Jessica Gibson's Dressed in White.
The Book:Category: Contemporary Romance
Lorelei Peters had everything she had ever dreamed of. Amazing friends, a sexy boyfriend, and a job that she absolutely loved. Dillon Brockwell was all she had ever wanted. Handsome, successful, and he loved her as much as she loved him. Life was going along the way it was supposed to, until someone from Dillon’s past shows up and shatters everything to pieces. Can Lorelei and Dillon get through all the craziness and make it down the aisle?
Or will lies of omission be enough to derail them forever.
“Come on in, you don’t have to stand outside.” I busied myself with finding a vase and clipping the ends off the flowers, preparing them for the water.
“This is weird, right?” His voice was soft and closer than I had anticipated.
I turned to find him right behind me in the kitchen. “Yeah, it’s a little weird.”
“I don’t want this distance between us.” His hands cupped my cheeks.
I wanted him to kiss me, to tell me that all of this would work out, no matter what. I needed it.
He didn’t kiss me; though, he looked into my eyes, searching for answers to his unspoken questions. “I don’t know what I can give you right now Dillon.”
“Lor, every kiss that I miss tears me apart. Every night spent apart from you, without you next to me, it killed me. I told myself when I came here I wouldn’t do this, but I can't seem to help myself.” His lips crushed against mine in a hungry frenzy of passion. I gasped as he gripped my waist and sat me on the counter.
His lips burned a trail down my neck and back up again. I needed him, this, all of it. Who was I kidding? I couldn’t live without him any more than I could live without oxygen.
He pulled away and stood on the other side of the room. “Sorry about that. I’ll be good from now on.” The look on his face told me his words meant nothing; he had no intention of being good.
*** Interview ***
• Describe Dressed in White in one sentence.
Sometimes love really does conquer all
• What inspired the idea behind the book?
The book was actually inspired by the cover image. I saw it on a stock photo site, and sent it to my amazing cover designer (Stephanie from Once Upon a Time Covers) and it went from there.
• What was the most challenging part of writing it?
Some of the scenes were really emotional, and getting my head in the right place was challenging. There was a one scene with Lorelei’s sister that was really difficult to write.
• How does it feel to have your work out there in the hands of readers?
It’s always terrifying lol. I know that not everyone will love the books that I put out, but reading bad reviews is never easy. On the flip side of that coin though, it’s amazing to hear the feedback from readers who have loved it.
• What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love seeing where the characters take the story. I almost never outline, because they always change it up on me.
• Besides writing, what other artistic talents do you have?
None lol. I can’t draw or paint, or play any instruments.
• Are you currently writing another book?
I am actually writing 3 things right now. A short story for an anthology, a new adult contemporary romance, and the 2nd book in the wedding series. I can never work on just one lol.
• What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Never quit. Even when it gets hard and discouraging, don’t quit.
• Current obsession?
Ballet….you’ll find out more about that in my na contemp ;)
• Last thing you Googled?
I think it was a recipe for Kringla, a Norwegian pastry my mom used to make me when I was little.
• You’re stressed. What’s the first thing you do or reach for? Headphones. Music helps me to relax and unwind.
• You write best with Music on while _sitting_ in your kitchen_.
• Inspiration hits, but you're not home or near your computer.
I have been known to tap out scenes in Google drive on my phone lol. Not the easiest thing, but not the hardest either lol.
• Best writing resource:
Other authors. I have learned so much from having fellow authors critique my work.
• Guilty pleasure:
Sex and the City and Gilmore Girls. Love both of those series.
• Automatic buy-list author:
• Favorite Book or Series:
Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I fall in love every time I read them.
• Character you wish was real so you could meet:
Oooh, there are so many. Jaime Fraser from the Outlander series. Harry Potter because I’m a big nerd.
Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she's down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about
writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner,
filed away in the "someday" section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants
she needed to actually get off her butt and write. Jessica and Matt live in Southern
California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American
Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future. Aside
from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In
addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep
up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.