Thursday, September 19, 2013

Shades of Pink Teaser - A Single Pink Rose by JJ Ellis

Every day until the end of September, I will post here the blurb for one of the stories from the Shades of Pink charity anthology, as well as a teaser, and a short bio for the author. The anthology will be available on October 1st, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research but you can donate today and get it 5 days early! I invite you to come back, share the links for these teasers, tell your friends about it... It's all for a good cause! And if you tweet about it, you can use the hashtag #shadesofpink :)

Today, a glimpse from A Single Pink Rose by JJ Ellis

Olivia feels completely lost at the end of her vacation to the coast of Oregon. The life plan she never strays from suddenly seems overwhelming. Never having seen Olivia this sad, Alex decides he must come up with a plan to make her smile again. Can he do it?

Olivia Mannon sat on the soft sand of a beach along the rocky Oregon coastline. The summer had been a rainy one and she didn’t mind one bit, the rain calmed her somehow. She couldn’t really put it into words, she just loved it.

On this late summer day the clouds had been clearing since noon and the early evening was turning cool. Olivia wrapped her sweater tighter around her body and stared out at the horizon. This would be her last Oregon sunset. A tear made its way down her cheek and she brushed it away. Why on earth was she crying? She was headed home in the morning. Her perfect life waited, untouched, for her to continue where she left off. She had a new internship starting in an upscale restaurant, her junior year of college lay ahead of her, and her large family was eager to see her. She shouldn’t be so sad to leave.

Olivia stood and walked closer to the water. Her boyfriend, Alex Paige, came up behind her to rest his hands on her shoulders. They stood together for a moment, looking out at the waves pulsing inland, contemplating that the time in their own little paradise was about to come to an end.


“Yeah Doll?” He pulled her close and wrapped his arms tightly around her. “What’s wrong?”

“I can’t bear the thought of leaving here.” Tears clouded her eyes.

“There’s no reason to be sad,” he whispered. “We’ll still be together and your family will be so happy to see you, especially your twin. I don’t think Jackson is used to having you gone for so long.

Olivia nodded and turned to lean her cheek against his chest. “I know,” she mumbled. “I really do miss my family, but the thought of going back to the heat, the new internship, and a new school year just makes me want to scream.”

“If you don’t want to do the internship, then don’t. You still have enough time to make it up. Take a semester off or get a job you’d like better.”

“I can’t do that, Alex. I want to own a restaurant someday and I need experience in every aspect of the field, which means multiple internships. Besides, I don’t really hate what I will be doing. I don’t know why, but it’s just…I don’t know, I guess I just feel like if I go back I might suffocate.”

“I’m sorry love, I know that feeling well.” With one finger he lifted her chin and searched her eyes. “Together we can do anything, including going back to our old lives. I promise.”

“I want to believe you Alex, but I just don’t know. For once in my life I feel completely confused.” She chuckled. “I don’t like it!”

He pulled her close and kissed her, hoping it would take some of her pain and confusion away but knowing it probably wouldn’t. The heart wanted what it wanted, no matter how wrong the brain told her it was. “Come on, let’s head back to the house, we need to pack.”

Olivia followed him, almost blindly, as tears clouded her eyes again. What was wrong with her? She had a great life that she was building for herself and it was very important that she have that stability and some sort of peace of mind. Her current course was taking her exactly where she wanted to be; it wouldn’t be easy, but with hard work her life would be perfect. But right that minute, all she wanted to do was stay in Oregon with Alex. She had no job and no school, but she had ocean breezes, nights of passion and the most beautiful, fiery sunsets she’d ever seen. It was ridiculous to think that in the matter of two weeks she’d developed a desire to change her whole life plan.

Alex walked up the steps of his parents’ small beach house and turned to Olivia. “You’re still crying, Love. What can I do?”

“Tell me why I’m having these thoughts because they’re scaring the hell out of me. I feel like I’m losing myself,” she cried. “It’s all so sudden. This morning I was fine, I was happy-go-lucky Livia, and now, I just don’t know who the hell I am anymore.”

Alex held out his hand to her and led her to the porch swing. “I wish I could understand what you’re going through a little better, but I’m sorry, I can’t,” he sympathized. “If I had the chance I would give up everything and stay right here. Everything except for you, I would never be able to give you up.”

Olivia turned to him with a look that he couldn’t quite decipher. It may have been shock or horror, but to him it looked more like shock laced with just a hint of disappointment. She was always so organized and scheduled, and her future was planned down to the last detail. She must not be able to understand how he would give up every miserable thing in his current life for a lifetime of happiness.

“Doll, if there is anything you want me to say or do, just let me know.”

“Just hold me please… just hold me.”

JJ Ellis is first and foremost a wife and mom to 5 kids and after that she is a mommy blogger and author of romance novels. She resides in Casper, WY with her family and one insane mutt where she has all the inspiration she needs to be creative. You can find her at

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