Spotlight and Interview: Unforgettable Hearts (Soul’s Desire 2) by Emily A. Lawrence

Unforgettable Hearts

Ellie Benton lost all contact with her childhood friend, Tyler Stuart, when she moved with her family to New York. For seven years she mourned the loss of the copper-haired boy whom she’d secretly admired her entire life. Saddened by the thought that he’d forgotten her, Ellie carried on with her life, but nothing could fill the void he’d left in her heart.
When an unexpected trip reunited them, Ellie found herself unable to control the feelings she’d fought so hard to keep at bay.
Tyler’s initial coldness made her question if he’d ever cared about her, but soon she uncovered secrets that turned her soul inside out and brought her more joy than she’d ever experienced. Tyler proved to be the man of her dreams, exactly how she’d always imagined him.
But, as they embarked on a passionate relationship—just when she thought she’d finally found her happiness—demons from their past and present threatened to separate them.

✰✯✰ EXCERPT ✰✯✰

I saw Tyler’s fingers tighten around the glass, squeezing it so hard I feared it might shatter in his hand. It only took seconds. First there was a crack, then his eyes became slits, and before I could react, the crystal glass broke, slicing his palm open.
“Tyler!” Caitlyn jumped, a look of horror on her face.
“Dammit!” Tyler growled and grabbed a towel, pressing it against his bleeding wound. I felt my stomach lurch and my heart beat a hundred miles per hour.
“Son, what did you do? Let me see that!” Alfred was by his side, but Tyler got up from his seat and stomped out of the dining room, causing several heads to turn.
“I’ll go,” I said and rushed after him. “Tyler, wait up! Tyler!” I managed to catch up with him when he stopped to open his door.
“Go back, Ellie. I’m fine,” he said through gritted teeth.
“No, you’re not. You’re bleeding!” I followed him into the bathroom and watched him turn on the cold water, getting his blood all over the faucet.
He put his hand under the clear water and grunted when it poured over his wound. He rinsed off as fast as he could, but it didn’t stop the bleeding.
“You might need some stitches—”
“No, it’s not that deep.”
I opened the medical cabinet on the wall. “At least let me put some alcohol on it. You don’t want it to get infected, do you?” After opening the bottle, I grabbed his wrist to hold him in place and poured a bit on the gash.
Tyler growled, then mumbled all kinds of vile things, half of which I couldn’t understand. He thrust his hand under the stream of water again and waited until it ran clean from his wound. The pain seemed to be subsiding since his body relaxed. He examined the wound closely. “It’s not as severe as I thought it was. It still burns, though.”
“Sit down and let me bandage you,” I said, taking what I needed from the cabinet.
He sat down on the edge of the tub, but stuck his hand behind his back when he saw me grab the bottle. “Oh, no. No more alcohol.”
“Don’t be such a baby. Come on. The faster I finish this, the sooner I’ll leave you alone.” Saying those words hurt, but it was the painful truth. Whatever pain he was feeling, mine was multiplied by thousands of times at the thought that he didn’t want me around him.
His jaw clenched and said nothing in return. I had half expected him to tell me I was mistaken, but he didn’t. Giving me his hand, he let me clean and bandage it. The proximity was killing me slowly, and it took all I had to keep from wrapping myself around him and settling into his arms. I ached to hear that he’d missed me and have the harrowing weight lifted off of my heart, but his lips remained sealed and not one word came out as I attended him. Saddened, I reflected deeply on our past relationship and how much it had meant to me, feeling the poignancy of everything we’d shared in good times and bad. I wondered if perhaps this was the beginning of the saddest time of all, as the torment I felt in all the years we’d been apart was nothing compared to the way I felt now. Holding my breath to avoid inhaling his masculine scent, I tried to swallow the raw pain scraping its way toward my mouth as a scream demanded its exit.
“There…you’ll be okay, but maybe you should let your dad have a look at it—”
“Stay away from that man,” he said and grabbed my wrist unexpectedly. My throat contracted around the emotions which threatened to leap up and out of my lips, my stomach tensed, and my insides felt like they were tied into a knot.
“What?” I barely whispered, glaring at him perplexed.
“You heard me. Stay away from that Andrew whatever.” Tyler was dead serious, his voice dry as bones. Was that what had caused his anger? Him seeing me with the other man? There was a small flutter of hope in my tummy, but I wasn’t sure what to think anymore.

Author Interview

~What are you currently working on?

Currently I have several projects in the works, but my main focus is on a contemporary romance trilogy I’ve been thinking about for a while.

~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

I’d say, first and foremost, write, and write what you love. Read guides on how to write, which would help you improve your craft. Writing is a continuous learning process and there’s always room for improvement. Also, make sure your book is professionally edited before it gets into the hands of readers.

~Are you an organized author or scattered?

I am usually an organized person in everything I do, especially in writing. I like to know where everything is so I can easily find everything I need. Every book has its own file on the computer with all the research I do, character sheets, etc.

~Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?

I know the most important events I want to take place and write around them. I get most of my ideas as I write, so I’m never sure what a writing day is going to be like.

~Do you have any strange writing habits?

Not really, unless you count the fact that I need complete silence to be able to concentrate. Some authors write to music, while I prefer to be alone with my own thoughts. I can also only write during the day, preferably in the morning until late afternoon. I’ve never been a night owl, even though it works out for some.

~Do you have writer’s block and how do you work around it?

Sometimes I do and that’s when I detach myself completely from said book and try to focus on a different project. Thankfully I’ve never had writer’s block that lasted more than a week or so. Somehow I always manage to get back on the saddle, one way or another.

~Do you work on one story at a time or multiples?

I have several projects, but I usually prefer focusing on one story at a time, unless I get to a point where I’m not sure which way to go. That’s when I let it stew for a while and work on something else. I also get ideas for other books while I write, so I always stop and write them down.

~What is your favorite genre to read?

I read all kinds of books, but my favorites will always be romance peppered with some mystery or suspense.

~What is the most wacky/crazy weird thing you received from a fan?

I haven’t received anything like that, but nothing making me smile like when I receive a message from people who enjoyed my stories. It makes everything worthwhile.

~What are your favorite hobbies?

I love photography, taking long walks, being out in the nature, playing tennis, and swimming.

~If you had a warning label what would it say?

Warning label? Nah…I’m the sweetest person around! Hahaha

~Favorite quote?

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”


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Posted on September 3, 2015, in Author Interview, Spotlight and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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