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Crystal Crawford

Lifelong dreamer and writer.

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I'm Not a Stalker, I Swear!

*Cover changed again as of 10/12/16.  

UPDATE as of 10/9/16:  I have changed the short blurb and added a long blurb, too.   There is also a whole new title and cover! Let me know what you think!

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Full story (in progress) up on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/story/85391634-i%27m-not-a-stalker-i-swear

Short Blurb: 

Embarrassment. Romance. Ridiculous classmates. Mystery emails. Ex-boyfriend drama. A love triangle. A secret admirer. A puzzle. A 31-day time limit to decide which man she loves. This story has it all.

(*This story is told through emails and texts between Anissa and others.*)

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Long Blurb: 

Anissa has just started her first semester of college, and she is excited about a new start, away from her old friends and her ex-boyfriend and all the drama of high school. But when Anissa accidentally hits "Reply All" and sends an email about her hot classmate to her entire Physics class -- including him -- and he replies, her new college life takes a whole new turn.

Anissa must navigate her mocking classmates -- who just won't leave this embarrassing situatio alone! -- along with her new classes and the hot guy (who it seems may actually be interested in her!). Then, just when she's settling into a groove, her life gets even more complicated. First, her ex-boyfriend starts hanging out on campus and making her life difficult. And then, as if that wasn't complicated enough, Anissa starts receiving mysterious emails from a secret admirer who invites her to play an intriguing game: she will have 31 days to figure out who he is and decide if he's the guy for her, or he'll be gone forever. But somehow, this secret admirer knows a LOT of detailed information about her...

Anissa is stuck in the middle of a bizarre love SQUARE, with her ex-boyfriend, a hot guy from class, and a possibly-stalkerish secret admirer all vying for her attention...

What's a girl to do?

(*This story is told through emails and texts between Anissa and others.*)

Primary Audience: Young Adult/New Adult -- upper high school and beginning college

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1,000-3,000 word excerpt: 

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8/25/2016 4:21 PM

From: Meghan Varner

To: Anissa Marlin & 29 others

Subject: Study Group

Hey fellow Physics students! I might be a total nerd, but I, for one, am kinda freaking out about this class. Can you believe we have an exam our FIRST WEEK?!?!? Anyway, I realized that the school email system lets me send an email to the entire class for any class I'm in, so I thought I'd give this a try. Hi, I'm Meghan, the girl with the long brown hair who sits in the front row; I promise I'm not a weirdo... I'd really like to get a study group together... anyone wanna join me?

I'll be at the library at 2pm tomorrow!

Thanks,

Meghan

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8/25/2016 5:34 PM

From: Anissa Marlin

To: Megan Varner & 29 others

Re: Study Group

Hey, Megs! I totally should've known you'd do the mass email study group thing... I'd never have the guts to do that; you know me, I'm wayyyyyy too shy to email the whole class. I'm sure they know you're not a weirdo, though. .... *crickets*....

J/k You know I love you!

So... anyway... seeing as we've known each other since Kindergarten and all, do you think you could do me a favor and tell me if that hot guy in the front row has replied? You know the one, right? Piercing blue eyes, shaggy brown hair, abs you can see even through his shirt, asks questions in that smooth voice that just screams "I'm a genius and a poet"... *sigh*

ANYWAY... You know I'm not much of a studier, but if he's coming, I'M IN. So... gimme a heads up, if you can? Email back, or, I dunno, use our old secret sign language or something. 1 for hottie's-in or 2 for hottie's-out. I know we don't hang out much anymore but... you owe me, right? ;) You know what for.

Hugs,

Nissa

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8/25/2016 5:36 PM

From: Anissa Marlin

To: Meghan Varner

Re: Study Group

Megs,

Okay; I am like panicking here. Please please PLEASE tell me I didn't hit REPLY ALL when I sent that last message. Oh please oh please please please please

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8/25/2016 5:38 PM

From: Meghan Varner

To: Anissa Marlin

Re: Study Group

Anissa,

Sorry to tell you, but, yeah... it seems you did. On the up side, at least you've broken the ice, right? We were besties once, so it is in all honesty and concern for your future that I say this: you might want to consider changing classes. I've already been getting replies through the group email about your message... It will probably be a little hard to live this one down.

