Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hiatus Fun: Never Give Up

Hey all,

Here is a blog I did a couple of years ago.  And since we've been moving around Europe this last year, making my writing career a bit difficult, I thought it apropos.  Enjoy!!!


It's been a difficult year writing wise, but one that has taught me the value of two things.

1. BE PERSISTENT - Don't give up on what you love. So many people just shrug their shoulders and walk away when the going gets tough, but if you want it bad enough, don't toss away your dreams. After 26 years of marriage and 20 plus years of writing, I know that, but sometimes God puts you back in the classroom to make sure you really understand what he's taught you.

And this last year has been just that. We've moved. I worked outside the home for a while. I got sick. I've struggled with publishers not living up to their promises and with finding the time to write. Learning to put my priorities in order has been a constant challenge. But through it all I have persevered. I remember what I feel when a fan writes and says how much they like my writing or how it's changed something in their lives. By doing that I can take a deep breath and push forward with what I love to do.

2. BE FLEXIBLE I am the first to admit that I don't do well with plan changes. I may be a Gemini, but I like a plan and I like to follow it through. But life doesn't go according to plan. EVER. It is fluid and changes at the drop of a hat. I used to kick against the traces when that happened, but over the years I've slowly learned just what a waste of energy that is. Going with the flow with things you can't change makes it easier not just to live your life, but it gives you the power to stand firm on the things you CAN change. Fight the fights you can win and don't sweat the small stuff.

The challenge is recognizing which is which.

So, after being back in the classroom this last year, I think I've passed the tests. I am moving forward, slowly making up lost ground and searching to climb new hills. I let a lot more things roll off my back than I used to. And it's okay.

But one thing I'll never do is give up on what I love. Writing is as necessary to me as breathing and while I might take another path to the goal, it is what I do...what I am. And I want my fans to know that I won't give up giving them all the passionate, heart-felt stories I'm known for.

So take a look at my website. I've updated it and you can see my latest releases and what I have coming up. I'm excited about the future and I hope you'll join me on my latest adventure!

Come visit me at my personal blog and chat with me about life in general. Or enjoy the FREE READS I have available on my livejournal blog.

And don't forget to come enjoy the fun on my chat list. Hunks, jokes, cartoons, stories and loving support is there for everyone.

I hope to see you there and I'll be back next month with another post about CJ's dreams and imaginations!!!!

CJ England
Follow Your Dreams

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hiatus Fun: A Free Quick Read!!!

Hey all,

This blog is one I did back in February of last year.  But since most people like a romantic story, I hope you like this replay of my FREE READ, Truly, Madly, Deeply!!!  Enjoy!!!! 


The lyrics of Truly Madly Deeply are so beautifully romantic they make you believe in true love again.  And after all...isn't that what a romance story is all about?

As for my came about as I was wandering around atop the highest mountain in Taipa, Macau, listening to the song I'd chosen--Truly, Madly, Deeply.   And as the lyrics played through my head, I gazed out over the sea and saw this beautiful fantasy tale unfold in my imagination.  It flowed so easily and fit so well with the song, I knew I'd discovered the perfect inaugural story for the blog.  Here's a quick blurb... 

Starlight, Starbright, First Star I See Tonight.

Wishing upon a star can make all your dreams come true. And when Ilona finds herself in a terrifying situation, she wishes the man of her dreams would come and save her. Imagine her shock when Sirius, the brightest star in the sky answers that wish. And what happens next makes her most delicious fantasies come true.

Rated - Adult - for 18 years and older only.  
Genre - Urban Fantasy / Contemporary  
Heat Level - Sensual 

I love writing stories that are fantastical and different.   Stories that  take you on a journey into the imagination--just like this one.  I usually write longer books, so 5k is a stretch for me, but I think it turned out pretty well.  I hope you enjoy my FREE READ as much as I did writing it!!!!


