Hi all! Today I’m featuring a sparkly, new book by YA author, Leigh Talbert Moore.
I became a fan of Leigh’s writing after reading her first book, The Truth About Faking, and I’m happy to report the companion book (they can be read out-of-order) is out now!
by Leigh Talbert Moore
The Truth About Letting Go takes readers back to Shadow Falls, or more specifically Shadow Creek, with Ashley Lockett as she learns about friendship, love, and letting go.
Ashley wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life.
Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley’s seemingly charmed shoes.
Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear–with Ashley at his side.
Jordan wants to follow his heart–but Ashley is the one sacrifice he never expected to make.
Up until now, Ashley Lockett has followed the rules. She’s always done the right thing, played it safe, gone to church. And then her ideal life is shattered when her dad dies suddenly.
Now she’s miserable and furious, and she decides to do everything opposite of how she lived before. She rejects safety, rules, faith, and then she meets Jordan.
Jordan has big dreams, he’s had a crush on Ashley for years, he’s a great kisser… but he’s also safe.
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I feel Colt laugh, and he looks down into my face. That’s when he seems to realize what I’ve been acutely aware of for the last several minutes—our bodies are pressed together.
“It’s awesome, yeah?” he says. “Adrenaline rush.”
“Yeah,” I breathe. “I guess.”
I’m not sure if he’s going to kiss me until he does. His mouth covers mine, and energy mixes with the alcohol flooding my body. Our tongues slide together, and I grip his shirt so I don’t collapse.
Every single bit of this is wrong, and there’s no way I’m stopping it. It’s back, that good feeling. The sadness has been pushed out again, and in its place is this rush, this rush of adrenaline like Colt said.
He pulls back and smiles at me. “We’re going to start dating. Now. You’re my partner in crime.”
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a former journalist and editor, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of YA and new adult romance (really any great love story), a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.
-Rouge is her first New Adult romantic suspense novel (on Amazon).
ON PLAYLISTS AND INSPIRATION, LEIGH SAYS…
I made a playlist to remind me of certain scenes or what I wanted to happen in the timeline. Or in some cases, the songs reminded me how the character was feeling or his/her mindset or mood. Sometimes there was a line in a certain song that made me think of something that happened…
Breaking the Habit by Linkin Park
Breakdown Into the Resolve by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs by Fall Out Boy
These songs all have that driving feeling that put me in Ashley’s mindset. Especially “Breakdown…” by Ryan Adams. Certain phrases in that song make me think of her angry despair and just her inner turmoil, her questions.
Here Comes Your Man by Pixies–Jordan, obvs
Zanzibar by Billy Joel and Missionary Man by Eurythmics–Jordan has to drive his mom’s ancient Toyota, and he and Ashley are forced to listen to her old music. These are two of the songs directly referenced
I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift–Colt, obvs
Play With Fire by The Rolling Stones–This could be Ashley + Jordan or Ashley + Colt. Both of those couples are playing with fire in different ways.
A Little Bit of Everything by Dawes–this song sounds like an old hymn, which to me felt like the soundtrack to Ashley’s ultimate realization and finding peace. Plus, the message of this song is just so great. It’s a realization that it takes “a little bit of everything” to make a life.
Strangers by The Kinks–ditto above about the soundtrack to Ashley’s “walkabout.”"Fireflies” by Fleetwood Mac–This to me sounds like being on the creek and the things that happen there, which is a lot.
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Do you have a song that’s inspiring you this week? Or one that just won’t get out of your head?
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