Leaving Retail for Good!

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So I am happy at this point since this Saturday is my last day in retail, and then Monday I start a new job non-retail related. After 8 years in retail it was time to move on. After 5 books including Mina’s Tales I am fully done with the subject. However, it means I can use this blog to talk about other subjects like book reading, tv shows, and movies. I will now get a regular schedule with weekends off, and I will finally be able to publish more since I will have the money for it. I failed Nanowrimo due to depression, and that is a subject I have been dealing with a lot since a lot of my time has been spend watching countless YouTube videos. I did start on a few new projects, and one of them is about a girl who is out of a shitty relationship and ends up coming in contact with a crazy fan. It will be interesting to write that, and the next Scarlet book feels like a reverse harem thing only with two guys so I will see how that goes!

Once I have more information for the next books I will let you know!

Jessica

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Booklist for my Books

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Tales From Behind the Counter: Angeline has been working at Kyle’s General Store for five years. She has seen it all: crazy, stupid and even mean customers torment her on a daily basis. She has worked in over five different departments with stories for each. There is a chapter where she gives advice on how to survive retail, and shares pet peeves for the departments she has worked in. Join her down memory lane as she tells her stories about crazy customers and the stupid questions they ask. Also, if you think the customer is always right then you’ve never worked at a place like Kyle’s before.  http://amzn.to/2t5ZjsC

The Darkside of Human Nature: Dark emotions like anger, hate, being betrayed and bored with life are some of the many themes in this ebook. A book that was a released to help people deal with the dark side of human nature because without it there will not be balance. Or light.  https://amzn.to/2t6F7rC

Dark Tales of Vengeance:Revenge comes in many forms, and in many ways. These are short stories about getting even with bullies, exes who have come back from the grave, and even getting even with evil bosses and coworkers. It even has the original version of The Killer Contract Agency, and Boyfriend Missing; Ex is a Zombie. There is a few short stories featuring Scarlet Summers who is the main character in Being a Vampire in Retail Sucks!, and she is a character that loves getting even with bullying men, and one that features Ella who is an assassin that focuses on getting rid of evil bosses and coworkers. https://amzn.to/2sXJypf

Being a Vampire in Retail Sucks:Scarlet Summers has been through hell since her last mission left her in the hands of an evil necromancer. She got out thanks to the Moon Wolf pack, but not without a price. When three of the werewolves in the pack go missing it is up to her to solve the case. In order to do this she has to go undercover at a supernatural retail store called Fiona’s Corner and Café to find the missing girls. https://amzn.to/2m8EpKn

The Killer Contract Agency: Novella: Salina Sinclair hunts Malians, an alien species that preys on weak teenagers, making them crazy enough to kill themselves. But after being nearly burned alive by one, Salina is contacted by The Killer Contract Agency. Wielding the powers of The Bracelet and with her mentor, Carter, by her side, she exacts her revenge by taking out the Malians responsible for her near death.

But something big is happening with the Agency and operatives are dying. Will she find out what it is before it’s too late, or will the Agency be destroyed? https://amzn.to/2mv2eMZ

Angeline AngelWitch book 1: Angeline is just a Kyle’s General Store worker. When she goes to her local witches shop she gets a surprise – a guy with wings. Not just any guy, but the one in her dreams. … something greater than just your average retail worker.  https://amzn.to/2kYShqm

Ember AngelWitch book 2: Ember is an ordinary witch until she discovers her full potential. Will she be able to hold onto the love that walks into her life or will the evil Poison Apple Coven take her AngelWitchy coven down? https://amzn.to/2pnr96t

Mia AngelWitch book 3:Mia is just a normal department store employee until her apartment is broken into. The dark angels found her and she is hiding from the werewolves who framed her. Will she become an AngelWitch and step it up with her mate, or will she fail at it? https://amzn.to/2nOn4rh

Books I am Working on!

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So Mia and Ember are out leaving me free to work on other projects. One of them is book 4 Raven in the AngelWitch series. I have decided it will be about Raven trying dating apps after getting out of a rough spot. It turns out she meets someone who ends up pretending to be someone he isn’t and she tries to find the real person. Around that same time her Angelmate is looking for her, and he is a bad guy. It turns out he couldn’t believe he finally found his soulmate even though he wanted to get rid of her. I hope it works out on paper like in my head, but I will have to see. And there is the book 1 of the Scarlet series as well I might have to redo parts since I want it to be academy style since it’s better suited to that. I also have plans on making another book about department store stories, and maybe another poem book. There is also a secret project I’ll be creating with a friend, and stuff is in the works. I’ll let you know the updates on it. Also, preptober is upon us which is preparing for National Novel Writing month next month. I’m still debating on attempting it. I’ll let you know my progress!
Until next time,
Jessica!

Mia is out!

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Mia is now live on the Amazon store!

Mia is just a normal department store employee until her apartment is broken into. The dark angels found her and she is hiding from the werewolves who framed her. Will she become an AngelWitch and step it up with her mate, or will she fail? 

Here is the link:

Ember is live!

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Ebook is live!

https://amzn.to/2pnr96t

Excerpt:

Chapter 1:

I hadn’t been happy in a while, and all I could do was sit there, thinking of my next move in the bathroom while I broke down. My life had amounted to nothing. My recent relationship came to an end. Before it was said and done, he tore my heart out and left me to pick up the pieces. He managed to convince me that we just needed time apart; next thing I knew, his stuff was gone, and I was alone once again. Tonight, my ex had the balls to walk into the bar, and he wasn’t alone either; he brought in here his newest fling. I snapped back to reality and began my pre-work ritual; I donned my Rockie’s Blood uniform, name tag and all. I wanted to just run away, somewhere nobody knew my name. It still weighed on my mind that I could be so easily replaced. My old coven threw me out since the dark witches took over and killed my mom for my book. My life had been thrown into shit, which is why I’m hiding and taking this job in the first place. Let’s just say that my life was never dull. In fact, it’d been pretty stop and go without a break for me to unwind and relax from.