CJ England


Truly, Madly, Deeply
by CJ England

Ilona Tyler slammed her drink down on the bar and stared at the man next to her.  “Are you saying the only reason you’ve been dating me is because I have the codes to get you in the backdoor of BattleCraft?  You think because I’m a video game designer, I’m so hard up, I’ll be grateful and give you the information in exchange for a few dinner dates?”
“Look.  It’s fair all around.”  The man seated on the barstool next to her squirmed uncomfortably.  “I need the codes to make my own version of the game, and it’s obvious someone who looks like you can use a little fun—”
“Someone who looks like me?” Ilona interrupted.  She closed her blue eyes and counted to ten.  It didn’t help.  Mingled pain and fury speared through her.  So much for giving him one last chance to make a good impression.  No wonder she’d been hesitant in accepting this third date invitation.  Deep down she’d known he was a sleaze.  
She shook her auburn head.  “You’re crazy, Gerard, if you think I’d do such a horrible thing.”  She stood and fished twenty dollars out of her purse.  “This non-date is over.  Here.  We’ll go Dutch.  But just so there’s no confusion, I never want to see you again.”
“Wait a minute, damn it.”  Gerard stood as well.  His hand shot out and grabbed her wrist.  “I need you to do this for me.”
 “Tough.  You want the codes?  Find them another way.  I’m not giving them to you.”’
“But I took you to dinner and a play and—” Gerard whined.
“Screw the dates,” Ilona snarled furiously, “and screw you!”
Jerking her arm away, she stormed out of the bar.  She was so angry, she didn’t even see the taxies waiting out front.  Instead, she turned and blindly headed away from downtown. 
Hitching her purse over her shoulder, she stomped down the quiet sidewalks of Savannah, Georgia.  It wasn’t fair.  Just because she wasn’t Miss America didn’t give some cretin the right to treat her like that.
She knew she wasn’t a raving beauty, but still, how could that bastard think she’d do something so dishonest?  Was she so hideous he thought she’d pay to get a date? Pay by stealing from the company she worked for?
A single tear slid down her pale cheek.  She was tired of men turning away just because she didn’t look like other women.  Why couldn’t they look past the face and see what was in her heart.
 She touched the vicious scar that traced its way from the outer edge of her left eye down past her chin.  Why was this all anyone cared about?
Sighing, she turned the corner and headed towards home.  She hated to remember, but at times like this she had no choice.  A fast car, a drunk driver, and her world had been turned upside down.  Her parents killed and she’d been scarred for life.  A happy night at the movies had turned into tragedy.
That had been six years ago, just as she’d been set to start her new life at Georgia Tech.  The accident changed everything, and her dream of being a computer engineer had given way to more practical needs—like feeding herself.  And while designing video games might not have been her first choice, she enjoyed the work she did.
That is, until jerks like Gerard, who because they were dark, built and handsome, thought they could charm their way into her good graces and take whatever they wanted.  Pain was pushed away by anger.  Damn it all.  It just wasn’t fair.
Her thoughts were cut short as a hand came down heavily on her shoulder and spun her around.  To her shock, the man of her thoughts stood glaring down at her.
“You’re going to give me what I asked for,” he growled.  “Right now.  You owe me.”
She tried to pull away, but he held on tight.  “And just why do I owe you?”
“You think I’d go out with a woman as ugly as you without incentive?” he snapped, ripping at her already tender emotions.  “No way.  Now give me the fucking codes!”
As angry as she was frightened, she reacted.  Her knee connected solidly with Gerard’s groin, and when he doubled over, she gave him a hard shove.  As he sprawled on the ground, she turned and ran, darting into the darkness of the tangled trees across the street.

