Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Journey to Hope by June A. Converse - Book Tour + Giveaway


Book 2 of The Hope Trilogy

Women’s Fiction

Date Published: August 22, 2020

Publisher: Heart Ally Books



When you lose everyone and everything you love, can you ever live again? Or love again?

An unimaginable trauma. A future that seems impossible. When your world shatters, how do you put it back together?

When Matt Nelson found Kathleen on the beach, she’d been hiding behind a scarf and sunglasses for three years. She couldn’t hide her loneliness, and he couldn’t turn away. But when her flashbacks start, they’re both unprepared for the repercussions and the depth of her emotional suffering.

Kathleen agrees to return to intensive trauma recovery at The Charlotte Center, where the sounds and the smells and the images from that terrible night await her, demanding she confront her demons.

The world of PTSD recovery is fraught with terror and pain for both Kathleen and Matt. Will their love prove strong enough to survive the agonizing and arduous journey? Can Kathleen move beyond her anger and learn to live again?


Excerpt

She stroked his cheek with her dirty fingers. “If I go to Charlotte, if I go to The Center and back to Lisa, the goal will be to excise the hate.” She found her sunglasses where they’d fallen among the broken pots, hid behind the dark lenses, then stood and began to pick up the jagged pieces. 

From his place on the floor, he lifted his arm and silently asked for her hand.

 Instead of taking his hand, she looked at the sun through the greenhouse ceiling. She raised her hand into the sunbeam, watched the dust dance over her fingers. “My granddaughter called this fairy dust. I used to tell her to wish on it.”

 Matt stood, wrapped one arm around her waist, and lifted his hand to join hers in the sun. “What would you wish for?”

 Marcia had been comfortable with love and afraid of anger. Kathleen was comfortable with anger and afraid of love. “You want me to wish away the hate. But, Matt, all I am is hate.”


Catch up with the first book in the series


Published: May 2018


An unimaginable trauma. A future that seems impossible. When your world shatters, how do you put it back together?

For 950 days, Kathleen Conners has struggled with that choice. Behind a scarf and sunglasses, she hides from the world, from herself, from The Event, from any future with anyone.

After receiving a box of letters from his deceased mother, Matt Nelson is shoved from his predictable, controlled life to a secluded beach in North Carolina. While trying to understand his mother’s intent, he discovers Kathleen. Matt must choose whether to follow the path his mother orchestrated or rescue the woman who has captured his heart.

When the only person Kathleen blames more than herself reappears, can Matt be the strength Kathleen needs to create a new life, or will he be forced to walk away if she decides the climb is too great?



About the Author

June happily resides in Sandy Springs, Georgia, with her husband, Dave, and their dog, Sodapop. They have two wonderful adult children and two grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic exerciser and an accomplished cook. She and her husband enjoy hiking with Sodapop, traveling, scuba diving, trying new restaurants, concerts, and whatever other adventures they can find. Reading and a constant desire to learn keeps her busy too.

A trauma survivor who struggles with mental illness, June is continuously reaching for hope like the characters in her books. She openly discusses her personal struggles on her blog, JuneConverse.com

Decide to Hope is her first novel and relies a great deal on her own experience with trauma, choices, recovery and hope. If you'd like to discuss trauma, coping and recovery, contact her at JuneConverse.com or DecideToHope.com


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1 comment:

  1. This book looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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