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Weight Loss Through Body Building

Strategies used by professional body builders that you may not know about.
Weight Loss Thorough Body Building by James Eaton
Weight Loss Thorough Body Building by James Eaton
NEW YORK - May 24, 2016 - PRLog – James Eaton, a Selma, Alabama based author, has launched “BODYBUILDING FOR WEIGHT LOSS: “FACTS” ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS THROUGH BODY BUILDING THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT” on Amazon.This book contains an easy to follow plan which contains researched strategies by professional bodybuilders. In addition to explaining when to eat, when to exercise, and when to rest., you will “learn the weight-training exercises you need to work out your entire body – and how to work your way up to greater weights and more reps!”

This book explains strategy through applying time tested lessons proven to work through history.

With summer fast approaching, there is a demand to implement effective techniques that can produce desired results. With diet supplements being a multi-billion dollar industry there have been too many try and fail experiences in figuring out what does work.

Knowing the right facts and details can aid in choosing the right supplements, weight training options, diet, and techniques.

Eaton developed this book to act as a reference guide to help arm the reader with potent knowledge to accomplish an effective body building routine. This book is recommended for beginners to get a quick launch into how to effectively target their needs. Experienced bodybuilders can also find this useful in developing an award- winning physique.

This is book is available for free under the Kindle Unlimited Program.


Free Adult Coloring Book Page from Mandala Mantra 30 Handmade Meditation Mandalas With Mantras in Sanskrit and English



Inside this book are 30 Hand Made Meditation Mandalas for relaxation, peace and healing. Each Mandala has a Sanskrit mantra with English translation. The mantras have been chosen as per the theme of the Mandala on that page. Back of the page is blank so that the completed Mandala can be taken out and framed. The design of the mandala has been created to be visually appealing so as to absorb the mind in such a way that irritating thoughts are unable to get through and a spiritual essence surrounds the individual observing the mandala, which in turn allows the individual a higher consciousness or awareness, almost as though being hypnotized. This allows the busy mind to take a break while the creative mind is allowed to run free. Having said that, the mandala is primarily used as a form of meditation to gain knowledge from within. It is important to let go of the negative feelings while coloring. If they creep back, simply bring your focus and attention back to the beauty of the mandala.

This book is created by Surabhi Kuthala.

Surabhi has had a flair for drawing illustrations from early years of her childhood. Surabhi believes that art can be seen in everything and anything. She believes that an artist is born with a beautiful heart and mind. “I see happiness around myself and that is what I like to draw, happy faces. Creating art is like meditation to me, it relaxes and rejuvenates me. ” quotes Surabhi. Surabhi is inspired by everything and anything that she sees, feels and experiences, but loves feminine figures, which portray different moods of womanhood. She loves to reveal feelings and thoughts through her art. Her work tends to be intricate and detailed. Mandala Mantra is her first coloring book to be published to be followed by many more.

You can experience one of Surabhi’s Mandalas right now for free.

Print Your Free Adult Coloring Book Page :

If you encounter any issues receiving your downloaded coloring page

please directly contact the author website Visit the Mandala Mantra Website this site also contains more information about the author and

her work. It is also a great place to enjoy a variety of her postings.

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A teenager with savant talents obsesses with solving a mystery

“A Whole Lot” is a Kindle scout winning debut novel of Bradley Wind. The main character in the story, Abel Velasco, is a teenage savant. He was raised in foster care until he was reunited to live with an abusive aunt and an older sister. Abel has the ability to see patterns and solve complex mathematical puzzles.

Abel ventures into an abandoned mansion and finds strangely numbered Bible. He wonders if there is a link between the Bible and the murders that occurred at the mansion. This sends him on a journey from suburban New Jersey to Berkeley, California and beyond.

Bradley Wind has demonstrated a great deal of research by choosing a unique case of the autism spectrum to create a character around. Reading Abel’s dialogue and thoughts will give the reader an introspective look into following the mental flow and logic of a gifted mind.

Wind was born and raised in Pennsylvania. A prolific visual artist whose work has exhibited in the 20th century wing of the Philadelphia Museum. He is currently a director of IT for a child-focused non-profit.

