Thursday, February 13, 2014

LoveLines Cover Reveal

Note: Read this post in its entirety. There's a teaser AND giveaway for you!

(Cover design by Robin Ludwig)

Now, I know what you're thinking. What the hell, right? This is an S. Walden book? You betcha! And I'm sooooo proud of it! Like I told you in a previous post, I needed to take a break from the taboo, a break from the controversial. I love those stories, but I don't need to write them all the time. And when this story idea came to me, I knew it was exactly the type of story I needed to write at this particular point in my life. So there you have it: A girl with OCD. A boy who loves her for it. LoveLines.

Release Date

March 25, 2014


Contemporary Romance
(Prepare to laugh. Like, a lot.)

Book Description

Arrive at work at 7:58 A.M. sharp. Check. Count forty-seven steps to cubicle. Check. Arrange pens in their red-blue-black-green-purple order of importance. Check. Apply hand sanitizer before opening email. Double check.

And that’s just the first few minutes of her work day.

Thirty-one-year-old proofreader Bailey Mitchell is a slave to her tics. She inherited Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from her father, and it’s done nothing but inhibit her love life. She’s run the gamut of boyfriends—none of them willing or able to cope with her condition.

Enter 32-year-old Reece Powell, her new coworker at Beach Elite Marketing Firm. He’s more than willing to cope. He finds her habits cute and quirky . . . for now. Reece gets the girl, and life coasts along for them until Bailey experiences a devastating blow. Tragedy exacerbates her OCD, and Reece realizes her tics aren’t so cute and quirky anymore. Just like all the others, he has the choice to leave.

But Reece isn’t like all the others.

The Wilmington Saga

Follow the stories of Wilmington, NC residents as they fall in and out of love, mend and break hearts, grow, change, lose, win, and experience what it means to truly live in this small coastal community.

(This teaser is rated R. Please be mindful of that before you read. Lots of language. Lots.)

“Tell me again why we’ve done our last four beach trips here?” I said. “I mean, we know everyone in this goddamn town. Isn’t the point of a trip to get away? So we don’t have to see people?”

“Bailey, tone down the bitchiness, okay?” Erica ordered. She dug around the inside of her purse for her cell phone. “And you know why. Noah, God love him, is a moron with our kids. I’ve gotta stay close until they get older.”

I snorted, then took off towards another club.

“Bailey!” Erica called, running after me.

“I’m not ready to go back to the hotel,” I said, shrugging off her arm.

“That’s fine. We can hang out, but if you go dark on me . . .”

“Nobody’s going dark, okay? I just wanna get my dance on,” I replied.

I spent the rest of the evening getting wasted and looking like a total slut out on the dance floor. My goal was to erase two recent painful memories: shaking my ass for Reece and seeing my ex-fiancé on a booty date.

When Erica and I emerged from the club at 2:30 A.M., a taxi van was waiting. A group of young men (one carrying a case of beer) cut in front of us and threw open the van door.

“Oh, well,” Erica said. “Let’s find another.”

The boy toting the beer spotted us. “Oh, my bad. You wanted this taxi?”

“It’s cool,” Erica replied. “You guys take it. We’ll wait for another.”

“Well, I’ve got a better idea. Why don’t you come with us? We’re going to a film screening.”

The others nodded, shuffling around the sidewalk.

A film screening at 2:30 in the morning? Please. I shook my head. “Thanks, but we’re tired. We’re gonna go home.”

“Nah! Come with us. It’s gonna be a fun time,” Beer Boy pleaded.

“No no,” I replied. “You all go have a good time.”

He turned to his friend and muttered, “Fucking bitch.” A few of the boys snickered.

Excuse me?

And then something in my brain snapped. I watched that little college punk stand there, avoiding my face, gripping his bush-league beer while the taxi driver yelled at his punk ass posse to make a decision.

“Hey, son!” I called in his direction. “There’s no need for that. No need for that kind of language.”

He hung his head—literally hung his head—while I chastised him.

“Bailey, let’s go.” Erica tugged on my arm.

“Now, I’m sorry we turned you down, and I’m sorry if that embarrassed you, but maybe we don’t feel like ‘screening’ the bullshit home movie you shot for film class on your bullshit, cheap ass camcorder.”

“Oh my God,” Erica said.

“We got to this cab first. Then you and your dipshit friends come barreling down the sidewalk and steal it. What you need to be saying to me is ‘I’m sorry’. And then you need to go brush up on the manners you clearly left at home when you came to college. Ain’t nobody gonna wanna fuck a little asshole like you if you can’t be classy,” I said.

“Bailey!” Erica hauled me along.

“Punk ass motherfucker!” I yelled over my shoulder. He flipped me off. I fought Erica as hard as I could. “Let me at him. One minute with that little shit! Just one!”

“Bailey Mitchell!” Erica screamed in my face. “He’s a doofus! All right?! Calm. Down.”

copyright S. Walden, 2014

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  1. I cant wait to read this book!
    Ps. l love the cover <3

  2. Maria Theresa SantosFebruary 13, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Followed you via email

  3. Hi! I can't wait to read this! I follow you on Facebook and email :) Love all your books you're an amazing author!

  4. Looks great! Following you on GFC! :-)

  5. following through email and facebook and goodreads.

  6. Am I excited? That's a trick question right? OF COURSE! I can't wait for this one :)

  7. I follow by email & I cant wait to read this book !! Thank you for the chance to win :-)

  8. I am following you on G+ KellyMae Helfrich

  9. i follow via email and I'm very excited!!!

  10. I follow via email and im very excited!!!

  11. Oh sounds like a good read! And living in NC makes me want to read it even more! Even tho I don't live near Wilmington, I have been a few times and I love the coast!

  12. I am following you with GFC. I enjoy your blog.

  13. Thank you for the giveaway, hope I win!

  14. I have read your book going under and loved it. I cant wait to read this one.

  15. Loved Going Under,,,cannot wait!!!

  16. loved the post, I follow you of GFC

  17. I follow you by email! And no!! I cannot wait! I need it now!!!

  18. I follow by email & FB. Thank you so very.

  19. I absolutely love the cover Summer!! Good choice!