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High school graduation is a time for goodbyes, new beginnings, and if you’re Lainey Young, narrowly escaping with your life. Forced to leave behind both Northbrook Academy and Carter Penrose, Lainey believes she’s earned her freedom—from the eyes of the Perceptum and Daniel Astor’s schemes. Meeting handsome and very persistent Teaching Assistant Jack Kensington the first week of college complicates everything, including her feelings.
College and flirtations with Jack help Lainey put all things Sententia behind her. But when her aunt arrives for a visit, with an unexpected guest and even more unexpected news, Lainey’s tenuous control over her life snaps. Once again, she’s linked to everything she thought she left behind. And this time, there’s no escape.
Growing up, Carter Penrose thought he knew a thing or two about heartbreak—namely that it sucks—but he never knew exactly how much until losing Lainey. His life moves in a totally unplanned direction and he finds himself with a new home, new job, and even a surprising new girlfriend, all thanks to Daniel Astor. But just when Carter feels settled in the DC world of politics, a visit home to Northbrook brings up unexpected questions—about what happened at graduation and everything he believed about his Uncle Dan.
When tragedy brings Lainey and Carter face to face for the first time since summer, their lives have never felt more separate. Lies drove them apart. Will the truth bring them together?
Praise for Second Thoughts – Book Two
“Like many a romance novel, the question of will they or won’t they have sex is at the heart of Second Thoughts. But since this is a paranormal-romance novel, there is an equally important question: Will the heroine and her boyfriend kill each other first? Bertrand writes smoothly, and her characters, if improbably perfect, are engaging enough to keep the pages turning quickly and the demand for the next in the series high.” ~ Booklist
“A great choice for anyone looking to get swept away in the romance of the city of love, from an author who is an expert in her craft.”
“Eighteen-year-old Julie finds love, mystery, and adventure when she moves to Paris the summer after graduation to take a job as a nanny. Still recovering from her painful rejection from the Art Institute of Chicago, Julie soon becomes enmeshed in the mystery of a new Modigliani painting that is acquired by a Parisian art gallery. Is the heralded painting real or forged, and what can the mystery teach her about her own path?
This charming coming-of-age story follows the heartwarming, sweet tale of a girl on the cusp of finding herself, along the way navigating new romances, old secrets, and a passion for beautiful art. Jacqueline Kolosov takes care with her characters, bringing them to emotional depths and heights as they not only seek to solve a mystery, but to discover the shifting bonds of family that unite them. A great choice for anyone looking to get swept away in the romance of the city of love, from an author who is an expert in her craft.”
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“This book was the right amount of tough issues and light romance. It was really well balanced, in that I never fell too far on one side or the other. This isn’t a light-hearted romance. Jasmine is dealing with some serious shit, especially considering she is in high school. And yet, the romance part of the book left me smiling.” ~ Such A Novel Idea
“Danny’s medical problems along with Jasmine’s complete devotion to him makes the story pull at your heartstrings. It’s sad, full of love, and deeply realistic.” ~ A Dream Within a Dream
Brandi Kosiner on her blog Brandi Breathes Books recently interviewed Jennifer Walkup.
Here are a couple of questions from the interview. Click here to read learn everything you ever wanted to know about This Ordinary Life and Jennifer Walkup!
The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less. THIS ORDINARY LIFE is about a teen dreaming of being radio DJ, while holding her dysfunctional family together & healing her broken heart.
Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
Even though Wes is adorable and would probably have me cracking up with his jokes and antics, I would choose Jasmine if I could. I would love to treat her to a nice dinner and tell her how awesome she is. She deserves to have some fun and relax a little.
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Inside the Writer’s Mind and the Reader’s Heart – Class at Second Presbyterian Church October 28th ~ 7pm
Chris will be talking about his novel Antiphony with Wayne Bolton
What if the Universe is really a giant thought?
Theodore Reveil is one of the leading lights in String Theory physics, on his way to present his latest research at a triumphant meeting of his colleagues from around the world, when he realizes he has lost the notes for his presentation.
At the podium, in the midst of his distraction and confusion, he poses the question: “What if the universe, instead of being a giant machine, is really a giant thought?”
Then he crosses a line which he can never step back over again, saying, “The infinities and singularities in these equations may be telling us that what we are missing is unknowable in terms of physical science. These unsolvable terms in our equations may be road signs pointing to consciousness—to God—as the missing piece of the puzzle.”
Antiphony traces the downward spiral of Theodore’s career in the wake of what he has said, and the remarkable transformation that leads him into the depths of madness . . . or the revelation of the Final Theory, the ultimate secret of the universe.
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“This Ordinary Life is an obvious gem. It’s so well-written and perfectly paced which are both traits that are not as common as one would like. The author made a really adorable and cute story without overdoing the fluffiness. It was a fluffy story with a bit of more serious topics and one of the cutest love interests ever.” ~ Seamless Reader Blog
“The story was really inspiring and heartfelt. It’s about family, friendship, love and reaching your dreams. It’s a light and fun read. Perfect to cuddle with in case you need a book to lighten up your mood!” ~ The Bibliophile Confessions Blog
“Jennifer Walkup’s writing is beautiful. It’s smooth and well-paced. Although it is quite a short book, This Ordinary Life packs a powerful punch to your heart. I love the sibling relationship and how much Jazzy cares for him. Often, short books are rushed or there isn’t much plot but This Ordinary Life is the opposite. It’s a well- thought out plot with an array of events.
This Ordinary Life is an amazing read. I highly recommend it if you want a quick, but emotion-packed story with heart felt characters… this was my first 5 star in a while. Definitely pick this up!” ~ Princessica of Books
“Jasmine is really one of the most admirable heroine that I’ve ever read. I can’t help but be charmed and fascinated by This Ordinary Life.
I can confidently say that there’s nothing ordinary about this book. I highly recommend it!” ~ Her Book Thoughts
“This Ordinary Life rises well above the ordinary; while the romance is swoon-worthy, it is the love between Jasmine and her little brother that makes the book so vibrant and harrowingly real.” – Tracy Banghart, author of the Rebel Wing series
High-school radio host Jasmine Torres’s life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around. That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.
Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep Jasmine from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her. Jasmine can’t control everything, not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health, not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but Jasmine may just discover that what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.
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Guest post by Jacqueline Kolosov, author of Along the Way and Paris, Modigliani & Me
It looks like you’ve written mostly historical fiction in the past – was it easier or harder to switch to a contemporary voice for Paris Modigliani and Me? Also, what is your favourite historical period to write and/or read about?
I actually write short stories with contemporary settings, so Paris, Modigliani and Me is less a departure than my two novels set in Elizabethan England, A Sweet Disorder and The Red Queen’s Daughter, initially suggest. That said, capturing Julie’s voice in Paris did prove challenging; even more challenging were the voices of her French love interest, Luc, and her French friend, Jean Paul. Why? Because I wanted to create an impression of their foreignness—which is part of their appeal—even though they speak to Julie in English (at least on the printed page). For Luc and Jean Paul and also for Julie’s French friend, Marie France, I relied on my experience as a student living in Germany and later on my travel experiences to create what I hope are believable European teens.
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Read more about Jacqueline’s books at the Luminis website.
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