Read the ample three chapter preview on Amazon

Author Christina Tetreault Captivates with Hot Contemporary Romance

When Callie Taylor loses her mother, she is shocked to find out her father didn’t die in a car accident as she had always believed. In fact, her father is a US Senator who had been unaware that she even existed! Callie is unsure she wants to be a part of this “new” family. Senator Warren Sherbrooke wants to meet his daughter and sends his stepson, Dylan Talbot to make arrangements. Callie and Dylan both question each others’ motives, but cautiously proceed to start a friendship.

Senator Sherbrooke is a very honest politician who is willing to face his responsibilities from a past lost love. His wife, daughter, Sara, and son, Jake, have different ways of accepting Callie. Dylan tries to appease both his mother and step-father while finding himself falling in love with Callie.

“The Teachers Billionaire” offers an ample preview to look inside and read on Amazon. Author Christina Tetreault has written an entire growing series on the Sherbrookes of Newport. Each title offers a passionate journey into the life of a handsome billionaire. Tetreault’s characters are just so real; within a few pages you will certainly forge a connection to them.
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Baltimore writer ranks in the top 100 Young Adult Books for “Outsiders”

Tammy Ferebee’s book “ Outsiders” has risen in the top 100 Kindle Young Adult Science Fiction category. Ferebee resides with her family in Baltimore, Maryland. She enjoys an active family life and is an avid reader. “Outsiders” is a young adult reader’s choice for its lively and diverse characters.

The main character Jaylen Hayes knows that she is different from all other seventeen-year-old girls. Possessing extraordinary intelligence, she is also uncannily powerful and inexplicably hated by wild animals. But it is not until she transfers to Trinity High that she learns the truth about who—and what—she really is.

Instinctively drawn to two new classmates—the intense and passionate Indigo, and the charismatic and breathtakingly gorgeous Michael—Jaylen soon learns the shocking secret of their shared heritage, and the bloodline that extends to the stars. However, all is not what it seems, and Jaylen soon finds her newfound security threatened when a trusted friend becomes a dangerous and vengeful enemy.

“Outsiders has character personas that tastefully voice complex and challenging social issues of today. Ferebee points out body image, people trying to change themselves, and many more topics.”  said Steve Owen, of Independent Publishing News. Fans also agree that her adding bits of LGBT were clever and something that took a lot of courage.

Outsiders contains teen slang and some sexual content.

Outsiders has a free book preview on Amazon:…

Legal Thriller # 1 Best- Seller :

5th Installment Brent Marks Series

What would you do if your profession that you worked hard to build over several years was trashed online by an anonymous group of people? You thought justice would be on your side, after all it is simple right ? Get the website fined and the people harassing you revealed to face the music. Its not that easy.  There are laws protecting their anonymity to hide and ruin your career. There are people out there you don’t know that can ruin you with a few keystrokes.

What can be done about this ?

You fight hard and you go through obstacles to make decisions that push you to limits you have never experienced.

Brent Marks, attorney, is in possibly over his head in this 5th installment series. Brent gets caught up in this sick web of lies, deception, and murder. Anonymous people attacking him through a website and stalking a new client is just one level.  At first the law is not his side. The intensity begins with the introduction.

You will have to jump over to Amazon and give this an immediate read


Kenneth Eade writes in a manner where you are dropped right into the heart of the action inside of Brent Marks’s head. Eade has established himself not only as a best-selling crime author but also as a seasoned legal professional with three decades of experience . When you read any of his books, you not only walk away with an intense thrill ride, but also an unforgettable lesson in law.





“The Awakening of Tara” (“Charmed in Paradise”, Book 1) by Sara McBride

Are you a fan of steamy paranormal romance books that feature spunky, curvaceous heroines and sexy, ripped billionaires? Then, “The Awakening of Tara” is the book you’ve been looking for. The first in the “Charmed in Paradise” series, this novella will introduce you to a world of hot witches, gorgeous pro-athletes, and billionaire wizards. The funny characters, scorching romance, and unexpected twists and turns will keep you glued to the pages and leave you wanting more.

Tara is a big girl who thought her relationship with her fiancé was going great until he decided to leave her for a skinny little bitch. Tara has always been a confident woman, but now her self-esteem has been shredded. To make things worse, work is stressful and she doesn’t even have time to think about the breakup and decide what to do next. So, when her best friend suggests a vacation on the tropical paradise island of Barbados, Tara immediately accepts. She really needs to relax, figure out her life, and allow her wounds to heal. Unfortunately, destiny has other plans for her: a freak accident on a Caribbean beach leaves Tara with a magical gift that makes her irresistible to men. Of course, this is great because her gift rebuilds her self-esteem and throws her into the arms of a sexy mega millionaire pro-athlete. The bad news is that it also draws the attention of an evil billionaire wizard who likes to take what he wants without asking questions.