 

I’d been there for maybe close to a year, and despite the fact I majored in conjuration and potions, I still struggled to keep a roof over my head. Rockie’s Blood was a Tavern for all kinds of creatures. Some of the regular vamps there preferred fine china to random necks. I assumed they kept the biting thing for their lovers instead of their prey. Werewolves could order raw meat to satiate their four-legged friends appetite, and there was even a menu for witches to order food–actual burgers, fries, steak, you name it and we got it. Rockie’s was also a popular place for high level baddies like vampires,  werewolves, and even some witch covens. Working there could be a drag at times, especially when table 75 ordered blood and complained it wasn’t as hot as it could be.

I adjusted my shirt, making my boobs pop for extra tips. I needed the extra money, after all. I took a deep breath in the bathroom. I redid my makeup since it ran down my face because my dumbass forgot waterproof makeup. All I wanted to do was drink alcohol till I passed out and eat awful tv dinners, while crying to cheesy romance movies. I didn’t want to go back and see it, or him. I put on a brave face anyway, since I was a kick ass witch. I was also done with letting someone win. Not to mention he knew I worked there, so he deliberately came just to shove his flings in my face. Like I cared about anything but hiding. He was a loser, nothing more, and I had more important things to be concerned with like staying hidden to care right now. I wish I didn’t, but it still twinged when I looked back on what we had. 

My ex, Derrick, was sexy for sure–soulful blue eyes, dark blonde hair, and tattoos. Like, my god, everything I thought I ever wanted in someone. We got along for the most part, and he was a vampire which meant he could take my blood and power, which was addicting. Very addicting when mixed with love and sex. I was on a high while I was with him, and there was nothing that could stop it. He was a vampire warrior, and I loved the uniform. Now he was kissing and smiling, and hugging someone else, someone ugly though. A vampire groupie, judging by the marks on her slender neck.

The tears came faster, threatening to fall all over. So much for redoing my makeup. It was hard seeing him smile at someone else and holding them like they would break at any moment. My facade tore to shreds again. Me, with my bad habit of letting everything get to me like I usually do.  Luckily, he wasn’t in my area to watch, and I didn’t have to ask him if he needed a thing of hay for his pig or his new chew toy. Not even the most powerful spells could help with this heartbreak. I didn’t feel like cursing her and ruining my rep. Not even poisoning her drink would make me happy. I was a good witch. Hell, if I was that bad, I might as well show up to the witch’s doorstep. 

I fought through the agony threatening to consume me. It was the worst, and my eyes turned red from all the crying. Not sleeping didn’t help. I also felt sick. Like, it was awful. Someone kill me, please. Witches hurt me? Anything?  No? Can someone save me from this torment?

I did the grown-up thing and pushed it all down, far away to the back of my mind. I thought about the good memories of me serving blood to a few nice vamps. Helping creatures in the cold, anything to get my mind to not hurt in the first place. I couldn’t afford to have another breakdown at work. The last thing I wanted was to explain why I was crying over table threes blood when it had nothing to do with work.  And these customers never bothered me anyway. I ignored their attitudes for the most part.

I just had to get through this shift and I was free to drink oodles of wine and pass out while binge watching sappy romance movies with tv dinners up the ass. No cooking for me. I couldn’t cook. The microwave was my best friend.

I walked out of the women’s restroom to get back to my job and save my sanity by throwing myself into work.

The restaurant was pretty nice, with black walls and a red ceiling with pictures of creatures on it. It was created to be a fun place to hang out and spend time with friends and family. There were even strategically placed televisions with various sports. The vinyl booths were nicer than the usual ones, and you could tell the owner spent more on them than the average restaurant.  I was determined to finish this shift today since it was all I had going for me, and all I had left was this job. After all, my life had been hell warmed over. And crispy with extra hot, spicy sauce. It was busy enough to help me keep my mind off of stuff. I just couldn’t look over at him.

 

There was a war going on between the Poison Apple Coven, who were bad witches. The Fire Dragons, who were my people, the good guys, got dragons to call. My mom was caught in the crossfire and killed by the leader of them–Ivy, one of the baddest witches out there. I still remembered how my mom’s green eyes always smiled up at me like we both shared a big secret, and she wore it while she cooked dinner in the witch apron I got her. Her long, red hair was tied back. She loved making stuff with me, and we would have fun, especially with the asshole that tried to use me. She was a witch who conjured up revenge spells. She loved getting even with the people who truly deserved it. She was a good witch who used her magic only when she was truly wronged. She had an amazing gift and was taken out too early. I wanted to cry again, but I didn’t want to do it at work. That was the last thing I needed. We sent a curse to his house and set it on fire, making it look like an accident. Best day ever doing revenge spells with my mom. 

The fire element was our best friend. It could burn down an entire village and stop even the most stubborn water spell. She was gone. No more Mom to tell me how men sometimes sucked and that I deserved better than someone who wouldn’t make time for me. That I would find the man of my dreams. He was coming for me and the reason why it didn’t work with anyone else. How soon I’d be cuddling up to the love of my life, and how the warmth of our bodies would feel good as we watched a favorite movie for the tenth time. Cuddling was the best feeling, and being held made my day. I was way less stressed and happier. Now I was just depressed and a wreck, relying on alcohol to take my feelings away.

It was hard facing loss like losing my mother and a break up on top, like everything had to happen at once. There were some days when I was fine, and days where I just gave in and sobbed. I picked up my pen and paper out of my apron and walked up to greet the guy sitting at the bar with his head down. I felt that way too, buddy. It’s been a long one for me. I feel your pain. People come here to talk with friends, meet up with dates, and even drink their time away–one cold glass at a time. 

I went up to him and said, “Is there anything else I can get for you, sir?” In a friendly, cheery tone. It looked like he was already drinking based off the empty glasses on the table already there. I wondered where his server was, and if it was who I thought it was, I’d take over from there. This was my specialty. I loved dealing with drunks. 

He looked at me with his soulful, chocolate eyes. Suddenly, I couldn’t breathe, he was that attractive, and his hair was spiked too, like he had just gotten out of bed. He actually existed. Holy shit! The guy in my dreams. Fuck me. He is real, and I just can’t believe he is here in the flesh. All thoughts were thrown out the window, thanks to this stranger in front of me. There was a strong chemistry feeling there. I wanted to trip over my words and even bow to his feet. He was a sexy, mysterious guy. A bad boy edge about him. He had a chain on his pants and tattoos. Holy fuck, I’m going to just worship the ground he walked on. Definitely an upgrade and not a downgrade. My mind was blown; there were no words to describe how it felt, and I wanted him to kiss me. To get lost in his touch. In his smell, his scent. Him. To forget the world and just be in our own little one with everything else thrown out. Gone. Lost. Mine, because I can felt like he was. There was a reason why it never worked out with anyone else. He was the reason maybe it was meant to fail.

