She trusts him with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?
Emma Thomas hasn’t been home in years. Only back in Staunton for a few months, she plans to put her investigative reporter skills to use in exposing the trafficking group using her peaceful, idyllic hometown to move drugs. But when she stumbles onto more than drugs, bullets start flying and she has to ask the one person she left Virginia to avoid for help.
Detective Adam Marshall has been working this cartel case for months. On the precipice of breaking the organization wide open, he can’t believe the one woman he’d never been able to get over now holds the key to closing his case. His head warns him to steer clear, but his heart won’t let him walk away when Emma’s life is on the line.
Thrown together by chance after so many years, Adam and Emma work together to break the biggest case of both of their careers and heal some old wounds in the process. Falling in love wasn’t on the docket for either of them, but things don’t always go as planned.
This past year has been a rollercoaster for me to say the least. I’ve lost a lot of friends and some family. I’ve somehow managed to homeschool 3 preteens throughout most of this pandemic. I lost pets. I’ve stopped talking to toxic family members and it was long needed. I’ve started my own graphic design business and started to post my artwork and some products to my page!
I’ve learned to do alot of things on my own due to being alone most of the time other than my children. I don’t have a support system in place and not a lot of my friends even know I’ve started this. I don’t have a cheerleader telling me to keep going. I literally wear ALL the hats for One Page At A Time Designs and I am so proud of myself for getting the site up and running in the general direction I’m going with it. I feel like I’m accomplishing something by just putting my artwork out there for the world to view. You see my whole life I’ve been an in the closet artist as I like to call it. I don’t like people watching me draw or half the time even seeing the finished product. Im not really sure why. It’s probably an anxiety thing no doubt! But here I am flaunting it and I’m so freaking nervous. Of what I am unsure. The unknown reactions I could get I suppose. Or maybe it’s just not being as good as the next artist. Who knows?!? But I do know I love to draw and create and am so happy I’m finally confident enough to share it with you! Thank you all for being here with me and watching me grow! I appreciate each and every comment and site view! You guys rock and make this possible for me! I can’t wait to see what we do in this coming year!
I honestly haven’t sold a damn thing yet! Lol. Not due to a lack of trying let me assure you! I’m still creating designs and artwork to put up as I want these all to be hand drawn originals by me not just a graphic stolen clipart! I also have three children whom I raise by myself therefore I have no money to put into the business as of yet and I’m still learning everything as I go. The studying is killing me! But it must be done to get to the next level! I feel like it will take me a bit until I make that first sale but hopefully once I do I will soar! I know some people that love my art as much as I do so hopefully I find my tribe!
I have however made a few graphics and video previews for some of my fav indie authors when I felt the impulse to create graphics arise from reading their amazing books! These ladies inspire me so much all the time and they don’t even know it, I’m sure! I love creating graphics to go with the books I’m reading and I don’t think they could pay me to stop if they tried lol. I also love seeing my graphics being shared or an author commenting that they like it! That gets me so excited and I run around showing my family, who think I’m nuts obviously, telling them about the next design I have planned. They are pretty much sick of my shit by now haha!
Indie authors are my jam and that’s something I have discovered more and more as I journey through booktopia and find my favorite authors of dark romance and the random few from the other genres! As I get to know them on their socials I feel special bonds with some of them that I’ve never experienced with other people! I feel like I’ve finally found my tribe and a place where I belong and am appreciated for my input. Not to mention these ladies sure do know how to make you remember a man,that’s all I’m saying! Haha!I have so many book boyfriends and I know each and every personality and kink! They are so well written that I feel like I actually know them and can imagine what their day to day life is like! Those are the stories I live for! And also the ones that have distracted me from this crazy world we have lived in for the past two years. So my sincerest Thank You from the bottom of my heart to ladies who keep the pages turning and our imaginations wild! Cheers To All The Indie Authors of the world! I see you hustling and I see your determination! Keep getting that girls! Your all queens in my eyes ladies and with Booktok or not you still ALL deserve a crown! Thanks for a great year with some amazing reads! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!
And I will leave you with one of my sexy lady pictures that I just finished and wishes for the best new year and great health and memories throughout! Let’s make this year count! 2022 Here we come! Lets get it!
