Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review: Still Standing

Still Standing
Still Standing by K.S. Oliver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my first read by the author but would not be my last. Still Standing takes the readers on a journey of being a survivor. Although KS Oliver battles every day, she still finds the strength to be positive and move about her day. As outlined in this poetry book, the author has a strong support system and two sons that motivate her to fight through the pain each day. KS Oliver shows through the power of prayer, even when it is questioned, we can overcome our struggles. The author vividly displays how each day is a struggle and lets readers in on her innermost thoughts on the day she received her diagnosis.

This poetry book is very inspirational. You will have a range of emotions as you read through it. I applaud this young woman for bringing this debilitating disease to the forefront of society and letting readers know there is no "certain look" for those suffering from Lupus. She is a true SURVIVOR!

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Friday, May 30, 2014

BLOG SPOTLIGHT: Fanita 'Moon' Pendleton

Can you please tell us who is Fanita 'Moon' Pendleton?
I am a woman of many talents and ambitions.  I am an avid reader and storyteller who decided to share part of myself with the world.  I am a parent bent on leading by example. I am a career woman who spent many years in a profession that I love.  I believe in education and positive growth. I am my Sisters Keeper.

What was your inspiration behind The Moscato Diaries?
The inspiration for the Moscato Diaries started over a glass of wine.  I sat back with my pen and pad and wrote dear diary…….and Murder and Snake were born.

What do you wish more people knew about the publishing side of things?
I think most people have a misconception about publishing, independent or not.  If done correctly there is a lot of work and preparation that goes into delivering a quality product. 

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
By far my greatest accomplishment has been raising my son.  He is my legacy. 

Do you have a philosophy by which you live?
My philosophy is to believe in myself and never wait for others to believe in me.

What type of legacy would you like to leave for your readers?
Quality over Quantity. 

How important was a "platform" in selling your books?
I signed to SBR Publications in February 2013, without the love and acceptance of the TBRS Family my release of Shoot First Ask Questions Never that was released in April 2013 would not have been as well received as it was.  SBR took a woman who had a lot of drive and an excellent work ethic along with the ability to write quality work and gave her a platform to shine.  No matter what I do in this industry I will never forget that.

Do you have book signings coming up where readers can meet you?
I make it my business to schedule at least two events a month.  The easiest way to find out where I will be is to go to my Facebook Fan Page (Fanita Moon Pendleton)

Can you tell us about your upcoming project(s)?
I have several personal writing projects in the works Fist Full of Tears he Sequel, The Moscato Diaries Sequel, Act Like A Lady Think Like A Boss: Las Vegas. I am also Co-Owner of Blaque Diamond Publications and have several authors releasing that pure fire throughout the summer.  I also am the owner of Urban Moon Productions and have several entities that fall under this company.  I have an author who is releasing his second novel soon, I work with a wonderful group of authors in the Southeast Virginia Authors Showcase and we network with each other and participate in events to increase our exposure as authors.  I am also working on a special project that is sure to increase my satisfaction as an entrepreneur and an author.

What advice do you have to an aspiring author?
For a new author I would say if you are not at a place in your life where you can GRIND on a daily basis to scratch out a place in reader’s hearts and mind then just continue writing and wait until you are ready to put your best foot forward. 

SYNOPSIS: Don’t test my Gangsta! 
Introducing the Moscato Brothers of Louisiana. Family tragedy and struggle are no match for their determination and heart. Follow them as they attempt to take back everything that was taken from them and more. 
Ariel Lablanc is a feisty young lady who is growing into a strong woman. Finding the strength to go against the grain is harder than it seems but she is up for the challenge. After all she is a Lablanc. 
The Moscato Diaries opens a new world to readers and allows them full access to the mean streets of Lafourche Parish and the men and women who call it home. 
Welcome to a world where brotherhood is formed with AK’s and Glocks. 

