Book Blitz : What Love Is by Emma South

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Title : What Love Is by Emma South
Publication date: April 29th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Buying Links : Amazon | B&N
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Synopsis:

In this epic romance collection that spans eighteen years, the lives of six people will be changed forever.

Ask a million people what love is, and you’ll get a million different answers. None of them are wrong.

What makes a Marine take a bullet for a Hollywood starlet?

What makes a singer with a deep-seated hatred for the wealthy find herself smiling for the first time with a billionaire?

What makes a small-town princess defy death to be reunited with her small-town prince?

The answer is love.

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Exclusive Excerpt

I hadn’t been held quite like this ever before, so tenderly yet with an unmistakable undercurrent of lust. I’d had embraces in the past, in another lifetime, that meant all kinds of things. Celebrations, commiserations, I­was­just­jokings, they’d provided so much I didn’t even realize until they were gone.

One minute they were there and then all of a sudden there were no more shoulders to cry on. The shoulder that I should have been able to turn to was busy with other things, things that weren’t me, and that had maybe done the most damage of all. That had hurt a lot.

“Are you going to hurt me too?” I whispered without even consciously willing it, so quietly that I didn’t think Jeremy would hear, but he did. Jeremy stopped moving and I could feel him looking down at me.

“No. Bea, look at me,” he said.

Jeremy let go with one hand and I felt his finger lightly pushing my chin until I opened my eyes and gazed up at him. Jeremy’s brow furrowed and he shook his head gently.

“No,” he repeated.

I lost myself in his eyes for a second and then raised myself up on the tips of my toes to get closer to him. Jeremy lowered his head and our lips met for the second time in as many days, a much slower kiss that soon had me as oblivious to the outside world as I had been while dancing just a few moments ago.

The song faded away and our lips parted as I heard the sound of a couple people clapping. Our waitress was standing next to the young man who had been moving tables earlier and an older man, the owner perhaps. They were all clapping politely, but only our waitress had a truly dreamy look in her eye.

When we had been interrupted the previous day I had been anxious to get some distance between the two of us as quickly as possible. I didn’t feel that now, I didn’t want to be apart from him even a single inch.


“The way you were looking at me, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. You were balancing on some of the other girls’ hands, up in the air with that big smile on your face, and I felt like we ruled the world. You and I.”

I slowly walked over to Christie and I saw her shrink a little bit as she returned to the present. When I stood right in front of her, she looked up at me like a deer in the headlights, totally unsure about what to do. I saw that internal battle in her every move and tremble, the arms folding across her stomach defensively and the way she subtly licked her lips as if in preparation for a kiss.

With one last tiny step forward, I moved gently into her personal space. I could smell that perfume of hers in the calm air and feel the heat of her, so close to me at last.

“You remember when I said I always loved how when you get pushed, you push back?” I asked.

Christie nodded tentatively.

“What I meant was, I have always loved you, Christie. That day playing Newcrest was when I realized it for the first time, and you’ve been in my heart ever since.”

Christie looked down. “I… that girl… is dead and buried. I’m all that’s left. I don’t think I can,” Christie paused on the ‘L’ word, “rule the world anymore,” she finished.

With a gentle finger under the chin, I raised her head until she was looking at me again. “You’re alive, Christie. I think you can.”

I moved my hand to her cheek, stroking it with my thumb as I looked into her eyes. She was really here with me, unlike the phantom crowd in the grandstand. Christabelle Jayne, the one that got away. If I kissed her, would she kiss me back?

jeremy

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I’m in my thirties and living in New Zealand. About 3 years ago I lost somebody very close to me. I was lucky in a way, I was given enough time to make a promise.  My promise was that I would never forget our young and innocent love, and it’s a promise I intend to keep.

My writing is a way to help me keep that promise. I’ve always enjoyed writing but was forced into being ‘prudent’ and giving myself over to soul-crushing office work for the sake of a steady salary. Recent events forced me to re-evaluate my priorities and I decided to take a chance. I like to put little pieces of ‘us’ into my writing, from funny  conver-sations  we had, to apocalyptic arguments, to that special feeling you get when you hop into bed fully aware that your feet are freezing but your partner doesn’t kick you away.

Even though these things are set in fictional worlds and attached to fictional characters, in a way it feels like I’m doing something that will make our love live forever. If somebody reads one of my stories and likes a joke or sheds a tear, then our love has lived on, and I thank any readers I might have for that.

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About Cristina

I started this blog for quite a few reasons: 1. To share my opinions about books I read. (I'm open to recommendations) 2. To express myself in the only way that I love,which is of course writing 3. To connect with people with whom I may share the same interests I read and write because it offers me an escape door from the world we live in. A door which allows me to be whomever I want to be, live wherever in this big world,set off on adventures and most of all because it brings my imagination back to life from its very very long sleep. And of course...Because I love to !! Here are some basic things about your host and writer.. My name is Cristina and I come from Bucharest ( also known as The Little Paris ) were I was born, raised and am currently - still - living. I’ve finished my studies a few years ago and got my bachelor degree at Dimitrie Cantemir University, in my hometown; in Economics. I have to admit that this specialty wasn't my first choice. I have been weighing my choices – as in, to what they can provide me in future – both while I was still in high school and after. Initially I wanted to go to Foreign Languages, but I had a big fall the moment I saw that it wasn't acredited – huge disappointment washed over me. I am still a bit disappointed about that to be honest. I have a huge passion for writing ever since I was little, and even if I had times when I didn't (or couldn't) write anything, now I am right back on track. My dad is the only one who knows how much passion I put into what I write and doesn't giggle or grin when I bring it up. I love having someone’s support no matter how little it is,it still means so much to me. Love, Cris ♥ Hope that those who will follow me like what I post around here and - why not - maybe give some ideas about new topics. :) If anyone wants to add something on the blog please contact me at cristinacryss0@gmail.com

Posted on 02/05/2016, in Book Releases and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I loved the excerpt – looks like a great read.

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