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Hey guy! I have unfortunately been so sick the past couple of days. I’ve summed it up to food poising from those gross Tim biebs that I got sick immediately after eating, or a Gaul bladder attack. Either way I’m a hurting unit but starting to feel better. So needless to say I did not get my whole collection finished nor posted last week. 😢😷
I also said I was having a contest to celebrate my release of the fuzzy adorable forest animals! I haven’t forgotten and still plan to have my giveaway, and now I’ll have to throw in something a little extra for making everyone wait! I’ll be sure to let you guys know over here on the blog first when I post the giveaway so you guys have first dibs as a thank you for sticking with me the longest!
Thank you so much for supporting a small book blogger and artist! You guys are the reason I hold myself accountable everyday to get this artwork out there and do something with my dream finally!
So without further ado I present to you Bentley the Bear 🐻 the third addition to my debut collectionThe Fuzzy Forest Friends Collection. These cute as a button characters will all be available for purchase as prints over on the One Page At A Time Designs Shop by next week and I’m so excited to reveal them all to you!
I’m also working on some drawing tutorials so keep an eye open for those so you can try your own hand at drawing Finnegan, Finley and Bentley! Those should be posted following my release of the characters next week on the shop as well! And here’s a photo of Finnegan and Finley my baby fox cubs in case you forgot. I know how crazy busy everyone can get!
I hope you guys love them as much as I do! I have so many plans to do with them! I’ll be back tomorrow with that giveaway and a better pic of Bentley the Bear for you 🐻 Thanks for being here even though I’m sick and I’m late! You guys are the best and I hope to see you all over on the shop for your custom and Premade design purchases!
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Hello Everyone! I’m back today with a couple of new graphics from “Fuzzy Forest Friends” my Debut Collection! I’m really trying to push these out so they are available for Christmas and plan to make greeting cards, stickers, mugs, and of course my own artwork on canvas prints! Stay tuned because those are just a few of the items I plan on carrying over on the One Page At A Time Designs Shop! I’m still learning all the details and am slowly but surely adding my pieces to my shop and will soon have products available to go with the graphics.
Here’s a preview of Finnegan and Finley I made for my TikTok 🦊⬇️🦊
I am super excited to actually have a canvas 🖼 of my very own artwork to hang in my home let alone be able to share it with the whole big world and actually have fans of my work! This is definitely a long lost childhood dream of mine that I thought I could never accomplish due to my crippling social anxiety and limited confidence, but look at me go now! I’m still an anxious mess everytime I share a design, but I’m living my best ,stressed, artist life nonetheless 😂 🎨 📄 I’m so proud of myself for pulling myself out of that headspace and trying again 💖
I’m so pumped to present my debut collection to you guys! This is such a special moment for me and I couldn’t ask for better people to share it with than you! Thank you for all your support! I couldn’t do this without you!
This is my special treat and thank you to you as I’m revealing Finnegan and Finley here first so you can see them and have a chance to fall in love with them like I did them before I release them on the Shop Site! “The Fuzzy Forest Friends Collection” created by me, the newest Indie Artist on the block, Krista Barton,Owner and Graphic Artist of the One Page At A Time Designs Blog and Shop presents 💖🦋🦊 “Finnegan and Finley” my adorable baby foxes 🦊🦋💖
These prints will be Available for purchase Soon over on the shop so Follow Me here to stay up date so you don’t miss any :
I’ve always been shy when it comes to showing my artwork. I think it stems from this snotty nosed really mean boy not understanding what my drawing was supposed to be way back in elementary school and making fun of me that one time. That being said I have never been one to display my latest creations for fear of being misunderstood. However I do find that I have an easier time posting my photos on the blog once I feel like they are my best work. That’s not to say a lot of my creations don’t end up in my DNF pile or even worse the trash! Perhaps someday I’ll learn to keep them and create a My Mistakes series on the clock app, who knows?!?
Little by little though, through running my blog, I am finding my way on the journey that rightfully should have been mine so many years ago had that mean boy not given me a confidence complex along the way! That’s my story and im sticking to it 💯
I have you guys to thank for all of that and you truly don’t know how grateful I am just to have the support system I do in the art/ book community! Your all so amazing and I have seen the power of a booktok or Instagram post making Indie Authors overnight best sellers or Artists into huge accounts! I don’t doubt the power of the passion of fans ever! They understand the assignments!! 💯❗️💯
So I put my faith in my talent and in you, my amazing supportive communities, to finally take my dream to the next level and be able to showcase my designs with confidence! Even if I never sell a single piece, which I’m pretty sure I will as my son is already mad at me for selling Finnegan to anyone but him 😂 He’s 13 and thinks his Mama is a famous artist or something and that I can only make one copy or something god love the kid ❤️ I’m going to have to make him an original piece for his bedroom I guess 😅 🖼
My littles sure do know how to make me feel special ❤️These guys keep me going even in the tough moments when I just want to give up ❤️ Running a business and raising 3 children by myself definently has its challenges but when I do get the odd chance to glance up from the iPad or paper and catch them watching me with that proud look on their face I know that everything I’m doing is so worth it!
