Posts tagged ‘romance’

August 13, 2020

Meant to Be… INSPIRED Contest Announcement

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August 11, 2020

New reading from Emmy Z. Read Raul’s back-story!

Meant to Be…INSPIRED

**Read Free Excerpt Below**

In this new fiction sampler, you can read Raul’s back-story. A prequel to the whole Sweet Dreams Series, Raul’s first feelings for Victoria are revealed in…

“Contact High” by Emmy Z. Madrigal / New Adult

Raul’s addiction is just another symptom of the hard life he’s been dealt but when Victoria sings, his troubles fade into the background. Can her music inspire him to get clean?


Other stories in the book include:

“Tempo of Temptation” by Lela Bay / Regency
Perhaps it is best that Mr. Leon doesn’t recall Petra’s mortifying declaration of love. Could their intense attraction during an impromptu midnight concert inspire her to risk her heart again?

“Her Immortal Beloved” by M.M. Genet / Historical

Beethoven’s plan is to write the ultimate love song that transcends all time for his beloved. Will the woman of his heart let his music inspire her?

“Rick Prince and the Manhattan Muse” by Naching T. Kassa / Steamy

Heart-broken musician, Rick Prince, is inspired by the beautiful single-mother, Zella. He has no idea she holds a secret from his past which may tear them apart.

“Love Comes to Kenneth’s Valley” by Kate Nox / Inspirational

Grayson Greer motivates his congregation through music, but after the death of his wife, the pastime is shrouded in pain. Can Rachel’s love inspire him to move on?


**Read Free Excerpt Below**

“Contact High”

by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Raul waited for daybreak and then snuck out before anyone was awake. He lit up and walked toward school. He didn’t want to go, but figured he could go to Park Lake and sleep on a bench. The fog was thicker than usual that morning. He thrashed through it, crossing the track so he didn’t have to walk as far. The fog closed him in, making him feel like he was the only one on Earth. Cars honked far off, but after a while even those sounds were locked away in some far-off land of the living.

A voice startled him and he froze, thinking someone was talking to him.

It seems we stood and talked like this before…

Raul spun around, looking for who belonged to the voice. He couldn’t see anyone. Okay, sure, he’d taken a few puffs that morning, but not enough to cause hallucinations. He threw down the joint and smashed it out with the toe of his worn Doc Martens boot. What was in that shit?

We looked at each other the same way then…” the girl’s voice sang on.

Raul closed his eyes and tried to focus on which direction the voice came from. He ran ahead a little, following her tune.

But I can’t remember where or when.

A shape formed in front of him, unmistakably Victoria’s. She bounced a little when she walked, her blonde wavy hair swinging behind her, releasing the scent of strawberry shampoo his way.

Her voice captivated him. It curled around him like the fog and touched him in a way he couldn’t describe. He walked along behind her. Not too close to be creepy, but close enough to hear her finish her song. A strange feeling filled him—an overwhelming wish to know her better. But what was he thinking? He stopped in his tracks, allowing her to disappear in front of him into the fog. What good would it be for him to know her better? He could never possess her song. He wasn’t the romantic type who sat around reading poetry and asking girls to sing to him. Fuck that.

Yet, with every fiber in his being, he wanted to speak to her.

Maybe talking to her would dispel the magic? Maybe talking to her, he’d find she was just as worthless as the other girls he fooled around with. Maybe, if he fooled around with her, the spell would be broken.

“Vic,” he called, running after her.

“Hello?” she called back, into the fog.

Once her form became clear in the fog again, he second-guessed his motive. She stood, gripping her backpack strap with one hand, looking so innocent, her eyes questioning if it was safe. She wasn’t his prey. She never would be. He went after the fast girls, the girls who didn’t challenge him, the ones who just wanted to be with him to say they had conquered Raul LaMond, when in reality he had conquered them.

“Raul?” She blinked innocently, her cheeks rosy from the fog or walk, whichever.

“Yeah.” He shrugged. Now what?