What's Mine Is Mine
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
Good dick will make a real bitch pay attention. No need to nickname it, it is what it is. The lone tear that trailed down her cheek as he drove to the central point of her being yet again, was the proof in the pudding. Desiree wasn’t a novice when it came to good dick, she had, had her share. On the other hand, she had never run across a nigga who could literally make her see stars like Snake. As he placed her right leg on his shoulder and went deeper than she thought was possible, Desiree couldn't help but yell out “Ohhhh shit baby, that’s my shit right there!” Her breathing was labored. She was panting like she was in a Lamaze class preparing to bring a baby into the world. The deeper he went, the more her heart declared she was in love.

Desiree closed her eyes as she clamped her pussy jaws on his thickness and gave as good as she got. She visualized that Snake loved her as much as she loved him.
Thinking to herself; “how could he fuck me like this without feeling what I feel? How could he even consider marrying somebody else? This is my dick, he better ask somebody.” With that last thought, she opened her eyes quickly; she was almost frightened of her feelings. What she saw was Snake staring right in her face while he continued to punish the pussy. Desiree couldn't tell from his expression what he was thinking, which both scared and pissed her off.

Snake was unaffected by Desiree or how she felt. She didn't think he knew the deal but he did. He just continued to dig into her tight waterfall with a goal to bust a nut and bounce.
She already knew what this was hitting for, he thought. He continued to stare at her as he dug her back out; her moaning never stopped. Snake felt that familiar tightness in his dick as his body constricted and the explosion he sought blanketed him. “Urgggghh…fuck D, shit girl!” He was sweating heavily and breathing hard as he shook his head, gathering enough breath to say “Girl that pussy is dangerous.” He smiled at Desiree as he rolled away from her body, still trying to regulate himself.

Desiree felt the room spin while she tried to regain some semblance of balance. In every other aspect of her world, she was in control. Yet, with Snake, she was always off kilter. Whenever he called, he could get it; he knew it too, which was tragic. Snake didn't take her seriously; all she was to him was a good fuck. She watched as he began putting on his clothes.
Once again, fuck and run. Snake never stayed the night with her nor allowed her to stay the night with him. He would always say “Overnights are for wifey.” That statement hurt her deeply. She knew he didn't consider her wifey material, and for the life of her, she couldn't understand why. Desiree was 5'8” with what old people called good skin; her body was well-proportioned - 160 lbs. with an ass perfect for grabbing. She made her own money and was a Bawss in her own right. “So why the fuck am I not wifey material?” She thought to herself.
The only answer she could come up with was Ariel. Desiree knew before she started fucking Snake, he was engaged to marry Ariel but she didn't care. She believed that after they spent time together and he sampled her juicy fruit, that a young ass, fat chick wouldn't stand a chance. Boy was she wrong.

Snake was completely dressed and calling her name while snapping his fingers, causing her to regain focus in time to hear him say “I got to bounce, got some business to tend to, I’ma hit you up later.” Desiree watched the words leave his mouth and made up her mind right then.

“That bitch Ariel has got to go, because what's mine is mine.”


Born and raised in Oakland California, Fanita Pendleton relocated to Norfolk Virginia during her senior year in high school, and has called the magnificent city home ever since.  Fanita began her career as a Juvenile Probation Officer and later worked in Adult Probation before taking a short break to pursue her love of teaching as a Criminal Justice Instructor at a local technical college. Recently Fanita stepped back into law enforcement, and is now a Parole Officer.

Fanita blazed on the scene with her Criminal Romance Series: Shoot First Ask Questions Never, Fist Full of Tears and The Moscato Diaries. An avid reader, Fanita holds a special place in her heart for the unsung genre of Urban Crime and Urban Romance Dramas, and in her youth, devoured the works of such greats as Donald Goines, and Iceberg Slim. She is an author with SBR Publications and a card carrying member of The Bank Roll Squad #TBRS Family.  Fanita is Co-Owner of Blaque Diamond Publications and the Owner of Urban Moon Productions where she is now giving young authors their shot at making their dreams come true.  

