Masters of Restraint by Ines Johnson @ineswrites @GiveMeBooksPR

Title: Masters of Restraint
Series: Her Masters #1
Author: Ines Johnson
Genre: Contemporary Reverse Harem 
BDSM Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2021


My new boss is good at giving orders. But his latest demand is NSFW. Especially when his two business partners want in on our deal.

My new boss
My boss’s boss
Their investor

These three are the last men I expect to meet at the BDSM club I go to with my girls to celebrate keeping my job after a hostile takeover of my company. But these dominant, sexy billionaires make it clear that my company is not the only thing they want to take over.

What 21st century, workaholic, career woman with a drawer full of BOBs and batteries would pass on three rugged alphas intent on scrutinizing her assets? But if anyone at work finds out about our NSFW activities, my reputation in the corporate world will be ruined. Worse, if any of the three of them discover I’m falling for them, they’ll drop me faster than a bad investment.

If you love steamy romance that packs heat as well as heart, then you’ll love the Her Masters series where a woman who thinks she knows what she wants will meet three men who give her exactly what she needs.




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Lover of fairytales, folklore, and mythology, Ines Johnson spends her days reimagining the stories of old in a modern world. She writes books where damsels cause the distress, princesses wield swords, and moms save the world.

Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!

Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.

Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.


One Eye by K.L. Savage @klsavage_author @GiveMeBooksPR

Title: One Eye
Series: Ruthless Kings MC: Atlantic City #3
Author: K.L. Savage
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense/Organized Crime
Cover Design: Lori Jackson
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Release Date: October 15, 2021


I had her and I lost her.
That’s what pain and fear does to someone; they make someone run.
And Alicia ran far…
Taking my heart with her.

We agreed we both had things to work on, but to be honest, I didn’t know how to improve.
She did.
She fought for us. She got stronger. She did what she said.
I lied.

The truth is… I’m not the man she needs me to be.
And I don’t know how to be it.
I’m hideous. I’m a monster. My face is abnormal.
Who could love a man with one eye?
Who could love a man that’s… bad on the inside?
I’m a rotten soul.

But she turns this rotten soul into something more.
She gives me hope.
Until she dares to move on from me.
And then all hell breaks loose.
Make no mistake, she’s mine.
And she’s about to learn what happens when someone pisses off a beast.
They become the monster they were born to be.

But just as I have her, someone from her past comes looking for something that no longer exists.
Wedding bells ring in the distance.
And they aren’t mine.
No one marries her, but me.

I, object.





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The Power of Three Love Series Collection by Leigh Lennon @4leighlennon @inkslingerpr

Leigh Lennon is revealing the cover of The Power of Three Love Series! This gorgeous menage box set will be released October 7th!

Title: The Power of Three Love Series Collection

Author: Leigh Lennon

Genre: Menage Trios

Release Date: Oct 14th

About The Power of Three Collection:

From The Power of Three Love Series comes all four books combined in one box set. Join the Chicago threesomes as they maneuver their diverse relationships. After all, it’s hard enough for two people to make a relationship work these days, let alone three. But, with these triads, three is their lucky number.

About Foundations:

Elliot My career took focus in my life while trying to make a name for myself in a male dominated field. I kept my gender under wraps until I was able to let my expertise speak for itself. But I was knocked off my axis when I ran into Arden, the man I had compared all men to since our one night together. Now he was taken—by another man—a very dominant man.   Arden The love I had for my man ran deep. But I’d never forgotten her. From the very beginning, Daimen and I agreed to our non-traditional life—two men loving one another until we found that woman we could claim as ours. Now, she was standing in front of me, unaware she was a marked woman.   Daimen I had loved my best friend from an early age. The day Arden submitted to me, was a dream come true. That was until a sexy and sassy blonde entered our life and turned it upside down. I see something in her that scared me. But I would make her mine, mine and Arden’s. Claiming hatred would follow us everywhere, Elliot fought us at every turn.   Will the three of us create our own unconventional happily ever after or will she leave us heartbroken?  

About Fahrenheit:

The Red Head: I never had a home until I was an adult, living in foster care as a kid. Now, I have a family, one I chose for me. But I’d always longed for a man I could call my forever. Instead, I found two, and they both want me. So how do I choose between them?   The Doctor: I found the woman I want for life and she’s in love with me. But she also loves another man. When he comes to me and proposes sharing her, I am shocked. I don’t share. But what if she doesn’t choose me over him? And why is it every time he looks at me, I long for him almost as much as I do her?   The Fireman: I can’t choose between him and her so why not have them both? He’s not interested in me, but I’d rather have them together than not have them at all. They are both mine, he just doesn’t know it yet.  