“Um, hi.” She smiled and his heart beat fast. Why? Who was she? Just some little innocent brat who sang. So what? But something in him urged him to talk to her.

“Hey.”

“You’re up early.”

“Yeah.”

“You got an A1 class?”

“Nah, just…” Change the subject, chump. “You got A1?”

“Yeah. Choir.”

He nodded and stepped in line beside her, heading to the choir room.

She walked next to him, smelling of cherry chap stick and making him want to taste it. What was he thinking? Kiss Victoria Knox? Really? Victoria was vanilla and pure and, well, Victoria. Raul was a mix of trailer trash and vato. His mother had given him up. He still didn’t know why. Besides, Victoria didn’t exude sex appeal, not to him anyway. Although, she did have a nice body. A cute, short one, with a nice rear that stuck out just enough and breasts that peeked out of shirts slightly, enticingly, not like the girls he fooled around with who showed off the whole enchilada.

“We’re here.” She smiled, nervously biting her bottom lip. See? Even she doesn’t understand why you’re here. Get out.

“Yeah, well, see ya.” He turned to go and she gave a little wave, hopping up the steps to the choir portable.

“Bye.”

Something in him didn’t want to see her go in that door. If she went in that door, he’d never have the guts later to—

“Vic?”

She turned, her blonde hair swinging around and her green eyes sparkling with friendly cheer.

“Yeah?”

“Uh, lunch. Wanna eat by the park?”

“Um…” she considered, obviously wondering why he was asking her to the park alone, without Greg, or their regular lunch crew.

“I need to talk, but if you’ve got plans…” he said.

“No, it’s alright. I could come. Meet you by the lockers?”

“Yeah.” He turned and walked away before she changed her mind and before he messed it up.

Once around the corner from her class, he paused, leaning against the wall, taking a deep breath. What the Hell was he thinking? He hated feeling like someone held his heart in their hands. It wasn’t safe to trust. It wasn’t safe to care. Everyone he’d ever cared about had left him. His anger grew and he turned, slamming his fist into a locker. It made a loud bang in the quiet quad.

“Hey! Who’s over there? What are you doing?” a teacher called.

Raul turned heel and ran. It was foggy, so there was no way he’d been seen. He’d be gone before he could be ID’d. He swung around the end of the school, off school grounds and across the street.

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Read more in Meant to Be…INSPIRED.

August 8, 2020

Facebook Party with Emmy Z.! TODAY!

Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED
cordially invite you to attend a special musical and romantic event.
Please, join us TODAY!! at 2:00 PM PDT for fun, romance, and prizes.

WHO: Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED.

WHAT & WHERE: Meant to Be…Inspired Facebook Party
WHEN: August 8th 2:00 PM–3:00 PM

Prepare to be…INSPIRED!

 

 

August 6, 2020

Facebook Party with Emmy Z.!

Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED
cordially invite you to attend a special musical and romantic event.
Please, join us August 8th at 2:00 PM PDT for fun, romance, and prizes.

WHO: Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED.

WHAT & WHERE: Meant to Be…Inspired Facebook Party
WHEN: August 8th 2:00 PM–3:00 PM

Prepare to be…INSPIRED!

 

 

February 18, 2020

Sweet Dreams FREE on Amazon Kindle

In honor of the new cover for Sweet Dreams,
I am giving it away free for a limited time!

Sweet Dreams FREE on Amazon Kindle
February 18th – February 22nd!

If you’ve already read it, download a copy on Kindle in support!
Tell your friends!
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February 18th – February 22nd!

 

February 7, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day Sweet Dreamers!

Valentine’s Day is coming soon, Sweet Dreamers! In celebration of the special event, I have a Sweet Dreams Fun Quiz for you. Answer the questions below and keep track of how many you get in each category (A, B, C, etc…). When you’re done, check the chart below to see which Sweet Dreams character you are most like.

