Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Reading Habit Survey!

I love taking surveys and reading different answers from different people who've taken them. So when I found this reading habit survey at Great Imaginations (they found it at Heroic Endeavors), I knew I wanted to fill it out! Okay, I feel like I just made that sound more complicated than it is, lol. :P 

By the way, if you're ever looking for bloggers to tag for surveys, tag me, tag me! I'll do it! :D

Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack:

Sometimes. I love those 100 calorie packs of popcorn. I like something that isn't greasy, something that won't make my fingers all gross for when I'm turning pages or am using my Kindle. Say I'm eating chips. I hate having to wipe my hands on my pants so I can keep my books/Kindle nice, lol! 

What's your favorite drink while reading?

Oh my god, Diet Coke for sure! 

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the thought of writing in books horrify you?

Gotta be honest, the thought alone horrifies me. I'd probably kill somebody if they wrote in one of mine. If I felt the need to take notes while reading, there's always post-it notes. No way am I writing in a book - it feels sacrilegious. 

How do you keep your place while reading a book?

My Kindle keeps it for me, and if I'm reading a physical book, I always use a bookmark. My daughter is constantly losing bookmarks, so I'm constantly buying them! Sometimes I might use a scrap piece of notebook paper if I'm too lazy or can't find one of my bookmarks. 

Fiction, non-fiction, or both? 

Most of the time fiction, but sometimes I like reading non-fiction titles like Tina Fey's Bossypants and Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend this Never Happened, both of which were HILARIOUS!!

Are you the type of person who tends to read to the end of the chapter, or can you stop anywhere?

I can stop anywhere, but when I pick up the book again, I start at the beginning of the chapter. It's a weird quirk of mine. :D

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or onto the floor if the author irritates you? 

I've only wanted to throw a book once before but have never actually done it even though I REALLY wanted to! 

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you look it up right away?

I look it up unless the context gives me a good enough definition. I've learned many new words this way. :)

What are you currently reading? 

I have 25% left to read of Lennon's Hope by Chris Myers. As the last book in the Lennon's Girls trilogy, it's super heart wrenching! I have to take breaks away from the heavy emotions this book brings out in me, which says a lot about the talent Chris Myers has in making you feel deeply for these characters. I've been with them through thick and thin and am highly anticipating how this is all gonna go down in the end.  

What's the last book you bought?

Some of the ones I've bought are Hereafter by Tara Hudson and the Pandora Book Set where there's twenty novels/novellas by twenty different authors.  

Do you have a favorite time/place to read?

The best time for me to read is when I know I'm not going to be distracted or interrupted. The only time this would be is at night when everyone's asleep. I love reading in bed. I really wish I had a hammock to read in outside - that would be awesome! Maybe next summer. 

Do you prefer series books or stand alones? 

I don't really have a preference. Most books I read seem to be in a series. There really aren't too many stand alones out there. It's difficult to begin a bunch of different series - I always end up having to reread the previous books before I can read the latest. But I don't mind them. I'm usually not ready to say good-bye to characters anyway. 

Is there a specific book you find yourself recommending over and over?

I find myself recommending the Addicted Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie A LOT. SO good! If you haven't read this series yet, you must! 

How do you organize your books?  

I usually put books that are the same height in a row to make my shelves look neater and put books together that remind me of each other. For instance, I put Dualed, Monument 14, and Mila 2.0 next to each other. My shelves really need to be reorganized - they're a mess right now! 

Let me know what you think in the comment section below! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Take the Lost in Starlight Quiz!! #StarlightSaga

"Which Starlight Character Would YOU Most Likely Be Besties with?"

Today author Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! She just published a brand new novel, LOST IN STARLIGHT (paranormal romance with a Sci-Fi concept).

To help promote this interstellar love story, Sherry is doing this guest post to share the news with fellow booklovers. 

Take this super fun quiz to see which character you'd most likely be besties with!

