Alyson Reynolds is with us today, sharing about her new novel, Waiting To Breathe! Say hi!

Five things to know about my newest novel Waiting to Breathe:

  1. Sometimes life gets in the way and makes you grow up faster than you should ever have to. WtB is a story about overcoming those obstacles and learning how to trust and love yourself again.
  2. Twins always make a story fun. The first book in the WtB duet is about Olivia Crawford. Her twin brother Finn gets his story told in May when the second half of the duet, Waiting to Fall, is released. Double the trouble, double the fun. Right?
  3. The beach is one of the best places on earth. Not only for me, but for my characters too. I’ve spent more hours than I can count laying out in the sand. All of the characters in WtB have a special connection to one of my favorite places.
  4. There’s a thing about a cupcake. Honestly, I had a boyfriend that used to call me shortcake and for years it was a running joke. I never kept in touch with him after we broke up, but he was a great guy and I wanted to remember some of those good times.
  5. Love can find you when you really don’t want it. Olivia fights her attraction to our swoony hero Nate for as long as she can, but sometimes you just don’t have a say in these things.

Waiting to Breathe

She’s broken.

He’s lost.

Olivia Crawford had been through the wringer. All she wants is to start over without any complications or anyone figuring out her secrets. When her twin brother Finn convinces her to move back home and finish her degree at his school, it’s just the push she needs to start over.

Nathaniel Ford is the golden boy of SCU. He seems like he has it all, perfect family, awesome friends and fraternity brothers, and a few buildings on campus with his last name on them. But things aren’t always what they seem.

From the first time Nate and Olivia bump into each other, literally, he wants more of her feisty attitude, but Olivia throws more walls up with each step he takes closer, and he isn’t sure he can break them down fast enough.

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Excerpt from Waiting to Breathe


“Dude, you’re late.”

“I know.”

I tugged my shirt off over my head and threw it against the wall. Grabbing the bar so I could spot Finn, he shook his head at me.

“That’s the third time this week. Hitting on another young co-ed?”

“Actually no. I was setting up a study group and trying to stay out of Lila’s clutches, smartass.”

“You’re losing your touch then, Ford.”

If you only knew.

The little cupcake fiasco hadn’t gone over very well with Olivia. I grunted at him and watched him count his reps.

“So how’s Olivia doing? Getting used to her classes yet?”

“If she could find them, I’m sure she would be. I have no idea how she functions. I swear she has absolutely no sense of direction. It’s bad enough she’s text me twice this week because she was lost on campus.”

“But no more mishaps of nearly falling down a flight of stairs?” I asked laughing.

“No, thank goodness. I’m just glad she’s here. I didn’t know if she would actually come or not.”

“Why not? Last rep.”

“She went through some rough shit last year and I don’t think she really wanted to come back to South Carolina. Switch.”

Finn never said anything more than that and as much as I respected him for it, I wanted to find out more about his sister. He wasn’t willing to tell anything that was her business. The guy was locked up like Fort Knox with her secrets. But I had a feeling that it would go both ways if anyone was pressing Olivia for information on Finn.

I added additional weight to each side and tested it. The bar was heavy, but manageable. Finn just shook his head at me and stood there so I didn’t drop the stack on my face.

“Fucking showoff. So, why all the questions about, Olivia? Are you interested?”

“Your sister is hot. I’ll admit I’m interested as long as you don’t beat the shit out of me.”

“I just want to make sure this isn’t some game to you. Not that I think you would do that, but Olivia’s been through enough and I won’t let you fuck around with her.”

I stared at Finn for a minute before answering. “I’m not the guy you would have to worry about doing that. She’s not someone I would screw with just to see if I could, and not just because of you. Olivia’s…different.”

“Well then, you have my blessing to go for it, but I doubt you’ll get anywhere. I know for a fact that she’s off dating for the unforeseeable future. If you can convince her to go out with you then you deserve it.”

I lifted the bar into the rack and sat up. Finn stood in front of me with his arms crossed over his chest. He was built like a fucking tank and standing like that he was intimidating as hell.

“I do have to warn you though, if you make her cry I will beat the shit out of you.”

I looked up at Finn. He definitely wasn’t someone I wanted to cross. Ever.


Meet Alyson

Romance writer. Wife. Mother of two. Avid reader. Queen of multitasking.

Originally from the south, Alyson likes to incorporate what she knows into her books. She’s lived not only on the east coast, but the west coast and a few places between. Alyson loves sharing stories about her crazy family to anyone who will listen. Her guilty pleasures consist of coffee, country music, brunch, breaking the rules, and pedicures. And she will always be a daddy’s girl.

When Alyson isn’t chasing around her two kiddos, she’s normally writing. Or reading. Her Kindle library is out of control. Alyson writes mainly contemporary novels and novellas with a few new adult stories is the mix.


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