Friday, May 3, 2019

Guarded Dreams

With: LJ Evans

Giveaway Alert!

Hello everyone!

After our wildly long winter, I’m thinking that most people are dying for a bit of beach weather. I know I am. How about having a summer beach read to go right along with it? I couldn’t agree more!

My new release, GUARDED DREAMS , is exactly that! An easy, summer feels good beach read. It’s all about how we chase, lose, and remake our dreams as we go through this crazy thing called life.

Here’s a little bit about the book, but don’t miss the giveaway chance below as well.

FREE on KindleUnlimited

It was inspired by Luke Bryan’s “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” as well as Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s relationship. I read an article about how Mila never saw Ashton as the guy of her dreams when they were filming That 70’s Show together, but then, later on in life, he became exactly the man she needed. Plus, he’s posted some cute things about her on social media. After all that, I just knew that these two were going to drive my characters in this story.


Of course! I write contemporary fiction that is all about family, love, & living life resiliently. All of my books have music entwined into every chapter. The tone, the feel, and even the words of the song have meaning to me and my characters.

GUARDED DREAMS has 35 heart grabbing songs that make this novel everything it is. Here’s the playlist!

• 𝘊𝘰𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘎𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘥
𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘚𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳
𝘉𝘳𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘋𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘴
𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴

“𝘕𝘰 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴.”

Once upon a summer, a boy unexpectedly meets a girl at the beach. Their bodies and souls know what their brains do not. They are meant to be one. But…

𝓔𝐋𝐈 dreams about being a US Coast Guard.

𝓐𝐕𝓐 dreams about being a country music star.

Those dreams send them careening in different directions, and their summer love story is left as a wish that never came true.

Four years later, Eli's Coast Guard career is threatened, and Ava's dreams are shadowed by her past, just as fate brings them together once more in New York City.

As their lives start to crumble, they find the possibility of a second chance in each other. If they’ll only listen to what their souls are whispering and realize that, sometimes, the best dream to come true is simply to have loved.

Free on Kindle Unlimited:

I’m running a giveaway right now:
·      One Grand Prize: a signed paperback copy of GUARDED DREAMS + a $50 Amazon gift card
·      Three Runner Ups: a eBook copy of GUARDED DREAMS + a $10 Amazon gift card
Giveaway end 5/4/19 at 11:59 p.m. PST

I opened the door in time to see a blur of dark hair and tan skin jump off the coffee table, guitar in hand, strumming and screaming along to the lyrics.

Except it wasn’t really screaming. It was the huskiest, sexiest female voice I’d ever heard. Her hair was a tumble of dark curls and waves that flung out about her as she continued to move, swaying with the guitar and the lyrics. Her frame was all lean muscle with small curves in all the right places.

Her shorts barely covered those curves on her rear end, and a striped shirt was tied so that it bared her midriff, showing off more bronzed skin and muscles.

She was dancer and singer and girl all rolled into one. She hit me to my core and wouldn’t let me move. The guys were equally stunned, standing behind me, watching her perform for an audience she hadn’t even registered was there yet.

When she finally turned, mid-strum and mid-word, I was hit once more. This time by the intensity of her eyes that stared at me beneath dark lashes. One eye was as blue-green as a Caribbean island bay, while the other was almost muddy green like a Louisiana swamp. They didn’t match. And yet, they fit her perfectly.

The joy that radiated across her face from her performance slid off, just as her hand slid off her guitar at the sight of us.

“What the hell?” Her husky voice, full of surprise, washed over me in a wave that told of unsteady seas. Of beauty and desire and storms. And I knew I was in trouble.

Award winning author, LJ Evans, lives in the California Central Valley with her husband, daughter, and the three terrors called cats. She's been writing, almost as a compulsion, since she was a little girl and will often pull the car over to write when a song lyric strikes her. While she currently spends her days teaching 1st grade in a local public school, she spends her free time reading and writing, as well as binge watching original shows like The Crown, Victoria, and Stranger Things.

If you ask her the one thing she won’t do, it’s pretty much anything that involves dirt—sports, gardening, or otherwise. But she loves to write about all of those things, and her first published heroine was pretty much involved with dirt on a daily basis. Which is exactly what LJ loves about fiction novels—the characters can be everything you’re not and still make their way into your heart.

Find out more about LJ and her books at

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