Sivec, Jennifer: Losing Eva

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Book: Losing Eva

Author: Jennifer Sivec

Genre:  Chick Lit/General Fiction

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Synopsis:

jenscoverBrynn Michael has endured a horrific life. Heartlessly abandoned as young Eva, she was abused and victimized by the selfishness of others. Her early life renders her unable to truly let go and love.

Despite everything, she finds her inner strength and overcomes. She allows herself to trust her childhood love, Adam. With the promise of having her own family, it looks as though Brynn may finally have the happiness that always seemed unattainable.

But life takes a tragic turn and once again, Brynn is forced to face a life in turmoil. Will the arrival of a handsome stranger help turn it around or make it worse?

When the past unexpectedly catches up with her, Brynn must decide if she will embrace it or move forward on her own. Is love and happiness within reach, or is her chance gone forever?

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Author Bio:

Jen PicI’ve been writing for as long as I can remember~journals, poems, short stories. I always wanted to write a novel and started several over the years, but for some reason I could never see them through to the end. Until Eva came along.

I was abandoned as a child, at about the age of 2 or 3 which I strangely never gave a lot of thought to. Then I became a mother. When my youngest child was about 2, I watched him sleeping one night as I often did. But this night, I was gripped by this heart-wrenching realization that he was about the age that I was when my parents left me. Something stirred inside of me, and eventually Eva was born. “Leaving Eva” began as a story of a girl who was heartlessly abandoned, and then her story took on a life of its own. It was no longer the story that I began, and it became something else entirely.

I’ve always been somewhat of a late bloomer, but I am happy to have finally gotten in touch with my inner Author. She’s always been there lying dormant inside of me, reflecting in other parts of my life. But now she is awake and alive, shining through me every day.

I am very fortunate to have a wonderful supportive husband, two beautiful children, and an incredible family. I have a career that is rewarding and challenging and I get to work with amazing, funny, talented people every day.

Writing has been an escape, a refuge, and an outlet for me. I feel so lucky to get to channel my energy and my creativity through my writing.

With the Eva Series left open for a possible third book, I am moving on to a couple of other projects that are currently in the works. I hope that my readers will continue to stay with me through this journey as I grow and evolve.

I am so grateful for the support I’ve received and the amazing people that I’ve encountered along the way!

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Leaving Eva Playlist

Safe and Sound-Megan Hilty

Sad-Maroon 5

Clarity-Zedd

I Never Told You-Colbie Caillat

What Can I Say-Carrie Underwood

Forever and Almost Always-Kate Voegle

Cry-Kelly Clarkson

Timebomb-P!nk

Arms-Christina Perri

We Both Know-Gavin DeGraw/Colbie Callait

 

Losing Eva Playlist

I Won’t Give Up-Madilyn Bailey

Beam Me Up-P!nk

Better That We Break-Maroon 5

Click Click Boom (Saliva)

Wasting All These Tears-Cassaddee Pope

1000 Times-Sara Bareilles

Already Gone-Kelly Clarkson

All We’d Ever Need-Lady Antebellum

Not Alone-Darren Criss

Look After You-The Fray

Life Ain’t Always Beautiful-Gary Allan

You Can’t Break a Broken Heart-Kate Voegel

Is It Over-Kris Allen

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20 Fun Facts:

