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Love Happens: An Anthology
Cover Design: Amy Queau/QDesign
Release Date: April 24, 2017

Synopsis

 In this must-have short-story collection, Melanie Moreland introduces us to Ethan Thomas in When Love Blooms. Melanie Harlow shares her novel, Some Kind of Love. Molly McLain and Rhonda James share Luke and Mia’s no strings weekend that could lead to love. Claudia Burgoa visits New York City in How We Met. Leap with Dylan Allen to London where we meet Cara’s dream man. Emery Jacobs revisits the Beautiful Torture Duet. Go on vacation with the beloved characters of the Unspoken Series by Gabbie Duran. I See You is based on secondary characters in Ginger Scott’s How We Deal With Gravity. Fall in love with Jeanne McDonald’s Shadow Kingsley in All Of Me. Lisa Kamps takes us to the ice arena with First Shot At Love (A Baltimore Banners Story). Bad girl Delilah meets Lance, her total opposite, in Wild Pumpkin by Martha Sweeney. Mia Kayla brings us Kent and Beth from Marry Me for Money, a couple with different views in All Work And No Play. In Love on The Edge, Molly Lee’s Dash and Blake from the Edge of Chaos spend their honeymoon chasing storms. Rockstar Silas Palmer finds love on the side of the road in Hitch by S.M. West.

Fifteen authors come together to celebrate Autism Awareness month with proceeds benefitting Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and Myles-A-Part.

Love Happens features stories about finding love, falling in love and being in love.

 

 

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Illusion

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Book 2 of the Dragon Knights Series

Since childhood, Harlow strived to guard her emotions from the boy next door, knowing if she were to surrender to him she would risk shattering the walls she fought so hard to construct. Against all odds, Dillon triumphantly conquers her heart, but promises made are just as easily broken. Reluctantly, Dillon is forced to leave Harlow behind, vowing to one day return to reclaim her.gabbiesduran_dk_illusion_3dpb

When fate brings them back together, Dillon discovers Harlow’s life is far from the happily ever after he always believed she deserved, and he is no longer the boy she fell in love with. He is now a knight, ready and willing to fight for her, refusing to allow the love they once shared to become nothing more than an illusion.

Illusion is Book 2 in the Dragon Knights Series, which each rock star will receive their own story. This is a full-length novel and could be read as a stand-alone.

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★ Wishful Thinking (Book #1) ★

Lexie has one goal in life: to grant one last wish for each of her patients. There isn’t a request she will deny, and has yet to fail to deliver a promise. That is, until the day she goes in search of the infamous rock star Kaleb Knight, who can’t care less about her life’s ambition, or the children she is determined to help. 

Kaleb has his own dark secrets. He lives each day as if it’s his last, and refuses to spare a moment of his time to play the part of a knight in shining armor—especially for someone like Lexie . . . or so he thought. Now, his head and heart are at war, and his soul is screaming she is exactly what he needs. 

Will Lexie be the only one that can save him in the end? Or will he instead succumb to the darkness threatening to consume him? 

Wishful Thinking is Book 1 in the Dragon Knights Series, which each rock star will receive their own story. This is a full-length novel and could be read as a stand-alone.

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★ COLORS (Book #2) ★

Alyssa lives her days hiding from the nightmares of her childhood, fearful of only one thing: being found. She no longer feels pain, for her soul has been numbed by the cruelties she endured.

Chris is empty on the inside, even though he portrays a facade of happiness to the outside world. He attempts to fill the void with women, sex, and music. In his lonely existence, nothing really matters . . . until he meets Alyssa.

When two dark souls collide, can the colors repair their broken souls, or will they surrender to the darkness of their broken pasts?

Colors is Book 2 in the Dragon Knights Series, which each rock star will receive their own story. This is a full-length novel and could be read as a stand-alone.

Due to explicit sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Excerpt for Illusion


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Nothing will ever compare to the thrill of knowing we are about to go on tour. It’s an adrenaline rush. Only this time, the circumstances I find myself in keeps me from fully appreciating the emotion.

Peering over to my cousins, Kaleb and Chris, sitting across from each other, both of them are focused on the scenery outside of the window. They have yet to touch the lunches the flight attendant placed in front of them soon after takeoff. It’s clear they both lack any appetite due to their foul mood.

From the moment they had taken their seats upon boarding, they have yet to acknowledge anyone. Most would think their reaction is pathetic, but without a doubt, it’s evident how painful it is for them to leave their girls behind.