Hugs and kisses,

Megs

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8/25/2016 5:40 PM

From: Bridget Cawthon

To: Anissa Marlin & 29 others

Re: Study Group

Oh. My. Word.

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8/25/2016 5:44 PM

From: Matthew Davis

To: Anissa Marlin & 29 others

Re: Study Group

Okayyyy.... That was awkward. By the way, uh... Anissa, is it? I think the guy's name is Hunter. He's in one of my other classes. I'm rooting for you! LOL

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8/25/2016 5:46 PM

From: Leslie Brown

To: Anissa Marlin & 29 others

Re: Study Group

Hey, Anissa, you're the short girl with glasses who sits in the back, right? Don't worry; you're not the only one who thinks he's hot. Hey, Genius-Poet, if you're reading this, CALL ME!!!!!!

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8/25/2016 5:50 PM

From: Stacy Watkins

To: Anissa Marlin & 29 others

Re: Study Group

Only the first day of classes and already I can see this is going to be a GREAT year. LOL

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8/25/2016 5:55 PM

From: Anissa Marlin

To: Meghan Varner & 29 others

Re: Study Group

Okay guys... haha, very funny.

Look, I'm really sorry... you have no idea how embarrassing this is for me. But, I mean... it was a joke, clearly!

Okay, fine, it wasn't a joke and I know you all know it. But...

Ugh. I'm just gonna go hide in a cave now.

Seriously, I'm switching classes; please don't email me anymore.

Thanks,

Anissa

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8/25/2016 6:05 PM

From: Hunter Dresson

To: Anissa Marlin & 29 others

Re: Study Group

Can we talk? Text me. 813-555-0162

--Hunter

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8/25/2016 11:47 PM

From: Hunter Dresson

To: Anissa Marlin

Re: Study Group

I haven't heard from you yet... Normally I wouldn't keep after someone who clearly didn't want to text me, but... I need to talk to you before next class. Would you like to meet in person instead? I'll be in front of Cowley Hall at 11:30 tomorrow.

– Hunter

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9/1/2016 3:15 PM

From: Hunter Dresson

To: Anissa Marlin

Subject: Study Guide

Hey, Anissa. So... you were sitting behind me so you probably noticed, but I sort of fell asleep at the end of class. Did you write down what he put on the board for the Study Guide topics?

I know it might be awkward that I'm emailing you, but... you're actually the only person I've ever talked to from our class, and after all the chain emails before, the thought of emailing any of them just... bothered me.  But you seem nice.

Can you send me the study guide? It would be a huge help, and I won't bother you after this.

--Hunter

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9/1/2016 3:27 PM

From: Anissa Marlin

To: Hunter Dresson

Re: Study Guide

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I've attached my notes for the Study Guide. Actually, I'm glad you emailed me.   You're pretty much the only person in class not making fun of me, so... I'm glad to help.

Did you want to, like, go over the notes on the phone or anything? I'd say we could arrange a study group but the test is tomorrow, so...

--Nissa

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9/1/2016 3:48 PM

From: Hunter Dresson

To: Anissa Marlin

Re: Study Guide

Thank you for the notes.

Please don't be offended, but... I don't really like talking on the phone. Would you mind if I text you, though, if I have any questions about your notes?  Having someone to go through them with would be helpful.

And... is it okay if I call you just "Nissa"?  You signed your name that way so I wasn't sure.

--Hunter

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9/1/2016 3:54 PM

From: Anissa Marlin

To: Hunter Dresson

Re: Study Guide

Oh, ok. Yeah, sure, we can text. That works.

And, yeah... all my friends call me Nissa. I guess I just typed it out of habit.  But... you can call me that.

--Nissa

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9/1/2016 7:58 PM

From: Anissa Marlin

To: Hunter Dresson

Subject: Study Session

So, thanks for texting with me... it actually helped a lot to have someone to go over the notes with, even though they were my notes. 

Maybe we could do it again sometime?

