- Authors: Dawn Marten and Emily MintonBlurb: Julie Walker thought she found true love with Jase. Until he betrayed
her in the worst way, with one of her best friends. Devastated and heartbroken
she runs away,leaving behind her family and friends. She starts a new life
filled with secrets.
When Julie meets Dean, she thinks he is the
answer to all her prayers, but Dean isn’t who she thinks he is.
Jase Gibson is a player. Even when he had the
girl of his dreams, he still played. When he lost Julie, his life fell apart.
He turned to whiskey and women, to fill the void. But, only Julie will ever
make him whole.
Nine years later, Julie’s back home, but shes
not alone. What will happen when all of Julie’s secrets are uncovered?
Jase vowed that if he ever got her back, he
would do right by her and never let her go. Will he let Julie’s secret keep
When Julie’s ex-husband refuses to be her ex,
Jase must choose to help her or hang on to his anger.
Jase and Julie have to find a way to give their
whiskey lullaby a happy ending.REVIEW by JodieI am a completely romantic when it comes to books so any story about first love and second chances as my attention before I even open the first page.
This book introduces you to Jase and Julie, childhood sweethearts who seem to have it all till Jase commits the ultimate betrayal……… sleeps with Julie’s best friend.
This breaks Julie and with no one to turn to, ups and leaves without a trace.
I loved the fact that like most men, Jase doesn’t realise how good he had it till it was gone.
Fast forward nine years……..
Jase is still numbing the pain with whisky and women.
Julie married Dean a respectable doctor who behind closed doors is a monster; he abuses both Julie and his sister Bethany.
Julie and Bethany form a bond unbreakable as they help one another survive the abuse, but after one too many beatings Julie escapes back home to her family bring Bethany with her.
With returning home comes facing the past and revealing her biggest secret…….. Jase’s now almost 9 year old daughter.
Their first encounter in nine years as the sparks flying and before you know it there’s sizzling steamy action occurring…………..WOW it will make you hot under the collar.
But after they have both betrayed each other in different ways…….
Can they REALLY forgive and forget???
Can love conquer all and give them a second chance of happiness???
As both these characters try to rediscover themselves and find how they fit together again, evil in the form of dean just won’t let go.
Jase instantly steps up and becomes the dad we all want, this melted my heart and had me forgiving him for his stupidity years before.
But Julie took more convincing than me to forgive him, which made me admire her for being strong and making him prove he’d changed.
I love nothing more than a rollercoaster ride of a story and this book doesn’t disappoint. There are many ups, downs and surprises along the road of happiness for Jase and Julie.
For me a good book needs to make me laugh, cry and scream in frustration and this book hit them all. I read this book within a few hours I wasn’t able to put it down I needed to know how it ended.
I am grateful for the happy ending which they both deserved.
A great debut novel to proud of, Emily…… I’m excitingly awaiting your next novel.
REVIEW by Ty
Julie and Jase have a second chance at their failed relationship after Julie has returned home 9 years later, battered, beaten and with a little girl…Jase’s little girl. Jase never knew he had a child. All he knew was a he screwed Julie’s best friend 9 years ago, and she left him. So over the last 9 years Julie has been the domestic slave for her abusive husband Dean, and momma to Jenny, while Jase has lived it up as your town drunk and man whore. Julie is finally able to escape the abuse, and finds her way back to Tennessee to her family, and Jase. Jase has a bad boy reputation, that he tries to move past once he gets the second chance with his family, especially now that he has Jenny in his life. He never knew the fulfillment he would have in his heart, until he laid eyes on his sweet pea Jenny.
But the no contact order Julie has against Dean, or the divorce papers isn’t enough to keep the raging lunatic from trying to harm her, and shatter her little family that she is trying so hard to put back together with Jase. Trouble comes to town, but not before Jase has the chance to fight for what is rightfully his.
I liked this story, but I had such a hard time connecting with the characters. Usually, when I feel connected with the characters, I don’t want to put the book down to even go pee, I just want to hold onto them each for as long as I can. The characters just didn’t show deep enough emotions for me. The story line itself, was magnificent. Julie and Jase surely had a Whiskey Lullabye love, but were fortunate enough to break the walls of infidelity and came back together as one.