20 Fun Facts about Jen

  1. I’m short, but I think I’m tall.  I never realize how short I am until I am trying to reach something or unless I’m standing next to someone who is 6 feet tall or above.  I’m oddly in denial about my lack of stature.
  2. I have a bit of a potty mouth.  It’s something I’ve wrestled with since I was a teenager.  There was about a decade of my life where I was extremely disciplined, but not anymore.  It’s so bad, that my children reprimand me from time to time (although I do show restraint around them something slips out occasionally).
  3. I’m a teacher at heart.  I love to teach and I love to learn.  The entire process of discovering something new and grasping it is amazing to me.  Watching my children learn how to read and do math has been a beautiful process to see unfold.  I have a huge admiration for Teachers.
  4. I can be overly zealous about something when I really want it, almost to the point of annoyance.  Once I get my teeth into something, I’m all in.  This trait has served me well over the years, but it does require either self-restraint or someone very strong to tell me “NO.”
  5. I hate my feet.  I get pedicures on occasion, but I think that I have Fred Flintstone feet.  Square and flat L
  6. I played the Violin in middle school and the trumpet in High School.  Yes, I was a Band Geek.  I didn’t play either instrument particularly well but I did have fun.  I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
  7. I’m one of those crazy people you see driving down the road, music up, singing my heart out like I’m singing to at Madison Square Gardens for my Farewell Tour.  I truly believe that I’m invisible in my car.
  8. I am asleep before my head hits the pillow and I am a sound sleeper.  Rarely do I stay awake with my thoughts, but they will wake me up in the middle of the night and keep me up once in a while.
  9. I love Horror movies.  Give me zombies, aliens, slasher movies, Freddie, Jason etc. The only movies I absolutely cannot watch are movies like “The Deer Hunter” where people are lost in remote areas and terrorized by (fill in the blank).  Those types of movies freak me out in the weirdest way.
  10. I was adopted.  I was born in Seoul, South Korea and have no way of knowing who my parents are.  I’ve been in the US since I was three.  I have a deeply innate sense of gratitude that I get to be here, living this life, every day.
  11. I hate lima beans!   I think it’s a texture thing, but I am definitely not a fan.  I used to gag on them with I was a kid.  It’s really the only food that I despise.
  12. I always think I’m cooler than I am.  I am probably more like the ‘Nerdy Ronald Miller’ in “Can’t Buy Me Love” but I always think I’m more like ‘the Fonz’.
  13. I am one of the least coordinated people you will ever meet.  I always have a mysterious bruise on me from running into or hitting something.  I walk into walls, I can’t dance, and I’m extremely ungraceful.  I can walk in heels though, unless I’ve had more than a couple of drinks, and then I’m toast. Being required to do a line dance of any sort would be my own private Hell.
  14. I am in love with Google.  Yes, I would marry it if I could.  If it weren’t for Google, I would be so dumb.  I even had to Google “how to walk in Heels.”
  15. I’m only funny around funny people.  I’m not a particularly funny person on my own and I can’t write ‘funny.’  But certain people bring out the funny in me for some strange reason.  I’d like to think that I bring it out of them, but I think it’s more the other way around.
  16. I’m a much more laid back person than I was ten years ago.  I look back at myself then and think “Lighten Up Lucy!”  I’m either mellowing with age or gaining perspective, but either way, I’m easier to deal with now opposed to then.
  17. By nature, I am a very impatient person.  By choice, I am extremely patient with most things, now.  It’s a daily war within me, but one I choose because the impatient me is very difficult to deal with.
  18. I don’t have any tattoos.  I don’t think I ever really wanted one, and I’m not opposed to them.  I just don’t have any.
  19. I’ve only ever had seven jobs in my entire life, some of them two at a time, and none of them I’ve ever left unfavorably.  My current job has been my career, and I’ve been there for fourteen years.  My parents instilled a strong work ethic in me, which is why I think I’ve learned to dig into the companies I’ve worked for and been able to learn so much.
  20. I love trying to figure out what makes people tick.  I do it with everyone, real and fictional.  When I write, I will put a character aside for a while until they speak to me and tell me more about themselves.  In a sense, I do the same with people.  I love that every person has a story and learning about their story gives me a tremendous amount of joy.  I love that everyone is so different, yet we all fit into this crazy world somehow. Books 1 for Patricia copy

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Suddenly, she felt the hairs on the back of her neck stand on end. Someone was there in the backyard watching her. Somehow, she knew that it was him. She looked around frantically trying to find him. How did he find me? How did he know where I was? She felt completely naked and exposed in the spaciousness of the grass and the trees.

Maxie, their 80-pound pet lab lifted his head up and looked around. He seemed to sense something, too—almost as though he could smell him in the air. He let out a few loud barks as a warning while being sure to stay close to Brynn.

