What would happen in a world where the children were suddenly forgotten? A devastating deal between two devious creatures changes the Balance of all life in the land of Tamaryn. With a blinding flash of light and a rumbling of the earth, brothers Jakob and Kell, awaken to realize they have no memory and no home. When they discover other children who are alone and frightened as they are, they join together on a quest to find anything that might be familiar. With the help of their Protectors they embark on a dangerous journey, determined to discover their identity and survive, in a tumultuous land with unknown enemies. As the devious ones continue to plot an existence that will ultimately destroy Tamaryn, the children and one lone warrior who is fighting on her own, seek to restore what has been lost. To do this they will risk everything in this fantastical story of what happens when the most beautiful love of all, is completely Forgotten.
Have you ever had a dream when after you wake up, you can't shake it, sometimes even for the entire day? When writing this chapter, this was the feeling that I wanted to capture as Will tries to hold onto the dream where his subconscious and the reality of when he awakens, don't coincide.
I love stories where good vs. evil and the Ubilez, in the Forgotten, are the epitome of evil. I loved creating these creatures as they twisted and turned in my mind. The possibilities of the Ubilez are endless.
Even though she is not a main character, I loved writing the character Bella because it gives the reader insight into what the magical creature, Yashwa, is. The beauty of writing fantasy is the ability to allow your imagination to visit and create places you never realized it could. This passage was the beginning of a wonderful journey for me.
My favorite thing about writing this book is that the two main characters, brothers Kell and Jakob, were inspired by my own boys. When I wrote about the brothers, I wrote from the heart, inspired by my love as a mother. Jakob and Kell are very much alike in many ways, which comes out much later in the book and will be seen in future books as well. In many ways, writing this book was very personal.
Working Title: She Used to Be Mine
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This is a wonderful excerpt where you can see how much Danny and Liv love and still look out for one another, even though they are no longer together. It's heartbreaking and awkward, beautiful and sad. This was one of my favorite chapters to write in She Used to Be Mine.
Danny is one of my favorite male characters I've written so far. So far, he's perfect in every way and I'm really not sure if he can get any better. As I continue writing this story, I'm excited to see if he stays this perfect.
Tragedy often seeks us out at the very moment we least expect it. Brynn and Adam Michaels are rebuilding their lives after Brynn's painful and cruel past threatened to tear them apart. With a baby on the way, hope and promise are finally within reach. Just when Brynn lets her guard down and imagines that she and Adam can have a happy life, an unexpected visitor arrives, threatening to destroy everything. When the one thing holding them together is ripped cruelly from their lives, they are forever changed, their fragile life together teetering dangerously on the edge. As Brynn suddenly discovers a life she never expected, and a family she never knew she had, Adam, the only person she has truly loved, slowly changes into a stranger she no longer recognizes. When a handsome stranger arrives at Brynn’s darkest moment, stirring up feelings she never knew could exist within her, she must make a choice. But in the end will her decision cost Brynn the ultimate price? Losing Eva is the deeply complex, emotional sequel to Leaving Eva, and the second novel in the Eva Series. Caution: Eva’s story contains graphic violence, strong language, drug abuse, domestic abuse, and child abuse. Jennifer Sivec, author of women’s fiction, once again creates deeply beautiful story of hope and promise, while exploring the dark edges of the human spirit while questioning how much suffering one can endure, until they are finally lost forever.
This short passage gives such a clear picture of Brynn's struggle throughout both of the Eva books. While she wants to trust and love, she still fights against Adam and her love for him. And even though she loves him, something del inside causes her to struggle against herself.
There is that moment when we are all caught off guard. That one single moment when life as we know it suddenly changes forever. That is what this excerpt is about. Just as Brynn is settling into a normal life, something happens and in a split second her life is completely altered. That is what I absolutely loved about this passage and writing this chapter.
I love this part of the prologue in Losing Eva. It truly sets the tone of the story for the reader on what they can expect from the rest of the story. In many way, Losing Eva is far more dramatic and heartrending than Leaving Eva. The reader finds this out early on as they begin this roller coaster with Brynn. Readers have told me how much they loved Leaving Eva, but how Losing Eva took their breath away. This passage is where it all begins.
