Can you believe in exactly one month, Never Been Ready will be released?!
I am so excited to share this book. Leah and Declan are extremely close to my heart and seeing them fall in love through my words was a beautiful experience. I hope you enjoy it as much as me.
But every love story needs a beginning….and a little steam. Throw in a bit of fire, and you have Leah and Declan.
Here is a very special scene from Never Been Ready – Declan returns to town, and Leah is less than pleased. 😉
5,000 Facebook Likes.
Seriously, how did that happen?!
It’s really amazing and I can’t thank you all enough. The least I can do is hold a fun little giveaway. Well, it’s not all that little. It’s quite large, thanks to some awesome donations from many amazing authors and bloggers!
So here are your prizes!!
I am so excited to share this beautiful, new cover with everyone today!
Why the new cover, you ask? Well, for starters…who doesn’t want a cover that stunning, right? Secondly, WYR is the first in a series, and since I am working with a different cover designer, I wanted to make sure the series was cohesive in its presentation. So, before we reveal the cover for Never Been Ready next month, I wanted to give When You’re Ready a bit of a face lift. I hired cover designer, Sarah Hansen from Okay Creations (www.OkayCreations.com) and she did an amazing job. The beautiful photographs were taken by K. Keeton Designs (www.kkeetondesigns.com) and wow, don’t the models just scream Logan and Clare!?
As I’m writing, I have a habit of getting very excited and sporadically posting mini-teasers on my Facebook page. But I also have a habit of forgetting to post these teasers on my blog!
So, in an effort to keep everyone up to date and all of the teasers organized, here are the last THREE teasers I’ve posted on Facebook! You can find the original “official” teaser posted under the “bookshelf” tab.
A HUGE Thank You to everyone who entered! We had over 14,000 entries!
An even bigger THANK YOU to all of the amazing authors who donated e-books, signed paperbacks and swag. Their generosity is truly outstanding!
So, without further ado – here are the list of winners. Winners of signed prizes have already been contacted requesting addresses – check your email. Winners of e-books, you will receive your prize directly from the author giving it. I am in the process of notifying all of the donors, so please be patients. It may take a few days for you to receive your e-book delivery!
CONGRATS EVERYONE AND THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT!!
As many of you know, cancer is a main theme in my debut novel, When You’re Ready. It’s a disease that has affected us all in one way or another. We’ve all lost someone, known someone who has been diagnosed, or maybe you’ve fought the battle yourself.
In the last year, I’ve had my own cancer scare when my doctor found what they thought was a mass in my breast during a CT scan and last month, we lost my husband’s grandmother to liver cancer.
My emotional journey through my own cancer scare gave me the inspiration to write some amazing scenes in WYR, but I wanted to do more. Writing about something isn’t enough, and after losing someone again to a disease that seems to have no cure, I decided I could do more than just type.
During the entire month of September, I will donate 20% of my net profits from the sales of When You’re Ready to The American Cancer Society.
This is my way of putting my money where my mouth is. It’s not enough to just write about it. I want to show my support and help those who are just being diagnosed, those fighting their way through and the families who support them.
Please help me by sharing this post, telling your friends, family members and neighbors. Let’s make a difference.
Every time I’ve logged onto my author page over the last few days, I’ve gotten a huge grin on my face my new Like total – over 3,000 readers, bloggers and likers! That is just crazy and overwhelming and well, just plain fucking cool.
I wanted to find an epic way to thank all of you, so I begged my fellow authors (well no, I really just asked cause they are all super nice) and I managed to put together this AWESOME giveaway.
This is my thanks to you. You totally deserve this. Please take a moment to thank each and every one of these AH-MAZING authors for donating their ebooks, swag and signed paperbacks. It just goes to show you how much we ALL love you guys!
So, here it is! The list of PRIZES!! Please enter as many times as you can by LIKING and loving each of these lovely authors!
J.L. Berg’s 3,000 LIKES Giveaway!!
