THE PAGES IN BETWEEN SERIES
The Pages In Between
Happily Ever After ~ Secrets
Happily Ever After ~ A Magical Tale
Something Like This
The Pages In Between
Happily Ever After ~ Secrets
Happily Ever After ~ A Magical Tale
Something Like This
"Lilah & Isabel will become your new best friends. Their story will get inside your heart and make you wonder why you haven't thought of 'that' yet. Stock your bar before you sit down to read, though, because as your friendship with them deepens you sure as hell won't want to miss any of their happy hours - or their advice." ~ Leah
"You become so invested in the characters that it's impossible to put them down. There are moments when you will think, "Wait, did I read that wrong? Let me go back and re-read that" to moments where you want to shake them and tell them to get it together. These books are incredible. They're definite page-turners, and a multiple reads books. Do yourself a favor and read this series... at least once." ~Amy
Meet Lilah Trenton and Isabel Lund. These women aren't perfect but they are real. They make bad choices and have questionable morals, especially when it comes to men. Their parenting skills aren't exactly based on principled decisions either which is why all the teenagers in the neighborhood want to hang out at Isabel's pool. But their lives are about to change when Tristan Collins moves into town. He's tall, dark, handsome, soft-spoken, charismatic and a little mysterious. But is he 18?
The Pages in Between: A Story of Love, Life & Cocktails by Renay Jordan is a heartwarming story of love, friendship, parenting and the adventure of two woman — Lilah and Isabel — on a journey that will make you question what you think you know about morals, and even your faith. This is a story that explores womanhood in the simple setting of a small town where two women decide to follow their hearts while enjoying the simple pleasures of life. There is a lot of cocktail consumption and pool bathing and merriment that attracts young girls in the neighborhood. A refreshingly entertaining story that will pose serious questions about our values and models, with a cast of compelling characters, and plot points that make the story utterly satisfying.
This is one of the most hilarious books I have read in women's fiction and Renay Jordan has the gift of bringing the humanity of the characters into the story, exploring the deep layers of their hearts. The writing is beautiful, perceptive, and it mirrors the world of the characters. The story is done in a first-person narrative that alternates between the points of view of Lilah and Isabel, and while it makes the story intimate, it also allows a stronger connection with the characters. The elements of the setting are well explored, including the social backdrop against which the narrative takes place, the colorful locales, and beautiful descriptions of the surroundings.
The prose is enriched with intelligent and well-crafted dialogues and vivid descriptions. And then there is the drama, spiced by the zest for life! This is a book for readers who enjoy novels with focused scenes, a great voice, and realism. The Pages in Between: A Story of Love, Life & Cocktails focuses on creating an exciting adventure for readers, one of those stories that inspire readers to cast off the burden of social mores and traditions that limit them from pursuing their heart's desires.
I came down the back stairs Wednesday afternoon to find Tristan standing in my kitchen.
"Oh...hi," I said. "What are you doing here?"
"Sorry," he said motioning over his shoulder toward the door. "I was looking for Ben and the door was open."
"It's one in the afternoon," I said looking at my watch. "He's in school."
This is what we had started to do. We pretended what was happening between wasn't really happening. He leaned against the door jamb in between the kitchen and the den, stuck his hands in the pockets of his jeans.
"Honestly, I came to see you."
"Oh? What can I do for you?" I asked as I walked over to the refrigerator. "Would you like something to drink?"
"Sure," he said.
His phone beeped and he took it out of his pocket and looked at it. He typed something then looked up to me.
I took two cans of soda out of the refrigerator and handed one to him. When I opened mine it spewed all over me and onto the floor. I ran to the sink to try to minimize the mess. Tristan came up behind me, putting his arms around me from behind and reached for the can.
"Here," he said. "Let me help you."
He took the can out of my hand and sat it in the sink. We stood there for a moment with him behind me and his arms around me. I could hear his breath in my ear. He put his hands on my waist and turned me around. I looked up to him.
"Tristan," I managed. "Maybe..."
"Don't say it," he said. He put his fingers across his lips then pressed them over mine.
He leaned down barely touching his lips to mine then pulled away. It wasn't a kiss and I sucked in my breath. My hands grasped the counter behind me. The wave of anticipation, the way my heart sunk and rose at the same time, how it felt the night he grazed his fingers across my waist, all those things passed through my mind. He put his hands on my neck and this time he really kissed me. His lips moved against mine and I closed my eyes. I thought about Isabel telling me not to touch him. Ever.
"We can't," I said when he stopped kissing me for a moment.
"Yes, we can," he whispered as he drew me back into him.
Amityville doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to Spirits but if there's anyone who can change that, it's the Anastasio family. They've ruled Long Island for decades with an iron fist and, every now and then, a little bit of magic.