Thank you all for sticking with me, an unknown to you bookblogger/starving artist, and taking this journey One Page At A Time with me 💖🦋💖 Did you see what I did there?!? 😂 I hope you love Finley and Finnegan as much as I do and check out the shop to see all my designs that are available now! I’m off to figure out these products for my Shop so I’ll see you guys later! 😘 💕 🦋
A lot of you may not know this as I’m horrible at advertising and am just learning some new marketing skills but here’s a little bit of insight into me. I’m an artist and graphic designer as well as an avid reader, writer, and book reviewer! I just love to create and art comes in so many forms. I am in my element when I am writing poetry or drawing with my favorite pencils! This is when you can find me relaxed and concentrated on whatever design I’m creating at the moment. I tend to completely tune out the world when I am into a good book or drawing a new creation. This is when my kids ask me for things as I’m more likely to say yes! They know their mama well lol.
I haven’t done a whole lot with my online store lately as I’ve been busy learning a new course and homeschooling my three littles during the NB CUPE strike and managing this household, the floods in the basement and the everyday hassle of life. I’m a wearer of many hats! That being said, it hasn’t left very much time for me to work on my store or to really even draw or design anything. Let alone market any of it. So I’ve just been working hard on my Bookstagram and Arc Teams and blog teams lately as it’s quicker for me to do in small bursts like this. It’s been rough to say the least but I’m hanging in here…by a thread maybe but here none the less! And that’s what counts, right? Right?!?
I am hoping to start making some sales this holiday season in my shop and be able to have a little extra for Christmas this year. As a single mama to these three children who seem to be more expensive by the year I want to use what I’m good at and make a living out of doing what I love! And that is creating art! I have a hard time showing people my artwork and this is also a way for me to be more confident in what I do! So here I am trying to follow my dreams!
I have been working on something secretly for awhile now hoping I could have them ready in time and I’m proud to say I have finally started to post my very first🎄 Christmas Collection 🎄 over on my shop today! I will be updating them over the next couple of days and adding more as I finish drawing them! I’m so excited to share them with you guys first! Here is the very first design of my first ever2021 Christmas Collection 🐻 “Holly Beary” 🐻
You can click the link or on the One Page At A Time logo ⬇️below ⬇️ to go to the shop and see ALL my designs or order you own custom designs! I’m now open for commissions and have premades available for purchase! I can’t wait to kick off the holiday season with all of you! I hope to see you at the shop and be sure to tell your friends! I appreciate it more than you know!
Thanks for reading and I hope I see you over on the shop! Be sure to tell your friends too! Word of mouth helps artists so much more than you realize! I appreciate you all so much! I hope you have a great week and I’ll be back later with more of my 2021 Christmas Collection for you!
I told you guys a couple weeks ago that I was participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. I was so excited to write my novel and get it done in 30 days! I was going to write ALL the words plus more and I was so determined to do it! Welp, I’ve discovered I really suck at it!
Fast forward to this week. I have since had my three middle school children home to do online learning as New Brunswick’s CUPE workers went on strike. They went back for a week but I’m hearing rumours that there is another strike planned for Monday so it didn’t last long. I do not have access to enough devices to get my littles all online at once and do not have enough space for all the programs they now need on my ancient devices! Let alone trying to keep my writing and work docs as well.
My IPad is cracked so bad I get shards of glass in my fingers while I try to design with my fingers on my sketch pad and Canva. And then when I finally get something to open it will shut down on me completely. I have three other tablets here mine you. One has a small crack but works. They are all so old that I can not get the updated programs like zoom or teams to download. So I’m left at a standstill trying to save for a new tablet on top of everything else! I’m so beyond frustrated at this point!
