Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Forever Quail Crossings is LIVE

Give Me Love will return Friday, today we celebrate Jennifer McMurrain's new release: Forever Quail Crossings!!

It's LIVE! That's right, Forever Quail Crossings is out a week early!!!!!!

I just couldn't wait any longer!! Available now on AmazonKindle, and Smashwords. Coming soon to Nook!

Cover Art by Sister Sparrow Graphic Designs

Quail Crossings, settled in the sweeping plains of the Texas panhandle, has always been Alice Brewer’s forever place. Having spent her first full year away at college, she has gained a new appreciation for her peaceful home and new friend, Walter. Walter jumps at the chance to work at Quail Crossings when the opportunity presents itself. Not only does Walter want to learn his chosen trade of agriculture, but he also wants to be closer to Alice who has resisted his romantic advances.


The peaceful summer Alice has envisioned with her family and friend quickly dissolves as a stranger arrives proclaiming Quail Crossings as his own. Between the stranger and a natural disaster, the only home Alice has ever known could be destroyed forever.



Alice and the whole clan must put their lives in danger to save the very thing that has brought them together … Quail Crossings ... or say goodbye to it forever.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Give Me Love ~ Part 20

Emma gave him a smirk. “Well, Charlie Spencer if I didn’t know better, I’d say you have a crush on Amorette.” Her smile widened. “Or is it more than that? Could it be love at first sight?”
Charlie pulled her deeper into the storage room until they were against the back wall behind a number of shelves holding various bottles of liquor. He pulled the arrow out from under his arm and unwrapped the burlap in order to show Emma.
“This is what she had on her the night we were called to take her in,” said Charlie, “and I’m pretty sure this is what the guy at the park was asking about.”
Emma’s brows furrowed as she looked at the arrow. “It looks like some kind of cheap artwork you’d buy at the local hobby store. Why would anyone be fussing over this?”
“I don’t know,” said Charlie, “at first I thought maybe it was made of real gold, but it’s light as a feather.”
“I guess it could be stolen artwork,” said Emma. “I have no idea what the big thing is in the art world, but I would think it would be this … of course, I don’t understand what people see in a Jackson Pollack art piece either and people pay millions of dollars for one of his paintings.”
“Exactly,” said Charlie, “I need to hide it until I hear back from Louie.”
“Here.” Emma knelt down and started to move around some boxes. “I keep things I don’t want found behind these boxes of Zima.”
“Zima?” Charlie couldn’t help but laugh. “Do people still drink that stuff? I didn’t know they still made it.”
“Of course not,” stated Emma, “it was discontinued in 2008, so no one will touch the stuff or think to look anywhere near it. They won’t have a reason too, until they’re looking to relive the 90’s.”
Charlie rewrapped the arrow in the burlap and stashed it behind the dusty boxes of Zima. “We better get back out there. Amorette has been alone too long as it is.”
Emma shook her head as she started back toward the open bar. “Charlie, you better watch yourself or you’re gonna find you’re head over heels in love with her.”
They entered the bar before Charlie could retort his sister’s statement. He scanned the area for Amorette and found her having a heated discussion with a beautiful brunette. Charlie’s heart raced as he wondered what the conversation was about. Could it be about the arrow or had some guy hit on Amorette when he was already here with a date?
“Listen, I’m really sorry, but I don’t know what you’re talking about,” said Amorette. “I was recently …”
“Think,” hissed the brunette as she interrupted Amorette.
“Is everything okay here?” asked Charlie, wedging himself between Amorette and the brunette, even though there was a bar already between them.
The brunette flashed a smile. “Everything is fine. My, aren’t you a handsome devil? Are you the manager?”
Charlie shook his head. “No. Do you know Amorette?”
The brunette flashed her eyes to Amorette and then back to Charlie. “Amorette, such a unique name.” She looked at Amorette. “I guess I was mistaken.”
She held her hand out to Charlie. “I’m Priya.”
Charlie shook Priya’s hand. “Charlie.”
“Well, Charlie, seems you have nothing to worry about. Apparently, it’s just a case of mistaken identity. I thought I knew her …” Priya’s smile faded. “… but I guess I didn’t know her at all.”
Priya turned and hurried out of the bar.
Charlie turned to Amorette. “Are you okay? What was that about?”
Amorette shook her head. “I really don’t know. She just kept asking me what I had done. I didn’t know what she was talking about. I thought I had made her a bad drink.”

