LA Bryce on a Mother’s love for Romance Books, and her new release ‘Love, Trust and Secrets’ by LA Bryce (giveaway)

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My Secret Is Out. I’m Not Half As Good as My Mom Was.

My first taste of Romance was my mother’s Romance book collection. She had five boxes (the kind that held 30 dozen eggs each) filled with books, all Romance, most by Barbara Cartland.

When I was 11 year’s old, my girlfriend’s Girl Scout troop held a yard sale. I’d decided the perfect items for me to contribute were the boxes of books in the spare room that no one ever read. And of course, why would I ask if it was okay for me to take them? Remember, no one read them anyway.

So with my friend and her mom’s help, I’d dragged them to the bank parking lot where the sale was held and proceeded to sell each book for $.05. Needless to say, the books were the quickest selling items that day. And when my mother showed up a few hours later, everyone excitedly shared with her the news of how well her books had sold.

Now a little backstory…my mom was AWESOME—the type of woman who would go with the flow. She just wanted to make those around her happy, even if it sacrificed some of her own happiness. One example was when the four kids (my sister, two brothers, and me) all went to our in-law’s for Thanksgiving (or pretty much any holiday) instead of staying home with her. Instead of guilting us into coming to her, or making us feel bad we didn’t, she would make a Thanksgiving feast a week earlier so we could all celebrate together.

Flashback to the sale…it wasn’t what she’d said or even that she’d done anything when she heard her books were gone. It had been more of just an eye twitch. But I’d known immediately something was very wrong. There was an electricity in the air. Like the coming of a Tornado. But being the person she was, she hadn’t created a scene or gotten angry and walked away. Instead, she said she was glad she was able to help contribute something that brought the much-needed money to the troop. Then even on the way home, instead of yelling or threatening to take something of mine that I loved, she asked why I had taken the books. I explained that I just wanted to bring something to the sale. When I’d finished, she’d calmly told me to make sure that if I wanted to take something next time to please be sure to ask first.

It was about twenty years after that I’d realized my mother should have been nominated for sainthood. It’d taken me that long to truly understand what I’d done. I had taken my mom’s ability of a break from taking care of the kids and my dad. I had taken her chance to see faraway lands without leaving the house. I had taken her way of getting a little happily ever after, whenever she’d felt she’d needed it. And all I can say now is I wish I could be even half as good of a mother as she was, because I know in no uncertain terms, if my kids ever touched even one of my books, there would be yelling, punishment, and possibly even some bloodshed.

If my mom were still alive today, I’d say, “Mom, I love you, and I’m genuinely sorry.”

 

 
 
Publisher: JMS Books
 
Length: 91,000 words
 
Blurb
 

For a man on the run, is finding love a good enough reason to stay? And for a man who doesn’t want to leave, is a secret enough reason to walk away?


Even though a bad situation brings Tyler and Jarod together, they quickly find the good in their relationship. But when Tyler falls in love and finds the feelings returned, he’s forced to question if his and Jarod’s relationship is worth risking his freedom, his life, and their hearts.


Jarod knows Tyler is hiding something, but his fear of scaring Tyler away has him accepting Tyler’s silence. But instead of keeping Tyler close, Jarod’s avoidance ultimately leads to Tyler being taken away, leaving Jarod clueless and unable to help the man he loves.


Love, Trust, and Secrets is a story whose main focus is the love between two men and all the trial and tribulations that come with that love.





About The Author

 

I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember; my parents tell me it’s been going on even further back than that and not always at the appropriate times. Now I choose to use my gift for good.
I enjoy meeting new people, even if they’re only in my head.


I believe love comes in all different packages and each should be wrapped in a ribbon and cherished.


I’m currently working on a contemporary romance with a splash of suspense. I get a thrill coming up with unexpected and usually dangerous situations for my characters to be in and then thinking of extraordinary ways for them to escape with outcomes that deviate from the expected.


I live with my family in the Northeast where we enjoy white winters, balmy summers, a spring flurried with fragrant flowers, and a fall filled with piles of leaves to dive in to. Our small town offers the old world charm of knowing your neighbor and its location enables us to take off for dinner in a city known for its beautiful skyline or to an afternoon playing in the sand of some of the best beaches found in the United States.


For me, writing is relaxation for the soul and reading is its nourishment.

 
 

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Is Second Chance at Love Stories Your Thing? Check out The Book Blitz for The Forever Kind Of Love by LA Bryce (excerpt and giveaway)

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Length: 30 pages.
 