Fanita received her Masters Degree in Public Administration from Troy University, as well as a Bachelors in Sociology from Langston University, and her Associates in Communications from Luzerne County Community College. She enjoys shooting pool, both for league and leisure, and catching a football, or basketball game with her son, the inspiration of her dreams. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Can you please tell us who is Ben Burgess Jr.

I'm a father, a poet, an author, a teacher, a personal trainer, and a Detective for NYPD. I wear a lot of hats because I like to uplift and help people.

What was your inspiration behind Wounded?

I was working on another novel, my next novel "Love and Happiness" when my co-workers told me I should write a book with a Lesbian protagonist. At first I thought it wouldn't be possible since I wasn't a woman and knew nothing about being Gay or the LGBT community. After going to a Lesbian bar with them and talking to the women there, I decided to work on the book. I did a lot of research. I talked to fifteen women on top of the five couples I interviewed, to hear their thoughts, feelings, and philosophies about being a Lesbian. I listened to their joys and pains. I also mixed some of my family into my characters to add drama and heart to them . "Wounded" was the hardest book I have written so far. With "Monster", it was easier because 90% of that story was about me, but this story was a whole different world for me. It was both challenging and exciting at the same time.

What do you wish more people knew about the publishing side of things?

There is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that goes into every book especially if the author is self-published. Reviews are important. Word of mouth is important and every time a person reads a book in its entirety, likes the book, and returns it anyway, that's a slap in the face of that author who worked so hard to produce that book.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment is my daughter Jaelynn. She is my motivation and inspiration for everything. Everything I do, is to give her the best possible life I can provide.

Do you have a philosophy by which you live?

Ten (2) letter words. "If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me" I think that we all possess the ability to do anything we put our minds to. Through hard work and dedication, I think we all can accomplish great things.

What type of legacy would you like to leave for your readers?

This is actually really important for me. I want to inspire people. I want people to know that I got rejection letters from publishers and agents who told me that my first book "Monster" was too dark. Despite being rejected countless times I self published and won two book of the year awards for the book. I want people to say one day "I'm going to be a successful author. I might be self published, but my book will reach people and help to change the world just like Ben Burgess did" I would love to be successful enough to make an even bigger impact on supporting urban neighborhood than I do now. I want to raise children that all contribute to improving society and the world. I have a lot of work to do to bring this legacy into fruition, but I'm down for the challenge.

How important was a "platform" in selling your books?

It's very important. As a self published author, I have to do everything possible to reach my fans and potential fans. As an author, you need to have ways that you can interact with people... I like people to see that I'm not just some robot trying to get them to buy my books. I answer questions and give advice when asked. I feel being involved with your fan base like that, strengthens the bond that you have with them.

Do you have book signings coming up where readers can meet you?

I don't have a venue yet for "Wounded" but , I plan on setting something up within the next couple of weeks.

Can you tell us about your upcoming project(s)?

My next project is called "Love and Happiness" It is a sort of spin off from "Monster" based off a character named Karen that was one of Ken's clients in that book. A sample for "Love and Happiness" can be found in the back of "Wounded" *All of my books are connected in some way. For example in "Wounded" Ron is friends with Dr. Andrews. They were in the same Fraternity and roommates. Also the characters Will and Lou make a cameo in "Wounded" they are in the next book "Love and Happiness" I like all of my books to share the same universe.

What advice do you have to an aspiring author?

There will be lots of times when you want to give up. There will be times when people talk bad about your book or sales might be low. Never give up. Believe in yourself and believe in your work. Learn from your mistakes. Learn your craft by taking classes and reading other authors. Research the industry. Two of the most important things: Find a credible editor and promote, promote, promote. You have to put your heart and soul into your work. While it will be hard and you will go through trials and tribulations, in the end it is worth it when your book is entertaining people and it is successful.

