February 23, 2015 By nhv9sl
A Stone in the Sea
Releasing February 23, 2015
He wanted nothing at all…
Until he found she had everything to give…
Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything—fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside. Facing assault charges after trying to protect his younger brother, Sebastian is sent to Savannah, Georgia to lie low until the dust settles in L.A.
Shea Bentley is beautiful, kind, and hiding from the very lifestyle Sebastian has always embraced.
When the mysterious, tattooed stranger begins hanging out at the bar where she works, Shea is quick to recognize he is nothing but trouble, but she’s helpless to the way her body lights up every time his intense gray eyes tangle with hers.
They both soon find themselves drowning in a sea of desire and passion that won’t let them up for air.
Sebastian knows firsthand secrets never die, and he’s not the only one who’s hiding them.
Loving someone always comes with a price. But will it be Shea’s past that costs them everything?
I can’t even describe the feeling I get when I hear that AL Jackson is writing a new book. I’ve called her a literary genius before and it stands true now more than ever. Her writing is lyrical and poetic. Her words pull emotions from so far deep inside yourself that you never knew they even existed. The words flow across the page and lodge deep into your heart never to be set free. She is one of the best writers that I have ever read. Somehow her words heighten all of your senses and you’re so immersed in the story that you smell the sea air, feel the wind on your face, taste the salty water, hear the music, and see the electricity between these two characters. I literally had chills while I read this amazing story and I finished it in one day! Sebastian has taken up residence in my heart right next to Jared and Christopher from the Closer to You Series.
Sebastian(Baz) is a bad boy. So bad. He’s hiding out in Savannah while he waits to hear news of his fate. Not being able to stay cooped up inside anymore he ventures out to a local watering hole. Minding his own business in the back corner he feels her before he sees her. Shea. Her instincts tell her run away as fast as she can, but she can’t deny the pull to this haunted, broken bad boy. They are both hiding secrets that may destroy them. But, they ignore the warning bells and jump into a passionate affair that threatens to drown their hearts. Will Baz be able to let go of his past and let Shea into his heart? Will Shea regret letting her walls crumble and letting Sebastian climb over them? This story has twists and turns and ups and down so drastic that I felt like I was on a rollercoaster ride. The best feeling in the world. I can’t wait for more Baz and Shea.
For one rapturous second, time stood still as I got lost in a face that had to be the most beautiful I’d ever seen. It wasn’t perfect, and maybe that was the problem.
No, not perfect. Just beautiful and dark and a little but frightening.
His tongue peeked out for a taste, and my knees went a little weak. Good God, he was a sipper.
“Bite your tongue, woman. That thing would be the only girl I ever loved.” I bit my lip instead, my words becoming playful. “Well, doesn’t that answer a lot of questions about you, Sebastian from California.”
Fucking gorgeous. Knock the wind out of me kind of gorgeous. Sing from the mountaintops kind of gorgeous. Leave me begging on my knees kind of gorgeous. Yeah. That kind of gorgeous.
With a smile, I turned around, then froze when my sight registered the obscured figure leaning against the wall. A strangled gasp caught in my throat, and my heart took off at a sprint, blood pounding hard in my ears.
Pushing from the wall, he stepped from the shadows, his hands again stuffed deep in his pockets.
My heart rate only increased, the energy radiating from him almost as strong as the disappointment he’d left me with when he’d gone.
I pressed my hand to my chest to try to still the panic thundering against my ribs. “You scared me.”
“I’m sorry.” The words were soft. “That’s the last thing I want to do.”
But he did. I was scared of what he was capable of doing to me, the way I knew he held the power to trounce all over this hammering heart, to hold it in his hand and crush it into a million unrecognizable pieces.
“What are you doing here?” I asked on a shaky breath.
He looked to the sky and exhaled heavily, before he leveled his gaze back on me. “The same thing I’m doing every night, Shea. Thinking about you and wondering why the hell I can’t stop.”
My stomach flipped, and I gulped for air.
“What do you want from me?”
He laughed, lifted his elbows out to his sides in a helpless gesture without pulling his hands free. “Dinner?”
Nonsensical laughter shot from me. “At three in the morning?”
“Breakfast?” he amended, a coy smile pulling at his full, crooked lips.
Tingles spread across my skin, and I ran my hands up my bare arms. “I already told you I don’t have time for distractions.”
“Come on, Shea. It’s just food. Go out with me. Just tonight.”
Somehow I knew it was a lie, even though he wanted to believe it was true.
Nervously, I glanced to the back door all the while being inexplicably drawn to this man I didn’t even know. I knew I should make a break for it, run for the safety of my little world and give him no opportunity to rip it apart.
“I am hungry,” I found myself saying. After a long night of work, it was true. But it had nothing to do with the reason I was giving in.
Because I just wanted to…
I shook my head.
That was it. I just wanted. I wanted to be in his space. I wanted to understand why he had this pull on me. I wanted him.
Even though I’d never allow myself to have him.
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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Come to Me Quietly, Come to Me Softly, Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes. She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life. Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves. To stay up to date with important news on A.L. Jackson, including new releases, sales, and exclusive specials and excerpts, text “jackson” to 96000 to subscribe!
