Maryann asked him to come help search for her daughter because she, the woman he once thought would end up being his mother-in-law, was dying of cancer. The search for Deborah would die when she did, and most likely that would be soon.
Jackson didn’t hesitate for a moment, but Maryann took his silence for reluctance.
“Please Jack?” she begged. “Do it for your son.”
“My son?” he breathed.
“Yes Jack, you have a son and his name is Michael. No one knew about him until three years ago when Deb left him on the doorstep of the rental house I keep here in Anchorage,” she told him. “It was the middle of the night and I never even got to talk to her.” Maryann was crying and it broke his heart. “Michael has some minor developmental delays and she asked me to get him the help he needed because she couldn’t provide it while living in hiding.”
“How could she just give you her son, our son?” He would have taken him in a heartbeat, even at twenty-one and about to graduate college.
“It’s a good thing she did Jack. He’s thriving! Most of his delays have disappeared and they expect the rest of them to be gone as he gets older. Thanks to Deb, your son will be able to live a normal life.”
Tears clouded Jack’s voice. “He’s my son too, why didn’t she bring him to me? I thought she loved me.”
“I’m so sorry, Jack. She said in the note, that if I took him anywhere near Nevada or told anyone living there about him, she would come back and take him away again. I couldn’t risk that.”
“Nothing makes sense,” he whispered. “Why doesn’t she want him here?”
“I’m not sure, son. She was running from something there. That’s my only guess.”
“She loved you. She wanted a future with you. That wouldn’t be my first guess.”

He told her about his family’s cruise to Alaska and that he would be in
Anchorage as soon as it ended. He had to find Deborah and bring her to see her mother one last time before she passed. He would grant Maryann her wish. And then he would bring Deborah and Michael home for good. Most people would say it was a pipe dream, but he really missed her. She was alive and he was going to see her again come hell or high water.


          Deborah chuckled. “You still like to flatter the ladies don’t you, Jack?”
          “Only with my comedic genius,” he deadpanned.
          “Hmmm, I wasn’t thinking about that,” she said, turning around in his arms to kiss him.
          “Yuck!” they heard from below them. But when they pulled apart and looked down, Michael was smiling and seemed anything but grossed out.
          “Head to the table, short stuff,” Jack said, grabbing the spaghetti off the counter. “Dinner is served.”
          “Hey Deb, remember my fourteenth birthday dinner?” Jackson asked, halfway through the meal.
          She looked up from her plate, her eyes wide. “You wouldn’t.”
          Jack smiled and stuck a meatball on the end of his fork. “I would.”
          “You’ll teach your son how to get into trouble.”
          He turned to Michael with a serious look on his face. “Don’t ever do this without permission. Okay, son?
          “Okay, Dad,” he smiled.
          Jack flicked his fork forward and hit his son on the nose with the meatball.
          Michael giggled and tossed a couple of noodles back at his dad. Deborah ducked under the table as the spaghetti noodle war raged above her. It was enough just to hear father and son bonding and having a good time. Moments like these were truly priceless. And it made her wonder if things could work out with Jack. They still seemed to be compatible and she loved him more every minute. And best of all, he was a great father, a natural.
          “Hey Mom, you can come out now,” Michael called.
          “First one of you to toss anything covered in spaghetti sauce on me is grounded for a month,” she called out, peeking around the edge of the table. Both Mannon boys sat there with their hands in the air, so she came all the way up and sat in her chair. She surveyed the damage – two spaghetti sauce covered boys, a trashed table and noodles with meatballs on the floor.
          “Jack since you started this you are in charge of bath time. I’ll clean up the kitchen.”
          “Aww Mom, you’re no fun,” Michael pouted. “I don’t need a bath.”
          Jackson chuckled. “I think your Mom’s right, kiddo. I think we both need to wash up. Head on into the bathroom and I’ll meet you there.”
          Michael slunk off, dreading the clean-up process.
          “And don’t touch anything,” his parent’s yelled in unison.
          Jackson stood up and walked over to Deb. “Thanks for letting us do that.”
          “You’re welcome,” she smiled. “Just don’t make a habit of it.”
          She stood up to grab some cleaner and the mop when Jack stepped in front of her. “You deserve a hug for being such a great mom, but I won’t because of the mess." He started to turn to leave, but switched back and grabbed her in one of his famous bear hugs. Dropping her quickly, he ran for the safety of the bathroom.
          “Jackson Steven Mannon!” she yelled.
          “I didn’t toss anything sauce-covered on you,” he hollered back.
          “You’re still gonna pay!” she called out just before the water started to run.
          By the time the boys came out of the bathroom, Deborah had the dining room cleaned and was reading a book she’d grabbed out of her SUV.


