Monday, April 29, 2013

Meet Author J.D. Rivera

J.D. Rivera

My name is J.D. Rivera and I am currently writing my first NA novel, that I have titled Trying to Get Over You.  I live in Oklahoma with my husband and two boys.  They keep me busy!  I enjoy the OKC Thunder and University of Oklahoma football.  I go crazy if I don't see the beach at least once a year and I love to travel.

My writing style is kind of crazy.  I have to fit it in anytime that I can, so I take my laptop everywhere including the pick-up line at school.  I work off of a numbered list of what I want each chapter to look like, kind of like a very rough outline.  I like to tell the story and worry about grammar and spelling way later. 

Trying to Get Over You
(Cover Reveal coming soon)

College student Emily Reynolds has been in a three year relationship with Cooper Thomason but one awful night has left their relationship shaken. She soon finds out she is pregnant and Cooper can’t give up his partying ways. Emily leaves Cooper and tries to find a life without him. She soon finds out a life without Cooper is harder than she thinks. Will Emily be able to move on from Cooper and find a relationship with another man or run back to him?

Prologue (unedited & subject to change)

I had just finished my last class for the day and arrived home.  I opened the door and walked to the kitchen to stand beside Cooper. I didn’t think he even noticed me until I heard him ask, “Hey, Josh is having a party tonight.  Do you want to go?”, as he rummaged through the fridge for a snack. 
I placed my school bag on the counter and answered, “Sure, sounds good, but I promised Jen I’d help her study.  You go on ahead and we will be over later.”
He put the makings of a sandwich on the counter and pulled me in for a kiss. “How was your day, Babe?  I missed you.” 
I kissed him back, pulling him into a hug. He kissed the top of my head as I answered, “It was long, but my classes were pretty interesting.  How was your day?” 
He released me and began making his sandwich, “You’re never going to believe what happened to me today. The CEO brought me into his office and offered me a new position.  I’d start after I graduate and the salary would be six figures.” He said with a huge smile.
I stopped unloading my bag and stared at him for a second.  This was amazing news.  I turned and put my hands around his neck and jumped up.  He grabbed the back of my thighs as I wrapped my legs around him and I kissed him deeply, then gave him kisses all over his cheeks. “Cooper, this is amazing news! I am so very proud of you. I knew you would be awesome! Now you can tell your dad that you made the right decision by not going to medical school.” 
“I’m still in shock but it feels great knowing I’m not having to search for a job and I’ll be here during your last year of school.”
I kissed him again and pulled back.  “Well, like I said, I’m proud of you!
At about nine o’clock, Jen and I finally finished studying and headed to Josh’s house.  Josh was a friend of Cooper’s that he met his first year of college. 
As we pulled up, I looked around; cars were everywhere. The house was an older small brick home close to campus. As we started walking up the sidewalk, I saw my brother Chris. “Hey, is Cooper inside?” He grabbed my hand and kept walking in the direction he was walking––away from the house. 
“What are you doing?”  I asked him.  “I’d like to go inside with Cooper.” 
He stopped walking and turned around to face me, “You don’t want to go in there.  I told Cooper to leave.” 
My stomach knotted a little, “What are you talking about? Why would you want him to leave?” 
“Jason showed up with some weed. I know you hate it when he smokes pot, but tonight he’s acting funny.  Maybe it would just be best if you left.  No one wants to see y’all argue.” 
Great. Just great. Instead of celebrating Cooper’s good news together, he was celebrating by getting high. “You’re right. I hate it, but I’ll keep my temper in check.  We can talk about it tomorrow.  Just let me go inside.” 
We walked into the house; people were everywhere.  As I searched the small house for Cooper, I realized I didn’t know anyone here. It was easy to search the small living room; no Cooper in sight.  I made my way through all of the people to search the kitchen, but I still didn’t see him.
I turned around to look in other places of the house as I heard, “Oh, look who it is––Cooper’s nag.” My anger flared but I managed to keep it under control. Jason knew I couldn’t stand him and he was just trying to piss me off. It was working. I decided to not even turn around and kept walking. “She’s not going to like what she finds in the bedroom,” I heard him say behind me. 
My stomach was in knots as I realized I had searched everywhere but the bedrooms and bathrooms. I could feel something like fear creeping into every fiber of my being. I needed to get a handle on this; I knew Cooper wouldn’t cheat on me.  He was in love with me.
As I started to make my way down the hallway, I saw Cooper coming my way.  Since I didn’t know where any of the rooms in this house were located, I had no clue what room he just left.  He gave me a startled look as he said, “Oh, hey, Babe.  I wasn’t expecting you this early.”  The sickening feeling was growing…especially when I looked behind him to see a very beautiful brunette walking behind him.  They looked a little close – like they just left the same room.
“What the hell? I can’t believe you would do this!” I screamed before I realized what had fallen out of my mouth.  How dare he do this to me! 