The arrow flashed in Charlie’s mind. He let go of Amorette and hustled out of the bar. He barreled through the front door and scanned the street looking for Priya, his gut telling him Priya could unlock the mystery of where Amorette belonged.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Give Me Love ~ Part 19

Eros came out carrying the arrow, loosely covered in burlap. “Here it is, just as the lady left it.”
“Thank you,” said Charlie. “Hey, you don’t happen to know anything about this arrow? Like where it came from? It might be the key to helping Amorette find out who she really is.”
Eros shook his head. “I’m afraid I can’t say.” He lifted the arrow toward Charlie. “What I can say is, that what doesn’t cut can still have vast consequences.”
“I will take that into consideration,” Charlie said as he took the arrow from Eros, even though he was puzzled by the statement. It was nice to meet you Eros. Thank you for taking care of the arrow.”
“Thank you for taking care of the girl,” said Eros. “She’s a special one.”
Before Charlie could say another word, Eros turned and started back to his bed. Charlie let himself out and shook his head at the conversation. Between Armorette’s situation and the conversation with Eros, his day was beyond weird.
He pulled out his phone, feeling his overnight shift starting to catch up with him, and texted his sister: GOING HOME TO CATCH SOME SLEEP. BE BACK SOON. TEXT ME IF YOU NEED ME.

*****

After getting some good sleep, Charlie entered The Whistle and wasn’t surprised to see it packed. It was a Thursday night and Emma offered half-off beers on tap to any police officer, firefighter, EMT, or service men and women. What did surprise him was to find Amorette working behind the bar.
She wore a black tank top and jean shorts that showed her super model like figure. A crowd of young police officers crowded around her spot at the bar, telling jokes and trying to win her attention.
Charlie tucked the arrow under his arm, hurried through the crowd and around the bar. He gently grabbed Emma by the arm and pulled her to the back storage room.
“What is she doing out there?” he demanded. “That is not laying low!”
“My other bartender called in sick tonight and Amorette offered to help, because I’m helping her,” explained Emma. “I took her up on it. Seemed like a fair trade to me.”
“And what if someone looking for that arrow comes in here and sees her?” countered Charlie. “If the wrong people figure out where she’s at, then neither one of you is safe.”
“You’re overreacting.” Emma folded her arms. “The bar is full of cops, firefighters and EMTs. Do you really think some thug is going to come here on the off chance he might find Amorette here? Anyone looking to lay low with law enforcement is not going to come snooping around here. Besides, she’s really good at this bartending thing and it’s the first time I’ve seen her relax since she got here this morning. She enjoys helping others, even if it’s slinging beers, so chill.”
“Then word gets out about the hot blonde working at The Whistle,” said Charlie, “and more and more people come and in and the word starts to spread. Like I said, it’s not laying low. I need time to figure this out and I’m afraid Amorette is going to get hurt. She has no memories of her past and that’s easy to take advantage of.”

Emma gave him a smirk. “Well, Charlie Spencer if I didn’t know better, I’d say you have a crush on Amorette.” Her smile widened. “Or is it more than that? Could it be love at first sight?”

Friday, September 8, 2017

Give Me Love ~ Part 18

Emma rolled her eyes. “The woman is sleeping in my apartment, I had better be okay with being alone with her. Go, we’re fine.”
Charlie gave her a final wave before walking out the door. He headed back to the fire station, where he had left his car. He’d need it if he was going to go back downtown to the warehouse where he had first met Amorette and if luck was on his side, the arrow would still be there.


Chapter 9


In the light of day the warehouse where Amorette was found didn’t look as menacing as it did that night. It looked like a place that had been dealt a bad economic hand, but still worked hard to hold its head up.
Charlie knew that the front door wasn’t locked. The homeless man who had found Amorette had told him that when he and his EMT partner Greg arrived on the scene. Charlie wondered if he should knock, after all the homeless man considered the building his home.
He pulled the door open and said, “Hello?”
He stepped on in and waited to see if anyone answered back. His heart raced as he hoped the homeless man would be as nice as he had before and that he still had the arrow.
“Hello,” said the homeless man as he walked through the big warehouse from the office, where Charlie knew he slept, “You’re that EMT fella aren’t you?”
“I am,” said Charlie with a smile. He reached out his hand. “I’m Charlie Spencer.”
The homeless man shook it. “People call me Eros.”
“Eros?” Charlie titled his head.
Eros smiled. “Roman mythology, I never really cared for my given name, Ernie. So when I started my life, I changed my name. I’d rather be a god of love, then Ernie.” He pronounced his given name with such disdained, Charlie could help but smile.
“Understandable,” said Charlie.
“How’s the girl?” asked Eros.
“She’s good,” said Charlie, “except for she can’t remember anything from before she fell asleep on your bed. Had you met her before?”
Eros shook his head. “I meet a lot of people, it’s hard to say, but that is the first time I met her here.”
“Okay,” Charlie said slowly.
“Is she being taken care of?” asked Eros. “I mean, did she have some place to go? Some family to take care of her?”
Charlie shook his head. “No family, but I found her a safe place.”
“I knew you would,” said Eros.
“Excuse me?” Charlie narrowed his eyes.
Eros waved him off. “It’s just that I could tell you would make sure she was well taken care of. That is your job as an EMT, correct?”
Charlie relaxed a little. “Yeah, I mean, kind of.”
“Does she want her arrow?” asked Eros. “I’ve kept it safe for her.”
Charlie let out a sigh of relief. “Actually, that’s why I’m here.”
“Why didn’t she come get it herself?” asked Eros. “Seems the kind of thing, she wouldn’t want to lose track of.”
“She’s resting,” answered Charlie. “She’s so overwhelmed, you know with the memory loss, that I thought I’d do her a favor and come and get it.”
“That’s really nice of you,” said Eros. “I’ll be right back.”
Charlie rubbed his hands over his face. He hated that he had semi-lied to Eros. The man was being beyond nice and deserved the truth. If Charlie was being completely honest, he’d admit that he didn’t really know what the truth was.
Eros came out carrying the arrow, loosely covered in burlap. “Here it is, just as the lady left it.”
“Thank you,” said Charlie. “Hey, you don’t happen to know anything about this arrow? Like where it came from? It might be the key to helping Amorette find out who she really is.”