September 12, 2014 By nhv9sl
dream of, a love they believed bonded them together for life.When
their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming
grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in
uncertainty and unanswered questions.For
nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds
the strings to their heart. In an attempt to escape the pain of her past,
Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses
himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side.Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago. But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart?Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have.“Okay, this one did it for me in a big way. I’m an angst-lover. And by that I mean,
I’m a Thoughtless, Beautiful Disaster, Love Unscripted, Slammed, Fifty Shades
of Everything, kind of reader. But there’s gotta be an HEA. And not a half-done
HEA but a real yeah-this-story-has-been-agonizing-but-look-it-was-all-worth-it
HEA. So, that said, I earnestly recommend this book. If you’re like me, you’ll
like this. Enjoy!” LitJunkie
now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.
June 24, 2014 By nhv9sl
Happy Release Day to A.L Jackson as we celebrate her new book
Come to Me Softly!!
From the New York Times bestselling author of Come to Me Quietly comes
a scorching new adult romance in the Closer to You series.
A second chance at life…
A second chance at love…
Jared Holt never thought he deserved either—until he found both in the arms of Aly Moore. Aly has loved Jared for as long as she can remember, and she’s more than ready for the future they’re making together. But Jared can’t help remembering his own family. And he’ll never forgive himself for what happened to them. How can he allow himself the very happiness he once destroyed?
To live a life worthy of Aly, Jared knows he has to stop running and finally put his past to rest. But when he decides to face his demons head on, he encounters more than he bargained for: a dangerous mix of jealousy, lies, and dishonest intentions. When those intentions threaten Aly, Jared loses all control, giving into the rage that earned him his bad boy reputation years before. And he’ll fight to protect her no matter what it costs…even if he destroys himself in the process.
I don’t even know where to start writing this review. I haven’t had this much trouble articulating my thoughts in a very long time. Let me start by saying AL Jackson is a literary genius. The way that she uses words just blows my mind. I really loved Come to me Quietly and that is a 5 star read for me. But, Come to me Softly is more. It’s deeper, hauntingly spectacular and it’s more than 5 stars. I was so absorbed in this story that I felt like I was there. The writing is some of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
Jared comes back to Aly but nothing has really changed. He’s still running from his past. Unable to overcome the guilt of what he believes that he has done. He does not feel worthy of Aly’s love or the love of anyone. But, he wants to be with her. He needs to be with her. It’s like air for him. He can’t breathe with out her. He is a tortured soul just keeping the guilt and sadness down far enough for weeks at a time. But he can’t continue to go on this way. Aly has loved him her entire life. She feels him and she is his lifeline, but she can only take so much. She’s strong and independent and does not want to live with out him, but she needs him to fight his demons and fight for them and their family. We see more of Christopher (YAY!) and more of Aly’s parents. A few laughs did escape me. Jared and Christopher have their own issues to overcome, but they both try to remember that they have been best friends since they were little boys and not even time and space can smother that kind of bond. Jared is hot, sexy, broody, amazing. There are almost no words to describe his awesomeness. I love him. I’ve missed him and I’m not sure I’ll ever be the same with out him. This story is filled with love, loss, pain, joy, humor, hope, sex, destruction, creation, forgiveness, peace, and life. It’s a top 5 read of 2014 for me. Do not miss this amazing story.
I pressed all my hard to her soft, holding her close against me as I flattened myself to the snowy skin of her back. Mmm…yeah. I was in love with this girl. And I wasn’t going to let her go.
Instinctively, I twisted a lock of her hair with my finger. A bond. My home.
And damn if just that little brush didn’t cause every last inch of my body to harden.
He dropped his cigarette to the ground and toed it out with his boot. Lifting his face, he pursed his lips and exhaled toward the sky. Smoke curled around his head, climbing toward the heavens before it bled into nothing.
A throaty chuckle rumbled from his mouth and floated out to embrace my sense in an inundating swell of joy. My heart pounded as he squeezed himself through the hole that led to the center of our world, where our dreams had been bred, where we’d discovered and grown into the people we were.
“I can’t live without you, baby…can’t sleep without you…can’t breathe without you.”
I melted. Then fell a little further for this man. Impossible? It should be. But in that moment I slipped deeper in love with him.
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Aleena Moore is content with her life. She has goals and dreams and an easy smile. She also has a secret she holds locked inside.
Jared Holt believes he doesn’t deserve to love or be loved. He destroys everything he touches. Haunted by the mistake that shattered his life, he’s fled from the memory of that pain.
Jared doesn’t know why he’s compelled to return, but finds himself drawn back to the place where it all began. The exact place where it ended. When he runs into his childhood best friend, Aleena’s older brother Christopher, he agrees to share Christopher and Aleena’s apartment while he looks for a place of his own.
Aleena is no longer the little girl Jared remembers from his past and evokes feelings in him he never wanted to feel again. Terrified of destroying her, he fights to keep her away. But her touch is something he can’t resist—the touch that sealed his fate.
Their pasts are intertwined and their futures uncertain. The only truths they know are the secrets they whisper in the night.
A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled, When We Collide, If Forever Comes, and Come to Me Quietly.
She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.
Look for Come to Me Softly and When We Met: Behind Her Eyes coming soon.