I can't believe another year has come and gone. Is it me, or does if feel like the older we get the faster time goes by? I hope that everyone has a very safe and happy new year and that 2014 is your best year yet! I cannot wait to introduce everyone to all of the new characters that will be born this year and I'm hoping that you will fall in love with them the same way that you have with all of my others. So in honor of all the characters that you were introduced to in 2013 here are some my favorite moments from all of my books:
And last but not least.....spend some time this Christmas with Dailan, Nicole & Ryan.....
arrived at Dailan’s by noon. I was surprised when I wasn’t excitedly greeted by
Ryan at the door like the last time I had visited. Still, I wasn’t disappointed
to see Dailan behind the door, looking just as handsome as ever. He opened the
door and took my hand. “Shh,” he said as he led me through the house, back into
the great room. Ryan was sitting in front of the TV, playing a video game.
Ryan,” Dailan said, causing Ryan to look up from his game.
heart melted at the sight of Ryan’s smile, which stretched across his face. He
dropped the controller to the ground and came running over to greet me. “Miss
Morgan, you came!” he exclaimed, giving me a hug.
told me you weren’t coming,” Ryan said as he playfully pushed Dailan. I smiled
and handed Ryan his Christmas present. “Thanks!” he said as he sat down on the
floor to open it.
took a seat on the couch to watch him as Dailan sat down next to me. “Wow!”
Ryan exclaimed as he tore away at the paper, revealing a buildable racetrack
that seemed to be all the rage with the boys in my class this year. “Thanks,
Miss Morgan, this is cool.”
enthusiasm on his face was all the thanks that I needed. “You’re very welcome,”
walked over to the Christmas tree and returned with a small box for me. “Ryan,
you already gave me a present,” I said, remembering the yummy vanilla candle he
had given me the day of our class party.
was really from my Aunt Lisa,” he said. “This is from me. Well, I mean my Uncle
D paid for it, but I picked it out.”
laughed as Dailan shook his head at Ryan. “Ryan, you never tell a girl that
someone else paid for a present that you gave them,” Dailan said, playfully smacking
Ryan on the head.
like you never tell a girl that someone else cooked dinner for her.” I couldn’t
resist as I started to giggle. I watched as a grin stretched across Dailan’s
face. I slowly removed the wrapping paper
and the lid from the box as Ryan looked on anxiously. I immediately smiled upon
seeing the beautiful sterling silver necklace with a whimsical heart charm
dangling from it.
“Oh, Ryan, I love this.”
Ryan’s smile was a mile wide. “I
told you she liked hearts,” he said to Dailan.
“Yup, hearts are my favorite thing,”
“They had all different kinds of
hearts that you can add to it. But I liked this one best,” Ryan said proudly.
“This is an awesome heart, Ryan,” I
said as I gave him a hug.
I lifted my hair as Ryan clasped it
on my neck. I looked down at the heart hanging from my neck. It truly was one
of the best presents I ever received because I knew how much it meant to Ryan
to give it to me.
Only two days until Christmas and here's a little Christmas scene from the Exception To The Rule
in his pajamas, anxiously awaiting Santa and Julian. We were watching TV and
sipping hot chocolate when Julian arrived, with a bagful of presents.
Matty responded as he greeted him at the door seeing all of the presents.
came to Chicago already and told me to make sure that these got to you,” Julian
look!” Matty exclaimed.
have been a really good boy this year.” I smiled at Matty’s enthusiasm.
raining out?” I asked Julian, noticing his hair and coat were wet.
snowing,” he replied.
I walked over to the window and looked up at
the full moon. There was a blanket of snow already on the ground as the snow
continued to fall. I imagined what a picture perfect Christmas Eve this would
have been, if only Matty weren’t sick.
exclaimed as he looked out the window.
can we build a snowman, please?” he asked Julian.
Julian looked at him sadly. “You know what,
that isn’t very good snow for a snowman, why don’t you open up your presents?”
began to open the presents. He normally would rip through each one in no time. This
year he just seemed to be missing the whole spark that he had at Christmas,
making me very sad. He had finally gotten through the last one, trying to
figure out which toy to play with first.
