I am delighted to have dropping by today the great J.M. Maurer with her series 'Emerging from Darkness' I adore these covers and look forward to reading the them.
Interwiew: Quick and Quirky
1) If money were not an object, where
would you most like to live?
Belgium; where I could
over-indulge on the best chocolate—forever!
2) If you were a tool, what would
people use you to do?
Since I tend to reserve
the word "tool" for those with XY chromosomes (men), I'd be used to
deliver a heavy intravenous infusion of common sense, chivalry, and romantic
qualities into its recipient.
3) Tell us something crazy you’ve
done and why you did it.
I juggled 3 tennis
balls during an 8th grade health class, the 35 minutes of burning in
my arms making me second-guess whether it was worth the 5 extra credit points
that I needed to go from a B+ to an A. J
4) What’s your favorite line from
“You know there’s been
plenty of women. Crappy sex without any real connection. She’s not just another
beautiful face, a piece of ass. She lights a spark within me I’ve never felt,
and I’ve barely even touched her. I want that miracle of closeness. That real
moment when two people become one. The real thing. I know what I want, and what
I want is her.”
5) What is the one question you wish
an interviewer would ask you?
If you were receiving a
major literary award and you were about to go onstage with Chris Hemsworth but
noticed his fly was down, would you let them know and how would you do it?
Title: Seeking Love (Emerging From Darkness Book 1)
Every day, Jessica Winters does what she
does best—bury herself in patient care within the walls of the neuro intensive
care unit, keeping herself busy to escape the dark sadness that controls her
life. But the day she sees Matthew Moi, the intriguing man seated at her new
patient’s bedside, her shattered heart begins to frantically beat once
As Matthew pins his mesmerizing gaze
upon her, trying to distract her with his humorous and playful banter, she does
her best to ignore him. Somehow he already knows a great deal about her,
breaking down Jessica’s barriers and awakening her soul, drawing her out of the
darkness and into his arms.
When her painful past resurfaces,
revealing truths that threaten her future, Jessica struggles through her issues
and fights to stay on a healing path . . . seeking love.
thing I knew: I wasn’t that woman anymore. I wouldn’t be her anymore.
heart was racing at the thought of being separated from Matthew by only the
door, and I watched as it opened, knowing he stood mere feet away. I drew in a
deep breath to calm my frantic nerves and steady my racing heart. It was the
moment my eyes would see him again, and the same moment I knew all involuntary
muscle movements would cease.
Matthew stepped in and around the door, his alluring eyes captured me. The
feeling was nothing new. I’d been imprisoned by his gaze before. And locked in
it again, I watched as he drifted to me, the indisputable chemistry between us
palpable and absolute. His mesmerizing eyes had hypnotized my burning soul,
completely bewitching me.
Jessica,” he murmured, pointing to an open area of the bed. “Mind if I sit?”
gave a slight shake of my head, having difficulty forming the simple word “no,”
and watched as he made himself comfortable facing me. His crisp
charcoal-colored trousers bunched as he scooted on the bed. My sight roamed
along his classic plum-colored dress shirt and stopped searching once I focused
on his face.
Title: Seeking Redemption (Emerging From
Darkness Book 2)
By: J.M. Maurer
Publish Date: May 2, 2015
After surviving a bitter divorce and
emerging from a darkness that became all too familiar, Jessica finds herself on
top of the world, her soulful awakening allowing her to feel again, trust
again, and even love again. Her painful past, however, is relentless, both
physically and emotionally, bombarding her daily and not allowing her to
overcome the lingering demons that ultimately control her life.
As Matthew lovingly guides her toward a
healthy future, his own secrets become known, threatening to destroy the
trusting relationship that had quickly grown between them. But despite what
life throws her way, Jessica pledges to put the past in the past, accepting
that events are often out of her control. She fights for a future with the man
who drew her out of the darkness, steering her onto a healing path . . .
Grandma O flipped the light
switch to what she called my office
and stood just inside the door, her soft features and gentle smile inviting me
in. I shivered, poised one step away, with a strange yet familiar emotion
rushing through me—an awareness that the instant I entered, my life would be
forever changed. Again.
Was this Matthew’s plan all along? They all
seemed in on it, the thought making me feel railroaded and agitated, yet oddly
aroused and enchanted too. Unsure how to deal with such conflicting emotions, I
moved forward, looking to Grandma O for answers as I walked through.
office was spacious, slightly smaller than Matthew’s, with a mahogany desk in
the far corner and in front of an expansive bank of floor-to-ceiling windows. I
ran my fingertips along the colorful wall of psychology books and periodicals
as I walked along, passing a leather couch on my way to the desk, my desk, and paused in front of an empty nook within the
struck me as odd, the cold wooden surface needing something to spruce it up,
make it mine. I had to think about that, my anxiety making it difficult to
ponder the issue, my restlessness preventing me from staying in one place.
moved to the windows and stared out the tiny cracks between the blinds, the
world outside just as complicated as the one I had chosen to live in.
all read your master’s thesis,” Grandma O said, her voice pulling me out of my
thoughts. “It’s obvious you have a natural gift for research and writing.”
I turned and looked at her, questioning how they’d gotten their hands on a copy.
Sedation in the ICU: Patient Accounts of
Their Dreams, Their Pain, Their Fears; I hadn’t
published it. As it was, after countless hours revisiting old charts and
conducting hundreds of interviews, I’d never been more nervous or scared the
instant it was pulled from my tight grip to be placed into the hands of someone
who would actually read it. There was no way I’d ever publish it, opening
myself up to a world filled with critics.
you’re wondering, Dr. Moi is a personal friend of Professor Marienetti. The
sexual fantasies accounted for and described within your research were
fascinating, probably more so than Dr. Marienetti could digest. We’re baffled
as to why you chose not to publish. The results, Jess, are far reaching, from
ICUs to dentists’ offices. You have a special gift; embrace it.”
walked toward me and leaned her back against the wall, her gaze drinking in the
office has been vacant, just waiting for you. You could do great things here.”
She patted my arm, her grandmotherly smile telling me it would all be okay.
“I’m next door if you need anything.”
it, I thought, watching as she walked out the door. I’d heard that advice
before—from Matthew. I sighed and looked down upon the desk, the one I knew would
take me a while to start calling my own.
desk, my office, my couch, it all sounded quite foreign. I wasn’t sure if I
liked it or not.
About the Author:
JM Maurer lives with her family in
Chicago. She makes it a point to never work on a full moon and cringes when a
coworker uses the “Q” word—never, ever say, “It’s a quiet day today," at
her day job.
Known for being overly superstitious,
she can usually be found scraping at the remnants of a Nutella container,
screaming at a hockey game, or putting pen to paper, allowing the “real” crazy
voices in her head to come alive. And after all this, it’s no wonder she’s an
incurable romantic and loves escaping the rat race of life to immerse herself
inside the world of a really good romance book . . . because, after
all, what’s better than a happily-ever-after?