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Grand Finale for The Man She Knew by Loree Lough w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @LoreeLoughAutho


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Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Man She Knew
By Loree Lough

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Launch – Note from the Author

Researching this novel was different from any other I’ve written, because Ian Sylvestry is my first ex-convict hero! A very troubled teen, Ian got involved with some bad dudes, and didn’t realize just how bad they were until, one rainy night, he goes along with them as they commit a felony. He had plenty of time to think about his unwise, immature choices while he served ten years for the crime. Plenty of time to think about all the people his imprudent decision had hurt. Upon his release, he works tirelessly to become a respectable citizen, and earns the respect of family and friends. But is it too late to win back the heart of Maleah Turner, the love of his life…?

Rockin’ Book Reviws – Review

“The story is a very good one. The characters were portrayed well, the scenes easily visualized from familiarity, and had a steady smooth flow throughout most of the book. A few real social problems are addressed. It is also a story of strong family relationships and support, and of dysfunctional homes. It is often uplifting and has a few twists which adds to the drams. I truly enjoyed the quite predictable tale.”

deal sharing aunt – Interview

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

For The Man She Knew, I learned that everyone, no matter what terrible thing is in their past, deserves a second chance. I also learned a whole lot about life in prison, and what it’s like to return to a society that flat-out doesn’t trust you. Those who succeed in life after serving a prison term are to be commended, because my research and interviews proved…it ain’t easy!

Booklove – Review

“Amazing, beautiful and captivating with strong and lovely characters and a flowing and engaging plot. I loved it and would recommend it to everyone.”

Beck Valley Books – Excerpt

Those final moments in the courthouse were as vivid now as they had been that dreary morning: Ian, looking like a terrified boy as one guard slammed the prison van’s side door and another put the vehicle into gear. He’d raised a hand to wave goodbye, but the chain connecting handcuffs to leg irons stopped him. Tears filled his eyes, and unable to watch, she’d closed her own. By the time she opened them again, the driver had already made the first turn onto Lombard Street and started the hour-long trip Lincolnwood Correctional of Central Maryland…

Hearts & Scribbles – Character Descriptions

Ian Sylvestry:

Mid-30s, 6’2”, 190 lbs.; green eyes, dark hair (ponytail), diamond stud in left earlobe, tattoos; former convict, now owns a popular bistro in historic Fells Point.

Janice’s Book Review – Review

“Loved that beside that he owed and ran a restaurant that he also did search and rescue with his dog. Love the families on both sides and closeness. I definitely recommend this book.”

Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Introduction to the Series

“By Way of the Lighthouse” features heroes and heroines separated by hurt, anger, and disagreements.

Falling Leaves – Excerpt

Was this it then? The end?

When they tell her I’m gone, will she cry?

Ian hoped not. He’d only seen her cry once, on the day the carted him off to Lincoln.

Most awful thing ever…

Because he’d caused her tears, and it shamed him, even now.

If the powers that be decided to give him one more chance, he’d make things right.

Somehow, I’ll make things right…

Brooke Blogs – Character Interviews

Interview with Ian Sylvestry:

Q: So Ian, tell us what led up to your arrest…

A: I was a dumb kid with a big chip on my shoulder. After my mother ran off to England with another guy, my dad turned to alcohol to hide from what she’d done to us, leaving me to pretty much raise myself.

Q: And that’s how you got involved with what you’ve referred to as “some bad dudes”?

A: It makes no sense to me now, but back then, they were like brothers, there for me no matter what.

Reading Is My SuperPower – Review

“There are a lot of things going on in The Man She Knew – and it all combines to make a great read! An inspiring story of second chances, forgiveness and family, this novel more than lives up to its ‘heartwarming’ brand. It never gets sappy, though, or saccharine; instead, Lough has given us warm characters, a compelling plot, and a tender romance.”

Cinnamon Cindy’s Book Blog – Excerpt

It had been a mistake, asking Andy to drop him this far from her grandparents’ drive. Walking on flat ground had been a challenge with crutches, and then the cane. He took his time, but tromping through deep snow made him wince with every step. If you put yourself in the hospital, you’ll only have yourself to—

Becky on Books – Interview

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

For some reason, I kept hearing stories about how difficult it is for the newly released—men and women—to return to normal lives. From reuniting with family to finding a job, they meet obstacles of every variety. Now, I’m no Pollyanna…I realize some of these people are hardened criminals that will return to their old ways and probably end up right back in prison. But some of them honestly want to leave that life behind, and do everything in their power to start fresh and stay on the right path. So I wrote a story featuring a guy like that, who made a stupid mistake—and paid for it—and wanted little more of life when he left prison bars behind than to prove himself a changed man.

Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford – Review

“This is a heartwarming story of love overcoming all obstacles. I thoroughly enjoyed the romance and the characters that Ms. Lough created in this epic story and I can’t wait to read what she has in store for us next.”

It’s All About the Romance – The Setting

All stories in the “By Way of the Lighthouse” series are set in and around Baltimore, and feature the quaint, picturesque, and historic streets, shops, and homes.

Bookworm Lisa – Review

“This book dealt with some real emotional issues. I was impressed the Loree Lough took a tough subject matter and turned it into a positive. There are so many psychological issues that had to be overcome for this book to succeed. I felt that it was done well.

If you like books about second chances, success in spite of obstacles, family loyalty, and honor, this may be a book for you to dive into.”

Heidi Reads… – Excerpt

He’d forgotten how good, how right she felt in his arms. If she kept looking up at him that way he’d kiss her, long and hard and…

Ian cleared his throat. “You look pretty good in an evening gown.”

“And you look pretty good in a tux.”

“Good thing it didn’t snow, like Marty Bass said it would.”

“In his defense, he said might.”

“So he did…”

“But you’re right. If it had snowed, I’d break my neck in these shoes.”

Nicole’s Book Musings – The Song that Changed Everything

On the night of the big charity ball, Ian and Maleah shared a dance. Just one dance. But it was enough to remind them both how perfect their young love had been…

Getting Your Read On – Review

“The whole premise of the book is such an interesting one and I was caught up in Ian’s struggle. There is just something about a story of second chances, especially one in the extreme like this one. It wasn’t just a second chance at love but a second chance at life.”

Thoughts of a Blonde – Review

“Redemption, turmoil and undying love are brought to life in Loree Lough’s latest release! We meet Ian, a tarnished man who has gone to great lengths to turn his life around and is such a joy to grow to adore throughout the book. The heroine however, is not easy to love. She’s a kind and generous soul to everyone else, but to him, she’s self-righteous and hurtful. In the end, we have to find forgiveness in our heart as well as we make our way through the story towards that happily-ever-after…”

underneath the covers – Excerpt

He missed hearing her sweet-yet-sultry voice. Missed those big glittery blue eyes, too. Once, that cheery smile had the power to light every dark corner of his life and make him forget that his mother had chosen another man over him and his dad.

Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader – Review

“This book has every thing you could want from a clean contemporary romance. You have heartache, love, laughter, and of course the Happily Ever After. If you looking for something to just make you feel good while your reading it and keep a smile on your face this book is perfect for you.”

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below…

The Man She Knew
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #1)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Don’t they both deserve a second chance?

Fourteen years ago, one reckless act cost Ian Sylvestry everything, including the girl he planned to marry. Since then, he has fought hard to turn his life around. Returning to his Baltimore town after serving a prison term was the first step. Winning back Maleah Turner’s trust is a far more daunting challenge. From their first sparks-flying reunion, it’s obvious they still have powerful feelings for each other. In fact, they might be even stronger together now. But if their second chance is going to work, Maleah has to believe that Ian is a changed man. She really wants to believe…but she simply isn’t convinced.

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Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes novels that have earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 7 book-to-movie options. The Man She Knew, #1 in her “By Way of the Lighthouse” series, her 3rd for Harlequin Heartwarming, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Harlequin.com.

