Thursday, August 28, 2014

CAN'T WAIT TO READ Within These Walls @AuthorJLBerg

Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.

I am not strong.  I am just a survivor of circumstance.
Isn’t that what we all do?  Survive?

Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through.  Mine are just more…complicated.

Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.

I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared.  He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.

But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?

My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.

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A portion of sales during the first week of release will go to a children's heart charity.

Five facts about Within These Walls

1. The poem Abigail recites was written by my 10-year old daughter Hannah.  

2. The song “All of Me” by John Legend inspired much of the book.  I’d already come up with the concept and even begun writing WTW when I first heard it on the radio, but it somehow solidified the storyline for me and connected me with the characters. 

3. I chose Lailah’s name specifically because of its meaning.  I wanted her to have a strong, beautiful name, and I loved that symbolized so much of her backstory.  (Read the story—you’ll understand!)  

4. I did a lot of research on congenital heart defects and along the way, I met a young woman named Becca who was born with CHD.  She is currently facing the very real possibility of a lung and heart transplant.  Her story was so inspiring to me and I really hope I did her justice in the way I portrayed Lailah.  To learn more about Becca, you can visit her blog:

5. Since the release of WTW, I’ve had tons of readers message me pictures of pudding!  Apparently my book has caused a huge craving for the chocolaty dessert!  You have been warned! <3


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About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC. Sign up for J.L. Berg's brand-new newsletter here! Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
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