You have $200 to spend. Where do you go?

a.      Forever 21
b.      Hot Topic
c.      Abercrombie & Fitch
d.      Urban Outfitters

It's dinnertime. What are you in the mood for?

a.      Salad and diet soda
b.      Cheeseburger and fries
c.      Pizza and iced tea
d.      Veggie Burrito

What's your favorite TV show?

a.      Pretty Little Liars
b.      The Tomorrow People
c.      CW's The 100
d.      The Vampire Diaries

Favorite type of movie?

a.      Romantic Comedy
b.      Horror / Suspense
c.      Action / Adventure
d.      Science Fiction / Fantasy

What's your favorite color?

a.     Pink
b.     Purple
c.     Black
d.     Blue

Where would you hang out on a free afternoon?

a.     Hit the clothing stores with friends
b.     Go to the movies
c.     The library or bookstore
d.     Play video games

If you answered...

Mostly a's:  You and Emma need to hang out soon! You'll have a blast shopping together, catching up on the latest gossip, and painting each other's nails pink.

Mostly b's:  Sloane is your new BFF! You guys will have fun dyeing your hair crazy colors, going to the movies, and chowing down on burgers. 

Mostly c's:  Kaitlyn and you would have a great time together. You both enjoy pizza, hanging at the bookstore, and getting your nails done. 

Mostly d's:  Tanisha and you are both cool girls that like to play video games, watch shows that are fantasy themed, and snack on healthier food. 

So who's your new bestie? Tell me in the comment section below! :D

Sloane is my BFF, which makes a lot of sense since I'm a horror fan, love dyeing my hair unnatural colors, and my favorite color is PURPLE!!

~ About the Book ~

Title: Lost in Starlight
Series: Volume One of The Starlight Saga
Author: Sherry Soule
Publication date: June 26th 2014
Publisher: Disenchanted Publishing
Genre: Upper YA / PNR / SyFy Romance

High school is tough. Romance with a sexy alien - even tougher. 

Star reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he's an alien hybrid. 

They're as different as night and day - she's a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he's a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac - yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden's insistence that dating each other is "off limits" and dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.

Now Sloane's dealing with creepy government agents, uber snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life...

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Click here to read an excerpt at Sherry Soule's Blog.

Read the first five chapters at Wattpad  

Award-winning author Sherry Soule writes thrilling tales of romance and suspense, often mingled with a dash of the mystical and a splash of trendy fashion. 

Her published novels do not include any graphic sex, explicit violence, or excessive profanity, so that all of her novels can be read and enjoyed by both teens and adults. 

Sherry currently lives with her family and one very spoiled black cat in California's San Francisco Bay Area.  

Visit Lost in Starlight on Facebook  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Shameless by Nina Lemay ~ Release Day Blitz: Guest Post, Excerpt, & Giveaway!

Hey there! Welcome to the Release Day Blitz for Nina Lemay's Shameless hosted by IFB Tours. I'm so excited to be a part of helping spread the word about this book. I'll be reading and reviewing it very soon, so make sure to stick close by for my review. :) 

The cover is GORGEOUS, and the synopsis sounds divine. Check out the guest post by the author below - she has some fabulous photos to share with you. And don't forget the giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally!!). 

Now, get ready to feast your eyes on this! 

22447460Publication Date: August 18th 2014

Synopsis via Goodreads:

~New Adult Contemporary Romance -- recommended for mature readers~

Girls like me don’t get happy endings.

I know what I am. At worst a cliché, at best a cautionary tale. I put an international border between me and my past, only to wind up working in a low-end titty bar. Even my excuse is as lame as it gets: I’m paying for college, getting my art degree from Montreal’s most prestigious school. Although some days it becomes confusing: am I just a student who moonlights as a stripper, or a stripper who masquerades as a student?

But the inevitable happens and my two lives collide. And now there’s one other person who knows both the quiet, antisocial Hannah and the sensual, shameless Alicia. One person who keeps my secret.

He’s beautiful, he’s sophisticated. He comes from the other side of life, the one where I’m not wanted or accepted. But he calls me la petite Américaine, and his hot, hot hands on my skin promise me things I long ago gave up on.

The problem? He teaches my Classic Photography class.

This is a standalone novel, no series, no cliffhanger.

Nina Lemay

Nina Lemay is a YA writer by day and author of sinfully twisted New Adult…well, also by day. She loves all things dark and edgy and never tires of tormenting her characters. While Nina is a fan of all things scary, Gothic, and fantastic, she doesn’t shy away from a gritty contemporary romance when the muse strikes. She lives in Montreal, a city that never fails to inspire, with her partner and her dog.