SYNOPSIS: Samantha Miller didn't have an easy start. Molested as a child and subsequently forced into prostitution by her drug-addicted mother, Samantha learned at an early age that men were not to be trusted. Being constantly preyed upon taught her to be a predator. Her target was women-specifically, straight or married women. As the headliner at a local strip club, Samantha capitalized on the gifts she was cursed with. In turn, her life quickly spiraled down a dangerous path of violence, seduction, and exploitation. When Sasha is brought on as the new bartender, she becomes Samantha's newest target. The last thing Samantha anticipated was falling in love. When tragedy strikes, what was once a challenge may prove to be her downfall. Can Samantha heal from her abusive past, or will she always be Wounded?

Ben Burgess Jr is the author of the award winning novel "Monster", the poetry book "Times Have Changed and Life is Strange" and the new novel "Wounded" He is an active performer of spoken word poetry. Ben Burgess Jr uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in, and to never give up on their dreams. His poetry book "Times Have Changed and Life is Strange" and his novel "Monster" are currently used in schools on the lower east side of Manhattan. Ben Burgess has a BA degree in Business Management, and a MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughter Jaelynn and is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BOOK BLAST: Brown Girls Publishing


Genre: Fiction

About The Book

Open Door MarriageOpen Door Marriage

A chance encounter lands NBA star Dallas Avery back in the arms of the woman of his dreams. A woman he hasn’t seen in years. A woman he soon discovers just so happens to be his fi ancée’s aunt! But Dallas’ fi ancee, Tori, isn’t ready to give up all that she’s worked for, so she makes him a shocking offer – go through with the wedding and she’ll still allow him to be with the one woman he now can’t seem to do without. Dallas will get a family, something her much older aunt, Alicia can’t give him. Tori will get the lifestyle she clamors. And Alicia will get the love she’s longed for all her life. Everyone will get a little of what they want. . . and maybe a whole lot of what they don’t.


“You slept with my aunt?”

The words still didn’t register, even though this had to be Tori’s fifth time saying them. She glared at her fiancé, still desperately trying to come to terms with the information her mother had blasted to everyone at the packed Thanksgiving dinner table.

“Seriously? How is that even humanly possible when you didn’t know the woman four hours ago?” Tori shouted.

“Tori, l-let me explain,” Dallas stammered.

Twelve pairs of eyes were now focused on the not-quite-blissful couple standing at the bottom of the stairs just off from the dining room.

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About The Author

Naleighna KaiNaleighna Kai is the national bestselling author of Every Woman Needs a Wife and the provocative new novel, Open Door Marriage. She started writing in December of 1999,independently publishing her first novels before acquiring a book deal with an imprint of Simon & Schuster,and most recently a book deal with Brown Girl Publishing—the offspring of mega-successful national bestselling authors—Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley. She is a contributing author to a New York Times Bestseller, an award-winning author, an E. Lynn Harris Author of Distinction and a noted book club favorite on

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In Strict ConfidenceIn Strict Confidence

Fans of John Grisham and Mary Higgins Clark will love this suspenseful rollercoaster ride that doesn’t let up until the very end… Psychiatrist Allen Kline is forced to make the agonizing choice of life over death when a killer approaches him with the horrific news that he has abducted Allen's two sons. Who the killer is and why he has chosen Allen to victimize is a question the doctor struggles to answer. What he discovers just may haunt him forever. Things aren’t always what they seem… Detective Ben McCallum is on a mission. Someone is viciously murdering little boys and Ben knows the pain all too well. His son was one of the victims and now, it’s up to Ben to bring the killer to justice . . . before two more young boys die. As Ben struggles to put aside his personal demons to track a killer hellbent on revenge, he’ll discover the killer’s motives hit close to home and everyone will discover things aren’t always what they seem. In Strict Confidence is an intense, harrowing tale that will shock, surprise and satisfy readers with each suspenseful word and doesn’t let up until the very last page.
Chris Kline’s eyes fluttered open and he saw only darkness. He was lying on a cold, hard ground—concrete, he thought, naked—no wait, not naked. He still had his boxer briefs on. He sat up and as he did, a wave of unsteadiness came over him. Whoa. He shook his head, trying to clear cobwebs, and when his equilibrium settled enough, he tried to stand, but couldn’t because of a manacle fastened around his right ankle. He shivered.
Where am I?
What’s going on?
Think, Chris. Think!
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Dwayne S. JosephDwayne S. Joseph began his writing career at the age of thirteen. Commandeering his parent's computer, he sat for hours on end creating dramatic stories of fiction that earned him the "best story teller in the Joseph household" moniker. He then went on to win second place in the National Scholastic Writing Competition during his senior year in high school, for a short story he wrote, titled "Playtime" (A story that he does plan to develop into a children's tale someday soon!) The novels at thirteen and the short story in his senior year all helped to propel him on the destined path to becoming a published author at the age of 27, with the release of his first novel The Choices Men Make.

