I can't believe another year has come and gone. Is it me, or does if feel like the older we get the faster time goes by? I hope that everyone has a very safe and happy new year and that 2014 is your best year yet! I cannot wait to introduce everyone to all of the new characters that will be born this year and I'm hoping that you will fall in love with them the same way that you have with all of my others. So in honor of all the characters that you were introduced to in 2013 here are some my favorite moments from all of my books:
And last but not least.....spend some time this Christmas with Dailan, Nicole & Ryan.....
arrived at Dailan’s by noon. I was surprised when I wasn’t excitedly greeted by
Ryan at the door like the last time I had visited. Still, I wasn’t disappointed
to see Dailan behind the door, looking just as handsome as ever. He opened the
door and took my hand. “Shh,” he said as he led me through the house, back into
the great room. Ryan was sitting in front of the TV, playing a video game.
Ryan,” Dailan said, causing Ryan to look up from his game.
heart melted at the sight of Ryan’s smile, which stretched across his face. He
dropped the controller to the ground and came running over to greet me. “Miss
Morgan, you came!” he exclaimed, giving me a hug.
told me you weren’t coming,” Ryan said as he playfully pushed Dailan. I smiled
and handed Ryan his Christmas present. “Thanks!” he said as he sat down on the
floor to open it.
took a seat on the couch to watch him as Dailan sat down next to me. “Wow!”
Ryan exclaimed as he tore away at the paper, revealing a buildable racetrack
that seemed to be all the rage with the boys in my class this year. “Thanks,
Miss Morgan, this is cool.”
enthusiasm on his face was all the thanks that I needed. “You’re very welcome,”
walked over to the Christmas tree and returned with a small box for me. “Ryan,
you already gave me a present,” I said, remembering the yummy vanilla candle he
had given me the day of our class party.
was really from my Aunt Lisa,” he said. “This is from me. Well, I mean my Uncle
D paid for it, but I picked it out.”
laughed as Dailan shook his head at Ryan. “Ryan, you never tell a girl that
someone else paid for a present that you gave them,” Dailan said, playfully smacking
Ryan on the head.
like you never tell a girl that someone else cooked dinner for her.” I couldn’t
resist as I started to giggle. I watched as a grin stretched across Dailan’s
face. I slowly removed the wrapping paper
and the lid from the box as Ryan looked on anxiously. I immediately smiled upon
seeing the beautiful sterling silver necklace with a whimsical heart charm
dangling from it.
“Oh, Ryan, I love this.”
Ryan’s smile was a mile wide. “I
told you she liked hearts,” he said to Dailan.
“Yup, hearts are my favorite thing,”
“They had all different kinds of
hearts that you can add to it. But I liked this one best,” Ryan said proudly.
“This is an awesome heart, Ryan,” I
said as I gave him a hug.
I lifted my hair as Ryan clasped it
on my neck. I looked down at the heart hanging from my neck. It truly was one
of the best presents I ever received because I knew how much it meant to Ryan
to give it to me.
Only two days until Christmas and here's a little Christmas scene from the Exception To The Rule
in his pajamas, anxiously awaiting Santa and Julian. We were watching TV and
sipping hot chocolate when Julian arrived, with a bagful of presents.
Matty responded as he greeted him at the door seeing all of the presents.
came to Chicago already and told me to make sure that these got to you,” Julian
look!” Matty exclaimed.
have been a really good boy this year.” I smiled at Matty’s enthusiasm.
raining out?” I asked Julian, noticing his hair and coat were wet.
snowing,” he replied.
I walked over to the window and looked up at
the full moon. There was a blanket of snow already on the ground as the snow
continued to fall. I imagined what a picture perfect Christmas Eve this would
have been, if only Matty weren’t sick.
exclaimed as he looked out the window.
can we build a snowman, please?” he asked Julian.
Julian looked at him sadly. “You know what,
that isn’t very good snow for a snowman, why don’t you open up your presents?”
began to open the presents. He normally would rip through each one in no time. This
year he just seemed to be missing the whole spark that he had at Christmas,
making me very sad. He had finally gotten through the last one, trying to
figure out which toy to play with first.
Matty, I think that Santa dropped off a present for your mom too,” Julian said
as he pointed to a smaller wrapped box under the tree.
quickly got up to retrieve the box, handing it to me. I was totally shocked,
not at all expecting a gift from Julian. I opened it up revealing a beautiful
gold bracelet. I immediately put in on my wrist, and it was a perfect fit.
you,” I said.
why are you thanking him? Santa brought it, silly.”
that’s right, thank you to Santa.” I looked at Julian as he smiled.
so excited, he whispered in my ear asking if he could give Julian his present. I
told him where it was as he went off to get it.
until he was out of earshot. “Thank you. It’s really beautiful, you didn’t have
to...” I was cut off by Matty, who quickly returned with Julian’s gift.
from me,” he said proudly. “I picked it out all by myself, but Mommy had to pay
for it because I don’t have money.”