Thank you so much for helping me launch SHAMELESS into the world. Being a writer, especially an indie debut author, is often lonely and occasionally scary. All the support I’ve had with SHAMELESS just blew me away. You guys are amazing!

SHAMELESS is set in Montreal. Why Montreal, you ask? Montreal was the perfect setting for many reasons.

First… well, I’ve never read a New Adult novel set in Montreal. Actually, I haven’t read that many novels set in Montreal at all. It’s always a big city in the US, New York or LA or Chicago, and when the story needs a touch of exoticism, New Orleans. So I said to myself, how is Montreal worse than New Orleans? At least here we actually speak French, you know?

Montreal is a Canadian city, kind of on the small side (give or take 2 million people) and yes, it speaks French. French is the only official language of the province of Quebec, but in the heart of Montreal you can usually get by in English too. Montreal is known for a kind of libertine attitude and what we call joie de vivre—you gotta, when it’s freezing nine months of the year. I took this picture in the middle of April, after I woke up to a surprise snowstorm (surprise!).

Good music (Montreal is home to the giant outdoor Jazz Festival and several others throughout the summer), good food (and I don’t just mean poutine) and good nightlife is what it’s known for. It also has a sort of European feel to it. This is from when I lived on the Plateau, aka the French-speaking hipster neighborhood par excellence:

Coffee shop on the Plateau:

In the downtown core, the area is more English and more touristy. And I didn’t exaggerate: there really are strip clubs all along Ste-Catherine, the main shopping street of downtown Montreal. Here’s one right above a teen clothing store!

Quebec City, where Hannah and Emmanuel go for the long weekend, is one of the oldest settlements in North America and the provincial capital. About three hours by car to the north of Montreal, Ville de Quebec has the look and feel of a majestic European city.

I went to university with many people who moved across the continent to go to school here, and I always admired (and was kind of envious of) the courage it takes. So when I wrote Hannah, a girl who’s desperate to escape her high school years no matter the cost, I thought, what better place to run away to than Montreal?

His hand slides, hesitant, across the edge of his seat as he leans closer. The black ink of the letters on his knuckles is stark against his skin.

"Show me," I say.

And he kisses me. Our lips don't meet smooth and choreographed like in movies. The stubble on his cheek grazes the corner of my mouth, leaving behind a burning trail, and then his lips cover mine. Nothing hesitant about them. Assertive, self-assured like I thought his kiss would be, the promise of those strong hands and broad shoulders and arrogant posture made real. But he's anything but arrogant. He gently nips on my lower lip and his hands caress my neck, my jaw, cup my face. He's holding me like I'm something fragile and precious.

I'm afraid to close my eyes.

He has that lavender scent, sharp and clean, with a note of wild muskiness lurking underneath when you get close enough - that note that's just him. I don't know what to do with my hands so I slip them under his jacket and put them on his waist, right above his belt. I finally start to sketch out what his body looks like under his shirt: sinewy and fit and hard. 

His hands finally move on, mirroring mine, down to my bare belly exposed by my cropped top. The little hairs along my spine stand on end. An involuntary shudder courses through me, making my abs tighten and quiver. His hand finds the small of my back and settles there, guiding me forward with smooth confidence, pulling me toward him. The heat of his palm melts through my skin into my bones and up my spine, softening my muscles until my entire body feels like hot wax held together by a membrane of skin. I tuck my hand under his belt, just the fingertips - past the hem of his shirt where the pads of my fingers find hot, smooth skin over taut muscle. 

He groans softly into my mouth. I lean in and slide onto his lap, barely aware that I'm clambering over a car seat. It's just so smooth and natural, the grooves of our bodies clicking together like a jigsaw puzzle. His hands on my waist, spreading goosebumps all over my belly, up my back and down my arms; then they move up, up, under my top, stopping when they find my bra. Pausing, hesitant. 

I kiss my way along his jaw and his neck, peel away the collar of his shirt to continue down his clavicle. His hand settles over my bra and I can feel its heat through the fabric, a tiny little jolt of sensation that lights up my nerve endings like a Christmas tree.

My mind floats up, under the closed sunroof of the Audi, and watches me from there, impassive. I'm aware of everything I'm doing, too aware, but I don't stop. My body continues like an automaton, the lips, the hands, performing the motions. Like I'm a car on cruise control, easing into the familiar mode. I know what happens next. 

