It's finally here - Naked's release day. I am really proud of this story, because it is the first time I went outside my comfort zone to write a story. Naked and Far from Home is a more serious story than I am used to writing, and it is not a romance, not in the conventional sense. But it is a story that I was compelled to tell.
In Naked and Far from Home, we follow Tia through the many stages of her teenage years, while, through her eyes, we watch Clinton struggle with adulthood. But there is a balance; their story isn't all somber and maudlin. We experience, with Tia and Clinton, the excitement of first love, first kisses, and first break-ups. We have fun reminiscing as they live through the uniqueness that was the 1980s and the first days of MTV. And we remember a time before cell phones, the internet, and the instant gratification that comes along with.
This is a love story of a different kind. Join Tia and Clinton on their journey through firsts, and experience a love that is not limited by conditions. A raw and emotional love story of the very best kind.
You can buy Naked and Far from Home - HERE
Tia Mercury was a freshman in high school and had her first serious crush – on a senior who wouldn’t touch her. At least not until she turned eighteen.
Clinton Daniels was not your everyday teenage boy, and because his tougher-than-nails father wouldn’t let him forget it, Clinton became a loner. And learned to distrust everyone.
Until he met Tia.
She was sweet, she was funny, and she knew nothing about good music. It was the nineteen-eighties for goodness sake – time to turn off that AM radio crap. So, while Tia drooled over Clinton, he was busy making her mix-tapes.
She was falling in love. He was ignoring his heart.
See, Clinton had a secret. But sharing it could cost him their friendship, and he was not willing to risk losing the only person he ever loved.
Naked and Far from Home is a serious story that spans a decade. A tale about unconditional love and what two people are willing to look past to prove that love.
I know it may not be the most politically correct thing to do, but since my mom can't leave me a review on Amazon (she's tried...several times), I thought I'd share her review on my own website. Because why not share what my mother has to say about my writing. She IS the woman who raised me, and isn't her opinion as important, to me MOST important, as anyone else's? YES, IT IS!!! So here it is - my mother's thoughts on my most recently published book REACHING ROSE.
I really enjoyed the book......like the Broadway song goes "For Good" ....."I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led to those who help us most,to grow.....because I knew you .....I have been changed For Good."
When we meet Rose an aspiring Broadway dancer and Ben an aspiring major league pitcher we become totally touched by their love story.
They face unbearable life changing circumstances but are determined to make their dreams a reality.....and to succeed.
J. P. Grider handles such sensitive issues with amazing grace and even humor.....
They will touch you heart and their strength will touch your soul.....for good!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grider is AMAZING!! June 1, 2015
By H. N.
**I was provided an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for providing my opinion.**
Reaching Rose by J.P. Grider is AMAZING!!!! I don’t think that I have loved a book so much in a while. This is a story about loss, love, second chances and making your dreams come true. I have never read anything from this series or this author before but that is going to change. I think this may be a new favorite series and author for me.
Reaching Rose is about Rose Duncan, a dancer with big dreams that are shattered when she is hit by a truck and loses her leg, and Ben Falco, a pitcher with dreams of making it to the major leagues. The two meet in a rehabilitation facility and while it is a rocky start, they grow with each other and learn to lean on each other for support. Just when things are starting to get figured out for the two of them, life throws another curve ball.
The storyline is fabulous and moves along rather well. The characters in this story are honest, raw and full of true emotion. This is a very believable story and will make the reader second guess their lives and whether they are living to their full potential. This story makes the reader feel a myriad of emotions.
This story is a MUST READ for any reader. The message is powerful and I believe readers can learn a lot about themselves through the characters in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Home run and 5 brilliant stars for Reaching Rose. June 1, 2015
By Samantha A Pereira
After a few chapters in I found myself comparing this book to Since Drew by J. Nathan, which I loved. The similarities are pretty striking with a few exceptions. Ben is the all American baseball guy, sweet as apple pie. Rose is struggling much more with herself than I ever thought possible.
An accident takes away Rose's one true passion, dancing. She goes through a hell of a time grieving and finds that Ben brings out her emotions and even makes her talk after refusing to for some time. Ben never gives up and really wants to get close to Rose. In this relationship I really couldn't help comparing them to Andi and Drew from Since Drew accept Ben is Rose's saving grace with the grief, not the other way around.