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Pink and Patent LeatherPink and Patent Leather

Sasha “Pink” Jansen has heard the voice of God. He spoke loud and clear at her purity ceremony, when she was just sixteen years old and Pastor Malik Stroman placed that ring on her finger. And He was just as clear when He told her that purity ring would someday be replaced with a wedding ring from the same man . . . all Pink had to do was save herself. Dreams of a life with Pastor Malik were enough to keep the privileged princess committed to her vow, dodging all kinds of temptation, resisting every romance, and the whole time, keeping her eyes on the prize –the day she would become first lady. There’s just one problem - Pastor Malik already has a wife. But Pink is accustomed to getting what she wants - by any means necessary. With her grace and virtue on the line - and what she thinks is God’s word in her head - Pink is on a mission no one understands. She’s determined to show Pastor Malik that they belong together – and come hell or high water, she plans to get the good reverend to agree. Candy Jackson has penned a page-turning tale of one-woman’s quest for love and the spiraling descent she’ll take to get it.
It had been a long time, four years to be exact, but I was ready. The night I had been dreaming about was finally here. My life was playing out like a well-rehearsed script, and I had the starring role.
I wanted a life with him.
It was my time; sweet victory was in the air.
I was Sasha Simone Jansen and I had come to win.
Now, as I sat at my vanity poised and proper with my hair done and make-up flawless, I stared at my perfect cocoa complexion and smiled. I had to be the luckiest girl in the world. No, that wasn’t it. I’m a Christian, and we don’t believe in luck.
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Candy JacksonCandy Jackson, Washington, DC author, is a cosmetology teacher who loves to create poetry and short stories. Her reading rose to a brand new height with the discovery of many black writers whose work exploded in the ‘80’s. An avid reader, she began to tap into her own creative side and decided to write stories of her own. Candy is the mother of three young adult children and one grandson.

About The Book

Easier Said Than DoneEasier Said Than Done

A touching new novel of love and risk, featuring a sassy and skillfully created cast of characters that are so full of life, they breathe, dream, and shout right off the page. Kingston Phillips, a beautiful entertainment executive in the fast-paced city of Chicago, has finally grasped the brass ring. But just as her friends and colleagues are buzzing with her success, Kingston must return to Jamaica for her grandmother’s funeral. While there, childhood tragedies, heartbreak, and family jealousies come back to haunt her, threatening to shatter her dreams. Not only does Kingston come face to face with the college sweetheart who left her heartbroken, but her grandmother names her executor of her will and forces her to make a life-altering decision.
Nothing would be the same again. That I knew for sure, though the uncertainty of what exactly that meant sloshed inside of me as I unlocked the door to my office and quietly asked my mother for guidance.
Instantaneously, a peace settled in my soul, just as I knew it would; but the question marks still pricked at my brain.
Three hours later, my secretary alerted me via the intercom that I had a phone call and the feelings of unrest surged again. I pushed the Talk button.
“Kingston speaking,” I said.
“Job well done, Kingston.
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Nikki WoodsNikki Woods, the author of Easier Said Than Done, is a Multi-media personality, Social Media and Personal Branding Coach, Motivational Speaker and Voice-over artist, and the CEO of Nikki Woods Media. She is also the senior producer of the acclaimed, nationally- syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS), the most successful syndicated urban radio show in history reaching more than 8 million people on a daily basis.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Review: Friday Night Love

