You met them in Forget Me Not. Now, hear Jack’s story.
Plagued by a dark past, Jack sees college as a way out. Desperate to escape the area where he grew up, the people who know his secrets, and his own family, he deals with his problems through alcohol and sex.
When he first sees Lily, she’s the epitome of everything he hates. Yet something about her makes Jack rethinks everything he knows and assumes about other people. Now, with the help of his best friend and lover, Jack has to decide if he wants to pursue something that he knows will only end badly.
Can Lily be one of the few people who can see Jack for who he really is – or will his darkness be too much for her to handle?
The girl sitting on the couch looks like everyone else at this fucking school. Blonde, clean cut, dressed in clothes that probably cost more than my grandmother’s house.
“Lost?” I ask.
It’s her eyes that get me. I don’t even know what color they are. They seem to swim across the entire palate of blues and greens, no color enough to own the eye completely. There is something else in those eyes. A strange innocence mixed with a subtle sensuality that I bet she doesn’t even know she possesses. I can’t look away from her.
“I’m waiting for my boyfriend.” She gestures to the hall. I guess she’s saying this boyfriend is in the bathroom or something. It figures she has a boyfriend. Something about her, though, is causing things to happen that I don’t understand. The voice in my head knows how poorly this could go and I try to act cool, to distance myself from her.
“Innocent thing like you? I wouldn’t let you out of my sight.”
That was not cool and certainly not distant. I’m standing here flirting with this girl who probably thinks I’m a creep. I see in her face a wary curiosity, but girls like her think of guys like me as nothing more than a challenge. Anything that could happen after this moment would just turn out bad, likely with a lot of anger and her calling upon the aforementioned boyfriend to kick my ass. I don’t even have to see him. I know his type.
She meets my gaze and her mouth turns up in a wry smile. “I’m not that innocent.”
The challenge is there and I would love to test it. This girl looks like she’s just one wild night away from becoming an entirely new woman. I wouldn’t mind being the guy to help her out, to give her that one wild night. I’m tempted to touch her, to play with her damp hair, to see how she’d react if I kissed her right here. Her challenge would surely result in me being slapped, though.
“Sweetheart, I am sure we have very different understandings of the term.”
“That wouldn’t surprise me, but I don’t know that I mind being your idea of innocent.”
Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Lily of the Valley is her third full length novel, although she also has several story collections and two novellas available. Her other novels are Forget Me Not, the story that tells Lily’s version of events, and Bitter Fruits, which will be released by Escape Publishing in December. When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.
AUTHOR TOP TEN & INTERVIEW INFO:
Author’s Favorite Video Games:
· Borderlands 1 and 2
· Fallout 3
· Persona series
· Silent Hill series
· Final Fantasy series
· Dragon Age series
· Mass Effect series
· Fable series
· Bioshock series
· Magic: The Gathering
· Perfect Dark
· Heavy Rain
· LA Noire
Author’s Favorite Bad Boys:
· Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights
· Jake Barnes from The Sun Also Rises
· Will from Infernal Devices
· Lord Byron
· The Scarecrow in Batman Begins
· Lucifer from Supernatural
· Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
· James Dean
· Damon from Vampire Diaries
· V from V for Vendetta
Interview with Sarah:
· What inspired you to write your book?
I had written a short story about Derek and Lily and their first time called “Her Brother’s Best Friend.” It was just supposed to be a short erotic story. But it sold well, so I thought about writing more about the two of them. However, as I started writing Forget Me Not, the story would not work for me. Until I found Jack. And then the novel was over and there was just so much more to his story, so Lily of the Valley was born.
· How did you come up with the title?
Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley are both flowers, and the series is called Flowering. The reason is that it is about love, sexuality, and growing up – sort of blossoming into the person you will be. Forget Me Not also addresses the idea of leaving your life behind and moving on. And Lily is the main female character, so hence Lily of the Valley.
· Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
People are complicated, as are relationships. The things we think we want sometimes turn out not to be what we want. In addition, the people we think we understand may surprise us. We can’t assume anything about love or each other. They are too complex.
· What books have most influenced your life most?
The Catcher in the Rye, because it was the first time I understood that other people felt like me and it also said it was okay to be different. And The Sun Also Rises, because there can be beauty in suffering.
· If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Hemingway. I know he’s dead, but he knew how to write true.
· What are your current projects?
I am writing Scandal, a contemporary romance about a teacher and an actor who find each other after they are both ruined by rumors, and I am waiting to release Bitter Fruits, a New Adult paranormal/urban fantasy romance in December through the publisher. I am also working on Immortal Star, the second book in that series.
· What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Jack’s experiences and emotions are really closely tied to my own and it was hard to write some of his scenes.
· If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Aubrey Plaza. She has the same type of biting sarcasm that I do.
· If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?
Travel the world and write.
· What kind of people do you dislike?
Anyone who is cruel to other people or creatures. People who assume their own reality is the only reality. And people who don’t read.
GOODREAD LINK FOR LILY OF THE VALLEY: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18231760-lily-of-the-valley
GOODREAD AUTHOR LINK: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7012679.Sarah_Daltry
LINK TO AUTHOR’S WEBSITE:http://sarahdaltry.com
LINK TO AUTHOR’S FACEBOOK:https://www.facebook.com/SarahDaltryErotica?fref=ts
LINK TO FLOWERING SERIES ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/FloweringbySarahDaltry
LINK TO TWITTER:https://twitter.com/SarahDaltry
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PURCHASE LINKS:LILY OF THE VALLEY (FLOWERING, 1.5):
READER STORE (SONY): https://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/sarah-daltry/lily-of-the-valley-flowering-1-5/_/R-400000000000001119706
FORGET ME NOT (FLOWERING, 1):
READER STORE (SONY): https://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/sarah-daltry/forget-me-not/_/R-400000000000001091006
HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND (FLOWERING,0.5)
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