He smiled at me with the same expression and said, “I’ll have the strongest drink you have on tap. These ain’t shit. I need a drink that will make me black out drunk, since I want to forget everything. Girls are the worst. They will take you for everything you got and leave you for someone else. Someone uglier, like I meant nothing to her, and she wanted the Elite better. Like he is so much better than me. She was all I had, or thought I did. What was I thinking?” He rubbed his eyes, and they were red. Irritated. Probably from crying. Damn. I want to hit the girl who broke this angel’s heart. I would never give him up once I have him. He is sexy. I could eat a steak on him and do body shots and still want more.

I looked over at my ex, now trying to kiss and hug his fling, and he was snuggling with that girl. Like tiny daggers in my heart, and they are gone now. Nothing is what. I no longer feel hurt. I feel nothing but pity since he is going to do the same to her that he did to me. Then again, I just saw someone better looking, and he was right in front of me, crying over a spilled relationship like me. I wanted to just comfort him and tell him she was a bitch for letting him go. She didn’t deserve someone as sexy as him.  I want to mend his broken heart and be the reason he smiles.

I smiled at him, and I know exactly what he needed, and thought maybe I should make a drink for myself to take the edge off. It can help after a long day and drinking on the job wasn’t frowned upon; plenty of people come to work drunk. It helped take the edge off and made people more bearable to serve. Less prone to hitting table three that argued their shit needed to be rawer and less well done. Just smile and listen since you are too drunk to care anyway. 

“Coming up, sir. I know exactly what you need after going through that myself. You are better off now,” I said. And I went back to make him a drink he would never forget. And to get a shot of my own so I could get through the shift without crying. He had just the right idea. Bars were notorious for getting over exes by drinking it away and picking up someone to share a bed with for the night. It was a quick fix but a slow process, which is why I was throwing myself into work.  

I made my way to the kitchen, passing by servers and creatures needing to use the bathroom. I went inside the double doors, which was busy with everyone making food so the creatures wouldn’t eat them.

The alcoholic drink area was next to the vampire blood display which had various blood types and species. The alcohol area was my favorite area where I served drinks to patrons who loved me for it. They knew my specialty too. There was even an area for ghoul food, too, with items like rotten brains alamode. Eww. Don’t get too close, the smell might just make you puke your dinner, or in my case, waste good lunch food. 

They had all kinds of alcoholic drinks at the bar and on the menu. Then there were the spelled ingredients that were used for specialty drinks. The ones I used to add special stuff to the drinks. Drinks for luck, love, money, to attract a mate, and for heartbreak. I was licensed to serve it. There were even some hexes for enemies too. I’d been paid pretty well to help out some of the rival packs in exchange for their help in the future. And even Rockie said to do it to protect his pack, to stop a war, and even to give a cheater what he deserved. Revenge. But my specialty was luck, love, healing, and attracting the good.

I poured a shot for myself with some absinthe and soother. Fuck feeling this shit. I needed a quick fix to take the edge off. And to serve the hot guy the best drink in his life, the one that will blow his mind. He deserved it since we all go through bullshit break ups to find the right one. 

I took out a nice glass, and then looked at all the various alcohols to choose the best ones. I knew the exact combo to heal him and mess him up to forget the tramp. I only wished I could pour myself one too. I grabbed the bottles and began to pour and mix: gin, vodka, absinthe, whisky, and a few herbs for healing and heartbreak like rose and honeysuckle, which would help him feel better. I knew it made me feel better. That and a hug from someone, but I didn’t want to push anything right now. Hell, a cuddle would have helped and would have comforted us both.

I mixed it all up and said, “Heart heal to love another and find the mate that you desire.” My eyes turned red, and I put my hand over the glass to spell it and give it an extra kick. A kick that would help him heal, and find the right person for him. It was me. I knew it was. Maybe we could heal each other’s heart.

I took the glass, and went back to the bar where he sat slumped over. Poor guy, but it gave me time to admire his sexy attire. He was in a black silk shirt and black leather pants. It screamed badass.  His arms were crossed as he looked ahead, so I put a napkin down and set his drink on it. He looked at it, then at me and smiled, “Thanks, I am not usually like this at all. I’m just going through a rough time right now. My day already got better by you serving me this awesome drink.” And he winked at me. Flirting. My heart jumped at it. He made my heart feel better and more healed than it used to be. I could finally stop feeling so much hurt, and the drink was working too. Healing me for another. Possibly this perfect stranger. 

The weird connection just hovered in the air, and it was a zing that made me want to jump him. I had to behave and he was drunk enough as it was. I couldn’t take advantage of that either.

I smiled right back and said, “I know the feeling since I have recently been going through a horrible time too. It’s her loss and she didn’t deserve you. My ex was like that too, and he didn’t even have the balls to tell me it to my face it was a break up.” I looked over at the table. He was gone. Good. I didn’t have to watch her get fooled like me.

Mia Cut out bits!

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Some bits are cut out to make the story flow, or ones that don’t need to be here. These are the scenes or sentences that didn’t make it to the book. 

Some creatures returning items too small, too big, some showed their nipples. Returns, getting more orders since it’s almost Christmas, and the lines are so long they wrap around the place. It’s exhausting listening to them bitch day after day about first world problems. They are sitting here bitching if their order isn’t ready on their time table, and bitching if it gets lost when it wasn’t even our fault. Don’t even ask about the fitting room since I’m even afraid to go there, afraid of what I will find. Clothes piled high, and with no one to help out and run there will be tables and chairs filled with items creatures don’t want. Sales and coupons left and right with creatures bitching about it not working, and how they don’t like shopping at Nikki’s since nothing ever works. They don’t know how to use it right. 

 She has already worked retail with creatures before. Hell, she was here when Nikkis wasn’t here, but Dave’s Creature Store was, and it closed down since the owner was bought out by another company. Thank god, she was with me till close.

