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Friday, November 8, 2013

Always Me (Shattered #2) By Jo-anna Walker Blog Tour

Always Me (Shattered, #2)
Forgetting is hard to do.

Tori McLeod survived the sadistic wrath of a madman at the cost of the love of her life. Always a survivor, she’s determined to move on with her life, for her sake, and the sake of her son, even if she has to leave everything and everyone behind.

Two years have passed since she lost Sebastian Chelios. He was gone, but Tori can still feel the raw magnetism pulling her toward a ghost.

Relationships change and new bonds form. Budding feelings tempt Tori, but she continues to ache for Sebastian.

Whispers of danger lurk around the corner and questions regarding Jose remain unanswered.

Can Tori move on with her life when a dark shadow from her past revisits her? With Jose still being out there, will Tori and her son ever be truly safe?

Two years had passed since Sebastian Chelios had died. Two years since being told that Jose Alvarez was still out there. And two years since I was told I was pregnant.
Pregnant with Sebastian’s baby.
God, who knew that that would happen?
A result of my forgetfulness of taking the pill. But it was well worth it when I looked into the eyes of my baby. Sebastian’s baby. Our child.
I tried to forget. But the calendar on the wall beckoned like a tease, and my eyes darted to the dreaded numbers. My mind went back to those horrible couple of days.
It was like a bad horror movie in my mind. Jose kidnapping me. Sebastian showing up. Us both shot. The blur of the hospital. My lover. Dead. Doctors and nurses in my face. Then news of the pregnancy. My head whirled when I got sucked into my thoughts. Real, as if it was yesterday. Realizing I would have to raise a child on my own.
But now…every day I looked at Antonio and ached. His eyes had slipped from blue to brown, and he reminded me so much of Sebastian.
His father would never see him. Never know him.
Fresh tears filled my eyes but I shook them off. I headed to the front door and made sure it was locked. I looked out the window and noticed a big black car a couple of houses away. Relief fluttered through me. The Feds were watching. Protecting me and my son from Jose.
A scream came through the baby monitor on my counter.
I ran up the stairs in my small two bedroom house and headed right to my baby’s room. After throwing the door open, I stood there, panting, gripping my chest as my heart raced against my rib cage.
My son lay there, looking up at me from his crib, a big smile on his beautiful chubby face.
I sucked in a breath and tried to ease the thumping in my ears. “Hi, baby. You sure like giving your mama a heart attack, don’t you?”
He giggled. Yup, definitely Sebastian’s kid.
You both come into my life whenever you feel like it, take what you want and leave. You’re just as bad as him if not worse. ~ Always Me (Shattered #2)
“I don’t need your protection. I need you to love me and be here for me.” ~ Always Me (Shattered #2)
Jose watched her come up to him. Her full breasts pushed at her tight shirt, threatening to escape. Tempting but she wasn’t his cochina. ~ Always Me (Shattered #2)
As I made it into the living room, I was lifted off of my feet and thrown over Brett’s shoulder. ~ Always Me (Shattered #2)
He whispered something that I couldn’t make out but Jose’s eyes widened. ~ Always Me (Shattered #2)
He smiled and cupped my cheek, running his thumb over my lips. “I was trying to distract you even if it was just for a moment.” ~ Always Me (Shattered #2)
At that point, Jose tuned her out. Even after slapping her around a couple of times, she still wouldn’t shut up. She definitely had some fight in her. ~ Always Me (Shattered #2)
"You might not understand..."
I placed a kiss on his lips. Nothing would surprise me anymore. "Try me." ~ Always Me (Shattered #2)
He smirked and laid back on the couch, his big long body taking up the whole thing and more. "I can play this game all night." ~ Always Me (Shattered #2)
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About The Author:
I'm a new self-published author who just got introduced to the writing world early 2013. My aunt suggested that I write a story because I'm an avid reader but I waved it off and left it alone. Well this year, a story came to me and I went with it. It took me a little bit but I finally got a story idea that worked and now I can't stop or control the characters/stories that keep popping up in my head.
 I'm born and raised in Canada and I live with my very wonderful and supportive husband, Michael. We don't have any children (yet) unless you count our two cats. He's been my rock through this whole new experience for me. I couldn't have done it without him and my friends and family.
One of the many things I love about this new chapter in my life is that I'm learning constantly. It's never a dull moment and as long as one person likes my story, I am happy.
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