Now, Tara has to find a way to fight the evil wizard and protect her friends. One might say her life has become even more complicated than before, but at least now she knows what true love really feels like. She is determined to find a way out of this mess and get her happily-ever-after.

“The Awakening of Tara” is a steamy romance that is intended only for adults age 18 and over. Author Sara McBride is amazing when it comes to character development, so readers will immediately relate to the heroine, Tara. She is strong, confident, and she shows women that there is life after a breakup. Such terrible things only happen because there’s something better waiting for you in the future. Tara’s journey of self-discovery is thrilling and empowering, and her incredible adventures will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

“The Awakening of Tara” is scheduled for release on July 15th, 2015. The second book in the series, “The Temptation of Tara”, will be released on July 22nd, 2015, and the third book, “The Redemption of Tara”, on July 29th, 2015.

Pre-order the first book from Amazon.

Will You Help Surprise James Ralph Kuntz, WWII Veteran, for His 100th Birthday?

For most of the world, we do not stop and think about coming to a point in our life where we have earned the wisdom of 100 years.
James Ralph Kuntz is not plugged in to social media or the web like most of us. His wealth doesn’t come from material things. His prosperity lies in his current friends and hopefully in new friends like you.

It would be a great random act of kindness to take a few moments to send him a birthday card to wish him a happy 100th birthday.
His friend, Serena Catron adds, “I’d like to ask anyone who is able to kindly send a birthday card to this gentleman to let him know we appreciate his service that contributed to the war effort that saved the world from tyranny,”

Your card would be an excellent way to help him celebrate his birthday on June 15th.

Birthday Cards can be sent to:

Salena Catron c/o James Ralph Kuntz
3310 Orleans Drive
Kokomo, IN 46902

Today’s Top Books:

All The Light We Cannot See

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).


The Wright Brothers

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.

Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?

David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading.

When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their “mission” to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed.

In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

Today’s Featured Most Extraordinary Librarian

Antonio La Cava is a retired schoolteacher from Ferrandina, Italy. After 42 years of teaching he asked himself what more he could do spread the love of reading among children.

In 2003 he bought a used Ape motorbike and heavily modified it to house 700 books.

Ever since he travels the Italian countryside, bringing books to villages in the region of Basilicata. The sound of an organ is announcing Il Bibliomotocarro’s arrival.

La Cava’s mission is to spread the love of reading, because:

A disinterest in reading often starts in schools where the technique is taught, but it’s not being accompanied by love. Reading should be a pleasure, not a duty.

⇢ Credits and more info / via Inhabitat

Antonio also enjoys supporting Indie Authors .

Browse through today’s recommended reading picks:


A Bestseller from an Award-Winning Author

After eleven years of marriage, Maya falls madly in love with a mysterious man. Through alleys fragrant with the pungent smell of fried rice, amid child beggars and vendors of psychedelic fabrics, she makes surprising discoveries about the stranger, and about herself. How far will she be willing to go?



Adventure, danger, and timeless love–Gallagher’s Pride is the first in a series about a frontier family’s legacy, healing old wounds, and fighting for the land they love. Brenna Cameron travels from Scotland after losing someone she loves in search of family she didn’t know existed. Alone now in the world, Brenna makes an arduous journey, following the trail of discovery to Briarwood, Montana. Here she meets Ethan Gallagher, and the rest of the Gallagher clan. Only with their help is she able to discover lost family, heal old wounds and embark on a treacherous confrontation with a man who destroyed her family. She was a on a quest of discovery. He was on a quest for revenge. Together they would discover a second chance.



Young readers will:

1. Learn facts about animals and how they drink
2. Be curious and ask questions
3. Enjoy great and colorful images
4. Enjoy a book about animals


This is a sweet children’s book written primarily for children ages four to eight years old. Targeting beginner readers, the book contains simple text and colorful illustrations.


Tune in next week to see the luxury liner that converted into one of the most extraordinary libraries in the world.