I can’t seem to make it to any of the live events with the authors and am missing out on all the advice that I was so needing. When I actually do get a minute to go online I have so many other things that require my attention to be done first that I always miss them. I see the notifications popping up as my kids are trying to do their stuff and it sucks not being able to participate but I have no choice as their education obviously comes first. Once in a blue moon I will actually have a chance to pop into one of the lives but I swear as soon as my kids hear me trying to do it they all coming running in at once with a different problem I’m expected to solve. So needless to say I miss the live again!
I have no time to write now either. Between keeping up with my housework, taking care of three kids and an apartment by myself, writing the blog, keeping up with my arc teams, doing reviews and trying to educate an autistic child with no idea how to even begin to and no guidance this mama is beyond spread thin. I don’t like the story I’m writing and am unsure if this is just a huge case of imposter syndrome. I don’t really know any other writers that well and nobody around me even understands what I’m going on about! So I just feel so alone and am having the hardest time actually getting the words out anymore. It feels horrible because I was so certain of this story and these characters but now I just don’t know anymore. It is hard when you lose your passion.
So I have no idea how many words I’ve written as they have all been deleted on me a few times now. I’ve started writing in a book I self proclaimed my NaNoWriMo Journal and have something like 2750 words written that I’ve counted. 2750 and it’s November 20th! I have ten days to get 45000 words and I know realistically I won’t make that goal!
I just feel like I have to start half way through now. I have lost any confidence I once thought I had and feel like this is something I will never accomplish now. I don’t have any support systems at home and don’t really know anyone who gets me. This city doesn’t seem to have many people who appreciate the arts or are passionate about writing. Maybe I just need a change of places! But how do I even begin with all this covid stuff going on? It’s like I run around in circles in my brain trying to come up with a solution and still get nowhere. I feel so lost and u sure of myself at this point.
Perhaps next year I will be more prepared and have time to accomplish such a huge task without all the covid stress and homeschool crap and not working devices. I guess this just isn’t my year after all. At least I know what to expect for next year and can prep more. I have the idea and now it’s just getting these dreaded words on the paper. I’ll keep updating my progress through the month but it’s not as exciting now that I know I can’t do it. I feel so defeated. I hope next year I am in a better place mentally and maybe this year I will just get my draft outlined and work on my character building and dialogue skills as I’m sure everyone can always learn more on these subjects. It’s like a never ending classroom when you write. Your always researching something new or learning a new rule of grammer and sometimes even a new language depending on what your writing.
Thanks to everyone who cheered me on and I hope that someday I will have this story written so you can all see some of the crazy that goes on in my twisted little mind. Until then I will take in all the advice I can and cheer on the other NaNoWriMo writers! There is a lot of talent there and I’m glad I get to learn from some of the best!
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From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Pike. THE SKY IN SUMMER is a single-mother, friends to lovers romance.
It’s me, not you. I’m getting out. Moving on. Specifically? To Paris where an apartment I inherited is waiting for me. I pretty much have perfected the art of being single and nothing is going to keep me here. Especially not a gorgeous single-mom of two, I have no business thinking about.
In all humility, Van Lyon
Dear dating app,
I don’t know how to write a dating profile, but if I were to give it a try, I guess I’d start with: Thirty-eight, slightly sarcastic mother of teenage twins, anchored in Billings, Montana. Into sweatshirts, sweatpants, and eating out of a pan. NOT interested in any BS. My hotter than hell friend Van Lyon, need not apply.
Yours in sexual frustration, Layla Silver
Under THE SKY IN SUMMER, old friends remember the spark.
Thirty-three years ago in Kindergarten, He showed her his wiener, She showed him her buns, It was love at first sight.
A standalone novel, set in the family saga LYON FAMILY SERIES.
USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Pike, has loved expressing herself through the written word since she was a child. The first romance “book” she wrote was at ten years old. The scene, a California Beach. The hero, a blonde surfer. The ending, happily forever after.
Leslie’s passion for film and screenwriting eventually led her to Texas for eight years, writing for a prime time CBS series. She’s traveled the world as part of film crews, from Africa to Israel, New York to San Francisco. Now she finds her favorite creative adventures taking place in her home, in Southern California, writing Contemporary Romance.
𝘼 𝙜𝙧𝙞𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙨-𝙩𝙤-𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨-𝙩𝙤-𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙢𝙞𝙚𝙨, 𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙧𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚. __ New York City—not for the faint-hearted or the sweetest of souls. The last thing I expected was to be back in this city, after all these years. And I definitely did not expect to be back in this house, where it all started. I have spent years avoiding this place, and the cold hard reality of what happened here.