Thomas was close, and he was watching her. Brynn knew it. She felt the saliva building in the back of her throat, nearly choking her. It was a familiar feeling, one that she hadn’t felt for a long time. How can this be? How can he be here? He’s dead, gone for almost two decades. How can he be here now?

Brynn frantically gathered her things and turned to go into the house. Suddenly he was there, standing in front of her, towering as he did when she was young.

He glared at her, ice blue eyes piercing through her soul, hatred, and resentment radiating dangerously. Brynn was in danger, and she felt it in every fiber of her being.

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Collins, Melissa: Let Love Heal

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Perfection. We all strive for it, but what happens when the desire to be perfect consumes you? What happens when the need to bury your mistakes blinds you?

Melanie Crane has always been the perfect daughter, friend, student – she’s been perfect at everything, in fact. But when she lets her insecurities, the ones that she keeps hidden from everyone, get the best of her, she falters in her pursuit of perfection. Melanie crumples under the pressure and buries her pain. Numbed by sadness and guilt, she is determined never to let anyone find out how broken she really is.

Bryan Mahoney may appear to have everything in order. He’s charming, witty and completely swoon-worthy. In short, Bryan has life all figured out, but appearances can be deceiving. When the landscape of Bryan’s family changes in an instant, he’s left to pick up the pieces.

Not all bruises leave a mark. Now, weary and afraid, Melanie and Bryan must find a way to let love heal their broken and jaded hearts.

Meet the Author

Melissa Collins 2I’ve always been an avid reader. Majoring in English Literature was a no brainer. Becoming a teacher and instilling my love for reading into my students was also a no brainer. I’ve spent the last ten years teaching and I’ve loved (mostly) every minute of it. When I was home on maternity leave for my third son, I discovered a new genre that sparked my creativity. My passion for writing sprang from my love of reading and once I knew I had a story to tell, I couldn’t wait to get it out there. I only hope that my readers enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Jean, Allie: Dreams of the Cursed, Dreamers #2

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Dreams of the Cursed

Dreamers #2

By: Allie Jean

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A secret war has waged underneath the notice of humanity since the beginning. The Warriors inherited this fight and are honor bound to rid the world of an ancient evil by guarding the most precious, piercing light against the darkness – their female kin known as the Oracles.

Chantal Breelan has suffered from horrific nightmares for most of her life, believing something to be wrong with her to have such visions of destruction. But when creatures of darkness came crawling out of the shadows to hunt her down, her dreams became reality.

Now, Chantal has picked up the reigns of her birthright and stood by her Warrior kin. She’s on a mission to rescue others like herself. Yet in this challenge a battle of wits is exposed. New players are discovered, throwing strategies into question. When the truth comes to light, can Chantal hold her band of brothers together, or will they crumble under the weight of betrayal.

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Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. She spent her childhood inventing stories and telling tales. Her mind never shut down, even while she slept. Vivid dreams containing extensive, elaborate plot lines of good overcoming evil villains captured her nightly visions, lingering into her waking hours and filling the pages of her well-loved bounded diaries. She was encouraged by her parents, even at a young age, to write down her tales, and it has remained a somewhat secret hobby. As a busy wife, mother and critical care nurse, Allie’s love of storytelling has been reborn through the adventures of her unforgettable characters.

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Jamesson, Sydney: TouchStone for giving, The Story of Us Trilogy

The Story of Us Trilogy Continues …

 

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Elizabeth Parker has been found …

Like a falling star she has come down to earth, landing painfully on the debris of a broken dream. What she thought of as love now seems no more than a wish left unfulfilled. Her future lies in the hands of two powerfully possessive men; each desiring her to the point of insanity.

Flawless media mogul Ayden Stone oversees her voyage of sexual awakening, introducing her to new experiences and a secret world behind locked doors, away from prying eyes. But … is he Prince Charming or merely the great pretender?

With a fighter’s instinct, Dan Rizler continues to box clever; taking his time, waiting for the right moment to strike. He will have his Princess one way or another.

Into this twisted triangle enters Elise Richards; a woman with a past and a passion for revenge: hell hath no fury like Miss. Richards.

