And Forever

And Forever Blog Tour

And Forever Blog Tour Schedule

 

March 9th Mes Livres.

 

March 10th Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog.

 

March 11th Crazy Book Chicks.

Rachel Walter Author

 

March 12th Teacups and Bookends.

Author Jennifer Ann.

 

March 13th Feedmeinbooks.

 

March 14th Have You Heard My Book Review.

 

March 15th I Heart YA Books.

 

Chicks4Books.

 

March 16th Morning Books and Coffee.

 

March 17th Breaking That Kindle Budget.

 

March 18th This Girl Loves Books.

Scandalous Book Blog.

 

March 19th MS. ME28.

 

March 20th What’s Beyond Forks.

Maria E. Monteiro.

 

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And Forever Release!

And ForeverI can’t believe today is finally here. This has been years in the making. When I first released For Always, I had no intention of continuing Jordan and Stephanie’s story. I thought it wrapped up well, but so many people reached out to me, asking for more, I had to start considering it. The decision to write And Forever wasn’t an easy one for me. Even as I wrote it, much like when I wrote To My Hero and Regret Me Not, there were many times I thought about scrapping the whole thing. Ultimately I didn’t because I didn’t want to disappoint my fans. I have to tell you, I am so excited about this release. If you fell in love with Stephanie and Jordan in For Always, I have no doubt you’ll love And Forever!
 
Here’s the first chapter of And Forever. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you’re excited, and what your thoughts are!
 
Chapter 1
 
The scent of death lingers nearby. Always. Only I don’t attract it like I once thought. I repel it, like a deflector shield. This is my lot in life, my special gift, to extend the days of those I love. That theory comes from Jordan; the keeper of my heart, and the love of my life!
 
I sigh. I don’t realize I made a sound until Jordan apologizes. Again.
 
“I’m sorry, Steph. I just don’t want to be distracted.”
 
“I know.”
 
He misunderstands. It’s a contented sigh. One that says I’m thrilled my boyfriend is driving me to school. It’s a sign of how surreal sitting next to him and knowing that he loves me is. How I can’t believe in a matter of hours he’ll be leaving me alone on my college campus, and I intend to savor each minute with him, every possible second. The sigh is the only chance I have of communicating any of these sentiments because he doesn’t want me to talk while he’s driving. I know just being together in the car for this length of time is challenging for him.
 
Jordan still suffers the after effects of a terrible car accident that killed his ex-girlfriend. Ex as in he broke up with her minutes before it happened. When he served as my unexpected prom date, I pressed him to admit his feelings for me. That’s what led to the break-up. Now he has to deal with the swamp of guilt-induced quick sand he’s been left in. It hasn’t been an easy road to get to where we are, but we worked through all that.
 
I hope.
 
“I’m doing the best I can, babe.”
 
“I know.” I don’t bother saying anything further to reassure him that I’m not upset.
 
“Maybe you can find some music on the radio.”
 
Maybe I would if I could hear what’s on the radio. Every time I turn the volume up, he lowers it. The problem is he wants it down so low I can’t hear the music. I glance at his hands on the steering wheel. He holds it in a death grip. His knuckles are white, and I think his fingers might snap in two any moment.
 
“I’m fine. Just happy to be here with you.”
 
“Liar.”
 
“Am not.”
 
A car swerves slightly towards our lane. He lays on the horn and goes back to stoic silence. I hate that this is so hard for him. I want him to find his way back to being the carefree, flirtatious boy I fell in love with. I doubt he’ll ever go back to being that person, and it makes me sad. I don’t want him to carry all this pain for the rest of his life. I wish I knew how to make it better, but the only thing I can do is stand beside him and hope in time he’ll heal.
 
I turn to my window, watching the never-ending expanse of trees zoom by. I wish for a fleeting moment I’d gone in the other car with my mother and her new, at least new to me, boyfriend Eddie. I’d been clueless about Eddie, but after her health scare last week, she came clean.
 
“There’s someone I want you to meet,” she said when he showed up at our house to visit her.
 
At that point she had no choice. She’d been ordered to take a few days off of work, where they’d rendezvous during lunch. She’d been frightened when they first told her it looked like a heart attack and realized it was silly to keep him hidden away. I can’t imagine the cheesy conversations taking place in the other car, but I’m happy for her. My father died a decade ago and as far as I know she never dated before, so it’s about time she gives someone a chance.
 
“Sorry.” I hear the tension in his voice.
 
“No worries. It’s all good, as long as I’m here with you.”Always and Forever guy
 
I mean it, because even with the deafening silence, and the tension he carries on his shoulders every time we’re in a car together, there is nowhere else I’d rather be. From the first moment he spoke to me, he owned my heart. It’s branded with his name. I’d tried for four years to move on, to forget him, but that wasn’t an option for me. No one can hold a candle to him.
“Hey,” He pulls my attention back to the here and now. “You know I love you right?”
 
I smile. I’m sure it’s just the reaction he hoped for. It feels like that’s all I’ve done over the last week since he found me crying on the beach. I’ll never forget the wave of relief that washed over me when I found out he’d been spared from a terrible plane crash. He never made it on the plane because I called him at the last minute in an attempt to convince him to stay. Thank goodness he did.
 
I always believed myself to be the root cause of the bad things that happen to people around me. Jordan thinks I’m what keeps them hanging on. I don’t believe him, at least not yet. But having him try to convince me otherwise promises to be an amazing adventure.

 

 

And Forever Playlist

One more day until the release of And Forever! One of my favorite things to do when I’m going through my writing process is piece together songs that keep me focused and in the mindset of my characters, along with the book I’m writing. I choose songs form my playlist that I feel help tell the story and have the emotional content I’m looking for. Here’s my And Forever playlist along with YouTube links. I hope you enjoy it.