Since they were a pretty blue, I could tell they were beginning to tear up some. My hair is a long, whitish blonde, and I have a good sized chest. I currently wore my uniform and it’s a nice blue shirt, blue dress pants, and blue heels. 

 

 Standing on my feet all day doesn’t help either.  I’ve been cleaning fitting rooms all day too. People have no idea how to leave a fitting room right. Clothes are on the floor, shit is inside out, and even clothes left on the peg. They should be hung up instead. Like really? It this how you keep your place? Do you really think it’s our job to clean up after your nasty ass? 

I have been yelled at coupons not working on certain items. I was tired and wanted to leave. I hoped the last 15 minutes were boring since it’s been a long day and I just want to go home. I don’t want to be picked on anymore. I’ve been standing behind a register, and cleaning up shit all day. Going home sounds better, safer and not being exposed to their shit. Or people who want to bitch over coupons and fuck up the fitting room…or leave items on fixtures that they don’t want since they had to come back just as we were about to close. 

“Yes, and those customers are the worst so far I’ve seen dragon lady several times. She made me cry the first time. She said I shouldn’t be working there if I don’t know what I was doing. And bitching over not being at my register. Then she repeated herself twice over using the return label since she didn’t have her receipt or card.” I said shuddering over it. 

Supernaturals can suck at communication when it comes to returning things. This vampire wanted an exchange on a few things and got mad she got charged money since according to her bitchy attitude it should be the same. I cancelled it and did it separate. Cause lo and behold she took out the ones she wanted to exchange them for. If the dumb bitch had gotten the items out beforehad it wouldn’t have happened…like was it really hard to give me the items you are exchanging them for. And she treated me like I was the dumbass when she didn’t use her head to give me the items beforehand. Another lady was making a big deal of her Bat money being added to her account and couldn’t understand it would be credited to it and added on top so after 3 times of redoing the damn transaction she finally let it go on the coffin return card. 

 

I get yelled at over everything, and one lady got mad because she had to go all the way back to her car in the rain to get her ID and she came back with an attitude. She tossed it at me, and jerked her items away in a huff when she left. Like really? We ID so a person won’t get your stuff no need to be rude over it, and a lady gave me the nastiest attitude and kept screaming at me when I was typing her license number in. 

 My own car was a Stryker which is a fast car. It took me to where I wanted to go in a good amount of time. It takes me less then 20 minutes to get from my house to work. It’s also less then 20 to fill the tank. And the car in front of us was amazing once I opened the door and saw it. It was all black too. Castiel pulled out the key thing and hit a button. The door opened by itself. Neat. I go to the car, and get in the passenger seat. The inside is all leather and instead of a normal wheel it has a huge ass tablet instead. Castiel gets in the driver side. And when I sit in the passenger seat it buckled me in automatically.  It’s a sweet car I liked it. 

Someone who won’t control me or tell me that I don’t need a shower since I’ve already taken one. My ex had major trust issues.

I am so ready for a change other then working in a department store. I need it since retail is killing my soul and I need out of here. At least I have a mate for life

 

I can’t believe we can finally get this settled. It’s important to me. I need him gone. It’s bad enough I lost everything. I need to get my mom out of hiding since they cast her out. So much is riding on this that I hope it works out. And maybe I’ll be able to ask her about my dad, and tell her when I meet him if I do. I

The car stopped and we all got out and the place in front of me is nice. It’s a building with the words Rockies Blood on top. There were even a neon vampire and werewolf sharing drinks. It’s all black and red and there are even people going inside. It was a fun little restaurant and Ember walked ahead of us so I followed behind her. She is the one who used to work there after all. She will know the way better than the rest of us.

Everything is solved and now I can do what I always want to do. Turn in my two weeks at Nikkis, and tell my mom the news. And I couldn’t wait. I finally get to leave the department store for good. I was excited so much it wasn’t funny. I was happy to say it was finally over. My time in customer service returns is done. I’m happy that I have finished retail for good. I typed up my two weeks and it was all a matter of time until I was done. This two weeks allowed me to get situated, and it was time for me to finish my two weeks and retail does have a drama of its own.  Short staffed, customers being assholes, and I was done with it all. My vacation went by so fast that it was time to hand in my notice and finish up strong. I never want to go back after this again. The people who look at you like shit, and insult you suck. I get to wear the name tag for two more weeks and then I’ll be done. After it’s up I will move to the island and stay there. No longer will I have to worry over working there forever. 

I don’t have work till tomorrow so I go back to my roots, and finally track down my mom. I got to her hiding spot and drive to the area, and park my car. It was finally time to make peace with her. 

I go up to the door of the small beach house she owns to escape. I knock on her door. 

“Who is it?” she asked. 

“Mia I have good news…” I yell hoping she answers…

She does and the door opened. He eyes wide, “Mia, I thought you were a goner…what happened?”

I smiled, “The leader is taken care of since Rockie stopped him, and I’m an AngelWitch because the dark angels found me…And Castiel saved me. He is my angelmate, and the one I needed in my life.” 

She smiled, “Your father Raphael wanted me to keep us a secret since not a lot of creatures like you existing. We loved each other, and still do hence why it was shocking to see you arrive. I had no idea you could exist since you are a blessing. I was afraid I wasn’t able to have children and here you come. I’ll get word out to the coven and you can have our help.”

I nod, “That is good, and you’ll have to meet Castiel sometime and have him over for dinner. He is everything I ever wanted in a relationship and mate.” 

“They are meant to be and I knew your father was mine, but we have to rule different world so we try to do what we can.” She said. 

“Yes, and I can finally finish retail for good, and I’ll see you some other time. I love you…and you can tell the other.” I said.

“I will let me know when you need our help.” She said. I gave her a hug. 

“I will…” I said. 

And I left. Finally made up with mom I prepare for my last two weeks of retail…

But I still have hell to get through and these last 10 shifts are going to drag because it’s filled with stupid idiots wanting to ask stupid questions. Let’s hope they aren’t too shitty but it’s retail so let the torment begin! 2 weeks I can do this…I hope or go off on them because I don’t give a shit anymore since I’m already out.  I no longer had to care either…Because fuck it that’s why. I can now say all I wanted to without worry, and if they tried to fire me then whatever because they can’t since I’m already out. No pushing cards I don’t care to shove down people’s throat. And no mannequin bullshit either…Bring it. 