About Famous:

Cami Who knew I would love to be with two men, at the same time? I never did, until I tried it. Now, it was in my blood. But when one of our partners walked away, Dane and I were left searching for the man who could complete us. When a cocky actor entered our life, we understood he didn’t do commitment. But he kept resurfacing. He wanted us and we wanted another man. One night in return for seven dates. If this wasn’t a recipe for disaster, could we show him that life could be complete with the three of us together?   Dane I loved my wife more than anything, but our needs and desires were not vanilla and we craved more. The famous actor who kept appearing everywhere we were, turned out to be my kryptonite—an a**hole. More so, he immediately saw Cami for the true gem she was. Will he give into what our touch, our words and our presence in his life, does to him, the second we’re all together?   Miles I fell years ago for two people and loved them without abandon. But, in my business, you couldn’t hold onto a secret long and it was splashed across the front page. Twenty years ago the world was not ready for three people loving each other—it barely was now. After a loss so deep it left me a shell of a man, I never gave into my desire for a forever. I was built to be alone. I have one and dones and I never stay around for a second date. Yet, the cocky lawyer and his drop dead gorgeous wife, have made it almost impossible to walk away.  

About Forgiven:

Clara My ex-husband kept a secret from me, when we were married. It was the worst betrayal. Now, after three years, of picking up my life, I’ve found a new man, one who had claimed my heart. He held the same secret, but in his honesty, I can move on with him, the only problem, I’ve never stopped loving my ex-husband.   Bodhi I lied to my wife for years, never being true to myself. I still loved her, but without her trust, we couldn’t build a future together. It’s why she was my ex-wife, and my heart was broken when she began to fall for another man. A man I, too, find myself falling for, as I continued to love her from afar.   Jack My life was a wreck until I pieced it back together little by little. When the captivating Clara entered my life, I fell and fell hard. A secret had damaged her. I won’t hurt her, but is that possible—when I was as attracted to her ex-husband as I was to her?  

About Leigh Lennon:

I am a woman who loves to share all my imaginary friends with the world. My characters become as real to me as those I call family. I am a girl, who loves pretty nails, spikey hair and large earrings. Coffee and wine call to me daily, depending on the time of the day. I am a mom first and foremost and my kids are the breath of my life. I met my husband while serving in the military and I am proud to say he’s kicked cancer’s ass! I write real life issues that reflect a little of my own little world. My family tolerates the seventh member of our family, my computer, as I lug this vital piece everywhere I go.  

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BY MISTAKE by Sigal Ehrlich @inkslingerpr @Sigal_Ehrlich

BY MISTAKE by Sigal Ehrlich has a brand-new look! This witty, meet-cute, slow burn standalone romance in the Poison & Wine Series is available now and FREE for a limited time only!


You’ve Got Mail meets Grey’s Anatomy in this sweet slow-burn, virtual meet-cute romance. There’s so much going on in Anna’s life. Teaching countless hours at the studio and nurturing the three major relationships of her life – her group of tight-knit friends, all while attempting to not screw up this whole adulthood thing leaves very little time to waste on yet another dating app. At this point, a relationship is off the menu. Being “self-partnered” is more than enough. A serious relationship has been crossed off Liam Brody’s list of goals, at least for the foreseeable future. Completing his residency and becoming a trauma surgeon is his only priority. Casual relationships, his friends, and books are the only things he’s willing to lose his precious free time to. When an accidental email starts a deep online connection, both Liam and Anna dive in with zero concern . . . because there’s really no harm in getting close to someone who you’ll never meet in real life, right? Wrong. When a turn of events brings their “safe” virtual connection to an unexpected face-to-face, Anna and Liam learn their online chemistry pales in comparison to the real deal. A realization that brings along the bazillion-dollar question – what do you do when you meet The One at the most impossibly wrong time? ** by Mist@ke is book 1 in a standalone series with connected characters, but independent storylines.

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Sigal Ehrlich is a bestselling author of refreshing, fun, and sweet romance books. She loves books, cold weather, and the occasional bubbly drink. Living as an expat for most of her life, Sigal has been lucky enough to visit many exotic places and meet some unique people from all corners of the world, while experiencing the sweet triumphs and travails of trying to acclimate to new “homes.” Currently, Sigal calls the Czech Republic home where she lives with her husband and three kids.