Matty, I think that Santa dropped off a present for your mom too,” Julian said
as he pointed to a smaller wrapped box under the tree.
quickly got up to retrieve the box, handing it to me. I was totally shocked,
not at all expecting a gift from Julian. I opened it up revealing a beautiful
gold bracelet. I immediately put in on my wrist, and it was a perfect fit.
you,” I said.
why are you thanking him? Santa brought it, silly.”
that’s right, thank you to Santa.” I looked at Julian as he smiled.
so excited, he whispered in my ear asking if he could give Julian his present. I
told him where it was as he went off to get it.
until he was out of earshot. “Thank you. It’s really beautiful, you didn’t have
to...” I was cut off by Matty, who quickly returned with Julian’s gift.
from me,” he said proudly. “I picked it out all by myself, but Mommy had to pay
for it because I don’t have money.”
I both laughed.
it up slowly. “Wow, this is cool.”
smiled from ear to ear. “Mommy says its waterprood.”
I corrected him.
continued on, not missing a beat, “so next time we go fishing you can wear it
and get it wet.”
the best present ever, Matty.” Julian picked him up and put him on his lap. He
gave him a hug and kiss. I grabbed my camera and took a picture of the two of
them. I stared at the picture on my camera screen. It didn’t even look like my
Matty. The only thing that I recognized were his beautiful blue eyes. That was
the one thing that these treatments couldn’t take away from him. He looked
truly happy in the picture and I took comfort in that.
So, I was thinking in each of my books I have a little special Christmas scene with my characters. So I thought that it would be fun to revisit each one since it is Christmastime after all! Starting with Drowning in Love and Travis and Mia's very first Christmas together :)
Day was here and I was so happy to be spending it with Travis and my family. We
had spent Christmas Eve with Travis’ family. I had a wonderful time and really
loved being in their company; but I was so looking forward to being at my
sister’s for Christmas Day. I snapped a million pictures of Paige opening up
her presents. This was my favorite part of Christmas, watching her open up her
gifts. My sister walked over to clean up the wrapping paper that Paige was
getting swallowed in.
in a few years, I’ll have a niece or nephew that I can spoil,” my sister said
with a smile. I raised my eyebrows at her and shot her a look of displeasure
for saying such a thing in front of Travis. Travis and I talked about a lot of
things, but kids were never part of the conversation. It was just too soon to
be thinking about that.
kidding, Travis. Don’t pass out,” I said.
would I pass out? I want kids someday.”
especially if it’s with you.” My stomach did a triple flip.
my sister said upon hearing his statement. “Let me take a picture of you guys.”
I moved closer to Travis as my sister snapped the picture with her phone and
immediately sent it to mine.
was really feeling down by the end of the night. I had a great time and didn’t
want to leave. My mom tried her best to try and coax me and Travis to stay over
her house, but I had to be at work in the morning, so I knew that wasn’t an
and I arrived back at his place a little after nine. I was exhausted from all
of the excitement of the day. I changed into my pajamas and snuggled up with
him on the couch, watching TV. He reached behind his back and handed me an
envelope and a box. I was a little taken off guard. We had already exchanged
presents earlier that morning. I had gotten Travis a new watch and another
bottle of his favorite cologne. He had gotten me a beautiful pair of diamond
earrings, which I’m sure he spent more on than I cared to know.
what is this? We exchanged presents already.”
a couple of things I forgot earlier.” I shook my head and smiled. I opened the
envelope and my eyes widened to find an itinerary for a week-long trip to Saint
Lucia, leaving on Valentine’s Day. “Oh my God, Travis, This is awesome! I just
hope that I can get-”
stopped me mid-sentence. “It’s already taken care of. I talked to Juan, and you
have the week off. It’s going to be just you and me in paradise, celebrating
Valentine’s Day for a whole week.”
wrapped my arms around him and hugged him tightly. “That sounds perfect!”