“What’s wrong? What did I do?” he asked. 
I didn’t answer. I stormed out of the house, walking as fast as I could. I didn’t try to find Jen or my brother. I just kept walking, cutting through alleys and lawns. I intentionally didn’t take the street because I didn’t want Cooper to find me. I needed to calm down before I faced him again. 
I made my way towards campus, knowing that I could walk around the different paths for a while. It wasn’t the safest thing to do, but it seemed better than alleys. I walked around for a couple of hours just to think. I knew I jumped to conclusions, but with what Jason had said while I was walking away, I just reacted.  I’m sure he just said that to get a rise out of me, but I just couldn’t control myself after seeing Cooper with another girl.
I shivered as I realized I only had a small jacket on and the March night was freezing.  I decided I needed to walk back to my apartment. I didn’t see Cooper’s car, so I assumed he must still be at the party. This pissed me off a little bit.  He couldn’t quit partying to come fix things with me? Why would he choose partying over us? I wish I could compete with the parties, but over the last few months, I’ve become less important.
I began to slip the key in the deadbolt when the door flew open. Cooper grabbed me and pulled me inside, “Don’t you dare walk out on me again. Do you understand that? I did nothing wrong and you blew up on me and left for no reason.” He was in my face with the angriest look I had ever seen. 
“You didn’t do anything wrong?  I’ve asked you to quit smoking pot and you won’t.  What room were you coming out of, Cooper?  Because you sure seemed shocked to see me.”  My temper flared back up, but I was keeping a good hold on it.
“What in the hell are you implying? That I was cheating on you?” He grabbed the lamp on the end table beside the couch and chucked it across the room. “I can’t fucking believe this.”
He was starting to scare me. He had never been violent in any way before. I needed to try to calm him down. “Cooper, please calm down. Can’t we just talk about this misunderstanding?”
He walked over to me, backing me up against the wall and then punched the wall as hard as he could, right above my head, causing the wall to break. “Damn it, how can I calm down when you just accused me of cheating?” he said slowly in an icy, angry voice. 
My body was trembling and I didn’t know what to say to calm him down. I’ve never been scared of Cooper before.
Suddenly, my brother, Chris, pushed the front door open.  He was on Cooper’s back in an instant, pulling him off of me. “Don’t you dare touch my sister,” he said as he pushed Cooper to the ground and pinned him down. 
Cooper protested, “I wasn’t going to touch, Em.  I would never hurt her.” 
I didn’t really know what to think at that moment. The rational part of me believed him. He was very angry, destroying other things, but he didn’t do anything to me besides back me into a wall.  The other part of me was scared as hell because this wasn’t the Cooper I knew.  He was acting way out of character for him, even if he was high. 
Chris looked up at me, “are you okay, Em?” 
I nodded my head. “I’m fine.  He didn’t touch me – just yelled at me.  I’ve never seen him like this before.  I’m not really sure what to do or think right now.”
Chris looked back down at Cooper who was still pinned, “his good buddy, Jason, gave him some pot that was laced. Everyone who smoked that shit tonight went crazy. I knew he left mad, so I had to come check on you.” 
Of course, Jason the loser, gave him laced pot. I hated giving Cooper ultimatums, but I had to after tonight. I would sleep at Chris’ apartment tonight to let Cooper sleep it off. Tomorrow, I would let him know that it was pot or me.
I looked down at Cooper, “I love you, Cooper.  We both need to calm down tonight so I’m going to go sleep at Chris’.  I’ll see you in the morning.” 
His eyes still looked a little on the crazy side, but I could see he wasn’t as out of it as he had been earlier.  “Okay.  I’ll see you in the morning.”
The morning couldn’t come quick enough. I slept on Chris’ couch; it may take the title of “World’s Most Uncomfortable Couch”.  Chris was still asleep, so I called a cab to come pick me up to take me home. 
I arrived home a short time later, as I pushed the door open, I saw Cooper rushing towards me. He picked me up, hugging me tightly and put his head in the crook of my neck, “God, Em. I’m so sorry. I don’t know what came over me.  I would never hurt you – please believe me. I would never hurt you.” I felt some wetness sliding down my neck. I knew he was crying, which made me start crying, too.
“I know what happened.  Jason gave you pot that was laced. Whatever it was made you angry. I pissed you off by leaving the party angry. You got home before me, and when I walked in, you threw a lamp at me and punched the wall above my head.” I removed myself from his embrace to look into his eyes. “Cooper, I hate to do this, but I have to put my foot down. It’s me or the parties. No more partying, no more drugs, no more Jason.  I’ll give you one more chance, but if you mess up––I’m done.”
“I’ll give up anything for you. I promise, I will not set foot into another party or smoke pot anymore. I won’t have anything to do with Jason again. The only reason I talk to him now is to score some weed.  I don’t even like the guy. I promise, I’ll do anything you ask.  Please just give me another chance.”

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