March 2008

She stood outside the door; thinking about knocking. It had taken all the strength she had in her to come to the door, but she still hadn’t gathered the strength to actually knock. She wanted, so desperately to knock and tell him how she felt but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Just as she was about to turn and go, she gained an ounce of strength, turned and knocked. Once. Hard.

The door opened and the look on his face said it all. A mix of surprise, desire and confusion. He couldn’t believe she was outside his door, standing there, at 10pm at night.

She didn’t wait for him to say a word, to ask her in, or why she was there. She wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him. She kissed him like she never would again.

He took a step back, her arms still around his neck and pulled her into the room. He shut the door behind her and pressed her up against it. They stayed locked together, enjoying the softness of each touch and the sweetness of each kiss.
She stopped kissing him and pulled away. He looked at her with a questioning gaze, wondering what made her stop. He didn’t have time to wonder long as she grabbed his hand and headed to the bedroom. One of the benefits of selling him this house meant she knew every inch of it.

They reached the bedroom and she fell back onto the bed, pulling him down with her. He covered her mouth with his and felt the desire continue to build. He no longer cared what made her decide to come, just that she did. And she was here, and under him. He could feel her heart racing and wanted to feel her against him.

She grabbed at the hem of his shirt and pulled it upwards. He allowed himself to raise his arms and helped her to pull the shirt over his head. Seeing his body in the pale light of the room, she sucked in her breath. He was even more beautiful than she remembered.

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Looking out the airplane window, Jackson watched the city drop from view. He took a deep breath, as flying always made him a little nervous, and leaned back into his chair. He closed his eyes and tried to get himself to relax. His mind drifted back to the last time he had been in Texas, 9 years ago, and how he felt like he would never love a place like he loved Rakesford. It had been his home for 18 years, and he had loved every detail about it. When he left, he thought he would go back and visit as often as he could. But he never did.
It hadn’t been easy to get adjusted in the beginning, but much to his surprise, he had fallen in love with the big city life, where he was always busy, always with something to do. He got so involved at UCLA with school and extracurricular, that it just never seemed right to go home. Plus, his parents loved to travel so they had no problem coming to visit him, and usually did about every six months. His friends and he spent weekends traveling the coast, from Santa Barbara to San Diego and during the week they were either on the lawn playing soccer or in class. He worked hard and in 4 years, he had his degree in Business Marketing. When he graduated, he was offered a position with Modern Vision, one of the top marketing and ad agencies based in Los Angeles. He was a started as a junior copywriter and worked his way up to Vice President in just 5 years. Which was the reason he was sitting on an airplane flying to Texas. Jackson’s boss had been so proud of the work that he had done in Los Angeles, that his boss asked him to open their new office in Austin, Texas. The company had already expanded to Chicago, Manhattan and Miami, so the southwest was the next place to go. He had hesitation as he had built a life for himself in LA, and didn’t know if he was ready to go back to the heat, humidity and small town lifestyle. Although Austin was a big city, similar to LA, he knew his parents would want him to live in his home town again, as it was only 20 minutes away. It would be difficult to say no, as he did miss his horse, Stone, and he could never say no to his mom. She was the toughest and sweetest woman he knew. About 6 years ago, doctors discovered ovarian cancer, but after a year of treatment, she was cleared. She fought it and survived. She had been healthy for 5 years now and the experience had made her a stronger woman, and Jackson looked up to her for her strength.
The other reason he had hesitated saying yes was because of Leslie. In his sophomore year he had met what was to become his first love. Her name was Leslie Banning and thinking about her now made his heart hurt. The instant they met, he was attracted to her, much like the rest of his friends. She was blonde, tall, bubbly and beautiful. She was also smart and funny, but had been born with a platinum spoon in her mouth, and every once in a while, it was made very apparent. They had immediately become best friends, studying, partying and enjoying life together, but never as more than friends. It took 2 years and his graduation for them to finally take that step towards a relationship. During the planning of their graduation party he finally admitted he wanted to date her. Their 5 year relationship had its ups and downs, but they fell in love and made it work. When he was offered the job to go to Texas, he had to take a long hard look at his relationship and decide if he was ready to ask her to come with him. Asking her to come with him would mean that he was ready to settle down, and as much as he loved her, he wasn’t sure if he was ready to make it forever. When he told Leslie he was struggling with his decisions, she made it easy, telling him that without a proposal, she wasn’t going. Giving him the ultimatum made his decision easy, as he was never one to be told how things were going to be. Despite the fact that it was his decision to end their relationship, it still wasn’t easy to say goodbye.