Amityville Magic: Once Upon A Time there was Fairy Tale by Renay Jordan is a gripping tale of a city with powerful links to magic and mystery. The story begins at the funeral of Nana, who seems to have been loved by everyone in the city, but then something unusual is happening. Lorelei has come back to town and it is not certain if she’s come for the burial or for her childhood sweetheart, Adrian. Tiffany Bennett has never gotten over the thought that Adrian, her brother, has been under Lorelei Anastasio’s spell. Adrian finds himself torn between two women; Lorelei whom he’d loved as a child and Lilah, the woman with whom he’s built a home in Woodlawn. The two women represent something essential in his life; the quest for justice, and a love so strong that he will sacrifice everything for it. As he explores the strange pattern of events, he becomes more and more convinced that a wrong in the past is about to catch up with his childhood hometown, and there might not be any stopping it.
Renay Jordan’s Amityville Magic is a well-imagined and expertly accomplished story with characters that readers begin to care for right from the very first page. I was intrigued at the way Lorelei is presented from the opening pages and knew instantly that I wanted to learn more about her. Why would her presence at a funeral be cause for so much worry, and why does Adrian seem to be so cool in spite of the warnings from those closest to him? There is unpredictability in the plot and this makes the story irresistible. The author crafts very interesting dialogues and explores the emotions of the characters with finesse. This is one of those stories that feel so real one would easily think they were part of the world of the characters.
“Adrian?” I called, and he stopped at the doorway to the kitchen.
“Have you talked to Lorelei since Nana’s funeral? Since the kiss?”
“I’ve been wondering when you were going to ask me about that,” he said. “Yes, I have.”
I could feel my heart beating faster inside my chest, so I took a deep breath.
“I don’t want you to think I’m being possessive over you,” I said carefully. “I don’t want you to think I don’t trust you.”
“I don’t think that,” he said. “I’m just surprised you haven’t asked me before now.”
I tried to think of a simple question I could ask that wasn’t about his past with her.
“What does she do?” I asked as I leaned up against the washing machine.
“For a living?” he asked.
He looked down then leaned up against the door jamb again with his hands in front of him.
“It’s not your typical job,” he said. “In fact, it’s kind of…” He hesitated. “She’s a Spiritualist.”
“What’s a Spiritualist?” I asked.
“She talks to dead people,” he said.
“Are you screwing with me right now?” I asked. He looked down again then back up to me.
“Is this why you wanted to get rid of the Ouija board?” He laughed.
“There are a lot of malevolent Spirits out there,” he said. “But no.”
“You believe there are malevolent Spirits out there?” I asked.
“You’re serious, aren’t you?” I asked.
“You believe her?”
“That she can do it?” he asked.
“Yes,” I said.
“I do.” He tapped his fingers on the door frame.
“Have you seen her do it?” I asked. He looked down.
“No,” he said.
“But you believe her when she says she can?”
“Yes,” he said. “She wouldn’t lie about it, and it is my understanding a lot of people in Amityville go to her for help.”
“Has she always done this?” I asked.
“I’m not sure what she did before,” he said. “But she has a master’s in linguistics and she’s spent a lot of time overseas.”
“Wow,” I said. “I’m guessing she speaks several languages?”
“Yeah,” he answered. “She speaks French, Swedish, Catalan, Hindi and Italian.”
“It’s kind of like Spanish,” he answered. “Except it’s not. I guess its closer to French and Italian. It’s a romance language. She learned it while she was living in Barcelona.”
“And she’s talking to dead people for a living??”
“Why??” I asked. “Why wouldn’t she be doing something with her degree? She could be like a world ambassador or something.”
“Yeah,” he said and chuckled. “She could, but she thinks her ability is more important. Not many people can do what she does.”
“Talk to dead people,” I said. It wasn’t a question.
“Helping people,” he said. I smiled. “It’s something her family has been doing for generations, so I guess she feels it’s her responsibility to pass it on.”
“So, she gives up the possibility of being a world ambassador to pursue Spiritualism,” I said. Also, not a question, but he responded anyway.
“Well, I don’t think she’s given it up,” he said. “She’s just not using it right now.”
“She must be very passionate about this Spiritualism thing,” I concluded.
“Yeah, she is.”
“Do you think she would like me?” I asked thoughtfully.
“I think she would love you,” he said and smiled.
That was a surprise.
“She wouldn’t be jealous of me?” I asked.
“No,” he said. “Lorelei isn’t like that.”
“Well, now you’ve made me want to meet her even more.” He smiled again.
“You will,” he said as he walked back over to me. He kissed me softly. “I promise.”
In Woodlawn, Virginia, a town filled with Southern tradition, best friends Lilah Winston and Isabel Lund are raising their seven children the best way they know how: lots of love, trial and error, and the occasional wild party when they momentarily give up. Their carefree, ‘take it as it comes’ lives are punctuated by their daily happy hour where they discuss life’s unpredictability with absolute candor while exhibiting an enviable friendship.