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Riders of the Lightning Storm (Horse Passages) by Jennifer Macaire w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #Recipe #Character Interview @jennifermacaire


 

RIDERS
OF THE LIGHTNING STORM
~ Horse Passages ~
Jennifer Macaire
YA, Sci-Fi, Romance, Adventure
Evernight Teen Publishing
Twins Carl and Meagan Cadet are the youngest herders in the Federation. Their parents and younger sister were abducted by the enigmatic Raiders, and now they are alone with their
horses. Aware of the dangers, they continue to herd the horses that somehow open passages between planets. 
They are on Tauii 3 when Luke Jeffries arrives on the scene with his herd. Luke and Meagan
are pulled together as they come to grips with their losses. When raiders capture Meagan and Luke, they become prisoners working in mines on an isolated asteroid. Escape seems impossible, but they encourage each other to keep up the hope even as they begin to fall in love. 
But before they can escape, they must somehow unlock the mystery of the horse passages. 
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Excerpt:
The Jeffries’ had moved their herd to the south end of the lake. Today, the boys had started breaking in the two-year-olds, and Meagan decided before swimming she’d go have a look at their work. It was a ten-minute walk along the shoreline, and as she walked she gathered eggs from the many nests she found. She only took one egg from each nest, putting them carefully in her pouch after admiring their speckled amethyst coloring.
Luke saw her coming and waved. He sat astride the lead mare and her presence calmed the young horses his brothers rode. They cantered slowly around a circle of bare earth worn in the grass. Luke led, with his brothers right behind him. Their mounts snorted loudly and swished their tails, unused to having riders on their backs. They cantered a while, slowed to a bouncy trot, and dropped to a walk. Skittishly, the younger horses tossed their heads and pranced sideways.
“Let’s go faster!” cried Luke, urging his mare into a gallop. She pinned her ears back, as if annoyed to be acting the part of schoolmistress, but set off at a fast pace. The three boys galloped after Luke, sitting astride their horses
with practiced ease.
Meagan sat on a nearby log and watched. She admired the way the brothers rode. Everyone had a different style, but the Jeffries looked both athletic and graceful. In the distance, across the lake, she could see Carl walking toward their camp. He waved his hat in the air, and she waved back. Meagan rose and picked up the eggs. She should get back if she wanted to swim before dinner. Luke and his brothers wouldn’t be finished for a while yet.
She’d just finished adjusting the strap on her shoulder pouch when a clap of thunder made her jump. Frowning, she looked around. There were no storm clouds in sight. A faint sparkle caught Meagan’s eye, and she stiffened. A mist curtain, no more than three feet wide, appeared in the middle of the plain. Her heart seemed to stop, then start again, pounding frantically.
“R-r-raid . . .  Raiders,” she whispered. She had to warn Carl and the Jeffries brothers. She tried to shout, but her voice stuck in her throat. She couldn’t say anything. She opened her mouth, but no sound came out at all. Panic-stricken,
she screamed, and her voice shattered the air around her. She tried to call to Carl, to tell him to watch out, but all she could do was scream. A flock of birds rocketed out of the long grass, their wings whirring around her. She tried to stop, dragging air into her lungs and clapping her hands over her mouth, but she screamed again, and all of a sudden the words poured out.

“Luke! Carl! Raiders! Raiders are coming! Get the horses! Get out of here!”
She started running for her camp. The boys fought to control their young mounts as strange horses surged out of the mist curtain. Upon their backs, cloaked riders crouched low. They held long poles with lassos attached. Without pausing to look around, the Raiders galloped straight for Luke and his brothers.
Shouting, Luke motioned at his brothers to save the herd. The untrained horses, frightened by the noise and sudden panic of their riders, took off at full gallop, clods of dirt and grass flying in the pursuing Raiders’ faces. Meagan saw
Carl running toward their herd. He leapt through the tall grass and whistled for his horse. She knew he had to get the lead mare out of the way. If he could catch Boo, then he could herd their horses across the plains and out of the
Raiders’ reach. The Raiders never let their mist curtain close behind them, so they could get back home. Because of this, the Raiders couldn’t venture beyond a certain perimeter. If Carl could get their horses far enough away, they would be safe.
Meagan held on to that thought as she ran, her breath coming in sharp gasps. Behind her, she heard hoof beats. She turned. Two Raiders were swooping down upon her. She uttered a frightened scream and dodged, flinging herself toward the lake. Perhaps she could swim away from them. But the Raiders, anticipating her move, rode to cut
her off. She swerved again, her lungs burning and her legs aching as she ran. Then someone called her name, and she saw Luke galloping toward her, his hand outstretched.
“Jump on!” he shouted. His expression was grim.
“No!”