But I have no choice. We are all quarantined together in this house. It took the end of the world, for me to come back here and face him.
Once my legal guardian and savior in life. The person who saved me from drowning in loneliness. Who gave me everything I ever wanted. But then he took everything away from me. Plus interest. He broke me. He will not break me again.
All books are interconnected standalones and may be read in any order. Sale ends 11/8.
Cover Designer: Y’all. That Graphic. Photographer: Lindee Robinson
When AJ Adams is coerced into tutoring Brock Larson, she can’t help but wonder what she’s done to deserve such an epic punishment. He’s the very definition of an All-American good boy—and a total kiss ass. He’s the perfect son, the perfect student, and according to rumor…some kind of golf prodigy. Puh-lease. If he’s so perfect, why does he need tutoring?
With his British Literature grade circling the drain, Brock knows he needs help. But when he sees his tutor, he can’t believe his friggin’ luck. Abby Jane no longer resembles the childhood best friend he used to play hide and seek with. No, she’s all attitude, pink hair, and tattoos. Oh, and thanks to some trivial middle school B.S., she hates his guts.
The two couldn’t clash more and antagonizing one another is all too easy. But the lines begin to blur as they spend more time together, and Brock and AJ realize they have more in common than what meets the eyes.
Hate. Lust. Forgiveness. Love.
They all look the same when you’re in denial, and everyone knows you can’t control your rebel heart.
West Larson comes from old money—the kind of wealth that comes with expectations steeped in archaic traditions. So, it’s not surprising when he learns the conditions of his trust fund: produce an heir before he turns twenty-five.
Enter Stacia Kellan. Her lowkey personality makes her the perfect baby mama…without the drama. And thanks to her wild-ass hair, colorful tattoos, and smart mouth, she’s exactly the kind of girl his parents would never approve of. Add in the fact that she’s a total smokeshow…knocking her up certainly wouldn’t be a hardship.
Stacia lives her life fast and loud. The idea of settling down isn’t on her radar. So, when her long-time friend asks her to have his baby, her immediate answer is a big, fat hell-to-the-no. Seriously, is he crazy?
West pulls out all the stops in wooing her and with every heated encounter, Stacia finds herself falling a little more for his charm and wit. Oh, and his forearms…yum.
Obligations. Lust. Friendship. Love.
The lines begin to blur as emotions enter the equation and besides, everyone knows you can’t deny your rebel soul.
As a wedding photographer, it’s no surprise that Ashley Murphy, despite her perpetual singleness, is a little in love with love.
When she catches a hunky best man checking her out while on the job, her heart all but shouts, “He’s the one”. Until he opens his mouth.
Colton Banks is a cocky lawyer with a mean streak a country mile wide. Colton prefers order to chaos. He believes there’s a time and place for everything, so when a lilac haired hottie sends him a flirtatious wink while she’s on the job, he’s less than impressed.
When she shows up at his office a week later asking for legal help, his first instinct is to send her packing. But day after day, she returns, finding new elaborate ways to break him down.
It’s not until a life-altering surprise shows up on Colton’s doorstep that things start to change. Ironically, the answer to his problem may be his incredibly annoying, free-spirited new “friend.”
Complications. Lust. Attraction. Love.
As their tenuous friendship grows, the chemistry between them becomes a raging inferno, and everyone knows you can’t deny your rebel desires.
Even Gangstas Cry I got thrown into one hell of a shitstorm, putting a strain on my empathy and leaving those who are at my side in a path of mass destruction. My only aim is to find those who betrayed not only me, but my family. I will not rest or waver until they are brought down. In the midst of my inner turmoil, an outsider tries to force their way in. Tension grows high when bullets start to fly and my boundaries are pushed. Can the men I hold at my side to help me find the killer? Will we be able to hold the lines to our territory that seem to become weaker with each passing moment? Only time will tell. I just hope we all make it through to the end. **𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘮𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘥𝘦 𝘥𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘴, 𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵. 𝘈𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘮, 𝘮𝘧𝘮𝘮, 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘴 𝘮𝘧. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 #𝘸𝘩𝘺𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘭 𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘺 & 𝘚𝘮𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴. 𝘕𝘰𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘯. __ *𝙈𝙖𝙛𝙞𝙖𝙨 𝙀𝙢𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚𝙙. 𝙃𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧, 𝙞𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙘𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙧𝙚-𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙.*