Author: J.L. Baldwin
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Date: November 23, 2015
Cover Designer: CT Cover Creations
BlurbWhat if everything you've ever known and grew up with was suddenly a lie?
When you have faith, and believe that it will work out for the best, what do you have to lose? Nothing because nobody can predict the outcome so it's best to just let it be. I could tell you this tale has a happy ending. But then that would be a lie. That's all I've ever known, are lies.
Fifteen years ago, my family did something terrible. Something that cost my father his life. Nothing prepared me for that one fateful day that I would have to pay for what my family did.
Then he came along. The gorgeous bartender with all his tattoos, muscles and everything else that would make a girl fall to her knees was right there, and he wanted me. Zac was everything I could have wanted. Tall, dark and handsome, swooping in like prince charming...but that wasn’t the case. You see, a hero comes in all kinds of different ways. Zac wasn't your average hero, but he was my hero when I needed him the most. From the moment I met him, I was enraptured. Taken by his soft blue eyes that gripped my soul and didn’t let go.
God help me.
ExcerptWhile standing there waiting for my coffee, I allow my mind to wander out which was a common thing for me. Who was Z? Where the fuck did he come from? And when was I going to see him again? I thought that before walking into that bar then boom, there he was. All tan and muscular, with those tattoos showing. He was beyond gorgeous and had such an amazing body. The naughty side of me wondered where that sexy V led to. God, I had to pull myself together if I’m going to be able to write this piece. Sarah interrupts my thoughts as she waves my coffee in my face.
“Hello? Earth to Jayde. Is anyone home in there?” Sarah waves her hand in my face to get my attention. “Do I have to pour this scalding hot coffee over your head to get your attention?” She asks laughing. Z is still on my mind. I don’t know what to do now. There was a really good chance I’d never see him again, because there’s no way I’m going to that bar anymore so it would be better if I kept that little bit of information to myself to not bring up any unwanted issues or feelings.
“Huh? Oh sorry, just staring off into space again.” I say a little bit more enthusiastic than I probably should have let on as I take my coffee from Sarah and blow softly into my cup to cool down the hot liquid before taking a small sip. My taste buds light up at the contact of the morning drug.
“Mmmm this is delicious. Thanks Sarah! You rock.” Rolling her eyes, she shoos me away so she can get back to work. “Yeah, yeah. I heard that one a million times. Now go, before I sick my wrath upon you.”
Laughing softly at her false modesty, I head over to my vacant corner that’s not inhabited by spring breakers and settle down into the chair. Pulling out my Kindle, I flip to the latest book I was reading, Rogue by Katy Evans. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have a guy like Greyson King. But that would never happen. Not in a million years would a guy like that come into my life. Greyson was a guy with a past. He had so much blood on his hands but he made it sexy. Wow, I sound sick and twisted.
Guys in romance novels never exist. That was rule number one of being a book junkie. Don’t expect the guys in the romance novels to be real. I guess I was kind of like Melanie. Bubbly, energetic and carefree. But when it came to…him, I was a plate of butter. I melted instantly and I cursed my body for betraying me when our eyes collided. There was something about him that made me shiver with angst. That same feeling you get when you’re about to see a scary movie, excited but anxious because you never know what to expect.
Z made me feel that way.
He made me feel…everything.
ABOUT THE AUTHORThere’s a lot to be said about a person that is gifted with the talent of writing and to be given a chance to do something huge with that gift. J.L. Baldwin is a friend, an introverted comedian (yes, I am aware it sounds like an oxymoron), a family-centered person, and a very talented writer, just to name a few things. She comes from a very small, conservative town in Virginia and is a debuting author that all of you are seeing a glimpse of for the very first time.
Jessica is not your typical writer. She got her start in the writing world through online role play. Luckily, enough people loved the characters she portrayed which encouraged her to take it a step further and write a book. At first, she was terrified to allow people to read her work because of the conservative views that she was raised with and feared that others would not approve. With the help of her close friends, she came out of her shell and took a chance and she made the incredible leap of faith. Please, take the same leap but as a reader; open your mind and let your imagination get the best of you. I hope you enjoy reading her first book has much as she has enjoyed writing it.
As always, until next time...