Eros shook his head. “I’m afraid I can’t say.” He lifted the arrow toward Charlie. “What I can say is, what doesn’t cut can still have vast consequences.”

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Give Me Love ~ Part 17

“Charlie,” Emma said softly, “you need to go to the police…” She paused for a moment, swallowed hard and then continued. “And you need to realize that Amorette might be lying to you.”
“You don’t really believe that do you?” asked Charlie, unable to keep the disgust out of his voice. He knew his sister was just trying to protect him, but he didn’t need protecting from Amorette and he definitely didn’t need is sister putting doubts in his head.
“I don’t want to, but you have to admit this is very strange,” answered Emma. She bit her lip. “Charlie, do you have feelings for Amorette.”
“No,” he answered quickly and then realized he answered too quickly as one of Emma’s eyebrows rose. “I mean … I don’t know. I feel a connection to her, even though we’ve just met. I feel I have to protect her and I just feel better when she’s around.”
Emma shook her head.
“Maybe that was cupid’s arrow she had in her hand,” she said sarcastically. “Charlie, no matter your feelings, be smart about this situation.”
Charlie nodded. “I will. In fact ..” he checked his watch, “… I bet Louie is at the station, I’ll give him a call.”
“That’s your detective friend, right?” asked Emma. “He hasn’t been in here for a while, tell him to drop by.”
“I will,” said Charlie as he pulled out his phone. Emma took this as her cue and left the booth and walked over to the bar.
“Detective Sanchez,” came Louie’s gruff voice on the other end of the phone.
“Hey Louie, it’s Charlie,.”
“Well I’ll be a monkey’s butt, Charlie Spencer! How the heck are you?”
“I’m good,” said Charlie with a chuckle. “How are you?”
“Aw, same ol’, same ol’,” answered Louie. “Wife’s decided to renovate the entire house herself, which basically means standing over me while I do the work, on my precious days off, telling me how I’m doing it wrong.”
Charlie couldn’t help but chuckle again. “Sounds like fun. Hey, Louie, I wish this was a social call, but I need your help.”
Louie cleared his throat. “What’s going on?”
Charlie rubbed his free hand through his hair. “This might sound a little strange, but have any arrows been reported missing? Not like a real arrow, but like an art piece.”
“Let me look,” said Louie and Charlie could hear him typing away on his computer. “The computer’s showing nothing like that has been reporting as missing, but I’ll ask around. Do you have the arrow in question?”
“No.”
“So why are you asking about it? Are you in trouble?”
“A friend of mine had one, but lost it. Then some guy approached her in the park asking about it and I just didn’t like the look on his face. It’s probably nothing,” answered Charlie.
“If this job’s taught me anything, it’s definitely two things: people get weird about weird things and if your gut says it’s something, it’s something,” said Louie. “Let me ask around and I’ll get back with you.”
“Great, I’d really appreciate it,” said Charlie, “oh, and Emma says you need to come by The Whistle. She’s missed seeing you.”
“Tell her I’ll be there next Saturday, hiding from wife and the boxes of tile she bought for the kitchen.” Louie chortled. “Nice talkin’ to you, Charlie, I’ll be in touch.”
“Thanks again,” said Charlie as he hung up. He wished Louie had more information, but knew if anyone could find out what the arrow was about, it would be Louie. He was one of the best cops in the city.
“Hey Emma,” said Charlie, “I’m going to go run an errand. You okay being here alone with Amorette?”
Emma rolled her eyes. “The woman is sleeping in my apartment, I had better be okay with being alone with her. Go, we’re fine.”

Charlie gave her a final wave before walking out the door. He headed back to the fire station, where he had left his car. He’d need it if he was going to go back downtown to the warehouse where he had first met Amorette and if luck was on his side, the arrow would still be there.

Monday, September 4, 2017

********** September Birthstone***********

It is September! If you were born this month you are a Sexy Sapphire or a Lovely Lapis Lazuli

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Sapphire  "The Stone Of Inner Spirit"

"As a star of the skies brought to Earth, I blend with you to initiate the awakening of your intuitive senses.

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Lapis Lazuli   " The Stone Of  Proclamation "

With my beautiful cosmic blue color, I contact your spirit guardians to protect you.  It is also my duty to instill upon you the power of words.  Use them to teach and heal those who have not found their voice.


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