There is a secret pain lurking within all of us, waiting to consume us if we allow it. On the outside, Brynn Michael seems to be living the perfect life. She’s a successful businesswoman married to a handsome and devoted husband. But nobody, not even her husband and childhood sweetheart, Adam, knows the true depth of Brynn’s horror. Abandoned as a small child by a young drug addicted mother then abused by her adoptive father, teenage Brynn turns to the only solace she can find in the sharp end of a razor. She spends her lifetime hiding the scars, both physical and emotional, until she has no choice but to face what she has been running from her entire life. Brynn must figure out a way to confront her past or risk losing Adam, the only true love she’s ever known, forever. But in spite of it all, Brynn may not have the ultimate choice, as the past eventually seeks her out. Leaving Eva is the heartrending story of one woman’s battle to overcome her tragic childhood and the abandonment and abuse that haunt her. In this dramatically dark novel, Jennifer Sivec, author of women’s fiction, delves into the selfishness and depravity of human nature, and begs you to question whether happiness can ever truly be attained once you have been deeply scarred.
This was a difficult chapter to write but it helps define Brynn, and others like her, who numb their inner pain by cutting or self-mutilation. In this chapter, Brynn discovers a way to cope with the pain of the abuse she endures from her adoptive father. This is the ugly truth of those who fight for survival using the sharp edge of blade.
Writing this passage broke my heart. As I imagined Eva, or any child for that matter, experiencing hunger and neglect, it made me take pause. I was thankful that my own children would never have to experience this kind of pain and loneliness.
The relationship between parents and children is often complicated. This passage foreshadows Rose's intention about having child. I loved writing this part about Rose and envisioning what kind of mother she would be once Brynn came along because it left the story open for so many possibilities.
Just as I'm sure that many adopted children do, I've often wondered about my own birth parents. The questions come but there are no answers and just like Brynn, I've had to come to terms with the fact that I'll never know what happened to me or what became of them. The theme of abandonment and adoption are strong in Leaving Eva because they've been a strong theme in my own life. In this way, Eva and I are kindred spirits.
Many people I've known throughout the years, who have suffered, have found themselves during their darkest moments, lying on the bathroom floor struggling to survive one more moment. This is the moment when you contemplate how you can go on. As I wrote this passage, I thought about some of my own darkest moments and the struggle and incredible amount of strength it takes to even be able to move. I think there are more who have found themselves in this moment then we may ever realize.
This chapter breaks my heart every time I read it and even as I wrote it. It's the chapter where you get a true glimpse of Eva'a tragic early life with her soulless mother. You imagine what life is like for her because you get to see it from her point of view. As I wrote this, I fought with how simple yet heartbreaking it was as you imagine your life as Eva.
In a world where many simply walk away from their marriages or love when it becomes difficult, it's strange to imagine that Adam would stay with Brynn through all that he has. But to understand them is to know how much he loved her from the very beginning and how he needed her, almost as much as she needed him. Love is a strange and beautiful thing and doesn't always make sense, even to the people who are in it. This is true of Adam and Brynn's story as well.
Even though James and Amy aren't a huge part of the story, their legacy of love is integral to Eva's story. Just like all parents, they have so much hope and love for their children and their children's children. Their unconditional love for their daughter Ellie, and granddaughter Eva, is beautiful and defining to who they truly are. I love both of these characters so much. This passage was so difficult to write. It was both terrifying and heartbreaking and even I didn't know how it would end until it was written.
I've spent a lot of time in hospitals during my lifetime and have a profound respect for nurses who often go unappreciated or unnoticed. Some of my favorite people are nurses and it made sense to me that when Ellie was alone and had nobody else to get her through her delivery, that she would have a wonderful nurse who would help her.
This paragraph gives such insight into who Rose was, Brynn's adoptive mother. Rose's entire life was spent trying to fulfill an emptiness in her heart that began at a young age. Rose's mother is a very small character, but such a strong factor in who Rose became, which is why she married Thomas despite the fact she didn't love him, and why she allowed him to hurt Brynn.
This part breaks my heart because it's when you realize that Brynn is actually ashamed of being abused, even when talking about it with the person who loves her the most. And when she acknowledges the reason for the abuse you truly understand how horrible the character of Thomas truly is.