Thanks,

Nissa

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9/1/2016 8:12 PM

From: Hunter Dresson

To: Anissa Marlin

Re: Study Session

It was really helpful for me, too.  I'm sorry I couldn't text longer. I just have a lot of other homework to do. 

See you in class tomorrow. Just don't ruin the curve for me, okay? Get at least a few answers wrong.

--Hunter

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9/1/2016 8:15 PM

From: Anissa Marlin

To: Hunter Dresson

Re: Study Session

Ruin the curve? Me?  You seem pretty smart, so I doubt that's really a concern for you.

See you tomorrow!

--Nissa

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9/9/2016 6:27 PM

From: Anissa Marlin

To: Hunter Dresson

Subject: Study?

Hey Hunter! So... since we have test coming up on Monday, do you want to do another text study session over the weekend? I know I could use the help!

Also, I heard you're on the soccer team. You never mentioned it before, but you guys had a game tonight, right? (Is it a game? Match? Tournament? Sorry! I don't really know sports lingo.)

Anyway, how did it go?

--Nissa

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9/9/2016 9:18 PM

From: Hunter Dresson

To: Anissa Marlin

Re: Study?

You seem like a nice girl, so please don't take this the wrong way, but... I'm more of a lone studier.  That first time was helpful since I'd missed class, but... Study groups aren't really my thing.   Sorry. 

--Hunter

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9/9/2016 9:25 PM

From: Anissa Marlin

To: Hunter Dresson

Re: Study?

Wow. Look, I'm sorry if you thought I was too pushy, but if you didn't want to study with me, you didn't have to.  You could've just said no.  Don't worry; I won't be bothering you again.  Have a good semester.

--Anissa

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9/9/2016 9:43 PM

From: Hunter Dresson

To: Anissa Marlin

Re: Study?

I'm sorry.  I probably should have said things differently.  I didn't mean to upset you... I just meant... it's hard to explain.   Look, I really appreciate the notes, and I enjoyed studying with you over text before.  I just have a really busy week with overtime at work, and I thought it'd be easier just to cram in my studying wherever I could fit it on my own.   I realize now that I sounded kind of like a jerk... I'm sorry.  I didn't mean for it to come out like it did.   Maybe when this week is over, we can find a time to study together again?

Really sorry.

--Hunter

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9/16/2016 5:17 PM

From: Leslie Brown

To: Anissa Marlin & 29 others

Re: Study Group

  So, is it just me, or has anyone noticed the serious melodrama happening between Hunter and Anissa? 

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 9/16/2016 5:23 PM

From: Bridget Cawthon

To: Anissa Marlin & 29 others

Re: Study Group

Ummm... YES!   One minute they're gazing at each other across the room when the other isn't looking, like a couple of shy kindergartners having their first romance, and the next, they're refusing to even look at each other!   Anyone know what happened?  I'm finding this whole thing REALLY entertaining.

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9/16/2016 5:46 PM  

From: Matthew Davis

To: Anissa Marlin & 29 others

Re: Study Group

Girls are so mean to each other!  Seriously, you two... can't you just leave the poor kids alone?

... Just kidding.  I want to know what's happening, too.  Does anyone have the inside info on this?  Megs, you know that Anissa girl, right?  What's the deal?

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9/16/2016 5:50 PM

From: Meghan Varner

To: Anissa Marlin & 29 others

Re: Study Group

I lost the inside connection to Nissa long ago, but knowing her, it probably involves quite a bit of drama and betrayal.  That seems to be her thing.

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9/16/2016 5:58 PM  

From: Stacy Watkins

To: Anissa Marlin & 29 others

Re: Study Group

Ouch.  Do you think they hooked up and then like... he never called her back or something?   This is better than a soap opera!

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9/16/2016 6:05 PM

From: Anissa Marlin

To: Meghan Varner & 29 others

Re: Study Group

You guys do realize I'm still on this email chain, right?  All of you, please just shut up.  None of this is any of your business.

I really should have just dropped this class but I guess it's too late for that. Please just leave me alone. 

-- Nissa

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 This story is currently in progress on Wattpad, and I'm adding new sections every week!  If you want to read more, you can find it here: https://www.wattpad.com/story/85391634-reply-all

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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