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EYE CANDY by Shaw Hart @inkslingerpr @authorshawhart

Shaw Hart is releasing Eye Candy on September 24th! Check out the box set and pre-order today!

Title: Eye Candy

Author: Shaw Hart

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Blitz: September 24th

About Eye Candy:


Ames Bronson must have a death wish. He should no better than to go after his boss’s daughter. He’s trying to stay away from her. There’s just one problem. He’s pretty sure that he’s in love with her. Harvey: Harvey Warner might have lost it. His mind that is. One look at the curvy chef, Coraline, and he’s hooked. Now if only he could convince her that she should take a shot on him. Rooney: Rooney Jennings is out of his mind. To be fair, a lot of his friends would claim that he was never in his right mind. When he spots Sayler Jones, that’s it. Game Over. They should be happy together, they’re both interested in one another and they just click. There’s just one problem. Sayler has been promised to another. Gray: Grayson Mackleroy is probably going to regret this. He’s regretted a lot of things in his life. Not standing up to his dad, not moving away from Rosewood when he had the chance, but none of them come close to his biggest regret. Not making Nora Mason his the second that he laid eyes on her. Now too much time has passed and while he’s been in love with her since he first saw her in the third grade, she sees him as nothing but a best friend and roommate. Or does she?   Ender: Ender Montrose definitely doesn’t belong here. In this club filled with college students and business people who are all half his age. But he’s still here. Because of her. Cat Schultz. The bombshell vixen who stole his breath and his heart the first time he looked at her. He’s old enough to be her father, but she calms those tortured thoughts in his head and he seems to calm the storm inside of her. Will that be enough to convince her that he’s the man for her though?


Banks Mitchell has a dirty little secret. He’s in love with his new next door neighbor. Palmer Calter is everything that he wants in a woman. She’s gorgeous, insanely smart, and hilarious. There’s just one problem. She’s too young for him. I mean, she just graduated from high school for goodness sake. He knows that he should just let go and move on, but how can he when she keeps showing up and looking at him like he’s the best thing that she’s ever seen? When he sees some rich prick sniffing around her, he knows that he has to make a choice. Should he claim his curvy girl or let her go and try to move on?  

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About Shaw Hart:

Shaw Hart is an Amazon Top 100 best-selling author of contemporary and New Adult romance. She loves writing instalove romances that always end in happily ever afters. She lives in a constant state of motion, chasing after her two children and three dogs. Shaw enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends. When she’s not doing that, she’s reading romance books, watching stand up comedies or crime TV shows. Her favorite book tropes are secret baby and boss/employee romances. She’s a big fan of James Acaster, Anthony Jeselnik, Nate Bargatze, and John Mulaney’s comedy. Her favorite TV shows are Psych, Burn Notice, Leverage, Barry, Bob’s Burgers, and New Girl. She’s a Pinterest addict, dog lover, tea snob, and a wannabe yogi. She also writes contemporary romance books under the pen name, Rebecca Wilder, and she’s one half of the paranormal romance duo, Skye Alder.  

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The Cowboy and His Angel by Kaci Rose @AuthorKaciRose @GiveMeBooksPR

Title: The Cowboy and His Angel
Series: Rock Springs Texas #9
Author: Kaci Rose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 16, 2021


He’s a cowboy pastor. She has big dreams that don’t include settling down. Is he willing to risk it all to go after the one girl he can’t have?

I’m not running away. I’m running toward the life I want.

William is everything I always wanted.

A man my parents would love. But Greg is who makes my heart race.

One is a driven businessman in a big city. The other is a small town pastor.

One wants me to be a stay at home corporate wife. The other wants me to follow my dreams and wants to be by my side as I do.

The problem?

The one I’m dating isn’t the one that wants to make my dreams come true.

But the one I’m dating is the one my parents would have picked for me.

What the hell am I going to do?

This is a Steamy, Slow Burn, Small Town, Cowboy Romance. No Cheating, No Cliffhangers.
This is Book 9 in the Rock Springs Texas Series.
As always there is a satisfying Happy Ever After.
If you love steamy romances with insta love, hot love scenes, small towns, and cowboys, then this one is for you.



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Kaci Rose runs on coffee, chocolate, and Oreos. She writes the type of romance books she wants to read. 
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Open for Negotiation by Emma Nichole @EmmaNichole50 @GiveMeBooksPR

Title: Open for Negotiation
Series: Fortress #1
Author: Emma Nichole
Genre: Contemporary Workplace Romance
Release Date: September 9, 2021


Learning from my mistakes has always been my biggest failure.
Especially where forbidden, insanely handsome men are involved.

