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Blog Tour, My Review, Exclusive Interview & Giveaway for Come To Me Quietly (The Closer to You Series, Book 1) A.L. Jackson

 Come To Me Quietly (The Closer to You Series, Book 1)
 A.L. Jackson
Release Date:  January 7, 2014
Genre:   New Adult Romance

Blog Tour hosted by: Shh Moms Reading, Literary Mania Reviews, and Brandee’s Book Endings

From the acclaimed bestselling author of Lost to You and When We Collide comes a new adult novel of one woman’s obsession: a man who’s as passionate as he is elusive—and as tempting as he is trouble…

Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It’s been six years since she’s seen her brother’s best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it’s time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…
Just when she opens her heart to her friend Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can’t resist. Covered in tattoos and lost in rage, he’s begging to be saved from his demons—the memories of the day he destroyed his family. As the two reconnect, their passion is hot enough to torch Aly’s judgment. But can she risk her future for a man who lives on the edge of destruction?

My 5 Star Review: 

This story is simply beautiful. It is full of emotions, love, hurt, pain, angst. This story is so raw and real. Amy has definitely out done herself with this story, It is so beautifully written & truly amazing.

If I write a review there is no way I can do this book any justice. It is simply one I feel you need to buy, read and experience yourself without other’s telling you all about it.

I will say this I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this story and I cannot wait for more of Jared and Aleena!!! I will be patiently waiting for book #2 in this series.

Yes this is a 2 book series, this one does not leave you in a bad cliffhanger, more of a happy for now one. You know you’re going to get more from Jared and Aleena.

Some quotes I loved include:

“I see beauty and pain. Joy and sorrow. I see the good and I see the bad . . . and I love it all.”
“...I would do anything to keep Aly safe. Safe from him. Safe from me. Safe from anyone who even for a minute thought of messing with her.”

"Memories swirled through my mind like the whirlwind she was, the little girl who'd barely had to look at me and I already know what she wanted or needed. Mom once told me Aly had me wrapped around her little finger. She'd been wrong. Aly had held me in the palm of her hand."

"I knew I should push her away because this girl who'd managed to sink her fingers into my spirit was going to end up as just another one of them - a fucking perfect memory to torture me through the rest of my life. 

"Instead I clung to her, crushed her to me because I couldn't stop myself from taking from her until the moment she was taken from me."

Exclusive Interview with Amy!
Hi Amy, thank you for agreeing to this interview. 
1.     What inspired you to write your first book? 
I used to write a lot when I was in college, but it was more just poetry that I kept in a journal. Once I got married and had more children, it kind of became something I didn’t do anymore. But about six years ago, I started reading a lot, and it really ignited that passion to write. So I finally sat down and started to write what would eventually be my first book, Pulled.
2.     What books have most influenced your life most?
Definitely Gone with the Wind. It truly established my love for reading and romance. I was in fourth grade when I read it, and it was one I will never forget. I have to believe it contributed to what I write today.
3.     Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 
Oh yes, a couple of weeks ago I read Night Owl by M. Pierce. Completely loved it. Excited to follow this author.
4.     What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on Come to Me Softly, which is the sequel to Come to Me Quietly. I also have a special project in the works that hasn’t been announced yet, but I’m really excited about it.  
5.     Where do you get your ideas?
Ahh…this is so hard to say because really they just come to me. I usually see the characters first and I get a faint idea of what their story is about. Then they just grow in my thoughts and their story comes to life.
6.     Do you work with an outline, or just write?
When I first began writing, I worked off a very detailed outline. I think I was worried if I didn’t stay on track, my book wouldn’t come together. Now I write from a very loose outline. Usually the book comes out looking nothing like I’d planned (mostly because I write too long and can’t fit half the content I’d initially planned in there LOL ;) ) 
7.     Is anything in your books based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
There are always life experiences I draw from, but I’ve never written an entire book based on one experience.
8.     Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 
My favorites right now are Colleen Hoover and Molly McAdams. They both pour a ton of emotion into their work.
9.     Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Oh wow…this is difficult! I think I’d really love to meet Nora Roberts, but only if she wants to tell me all her secrets ;) JK but seriously, it’s truly inspirational to me that she’s written so many works and managed to keep her readers engaged. I hope to be that type of prolific author and I’d love to learn from her and how she manages to keep her stories fresh.
10.  How do you relax?
Reading! It’s the only time I can really turn off my racing thoughts.
11.  Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?
I did a local book fair about a year ago, right after Lost to You came out. We had the cover blown up and put on an easel… I didn’t even think how many heads it would turn. All these old men kept stopping, pointing at it, and snickering. Some of the women smacked their husbands for looking. So apparently we were in the WRONG CROWD LOL
12.  What is the hardest thing about writing?
The amount of time it takes me. Sometimes I’ll sit there for hours and absolutely nothing comes. It can be very frustrating, but I’ve come to accept that’s just the way I write.
13.  What is the easiest thing about writing?
Editing. I used to think it was the hardest, but now I embrace it and love to see the way my stories are shaped through the process.
14.   Do you have any advice for other writers?
Make sure you love it. This business is very difficult, and can be filled with frustration and disappointments. But if you truly love it, then it’s worth it.  
15.   Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 
Just thank you. The last years have been an incredible journey, and I love having shared it with you all. I’ve made the most incredible friends in this reading and writing world, and I’m so thankful for all the messages and love I continually get from you all.
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview
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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

Look for Come to Me Softly, book two in the Closer To You Series, coming July 1, 2014

Be sure to enter the COME TO ME QUIETLY Blog Tour Giveaway!!

Grand Prize:  A.L. Jackson Complete Signed Paperback Collection (all six titles) + Come To Me Quietly Poster and swag

Second Prize:  Come To Me Quietly Collection, which includes a signed copy of Come To Me Quietly, a Come To Me Quietly poster, keychain, and custom bookmark

Third Prize:  A.L. Jackson Fun Pack stuffed full of A.L. Jackson book swag

Fourth Prize:  Audiobook Gift Set from Audible.com of The Regret Series (Lost To You, Take This Regret & If Forever Comes)

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