There is no denying Kaleb fell hard for his wife. Shit, we all fell hard for her in a grateful sort of way. Had it not been for Lexie, Kaleb may be six feet under already. It was her love that pushed him to find his will to keep living. On the other hand, Chris and the most recent dark cloud that is following him are still a mystery to most. Still, it’s clear to me he fell just as hard for her.

Glancing between the two, I can see how they have both found someone who has captured their hearts, and it brings me joy to know how lucky the assholes are. There was a time when I felt that deeply for someone, but it’s also because of losing her I have yet to allow anyone to capture my heart once again. It’s as if her memory plagues me with every new girl I meet, keeping me from moving on.

Shaking my head, I have to wonder who’s the pathetic one now.

“Are you done with your plate, sir?” the flight attendant softly murmurs with a smile.

Nodding in silence, she leans down to retrieve the item while making sure to expose her cleavage that is mere inches from my face, forcing me to lean to one side to not physically allow my face to graze her chest. From my peripheral vision, I catch Vinny, who is sitting across from me, with his focus directed on the center of her chest, licking his lips.

Standing, she directs her focus across from me. “You ever been part of the mile-high club, baby?” Vinny questions her, making me roll my eyes at his cocky approach.

Piercing him with a glare, she lifts his plate. “It isn’t the reason why I’m here, sir,” she responds, marching away soon after.

Vinny’s dislike of her remark has him scowling at me. “Why the hell was she all up on you, but she didn’t give me the time of day?”

“Maybe because I didn’t say shit to her while you practically made her feel like a slut.” Tilting my head to think, I add, “Most of the time ignoring them will do the trick to entice them.”

Vinny snorts, but just as quickly considers my comment, appearing astonished by it. “Seriously?”

“Seriously.” I nod. “Just smile and make them feel as if you appreciate them. It’s all they want. Trust me, the last thing a woman wants is to feel degraded,” I say, remembering all the times my mother felt this way from my father’s lack of affection.

The previous scowl has returned, bringing our conversation to an end. My eyes soon find the clouds outside the aircraft to distract myself, but I soon realize it’s a mistake as I reluctantly recall the day I left the one person who still holds my heart.

Peering down into her gray eyes, her frown depletes me. “How long are you going to be gone?”

“Just until the end of the summer. I’ll be back before you know it.”

She isn’t convinced, but the need to take her sorrow away has my lips meeting hers. She returns the passion of our kiss, her nails digging into the muscles of my arms to hold me close. Nearly breathless when we pull apart, I whisper down to her,

“I’m going to miss you.”

Her lips tremble when she replies, “I’ll miss you more,” knowing deep down in my heart her words hold nothing less than the truth.

I have always been Harlow’s escape from her misery, as she has been mine.

It is the reason I fell in love with her.

She is my escape from my own reality at home . . . She is the only girl I want to spend my time with, and deep down in my heart, I know she consumes me . . . body and soul.

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★ Wishful Thinking (Book #1) ★

Lexie has one goal in life: to grant one last wish for each of her patients. There isn’t a request she will deny, and has yet to fail to deliver a promise. That is, until the day she goes in search of the infamous rock star Kaleb Knight, who can’t care less about her life’s ambition, or the children she is determined to help. 

Kaleb has his own dark secrets. He lives each day as if it’s his last, and refuses to spare a moment of his time to play the part of a knight in shining armor—especially for someone like Lexie . . . or so he thought. Now, his head and heart are at war, and his soul is screaming she is exactly what he needs. 

Will Lexie be the only one that can save him in the end? Or will he instead succumb to the darkness threatening to consume him? 

Wishful Thinking is Book 1 in the Dragon Knights Series, which each rock star will receive their own story. This is a full-length novel and could be read as a stand-alone.

 Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1F1sUrm
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2e0yttC
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2dESt6S
Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2e0xTvU
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★ COLORS (Book #2) ★

Alyssa lives her days hiding from the nightmares of her childhood, fearful of only one thing: being found. She no longer feels pain, for her soul has been numbed by the cruelties she endured.

Chris is empty on the inside, even though he portrays a facade of happiness to the outside world. He attempts to fill the void with women, sex, and music. In his lonely existence, nothing really matters . . . until he meets Alyssa.

When two dark souls collide, can the colors repair their broken souls, or will they surrender to the darkness of their broken pasts?

