Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Enduring Everything - Promo

Time doesn't always heal old wounds. Often time makes them worse. Especially when you push those wounds to the back of your mind and focus on the life you want to lead.Then the day comes when you finally have everything.

It is then, you realize that nothing ever goes away.

In order to put years of heartache and abuse behind her, Ren learned to bury the past deep down inside herself and focus on one thing; raising her daughter Sophia. As the years passed, she found peace in the daily routine of her job and becomes content with being a mom. 

On the night of her daughter's wedding, Ren takes a risk and strays from the predictable world she has set up for herself when her longtime friend Jackson rekindles a loving promise he made to her long ago.

Ren cannot keep her past buried, and the two struggle when old problems start to creep back into their lives. She cannot get her world back in order and her instinct is to shut everyone out.  

In the midst of it all Ren is coerced into helping Charlotte, an adopted teenager of her close friends the Roberts'. Reluctantly agreeing, Ren finds Charlotte is in dire need of self control and direction. Upon discovering they share a similar upbringing Ren feels she can advise Charlotte and keep her from repeating her own mistakes. Taking steps to ensure Charlotte's recovery, her new found purpose causes a rift in the family she has come to know and love as her own.  

Battling issues, both new and old, will Ren & Jacks be able to endure everything life has thrown at them or will Ren give up everything and isolate herself from the inevitable pain that will follow when all her secrets are revealed? 


  Careful not to tip the lounge we were sitting on over, Jackson stood up. Standing in front of me, in only his dress slacks, he flashed a wide smile before getting down on one knee. Suddenly my heart was beating erratically in my chest. Shifting to face him, we were at eye level as he took my hand and placed it over the wren and Celtic heart tattoo on the left side of his chest.

    "When I first met you, I thought you were cute. The first time I talked to you, I knew you were a smart ass. On our first date, when I kissed you and said not to be nervous, I was talking to myself. Even though I almost ruined our date, I knew you liked me when you said you would see me again. We claimed each other at seventeen but I'm not sure when I started to love you. I know it broke my heart when I had to leave you at your parent's house after knowing what your father did to you, when you said you wanted us to just be friends, when you came back and I found out you were pregnant and I honestly thought it was going to kill me when you got married. More than once you tried to get me to let you go but I never could. No matter how hard it was on both of us, you are the best thing that ever happened to me. I am a better man with you. You didn't steal my heart, I gave it to you. Marry me and I swear the only thing I will ever want from you is your heart in return."

    Feeling his heart under my hand as he spoke and the way it would beat faster when he mentioned moments from our relationship, I replied, "Yes."

    A wide smile preceded a softer one as he slowly kissed me before offering, "I'll take you inside now."

Shaking my head, I pulled him back onto the chaise lounge with me.

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About the Author

Born in Baton Rouge Louisiana, I now live in Brazoria Texas with My Husband, Three Kids, Three Dogs and Two Cats. I wrote my first short story when I was in high school and instantly fell in love with writing. However, life sometimes gets in the way of aspirations and it wasn't until years later, when my life calmed down, I was able to start writing again. For me, each new book I write or character I create  feels like the first time and I find myself falling in love with writing all over again. 

Author Interview

Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I was eleven when my family moved to Texas. Transitioning from 'Coon-Ass' to 'Country' was definitely easier than leaving all my friends behind the summer before I started middle school. I still miss crawfish/crab boils and fish fry's in lieu of BBQ for every occasion but twenty-six years down the line, I'm still in Texas. And there is fish in Texas too. ;)

Tell us your latest news? 
Now that Enduring Everything is wrapped up, I will start writing my first third person POV book, Charlotte. When I decided Charlotte was my next book, I assumed it would be like the others but as I started working things out in my head, there was no way for me to bring the full story using only her POV. I'm excited because it will be new for me but nervous because I still want readers to feel the story, not just have it told to them. It may end up alternating first person POV but so far it's going smooth.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
Edgar Allan Poe! I have always loved the way he embeds a moral into his dark tales. 

What books or authors have influenced your writing? 
Everything I read makes an impression on me as a writer and although I feel I have my own style of writing, there is always room for improvement. Reading is the best tool available to writers. It is a great way to gage what feels right in a story as far as dialogue, content and formatting.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
This will probably come of sounding pretty hokey but I am really excited to meet any author. There is just something about being able to relate to someone that shares the love of writing. 

How long did it take you to complete Enduring Everything?
Around a year for the first draft but if you include re-writes and editing, roughly about eighteen months.

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
While I can't swear that people I know now or have met over the years don't share some of the characteristics or flaws of my characters, I do not base them off of any one person. In fact, I go to great lengths with names and attributes of my characters, not to associate them with any real person. I like to think of my characters as real to their own little world and mixing the two kind of ruins a character for me.

Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?
It is never intentional but I'm sure there is a bit of me in every character.

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
The cover was originally black and white with sky behind them. I really liked it but something just didn't feel right about it. So I played around with the design some more and as it turns out, color was exactly what it needed.

Thanks to my photoshop program, I was able to format a full wrap for Createspace.

Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
I wanted a couple on the front from the beginning. Of course they are Ren and Jacks so brunette female/ and blonde/male was easy enough to find but as I'm sure everyone knows, it is hard to find the image that's in your head. After scrolling through Shutterstock for days, I found them. He just looks like he loves her so much. I knew that was the one.

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