Free Chapter: Chapter 1 of “Prisoner Prodigal Pawn” by Robert Sparkman


Chapter 1

So there they are in all their glory; smug, and pompous, and reeking of attitude. The so called Founders rarely seen together, Elton Mozingo thought as he glared at them and finished his lite beer. The Founders minus one, he was quick to add. Today is indeed a special day as the wheels of justice begin to turn for my father. He turned away from the trio, and walked through the small crowd of co-workers, and the many minions and friends of Bill Baxter, as he headed towards the free bar, and the caterer’s table.

“Another lite beer please,” Elton said as he dropped another dollar bill into the fishbowl and refocused his attention on Bill Baxter, who now stood alone in front of a line of well wishers.

“Hey Elton, how’s your drink?”

“Not bad Shirley. Let me buy you one,” he said, laughing at his joke.

“No thanks. I pay for my own. Always have, always will,” she said. “Another gin and tonic, please”

“This must be an especially sad day for you as one of the Founders of the firm. Eighteen years you’ve been with Bill, right?”

Shirley nodded before taking a sip of her drink.

“That’s a long time, but I’m sure that some keys to his success must have rubbed off him and on to you over the years. I guess that makes you the sole keeper of the Baxter & Baxter dungeon of secrets, and skeletons now, unless you’re leaving with him?”

“And what exactly do you mean by secrets and skeletons, Elton?”

“Secrets to the firm’s success, and bodies discarded along the way. Quane’s fast rise from gofer to next in line for Tribal Chief…”

Shirley took a step toward Elton, and beckoned him closer with the wag of a finger. He leaned forward, and lowered his head to catch her whispered words.

“If I were you Elton, I’d be careful of what I say about certain people, and failing that I’d be especially careful about who I say certain things to.”

She gave him a cold blank stare, then turned and walked away. Elton straightened his posture, smiled and took another sip from his drink. No sense in stopping now, he thought. He turned and refocused his attention on Bill, and stepped into the line of well wishers. He squinted from the glare of the setting sun, beaming through the tinted glass windows of the Old Town Bank Tower. The bright red and orange hues that crowned the five volcanic peaks of the Sandia Mountains, cast a broad shadow that made the rolling foothills appear to be a sea of blood, as wave upon wave rolled upon the shore.

He soon found himself at the head of the line and face to face with Bill Baxter, the 62 year old founder of the Baxter and Baxter law firm, who was retiring and entering the realm of politics to run for governor. He stood in front of Elton, tall rail thin, with a sinewy build, and a toothy ready-made campaign trail smile. But for the gray hairs that bracketed his face, he could easily pass for a man in his mid to late thirties.

“Elton,” Bill said as he extended his hand. “So how’s Albuquerque’s next super attorney?”

“I don’t know Bill. Next time I see him I’ll ask.”

Both men laughed.

“Now come on. With Liz as your mentor you’ll make senior partner in no time, and will be running this joint.”

“I have a long way to go before I can even think about filling your shoes, Bill.”

“It’s not my shoes that I’m worried about you filling,” Bill said with a wink. “You and Liz have put in some long hours together of late.”

What a creep, intimating something like that between me and his wife.

“The long hours is time well spent,” Elton said.

“Ah yes, the investigation of missing funds from the casino. So how’s that audit going? Any leads?”

“The more I dig the dirtier the dirt gets. It’s the same old story you know. Money begets greed, and greed begets corruption. And those in positions of power are the most corrupt. I’ll put the pieces together soon enough.”

“You can be more specific than that Elton,” Bill said as his smile faded away.

“I’m not there yet Bill. The details are hazy, but the mighty will fall, soon enough.”

“Careful son. Some things are like sacred burial grounds, and are better left alone,” — Bill leaned forward. His face was expressionless, then he narrowed his eyelids as if he was squinting, and furrowed his brow — “out of respect.”

Elton wanted to walk away as he felt the people in line were becoming agitated from all of the time that he was taking up with the man of the hour. But just as he stepped back, Liz Baxter surfaced seemingly out of nowhere, and stood alongside Bill. She wrapped her arms around his upper right arm, tilted her head and offered a wonderful smile.

“So what are you two discussing so intently?” she said.

“Seems your junior mint here has been digging around in old Tribal affairs, and now espies corruption in every dark corner.”

Liz’s jaws tightened briefly and her nostrils flared as she turned her attention towards Elton, and just as quickly her facial features softened.

“Need I remind you how sensitive this matter is? Now is not the time or the place to be discussion it.”