“So Jack, how are things with you and Deb?” Thomas asked as he crawled into his bed.
“It’s like we were never apart, most of the time. Kind of strange how one day we were still like high school sweethearts and the next we are grown up lovers, but everything feels the same.”
“I can’t even imagine,” Thomas sympathized. Things between him and Vanessa had felt different, but the love and passion had still been there.
“I’m afraid one day we will wake up and realize things have changed too much,” Jack worried.      
“As soon as you get home and say goodbye to Maryann, you really need to get to know each other again. But hell, you never know, maybe the changes of eight years will slip naturally into your lives.”
“Yeah, maybe,” Jack agreed. “But that doesn’t make the fear of the unknown any less.”
“I think you two were meant to be together though,” Thomas reassured him.
“I know, right?” Jack smiled. “I mean, otherwise why would we have been thrown together again like this?"
“You could look at it that way.”
“Well, it’s not like my mother could have planned this like she did for the rest of my siblings, right?”
“I wouldn’t be so sure. Your mother is an amazing woman.”
Jackson scoffed. “You just think she’s amazing because thanks to her, you get to play tiddlywinks with my sister again.”
“Speaking of tiddlywinks, have you been playing some with Deb yet?”
Jackson laughed. “None of your business, man.”
“Dude, I’ve known you since we were in grade school. And you were wound tighter than a virgin on prom night during the cruise.”
“And your point?” Jackson asked.
“Jackson got laid, Jackson got laid, and he’s not acting like an ass anymore!” he sang.
A pillow went flying through the air and landed on Thomas’s head just moments before Jack slammed into his body, catching him in a wrestling hold. Within seconds Thomas released himself, but was still unable to move Jack off of him.
“If you don’t get your knee off my nads Jack, I might just have to tell you all about how your sister will kiss them better for me.”
“Oh gross!” Jackson yelled, jumping over to his own bed. “Now I’m going to have to burn out my ears and my brain. That’s just sick, Tommy!”
“It got you off of me, didn’t it? And don’t call me Tommy!’
They both laid in their own beds contemplating what the future would hold for Jack and Deb.
“Hey man, I’m glad you seem to be happy again,” Thomas murmured in the dark.
“Thanks Thomas. And thanks for all of the help. I couldn’t have done it alone.”
“No problem man, that’s what best friends are for. By the way, my car needs washed.”


         NOTE: As far as excerpts go, this book will be a bit different. The plot twists happen early on so it is hard to do excerpts without spoiling the surprises in the story. So, you will see things blocked out and placers put in. I hope you enjoy the excerpts!

          “I’m sorry, was I too rough?” he asked. She was crying in his arms and it broke his heart to think he may be the cause.
         “No,” she managed to sob before losing her ability to talk through the tears. She rolled into him, resting her head on his shoulder and he squeezed her tight. When her shaking subsided, he tried to talk to her again. “Maybe we shouldn’t have done this. I’m sorry.”
          Deborah actually chuckled. “Don’t ever think that, Jack. And there’s nothing to be sorry about.”
          “Why are you crying? You know, I still hate seeing you cry.”
          Deborah propped herself up on her arm and looked down at her former boyfriend. “So much has happened today. I was kidnapped, found out I might just be able to be safe again, found you again, and realized I will get to see my son tomorrow for the first time in three years. It’s a lot to handle. Especially when I’m in the arms of the only boy I’ve ever loved.”
          Jack smiled up at her. “Are you okay now?”
          Deborah shrugged and laid back down beside him. “I’m scared to death. I’m confused, the future is so uncertain and I don’t like it.”
          “Everything will be okay, sweetheart. You’re not alone now. We’re going to dig you out of this and you will be free again. Something to think about – your mom is very sick, Vanessa wasn’t lying. You need to see her.”
          “Goodnight Jack,” she murmured, snuggling up to him. She didn’t know what to believe anymore. It was absolutely imperative to find out what was going on with [insert villain here] because she needed to feel completely safe again, before risking seeing her mother. There was too much at stake, too many lives in danger. Deborah just hoped that if her mom was sick, she could hold on.
          “I’ll be right back Deb,” Jack whispered, heading into the bathroom. While cleaning up, he couldn’t help but wonder why on earth his stubborn former girlfriend couldn’t believe that her mother needed her? Deb should know that he, of all people, would never lie to her about something like that. In the end, he just hoped they weren’t too late.
When Jack walked back out to the bedroom, he noticed her breathing was steady and even. “Goodnight sweetheart,” he murmured as he lay down and took her into his arms again. He kissed her forehead and held her for what felt like hours until he started to doze off. Before sleep finally claimed him, he swore he heard her mumbling in her sleep. “Hang tight...I love you...see you soon.”