I will get you to swim in the ocean.”
“We’ll just have to see about that one.”
smiled and rubbed his forehead against mine. “Open the box,” he said.
why did you -”
removed the lid to find a necklace with a beautiful gold heart.
the back,” he instructed.
flipped it over. To Mia, the girl with
the heart of gold and my girl forever. The tears rolled down my face as I
ran my thumb over the inscription.
if you don’t like it, you don’t have to wear it, but don’t cry about it,” he
“I love it, Travis. I just never thought I
could be this happy again. Thank you so much for this beautiful necklace and
for allowing me to open my heart again. I love you so much.” I wrapped my arms
around him and nuzzled up against him. I had never felt happier than I did
right now. I watched the dancing flames in the fireplace while Travis held me
tightly in his arms. After living out a yearlong sentence of hell on earth, I
had finally made it back to heaven.
was headed into the hospital for just a few hours. I had a great time with my
sister and niece but it put me so far behind with work. I tried to sneak into
my office being unseen but was stopped by Dr. Moore as soon as I stepped into the
elevator. “Hey Dr. Kiron you got a minute?” she said stepping into the elevator
up?” I asked.
you mind looking at a report for me? I’d really like to know if you concur with
my opinion on this case.”
no problem.” Right after I get done with
the million other things that I need to do.
really appreciate you taking the time to do this,” she said as the elevator
finally reached the fourth floor and we stepped out.
a prob –” I stopped myself mid-sentence when I heard a voice that I would
remember for the rest of my life calling my name. My eye’s widened when I
lifted my head and was staring into the eyes of the girl that I hadn’t been
able to get out of my head for the past five years, Kat Vallia. For the very
first time in my life I was speechless.
Kiron, are you okay?” Dr. Moore asked.
"I'm fine, I'll have the report for you later."
I finally got over my shock and approached her. She was even
more beautiful than I remembered. "How are you, Kat?" I gently placed
my hand on her arm, and I could feel her trembling.
"I'm well, thank you." Her voice quivered as she focused
intently on my eyes.
What are you doing here—are you here on business?"
"No, not really.” She had me totally confused, if she wasn’t
here on business then why did she show up out of the blue after all of these
years? "Julian I need to talk to you, somewhere private."
"Okay, I should be done here in an hour. There's a
coffee shop right at the end of the street, do you want to meet me there at
noon?" I asked as I looked down at my watch.
"Okay," she said very meekly.
“I’ll see you then.” I said as I gave her one last smile before I
I went into my office, closing the door behind me. I sat down at
my desk, trying my best to concentrate on the reports that needed to be read
over and the charts that needed to be updated, without much success. I finally
put the report down after reading it about a dozen times and not comprehending
a thing. Kat Vallia, the girl that crushed my heart, the reason that I had
countless one nighter’s with women, trying to escape the memory of her. The
girl that I was willing to rethink everything for had just showed up out of
nowhere. I just didn’t get it. I took a deep breath, trying my best to get
something accomplished. I finally focused on the work that I needed to complete
and was so deep in thought that I didn’t realize that it was almost noon. I
looked over the report one last time, signed off on it and grabbed my car keys.
I got out of my car and spotted Kat immediately. She threw her
phone in her purse and stood up. "I really appreciate you taking the
time to meet me."
"No problem, Kat; actually it was a really nice
surprise seeing you. You want to go in?"
I opened the door and entered behind her.
“Sorry for making you
wait,” I said as we sat down. “I just had some catching up to do. I had just
taken a few days off to spend with my sister and niece who were here visiting.”
Her dark brown eyes widened and she looked like she was deep in thought. “So
what have you been up to?” I asked.
“Nothing special,” she responded very timidly.
I finally asked the question that I was dying to know after all of
these years. “Did you ever get married? She shook my head no, giving me a
“What about you?” she asked,.
