Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Until us... Halcyon by C.L. Donley

The Halcyon program has only grown in respect and mystique over their now fifteen years of matchmaking. 


The Halcyon program has only grown in respect and mystique over their now fifteen years of matchmaking.

When I went through it six years ago, they were still boasting 100% success of all the participants. Single, usually hopeless, candidates leave the program as part of a couple.
The foolproof methods Halcyon uses to guarantee a soulmate comes from a blend of technology, biology, psychology, and, of course, sex. Naturally, with its high price tag, extensive, invasive testing, and painstaking process, only serious participants make it through, and everyone found success. Until us.


I’m awake. In a strange room I don’t recognize. I’m waiting for something to attack me. Something black and oozing from the wall. I hold my breath. Someone walks past the window and my heart leaps from my chest. But nothing happens. I want to say that it’s normal, but normal feels like it was only a dream. It feels inconsequential. And the dreams are what I’ve considered real for what seems like an eternity. Unbearably frightening. But colorful. With only the illusion of separateness.

Another person walks by without incident. A landline phone rings. I want to feel relief but I’m afraid to hope. Maybe I only see them but they don’t see me.

I need to test it out but I’m terrified. Don’t say anything don’t say anything don’t say anything…

At first, nothing happens. Then, a quiet-looking woman in scrubs.
Is this a hospital?
About the author:
C.L. Donley is a future New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of multicultural and interracial romance, who believes romance novels that are impossible to put down are the only kind that should exist! Armed with a B.A. in English and M.A. in Writing, she is new to the romance game, having written her first novel, Amara's Calling, after discovering the romance genre in September 2017. Donley writes in a style she calls "romantic realism" that is sophisticated yet simple, grounded yet unaplogetically escapist, and character-driven rather than plot-driven. This style creates a unique, modern reading experience ideal for book club discussions, personal epiphanies, satisfying re-reads, and the occasional spiraling reviewer! Love it or hate it, fans and critics alike can't deny her talent, and always find themselves coming back for more!

She loves hearing from readers and discussing her favorite parts of her own books, so feel free to indulge her.

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Anonymous said...

Pretty cover.

DJ Swykert said...

Thank you Jayne. I thought it was a unique idea, something different than the usual cover for contemporary romance, although I wrote the story thinking it would be a literary genre, but just couldn't leave the romance out of it.

Debra Branigan said...

The cover is pretty and the storyline sounds great. Thanks for sharing and best wishes to the author on the new release.

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Anonymous said...

Awesome cover! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

abfantom said...

I like the cover. It is very well done with great colors and graphics.

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Amber S said...

I love the cover and the colors

tatertot374 said...

I love the cover! It def draws me in. Thank you

billwinsbig said...

My daughter would enjoy this book.

clc408 said...

I like the premise of this story.

EclecticZebra said...

Love the brightness used, good cover!

Darby Elizabeth said...

Beautiful and romantic!