It gives me great pleasure to bring you a guest post from Julieann Dove all about the messiness of life as she celebrates the publication today, 1st June 2016, of her latest novel A Reason to Stay. A Reason to Stay is available for purchase here.
A Reason to Stay
Elise Newton has it all—a dream job, a house that’s all hers, and a boyfriend who’s a cardiologist. Darren has been carrying an engagement ring in his pocket for two months, waiting for the perfect time to ask her to be his wife. He has no idea Elise has been waiting for the perfect time as well—to break up.
You see, Elise has a fatal flaw. She cannot commit to love.
An early-morning call from her sister gives Elise hope. She’s needed back home in Kentucky, to care for their mother who’s recovering from surgery. It’s the break Elise has been searching for, a reprieve from the strain of ducking Darren’s declarations of love.
But along with Kentucky comes seeing Ben—her first love, the one who came closest to being her happily ever after. Now a single dad, Ben has moved on with his life. But has his love for her moved on as well?
When Elise discovers a long-hidden truth about her family—and the reason why she can’t commit—she must decide which man will give her a reason to stay.
A Guest Post from Julieann Dove
Someone once asked me why I titled my blog, “Writing about love and other messy things”. Well, to be honest it took me awhile to commit to a reason why I did write. Everyone has one, right? Sure, I enjoy the process—the endless hours in isolation, making up people and problems…but for what reason? Although I titled my blog before publishing my first book, “Waking Amy”, it didn’t become crystal clear until I read some of the reviews from it…why I considered love messy. It was a consistent theme being stated…women were relating to my heroine! They got her. Well, some did. Some thought she was too naïve. But some people haven’t walked in the shoes of losing oneself in order to please others. And I get that!
Let’s face it…love is messy. Life is messy. There are all kinds of reasons for it. And that’s what I write about. It’s why I write. To have my stories resonate with readers. I write about commitment issues, abandonment issues, denial issues… It’s all there…the good, the bad, and the messy. It’s life!
About Julieann Dove
Julieann lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches–anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently! Please sign up for her newsletter to find out about new releases by clicking here!