Monday, July 8, 2013

NEW RELEASE and GIVEAWAY - Losing Francesca by J. A. Huss

I am so excited to see that Losing Francesca is now available. I purchased a copy straight away and e-mailed the author to ask if she'd be willing to visit YAlicious with a guest post about the book. She very kindly obliged :)

Welcome to YAlicious, Julie. It's awesome to have you.

Soul Mates

Losing Francesca is not a story I typically write. I’m a science fiction writer first, a smexy new adult romance writer second, and although I do read young adult books, they are almost always paranormal or science fiction.

So why write this story?  Well, it’s a contemporary romance with a twist and I like twists.  It’s a mystery actually – you see, no one knows what happened to Fiona Sullivan twelve years ago when she and her mother went missing in Italy on vacation, but there’s a whole community of people dying to figure this out.

And one of those people who desperately needs to know if Francesca Sabatini is the same little girl who was stolen from his life when he was just seven years old is Brody Mason.

Brody admits he’s been obsessed with Fiona since her disappearance and the day he was told she was never coming back was the last day he really lived his life, because he spent the next several years desperate with longing to see her again.

Why is Brody so interested in the missing Fiona Sullivan?

Fiona Sullivan was his soul mate.  He loved this girl as a child, he loved this girl as they rode the bus together in their early school years, and he’s got it in his head that Francesca is Fiona. They are the same girl.  He feels this to be true even though he has no proof and she denies over and over again that she is not Fiona Sullivan.

It doesn’t matter to Brody, because a soul mate knows.  He just knows.  That’s the major theme running through Losing Francesca.  Normally I like to make statements with my books, at least make people think a little about some issue or another – see it in a different way.  But this book is just about love.  The kind of love that not only comes once in a lifetime, but once in eternity. Soul mates are forever.  There is no limit to that love.

So why is Brody so tortured?

Imagine you and your soul mate were born living next door to each other.  How wonderful to spend your entire life within a few minutes walking distance to your one true love.

Now imagine that your soul mate was taken away.  How empty and desperate would your life become?

Brody Mason fully understands both of those feelings because that’s what happened to him.

Losing Francesca is about a family that was broken apart, a boy who was torn to pieces, and a girl who needs to put herself back together again. It’s a sweet mysterious romance that will take your mind off life, maybe make you cry a bit, and leave you hopeful at the end.

Losing Francesca By J. A. Huss
Published: July 1, 2013
Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary Romance

WARNING: This book contains no smut. It’s not smexy or hot. It’s sweet and filled with a longing so deep, your heart will ache and maybe even break. This book is about bare feet on the beach, the sound of crashing waves, first kisses, losing your faith and then, against all odds, finding it again. This book is about bad things that change people’s lives, a father’s love for his daughter, a brother’s love for his sister, a bad boy who finally figures out why he’s so broken, and a girl who grows up.

Francesca Sabatini came to America to take in the sights, celebrate her high school graduation, and have fun wasting time before college starts in the fall.

That’s not what happens.

Fresh off the plane and barely on American soil more than a handful of minutes, Francesca’s face is recognized by TSA scanners to be a match for a child who was kidnapped twelve years ago.

Brody Mason remembers the day Fiona Sullivan went missing during a family vacation in Italy and it’s haunted him his whole life. So when Francesca shows up at the Sullivan farm down the road, he’s compelled to figure out if this girl really is his long lost friend.

But Francesca knows she’s not Fiona Sullivan. She knows exactly who she is. At least she thinks she knows – until Brody Mason relentlessly pursues her and she begins to have feelings for him. Maybe being Fiona isn’t so bad?

Reality becomes blurred, secrets are revealed, and life will never be the same when the final questions are answered: Is she Francesca or Fiona? And where does she really belong?

Losing Francesca is a YA/NA crossover contemporary romance. :)

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JA Huss is a SF and new adult romance junkie, has a love-hate relationship with the bad boys, and likes to write new adult books about people with real problems. She lives with her family on a small acreage farm in Colorado and has two donkeys named Paris and Nicole. Before writing fiction, she authored almost two hundred science workbooks and always has at least three works in progress. Losing Francesca is her first young adult romance.

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