The Redenzione Series Book 1
by Perryen Livingston Genre: Romantic Suspense
An emotionally gripping story about love, family secrets, and self-discovery.
A single test was all it took to turn my world on its axis. The life that I had and the life that I knew nothing about, would soon collide. Love and hate, truth and lies, bitterness and rejection, redemption and clarity- would I find my truth? I am Talyn Rose Easton-Galiano and this is my story of who I was, who I became, and ultimately who I am. They say that life is stranger than fiction... but they don't have my life.
The party starts in a few hours and I have last minute items to get on the racks. My hair is done and my face is on but if anyone walked in here right now, they would think I was robbing the place. I’m in my favorite Ramones T-shirt, cut-off shorts, and cowboy boots. Lando went home to get ready and Piper isn’t here yet. This place is going to be glitz, glamour, and noise soon. The quietness is peaceful to me. I love a good party but I also like to just enjoy the silence.
I’m in the back-storage room on the ladder when I hear the husky voice of my husband.
“Ladder. You’re on a ladder.”
“That I am. Want to hand me those last two boxes?”
“Babe, the cutoff shorts, cowboy boots.”
“Gracen! Focus. Boxes.”He adjusts his cock in his suit pants and then hands me the boxes. As I start to climb down while trying not to kill myself, he steps up to the ladder and stops me.
“I never knew I had a ladder fantasy until I walked in here but dammit, Taly, get that T-shirt and your shorts off now. The cowboy boots stay on.”
Well, well, well. I think I’m going to love this fantasy. We don’t have a whole lot of time but that’s sure not going to stop me. I yank my T-shirt off over my head and my tits are bare. No bra tonight. I peel my shorts off and toss them behind me. No panties tonight, either. My dress is too tight and I would never be caught with a case of the VPL.
“Sit on the top and spread your legs open wide. Are you wet for me?”
“Yes, babe. Want a taste?” He doesn’t say a word as he reaches for my right hand and guides it to my pussy.
“Hold your pussy open for me and hook your left foot behind my head.”
The ladder is cold against my ass but I know that Gracen is about to bring the heat. He licks a slow trail from the bottom all the way to the top. This is torture in the best way. He blows a hot stream of air right on his target and that has me wrapping my leg around him tighter.
“Gracen, stop playing.” I’m cut off when he sucks my clit into his mouth and inserts a finger into my pussy. He’s finger-fucking me while sucking my clit. I scoot forward and he knows what I want, what I need to get me to the blessed O—sucking my clit, middle finger in my pussy, and his thumb in my ass.
“Ride my fingers, babe. Use me.” I grab ahold of his head, wrap my other leg around him, too, and ride his bearded mouth and his fingers. I meet him thrust for thrust, lean down grabbing my left piercing with my teeth and yank hard. He removes his fingers and I’m about to yell at him until I hear his zipper sliding down.
“Finger-fuck yourself and lean back, all the way back.”
I might’ve been a dancer but this doesn’t seem possible. He steps behind the ladder and up on one of the rungs and wouldn’t you know, his cock is mouth level. I slurp his cock practically down my throat and suck hard. Gracen is a pleaser. I come first, literally. While I suck him, he leans his body over mine and sucks my clit. I’d complain he was suffocating me if it didn’t feel so damn good.
“Watching you has me close, beautiful. You close?” I nod my head yes and he bites my clit hard. I yell out, “Holy shit! Yes! Don’t stop! Don’t you dare stop!”
He sucks my clit hard and bites down once more. I’m quivering and silently screaming as I fall over the edge of an amazing orgasm just as he comes in my mouth.
As he helps me down from the ladder, I already know that Lando is going to be pissed at me. My up-do is now a haphazard, half-do and I’m sure my face has been smudged off all over Gracen’s cock.
“You never cease to amaze me, Gracen. You’d think our sex life would be stagnant after two decades but… holy shit. I hate to come and run, babe. I have to try and make myself presentable”
“You look sexy. You have beard burn on your thighs.”
“And your beard smells like me.” I kiss his lips softly and start putting my clothes back on.
“Your hair needs to stay down unless you want all the hoity-toities to see that you have an impression of a ladder on your back.”
“The hell, Gracen! Seriously?”I’m not really mad but my hair is suffocating. It’s always up unless we get a cold snap in the weather. Lando is going to be pissed off that my hair is a mess and he’s also going to tell everyone he knows how it happened. I need a cigarette and a dunk in the Champagne fountain.
Perryen Livingston is a Southern-raised, Sicilian born, self-proclaimed rebel Belle. She is a lover of espresso, great books, all things Chanel, and Great Danes.
Perryen spent two decades traveling the world with her Air Force husband and two sons. In 2016, she finally was able to put down roots in Central Florida— the land of sunshine, beaches, and Disney.
Always one who needed to be creative to thrive, whether it be ballet or fashion design— Perryen knew her next adventure lay between the pages of a novel, her novel.
When she’s not writing, Perryen lives the domestic life wifein’ and momin’: lint-rolling dog hair off her signature-style black leggings, walking around barefoot, and spending time relentlessly loving on her family.
Little Dove is her first book in The Redenzione Series and will have two more books to follow. You can stay up to date on what’s happening next by following her on social media.
