Unconditionally

To show you that I love you
To show you that I care
To show you how much you’re appreciated
For always being there.
Never do you judge
Or ever put me down
When I’m overcome with sadness
You wipe away my frown.
When life is overwhelming
When I start to cry
You’re there to take my hand
Holding onto me so tight.
Everything you do
Is never for your gain
You love me with your whole being
You help take away my pain.
From you I pull my strength
As you catch me when I fall
You bring me back from darkness
When I think I’ve lost it all.
I can’t imagine forever without you
You’re everything I need
You’re my sun, the moon, and the stars
You’re the air I need to breathe.
You’ll never understand
Just how much you mean to me
Please let me show you how much I love you
Forever ~ Unconditionally.

Copyright ©2014 –ND White

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Raven’s Innocence ~ My take on the story. After all, I’m the one who wrote the book….

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Book Synopsis:“Raven Pierce vowed to escape the hot and humid climate of Missouri and never look back. After completing her graduate program, she drags her sun-loving, winter-hating best friend to start a new life in Minnesota with its cold crisp air and blankets of snow. Raven’s main focus is her new career and truly establishing her own identity. The last thing she intends to do as she is building a new life is to fall in love. As her luck would have it, one evening a minor accident sends Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Handsome to her rescue. What starts out as the perfect relationship begins to turn challenging when tragedy strikes and pulls her grief-stricken boyfriend into a dark and unpredictable frame of mind. Raven finds herself fighting for love in an unfamiliar, confusing, and sometimes dark terrain…..”

That my friends, is what you’ll find when you pick up the book and flip it over; 228 pages condensed into one short paragraph that is supposed to give you a Captivating description of the plot of the book in hopes to capture the reader’s attention and make them just “have to” buy it. This alone can make or break the reader’s decision to even give the book another glance. And chances are, the synopsis is the “2nd chance” that you’re getting from the potential reader because the book cover has already intrigued them enough to actually flip it over and find out what the story is all about. And if you’re a new author, especially one that is an Indie Author and unknown by the reading world, both the cover and the synopsis can potentially determine the fate of your book at that moment in a potential reader’s hands.

With all of that being said, I am one of those Indie Authors that right now, very few have discovered. And when you read the synopsis on the back of my book, it looks a lot like hundreds of thousands of other books that have been written in the Contemporary Romance Genre and you assume it will go something like this: Girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, boy is either her perfect prince charming or prince charming with a seductively twisted side. Of course there is some conflict in the story which makes their relationship seem completely impossible, maybe even asinine. In the end, they conquer the odds, end up together, and live happily ever after. And of course there is a whole story line that fills in all the gaps that is woven in between.

So why would you want to read my story? What makes my book so special? Honestly, my book is just as special as the next book you pick up. Each one of us, all authors, have poured our hearts and souls into our writing. We have conjured up from deep within a story that we feel must be told. We have used our creativity to produce a world that separates us from our own reality, in hopes to captivate a reader and help them escape their real lives, even if it’s for just a short period of time. All of us add our unique twists and turns to the story line. We bring life to our characters. We step inside the book and tell the story from within the pages and watch the words bleed from our fingertips onto paper as whole other world is created and blossoms around us. And then when we’re done breathing every ounce of life that we possibly can into this story, we send it out into the big scary world in hopes that others will give your book just that one glimpse, that one look, then pull the reader into your work of art expressed through words, and make them completely fall in love with the world in which you have created.

In my opinion, that’s a lot of pressure to put on a single book synopsis. And unfortunately, a book synopsis doesn’t always do a good book justice. We can only put so much on the back of the cover. That is why I want to take the time to dive a little more in-depth of Raven’s Innocence. I guess you can say I’m going to give you an “Extended Synopsis” of my book….

Two best friends, Raven Pierce and Katriana Eriks, grew up together in Missouri. Raven hates the heat and humidity that the Midwest brings and she has always been drawn to colder climates. She convinces Kat to move with her to Minnesota and get a fresh new start on life. They both have started new careers. Raven works as a licensed professional counselor at Haven Behavioral Health with a group of other LPCs and Psychologists. Kat is a director at a fitness center. Together they are enjoying the single life and each other’s company.

