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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Secrets & Stories - Two Thousand Lines by Michelle Jester

An inspiring and heartbreaking tale of abandonment, survival, and purpose. A harrowing journey of self-discovery and perseverance.



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Release Date: November 21st, 2019

Olivia Brooks has been able to keep her life in Sugar Mill, Louisiana held perfectly together, far away from the small town where she grew up.

Even though her past still haunts her, she has found a perfect process of surviving, until a string of events brings Luke Plaisance to Sugar Mill and turns her organized life upside down.

While Olivia fights to hold on to the life she’s created, unraveling it may be exactly what it takes for her to truly survive. She must accept her past in order to live, or let it threaten the only future she’s ever wanted. Because some secrets can’t stay buried… and shouldn’t.

An inspiring and heartbreaking tale of abandonment, survival, and purpose. A harrowing journey of self-discovery and perseverance.

GUEST POST
Secrets & Stories

Something we all have is secrets. I say for the most part I’m an open book, I’m honest about who I am and I can embrace emotion. Yet the reason I write is so that I can express deeper emotions that I don’t always talk about with everyone. Feelings I felt when as a young child I was bullied so horribly at school that I tried to kill myself when I was only seven years old or the emotions I felt after tragically losing a loved one at the young age of ten years old are much easier for me to write about than to express openly. Not that I am not expressive, because I am, but talking to others about secrets or real life plot twists are much different than writing about them. When I write, I hold nothing back. I talk through issues and then, the rest of it… the other deeper emotions about moving through those things and finding healing and confidence in yourself. Sometimes, there is no clear resolution in life. Many times you just have to walk forward anyway. You learn that is okay to walk away.

Using the secrets about Olivia throughout Two Thousand Lines was natural. I realized one day years ago that getting to know people is much like opening a book to someone’s past. The way people react or engage with others is directly related to their past, which is often fraught with secrets and pain. Revealing those help us understand why people behave the way they do. I often say at conferences that men think it’s difficult to understand women, but we’re easy! To truly know anyone, man or woman, is to know this basic principal: seek to find why they act or react the way they do and you will understand them completely. For most people it isn’t always about the here and now, it’s often about the then and how.

Revealing Olivia’s past the way I did wasn’t really planned or strategic. Using secrets can often backfire because either the reader figures it out before they are revealed or the secret doesn’t seem as big to the reader as you wanted it to be. I simply revealed Olivia’s journey, her actions and reactions, in the way people truly learn about one another in real life, the way it happens naturally… one step from the past at a time.
About the author:
Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter. She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember. 
One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!

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15 comments:

Amy Woolard said...

I just love this cover! I like what I have read about this book so far & look forward to reading more.

katieoscarlet said...

I enjoyed reading the guest post. This sounds like an excellent read.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

Kate Sarsfield said...

I love the idea of the little duck charm!

Dale Wilken said...

The book sounds like a great read.

Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)

Michelle Jester said...

Hope you read it! If you do, I'd love to hear your feedback!

Michelle Jester said...

Michelle Jester said...

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Michelle Jester said...

Thank you Amy! Message me with your thoughts after reading! ❤

Michelle Jester said...

I love wearing it!! ❤

Michelle Jester said...

Thank you for being on the tour!! 😘❤

Linda Romer said...

Two Thousand Lines sounds like a good read. Thank you

Tashia Jennings said...

Looks and sounds interesting. Thank you for sharing. Love discovering new authors to follow and new books to add to my TBR.

Michele S. said...

Beautiful cover.. you are a new author to me and I think I will check out more of your books....