What is something unique/quirky about you? Something unique and quirky about me… my fashion sense. I don’t really follow the rules of fashion, I make my own rules. If it makes me happy, it makes me confident-- much to my children’s dismay. Another thing would be, I love shoes but hate wearing them. I’m almost always barefoot.
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you! Something really interesting that happened to me was during the summer of 1989. I was on vacation in London with my mama and sister, my sister was trying on wedding gowns in Harrod’s. A voice comes over the loud-speaker announcing that Harrod’s was closing for Princess Diana to come in and shop. After my mama wrangled my sister out of the wedding dress, everyone had cleared out. My fourteen-year-old self was hoping to see the princess. Well… I got my wish when I decided that I would twirl and spin out of the bridal section andsmack-- right into Princess Diana. She was the epitome of grace, but kind and compassionate. She smiled at me and waited patiently for the rest of my family to join me. To this day, I will never forget how beautiful she was. She was beautiful on the outside, but more so on the inside.
What are some of your pet peeves? Pet peeves: All other drivers but myself and chipped nail polish.
Where were you born/grew up at? I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up in a small town in Mississippi.
What are you passionate about these days? I am a passionate person in general, but what I’m most passionate about these days are my family, my writing, and giving back to others.
What do you do to unwind and relax? To unwind and relax, I either take a nap or watchThe Godfather1 and 2.
How to find time to write as a parent? As a parent, my children are my priority. My family always comes first, but I write when they are at work or in school. Sometimes it doesn’t give me many hours in the day, but I try to make them count.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less! Sassy. Full-throttle. Introvert/Extrovert. Wife. Mother.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? I first considered myself a writer when my mama told me that my mouth always got me into trouble and that I should write down what I wanted to say instead of talking.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie? My novel, Little Dove, I can see made into a movie. If someone can find a younger Sandra Bullock to play the lead, I’ll send you my contact information.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? Wow, okay. I’d have to say that traveling home to where it all began was a bittersweet, painful, and cathartic pilgrimage that I went on.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? My spirit animal would be a dove. I’m part Native American and it’s fitting in the essence that I was released when I was a baby, but I flew back.
What inspired you to write this book? My life inspired me to write Little Dove. I was adopted and at forty years old, I took an AncestryDNA test. Little Dove chronicles what I went through on my journey to self-discovery.
What can we expect from you in the future? The future for Perryen Livingston is to write more books, books I’m passionate about writing.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Little Dove? All of the characters in Little Dove are people that I know on a personal level. They are all responsible in who I am today.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book? I wanted to write a book that touched on a topic that was very personal to me. It was important for me to show the other side of adoption, the perspective from an adopted child. The emotions that adoptees feel and the struggles they go through, is very real. Little Dove follows Talyn’s journey from taking a DNA test to actually finding and meeting her biological family.
Where did you come up with the names in the story? The names of the characters are all variations of their real-life counterparts.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book? I won’t lie, Little Dove was an emotional rollercoaster for me to write. I lived through, still am, all the pain and heartbreak, the bitterness and rejection, the happiness and love, and the acceptance. I enjoyed being able to see my life from the beginning to the present, and knowing that I wouldn’t have changed a single thing that has happened to me. I had to go through all the ups and downs to get to a place of clarity and closure, but also acceptance.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick? Talyn Rose-- I am Talyn and she is me. Talyn is all about her family and her family-family. She always puts them first and would walk through fire to make sure any and all of them are safe and loved. But, Talyn also doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap. She fights for those who can’t fight for themselves.
Gracen-- Gracen is fiercely loyal and protective of Talyn. He is the calm to her storm. He is supportive and doesn’t clip her wings to make her something that she’s not.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel? You have to read Little Dove and all will become clear.
Who designed your book covers? My son designed my book cover(s). He is an amazing graphic artist who was able to take my vision and turn it into reality.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Honestly, no. I wrote what was raw and real and I didn’t hold myself back. My “characters” are all real people, but they had a voice that needed to be heard.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book? I learned that maybe the hero is a villain and the villain might just be a hero. As for me, I learned that the things in my life don’t define me, they align me.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers? To my readers: I am who I am and I will never compromise myself to fit into “The norm.” I write what I’m passionate about and try to blend the sad with happy, the “Oh, my gosh! No they didn’t” with humor and love.
What is your favorite part of this book and why? My favorite part(s) of the book would be the funeral scene and the crazy dynamic that I share with my best friends, Lando and Piper. Anything with Gracen is a favorite of mine, we are the greatest love story of all time and I get to go to sleep every night and wake up every morning beside him.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? I started out thinking that I had complete control of the reigns, but “Lando” hijacked his character and I just went with it. It’s like that in our real life relationship, too.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read. If you like strong, fierce women who tell it like it is, males who support and adore their females, humor, grit, raw and real emotions: Little Dove is a must read. I wanted to write and deliver a book that touched on very real emotions, but I wanted to show that love conquers all. I write exactly how I talk, so that comes across in my books.
Have you written any other books that are not published? The second book in The Redenzione Series, SUNSHINE & REIGN, is almost done. There will be a third book in the series, possibly more.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be? Rose. I love everything rose scented and the lead character’s name is Talyn Rose.
What did you edit out of this book? I’m a foul-mouthed Southern Belle. I edited out, believe it or not, a lot of cussing. Other than that, absolutely nothing. I wrote about as raw and real as I possibly could.
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