Some books will make you cry, some will make you laugh, some will elate you, and some will leave you upset for days … and then once in a blue moon a book will come along that will make you feel like you’re floating on air, every page, every scene warming your heart because it is written from the heart. Running on Empty left me smiling and sighing from happiness every time I thought about this story.
A beautifully written tale of second chances at love, of missed opportunities and allowing one’s heart to love again, this book became an instant favourite of mine and it not only put one of the sweetest authors around on my radar, it made me want to read anything she ever writes in the future.
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Today, my friend L.B. Simmons is giving us a very exclusive little peek at her next book, the second book in the Mending Hearts series. This is not a teaser and this is not a synopsis – this is the first EVER look at Running in Place …
Expected release date: 2013
Some call me a party girl. People see me as happy, full of life, with absolutely no cares in the world. They see what I want them to see. But no one knows me… really knows me. No one sees the lonely little girl who resides in my soul. The little girl whose own mother couldn’t care less about her. The little girl who was left alone, raising herself while her mother drowned herself daily in alcohol and depression. The little girl who lost her daddy when she was six, and who would give anything to have him back. No one sees… me. So here I am at the tender age of twenty-three, living my life as a perpetual party girl. Only a semester shy of graduating college… but, I won’t do it. I won’t give her the satisfaction. For now, I’m stuck working in my brother’s bar – the bar he and Blake opened together just recently. Trace came back to keep an eye on me and the first thing he made me do was start working for him. I’m pretty sure he put his little minion, Noah Reese, aka bar manager, on “Tatum duty”. Noah Reese. He’s hot, there’s no doubt about it. I can’t keep my eyes off of him actually. With his brown spiky hair, light brown eyes offset by his impossibly dark lashes… he’s gorgeous. And when he comes into the bar, with some perfect, Barbie blonde girl draping herself all over him, I get a tad upset. Those girls aren’t right for him. Not that I am, I’m not right for anyone. Sure, I have my boyfriend. But I’m not in love with him, and actually, he’s kind of a jerk. So, if Noah wants to keep an eye on me, that’s fine. I definitely don’t mind. But, I hope he doesn’t have any plans to save me from my life of self-destruction. Because, in order to save me, he will have to see me… and I’m never going to let that happen.
Perfect. That’s me. That’s the only acceptable way to be, according to my father. I loathe the man. There was never any love from him growing up. Just lecture after lecture about how anything less than perfect was intolerable. Perfect grades. Perfect manners. Perfect athlete. Perfect SAT scores. Perfect college. Now, I have to get into the perfect med school. I would like to tell him what a perfect asshole father he is. But I won’t. It takes too much energy to argue with him; this I learned this lesson at a very young age. He wasn’t always this way. But after mom died, he changed and I was forced to change with him. The only little bit of reprieve I get is working in Trace’s bar. No expectations there. In addition, I have recently also acquired another job. Trace asked me to keep an eye on his little sister, Tatum. That girl… she’s outta control. Drunken and disorderly… every goddamn night. Her and her loser boyfriend. He’s such a dick to her… it takes everything in me to not knock his ass out. I can’t even be in the same room with them. But, I told Trace I would watch out for her, because there’s just something about her. I can’t help it. She’s breathtaking… long black hair and light blue eyes. One of the most beautiful smiles I’ve ever seen. But, she’s also like a lost little girl who needs help. I see the façade… the front she puts up for other people. And I recognize her pain, no matter how good she is at trying to cover it up. She’s clearly hiding something, I know it. So, I watch her closely, never really saying much, hoping that one day she’ll let me in. But watching her lead her life down the dangerous path she’s on right now isn’t going to be easy. I have a funny feeling I’m about to find myself lost in the hurricane that is Tatum O’Connell.
L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.
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