This is a modern fairy tale full of romance, secrets and suspense. Elizabeth Parker is about to be caught, held fast by the hand of fate; but will she be caught out or caught up in an affair of the heart, body and soul?

When nothing else matters … you have to do or die.

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imageI am a Teacher of English in a Private Grammar School in England. I have written creatively for years, having worked as a commercial journalist and a copywriter.

TouchStone for play is my debut novel and the first installment of the Story of Us Trilogy.

I am nocturnal by nature and love nothing more than stopping up late, listening to music and being inspired to write. I find music stimulates the senses and helps me to visualise the scenes I write.

I have few interests outside of teaching, reading and writing and would consider myself a home-bird.

 

Duke, Violet: Finding the Right Girl, A Nice GUY to Love Spin-off

 Finding The Right Girl Violet Duke

Finding the Right Girl

A Nice GUY to Love Spin-off

By: Violet Duke

Release Blast October 28th, 2013

Blurb:

From the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author who brought you the Nice Girl to Love trilogy, comes A Nice GUY to Love spin-off…

Brian Sullivan has been in love twice in his lifetime. He lost his first love to early-onset Huntington’s, and he lost the other more recently…to his brother. And somehow, his heart has managed to heal itself after both. Amazingly, without therapy. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t gotten a bit more cautious, however. Lately, Brian’s been thinking that maybe his brother’s now retired nothing-but-flings rule isn’t such a bad idea after all. Unfortunately, as the unofficial nice guy poster boy, Brian isn’t exactly versed in the fine art of flings. So he looks to the outrageously ‘unique,’ inexplicably enigmatic, provokingly button-pushing Tessa Daniels for a crash course.

There’s absolutely no way he’s falling in love with this one…right?

Tessa has no idea what she was thinking telling Brian that she was some sort of fling expert. She’s never been flung before and she sure as heck doesn’t know where or how to begin flinging a guy like Brian. It was a temporary lapse in sanity—no doubt because of the can’t-help-but-fall-for-him brain fuzz that hits her whenever he’s around. Not only does the man have her being more herself than she’s ever been in her life, but he’s the only person she knows who seems to have as many demons and skeletons in the closet as she does. What’s more, he’s got her thinking of the one thing she stopped letting herself even hope for years ago.

A happily ever after.

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Author Info:

National bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels.  Besides writing and feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, she can often be found tackling reno projects with her power tools and trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, or cooking ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes.  Violet lives in Hawai’i with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.

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For once, Tessa didn’t have a snappy comeback for him.  And despite his current state, which was anything but funny, Brian grinned over that as he flicked his tongue out to slide along the seam of her lips in triumph.

But then he nearly bit his own tongue off.

“Why wait?” she whispered, sliding a hand down past his waistband.

He jackknifed upright and flipped her onto the bed, pulling her hand up out of his boxer briefs to pin both of her wrists behind her back, wedged against the mattress.

She wriggled against him.  “You’re always holding my hands down.  Don’t tell me, you have a thing for bondage?” she teased as she tried to escape his grip.

When he couldn’t stop his hips from bucking sharply against hers in response, she stilled and met his gaze.  “Um…do you?  Because if that’s what you’re into, we can uh…”

Holding her wrists in one hand, he clapped the other over her mouth in exasperation.  “Don’t you dare finish that sentence.”

Her body stopped squirming finally but there were still the equivalent of floating cartoon question marks in her eyes.

She was going to be the death of him.

“Have I fantasized about bondage?” he rumbled, his voice straining at the seams.  “Of course.  What guy wouldn’t want a woman at his sexual mercy for a change?”  He let out another silent oath when her eyes sparked with naked, hungry curiosity.  “Do I want to try it with you?  Probably, one day.  It’d be hot as hell.  And if you don’t stop talking, that one day is going to be today.  So for the love of God, stop pushing me before you sentence us to an even longer bout of hot, hard, take-you-six-ways-to-Sunday sex.”

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Sanchez, Marlene: Black Widow

BLACK WIDOW

 by Marlene Sanchez

RELEASE DATE: APRIL 22, 2014

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Reyna Montoya, a.k.a. Black Widow, is a top assassin. She’s good at what she does and gets the job done with precision. However, the recurring nightmare of seeing her parents murdered when she was sixteen in Cuba is a constant reminder of her ultimate plan… to find the killer and avenge her parents.