Was she kidding me? Did she not remember our whole reason for parting
ways? “I barely have time to sleep, let alone maintain a relationship.” I
leaned back in my chair and couldn’t stop myself from staring at her. She was
still that same adorable girl that liked to eat chocolate cake for dinner.”
“You look great, Kat.”
“Thanks,” she whispered.
I could see that she was nervous as she fidgeted around with
the napkin and bounced her leg up and down.
“So how’s work?”
I nodded and couldn’t help but think how cute
she looked twirling her hair around her finger. “How’s James doing?” I asked in an effort to
break up the tension.
“He’s doing well. He and Tricia are engaged now.”
“Yes, I knew that. I haven’t talked to him in a while. I owe him a
“So you’re Chief of Oncology now?”
“Well congratulations, I always knew you were destined for great
“So what did you need to
talk to me about?”
"Bone marrow transplants.” Her response was quick and sharp.
“What?” I laughed at her
“What do you know about bone marrow transplants?” None of this was
making sense. Kat was a doctor she knew enough about bone marrow transplants
that didn’t warrant a trip to Chicago to ask me. I played along and explained to
her the basics of bone marrow transplants. She listened, acting like she was
clueless. “This is pretty common knowledge that you learn in medical school.”
"Yes, I know, I
just wanted to get your advice, since you are one of the top doctors in your
"So you came almost one thousand miles just to ask me
that? I’m sure you have doctors just as versed as me and a lot closer. That
must be some special patient."
All of the color drained from her face. "It is," she
said, biting her bottom lip. She took a deep breath and paused for a moment.
"It's my son.” My heart immediately went out to her. "It’s our son.”
I was totally taken off guard; obviously I didn’t hear her
correctly. "What?" I stared at her, waiting for her to explain what I
thought I had just heard. She looked
at me with tear filled eyes and it was finally sinking in. The shock that I was
feeling just moments ago was quickly being replaced with anger. "Why
didn’t you tell me?”
“Because you made it clear to me what you wanted out of life and
that didn’t include a child.”
The waitress came over to take our order. "Not now!" I
I was dumbfounded. I had a son. A five year old son that I never
knew existed. How the hell could she have done this to me?
She placed a picture down in front of me. “His name is Matty, he’s
five-years-old, he’s a great kid, and he has leukemia.” Her voice cracked with
emotion. I lifted the picture and
examined it closely. It was all so surreal to me. But reality was slowly
seeping in as I stared at that picture. It was if I was looking at myself
thirty some years ago. “Almost like looking in the mirror, isn’t it?” she asked
as if she was reading my mind. I couldn’t believe this was happening. I
couldn’t take my eyes off the picture. A million questions raced through my
mind. What had she told him about me? Did he know that I never knew about him
or did he think that I just didn’t care? But I was too pissed off to ask her
any of them.
"I know that I was wrong to have kept this from you, but what
would you have done if I told you back then?"
“I would have taken responsibility for my son.”
“I’m sorry, but I did the wrong thing for the right reasons.” .
“What were those reasons?
I couldn’t believe the words that were coming out of her mouth.
Nothing justified keeping this from me and at the particular moment I hated her
so much for it. “Can you please tell me what your reasons were for keeping my
son from me for the past five years?”
“You left and we never spoke again because you didn’t want kids,
do you remember that?
Now, she was seriously pissing me off. There was no way in hell that she was going
to place this on me. “Really? So you felt that gave you the right to do this?” he
asked. “What, were you trying to punish me for not wanting what you wanted?”
“No, that’s not at all what I was trying to do!”
I shook my head in disbelief. I couldn’t even look at her and I
wasn’t sure if it was out disgust or because it hurt so badly to know that she
would have kept something so crucial from me without even giving me a choice.
“I can’t believe that you just assumed I wouldn’t want to be in his life.”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t want you to feel trapped into something you
“I missed out on five years of my son’s life because you actually
thought that’s what I wanted. Why didn’t it ever occur to you to ask me what I
wanted? Would I have ever known if he
hadn’t gotten sick?”
She looked away and was silent. My stomach clenched, knowing the
answer to that question already.
