Wicked Garden

Ridgeview Publishing
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 ...One woman’s past and present collide in the ultimate temptation.

Eden LaCroix loved Billy Buchanan ten years ago, but he ran out on her the night of prom. Now he’s back temporarily and Eden believes a hot fling will help her move on from their tangled past. She wasn’t expecting Billy’s naughty side—or the return of her sometime lover Jon White Feather—to tempt her to submit to her own dark desires.

Although college took Billy away from Eden, it’s a mistake he can rectify now that he’s in town to determine the fate of the community center Eden manages. Except reignited sparks keep getting in the way of his objectivity and the flames only leap higher when Eden’s rock star lover comes home, determined to show Eden—and Billy—the meaning of down and dirty.

Eden considers herself a one-woman man, yet in the arms of Billy and Jon she feels truly beautiful for the first time in her life. But does the sexual healing go far enough to prevent her from falling in love again?

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Oct 5, 2015
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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DESCRIPTION Jasmin, a native to the Philippines, dreams of escaping the harsh realities of life. Growing up in a cross cultural shock, Jasmin dreams of falling in love. Like so many young Filipinas, Jasmin’s quick to dream of starting an innocent romance with one of many American tourists. Jasmin’s colorfully expressed tale of teenage romance is unlike any before it. EXCERPT Jasmin was starving. She felt hungrier than she could ever remember as she looked furtively upon the rows of fresh, tempting mangoes on the table in the Carbon Market in Cebu. “How I wish I had five pesos to buy one honestly,” she thought to herself as she dug into the empty pockets of her disheveled clothes. She dreaded the daunting prospect of having to do three hours’ worth of laundry to earn the simple five-peso coin, and only if she could actually find someone who needed laundry done. She contemplated the shameful prospect of stealing a mango or two, despite the reservations of her conscious. “It would be easy,” she thought to herself, watching the bustling throng of people clustering about the narrow aisles “The market is so busy, no one will notice.” Compelled by the inescapable hunger which drove her, Jasmin set her plan to action, and cautiously emerged from her place of hiding. She walked tentatively towards the table of mangoes, keeping out view of the store-keepers, who were a brother and sister tending busily to customers. She discreetly hid behind one of the customers, a slender woman toting several plastic bags of fish and vegetables, so she could maneuver in reach of the fruit she so desperately wanted. She carefully extended her hand and grasped a mango, quickly pulling it close to her chest. Realizing she had been undetected, she grew bolder, and decided to purloin another fruit. Again, she grasped one of the mangoes, but as she pulled it from the table, the lady whom she was hiding behind accidentally bumped into her. “Oh, excuse me dear.” The lady said to Jasmin before turning and walking away. Jasmin said nothing in reply, the pair of ill-gotten mangoes in her hands in clear view of the two shop-keepers. “Are you planning to pay for those?” the woman asked. Jasmin was quiet, unsure of what to say or do. “They’re not free.” the woman continued. “I’m hungry,” Jasmin said softly at length, throwing herself upon the tender mercies of the shop-keepers. The young woman’s glare softened, replaced by a look of pity. Jasmin’s hopes began to rise as she saw the woman’s face, believing she could keep the precious fruit she held. But the bitter scowl on the face of the woman’s brother told a different story. “It’s okay, big brother. Let her keep them.” The woman said sympathetically as she turned to tend to another customer who had approached the table. “Look at her, she hasn’t bathed in a week and she’s obviously hungry.
DESCRIPTION With her older lover gone, Jasmin must try and make it on her own. Try as she might, Jasmin cannot forget Andy’s intimate memory. Unable to cool the passionate desires between them, Jasmin and Andy are soon reunited. This time, Andy doesn’t want to leave Jasmin in the Philippines. What secret island customs will Andy discover when he visits Jasmin’s family? EXCERPT Sitting down in the common room with the other girls as they watched a popular Korean telenovela on the TV, Jasmin was overcome with despair. In the morning, she would take what few belongings she had and go the airport and return to Cebu. Her wild endeavors at the disco-bar and the passionate love-affair with Andy had only deferred the inevitable from happening, at the costly expense of her virginal innocence. She had become momentarily absorbed in the story of the telenovela, when she heard a loud knocking on the front door. One of the girls cautiously opened the door, leaving the safety chain secured on the door. Two other girls stood vigilantly behind the first, in the event of some unforeseen danger. Then to Jasmin’s disbelief, she