In Amityville, a Long Island village filled with a magical vibe, Adrian Bennett, a seasoned DEA agent, discovers his high school sweetheart, Lorelei, has returned to their hometown. Her past with him is a tragic love story set against the dangerous undercurrent of organized crime but Adrian’s heart belongs to Lilah.
He loves Lilah so intensely he’s willing to sacrifice pretty much anything to keep her in his life. But even so he is harboring quite a few secrets that will threaten this love. His relationship with Lorelei being one, his involvement in a case against the politics of The Empire being the other. None of which he can share with the woman who has stolen his heart.
He’s not the only one with secrets, though. Lilah has a few secrets of her own. When a man from her past emerges in Woodlawn, she is not only worried but frightened. Soon she discovers his intentions aren’t what she’d imagined. He’s there for many reasons but one of them is to win over her heart. He’s never fallen out of love with Lilah and all he can think about is how they could finally raise their son together.
Isabel is furious about two things: the relationship Adrian has with Lorelei and the relationship Lilah is reestablishing with McCain. But instead of focusing on everyone else’s problems – which she prefers to do – she has a dilemma of her own. The boys’ father wants her back. But is she ready to give him her whole heart??
The path of love is never conventional. It is filled with hills, bends and hollows. So, how do you make it across this rollercoaster of unforeseen impasses? How do you keep your cool in the midst of the storm?
You keep secrets, that’s how.
Happily Ever After: Secrets by Renay Jordan is a romance ﬁlled with drama and the author knows just what it takes to craft characters that readers will root for. Lilah Winston has had a painful love experience. She enjoys the friendship of Isabel Lund, a chatty friend with whom she shares everything. But Adrian Bennett is in love with her and will do anything to have her in his life. But what about their dirty secrets from their past? Adrian has to face the fact that his high school sweetheart has returned to town, but how about the case he is involved in? A man from Lilah’s past surfaces too, and among the other reasons he is in town is his desire to win her heart and get to take care of their child. Two men in love with one woman, each having a claim over her heart, but can Adrian win, and with the deepening complications, can Lilah make a choice that sets her heart free? I love stories that are told in clear and engaging voices and Renay Jordan does more than engage readers with a powerful narrative voice. The author brings life into the story, ﬁlling it with realism and writing humanity into the events. The setting is colorful and it comes out like a character in the story, ﬁlled with its own history. I loved how the author builds the relationship between the characters and the places in which the story takes place. The drama is strong, with humor running through every page, but it was the deft handling of conﬂict — emotional, psychological, and situational — that got me rooting for this novel. Happily Ever After: Secrets is a page-turner, a must-read!
Now he played Beyoncé's Halo. It was his song for me when we were in school because he said I was his Angel but I had never heard him play it on the piano. I didn't even know he could play it on the piano. Tonight, it resonated with me so deeply, tears ran down my cheeks once more and my shoulders shook. I listened as the music changed from one delicate sonata into another. Endless Love. He'd played it for me the morning after we first made love. It was first time I'd ever watched him play; the first time I'd ever watched his fingers move magically over keys.
When the music changed again it changed from Endless Love to Forever. Doesn't seem like much of a difference, does it? Endless Love should be Forever, shouldn't it? But, trust me, it's two completely different songs. A simple piano medley that after a quiet pause changed to a much more sophisticated sound. It was an electronic composition capable of changing the most doubtful of lovers into believing again.
He played sincerely. No one could ever accuse Adrian of not having talent. He had an ability not many musicians possessed. He had a reverence for music - every kind of music - which made his ability magical. Now I knew without a doubt he was in love. I could see it on his face. I watched him dance. Without me.
Fill glass with ice. 1 oz. Vodka, 1 oz. Melon Liqueur. Top with Pineapple Juice.
Fill champagne glass with ice. 1 ½ oz. Vodka, ½ oz. Raspberry Liqueur. Shake. Strain into chilled glass. Top with Champagne.
Fill glass with ice. 2 oz. Coconut Rum. Top with Orange Juice. Pour ½ oz. Grenadine down side of glass.
Fill glass with ice. 2 oz. Melon Liqueur, 1 oz. Triple Sec, 1 oz. Pineapple Juice. Shake. Strain into chilled glass. Fill with Mountain Dew (or Sprite).
Fill glass with ice. 1 oz. Vodka, ½ Dark Rum, ½ Spiced Rum, ½ oz. Coconut Rum, ½ oz. Amaretto, 1 oz. Orange Juice, 1 oz. Pineapple Juice. Shake. Strain into chilled glass. (Oleander is optional.)
1 oz. Whiskey, 1 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps, ½ oz. Tuaca. Shake with ice. Strain into short glass.
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