Maxwell Duke was supposed to be out of bounds.
Taken. Out of my league. Rich. Powerful. One of the best architects in the country.
My boss.

But sometimes things change. Lines are crossed. Decisions are made and…
You do the exact thing you absolutely shouldn’t.

I swore I would never make a mistake like this again.
But my body, my mind, my heart are all clawing at me, desperately reaching out for more.

It’s a whirlwind.
An emotional, intoxicating… even dangerous decision.
When his past choices circle to entwine with mine, I should run, we both should…

Learning from my mistakes was always my biggest failure,
And this time, I don’t think I can outrun the consequences.



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After years of living vicariously through so many characters and stories created by others, Emma Nichole has taken the plunge herself.

A southern girl born, raised, and still residing in Tennessee, she holds the quirks of this area of the world close to her heart, and showcases it in her writing.

She’s a wife, a mother of two, an avid college football fan (Go Vols), a best friend, a sister, a lover of all music, movies, and above all else… a lover of books.


ENDER by Shaw Hart @authorshawhart @inkslingerpr

ENDER by Shaw Hart is live today! Check out the contemporary romance and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: Ender

Author: Shaw Hart

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Ender:

In this club filled with college students and business people who are all half his age. But he’s still here. Because of her. Cat Schultz. The bombshell vixen who stole his breath and his heart the first time that he looked at her. He’s old enough to be her father, but she calms those tortured thoughts in his head and he seems to calm the storm inside of her, too. Will that be enough to convince her that he’s the man for her, though? Will pursuing Cat ruin everything? Or will he finally get the happily ever after that he’s been dreaming about ever since he first laid eyes on her?   ***Ender is a Daddy/lg age gap romance that ends in a happily ever after***  

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“I was wondering if you wanted to go out with me sometime,” Ender asks and I’m thrown off by the question. He’s interested in me? He’s more worldly, a war hero according to Gray and Rooney, and I’ve never been outside of Philadelphia. “I’m uh, I’m really busy here at the club right now,” I stall. My heart and my brain are both screaming at me, wondering what the hell I’m doing turning down the big tattooed man. “You have to take a break sometime,” he says and I find myself nodding before I can even process his words. “No, I mean I don’t really have time for a relationship right now.” “That’s a pretty lame excuse.” “I know but it’s not an excuse. I just have a lot on my plate right now.” “And I’m not going to add anything. I just want to spend time with you and get to know you.” “You’ll have to wait then. I need to find a new bartender, waitress, and finish payroll and that’s just this week.” “Okay, I can wait. I’m not giving up that easy.” I don’t know what to say to that, so I just watch him. “I’ll see you around, baby girl,” he says, his voice wrapping around the nickname. My nipples pebble in my bra and I try not to blush as I stare at him. I want to ask him to call me that again but before I can, he’s turning and heading for the door and I watch him leave, wondering why I’m so turned on by hearing him call me baby girl in that tone of voice. I collapse back into my office chair and try to focus on the mountain of work that I need to get through but I can’t. Not with Ender’s voice calling me baby girl echoing in my head.

About Shaw Hart:

Shaw Hart is an Amazon Top 100 best-selling author of contemporary and New Adult romance. She loves writing instalove romances that always end in happily ever afters. She lives in a constant state of motion, chasing after her two children and three dogs. Shaw enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends. When she’s not doing that, she’s reading romance books, watching stand up comedies or crime TV shows. Her favorite book tropes are secret baby and boss/employee romances. She’s a big fan of James Acaster, Anthony Jeselnik, Nate Bargatze, and John Mulaney’s comedy. Her favorite TV shows are Psych, Burn Notice, Leverage, Barry, Bob’s Burgers, and New Girl. She’s a Pinterest addict, dog lover, tea snob, and a wannabe yogi. She also writes contemporary romance books under the pen name, Rebecca Wilder, and she’s one half of the paranormal romance duo, Skye Alder.  

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Deprivation by LM Fox @authorlmfox @GiveMeBooksPR

Title: Deprivation
Series: Deprivation Trilogy #1
Author: LM Fox
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 9, 2021


Sick of the constant betrayal, I’ve sworn off men for good.
But there’s no cure for my attraction to Dr. Nicholas Barnes.

I’m a magnet for egotistical playboys. It’s been years since I’ve let anyone in.
Pursuing me is merely a challenge for this overconfident ladies’ man.

What else could this handsome, arrogant surgeon want with me?

