Help Me Move On
The Southern Ties Series
Number of pages: 248
Word Count: 81079
Ally Dunn is a small town girl with big dreams planning a wedding that would never happen. Ally’s life revolved around being Eric’s wife…until she watched his best friend Isaiah step off that plane, his arm in a sling and Eric's casket behind him. Her grief consumed her, their last conversation not one filled with love but an argument over her favorite flower. He knew her favorite flower, he was just busy…fighting for his country. Isaiah made a promise to Eric, he would keep Ally safe even if that meant saving her from herself. Isaiah takes Ally away when her grief becomes too much but their return brings about something she never expected.
When Ally meets Colton Walker she knows her life will never be the same. She never planned to move on from Eric, the mere idea of moving on would send her into a panic. How do you move on from the man you loved, the man who shared your dreams, who made your heart feel whole? But Colton doesn’t push her, he doesn’t pressure her, he gives her everything she ever needed and he does it effortlessly.
Falling in love with Colton was like taking her next breath; she didn’t have to think about because it came naturally…only a cloud hangs over Ally. Isaiah trains her in Krav Maga, Eric trained her in gunfire. Colton sees all of this, asking the one question she can’t answer, why? Why would a woman who lives in such a small town need to know such aggressive self-defense? Isaiah vows to keep her safe, going so far as to track her every move…but why?
Surviving Eric’s death almost killed Ally, the hole in her heart never truly healed until Colton. Falling in love with Colton was easy, fighting for her life when everything she thought she knew was wrong…that was a completely different story.
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First, tell me a little about your book ....
Help Me Move On is a book about a girl who makes a mistake like most of us do it just so happens her mistake ends up being one of the biggest mistakes of her life. She plans this dream wedding but she becomes so focused on the materialistic part that she forgets about what really matters until it's to late. When her fiancé dies Ally convinces herself that she won't move on. How do you really move on from your first love? She happily drowns herself in her guilt until Isaiah, Eric's best friend and fellow conrad takes her away. It's a trip Eric had promised to take her on, to travel to Uganda and work with the Peace Corp, and Isaiah uses this trip as a way to help Ally with her grief.
When Ally comes back from Uganda everything has changed, she walks into her house only to find not just her grandmother but Colton Walker. He's this tall, firefighting man with brown hair that hangs just above his shoulders and these eyes that look right through her. Colton challenges Ally and he questions everything she ever thought she knew. The only problem is she can't answer his questions. Like why does she need to know Krav Maga? Or why does Isaiah attack her when they train and why does he track her every move? Falling in love with Colton was like taking her next breath, it just happened. Fighting for her life when everything she thought she knew was wrong...now that's a completely different story.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I think I always knew I wanted to be a writer but I was always waiting for the right time and when that perfect idea came I started.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
My very first book was inspired by an ex-boyfriend who had serious issues and that book was Shadows of the Past. I should stress that this book was not an autobiography in any way. When I write I take little bits and pieces from people I know or experiences I've had and I blow them up! It's fun and I love it so what'll you do.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All my books are related to someone I know. A story here or there will spark my imagination and the next thing you know I have this plan and a few months later I have a book.
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
Pure instinct takes over when it comes to this. I always want someone to die it's just a matter of when and I usually don't know until I'm there and then it hits me and I'll Skype my sister jumping up and down about who I'm going to kill and how. She finds it hilarious.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
Stephanie Meyer because she was one of the first writers that I read where there was deep rooted morals in the books. You don't see that a lot and I admire that.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
In Help Me Move On no. The Southern Ties Series has been nit picked to death because I didn't want to rush it. I wanted to be happy with what I put out. Now with Shadows of the Past...that I'm reworking because after looking back I think I put it out to early.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Not necessarily my writing but the review process. I can get so many good reviews but when you can't get the good reviews on amazon or on Goodreads then no one really knows that your book is actually worth reading.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
My genre is probably always going to be romance. Sometimes I'll read a more steamy romance but at the end of the day it's the love story. I'm addicted to that feeling you get when you realize you've found the person you're meant to be with.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
My cover came from a photographer - Richard Hill and his ability to capture a moment with such detail and expression.
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I learned a lot about Krav Maga which was really fun because I decided to get more hands on and my husband was my guinea pig which was awesome!
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
I really love Ally. I love the fact that she's not perfect and even though she's made all these mistakes she's still one of the strongest women I've ever created. I love the fact that she can kick serious ass and I love the fact she's a better shot than most men.
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
The Significance Series.
Another series that's more paranormal but addictive. I swear I think it's the next Twilight and once you start you can't stop until you've read the entire series.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I know I'm not a well known author and that's okay. I'm happy with my anonymity but the reason I write isn't to become the next Stephanie Meyer or EL James for that matter. I write because I absolutely love it and I refuse to publish a book that I wouldn't want to read. I want my readers to love my books as much as I've loved writing them. I don't expect everyone to love my books because I don't love every book I read, it's okay. I'm grateful for every reader who so much as gives my book a chance. Good or bad reviews, I'm thankful.
About the Author:
Angie Hemmings is a self-proclaimed romance addict. Her love for romance began at an early age but after years of reading romance novels she found herself wanting more which led to her first novel. She's originally from Mount Airy, a small town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and she loves the art behind creating a new story. Getting lost in the romance, the struggle between her characters is what makes Angie Hemmings continue her work and writing is what she loves.