High in the sky above her, the star called Sirius stared down at the scene below him.  His heart pounded in fury and dread.
For so long he’d watched this woman.  Seen her pain and admired her courage.  He’d been there the night she’d lost everything, and he’d become fascinated by the way she’d met each challenge she faced head on.  He’d mourned with her as she laid her parents to rest, and wished he could hold her when she wept copiously after realizing the cost of having the disfiguring scar removed was far beyond her financial means.  As time went by, he found himself more and more drawn to her.  So much so, he used the star magic at his disposal to visit her in her dreams.
It had started out innocently enough.  He’d slide into whatever dream she was having, just to get to know her.  They’d talk and laugh about her day, and when she became restless, he’d soothe her back into deeper sleep.  As he got more involved, so did her dreams.  He became the knight who saved the beautiful maiden from the dragon or the merman who wrapped his fins around her curvaceous body as she body-surfed over the waves.
   But then it had all changed.  During a nightmare, as she’d relived the terror of the accident, he’d held her close as she cried out her pain and fear.  One second he was holding her in his arms, the next he was kissing her desperately, tasting the salt of her tears on his lips.
And in that moment he knew, that he, the brightest star in the sky, had fallen in love.
After that, he longed to be closer to her.  Nightly, he became every hope, every wish, every fantasy she had.  He took her horseback riding on the beaches of Maui, dog sledding in Alaska, and together, they climbed Mount Everest.
They nibbled on fresh black pepper crab in Singapore, danced the tango in Buenos Ares, and he even took her hang gliding off Half Dome in Yosemite Park.
And after each adventure ended, he would take her somewhere quiet and secluded, lay her down and make sweet, delicious love to her.
It was the one way he could touch her…the only way to share himself.  And now, knowing she desperately needed him in real life, he paced in frustration.  It was galling that he couldn’t do anything but watch her terror.
She was quick, but the man who’d attacked her had not given up. He’d followed her into the maze of lush city park squares in downtown Savannah and was slowly gaining.  Sirius’ hands clenched impotently as he followed her progress.  To have to stand by while she was in danger was slowly destroying him.
  “Come on, love,” he whispered.  “Run.  Get away.”
He watched as she raced through an ornate wrought iron gate into Chippewa Square, and then hid behind a huge statue of General James Edward Oglethorpe.  Her chest heaved, and her eyes flashed with fear, and when Sirius saw the man appear in the square not more than a few feet from her, he couldn’t take anymore.
Using the same star magic that took him into Ilona’s dreams, he closed his eyes in concentration and prayed that the plan forming in his mind would actually work.

Trapped like a rat in a cage.  Ilona shook her head in self-disgust.  She’d been so stupid.  Running into the park instead of back into the bar or another crowded area.  Keeping silent instead of screaming her lungs out.  Now it was too late.  She was stuck in the darkness, surrounded by trees, and even if someone heard, they wouldn’t be able to help her in time.  It was like being caught in a nightmare.
She sighed.  Too bad it wasn’t a bad dream.  If she were having one of those, her dream lover would save her, just as he always did.
Although terrified, her mouth still softened at the thought of him.  Even after spending night after night with the man, she didn’t know his name.  But no matter what adventure they’d had, whether it be cave diving in the Yucatan or being saved from horrifying space aliens from the planet Xeothorpe, she knew he would be there to protect and keep her safe.  He was special and honest and true.  And somehow, in the midst of it all, she’d fallen in love with him.  Maybe that was why she was still single.  She judged all her dates against her wonderfully attentive dream lover.
“So where are you now?” she murmured under her breath.  “Where are you when I really need you?”
Make a wish on your star.
Going still in surprise, Ilona glanced surreptitiously around her.  Where had the voice come from?
Now, love.  Make a wish.
Her chest tightened in confusion, and quietly, she edged around the side of the statue.  She could still hear the panting breaths of her pursuer, but now she couldn’t see him.  It made no sense.  Why would he be telling her to make a wish?
She didn’t have long to wonder about it.  Out of the darkness a hand shot out, and she let out a strangled cry as Gerard hauled her against him. “You’re going to pay me one way or another, bitch,” he rasped.  He shook her violently.  “Either give me the codes or I’ll take my payment in trade.  All women look alike in the dark.”
You must trust me, Ilona.  Please, love.  Wish for help upon your star.
Still not understanding, she acted on instinct, obeying the somehow familiar voice.  Her gaze went to the velvet sky sparkling above her, and she found the brightest star…the one her dream lover had pointed out as her very own.  It pulsed wildly as if imploring her to hurry.  And as Gerard growled out a curse and ripped open her blouse, she sent her wish winging to the heavens.
I wish my dream lover were here with me. 
There was a moment of absolute silence.  It was so quiet, she could hear her own blood rushing through her veins.  Then, with a blinding flash that lit up the night, there was a shout of triumph so loud it numbed her senses.  Ilona’s attacker was ripped from her and hurled like a rag doll across the square.
She heard Gerard scream, a sound filled with such terror, it made her mouth go dry. Her world whirled around her as she staggered and almost fell.  Abruptly, she was pulled against the warmth of a man’s chest.  It was so hot, it burned, and with a cry of shock and disbelief, she gave up the fight and fell unconscious into the waiting light that enveloped her.

