Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sole Sister by Brooklyn James Excerpt

It's the book fans have been waiting for: Kat's story is finally here! As the second instalment in the Boots My Mother Gave Me series shifts focus onto the younger of the LeBeau sisters, readers are sure to find themselves once again enthralled and moved by Brooklyn James and her wonderful storytelling.

Blurb: The second book in The Boots My Mother Gave Me series, Sole Sister picks up several years later, continuing the story of Harley LeBeau and her rebellious sister Katrina ‘Kat’ LeBeau. Relocating to Nashville to be closer to Harley and Miah, Kat aspires to launch her Sole Sister fashion line. A gutsy and impromptu plan suddenly lands her on the cover of The Ville Spill—the local celebrity gossip rag—alongside country music’s latest heartthrob, giving Sole Sister the push it needs. But Kat quickly learns that not all press is good press. Years removed from an abusive childhood and teenage pregnancy, the past that Kat never talks about continues to seep into her life and relationships. Still struggling with the images of finding her father after his suicide, Kat forges ahead, vowing to avoid past mistakes. To focus on her career and responsibilities as a single mother, she swears off the disappointments of love. The first man she ever loved, her father, broke her heart. The first boy she ever fell in love with, her daughter’s father, broke her heart. What Kat didn’t plan on was Nashville SWAT Officer Connor Reese. She and Connor have more pulling them together than keeping them apart. Kat finds herself in familiar territory when her plan to steer clear of heartache is derailed after spending a night in his arms. Will facing her past help to secure her future? Will Connor offer her a second chance at life and love? Or will her heart break yet again? Staying true to its predecessor, Sole Sister explores the dynamics of strength in sisterhood, the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mother and daughter, and the courage to become more than one’s past.
I knew I was standing in a room in the hospital, but my eyes were sure its sterile white walls were trying to morph into noxious, blood-stained wood. I knew I was inside and warm, but a bitterly cold February chill of eight years ago sent goosebumps pricking at the hairs on the back of my neck. I knew that Connor was lying there in that hospital bed, but my mind played cruel tricks on me. It flickered like a short circuit, between Connor’s prevailing face and my lifeless father’s. “No. No. No!” I heard my strangled high-pitched cry, caught up in the fog of past and present. “Kat!” Connor growled, forcefully. “Look at me. Right here.” He loudly tapped his index and middle fingers of his right hand just below his eyes. There he was. There they were—mystical, exotic, intense pale blues. “Breathe,” he said, holding my eyes in his. And, breathe, I did. In and out, deeply, meditatively, until my warped and wobbly funhouse mirror vision, that was no fun at all, cleared, the blood-stained wood and my father’s face disappearing. Nice way to not make a scene, Kat! Get it together. “Sorry,” I muttered, disturbed at my uncooperative mind. “You shouldn’t be here.” He diverted his eyes from me once more. “I don’t know why I went there. It won’t happen again,” I snipped, not at him, but at myself, a reminder. “You still shouldn’t be here. I don’t want you…” He growled, checking himself. “Look, I don’t want to be one more man in your life who lashes out at you…” “Well, then, don’t,” I interrupted, pleading with my eyes. I don’t know what good I thought that would do, seeing how he wouldn’t even look at me. “I’ve stood in a lot worse for a lot less.” I thought about my father and Megan’s father, and the crap I put up with from them. Connor was not crap. He was nothing like them. “I’m not leaving.”

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Author Bio: Brooklyn James is an author/singer/songwriter inspired by life in the Live Music Capital of Austin, Texas. Her first novel,The Boots My Mother Gave Me, has an original music soundtrack and was chosen as a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. This book has ranked in Kindle's Top 100 Coming of Age and Women's Fiction. When she is not writing books, she can be found playing live music around Austin as part of an acoustic duo. Like most everyone, she treasures her time spent with family and friends. Brooklyn has been in a Weezer video, met Harry Connick Jr. as an extra on the set of When Angels Sing, and she was Mira Sorvino's stand-in on Jerry Bruckheimer's Trooper pilot for TNT. She enjoys reading, dancing, working out, fishing with her hubby, and a good glass of kombucha. Brooklyn holds an M.A. in Communication, and a B.S. in both Nursing and Animal Science. Her nursing career has seen specialties in the areas of Intensive Care and Postpartum. She serves as a Guest Speaker with a focus on awareness and prevention of Domestic Violence and Suicide. Find her at or You can also find her music on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, YouTube, and Pandora.

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