Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Read an exclusive excerpt from 'Ember's Center' by Jillian Jacobs

Ember’s Center
by Jillian Jacobs



She spent her life fighting for middle ground, and now that she’s found it, she’ll fight for her life.

Ember Brooks yearns for an end to the dark chapters of her life—abusive mother, negligent father, teenage trauma, and sibling suicide. Determined to escape her traumatic past, Ember is finally headed for solid ground, gathering strength and balance with the help of her trusted counselor and friend, Xander Kane.

Still reeling from the death of her brother, Ember finds solace when Manchester Marauders center, Owen Killion goes on the offensive and barrels into her life. Both on the football field and off, Owen is sure-footed and confident. With his domineering presence and reliable nature, he alters her game-plan. But for a girl continually left on the sidelines, can she leave her heart on the line?

When Ember is the victim of increasingly dangerous incidents, and Xander changes the course of their relationship, once more her life spirals out of control.

Ember trusts Owen to guard their love, but when someone else is calling the shots, can they reach the end zone or will they fumble?

Read an Exclusive Excerpt:
Owen Killion leaned with one solid arm spread along the top of her flimsy gray cubicle wall.

“I’m sorry,” she repeated, then stepped around her chair, almost tripping on the wheel. Her tiny cubicle shrank now that his brawny frame occupied the space. His team’s mascot suited him perfectly—Marauder. A vision flashed of Owen single-handedly rowing a Viking vessel across stormy seas to plunder riches from a village. A towering force, he embodied everything she found attractive in a man.

Huge feet in brown boots led to sturdy legs covered in dark-washed denim. His muscular arms bulged under the short sleeves of his hunter green jersey. Shoulders so broad she doubted she could fully wrap her arms around them. His thick brown hair lay neatly trimmed, and his brown eyes were heavy-lidded, yet welcoming, like a sad hound dog. And what was it about certain men’s noses that, when combined with the rest of their features, resulted in masculine perfection? The only thing missing was sexy stubble.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

In the spring of 2013, Jillian Jacobs changed her career path and became a romance writer. After reading for years, she figured writing a romance would be quick and easy. Nope! With the guidance of the Indiana Romance Writers of America chapter, she’s learned there are many "rules" to writing a proper romance. Being re-schooled has been an interesting journey, and she hopes the best trails are yet to be traveled.

Water’s Threshold, the first in Jillian’s Elementals series, was a finalist in Chicago-North’s 2014 Fire and Ice contest in the Women’s Fiction category.

Jillian is a: Tea Guzzler, Polish Pottery Hoarder, and lover of all things Moose.

The genres she writes under are: Paranormal and Contemporary with suspenseful elements.

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  1. Thanks for hosting. Love the excerpt you picked. ;)

  2. I could really feel her feelings from this excerpt. Well done.

    1. Thanks. Recently, I worried I hadn't adequately expressed what my characters looked like, but I feel based on this excerpt the vision of Owen is pretty clear. IMO. I appreciate the reassurance. Makes me smile.

  3. I liked reading your bio. Will we see pictures of Polish Pottery anytime soon?

    1. I have some pics on my website. At least I did. Shoot, I just checked, not there anymore. - this place is my heaven. It's in Monticello, Illinois. My kryptonite. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks Rita. I wanted to evoke a certain feel with Owen, using visuals that I hoped were a bit different. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really enjoy chatting with ya'll.

  5. Thanks again for hosting me. Great comments all around.

  6. The book sounds great! Thank you for the giveaway!

    1. I think it's pretty great. LOL. And you are very welcome for the giveaway. I love reaching new readers.

  7. I'm looking forward to knowing more about Ember.

    1. Ember's character goes on a journey on so many levels throughout this book. Yet, she's strong through it all. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Owen's a great guy. Throughout the story, he learns what it means to truly stand on the line for someone, in real life, not just on the football field.


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