By Sharla Lovelace Editions: ebbok, paperback Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley Trade Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance
Emily Lockwood, your past is showing.
Emily Lockwood has been sitting on a secret for so long, and buried so deep that she really doesn’t even think of it anymore. Why should she? She has a successful career, an ex-husband who rarely tests her patience, a mother who usually does, and a stubbornly independent grown daughter. Everything is fine, just another crazy kind of normal.
Until Ben Landry comes back to town. The one person that could change it all. From best friends growing up, to young adults who realize their love in a night of crazy passion, Ben and Emily had an unbreakable bond. Or so she thought. When he then disappeared without explanation for over twenty years, she’d had to pick herself up and accept otherwise. Seeing Ben back again now triggers more than mere memories and a tug at her heart. It rips the cover off an old secret that could hurt the people she loves the most.
While Emily works to keep her secret safe and her heart safer, her sanity gets a reality check. She’s been seeing things—her past played out like home movies unreeling before her eyes, visions that are making Emily see herself, her family, everyone she knew, and every choice she made, in a revealing new light and a startling new angle. For Emily, seeing her life in rewind makes her realize she has hard choices to make for her future. Choices that may redefine everyone else’s future as well.
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I used to read books, blissfully unaware of the writing process. I’m sure you do, too. After all, who wants to think about the writer’s angst over getting just the right story, with just the right feelings, imagery, plotlines and conflict? Seriously? Just give me a good story, don’t cry me a river!
I know. But see…there’s this river.
After I wrote THE REASON IS YOU, I thought it was all chirpy birds and rainbows, until it came time to sit down and pound out another book. You see, writing after publication is a tad different than it was before. What I took a year and a half to do for the first book, I only had months to do for the second. (insert appropriate deer-in-the-headlights look here.)
My characters come to me when they want to, and I find their stories as they unfold. Sitting down and telling them to report for work and get their acts together scared the daylights out of me. In fact, it didn’t work at first…and I panicked. All the doubting thought assailed me. What if that was it? What if I was a one-book author? What if I could never do it again?
My agent told me to relax. My editor told me to chill out. My husband told me to quit digging my nails into his arm and listen to my agent and editor. So one day, I planted myself on my front porch bench, and stared across the street, waiting for inspiration. Or maybe I was just waiting on the mail, I don’t remember. My mother’s old house—my childhood home—is across the street from where I live now. (Yeah, I know, I moved like fifteen times, and ended up married to the guy that moved in across from my parents.)
My parents are deceased now, but not a day goes by that I don’t miss being able to go over there and sit on the porch and have coffee with them. Or hear the big giant door knocker. Or find the scribbled notes I carved into the wood in various places. Or smell the familiar aromas of my mother’s house. What stories that house could tell if it were able. And as I sat there, a seed started worming its way down into the story-making part of my brain. What stories it could tell.
And at that moment, in my mind’s eye, a quiet, blond-haired woman sat down next to me and told me her name was Emily.
Although I wasn’t sure of the details yet, and they would change many times along that frenzied path of writing BEFORE AND EVER SINCE, I knew that Emily had a story to tell. A story about her, her daughter, her mother’s house, and how that house had things to show her. Things she thought she knew, but didn’t. It was about her journey to rediscover her past in a whole new light, whether she was prepared for it or not. And once her journey began, so did mine. We both went on a whirlwind of discovery we’ll never forget.
I hope you enjoy reading Emily’s story about old love and buried secrets, and have fun with her family and her outspoken mother!
Each stop: A random commenter will receive one of Sharla’s customized tote bags, some bookmarks and swag, and a random bestselling author’s book from her collection she accumulated at the RWA Writer’s Conference in Anaheim! (Authors include Larissa Ione, Terry Spear, Tessa Dare, Elizabeth Hoyt, Stephanie Laurens, Barbara Freethy, and Robyn Carr.)
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About the Author & Links:
Sharla Lovelace is the author of THE REASON IS YOU, JUST ONE DAY, and BEFORE AND EVER SINCE. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her family, an old lady dog, and an aviary full of cockatiels.
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