Colors is Book 2 in the Dragon Knights Series, which each rock star will receive their own story. This is a full-length novel and could be read as a stand-alone.

Due to explicit sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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#AmWriting, A Collection of Letters to Benefit The Wayne Foundation

#AmWriting Ebook CoverKnowing what you know now of writing, publishing, and putting your art out into the world, if you could go back to the day you sat down to start typing in your very first manuscript, what words would you offer to yourself? Words of encouragement? Words of advice? Caution against certain pitfalls? Would you change anything about how you got to where you are today?

The publishing community is so much bigger than it was before the self-publishing boom and it continues to grow exponentially every day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a handbook or support group. #AmWriting is a collection of letters written by authors from all different corners of the publishing community. The letters provide words of encouragement or advice to those just starting out or those who have become discouraged in their art. At Pure Textuality PR, we believe in supporting each other as a community, and we felt this project would be a good way to bring writers together and maybe give some new artists just the right nudge to keep going.

100% of the net proceeds of #AmWriting will be donated to The Wayne Foundation, a charity dedicated to offering aid and services to young women victimized by illegal sexual exploitation and the sexual trafficking of minors. For more information about The Wayne Foundation, you can visit them on the web at http://waynefdn.org.

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Who is involved???

#AmWriting has a great list of more than 60 authors, including NYT bestselling author Jeaniene Frost!

A.D. Ellis
Amy Joy Lutchen
Andrew Jericho
Ashlynne Laynne
Becky Flade
Beth Dolgner
Brandy Dorsch
Brenda J. Pierson
C.L. Foster
Cassia Brightmore
Cecilia London
Cherron Riser
Cithara Patra
Courtney Houston
Crystal Dawn
E.J. Stevens
Elizabeth Sharp
Ella Col
Emily Cyr
Emma Nichols
Erin Hayes
Erynn Crittenden
Felicia Starr
Gabbie S. Duran
Geri Glenn
Harlie Williams
J. Nichole Parkins
J.B. McGee
J.M. Gregoire
Jamie Summer
Jeaniene Frost
Jess Haines
Jessica Cage
Jody Pardo
K.c. Stewart
Karina Espinosa
Kasey Belle
Katie Kenyhercz
Kendall Grey
Kory M. Shrum
L A Cotton
Leyla Kader Dahm
Louisa Lo
M. Never
M.L. Steinbrunn
Mary Crawford
Michelle Mcloughney
Mike Gonzales
Misha Carver
Misha Elliott
Muriel Garcia
Nicole Zoltack
Pamela K. Kinney
R.A Mizer
Rachel Walter
Rebecca Sherwin
Renee Dyer
Sara Dobie Bauer
Serena Kearney
Shakuita Johnson
Shannon Bell
T.J. Michaels
T.L. Manning
Tracie Podger
Xandra James

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Mission Statement

The Wayne Foundation is committed to spreading awareness of CSEC (Commercial Sex Exploitation of Children) DMST (Domestic Minor Sexual Trafficking) occurring within the United States.

Vision Statement

The Wayne Foundation’s vision is for a world without child slavery. We are dedicated to providing direct assistance to those victimized by exploitation.

Drop in Center

The Wayne Foundation operates the third drop in center in Florida recognized by the Department of Children and Family Services. It is located in Charlotte County Florida, and serves clients throughout Southwest Florida. Our target clientele are young women aged 13-25. Our DIC is equipped to provide daily services that include, but are not limited to: Food, New Clothing, Access to Shower, Media Center, Mental Health Assistance, SNAP/ Medicare Benefit sign-up/renewal, Family Counseling, Education Assistance, and Transportation To and From the Center.

Shelter Services

The Wayne Foundation continues to have the goal of providing shelter services to young women victimized by exploitation or trafficking. This is our primary long term objective.

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Colors is Live!

Title: Colors
Series: The Dragon Knights #2
Author: Gabbie S. Duran
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published: March 21, 2016
Alyssa lives her days hiding from the nightmares of her childhood, fearful of only one thing: being found. She no longer feels pain, for her soul has been numbed by the cruelties she endured.

Chris is empty on the inside, even though he portrays a facade of happiness to the outside world. He attempts to fill the void with women, sex, and music. In his lonely existence, nothing really matters . . . until he meets Alyssa.

When two dark souls collide, can the colors repair their broken souls, or will they surrender to the darkness of their broken pasts?

