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Here you go! Everyone who responded is eligible to win. I will have another set of quotes tomorrow!

1. “I don’t think you need to do anything to deserve her admiration or friendship. Brittany doesn’t look at people like that. She demands respect and accountability and doesn’t feel sorry for herself.” Stephanie speaking to Tommy in “If Only”

2. He moved down her torso and gently peeled her pants and panties off. He smiled at her as he ran his hands up her legs. “You are so beautiful,” he said sincerely. “I still don’t know what you see in me,” he said, not meaning to say that aloud. Tommy to Brittany in “The Unexpected”

3. She looked at him and stroked his cheek. “You know what? For what it’s worth, I think you are such an amazing man. You are brave and sensitive. You are tender and funny. You love fiercely and you are my best friend. You have nothing to worry about. Your dad was wrong.” Julie to Bill in “The Unexpected”

4.“We truly want to be able to do this. We spoke to the pediatrician and we know the risks, but David is healthy and happy and if he is a match, it would be the greatest blessing for us to help you.” Julie and Bill to Brittany and Tommy in “Heaven’s Tiny Tears”

5. She looked at him and her eyes were angry, although her body trembled with fear. “Who talks like that? Do you really think the best way to get your point across is to bully people? What are you going to do? Force yourself on me?” Julie to the boy who was attacking her friend Taylor at the party in “Thundering Silence”

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Almost…

You guys are awesome but you still need number 5- It wasn’t Stephanie and it wasn’t Josh- although it certainly reads that way :)

More tonight for you!

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Fun game part 1

Okay, for the following quotes, tell me who said them and if you can, who they were talking to and what book was it from? I will pick a winner from all of the correct entries received!

1. “I don’t think you need to do anything to deserve her admiration or friendship. Brittany doesn’t look at people like that. She demands respect and accountability and doesn’t feel sorry for herself.”

2. He moved down her torso and gently peeled her pants and panties off. He smiled at her as he ran his hands up her legs. “You are so beautiful,” he said sincerely. “I still don’t know what you see in me,” he said, not meaning to say that aloud.

3. She looked at him and stroked his cheek. “You know what? For what it’s worth, I think you are such an amazing man. You are brave and sensitive. You are tender and funny. You love fiercely and you are my best friend. You have nothing to worry about. Your dad was wrong.”

4.“We truly want to be able to do this. We spoke to the pediatrician and we know the risks, but David is healthy and happy and if he is a match, it would be the greatest blessing for us to help you.”

5. She looked at him and her eyes were angry, although her body trembled with fear. “Who talks like that? Do you really think the best way to get your point across is to bully people? What are you going to do? Force yourself on me?”

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Some fun

I’m going to try something new. I will be posting some quotes from the books and I want to see if you can recognize who said them.

We’ll start soon!

I will be giving away a signed copy of my not yet released book “Perfectly Imperfect”.

Get ready!

 

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So…..

It’s been a week! What do you guys think? Talk to me about Jade and Mike and all that happened :)

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Thought for the day.

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Happy Saturday

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! I am so excited at the feedback I have already received for A Father’s Heart and I will have a new blog post up soon!

Happy reading :)

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It’s Here!!!!!!

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Release day number 16!

So we are just a few hours from the release of book 16, “A Father’s Heart” and I am excited, but also nervous. This book takes the family in a little bit of a different direction and it’s something I have been wanting to do with for a while. All of the issues they have all faced have been incredibly trying and it has taken a lot out of each of them. There comes a time when the stress and constant worry gets to be too much and something has to give.

I ended book 15 with a turning point for the family. The accident involving Bill and Josie was, in a way, the result of the built up guilt that plagued Jack and as a result, hurt Tommy and Julie. The aftermath of this tragedy spurs changes in the family that need to happen. Things reach a boiling point, and this time, the evil isn’t coming from the outside.

The issues that must be faced come from within.

The benefit of writing a series that has gone on this long is that we have been able to watch this family grow. We know who they are deep down and we know what makes them hurt. We also know the truth behind the walls they put up. We know their vulnerabilities, their fears and their insecurities.

We know that Jack feels a sense of fear that he isn’t truly a member of Tommy and Julie’s family. It isn’t anything based in any truth, but it’s a nagging issue Jack has always suppressed. Certain things have happened in the last book that will push Jack and Tommy and Julie to the breaking point and it isn’t a foregone conclusion that they will be able to get past it.

