So, before we go into our happy celebration with another book giveaway, I did want to take a moment to say that I am heartbroken by this event. I can't fathom why anyone would be so sick and so cruel to kill and maim innocent people. I hope the perpetrators are found and brought to justice and that those still fighting for their lives, and those fighting to put their lives back together, prevail and are able to rise from this situation in due time. I am *not* dancing around my apartment, singing songs about cover reveals and new books coming out. I'm actually stressed out of my mind, but because a book launch is, as I said, a coordinated event, I will proceed in order to do my part and do right by the people who've promised me their time and promotional talents.
Let me also say that I think times like this remind us of what the arts are for. Reality is what it is. I highly recommend living here, but not all the time. It'll break your heart. It'll let you down. We all need to escape and we all have this amazing ability to imagine and to dream, to live a hundred lifetimes and suffer others' experiences. We have to make our relationship with reality a good and healthy one, and I would advocate doing this by taking regular vacations to the land of dreams and make believe to digest and ponder and find what meaning we can before we open our eyes again, get to our feet, and live another day.
See, now I can say stuff like this because it isn't my book I'm promoting. It's the Amazon, USA Today, and New York Times bestselling Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder, a talented, prolific author who is also a very cool person. She's provided a SIGNED copy of this book to give away, along with some swag. So enter below! This giveaway will end Tuesday the 23rd. Here's the blurb:
I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.
Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.
Colton didn't teach me how to live. He didn't heal the pain. He didn't make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.
Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle's older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle's death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but he can't help himself. Trust doesn't come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.Let me also add a mature content warning. Those of you who have followed me from my LDS fiction roots, make sure to take note of explicit content warnings on books such as this one. The genre I write in is very diverse, which is one thing I truly love about it. This book has mature content. It's cover is designed by Sarah Hansen, who just did the cover redesign for Castles.