Logline – Would unpredictable love break Jory Walker’s heart?
Uh oh. Amber signed her sister’s name on a pen pal letter to a Marine. As usual, Jory Walker was stuck fixing her sister’s little white lie.
When letters poured in from SSGT Trent Stevens in Afghanistan, Jory had no choice but to correspond. Sure he’d be drooling over Amber’s bikini photo, thinking it was Jory. Since they’d never meet, what harm could it do if she sent him a few letters?
Would her charade boomerang replacing happiness with pain? What started off as an innocent ruse, morphed into a monstrous web of deceit. Maybe unpredictable love was destined to break her heart.
BARNES & NOBLE
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Jory Walker plucked three letters from the mailbox in front of the house. Two bills and one envelope addressed to her that looked like it had been through a war. It had, according to what was scratched in the upper corner.
SSGT. T. Stevens
Anger bubbled up inside her. She made a beeline for the house, only to collide with her sister.
“Amber! What the hell?” She waved the envelope in the young woman’s face.
“I just sent him one letter.”
“This is the fourth you’ve gotten from him. When are you going to write back?”
“It was a mistake…”
“You can say that again. Especially the part where you signed my name!”
“Laura was so convincing. I thought she meant one time. Only one letter.”
“She asked people to sign up to write to guys in the military. Not to write only one letter and include a lewd photo.”
“It wasn’t lewd, whatever that means. Just me in a bikini. I’m not good at writing. Much better at pictures.” Her beautiful, blonde sister, with a Miss America figure, grinned.
“And the reason you signed my name?”
“I always liked yours better. Besides, if he wanted another letter, I knew you’d write it for me. So, it might as well have your name on it.”
“Don’t give me that bullshit smile. I’m on to you. And the answer is ‘no.’” Jory shoved the envelope from T. Stevens into Amber’s hand.
“Please? Pleeeaassseee, Jory. You’re the writer. Not me.”
“That’s right. You’re the pretty sister, and I’m the smart one.”
Amber nodded. “I don’t mean it like that. You’re so much better than me.”
With patience, she’d fitted them together to form the image of a man she could almost touch.
Sometimes, she’d reread three or four before turning out the light. She’d tacked his picture on the wall next to her bed. He was the last thing she saw before falling asleep and the first thing in the morning. Jory had planned to wind down the correspondence, but every day she eagerly awaited mail delivery, and a new peek into the mystery man who had inched his way into her heart.
Admitting she had feelings for SSGT Trent Stevens wouldn’t happen. Jory wasn’t some foolish schoolgirl with a crush on a handsome Marine. She was a grown woman, who had been shouldering the responsibilities of an adult since she was seventeen. Her head wouldn’t be turned by a few letters and some fancy words. She was above that. Or so she thought.
Amber leaned against the doorjamb. “Uh, it’s after six, and I don’t see any dinner on the stove.”
Jory’s lips compressed into a frown. She rose from her desk, fueled by anger. “You’ve got a lotta nerve. I’m up here beating my brains out, writing four Goddamn letters to Trent Stevens. Letters you should be writing! And you’re asking about dinner? Here’s the deal. You want me to write, fine. But you’ve gotta cook.”
“Me?” Amber pointed at her own, ample chest.
“Really? I can’t cook.”
“Then learn, damn it. It’s about time you did anyway.”
“And if I don’t?” A sassy look crossed her sister’s face, and she rested one hand on her hip.
“I’ll write to Staff Sergeant Trent Stevens and tell him you’re a fraud. Then, I’ll report you to Laura Dailey. They’ll drum you outta town.”
“You wouldn’t do that.” Amber frowned, but Jory saw uncertainty in her eyes.
The older one narrowed her eyes. “Try me.”
Amber chewed her lip. “Okay, okay. But not every night.”
“Three nights a week.”
“Three?” Amber’s voice shot up two octaves.
“That’s right. Like it or lump it.”
Amber made a face and huffed down the stairs. Jory broke into a smile as soon as her sister was out of sight. That’ll teach her. Besides, she needs to learn to cook and pull her weight around here.
Every week, she deposited four letters with Nan and retrieved four from the mailbox. She marveled at how he managed to find the time to write. Sometimes, his were only a few lines. Even the shortest note said she was on his mind. He treated her as if she was special, a new experience for Jory. Her lengthy responses surprised even her, as she had never been talkative.
After a month, she felt comfortable enough to write about her parents and the traumatic events of their death.
