would take them from the lake to a lovely candlelit dinner for two. After having one too many glasses of wine and a wonderful meal, they would enjoy a leisurely stroll to the theater. Wicked was currently playing on Broadway, and she couldn’t wait to hear the music that made her soul dance and her heart soar. Re-reading the book several times had her excited, and she knew the night would be perfect.

Then reality reared its ugly head.

Carefully she unlaced her corset and tossed the silky white thong in the corner; it still held the dampness from her unquenched desire.

"I can't believe I wasted my time and effort on this. Sometimes my husband is such a jerk," when she took a look around it dawned on her that she was talking to herself. Another deep breath and swish of hair and she mused, "I guess its okay to talk to myself as long as I don't answer back, huh CC?"

She slipped her silk robe on quickly and snatched the cat from his slumberous repose. He squirmed to free himself but Mary kissed his little nose first. "Don't be like your daddy, at least notice I'm here." She placed the cat gently on the bed and started her morning ritual. Getting ready for work was the last thing she was interested in.

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Writing books has been a long time in coming for me. When I was younger, my father and I lived in a town where a kid could run the streets all ‘willy nilly’. When I was old enough to babysit myself I was off and running. To where you may ask, the library. At the time the library was in an old shop on a street in town. The children’s books were in the back room and that was where I spent my days. I was never without an adventure in my hands, and I never failed to finish the summer reading program with books to spare. My love for reading didn’t stop there. My mother is an avid reader and she acquired most of her books from a exchange shop. You would purchase your books there, and return them for partial credit and get more. One night I was left with a bag of to be returned books. It was a Piers Anthony book, Night Mare to be exact. I devoured that book and any other that he has written. I currently am the proud owner of at least 70 of his books. I’m working toward getting them all, I wish he’d quit writing so quickly.

The writing bug caught me when my 12th grade English teacher wanted to use MY essay to show the class. He put it on projector film and everything. I was so excited. The assignment was to pick a month and write about it. Of course, being the child that I was I had to be difficult about it. The rest of the class chose June, July, April and went on and on about how lovely and warm and all of the fun things you can do. Mine was about December. I still remember the first line (and may have the transparency somewhere in my mess); December spreads her snow-filled wings and covers our world in cold despair.

From that paper on, you couldn’t stop me from writing. I found a few poems I had typed on an actual manual typewriter, and became a poet. I had a recurring nightmare, I wrote it down. I dreamed a dream and if I could remember it (which is harder now that I am older) I wrote that too.

In 2003 I started my first full blown manuscript. I still only have four chapters completed, but I swear I will finish it someday. I guess the short attention span has brought me full circle on writing short stories.

So, I guess that’s where I am today. Waiting for the first query letter to come through and make me a published writer. People ask me if I am a writer, and I firmly believe and tell them YES. I write, so that makes me a writer. I may not be published yet, but I will be.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Club Prive

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What I heard and saw in Howard's office changed everything. The only question was, what would I do about it? When Carrie Summers decides to find out what her firm's client, Howard Weiss, is hiding, she never dreams it will turn her world upside-down. Now she's caught in a more dangerous situation than she'd ever dreamed and no one is coming to save her. Her heart is broken, but is her spirit strong enough to survive what Howard has planned? Don't miss Club Privé Book 5, the heart-pounding thrilling conclusion to M.S. Parker's Club Privé series. BookTrailerRED
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His To Claim

His To Claim #1: No Strings

BY Opal Carew

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His to Claim #2: Savage Kiss

Rafe is a rock musician by night and head of a multi-million dollar family business during the day. Melanie is his former assistant, a wallflower who’s harbored a secret crush on him for years. Someone he'd never even consider sleeping with.  But when Melanie decides to leave behind her shy exterior and live out her own sexy bucket list, the two of them are thrown together in a whirlwind affair that pushes both their boundaries.

His to Claim: Part 1 is the first installment in the scintillating erotic serial novel His to Claim, later to be made available as a complete book featuring special bonus material. Don’t miss the other chapters of Opal Carew’s six-part serial out Summer 2014.  She's his to claim--he just doesn't know it.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cover reveal of Black & White


Cover Reveal of Black & White


Beth Huntley, photographer and devoted bachelorette, doesn’t believe in true love. Too much hurt and disappointment has left her hiding behind the camera. All she can see is a black and white world around her.