The story weaves in and out of Ben and Rose's points of view allowing you to see their frustration, their anger, their pain, and the growing need for the other. It is a sweet, heartstrings pulling kind of read that will make you laugh, smile, hurt, and sigh with relief. Ben saves Rose and in turn she ultimately saves him by bestowing him with the chance to fall in love. I didn't expect the story to roll out the way J.P. Grider let it but I'm glad because it is one hell of a story. Long live love saving people when they most need it to!
WHAT REACHING ROSE IS ABOUT:
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Publication date: May 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Rose Duncan is dancing on Broadway. She’s spent hours a day for the last two decades to get there, and now she’s living the dream. She’s happy, she’s driven, and life couldn’t get any better.
Ben Falco is a pitcher whose only goal is to make it to the Major Leagues. He keeps his grades up, he doesn’t party, and he stays away from committed relationships – they’ll only distract him.
But when Ben meets Rose, she’s no dancer, and she’s certainly not happy. In fact, she doesn’t seem to be living at all. Yet something about her makes him want to know what’s turned her into this shell of a person, and if he can be the one to reach inside her mind and pull her out.
Ben doesn’t want a relationship. Rose doesn’t want to get better. But once their hearts collide, it’s a whole new ballgame.
Reaching Rose is a story about Rose and Ben, and a little about their friend Johnny Gleason – a genius who has plans of his own until they too slip from his grasp. This is a tale about love, loss, and guts, and the ability to play hardball when life throws you a curve.
THE COVER REVEAL:
I am organizing a cover reveal for Reaching Rose by J.P. Grider, a New Adult Contemporary Romance, designed by For the Love of Reading Cover Design. The reveal is scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd, 2015(after 12:01AM EST).
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So I went to see the long awaited Fifty Shades of Grey movie. My take? 2.5 Stars.
The acting was good. I enjoyed Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan's versions of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Dakota was especially spot on. Jamie Dornan was probably more benign than I remember the book version of Christian, but he was believable. The story was okay too - I enjoyed their chemistry during conversations and negotiations. I even enjoyed Christian's family at the dinner table and Ana's best friend Kate. Marcia Gay Harden and Eloise Mumford were engaging as Christian's mother and Ana's best friend.
What I didn't like were the most anticipated elements of the movie - Christian and Ana in what Christian called 'The Playroom' and Ana called 'The Red Room of Pain.' It's quite obvious their reasons for the different interpretations. However, the movie made the scenes all too real for me, and I did not enjoy watching them. In fact, I wanted to walk out during the last scene of the movie. It's not that the screenwriters got it wrong. I was the one that got it wrong when I first read the books. I believe my imagination would not allow me to perceive the actual severity of the acts. What I read in the books was much more amorous than what I realize was written. I'm okay with that, because I like my imagination the way it is - harmless and innocent. But watching the movie? It left nothing to my imagination and, therefore, left me startled and disappointed.
But go watch the movie and decide for yourself.
These are my opinions and are meant to be taken that way. I'd love to hear yours, so please leave me a comment and let me know. However, please do not be rude or disparaging. This is my happy place. Thank you, and...
Welcome to my new website. I hope you like it and find it easy to use.
To fill you in on what I've been doing, I will let you know that I am more than halfway done with my third book in my New Adult Hunter Hill University series - Reaching Rose. You've met Rose in Calling California and Mending Michael, now you'll get to read all about her and her new relationship with Ben, the boy you met in Mending Michael. I am so excited for you to read it and I can't wait until it's finished. Reaching Rose will be released in May of 2015.
I am also writing a Young Adult book that I will be penning under another name - PJ Green. You can look for Clinton and Me to be released in Summer, 2015.
Enjoy my new website. Happy Reading. And as always, Smiles,
Withering Hope by Layla Hagen
Publication date: January 19th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
*This will be a STANDALONE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE.*
Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.
But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.
As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.
Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.
Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.
Amazon: no pre-order available. Purchase link will go live on January 19th
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/withering-hope-layla-hagen/1120913595?ean=2940151753722
My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough