by Jewel E Ann
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End of Day
Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life.
Four caskets. Two bodies.
Jessica and Jude Day witness their funeral and that of their parents a few yards away from mourning family and friends. Stripped of the only life they’ve ever known, the Days say goodbye to San Francisco forever.
Six months later, two thirty-year-old misfits with elite self-defense skills and penchants for alcohol, sex, and trouble arrive like an earthquake to Peaceful Woods, a retirement community in Omaha, Nebraska, that thrives on rules and gossip. Welcome home, Jackson and Jillian Knight.
Jackson celebrates his new beginning by embracing his job and wiping his cavalier past clean with a temporary oath of celibacy. But Jillian’s past is branded into her soul—the deaths, the insanity, Dr. Luke Jones, and the need to make her lovers bleed. Her chance for redemption comes in the form of a next door neighbor, one Senior Master Sergeant Monaghan. He’s sexy, dangerously alluring, and riddled with emotional issues from years of service. He’s also … So. Damn. Grumpy.
Their mission is simple: Let go, start over, don’t kill anyone, and pray that nobody wakes the dead.
Middle of Knight
The living seek forgiveness. The dead seek revenge.
A first love.
A last breath.
A haunting past.
Armed with a sinful past and an equally sinful body, Jackson Knight absolves his vow of celibacy to pursue Sergeant Monaghan’s unsuspecting—older—housekeeper.
Ryn Middleton, on the cusp of turning forty with a snarky daughter, a killer dog, and an abusive ex-husband, finds Jackson’s advances humorous and unbelievable. After intense negotiations including Vera Wang, Ed Sheeran, and sex four times a day, Ryn accepts Jackson’s marriage proposal on their first date.
What could possibly go wrong?
While struggling to lay claim to the woman of the dreams he never had, Jackson is forced to deal with a grief-stricken Jillian trying to hold on to her past without letting go of her future—the doctor who took her heart and the Sergeant who gave her a new one.
Beyond the hope for light, lies the middle of darkness, the illusion of truth, and a haunting past.
Dawn of Forever
Q & A with Jessica (and Jillian)
Q: Jillian, why do you seem aloof or immune to the opinions of other people?
A: What people think should only shape them, not anyone else. You give away a piece of
yourself to every opinion that you let matter.
Q: So…. wearing panties, a thread-bare tank top, and red rain boots to get the mail is your
neighbors’ problem if it’s offensive, not yours?
Q: Okay, moving on … Why the red rain boots?
A: Why not? I’m a woman. It’s my God-given right to not have to explain everything I do.
Q: Well said, I’m with you on that one. Speaking of things you do, you feel the need to make men bleed before you have sex with them … what goes through your mind as you’re drawing blood?
A: That’s simple. I think, “Let’s see how bad you want to fuck me.”
Q: Do you feel regret after you do it?
A: Every time.
Q: So then why do you keep doing it?
A: The same reason some people get drunk and vomit over and over again. They like the
numbing feel of the alcohol in their blood and it becomes an addiction, a coping mechanism. I
like sex. The blood is my coping mechanism and my need to do it is my addiction.
Q: Luke and AJ are so different. How could you love two men who are so different?
A: Easy. One had my heart. The other showed me I could live—love—without it.
Q: What do you think of Jackson’s attraction to older women? Any idea what that’s about?
A: I think we’re twins, born of the same blood, and missing the “normal” gene. But mainly I think
he’s a geek and maybe he has “mommy” issues.
Q: Let’s try some rapid fire questions here. Just say whatever comes to mind
What is your biggest fear?
A: Being the last one standing.
Q: What is your favorite dream?
A: Being normal.
Q: Favorite sex toy.
Q: Fuck-me heels or leather riding boots?
A: Riding boots.
Q: Most embarrassing moment?
A: My brother walking in on me while I was masturbating.
Q: Do you see a happily-ever-after in your future?
A: I hope so.
Q: Damn Jillian, I’m pretty sure we are all hoping for that. Thanks for your time and your cantor. Maybe we can do in again sometime?
About the Author:
With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.
After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.
When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.
Thank you so much Jewel for helping us out with our countdown and most especially for writing these amazing books.