heard a surprisingly familiar voice at the door. “I’m looking for Jasmin. Is she here?” the voice said politely. Filled with an exhilarating rush of excitement, Jasmin sprang up from her and sprinted towards the entrance, pushing the other girls out of the way, and throwing open the door. In the doorway, standing tall handsome with his broad shoulders, his golden blonde hair, and his warm smile and enchanting blue eyes, stood her dearly beloved Andy. “Oh my God, it’s you. It’s really you.” Jasmin cried with tears of joy and disbelief as she rushed forward and embraced her foreign lover. “I’ve missed you so much.” “I’ve miss you too,” Andy replied warmly, holding her close and kissing her on the head. “I’m here now. And I’m so happy to see you.” Following a minute of embracing, Jasmin welcomed her handsome foreigner into the house, the other girls plainly stunned by his presence with Jasmin, who was so simple and unassuming compared to themselves. “It’s the foreigner in Jasmin’s pictures,” one of the girls discerned with surprise. “Gago, he’s so handsome,” she whispered to one of her girlfriends. “Why don’t you tell me you’re coming,” Jasmin asked in a flustered voice. “I wanted to surprise you!” Andy replied ecstatically. “I got an assigment last month from the publisher who bought my articles from Moalboal and Boracay. I’m doing a series of six articles over the next nine months. They gave me a list of fifteen destinations, and I’m supposed to investigate them and submit articles on at least six of them. And I’m also going to write a six-part adventure serial for a teen magazine. So I’m going to be here in the islands for a while.” “Fuck, I can’t believe,” Jasmin said gushing with joy.
DESCRIPTION Jasmin has endured shame and humiliation to land her job in the Philippines. Working at an adult bar as a barely legal bargirl, Jasmin hopes to fall in love. Before she can start working, Jasmin must endure a thorough medical exam. Having her virgin sex probed, prodded, and photograph Jasmin is humiliated and forced to endure her sense of newfound shame. EXCERPT “Hallo,” the young Filipina said with her distinctive Taglish accent. Melissa was a petite, shapely, young Filipina in her mid-twenties, standing only four-foot-ten inches with shoulder length dark brown hair and beautiful tiger shaped eyes. As their eyes met, she sensed something oddly familiar about Jasmin and tipped her head curiously. Jasmin too sensed an odd familiarity about Melissa, as if she knew her somehow from somewhere else. Then it suddenly struck Jasmin that Melissa was the lady she had seen accompanying the handsome blonde foreigner, the one who had called her “Spitfire,” and given her the five-hundred pesos. The intoxicating memory of that life-changing event flashed through her mind, and her heart raced with excitement. She wanted to blurt out that she recognized Melissa from the previous evening, but she contained her delight and practiced discretion instead. “How are you, Sis,” Jasmin said, taking Melissa’s soft and well-manicured hand. “I’m Rosalyn.” “This is the new girl I told you about.” Josie said to Melissa. “I’m Melissa, but everyone just calls me Meleng.” Melissa replied with a smile, gently squeezing Jasmin’s hand with a friendly grasp. “Okay, let’s get your picture on the wall. I made an appointment at the photo studio.” Josie announced. “You like getting your photo taken, right?” “Well, sure.” Jasmin confessed. “Let me get the bikini,” Josie said as she pulled a small, white bikini bottom from a stack of similar swimwear in the corner of the office, carefully folding the garment and tucking it safely into her fashionable Coach purse. “It’s at the glamour studio down the street. It’ll be fun.” Melissa said with a bright smile. “Come on, let’s go.” The three ladies walked out of the bar and made their way along Osmena Boulevard to the Dreamlights Glamour Studio a block away. Upon entering the chic establishment, Josie was greeted with friendly smiles by two girls behind the counter. “We need some photos of this new lady, please.” Josie asked after exchanging pleasantries as a regular customer. “Just one girl today?” One of the ladies asked, as she walked around the counter with a Canon digital SLR camera in her right hand. “Yes, just one, thanks,” Josie replied. “The usual portfolio for the Silver Dollar.” “This way please,” the lady said and led the trio to a modest studio behind an adjacent door. “What do you want her to pose in?” The lady asked once they had closed the door to the studio.