The next day I don my uniform and put on my stupid nametag and head in. Already dreading bullshit but happy I don’t have to soon. I walk to personnel first thing. There is a lady sitting at the Nikkis desk, and I hand her the paper…He eyes widen, “Are you sure?”

“Yes, I am since I have a better job that pays more…” I tell her then I walk back to the floor. I go to my area and there is already bullshit. 

“And you should also know what it feels like to have someone control you, accuse you of cheating and break up without telling the person and having to find out from their sister like a jackass. He should have told me it was a break up from the start instead he didn’t, and tossed me like I meant nothing to him.” I said. Breakups are the worst, and it’s no wonder why I wanted to get blackout drunk. It’s hard enough as it is and to add being in customer service makes it ten times worse. 

These are the scenes that didn’t make the book since some involved a ton of stuff that has nothing to do with the story line, or it slowed it down. I cut some scenes since I didn’t want to have too many subplots either. I am also working on a department store tales book since some scenes in Mia were way too long, and I have enough material for another book!

Until I have updates for Ember.

Jessica

 

Mia Cover Reveal and Ember Updates!

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Here is the cover, and I finished the edits and turned it into the editor last night. I have had a busy morning since I edited Ember one last time. I formatted it and hit publish! It feels good, and I will post the link when it’s live on the Amazon store!

I even made videos on the publishing process.

Formatting Ember with Vellum: https://youtu.be/AougvXQk-TU

Publishing Ember to Kindle:  https://youtu.be/Ig4gbzX8Rvw

And here is a video of me editing Ember!

I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek, and I will post an excerpt and link when Ember is live!

