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Feb 7, 2014

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Happy release day to Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick!

About the book:

Title: Lifers
Author: Jane Harvey-Berrick
Publisher: Harvey Berrick Publishing
Release date: February 7, 2014

Jordan Kane is the man everyone loves to hate.

Forced to return to his hometown while on parole, Jordan soon learns that this small town hasn’t changed since he was carted off to juvie all those years ago. He is the local pariah, shunned by everyone, including his own parents. But their hatred of him doesn’t even come close to the loathing he feels every time he looks in the mirror.

Working odd jobs for the preacher lady, Jordan bides his time before he can leave this backwards town. But can distance erase the memories that haunt him? Would living in another state free him from the prison of his mind? Will the pain of living ever subside?

Torrey Delaney is new in town and certainly doesn’t behave in a way the locals believe a preacher’s daughter should. Her reputation for casual hook-ups and meaningless sex quickly spreads around town. And that’s on top of her budding friendship with the hardened ex-con handyman – the good Reverend is less than thrilled with her estranged daughter’s path.

As friendship forms, can two damaged people who are afraid to love take their relationship to the next level? Can Torrey live with Jordan’s demons, and can Jordan break through Torrey’s walls? With the disapproval of a small town weighing heavily on them, they struggle to find their place in the world. Can they battle the odds, or will their world be viciously shattered?

Is love a life sentence?
Amazon US | Amazon UK

Q. What inspires you to write and when did you start to write?

Everything inspires me: places, people, conversations, things I see, just my own imagination.

Q. How long does it take you to write a book and send it to publish?

The longest I’ve taken to write a book is two years—Dazzled, but I wasn’t writing all the time. Usually it’s about 4-6 weeks for a first draft. But that’s total absorption, 7 days a week, to the point where my husband complains he’s forgotten what I look like. Then, I guess 2-3 months for second draft, editing, cover (by the very wonderful Hang Le), and formatting.

Q. What is your biggest ambition as a writer?

To always feel like I’ve written to my best ability and that each book brings something different. Oh yeah, and to have one turned into a cooool movie!

Q. I'm aware that you are a British novelist but most of your books are in an American voice. Was that difficult and how did you overcome it?

Surprisingly it wasn’t difficult, although I still include Britishisms without realizing it. My fabulous beta reader ruthlessly cuts them out!

Q. What has surprised you and upset you the most about your success so far?

I like that you think I’m successful! I guess the biggest surprise is the international experience. I get messages from all over the world, which is amazing.

I get upset when people do mean stuff, like give me a one-star review, even before my book has been published and I know for a fact that they haven’t read it. Why would anyone do that? I don’t understand.

Q. What advice would you offer to aspiring writers?

Write every day. And fanfic is a great place to do your practice—plus you get really fast feedback on scenes/plots/dialogue that works.

About the author:

I love to write.

Out of the crowd of voices in my head, I love to thread together their thoughts and tell the kind of stories that I want to read.

I’ve written my whole life, in one form or other, but it’s only since I started writing adult/new adult books that everything finally made sense.

I’ve lived in the metropolis and now I live in a small village by the sea. Inspiration comes from unexpected places and often when I’m walking my dog.

I hope my stories make you laugh and cry, and feel every emotion in between, because then I guess it’s job done.

Without you, there’s no me. Thanks for reading. jhb x

Connect with Jane Harvey-Berrick: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway details:

  • One entry per household.
  • There will be one (1) winner.
  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
  • Giveaway ends on Friday, February 21, 2014.
  • Winner will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter.
  • Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond.
  • Good luck!

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