DESCRIPTION When Madolyn loses her innocence, Jasmin is the only barely legal virgin bargirl left in the adult bar. Refusing the advances of the older male patrons, Jasmin is forced to repeatedly endure Josie’s sadistic punishments. Jasmin knows only the kind foreigner Andy can save her. Andy’s desires for Josie might just reveal his sadistic tendencies as well. EXCERPT Morning after morning, Josie would escort Jasmin into the small office, and instruct her with a surprisingly gentle voice to lower her panties to expose her buttocks. Then Jasmin would bend over the chair and place her hands against the wall, and submissively await the bitter lash to fall cruelly upon her naked flesh. Suffering the biting sting of five lashes of the whip, she would cry uncontrollably before being allowed to return to the sanctuary of the ladies dorm. When Andy would visit the bar, Melissa and Beverly would appeal to him to help Jasmin in her predicament, so she might be freed from her obligations to the bar and retain her precious virginity. But since Jasmin was so young, Andy was naturally reluctant to help her, afraid of being entangled with an underage girl. But despite his visible reluctance, he did begin to show some degree of concern for Jasmin’s circumstance, and expressed to Melissa and Beverly that he should do something to help her. This was encouraging to Jasmin, and instilled her with new resolve to continue suffering under Josie’s lash in lieu of sacrificing her virginity. Now each morning, Josie awakened Jasmin at the usual time and escorted her to the office to administer her routine punishment. But Jasmin began suffer through the pain with a sense of purpose. She suffered it for her love of Andy, and the hope, however faint, that she, along with her precious virginity, might be saved by him. “I really hate doing this to you, Jaz,” Josie told her with genuine sympathy. “You’re such a nice girl, and I feel so close to you. I feel like I’m whipping my own sister.” “Do what you must do,” Jasmin told her in reply as she stood almost naked in a bra and panties. “I have to take it.” “Why don’t you just give up your virginity?” Josie exclaimed. “Why do you make me do this to you?” “The suffering I bear is the measure of how precious my virginity is.” Jasmin said with resolutely. “I’ve protected my virginity this long already. I’m not going to give it away to just anyone. My virginity is the only thing I have. My virginity is for my husband.” “You read too many pocket-books,” Josie said. “You think life is a fairy-tale.” “If he’s such a big deal, why don’t you fuck him?” Jasmin replied with a fiery tone. “I’m not a virgin,” Josie confessed. “It’s not my job to fuck the customers. It’s your job.” “It’s my body,” Josie continued.” “Yes, exactly,” Josie said. “It’s your body that the customers want to fuck. And you need to give it to them.”
This book recounts the details of seven trips I made to the Philippine Islands over the course of three years, whereby I initiated and maintained an extra-marital relationship with a particular Filipina, of whom I was greatly smitten. I choose to use the word relationship in order to describe the bond between us, as opposed to the more typical word of affair, as this more accurately conveys to the reader the true depth of the bond we shared. As you read this discourse, I am sure that you are able to readily discern something quite significant about me – I am quite partial to the polygamist way of life. I believe that a man, by right of nature, should be allowed the opportunity to have more than one wife. It is rather pointless to disguise such facts or to dress them up as something else for the sake of political correctness. I have no interest in writing an apology for my beliefs, nor do I intend spending time in condemning others for theirs. Adult readers can presumably reach their own moral judgments without reassurance from the author. But placing moral objections aside, it is my hope that the words that fill the following pages will serve as an open confession of sorts regarding my relations with this particular Filipina outside of my formal marriage. And in addition, I hope that this volume of work may serve as a testament to that remarkable relationship with this particular Filipina, and the absolutely genuine bond we shared. It is my hope that the candid discourse of this narrative may serve as a testament to these very special women. And finally, before I begin this story, a few words of caution are in order. Despite my obvious fervor and enthusiasm in my relationship with this other woman, I am in no way suggesting that anyone should follow in my footsteps. Both my wife and Melissa exhibited exceptional courage and grace to actually make their personal acquaintance in July of 2003. It is my hope that the candid discourse of this narrative may serve as a testament to these very special women. While this narrative is based on actual events, a considerable degree of creative license was used in the compiling of this narrative. As a result, certain aspects of the story have been somewhat fictionalized for the sake of... I'd prefer to say, "Creating dramatic interest," but the truth is, its fictionalized to protect me and my wives.
I have debts to pay and secrets to keep. When someone threatens my life, I crash into him: Jackson Ludlow

The recluse billionaire of New York

Once, he had everything a man could want. Then, he lost the only thing that he ever loved.

So, he spent four years holed up in his mansion doing the only thing he knew how to do: make money. 

We are all wrong for each other. He’s cold, uninterested and demanding. 

I’m impatient and inexperienced. 

The only thing we have in common is that we both have secrets. 

And the closer we get, the more they threaten to destroy us.

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