Title: Unforgettable Sun
Author: Kathryn Andrews
Series: Hale Brothers #3
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 4, 2015Summary:
I’ve never really been included. I’ve never felt like I truly belonged. But then again, how could I? Living on this island, I’ve seen and heard too many things. Lies. Secrets.
“Lies I’ve been forced to tell and secrets I’ve been forced to keep. They keep me locked to myself.”
They’re the reason I stand on the edge of the horizon and watch from afar. Other people’s lives have evolved, but not mine. It’s exactly the same. Day after day, the sun rises, and every time its rays penetrate my skin, I’m reminded that no matter how desperately I don’t want to be, I’m trapped. I want to live. I want to breathe. I just want to be . . . free.
If I had my way, I would have walked off the catwalk and straight out of the public eye years ago. Never-ending contracts and obligations have kept me prisoner until recently.
“Now it is fear that has me trapped and running from my life.”
I’m now hiding in a tiny beach cottage in my mother’s hometown, praying no one will find me. No one understands. The demands, lack of control, threats ... I just want it all gone. I want to escape. When do I finally get to be me? Free.
With one foot in front of the other I start running. Over the dunes and into the sand, I push as hard as I can. With tears streaming down my cheeks, visions of the fire play out before me. Gasping for air, the smell of smoke fills my senses. I didn’t notice it before but now it is so strong I almost gag. Wiping my nose with the back of my hand, I desperately try to find some fresh air. But no, there it is again, that smell. It’s on my skin. It’s like it isn’t just following me, but now permanently a part of me. Charging into the water, I dive under into the silence. My hands run over my arms, my face, and through my hair. I’m frantic and I have to get rid of the smell.
Washing up on to the shore, I curl up into a ball on the wet sand. My heart is broken for Beau and I’m so afraid. So very afraid. He’s the one and only person who has ever shown me love and the thought of losing him paralyzes me with fear. My sobs are still silent. I’ve been taught not to make a sound. But they hurt so much. Without a voice, I mouth his name over and over again. I just want Beau. I need Beau. He’s the only one who can make this all better, and make everything about this dreadful night disappear.
But he isn’t here and he can’t be.
With my eyes pinched shut, the smell of smoke in my nose, and the feel of a nonexistent heat against my skin, I know. I know it with a certainty that has robbed me of my voice and permeated itself into my pores that, no matter what, everything about this night will be . . . unforgettable.
1. What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
I think I've always been reading romance novels. My first book boyfriend was Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables. I could not get enough and I read the whole series by LM Montgomery. My mother and her best friend also loved romance novels. Both of them had shelves lined with Danielle Steel and I used to sneak them to read. I love romance and am a huge sucker for a really good love story.
2. When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
I think my most favorite part is the plotting. It's the middle part of writing the story. The characters have been defined and I know the direction of the story. It's sitting down and having the characters talk to me (yes they do... LOL). It's how the story unfolds, the words as they hit the page... I love this part. Most of my character's names are names of people that are close to me. Example, in Unforgettable Sun, Matt is my son's name and Elle is my book bestie author Elle Brooks. As for editing, I do get anxiety and cringe when I open the documents, but at the same time I get excited because I know through the edits the story is getting even better.
3. When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
Contemporary Romance. These stories tend to have more 'feels', and I love to be sucked into the emotions of the characters. I love lots of details, and I love to watch their journey and see them come out victorious on the other side. Historical is okay, I don't like dystopian or paranormal, and intimacy is nice but I don't need it super graphic. Just give me a good HEA and I'm all set. xo
4. If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
Oh my, do I have to pick just one? How about three. 1. Elle Brooks, we've actually talked about it and just might one day down the road. 2. Karen White, because her writing is beautiful. 3. Colleen Hoover (she's my #1 if I had to pick), her writing is flawless and within 1,000 words you are instantly in love with her characters.
5. Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I've always been writing. I wrote my first story in the second grade about rabbits. It wasn't until my husband and I made the decision for me to stay home with our boys that I found the time to really make it happen. Never in my wildest imagination did I ever expect this kind of outcome. I am humbled, overwhelmed, and so excited all at once. The bloggers who took a chance on me to read Drops of Rain and spread the word has made my dreams come true. My cup runneth over daily and I feel so blessed. xo
OVER TEN YEARS ago my husband and I were driving from Chicago to Tampa and somewhere in Kentucky I remember seeing a billboard that was all black with five white words, “I do, therefore I am!” I’m certain that it was a Nike ad, but for me I found this to be completely profound.
Take running for example. Most will say that a runner is someone who runs five days a week and runs under a ten minute mile pace. Well, I can tell you that I never run five days a week and on my best days my pace is an eleven minute mile. I have run quite a few half marathons and one full marathon. No matter what anyone says . . . I run, therefore I am a runner.
I’ve taken this same thought and applied it to so many areas of my life: cooking, gardening, quilting, and yes . . . writing.
I may not be culinary trained, but I love to cook and my family and friends loves to eat my food. I cook, therefore I am a chef!
My thumb is not black. I love to grow herbs, tomatoes, roses, and lavender. I garden, therefore I am a gardener!
I love beautiful fabrics and I can follow a pattern. My triangles may not line up perfectly . . . but who cares, my quilts are still beautiful when they are finished. I quilt, therefore I am a quilter.
I have been writing my entire life. It is my husband who finally said, “Who cares if people like your books or not? If you enjoy writing them and you love your stories…then write them.” He has always been my biggest fan and he was right. Being a writer has always been my dream and what I said I wanted to be when I grew up.
So, I’ve told you who I am and what I love to do . . . now I’m going to tell you the why.
I have two boys that are three years a part. My husband and I want to instill in them adventure, courage, and passion. We don’t expect them to be perfect at things, we just want them to try and do.
It’s not about winning the race; it’s about showing up in the first place. We don’t want them to be discouraged by society stereotypes, we want them to embrace who they are and what they love. After all, we only get one life.
In the end, they won’t care how many books I actually sell . . . all that matters to them is that I said I was going to do it, I did it, and I have loved every minute of it.
Find something that you love and tell yourself, “I do, therefore I am.”
Unforgettable Sun #3
Drops of Rain #1
Starless Nights #2