This week we have a book from a great up and coming author, J.M Witt, and we are extremely proud to be selected to be a part of her blog tour! Letting Go is set to be the first a series – part of her Anchored Hearts series. To kick her release off, we are featuring a blurb for her book, a excerpt, a Q&A with the author herself, and a giveaway for the book! So join us for the fun – and also help support an Indie author!
Blurb for Letting Go: When your past threatens to destroy your future; how long will you hang on before Letting Go? Cassidy Charles is picking up the pieces of her life after another terrible tragedy. The last thing she’s looking for is love. James bursting back into her life is the last thing she expected, but possibly everything she needs. She can’t deny the attraction, but can she get past the fact that he may be the reason she’s lost so much? He opens up a whole new world to her that she’s only dreamed about that she easily falls into. The result of her relationship with him reveals secrets from her past she thought were long forgotten. James Benedict III, local playboy and successful real estate investor hasn’t stopped thinking about her since that fateful night all those months ago. He has her back in his life, but for how long? As more and more secrets from her past are revealed his own demons and tragedies loom overhead threatening to destroy everything he’s built and done for her. He wants her in his life, but because of him her world comes tumbling down, again. Will they discover that the love they have is strong enough to survive everything and everyone trying to tear them apart before it’s too late?
Excerpt from the book: “Cassidy, I’d like to take you to dinner.” I choked on my cappuccino and started coughing uncontrollably. He stood up and came back with a bottle of water. He handed me the water as I was getting my bearings back.“Is it that shocking that I’d ask you to dinner?”
I was a little dumbstruck. “Um, well, I just, I…”
He sat down next to me and placed the bottle of water he just gave me on the table and took my hands in his. “Cassidy, I know you felt it all those months ago. I felt it too and I still do. A day hasn’t passed that you haven’t crossed my mind. There’s something here,” he motioned between our bodies.
I was looking at our hands and it was there, that electricity. I looked to him and a shudder caused me to roll my shoulders. My heart started racing and I clenched my thighs together trying to subdue the throb between them. Before I could say a word he leaned in and tucked a loose piece of hair behind my ear. He cupped my face and gently touched my lips with his own.
How many times had I fantasized about this very moment? I accepted his kiss knowing that if Cecily found out I’d probably get canned. Both of his hands were on my face lightly caressing. His lips were gentle and felt better than I had ever dreamed. I molded my lips to his and inhaled his sweet breath. His tongue gently ran across my upper lip. I slid closer to him and placed my hands on his lapels. Our tongues began a torrid dance that had my entire body standing at attention. It was a kiss I would never forget and one I never wanted to end.
I worked my hands up to his neck and to the tie holding his hair and couldn’t resist removing it. I’d been dying to run my hands through his hair since that first night I saw him. He encouraged me with a groan and started kissing my jaw while working his way back to my ear.
“James…we should stop,” but my actions betrayed my words as I dragged his mouth back to mine.
“Shut up, Cassidy.”
Before I knew it he pulled me into his lap. I’m not sure how he managed it. His hand was on my hip and I could feel his erection straining against my thigh. I felt my own hair fall from its tie as he tugged on it gently. It felt wonderful and I whimpered into his mouth barely aware of my phone ringing. I slowly pulled my face away from his. “Shit. I have to get that.”
“Cassidy, let it ring.”
“It could be Cecily,” I pled as I tried to slide off his lap echoing his groan of disapproval. I remained on his lap and strained to grab my phone. I looked at the number not recognizing it so I sent it to voicemail. “I don’t know the number. If it’s important they’ll leave a message.”
I tossed the phone down on the couch beside us as he tightened his arms around me. I needed to be closer to him so I repositioned myself. I straddled his lap as his mouth assaulted mine. I helped him out of his jacket as he started fumbling with the buttons on my blouse. He rolled his hips and hit my core just right and made my stomach drop. I moaned into his mouth and pulled his shirt out of his pants.
“You like that,” he whispered in my mouth as he continued rolling and grinding his hips into me. I clung to him and began sucking his ear. “You’re making me wild Cassidy.”
“Oh God, I’ve dreamed of this, of you for so long.”
“Fucking hell, I’m so sorry.” We’d been caught in the act. Red handed.
Author Interview: J.M Witt was gracious enough to answer a few of our questions – so let’s get to know this wonderful author!
TBRG: Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?
J.M: Well, I love Shakespeare, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Jane Austen. My grandma always encouraged me to write and Mrs Evans, my HS English teacher. I’ve just always wanted to write a romance novel, since I was like 12!!!
TBRG: What was the first romance book that you read?
J.M: Probably a Catherine Coulter historical romance.
TBRG: Name one place you would love to visit and why.
J.M: I want to go back to Scotland. My family tree has strong roots there. Robert the Bruce included. I didn’t know that when I visited in 2005!
TBRG: What was your reaction to the first “official” review of your book?
J.M: Shock, dismay and pride!!!
TBRG: Has promoting your book been harder than you thought, and what would you recommend to other authors that are trying to get their names out there?
J.M: Yes and no. This family of Indie authors and bloggers are more supportive than I ever imagined they would be!!
TBRG: What is the one thing your readers would be the most surprised to know about you?
J.M: I have 4 kids ages 1yr-6yr!!!
TBRG: Who is on your playlist when you are writing?
J.M: Go to Spotify and find my Letting Go playlists and you’ll know!!
TBRG: Where do your ideas/characters come from?
J.M: Well, I had my ‘ideals’ in my head based on attraction, people I’ve met, people I want to meet, etc.
TBRG: In what ways do you find yourself similar to your main character, Cassie?
J.M: Ha, we’re both tall, 5’9” here, blue eyes, too analytical, I hate wearing heels, self confidence is a lil low and I love me a big burly man!
TBRG: What hints can you give us about the next book in the series (without giving anything away of course)?
J.M: Well, originally it was going to be Vol 2 about James and Cassidy, but you’ll be seeing into Jane’s world, Cal included, in Hiding Away (Anchored Hearts Vol 1.5) instead!!! She’s recently run away from her abusive man on the other side of the country. That’s all I’m telling you!
We also have a great giveaway going on to kick off her release day -we have two prizes up for grabs, so enter for your chance to win a e-copy of the book or a bookmark!