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Guest Post – Tate Connors

There are certain things about me that no one knows. Things about me that are embarrassing, ridiculous and downright insane but here I am about to tell you 20 random Tate Connors facts. You may remember when I first met Sav we had our first date at Santa Monica Pier…. The day that wasn’t a date in Sav’s eyes but come on EVERYONE knew it was a date. I don’t go on a fucking Ferris Wheel for just anyone. Any way on the way home she asked me to play 20 questions and of course I agreed, it was my subtle way of finding out all about Savannah and learning about her likes, dislikes and secrets. I know it was sneaky but as I listened to that cute Australian accent tell me about herself I fell hard and fast. Before I knew it I was telling her all about me, I never told anyone about me. I should have realised then and there that this girl was going to be in my life forever.

Thank god she asked me to play 20 questions.

  1. I am named after my Grandmother and Grandfather – Tatianna and Andrew Connors
  2. My favourite show as a child was The Simpsons and to this day I still watch it every day
  3. Growing up I wanted to be a life guard because I wanted to spend my days at the beach. Baywatch was a major influence on my life.
  4. I bleached my hair when I was 15 because apparently that’s what the cool kids did
  5. My first kiss was when I was ten years old to a girl called Lizzy Quinley.
  6. My mother taught me how to cook but she won’t share her Red Velvet recipe with me as she thinks keeping it a secret will keep me coming to visit
  7. Every Christmas morning Tanzi and I go to Moms and we still wait for her to wake us up
  8. My ultimate travel destination is Australia
  9. And no it’s not just because of Savannah, I want to see a kangaroo in the wild
  10. My favourite movie of all time is The Wedding Singer
  11. I once had a high profile actor come into Red Velvet, spend $2000 on alcohol and then get naked and dance on the bar…. I can’t disclose who it is due to confidentiality.
  12. I don’t have twitter and I’ve only just joined Facebook.
  13. I once got threatened with suspension at high school because I was caught making out with a girl in the supply cupboard
  14. My alcoholic drink of choice is scotch but I am partial to a Long Island Iced Tea now.
  15. I can braid hair; it’s possibly my best hidden talent.
  16. Tanzi broke my nose when we were 17, I had a black eye for a week
  17. I always sleep on the right side of the bed and always nude.
  18. I am allergic to cats
  19. When I am sick I am the worst patient ever, I moan, I groan, I complain and I am really snuggly.
  20. My big dream for the future is to live in a house by the beach, have a dog called Sammy, be able to surf when I want and have the love of my life with me. 
One look from Savannah Rae was all it took for Tate Connors to fall.
From the first moment he laid eyes on her, his world was irrevocably shaken. He’s willing to accept that his life will never be the same again, but when she has to leave for New York the distance becomes more than either of them expected.
Tate is left alone with not only an empty bed but also a thousand thoughts running through his head. Insecurities soar as he wonders if he could ever really be the kind of man Savannah deserves.
When the demons of his past continue to threaten the future he so desperately craves, Tate knows he has to make the ultimate choice. Risk destroying his relationship and his family with one life changing decision, or gamble on fate and hope the past stays exactly that…the past.


I refused to take one step away from my spot on the sidewalk because moving would mean that she wasn’t coming back. My mind was racing at a million miles an hour, trying so desperately to process everything that had happened over the past couple of weeks. I would never deny that I was a selfish prick, and I wasn’t afraid to admit that I needed her here with me in Los Angeles, not thousands of miles away in New York City. My dependence on her scared me. Our lives had changed forever when she spoke those three words: I am pregnant. ‘Tate Connors’ and ‘father’ were words I never could have ever fathomed being spoken together. Fatherhood was not something I had ever wanted until Sav said those three words to me.

A relationship, falling in love, and a baby were not what I had in mind when Tanzi had told me about her new Aussie friend. This stranger wasn’t meant to be this person. She wasn’t meant to be the person who allowed me to love again, and she certainly wasn’t meant to be the person who made me crave something so strongly. She was meant to be a simple fuck, my own personal conquest that would end in one night of incredibly crazy sex with that hot body being on top of me, under me and around me. But the universe clearly had other ideas. One night hadn’t been enough for me—it would never be enough. She was the perfect drug to me. She gave me the hit I needed and kept me craving for more. She would forever be the person who threw me on my ass and made me take the shaky steps to become whole again— slightly fractured but still as close to being whole as I had been for so many years.

“Tate, are you okay?” As I turned at the sound of my name, my thoughts were shattered by the soft-spoken voice of Tanzi asking the question I couldn’t even attempt to answer. With a shaky hand, she softly touched my arm, and my shoulders slumped in defeat.

“Yeah, I’m fine,” I lied, shooting a piss poor excuse of a smile at her. “It just sucks, Tanzi.” Looking at my other half with hooded eyes, I let out a God-almighty sigh. Tanzi was my absolute world, and I knew she would be feeling as shattered as I was. Being a twin means we have an unbreakable bond, a connection that no one else would have. We knew when the other was hurting. A constant smile was on our faces when  we knew the other was happy, and we’d cry with each other in our darkest days. I couldn’t have survived the past four years if it weren’t for Tanzi. She was without a doubt my saving grace. We were on this crazy ride of life together, through heartbreak, love, loneliness and new beginnings.

“Twin time?” Tanzi asked softly, her blue eyes shooting hope at me.

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Rachel Brookes is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She writes angsty love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance and a spoonful of sexiness… oh and the main ingredient hot guys. 
Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop and is constantly writing. 
When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family and friends. 
With her first novel, Just Breathe, due to be released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book will become reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.
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  1. flchen1

    Great excerpt and intro–thanks for the heads up about Breathless!

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