William Lorde, widower and father, was once an open and carefree man. The loss of his wife has left him wrapped up in the needs of his little girl. He can no longer see the colors of the world as he struggles each and every day.

What happens when these two similarly different people meet and help each other to step out of the world they’ve created for themselves? Will they find a love that helps them heal from the past, enjoy their present and create a beautiful future?

About Author

Traci Hayden is a forty-something mother of four beautiful girls and grandmother of one gorgeous little girl.

Being from Nova Scotia originally and now calling British Columbia home, Traci has traveled the country fueling her imagination from coast to coast for words that need to be put to paper.

Reading has always been a passion, but recently the obsession for writing has taken over. Traci loves all genres of writing, but currently is exploring the world of romance.

Traci’s life is shared with her partner of 16 years. He is her rock and constant support. She also shares her heart with two dogs and one cat.

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Coming July 12th

The Heart of Alaska

On their 20th wedding anniversary, authors JJ and TA Ellis are proud to present the cover for their upcoming novel The Heart of Alaska


Two couples, one unforgettable summer.

Charlotte and Ethan – Fate brought them together as children and phone calls and letters solidified their bond. When tragedy struck, they were torn apart until one fateful summer morning when they meet again. Will they be able to acknowledge the love that fate decreed, or will they let the opportunity of a lifetime slip through their fingers?

Francesca and Jackson – They met as children and became a couple as teens. At twenty she must let her one true love follow his conscience into war. Can their relationship stand the test of time and bring them to the happily ever after they’ve always dreamed of, or will their perfect world be shattered?

Join two amazing young couples as they learn to live, laugh and love while working at The Heart of Alaska Resort in the summer of ’69.

About the Authors

JJ Ellis is first and foremost a mom to five kids, four girls and one boy, ranging in age from 3-18. After that, she is a physically limited wife, blogger and now an author. She holds a degree in Communication Studies (Public Relations) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas but never thought she would chose writing as a career, especially at the age of 42. She once wanted to be a publicist in the entertainment industry, but never a writer. Then one day when she was in her mid thirties she was going through what can only be described as an early 'midlife crisis' and ideas just started to come to her and she felt compelled to write them down. She finished her first book relatively quickly, but life got in the way and it took her eight years to revisit it and then publish her first novel. She can honestly say that now she is finally right where she wants to be.

JJ has been married to her college sweetheart (and romance novel hero) for twenty years and they reside in Casper, WY with their kids and one crazy mutt named Kreuger. She enjoys reading, writing, blogging, computing, and graphic design. She will try anything that will allow her creativity to be released.


TA Ellis is married to best selling romance Author JJ Ellis and is the father to five kids, four girls and one boy, ranging in age from 3-18. He holds a degree in Secondary Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has flirted with the idea of writing for years. He however did not expect to be writing romance as Sci-fi/horror/fantasy are more to his liking. But as a sounding board for his wife, he realized he had some good ideas and the team of JJ & TA Ellis was born.

TA lives in Casper, WY with his wife and kids and one crazy mutt named Kreuger. He enjoys reading, video games and grilling. He is excited to embark on this romance journey...after all, he's been happily married for twenty years. 



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(A Sunset Destiny Romance prequel) 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


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TITLE – Beasthood SERIES – The Hidden Blood Series, #1 AUTHOR – A.Z. Green GENRE – Paranormal romance/ dark fantasy/ new adult PUBLICATION DATE – 17th Feb 2014 LENTH (Pages/# Words) – 390 pages PUBLISHER – KDP Amazon COVER ARTIST – A.Z. Green (the author)

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The bloody, raw meat was tantalizing her; calling to her. She hated it and yearned for it all at once. Stop, she ordered. What are you doing?! So hungryyyyy, snarled a primal voice deep within her. Don’t you dare! she screamed back. But the primal hunger ignored her pleas and took over her body, forcing her rational voice deep within the crevices of her mind.

What would you do if you discovered you weren't human? That you turned into a bloodthirsty monster against your will? What if your instincts, emotions and desires were torn between your own and the dark, dangerous animal lurking inside of you? If it could make you yearn for someone you shouldn't, make you say and act in ways you wouldn't and overwhelm your whole existence? If everything you'd ever known about your life was a lie?