When she slowly came back to herself, she sighed in contentment.  She was so delightfully warm, so wonderfully comfortable, she didn’t want to wake up.  Then she heard the unexpected sound of a heartbeat beneath her cheek, and surprised, her eyes flew open.
The figure above her was familiar.  Golden eyes, hair burnished by the sun and a strong tanned body that made her ache with desire just looking at him.  The simple white shirt and pants he wore only added to his masculine beauty.  As he gently touched her face, his sensuous mouth curved into a smile. 
And she knew him.
“You,” she whispered.  “I must still be asleep.”
Bringing her fingers to his lips, he chuckled.  “No, love.  You are very much awake.”
She shook her head.  “I can’t be.  You’re my dream lover.  I only see you in my dreams.”
“Your dream lover?”  His eyes darkened.  “I like that.  Very much.”
“Am I unconscious?” She stared up at him.  “Did Gerard…”
“No,” the man holding her said quickly.  “He did not.  I spirited you away before he could hurt you.  Don’t you remember wishing on a star?”
Ilona went still.  “Yes.  But—”
“I was that star.”
Her mouth opened and closed.  “Th-That’s impossible.”
“You wished for me and I came,” he whispered, brushing a soft kiss over her lips.  “For the first time I was able to come to you in real life, not just in your dreams.”
Shock made her voice tremble.  “You…you’re saying you’re real?”
The look on her face made Sirius want to laugh, but he knew if they were to have any chance at a future, he had to make her understand.
“I am as real as you are, but different.  I am your dream lover, but I’m also the star you wished upon.  My name is Sirius, and I’ve been watching you for a long time, Ilona Tyler.”
Her eyes went wide, and she pushed away from him.  He didn’t stop her when she staggered to her feet.  “You’re crazy.  This is crazy.”  She stared around her in confusion.  “W-Where are we?”
Sirius stood as well.  “Don’t you recognize it?  This is the top of Half Dome in Yosemite Park.”
   “We went hang gliding here.  In my dreams.”
He nodded.  “Yes.  I wanted to bring you somewhere familiar…and safe.”
She eased to the edge and looked over the side of the spectacular carved mountain.  “I can’t believe this.  I must have hit my head.”
“No, Ilona.”  Carefully, he reached out and took her hand, pulling her back from the dangerous cliff.  “It is the truth.  I’ve longed to be with you on this plane of reality, but until you wished upon my star, I was unable to come.  Except in your dreams.”
Her eyes showed a dawning awareness of belief.  “You…you’re a star?”
“The brightest one in the heavens.  And one very close to your Earth.”
“Sirius,” she whispered slowly.  “The dog star?”
He grimaced.  “Not my favorite moniker.  I much prefer the one given to me by your ancient astronomers.  Seirios.
Ilona looked up into the night sky.  “But I can see the star I wished on.  If you’re it, why is it still there?”
He glanced up at the glowing light.  “What you see there are the elements that make up the body of the star.  But those components are dimmed…at rest.  I give the star its energy.  Its spirit, you might say.  When I am with you, here now or in a dream, it still can be seen, yet it has no life.”
“So that’s why it doesn’t dance any more.”
Sirius smiled.  “Yes.”
She stepped closer.  “You saved me.”
“I couldn’t let him hurt you.”  Sirius gently pulled her into his arms.  “Yet, I’m not allowed to leave the heavens without an invitation.  Usually, I’m not strong enough to make contact with you to ask for one.  At least not when you are awake.  When you sleep you are more receptive, and I could get through to you easier.  But tonight…seeing you in such danger gave me the strength of ten stars, and I was finally able to make you hear my voice.”
“I still don’t understand,” she whispered.  “You spoke in my mind?  You came to me in my dreams?  How?”
“A little star magic.”  He ran a soothing hand down her stiff back.  “All stars have it, yet very few use it.  But the first moment I saw you, I knew you were important to me.  The magic helped me get closer.”
“Just how long have you been watching me?”
He saw the apprehension on her face, and his heart sank.  “Please, love.  Don’t be frightened.  I have watched you for many years.  Since the night of your accident.”
To his surprise, her eyes filled with tears, and she tried to cover her face.  “This isn’t a dream, so you see the real me.  That means…”
Understanding raced through him, and he groaned aloud.  “Don’t.  Ilona.”  He held her tightly, pressing a kiss to the disfiguring scar.  “This may be what brought you to my attention, but I stayed because of what I saw in you.  Intelligence, courage, understanding and kindness, all wrapped up in a sexy, beautiful package.  Believe me when I say, the more we were together, the more interesting I found you.”
“I’m…not beautiful.”
“You are,” he disagreed.  “Both inside and out.  A scar doesn’t change that.  And it was that beauty that made me visit you in your dreams.  I wanted to get to know you in every way I could.”
She relaxed a little, and her eyes searched his.  “So the dreams were real…you were real.”
“I used your dreams to give us a place to share our thoughts and hopes.  So while the adventures weren’t real, everything else we shared was.”
Pink touched her cheeks.  “E-Everything?”
He didn’t have to be in her mind to know she was thinking of the intimacies they’d shared.  Pulling her even closer, he kissed her again, this time more deeply.  “Everything.  I wanted to be everything you needed, everything you wanted.  And as we spent more time together, something extraordinary happened.”  He brushed back her hair and kissed her trembling lips.
“I fell in love with you.” 
Ilona could only blink at him.  Words were beyond her.  A gorgeous, wonderful man loved her?  With all her imperfections?  Then she shook her head.  Scratch that.  Not a man…but a star.  That was even more astonishing.

