Kendall Brooks has an impossible decision: Tell the truth or protect the lie?
She has buried herself in years of undergrad, medical school, and now her residency–hoping to leave behind what she is unable to face.
Her world is rocked to the core when she returns to her small hometown and runs smack dab into her first love, Adam McCoy.
Adam is the key. He stirs up old emotions that send Kendall spiraling back in time, remembering all the moments that led them to her ultimate deception.
Will revealing the truth of what transpired all those years ago provide her the self-forgiveness that she desperately craves or will her devastating secret destroy the only man she has ever truly loved, shattering her heart in its wake?
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I stood at the cold dark water’s edge, my reflection staring back at me from the glasslike surface. The reflection of a girl that I no longer knew. I breathed in the overwhelming scent of pine and recognized the tranquility that surrounded me. The soft hum of the city in the distance, the echo of an eagle’s cry overhead, the steady drum of my heart—the only sounds that could be heard in the quiet serenity that was present all around me.
Inside an entirely different scene existed. Whirling thoughts, like hurricane-force winds, blew through my mind while a dark, thunderous storm was raging inside my soul, cutting the power to the central organ of my existence—my heart. I was destined to weather this storm on my own. After all, like Mother Nature, I was the controlling force behind these conditions.
I threw a stone into the mirrored surface of the water before me and watched the small circular wave expand from the point where it broke through the stillness.
It was hard not to think of the stone as the choice I had made, the choice that inevitably created waves in the smooth waters of my life. The first lie, like the first ripple in the water, seemed so small but quickly became more significant. Each wave growing in size and depth, impossible to stop. The effect from that one choice spread through my life like the ripple moving across the surface of the water.
I longed for the stillness.
Meet the Author
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L.D. Cedergreen has always enjoyed writing. It started as short stories, and later developed into poetry–some of which has been published–and now her first full-length novel. She’s a vivid day dreamer, a passionate reader, and a fan of all music.
She is a small town girl at heart. Originally from Washington State, she now resides in Southern California with her husband and two little ones. As much as she would like to call herself a beach girl, she is–without a doubt– grounded by her small town roots.
-Thank you for stopping by We Love Kink! We’re so glad you decided to sit down and chat with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself in case the readers haven’t met you before?
Thank you for taking the time to share Ripple on your blog!
Besides being a writer, I’m a full-time mom of two and a busy volunteer in my community. I grew up in a small town but now live in a beach community in Southern California. I am an avid reader–obsessed with my kindle, drink way too much coffee, and pretty much never sleep!
– Please share some juicy details about your latest release.
Ripple is a very personal story for me. Having grown-up in a small town, experiencing that all-encompassing first love – like so many of us have; I poured so much of my own emotion into it. I think that anyone can relate to this story on some level as it covers a variety of different issues, events, and stages of life. I have been surprised at the feedback that I have received from men, first that they read it in the first place, but secondly, that they have reached out to let me know that they were so touched by this story that it brought them to tears.
-What draws you to Romance?
I love to feel an emotional connection to a story and its characters and I crave a happy ending!
-When did you realize you were a writer?
I think the first moment that I realized I was a writer was when I finished Ripple. I felt a connection to this story more than I had ever connected to a project in the past, but I wasn’t sure if I would finish it. It didn’t feel real until I finished the epilogue and then I sat back with tears in my eyes and thought, “Damn, I just wrote a novel!”
-Where do you, as an author, draw the line on subject matter?
I draw the line at extreme violence or uncomfortable sexual content. I want to take readers to the edge of their comfort level, let them linger there for a moment, craving more, but then dial it back before they feel like maybe this story isn’t really their thing. I want to write stories that speak to everyone!
-What or who were your early influences?
In high school, I was obsessed with Danielle Steel novels and the classics all at the same time.
-How do you deal with writer’s block?
Fortunately, I haven’t really experienced this too much, but when I do I can always find my way back with music. I usually have a specific playlist and each song is linked to a character’s emotion or a specific scene in the story. I get reconnected through the music!
-What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?
The best part of being a writer is having the ability to reach out and touch readers on an emotional level. I have received countless emails and facebook messages from readers about how this story touched them or how it brought them a sense of clarity with a difficult situation in their life. To know that I have reached just one person with a story that I wrote, to know that I have made some profound impact in their life–makes it all worth it.
The most difficult part about being a writer is finding a balance in my life between writing and everything else.
-Who are a few of your favorite authors?
That’s a tough one. I read 2-3 books a week and I love so many authors. Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher, Tammara Webber, and Jamie McGuire!
-What are three things that many people don’t know about you?
I’m a huge Seattle Seahawks fan!
I despise hair anywhere on my body (except for my head), laser hair removal is my new best friend!
The space underneath my bed usually looks like “Monica’s closet” on Friends. I tend to be a bit type A when it comes to household organization-but this one place is my weakness.
-Thank you so much for stopping by and talking to us! It has been a lot of fun. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we get to telling everyone about what they could win today?
Thank you for all the support for Indie Authors! It is because of all of you that our stories are read! Every time you download an ebook you are helping to make someone’s dream come true!!
Talk about a book that makes you feel so many emotions. The author does a marvelous job of alternately between the past and the present. I would say this book leaned more towards chic-lit, but I LOVED IT!! It’s a second chance, secret and betrayal story that will break your heart than give you hope.
Kendall and Adam our h/H were both likable characters, even the I wanted to slap them both (Mostly Adam.). I love the title because it is so true to this story, one tiny lie caused a chain of events that effected so many people, even if they didn’t know about it.
I honestly feel that this story gutted me. I couldn’t stop crying, but it was so beautiful all the same. Kendall went through the ringer throughout the whole story and by the end I was so emotionally spent, but I was oh so happy.
I loved the realistic plot, and I’m sure there are women who can sympathize with Kendall and Adam. I really would love another story to check in on them. Have tissues handy when you read this story and don’t throw your reading device, I wanted to sooooo bad, but I’m glad I didn’t
4 1/2 of 5 LOVE TAPS
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