Dawn Martens: I’m Dawn. I co-wrote a two books (Chase
and Kade) with fellow author Chantal Fernando, in the Resisting Love. We went
solo on three of the books, she wrote Ryder, and she is writing James, and I just finished writing Derek.I drink too much,
Swear too much, and Read too much. Yes I read too much. I don’t have a filter,
and I tend to speak before I think.I’m a beta reader for
many authors, I’m on a few authors ARC list, because apparently I’m THAT
awesome. 😉 And I also Edit. Not a professional, but I do help a few with that.I have two children,
5&2, and have another on the way. They bug the shit outta me, but hey,
that’s what kids are supposed to do. 😉 Married since 2007. He’s amazing, but
he’s also a bigger pain in my ass than my kids are.I love to read. and I
love being able to write stories that *I* want to read!I couldn’t do this without
the help of some very special friends!I’m Emily. I am the proud mother of
two lovable but irritating teenagers. I have been married for over
twenty years, but I would gladly trade my husband for Tatum Jackson any day!If you are wondering who that is, you need to
read Sweet Dreams by KA now. Kristen Ashley is my queen!I love to read. I am a complete mommy
porn junkie! I have more books on my kindle than most people could read
in a lifetime, but I will get to them all eventually!I am also an avid blogger. I love to
share my favorite books and pimp my favorite authors.I just finished writing my first solo book,
Windows. I hope you all enjoy it!
Bio:After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, A.T.
Douglas ventured away from her quiet hometown for
the bustle of college in the city of Boston. Though she
studied astronomy and was a science geek at heart, she always had a love for
the written word and a story swirling in her head.It wasn’t
until she became addicted to the Young Adult/New Adult Contemporary Romance
genres that she embraced her renewed passion for reading by self-publishing her
debut novel, Someone to Listen. Fueled by coffee and her
love of music, she strives to turn daydreams and the realities of life into
words the world can read. Her writing is inspired by
personal experiences and memories from her past. She hopes
to inspire others to break the silence and get their stories out into the
world.A.T. Douglas lives in New Hampshire with her husband
and son and wishes desperately that there were more hours in the day
for family, reading, and writing.Book Synopsis:Abby wanted a fresh start, a new life thousands of miles away
from her four difficult years of high school and the rumors that followed her.
As she begins her college experience in Boston, she finds friendship
and love she didn’t expect, people who show her that she doesn’t have to be
She is torn between two paths,
inexplicably drawn to two completely different guys. One understands
her and reminds her of who she used to be, the broken shadow of a person
wandering through life but not truly living. The other is the key to
her future, the guiding hand that she waited for years to pull her out of the
darkness and into the light.
When Abby’s newfound happiness and
renewed existence are threatened, everything changes. She can fall
back to that dark place within her or fight to save her future.
She faces the same struggle she
has all along: getting someone to hear her, finding someone to believe her.
All she ever needed was someone to
listen.Buy Link (exclusively on
Amazon):Find out more about A.T. Douglas and follow her at the
following social media links
- Book Info:Title: Lily of the Valley (Flowering, #1.5)Author: Sarah DaltryBlurb:18+ New Adult romanceYou met them in Forget Me
Not. Now, hear Jack’s story.Plagued by a dark past, Jack sees college as a way out. Desperate
to escape the area where he grew up, the people who know his secrets, and his
own family, he deals with his problems through alcohol and sex.When he first sees Lily, she’s the epitome of everything he hates.
Yet something about her makes Jack rethink everything he knows and assumes
about other people. Now, with the help of his best friend and lover, Jack has
to decide if he wants to pursue something that he knows will only end badly.Can Lily be one of the few people who can see Jack for who he
really is – or will his darkness be too much for her to handle?Excerpt:At work, though, the people are real.