Until next time,

Jessica Samuels

Midnight Starr’s Story

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The Beginning!
Tears fall down my face into the shower, and a sick feeling twisted in my gut. Viper was looking for a home after getting kicked out of his house for the second time this month. He told me he was going to stay with a friend, and I reply back: As long as you don’t screw her.
I was mad since I had a feeling it was someone I knew, and I talked to her.
I asked her if Viper had talked to her and she said yes. Then I continued. Not only did he say he loved her like he did me, but he also wanted to stay in her room and take her as soon as he saw her.
My stomach flipped and it was all I could do not to rip his damn head off. He can shove this relationship up his ass, and I hated him for it. I wasn’t enough. He had to be a douche and flirt with her he couldn’t wait. We are going to let him move in, but now hell no. The engagement is off cause I can’t trust him. I will not be with someone like that.
He texts me back: So you’re breaking up with me?
Yes, I was cause I don’t want to be tied to a douche bag.
More back and forth and he managed to convince me to get back together with him. I was stupid cause the next day I thought about it I could not trust him. I would be wondering where he is, and if he is really fucking girls behind my back. They can have him cause I don’t want him.
I can’t take Viper anymore anyway since his temper is terrible especially when he drinks, and he lies constantly. He flirts with other girls telling them he loves them. Lying all the time and I talked to him about what he said to her, but he doesn’t understand how wrong it was. He broke my trust and shattered my heart into a million pieces when I was recovering from the previous douchebag. I hate him with a passion, and I wish I could kill him with a spell but they have ways of tracing back to the owner. My name is Midnight, and I’m a witch. I have long black hair, brown eyes, and I’m tan. I have a wolf as a guardian, and I can even turn into one if I wanted to for sometime. I was so depressed that I wanted to turn into one now.
Things were great the first few years, and then it got worse. Way worse since he turned into a controlling jerk since I owed him an explanation about everything. His temper is horrible even hitting things when he is frustrated since we go into a fight he hit the steering wheel over it. I can’t take it.
I don’t want to be engaged to him because I can’t trust him. He blew me off for my birthday saying he had to work. One lie after another, and told me what I wanted to hear. I don’t want to wake up next to someone who controls me and tells me what to do. Or what to say telling me how to live my life. I can’t take it anymore, and I want to run away. Viper is a sorcerer who loves to flirt with others and brag.
I sit down in the apartment I stay at, and flip through the channels. Don’t care about porn. Nope. No romance since I hate it. It sucks anyway and its overrated.
Okay screw it I deserve better, and he is always in my personal space all the time. He called me verbally abusive and that I was trying to change him. I’m not I was only calling him out on his shit. I can’t take it anymore and I shouldn’t have to. I need someone who will put an effort into me.
I call him up done with his shit, and he answers on the second ring.
“What do you want I’m in the middle of something?” He tells me probably fucking other girls behind my back.
“It’s over I don’t want to date someone who called me verbally abusive. That and you kept on asking why I needed to be alone. You were always there, and did not listen when I told you I needed days off. You always switched stories on me and never told me the truth causing me more bullshit. You told me what to do, and persuaded me your way by saying it was passionately defended like a douche. You are unfaithful since you wanted to move in with my friend into her bed. You told her you loved her, and showed her a picture of your dick. What kind of guy does that to a girl he loves? Better yet fuck you brother because I know you liked it. You’re not allowed to come to my apartment, and if you do I will get a restraining order. ”
I hung up not bothering to listen to his shit. I don’t want to marry someone like him anyway since he can’t handle emergencies without freaking out. I don’t have to put up with it. No girl should and being alone is better than being miserable. I pack up everything that reminded me of him, and then burn all the love notes.
I want to find love again, and with someone who cares about me enough to not control me. I don’t like being treated like a dog, and after 4 years I’m done. Finished. He can cry to me and bring all the chocolates, flowers, and candy he wants it wont change the fact that he is an asshole. After doing that I go back to watching television on the flat screen and turn it to the witch channel, and an ad pops up.
Want to win the love of two of the hottest men alive? Then keep watching.
A sexy guy pops on the screen and he is so gorgeous it is not even funny. Curly dark brown hair, brown eyes, and an eye brow ring. He even has an industrial in his left ear and a sexy scorpion tattoo on his left forearm. Dreamy. He wore a muscled shirt to show off his sculpted body. He has a trim waist and his legs are encased in leather. A dreamboat in my eyes. I really want him and he is a werewolf. Yummy!
“I’m Zephyr and I’m looking for a sexy vampire, werewolf, witch or creature to stay with me and rule by my side. You could have me if you win the challenges, and we can rule together in the Scorpion Moon pack. If your out there I’ll be waiting…”
Then another guy pops up and he was sexy too. A surfer with sexy hazel eyes, brown and blonde hair the blonde tips are spiked. He has a sculpted body too and wearing a sexy silk black shirt and legs encased in leather. This guy is a vampire since his fangs are jutting out of his mouth, and instantly I’m turned on. I love vampires.
“Hello ladies. I’m Hyperion. I’m looking for a sexy vampire, werewolf, witch or creature to rule by my side. I need a woman who has a wild side, and can help me rule the Wolf Fang clan. If you are her then come and fight for me don’t forget you have to win challenges and dates to win my love.”
Then it gives the information for the place to audition and I write it all down it starts tomorrow and ends in a week. I’ve missed feeling the love, and I’ve never done this before. I want to win one of them because I need a way out. I was promised to Viper because his bloodline is one of the ruling families, and if I marry Zephyr or Hyperion then I can get out of it for good. My mom probably thinks we are getting back together, but this time we are not. I’m done for good, and I’m not going back.
The tears start up again running down my cheeks, and I let it happen because there is no cure for a broken heart. I really did love him until he betrayed me. I hated him with a passion, and I can only hope one of the boys can get me out of my slump. I want to feel wanted and loved instead of miserable. They way he talked about my family and his family insulting me. I don’t want to marry someone like that. I hate him with a passion since he turned into a religious controlling jerk. I want to find someone who loves me, wants to spend time with me, and put the effort in the relationship. It makes me miserable to be with him like I’m not good enough.
The Audition:
I dress in my best outfit for the interview, a sexy silk black top and a red skirt. I even wore nice flats so I wont be too bad with my feet. I figured this will help keep my mind off the break up. I don’t want to just sit around and cry over it either. I took a potion to keep the pain of heartbreak away. I needed a clear head to win the audition. This is also the first reality television show that Luxor has done, and it is the first dating show of its kind. It was copied from the Crystal Crest realm when the humans started doing it. The hard part is waiting since I see all kinds of creatures here turn up for the meeting. Witches, vampires, werewolves, you name it they are all here. I hope I can beat them out. I know I have something to offer the guys that the other girls can’t like I’m a hybrid witch that can turn into a wolf. One of the first of my kind mom is a witch and dad is a werewolf which is why I need to marry someone powerful.
Finally, after a few minutes the interview begins in front of a panel of people and the director of the show. The woman is dressed in a nice black suit, and she is a vampire with black hair and brown eyes. The man is wearing a black suit with dark brown eyes and black hair a werewolf. They smile at me and the man speak, “My name is Archer and I’m the director for the show. I’m going to ask you a series of questions so I can better get to know you to see if you’re a good fit for Hyperion or Zephyr.”
I smile at him, “No problem, I understand.”
“Tell me about yourself.”
“Hi, my name is Midnight Starr, and I am a fun loving, free spirited witch. I love vampires and werewolves because they are way better than any species out there.” I smile at the camera hoping to please the people auditioning me for the show.
“How do you feel about vampires and werewolves?”