  1. On Valentine’s Day, you’d like to…
    1. Take your love on an all-expense paid weekend trip to Napa wine country.
    2. Spend the time with your loved one, no matter where that might be.
    3. Hanging out with friends would be cool, but you aren’t expecting much.
    4. Take your love to a nice romantic dinner and then night on the town.
    5. Rock out at the nearest anti-Valentine’s Day night club.
    6. Valentine’s Day sucks. Leave me alone.
  2. When picking out a Valentine’s Day gift for your love, you…
    1. Buy the most beautiful piece of jewelry you can find, with your love in mind. Price is no object.
    2. Homemade cards and lots of kisses are better than things you can’t afford.
    3. Don’t really do gifts. You might buy them a drink if they’re lucky.
    4. Whatever they want, they can choose.
    5. Write them a song.
    6. Valentine’s Day sucks. Leave me alone.
  3. Who is your perfect Valentine?
    1. A beautiful person with amazing talents.
    2. The love of my dreams
    3. My favorite singer.
    4. Someone who likes me for me.
    5. Someone who likes to have fun.
    6. Someone who leaves me alone.
  4. What would you like to get from your Sweetheart?
    1. A night together alone.
    2. Just being with them would be enough.
    3. Surprise me.
    4. Makeout session.
    5. Guitar Center gift certificate.
    6. Cash.
  5. I want a stuffed…
    1. Not quite sure I need anything stuffed, thank you.
    2. Giant bear.
    3. Bell pepper. Those are good.
    4. Huh?
    5. Guitar.
    6. Wallet
  6. Your Valentine’s Day song.
    1. “Give me a Kiss to Build a Dream On” ~ Louis Armstrong
    2. “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” ~Ella Fitzgerald
    3. “Will You Love me Tomorrow?” ~Carole King
    4. “I’ll Make Love to You” ~ Boys II Men
    5. “Punk Rock Girl” ~ The Dead Milkmen
    6. “Anything, Anything” ~ Dramarama
  7. The most romantic location to have that special kiss.
    1. In bed.
    2. Under the stars.
    3. A location on the body I can’t talk about.
    4. Somewhere the press won’t hound us.
    5. Backstage
    6. Any place where we can take it further.
  8. The perfect date ends with….
    1. Breakfast the next morning.
    2. Cuddling.
    3. Nice kiss to tie me over.
    4. Promise to meet again.
    5. Why does it have to end? Come back to my place.
    6. Leaving alone.
  9. Your love life would make a perfect…
    1. Instruction manual.
    2. Romance novel.
    3. Disaster flick.
    4. Headline.
    5. Thriller.
    6. Horror film.
  10. If you couldn’t spend Valentine’s Day with your love, you would…
    1. Make it up later in a big way.
    2. Cry, eat ice cream, and talk on the phone.
    3. Just like any other lonely Saturday night.
    4. Send flowers.
    5. Write a rock ballad.
    6. Get drunk.

Mostly A

ROBERT MALLOY

Not only do you strive for true love, you have the high class tastes and panache to pull off even the most luxuriant love affair. Like Rob, you take charge and plan everything. You think that perfection is not an unattainable goal. Be careful of those you love. Of course you want to protect and spoil them, but sometimes they may want to plan a weekend. Let them and you’ll have more fun than you can imagine.

Mostly B

VICTORIA KNOX

You’re the type of romantic person who may not always have the cash to be extravagant, but always make it special. Like Victoria, you don’t mind where you are as long as you are there with someone you love. You dream of true love and will most likely have it, as long as you don’t let your own self doubt ruin it.

Mostly C

CYNTHIA PORTER

You can see the beauty in being in love, even if you can’t always enjoy it yourself. Like Cynthia, you tend to stand back and wait for the rose to bloom rather than rush in before the bud has had time to blossom. However, if inspired by the right person, you have a tendency to get too hot too quick and cut yourself on the thorns.

Mostly D

DEREK MONTGOMERY

Injured by love, you strive to make you way back to the person who believed in that one true love. So, he/she wasn’t the one? Like Derek, you need to learn to accept that person wasn’t right for you and move on to someone who is. Your new love, who helps heal your broken heart, might need some healing too.