We also know that Julie will need her family; now more than ever. The rift between Tommy and Jack has hurt Julie in a way she didn’t see coming. She is a strong woman, but everyone has their limit. What she has been through in the past few books would challenge anyone’s sanity, and with this latest crisis and her brothers not supporting her the way she needs, her world begins to fall apart.

We see Stephanie dealing with a personal crisis that stems from her own medical issues as well as the devastating news about her Uncle. That, mixed with her husbands issues have caused a lot of her old insecurities to resurface. There is a lot more to the story that will come to light in book 16 and it is more than Stephanie could have ever imagined.

Mike and Jade are at the highest point of their romance. They are heading down the aisle after so many setbacks and it’s a time for love and hope. They are incredibly connected and excited about the journey they are taking and the impending arrival of their twins. Their story takes center stage in this book and what happens to Jade comes out of left field. Mike finds himself dealing with an enemy unlike any he has faced before.

Brittany is the wild card. She has been through more than any other character in the series and there is a large part of Brittany that I have always glossed over. It has been a point of pride and admiration to others how Brittany has made such a success out of her life after such a horrific assault. That is true, but there is a lot to Brittany that she has never dealt with. The time has come for her to figure out what happened to Barbara, and if there is a way to somehow merge her past with her present. That is a story I have been waiting to tell and it will soon begin to unfold.

There is also Evan and Elizabeth and their impending arrival. Book 16 pushes them to the forefront and they are thrust back into the center of the story. We are revisited by Jason and Amber as Evan and Liz will need their family.

The story is evolving and growing and I’m more excited than ever to show it to all of you. Please enjoy “A Father’s Heart” and know that you all have my deep appreciation for your support!

 

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My Inspiration

I love to read. I have always loved to read. I remember growing up and waiting every month for the release of the new Sweet Valley High book and tearing into it, only to finish it in a day and have to wait an agonizing 29 or so more days for the next installment. I still have all of the books in the series in bookcases in my den. It was when I fell in love with romance. It was when I began to connect to a family that became my friends. The characters grew and changed as I grew and changed. I fell in love when the characters fell in love and I cried when their hearts were broken.

I grew up and we grew apart, but my love and appreciation for what the Wakefield family gave to me at a time in my life when I needed that escape was never lost on me. I went to college and entered the workforce and always kept in my mind that connection I felt with books. The escape I so needed.

I missed that life. I missed that escape and the thrill of living vicariously through a family that was close to my own, yet worlds apart. I was far from the blonde and tanned beauties that starred in the series and I had very little experience in my small Michigan town that mimicked the beautiful Southern California town of Sweet Valley.

What I did have, was an imagination and an idea. As I went through the ups and downs of life, the imagination and idea evolved and when I was at the lowest point in my life, when I lost someone incredibly dear to me, I made a decision.

I began to bring my family by choice to life.

At first it was a form of therapy. I wrote to give myself an outlet. I wrote to say the things I couldn’t. I wrote to remind myself of what I wanted in life. I wrote because it hurt not to write.

I have been through a lot since I began this series. I have received terrible reviews that almost made me stop writing. I have received beautiful reviews that I keep close to my heart. I have grown to know these characters as if they were my family and I can’t imagine my life without them. I laugh with them and I cry with them. I feel terrible when they suffer and I’m so proud of them when they succeed.

I think back to the Sweet Valley High series and the more than 200 books I have collected. I think about the joy they gave me and I wonder what my life might have looked like without them. I’m not sure it would have been so great. I dealt with a lot of anxiety growing up and having a place to feel familiar, to feel safe and to escape to was everything to me. It helped me figure things out. It was a constant in my life and it was a huge influence in my formative years.

Over the last 20 or so years, I haven’t really looked at the books that made up so much of my childhood. I sometimes pull one off the shelf and I see the folded page and I know there was a time in my life that one would be hard pressed to pry that book out of my hands. I also know that I can go back to any one of the books and be transported to a time in my teen years when life was so much easier, yet I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders.

If I had only known then…

But, such is life.

Come by tonight for an update to where I’m taking this series in the next arc. I want to share my plans and my reasoning and I hope it sheds some light on the method to my madness :)

-Robin

Below is a small part of my collection :)

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