“Right before I found out I was pregnant I was planning on calling
you to tell you that I would go to Germany. I was willing to uproot my whole
life, forgo everything that I wanted just to be with you. Once I found out that
I was pregnant that changed everything. There were days that I had wished that
you would have called to tell me that you would be willing to rethink your plan
for me, but you didn’t.”
“You told me not to.”
“Exactly. I thought I knew what you wanted and you thought you
knew what I wanted,” she said very gently.
I had to get out of here. I had to just walk away from her and
register all of this. I wasn’t sure what I was more upset about, the fact that
I had a son that I didn’t know about or the fact that Kat, the girl that I held
on a pedestal for all these years totally destroyed my image of her by doing
this. “You had no right to just assume what I wanted.”
“I know that I was wrong and you can hate me if you want to.” The
tears rolled down her face. “But Matty needs you now. Please, Julian, I’m
I looked at her and all I could feel was
resentment and anger. “I came here to ask you if you would be willing to be
tested to see if you’re a match and to oversee his medical treatment.” She
paused for a minute, grabbed a napkin and wiped her eyes. “I want you to be
part of his life; to be his father. I want you to fall in love with him the
same way I have.” I couldn’t respond. I
knew I wanted to be there for my son but I was so repulsed by her actions that
I couldn’t even look at her.
She reached into her wallet and held out a business card. I
snatched it from her hand and stared at the girl sitting across from me. She
wasn’t the same girl that I knew all those years ago. There were so many things
I wanted to say to her and none of which were fitting to say to a woman. I needed to get as far away from her as
possible. I quickly stood up and walked out the door, still grasping tightly to
sat in my car and stared at the picture of this little boy who was a part of me
and a complete stranger. I ran my hand though my hair and shook my head I was
so pissed at Kat and even more pissed at myself. So many times I had contemplated calling her.
I was even thinking of paying her a surprise visit when I got home from
Germany. Why didn’t I try harder with her? Why did I listen to her when she
told me not to call? For once in my life why didn’t I break the damn rules and
listen to my heart? I was entering uncharted territory and I was terrified.
Strangely it wasn’t over the fact that he had cancer. It was because I was
actually someone’s father, a thought that scared me half to death.
It's hard to believe that December is upon us and even harder to believe that this month will mark one whole year since I published The Exception To The Rule. I truly thought that would be my first and last book that I ever wrote. First reason being, I never thought that I could ever create characters that I loved as much Kat & Julian. Secondly, I never imagined that anyone would read it except for my friends and family.
Well, one year later and I am overwhelmed with the responses that I have gotten from that book and how much it has touched so many people. Since that was my very first book and I had NO CLUE as to what the heck I was doing when it came to publishing it. I never got to do a formal cover reveal, teasers or any of that fun stuff. So in a way Kat & Julian got ripped off. So This month I decided to dedicate to Kat & Julian with lots of fun things......excerpts, giveaways and maybe just maybe.....
Are you ready for this?
Are you sure?
I may be posting a chapter from Julian's POV after Kat drops the bomb on him....for those of you that have read it.....you know what I'm talking about!! So stay tuned ......there will be lots of fun things going on this month!
I am offering a signed copy (winners choice) of any one of my books plus a cute little matching accessory (it's a surprise!). Here's all you have to do:
Leave a review for ANY of my books on amazon. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a Private message on FB https://www.facebook.com/BethRinyu with your email address an let me know that you have posted and for which book(s) you will automatically be entered. If you review more than one book you will be entered more than once (I will assign everyone numbers). If you have left a review previously you will be entered as well, but you have to let me know! I'm so very sorry but I can only offer this giveaway to readers in the US. I can however offer an e-book of your choice if you are not in the US. I will be choosing the winner on December 1st.
* I can ship to other countries if the winner is willing to pay the shipping less the $5.00 shipping fees that it costs to mail within the US.