Meagan screamed back at him. “Go away! They’ll catch you!”
Already the Raiders were closing in. Luke paid no attention. Kicking his mare, he leaned over and snagged Meagan’s arm. She felt as if it had been yanked out of its socket as she was jerked off her feet. Instinctively, she swung her legs over the mare’s back and grabbed Luke’s waist. A second later a lasso zinged through the air, just missing her head.
Luke had just turned the mare toward the lake to try to lose their pursuers, when another rope shot overhead and settled on the mare’s neck. With a harsh cry, Luke pulled her back before she was knocked off her feet. The Raiders were too quick. They hauled back on the rope, sending the mare tumbling. Luke and Meagan fell heavily to the ground, and the last thing Meagan saw were the mare’s kicking feet.
#Note & Recipe:
Herders travel light. Their staple diet is beans – “dried beans are easy to carry, easy to fix, and have lots of vitamins and iron”, as Herders like to say. When they get to their campsites, they usually put a handful of beans in a pot
of water to soak, and then cook them over an open fire.
Here is one of Meagan’s favorite recipes:
Meagan’s Bean Stew with Leftover Bread
Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups dried pinto or cranberry beans
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 celery stalks, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
2 tomatoes, diced
1 pound kale, trimmed and coarsely chopped
2 cups vegetable stock (Herders carry lots of bullion cubes to help flavor their meals)
6 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
fresh ground black pepper
3 or 4 slices of stale or lightly toasted Italian or French bread, cut into crouton-size pieces
Instructions:
Rinse the beans and soak overnight covered in several inches of cold water with a little lemon juice or vinegar added. Drain and rinse. Place the beans in a medium saucepan. Cover with several inches of fresh water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour or until the beans are tender but not falling apart. Drain and lightly mash some of the beans with a potato masher. Set aside.
Heat a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat. When hot, add the olive oil, wait a few moments, then swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Toss in the celery, carrot, onion, garlic and chili flakes and cook, stirring, until the onion turns a light brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Add the tomatoes and continue to cook until the tomatoes are slightly reduced, another 10 minutes. Now stir in the beans with the kale and add the vegetable stock and water. Bring to a slow boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the kale is tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.
Remove from heat and season with salt and plenty of fresh ground black pepper. Serve hot in wide shallow bowls and scatter with pieces of stale or lightly toasted bread.
~ Enjoy! ~

Character Interview

 

Jennifer Macaire: Hello everyone, today we’re interviewing Meagan Cadet, a herder from Home Planet.

Meagan, what can you tell me about your lifestyle?

 

Meagan Cadet: I’m a herder, that means I follow my horses from planet to planet. We, my brother and I, are the last of our family, the Cadets, and we have a small herd of horses compared to some herders.

 

J: I hope you don’t mind me asking – why is your herd so small ? What happened to the rest of your family?

 

M: It’s a sad story. My father, mother, and baby sister were captured by alien Raiders. Only my brother and I escaped. We had to battle with the Federation to keep our herd, but finally they gave in. The other herder families helped. So now Carl and I are the youngest herders in the Federation.

 

J: What’s a typical day in the life of a herder? What do you eat?

 

M: We wake up at dawn, and I like to make myself a cup of coffee. Carl likes tea, so we boil some water and get breakfast. That can be eggs from local wildfowl, or fried fish, or even whatever fruit is in season. We drink mare’s milk, and I have my great-great-grandmother’s yogurt and cheese recipes, when we have time. Mostly we eat dried beans. They’re light, easy to carry, never go bad, and you can make loads of different recipes. We’re vegetarians, we don’t usually eat meat, but we eat eggs and fish. I have, on occasion, been obliged to eat lizards, but I don’t recommend them. As for a typical day – it varies. We have to take care of the horses and that’s time consuming, especially when we’re training the youngsters. And then there’s the traveling. I feel like we’re always packing or unpacking.

 

J: What’s your favorite planet?

 

M: Cumberland – without a doubt. The animals and birds and amazing. Most are deaf, so they communicate with light and color. The whole planet has been declared off limits for settlers, so it’s still pristine. Carl and I love it when the horses take us there.

 

J: Herding sounds hard. What was it like growing up? Did you go to school?