  “You must believe me,” he insisted, his gaze turning fierce and determined.  “I’ve stood with you on this mountain.”  He waved his hand and to her shock, Ilona found herself drifting along underwater on the back of a sleek dolphin.  “We’ve bathed together in the sea.”  Before she could comprehend she was breathing water with no problems, a moment later, they were lying in a pillowy bower of clouds, Sirius’ arms wrapped tightly around her.  “I want to lay here with you forever.  Until the very sky where I live falls down on us both.”
Stunned to the bottom of her soul, Ilona touched his strong jaw.  “That’s…that’s just like my favorite song.”
“I know,” Sirius murmured, “just as I know I do love you.  Truly, madly, deeply do.”
“But—” her heart was pounding, her head spinning in a mixture of joy and fear, “you’re a star…I’m only a human.  How can you—”
“Love knows no boundaries, Ilona,” he interrupted.  “And if you want your wish to be forever all you have to do is ask.”
Hope surged up inside her so hard it hurt.  “My wish?  You mean…you could stay with me?  Be with me?”
Sirius smiled slowly.    “I can stay with you or you can come be with me in my home among the stars.  But…there is a catch to this.”
Her heart sank.  “A catch?”
He nodded.  “Yes, love.  For your wish to become a reality forever, you have to do one thing.”  His face darkened, and for the first time she could see nerves in his eyes. 
“You have to love me back.”
Sweet, soothing relief flowed through her, and she laughed shakily.  “Oh, is that all?”
His arms tightened as he frowned down at her.  “It is everything.  Please, Ilona.  Do not mock me.  Give me…us a chance.  You can love me.  I swear I will do everything to give you a reason to.”
She couldn’t bear the vulnerability and worry in his voice.  Quickly, she cradled his strong face in her hands.  “You don’t understand, my dream lover.  I can’t try and love you.”  Leaning up, she brushed her lips over his.
“I already do.”
The flare of joy that went through Sirius lit the clouds up like summer lightning.  Satisfaction, desire and longing.  A potent brew that raced through him with the force of a starstorm.  He searched her eyes, and love exploded when he saw that same emotion staring up at him.
“You do love me.”  His voice shook with surprised wonder.  “I had wished, but I couldn’t…wouldn’t expect…”
She put her fingers to his lips, stopping the rambling explanation.  “Then your wish came true, too.”
He touched his forehead to hers, fighting against the feelings welling up inside him.  “I thought it would take you more time…to love.”
“We’ve known each other for how long now?”  Ilona smiled gently.  “You’ve been with me in my dreams for as long as I can remember.  Since the night of my parent’s funeral.”
“You remember that?” he marveled.  “The first time I slid into your dreams?”
“How could I not remember?”  She kissed his chin.  “I was sitting on the porch, so tired of having to talk to everyone.  I must have fallen asleep because next thing I knew, you walked up the steps.  You didn’t say anything.  Just sat next to me and held my hand.  And even when I cried, all you did was hold me.  You knew exactly what I needed.”  Her eyes darkened.  “Then I woke up and you were gone.  That’s when I realized none of it was real.”
“Yet now you know it was real, just as this is.”  Sirius held her tighter, answering her kiss with one of his own.  “And I will never leave you again.  I’m sorry it took pain to bring us together, but I swear on every star in the sky I will do everything I can to bring you pleasure.  If it is within my power, the only tears you cry will be those of joy.”