Ok, so it’s been 4 hours, hundreds of songs on my zune, a couple dr. pepper’s and pieces of dark chocolate later…but it’s done!! my book mind map is finished! i know where every character is going and how they are going to get there. I am soooo excited to see that I am really ready to get writing…now the hard part…trying to type as fast as the words are flowing through my head. I am now starting work on chapter 2. I will have at least the introduction of Jackson and a little about his history as he is on his way to Texas, done by the end of this weekend. 🙂

So, I meant to write a couple of separate scenes this week (i have the ideas in my head…really!) but it has been a bit of a crazy week (and I was just kind of lazy too). Tomorrow I am planning on getting the rest of the book mapped out as well as posting the couple separate scenes that I dreamed up. I have also come up with a new idea for the cover as well! Anyway, I am off to get drinks with 2 of my girlfriends I haven’t seen in forever. Stay tuned…after this weekend there will be a bunch to read!

Hey all!!

Hope your weekend was great! We were so busy, but it was fabulous. We went out Friday night to the bar to watch the NCAA games. We drank way too much and played shuffleboard and then Saturday we actually got to go to a couple of the games in Anaheim. This is us at the games before the Stanford/Marquette game! NCAA game

The Stanford Tree is f*ing hysterical dancing, btw. We could not stop laughing watching him! After the games, we went out for one of our friends bdays and i kicked butt at air hockey! oh yeah, even beat the guys!!

On Sunday, we spent the day with both families. In the morning, we were at Steve’s parents place, doing a $$ easter egg hunt…so much fun! Then we headed to my parents and I died my hair red!

I'm a redhead!

So, this week’s posts are going to be just some separate scene ideas that I have. I need to get more outlined before I can continue writing by chapters. I feel like if i don’t get everything outlined, I will lose track of where I am going. I have it about 70% finished, so it shouldn’t take me more than a few hours (i hope!) Then, this weekend I am going to sit down and lock myself away for a couple of hours to get the outline done (i’m sure this will include blaring music, a bottle of wine and some really good munchies). If you have any ideas of where the characters seem like they might head or what you would like to see, let me know. I will be taking a look at all comments this weekend. I am getting great feedback, so thanks to everyone who has left me their thoughts (and the one of you that quoted lines to me! lol) It is so exciting for me to see this dream starting to come to fruition. I have been dreaming for years that I would be able to get this book up and running and I can’t believe that I really have the prologue and chapter 1 basically finished. It’s nerve wracking but so exhilerating!! Anyway, headed to our friends for dinner and movie night!

❤ KW

“Ok, Alex, I know that you don’t think he’ll remember you, but I guarantee that he will. Who could ever forget you?” Valerie smiled, and stood up from the table. “I’m getting you another drink. If you’re going to be getting depressed about the whole thing, you might as well get drunk at the same time.

6 hours later, the girls were laughing hysterically, 4 empty beer glasses and a couple empty shot glasses in front of each of them.

Alexis laughed. “I guess we should probably get out of here. I can’t believe we’ve been talking for so long!”
“Yeah, I guess you’re right,” Valerie looked around the bar. It was only about 11pm, so the bar was still packed, “I can’t believe we drank so much!”

They both stood up from their table and hooked arms. They were swaying and giggling the whole way to the street. Alexis waved goodbye to Valerie, hopped into a cab waiting outside and headed home. It was time for sleep.

…and that is the end of Chapter 1. Get ready to learn more about Jackson in Chapter 2!

“Ok, so we have two options: one, you can keep avoiding the topic and I will tell you more about the boring details you already know of my life. Or two, we can get this Jackson talk underway.” Valerie smiled, knowing that if she just called Alex out, she might get somewhere.

“Whatever Val, I guess we can start”, Alex lightly shoved her friend and laughed. “Ok, so all I really know is that he is coming back in town in the beginning of April, so a couple weeks?” She paused to count, “Yeah, like 10 days.”

“Ok, well then we have 10 days to brainstorm how to make sure that you are at the front of his attention when he does get back. You know that the minute he sees you, he’s going to want you. How can he resist?” Valerie raised her eyebrow and grinned, her signature ‘trouble’ smile.

“Yeah, right. More than likely he won’t even recognize me. Even if he does, the last time we talked was 7 years ago, we probably have nothing in common now!” Alex hoped this wasn’t true, as she could still remember everything about him. She could remember how he looked when he rode his horse, how his eyes lit up when he smiled and the deep drawl of his voice.

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