Saturday, December 2, 2017

"Jailbird" by Taylor Dean

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Jailbird
(Sound of Silence Book 2)
by Taylor Dean

Jailbird (Sound of Silence Book 2) by Taylor Dean

Jailbird is the second book in the Sound of Silence series by Taylor Dean, and it tells Mia's story. Also available: Stone Silence (Spencer's story). Coming 1 January 2018: Hothouse Flower (Shay's story).


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For more books by this author, please check out my blog post on Girl of Mine and my blog post on Chasing Fireflies.

Description
My hometown decided to rename me Jailbird.
Every day I silently scream out, “My name is Mia Faraday!” My time in jail does not define me. I am so much more than one heated mistake.
And yet, my slip-up weighs on me. There’s so much more to the story than anyone realizes. I must face Stony, my ex, and confess everything.
I don’t want to. I’d rather have five teeth pulled. While I’m awake. Without anesthesia.
But this is something I have to do, something I need to do. Not just for Stony. I need to do it for me. Especially for me. I can’t move forward with my life until I gain closure from the past.
When I meet Grayson Elliott, I am easily pulled into his orbit and it’s exactly where I’d love to stay. He makes me laugh and not take life so seriously. He makes me want to live again.
But I don’t love me right now, and that healing needs to come first. I’m not relationship-ready or marriage material. My mind is focused on redemption. I want it. I need it.
Besides, when Grayson hears about my colorful past, I’m sure he’ll be gone before I have time to utter the word goodbye.
After all, who could ever love a jailbird?
Note: This is the second book in the Sound of Silence series. Each book has a happy ending and there are no cliffhangers. They are not standalones and should be read in order.


Excerpt
The door opens and there he is, looking just as handsome as I remembered. He’s wearing shorts and I can see his prosthetic leg. He’s wearing a short-sleeved shirt and I can see his mottled skin plain as day.
I did that to him. And I hate myself for it.
Hate. Hate. Hate.
I ignore my negative thoughts and concentrate on Stony. He looks confident and fit. His hair is longer, combed back on his head in a stylish sort of way. He’s sporting the unshaven look with a slight beard that only adds to his masculinity. His tanned skin proves he spends a lot of time outdoors. There’s still a deep line between his eyebrows that speaks to the intensity of his personality. In spite of everything, he’s the vision of health and vitality. I know how hard he’s worked to achieve it and I’m impressed with his tenacity. He’s the poster child of someone who refuses to give up no matter how many times life knocks him down. I wish I had his strength.
Standing this close, I want to fall into his arms and let him hold me. It seems the natural thing to do, but things have changed.
Drastically.
His eyebrows furrow even deeper—and the action is not lost on me—then he says, “Mia?”
I swallow. He doesn’t seem happy to see me, but then the constant lack of a smile makes him hard to read. “Hi, Stony.”
I’ve surprised him, that’s obvious. And not in a good way.
He doesn’t say anything, he just stares at me. So I say, “Can I talk to you?”
He hesitates and says, “Uh . . .”
I hate his hesitation, the way he looks so unsure.
“Please,” I say. I’m not above begging. I need to do this. “I’m not here to cause problems for you, I swear. I know you’re a married man now. I would never do anything to jeopardize your relationship. I’m not trying to come between you and your wife.”
“Stop it, I know that,” he says and he means it. At least he knows me well enough to know I would never do something like that. Now that he’s married, Stony is off-limits to me.
But we do have some unfinished business.
He seems to think things over for a moment, then he comes to a decision. He nods and says, “Sure. Come on in.”
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
"I couldn’t put this book down until I finished once I started. I cried. I laughed. I swooned. [...] The question in this book is whether she’ll ever be able to do that or not. I can’t think of anything I disliked about this book. Usually there is something that bugs me a little, but nope! Can’t think of anything I didn’t love! This series is incredible. Totally worth the money and time to read all this author’s books." ~ C.Stastny Books
"Even though this book is full of weighty issues, it never became overwhelming to me as a reader. I felt the hope, the love and the forgiveness through all the difficult things. I love Taylor Dean's style of writing. The first person narrative pulls me right into the character so I feel like I know them intimately. [...] I am SO looking forward to the next book! Only a month to wait!" ~ Aimee Brown
"I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a read that will tug on your heartstrings and leave you a little changed afterwards. Taylor Dean at her best!" ~ Mylissa's Reviews and Book Thoughts

About the Author
Taylor Dean
Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense – you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.



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