“I love them since they are both very sexy. I love being bitten too. I don’t mind giving my blood to the right vampire. I also loves wolves since I can turn into one. I love the feel of their fur against my skin, and they are strong and protective over the one they love.”
“How do you feel about the other girls?”
“Not competition and they can’t hold a candle to me. They are going to be picked off one by one. Its only going to be me and the guy in the end no one else. I always go after what I want. I get what I want and the rest of the girls can fight among themselves.” I tell them with a smile on my face.
“How do you feel about using spells to get what you want?”
“I’d do it in a heartbeat for the right guy. I’ll do anything for the one I love. I have no problem taking out the competition in any way just to get one of the guys.”
“Relationship status?”
“Single and recently out of a bad engagement. He was a tool so no loss there, and I want to find love with a sexy vampire or werewolf. I’m sick of asshole witches and I heard vampires and werewolves are better in relationships and with commitment which is what I’m looking for.”
“Are you prepared to fight for their love?”
“Yes, for them I will do anything even kill for them. I’d do anything they ask, and even hog them. I love men like them, and I’d do anything even let the vampire bite me because I know we are like energy drinks to vampires.”
“How do you feel about drama since you will be in a house full of women?”
“Bring it on since I will fight a girl for them. If they start stuff with me then I will finish it by any means necessary.”
“How are you in a fight?”
“I have spells to help me with that, and I can use them to give me strength that can out match them.”
“Do you have diplomatic skills?”
“Of course, my mom taught me that when I was little since I needed them as skills to talk my way out of situations. I’m from an important witch line and merging them with either the vampire or the werewolf will be beneficial in the long run.”
“Show me your best spell.” The head guy tells me I pull out my Opal. I had to get on this show since the leaders are on there. The guys I am competing to date for are Hyperion a 500 year old vampire coven leader who still has not found his soul mate, and Zephyr the uber hot werewolf Alpha with a take charge attitude. The winning girls will be taken as their mates and a ceremony will be performed to bind them together. The mates will also be in charge of their coven or packs with them. I would think it was a really good thing to be a leader, but I have no idea how to lead. I will learn in time if I win one of their hearts.
I activate the stone and the power bursts through me like a pulsating, energy giving being. It feels very good when the magic takes over and changes me into a white wolf. I’m not just a shapeshifter, but a witch shifter. I love to turn into predators like lions, tigers, wolves, and bears anything big. No prey animals at all. I look at them, and give them a howl. Their eyes widen. I change back my clothes on me before I appear.
“How was that?”
They nod…and smile.
“You’re in the show.” I walk out happy to be one step closer to finding my soulmate.
I drive home to my apartment. I drive past gas stations, restaurants and malls. The area of Kalino Moon is one exclusively for vampires, werewolves, witches and fae. No humans since they have a history of prosecuting us since we are different from them. I get back to my apartment in record time. I love it with its big kitchen, library, living room, master bedroom and office. I check my mail to find a letter from my parents house.
Dear Midnight,
We have to discuss an issue about your engagement. Viper Red is a great guy, and he asked about you too. Come over for dinner and we can discuss the details.
Love,
Sabrina Starr
I crumpled the stupid note, and sent it hurling into the fire place wishing I could burn the words Viper from my mind. The vile, selfish witch who cares more about status then love. He only wanted to marry me since my parents are head of the witches in Luxor. They control all the circles in the area, and whoever I marry will be head too.
I look at the time to see how long I have left. 3 hours until dinner which means time to play Enchanted Forest, a role playing game in Luxor where you can do missions and interact with other players. Some traditons from Crystal Crest are adopted like video games since it helps pass the time. I have the latest high tech computer. It has 8gb memory, and 2 tb hard drive space. I have a huge screen with a colorful mouse and keyboard. It is called a Windchaser computer for gamers with the latest graphics card. I turn on my computer and it starts up. I log into my account. It displays a picture of a wolf staring at the camera as my desktop display. I took the picture a long time ago while my friend captures a picture of me in wolf form. I love it, and the background is a place called Falling Waters a forest that has a beautiful waterfall in it. A time before Viper got his claws into me. The full moon was bright that day. I sigh wishing I could go back, and run through the forest as a wolf. Feeling the wind on my skin, and hearing all the sounds of nature. I hunted the small prey in the area. A swim in the pool that renews and cleanses me. It makes me happy, and I really need to be free of this promised relationship.
I click on the program and log into my account. My avatar pops up, and I go look to see who is online. I smile seeing the name xxglittersparklexx my friend Alexia who is a dragon shifter is on. I pull up the chat menu.
Witchwolf26: Hey
Xxglittersparklexx is typing…
xglittersparklexx: Hey how did the audition go? Do you think you go it? Did you use what you have?
Witchwolf26: Yes, I got it. The audition went great, and of course I used my gift. I have to have one of them to keep me from marrying that asshole. I really don’t want to end up with Viper he is too shallow and cruel.
Xxglittersparklexx: Exactly I wouldn’t want him either, and you need a portable computer in case I need to advise you how to take out competitors.
I smile to myself. Alexia is very good at persuasion considering she is one of the enchanter dragons that can persuade people with just her words. She gave me a necklace to hypnotize the person or people of my choice. It is going to be fun wreaking havoc on the girls lives. I will definitely tell the guys if one of the girls lie. I will be the spy and take out the girls one by one. I do need to form an alliance with one of them.
Witchwolf26: I know you are going to help me. I can see the fun already.
Xxglittersparklexx: Yes we are. let’s go get them tiger, and make sure you’re the only girl left standing.
Witchwolf26: I will ttyl
I sign off. I turn off the computer, and see if I have a laptop. I don’t. I need to buy one anyway. I get dressed since I’m going to dinner afterward. I do my make-up which means blue eye shadow, paint my lips pink, and brush my long black hair. I love my smoky grey eyes that look like I have a smog in them. A gothic witch ready for a party. I dress in a black dress with black high heels. I put on my moon necklace, and got in my car. A blue saber with a 6 cylinder engine, plush leather seats, and a cool barbed wire steering wheel. I love this car, and it got me through the tough times. I pull out of the complex and head to good old moms and dads house, which is a big mansion on top of Ravenswood Hill.
I whir past—oops I forgot my computer. I am supposed to get a laptop beforehand. I make a U-turn at Protheria, and head to the Cattal Metro complex which is a shopping center that houses all kinds of shops like a movie theater, restaurants, clubs, and various clothing stores. The one I wanted was Jack’s electronics that has all the latest computer gadgets, gaming systems, televisions, and cameras. It has movies and tv shows on DVD as well. The place is a big store and nicely displayed electronics with sections clearly labeled, and it has a grey marble floor with dark blue walls. It is a nice place, and I love shopping here since it is affordable for me. I head to the back where the laptops are, and I saw one of my friends named Typhoon who is a vampire that I met a few years ago. He is my go to guy for all my electronic needs. He has brown hair and eyes with glasses and has the expression he’d rather be partying then at work.
I spot him and smile at him after he is done helping a customer. He sees me and smiles back.
“Hey, I’m going to need a good laptop with a ton of memory. Good graphics with the highest speed out there, and a good sized screen not too big and not too small.”
He nods loving my question since I know what I want. “Yes, I know what you need. I’m providing technology to the contestants on the show to talk to their loved ones, doing interviews during the shows, and recording their thoughts about the girls, guys, and the situations. They are required this time.”
My eyes widen, “Wow….they are allowing people to have technology on the show? That is neat.”
He smiles, “Interacting with the fans is a must, and so is commenting on the things going on like fights and interaction with the guys.”
“Can we play video games during down time?”
He nods, “Yes they will allow you to play games in between challenges, and there will be down time too.”
Interesting….”So which one do you recommend?”