In a world where a deeply hidden community is swathed in mystery, deadly secrets, betrayal and murder, Jaz Barker struggles to fight against the dangerous Beast within her and the emotions and desires it thrusts her way.

When tensions ride high and people she cares about are put in danger, she will have to decide how much of her newly awakened animal-side she's willing to let in.

And if it is worth the risk...



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“For the fourth round, the judges have decided that the two opponents must face each other in their Beast form, starting now!” The crowd drowned out his rumbling voice and went manic. Jaz stared in disgusted awe as Kain's body contorted and twisted and crunched until he turned into a Beast. His roars and howls were spine-chilling, sending shivers through every inch of her. But she realized her reaction wasn't because of him. Something was wrong with Nik. “Why isn't he Changing?” Alf barked. “Why the fuck isn't he Changing?!” Jaz gaped at Nik who was standing completely still. Kain's spine cracked and dark brown hair began pushing through his skin, covering his Changing body. His jaw crunched as it lengthened. “He can't Change,” she uttered in a low voice, mostly to herself. The air in her lungs suddenly felt like a ball coated in spikes. “He can't bloody Change! He must be too weak!” She clamped her hands to her mouth just as Kain lunged straight for Nik. Before she knew what she was doing, she jumped forward, tripping over the thigh-high barrier. She felt Alf's hand whip past her, missing a grip on her arm before she saw the sand floor of the arena below her, rushing towards her. She held out her hands just in time to try to soften the fall before she slammed into the ground; the wind was knocked out of her and she grunted. Half the crowd turned in her direction, some pointing at her, the other half who hadn't yet seen her still had their eyes glued to the cage. She cocked her head up, saw the Beast's teeth about to shred Nik's shielding arm to pieces, when her view was blocked by someone's back as they pounded towards the cage. One by one, five more Weres jumped down from behind her, dodging her as they raced towards the metal dome. She stared in bewilderment as two more sprang out from the barrier containing the pulsing crowd on the other side. The increase of Weres on the arena floor caused an uproar in the crowd and Judges Stand. Jaz saw the two cage guards knocked out on the floor just before she felt an arm around her, yanking her to her feet. She wheeled round to face the cold, beautiful eyes of her enemy. “Fraya!” she barked, teeth bared. Njord's note had confirmed the feeling in her gut that the cold-hearted bitch standing in front of her had killed Lora and her unborn child. Jaz wanted to squeeze the life out of her and enjoy watching it. But the guilt-stricken look in Fraya's eyes stopped her. “Need a hand?” Fraya offered. Jaz studied her suspiciously but urgency kicked her into action. She pushed her emotions aside, ignoring Fraya as she bolted across the sand floor, sprinting over and around Weres fighting and throwing punches at each other. She couldn't tell who was with her or against her. She didn't care. She just needed to see if Nik was alive. Beast Kain was roaming around the cage, pacing back and forth. Nik was in the middle still standing and Jaz exhaled with relief. Alf was pushing others back from the cage. The wispy-haired judge was screeching into his microphone, calling for order. It was then that the balls of fire shot out of nowhere. Jaz screamed as one hurled in her direction. Those in front of her path ducked, and she dived to the side just in time. Then there was another from a different direction, coming from her left this time. She ran forward. Then came another, and another all being shot from guns fixed into the stone barrier just below the crowd. Jaz spotted square holes that had been opened for the guns to fire through, before she had to dive again. The heat of the balls turned the arena into Hell itself. She ran towards the cage but was stopped in her path as more fireballs in quicker succession exploded out into the arena. The fireballs bounced off the wall of glass protecting the crowd. Jaz had no idea when or how the glass wall had appeared. As she ducked down on the ground she noticed the balls of fire seemed to purposely miss the cage, aiming only at those who'd disrupted the fight. Some of the people dispersed as quickly as they could. But others weren't so lucky. Jaz cried out when a man next to her, not much older than she was, was hit in the chest by a fireball. He fell back screaming like a banshee. She jumped away, falling onto her butt as she gawked at him. His clothes were melted to his torso and the skin was burnt off like candle wax. He held his burnt flesh, and it was then Jaz saw the enormous hole in his body; his intestines, stomach and liver burnt away; his spine was visible, charcoal black and smoking. She sagged over her bent knees, clutching her stomach as the unbearable stench made her retch. He was gasping as his hands scrambled around his stomach, as if trying to hold himself together. More skin slid away like red-hot melted cheese from his touch. And then he held up his burnt hands screaming because he'd rubbed away the flesh and muscle from them, leaving nothing but charred bone. Then he gurgled as he choked on his own blood, unable to breathe. Jaz sprang to her feet, holding her hand to her mouth. Her eyes widened to saucers when she saw the fireball hurtling towards her. Before she was a human barbecue, someone knocked her down from behind and the fireball flew past her, hitting the wall. She swung round to find Fraya again. She should have shoved Fraya into the path of a fireball but the horror of what she'd seen stupefied her. She peered down at the dying man and saw he was no longer moving. The foul stench and smoke in the air made her cough and her eyes burn. “Go!” Fraya bellowed, shoving her up. Jaz jumped to her feet, avoiding the charred bodies, dodging the one-on-one combats still going on despite the raging fireballs shooting out. She wanted to scream at them to get out of there, but she needed them to be distracted because she knew at least half of them would try and stop her. Fraya was the first to try as she yelled at Jaz to come back, before Jaz pulled open the enormous bolt on the door of the cage and jumped in.