I both laughed.
it up slowly. “Wow, this is cool.”
smiled from ear to ear. “Mommy says its waterprood.”
I corrected him.
continued on, not missing a beat, “so next time we go fishing you can wear it
and get it wet.”
the best present ever, Matty.” Julian picked him up and put him on his lap. He
gave him a hug and kiss. I grabbed my camera and took a picture of the two of
them. I stared at the picture on my camera screen. It didn’t even look like my
Matty. The only thing that I recognized were his beautiful blue eyes. That was
the one thing that these treatments couldn’t take away from him. He looked
truly happy in the picture and I took comfort in that.
So, I was thinking in each of my books I have a little special Christmas scene with my characters. So I thought that it would be fun to revisit each one since it is Christmastime after all! Starting with Drowning in Love and Travis and Mia's very first Christmas together :)
Day was here and I was so happy to be spending it with Travis and my family. We
had spent Christmas Eve with Travis’ family. I had a wonderful time and really
loved being in their company; but I was so looking forward to being at my
sister’s for Christmas Day. I snapped a million pictures of Paige opening up
her presents. This was my favorite part of Christmas, watching her open up her
gifts. My sister walked over to clean up the wrapping paper that Paige was
getting swallowed in.
in a few years, I’ll have a niece or nephew that I can spoil,” my sister said
with a smile. I raised my eyebrows at her and shot her a look of displeasure
for saying such a thing in front of Travis. Travis and I talked about a lot of
things, but kids were never part of the conversation. It was just too soon to
be thinking about that.
kidding, Travis. Don’t pass out,” I said.
would I pass out? I want kids someday.”
especially if it’s with you.” My stomach did a triple flip.
my sister said upon hearing his statement. “Let me take a picture of you guys.”
I moved closer to Travis as my sister snapped the picture with her phone and
immediately sent it to mine.
was really feeling down by the end of the night. I had a great time and didn’t
want to leave. My mom tried her best to try and coax me and Travis to stay over
her house, but I had to be at work in the morning, so I knew that wasn’t an
and I arrived back at his place a little after nine. I was exhausted from all
of the excitement of the day. I changed into my pajamas and snuggled up with
him on the couch, watching TV. He reached behind his back and handed me an
envelope and a box. I was a little taken off guard. We had already exchanged
presents earlier that morning. I had gotten Travis a new watch and another
bottle of his favorite cologne. He had gotten me a beautiful pair of diamond
earrings, which I’m sure he spent more on than I cared to know.
what is this? We exchanged presents already.”
a couple of things I forgot earlier.” I shook my head and smiled. I opened the
envelope and my eyes widened to find an itinerary for a week-long trip to Saint
Lucia, leaving on Valentine’s Day. “Oh my God, Travis, This is awesome! I just
hope that I can get-”
stopped me mid-sentence. “It’s already taken care of. I talked to Juan, and you
have the week off. It’s going to be just you and me in paradise, celebrating
Valentine’s Day for a whole week.”
wrapped my arms around him and hugged him tightly. “That sounds perfect!”
I will get you to swim in the ocean.”
“We’ll just have to see about that one.”
smiled and rubbed his forehead against mine. “Open the box,” he said.
why did you -”
removed the lid to find a necklace with a beautiful gold heart.
the back,” he instructed.
flipped it over. To Mia, the girl with
the heart of gold and my girl forever. The tears rolled down my face as I
ran my thumb over the inscription.
if you don’t like it, you don’t have to wear it, but don’t cry about it,” he
“I love it, Travis. I just never thought I
could be this happy again. Thank you so much for this beautiful necklace and
for allowing me to open my heart again. I love you so much.” I wrapped my arms
around him and nuzzled up against him. I had never felt happier than I did
right now. I watched the dancing flames in the fireplace while Travis held me
tightly in his arms. After living out a yearlong sentence of hell on earth, I
had finally made it back to heaven.
was headed into the hospital for just a few hours. I had a great time with my
sister and niece but it put me so far behind with work. I tried to sneak into
my office being unseen but was stopped by Dr. Moore as soon as I stepped into the
elevator. “Hey Dr. Kiron you got a minute?” she said stepping into the elevator
up?” I asked.
you mind looking at a report for me? I’d really like to know if you concur with
my opinion on this case.”
no problem.” Right after I get done with
the million other things that I need to do.
really appreciate you taking the time to do this,” she said as the elevator
finally reached the fourth floor and we stepped out.
a prob –” I stopped myself mid-sentence when I heard a voice that I would
remember for the rest of my life calling my name. My eye’s widened when I
lifted my head and was staring into the eyes of the girl that I hadn’t been
able to get out of my head for the past five years, Kat Vallia. For the very
first time in my life I was speechless.
