Friday, June 28, 2013

Every Rose by Lynetta Halat Special Feature!

Book: Every Rose 

Author: Lynetta Halat 

What do you do when you realize you were foolish enough to throw away true, unconditional love?

Lorraina Dabney turns her back on her creativity and tumultuous upbringing to embark on a college career that will lead her to law school and to becoming what she values most in life—a controlled, powerful, respected woman. When she stumbles upon her childhood friend's artwork, she feels inspired to reconnect with him and her former self. This onslaught of emotion will send Lorraina into a tale-spin to figure out exactly why she abandoned all that she was, all that she could've been.

Coming from his own chaotic upbringing, Michael falls quickly and deeply in love with Lorraina at a tender age. Even her rejection can't stand in the way of his obsession. When she starts to date other boys, however, Michael finally relents, causing him to spiral further into a world filled with violence, drugs, alcohol, and women. Realizing his lifestyle will only lead to his further estrangement from Lorraina, Michael sets about to turn himself around before going to get his girl.

Michael Bang will have Lorraina questioning everything.

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*** Every Rose has been updated to include an epilogue and bonus material. Readers who already own a copy can update their version on Amazon and Smashwords. ***


Michael shakes his head and grins at me. I fight the sudden urge to run my hands through that silky midnight hair of his. “Always so quick to label and categorize. I guess that’s what will make you an excellent attorney. Assess. Label. Categorize. Add up the W’s. ” He leans in a little and whispers, “How about we just go with the flow? See where it leads us. Label later?” He raises his brows, offering my type-A dominant personality a direct challenge.

Caution to the wind, very atypical for me, I reply, “OK. I’m up for it.” Challenge accepted. “You?” Challenge returned. 

“You bet, Lorraina,” he rasps softly.

He leans into my door and places his hands on top of mine. I’m suddenly quite anxious and ever so grateful for the door between us. My hands get clammy and my heart races. Blood races and pounds in my ears, making me feel very much awake now. One hand moves up to brush my hair from my forehead and moves down feather light until his knuckles brush across my cheekbone and lips. He pulls his thumb slowly across my lips. It’s excruciating. It’s exquisite.
Both of his hands come forward to frame my face gently, and he pulls me in for a kiss. A too quick kiss. It’s over before I realize it’s even begun. He gives me a half smile and turns and walks away.

“Michael!” My voice barely sounds human. More animal in nature. It’s raw with ache.

He turns and takes two long strides back to me. This time when he grasps my head it’s anything but gentle. He pulls my lip in and nudges my lips open with his. All rational thought escapes me. I mirror his grasp and enjoy the fullness I feel with him in my mouth. I give as good as I get. This kiss is nothing like our two before. I savor it.

When he turns to walk away, I release a long pent up breath. If he would’ve looked back, he would’ve seen that I was the one on my knees now.

My Review:

Where do I start?! This novel was just plain beautiful! I am so blown away by the unbelievable talent new authors are demonstarting in their debut novels and Ms. Halat is no exception. She has weaved an unbelievable story of young love, heartache, transformation and tragedy. The characters were so well developed & the story flowed perfectly. The flashbacks were an amazing touch to the story, allowing the reader to witness the history between our two main characters.

From their very first meeting it seems as though Lorraine & Michael are meant to be together, everything that happens in life brings them right back to each other, proving they are each others destiny. The relationship is intense & consuming and you (the reader) are taken along for the ride. And what a ride it is! I laughed, I cried (or maybe blubbered uncontrollably) and fell in love with this story. One of the things I loved the most is how Michael attributed his personal improvements to reconnecting with his religious beliefs & attending Church regularly. I always enjoy religious undertones in my stories w/o being overly preachy and think it was an excellent touch to the story and Ms. Halat did an exceptional job of giving substance and humility to her characters.

I would highly recommend this book (and a couple boxes of tissues) to anyone who can handle a story that doesn't quite fit the "Happily Ever After" mold, yet leaves you with enough hope to see the possibilities for a brighter future.

" I think its that I can identify with tragedies more. Life is tragic. A lot of people interpret that to mean all doom and gloom; but, to me, within tragedy there lies a chance for a new beginning, a new life. The optimist, the romantic in me looks for those little wormholes and that chance to find happiness. some people don't search for that chance and let tragedy shape them, ruin them." - Lorraina (Thank you to the fabulous Ms. Halat for supplying me with this quote when I couldn't find it!!)

Author Bio: 

For as long as she can remember, Lynetta Halat has lived to read and has written countless stories and plays since she was a young girl. A teacher by day and an avid reader and closet writer by night, she has always dreamt of penning books that people could connect with and remember; and her first novel, Every Rose, is the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing. Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a master's degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia. A self-proclaimed "Coast Girl," she lives in Mississippi with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. She is currently at work on her second book.

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