Late one evening, when Raven is working out at Kat’s fitness center, she has a sudden mishap with the treadmill that sends her quickly down, hugging the floor, which results in a painful injury. This is where the sexy Grant Alexander, a very successful lawyer, enters the story. Tall with a fit build, dark hair, full luscious lips, and gorgeous turquoise eyes. He comes to Raven’s embarrassing rescue and literally sweeps her off her feet.

Raven and Grant’s relationship barely gets a chance to really develop before tragedy strikes, and Grant is grief-stricken and pulled into an unpredictable frame of mind. Raven, being a LPC, is doing her best to help Grant cope and get through this devastating time in his life; but with their relationship being so new, his mood swings and explosive outbursts are proving to be very challenging. Grant is changing. He is no longer the warm, down to earth, sweet loving man that she quickly came to know and adore. His personality is changing. He is becoming short-tempered, unpredictable, and withdrawn. The farther he slips into this, the harder it is for Raven to hold on. Grant pulls her in, yet quickly pushes her back out again. This emotional roller coaster leaves Raven mentally exhausted, confused, and questioning her relationship with Grant. Although reason and logic tell her that it’s best for her to move on, her heart is keeping her planted right where she’s at. She is also embarrassingly intrigued and somewhat captivated by Grant’s seductively twisted side that he is now exposing her to; a side of him that she never knew before now.

Grant’s temperament isn’t going unnoticed by others as well. His best friend Asher, who works with him at a law firm, has an unexpected altercation with Grant, which leaves Asher growing suspicious of his best friend’s unstable mentality.

You also get a glimpse into Raven and Kat’s relationship as best friends and how their personalities complement each other. Raven is an introverted over-thinker who analyzes everything. She’s much wound tight and has trouble just relaxing and letting things fall as they may. She is also very straightforward and somewhat snarky. She calls it as she sees it. Kat, on other hand, has more of a whimsical personality, but in an endearing way. She likes to have fun, go out, and just enjoy the moment. She is also more of a concrete thinker who has a simplistic approach to life. Although Kat helps break Raven out of her shell and encourages her to “live a little”, she is also Raven’s rock; her support system. Together, they keep each other grounded and balance each other out.

I want to lightly touch base on the book cover. At first glance, it is obviously very simple, but sometimes, less is more. I chose the cover to be white because this color is associated with innocence, perfection, good, cleanliness, new beginning, and etc. These are all things that represent Raven herself and this new beginning in her life. The oak tree on the front of the cover plays a significant part in this story. You’ll get a small glimpse into that in this first book. In my second novel, Raven’s Undoing, the oak tree literally becomes the “undoing” of it all. But you’ll have to read the books to find out exactly what all that means…
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So there you have it, Raven’s Innocence, an extended synopsis that doesn’t give too much of the story away. A contemporary romance novel that has a jaw dropping ending that will leave you wanting to read more. I am currently writing Raven’s Undoing, which will be full of suspenseful twists and turns and take you down a road that you least expected. Many readers will think they have it all figured out…..but trust me, you don’t…. *winks*

Raven’s Innocence is available on Amazon & Barnes and Noble. (Coming soon to Smashwords)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L9I45N0 Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0990389103 Paperback
Now also available through Barnes and Noble!
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ravens-innocence-n-d-white/1119913635?ean=9780990389101

Read what others are saying:

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 11, 2014
By Cherie Rushton – See all my reviews
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This review is from: Raven’s Innocence (Paperback)
Amazing read! I couldn’t put it down. I am anxiously awaiting the squeal! Well written!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book, July 1, 2014
By Shauna – See all my reviews
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This review is from: Raven’s Innocence (Kindle Edition)
Omg this was an awesome book that left me wanting more! It was well written with twists and turns and so much suspense! I could not put it down and I absolutely cannot wait for Raven’s Undoing to be published so I can read more! Great job Nicky!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, entertaining, a spectacular debut, June 30, 2014
By Amazon Customer – See all my reviews
This review is from: Raven’s Innocence (Kindle Edition)
I love writing reviews for debut novels/books. This is probably the most exciting and nerve-racking time for a new author. Honesty is important.

I am thrilled to have been part of this experience for Nicky. Receiving your ARC and waiting vicariously with you for your book to go live was a new experience for me as well.