A part of me, very deep down, hopes I don't. 

Only one way to find out.

I go for his belt buckle, find it, tug on it. It yields with a soft clink. 

And just as I'm about to stick my hand down his pants, he pulls away.

"Annah," he pants. His hand slips out from under my shirt and dives down to catch my wrist. His fingers wrap around my wrist bone, strong and firm. 

Maybe it's the touch that zaps me back into my body, disrupts my functioning. The false step that throws off the whole routine, the bad note that ruins the aria. 

"What?" I whisper. My body's nerves settle into normal mode one by one.


"Why not?"

"This isn't right. This is...overstepping."

I sit back. I'm still balancing with my shins on his legs - kind of like at work when I lean in, my hair brushing over a customer's face, and ask in a seductive whisper if he wants another dance.

I blink at him in utter dismay. Thrown off. Tossed overboard into unfamiliar territory and I don't know what to do. 

But I want to be doing this, I start to say. We aren't doing anything wrong. "I'm attracted to you," he says. His voice still holds a hint of breathlessness. "But then again, you already knew that." 

"But I'm - " I'm attracted to you too. This much should be obvious.

"I know," he says softly. He lets go of my wrist and instead takes my hand between his hot, hot palms. He brings it to his lips. "But this isn't right." 

Pandora Boxed Set ~ Book Blitz: THREE Excerpts & Giveaway!

Hey there! Welcome to the blitz for Pandora Boxed Set hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Below you'll find the synopsis for each of the authors' novels/novellas, excerpts from three of the books, plus a giveaway to win an eBook of the entire set for yourself!

I bought myself a copy - at .99c, this is a CRAZY good deal! I've read and loved The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard, which is included in this set. I've also read The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker which I loved. It isn't included in this set, but I'm looking forward to reading the book she did include. 

All of these books sound so awesome, so if you love paranormal stories of any kind, there's all kinds included here! 

Pandora Boxed Set
Publication date: August 5th 2014
Genre: Paranormal

Purchase: Amazon | B&N 


PANDORA, a best-selling boxed set of wicked paranormal reads, is brought to you by twenty exciting, best-selling, and award-winning authors! 

Do you dare open the box?

Whether you love paranormal in the form of romance, suspense, mystery, horror, or fantasy, this box set will have something to entice your preternatural sensibilities. Supernaturally thrilling and engaging, this box set has it all: ghosts, vampires, mind-readers, shape-shifters, demons, faeries, werewolves, and more. 

For a limited time, you can enjoy books from today's New York Times, USA Today, Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestselling authors and many more. We have everything from titles that are slated for the big screen to stories from Pulitzer Prize and Bram Stoker Award Nominees! When purchased separately, these books cost over $50! But they are yours today for less than $1. 

Professionally formatted, no cliffhangers, and no short stories. Every selection in this rare, limited edition paranormal box set are full-length novels and novellas! A few are "First in Series," but we carefully selected only those which can still be enjoyed as a standalone! 

Riley J Ford, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author: INTO YOU
What if you could know exactly what your friends are thinking? High school student Winter Reynolds can, but there's a catch...
She can only read people's thoughts when she's kissing them. 

Rebecca Hamilton, Amazon Best-Selling and Film-Optioned Novelist: HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL
Ophelia's initiation into the supernatural council won't be complete until she kills the man she loves. 

Apryl Baker, Amazon Best-Selling and Film-Optioned Novelist: THE AWAKENING 
Snap...crackle...pop. The sounds of bones breaking and shifting and of muscles tearing haunt Alexandria Reed. 
Aided by her new friends, who have some dark secrets themselves, can she and Jason survive long enough to figure out the secret behind the secret?  

Carole Lanham, Amazon Best-Selling Author and Bram Stoker Award Nominee: CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE
"There are monsters in this world, I've learned, and sometimes I have fallen victim to them and sometimes I have been one." 
A story of Welsh witchcraft, love, and murder. 

Thomas Sullivan, Pulitzer Prize Nominee: THE WATER WOLF
A global quest by a cynical adventurer searching for links in a colossal subterranean network he has stumbled upon lead him from the ancient fortress at Cuzco, Peru, to the Pyramids of Giza to a dangerous churchyard in Connemara, Ireland, where he falls in love with a woman of more than mortal roots and encounters the strange magic of a small village. 