Publisher: JMS Books 
 
Blurb
 

You never forget your first love … especially when they cause you pain. Chase thought he was doing the right thing when he left Liam years earlier, but when he finds out he was wrong, it might be too late. The trust they once shared may be past the point of repair.


The Forever Kind Of Love is a story of second chances that asks the question — is a good reason enough to wash away the years of hurt it caused? Chase comes home from the military ready to start his life with Liam. But he discovers Liam’s life has already started without him. Is there a place for him in it? Is the possibility of more pain worth the risk for Liam?


If that isn’t hard enough, they only have the week Chase is on leave to come to terms with their future. Can they find forever in seven days?

 
Excerpt
 

Liam walked over to the refrigerator and pulled out the salads he planned to bring to the backyard. He put them on the counter, then headed to the linen closet where Mrs. Alston said she had put the extra napkins. He walked into the hall, and stopped short. Bending down on his knee, he tied his opened shoelace.


The sound of a deeply inhaled breath had him looking up. His body started to shake. Unable to hold his balance, he tipped over. “Chase.” The name was out of Liam’s mouth before he could stop.


The other man stood silently, looking almost like a mirage. Liam couldn’t break his stare.


Someone calling Liam’s name snapped him out of the fog surrounding him.


“Liam, are you in here?”


Before Liam could answer, Phil was standing behind him, bending down. “Are you okay? What the hell happened?”


Not giving Liam a chance to answer, Phil put his hands on Liam and pulled him up. “Did you fall?”


Again, before Liam could say a word, Phil looked at Chase with a scowl on his face. “Did you knock him over?”


Chase didn’t say a word. He stood where he was, his eyes going between Liam and the man who currently held him.


“Come on,” Phil said, as he turned Liam around and walked him back to the kitchen.


Still in shock, “Napkins,” was the only word that would come out of Liam’s mouth.


“Where are they, hon? I’ll get them for Sharon.”


Liam pointed toward the hall. Phil headed back that way. Liam heard him say, “Be careful where you’re walking,” to Chase as Phil passed him by. The tone of Phil’s voice sounded none to friendly. Liam couldn’t help, but smile. Phil, his little protector. If only Phil knew who Chase was, and what he’d done to Liam four years earlier, Chase wouldn’t have a chance.


Liam stood in the kitchen in somewhat of a daze when Mrs. Alston walked in. Why hadn’t she told me Chase was coming home? Then he realized maybe she didn’t know. Which meant at that moment she had no idea Chase was there.


Finding his voice, Liam said, “Mrs. Alston there’s a surprise for you and Mr. Alston in the hallway.”


As soon as the woman passed him, headed to the hall, on shaky limbs, Liam made himself scarce. He headed back outside; he wanted to avoid becoming part of the hug fest he knew would be taking place any second.


He made his way over to Mr. Alston. “Mrs. Alston needs your help inside,” he said, not wanting to spoil Chase’s surprise for the man. Mr. Alston turned around and walked into the house. Within seconds, Liam heard screams of happiness floating from inside.


Liam wanted nothing more than to leave, but taking off after all Mr. and Mrs. Alston had done for him was something he knew he couldn’t do. But knowing he’d have to face Chase again almost had him saying fuck it to doing the right thing.

 

About The Author


LA writes m/m romance with a splash of suspense. She loves her men to work hard, play hard and love hard. It doesn’t matter what their walk of life, although she has a special place in her heart for Military heroes, those that put their life on the line every day to keep us safe, trouble always seems to find them—whether it’s a homicidal maniac, someone with a grudge against the country, or an ex who’s seeking out revenge—LA’s guys aren’t always faced with just fighting for love, they often have to fight for their lives.


LA has always lived in the North East and has recently stretched her boundaries and moved further North—the more relaxed life style giving her more time to write—in theory anyway.


Among the things she loves besides writing and her family are her friends, those she writes with and those she writes about, reading, games (the kind with boards, not in love), playing poker, her dogs, Nutella and Bok Choy, and of course, the men and women from the Military, past and present, who keep us safe.


When she finds herself stuck at the keyboard, her fingers refusing to move, her characters refusing to talk, she likes to take a break, blast some music, and dance like no one is watching her or sing her heart out into her hairbrush microphone.


She’s living her happily ever after and wants the same for all her characters. LA believes love comes in all different packages and each should be wrapped in a ribbon and cherished.

 

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