Eversea, a love story, is a Winter Rose Contest FINALIST 2013. Emilia Pisani of Simon & Schuster (judge) says “Great southern flavor!” and “Jack is an alluring leading man!”
An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.
A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.
A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.
When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her married and much older director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.
Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.
New book boyfriend alert!!! Oh wow!! Jack Eversea you are delectable. I had heard about this book through the grape-vine and was really excited to read it. I am so glad I got this book!!! It was totally not what I was expecting. I honestly never even read the synopsis because it was recommended from a friend. To whoever it was that mentioned this one. THANK YOU!!
Keri Ann is a really strong female, she doesn’t have it easy living in a small town in South Carolina. She works hard to support herself in a home that is falling apart. Her parents died as well as her grandmother leaving her and her brother alone with no family left. I enjoyed that her story was more realistic in the fact that she had pride and determination. She wasn’t looking for anyone to save her, she just was doing what she had to do. My heart broke for her that she was very shut down almost unfeeling because it was easier than truly living. I felt that she was likeable and you wanted to root for her. Life has loss, and she had her fair share of it. Keri Ann knew that she should fight anything she felt towards Jack, she knew he would break her but sometimes it’s worth it.
“He was a dazzling, heart-stopping aura of a man who in just five days had me feeling like I was perched on the edge of a precipice and seriously contemplating throwing myself over the edge.”
Jack…yummmmm… he is a famous actor who is going through a very difficult time in his life. He has a lot of pain in his past and has been burned by some people in his life. When the latest scandal rocks his world he needs to escape, which is when he lands himself in Butler Cove Island. So picture an arrogant movie star, a gorgeous arrogant movie star and there you have Jack. He also has a soft side, a part of him that is good and wants to help Keri Ann and ease her burden. I think he wanted to care for her and he agrees to help her fix her home in exchange for her help keeping him out of the public eye. He feels a pull to Keri Ann; she is beautiful but not aware of it. She has no idea the beauty she holds, and he finds that irresistible.
“It’s amazing,” he repeated, “that you seem to have no idea how fucking beautiful you are.”
It wasn’t insta-love, which is again part of what I loved here. There was a great build, and you could truly believe their connection. Jack was drawn to Keri Ann because she wasn’t falling all over him. She stood her ground and pushed him when he was an ass. I loved her ability to put him in his place when he needed it. I love his smart comments back at her too laugh out loud funny!
“I told you I was good with my hands… you just assumed I meant for construction purposes.”
When reality comes to find them and takes them out of their bubble, will she be enough then? Can they make it in his world with the press and the drama that comes along with dating Jack Eversea? Or will they find that it was never really love, and it was never going to work?
Amy’s Interview with Natasha
Hi Natasha thank you so much for meeting with me today! I just finished Eversea and I seriously have a new crush on Jack!! I really enjoyed Keri Ann and Jack’s story, and I am seriously awaiting the release of Forever, Jack… I need it now ;)
Hi Schmexy Girls – it is so great to meet you. I’m thrilled that you loved Eversea !
When did you begin writing?
Well, I wrote in my professional life before kids (press releases, marketing materials etc.) but would always write fiction for myself. I had a chance encounter with two older gentlemen early in 2012 who were authors themselves, and they encouraged me to take a chance and show them what I was working on… which I did… and before I knew it, we were meeting once a week critiquing each others work … and Eversea started materializing into something real.
I grew up in New Jersey and my family owned a beach home, I often searched and collected sea glass… Was that something personal to you?
What a wonderful memory – I have never been to the beaches up north, I hear they are gorgeous. I heard Hurricane Sandy dumped a bunch of sea glass up onto the New Jersey beaches too (at least something good came of that)! My youngest son loves collecting interesting things on the beach, we have a glass jar filled with his oddities, shells, stones, wood, glass. There is something so romantic about beach glass to me … and I have NEVER found a piece myself! So it was the ultimate thing for me to have Keri Ann do that, and also have a passion that she shared with her Nana. I was very close to my late grandmother so it was important to me to have that honored in this book.
Where did you find inspiration for Keri Ann and Jack’s story?
I wanted to write a Cinderella story… but one where Cinderella didn’t really NEED the prince to save her, and one where the prince is not that perfect after all. I think we girls are tired of being subliminally told that we need a man to rescue us. I am, anyway! What better ordinary girl meets prince story in our current society than a movie star and a waitress? But she’s not just a waitress. She’s a strong, grounded young girl who just hadn’t had the confidence yet to fully explore who she was meant to be. We’ve all been there, and often it’s our relationships that help us on our journey. Jack totally rocks her world, and when the dust settles is when she finds her strength and individuality. Also, I needed a compelling reason for why Jack was so disillusioned with his life, and around that time, the tabloids were full of Rpatz and Kstew, and no one knew where Rpatz was. I remember thinking, OMG where does someone as famous as Rpatz go hide when he gets humiliated like this? It was an AHA moment… that’s just what Jack is going through. Jack’s been totally used by Hollywood, and humiliated by his girlfriend. I love it when every day events inspire works of creativity… and often truth is stranger than fiction.
What is your favorite quality that Keri Ann possesses?
Honesty. She is honest in her dealings with others, honest with her feelings, and most of all completely true to herself. She is the kind of person who would never, ever use someone for her own gain. It part of what attracts Jack so much.
Do you think that Jack’s character will find a way to repair the hurt he has caused her?
Well, he’s trying. **spoiler alert** (you are the first to know) what happened in book one is not the only way Jack hurts her ! Jack is a bit of a lost soul and lost souls often don’t believe they deserve happiness. They will often sabotage their chances at happiness subconsciously. He has a lot of ground to make up, but it will be worth it.
What was your favorite scene to write?
I have a few favorites! The scene at the pool I loved… it was fun to see them chatty and flirty and getting to know one another, and you could just feel their simmering giddiness of being around each other and all of the potential their relationship held.
Umm yea that scene was amazing!! One that stands out in my favorites!
I also loved getting to know Jack where he first talks about his past, and the school in England that he credits with inspiring him (which is a real place). I also loved writing the scene where Jack gets his tattoo, and the banter between Nick and Jack. Oh, and the sexy fireplace scene ;-) ahh – so many!
I updated my Goodreads after that scene.. HOLY CRAP!!
Ok last question, if you could choose to cast Eversea as a movie, who would star as Keri Ann and Jack?
I would love Henry Cavill as Jack – but to be honest, Jack is just Jack – he’s hard for me to see as anyone else because he is his own person in my head. Keri Ann for sure would need to be an unknown actress. But mostly a normal girl who would get more beautiful the more we got to know her (just like Jack falls in love with Keri Ann). And really — If Eversea was being made into a movie, I’d be so freaking happy, I might not care! LOL!
LOL yeah I could imagine.. Well their story is real and I would love to watch that movie!!! Thank you again and we can’t wait to see where their story goes!!
Natasha Boyd is a writer with a background in marketing and public relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and lives in the coastal Carolina Lowcountry, complete with Spanish moss, alligators and mosquitoes the size of tiny birds. She has a husband, two sons and a cat named Tuna. Eversea is her first full-length novel.
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