Both the customers and the staff. During the busy times, we get more
douchebags, mostly my classmates who probably should be in the library and not
eating a hangover away. Mal is also on this morning. He’s a recovering
alcoholic, a total asshole to nearly everyone, and an incredibly shitty employee
in a lot of ways. But the dude can cook and when I walk in a couple minutes
late with no explanation, Mal just shrugs and hands me an order.“Big parties last night?”“Huge party. I spent the night reading
Dostoevsky.”“He a scientist?” Mal flips over the
largest slab of ham I have ever seen. For all the sort of dive element of this
place, the food is still fucking great.“Yeah, something like that.”“Eh. Never cared for all that mumbo
jumbo. Don’t know any of it and I’m doing just fine.”That’s something else I admire about
Mal. By no one’s standards is he doing just fine. He has a tendency to fall off
the wagon as soon as he approaches his ten month anniversary – which he has
been doing for likely longer than I have been alive. He’s been married and
divorced five times. He has three kids who don’t speak to him. Finally, he only
eats the food from the café and he lives in a motel out by the prison. Oh – and
he works as a short order cook in a shitty café. But in his mind, life is just
fine. Sometimes, I think I need to get a hold of whatever it is that keeps him
from losing his shit.We settle into our routine, since there
is little Mal and I can talk about. I can’t discuss Raskolnikov’s character
traits and Mal simply has nothing to say. So we cook in silence, but it’s
comfortable. After everything I have been through, I feel a strange affinity
for this place. Even thinking about leaving when I eventually get the hell out
of town makes me a little sad. I hate that it makes me sad. I want to leave
with no connections, with no strings.I go to stick an order on the counter
for Liz when I see her. Strawberries. She’s with some dude, who is basically
what I pictured when she mentioned her boyfriend. Broad, tan, blond, and eating
like a fucking pig. I don’t know what they’re talking about and I can’t see her
face, but he loves her. It’s immediately recognizable and I hate him for it. I
don’t even know why I hate him for it, since at least maybe he’s not as much of
a dick as I would have expected. If we had been placing bets, I would have gone
with the safe assumption he had something else on the side to make up for
having such a sweet and pure girlfriend. I wonder if maybe she isn’t as
innocent as she looks. The thought makes me horny again. I don’t get what is so
damn attractive about this typical girl, but something makes me want to taste
every inch of her skin.Top Ten:Author’s Favorite Video Games:1. Borderlands 1 and 22. Fallout 33. Persona series4. Silent Hill series5. Final Fantasy
series6. Skyrim7. Dragon Age series8. Mass Effect series9. Fable series1. Bioshock series1. Magic: The
Gathering1. Perfect Dark1. Heavy Rain1. LA Noire1. Catherine1. ZumaAuthor’s Favorite Bad Boys:1. Heathcliff from Wuthering
Heights2. Jake Barnes from The
Sun Also Rises3. Will from Infernal
Devices4. Lord Byron5. The Scarecrow in Batman
Begins6. Lucifer from Supernatural7. Mr. Darcy from Pride
and Prejudice8. James Dean9. Damon from Vampire
Diaries10. V from V for
VendettaInterview with Sarah:
I had written a short story about
- What inspired you to write your book?
Derek and Lily and their first time called “Her Brother’s Best Friend.” It was
just supposed to be a short erotic story. But it sold well, so I thought about
writing more about the two of them. However, as I started writing Forget Me Not, the story would not work
for me. Until I found Jack. And then the novel was over and there was just so
much more to his story, so Lily of the
Valley was born.
- How did you come up with the title?
Me Not and Lily of the Valley are
both flowers, and the series is called Flowering.
The reason is that it is about love, sexuality, and growing up – sort of
blossoming into the person you will be. Forget
Me Not also addresses the idea of leaving your life behind and moving on.
And Lily is the main female character, so hence Lily of the Valley.
People are complicated, as are
- Is there a message in your novel that you
want readers to grasp?
relationships. The things we think we want sometimes turn out not to be what we
want. In addition, the people we think we understand may surprise us. We can’t
assume anything about love or each other. They are too complex.
- What books have most influenced your life
Catcher in the Rye, because it was the first time I understood that other
people felt like me and it also said it was okay to be different. And The Sun Also Rises, because there can be
beauty in suffering.
Hemingway. I know he’s dead, but he
- If you had to choose, which writer would
you consider a mentor?
knew how to write true.
I am writing Scandal, a contemporary romance about a teacher and an actor who
- What are your current projects?
find each other after they are both ruined by rumors, and I am waiting to
release Bitter Fruits, a New Adult
paranormal/urban fantasy romance in
December through the publisher. I am also working on Immortal Star, the second book in that series.
Jack’s experiences and emotions are
- What was the hardest part of writing your book?
really closely tied to my own and it was hard to write some of his scenes.
- If Hollywood made a movie
about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Plaza. She has the same type of biting sarcasm that I do.
- If you had six months with no
obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?
the world and write.
