Monday, January 13, 2014

The Unofficial Book Blitz: Forever Loved (The Forever Series #2) by Deanna Roy

Forever Loved (The Forever Series #2)
by Deanna Roy
Publication date: January 10th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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The much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling new adult romance Forever Innocent.

When Gavin saves Corabelle from her plunge into the frigid waters of the Pacific, he knows her recovery from pneumonia is only the beginning of their journey. They share a difficult history — a teen pregnancy, a seven-day-old baby who died of a heart condition, and his decision four years ago to leave Corabelle behind and not look back.

But there are no secrets between them now. As Gavin and Corabelle build a new future together, they learn to trust each other again, falling back on that love they have shared since they were children.

But their past has one last shocking surprise, a revelation that will shake their tender bond and pierce the heart of Corabelle, who has just begun to believe that she truly is Gavin’s only forever love.

Forever Loved is the heart-wrenching conclusion to Corabelle and Gavin's passionate story.

Forever Innocent: On sale for 99 cents Jan. 12-24 (Amazon I B&N)
Forever Loved: Release Date, Jan. 10. On sale for $2.99 through January 31 (Amazon I B&N)

Forever Loved
by Deanna Roy

The bestselling story Forever Innocent (just 99 cents through Jan. 24) comes to its dramatic conclusion in Forever Loved, out Jan. 10 from author Deanna Roy.

In this scene, Gavin realizes that his ditching Corabelle has had grave consequences as she attempts to recover from pneumonia in the hospital.


I stepped out of the curtain space quickly and walked along the semicircle, praying Corabelle was in one of them. A teenage boy. A middle-aged woman. A man in traction.

Then I saw her. She slept, her dark hair tied up in a knot high on her head.

I almost dropped to my knees.

She had a tube going into her mouth, a blue one just like Finn’s. Her heartbeat registered on a monitor, as well as her oxygen levels. I tried to shake the vision of the NICU, but the noises were too similar, the wheeze of a ventilator and periodic beeps.

I stumbled toward her like a dying man. What had happened? My stomach felt lined with rocks. I sat on the bed and brushed back a wisp of hair from her forehead. She slept really hard, not shifting at all with my touch. They must have given her something to knock her out. Even the first two nights when she was sick, she would still shift around, sometimes making little sounds. Now she was so flat to the bed.

Like Finn had been after I’d signed the papers to disconnect him.

Remorse crashed over me like a wave. I had screwed everything up. Walked out on her. Gone to Mexico. And here she was, barely holding on.

“I’m so sorry, baby,” I whispered.

I shouldn’t be in her life at all. She’d been doing fine until I came along. Going to school, planning her future.

Now she was here.

The monitors continued their steady sounds.

I heard the nurse talking and panicked. I would not leave her now. The machines were to the left of the bed, so the nurse would probably approach there. I ducked to the opposite side and folded tight into a ball, tugging the curtain in front of me so that I sat between it and the concrete wall.

I couldn’t see anything, but the footsteps grew closer, paused, then faded away again. The maintenance cart began rolling, wheels clattering on the concrete floor.

When the room was quiet again, I peeked out. Corabelle had not moved. Her elbow was bent near the edge of the bed, and I shifted forward to lay my forehead against her cool skin.

I wished we could go back to that first night at the astronomy star party, when Corabelle stretched out beside me on the roof, and we realized the world had pushed us back together after four years. But I’d gotten angry, and taken off. If I could just do that night again, I wouldn’t have left then either. If we’d been better from the beginning, she wouldn’t have walked into that damn ocean.

I just kept leaving. I just kept walking away.

Until I figured all this out, I could not be the man who always stayed the course. I would continue to be the one who wasn’t there when things got tough.

I didn’t want to be that person.

Today we’re going to learn more about Gavin Mays, a Harley-riding, body-building mechanic who attends the University of California at San Diego. He was also a father for seven days, and the death of his newborn son had a profound impact on his life straight out of high school.

Gavin is from the bestselling new adult romance Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy (just 99 cents through Jan. 24) and makes another appearance in the second book in the series, Forever Loved, which just came out Jan. 10.

Q: So Gavin, why are you riding a Harley these days?
A: Economics. Poor college student = cheap ride.

Q: Harley’s aren’t cheap.
A: I built this one from scrap.

Q: Did you always have an affinity for working on cars and bikes?
A: Wasn’t much of a choice. My dad always seemed to drive junkers, and we had to keep them running.

Q: Why UC San Diego?
A: Well…I guess that’s complicated. I got accepted here senior year, but when we found out my girlfriend was pregnant, we decided to stay close to home and go to New Mexico State instead.

Q: But life changed your plan?
A: Yeah. Finn died when he was a week old. And I, well, I sort of took off. Ended up in Cali.

Q: So you went back to the school you originally intended. What are you studying?
A: Geology.

Q: Why did you choose that?
A: When I was a kid, my grandfather gave me a geode. We cracked it open and I was shocked to learn that something that looked so dull and boring — just a rock — could be so beautiful inside. I still have it — well, half of it.

Q: What happened to the other half?
A: I gave it to another little girl.

Q: A friend?
A: Yes, Corabelle. She lived behind me.

Q: Talking about her seems to upset you. She was special?
A: She was Finn’s mother.

Q: You still see her?
A: Naw. You walk out of your kid’s funeral, you kinda don’t have much latitude to come back.

Q: If you could say something to her right now, what would it be?
A: [Hesitates.] People always ask you if you do one thing over, what would it be? I know exactly what it would be. I wouldn’t leave. I’d be a better man. I’d be there for her, for all the people I let down.

Q: You think you’ll get a chance to tell her that?
A: She’s moved on I’m sure. Fate wasn’t too kind to us. Not thinking it will ever get any kinder.

Q: So what’s the plan with this Geology degree?
A: If I ever get it? I’m on the ten-year plan.

Q: [Laughs.] I guess right now is about just mucking through.
A: I think that’s mostly what life is all the time.

This interview precedes the first book in the Forever series, Forever Innocent (just 99 cents through Jan. 24). The sequel and conclusion to Gavin’s love story with Corabelle, Forever Loved, came out Jan. 10.

Deanna Roy is the author of several novels that are classified as "two-hankie reads." They include her bestseller FOREVER INNOCENT, about a couple who rediscovers their love four years after the death of their premature baby, and STELLA & DANE, about a couple who finds their new-found love put to the ultimate test after a bar fight, and BABY DUST, about five women who become friends after their miscarriages.

Deanna is a powerful advocate for Baby Loss Moms and most of her books touch on this topic. She is the founder of and hosts numerous public and private support groups both online and in person.

You can follow Deanna and read pre-release sneak peeks and free ebooks on her private list. Subscribe!

Deanna also writes a series of books for middle grade readers under the name D.D. Roy, including JINNIE WISHMAKER and MARCUS MENDER.

She's pretty easy to spot on Facebook and Twitter, and yup, she's even on MySpace.

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