Those of you that have read An Unplanned Life may have read the short little prologue to A Cry for Hope in the back. I have since added to it and felt that it was only fair to post it in it's entirety. So here it is:
* The following is copyrighted material and subject to change (unedited)
Abate was the boy I knew my entire life.
The boy that I wasn’t afraid to cry in front of. The boy that I wasn’t embarrassed to snort in
front of when I laughed too hard. The boy that I would have burping contests
with, and the boy that I considered my very best friend.
can’t remember any time in my life that I hadn’t known him. Nick and I did
everything together. Everyone in the neighborhood called us the dynamic duo.
Our relationship was so easy. We were so close that sometimes it felt more like
we were brother and sister than friends.
was the end of eighth grade when things began to change a bit for us. Our hormones
were beginning to take over, and I couldn’t help but notice the muscles forming
in Nick’s arms, the change in his voice or that fact that he had sprouted up about four inches in a matter of weeks. I hated that I sometimes got butterflies in
my stomach when I looked at him and scolded myself for feeling that way. I
really became angry when I found myself staring at his butt in his tight little
baseball pants when I would watch him play baseball or when I would hug him a
little longer than I should have after we would crush the opposing team at
wiffle ball. He was my friend and I
shouldn’t have been feeling that way for a friend. All of the other eight grade girls were
starting to notice him too and as much as I told myself I didn’t care, I knew
that deep inside I really did. It was our end of year eighth grade dance and I
was battling with that green eyed monster
as I watched Heather Braverman the girl that had it all; perfect hair, big blue
eyes, big boobs and every boy in the eighth grade drooling over her, dancing with
Nick. I felt like Raggedy Ann next to Barbie whenever I was in her presence. I
watched them swaying back and forth and I couldn’t help but realize that Nick’s
hands were moving awfully close to the danger
zone - Heathers butt. Heather filled
out her fuchsia dress perfectly in the chest area. I looked down at my own
chest in in my baby pink dress – nada.
jumped when I felt a tap on my shoulder. “Hey Hope you wanna dance?” Steven
Wyler asked. Steven was my crush all year long, and at any other time I would
have been jumping up and down if he had asked me to dance. But seeing Nick and
Heather together made me want Nick as a partner instead. I contemplated my answer
and then I saw it - Nick’s hands in enemy territory.
I responded. Steven took my hand in his and we walked out on to the dance floor. My legs were shaking as we began to move back
and forth. I had day dreamed about Steven for the past year. What his perfect
pouty lips would feel like on mine. What he smelled like, and what it would
feel like to be embraced in arms. Now, being so close to him I realized his
lips weren’t so plump, he didn’t smell like anything special and his arms, well
they were just like anyone else’s. He
pulled me closer and I closed my eyes to block out Nick and Heather and at the
same time imagined that I was the one
in Nick’s arms. I knew it was wrong to be thinking such thoughts about Nick,
but I couldn’t help myself. I opened my eyes when Steven loosened up his grip.
I smiled when I saw Nick tapping him on the shoulder. Steven graciously backed
away and allowed him to cut in on our dance.
wrapped his arms around my waist, while I circled mine around his neck. “Well,
well, well Abate you unglued your hands from Barbie’s butt.” I looked over at
Heather standing over the punch bowl with her friends, Gina and Terri, A.K.A Malibu and Skipper.
you are so funny Hope!”
stood on my tippy toes and whispered in his ear. “If you get to first base, I’m
dying to know if she’s using tissues or paper towels.”
looked at me strangely. “What?”
stuff her bra.”
shook his head and laughed. “You are crazy Hope!”
know, but that’s why you love me.”