- What kind of people do you
who is cruel to other people or creatures. People who assume their own reality
is the only reality. And people who don’t read.Playlist:Link: http://hypster.com/hypsterPlayer/MPL?media_type=playlist&playlist_id=6720577&us_id=4993560#q9PEPbYLcm8sXB3i.18Trailer:Embedded Code:Buy Links:Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lily-of-the-Valley-ebook/dp/B00F5MN7H6/ref=la_B00BVV0F5W_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379262793&sr=1-3Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lily-of-the-Valley-ebook/dp/B00F5MN7H6/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379264310&sr=1-9Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/342349Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lily-of-the-valley-sarah-daltry/1116282455?ean=2940148601609&itm=1&usri=sarah+daltryPaperback: https://www.createspace.com/4411185About The Author:Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from
sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to
things. Lily of the Valley is her third full length novel,
although she also has several story collections and two novellas available. Her
other novels are Forget Me Not, the
story that tells Lily’s version of events, and Bitter Fruits, which will
be released by Escape Publishing in December. When Sarah isn’t writing,
she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats,
shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.Author Social Media Links:Website: http://sarahdaltry.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/SarahDaltryPinterest: http://pinterest.com/sarahdaltry/boards/
- 321Life works in mysterious ways.Four years
ago I became known as the girl with cancer.I
refuse to cry.And I
refuse to give in.A
relationship with a man is the last thing I’m looking for right now, but one
night with Parker changes everything. He is persistent, and he knows what he
wants. Me.He doesn’t
treat me like I’m fragile.But he
doesn’t know, and I’m not ready to tell him.What
if it changes everything?Tragedy
found me when I was seventeen.Love found
me when I was twenty-one.My name is Aundrea McCall, and this is my journey.https://www.facebook.com/events/1387178484847986/
Amanda:I am the mother of two little boys, married to the love of
my life, and living in one of the smallest towns in Minnesota. When I’m not chasing or cleaning
up after my boys (yes, all three), I can be found writing or snuggled up with
my kindle, a glass of wine, and spending time with my fictional friends and
family.Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AmandaMaxlynAuthorGoodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7264050.Amanda_Maxlyn
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and #3 $5 Amazon gift card.______________________________________________________________________________TeaserI’m
grateful when I reach the door to the ladies room that there isn’t anyone
around. I reach for the handle when I hear from behind me, “Not going to use
the men’s room again?” I know that sexy voice. It’s the same one as earlier
this evening in this same area.With my
heart picking up pace, I turn around smiling sweetly, “No, I’m going to sit
down and pee this time.” My smile spreads a little wider and I say a silent
thanks to sweet baby Jesus for letting me find my voice this time.He
doesn’t respond. He just steps closer to me with the corner of his lips
spreading upward.I don’t
breathe. Not when he is this close.God he
smells amazing. Like a mixture of spice and mint. Maybe a hint of beer too.
It’s the type of scent that would awaken a primal desire within any female, and
good God do I feel awakened.“You ran
off before I could thank you for the dance earlier.” No, thank you. His
voice is a faint whisper and his face is now so close that our noses are almost
touching. I glance down at his very attractive red lips just as the corners of
his mouth move up into the most beautiful smile. Shit. He knows I’m looking
at his lips.I’m
transfixed by him. In this very moment, I would do whatever he said or answer
to any name he called; even if it was one of those fluffy names like baby or
princess. All I can think about is the desire flowing through my body for those
lips to be on mine. I would take him in this hallway. There I said it. Or,
did I think it?Do
back at his lips.I lick my
think about anything but wanting to feel his lips against mine. All thoughts go
out the window of me not being able to pick up a man at a bar. I don’t care,
but I will say any cheesy pick up line if it means I get to go home with him.I know
he’s watching me. He has to be thinking about my lips too because just then his
tongue comes out licking his own. I try to think of something else to do, but
nothing comes to mind. I feel him close the distance between us. He puts a
finger under my chin for the second time tonight lifting my face so I’m looking
right into his eyes. Without taking his eyes off mine he speaks in a quiet,
low, raspy whisper, “I’m going to kiss you now.”Without
waiting for my permission, his lips crash down against mine. He takes my top
lip into his mouth tugging ever so gently. I let out a soft moan as his tongue
lightly traces my lips- tasting me. I can smell the fresh mint and beer off his
breath and all I can think about is tasting it. I grab his neck brining him
closer -opening my mouth- inviting him in. He groans as I wrap my arms around
his neck running my hands through his hair.Shit,
if I die tomorrow, I can die a happy woman knowing this was my last kiss.His
tongue enters my mouth and I meet it with my own. He reaches down to lift me up
and I let him. I wrap my legs around his waist just as he slams my back against
the wall in the corner of the hallway. There’s a rush of pain that shoots down
my legs causing me to cry out. He must take that as a cry of pleasure because
he kisses me harder.I feel
my dress rise all the way to my waist exposing myself for anyone that walks by.
My head falls back against the wall and he immediately starts kissing down my
chin to my neck, then up to my earlobe bringing it into his mouth biting down.
“Do you want to get out of here?” He whispers so softly into my ear I almost
don’t think I hear him correctly. When he asks me again I just nod in
agreement. Afraid if I were to say anything it wouldn’t be yes, and I really
want it to be yes.Setting
me down, he runs his hands over my dress laying it back into place, then grabs
my hand and starts speed walking away heading towards the red exit sign.What’s Left of Me. Copyright 2013. Amanda Maxlyn. Unedited
and Subject to Change.