$10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Love’s Remains By Jacqueline Simon Gunn
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The second year of graduate school started out as a new beginning. I felt stronger. My heart had stitched itself up. I had finally healed enough on the inside to let love flourish once again. But an ever-present ex-boyfriend made the unresolved emotions between us impossible to ignore.
Then new complications emerged: Said ex-boyfriend began dating Cecilia, who just happened to be the ex-girlfriend of my new love interest. I should have hated her. I wanted to hate her. But, I have to admit, I liked her.
As the semester progressed, the tangled web between us deepened in ways I never could have anticipated, and it spread to those closest to us. We had the same classes, the same friends, the same interests. Then, of course, there were all the secrets, some of which could ruin the love I believed I wanted, I deserved.
Once again, I got pulled into the dizzying vortex of all that remained unfinished. And doubt crept in. Had I really healed enough to make myself vulnerable again? Had I made the right choices?
But the big question is: Can we ever really leave past relationships behind?
This is the second book in the Where You’ll Land series, but can be read as a stand-alone.
Other Books in the Series
After a bad breakup, I packed up my life and moved to Miami to study for my doctorate in psychology. I made one promise to myself: Do not get romantically involved while I was in school. I needed to heal. And then Will Easton came into my life. He was warm and sweet and intelligent. And he got me. What I didn’t know was that Will was running from a tragedy of his own.
When you try to escape your past without confronting your emotions, you repeat those same past patterns over and over. And that’s just what happened to Will and me, along with a few others who got swept up into the storm that was our relationship. Then came the awful secret. The one that changed everything.
Sometimes the most painful relationships are the ones that help us grow into who we are and to find the love we had been searching for all along.
Which begs the question: Can we choose who we love?
Why do you usually write from multiple points of view?
Most of my fiction books have at least three points of view. I do this because I want to understand what’s motivating each character, and I want my readers to see that choices do not happen in a vacuum. Every decision made has an impact on those close to us and then those close to them and so on. In this way, there are always webs between groups of people even when the connections are not obvious and/or the relationships are remote.
Alex, Michael, Cecilia and Will’s connection and influences may be obvious. But Will’s mother’s decision to visit affects Alex and Cecilia which in turn affect Michael and his decisions, even though none of them have any direct interaction with her. Dr. Wright’s wife (who we don’t even see in this book) affects a few characters and that ripples over into a few more. Beck, the patient Cecilia is presenting in her supervision group, affects the whole group, each character for a different reason. Motivation, the “why” behind our choices, is what people most often ask me about psychologically speaking – why did he or she do that or why do I do that? – so I wanted to show some motivational possibilities to my readers.
I also did not want to directly explain “why” as I would in a non-fiction book. I wanted to show “why” and I wanted to show this through multiple characters to reflect that there are no absolutes. Meaning, if we see two characters showing the same behavior the underlying reasons “why” may be very different. I wanted readers to have windows to think about themselves in the scenarios and come to their own conclusions rather than giving direct advice.
About the Author
Jacqueline Simon Gunn is a Manhattan-based clinical psychologist and writer. She has authored two non-fiction books, and co-authored two others. She has published many articles, both scholarly and mainstream, and currently works as a freelance writer. With her academic and clinical experience in psychology, Gunn is now writing psychological fiction. Her Close Enough to Kill series, explores the delicate line between passion and obsession, love and hate, and offers readers an elaborate look into the mind of a murderer.
In addition to her clinical work and writing, Gunn is an avid runner and reader. She is currently working on multiple writing projects, including three romance novels.
One winner will receive:
- A Kindle Copy of Where You’ll Land
- A Kindle Copy of Love’s Remains
- A $10 Amazon Gift Card
Open to Kindle users
Ends July 31, 2019