Calvin Edwards has everything he could dream about— perfect lifestyle, running the family real-estate company back in London. He takes a holiday up north to visit his parents only to find a young pregnant woman attempting to take her life. Wishing to help, Calvin becomes a friend to her, only fears he’s out of his depth. Just when he thinks he can do this his past resurfaces, sending his life crashing.
Kacey is pregnant and her life is out of control with nowhere left to go. She descends on her mum for one last chance for help, only to have the door slammed in her face. At her wits end, she is alone, scared, and helpless until Calvin comes along. He becomes a dear friend giving her kindness, something she thought no longer existed in the world. Only she finds what she’d pushed to the back of her mind through selfish pain is back. Her past with all its mistakes has come back to life!
Excerpt Calvin Edwards
“What the heck has she been telling you? Honestly, that girl wouldn’t know the word truth if it hit her in the face. She is after money, no doubt to take back to her drug dealing boyfriend.”
Calvin stepped forward needing to correct the evil woman. “She finished it, and she isn’t with him. Instead, she is scared and looking for someone to love her, but clearly the word ‘love’ means nothing to you. What mother,” he said, marching forward pointing his finger in her face, “would allow their daughter at her most vulnerable state to walk the streets, how can you not care? No shame? She is frightened and yet, she is the one holding the grudge with you…yet you have turned it onto her. She is broken, has no one and nowhere to go and yet you…you…” He gritted his teeth.
“Calvin,” he heard his mother’s voice from behind as she touched his left shoulder. “Step back.”
“No,” he growled. “She,” he said, pointing to Rosalind, “what she has done. I saved your daughter. I,” he said, thumping his chest, “I stopped your daughter from jumping off the bridge. I saved her. I was the one who coaxed her down,” he screamed.
Tears ran down his cheeks and could feel his mum holding onto his shoulder for comfort. He had to do it. He had to make her see how weak her daughter was and her mental state.
Rosalind widened her eyes, glaring at him.
“Yes, I saved her, I stopped her,” he said lowering his voice in heartache. “All she needed was someone to reach out to and help her take care of herself. She has nothing…nothing. You imagine feeling that lonely,” he said, glaring deep into her eyes through the tears.
“I have spent a few days listening to your daughter, trying to help her, guide her, get her the help she needs, but as my good friend keeps telling me! She isn’t my problem, but I have made her my problem. I want to help her, and no, it’s not just because she’s expecting your grandchild,” he snarled. Calvin didn’t want anyone assuming that, but they would, of course they would, and he’d be the first to admit when he saw her bump, he had to do what he could to get her down from the bridge.
“Calvin,” his mum muttered.
“No, Mum,” he said, turning his head to glare at her. He watched his mum gulp. “Even you would admit you were fooled into the real reason why she left the village.” He turned his head back to meet Rosalind’s eyes. “Weren’t we?”
Rosalind still looked gormless, frowning like she had no idea what he was talking about.
“Don’t you care your daughter was about to jump into the river and take her and the baby’s life?” he sneered.
She stared at him, shocked, like she had no idea what was going on with her daughter, puzzlement across her face and her eyes roamed all over the room, like the walls would give her answers.
“Sorry! Is that all you can say. Sorry,” his voice rose. “Well, you're saying it to the wrong person, but then why would you wish to waste your breath on your daughter, when she is the one who has disgraced you. I mean heaven forbid she would turn out to be the little angel you had wished for, but noooo, she had to get herself knocked up, didn’t she?” he roared.
Author Holly J. Gill
A wife and a mum to three grown up children, and lives in the UK. Holly J. Gill is a romance writer, her main genre being erotic, romance and has recently been exploring new channels, paranormal and contemporary. Holly has been writing since being a young girl, having characters talking to her, and longing to get their stories written. Finally, her dream came true two years ago, when getting her first contract with Secret Cravings Publishing for her Desires series. In Holly’s spare time she loves spending quality time with her family, seeing friends for lunches and sharing her new potential ideas for books. She enjoys listening to music, watching movies and travelling around England visiting the beautiful countryside.
Writing is where Holly’s heart is…
Where to find Holly
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Romance Holly : http://hollyjodygill.blogspot.co.uk/
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Where to find Holly’s books
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Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Innocence-Book-Holly-J-Gill-ebook/dp/B00Y5OSHS4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1432456496&sr=8-3&keywords=holly+j+gill
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Wow, when a certain tune grips you, tugs you, forces you to listen repeatedly to the point your imagination becomes invaded, abducted, whisked into the story and before I realised I had four novels were written…wow breather! This happened with my new latest release by Secret Cravings Publishing, Innocence series.
The song is Return To Innocence by Enigma a tune released back in 1993. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfNjXtuqp94
This song had been on constant repeat, it gave me the drive, the power to write this series. Innocence for me overall set a new challenge due to me changing my genre, I usually write erotica which is out now the Desires series about a sex club. However, this book is mainstream romance adult sweet contemporary and boy did it send my head in a whirlwind.
While writing Innocence written from the hero and heroine Kacey Richards and Calvin Edwards, I struggled at times coping with the emotion, I cried, I felt the characters heartache, while also giving the desire, passion to engage and fight for the characters destiny, and where they want to be.
The Cross Of Changes CD on you tube
That’s not the beginning of the end…famous words, vital to the story, where I pick up the story, Kacey is contemplating ending her life…only it not to be!
Love… Something Kacey Richards has forgotten exists, she had no one. Her life had turned dark not having a clue what it’s like to go to bed without sleeping with one eye open.
Devotion…This comes from the dedication, trust and loyalty from Calvin Edwards how he plays a massive role in offering Kacey kindness and devotion. ‘Don’t make promises you cannot keep’ something Calvin swears by.
Feelings…This is challenging between both Kacey and Calvin following their journey and going through the turbulence they both suffer together.
Emotions…This series if full of emotions, playing and pulling on the heart strings, sending their worlds upside down to the point neither one of them know how to deal or resolve the issues.
If you want, then start to laugh.
If you must, then start to cry.
Be yourself don’t hide,
Just believe in destiny.
These words just about sum up the series always fight to be yourself no matter what people say or how they judge you. We are all guilty of making assumptions and making the wrong decisions but with this comes destiny and somehow it finds your path, it’s just waiting for it that takes the longest!
A review on Amazon and Goodreads…
Wow! Innocence is an emotionally-charged read from the first page to the last. I could not stop reading. This is not a pretty story, but one of rough, edgy feelings that had me sheading a few tears. I fell in love with Calvin, a man who is not afraid to show his feelings and acknowledge his pain. While this story has strong romantic elements, it is a tale of the consequences of decisions made in the past and how they affect Kacey’s life irrevocably. I look forward to continuing her life’s journey in the next books in the series.
What more can I say?