 

M: We were partly home schooled, and partly sent to boarding school. Carl and I hated boarding school at first – I don’t know too many herder kids that like it. We’re too used to being alone, to being with our horses. It was tough in the beginning. But our parents were adamant. Plus we learned a lot. I took classes in animal husbandry, and Carl studied veterinary medicine. In the end, we were lucky we got to go to school, especially when a horse gets sick, or when foaling season comes. We love he new foals, and it’s wonderful to be able to watch them grow and become adults.

 

J: I’m started to feel jealous. Traveling with your horses, going to other planets – is there anything you don’t like about your life?

 

M: The raiders. They are terrifying. We were very unlucky to have ever run into them. Most herders go all their lives without seeing a single one. They are rare, and no one has ever captured one alive. I’m sorry, I’m shivering now, but just the mention of Raiders makes me feel ill.

 

J: Let’s change the subject then. Aside the Raiders, what are some of the hardships of being a herder?

 

M: Missing hot baths and showers – there is nothing like a hot shower, believe me. We bathe in lakes, rivers, and cold streams. Sometimes the water is icy, and sometimes it’s full of mud and algae. When the weather is bad, we’re stuck in our tents. Thank goodness for our electronic books and the interplanetary free library! We can watch movies, read books, and play games. Carl is a mean chess player, and I love cards. Otherwise life is pretty idyllic. You have to like solitude and nature – if you do, and you like horses, then herding is the life for you!

 

J: Thank you for your time, Meagan. I hear you and Carl are heading out tomorrow. The rains are coming to Home Planet, and soon we’ll all be inside the Dome Cities, dreaming about your adventures on far away planets. Take care!

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About the author:
Jennifer Macaire lives in France with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modelled for five years for Elite.
She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.
Where you can find my book Website
Where I write on my Blog
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Character Interview featuring Jessica from That Night by Lisa McManus w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @LisaMcManusLang

thatnight5THAT NIGHT

Lisa McManus

 

 

Evernight Teen Publishing,  31,000 words

Teen/Contemporary/Romance/Suicide/Bullying

 

 

It can take a whole day to figure out what happened…that night.

On what was to be just another Monday morning at school, Luke’s girlfriend Jessica is nowhere to be found.  Names like ‘psycho lover’ follow Luke to his locker, even from his best friend. Luke soon learns Jessica tried to kill herself at a party from the previous Saturday night, and she’s blaming him. With posts on FaceBook feeding the rumors of what happened that night, the school has to investigate.

Torn between worry, guilt, loyalty, priorities, and an urgency to clear his name and protect hers, he has to find her—he loves her no matter what. The teacher in the middle of the investigation is also the same one to provide academic and character references for Luke’s college applications due by the end of the week. Luke knows he’s not to blame, but with no contact from Jessica and everyone blaming him for what happened, he’s at risk of losing everything—Jessica and his dreams of being a mechanic—all because of what happened that night.

 

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Excerpt:

“Hey, man.” I nodded to Jeremy Waters as I started the long trek up the front lawn of the school. He nodded back but gave me a questioning stare as I walked past. Again, weird. What is with everyone today? I wondered.

I scanned the busy school grounds. Where was Jessica? I knew our break-up was inevitable, but I dreaded it. I still cared about her very much, but things were changing: me, her, and ‘us’––and I didn’t know what to do about it. Neither did she.

At first I didn’t notice anything off, but as I passed group after group of unusually silent guys and girls from all grades, I got that weird feeling, like I was being watched, like the whole school was focused on me or something.

Some of the guys pulled their buds out of their ears as I approached, their banter from moments before silencing as I passed. One guy shook his head as if in disgust. Another guy awkwardly picked at something on the ground with the toe of his shoe, as if he were avoiding something.

I kept going, trying to walk as normally as I could. Hard to do when you know you’re being watched.

Where was Jess? I checked my phone to see if there was anything from her: nothing.

I shifted my backpack and made my way up the path to the front steps of the school. With every footstep, uncertainty and foreboding gnawed at my gut.

A group of girls from Jessica’s drama club huddled on the front steps like a bunch of hens. They all gave me the once-over. One of them was crying and another gave me the finger.

That stopped me in my tracks. “What the hell?” I stared them down. “What was that for?”

“Screw you, Luke!” The one with the ornery finger spat. “Stay away from Jessica!”

What the…? Whatever. Bunch of gossips––they seriously need to get a life.