People deal with pain in so many different ways. It just made sense to me that cutting is how Brynn would deal with her pain. I wanted to portray her as vulnerable and beautiful, but by allowing her to deal with her pain in such a raw and private way, it made her more real to me. I loved writing this chapter because it gave Brynn a depth that I never realized she had until after it was finished.
I love this passage because Ellie realizes for the first time what she's done to herself and to her parents. But for the first time, she asks for help from her parents who love her vey much. When I wrote this, I thought about how parents love so unconditionally and how heartbreaking it can be when their children don't reciprocate.
This is the first time the reader is introduced to Ellie. Some of the feedback about the book is that there is a great deal of jumping around, but this is done by design. I truly didn't intend to confuse the reader, but I wanted to introduce the reader to the characters during some of their most vulnerable moments. I have a love/hate relationship with Ellie. This is the part of her I love.
I wanted to start the chapter out with a great deal of intensity in order to draw the reader in and make them feel for young Eva. I was hoping the reader would sympathize with her from the very first word of the book and that it would bond them to her throughout. I told this chapter from her perspective, as a child, in order to set the tone for the rest of the book so we would remember how helpless and alone she was starting as a young age.
Working Title: Saving Eva
This Book Is In Development
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When I wrote this passage I thought about how strong our memories can hold onto us, no matter how hard we try and shake them loose. Even two decades later, Brynn cannot let go of the horror of the abuse she suffered as a child. Memories, especially bad ones, can stay with us for an entire lifetime, which Brynn experiences in this chapter.
The saddest thing about the character of Brynn has been her loneliness. This has been an ongoing theme in her life throughout the series, at times it's been self-induced, but during other times it has been out of her control. I think that all of us experience this loneliness at times, which is why I love her character and can related to her so much.
I've had so many readers question me about whether Nick would appear in the third and final Eva book. And the answer to that is "yes!" Nick arrives in Saving Eva, and still loves Brynn so many years later.
This excerpt is about Adam's struggle with his demons, which is one of the things that makes my heart ache for him so much. Everyone has their demons to face, but Adam's demons are connected to Brynn and his love for her.
I loved writing this chapter because Adam revealed a secret to me that I didn't know until I started writing it! I was actually shocked that he hid this from me until now. It's always interesting the things your characters reveal if you listen and let them, which is one of my favorite things about writing.
This is one of my favorite lines in "Saving Eva" so far because we all have secrets that we lock up tight deep within, sometimes never giving them away to anyone.
I'm writing this one differently than the previous two and wanted to tell it partially from Brynn's perspective. Brynn has been through so much in the first two books, I thought it was important to finally get to hear her voice, though I find that she's still speaking to me.
When you think you're unlovable, how do you find the courage to love? All of Alyssa Bennet's life, the two people who were supposed to love her the most have let her down. Anna, her best friend, and her beloved grandmother, Nona, are the only constants in her every day; that is until the unbelievably perfect Landon Daniels comes along. For the first time in her life, Alyssa begins to believe that she might just be worthy of being loved. When the unexpected happens and threatens to snatch away her first chance at happiness, Alyssa must decide if she wants to continue her journey alone, or embrace the love she's always wished for. Author Jennifer Sivec explores hope, courage, and mortality in this gripping novel about one woman's struggle to discover what it means to come to terms with your past, and above all, love yourself enough to be loved.
I love this passage because it's that moment everyone experiences when they're faced with that one person who can take their breath away. It's the moment you freeze and then feel awkward, but nothing can replace how exhilarating it can be.
If you've ever been broken then this passage hits home. While it's frustrating for the reader to watch Lys's hesitation to feel anything or get too close to anyone, it's wonderful to watch as Landon unexpectedly awakens something within her. I love this passage because it truly defines her and helps the reader see inside of her for the first time.
Nona is a special character for me because she was inspired by my own grandmother, who I adored more than life itself. This particular excerpt about Lys's birthday gift from Nona, describes my grandmother's original wedding band that I wear now. I was able to choose it after she passed away and reminds me of her daily. I don't think there will ever be a day when I won't ever feel the pain of missing her in my life. She made me feel as though everything was possible because I was special. I don't know why she believed in me and loved me so much, but I'll never forget it.
I love the first line of this book because it's shocking yet somewhat telling of what the rest of the story has in store. I rewrote this line numerous times, unsure if I wanted to lay it out in quite this way. It was initially more profane, but I thought it was much more palatable this way.
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