Mostly E

GREG STANG

Alright, so you’re not much on follow through, so what. You’ve got a great attitude and you’re fun to be around. You played, and that’s all that matters. Love to you is fun and should stay that way. Like Greg, you don’t let yourself be bogged down by rules and guidelines. Let the love in your life be expressed through music, art, or literature and you will be just as happy.

Mostly F

RAUL LaMOND

You’ve been crushed by love, and really, you don’t have time or energy to spend on some dumb game. Like Raul, you’ll stand on the sidelines and watch your friends enjoy life as you nurse your still bleeding heart. As long as they know you’re there for them in tough times, you can nurse your crush. But be careful. Sometimes your lackadaisical attitude can make people think you don’t care about them and you may end up with no one at all.

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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October 10, 2019

NEW Audio and Fiction from Emmy Z. Madrigal! Ink Dreams

Ink Dreams by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Teen life sure sucks when you’re half-octopus.

Living on land with her mortal mother seems safe for octo-gal Tealy McKracken until she comes of age and inks herself in front of the town’s mean girl. It doesn’t help that her childhood crush is dating the annoying fashionista werewolf. Disturbing dreams of singing sea creatures aren’t helping.

Can Tealy possibly control her inking, stay away from an evil vampire witch, and win the heart of the vampire prince? Find out in this tentacled love story.

Available on Kindle and Audible.

 

October 8, 2019

Summer of Hush by R.L. Merrill

Summer of Hush by R.L. Merrill

A rocker with a crush

An intern with a secret

A meet-cute

A band attempting to make a comeback after a tragedy occurred

A group of metalcore musicians who are all awkward and adorable and a supporting cast of bands and crew who will make you laugh, swoon, and maybe even tear up a time or two.

Hush is back… and it’s about to get loud.

After two years grieving the death of his best friend, Silas Franklin is back on the road with his metalcore band, Hush. With a new member, a brilliant new album, and a headlining spot on the last cross-country Warped Tour, life couldn’t be better—unless Silas could meet the intriguing music blogger known only as the Guru. Silas has followed his blog for years and feels the Guru might be the only person who “gets” him.

For years Krishnan Guruvayoor has reported on the metal scene as an anonymous blogger, and he’s just landed an internship on the Warped Tour as well as a potential position with a well-respected music magazine. His best friend arranges for him to meet singer Silas Franklin—but only as Krish the Intern. Their chemistry is instant, and Krish is thrilled to get to know the man behind the music.

The rock star and blogger quickly go from meet-cute to cuddle session, but secrets, overprotective bandmates, meddling media, and a terrible accident all conspire against them. Can their romance survive the Summer of Hush?

July 15, 2019

Great YA Romantic Fantasy Movie: Every Day

Every Day is a unique romantic fantasy movie about a girl who falls for a being that inhabits a different body every day. You can watch it streaming on Hulu now.

Rhiannon is a timid girl who’s jock bf pretty much just uses her for a placeholder so he has a girlfriend to stay sober at parties and drive his drunk butt home. But one day, when she asks him to go on a day trip with her, he accepts. They have an awesome time together–the best day of her life–until she goes to school the next day and he doesn’t remember anything about it.

Soon, Rhiannon starts meeting all these strange kids her age. They each know more about her than they should and start talking about switching bodies. Thinking it’s an elaborate scheme by her friends to tease her, she ignores them at first. But as more and more details add up, she realizes maybe there is truth to the tale.

I absolutely loved this film. It’s strange and wonderful and an adventure that I didn’t know how would end.

It brings up some scary questions. Do we love someone because of the body they come in or because of their soul? What would you do if the love of your life woke up as someone else each morning? Would you still love them in another body? How far would you go to find them when they leaped? And what if that new person has a girlfriend, a medical condition, or a plane ride to deal with? How would you protect your love and yourself?

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December 23, 2018

Emmy Z. End of Year Update!

Some good news for Sweet Dreams readers.
1.) Undecided and One More Try coming to print.
2.) A new romance podcast coming.
3.) A new spin-off series called First Love.
4.) Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe audiobook coming!
Read more at the FULL UPDATE.