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          Thomas and Vanessa finally headed out into the night, leaving Jack and Deborah alone.
          “You going to talk?” he asked quietly. He wished it would be that easy and she would just say what he needed to know.
          “Not about what you want me to,” she answered.
          “Then we’ll just sit here in awkward silence,” he told her, shrugging his shoulders. “No big deal to me one way or the other.” Sitting there looking at her beautiful face would be torture, but at this point he didn’t have much choice. He should have brought some books or something.
          “Jerk,” she mumbled.
          The clock on the living room wall was ticking loudly as they sat staring at each other in some sort of weird visual standoff. The only other sound in the room was their breathing. Eventually Deborah began tapping her fingers on the coffee table and Jackson started jiggling his foot.
          “Who are you running from?” he asked to break the silence. As close as they’d been, it should be easy to keep a conversation going. Although right then he didn’t really want to talk to her.  The anger he felt was foreign and shocking to him.
          “None of your business,” she muttered. “You do realize that every hour we waste here, the bigger the chance my son dies?”
          “Our son is perfectly safe,” Jack returned, matter of fact. “My new ranger friends are taking turns making sure of it.”
          Deb rolled her eyes at him and sat silent. At least he was taking care of Michael, she’d give him that. But it still didn’t make her any less afraid. She was trying not to let him see just how terrified she was, because she needed that advantage.
          Jack sighed, leaning his head back against the love seat he was sitting on. To his knowledge, Deborah had never been this stubborn. It was about to drive him out of his mind, but he would let her get a good night sleep and then he would make her talk.
          “It’s getting chilly in here, can you start a fire?” she asked, looking away. “Please.”
          “Yeah,” Jack huffed. “I’ll be right back. Don’t move or I’ll chase you down and tie your ass to that dining room chair after all.”
          “Promise?” she whispered, looking at him in a way he never thought he would see again.
          “Be careful what you ask for little girl, or you might just get it.” His whole body was aching for her now and she knew it. She was trying to throw him off his game. “But then again, you always did want to try that didn’t you? Tie you naked to the bed, taste every inch of your body and then drive into you, again and again for the finale, right?”
          Deborah whimpered and looked away. “Stop it Jack, You’re playing with fire.” She had been trying to throw him off her game but he’d turned it around.
          “I want to get burned Deb, just one more time. I want you to heat my soul to the point of no return.”
          “Jack,” she sobbed. “Please don’t.”
          He turned away from her and headed out the back door to get firewood. She quickly stood and crept to the front door, silently praying that when he’d disarmed the back door, the front one was affected too. She opened it and slipped outside, quickly making her way to her SUV. Thank God she’d learned to hotwire a vehicle.
She climbed into the SUV and set about trying to start it when she felt a hand on her shoulder.
“Going somewhere sweet stuff?” Thomas asked.
She sighed and let her head fall forward onto the steering wheel. “I thought you left,” she murmured.
“Nope, we knew you’d try something like this.”
“Jack appeared at the door of the vehicle and pulled her out. “Thanks Tom, I owe you one.”
“No problem man. I’ll see you when I see you.”
Jack walked Deb back into the house and shut the door. “You’re not going anywhere until you talk sweetheart, so you might as well stop trying.”
“Never,” she mumbled, feeling braver than she was. She walked to the couch and sat down hard. Now she didn’t know when in the hell she would be able to escape again. Could she trust Jack with the info she had. Eight years of fear and running told her ‘no’. But her heart kept whispering ‘maybe’. 


Today I am hosting the cover reveal for an upcoming release by the amazing Megan Noelle. I hear her books are truly amazing and they are definitely on my TBR list!