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A.Z.Green was born in 1989 and raised in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. She met the love of her life aged 16 and moved to London, finally settling down near Brighton.

She has written various novels and short stories in her lifetime but has only recently decided to publish. She writes a wide range of genres such as dark fantasy, romance, thriller, historical fiction, dystopian, horror and paranormal. Her books tend to fit better into the New Adult genre as they usually have a more mature theme.

Beasthood is her first published novel.

Besides writing she also loves designing blogs, websites, covers for others' books as well as her own and various graphics. She has four blogs/websites and counting. Pinterest and Tumblr keep her busy, as does reading, drawing, painting and watching films. That's if she gets time to do any of these things with a three-year-old jumping around.

When asked in an interview, 'What books have inspired you to write?' she replied, 'I write books I wish existed, not because I'm inspired by a book that already exists.'




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Character Bios

Please tells us a little bit about the main characters of your book:

Jasmine 'Jaz' Barker (Kormak)
She's a complicated one. The name proves that much. Born to Eliza and Thorpe Kormak, adopted by John and Rachel Barker, she is brought up to believe she is human. Then when she's taken to Deer Creek (unwillingly) she discovers she's in fact a Werebeast. A shape-shifter that are their own species, with their own laws and society. She struggles with the changes around her, and within her, fighting like a stubborn mule against her unwanted feelings. After a year of insomnia, haunted by the nightmare of dying in childbirth, her outer shell has hardened. She's sarcastic, stubborn, abrupt, loving, loyal, brave, passionate and persevering. She has feelings for Nik but finds it difficult to express them and continues to deny them to everyone including herself. She has suffered from severe iron-deficiency anaemia most of her life, doesn't like dogs after she was attacked by one, loves horses, children, music and recently developed a fondness for running and kick-boxing.

Nikolas 'Nik' Driver- Pack Leader of Deer Creek
Nik Driver is a strict but nurturing Pack Leader who many admire, respect and look up to. Because of this, he has a lot of enemies who are jealous of his popularity. He became Pack Leader at a young age when his father was murdered. He was a witness to it and has never got over it. It still haunts his dreams.
He has a brother and sister, but treats everyone within his Pack as his own family. He's ruthless at times, but fair and forgiving. It's not very often that he reveals his true emotions -or smiles- and he has impeccable self-control. Around Jaz, however, he is different and allows her to see him for what he is the more he's around her. He was in love and mated with Lora, Jaz's twin sister. Neither Lora nor Nik knew Jaz existed at the time. Lora died in childbirth, losing their son in the process. He vows to avenge her and his son's death, as he knows that it wasn't a natural tragedy.
He's a skillful fighter, an avid reader, farmer and intelligent leader.