I have great friends and a job in the ER I love.
A good night’s rest is what I need. One little sleeping pill couldn’t hurt. Could it?

But this irresistible doctor even seduces me in my dreams.
It’s a delicious temptation I don’t want to stop.

Yet what happens when the line between fantasy and truth becomes blurred?
When you can no longer live with the constant deprivation?

This man is beautiful. He’s charming.
And he could be the love of my life or my complete destruction.


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“Dr. Barnes?” I hear a soft voice purr to my right. Looking over, I catch my breath. Fuck, this woman. “Hi,” is all I can get out. Again, I’m reduced to acting like a fucking teenager.
“Hi,” Kat returns with a soft smile, a bit of pink hitting her cheeks. Hell, does she have any idea I fucked her bareback this morning? “I, uh, I hate to bother you. I know it’s early and Donovan told me you were kind enough to come in and help out, but…”
Why does she look so nervous? God, have I been that much of a dick that she’s having a hard time asking me to do something? She normally doesn’t have any trouble telling me what she thinks. “It’s no bother. What can I do to help?”
Smiling timidly at me, she continues, “I have a sweet little lady here who dislocated her shoulder. I’ve tried twice to reduce it, and both times I could feel it drop into place, but when I get the post reduction films, it looks like it’s still out. I had her in a shoulder immobilizer right away, but I don’t understand why it won’t stay in. I don’t want to do any damage trying again.” She stops and bites her lower lip momentarily, halting my breathing again. “Would you mind seeing her?”
I grin broadly, unable to stop myself. I must look like a loon. “I’d be happy to. Do you mind introducing me to her?”
“Oh, of course,” Kat replies. “She’s in room nine.”
I follow her down the hall and take in today’s hairstyle. I’ve noticed she only wears it up. Today, it’s braided and wound around itself like a complex bun, right above that soft pale skin I want to bite.
“Rebecca, this is Dr. Barnes. He’s a shoulder specialist, and he’s going to make sure we get that arm fixed for you. Thank you for being so patient with us this morning,” she tells the thin elderly female sitting on the stretcher beside her.
I turn to Kat, “Are you going to do this with me? I’ll be right here.” I attempt to encourage her. “You got this.” I notice her face turns pale, almost stunned at my suggestion.
“Oh, no. I’ve put poor Rebecca through enough. I’ll let you work your magic,” she quickly responds.
“Okay, Rebecca, tell me how this happened,” I begin.



From the corner of the room, I note this Nick Barnes is entirely different than the version I’ve met on prior visits. He’s charismatic and reassuring to sweet Rebecca and doesn’t shame me with my failed attempts to reduce her dislocation as I suspected he might. Trying to give him the space he needs to finally provide relief to this kind woman, I find myself taking him in from a new angle. And I don’t mean his bedside manner.
Without a lab coat, he has a muscular, firm ass that fills out his charcoal grey suit pants perfectly. I try to look away before someone notices me staring, only to be seduced by his strong, veiny forearms. Man, there’s nothing like arm porn, and he has it in spades. I can just imagine those arms wrapping around…
“Kat?” I hear a voice clear.
“Um, I’m sorry, what was that?” I try to refocus.
“I asked if we could get Rebecca a bit more medicine to relax her before I try to perform this reduction.”
“Of course, Dr. Barnes. I’ll get the nurse to pull it.” As I complete my sentence, I realize Rebecca hasn’t missed a thing. She is grinning at me like she caught me red-handed with my hand in the cookie jar. Yes, she definitely needs more medicine. I locate the patient’s nurse, Holly, who runs to quickly pull the sedative. I take this opportunity to step away from the situation before I do anything else to embarrass myself.


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Born and raised in Virginia, LM Fox currently lives in a suburb of Richmond with her husband, three kids, and a chocolate lab.

Her pastimes are traveling to new and favorite places, trying new foods, a swoony book with either a good cup of tea or coffee, margaritas on special occasions, and watching her kids participate in a variety of sports.

She has spent the majority of her adult life working in emergency medicine and her books are written in this setting. Her main characters are typically in the medical field, EMS, fire, and/or law enforcement. She enjoys writing angsty, contemporary romance starring headstrong, independent heroines you can’t help but love and the hot alpha men who fall hard for them.


