Love Inside the Silence by A.L. Long Genre: Romantic Suspense
Everything can change in a split second, before you can take your next breath.
Willow Parker had everything going for her, a future she dreamed of every since she was a little girl would soon to become reality.
It’s funny how things can change in a split second, at the drop of a hat. I, for one, never thought that I would be a victim of those crazy idioms, but unfortunately, no one can predict what the future will bring or what will happen from one minute to the next. For me, my fate was decided five years ago. It was an unforeseen tragedy, one that no one deserved, especially me. How was I to know that changing my daily routine would have an outcome that would leave me in silence for the rest of my adult life?
One thing I didn’t count on was facing the man who changed my life forever.
There was something different about her. I couldn’t put my finger on it. I usually had no problem judging people at first glance, but not her. She was out of her element, that was evident, but her shy disposition was refreshing. More than that was the way she looked. If down-to-earth had a singular meaning, she would be it. She had a natural beauty that only a handful of women possessed. Her hair was a soft brown laced with light blonde stands, sun kissed if I had to guess, which framed her flawless face. It wasn’t her face or her smile that got my attention, but the brilliant color of sapphire that stared back at me when I entered the elevator.
A lot had changed during my absence. There were faces I didn’t recognize. Even the security guards were new, and I certainly would have remembered the beautiful women standing beside me. Shit, new people? No need to panic yet. Hopefully, there wouldn’t be any new faces once I got to the fortieth floor. The last thing I needed was to try to explain why I didn’t know their names. I was overthinking. My nerves were getting the best of me. Sawyer would have said something when we spoke this morning about making the switch. Having a twin brother had its rewards. If it hadn’t been for Sawyer, I might not have had a company to come back to. Thankfully, he knew enough about investments to step in until my time at Men’s Central was done. It was the worst kind of torture.
To this day, not one day goes by that I don’t think about the woman I hit. Even though they withheld her name from me, I would do whatever I could to pay her back for what I did. That was, if I ever found her. I shouldn’t have gotten behind the wheel. It was dumb and irresponsible. Looking back, I knew I could have killed her.
Award winning Author of the Independent Press Award and NYC Big Book Award. A.L. Long is also the recipient of the National Indie Excellence Award.
My love for writing began several years ago after an early retirement from a demanding job that I loved, but also hated because it consumed so much of my time. Now, I am able to focus my time on what I love. Writing romance has been a life long dream and to actually say that I am a published author is beyond what I would have ever expected.
Even though some may say I have a little naughtiness in my books, I look at it as an added bonus for my readers. After all what is a romance book without a little spice.
When I am not writing, I enjoy spending time with friends either at home or out on the town. Mostly, I enjoy a relaxing night at home where I can enjoy a glass of wine in the company of a good book.
Advice you would give new authors?
When I first started writing nearly seven years ago, I wished that I knew what I know now. The hardest part about writing isn’t writing the story, but figuring how to promote it. I had no idea what I would do once I published my first book. There was a lot of trial and error. One thing I learned early on was the importance of a launch team and or Street team. I have an amazing street team that has been with me for five years. I don’t know where I would be without them. Another must, finding readers who will become a part of an ARC team. Reviews are an enormous part in determining how well your book sells. There isn’t one person who I know who wouldn’t love to receive a free book for an honest review.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
The world is filled with self-published authors and I am one of them. When I first began writing I learned that there are many self-publishing companies out there all of which wanted to promote my book. They are not all what they are cracked up to be. Writer beware. I learned the hard way. I chose one of these companies and I was not impressed. Yes, they talked about marketing my book to film producers, book expos, and so on, but for a handsome fee. I didn’t like the fact that didn’t have control over my work. Needless to say, I ended my contract and now I have control over my work. Not to say that you won’t have better luck, but for me, I would never use a self-publishing company again.