Friday Night Love
Friday Night Love by Tia McCollors

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zenja Maxwell is a woman scorned. On the verge of a divorce, Zenja is ready to enjoy life and not reflect on how much her husband, Roman has hurt her. Little does she know, Roman is a man on the mission to get his family back together again and will stop at nothing to make it happen. Knowing that he needs to cut through Zenja’s hurt, Roman gets the assistance of their good friends, Caprice and Duane. After receiving an invitation to a Friday Night Love session, Zenja and Roman are forced to take a hard look at their marriage and the part each person played in it. Through Bible based challenges, the couple starts getting to the root of their problems but is it enough for reconciliation? Will Zenja and Roman go their separate ways?

Friday Night Love is a great Christian story on the power of love, faith and forgiveness. It shows us that at long as we keep God at the head of our household, we can get through anything no matter how many obstacles are thrown our way. I must admit that forgiveness is never easy but we have to have faith and let God lead our steps. He will never steer us wrong even when our mind says differently.

This is my first read by the author but it will not be my last. Zenja and Roman are relatable and made for great character development as we re-examine our own relationships. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. I was happy it showed that no one is exempt from infidelity. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

BOOK TOUR: When You Let Go by Unoma Nwankor

Book Title:  When You Let Go
Genre: Christian Fiction, Novel
Publication Date:  May 22, 2014
Genre:  Christian Fiction

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An answered prayer. An unforeseen betrayal. A family healed by grace.
Amara and Ejike Dike had been married for six glorious years. Amara was convinced Ejike, was the perfect gift from God. Loving, charming and very easy on the eyes. They had a beautiful life. Well, not so beautiful. Amara’s inability to bear children made her feel like a less than the perfect mate for her husband.
Then after many years, God lifted her faith and had finally heard her cry. The Dikes couldn’t be happier.
A surprise visit from Chinelo, Amara’s long lost cousin, turns Amara’s world upside down and threatens to turn her once-perfect existence into ashes.
Ejike loved his wife with a passion. They shared a burning desire and faith in God that burned deep. However Chinelo’s appearance would open a Pandora’s Box that had purposely been kept shut.
Faced with the loss of all she holds dear, Amara finds herself at crossroads. Would she lean on God’s sustaining grace to let go and travel the rocky path to forgiveness? Or would she throw everything to the wind and walk away?
When You Let Go is a novel about people who know what the Word of God instructs but struggle with actually doing it when the chips are down.

About The Author:
Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents. UnomaNwankwor spent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. She is a romantic at heart and is passionate about telling stories of faith and hope about love. She hope to capture her readers through stories that are faith based with an element of love. After all, “and now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” ~1 Corinthians 13:13
She is the published author of An Unexpected Blessing (2013) and The Christmas Ultimatum (2013) and many published flash fiction and short stories. Her work has appeared in Africa Book Club and the Kenyan Ezine ;Wamathai and well as numerous radio shows and blogs. She is currently working on her next novel When You Let Go (May, 2014) and A Scoop of Love (October, 2014).
Her readers are in love with her unique way of telling stories that capture the essence of her present home base; Atlanta Georgia and her Nigerian culture. She calls them her God-given stories and strives every day to be a use her gift to His glory.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BEAUTIFUL NEWS: This Eighth-Grader Has Already Published Two Novels! | The Yolanda Adams Morning Show

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Cover Reveal: Say The Word by Julie Johnson

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Book Title: Say the Word

Author: Julie Johnson

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: June 5, 2014

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"The heart isn’t like the liver. It doesn’t regenerate, no matter how much time passes. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. I’d left mine with Sebastian when I walked away that day, and I hadn’t seen it in the seven years since.” — Lux Kincaid

At eighteen, Lux is forced to make a choice. One that nearly destroys her.

