Little White Lies Truth or Lies Series Book 1 by Jude Ouvrard Genre: New Adult Romance
Print Length: 235 pages Publication Date: January 6, 2020
When Hunter Reed’s longtime plans go awry following her college graduation, she has two choices. She can wallow in her grief, or she can get away from Utah, and the people who broke her. Determined to escape the shadow of her parents and make it on her own terms, she lands her dream job at an up-and-coming graphic design company in Portland, packs her bags, and hits the road.
No sooner has Hunter arrived, than the adventures begin. With a new apartment, and learning her job comes with a private office—and a handsome boss who is her age—she settles in straight away, befriending neighbors and co-workers alike. Welcomed into the fold, the transition is smooth and easy.
Almost too easy.
Just when she gets comfortable with how perfect her life is going, an unforgettable Elvis at a costume party will make Hunter forget everything she was taught about propriety, leading to a night of drunken abandonment and dangerous encounters that will set in motion a web of little white lies which could undo everything she has worked so hard for.
Although Hunter finds herself facing two choices again, this time, her heart is on the line.
I close my eyes and again find myself resting against him while he holds me there, safe. I love how caring he is with me even though he has no idea who I am. Which is funny. Everything about tonight is funny. My costume, my attitude, his costume… it’s all a game, and for now, I’m having the time of my life. No need to worry about if my father finds out I went out in public like this. He won’t. I’m far from home. This is my life. It’s past time I start living it. The more I think about it, the more hilarious I find the situation. I never would’ve done half of what I’d done tonight if it weren’t for Catwoman. It’s weird. WhoamI? For now, the only certainty is that I’m a single woman who’s enjoying a night out in a new city.
“Are you feeling okay?” Elvis asks again, and his concerns amuse me.
“Yeah, yeah. I’m fine. Hey, if not for the costumes, would you have done all of this with me tonight?” I ask, uncertain if I want to hear his answer.
“You mean dancing, making out,” his eyes lower to my lips, “and drinking. Maybe. I don’t know.” A little frown forms a crease in the makeup on his forehead. “I think we’re having fun, and that’s all we should think about now.”
“Hey, Hunter,” Xander calls my name, and I turn around. The look on his face tells me something isn’t right. “Emma isn’t feeling so good, so we’re heading home. Are you coming? You’re looking pretty drunk yourself, maybe you should come, too.” Elvis steps away from me, then, and I can feel indecision tugging me in half. On impulse, I call back, “You can go, I’ll call a taxi later.” There’s no way I’m leaving now; I’m having way too much fun.
“Are you sure?” Xander asks, his attention fixed on Elvis; it’s sweet of him to feel protective of me so soon after us meeting.
“Yes.” I nod. “Are we still hanging out tomorrow?”
“Sure, unless you end up marrying Elvis tonight.” I start laughing. “In Vegas, maybe.” I laugh at my own joke for a few seconds more then turn to Elvis. “I have to say bye to my friend, I’ll be right back.” I hook my arm into Xander’s, hoping not to trip. These heels have gotten harder to walk in as the night has gone on. The closer we get to the table, the more I can see how green Emma looks.
“Oh, my gosh. What happened to her?”
“She had one too many beers and her dinner came out her nose in the restroom,” Xander explains with a chuckle. She’s worse off than me, and I feel bad for her. That must have hurt like hell.
“What’s up with you and the Elvis guy?” Xander asks.
“I don’t know. He’s nice.” I start laughing. “I don’t have a clue what I’m doing, Xander, other than having a good time. Maybe, for the first time in my life.” He grins and squeezes me closer to his body.
“Hunter, I thought you’d forgotten about us.” Despite feeling sick, Emma still noticed I’d been busy with someone. She cared, and I’m touched.
“No, no, guys. I’m sorry.”I hug Emma and regret it right away. She smells terrible. Vomit isn’t my fragrance of choice. We walk outside, where the air is a lot colder.
“Will you be okay by yourself?” Emma’s concerned, but she shouldn’t be. I can handle this. I tuck a strand of hair behind her ear.
“Don’t worry about me. Go home, drink a lot of water, and with any luck, tomorrow, you’ll be fine.”
“Okay, then, I’ll see you tomorrow.” They depart in a taxi cab, leaving me alone. Elvis flashes in my mind, but I’m not in a hurry to go back inside. All the thumping music and elevated body temperatures were making me feel dizzy. The cool, fresh air is soothing, so I stay outside. I look around and the city is quiet, it’s only in my head where things are kind of loud. I still feel the music vibrations in my pulse, and the touches of my mystery Elvis’ arms around my waist or teasing my bum. The few things we’ve said to each other replay in my mind. I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m new to the dating thing. After so many years of being faithful to a man who dropped me, now I want to experience what people my age do when they are single. From what I know, Jared didn’t cheat on me in a physical sense, but it was clear he had eyes for someone else while we were together. I don’t let my mind think about thewhat ifsbecause it’ll kill my mood. We’re over. That’s all there is to say.
“Meeooowww,”someone says behind me, and I spin around.