Kiron, are you okay?” Dr. Moore asked.
"I'm fine, I'll have the report for you later."
I finally got over my shock and approached her. She was even
more beautiful than I remembered. "How are you, Kat?" I gently placed
my hand on her arm, and I could feel her trembling.
"I'm well, thank you." Her voice quivered as she focused
intently on my eyes.
What are you doing here—are you here on business?"
"No, not really.” She had me totally confused, if she wasn’t
here on business then why did she show up out of the blue after all of these
years? "Julian I need to talk to you, somewhere private."
"Okay, I should be done here in an hour. There's a
coffee shop right at the end of the street, do you want to meet me there at
noon?" I asked as I looked down at my watch.
"Okay," she said very meekly.
“I’ll see you then.” I said as I gave her one last smile before I
I went into my office, closing the door behind me. I sat down at
my desk, trying my best to concentrate on the reports that needed to be read
over and the charts that needed to be updated, without much success. I finally
put the report down after reading it about a dozen times and not comprehending
a thing. Kat Vallia, the girl that crushed my heart, the reason that I had
countless one nighter’s with women, trying to escape the memory of her. The
girl that I was willing to rethink everything for had just showed up out of
nowhere. I just didn’t get it. I took a deep breath, trying my best to get
something accomplished. I finally focused on the work that I needed to complete
and was so deep in thought that I didn’t realize that it was almost noon. I
looked over the report one last time, signed off on it and grabbed my car keys.
I got out of my car and spotted Kat immediately. She threw her
phone in her purse and stood up. "I really appreciate you taking the
time to meet me."
"No problem, Kat; actually it was a really nice
surprise seeing you. You want to go in?"
I opened the door and entered behind her.
“Sorry for making you
wait,” I said as we sat down. “I just had some catching up to do. I had just
taken a few days off to spend with my sister and niece who were here visiting.”
Her dark brown eyes widened and she looked like she was deep in thought. “So
what have you been up to?” I asked.
“Nothing special,” she responded very timidly.
I finally asked the question that I was dying to know after all of
these years. “Did you ever get married? She shook my head no, giving me a
“What about you?” she asked,.
Was she kidding me? Did she not remember our whole reason for parting
ways? “I barely have time to sleep, let alone maintain a relationship.” I
leaned back in my chair and couldn’t stop myself from staring at her. She was
still that same adorable girl that liked to eat chocolate cake for dinner.”
“You look great, Kat.”
“Thanks,” she whispered.
I could see that she was nervous as she fidgeted around with
the napkin and bounced her leg up and down.
“So how’s work?”
I nodded and couldn’t help but think how cute
she looked twirling her hair around her finger. “How’s James doing?” I asked in an effort to
break up the tension.
“He’s doing well. He and Tricia are engaged now.”
“Yes, I knew that. I haven’t talked to him in a while. I owe him a
“So you’re Chief of Oncology now?”
“Well congratulations, I always knew you were destined for great
“So what did you need to
talk to me about?”
"Bone marrow transplants.” Her response was quick and sharp.
“What?” I laughed at her
“What do you know about bone marrow transplants?” None of this was
making sense. Kat was a doctor she knew enough about bone marrow transplants
that didn’t warrant a trip to Chicago to ask me. I played along and explained to
her the basics of bone marrow transplants. She listened, acting like she was
clueless. “This is pretty common knowledge that you learn in medical school.”
"Yes, I know, I
just wanted to get your advice, since you are one of the top doctors in your
"So you came almost one thousand miles just to ask me
that? I’m sure you have doctors just as versed as me and a lot closer. That
must be some special patient."
All of the color drained from her face. "It is," she
said, biting her bottom lip. She took a deep breath and paused for a moment.
"It's my son.” My heart immediately went out to her. "It’s our son.”
I was totally taken off guard; obviously I didn’t hear her
correctly. "What?" I stared at her, waiting for her to explain what I
thought I had just heard. She looked
at me with tear filled eyes and it was finally sinking in. The shock that I was
feeling just moments ago was quickly being replaced with anger. "Why
didn’t you tell me?”
“Because you made it clear to me what you wanted out of life and
that didn’t include a child.”
The waitress came over to take our order. "Not now!" I
I was dumbfounded. I had a son. A five year old son that I never
knew existed. How the hell could she have done this to me?