As the final days of 2014 are coming to an end I take a few minutes to sit back and look at my year. What an amazing year it was! I attended several events, got to meet and become friends with some truly amazing people and and share my love of reading through this blog. When I started this blog at the beginning of the year, I never thought I would be where I am now. It truly been a great year in all aspects of my life. I just want to take a few moment to look back at the awesome year that 2014 was.
I had one awesome 2014! My little blog has grown and I have made so many friends through my love of reading! I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for the romance reading world. Hugs and Love everyone!!!!
There is nothing better than sharing the love of reading and books with people who feel the same as you. I feel very blessed to have met and made a wonderful friendship with the awesome woman who started the Book Obsesses Chicks, Kim Rocha! She has brought together so many people through the love of reading romance books. Over the years her book club has evolved to a blog and has spread all the US and Canada(maybe beyond, but I don’t know that for sure)! 2014 marked the 4th annual Book Obsessed Chicks Beach BBQ Bash. Kim brought together over 120 readers and authors to sit, chat, eat and relax with the beach a few hundred yards away!
As you can tell by the pics, it was an awesome day. Book events are the only place that some of us get to see each other and the BOC BBQ is a truly special event. A time for making new friends and getting lots of love and laugh from those you have not seen for sometime. I always walk away from these events missing everyone right then. What more could one really ask for? A day on the beach with cover models, great food, book talk with the ones that write it and awesome people. Thanks Kim for all the hard work you put into this event. The Book Obsessed Chicks Rock!
As an avid reader who always has herself knee deep in books the only thing more exciting than that release date you have been waiting for, is going to a reader conference. I must say that I am still a bit new to these events but I always have lots of fun. As most readers of romance know that our fellow readers can be few and far between. Walking into a conference I know one thing is that I have at least one thing in common with everyone there. We all share a love for reading. Now tastes may differ but the passion is bright. Not only can you meet that author you love and share a moment with them. You get a chance to start friendship over reading! Over the weekend I attended the Liberty States Fiction Writers- Create Something Magical Conference in Iselin, NJ.
My weekend started out with the lovely Kim Rocha and her Book Obsessed Chicks threw a Sylvia Day House Party! We talked all kinds books and got to know each other a bit. I indulged in the beyond amazing Sangria that Kim made. I will confess the Sangria was the best stuff on earth! I meet some wonderful ladies and had a ton of laughs.
Photos from Kim Rocha
Saturday morning started out with registration and some mingle time before the first reader panel. I attended Romance Family Feud with Laura Kaye, Damon Suede, Shephanie Julian and Elisabeth Staab.
The game was a hoot. The authors polled reader and played like the real feud! Some of the poll answers were not what I thought they would be. I believe the authors had as much fun as the readers!
Next up was lunch with keynote speaker and author Goddess Sherrilyn Kenyon!
Ms. Kenyon was in pain from two bulging disks in her back but she delivered a speech that both made me laugh and cry with a smile on her face. This was special for me. Ms. Kenyon is the author that got me reading romance with her Dark-Hunter series. After lunch Sherry gave the readers a bit of time Q & A time. No, she did not give any spoilers. She had all us readers laughing as she always does. I love this woman!
After talking with Sherry and readers was Naughty Party Games for Wicked Readers with Judi Fennell, Stephanie Julian, Eliza Knight and Cat Johnson! Pictionary for romance reader! Sorry peeps, I was having so much fun that I forgot to take pic!! Just imaginehave to draw your favorite hero! After Pictionary was Book Cover Bingo with Christi Barth, Laura Kaye, Joya Fields and Eliza Knight. What a fun game! I have never been in a panel that was so quite!
The next event of the day was the big book signing! This is the fun part! This is where all the awesome books we have been hearing about all day we get to pick up and get some author time.
Oh my goodness! What a day! And it was still not over yet. After the signing there was a pizza party for the reader and writers! We had to refuel before we rocked out 80’s style with The Book Obsessed Chicks!
Sherry even came and hung out with us for a while. Baskets were raffled off and I was a lucky winner!
I can’t even put into words fun much fun I had at this event. I got to meet some wonderful people who were just amazing. I thank them for sharing their passion for reading with me and willingness to talk with a stranger. Many many hugs to the lovely Kim for letting into her wonderful group of women that are just as fun and crazy, just the way I like!
Its a wonderful feeling leaving an event like this knowing you have made friends, have stories to share and are taking home at least a months worth of reading. LOL!