“If we can be truly together—” she wriggled beneath him, “—then my joy is already complete.”
Desire beckoned, love demanded.  And when his lips captured hers, Sirius knew that his reason for living…the deeper meaning in his life had finally been revealed.
Unable to help himself, he used his star magic, and in the blink of an eye, their clothes disappeared.  His kiss turned voracious as he tasted what before he’d only known in his most hopeful dreams.
He touched her, his hands moving over the body he already knew so well.  But this time it was different.  This time it was special.
This time it was real.
“Sirius,” she gasped as he moved his lips down to capture a peaked nipple.  “Oh, God.  Please don’t stop.  I love you.”
His answer was a growl as he sucked the tip of her breast into his mouth.  When she arched toward him, he put his hands behind her, holding her in place.  And he feasted.
She was delicious.  Sweet and sultry and oh, so soft.  The knowledge she now belonged to him almost made his head explode with passion.  He moved, keeping his mouth on her breast while his hand traced down to the sultry warmth between her legs.  One touch and he groaned again.  She was already wet, her inner folds and clitoris slick with her juices.  He wanted to taste her, breathe in the spice of her passion, but he wasn’t sure he had the control for that.
Instead, he slid two fingers inside her warm channel then used his thumb to gently press against her already swollen clit.  Closing his eyes, he concentrated and sent star warmth racing into his fingers.  As soon as she felt it, Ilona’s eyes flew open and she cried out his name.
It was so erotic.  Sirius’ hand was hotter than the rest of him and the feeling of him stroking in and out of her was beyond pleasurable.  Not one to lay passive, Ilona ran her hand down his body, taking his thick cock in her hand.  He was just as beautiful in real life as he was in her dreams, and her mouth watered at how he would taste.
Yet as much as she wanted to do more, the climax burning deep within her belly was spinning tighter, and all she could do was squeeze and caress him the same way he was touching her.
His muttered groans filled her ears and his penis throbbed, pre-come slicking the head and making him even easier to stroke.  Only a few moments passed before his hips were moving in the same rhythm as her own. 
The touch of his mouth on her breast…the feel of his hand, finally was more than she could take.  Her hand squeezed him one last time before she imploded, and for the first time, Sirius truly showed her the stars.
She saw all the color and light of the heavens.  Flaring comets and flaming meteors.  Spinning planets and dusty moons.  Her body burned with the ecstasy of loving and being loved, and it was at that moment she understood the true joy of being with the man you needed above all others.
Even if he wasn’t a man at all.
She was still reeling from her orgasm when he slid between her thighs and plunged deep inside her.  She screamed, her cry almost breathless as she went sailing into the sky a second time.  He thrust deeply, his hands holding her hips, his lips at her ear as he whispered his love and need for her.  She felt him swell even bigger as he shouted out her name.  And all the warmth and beauty of the glittering sky raced through her as they went over the edge together and rode the wind up into the very sun itself.

