FOUND IN YOU
by K.L. Ruse
Twenty-three-year-old Camryn Singer never imagined that she would return to the place where she lost everything. To grant a dying wish, she moves back to the small Jersey beach town where she grew up, hoping to somehow find the missing pieces of her life. Determined to keep her wounds unopened and her heart guarded, she instead slams head-first into Cole Stevens.
Sexy surfer Cole has always used the waves to numb the pain of his past. But when he runs into Camryn on the beach one day, he wants nothing more than for her to heal his scars and light the spark back in his life.
Will Camryn and Cole be ripped apart when the ghosts from their pasts come back to life, or will they discover that it’s not until you’re lost, that you can be found?
I pulled his mouth back to mine, and ran my hands through his hair, weaving the ends through my fingers. Although lust was pumping through my veins, I pushed it aside, taking this moment to just feel his mouth against mine. We had time for the rest, and for the first time in over five years, I was finally living in the present.
We stayed in each other’s arms for a long time, watching the waves ripple across the rocks, and the seagulls touch down to peck the water for fish. I could feel our bodies finally surrender to a sense of calmness. Although we still had so much to learn about each other, and many more fears to face, we found a way to take that first step, and would journey the rest of the way together.
This feeling of contentment and satisfaction was so new and refreshing. I finally saw a beginning, rather than an end. Everyone started walking toward the back deck, while I took one more look out toward the vast stretch of sand. This beach town has held the origin of my fears and the depth of my heartache. But today, it represented the birth of my new life, one that included Cole. However, looking toward the water’s edge, my elation was stripped from me, as I stood staring into the aqua-colored eyes of my greatest fear.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH K.L.
-What inspired you to become a writer?
It’s kind of funny, I feel like my desire to be a writer was such a big secret that I kept from my family and friends. They all knew I carried a journal in my purse and would constantly write down my thoughts. My mom even knew that I picked my major in college based on which included the most writing intensive classes because I was so much better at that than taking a standard test! But no one really knew becoming a writer was actually a dream of mine.
I spent seven years teaching History to middle school students and when I taught the lesson on the American Dream the students had to write their dream on paper and it was collected in a box and put away until the end of the school year. That’s when their American Dreams would be revealed. I, of course, had to write my own and about two years ago I wrote down to become an author on mine. At the end of that school year I received a gift from one of my eighth graders who was moving on to high school and it was a journal. She wrote, “Go get your American Dream.” inside the front cover of it and that began my plunge into this crazy world of writing.
-What draws you to romance?
As a reader, I am drawn to books within this genre. As a writer I am a sucker for love at first sight and happily-ever-afters.
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
I had to research about surfers since it’s central to the lifestyle of living in a beach town. Since the Jersey shore experiences cold winters, I was shocked to see how popular winter surfing is. I learned that these die-hard surfers, who don’t miss a day in the cold winter months, actually have heated wetsuits. Once they dive in they really can’t feel a thing!
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
Definitely Lila! I love her attitude and just the hilarious things that come out of her mouth! She’s a true party girl but the most dedicated friend you could have.
-For aspiring writers, any tips?
Don’t get discouraged. No matter the negative that this particular field can bring have faith in your talent and know that there will always be people that have faith in you. There are always rooms for more authors. Really can you ever have too many books?
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I would never be able to write a dystopian. I love reading them, but my mind could never create a world that’s beyond the one we currently live in. I think these authors have such a special talent because essentially they are inventing a new world and lifestyle from scratch.
I am a middle school teacher who recently traded in my chalk for a laptop to follow my dream of writing contemporary romance novels. I live with my husband and two daughters in the suburbs of Philadelphia. When I'm not writing, I spend my time reading and relaxing with my family at my home-away-from-home, the Jersey shore.
After I graduated from Villanova University in 2003, I never imagined my path would lead me in this direction. Writing was a hobby, an outlet for me to live in a world of happily ever afters. Now as I watch my dream become a reality, I believe that happy endings do exist.
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