Lifers by Jane Harvey-BerrickPublication date: February 7th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
After eight years in prison, twenty-four year old Jordan Kane is the man everyone loves to hate.
Forced to return to his hometown while on parole, Jordan soon learns that this small town hasn’t changed since he was carted off to juvie all those years ago. He is the local pariah, shunned by everyone, including his own parents. But their hatred of him doesn’t even come close to the loathing he feels every time he looks in the mirror.
Working odd jobs for the preacher lady, Jordan bides his time before he can leave this backwards town. But can distance erase the memories that haunt him? Trapped in the prison of his own mind Jordan wonders if the pain of living will ever subside?
Torrey Delaney is new in town and certainly doesn’t behave in a way the locals believe a preacher’s daughter should. Her reputation for casual hook-ups and meaningless sex is the talk of the town. Add that to her budding friendship with the hardened ex-con handyman, and the good Reverend is less than thrilled with her estranged daughter’s path.
As friendship forms, is it possible for two damaged people who are afraid to love take their relationship to the next level? Can Torrey live with Jordan’s demons, and can Jordan break through Torrey’s walls? With the disapproval of a small town weighing heavily on them, will they find their place in the world? Can they struggle against the odds, or will their world be viciously shattered?
Is love a life sentence?
Due to scenes of a sexual nature, not recommended for under 18.
Sarah Tree What made you start writing in the first place?
I’ve always written. But I started writing fanfiction and then someone told me I should write my own books. That’s where I started.
Sheena Lumsden How did you feel when your first book went live on Amazon?
Nervous. Excited. Like standing on a cliff and wondering if you were going to fly or fall.
What inspires you to write and when did you start to write?
Everything inspires me: places, people, conversations, things I see, just my own imagination.
Do you put parts of your own personality into your characters?
Yes. But I’m not going to tell you which! LOL
How long does it take you to write a book and send it to publish?
The longest I’ve taken to write a book is two years—Dazzled, but I wasn’t writing all the time. Usually it’s about 4-6 weeks for a first draft. But that’s total absorption, 7 days a week, to the point where my husband complains he’s forgotten what I look like. Then, I guess 2-3 months for second draft, editing, cover (by the very wonderful Hang Le), and formatting.
Do you have a favorite book?
Persuasion, by Jane Austen. No competition.
What author inspires you?
See above. Her dialogue was razor sharp. I also loved the Fifty Shades stories, even though it seems popular to slate them now. Forget all the bdsm stuff – it’s about being redeemed by love. What’s not to like?
Apart from writing what other activities do you enjoy doing?
Walking my dog, swimming, bodyboarding (but only in good weather these days), ogling surfers changing in the car park.
Sarah Tree Who’s your favorite three authors?
In contemporary romance, A Meredith Walters, Devon Hartford, JD Dixon… Hmmm, after that, well, just loads!
How do you think up such great characters to write about?
Thank you! I’m not sure I can answer that. The plot usually comes rushing in with fully formed characters. They develop as I write but they just seem to land in my brain.
The male and female ones? Lol The male ones are always HOT too!! hehehe
It’s so much fun writing about hot guys. Wish fulfillment, I expect. But I like adding little tidbits of humor, too. I like writing about relationships that challenge the norm. Someone told me that all my books are about second chances. I hadn’t realized that, but I think it’s true.
I started writing contemporary romance two years ago. Before that, I didn’t think I could write a sex scene. Turns out I can!
My lucky number is 13 because I was born on the 13th and live near a haunted castle by the ocean. My number one past-time is watching hot surfers get changed into (and out of) their wetsuits.
My husband doesn’t read my books. My mother does.
Writing is my love, my hobby, my total addiction. All my characters are important to me and whisper their stories, even when I’ve finished writing their books. That’s why you’ll often find bonus chapters/out-takes from various books, because those voices just won’t be quiet.