Nicolas Vargas fled Cuba with her after the murder, vowing to take care of her and help keep her safe. He is a self-taught computer genius and chemist and her best friend. After more than fifteen years of working closely together, the unrequited sexual tension between them is getting harder and harder to ignore. Would it ruin their friendship or make their bond stronger? However, Reyna is torn. Viper, Black Widow’s handler, is hot as hell and the sparks between them could burn them both.

As Reyna gets closer to her parents’ killer the distraction of two men is dangerous, and the true identity of the murderer could destroy them all.

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Marlene Sanchez was born in New York and raised in Miami. Her family and friends are an important part of her life, a constant inspiration, and keep her motivated to succeed in pursuing her dream. She has had a passion for writing since her ninth grade English teacher put it all into perspective for her. “Write how you speak and write what you know.” She credits her teacher every chance she gets for giving her a love of writing!

Marlene writes mystery/suspense with a sprinkle of romance. Her love of crime and legal dramas, and of course The Godfather, has opened her eyes to the wonderful world of mystery/suspense. The action and thrill is what keeps her fingers gliding across the keyboard, as her brain explodes with ideas about the next unfortunate victim.

She is a strong, independent woman because her Cuban mother raised her right. Her main characters embrace that same attitude; strong Cuban American women that take no “caca” from anyone.

Marlene has a couple of books under her belt, with several in the works to release in 2014. She hopes to someday be a household name, at least in her own home if nowhere else. She just wants her sons to be proud of her, that’s reward enough… Yeah right, she wants the fame and fortune too.

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Brookes, Rachel: Breathless (Breathe #1.5)

Title: Breathless (Breathe #1.5)
Author: Rachel Brookes
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Expected Release: November 26, 2013
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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.
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Rachel Brookes:
rachelbrookesRachel 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, was released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book became reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.
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Leigh, KaSonndra: Dark Seraphine

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Title: Dark Seraphine

Author: KaSonndra Leigh

Genre: Young Adult Dark Fantasy

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**The Re-launched Second Edition will be published on 10/27/13**

“Mom always says the angels walk among us. She forgot to tell me that sometimes they’re not all fluffy and nice.”

Seventeen-year-old Caleb Wood has seen people he calls the walkers since he was a baby. It didn’t take long for him to realize something…no one can see these strangers but him. They never stuck around or tried to touch him. And they never said a word. That was until one day on the first day of class in his senior year when an incredibly gorgeous girl strolls into his life…and things are never the same again.

Soon Caleb realizes he has stepped into the middle of a growing conflict between two ancient groups. And his ability to see the invisible ones, the half-breeds that want to modify the human race, just might be the only hope both he and the mysterious, but infuriating, Gia, have of making it out alive.

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Author Bio:

KayLeighB&WAuthorPicI live in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. I write about people doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Sometimes they fall for each other and make sacrifices for their friends. Oh, and sometimes they love music and nature too. I live with my two sons,a guinea pig, a cat, and two dogs. Now that I have completed my MFA in creative writing, I find that I have a little extra time to play CLUE more often. I live in an L-shaped house dedicated to my grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.

 

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Eugene, Lisa: Surrender My Love

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Book Title: Surrender My Love

Author: Lisa Eugene

Genre:Erotic Suspense Romance

Release Date: October 27, 2013

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LisaEugene_SurrendermyLovePatients are dying at Washington Memorial Hospital and no one knows why. When Nurse Chloe Bennett finds herself in the middle of yet another Code Blue, she questions the unexplained deaths. Dr. Brad Markson is a world renowned cardiac surgeon who is confident, brilliant, and sinfully sexy. He does not tolerate losing patients. When his patient suddenly dies, he seeks answers.