My head rested on his chest as he pulled me
closer. The music changed to Mariah Carey’s “I’ll be there” and the butterflies
of all butterflies began to flap around in my stomach. This is Nick, your very best friend. Make those darn butterflies fly
away! Nicks hands began to wander until they finally found their way onto my danger zone. I heard him snickering
and I looked up at him and smiled. “Watch the hands Abate!” He flashed me his double dimpled grin, moving
them up to the small of my back. “Much better,” I smiled. His lips were coming
dangerously close to mine. I had never really kissed a boy. Well actually I had kissed Nick before but not in a
“real kiss” way, but something in Nick’s eyes was telling me that I was about
to experience my first “real kiss” with him as well. His lips grazed mine gently, making the hairs
on my arm stand at attention from goose bumps. His tongue gently pried my mouth
open. I allowed it inside with ease and followed suit, sticking mine in his. He
hugged me tightly as our tongues danced together to the beat of the music. He
tasted sweet, like bubble gum. A gentle touch on the lips was the perfect
ending as the music stopped. We stared at each other for a little longer and we
both began to giggle. I was smiling on the inside when I looked over Nick’s
shoulder and saw Heather Braverman who had been eyeing us up the whole time,
rolling her eyes and walking out the door. Take
that Barbie! He likes Raggedy Ann!
you share some of that gum with me?” I asked, breaking up the awkwardness. He
took his gum from his mouth and ripped off a piece. He popped it in my mouth and I smiled. “Hey,
thanks pal!” I said.
Nick and I were the very best of friends, until the worst possible thing in a
fourteen year old girl’s life happens…..her very best friend moves away.
I know what you're thinking. You'd
hoped that Nick and I would fall in love and live out our happily ever after.
But that's not how it happened. This is the story about my family. My beautiful
son, my once perfect husband and finding the courage to live and feel whole
it weren't for my very best friend Nick, I wouldn't have been able to truly
recognize the strength I had inside of me. His friendship was one of the
happiest memories of my past and unbeknownst to me a very important part of my
sat at the ocean’s edge as Charlie jumped the waves. This was our happy place. The
place where we had spent most of our summer days. At eight years old Charlie was quite the
swimmer. Still, I made sure to always keep a close eye on him. The ocean was a
dangerous playground and as much as Charlie loved it, I knew that it could turn
on him in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, on that warm August day it did and there
was nothing I could do to save my little boy. He became one with the ocean and my
entire world ceased to exist…..
Over the past week I have been receiving such beautiful messages about An Unplanned Lesson and An Unplanned Life. You guys have no clue how much it means to me to know that you love Dailan and Nicole as much as I do. I think my nicest compliment was from this reader: "You really know how to write a character and make people love them, hate them and actually feel what they are going through." That makes me happy because that is the main thing that I always strive for when writing my books. I know that if I can't get into a character when I'm reading a book (whether it be loving them, hating them, feeling sorry for them, wanting to kick their butt....etc...etc) then it takes away from the book, so that is why I feel so strongly about great character development - they can make or break a book. Okay, now that I've rambled on let me get to the whole point of this blog post.....Many of you have asked me if there will be a book three in the Unplanned Series. And it pains me to say - really it does.....no. I really wish that there was more of Dailan and Nicole's story to give, but there just isn't. I think these two have been through enough and deserve their HEA forever.....don't you? Now, with that being said, that doesn't mean I'm not open to perhaps doing a book about some of the other characters in the book. Jonathan? A prequel of Dalian's brother and sister in law (yes, ladies you would possibly get a little Dailan in that one but not Nicole)? These are just idea's that I have in my head right now. I will miss Dailan and Nicole just as much as you guys, but sit tight.....I'm creating a whole new cast of characters for you guys to fall in love with! Here's a little scene from An Unplanned Life for you to revisit and put a smile on your face:
It took me a while to decide about releasing this book early. I had it all ready to go and even though my release date was only a week away it felt like eternity. So, I decided to hit the publish button after driving a few of my friends crazy as to whether I should do it or not. After I saw all of the responses and how happy everyone was that I decided to do it, I knew that I made the right choice!! So, I want to thank all of my loyal readers who have taken the time to message me to tell me how much they enjoy my books or taken the time to write reviews. You guys are the best and I love that something that I LOVE doing make you guys so happy! As of right now An Unplanned Life is live on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. An Unplanned Lesson is on sale for .99 cents until Sunday. I will be working on getting it on itunes and Smashwords. I hope all of my little Dailan O'Maley lovers love him just as much in this book as they did in first!! Have a great day & Happy Halloween!!
