Sunday, January 11, 2015

More Than A Memory Release Day Blitz And Giveaway!!




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Book Title:  More Than A Memory
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  January 11, 2015
Hosted by:  Book Enthusiast Promotions, http://www.bookenthusiastpromotions.com





 Synopsis

 Disappearing without a word, Eden Richardt fled from her na├»ve former life in Oregon to start anew in the Midwest. Being a morning radio show host, she’s got a lot going for her except finding someone to share her life with. In that aspect, no one seemed to compare to the one. Having absolutely no desire to step foot back in her hometown of Cottage Grove, her decision was swayed with an invitation to her high school reunion and solidified after receiving a letter from her first and only love from her past.

Living his life the best way he knows how, Baylor Jenkins spends his time running the family plumbing business, after giving up his dream to be an Architect, and raising his almost teenage daughter solely without the help of his ex-wife. In the back of his mind he knows something was missing from his otherwise enjoyable life. But that something was actually a someone who disappeared after graduation; a former best friend turned lover.

Locking eyes after fifteen long years raises deep emotions and unanswered questions:

What happened to make Eden run?

Could their love for each other still exist?

Or will their past time together be nothing more than a memory?





Excerpt

“What is it that you do now that you’re all grown up?” I decided to put him in the limelight for a bit and give myself a bit of a rest.

“Who said I was all grown up?” he said in a flirty tone which earned another smile from me. “No, in all honesty, I’m actually a divorce lawyer. So while you are loved in your profession, people either dreadfully hate me or are repulsed by me.” He shrugged his shoulders. I definitely hadn’t seen that coming, Dean a divorce lawyer?

I wanted to make a little joke, but I didn’t know if he would take it the same way as he would’ve all those years ago. I decided to go ahead and take a shot. “So how many of your own divorces have you done?” I asked it in a light-hearted tone so he wouldn’t think I came across as a bitch.

“Two,” he answered flatly with not even an ounce of emotion.

“That bad, huh?”

“You could definitely say that again,” he finally cracked a smile which lowered my blood pressure rate again after he spiked it when I thought I said the wrong thing.

“You remind me of my best friend, Julia. She’s been married AND divorced twice just like you.”

His smile disappeared. What did I say?

After the questioning look I gave him, his voice lowered to a whisper which had to be lower than low since his voice was so deep, “We used to be best friends, Eden…The three musketeers, don’t you remember that?”

That was not how I wanted the conversation to end. “I’ve never forgotten, Dean. I thought of you every single day, believe it or not.”

The song was nearing the end and he gently pushed a strand of hair to the side of my face and said with a small smile, “We’ve missed you, Eden.” Not just I, but we. With the closing notes, he leaned forward and brushed his lips against my cheek, giving me the faintest of kisses. My heart broke all over again for the friend that I left behind. The friend who had nothing to do with what happened and was thrown in the middle when he was just an innocent bystander during the downward spiral of my departure. I hoped that he would someday forgive me for my naivety as I hadn’t meant for him to get burned in the crossfire.  

 



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More Than A Memory was a lovely story about three best friends, Eden, Baylor and Dean, growing up together in a small town in Oregon.  After entering high school, Eden and Baylor develop romantic feelings for one another, and only Dean knows how they both feel about each other, until the kiss....

Fifteen years later, Eden is working as a morning radio show host in Nashville, ever since finishing college out there, having the time of her life.   Eden has created this whole new life for herself after leaving Oregon, and everyone behind since high school graduation.  She has a best friend, Julia Caldwell, a hairstylist, Petunia, a rambunctious West Highland Terrier, and Blaine, her fun loving co-host on the radio show.  While on air telling her sorted blind date story, Eden is blindsided by her co-host Blaine with an email he has Eden read while on the air.  The letter is from Baylor, asking Eden to please come to their high school reunion and to reconnect with him and everyone she left behind fifteen years ago without a word.  The email puts Eden in the position of being backed into a corner, so she reluctantly agrees to attend.

The story has a very mysterious edge to it with why Eden left after graduation and her first kiss with Baylor.  She never looked back and never spoke a word to Dean or Baylor as to why or what happened, and she still harbored deep feelings for Baylor even after all these years.  When Eden arrives back in town, she is immediately confronted by Dean at the airport.  Dean seems more forgiving and welcomes her back in his life with open arms but wants to know what happened.  Then there is Baylor.  When they first see each other, he is so dumbfounded she is there that he doesn't even say, "Hi!" 

As Eden tries to figure out why Baylor invited her back, she slowly puts the pieces of the puzzle together from the past.  Getting reacquainted with her best friends from high school, Eden learns that Dean had become a divorce attorney and has been twice divorced, and Baylor has taken over the family business instead of becoming the architect he was meant to be.  Learning as much as she can without talking about what drove her to leave, Eden falls for Baylor all over again until she learns of his daughter, Norah.

What I loved about the Eden now verses the Eden in high school is that she has grown to be a very curvacious, confident woman.  The bond she had with Dean and Baylor in high school doesn't seem to have faltered until Baylor opens old wounds.  During this discovery, she learns that her own mother has had a lot to do with her estrangement to Baylor, and she doesn't run and hide from it.  She confronts her mother.  Baylor grew up to be a very caring, responsible man, and he chips away at Eden not willing to let their past lie.  Dean, on the other hand, turns out to have a sad story of his own that was never revealed until later.  His issue never quite gets resolved, which is still sad, but he accepts his circumstances and mans up, not allowing his feelings to ruin his friendships.  The whole heart breaking story could have been avoided with simple communication, but with such hurt feelings and inability to control anger, Eden and Baylor were kept from each other, but fate wouldn't allow them to be kept apart.  Fate.....they were meant to be together, it was so touching.  To have a soul mate is such a rare gift, only to have  some cruel bitch interfere with destiny over her own selfishness was just wrong, but karma bit her in the ass for what she had done, and I totally reveled in the justice of it all! I love how the truth unraveled and gave me a happily ever after in the end!  Baylor and Eden were truly meant to be more than a memory....
  





Meet The Author

Amber is a stay at home mom currently residing in Southern Indiana with her husband and two beautiful daughters. If she's not shopping, going to concerts or on road trips, or having her nose stuck in a book, you'll often find her at the ball field watching one of the numerous sports that her girls are involved in.

She is the author of the contemporary romance Brown County Series, titles include Not Alone, Runaway Love, How To Save A Life, and Unconditionally (M/M).


 



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