“I’m sorry, I didn’t…”

“Don’t be so hard on him dear,” Bill said. “But Liz is right, Elton. There will come a proper time, and place for us to finish our discussion.”

Bill flashed his toothy grin, and looked past Elton at the people in line to greet him.

“Come dear, there are some other people that you must see before they leave,” Liz said.

“Take care Elton,” Bill said before walking down the line of well wishers, and shaking their hands with Liz at his side.

Elton watched them walk away. That didn’t go well. Liz was pissed, he thought.

He turned, and walked down the aisle away from the firm’s reception area to his office. The Baxter firm occupied a long rectangular suite of office spaces on the 11th floor of the Old Towne Bank Tower. The firm’s reception area was located in the middle of the space and separated the junior attorneys’ offices from the senior attorneys’ offices. Elton Mozingo took one last look at the Sandia Mountain range before he stepped into his office. He loosened his tie, slipped it over his head and hung it on the coat rack next to his sports coat. He double checked the pockets of his sports coat making sure that his keys were still there. He hated the way they jingled in his pants pocket. As soon as he sat down at his desk, the door to his office slammed shut. A startled Elton looked up to see Liz Baxter standing in front of him with her feet wide apart, and her arms akimbo. Her long black hair fell over her shoulders as she looked down at the floor, and walked toward his desk as if she was counting her paces; slow, steady and straight. She lifted her head, and looked directly at him.

“What in the hell did you tell Bill? I told you not to discuss the case with anyone!”

“Nothing. I was just making small talk…”

“Small talk? I should think not. Was Quane there the entire time that you were talking to Bill?”

“Quane?” Elton said. “I didn’t see him.”

Liz dropped her hands to her side, and took a step away from his desk.

“Elton, he was standing right behind you, listening to every word you said.”

”I didn’t say anything that would jeopardize our case.”

“The investigation needs to be kept quiet, Elton. I fear our findings will disrupt the gentle order of things around here.” She hesitated for a moment. “There are confidences that we are obligated to keep, for the good of the firm, and for the good of the Tribe.” She started to walk out of his office then stopped, and turned to look at him. “Have you seen Kylee?”

He shook his head, “No, I haven’t.”

She looked at her wrist watch. “She’s working on a project for me, that’s related to this. If you see her, tell her to find me,” she said before leaving his office as abruptly as she had entered.

Elton was flushed with anger and resentment after the scolding Liz had given him. He stood up, then leaned forward, and placed the palms of his hands on top of his desk. He lowered his head and stretched the tension from his neck before dropping himself back into his black leather chair. He spun around making a full circle. So Quane was standing behind me, listening. That’s interesting. His anger was replaced with a prideful grin, “Successful contact made with the Founders,” he smirked. “I’m off to a good start — upsetting the gentle order of things, as she put it.”

He spun around again making a half circle, stopping to stare at the painting on his wall, a picture of an Edowaquah Sandpainting that had been given to him by a childhood friend as a spiritual blessing, when he was hired by the firm. It showed stick figures that looked like something a child in kindergarten drew. The figures were surrounded by symbols in the shapes of circles, and crosses. Other symbols were in the shapes of animals, all painted in dull earth colors. The figures and symbols were surrounded by three borders, one on each side, and one on the bottom to keep evil spirits away. The top of the painting was left open to let in good spirits. Elton didn’t believe much in Tribal mysticism despite being part Edowaquah. In fact, the thought of using the painting as a dartboard for his sharpened pencils crossed his mind again. But the painting also provided him with a fond childhood reverie of the bedtime stories his mother told him about the Edowaquah who were able to turn themselves into animals. The witch people they were called. Never look a witch in the eyes as they will steal your soul. She would tell him those stories to make sure he would close his eyes, and fall asleep faster. He cracked a smile as he thought of his dad and his two word response to all of this spirits from beyond stuff – bull shit.

He threw his head back against the headrest; well that’s what you get for not believing dad. His grin vanished as he was reminded that he often took his father’s position in such things. As he sat in his office away from the festive activities down the hall, his mood darkened as he was reminded of his greatest fear – having what happened to his dad happen to him.

Elton’s physical features belied his mixed heritage. His thick black curly hair and wide bulbous nose presented his father’s African American blood that coursed through his veins, while his dark eyes and cankered caramel complexion showed his mother’s Native American heritage. His stocky physique was packed tightly into a 5′ 9″ frame. Physically, he was neither imposing, nor was he inconspicuous, but women found his exotic, islander like looks a combination that was difficult to resist.