The two work together to unravel the mysterious events surrounding the deaths, and soon find themselves fighting for their lives in a fast paced, erotic thriller. When Chloe is accused of the murders, she is surprised to find she has an ally in gorgeous Dr. Markson. Shy, sweet, Chloe is unable to resist his wickedly sexy smile. His passionate kisses ignite her body, and his mere touch induces shivering pleasure. But she doesn’t know if she’s ready to give away her heart after her traumatic past, and Brad is battling career demons of his own. Can the two learn to trust in each other? Will they live long enough to surrender to their love, or will they fall victim to their fears and lose everything?

 

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Lisa Eugene lives on Long Island, NY with her husband and three rambunctious kids. She’s been a nurse for over twenty years and is still practicing. Between juggling a full time job and being a soccer mom, she enjoys a good romance.

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Dukey, Ker: The Broken

Releases Oct 25th
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When River’s already broken life shattered further on her sixteenth birthday, she was forced to be with the wrong best friend of her brothers. She was meant for Sammy but circumstance and black mail forced her into a relationship with Danny, a troubled, abusive partner. Leaving the only boy she ever loved to flee. Now four years later he has returned. When her feelings and missing parts of herself that left with him return also, loyalty, restraint and love will be tested. Can she find a way to leave the threatening clutches of Danny, to finally be saved by her childhood love? Or will Danny’s hold on her tighten when more life shattering events consume their already troubled lives?

When Sammy returns home, after four years of being away from the girl that broke his heart, he’s not prepared for all his old feelings to force their way straight back into his heart. Questions that were left unasked when he left begin to plague him, when the sudden relationship between River and Danny all those years ago seems all the more confusing now. Secrets, mistrust and Danny’s possessive behavior sends up red flags and Sammy begins doubting himself for leaving in the first place. When the spark between Sammy and river finally ignites it will leave explosive consequences for everyone.

 
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“Sammy!” I call out.

Once we’re alone, he turns and rushes towards me, his hand swiping across my mouth to wipe Danny’s kiss away. “I know why you’re with him.”

My heart begins in drumming against my ribcage flashes of my past echoing in my mind.

“Blaydon told me the kind of love your dad had for you, River. That’s not love, and neither is guilting you into being with someone just because he knows your secrets. I love you. I love everything that you are.”

I stumble backwards, shaking. My mouth opens and the scared girl’s voice tumbles out. “Do you love all of me, Sammy? Because this,” I point down at myself, “this is a lie. This is the lie I show to you and Blaydon; the lie I wear every day for you and for everyone so you won’t have to see the damaged, broken girl underneath. This smile, these clothes, they’re not me. I’m tainted, Sammy. I’m shattered. My mother took some of me with her when she died, my dad took some when he made me sit on his lap while he violated me, and more when he beat Blaydon for stopping him from raping me, and then you left, taking the rest of me, leaving my soul bare and exposed for Danny to capture and hold hostage. Can you fix me, Sammy? Can you want something so ruined and destroyed? Can you put me back together and make me whole again? Because whatever is left of me, the real me, you have her. You own all of her, all that’s left. My thoughts, my body, and my heart. Can you save me? Sammy, please save me. Please save me.”

I collapse to the ground and sob. Sammy bundles me into his lap and strokes my back. “Shh, don’t cry. I love you, and I’ll try every damn day to save you, River, I promise. I’ll save you, baby.”

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About Ker Dukey:

When not lost in her mind of characters Ker can be found reading or spending time with family. She has a passion for music, attending concerts with her sister and enjoying the occasional nights out with girlfriends. She can also be found having in-depth chats about book boyfriends on face book in some amazing groups and blogs.

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Author Interview:

Q. What inspired you to write this book?
A. I have many stories and characters that plague me and demand to be written. Life is not always a fairy tale, some people’s stories, lives are darker and inspire just as much as the lighter romantic ones.
 

Q. If you were a character in your book, who would you be?
A. Although she has been through a lot it would have to be River. She’s strong, a survivor, a fighter…and she gets Sammy. 😉
 

Q. When did you start writing?
A. I have always loved writing stories since I was a little girl. In My teens I loved to write lyrics, it grew from there.
 

Q. Favourite book boyfriend?
A. Has to be the delicious Kellan Kyle…drool!
 

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