“Are you lost, little kitten? Do you have a name tag or something? I would love to bring you home with me and pet you.” His words repulse me. What kind of a pick-up line is that? It’s disgusting. “Eww, stop that. You’re gross.”
Jude Ouvrard is a mom, a girlfriend, a sister, and a daughter... well, you get the idea.
She's also an avid reader and writer. Ouvrard loves books--the words in them, and the worlds of fantasy they create. Basically, she's a sucker for any type of romance book. That's her thing.
Born and raised in a small village in the Canadian countryside, it's been nearly two decades since she moved out of the family home to go explore and enjoy the city life. Living with her longtime boyfriend, their son, and their fur babies in Montreal, her days are labored away at a law firm while she lives her dream job by night. Writing. Creating. Giving shape and form to the characters who whisper their stories in her head.
Ouvrard writes new adult, military, and contemporary romance tales filled with drama, love, and everything in between.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
When I was young, elementary school, I started making up stories in my head and writing them before bed every night. During my teenage years, I was more into poems and deeper writing. After that, I went back to writing stories and such but for my own pleasure. After reading the Twilight Series, I decided to write in English rather than in French, my first language and things started to change. I became a published author soon after making the transition.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in the country of Quebec, Canada. Not too far from the border of New York and Vermont. I grew up with horses, lamb, cats, dogs, cows, you get the idea and later moved to Montreal to pursue my education.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
With my family. They are the reason why I’m here and the most important people in my life. I don’t care what we would do as long as we’re happy, sharing memories, making memories and having a good time.
Who is your hero and why?
Jeff Buckley is a musician, songwriter that I admire a lot. I have been listening to his music for years and I never get tired of it. His way with words and the melody he creates are simply amazing. HIS VOICE, omg! he was unique. Sadly, he passed away but his music is still here with us.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I take a long warm bath, rest, and watch Netflix later with my laptop on my knees and my manuscript ready to get more words in.
How to find time to write as a parent?
I write late at night or on my way to and from work.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Weird, funny, creative
Do you have a favorite movie?
I have many favorite movies and most of them are books adaptations. Nicholas Sparks, Anna Todd, in the romance genre or last week, I watched The Witcher on Netflix and I loved it. If you haven't watched it yet, do it now.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Lost & Rich because I can totally see myself laughing at Gracie’s dialog. She’s all over the place. I would also love to see Little White Lies because it’s the book I'm most proud of.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
An owl. I love owls. They are so beautiful and weird at the same time. I would love to pet one or hold one but they aren't really friendly.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to write a story that was believable and had some layers to it. Many years ago, I travelled to Utah and this trip inspired me with the main character. She is from Salt Lake City, and his from a religious family. I don’t mention the religion, that’s intentional but it helped creating a backstory.
What can we expect from you in the future?
A sequel, Hidden Truths. After that, I don't know yet.
Who designed your book covers?
JM Walker, just write creations
How did you come up with name of this book?
I had a hard time with the title of this book. I changed it a couple of times.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
The Halloween party at the pub. This is where it all begins. It’s fun, sexy and also full of drama.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Xander. I love him. He is funny, a good dancer, cute and I don’t know. I had a lot of fun writing him.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
They all come from my imagination. I try not to base my characters off someone I know in real life. It could end up complicated. I don't know. I try not to do it.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
I write as I go. I never have a plan when I start a book. The characters lead the way but at the same time, I still have the last word. Sometimes, I change my mind in the process or I don't like the direction the story is going in and I start over the chapter. I read and reread my story as often as needed to keep in mind every little details.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
Because it’s my best one. Trust me. My editor will agree too. I think this one reflects everything I wanted from the start. Get it now :)
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Humm, it would be a nature type of scent or something super girly. I’m not sure. That’s a tough question.
What did you edit out of this book?
The epilogue is now the first chapter of book 2. That’s all I can think of right now.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
What book do you think everyone should read?
I don't think I can pick just one but my best read of 2019 was the After series. I think everyone should read it. Or Safe Haven from Nicholas Sparks, I have read that book so many times.
How long have you been writing?
Many years but published for 6 years.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
The main characters I try to create them before I start writing the story but the other characters are created on the spot, when they appear in the story.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Google is my best friend. I study the city, the type of job I want for my characters, company names, last night, first name etc. I do a lot of research at first. Sometimes I try to find a cover picture too so the characters match with the cover picture.
Do you see writing as a career?
I wish but right now, it isn't possible for me.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
It keeps getting harder and harder. It’s a tough market with so many authors and amazing books. If you have the budget to plan marketing and reach readers all over the world, it's amazing. BUT if you don’t, its rough.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I’m all about romance. It’s all I read.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what I want. It comes from the heart and I think it’s what readers like in the end.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Few months. Never more than six. When I write, I try to keep a steady writing schedule. I can’t write ten thousand words in a day like some authors but I make sure I write at least one thousand a day.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I do. I had a really hard time writing Midnight kiss. I struggled big time and it hadn't happened to me in a long time. I was doubting every word and questioning the storyline.
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