Author Interview: A.L. Jackson

Author Interview: AL Jackson

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Welcome to our fun series, where you will learn what your favorite authors are reading and recommending. 

Today’s guest is A.L. Jackson. A.L. Jackson is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She is known for writing emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a bit bad.

What A.L. Jackson Reads and Recommends

What is your latest release?

Never Look Back by A.L. Jackson  

This book is available on Kindle Unlimited

An enemies-to-lovers, small-town, second-chance romance from NYT and USA Today bestselling author A.L. Jackson

Logan Lawson won me in a bet.

The second I saw him sitting at the illegal card table, I knew I was in trouble.

Years ago, he sealed my fate and condemned me to a life I didn’t want to lead.

Yet he’s filled with untamed fury and thirsting for vengeance.

Aster Costa is everything I should never have wanted.

The second she showed, I should have gotten up and walked.

But there’s no looking away from the woman who wrecked me.

Worse, I can’t stop myself from plotting to get her back.

I want nothing more than to be free of my chains.

I’m afraid Logan Lawson is the only one who can make that happen.

He might hate me for our past, but now it’s me on my knees begging for help.

Finding each other in the middle wasn’t supposed to be part of the bargain.

But once Logan touches me, I’m gone.

A torch is rekindled. A fire is lit.

Aster Costa has always been mine.

And this time, no matter the cost, I won’t give her back…

Never Look Back’s Elevator Pitch: A woman is used as collateral by the man she was forced to marry in an illegal card game and won by her ex, who broke her heart years before. Now they’re fighting together to free her of her past.

What types of books do you read? Do they influence your writing, and if so, in what way?

I mostly read contemporary emotional romances, the same as writing. I think, on some level, they do. Submersing myself in words just helps to get my creative juices flowing.

What medium do you prefer to read?

E-reader

About your reading life, what was your first book memory?

The first book I can remember reading was The Secret Garden. I remember being completely enchanted.

Do you re-read books?

Very rarely

Favorite place to read:

In bed


Book Recommendations Time

What books do you love to recommend to fellow readers?

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

This book is available on Kindle Unlimited

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

This book is available on Kindle Unlimited

If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning, that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare. Someone found him in a laundry basket at Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t the term, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start. It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses, and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news, and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager. And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away. And so begins a story of pain and promise, heartache and healing, life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all . . . a love story.

A.L. Jackson’s reasons why you should read this book:

Amy Harmon is one of my favorite authors, and this is my favorite book from her. The emotions I experienced while reading this were off the charts. I sobbed through much of it, but it was so incredibly beautiful and filled me with hope.


After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.

The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.

The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past to build a future out of hope and healing.

A.L. Jackson’s reasons why you should read this book:

This was one of my favorite Colleen Hoover books. When I read, I’m going after emotion, and Colleen always nails that for me. 


Sometimes you meet people out of this world, making them part of yours.

A one-night stand born from vengeance in a foreign land.

An explosive chemistry neither of us could deny.

We signed a contract on the back of a Boar’s Head Pub napkin that said if we ever met again, we would drop everything and be together.

Eight years and thousands of miles later, he’s here. In New York. And he’s America’s music obsession.

The intangible Irish poet who brings record executives to their knees. The blizzard in my perfect, unshaken snow globe. The last time we spoke, he was a beggar with no intention of becoming a king.

But a king he became, and now I’m his servant.

I’m not the same broken princess Malachy Doherty put back together with his callused hands.

I have a career I love. A boyfriend I adore. An apartment, a roommate, a life.

I changed.

He changed, too.

But Mal kept the napkin.

The question is, will I keep my word?

A.L. Jackson’s reasons why you should read this book:

I love LJ’s gritty enemies-to-lovers style and second chances are one of my favorite tropes.


What was the last book you read?

An ARC of Shattered Sea by Catherine Cowles

Shattered Sea by Catherine Cowles

I’ve known every kind of pain. Of the heart. Of the body. Of the soul. All I want now is the freedom that comes from making my art.

The last thing I expected was Hollywood royalty to waltz into my gallery in a small town in the middle of nowhere and see me.

A man like Boden Cavanaugh shouldn’t understand me. Shouldn’t be able to soothe my most ragged edges. Even worse, he makes me want the one thing I can’t have. Him.

All it takes is one spark, and friendship catches flame. But as our attraction burns bright, forces are desperate to send us back into the darkness. And they’ve already killed before…

 

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