Lora Kormak
Twin sister to Jaz; she was not adopted by the Barker family but was raised by her real parents, Eliza and Thorpe. At around the age of 18, Lora left her parents to visit her wider family in Deer Creek. She met Nik and they fell in love, but not everyone was happy with their romance. She began to suspect something was wrong, and that she was being watched. She died in childbirth, heavily pregnant. The event was witnessed by her sister, Jaz, in spirit as Jaz dreamt it whilst Lora was dying. Their sisterly twin connection is what allows Lora to remain alive through Jaz in some way.
She enjoyed reading, writing (especially in her diary) and the countryside.

Edda is Jaz's carer and mentor. She helps Jaz to overcome her fears and to understand her nature. She watches over her to help Jaz through the Change, which is the term used for shape-shifting. The process to bring on the first Change is excruciating and takes time, causing them to be weakened and sick from the pressure it puts on their body. Edda's job is to care for them during this difficult time. She and Jaz become close through this. Edda has two daughters, Kenna and Kelda, who are close friends of Jaz.
She's direct, unwavering, she keeps her personal life personal, she doesn't let her emotions affect her work and she's loyal to her Pack and family.

Garik Kormak
Jaz's uncle, brother of Thorpe Kormak, son of Maria Blom-Kormak (Jaz's grandmother). An abrupt, anti-social Were with the flair of making people dislike him. He's good at collecting information and regularly leaves the Pack to conduct missions outside by the order of his Pack Leader, Nik. He pretends to care little about people but proves himself later on to feel the opposite. He cares for Jaz, and his family but puts his duties first; his mind is always prepared for future events that threaten to destroy the Pack.


If Your Book Were Made Into A Movie – What Songs Would Best Fit The Story On The Big Screen?

These little excerpts for the songs are just a hint of when the song would play. Some songs are played more than once, which I've noted. These moments from the book are just to give you an idea of when the songs are used, and why. Enjoy!

Main Theme Song: Daughter-Human

Frightened Rabbit- The Woodpile ~ Chapter 5- Lock: Pg 19-26
She flashed her mum a genuine smile; all traces of bitter resentment vanished as if disintegrated. The smile was only visible to her parents for a few seconds before the car pulled away.
She looked back at them and gave a small wave as she watched them standing on the road. They didn’t wave back. She found that odd.
She felt a pang of guilt for all the times she’d been cold or difficult towards them, especially today. I’ll make it up to them, she thought resolutely. Though she didn’t know how long it would take before she could finally forgive them. She promised herself she’d try at least.

Awolnation- Sail ~ Chapter 21-Build : Pg 122-125
People stopped to see what was going on. A small few continued to cover the equipment and tools, pushing or carrying whatever they could under the shelter. The rest watched with hungry eyes, oblivious to the hammering rain. They were waiting for Fraya's reaction. Jaz noticed Skye had stepped back. It annoyed her, though right then she was too distracted to figure out why.
You think you can take me on?” Fraya cackled.
Jaz didn't move. She studied the demonic pit bull for a moment and then thought to herself, This isn't you. Walk away, she's not worth it.
I don't plan to, you're not worth it,” Jaz replied in a low voice, though she still didn't move. Something was holding her there. She began mentally fighting with herself.
Fraya grinned, blood lust in her eyes.
She wants you to fight her. Because she knows she'll kill you. Walk away. Now.

The Fray- You Found Me ~ Chapter 21-Build: Pg 126- 129
She stumbled into the cabin and collapsed on the floor, dripping wet and muddy. She turned over onto her back and suddenly began to spasm out of control. She shrieked, tucking her arms into her chest, trying to stop the shaking. But it was no use. She only got worse.
Her muscles seared and writhed. All her bones felt so compressed by an invisible grip she was sure they'd snap.
The door was wide open and the rain was pounding against the wooden roof and outside on the grass. She focused on a puddle on the ground, trying to work her way through the shakes and the inexplicable pain.
A figure appeared in front of her as it rushed through the door; her eyesight blurred and then refocused.
Edda stood over her, anxiety lining her wet face. “It's okay, Jaz. Your body is preparing for the Change. Don't fight it.”
The sound of a blood-chilling howl as if someone was being tortured, filled the air. Jaz felt the vibrations in her throat and then realized it was hers.