Your first book Raven’s Innocence was a spectacular debut. I enjoyed your story. Raven, your main character is well written and extremely likable. Grant, while complicated had an interesting dark side. He turns out to be quite mercurial and unpredictable. Your story touched on my emotions and was funny as well. There was a perfect balance. I love the relationship that Raven and her best friend Kat share. Their friendly banter makes reading about them entertaining. The story kept me interested and the ending was unexpected. I am really looking forward to the next book. I also hope to get more of Kat and Asher in the next book.

Entertaining, witty and the ending….

I gave this book 5 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful, smart woman whose world has been turned upside …, June 27, 2014
By EH (USA) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Raven’s Innocence (Kindle Edition)
Raven’s Innocence, the debut novel of Author N.D.White introduces us to Raven Pierce, a beautiful, smart woman whose world has been turned upside down by a freak accident and the appearance of Grant Alexander, the sexy, handsome attorney who comes to her rescue that night. As a psychologist, it is Raven’s job to help her patients navigate their emotional journeys through their lives, and she’s very good at it. However, when it comes to her own life, her feelings for Grant leave her confused and frustrated, and she is totally unable to figure out the complicated, enigmatic, gorgeous man. This is a deliciously wild ride of emotion, culminating in an ending that made me gasp! I’m looking forward to the author’s next book in the series… I’m hooked!

It’s Here!!!! A Gentleman’s Memoir by AJ Linn!

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Title: A Gentleman’s Memoir

Author: A. J. Linn

Release Date: August 11, 2014

Synopsis

Book Cover Photo - A Gentleman's Memoir by author AJ LinnYou may already know Donovan Hart from A Gentleman’s Affair and A Gentleman’s Secret. Here is your chance to get to know him a bit more personally, more…behind the scenes, or under the sheets, as I like to say.

In A Gentleman’s Memoir, you will get a glimpse into his past. You will see Donovan tackle loss, love, heartbreak, and sexual exploration. You see him grow from a directionless, 25-year-old, entitled, partying, beach bum and well-known Malibu ladies’ man into a man who decides to take on the world…or at least, La Fuga.

Spanning seven years of his life, from the death of his beloved mother, to his relationship with Danielle Hughes -aka cheating whore- to the sexual escapades that go beyond even his wildest imagination, A Gentleman’s Memoir, written in Donovan’s own words, may just shock you.

Possibly just as much as it did him.

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Excerpt

No shortage of wild, wet, and more-than-willing participants fill the dark, smoky adult club that Mike and Russ dragged me to. Dragged may be too strong of a word, I went willingly. True, this would be my first experience in a club like this, and I even surprised myself at just how much I enjoyed everything about it…

The large wooden stage at the front of the club would soon become the platform for the uninhibited, the exhibitionist, and at times, as I quickly found out, the perverse. Play parties, as they were commonly referred to in these adult clubs, were the main attraction.

Sex acts in this public forum were the norm for most here, but for me, the closest I ever got to sex in public was a lifeguard tower or backseat of a car. Amateur stuff to this crowd. I was about to enter into a world that some have only heard about, and certainly never talked about. Most have probably said, ‘No way, I’d never do that!’ But hey…don’t knock it if you’ve never tried it.

I wouldn’t take the stage on that first night, but it wouldn’t be long before I did. Trust me when I say that I had to work my way up to that, but when I did finally decide to grace a stage with my presence, it would turn out to be the most exhilarating, titillating moment of my life, and I would quickly become addicted. Addicted to the eyes that were watching with such intent. Addicted to the rush that I never knew would come with the act of exhibitionism. Just plain addicted.

A photo quote from A Gentleman's Memoir by AJ Linn

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About the Author

Author AJ Linn began writing as a fanfiction blogger on Twitter as @FuckedUpFifty_ with an incredible FSOG blog written from Christian Grey’s point of view (http://christiangreypov.wordpress.com/). At the encouragement of his followers, he decided to write a novel and Donovan Hart, the charming, handsome, sexy protagonist of The Gentleman’s Series was brought to life.

His first novel, A Gentleman’s Affair, was published in May, 2013…even as he was writing his second novel, A Gentleman’s Secret, which was published in December, 2013. His unique style and boundless creativity have produced a series of books that will hang in readers’ memories forever. His latest, A Gentleman’s Memoir, a novella, published in August, 2014, is a prequel to the first novel, and will give readers an in-depth look at Donovan’s past, adding even more to the story of Donovan Hart.

After the release of A Gentleman’s Memoir, he plans to take a long, well-deserved break, and with the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie in 2015, he will be re-visiting that series again on his blog.