Well, it's been a while since I blogged anything so I thought today would be the perfect time to jump back in! Devon Youngblood will be releasing her second novel Bare Hearts on December 13th. I really enjoyed her debut novel Coming Back to You so I am very happy to share her beautiful cover and trailer for Bare Hearts:
Life can change in an instant.
When twenty-two year old Lily receives a devastating phone call, her life is sent into a whirlwind. Still holding on to hope, she meets Parker in the most unlikely place, where the two experience a special connection.
Home from the Army after a four year stint Parker faces a tough decision whether or not to reenlist. While his life is spiraling downward from his own devastation, his only coping mechanism is living life on the edge.
It’s not until later on when the two meet again in an unusual place that they realize their connection is too strong to resist. Brought together by tragedy, they hang on to each other as they start to slowly face their futures.
Their toughest obstacle is yet to come when Parker realizes that he has been harboring a secret that could shatter Lily's world. Can they cope with their losses together or will the secret be too much to bare?
Well, Monday is almost an afterthought....Thank goodness! I was super busy all weekend trying my best to pre-proof the rest of An Unplanned Life before sending it off for real editing. Let me tell you, I really stink at proofing my own work! I did share a few things this weekend on my FB page. Here they are just in case you missed them:
Also, I've decided to keep An Unplanned Lesson on sale at .99 cents for a few more days so everyone has a chance to read it before An Unplanned Life. To answer a lot of emails that I've been getting - YES you must read an Unplanned Lesson to totally grasp and appreciate An Unplanned Life.
And last but not least....I wanted to share this BEAUTIFUL picture that one of my awesome readers sent me yesterday. Thank you so much....I LOVE it xo!!
It's never easy to trade in the long warm days of summer for the cold dreary days of winter. But before we get to winter we have my favorite time of the year, fall. Now, I know a lot of people (depending on where you live) don't get to experience the vibrant shades of red and gold that adorn the trees or the warm days and the cool crisp nights. That's not to say that I will not miss sitting on the beach with a good book and even though I didn't have much time for reading this summer, I did read three that I absolutely loved: Book one and two of the Progress Series by Amy Queau (Progress & Interrupted) and Forever You by Sandi Lynn
So I put together this little giveaway with my favorite reads of Summer 2013. I've included book two of the Progress Series (Interrupted) because book one Progress is free for the next four days on Amazon, so go one click it NOW....you will not be sorry that you did.
I also included Drowning in Love because of course that was one of my favs as well! And as an added bonus I've included The Exception to The Rule
Good luck and I hope you all enjoy these books as much as I did!
Well, the time has come for the little ones and not so little ones (in my case) to head on back to school and even though they're not very happy about it, us parents sure are. For me I know that means, no more all night X-box parties, no more waking up to tons of dirty dishes and glasses in the sink from said parties. No more hearing "I'm bored" oh the list goes on and on....
I can't believe that my boys are sophomore's in high school. I can seriously remember waiting for the bus with them on the first day of Kindergarten like it was yesterday! Is it just me or is it that the older we get the faster time passes? So to all of you mom's who are just getting your babies on the bus for the very first time this year. Enjoy it, take pictures not only on your camera but in you mind and in your heart because it goes by way too fast! Before you know it they won't want you within a five mile radius when the bus pulls up. But that's when you can get them back for punishment.....whenever my boys get on my last nerve I threaten to stand outside and wait for the bus with them in my PJ's. And for those of you that think that sounds horrible....you have never experienced raising teenagers....just wait!
So happy first day of school to all the kids! For all the moms I have something for you to enjoy when your sucking in all that peace and quiet of your kid free house! An Unplanned Lesson is on sale for .99 cents for a very limited time....so now is your chance to meet the very sexy Dailan O'Maley and get all brushed up on Dailan and Nicole's story before the sequel An Unplanned Life comes out on November 7th.