Copyright © 2016 Gabbie S. Duran
Chris
It’s finally her birthday and when I go off in search of her, I find her crossed legged in the center of her bed, intensely concentrating on the creation she is drawing on her sketchpad sitting in her lap.
Her hair is mused as if she’s been running her hand through it. It’s a result of her not being able to tie it back into a ponytail because she’s limited to only using one arm. She wears the simple white shirt I’d given her to sleep in, even though I know she has proper sleeping attire now. I’d made sure to have Maggie order some and they had arrived earlier this week.
She lets out a frustrated sigh, ripping the paper from the sketchpad and crumpling it up to toss it near the end of the bed.
“Why did you do that?” I finally speak, making my presence known.
Startled, she snaps up to shyly look at me.
“Haven’t I told you before it’s not nice to sneak up on me?” she teases.
“Maybe, but I prefer watching you before letting you know I’m around,” I admit, not knowing exactly where the admission has come from. It was more of a thought I’ve harbored in my mind.
She chuckles. “Stalker.”
She sits up straight and lets out an exasperated breath. “I can’t seem to get the detailing just right,” she says, tossing the sketchpad in front of her.
I can’t help but add to her frustration when I relay, “You’re trying too hard, but I got something that may help you out a little.”
Interest piqued, her eyes narrow down into a slit. “Didn’t I also tell you not to buy anything?”
Unable to resist, I mock, “Yes, you did, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to stop.” I deliver the sentence with a childish whine and a scrunch of my nose.
She rolls her eyes and laughs. It’s the first time I’ve seen her fully smile since the wedding. Seeing it again gives me the desire to keep it there by telling her, “I’ve got something I want to show you.” I tilt my head in the direction of the hallway.
She climbs off the bed and I wait until she’s reached my side before I guide her down the hall towards my room. Nearly reaching it, she digs her heels into the floor. I can already predict what she is thinking. “It’s not in my room, I swear,” I laugh out to her. “But it is the room right next to it,” I admit.
The faint sound of a snicker is heard before she allows me to lead her. Within a few more steps, we have reached the designated door and I open it for her to take in the room. An audible gasp is heard, large blue eyes grow wide, and a full smile appears on her lips when she peers at me.
“Why?” she asks, still unbelieving of what she sees before her.
Barely able to speak from the pride welling up inside of me, I confess, “I wanted to get you something special for your birthday.”
Her brows furrow with confusion. “But my birthday isn’t until tomorrow.”
“It’s technically after midnight, Colors. Happy birthday.”
She lights up once more before stepping into the room. I follow, allowing her to take it in on her own. Her first destination is the canvases set up on their easels, ready to be painted. She glides her hand across the table full of a variety of brushes, paints, and wooden art pallets for her to use.
Her fingers graze against the tubes when she rasps, “I haven’t been able to paint since the day of my accident.” She confirms my suspicions as to why her hands were paint smeared in the hospital. “I really miss it,” she croaks out, making my heart grow heavy from seeing how emotional she has become. Knowing she’ll be returning to a hobby she so dearly loves assures me I’ve made the right decision in giving her the room and supplies.
She moves towards the small studio table facing the window, an item I was not expecting to purchase but was recommended by the clerk since I had mentioned she loved to draw. I bought it without hesitation. To its side is a case holding an array of wax crayons, pencils, and chalk.
Nervously rubbing at the back of my neck, I say, “I hope I didn’t forget something.”
She whirls around to face me. “You’ve bought way more than I’ve ever had in my life. It’s way too much.”
“The clerk said these were the basics for an artist.”
She peers around the room with dismay then our eyes meet and this time, hers are glassy. She’s desperately trying to blink away the tears but she loses the battle. They begin to cascade down her cheeks. She rushes to close the distance between us, practically throwing herself at me. I catch her, her one functioning arm wrapping around my neck as she whispers into my ear, “Thank you.”
It’s moments like these I wish to always give her.


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COLORS
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 2016

 

Alyssa lives her days hiding from the nightmares of her childhood, fearful of only one thing: being found. She no longer feels pain, for her soul has been numbed by the cruelties she endured.

Chris is empty on the inside, even though he portrays a facade of happiness to the outside world. He attempts to fill the void with women, sex, and music. In his lonely existence, nothing really matters . . . until he meets Alyssa.



When two dark souls collide, can the colors repair their broken souls, or will they surrender to the darkness of their broken pasts?

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