We haven’t heard the last of AJ Linn.

Photo edit with quotes from 5-star reviews of A Gentleman's Memoir by author AJ Linn

Connect with A. J. Linn via Social Media

Twitter (@FuckedUpFifty_) Twitter Hub (@GentlemansHub)
Facebook Author Page Tumblr Hub WordPress Blog (Christian Grey POV)

Other Books in The Gentleman’s Series

A Gentleman’s Affair:

Cover photo, A Gentleman's Affair by author AJ Linn

Donovan Hart is handsome, wealthy, successful, and single. While his single status has always been something he’s coveted, enjoyed, and exploited, now his attitude is changing. The former Malibu playboy has been set up, fixed up, felt up and is now fed up. At the age of 32, he is ready to settle down and find the girl of his dreams. Can he escape his sordid past and move forward, or will it keep him from finding his unico vero amore, his one true love? Unlucky in love in the past, he begins his search, filled with humor, heartbreak, and hope…for the one.

A Gentleman’s Secret:

Cover Photo - A Gentleman's Secret by AJ Linn

Donovan Hart has finally found his unico vero amore’ in the beautiful Scarlett Montgomery, but the question remains…will he be able keep her? Will his secret be too much for her to handle, or…will hers be too much for him to handle? A Gentleman’s Secret is an unpredictable ride full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. Two people, desperate to escape the sins of their past, hoping to find the one thing that has been missing…Love. But is love really enough to conquer all?

Buying Links ~ The Gentleman’s Series

New Release! Book 3: A Gentleman’s Memoir (the prequel, may be read as a standalone or as a wonderful complement to the rest of the series)

Amazon US
http://www.amazon.com/Gentlemans-Memoir-Series-Volume/dp/0989376761/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407707030&sr=8-1&keywords=a+gentleman%27s+memoir

Amazon UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gentlemans-Memoir-Series/dp/0989376761/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1407440082&sr=8-10&keywords=A+Gentleman%27s+Memoir

Lulu (ebook)
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Book 1: A Gentleman’s Affair

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Book 2: A Gentleman’s Secret

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Revisiting Your UVP: Why Should We Read *You*?

Something to think about…..

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Every story has already been told. Once you’ve read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbird, and A Wrinkle in Time, you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had.

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What makes you you?

This quote from bestselling author Anna Quindlen came to mind as I pondered this week’s Writing 201 workshop on finding your angle. In this workshop, we ask participants to consider how best to tell their stories and approach their posts. The most memorable writers put their own spins on a topic, using their experiences to shape their stories.

In a way, this lesson on finding your story angle reminds me of a post in our Daily…

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GIVEAWAY ~ Win a Signed Paperback of Raven’s Innocence by N.D. White @nickyd_white

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Raven Pierce vowed to escape the hot and humid climate of Missouri and never look back. After completing her graduate program, she drags her sun-loving, winter-hating best friend to start a new life in Minnesota with its cold crisp air and blankets of snow. Raven’s main focus is her new career and truly establishing her own identity. The last thing she intends to do as she is building a new life is to fall in love. As her luck would have it, one evening a minor accident sends Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Handsome to her rescue. What starts out as the perfect relationship begins to turn challenging when tragedy strikes and pulls her grief-stricken boyfriend into a dark and unpredictable frame of mind. Raven finds herself fighting for love in an unfamiliar, confusing, and…

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Just not be ~

My soul bleeds as I wait for you
Constantly torn in a state of euphoric happiness and the torment of a broken heart
Wearing my heart on my sleeve when I know I should be protecting it
Hoping one day you’ll take it from me and shelter it from the storm that I am walking through
The storm that you have pulled me into
Captivating me, holding me hostage yet, I surrender to you
Bowing my head as my tears flow
They run down my cheeks and pool under my feet
I look at my broken reflection
What is happening to this person staring back at me
Who is she becoming
Her eyes reflect the pain and love that she has dwelling deep inside
Her lips have lost their smile as they yearn to feel yours connect with them
In the middle of this storm she is fighting for him
She is fighting for herself
She is fighting for a love that can never be promised
A love that she questions if it even exists
I close my eyes so that I cannot see the beautifully broken girl looking back at me
If only I could not feel
Not want
Not love
Just not be…

Copyright ©2014 –ND White