Rainy Kaye, Amazon Best-Selling Author: SUMMONED
A dark twist on genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him. 

Conner Kressley, Amazon Best-Selling Author: THE BREAKER'S CODE
Cresta's the kind of girl who thinks everything is the end of the world. Turns out, she might be right. 

 Laura Howard, Amazon Best-Selling Author: THE FORGOTTEN ONES
Truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her pan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

Noree Cosper, B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree: A PRESCRIPTION FOR DELIRIUM
Demons, werewolves, possessed bikers, madness spreading like a virus, and a revenge that has waited for over five-hundred years. 
What more could Gabby look for in a vacation spot? 

Louise Caiola, Amazon Best-Selling Author: WHAT TRULY KNOWS
She was born with the Magical Knowing - a gift, some said. A curse, said others. 
But for Truly, it was the very thing meant to save her life. If it didn't kill her first.  

Kelly Anne Blount, Amazon Best-Selling Author: SHADE
Coming Soon!

Susan Stec, Amazon Best-Selling Author: DEAD GIRLS NEVER SHUT UP
Toni's grandmother is a psychopath. Her sister is a ghost. Her boyfriend is possessed. And she has no idea who she is. 

Christi Goddard, Amazon Best-Selling Author: FOUR IN THE MORNING
When a smart-ass magical creature invades Kathleen's life, a boy she hates turns up dead and her mother goes missing. 

Steven Katriel, Amazon Best-Selling Author: THE PORTRAIT OF ALATIEL SALAZAR
When Gabriel Holland's beloved Helena vanishes from his life, he journeys to the home of disgraced artist Cristian Salazar, the man he holds responsible for her disappearance and the death of several friends. 

Heather Kenealy, winner of MTV's "Stan Lee presents the Seekers" contest and Cinescape's Short Story Contest: THE TRAITORS' TRILOGY
Betrayal comes with a price. For these betrayers, it also comes with an opportunity.

Peter Dawes, Blogger Book Fair Reader's Choice Award winner: EYES OF THE SEER
It all started with a murder, but what laid in wait would turn a man into a monster. 

DelSheree Gladden, Amazon Best-Selling Author: INVISIBLE
Being invisible won't hide Mason for long. 

Angela Fristoe, winner of TheNextBigWriter 2010 Strongest Start Romance Category: LIE TO ME
As a Truth Teller, Phoebe knows a lie when she hears it. 
Knowing what to do when her best friend lies is the problem, because in lies, intention is everything. 


Samantha LaFantasie: MADE TO FORGET
After waking up in a hospital with no memory, Elsabetha quickly learns those who claim to be her friend are anything but.

With the help of supernatural friends and protectors, Jazzy thinks she's safe until what remains of her family is put in danger. Does she have what it takes to save her family, life, soul, and soul mate, or will all be lost? 

Save over $50! This set is only available at this price for a limited time, so order your copy before it's gone!  


by Kelly Anne Blount

Blood dripped down my forehead and blurred my vision. I swallowed hard as I wiped it out of my eyes and on to my tattered dress. Trying to control my breathing, I focused on the dark alley head of me. I knew he was out there, but I didn't know where.

The hair stood up on the back of my neck as I pressed my body against a cool brick wall. How did this go so wrong? A door slamming caused my heart to take off like a cheetah chasing a gazelle. I crouched down and frantically looked for a makeshift weapon. Finally, my hands came across a broken metal pipe. I picked it up and clutched it to my chest. 

With my fingers trembling, I took a step into the deserted alleyway. Trying to stay close to the wall, I sprinted as quietly as possible. A mixture of blood and tears dripped down my forehead as the pavement pounded under my feet. Every inch of my being wanted to scream, but I held it in. Just make it out of this alley! Then you can scream!

A deep rumbling voice echoed off the walls and sent chills through my core, "You can run, but I'll always find you, Abriana." 

I couldn't tell which direction it originated from and I didn't stop to find out. Instead, I propelled my legs forward faster than I thought humanly possible. I chanted a one-word mantra the entire time. Survive. Survive. Survive!

