Julianne Kelsch is an author and freelance writer who picked up the pen after the birth of her second child. A mother of four, she believes words have a special kind of magic all their own. With a word you can open the heart or break the soul; you can breathe life into love or distinguish the final flame. For her, reading is a place to experience worlds unseen and lives never lived; writing is the place to create them.
For Lily Frost, love is a double edged sword. She craves it, she needs it, but the asking price for love may be her life.
After her mother’s apparent suicide, Lily receives a terrible warning: leave California or run the risk of death. Afraid for her life, she flees. Her only hope for safety lies with her father, a man who abandoned her when she was five. But while she searches for him, she discovers love and safety in the arms of James Prescott.
James is a man tormented by his mother’s unsolved murder. More than anything he wants to see her killer lifeless, lying in a shallow grave. When Lily enters his life, he realizes that he hasn’t been living. Lily shines for him, a light that finally pierces the darkness. For the first time in years, he feels hope. Their relationship blossoms and Lily discovers that she is worthy of love. However, she soon realizes that the safety she craves and the love she’s found may be short lived.
The past James carries and the life Lily left behind collide, throwing the couple into the path of the murderer. Secrets long buried come to surface and threaten to destroy everything. Will they face their demons together or will they let the past tear them apart?
I closed my eyes, breathing in the heavy scent of
flowers, immersing myself in the gardens completely.
“This place is amazing.”
“I hoped you would like it.”
“I love it.”
James pulled me into him, holding me against his
“I’m glad you do,” he said, his breath saturating
my hair. He kissed me softly then reached down and picked a white lily. “The
lily means more than purity,” he said, pressing it into my hand. “It also means the
return of happiness.” He smiled, gently caressing my bruised cheek with the
backs of his fingers. “Having you in my life has returned my happiness, Lily. I
was a fool not to see it before, with your father.” He pressed his forehead
against mine, eyes closed. “You’ve given me my life back.”
give me mine, I thought. In more ways
people and experience a million different worlds. I thought reading was
fun, but I didn’t know how cool writing could be!
5. When I am not
writing, I like to… play the piano, read, lay out on my deck and soak
in the sun, or watch a really good story on netflix. I pick apart the
stories now, and pay attention to the writing. I find it fascinating.
I am working on… an epic fantasy trilogy. This fantasy doesn’t
involve elves, hobbits, or any super mythical creatures, but there is a
bit of magic and I’m having a lot of fun writing it. The first draft of
the first book is done. Next step: a very thorough edit.