She breaks a boy’s heart.

She breaks her own, too.

Seven years later, Lux never expects to see Sebastian again — especially not when her career as a journalist is hanging by a thread and she’s stumbled onto the story of a lifetime. As she chases down leads and explores the dark underbelly of Manhattan, Lux will put her life on the line. But after crossing paths with a still-unforgiving Sebastian, it’s her heart she’s most worried about.

Amidst the blame and the betrayal, the hurt and the heartbreak… can two lost lovers ever find their way back to one another?

Lines will be blurred. The past will be unearthed. And Lux will find out that some secrets aren’t meant to be kept…



I’m not a bad person.

I vote, I pay my taxes on time, and I make funny faces at babies in the supermarket to make them laugh. I tear up at those awful animal cruelty commercials Sarah McLaughlin is always singing on, and I shower on a regular basis. I donate to charities even though I’m still juggling monthly student loan and car payments on top of my rent and grocery expenses. I stay out of the drama at work because work is hard enough to get through without wondering which of my catty coworkers is going to stab me in the back with a knife clutched in her perfectly manicured fingers. I don’t smoke or drink excessively – fine, I admit, occasionally I may indulge in a few too many glasses of merlot, but nobody’s perfect – and I force myself to go running in Central Park at least three times a week. By anyone’s standards, I’m normal. A girl with her act together. Some might even call me “nice” and, for the most part, they’d be right.

I’m not a bad person.

I’m just not a particularly good one either.

To be fair, you can’t ever really consider yourself a good person when you’ve been singlehandedly responsible for the utter destruction of another person’s happiness. And that’s really the only term you can use to describe what I did to Sebastian Covington all those years ago – I destroyed him. I watched unflinchingly as the life and love drained out of his eyes, and walked away without a backward glance.

It’s kind of funny how a decision you make when you’re eighteen can change your whole life forever. And by funny I mostly mean absolutely fucking terrible. When I broke off our relationship, I knew I was hurting him worse than he’d ever been hurt. Harder, though, was the knowledge that I was putting myself through unimaginable pain from which I would never recover.

I still remember that evening so clearly; I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. Two eighteen year old kids, standing at our spot by the old oak behind his house. The hot summer sun was setting and a slight breeze chilled the air as we stood a few paces apart staring at one another. Bash could read me better than anyone – even before I’d spoken, I think he knew what was coming. His eyes had changed, an unfamiliar wariness filling them as soon as my lips parted.

I’d taken a deep breath and forced myself to say the words that would tear us apart forever. And when I’d turned my back and walked away, haunted by the look of betrayal and incomprehension in his eyes, I’d known we’d never speak again. The damage I’d inflicted with my words had cut too deep to ever really heal. I didn’t let myself cry then – that would come later, when I was alone in my bedroom and could finally allow the dull ache of my shattered heart to spread through my system like a lethal paralytic.

I’d known then, at eighteen, that my case of heartbreak was terminal, incurable. It wasn’t “puppy love” or “first love” or any of the loves that supposedly fade with time and large quantities of ice cream. Because when you walk away from your soul mate – when you take real, true love and throw it in the fire and watch as it burns down to ashes – you know you’ll never be the same again. The heart isn’t like the liver; it doesn’t regenerate, no matter how much time passes. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.

I’d left mine with Sebastian when I walked away that day, and I hadn’t seen it in the seven years since.

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Julie Johnson is a twenty-two year old Boston native. When she's not writing, Julie can most often be found drinking too much coffee, stalking Goodreads for new books to add to her ever-growing TBR list, watching reruns of Veronica Mars, or studying psychology. Julie enjoys cooking, travel, photography, and spending time with her friends and family.

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