“The Ripkin Model 86 it has a good bit of memory, awesome graphics, good software programs. Everything you need to interact with the fans, talk to family, and play video games.”
I got the computer surprised that it came in colors. I winded up picking out a red one, purchased it, and made my way to my family house.
I put the computer in my trunk in a secret compartment to protect it from thieves. Once I get out of the parking lot I make my way to Redford Estate which is where my mom lives, and then pull up to the gate. I use the key card from my wallet to open the gate, and park in the driveway.
I did owe her an explanation as to why I finally left Viper for good. I make my way to the door seeing the paint peeling from age, and the bat shaped brass knocker. This house has been here for a while since she became a leader of the Saint Moon witch coven. I love the house with the statues of wolves and gargoyles.
It has several rooms, a big master bedroom, library, ritual room, office, and a big commercial kitchen. I can remember mom baking cookies with a touch of magic in them. I walked in the living room, and to my dismay my ex Viper was there. He is reddish blonde with blue eyes, and a body built like a swimmer. He gives me that arrogant smile he uses to entice girls. On me, it just looks like he tries too hard. I hate that smile since I was fooled by it once. A time when he was actually sweet instead of a major asshole. That arrogant smile now makes me feel like slapping him. I hate the fact that mom wants me to stay with him because he is rich. His parents are co leaders with us, and I’d rather get away from it all.
“You know you can’t end things with me without me saying anything right? Many girls would kill for someone like me?” He tells me arrogantly.
“I wouldn’t I’m not like the others remember, and I’m not going to be treated like a pet or called verbally abusive again. I was miserable and I’m not going to make myself miserable to keep you happy. I’m better then that you fucking rushed me, told me to deal with it, and that there is nothing I can do. You forced me to do things I didn’t want to do, and I had to argue with you to do something just because you didn’t do it yourself you obnoxious little shit. You made a big deal over the stupidest things, and I don’t want to deal with it anymore. You hit things when you were mad, and walked off. You had your friends step in when we were arguing. Douche bag. Let’s not forget the article you mentioned me in it too saying its my fault you’re in debt.”
He glares, “I was doing it for your own good you have to listen to me since I know what I’m doing.”
“So says the guy who still lives with his mom, and has her step in since he is not intelligent enough to solve his own problems without help. Who forces me to do things even though I’ve said no.” I turn my back and walk away not willing to argue with the idiot who treats me like I’m stupid when he doesn’t even know how to form sentences right.
I go straight to my mom. She has long black hair like me and grey eyes. She is wearing a black silk shirt and red jeans they fit her curves perfectly along with her size 6 combat boots. She smiles at me, and all I want to do is stick my tongue out at her. “Mom I told you to not invite him, and we are finally done for good. I’m done with him as of today, and I don’t want to see him ever again. You knew all the drama he put me through, the I’ll change bullshit, and the fact that he forced me to do things I didn’t want to do by jokingly slapping me and putting a racist sign on the floor. He was always stepping in for me, and telling me what to do.”
She shrugs, “He is the one promised to you. Of course he can join us, and he is just doing it because he loves you.”
I frown, “There is nothing there between us, and it does not make me happy anymore it makes me miserable. He was a controlling jerk who stepped in for me and told me what to do. I can’t deal with it anymore, and I want to find someone who treats me the way I deserve to be treated. .”
Viper comes in with a scowl, “Yes, there is a connection you just don’t want to admit it because you’re scared. I don’t have anyone else besides you, and I did not lie about wanting to get married. I know I’m scared too since this is the first time I felt anything with a girl. We are perfect for each other and I wont control you anymore I’ll let you make your own decisions. ”
I glared, “Liar, liar pants on fire. You lie so much it’s not even funny. I’ve given you five chances, and you’ve blown every single one of them. Enough is enough. The only reason why you want me is because of my status. Other then that you would not be looking at me otherwise. Which is why I auditioned for Fang and Fur of Love.”
His eyes widen, “How could you do that to me?” He looks at me with hurt, and the first real look I’ve seen on him that is real.
“I need someone else to see in my life, and I’m going to find love. Not based on looks, money, or status at all. I need an emotional connection.” I walk out not even going to dinner with them. I’m not going to be miserable to make someone happy. I’m not going to marry him at all since he is a shallow and manipulative asshole. I go home and crash on the living room couch exhausted about arguing with a brick wall.
I fall asleep and I don’t wake up till morning. By 2:00pm I read and play on my computer until the mail arrives. The letter by Nighting Ale media the station of the reality television show.
Dear Midnight,
Out of all the finalists you won a spot on the show. There will be no humans for you to worry about since they are not competition at all, and just for supernaturals. We are looking forward to seeing you. We hope you have a chance to win one of our hearts. We are also giving away a cash prize as well because we are leaders looking for someone to rule by our sides. We hope to see you then.
Love,
Hyperion and Zephyr
Wow…A cash prize too. I read the additional instructions after the letter. The filming will start in two days, so I have to be on the air plane the second day. I am psyched, but there will be 25 other girls too. I have to have something that will make me stand out from all the rest.
There was a slam, and the door is wide open. Viper again barging into my house like he has so many times before, but I hoped it would be my last since he was riding around with someone else.
“Why are you doing this to me you stupid bitch? We are supposed to be together, and I was taking time apart. Not breaking up, and you are not supposed to be going on a stupid show to compete for guys you know nothing about.”
“Let me stop you right there. It’s a break up not time a part you lying tool, and after you said that pathetic text you were with someone else forgive me for not giving a shit. You wasted two years of my time for a stupid reason, and didn’t even bother to work things out, and now I need a man not afraid of me unlike a boy who likes to fuck around. What kind of douche put the new bitch in my face anyway? You must not have cared if you want to move on that fast. I don’t want you. ” I told him wishing he was dead.
I used to have feelings for him. I don’t after he cheated on me for another girl who he supposedly moved in with.
“I can’t be with you after you cheated on me, lied to me, and I want someone who will tell me the truth. I want someone who cares about me, and wont use me like you did. I gave you everything, and even let you stay with me only to have you stomp all over it with bullshit about getting your life together.”
I also had to win cause then my mom will leave me alone. I win, and I never have to worry about being engaged. Also, I took my ring off and threw it right back in his face. Mom will definitely approve when she realizes I will be vying for the leader of the werewolves.
He took the ring off the ground, and looked at it sadly finally showing me regret for what he did. It was too late. “I am perfect for you, and no girl can resist me once they have had a taste of me. I’m a master of mind games, and I could break up with you and then have a new one the next day. I need you.”
Viper is a different story since he cheated on me, and a bitchy skank seduced him away from me. I never want to go back to a cheater like him.
“So what I asked you that when I could trust you to have my heart, but you broke it because of a skank. I want to find love with someone else now, and not be with a lying, cheating player. It’s not love it’s possession. You treated me like I was not a priority at all. You flirted with other women and slept with them and bragged about it. Fuck off already since I don’t want or need you in my life.”
I raised my hand and made his ass fly right out the door. Bye, bye cheater. I used a spell to keep him out for some time until I’m gone. I will be in a jet then taken to a secret location when the time arrives. I will be staying at a mansion with 15 other girls which will be fun, drama filled, and interesting. A day was spent packing, and I had no idea if I will make it to the end or a few days. I just packed for a month. I even put in my spell book, oils, crystals, candles and everything I needed to use spells in the show. I am a witch after all and I plan to use every advantage I have. .
With a wolf spirit which is why you will win…said Avalon my spirit wolf.
Yep. I pack my new laptop, and I am done for the day. Tomorrow I will board the plane, and go to the mansion.