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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Release Blitz: Fated by A.S. Roberts

Release Blitz:
A.S. Roberts
Feb 16th

Release Date: Feb 16th
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When naive, British physiotherapist, Frankie Jones, is
offered the job of a lifetime, she decides letting go of her grief and moving
on is exactly what the doctor ordered. But when she comes face to face with a
sexy and irresistible blast from her past, she realises that this time she just
can't walk away.
Even if it means stirring up old memories and
Assertive and controlling CEO, Alex Blackmore,
is shackled to obligations--obligations he didn't necessarily want. But now
that Frankie is back in his life, he knows exactly what he does want--and will
have. As their relationship intensifies, Alex's worlds collide and their past
resurfaces, threatening to destroy what they're both working toward--letting go
and moving on. Can Frankie and Alex fight their demons and embrace the future
they're FATED for?
This book is recommended for over 18's only, due
to HOT content!

Copyright © A. S.


6 years previously

What sort of
person isn’t able to attend the funeral of their only parent of any consequence?
Me, I was
that sort of person.
I had
suffered a sort of breakdown, the doctors concurred. Emotional stress and
exhaustion they called it.
Pathetic my
mother called it.
I was standing
finally on very sodden soil, constantly having to move my feet, listening to
the repetitive squelching noise my black boots made in contact with the mud. I
repeated the movement over and over, in order to stop them being consumed into
the ground. The very ground that now held my dad. All the while I was
struggling to choke back the tears which threatened to fall.  Continuously I rubbed my hands together, to
keep them warm.
Although it
was August, the weather was obviously empathetic and had the same thoughts and
emotions as me. The skies continued to darken over and the rain fell in a heavy,
sluggish drizzle.
I was finally
here, wrapped in a heavy coat and my own grief. Audibly sighing, my eyes ran
over and over the words on the headstone.

Paul Jones
husband of Carol

 But there was no mention of me on there, his
only child.
In the world
of my stepmother I didn’t exist. She hadn’t given birth to me, so therefore I
was insignificant.
I caught my
breath, trying to swallow a gulping sob. I conjured up picture memories in my
head. At least he had finally managed to tell me he loved me, even if it was
only the once, and on his death bed.
I looked up
to the sky and watched the clouds travel unhurriedly overhead. Closing my eyes,
the droplets fell; they hit my face and grouped together, finally running down
my neck in rivulets.
The sadness I
felt was completely overwhelming.
Never be the
unwanted pregnancy of two people who hate each other’s guts, would be my advice
to anyone.
From behind
me two hands came forward. They gently rubbed up and down my arms, trying to
formulate a soothing sensation
‘Sweetheart, you know we are here for you,
don’t you?’
The gentle
voice of my aunt came through to me. I turned to her, my aunt and uncle
swaddled me up in their arms. There we stood, clustered together for several
‘Come on, Frankie,’ I heard my cousin JJ
speaking and as my aunt and uncle pulled away from me, he took their place and
pulled me in tight against his side.
‘Let’s go
I managed a
fragile smile in answer, staying as close to him as was possible, wrapping my
arm tight around his waist. JJ gave me the strength I had always felt I lacked.
I was so pleased he had come back from America. His presence here today meant
everything to me.
I was last to
walk down the well-worn path to the front door of my aunt and uncle’s small, but
very homely, terraced house. The old wooden gate shut with a bang behind us.
Flexing and contracting on its very antique, rusted spring.
love.’ The raised voice of our next-door neighbour, broke me out of my
melancholy thoughts. I raised my eyes from the cobbled path. She came out of
her front door quickly; obviously she had been awaiting our return, twitching
the net curtains. Her arms were laden.
‘These came
for you, my dear.’ She handed me a large, beautiful bouquet of mixed flowers,
the colours of which seemed like a rainbow on such a wet day. Her face showed
concern for my obviously distressed appearance. She ran her hand fleetingly up
and down my arm. 
‘Oh thank
you, Norah’ I took the bouquet from her. Puzzled as to where they had come from,
I pulled the card from the small envelope and started to read.

A person’s strength
isn’t shown by how much they can take before they break.
A person’s strength is
shown by how much they can take after they have already been broken.


I am a chocolate addict, children loving, mad woman. A self
confessed book whore who reads more than she exercises. Luckily I am married to
the love of my life, together we have four boys and lots of dogs. I live in
south east England, although I love to travel. When I'm not reading... I can be
found writing and drinking copious amounts of tea!


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