Jessica and I had been drifting apart for a while. Where she was involved in her drama club, her social life, I preferred being under the hood of a car, alone. But it wasn’t that I chose cars over her or anything. I cared about her very, very much. At one time I even contemplated the L-word thing with her. But lately, something had changed, and I couldn’t figure out what. I mean, I knew I wanted to be with her but it was like we were drifting towards each other, then away, then back towards each other again. Only to then again drift further away.

But I would never do anything to her, to earn me the middle finger from her friends. So why were they acting like that? What the…? I shook my head and kept going. I hadn’t done anything to provoke their reaction, so they could just go back to their pointless chatter about hair or whatever.

With fifteen minutes to go until the first bell, I wanted to catch up with Jess before classes started. She lived way on the other side of town, and as much I would have loved to pick her up every morning, her mom insisted on driving her. Her mom liked me, so it wasn’t anything against me personally, but Jessica said it was a ‘mom and daughter thing.’ And besides, we always met first thing at school and I would, at least, get to drive her home.

But that day, even though I wasn’t exactly about to have ‘the talk’ with her right before class, I wanted to at least see her that morning to start the day––it was our ‘thing.’ A pang of regret fluttered in my gut. If we broke up, would we still meet in the mornings? She had become part of my day and I still wanted that.

I made my way through the doors of the school. The halls were already swarming with East Clark High’s student body. I searched for Jessica as I pushed and wove my way through the crowd. But I soon realized I wasn’t pushing past anyone, anymore. The constant buzz in the halls had all but died down, and people were stepping aside giving me a wide berth as I went.

What the hell was wrong with everyone? I frowned at everyone practically plastered up against the lockers, avoiding me like I was contagious or something. Did I smell like dog sh––

“Psycho!” A familiar voice hissed in my ear, cutting off my thoughts. Great––Mark. I stuttered to a stop but tried to keep going. I, along with everyone else, was used to his stupid ways, but I had to find Jessica. I didn’t want to waste time getting into it with him right then.

But he came at me again with, “Psycho-lover!” and that definitely had me coming to a full stop. I swear I felt spit on my cheek.

I refused to swipe it away, giving him the satisfaction of … I didn’t know what. Something. I glanced up to find his buddies chuckling while Mark, the idiot himself, contorted his face into what he assumed was the look of a crazy person.

He didn’t have to try very hard. It came naturally.

And I hoped his eyes stayed crossed like that.

I stared him down, and just when I turned away he was up against me, his face so close to mine his eyes looked crossed. “Jessica almost knocked herself off the other night. Whadidja do? Screw her over?” he hissed.

I stared at him in confusion. My face numbed. My neck heated. What was he talking about? What did he mean, ‘knock herself off’?

Character Interview with Jessica Lowry,

Secondary Character and Heroine of THAT NIGHT

 

I interviewed the heroine of my book, Jessica. Although she is not the main character nor the narrating point of view of the story, the story centers around her and how her actions affected her boyfriend, Luke.

Lisa: How did we first meet?

Jessica: Well, let me first introduce myself to your readers. My name is Jessica Lowry and I’m Luke Hannon’s girlfriend in your story, THAT NIGHT. The story is mostly about him and what he went through because of ME, but I do have a big role in the whole thing. I know you, Lisa, were wanting to write a story about how a suicide attempt affects loved ones, especially in a teen’s world, so I put myself out there to you and the rest is history.

Lisa: Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?

Jessica: Well I didn’t exactly plan on what happened that night – never mind expecting it to be in a book – but given I’m in drama and I dream of one day seeing my name in lights, being in a book was a bit surreal – and a little hard to accept at first, given the nature of the story.  But I think it was an important story to tell, one that many can learn from.

Lisa: What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?

Jessica: Well I don’t want to give too much away, but I really the scene towards the end where I am asking Luke for help. Again, I don’t want to say too much, but the look on his face and how he reacted was true to Luke and made me love him all the more (but don’t tell him I said that)

Lisa: Do you infiltrate your writer’s dreams?

Jessica: I know for a fact that I was always on Lisa’s mind as she was writing this book. Even in her day to day living she’d here of someone with the same name and she’d start thinking of me. I know Luke and I both kept her up at night sometimes, and she’d be writing stuff about us – about ME! – on a notepad beside her bed.

Lisa: What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?

