Life comes with a bit of hurt, but luckily for these men, it also comes with the right amount of comfort to mend their breaks, both of the body and the heart. From facing deranged exes to economic trials, the men in these tales have faced trial by fire–or in some cases water–for the right to love and live. Step into their shoes as they rebuild their family after a gutting betrayal or traverse the stars with an unexpected partner. The Mended Daily Dose package delivers stories about all kinds of second chances built on love.
Tricia Kristufek, Shannon Shell, Felicitas Ivey, Zahra Owens, Emily Moreton, Cardeno C., S.A. Garcia, M. Lee, Ellis Carrington, Kim Fielding, Ari McKay, E.T. Malinowski, Bru Baker, K.C. Wells, Gwynn Marssen, Lee Comyn, Ashavan Doyon, Eli Easton, Charley Descoteaux, Therese Woodson, MA Ford, L.D. Blakeley, Elizabeth Noble, Kenzie Cade, Jayden Brooks
“Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again …”
So begins Daphne du Maurier’s novel, Rebecca. Little by little, the reader is drawn into the mind of the narrator and so into the minds and worlds of all the secondary characters. Thus, are we drawn into the world of Jared Winters and his family in Jayden Brooks’ Novel That’s Who I Am.
A victim of unspeakable trauma, Jared recounts his recovery through vivid flashbacks as he struggles to relate to the new and sometimes threatening world around him as he comes to consciousness in a sanitarium. Like the protagonist of Rebecca, Jared must come to terms with not only the ghosts of his past but with his own self-identity.
Ms. Brooks is an adept at placing the reader firmly in the mind of the protagonist. One feels each and every physical pain as Jared recovers from his injuries; and one also feels – viscerally – the psychological and emotional damage Jared has suffered at the hand of his abuser; and by his own failure to act.
That’s Who I am is at once a study of the psychology of the abuser and the abused and a thoughtful essay on the importance of ‘family’ – biologically or otherwise.
At the end of the novella, one comes away satisfied. Cheering for Jared and his successful journey of self-discovery and appreciative of a writer who can pull one down to the depths of despair and lift one to the heights of hopefulness with equal aplomb.
My first book, That’s Who I Am is coming out June 1st!
Jared Winters’s life has been little more than a collection of moments where he didn’t think before opening his mouth. Always a bit different, he’s learned to accept an existence on the outside looking in. But one day, his mouth lands him in a position that nearly costs him his life. Only the timely intervention of Sophie, his twin Conner’s ex-girlfriend, saves him.
Siblings Sophie and Donovan Carrigan step in and offer support, comfort, and a place to call home. Under their care, Jared begins to heal and learns to trust just enough to act on his attraction to Donovan. He just hopes it’s worth the risk.
Writing an author bio was an absolute nightmare. I did my typical procrastination routine until the last minute… and I came up with diddly squat! Talking about myself and my life is usually easy for me. Talking about myself in the third person is waaaay outside my comfort zone. So I agonized over it, and began to seriously worry that I wouldn’t come up with anything even remotely acceptable.
Then my beloved Piper came to my rescue. My poor sweetheart was sick and miserable, but she managed to leave a cute comment saying, jokingly, “I’ve got you covered.” Ha! Her messing around bio had me bawling my head off. Because it showed how well she knew me, knew what was important to me, knew what I’d be cool with sharing, and made me sound sooo much more interesting than I actually am.
“Jayden Brooks is a pretty cool chick. Just ask her friends. She’s a woman of great mystery and suspense, but she can’t tell a lie without confessing. She’s fond of gingers, tea, and tales of hot men falling in love with each other—not necessarily in that order. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her family, a golden retriever who goes by the name of Mickey, and a cat who wandered in one day and never left. More than anything, she believes that love is love, and everybody deserves a chance at a happily ever after.”
With Piper’s blessing–I copied, pasted and sent that sucker. ❤