Daughter- Human ~ Chapter 23- Restore: Pg 143
After her body stopped fighting itself like a wild, raging animal, ripping its way through her bones, muscles, organs and skin – a thought that horrified her as it wasn't that far from the reality- she continued to convulse uncontrollably.
Her limbs shook as if she was lying naked in the snow, in the midst of a violent snowstorm, deep in the arctic Alaskan desert. But she was far from freezing. Her body dripped with sweat, causing her to slip around on the wooden floor as her limbs jerked and shivered. Her skin was on fire and bright red as the blood rushed to it.
Lying in bed, she touched her raw throat; her fragile body wrapped in layers of blankets. She now felt severely cold; her body heat spent. Her throat burned. It was so sore from all her wailing and howls. She'd never heard herself make such sounds. They'd barely sounded human.

Rise Against- Give It All ~Chapter 23- Restore: Pg 151-152
Okay, now hit it as hard as you can,” Carr instructed as he stood on the other side, holding the bag lightly in his garden rake-sized hands.
Jaz fixed her eyes on the bag then flickered a look at him. He told her the correct starting position and when she got it, he nodded his head once. She concentrated on the bag, let out a hard breath and then jabbed. It barely shifted him or the bag. She looked up at him with upturned brows and made a face showing how much she thought that had sucked.
Again,” he encouraged. There was no sign of teasing or disappointment in his voice.
She hit it again.
She got the idea and began throwing punches with both fists, always keeping her knuckles flush against the bag. Her moves were slow at first and uncertain, and her punches weren't very strong but she was a quick learner and she listened well. She attacked the bag with focused eyes.
Then he began moving the bag around, pushing her to move her feet and jab it from different positions. She'd punch it a few times and then move and punch it again. She did this solid for half an hour until she was panting so hard she thought she'd faint. But to her surprise, she was really enjoying it.

Placebo- Running Up That Hill ~ Chapter 26- Collide: Pg 158
Putting on her headphones of her iPod, she headed out, starting towards the building, turning right where the site used to be, then circling far around it to come back up the long way through the trees. Turning right again so that she passed by her cabin, which she could just make out through the thick curtain of trees, she jogged away from the lake and then uphill through the enormous forest that spread across to the east for miles; until it stopped just before the Log Bridge River. Woodlands bordered the other side, followed by fields of fragrant lavender and bright yellow rapeseed.
She was told to stop when she reached the edge of the first field and then head south-west back towards the main building.
This was her first run and it was tiring as hell. She was breathless but nowhere near as bad as she would have been two weeks ago.
She was jogging three quarters of the way through when she nearly smacked into someone as they ran across her path. She skidded to a halt, losing balance and sliding onto her bum.
The stranger slid to a stop just as he passed her. He whipped his head round to gape down at her. “Oh, I'm so sorry, I wasn't looking,” he panted.
Jaz yanked out her headphones that had Placebo blaring out, tapped off the song and then gazed up to find a very attractive guy smiling down at her, holding out his bronze hand. She blinked and said out of breath, “It's okay. I guess I didn't hear you.” She smiled, her eyes indicating her headphones.
He grinned at her.

Three Days Grace- I Hate Everything About You ~ Chapter 27- Perch: Pg 166-167
Jaz stared at him in disgust. “You're a pig.”
Driver's thick eyebrows shot upwards. “Excuse me?”
She stepped forward so they were close enough to feel each other's body heat. She had to crane her neck back to look him in the face but it didn't get in the way of her willpower. “Scratch that; that's an insult to pigs. You're a monster. This place and it's rules are just backwards and wrong. I don't belong here. I'd rather have fought this whole Change thing out alone, even if it meant death than be anything, anything like you!”
She waited for the backlash but Driver just held still, gazing down at her with his unreadable eyes. Now she was close enough to see the beautiful depth of green that ringed his pupils. She blinked, flustered, suddenly unsure of herself and the conviction in the harsh words she'd just stabbed him with. She then felt guilt and regret creep up her spine but it was too late to take it back.
If that's what you think...” He said nothing else.
She hated him for not attacking her, snapping, yelling, disagreeing at least! Showing her something other than his cold outer shell. Maybe he's just cold and unfeeling all the way through. She huffed and swivelled on her heel, marching until she was out of his sight before running full pelt through the forest and back towards her cabin.
She didn't realize until she stopped running and her face was burning from the salt of her tears, that she'd been crying.

