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Cover Reveal – Come Together by Jessica Hawkins

Hi all! Onnica here.

So I jumped the gun yesterday and already shared Jessica Hawkins’ new book cover on Facebook and Twitter. I was just so excited! There are so many great books being released at the moment and I feel so grateful when people I admire ask us to spread the news. Due for release on 19th September, Come Together will conclude the Cityscape series and we’ll finally find out what’s in store for Olivia, David and Bill. So what’s book 3 about? Here’s the synopsis and the cover – which is my favourite so far:

Come Together on GoodreadsPhoto: © iStockphoto.com/VikaValter

Come Together is the third and final instalment of The Cityscape Series.

With a single decision, Olivia Germaine’s fantasy has become a reality. Now she is faced with two commitments: one she must make and one she must break. But in order to accept a love she never thought possible, Olivia will have to let go of the broken past that defines her – and of deeply-rooted fears that could ruin everything.

Everything is what David Dylan wants to give her, and it’s what he wants in return. He must prove to Olivia that despite his playboy ways, he’s worth leaving behind the stable future her husband can offer her. David is a man who always gets what he wants . . . but this time he may be fighting for something unattainable.

Can Olivia escape the past that threatens to consume her?
And can David break through to her before it does?

Fancy a copy of Come Together? Head on over to Jessica Hawkins’ blog and enter the rafflecopter competition.

Come Alive by Jessica Hawkins

Book: Come Alive

Series: Cityscape #2

Author: Jessica Hawkins

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Three months have passed since Olivia ran from David’s bed in a state of panic and guilt. Struggling to be the perfect wife and friend while coping with the death of her mother-figure Davena has sent Olivia spiralling into depression and everyone is worried about her. Unable to admit to anyone what is consuming her every thought, she remains closed off. Convinced she’ll never see David again, she buries herself in her work, avoiding her husband Bill, whom she cannot look in the eye without the guilt washing over her.

Determined to draw a line under what has happened and make her marriage work, Olivia is dumbfounded when she comes face to face with David at her friend’s wedding. What is he doing there? He’s accompanied Dani, her friend’s sister as a date. Unable to cope with her feelings of jealousy, she struggles to take the higher ground. This is how it’s supposed to be: her with Bill and David with someone who isn’t married. If she keeps telling herself that, she may end up believing it.

Instead of putting ghosts to rest, the meeting has the opposite effect. David is worried by Olivia’s appearance – she’s lost weight, is clearly unhappy and he wants to help. This time he doesn’t intend on letting her go. Olivia comes to the realisation that in order to be happy, she will have to make a life-altering decision; work on her marriage and give into the demands of her husband or take the chance on something more with David.

Why you should read this: If you read and were sucked in by Come Undone, then you’re seriously going to want to read this next instalment. Seriously, trilogies are notorious for the second book just being filler, where not a lot happens. This is NOT the case with Come Alive. We get to know Olivia, David and Bill in greater depth in this book and the lines between good and bad are so blurred you’ll find yourself rooting for the couple causing the pain. I couldn’t put it down and read it all in one go until I finished it. At some points in the book I thought Olivia was going to turn into one of those heroines who spend chapters and chapters repeating the same inner monologue about who to choose, but when she decides to be honest with everyone – it completely knocked me on my ass and I totally respected her!

What you might hate: Ok, so the story IS based on an adulterous relationship. But you knew this already – if that’s not your bag then this whole series may not be for you. However, the way the author has presented the characters is so real, so engaging and so powerful, that you’ll end up thinking, ‘I know this is wrong, but…’ You’ll ask yourself questions like, should you remain in a marriage because you vowed to, even if it isn’t working? I’m not absolving Olivia and David completely though. There are times when I wanted to shake the pair – they don’t always make the right decisions and at one point near the end of the book I really didn’t agree with what they did or the way they did it. (But then I reminded myself that it is fiction, so I unclenched!)

Rating: 4.5/5 I was blown away (and I never give half points!) as I thoroughly enjoyed the journey these characters are on. The writing is honest, non-judgmental and allows the reader to make up her own mind about what is right and wrong. I just want everyone to be happy in the end! I’m in serious danger of becoming a massive Jessica Hawkins fan-girl.

Come Alive is out on May 30th. For the chance to win a copy, click here.

Author Interview: Jessica Hawkins and Come Undone Giveaway!

Hey everyone, I’m feeling very lucky today as I get to ask one of my favourite breakout authors of 2013 a few questions! Jessica Hawkins is with me to talk about her new bookCome Alive Cover Come Alive, which is Book #2 in the Cityscape Series.

Onni: Jessica welcome!

JHawk: Thanks for having me.

Onni: So I’m just going to jump right in – I read your bio at the end of Come Undone, and you’ve pretty much given up your day job to work on writing full-time. What pushed you to do this? Weren’t you scared?

JHawk: Well, I have this ’30 under 30′ list that I started in college, but it only has two things on it: write a book and swim with sharks. After school, I moved to Costa Rica for almost two years, where I picked up surfing. Well – picked up isn’t right – more like fought and flailed and struggled until I finally got the hang of it. When it was time for me to move from the white-water to the line-up, I was scared out of mind. And that was why I knew I had to do it.

Onni: And writing a book?

JHawk: This was sort of the same thing. Quitting my job was, and still is, scary. Writing this book was scary. Putting it out into the world… well, it was worse than making the leap to the line-up. But every time I hopped on my board and rode a wave, it was worth every minute. And if there are people who connect with my story, who really get it, then it’s worth it too. I have one year left to swim with sharks. (I sincerely hope I never unknowingly surfed with sharks!)

