Happy Tuesday! Today's guest is Faith Sullivan, author of Heartbeat. Enjoy!
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Katie and Adam are afraid of love.
She carries the scars of a first kiss gone terribly wrong.
He uproots his life to flee the stinging betrayal of an ex.
When trust is no longer an option, all romance is suspect.
As a young paramedic, Adam rescues people for a living but cannot save himself. Katie, just out of high school, struggles with a tortured home life she cannot escape.
Everything changes when Katie hops into the front seat of Adam's ambulance. Overwhelmed by what they are feeling, neither possess the confidence to make the first move. They walk away from each other, full of regret.
To find her, Adam risks his future. To be with him, Katie sacrifices her security.
Little do they know, what little time they do have, is being measured by a heartbeat that is slowly dying out.
Adam’s voice brings me back to reality.
“Yeah, I gotta get going. I’ll be seeing you,” he says.
He is moving away from ‘Little Miss Perfect’ and heading in my direction. This is my chance. If only he didn’t flirt with that damn receptionist. I can’t risk it. I’m not turning around.
I can feel his eyes on my back as he walks behind me.
My subconscious is in a state of turmoil.
My hopeful side is screaming, “Turn around!”
While my cautious side is intoning, “You saw how he talked to that girl who’s a hundred times better looking than you. Don’t be stupid. Use your head. Don’t get caught up in some romantic delusion that doesn’t exist. You don’t need more heartache in your life. Just let him go. If he wants you, he’ll make a move.”
I’m a chicken. I let my cautious side bully me into submission. I don’t move a muscle. I look straight ahead. My shields are up. No one can break down the walls I place around myself.
And he keeps walking. He doesn’t stop. He doesn’t say a word to me. No tap on the shoulder. No ‘hey, how are you doing?’ Absolutely nothing.
It hurts. It really does. I hate it when I’m right.
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I opened Heartbeat expecting a typical, but well written romance. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, conflict, happy ever. Right? That's what you get a lot of these days. But Heartbeat really drew me in. It isn't a typical love story. Katie is dealing with an abusive father, and then her Grandmother goes into the hospital after a car accident. Adam is throwing himself into school and work in an attempt to forget his past.
But man, the stars line up and toss these two together and what transpires is the sweetest little love story I've ever read. The entire piece is written in first person, which I normally shy away from, but in this it just moved the story along nicely. I enjoyed watching Katie grow from a shy, wilted flower into a shy, blooming tree. Some things never change. And as the hero, Adam was very likeable and I grew quite fond of him. The ending really blew my mind, too. I had to read the last chapter a second time to make sure I'd read it right.
I recommend this book, and this author. It's obvious Ms. Sullivan knows what she's doing with a pen.
Welcome to my little old blog! Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a New Adult author who focuses on contemporary romance.
Thanks! How about your most recent (or upcoming) release?
TAKE ME NOW (scheduled for release in August 2013 or sooner) is about the internship from hell and how the right man turns it all around.
Now for the fun. Llamas or camels?
Camels because you can ride them.
You’ve just been cornered on the street by Steven Spielberg, who wants to make your book into an epic three part movie. Who’s going to play the leads?
For the HEARTBEAT series, I have the late River Phoenix as Adam, Bonnie Wright who played Ginny Weasley in Harry Potter as Katie and Erica Tazel who plays Rachel on Justified as Jada.
You’re the President of the world! What’s your first new rule?
To get people out from behind their computers and out into nature.
If you could be locked into one of your stories, which one would it be? Which character would you be and why?
Probably Michelle from UNEXPECTED because she conquered her fears and got her happy ending.
Here’s a box of Crayons. What are you going to draw?
A hand turkey because that's about the extent of my drawing ability.
Where can we find you around the vast interwebs?
And where might we find your books for sale?
Thanks for dropping by! Any other thoughts?
Thanks for giving an indie author like me a voice in the book blogging community.
Other titles available by Faith Sullivan:
Title: Take Me Now (Take Me Now, #1)
Author: Faith Sullivan
Expected release date: July 16, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Ebook available at:
How do you survive the internship from hell?
Don't fall in love.
Ivy thought being a reporter-in-training at the Independent Gazette would be her dream summer job. Little did she know, interviewing Eric, a landscaper with a heart of gold, would derail her plans. It turns out Ivy's boss, Lauren, has been eying his chiseled physique for quite some time.
But at twenty-four, Eric already has a tragic past, one that he is still reeling from. Even though his ordeal turned him into some sort of local celebrity, it's been a while since he's shared his bed with anyone. When he comes to Ivy's rescue out of the blue, it's not long before the two of them start seeing each other behind Lauren's back. When they get caught, Ivy's journey toward a college degree is jeopardized and her relationship with Eric is severely put to the test.
Career versus love? In the end, a shocking turn of events provides Ivy with a revelation she never saw coming.
If only I were open to the possibility of romance, but I’m not. There’s no way I can be. There are circumstances that can’t be wished away or ignored. My heart’s not ready—not yet. And while this absolutely gorgeous girl has wandered into my life, I’m not going to act on it. It’s too soon.
I stride into my shop, gently placing her on the counter. Her feet are bleeding and she looks like she could use a drink of water. She’s covered in dust from the road but she looks adorable sitting there. I don’t know what it’s like to be in a scenario like this with a girl. I’m used to things being straightforward and laid out before me. This looks like something I could get easily lost in if I’m not careful.
We still haven’t said a word to each other, and I hate to break the silence but it can’t be avoided. “Rest here a minute. I’ll be right back.”
Her hand lingers on my upper arm, her thumb massaging by bicep. I exhale heavily, trying desperately to clear my head. Her touch is stirring things inside me I haven’t experienced in quite some time. Emotions I never thought I’d feel again. “Thank you,” she whispers, her eyes never leaving mine.
“No problem,” I try to say as casually as possible. She’s looking at me like I’m her knight in shining armor and I don’t want her to get the wrong idea. I can’t go down that road again. I just can’t. My soul still isn’t fully healed from the last time. I can’t trust myself in these kinds of situations. I need to back away as gracefully as I can.
Other New Adult contemporary romances by Faith Sullivan!
Heartbeat (Heartbeat #1)
Come What May (Heartbeat #2)