Excerpt, Giveaway, & Teaser Tour: Drowning to Breathe: A.L. Jackson

Drowning to Breathe (Bleeding Stars #2)

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The danger in pretending is it becoming real...

Sebastian Stone, Sunder front man and guitarist with a rap sheet about ten miles long, escaped to Savannah, Georgia, to get away from the trouble he’d caused.

Not find more of it.

The moment he saw Shea Bentley, he saw beneath all her sweet and innocence to something that went deeper.


Their relationship was built on secrets; their love built on lies.

Sebastian never imagined how deep her secrets went.
When the past and present collide, Sebastian and Shea find themselves fighting for a future neither believed they deserved. Their passion is consuming and their need unending.

Now, holding the truth in his hands, Sebastian is faced with sacrificing everything he’s come to love to protect Shea and his family.

Two pasts intertwined.

Two lives bound.

Will their demons drown them or will Shea and Sebastian finally learn to breathe?

My brow pinched, because this fucking hurt. Hurt that Shea had been resisting confiding in me because of who I was. A fucking loose cannon. Someone prone to violence. And there it was, right beneath the surface, fire flaming and licking and begging for release. 

My voice was tight. “Made you a promise I’d protect you, Shea. Live for you. And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. You and Kallie? You’re my life. My everything. And I will do anything…give up anything…to make sure you two are together. I won’t let him win.” 

She brushed the back of her hand over the wetness on her cheeks. “He will do anything to break us apart…to separate us. He knows we’re weaker alone. All his words about taking us down at the same time?” 

Her head shook with bitterness and hate, something so foreign on my girl’s face, but I saw it there—the atrocities he’d committed—the things she still kept inside. 

The scars she wore on her heart while I wore mine on my skin. 

“It’s a tactic. A ploy. He thinks he can fill us with threats. Convince our subconscious into believing together we’re easy targets. But, no.” Her eyes drew together as she refuted the idea, as she spilled her own belief. “He’s a coward. A coward. Someone who allows others to carry out his crimes and then lords it over them as if he is the one exerting control.”

That brave chin quivered. “I gave him my submission for so long, and I refuse to ever be that girl again. I was her, Sebastian. I was weak.”

Strength filled the profession. “But I’m not weak anymore. And I’m even stronger with you by my side.” 




“Promise me you won’t let him provoke you, Sebastian. He knows exactly how to ruin people. He finds their weaknesses. He knows Kallie is mine. And he knows the two of us are yours.” 

I swallowed hard. “I promise, baby.” 

I promise.

This book is pure F***ING perfection!! Drowning to Breathe is definitely my favorite book by Amy, and I don’t say that lightly. I didn't think anyone could knock Christian out of the running!!

It seriously didn’t take me long to become head over heels in love with this book and the characters within. Days later and I still can't stop smiling huge whenever I think back on Baz, Little Bug, and Shea. This trio was all kinds of delicious magic. I must say, Ms. Jackson wrote her ass off for this finale and she did Baz, Kallie, and Shea all kinds of wicked justice! I swear they may just be my favorite “family” by this author. 

While Baz was still rough around the edges, I found him to be absolutely swoon worthy this round. An enigma, yet underneath it all, a complete sweetheart with a heart of gold. There was nothing one dimensional about this character. He was fiercely sweet, loyal, and loving when it came to his girls. Which of course made my heart pound just a tad bit harder. I adored the hell out of him in A Stone in the Sea, but when it came to his role with Kallie in Drowning to Breathe, he owned me heart and soul. 

Shea spoke to me on so many levels. She radiated amazing character through all the bulls*** she was put through. Amy did an unforgettable job of developing Shea and Kallie’s relationship. My heart ached for them with both sadness and happiness. She’s an inspiration; a true role model. I wish I could give her more than two thumbs up for being such a strong female protagonist. I adored the fact that through each and every obstacle she stayed humble and dedicated. She took the hellish times with the good and she grew to be a solid, dominant force for her family.

And wait till you meet Little Bug. Kallie will melt your heart. She was definitely something special. This little piece of Heaven took this book from five stars to six stars. 

A.L. Jackson’s by far one of my favorite authors. An automatic buy; I don’t even bother to read the synopsis anymore before hitting that oh so famous one click button. If she wrote it, I would buy the phone book. That’s how in love with her writing I am. There is no doubt in my mind that this author is at the top of her game and a force to be reckoned with. The worlds this author creates encases the reader, taking them for one hell of a wild ride. Amy knows exactly how to captivate and intrigue her readers with poignant characters that leave a lasting impression. Her writing is a breath of fresh air. Stories you know you can always lose yourself in.

Thank you, A.L. Jackson, for the complimentary copy of Drowning to Breathe. 
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He wanted nothing at all…

Until he found she had everything to give…

Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything—fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside. Facing assault charges after trying to protect his younger brother, Sebastian is sent to Savannah, Georgia to lie low until the dust settles in L.A.

Shea Bentley is beautiful, kind, and hiding from the very lifestyle Sebastian has always embraced.

When the mysterious, tattooed stranger begins hanging out at the bar where she works, Shea is quick to recognize he is nothing but trouble, but she's helpless to the way her body lights up every time his intense gray eyes tangle with hers.

They both soon find themselves drowning in a sea of desire and passion that won’t let them up for air.

Sebastian knows firsthand secrets never die, and he’s not the only one who’s hiding them.

Loving someone always comes with a price. But will it be Shea’s past that costs them everything?

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary and new adult romance. 

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life. 

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. 

Connect with A.L. Jackson online:www.aljacksonauthor.com

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