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My heart sunk to my stomach at the impact. Blood pumped in my ears so loud I couldn’t hear the thump of the music blasting through the car’s speakers. I kept my hands tight on the wheel, but I couldn’t feel them. I couldn’t feel my whole body, for that matter. Overwhelmed by guilt, I looked in the rear view mirror and saw the body roll on the pavement, a confirmation that there was nothing else I could do. At least not to save a life.

I was consumed by grief. And shame. I had taken a life. The fist in my stomach remained as I drove away from the crime scene. I tried to convince myself that I couldn’t have changed what happened without causing a bigger tragedy, without swerving on the road and ending up in someone’s living room. Although logic spoke to me, my heart still ached. In fact, although it’s been weeks since that fatidic Saturday morning, it still does. I doubt I’ll ever forget it and hope it will never happen again. I also hope you will never have to experience the same pain. I don’t think I can bear to go through another squirrelcide.

Have you been in the same situation? Did you feel as bad as I do? Share your story with us.

I lost a friend yesterday.

Someone wMy beloved Friendho guided me through the toughest hours of the mornings. Someone who perked me up when I was at my lowest. It was my fault, really. I left my valued friend to his own devices and got distracted. Later, when I reached out for the comfort only he could provide, I realized my mistake.

Anxious to hold him again, I hurried down the hall to the room I'd left him in, but it was too late. My poor friend had become a casualty of someone else's careless treatment. To make matters worse, the culprit had tried to cover their tracks, facing him in such a way that I wouldn't see the mutilation. It worked. I was blind to his pain until I realized he was bleeding the needed elixir of life all over my hands.

I lost a friend yesterday.

Yesterday, someone killed my beloved coffee mug.

I know it's silly to mourn a coffee mug, but I loved that cup and the sentimental value it held for me.

What do you think? Is it silly or a normal reaction? Have you ever been attached to something that when you lost it made you sad?

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We have the pleasuse of hosting another of Misty Evans' releases, this time in partnership with Nana Malone. It seems to be another hit by both best selling authors. :)

Hit & Run Bride was released on June 2nd and if you haven't picked up your copy, we recommend you run and get yours NOW.

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Here's the book summary:

Dangerous Intersection Ahead

Marketing analyst Becca Daniels has a life that looks good on paper - a coveted promotion in an exciting new city and a successful, handsome fiancé. But with her Hawaiian honeymoon fast approaching, she has to face her biggest fear...water. She can't swim. On her way to her first swimming lesson, however, she veers left instead of right and nearly runs over her hot, new instructor.

Caution: Rising Waters

Liam Caldwell has put his life on hold to look after his sick mother. The last thing he needs is the hit-and-run brunette who ruined his motorcycle disrupting the adult swim class. But from the first lesson, he realizes there's more to the curvy, smart-mouthed Becca than meets the eye, and no matter what he does, he can't resist her luscious lips and her driving determination.

No U-turn

With each lesson, Becca discovers that what looks good on paper isn't making her happy. Should she play it safe in the shallow end with her career and fiancé? Or should she dive into deep waters with a man who offers passion and freedom like she's never imagined?

RHB-heart-red-with-clear-bg pageOn June 1st, 16 authors released 15 stories called the Red Hot and BOOM series. They have a common theme—the Fourth of July—and are only 99 cents each. To search for them on Amazon, just put Red Hot and BOOM in the search area. Hopefully all fifteen stories will show up in your search results!

Facebook group for Red Hot and BOOM stories: http://www.facebook.com/RedHotandBOOMbooks

Weebly site for the Red Hot authors:http://redhotauthors.weebly.com/

Check out the excepts below for a little taste of the stories!

headachesFor the last month, I’ve been working on getting all our sites migrated to the latest version of our preferred CMS. The task that should have been easily accomplished with a simple push of a button was complicated by development choices I made long ago (three years in technology equals some fifteen human years).

Not to bore you all with details, the choice made in the past created a migration nightmare now. A migration ten times more complex and bound to have errors which resulted in a lot of hard work behind the scenes, long support discussions with third-party extension developers, and lots of time spent on making sure the site upgrade was as flawless as possible.

Unfortunately, just like humans, upgrades are never perfect, and one of the problems caused by the migration was the interruption of delivery of RSS feeds to many social media sites including Goodreads. To fix the problem, I had to purge the blog settings on Goodreads and with that, all past comments on our posts on Goodreads were deleted.

My sincere apologies to all of those who had their comments erased in the process. We’ll make sure the same doesn’t happen again in the future. Comments left on our website and powered by Disqus were not affected.

Sláinte!

Chris