     It was a long time later when Sirius stirred and kissed her smiling lips.  “I love you, Ilona.  You are everything I could want in a woman.”

She snuggled closer.  “I love you.  I’ve loved you for a long time.”
     “Will you come with me?” he asked.  “Live with me in the sky?  I swear you will not regret it.”
Her heart leapt with even more joy, but still she hesitated.  “You really want me?  The real me?  I’m not perfect.  I’m no beautiful star.”
“By the Sun!”  His eyes narrowed.  “I don’t care about your scar.  Don’t you understand that?  You may have hidden it in your dreams, but I always knew it was there.  And it mattered not.”
A single tear traced down her face, highlighting the blemish with its silver brush.  “I’m sorry,” she whispered.  “But no one has been able to see past it before.”
“You want to see how little I care?” 
A heartbeat later, they were lying beside a beautiful lake.  It was so still, the water so clear, it was as if it were a living mirror, and Ilona cringed as she saw her reflection in it.  She touched the scar, the familiar numbness making her shudder.
“Watch,” was all Sirius said.
Then with a flick of his finger along her cheek, he traced the knotted flesh.  Just once.  And to her complete astonishment, the scar disappeared.  She touched her face in shocked bewilderment.  “W-What did you do?”
He shrugged.  “I made it go away.”
“Go away,” she echoed.  “You can do that?”
“Ilona.”  He took her into his arms and then touched her cheek again.
Immediately, the familiar numbness came back, and one look in the mirrored lake told her the scar had returned as well.  She gazed up at Sirius in confusion.  “Why?  I don’t understand.”
“To show you it doesn’t matter.  Yes, without the scar your human body is even more beautiful, but to me it’s unimportant.  With the scar or without, I love you.  And I will love you long after we shed these human bodies and become pure energy.  Then flesh and blood…and scars won’t matter.  It will only be us.  Our essence and the love we still have together.
She hadn’t thought about what form he…they would use in the heavens.  Finally, she understood.  The scar didn’t matter to him because he really did see inside her.  Not as a human male might, but as a being of energy and light, one who could see what was really important.  Sirius had literally seen the birth of the universe and all in it, and he knew the saying, “beauty is only skin deep”, was a truth worth believing.
Wrapping her arms around him, she lifted her lips to his.  “Thank you.  For seeing me.  For loving me.  I want to be with you.  Wherever you choose.  In any form you choose.”
He held her tightly.  “In my star home we can still have these human bodies.  I find I enjoy making love with you this way.”
She giggled.  “But you’ll show me other ways as well?”
Sirius groaned as his human flesh stirred again.  “I will.  Loving you in all forms possible will be the greatest adventure we have yet to try.”
“And we’ll live amongst the stars?”
He touched her face again, smiling at the joy in her eyes when she felt the scar melt away…this time forever.  If it made her happy, he would give her this gift, though in his eyes nothing important had changed.  “This is a new beginning, my love.  Now Sirius will be a binary star again.”
“Not a star,” she corrected with a gasp as he slid inside her one more time. “There are two of us.  Ilona and Sirius.  Th-This time we will be a c-constellation.”
“As long as I hold you in my arms, we can be whatever you like.”  A growl escaped Sirius as he moved within her warmth.  The need welled up inside him so fast he could hardly breathe.  He called upon his magic, and a moment later they were covered in bright light as they slowly rose into the dark night sky to take their place in the heavens.

A week later astronomers around the world shook their heads in collective shock when a new star was suddenly discovered.  Later it was reported in Astronomy Magazine...

