Loving Josie was born in my head when readers begged for more from the series after Because of Beckett, A Torey Hope Novel Book 2. I tried to explain to them that there were no other characters to give a whole book to, but they convinced me that I could create some. Josie is a cousin that no one knew about and Kyle is an old high school friend of Jeremiah Jordan's. Both of them have had a series of events that lead them to Torey Hope.
Loving Josie is set in Torey Hope and involves the Morgan and Jordan families from the first two books in the series, but this story focuses on Josie and Kyle. It's in the same contemporary romance genre as the other books in my series, but this book has a bit of a paranormal/supernatural twist.
How many more books will there be in this series? When I started this journey, I had one goal and that was to write A book. While writing the first book, the second book was born in my head so I decided to write it as well. I was thrilled when readers loved the stories from Torey Hope. As I said above, I created Christmas in Torey Hope, A Novella and Loving Josie all because the readers and I weren't ready to leave Torey Hope behind. While I was writing Loving Josie, I found myself sad that the stories were truly over. One day, in the shower where all my best ideas are born, I thought about the future of Torey Hope and realized that the younger generation would eventually have stories as well. So, A Torey Hope Novel Series: The Later Years was born. To date, I have four more stories in this series planned in my head with a possibility of two others. Right now I'm about halfway through writing the first book in the continuation series. So, that's a long-winded answer to your question, but there are three books published to date, a new release on Jan 19, and at least four other books planned in the series. Eight books total, but 9-10 books isn't out of the question.
What is your 2015 release schedule? My goal for 2015 is to release the four books in The Later Years continuation. My rough plan right now is to have Decker released in February or March, but all releases are dependent upon how much writing I can get done while still teaching full time and being Mom. In addition, release goes out of my hands a bit when I turn the manuscript over for editing. But, February or March for Decker and then we'll see what happens from there. Sawyer, Zach, and Kendrick will have their stories in 2015 as well if I have my way.
One trait you share with your heroine in this book?
Josie Decker and I share some traits. Her history with her family is completely different than mine. However, she has a huge lack of self-confidence and that's something that I've dealt with over the years as well. I love that Josie and I sort of grew together; I was working on her story at the same time as I was really getting out there and meeting other authors and going to signings to meet readers. I found my confidence growing as I forced myself to meet strangers and to interact with the readers whom I love so dearly. Josie's lack of confidence stems from her past, but watching her grow and learn to love herself through this story was quite satisfying.
I hung on her words as I tried to piece together her past. Her gorgeous eyes were big and bright as she spoke and I felt a jolt in my stomach as I took in her flushed cheeks. Running my thumb across the inside of her wrist, I admired her delicate skin. Without thinking I pulled her wrist to my mouth and feathered a kiss across the skin there; her breath caught and our eyes met. I felt her pulse quicken under my thumb, “Last chance, Jo, are you sure you want to permanently ink your body?” I chose to ignore the heavy breathing and obvious sexual tension between us; I didn’t mean to cause that, I just had a gut reaction to seeing her like this and my mouth needed to touch her skin.
“Hey, are you okay?” I heard her voice just as her hand slipped into mine. I knew it was meant to be a friendly, caring gesture but the jolt of electricity it sent through my body to feel her skin on mine was just more than I could handle in the state I was in. I removed my hand from hers and moved away; what I longed to do was hug her to me, I wanted her closeness, I wanted her calming. But I shouldn’t want that; I couldn’t have that.
He leaned down and pressed his forehead against mine; his breathing increasing and his voice whispered in my ear, “Jose, if for one night, I could just forget it all, I’d take you in my arms and love on you until sunrise. My lips want to taste you. I want to feel your touch. I long to feel you wrapped around me. God, I hurt with wanting you.” He stopped speaking, as if he was too overcome to continue.
The man was perfection. Unattainable perfection.
Feel that? Feel how your body is straining to meet mine? Whatever you’ve believed about yourself in the past, let it all go and believe only what I tell you. Your body is alive for me and we’re going to have a damn good time finding out all about what your body wants from me and what mine wants from you
“That’s right, baby, I am yours… if we didn’t have an audience I’d show you just how much I’m yours.” I leaned down and kissed her a bit more possessively than I meant to.
I walked her to the full-length mirror on her closet door. “Look at yourself. Perfect. Beautiful. Mine.” I punctuated each word with a kiss to her neck.
you’re my light, my hope, my future. Before you, I looked toward the future and saw only blackness; now I look at the future and I see promise. A promise of you, of us. I had accepted that my life was to consist of just existing, but finding you brought me out of just existing to start living again. Thank you for that. Thank you for being you, for needing me, for saving me.”
A.D. always dreamed of being a teacher. Graduating from Indiana State University in 1999 and earning a Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003, she met her goal of entering the world of education. A.D. has been teaching in the inner city of Indianapolis, Indiana for 15 years. She spent the majority of her 15 years in fourth grade, but has now taken on the challenges of teaching 3rd and 4th grade alternative education students. A.D. loves teaching fractions, variables, probability, and graphing in Math. She loves almost all aspects of English Language Arts. Figurative language, theme, making predictions, drawing conclusions, inference, context clues, making writing come to life, A.D. loves it all! Her students don’t always share in that enthusiasm.
A.D. met her husband in college in 1996 and they married in June of 2000. She lives in a south side suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and two school-aged children. When she’s not reading or writing with music blaring, she can be found shopping at thrift stores, reading to her children, and running.
A.D. began her writing journey in October 2013 and she is grateful for the friends and support she’s found along the way.
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