Title: Thirteen Hours to You
Series: Sometimes Goodbye is a Second Chance Duet #1
Author: Annie Emerson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 12, 2021
For seventeen years I’d lived in Adalita, Pennsylvania, a town that took pleasure in my torment and refused to leave me as anything but broken. ⠀⠀⠀
Four months ago, I left. ⠀⠀⠀
I’d driven thirteen hours to Everlee Falls, ⠀⠀⠀
Georgia, to live with my Gamma for senior year. I’d moved to give myself the chance to fall in love with a life that I’d missed out on for far too long.⠀⠀⠀
I’d expected to find hope, ⠀⠀⠀
I’d hoped to find freedom, ⠀⠀⠀
but I’d never expected him.⠀⠀⠀
I was too damaged to recognize the beginning.⠀⠀⠀
But all it took was a moment, and he was positive he’d invade every one of mine. ⠀⠀⠀
If I pushed, he pulled. If I ran, he followed.⠀⠀⠀
I was his fate.⠀⠀⠀
Meekai was my north star.⠀⠀⠀
I was what he chose to remember.⠀⠀⠀
He was a goodbye my soul refused to forget.⠀⠀⠀
*Trigger Warning: Please be warned, this duet includes scenes of sexual assault and sensitive subject matter.
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He drew back and took a fake bullet to the heart before his features sobered and lingered back towards me, all humor gone. ⠀
“What would happen if you kissed me?” he questioned with genuine curiosity. ⠀
“Things would get complicated, that’s what.” ⠀
I wasn’t lying, they would, but I was ready for the complication. Hell, I tried to complicate things twenty-four hours ago, but he refused me like a gentleman. The sting of his refusal wounded me, even though I agreed with the reasoning behind it. ⠀
“Complicated doesn’t mean wrong, it just has its challenges,” he argued. ⠀
“It’ll get weird, and I’m not up for weird.” ⠀
He leaned forward, back on all fours, edging closer. Too close. I stopped breathing. I couldn’t move. The banter had suddenly teetered off, I could feel the shift as it turned the room upside down, my heart inside out.⠀
“Well, I want to kiss you,” he pushed. ⠀
The hairs on my arms flared and stood to attention as his energy invaded my own. “I want the awkward bits. I want the we can’t leave one another alone bits. I want to know what you taste like. I want to know what you sound like when you moan your complications into my mouth. I want to get really weird with you.” He kissed the tip of my nose, asking one more time. “Pretty please, Violet. Let’s get really weird and a whole lot complicated.”
Annie Emerson is an Australian author who started writing poetry at the age of fourteen. Poetry turned into lyrics, lyrics turned into music, and music crossed over into novels. The words became too big to contain, and she finally gave into her biggest dream to become a professional writer.
Thirteen Hours To You is Annie’s debut novel and book one in the ‘Sometimes Goodbye is a Second Chance Duet.’
Annie writes with a poetic lilt, and loves to create characters that are relatable, perfectly imperfect, and a little bit lost. She only believes in writing happily ever afters, because real life doesn’t write enough of its own. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be less than a whole lot bumpy as the characters she writes find their way.
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Sometimes in life, you are blessed to come across people that will enrich your lives and make you feel full. You can take this premise and apply it to Annie Emerson’s debut duet, Thirteen Hours to You. This is the book that you never knew you needed but was everything you were waiting for.
Our main characters are Boo Radley Cooper and Meekai James Lannister. A story about two teenagers who are thirteen hours apart. Teenagers that have no knowledge of each other, yet somehow, fate works her magic and these two are pulled together and into each other’s orbit.
“Sometimes goodbyes lead to a second chance. If I see you again, it’ll mean that this goodbye was meant as a beginning, not an end. Fate, The first point of contact.”~Meekai
Radley Cooper has had an extraordinarily horrible and sad upbringing. With the little breadcrumb trail that Annie leaves us, it is difficult not to feel for this girl and yet, salivating to know the whole story. I will say that nobody should have to go through what she went through, yet unfortunately, it happens every day in real life. **Beware of Triggers**
“His time would come. I’d make sure he paid for his sins. I’d deliver him personally. My kingdom come. My will be done. You might have me now, but I’ll destroy you later.”~Radley
Meekai is the golden boy. He is the manwhore who is looking for his other piece. The one that when they come together just clicks into place. When Radley and Kai meet, they realize they have more in common than they thought and are slowly fixing/healing one another.
There is another subset of characters that brought a lot to the Radley/Meekai table. Gamma alone is worth every penny spent. She is utterly amazing, intuitive and everything I would like in a ‘Gamma’. Becca, Brooks, Linc and Wyatt. The incredible secondary cast that keeps things rocking and rolling. These four are on another level of family/friendship, but most of all, D-R-A-M-A!! All their drama. Bring it on because I am loving the drama that surrounds this group. I live for this!!
This book has left me speechless. It is haunting, ethereal, roaring with humor, tender, the concept of a strong family unit, learning to love/trust not only yourself but another. It leaves you questioning, ‘can love truly win in the end’? For a debut book, Thirteen Hours to You, is outstanding. There were so many times that I felt I was not only an outsider looking in, but I was truly engrained in the story and present for each scene. Annie Emerson wrote her heart out when writing this book. It will easily land on my ‘Best of 2021’ list. Now, beware, there is a second book that is coming out soon (May), but the ending of book 1 leaves you wanting more, but not with a horribly bad cliffhanger. I am just so ready now to see how this ends!!
Congratulations Ms. Emerson on a book beautifully written. If I could, I would give you 10 ⭐, but since I cannot, I will leave you 5⭐ and a BIG welcome to the ‘best of’ list! Enjoy reading this book. Radley and Meekai will suck you in and pull you along for the ride.
Hey y’all! I’m so excited to start a new monthly segment on LLBB called Ask An Author!
Our first author is Annie Emerson (@emotionallyunhingedromantic on IG). This inaugural author is getting ready to drop her debut book, 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝗧𝗼 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟭𝟮𝘁𝗵. Let’s see what Annie is up to.
•.What music/songs would you include in the soundtrack to your life and why?
Black by Pearl Jam – I wanted to write just like Eddie Vedder. I was 15 and that song changed my life, so I mimicked his style until I found my own.
Literally too many to list (Bahaha!) Maybe change to ‘what song.’
•What five things would you find it hard to live without.
Pen and paper
•What words of advice would you give to your younger self?
Every last thing that happens to you, good or bad, will lead you to a place you could never foresee but will place you right where you meant to be. Be patient, have faith!
•Tell us 5 things that most people don’t know about you.
I’ve had agoraphobia, PSTD, depression and anxiety for 27 years.
I’ve never been told I love you, outside of my family.
I have two doggies, sisters, their names are Tilly and Daisy.
I live in the middle of nowhere rural Australia, where the dust is red and the land is dry.
I’m a qualified band manager, make-up artist and personal carer. I used to work in a funeral home and it was the best job EVER!
•What are the first 5 things you’d have on your bucket list?
Fall in love.
Have a child.
Meet Eddie Vedder and write a song together.
Travel the world.
Write a book that people connect with and can’t live without.
•Quote you live by?
“It takes years and one minute past desperation…” – Stella, Drive – by Kate Stewart.
This means never giving up, you never know when things will change for the better. Just hold on…
•How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?
I cry! I think having a good cry can really help. Feel your feelings, don’t deny them.
•What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
No matter what has happened to you, no matter how damaged or broken you feel you are, you’re NOT irredeemable. You’re worth the happy ending, so chase it, it’s yours!
•What is the significance of the title?
There was only thirteen hours between two people destined for one another. Just thirteen hours. It’s kind of amazing how much time and space can separate you from your destiny but will always bring you back to exactly where you belong, and who you belong with.
•Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?
Music is what fuels me, inspires me. So yes, music is a huge inspiration, but there are times where I need complete silence. I have a playlist of songs that inspired the book!
•Can you give us a little description on your main characters?
Boo Radley Cooper: Radley has been through so much in her seventeen years. She’s suffered at the hands of many, and has never really known true friendship, a life with peace. She has faith, but she is still full of doubt. She is insecure, but she has courage. She’s the perfect contradiction who just wants to find her happy.
Meekai Lannister: Gorgeous, curious, gentle, patient. He has his own scars, his own cross to bear. He’s lost so much but has a never give up attitude. He’s funny, intense, and loves HARD! He fights, wouldn’t know how to do anything but fight for the ones he loves.
•If you could ask one successful author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?
I wouldn’t. I have in the past, and I never would again. We’re all so different in our thought processes and habits, that even though interesting to know how they themselves work, doesn’t mean that will work for us. You eventually fall into your own way, your own process over time. The more you write, the more you read, the better a writer you become. It takes time.
•First 10 songs that show up in your shuffle?
Lost – Dermot Kennedy
Hollow – Jome
Rome – Dermot Kennedy
My Thoughts On You – Band CAMINO
Before the Worst – The Script
Somebody to Die For – Hurts
Pieces – Red
What If – Safetysuit
For The First Time – The Script
Tribulation – Matt Maeson
•Your debut book is coming out soon. What little tidbit, additional little blurb can you share?
This book is based on fate. So, if you don’t like the unbelievable, you’ll find this a stretch. This book was written with the attention to heal our female lead. Fate keeps knocking on the door, showing her where she needs to be. It’s one situation after the other telling her to wake up, let go, fall… fall into him, I made him for you.
•What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing? What part of the book was the most fun to write?
The ending. Ending something so big feels like you’ll only do it a disservice if not done right. In the end I found the perfect ending, a satisfying ending. I hope others smile when they read that very last line, a lot of thought went into it.
•Your debut, Thirteen Hours to You is coming out April 12th. What part/section of the book are you most proud of?
Chapter 18. That satisfied me in so many ways, writing Meekai the way we see him in this chapter was everything this book absolutely needed. I can’t give it away, but it’s the one I’m most proud of.
•Tell us a secret indulgence?
I love cake. Cake smeared in buttercream. I have eaten almost a whole cake before. I was sick as fuck and regretted it, yet I’d do it again… insert winky face!
Thank you Annie for your time! People, if you’re looking for a debut author to try out, give a
Annie’s new book, Thirteen Hours To You, a try.