Synopsis for A Broken Forever:

Grey and Stefan knew from the moment they met that they were destined for one another. Despite the none-too-quiet protests from his family they married straight out of high school. Their love only grew when a year later they welcomed their baby girl into the world.
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Life was perfect…until one night changed everything.

A horrendous accident destroyed them; stripping them of everything they knew, taking away their happiness and their daughter. While mourning the loss of their little girl they were also suffering the loss of each other. Stefan blamed himself for their daughter’s death and drowned away the guilt in liquor. Grey had never been 
so alone. Stefan had died inside the day their child did. Doing the only thing she could to save herself… Grey ended their marriage.


Seven Years Later

Stefan Harrison is the most eligible bachelor with a wallet and company that continues to grow. Every night he had a different woman on his arm with the next not far behind. Grey Dawson is the lead stylist and co-owner of a reputable salon with the perfect fiancé and a beautiful wedding in her future.

But one chance meeting between Grey and Stefan is all that is needed to reawaken the feelings from the past.

She tries to avoid him but he won’t let her. Losing Grey was Stefan’s biggest mistake and he won’t stop until he wins her back. But Grey doesn’t know if she could ever trust him again. Leaving her heart to decide between the perfect future…or the past she never let go.


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I hopped off the stool and walked over to him, lacing my arms around his waist. My cheek rest against his back and I heaved a big sigh breathing in the scent of his woodsy cologne. 

“What would I do without you?” Richard’s soft chuckle rumbled against my face.

“You’re mistaken, Grey. It is me who would be lost without you.”

“I doubt it.” I whispered.

“How about we just never part so we don’t ever have to find out?”

His words struck a chord in my heart, jogging a moment I thought I had forgotten completely. My eyes squeezed shut as the memory took over.


The sun was just beginning to peek around the curtains, casting a glow on Stefan’s face. My head rest against his stomach as my fingers traced the delicious lines of his chest. His eyes were closed but from the way he was breathing I knew he was still awake. It had been a little more than twelve hours since we said, ‘I do’ and I still couldn’t grasp the thought. This perfect man with his incredibly intense blue eyes, soft lips and a heart of gold that he hid from the rest of the world—was mine. How on Earth had I been so lucky? It didn’t matter that we were young because I felt it in my soul, Stefan Harrison was the man I was made for. Our hearts were just pieces of a puzzle and no one else could fit together the way we did.

“What are you thinking about?” I asked, daring to break the silence with my voice.

Stefan gave a contented sigh before opening his eyes to gaze lovingly at me. “Just thinking how perfect this moment is. How incredibly perfect you are.” I smiled up at him. “I don’t deserve you Grey, but I’ll never stop trying to prove that you are everything to me.”

My hand flew to my heart as his beautiful words sank in. “Oh, Stefan…”

“I don’t know what I’d do without you, Greyson Rose. I could never imagine waking up each morning and not have you next to me.”

I sat up and wrapped my arms around his shoulders. A smile formed over my lips as I stared into his stoically stunning face.

“Well how about you just never leave and then you will never have to wake up a single day away from me.”

Stefan smiled back and pressed his forehead down to mine.

“I’m not going anywhere, baby.”


Fresh tears rolled from my eyes and stained the back of Richard’s shirt.

“I’m not going anywhere, baby.” I whispered much too low for Richard’s ears, while my arms squeezed him even tighter.

Meet Megan Noelle:

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I am Megan Noelle and “A Broken Forever” is the third novel that I will publish but not the first I’ve written. I have been writing since I was old enough to hold a pen and finally pursued my dream of becoming a novelist. Writing is my passion and I am all for following one’s passions! One of my other passions is being a mom of my adorable daughter Peyton. She has just hit the terrible twos and boy…what a joy! When I’m not writing I’m a stay at home mom and a full time student in the typical major of “Undecided.” All I know is if I can write, be with my daughter and my family—I will be happy!

5 Random Things You Don’t Know About Me!

1. Peanut Butter M&Ms and a Diet Coke is my favorite treat—ever.

2. I would someday love to write a book that Tim Burton wants to make into a movie!

3. I have a ridiculous addiction to Bride shows.

4. I have a terrible habit of wanting to dye my hair—every month.

5. I can listen to the same song on repeat dozens of time in a row and still not be sick of it.

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