Cover Reveal: JoAnna Walker and Nicola Haken

It's Finally HAPPENING!!
Always Me -- the 2nd book in the Shattered Series by Jo-Anna Walker
Releasing Fall 2013


Forgetting is hard to do.

Tori McLeod survived the sadistic wrath of a madman at the
cost of the love of her life. Always a survivor, she’s determined to move on
with her life, for her sake, and the sake of her son, even if she has to leave
everything and everyone behind.

Two years have passed since she lost Sebastian Chelios. He
was gone, but Tori can still feel the raw magnetism pulling her toward a ghost.

Relationships change and new bonds form. Budding feelings
tempt Tori, but she continues to ache for Sebastian.
Whispers of danger lurk around the corner and questions
regarding Jose remain unanswered.
Can Tori move on with her life when a dark shadow from her
past revisits her? With Jose still being out there, will Tori and her son ever
be truly safe?


Two years had passed since Sebastian Chelios had
died. Two years since being told that Jose Alvarez was still out there. And two
years since I was told I was pregnant.

Pregnant with Sebastian’s baby.

God, who knew that that would happen?

A result of my forgetfulness of taking
the pill. But it was well worth it when I looked into the eyes of my baby.
Sebastian’s baby. Our child.

I tried to forget. But the calendar on
the wall beckoned like a tease, and my eyes darted to the dreaded numbers. My
mind went back to those horrible couple of days.

It was like a bad horror movie in my
mind. Jose kidnapping me. Sebastian showing up. Us both shot. The blur of the
hospital. My lover. Dead. Doctors and nurses in my face. Then news of the
pregnancy. My head whirled when I got sucked into my thoughts. Real, as if it
was yesterday. Realizing I would have to raise a child on my own.

But now…every day I looked at Antonio
and ached. His eyes had slipped from blue to brown, and he reminded me so much
of Sebastian.

His father would never see him. Never
know him.

Fresh tears filled my eyes but I shook
them off. I headed to the front door and made sure it was locked. I looked out
the window and noticed a big black car a couple of houses away. Relief
fluttered through me. The Feds were watching. Protecting me and my son from

A scream came through the baby monitor
on my counter.

I ran up the stairs in my small two
bedroom house and headed right to my baby’s room. After throwing the door open,
I stood there, panting, gripping my chest as my heart raced against my rib

My son lay there, looking up at me
from his crib, a big smile on his beautiful chubby face.

I sucked in a breath and tried to ease
the thumping in my ears. “Hi, baby. You sure like giving your mama a heart
attack, don’t you?”

He giggled. Yup, definitely
Sebastian’s kid.

About the Author

I'm a new self-published author who just got introduced to
the writing world early 2013. My aunt suggested that I write a story because
I'm an avid reader but I waved it off and left it alone. Well this year, a story
came to me and I went with it. It took me a little bit but I finally got a
story idea that worked and now I can't stop or control the characters/stories
that keep popping up in my head.

I'm born and raised in Canada and I live with my very
wonderful and supportive husband, Michael. We don't have any children (yet)
unless you count our two cats. He's been my rock through this whole new
experience for me. I couldn't have done it without him and my friends and

One of the many things I love about this new chapter in my
life is that I'm learning constantly. It's never a dull moment and as long as
one person likes my story, I am happy.

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Take My Hand - High Resolution copy


Twenty-four year old Dexter Michaels has arrived in the UK for a fresh start - leaving everything and everyone he knows behind in the states. Determined to put right some of the wrongs he’ll never be able to forgive himself for making and make his Aunt Sarah – the only person left who still believes in him - proud, he lands in London with the intention of working hard, getting his degree and keeping himself to himself. He can’t destroy anybody else that way…

His heart and his body have other ideas however when he finds himself sitting next to nineteen year old Emily Barton in his Psychology class. Moving down south to find her own New Life, Emily is shy, smart and beautiful – everything Dexter knows he should stay away from… everything he knows would be too easy for him to break.

But she makes him feel things he’d forgotten even existed. She makes him laugh, smile, care… forget. Without her trying, and without him realizing, Emily has wound her way into the one place he swore to keep locked away forever – his heart. But can she stay there when she discovers the dark past he’s so determined to keep hidden from her? Or will he destroy her too, just like he always expected?

(Not recommended for younger readers due to language, drug/alcohol abuse and sexual content)

Meet the Author

Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children (and dog!). She is the author of two stand alone novels, Inevitable and Saving Amy, and is currently having fun working on her first series with book one, Take My Hand, to be released in October. When not reading or writing Nicola can usually be found carrying out her daily slave duties – cleaning, feeding the mob, cleaning a bit more etc… or watching The Twilight Saga for the fifty-billionth time :-)

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