Shinedown- Sounds Of Madness ~ Chapter 30- Stir: Pg 180-182
I'll prove what you are,” Fraya growled.
Jaz glowered at her. “You don't know what you're talking about. And if you don't want to find out whether I can rip the skin off your face, I suggest you stay the fuck away from me.”
Fraya grinned. “I guess I could always tell the Curs to pay your folks a visit. And I'm not just talking about your real parents. They'll find out what all of them know. They have very powerful, painful ways of persuasion.”
Jaz felt something inside of her snap and before she could rationalize or prevent what her raw instincts were telling her to do, she slapped Fraya so hard in the face her hand throbbed.
Fraya's head snapped to the right, almost cracking against the wall. She glared at Jaz like a tiger that had been bitch-slapped.
Jaz swallowed a squeak just before Fraya's fist knocked against her face like a boulder. Jaz's head flopped back, hitting against the heavy wooden door. She clutched her throbbing nose with one hand whilst shielding her face with the other.
Fraya lunged at her with both arms; Jaz kicked out, making contact with Fraya's stomach. Fraya wheezed, breathing in sharply and with a growl she grabbed Jaz's shoulders and threw her through the double doors.

Counting Crows- Colorblind ~ Chapter 32- Hurt: Pg 203-205
You think I'm the bad guy?” she scoffed. “Just because I don't want to be a bloodthirsty monster- and you know what I mean by that, so stop twisting it. You're just angry because you know I'm right and because I keep questioning what you think, or say, is the norm. Whether I'm a Were or some freakish alternative of one, I've had to face the fact that Weres exist and that they roam the woods right outside my bedroom window. That they become crazed creatures, out for blood- whether that's just one Were or all Weres is beside the point. I saw the look in Rufus's eyes: he wanted to eat me alive.

Massive Attack- Angel ~ Chapter 35- Flare: Pg 213-216
The moment Kain mouthed the dreaded command and all the Weres lunged forward towards the river, Skye yelped at Ronnie, “Come here! NOW!”
He jumped up out of his daze and rushed towards her. She grabbed his hand and raced towards the trees.
Kenna's dark, sandy-blonde hair whipped past Jaz's head and before she had time to think about moving her own legs, still in shock, Alf tugged violently on her arm and they were sprinting through the trees.

30 Seconds To Mars- The Kill ~ Chapter 40- Thunder: Pg 259-262
When she looked up, all she could see was a rowdy crowd supported high in something resembling a metal version of a Roman arena, circling a lowered floor in the middle. She scanned around the enormous room in awe and fear.
At the sounds of pained grunts from two men, she looked down towards the middle of the arena. She zoomed in on the half naked bodies and the sweaty, bloody torsos of two opponents fighting violently inside a disturbing metal cage in the shape of a dome; one with dark shoulder-length hair, damp and clinging to his drenched neck and face; the other, his back facing her, standing taller than his opponent and leaner, with a shaven head that was bleeding in several places. She nearly fainted when he turned to reveal his face.

Hoobastank- I Don't Think I Love You ~ Chapter 41- Confess/ Chapter 42- Grieve: Pg 269-272
Jaz didn't look back as she marched away from the corral. The sound of horses neighing in the stables pulled on the strings of her heart. She didn't know why, but the sound always made her want to cry; now more than ever. It was haunting, like the pining of restless spirits from the other world. Now Fraya would be amongst them.
Jaz had only been to the stables once or twice. Now she didn't know if she'd ever be able to go back.
This place would never be the same again.

The Fray- How To Save A Life ~ Chapter 42: Pg 266, Chapter 44-Crawl: Pg 271
Jaz was up early that morning; her bags packed, ready to go.
She embraced Skye, and Ronnie who was much better now. He kissed her cheek and gave her the blue stone he'd found at the river that day. “I like it,” he said, “but it brings back bad memories for me.”
She nodded in understanding.
Maybe it'll bring good memories for you.”
She smiled, kissed his forehead and held the pebble close to her heart.
Stay safe, Jaz. Don't forget us,” Skye muttered. She grabbed Jaz, pulling her into a long hug again. “Don't punish yourself,” she whispered. “He doesn't blame you.”
Jaz leant back to look at her, on the verge of tears. She nodded, 'I know,' and moved on to say goodbye to the others. 

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