Jessica: Well as I mentioned I am in drama and we are getting ready for our school’s production of GREASE. I can’t wait, but I’ve been exhausted with everything going on: rehearsals, interviews for Lisa’s book and Luke (I hate it when I blush).

Lisa: Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?

Jessica: Absolutely! This book and all the topics the book touches on – bullying, loyalty, teen suicide, social media abuse – is important and needs to be addressed. Yes, suicide is the most important topic, and even though the book touches on only the attempt of something so drastic, mental health issues affect everyone. Asking for and getting help from someone – anyone – is key. No one is truly ever alone.

Lisa: If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?

Jessica: Some might say it was romantic to stand up for me the way Luke did, but it really bothers me that Luke got into a fight (I won’t say with who – don’t want to spoil it).  I’m not a violent person, so I don’t agree with fighting – no matter what the reason.

Lisa: Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?

Jessica: Of course! What drama club member wouldn’t?! But I’d want the book to be happy one, something maybe where I am in a castle far, far away, and I’m wearing a flowing blue dress, and the wind is blowing my split-end-free hair, and Luke rides up on a white horse, and there’s a sunset, and my eyes are the most sparkling of blue, and….

Lisa: Do have any secret aspirations that your author doesn’t know about?

Jessica: Oh I’m so glad you asked that! I can finally talk about this now that the book is out but I as part of the whole ‘name in lights’ thing I have always dreamed about, I’ve been kinda curious about writing a book. I know, I know – everyone apparently always says that. But it was cool watching Lisa write the book, and I’ve recently started writing in a journal and I really like it. It’s actually gotten to the point where I can’t wait until I can curl up in bed at night with my journal and a pen, and just write…stuff.

 

Lisa: What do you wear when you go to sleep?

 

Jessica: I have this old t-shirt I stole once from Luke’s car. It has grease stains on it – he must have been using it for working on his car, or something. I washed it, of course, but it’s THE BEST SHIRT EVER.

 

Lisa: What is your most prized possession?

 

Jessica: It’s now my journal.  I don’t show Stacy and I don’t show Luke. It’s mine.

 

Lisa: How do you react when people sing “Happy Birthday” to you in a restaurant?

 

Jessica: I love it, I love it, I love it! Unlike Luke who absolutely HATES stuff like that, I wish I could have that every day. I know it sounds kind of snotty or whatever, but heck – I’m in drama, I wouldn’t be a very good actress if I didn’t love the attention.

 

Lisa: Have you ever gone alone to either dinner or a movie? \

 

Jessica: I go to movies all the time – specifically documentaries. I know, I know – it so doesn’t match my whole ‘drama’ thing, but I love doing it. Luke hates documentaries but he doesn’t think it’s weird I go alone. Stacy thinks I’m weird, but not Luke. Luke often works at Bob’s Gas ‘n Go on Saturdays and when Stacy is out with her dad for their bi-weekly visit, I go in the afternoon and get the biggest popcorn and biggest drink – and bring back the popcorn leftovers for Luke.

 

Lisa: And this is my last question, Jessica: have you ever thought about getting a tattoo, what would it be and where? If not, what if you had to?

 

Jessica: I know Luke is thinking about getting a wolf (you’d have to read the story of ‘why’ he wants that), but I think that would be very cool to get one of a wolf. Maybe not a matching one to his, but I love the loyalty bit about wolves. I’m not a ‘lone wolf’ but I like the idea of them. My mom would kill me though, so I’ll have to think about it more.

 

Thank you so much, Jessica, for allowing me to interview you. I know readers will enjoy knowing a bit more about you.  And thank you to everyone for stopping by this blog and learning a bit about me and my book, and an extra thank you to the host of this blog! Happy reading everyone!

 

Lisa xo

 

 

About the Author:Me May 2015

Lisa McManus has been an avid reader since her teen years, and is inspired daily by her teenage boys and the forests and beaches of Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she lives. Along with writing for kids and teens, she is also multi-published with Chicken Soup for the Soul and numerous other magazines and anthologies.  When she’s not writing, reading or refereeing her family, she is either hiking or out on the archery range.

 

Websites: www.lisamcmanus.com

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Twitter: @LisaMcManusLang

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8300457.Lisa_McManus

Amazon author page www.amazon.com/author/lisamcmanus

 

 

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