Read on to find out more about Bent and to read an excerpt. Oh, and did I mention there’s a giveaway?!
AUTHOR: H.B. Heinzer
GENRE: Adult Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: 21st January 2013
As I write this post Bent is just 67p/99c!!
If there’s one thing Julia Wilson has learned in life, it’s that you can’t push your own dreams to the background for anyone. Newly divorced, Julia returns to the hometown she once swore would never see her again. Her plan is simple; enjoy the cheap rent her friend is offering and stay just long enough to develop a plan to make her own dreams come true.
It doesn’t take long before Julia realizes she’s made a big mistake.
Micah Anderson came closer to breaking Julia than anyone else ever had. After promising her forever, he broke her heart the week before she left for college. Now, Julia’s back in town and he’s going to have to tell her the truth about why he left her. It’s not possible to hide a twelve year old child when you live in a town of 5,000 people.
Is following your dreams worth it if it means giving up on a second chance with her first love? Is trying to make a relationship work worth it if his past becomes a threat to her safety?
“They used to talk about you,” he said, his eyes fixed on the road in front of the car.
These six words were the first Caleb had volunteered since he and his dad had their argument in the backyard. She wanted to know what he was talking about but she was also terrified to know the answer.
“Excuse me?” she glanced to the passenger’s seat assessing his demeanor.
“My mom and dad. They used to talk about you,” he said flatly. “Well, they never really talked. They fought. A lot. That’s where I knew your name from when my dad introduced us. I didn’t make the connection until now.”
If Julia had a list of conversations she never wanted to have this one would have been on there. No one had been forthcoming with information about Karen, even after the attack, and now this. The one person who wanted to speak freely was a twelve year old who would be getting out of the car less than two minutes after pulling the pin on a grenade.
“Okay?” She couldn’t think of anything that made her more uncomfortable than not knowing where the discussion was going. She could scream at Micah for being so stupid as to not realize his son would hear the fights he and Karen had.
“She said he’d never love her because he was in love with you.” His tone was completely flat. “That true?” he asked, finally looking in her direction.
The conversation had officially crossed into territory that Julia didn’t want to discuss with anyone, much less a twelve year old boy. She couldn’t blow him off like he was a child who didn’t deserve to know the truth. She’d lived that life and was disgusted by the number of people who lied to her face in the name of protecting her. “Yes, at one time he did love me.”
“And did you love him?” he asked, picking at his cuticles to avoid any eye contact.
“Yes, I did,” Julia whispered. There was a time it would have hurt to admit that but now, she wondered if that was because there was never a time when her love could be referred to in past tense. She did love him. Even with the sucker punch he’d thrown at her this morning, she still loved him.
Caleb made no motion to get out of the car as she pulled up to the curb in front of the school. “But you were gone before I was born, right?”
“Yes, I left for college after graduation and that’s when your dad and I broke up.” The answer was completely honest. It was more of an answer than anyone gave her questions when her mom left. In some ways she and Caleb were a lot alike. “I never even knew about you until I moved back here right before I met you.”
With the exception of three years in Nebraska, H.B. Is a Wisconsin girl through and through. She lives with her husband, two kids and roommate (also known as the “bonus parent”) in the middle of nowhere but close enough to civilization to maintain a shred of sanity.
She credits her father introducing her to an APAzine in the mid-90s for her love of writing. Bent, her debut novel, was a NaNoWriMo challenge to write 50,000 words in one month. After years of attempting and failing, she finally got through it and this is the result!
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