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I am the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best Selling author of The Proposition, Proposal, Music of the Heart, and Nets and Lies. I am represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel and Goderich for all books except for Proposition and Proposal.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Did Someone Say They Wanted to See the Preface for The Proposal? :)


HAPPY, HAPPY 2013 everyone!! I can't say I'm too sad to see 2012 go...it was a hard, hard year that was only tempered by the amazing year end success of The Proposition. So to celebrate that, to whet your appetites for The Proposal(which is coming sooner than you think), and to celebrate 1K likes to Katie Ashley Facebook page(if you haven't liked yet, well, feel free: http://www.facebook.com/katieashleybooks , I've decided to unleash the Preface on you....

Yep, this time there is a Preface. Why, you might ask? Well, let's just say it's a hint into Aidan's past...a brief glimpse at why he is the way that he is.









     Preface

Aidan tried to still the rapid beating of his heart as he raced up the front walkway. Stumbling on the porch steps, he lurched towards the front door. He banged both of his fists against the wood as hard as he could. “Please! Please open up! I have to talk to you!” he shouted. His hand slid down the jamb to the doorbell. His finger punched it relentlessly like a SOS call in Morse Code.     

Finally, his desperate ministrations were rewarded by the front door swinging open. At the sight of her tear stained face, his soul twisted in agony. “Please…please just let me talk to you!”

She shook her head. “There’s nothing left to say, Aidan. We’ve been down this road too many times. I’ve come to the conclusion that your actions will always speak louder than your words.”

“No, last night is not what I want. It’s just I was scared with the baby and everything that’s happened between us in the last few weeks.”

When she tried sweeping past him out the door, he pushed himself in front of her like a shield. “Aidan, move. I have to get to work. Nothing you have to say is going to change the way I feel right now.”

“Can’t you call in? I love you, and I want to make this right.” He raked a shaky hand through his already disheveled hair. He was still in the wrinkled clothes he had worn the day before. He hadn’t slept, hadn’t eaten—he had spent the night consumed with how to get her back. “No matter what you think, I do love you…and I do want the baby.”

She raised her head to glare at him. Aidan took a step back at the unadulterated rage that burned in her eyes. “Don’t you dare say that! I know how you really feel about me being pregnant—the burden it is on your life. If anything, it’s the reason you were fucking that girl! Because when you’re scared, you always manage to screw up!”

Shoving him out of the way, she stomped down the porch steps. He followed close on her heels. “Okay, you’re right. It was a burden—maybe it still is. But I realize now I was just being stupid. I love you, and I do want to marry you and raise our child.”

She skidded to a stop. Her shoulders sagged before she slowly turned around. “Right now you think that’s what you want. But I know you too well. Before we get married or before the baby is born, you’ll get scared and cheat again.” She shook her head sadly. “I was stupid to think me being pregnant would change you. That somehow it would make you commit. But you can’t even be faithful for your baby.”

Aidan reached out for her, but she spun away and ran down the sidewalk. When he finally caught up to her, she had locked herself in the car.

He banged his fist against the window. “Please. Please don’t do this!”

She threw the car in reverse and squealed out of the driveway. The engine roared as she sped down the street. Aidan closed his eyes in defeat. He staggered back, trying desperately to stop himself from hyperventilating. 

Then the sound of screeching tires and busting glass caused Aidan’s heart to shudder to a stop. He sprinted to the edge of the driveway. His entire world slowed to a crawl at the sight of the mangled heap of twisted metal in the distance.


“AMY!” he screamed.



*In case you forgot, Amy was Aidan's first love...the one who caught him cheating in the exact same way as Emma...except Amy had tried to trap him into marriage by getting pregnant.


38 comments:

  1. OH MY GOD and WHOLLY SHIT don't seem to cover it. I can't wait for this release!

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  2. I love it too!!! I can't wait! It won't be out soon enough.

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  3. Ahh I can't wait! I love Emma & Aidan. March better hurry the hell up!!

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  4. awe man how much longer is the wait i am totally gonna burst!!

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  5. OMFG WOW!!!! I sooooooo cannot wait for this book.

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  6. OMG I've got goosebumps!! Is it release day already???

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  7. Nice job Katie! Great start. It's going to be a great year for you! A well-deserved great year for you.

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  8. I am getting so impatient waiting for the release of this book!

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  9. Oh Lord this book needs to be released like now!!! I'm so excited for it! Fantastic start!

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  10. Oh. My. God. I need this book ASAP! That was definitely not what I was expecting. This is going to be an amazing book and I can't wait for it to be released!

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  11. I can not wait for this book to come out.. hurry up calendar!!!! Omg...

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  12. This is so good. It will be torture to wait

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  13. OMG! Thats all I can think and say......

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  14. I am so freaking excited for The Proposal... I just can't stand it!!!!!!!

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  15. I can't wait to get my hands on The Proposal! =)

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  16. Omg im flippin out...soooo cannot wait for this!!!

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  17. Oh my goodness, you are a massive tease...but I love it!

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  18. Now, I've heard January 5 release and others are mentioning a March release. I can not possibly wait until March!

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    1. So confused! Goodreads says January 15th and I can't even find the book on Amazon. Why won't Katie answer with the real date!

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    2. Sherry L./CJ all over Katie's FB page it says Jan. 15th. I think it was originally a March release but got bumped up. I don't think all books are available for pre-order on Amazon that's why its not listed. The author has to upload it and then it goes live the day of the release. Amazon can be kind of slow on these things too! I hope that helps. :)

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    3. Ive read January 5 on her face book page. Im still praying for a release TOMORROW ;)

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    4. I totally missed that! Tomorrow would certainly be BETTER...fingers crossed. :D

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  19. Wait is it not coming out today? It says it's coming out today on her "About Me" on the left... but I can't find it on Amazon...

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    1. I didnt find it on amazon either :(

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  20. OH MY FACKING HOLY HOLY HELL! I AM SO BEYOND EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!!

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  21. Just bring it on up here to upstate SC! I'm only an hour and a half away... Depending on who is driving!! I absolutely cannot wait to read this and the new ones! I'm going to have to give my students away work so that I can read! Haha!! Shhhh don't tell anyone!!! Can't wait!!!!

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  22. Ugh Poor Aidan!!! Can't wait for 6 more long days. I've never wished a weekend to be over before it starts! You've got me in a spell "Aidan and Emma" spell that is:) Ssooooooooooooo excited!!! SQUEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL:)

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  23. The book is out just bought it in my kindle!!!!!!

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