“Hey Elton, you having fun yet?”

Elton spun around in his chair to see Kylee Miguel, one of the firm’s paralegals, who had just stepped into his office.

“So where have you been hiding yourself?” he said.

“Oh, I had to take care of something. Some firm business.”

“Like what?”

“Nothing important.”

“Hmmm, come here.”

She closed the door, then walked towards Elton’s desk. Her dark slacks and navy blue blouse fit tight, but comfortably on her slender frame. She sat on the center edge of his desk right in front of him with her legs spread apart.

Elton leaned back in his chair, creating a little more distance between them.

“Liz is looking for you. Says you’re working on some special project.”

“I’m surprised she mentioned it to you.”

“Why’s that?”

“The fewer people that knows about it, the better. Least that’s what she told me.”

Kylee slid off his desk, and took a seat in a side chair.

“In what way? Trust her to keep a secret, and not betray a confidence? Yeah, I do.”

“Do you trust her to do the right thing if the firm got caught up in something illegal? You know, would she turn over records, evidence, people?”

“What are you getting at Kylee? What are you working on for Liz?”

“Just some boring research. B o r i n g,” she said spelling out the word.

“It’s so boring yet you have to keep it secret? Come on.”

“You’re too smart for your own good sometimes, Elton. But I need to discuss it with Liz to see how she wants to handle it, or even if she’ll want to handle it.”

There was a moment of silence as Elton waited for Kylee to speak. He could sense that there was something else that she wanted to tell him.

“I have a compact disc hidden in my desk. I call it my c y a disc. I just want you to know about it in case…” she said as she bobbed her head from side to side rather than finish her statement.

“In case of what? Are you in danger of some kind?”

She shook her head. “No. Nothing like that. Like if I get fired or something. See, my dad knows stuff about the people here. You should talk to him.”

“You mean you’re ready for me to meet your father, finally?”

“Sure, why not?”

Elton studied her demeanor. Her father had always been off limits. Why the change now, and the change of topic. She fidgeted in her chair and looked away. Her body language had morphed from frisky and flirtatious, to serious and nervous. And like flipping a light switch, she went back to being frisky.

“Come Elton, no more serious talk for now. Since I missed out on most of the fun here, maybe you and me can make our own kinda fun. I’m feeling, you know, in the mood and adventurous. Let’s celebrate Mr. Baxter’s retirement in our own special way.” She had kicked off a shoe, and was rubbing her bare foot against his leg.

“Right now?” Elton said with a wide grin.

“Let me make the rounds, show my face to everyone, and say goodbye to Bill. I’ll meet you in the conference room in about fifteen minutes. I have a new tattoo I want you to see,” she said through pursed lips.

Kylee got up from her chair, stepped into her shoe, walked in front of Elton and ran her fingers through his hair as she passed by him.

“I’ll see you in a bit,” she said as she walked out of his office, looking back at him over her shoulder.

As Elton looked up, he thought he saw a figure jump away from his office sidelight, but didn’t give it a second thought. He sat back in his chair and remembered how Kylee made his first day at the office less nerve wracking than it otherwise might have been, when he first started working for the firm. She had been tasked with getting the newbie’s office up and running, and they hit it off well that day. At 25, she was the youngest person at the firm. She had a lean body with short bright blond hair, and dark green eyes. Her complexion was not unlike his. She was like a sunflower, bright and notable, projecting positive energy. Besides that, they both had a lot in common, namely they were both bi- racial, and estranged from their fathers. But she was much further along in restoring that paternal relationship, than he was. She had a sharp mind, and wanted more out of life than waiting for a paycheck every two weeks. Her only worry seemed to be whether the tattoo over her left ankle would hinder her move up the ladder of success. Her other tats were well hidden, and for special eyes only, she would say to him. Two weeks later, they had stayed late after work, and had capped off the marathon work day by having sex in the conference room. And many more times since.

Elton stood up and adjusted his pants, and tried to calm down with a mental cold shower. He stepped out of his office and looked in the direction of the conference room. I wonder if she’s there, waiting for me already? Would she be sitting, standing or lying on the conference table? Would she be naked or fully clothed? It varied. Sometimes she was eager and did not want to wait to get started. Other times she would tease. He walked past the free bar and the catered table, and past the office reception area. Everyone was in a festive mood, and gave him no attention. When he was certain that no one was watching him, he opened the door and slipped inside the conference room in one seamless motion. Kylee had taken off all of her clothes, and was sitting on the edge of the long mahogany table, with her legs crossed. Her pants and thong were in a heap on the floor beneath her swinging feet. She uncrossed her legs, and gently rubbed her flat abs and shaved pelvic area.

