by Brandy Jellum
Authors are constantly asked “When is your next book coming out?” or “What are you working on next?”. As an author, I love being asked these questions, I love interacting with readers, and love knowing that they’re just as exciting as I am. However, for my next release, I’ve kept pretty quiet until I knew I couldn’t anymore. The reason for this was a simple one: the story holds a lot of emotion for me. And towards the end of March, I finally decided to let everyone know just what I was working on, and gave a little explanation as to why.
The story is a tribute. The greatest way I knew how to thank someone who impacted my life in a way I didn’t realize until it was too late. It was a story I wrote for my best friend, one I lost in August 2014. The loss was a terrible feeling, I had no idea how to get through it, so I turned to the one thing I knew how to do- I started to write. Before I knew it, the weight bearing down on my chest, crushing my lungs, was beginning to finally lift. With each word, I felt a little lighter. I was starting to breathe again, to function again, to look at pictures without crying, to see a yellow truck without the dam bursting, and to say her name without my heart feeling like it’s shattering in a million pieces. I never knew a pain like that until I lost my best friend, and I may never fully recover. But I do know that with this story, a little piece of her, the legacy she left behind, had been immortalized by the power of words.
That’s the thing I love most about writing: having the power to do anything I want. It’s healing, heartbreaking, loving, and all around the best way to say things that might’ve never been said. And while the story I wrote I honor of my best friend is purely fictional, each of the characters carry a little piece of her within them. Whether it’s the way they respond to a situation, their personality, the color of their hair or eyes, each of them is her. The most beautiful person I have ever come across in my life. And while it still hurts, I’m thankful for the thirteen years we shared together. I’m honored to be able to take this loss and to turn it in to something beautiful. All that was left was to give the story the perfect title, which was perhaps the easiest part of creating the story, and that is….This One’s For You. Because really, the story is for her, and every single person who was lucky enough to meet her, even if it was only once.
THIS ONE’S FOR YOU
Coming May 2014
Cover Reveal: April 22nd, 2015
Genre: New Adult
Blurb: All alone in a new state, Brennan Daniels has only the memories of her best friend, Reagan, to keep her company as she starts college. Reagan is the reason for everything Brennan does—before she died, she made Brennan promise to stay good until she found a man worth keeping. No boys, no dating, and definitely no falling in love—those were the rules for college, and Brennan carved them into the brick walls guarding her heart…
But there’s a fire burning behind those walls, and when Brennan meets Owen Scott, the (mysterious) new guy across the hall, she can’t deny the pull between them. He is everything she should never want. Everyone warns her to stay away—even Owen himself—but the heart wants what the heart wants, even if it knows that it’s going to get hurt—even if it means throwing old promises to new flames…
Title: If I Say Yes
Publication Date:April 2014 (Repub)
Series:Say Something, #1
Elizabeth Lewis was the child of Hollywood’s darling couple, until her father murdered her mother. Six years later, she has traded her flashy, luxurious lifestyle for one of safe anonymity as a literary agent. With a different name and appearance, Liza Winter is living the life of her dreams—one where she’s known for who she is instead of what her father did. Except her apartment should be condemned, her car only starts when it wants, she hates the romance genre she has been assigned, and the CEO’s deliciously attractive nephew is out to ruin her carefully laid plans.
Reid Harder has never met an obstacle he couldn’t overcome. When his new position in the romance department comes with a benefit his uncle didn’t mention, he decides to wage a war against the intelligent, beautiful Liza to destroy every argument she has for turning him down. Still, the closer he gets to winning the prize, the more he realizes that the woman is keeping secrets that may endanger not just her life but his. Will Liza overcome her mistrust of Reid to reveal her secrets before he learns the truth and walks away? Or will a grudge-wielding apparition from her past make her the next deadly Hollywood headline?
Title: If I Say No
Publication Date:December 2014
Series:Say Something, #2
Reid Harder thought his life was seemingly perfect. He had the woman he loved and nothing could go wrong. The only exception comes in the form of his brother—Rhett.
Set on revenge, his brother will stop at nothing to make Reid pay for his past mistakes. Teaming up with the FBI, Reid is determined to put an end to his brother once and for all. But sometimes, fate has other plans in store. His relationship with Liza is falling apart, enemies become friends, and family becomes his worst nightmare. With the future unknown, Reid must figure out a way to make amends with his past if he wants to move forward with his future.
At the beginning of 2014, Brandy signed a contract with publishing company Booktrope. She is very excited about the next chapter of her life and cannot wait to share her books and passion with readers.
When she isn’t writing, she can be found chasing after her husband, her four children and her black lab, Diesel. Or curled up on her favorite corner of the couch with her newest book.
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