For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.
Today’s “You’ll Never Believe…” celebrates the release of Reylynn Purdue’s latest angsty romance book, Without You (The Healing Series), and she tells us about an incredibly heartwarming experience! I just LOVED this!
You’ll Never Believe with with Reylynn Purdue:
“What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happen to me? I have had a lot of weird things happen to me. But the one I’m about to share with you changed my life forever.
I was twelve and was moved to my third foster home that year. I adored the family. My foster mother was a single mom with two young boys. The oldest was Anthony was nine. The youngest Julian was only four.
They were adorable and easy to get attached to. But I tried not to. I knew what the future had in store for me. Being a part of a happy family wasn’t in my future. So I kept all my things packed up and lived out of bags.
I remember Anthony bringing up the fact that I had lived with them for a whole month one night at dinner. It surprised me because I thought I was the only one counting the days. I felt like my time with them was almost up and it made me sadder than I had been in a while. Which said a lot considering everything I had to be sad about.
I went to my room that night and was followed by Julian. He jumped on my bed, his feet dangling off the edge. He look at my stacks of boxes and piles of bags.
He asked me why I didn’t put things where they belonged. Telling me that my clothes were supposed to be in my dresser. I explained to him how much I hated packing and how it was just easier to never unpack.
Here is where things got weird.
He laughed at me. He told me that was dumb. He was only four and undeniably smarter than me. When he was done laughing he asked me a life changing question. Will you be my sister? I had never been a sister to anyone before. I started to cry. I felt like no one had ever really wanted me, but he wanted me to be his sister. I told him I would be his sister for as long as I could. He then started to pull things out of my boxes.
I unpacked. It was weird and it was perfect.”
Exclusive Excerpt of Without You (The Healing Series):
The beach was packed. Down by the water, children of all ages were running around and splashing in the ocean while parents stood nearby with watchful eyes. I remembered when I had been one of those happy kids. I wished I could go back to those times when fairy tales had been my example of true love. That was back when I’d still had my mother, and I’d never even known Kevin existed. I had been carefree with no clue about what true heartache felt like.
I didn’t want to feel all the sadness right now. I wanted to be someone else, someone who didn’t cry every day, who wasn’t constantly shoving the hurt down, who was happy again. I just wanted a couple of hours of blissful ignorance. I guessed faking normal wasn’t too far from faking happy. So, I decided that was exactly what I would do. Today, I would pretend to be a normal girl, who was lying out on the beach and having fun.
I spread my towel out. Today was the perfect beach day. The temperature was in the high seventies with a light breeze. The sun felt amazing on my skin. I shimmied out of my Daisy Dukes, and then I took off my black halter top, revealing my favorite pink bikini from Victoria’s Secret. I lay down on my stomach and pulled out a book from my bag. I could do this. I could pretend that I didn’t have a never-ending ache in my chest and that I didn’t feel like I would fall apart at any moment. Today, I was going to be normal, and normal people didn’t have to hold themselves together.
I started reading, and I tried to get lost in my book. Unfortunately, I found myself reading the same paragraph over and over. My mind drifted, and I started thinking about seeing Kevin. He’d still looked decent.
Okay, who am I kidding?
He was as hot as ever, but he wasn’t the astounding guy that I’d thought he was over the years. I used to think Kevin was the sexiest man on earth. Well, he’d seemed to be a close second behind Brent. Today, I no longer glorified Kevin. Maybe it was his ugly, hurtful act that had made him less appealing, or maybe it was Jordan.
Now, that boy could give Brent a run for his money.
I touched my lips as I thought about his kiss.
God, I have to get these guys out of my head.
I didn’t want Kevin. I could never have Brent. As for Jordan, I didn’t need butterflies. What I needed was what Chase had given me—all heat and no butterflies. I shook my head, trying to forget about all of them. I needed a new guy—one who wouldn’t give me butterflies but would help me to forget, a guy who wasn’t on my brother’s off-limits list.
Suddenly, someone plopped down next to me, causing me to squeal. I looked up to see that it was Jordan. I was pretty sure that I had just decided that I needed a guy who didn’t give me butterflies. Jordan wasn’t an acceptable candidate.
“What the f&*k? You scared the sh!t out of me,” I shrieked.
“Has anyone ever told you that you have quite the mouth?” he asked.
I shook my head and rolled my eyes. “Has anyone ever told you that it’s rude to scare people?” I shot back.
He laughed. “I wasn’t trying to scare you, I swear.” He put his hand up in innocence.
I smirked. “Sure you weren’t.”
“It’s the truth. I was just headed down the beach to meet up with friends. I was checking out your ass, and then I noticed that it was you. I really didn’t mean to scare you. Forgive me?” he asked with puppy-dog eyes.
Roxanne Daniels was supposed to be spending her summer getting ready to head off to Julliard. That was the plan. But that was before- Before she found her mother’s lifeless body- Before she walked in on her boyfriend in bed with someone else. Before she knew what heart shattering pain felt like.
Now all she wants is for the pain to go away. But it never does.
Until him. A complete stranger who could end up being much more.
But letting go and moving on is easier said than done.
About Reylynn Purdue:
Born and raised in California, Reylynn Purdue lives with her loving husband and three beautiful kids. A lover of books, she reads like crazy. She has also always enjoyed writing, but one day, she decided to take it to the next level. She started writing her debut novel in 2013. To say she had no clue what she was doing is an understatement. As of today, she still has no clue what she is doing when it comes to publishing a book, but she is learning as she goes. She loves her story and hopes you will as well. She also finds talking about herself in third person to be very strange, and she kind of hates it.
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