 

1. I lived- One republic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKt3o7WPYdo

 

2. Sheppard- Geronimo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-SeaCZE2TM

 

3. Honey, I’m Good- Andy Grammer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go7gn6dugu0
 

4. Somebody to You- The Vamps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0go2nfVXFgA
 

5. Somewhere Only We Know- Keane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oextk-If8HQ
 

6. Take Me to Church- Hozier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVjiKRfKpPI

 

7. Night Changes-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syFZfO_wfMQ

 

8. Christina Perri- The Wordshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9tc9R_Y3FY

 

9.I Bet My Life- Imagine Dragons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ht80uzIhNs

 

10. Coming Back- Dean Ray https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16uJQAODCnE

 

11. Fall For You- Second Hand Seronade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1O9DyFLIKo

 And Forever

12. Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp-EO5I60KA

 

What do you think? I can’t wait for you to read And Forever and tell me what songs are on your playlist!

 

 

Countdown for the And Forever release

Today I’m starting the countdown to the release of And Forever the long awaited, highly anticipated sequel to For Always.
 
And Forever

Today I’d like to give you some insight into the Eternity series by sharing some fun facts about it with you.

 

1. I really did start a fire with candle and a paper towel when I was six. My mother was napping on the couch when she heard me blowing on the flames shooting out of our garbage pail.
 

2. The original setting of For Always was Canarsie Brooklyn, the area I grew up in, but I had to change that because of the drastic changes that area has gone through.
 

3. The Halloween scene in For Always was inspired by real events.
 

4. The smoky bus scene really did happen. I watched in awe and horror as the guy I liked flew through the window.
 

5. I always wanted to learn how to play the drums.
 

6. Although I never come out and say what college Stephanie is going to, I tried to describe FDU Madison campus with the beautiful fountain behind the mansion.
 

7. As far as I know, no students went skinny-dipping in the fountain.
 

8. After reading For Always, my two best friends each thought they were the Character Maria (neither is), so I dedicated And Forever to the both of them.
 

9. While writing And Forever my husband and I went to Dave and Buster’s and it seemed like the perfect place for Jordan and Stephanie to go on their first “official date.”
 

10. For Always was a standalone. I had no intention of ever writing a sequel.
 

It is because of the tremendous fan response I received from For Always, and the never ending requests for a sequel that And Forever came to life. It’s been a labor of love, but now that it is finished I’m glad that I wrote it, and want to thank you, my fans for convincing me to do so.
 
I hope you enjoy this next part of Stephanie and Jordan’s journey as much or more than you enjoyed the first part. Please continue reaching out to me. It may take a day or two to get back to you, but I love interacting with my readers. Happy Reading.

 

 

For Always & And Forever Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to reveal not just one, but two covers today!

The first- It’s the same love story, just with a fresh new look! Here’s the new cover of For Always-

For Always Full

“There’s nothing you can’t do if you want it bad enough.”

 

I entered the world with a massive defect. I attracted death. Like a magnet. I could feel it all around me. It wrapped its icy fingers tight around my chest, leaving me no room for escape.  That was my life before I met Jordan Brewer, the boy I became infatuated with. Obsessed with. The boy that became my everything.

 

I knew he wanted me, too. I saw it. I felt it. But he was older, and wouldn’t act on his feelings. I knew in time I’d make him mine. Just as he promised me a future together, his life was torn apart. He turned away from me and shut me out of his life. Could I convince him to let go of his past and hold on to me? Or would he continue to punish us both for something he couldn’t control?

 

My readers and fans have been so wonderful contacting me via email, or on Facebook and Twitter asking for more of Stephanie and Jordan’s story. It took a while, but you convinced me, so I’m happy to reveal the cover to the long awaited, highly anticipated sequel to For Always, And Forever.

And Forever Full

“Sometimes being with the one you love hurts more than being without them.”
 
“There’s nothing you can’t do if you want it bad enough.” This is the mantra Jordan Brewer drilled into my head since the day I met him. He convinced me nothing is out of my reach, not even him.
 
I love Jordan, and Jordan loves me, but something always gets in the way. I had to fight tooth and nail to convince him we belong together. Now he’s mine, but I’m not sure our love is strong enough to survive.
 
I’m away at school and Jordan’s playing drums for a local band. We hardly see each other, and when we do, he’s haunted by demons from his past. I’m struggling to fit in and he’s struggling with his ever-growing mountain of guilt. Will we be able to hold on to each other through the tough times, or will it all come tumbling down around us?

 

These beautiful covers were designed by CT Cover Creations.  I hope you love them as much as I do. Well?  What do you think?

 

 

And Forever update!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve given an update on And Forever the sequel to For Always. But if you’ve been waiting for news, I have some. The And Forever cover reveal will be on February 5th, 2014. Along with this cover, will be the new cover of For Always. Yes, For Always is getting a new look. I’ve been torn about changing the cover since For Always was my first book and I love the current cover of For Always.

 
And Forever teaser

To all my fans, I never planned on writing a sequel to For Always. But the overwhelming amount of requests I’ve gotten since its release convinced me to do it. I took my time with this to make sure I got it right. I hope that love Stephanie and Jordan as much in And Forever as you did in For Always.
 
The release of And Forever will be . . . drumroll please, February 24th, 2014.  If you’d like to help out with the cover reveal, I’d appreciate the help getting the word out. The form is on my Events & Signings page!

 

For now, I’ll leave you with an And Forever teaser. I’ll be posting more teasers on twitter and Facebook until the release.

 

Go add And Forever to your TBR list!
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24284891-and-forever

 

What are you most looking forward to in And Forever? What do you hope will happen?