You Asked For It! Excerpt #1!!

I am SOOOO excited for ya’ll to me Olivia and Finn! Here’s a little excerpt for you all to catch a glimpse into their story.

*****************************************************

For what feels like long minutes, I lose myself in the feeling of Finn. I think about nothing but the warmth of his body enrapturing mine paired with the sweetness of his breath, the obvious mint he must’ve had on the way over here tonight mixed with the beers I had with him earlier. I feel the electricity on his fingers as he touches me, holds me, but that feeling comes crashing down as soon as I feel his hand move up my body. His fingertips are only centimeters away from the scars on my neck. The proximity scares me because I can’t remember how it feels to have someone else physically touching them. I recoil, bringing my right shoulder to my ear out of habit, squeezing my eyes closed when I realize what I just did.

Shit!

He was just kissing you Olivia!

“I’m sorry; did I hurt you? I’m sorry!” Finn exclaims holding his hands up in front of him like I’m the kissing police. The concern in his eyes is agonizing.

“No. No, you didn’t hurt me at all.” I shake my head. Crushing my eyes closed again, I release the breath I didn’t know I was holding. “Damnit! I’m so sorry, I just…”

“Fuck.” I whisper.

Two hands are on my head softly smoothing my hair back on each side. “Olivia, it’s okay. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you.” Finn’s hands are strong and comforting. He makes me want to relinquish to his soft touch. Kissing him was definitely great, until I screwed it all up.

“No, Finn you didn’t. It’s me. I just…” I take a deep breath and look down too timid to look at him, and quite frankly, I’m just not ready to have this conversation. “It’s just been a while…I guess.”

Maybe I’m really not ready for this.

Maybe I really don’t want it.

“I understand.” Finn tilts my head back to capture my attention. He studies me while stroking my cheek with his thumb. “Olivia, I get that something horrible must’ve happened to you in your past that you’re not ready to talk about, and that’s okay. Hell, it’s okay if you never want to talk about it, but if and when you do, I’m here. I’ll be here.”

How can he read me so well in just a short time?

He kisses my forehead, an affectionate show of compassion. “We all have parts of our past that we wish never happened Liv, and even though sometimes I don’t want to believe it, I have a respect for the saying ‘What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger’.”

I look at Finn questioningly. I wonder what he’s referring to.

SOLVING US releases
NOVEMBER 17th!

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list now! Click below!

Add this to your GOODREADS list!

SOLVING US – My Debut Novel

SolvingUsteaser1

So as I said last time, I WROTE A BOOK! So you’re looking at my website and thinking “There’s no info here about your book, lady! Get with the program!”

Well…you would be right! As I said…this is all new for me so bare with me!

Solving Us will be releasing to the public on November 17th and, as long as nothing goes wrong in the publication process, should be available on pretty much all reading formats. Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, Itunes. You get the picture. It will be available in e-book and paperback format. As soon as I have ordering links you can count on it that I will post them here. Sooo….

You want to know what SOLVING US is about right? Here’s a synopsis:

Twenty four year old Olivia is trapped in her own life, struggling to escape the
painful scars of her past. 
Moving in with her best friend and old college roommate,
Olivia seeks a life of independence, happiness, and love. Above all she
desperately seeks a life not defined by her physical appearance.

Finn’s world collapses with one shattering phone call. Seven years later,
though successful in the family business, he still struggles with guilt,
depression, and an unwavering need to protect what’s important to him.

A serendipitous encounter could quite possibly change both of their lives,
but what happens when they find out that they both have broken souls
and how will the react when the ugly pieces of each other are exposed?

Sounds good right? 🙂

You can add it to your Goodreads To-read list right now Just click the link below!

Add to Goodreads!

Patience is a virtue

My son’s favorite book right now is an Elephant and Piggie book called Waiting is Not Easy!  Wow do I ever understand that statement more and more these days. For just about the past year of my life I have been working on this book project and now that I’m FINALLY at a place where it’s all coming together and is almost ready for release I’m finding myself edgy and jittery, and slightly cranky. Waiting is not easy.

Building this website when I know NOTHING about building websites is not easy. Asking ya’ll to have patience with me as I learn it is NOT easy. Can you tell I’m into instant gratification? When I put my mind to something I want it done NOW 🙂 Guess I know where my son gets his impatience.

But GUYYYYYYS….I WROTE A BOOK!!!!! ME! I did it! Seriously there are people out there in my life, who know me (or knew me) and are saying “No freaking way did Susan write a book and if she did, I’m sure it sucks” and you know what? Several years ago, I would’ve said the exact same thing about myself! But life happens and we change and our priorities change and our feelings change and if there is anything I’ve learned from this writing process it is that writing is one the most healing exercises we can do for ourselves. It’s therapeutic. It’s fun and It’s freeing!

I have a saying on my inspiration wall in the room where I do my writing that says:

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction
ends up being the biggest step of your life.
Tip toe if you must,
but take the step.

I couldn’t be prouder of myself for taking the step(s) that I’ve taken to get where I am right now and I’m praying that this step leads me to bigger and better things for my life and for the life of my family.

THANK YOU all for supporting my venture. THANK YOU for reading my book. THANK YOU for all of your words of encouragement and kindness. They mean more to me than you will ever know!

Info about Release Day Blitzes and Blog Tours will be coming SOON!!!!!!

Look for me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

-Susan Renee