Here's another Book Blast. This one is for a contemporary adult title, Bent, by H.B. Heinzer. There's an excerpt, guest post and giveaway.
Author: H.B. Heinzer
Release Date: 1/22/2013
If there’s one thing Julia Wilson has learned in life, it’s that you can’t push your own dreams to the background for anyone. Newly divorced, Julia returns to the hometown she once swore would never see her again. Her plan is simple; enjoy the cheap rent her friend is offering and stay just long enough to develop a plan to make her own dreams come true.
It doesn’t take long before Julia realizes she’s made a big mistake.
Micah Anderson came closer to breaking Julia than anyone else ever had. After promising her forever, he broke her heart the week before she left for college. Now, Julia’s back in town and he’s going to have to tell her the truth about why he left her. It’s not possible to hide a twelve year old child when you live in a town of 5,000 people.
Is following your dreams worth it if it means giving up on a second chance with her first love? Is trying to make a relationship work worth it if his past becomes a threat to her safety?Excerpt:
Finally, Annie broke the silence, "Look, no one's asking you to be a mom. Not right now. And I think you're wrong about Caleb. He needs someone like you in his life. He'll see that if you don't give up on him."
"Where the hell is Pepe with our food?" Carly whined.
"Um, I'm pretty sure his name's not Pepe," Julia laughed. "Pepe may be here somewhere, but I doubt he has blond hair and green eyes like our waiter."
"Nuh-uh," Carly said wagging a finger at Julia, "They're all Pepe. It's, like, a rule to work here or something."
Conversation ceased as not-Pepe arrived with platters of fajita toppings. Once the women filled their plates, Annie continued, "Look, I probably shouldn't be saying this, but they need you. And you need them--"
Julia stopped her friend, "No, what I need is to have some space to figure out what I need. That was the whole point of me coming up here. I can't throw that all away for anyone. I spent a decade following my husband all over the damned country for his dreams. I spent the past four years playing the part of the perfect housewife, the whole time knowing we were nothing more than roommates. I'm not going to make any decisions based on what someone else needs."
H.B.’s Favorite Genre & Why.
I'm not at all ashamed to say I'm a romance junkie!
Why? Because, to me, romance novels are fairy tales for grown ups.
I don't need a ball gown or a prince to rescue me. At 35, I've pretty well given up on every having those things in my life. And if a pumpkin turned into a stage coach or I was sailing through the sky on a flying carpet, I'd have to figure out who gave me the drugs and where to get more of them.
On the other hand, give me a tattooed, motorcycle riding knight on polished chrome or a badass rocker to fall in love with and I'm a goner. Those are things that I might never have in my life but it's fun to dream about them. And yes, I'll admit that my reasoning extends to things like having a loving, committed menage relationship with two men who are as in love with one another as they are with me or going to a BDSM club.
The other reason I read romance is that my mind seems to stay turned on when I sleep. No, not that way, although depending on the book, I suppose maybe that way. Whatever is going on before I go to sleep is what I dream about. In vivid detail. If I watch a mystery, I will be dreaming in mysteries all night. If I read kids books and go to bed immediately after, I get talking chickens and families of cows haunting me all night. So, what better way to have a good night of sleep than to read a love story?
About the author:
I’ve been reading romance novels for over 20 years now. My fascination started with my mother’s collection of romance novels which lined half of one wall in the master bedroom of my childhood home. After I graduated from high school, life began to interfere with my reading and I didn’t read nearly as often as I would like. When my daughter was born, we decided that it would be more beneficial for me to be a stay at home mom. To fill the income gap, I began freelance writing for a variety of websites and print publications.
From there, I progressed to writing blogs as a way to hang on to the pieces of myself I felt slipping away as I filled my roles as wife and mother. Blogging slowly morphed from a creative outlet for my writing to a way to place another egg in my work at home basket.
It wasn’t until I attending a blogging conference in 2012 that I was overcome with the need to write a book. I’d been thinking about it since I was 15 but it was one of those “someday” dreams. There were two speakers at that conference who convinced me I needed to do it. Just shy of a year later, here I am!
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