Sunday, April 14, 2013


Mari Mannon and Graham Blake always loved each other, but life kept getting in the way. An Alaskan cruise vacation might be just the place to overcome their demons and rebuild the love they once had--to discover a passion they've never known. But first, Mari must cast aside her inhibitions to become the independent, carefree woman she once was. And Graham must learn to believe in love again. Can they find their way, or will everything fall apart for good.


Graham didn’t even remember hanging up the phone. The next thing he knew, he was sitting on the small salmon colored couch with his head in his hands and tears clouded his eyes. He couldn't lose her now. He would just have to explain things. He had to make her understand how much he loved her, and that the past was over and done with. Forever.


Mari was startled awake when the phone rang and she heard her brother talking to Graham. Oh how she wanted to trust in them, to know that there was some way to believe in them again. She just couldn’t though. She had already been through so much with her feelings for him, she just couldn't do it anymore--the risk was too great.
“Thanks Jackson, tomorrow will be soon enough for talking,” she whispered.
“That’s okay. He wanted me to tell you that he loves you.”
Mari didn’t respond, she just rolled over and cried herself back to sleep.

JJ Ellis is first and foremost a mom to five kids, four girls and one boy, ranging in age from 2-17. After that, she is a physically limited wife, blogger and now an author. She holds a degree in Communication Studies (Public Relations) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas but never thought she would chose writing as a career, especially at the age of 42. She once wanted to be a publicist in the entertainment industry, but never a writer. Then one day when she was in her mid thirties she was going through what can only be described as an early 'midlife crisis' and ideas just started to come to her and she felt compelled to write them down. She finished her first book relatively quickly, but life got in the way and it took her eight years to revisit it and then publish her first novel. She can honestly say that now she is finally right where she wants to be.
JJ has been married to her college sweetheart (and romance novel hero) for eighteen and a half years and they reside in Casper, WY with their kids and one crazy mutt named Kreuger. She enjoys reading, writing, blogging, computing, and graphic design. She will try anything that will allow her creativity to be released.