Title: All for You
Series: Beautiful You #1
Author: Belle Brooks
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: July 28, 2019
“I will breathe for you.”
people’s bodies are built to run marathons. Others to lift and labour. And some
are made so graceful their footsteps are barely heard.
My body was built to be a vessel. It was always built for you.
Maybelline Connors knows stars are not always as faultless as they appear.
She knows life is not permanently concreted into its foundations, and love can
last a lifetime … even when a lifetime is shorter than one hoped.
only one thing left to fight for: her baby. And when the man you love’s heart
is breaking, it can be hard to find the beauty in those stars you once adored.
there is love … and with love there will always be life.
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There is no breeze when my stiletto hits the footpath. The air is stale and lifeless. Like me. I slip each foot out of my shoes and hang them from my fingertips. The path is scorching against the flesh of my soles. I’m not sure why I do it—it could be because the path is far too hot for my skin to bear, or it could be because this is a natural act for me, but I run. I run flat out. Running has always alleviated my tension—it’s probably why I started training for this stupid half-marathon in the first place. My handbag slaps at my sides as my feet pound against the tar. Running usually supplies contentment in my life, but right now I feel numb. There is no contentment—no nothing. Maybe if I run far enough away then I won’t have cancer anymore.
Darting in front of a car, I inhale harshly as I wave my apologies before entering a children’s playground on the opposite corner to the medical centre. Children swing freely. The sound of innocent laughter fills the air. The green grass instantly cushions my boiling feet. I stare at its brilliant colouration when my head drops and my hands grasp my knees.
“It’s okay. Breathe,” I tell myself, trying to slow each breath.
Without warning the grass slowly fades to a haunting grey. I flick my head upwards and my body follows suit. The swings bearing the weight of small children suddenly morph into aged tombstones. This once beautiful playground becomes ugly, as I see only an eerie cemetery. I try to escape the sudden changes, and step forward. My lungs seize, causing me to cough hard, and I gasp. I attempt to inhale air, but it’s not entering my body like it should. A stampeding herd pummels my chest, buckling my torso over, folding me in half once more.
“Breathe, May,” I whisper, right before my legs give way. I fall heavily upon my knees as salty tears flow steadily from my disbelieving eyes. Finally, I draw a needy mouthful of air only to release it again in an injured howl.
Please don’t take my life.
Belle Brooks is the International bestselling author of eight
novels and multiple novellas. She lives out in the country of Queensland with
her incredibly tolerant and crazy family. She writes contemporary romance,
romantic comedy and contemporary women’s fiction ranging from young adult to
adult audiences. She also writes crime and psychological thrillers.