5 signed Paperbacks of When You’re Ready by J.L. Berg (5 winners selected)
5 ebooks books of When You’re Ready by J.L. Berg (5 winners selected)
5 Signed Bookmarks by J.L. Berg (5 winners selected)
1 Signed Paperback of Pieces of You by Cassia Leo
1 ebook of Touch Me by T.H. Snyder
1 Signed Paperback of Rock My Heart by Elle Chardou
1 ebook of Cage by Harper Sloan
1 Signed Paperback of Axel by Harper Sloan
1 Signed Paperback Bundle – The Infinity Series by Layne Harper
1 Signed Paperback of Incite Indigo by Jacinda Buchmann
1 Signed Paperback of Raven’s Quest by WL Sexton
1 ebook of Rock the Heart by Michelle Valentine
1 ebook of Temporary Bliss by BJ Harvey
1 ebook of Love Love by Beth Michele Luciano
2 ebooks of Fall of Darkness by Elle Bright (2 winners selected)
1 Signed Paperback of Fall of Darkness by Elle Bright
3 Signed Bookmarks by K.A. Robinson (3 winners selected)
1 ebook of Consequences by Aleatha Romig
1 ebook of Mine by Scarlett Metal
1 Ebook bundle – Collide and Pulse by Gail McHugh
2 ebooks – Winner’s choice – Jessica Sorensen (2 winners selected)
1 ebook of The Submission of Alistair Ingram by Kelli Maine
1 ebook of The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle
1 ebook of Seduce by Missy Johnson
1 ebook of Only Half Alive by Konstanz Silverbow (available 9/27)
1 ebook of Connected by Kim Karr
5 ebookes of In a Heartbeat by Hilary Storm (5 winners selected)
1 ebook (via Smashwords) – Mobster’s Girl by Amy Rachiele
1 ebook – Winner’s Choice – Quinn Loftis
1 ebook of HIM by Carey Heywood
1 ecopy of Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by LV Lewis
1 ebook of Kitchen Affairs by Brooke Cumberland
1 Ebook Bundle – Love Notes and Heartstrings by Heather Gunter
1 Signed Paperback of Learning to Live by R.D. Cole
2 ebooks of We Roam the Seas by Theresa Marguerite Hewitt ( 2 winners selected)
1 ebook – Winner’s Choice – Georgia Cates
1 ebook of Because You’re Mine and Signed Bookmark by K. Langston
1 Signed Paperback of Ever Enough by Stacy Borel
1 ebook of Everything I Never Had by Lynetta Halat
1 ebook of Tied Up in Heartstrings by Felicia Lynn (available 9/20)
1 ecopy of My Savior Forever by Vicki Green
1 ebook of Serenity Falls by Tiffany Aleman and Ashley Poch
1 ebook of Love Squared by Jessica Ingro
1 book of Becoming More by Bayli Lane
1 ebook of Come Undone by Jessica Hawkins
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I was sitting at home last night writing, as usual. I’m boring. You can pretty much find me on any given night either writing or reading. I lead a very exciting life.
Anyho, I was spending some quality time with Leah and Declan, and I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I had to share something with my readers. The journey I am taking with these two characters is amazing. It’s completely different than Clare and Logan, but yet just as satisfying.
So, without further ado, here is the FIRST teaser from the second novel in the Ready series, NEVER BEEN READY!!
As always, this is from my unedited manuscript (my editors probably hate me – I love you Ami!) and is subject to change. Oh, and adult supervision required – foul language ahead!
Never Been Ready – Teaser #1
“So when exactly do I get my strip tease?” I asked.
“Well that’s up to you hot shot.”
“Yep. Cocky attitude, arrogant disposition and sexy as fuck. It’s a good nickname.”
“Alright, so what are your terms Leah?” I fought back the urge to touch her. Stuffing my hands in my pockets, I paced the room in a vain attempt at keeping myself from just saying “fuck it” and pinning her against the wall before she could lay down any terms or requirements. Because whatever she was about to say, I was going to agree. She didn’t know it, but she had my balls in her hands and I was at her fucking mercy. I both hated and wanted her at the same time. She made me feel weak with need and out of control. But I couldn’t stop the pursuit. I couldn’t walk away.
“I will not be an easy fuck whenever you get too lazy to find a new bimbo for the evening. I will not allow you in my bed wondering where you’ve been and what kind of sloppy seconds I’m getting,” she declared, before saying the one thing I never wanted to hear.
“I want to be exclusive with you. For however long we decide to do this. I don’t care about labels, or dates. You don’t have to take me out to dinner, bring me flowers or buy me anniversary presents. The only thing I ask is that for the time we are together, you are mine.”
“Yes,” I answered immediately, surprising us both.
“Yes? That’s it? No counter offer? No freak out or temper tantrum Declan?”
“No Leah, no temper tantrum. Just one request,” I answered.
“And what’s that Hot Shot?”
“Make it two,” I amended. “First, the same rules apply to you. While we’re together, for however long, you’re mine Leah,” I purred against her ear. Her eyes widened and her breath picked up pace giving me a quick sense of satisfaction that I’d broken through her calm and collected exterior.
“And second?” she asked timidly.
“Don’t fucking call me Hot Shot.”
She visibly relaxed and snorted out a laugh before saying, “So not happening, Hot Shot.”
Never Been Ready
by J.L. Berg
February 1st 2014