One Last Wish by Samantha Baca @GiveMeBooksPR

Title: One Last Wish
Author: Samantha Baca
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 7, 2021


Sometimes, one last wish is all that we get…

It should have been me.
I was supposed to be the one who died in the car accident that day.
Not my best friend who had a family to leave behind.
But like most things, life is unpredictable and filled with unexpected changes.
Like stepping in to help her family pick up the pieces after their world shattered around them.
Or the epic cross country road trip that we took to honor the bucket list she made when she was a little girl.
I never expected to become a part of their family along the way.
I tried to keep the lines clear and avoided getting too close.
After all, it wasn’t just my heart that I feared breaking.
I wasn’t looking for love, but that didn’t mean that it didn’t find me.




I finished my coffee and rinsed my cup before loading it into the dishwasher. I was hoping to sneak past them and go up to my room for the rest of the day. Everything felt weird and awkward now, which made me desperate to find a place to hide until I could figure things out.

Just like before, I was unsuccessful at my attempt to get by unseen when Lily called me back into the living room. I pulled my shoulders back and tried to garner any illusion of confidence I had as I walked in and sat down next to her on the couch.

“Look what I found!” she exclaimed excitedly. “It’s a bucket list of all of the things that my mom wanted to do!”

I looked at the journal in her lap and smiled, remembering when Charlotte had made it. We’d stayed up late and laughed for hours as we came up with the most random, impossible list of things. I had completely forgotten about it until now.

“I remember,” I said softly, resting my elbow on my knee and my chin in my hand.

“Did you guys ever do any of it?” she asked with even more excitement.

“We were going to, right after we graduated high school. We were going to travel and conquer her list. But then we moved to California, and she met a boy. After that, all of her time was suddenly focused on him,” I teased, giving John a playful scowl. His smile stretched tight across his face, showing off his perfect teeth.

“Hey, what can I say?” he shrugged cockily. “I was more exciting than her bucket list.”

I let my head fall back as I laughed.

“I seriously doubt that,” I joked, holding my stomach as I laughed harder.

Lily got the giggles and laughed along with me, while John raised an eyebrow and narrowed his eyes at us.

“Why is that?”

“Because I remember that list. There were some pretty amazing things on it that would be more exciting than any boy.”

“How do you know?” Lily asked sincerely as she looked at the list again. She picked up the journal and tilted it to the side, then upside down as if she was trying to find some secret code. “None of it makes any sense. It’s all riddles and codes.”

“That was the fun part,” I squealed, remembering how we worked so hard to create the perfect clue for each one.

“Do you remember what all of them are?” She looked up at me with hope in her eyes.

I pulled in a deep breath, not ready to promise her anything that I couldn’t deliver on.

“I don’t know, honey. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that list,” I admitted sheepishly.

Her face fell, and the excitement that had been there a few minutes before vanished.

“Maybe we could all try to solve them together?” John asked from his chair, sensing the panic that was flooding through me.

“I like that idea,” I agreed. “Teamwork always makes things easier.”

“Okay,” she said with a tiny spark of enthusiasm.

“What’s the first one?” John pressed, leaning forward and resting his elbows on his knees as he concentrated. I had to fight the laughter that was bubbling up inside with how serious he looked.
Lily cleared her throat, then lifted the notebook and began reading.

“Go high in the sky, but not faster than the birds fly.”
She lowered it and looked between us.

“That’s easy,” John said proudly, puffing his chest. “It’s a plane. She wanted to fly on a plane.”

Lily nodded as if that made sense to her. I laughed and shook my head in disagreement.

“Okay, smarty pants,” John teased, pointing a finger at me. “Then what is it?”

“Charlotte had already flown on a plane when she wrote this. She went to Florida with her parents when she was ten. They flew there, and that was the first time she went to Disney World.”

John’s cocky smile faded, replaced with another scowl.

“Shit. I forgot about that.”

“Language!” Lily scolded and shook her finger at him.

“Do you know what it was?” she asked, looking back at me once she finished giving her dad the look.

“I know that your mom always wanted to ride a Ferris wheel. That would be my guess. It’s high in the sky and definitely slower than birds.” I turned to look at John. “How in the world did you guess plane anyway? What kind of birds have you seen that are faster than a plane?”

I watched as the pink in his cheeks flushed red with embarrassment. He leaned back in his chair, the cocky, confident attitude from a few minutes ago gone.


Samantha lives in the southwest with her husband and two small children after abandoning her childhood dream of living in a cabin in Colorado when she found that she couldn’t afford to live there and was deathly allergic to the woods. When she’s not writing she’s usually spouting off sarcastic remarks while drinking wine out of a coffee mug to look like a functional adult while chasing down her toddlers. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching reruns of Friends, and the 24/7 flow of coffee that can be found in her veins. Be sure to follow her on social media for updates on what she’s working on.