“You like my new tattoo,” she said.

The tattoo was centered between her naval and pelvic area and depicted a gray coyote howling at a bright yellow moon.

Elton dropped to his knees, and pulled her closer to the edge of the table. She placed her legs over his shoulders, and her hands behind her, arching her back in anticipation. He moved his face closer to her pelvic region. She stifled her moans of pleasure that accompanied each quivering pelvic thrust, as best as she could, then she reached forward and ran her fingers through his hair, before holding his head firmly in her hands.

The party was still going strong as Elton emerged from the men’s room. He glanced at the conference room. The door was still closed. He had left Kylee there to get dressed. He strode over to the catered table, and placed some buffalo wings and chips onto a paper plate.

“How’s the grub?” Elton turned to see Bill standing beside.

“Terrible,” Elton said, “but it’s free.”

Bill laughed. “Nothing’s free in life son. Everything’s got some kind of a price attached to it.”

“Seems I’ve heard that before, most recently,” Elton said.

“I haven’t seen Kylee, today,” Bill said. “Have you?”

“I saw her briefly, not too long ago. She stopped by my office. Said she was late because she had to run some errands and stuff.”

“I tell ya, I’m going to miss her most of all I think,” Bill said. “Don’t get me wrong. Shirley is a treasure, my Swiss Army knife, but Kylee is one hot little nymph.”

Bill gave Elton a gentle nudge in his rib cage with his elbow.

Elton suppressed the food in his stomach that started to come up. It never occurred to him that Kylee might be sleeping with Bill. He started to reply, but was interrupted by a woman’s scream, and the crowd of people that began to gather around the entrance to the conference room.

“What the hell!” Bill said as he raced towards the commotion.

Elton stood momentarily frozen. Beads of sweat popped onto his brow. He dropped his plate onto the floor, and staggered towards the conference room. Damn, I hope she’s dressed.

“Call nine – one – one!” somebody yelled.

When he was close enough behind the crowd, Elton stood on his toes, and gasped.

“Oh my God! It can’t be. No way!” he said below the commotion.

He turned away, and placed a hand over his mouth as a bitter taste surfaced in the back of his throat. He fell back behind the crowd, and staggered away.

“Has anyone called nine – one – one?” He heard a voice shout.

“It’s Kylee,” he heard another voice say, confirming who he saw.

As more people gathered around, Elton stumbled away from the crowd, finding support against the receptionist’s desk. He turned, and faced the door, then looked back at the crowd surrounding the conference room. His legs trembled. He was stuck between wanting to assist, and wanting to run, horrified by what he saw. He found himself at the door, leaning his full body weight against it. He turned the knob, and stumbled outside regaining his balance in front of the elevators. He pushed the down button. A door opened immediately. Elton Mozingo hesitated. He looked back at the door to the Baxter and Baxter Law Offices, then turned away and jumped into the elevator ahead of the closing doors and fell against the back of the elevator wall. He closed his eyes. The image of the naked body of Kylee Miguel, sprawled out on the table was etched into his mind. What looked like his necktie was wrapped around her neck. Her eyes were wide open, mouth agape. The elevator came to a gentle stop, the door opened and Elton found himself in the lobby. He bolted from the Old Towne Bank Tower wishing for a sudden surge of people and traffic. The best place to hide is in a crowd, he thought, but he was one of the few pedestrians walking about in downtown Albuquerque, at that time of the evening. He struggled to get a trembling hand into his pocket.

“Damn! I left my keys in my jacket.”

The sirens in the distance grew louder with each hurried step he took. He turned down a dark side street. What the hell is going on? Why am I running? Kylee is dead. I was the last one with her. There’s evidence to prove it, he thought. Fingerprints, my tie wrapped around her neck, and…. He turned his head to look behind him. Who would do this? Maybe I shouldn’t have run away. They’ll think that I did it. He thought of his dad. Like father, like son. A car horn blared as he stepped off the curb.

“Watch where ya goin!” someone yelled out of the passing vehicle.

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