A cool breeze whipped between the buildings and sent shivers down my damp neck. I could see a street in front of me. It was late, but a few people were still out and driving around.

My chest ached and my lungs felt like they were about to burst into flames at any moment. I sucked in as much air as they would hold and pushed my body's limits. 

You're almost there! Just a few more feet!

Suddenly, I felt fingernails dig into my shoulder and pull my body backward. The change in momentum caused me to fall flat on my back, knocking the air out of my lungs in the process. 

A metallic taste in my mouth and an ache in the back of my head were the last things I remembered before everything went black...


I awoke to a strange noise followed by, "Tsk, tsk, tsk."

I tried to open my eyes, but panicked when I saw nothing but darkness. Goosebumps instantly covered my arms. Why can't I see? Where am I? I wiggled back and forth, bumping into a low ceiling and carpeted walls. 

"You shouldn't have run away from me," came the nefarious voice belonging to the man in the dark alleyway. He gave a wicked laugh. "You know who I am and you know what I look like. The blindfold is so you don't know where we're going." 

My lips began to tremble and my eyes filled with tears, but I forced them to stay at bay. Struggling, I tried to bring my hands to my face, but couldn't. My wrists burned as a rope rubbed against my skin.

He let out another laugh that left me chilled to the core. "I can't risk you trying to run away again, now, can I?"

Fear quaked through my body and a cold sinking feeling spread through my core. "Why are you doing this to me?"

The corners of his lips turned up into a wicked smile. "Because I love you."


by Laura Howard

"We're going to the beach tomorrow," Nicole said.

"Have fun," I mumbled. 

She wiped her lips with a napkin and narrowed her eyes at me. "You're coming." I opened my mouth to argue, but she held a slender finger up at me and pursed her lips. "It's the first Saturday you've had off in months. School's over, at least for the summer. You're coming." 

I sighed and looked up at the pattern of our umbrella. "You really know how to ruin a perfectly good sundae."

Her eyes shot daggers at me. "We'll have a great time, Al." Her expression changed as she seemed to change tactics. Her green eyes widened and her lip stuck out just the tiniest bit. 

Cranky Nicole was a challenge, but pouting Nicole was impossible. 

"Fine," I sighed. "We're going to the beach." I looked at my sundae, which had made me so happy a minute earlier and a thought came to me. She hadn't said anyone else was coming, but Nicole and her boyfriend Jeff were practically inseparable. "Wait, who else is going?"

Nicole grinned, clearly smelling her victory. "the usual crew: Jeff, Rachel, Sean and" - her eyebrows inched up - "Ethan." 

I nodded, trying to breathe evenly. I hated the way my pulse spiked at just the mention of his name. Handsome, cocky Ethan. His smile had the power to break down every one of my defenses. But, I didn't have space in my life for that. I had a plan - to focus on taking care of my mom. My grandparents had done it by themselves for long enough. I needed to find a way to help, to unburden them. That was my priority. But Ethan...he was so hard to resist sometimes.


by Rainy Kaye

I dislike having to murder someone. Kidnapping is worse. At least when I setup a kill, I know what's coming. No connections, no honesty, no surprises. Everything I say and do are just steps to luring in my victim. Once the victim falls right into the trap, the next move is swift: crushed windpipe, fatal concussion, or a good ol' fashioned headshot.

Kidnapping, on the other hand, is a little trickier. First, the victim has an opportunity to respond. I don't like this. Sometimes they cry. Sometimes they manage to alert the authorities. And sometimes they escape, usually by inflicting bodily harm on me. 

Dead people don't retaliate. Kidnapped ones, well, they're a little more...lively.

The second major difference between killing and kidnapping is my conscience. I get in and out with a kill. We have no chance to bond. 

Abductees require a little more one-on-one. As much as I try to keep the switch turned off, I can't help but listen to their pleas and demands. And I usually realize I'm a jerk.

That's exactly where I find myself one late afternoon in June. I prefer doing this at night, but moreover, I would prefer not doing this at all.

Instead, I have a belligerent nine year old girl sitting in the passenger seat of my Honda Accord, shackles on her wrists and ankles and a small stuffed bunny on her lap. She's eyeing me in a way that makes me self-conscious. Like I'm the bad guy.

Probably because I am the bad guy. 

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