     The smaller star appeared in the sky without warning.  It hugs close to the larger star, Sirius, giving the impression the two stars are somehow intertwined.  Data shows the smaller star has many of the characteristics of the former binary star, yet is it’s own entity.  Because of this it has been given it’s own star status.  Due to the closeness of the two stars, amateur stargazers have given this new constellation a romantic and perhaps fitting name.

The Lovers.

The End 


CJ England

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hiatus Fun: Valentine's Day LOLs

Hey all,

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!  Give your special someone a kiss and a squeeze.  Take them out to dinner!  Give them candy!  Buy a bottle of wine and celebrate.  And end the night the way this romance writer does, by taking a little intimate time with your sweet baboo or babette.

As you know, I'm on hiatus while we move to South America with Cirque du Soleil.  As promised, I'm not disappearing, but adding a few blogs now and again, this time on Thursdays.  I won't be sending out many emails to announce a new blog, so make sure you sign up for the blog updates in the upper left hand corner of the blog.

I am targeting being back on the blog once a week by April 1st, so look then for a new blog about our first couple weeks in Brazil.

But until then, I'll be posting various blogs.  Some new...a few older popular ones, all starting with this fun look at Valentine Day cartoons.  Enjoy!

He must be a lawyer.

The answer to that is YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At least he's honest...

For you fans out there!  Gotta love them...

Is this one of the Kama Sutra positions?

CJ England

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Last Look at Europe

Hey all,

Here it last blog from Germany.  We've had a marvelous time over the last year touring through all the wonderful countries of Europe and while we could spend many more months here, we're looking forward to our next adventure...

South America!!!!  And Brazil!!!!

We've heard both wonderful and scary things about this country.  There are beautiful sights to be seen, things to do and people to meet.  There is also a lot of poverty, crime and ugliness.  But then can say that about many places we've visited.  As long as we're careful and keep our wits about us AND remember it's a whole new world out there, we should do fine.

But this blog is about Europe.  As I said, we've enjoyed this place.  Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Switzerland and Germany.  Six great countries and we've had wonderful times in each of them.

I've seen wondrous art, gorgeous scenery, and interesting cities.  I've gazed at architecture older than anything we have in the USA and enjoyed listening to music and plays from a totally different perspective.  I've tasted beers and wines from different regions and eaten many different foods.  In fact, one of my favorite things to do is to try dishes from each of the countries we've visited.

We've stood at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, and kissed with the City of Light behind us.  We've walked the sandy beaches near Barcelona, Spain along the Balearic Sea.  I've snacked on "space cakes" (marijuana filled brownies) during our time in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  In Antwerp, Belgium I learned how to make Belgium chocolates, beer and their famous lace.  And in Zurich, we didn't spend much time there...but traveled all over Switzerland, one of the highlights of our trips was seeing the famous Matterhorn!  
And in Germany, we lived in Dusseldorf, Berlin and Hamburg.  And we thoroughly enjoyed Octoberfest, the Christmas markets, the Black Forest and all the historical sights there.  The Berlin Wall and WWII memorials, German castles and forts, and the famous waterways that stretch through the country.

I have to say I enjoyed two things more than anything else.  One, is the architecture.  The USA just doesn't have the old buildings you find here in Europe.  Almost every town we've visited or lived in had so many gorgeous and unusual places to see.  Sometimes there were whole blocks of amazing homes, warehouses and public buildings.  Just when I thought I'd seen it all, I'd visit a new town and be astonished all over again.  I'll miss that when we go home.  The age and elegance of Europe's architecture as a whole.  
The second thing is the art.  I absolutely LOVE the statues, the paintings, the frescoes and other artworks I've discovered.  I've appreciated the old masters and sighed over the new artists I've discovered.  I've enjoyed visiting museums of all kinds and wish now I'd done more as I grew up.  I do know I'll do a lot more museum visiting back in the states.

I'm curious as to what we'll find both architecture and art wise in South America.  It won't be the same, since Europe is the birthplace of so many types of art.

In the time we have left, we'll visit Prague, Vienna, and do a tour of Italy.  And I know we'll find even more wonderful things there.

And when I get back from my hiatus, I'll tell you all about them!

Hugs to all and see you in South America!!!!

CJ England

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