Onni: I re-read Come Undone to refresh my memory for this interview and I didn’t think it would be possible to like it more, but I did! Olivia is a complex character, but a sympathetic one. Can you give any insights into the journey she’ll face in the next book(s)?

JHawk: Thank you, what a compliment! Olivia is definitely complex, and she becomes even more so as the story continues. Her journey won’t be easy… trust me, I wanted to baby her, but I couldn’t. Come Alive is dark and emotional. Olivia’s already come undone, but before she can come out the other side, she has to come apart – and some difficult questions will be raised.

Onni: Olivia has a ‘difficult’ (to put it mildly) relationship with her mother that was touched on in Come Undone – will we meet her in the Come Alive?

JHawk: Yes and no. Neither of her parents actually appears in the second book, but the reader will learn more about Olivia’s relationship with her mom and where she comes from. But as we know, Olivia isn’t one to give it up easily – so their issues will be covered further in the third book.

Onni: What prompted you to write a story about deception, passion and love? Adultery is a topic that authors these days generally steer clear of, yet some of the best love stories (e.g. The English Patient and the End of the Affair) have included forbidden, star-crossed lovers. How did you go about making them sympathetic and not simply the ‘bad guys’ doing bad things?

JHawk: That’s a great question. I’ve done research and I know adultery is a tough topic. I think it scares people, so I find it utterly fascinating. Cheating is one of the worst crimes a person can commit, so I had to know – why do it? What’s the rationale? In love, nothing is black and white. Adulterers are branded with a scarlet “A”, but things aren’t always what they seem. I wanted to show another side to it. I wanted to tell a real story, not something with sugar on top.

Which leads me to the next part of your question – it was very tempting to make things easier on myself by having Bill & Olivia be engaged or dating rather than married, or by turning Bill into an unsympathetic jerk. That would’ve been the easy way out, though. I continually refer back to a Tolstoy quote that goes something like, “The best stories don’t come from ‘good vs. bad,’ but from ‘good vs. good.’”

Onni: So what does romance mean to you?

JHawk: I’ve always thought one of the most romantic things is knowing that out of everyone, somebody chose you. To them, you’re not just anyone. The first scene of the book, Olivia and David have this moment where, in a crowded room, they are inexplicably drawn to each other. But Olivia is jarred back to reality by her husband. So what happens when there’s someone else in the picture? That’s where things get complicated. Do you honor this commitment no matter what? And if not, how can you know if what you feel is only passion or something more? This concept will take a front seat in Come Alive. I hope readers will ask themselves what they’d do in Olivia’s position. There are no right or wrong answers, but I hope it gets people thinking.

Onni: How are you hoping to develop both Olivia and David’s characters in the coming books?

JHawk: I want to put Olivia through the ringer. Then I want the reader to transform with her. It’s important to me that every character develops naturally and realistically. Each will be faced with hardship, and so we’ll get to see their true selves emerge in the process. They’ll break rules, do immoral things. Does that make them bad people?

Bill (Olivia’s husband) becomes more of a person in the second book. He has to, in order for the reader to understand what’s happening in Olivia’s mind. And David has his own past to face. He can’t get away so easily with the reputation he has. What does he actually want from Olivia? He’s got to go through the ringer a bit too.

Onni: Moving on to you now – who are your favourite authors and why?

JHawk: I like authors that aren’t afraid to push boundaries, to “go there.” I tend to jump around, so I don’t necessarily have favorites, but I do have favorite books. Gone with the Wind: I didn’t know the story and hadn’t seen the movie when I read it a couple years ago, so I was going crazy up until the last sentence. I consumed that book. I also love Anna Karenina. It wasn’t necessarily my inspiration for this story, but I really connected with that book and so there are some similar themes between them.

Onni: And lastly: any plans beyond the Cityscape Series you’d like to share?

JHawk: I have been so totally immersed in Cityscape that no, not really. I do keep a file of ideas when they come up, so I definitely have some thoughts, but nothing concrete. One book I have in my mind would more likely veer toward contemporary fiction, rather than romance and even more likely, it would deal with a very controversial topic – even more so than adultery.

Onni: Well, I can’t wait for Come Alive and anything else you turn your hand to. Thank you so much for chatting to me today – it’s been great!

Come Alive will release on May 30th, but you can win a copy of Come Undone here.

Cover Reveal: ‘Come Alive’ by Jessica Hawkins

Hi everyone – Onnica here. I’m super-excited to share with you the new cover of ‘Come Alive’, which is Book #2 in the Cityscape Series.

The sequel to ‘Come Undone’ should be with us in a matter of weeks (release date is pencilled in for 30 May) and I’m trying to be patient. (Really I am!) If you haven’t read Come Undone yet, get on it!

ComeAlive_Cover

Cover Photo: © iStockphoto.com/VikaValter

Curious to know what’s in store for the Olivia and David in this instalment? Here’s the synopsis:

Determined to move on with her life, Olivia Germaine has vowed to forget David Dylan. Struggling to keep her head above water, she focuses on her new promotion and refuses to drown in the memory of their night together.

But when Olivia realizes what life without David means, she must decide if she is willing to risk everything for him . . . and if she is ready to reopen the wounds of her past.

Can Olivia move forward with her marriage despite her feelings for David?

And can David stay away like he promised?

Coming soon: Watch this space, as we’ll be interviewing Jessica and I’ll be asking her about love, romance and her inspiration for the delectable David…don’t miss it!