She placed a picture down in front of me. “His name is Matty, he’s
five-years-old, he’s a great kid, and he has leukemia.” Her voice cracked with
emotion. I lifted the picture and
examined it closely. It was all so surreal to me. But reality was slowly
seeping in as I stared at that picture. It was if I was looking at myself
thirty some years ago. “Almost like looking in the mirror, isn’t it?” she asked
as if she was reading my mind. I couldn’t believe this was happening. I
couldn’t take my eyes off the picture. A million questions raced through my
mind. What had she told him about me? Did he know that I never knew about him
or did he think that I just didn’t care? But I was too pissed off to ask her
any of them.
"I know that I was wrong to have kept this from you, but what
would you have done if I told you back then?"
“I would have taken responsibility for my son.”
“I’m sorry, but I did the wrong thing for the right reasons.” .
“What were those reasons?
I couldn’t believe the words that were coming out of her mouth.
Nothing justified keeping this from me and at the particular moment I hated her
so much for it. “Can you please tell me what your reasons were for keeping my
son from me for the past five years?”
“You left and we never spoke again because you didn’t want kids,
do you remember that?
Now, she was seriously pissing me off. There was no way in hell that she was going
to place this on me. “Really? So you felt that gave you the right to do this?” he
asked. “What, were you trying to punish me for not wanting what you wanted?”
“No, that’s not at all what I was trying to do!”
I shook my head in disbelief. I couldn’t even look at her and I
wasn’t sure if it was out disgust or because it hurt so badly to know that she
would have kept something so crucial from me without even giving me a choice.
“I can’t believe that you just assumed I wouldn’t want to be in his life.”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t want you to feel trapped into something you
“I missed out on five years of my son’s life because you actually
thought that’s what I wanted. Why didn’t it ever occur to you to ask me what I
wanted? Would I have ever known if he
hadn’t gotten sick?”
She looked away and was silent. My stomach clenched, knowing the
answer to that question already.
“Right before I found out I was pregnant I was planning on calling
you to tell you that I would go to Germany. I was willing to uproot my whole
life, forgo everything that I wanted just to be with you. Once I found out that
I was pregnant that changed everything. There were days that I had wished that
you would have called to tell me that you would be willing to rethink your plan
for me, but you didn’t.”
“You told me not to.”
“Exactly. I thought I knew what you wanted and you thought you
knew what I wanted,” she said very gently.
I had to get out of here. I had to just walk away from her and
register all of this. I wasn’t sure what I was more upset about, the fact that
I had a son that I didn’t know about or the fact that Kat, the girl that I held
on a pedestal for all these years totally destroyed my image of her by doing
this. “You had no right to just assume what I wanted.”
“I know that I was wrong and you can hate me if you want to.” The
tears rolled down her face. “But Matty needs you now. Please, Julian, I’m
I looked at her and all I could feel was
resentment and anger. “I came here to ask you if you would be willing to be
tested to see if you’re a match and to oversee his medical treatment.” She
paused for a minute, grabbed a napkin and wiped her eyes. “I want you to be
part of his life; to be his father. I want you to fall in love with him the
same way I have.” I couldn’t respond. I
knew I wanted to be there for my son but I was so repulsed by her actions that
I couldn’t even look at her.
She reached into her wallet and held out a business card. I
snatched it from her hand and stared at the girl sitting across from me. She
wasn’t the same girl that I knew all those years ago. There were so many things
I wanted to say to her and none of which were fitting to say to a woman. I needed to get as far away from her as
possible. I quickly stood up and walked out the door, still grasping tightly to
sat in my car and stared at the picture of this little boy who was a part of me
and a complete stranger. I ran my hand though my hair and shook my head I was
so pissed at Kat and even more pissed at myself. So many times I had contemplated calling her.
I was even thinking of paying her a surprise visit when I got home from
Germany. Why didn’t I try harder with her? Why did I listen to her when she
told me not to call? For once in my life why didn’t I break the damn rules and
listen to my heart? I was entering uncharted territory and I was terrified.
Strangely it wasn’t over the fact that he had cancer. It was because I was
actually someone’s father, a thought that scared me half to death.
It's hard to believe that December is upon us and even harder to believe that this month will mark one whole year since I published The Exception To The Rule. I truly thought that would be my first and last book that I ever wrote. First reason being, I never thought that I could ever create characters that I loved as much Kat & Julian. Secondly, I never imagined that anyone would read it except for my friends and family.
Well, one year later and I am overwhelmed with the responses that I have gotten from that book and how much it has touched so many people. Since that was my very first book and I had NO CLUE as to what the heck I was doing when it came to publishing it. I never got to do a formal cover reveal, teasers or any of that fun stuff. So in a way Kat & Julian got ripped off. So This month I decided to dedicate to Kat & Julian with lots of fun things......excerpts, giveaways and maybe just maybe.....
Are you ready for this?
Are you sure?
I may be posting a chapter from Julian's POV after Kat drops the bomb on him....for those of you that have read it.....you know what I'm talking about!! So stay tuned ......there will be lots of fun things going on this month!