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Guarded Dreams Cover + Giveaways

Guarded Dreams Coming May 2nd

Design: Designed With Grace; Photo: Travnikov Studio



Guarded Dreams Full Cover by LJ Evans

Isn’t it beautiful? Didn’t Megan at Designed With Grace do a fantastic job? It’s everything I wanted it to be.

It's Dreamy + Red-White-Blue. It’s Eli & Ava. It’s Guard & Lyricist.

Did you know this book was inspired not only by Luke Bryan’s song, "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" but also by Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher? There’s this picture of an old post by Mila on Pinterest (before her social media went dark, I guess) that talks about how she never imagined, when she was “dating” Ashton on That 70’s Show, that he’d eventually be her real love. It was sweet. And he’s posted some funny and cute things about her and their relationship on his SM. It made me want to write a book with characters that were a little like them.

Keep reading for all the book details, info on a GUARDED DREAMS GIVEAWAY, and info on a BookSweeps Giveaway.

Plus, you can enter for a chance to be on LJ’s ARC team! What’s an ARC team? Read below to find out.


Here’s the details about the book which releases May 2nd:

• 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘦 HEA

• 𝘊𝘰𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘎𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘥

• 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘚𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳

• 𝘉𝘳𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘋𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘴

• 𝘚𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳 𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥

“𝘕𝘰 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴.”

Once upon a summer, a boy unexpectedly meets a girl at the beach. Their bodies and souls know what their brains do not. They are meant to be one. But…

𝓔𝐋𝐈 dreams about being a US Coast Guard.

𝓐𝐕𝓪 dreams about being a country music star.

Those dreams send them careening in different directions, and their summer love story is left as a wish that never came true.

Four years later, Eli's Coast Guard career is threatened, and Ava's dreams are shadowed by her past, just as fate brings them together once more in New York City.

As their lives start to crumble, they find the possibility of a second chance in each other. If they’ll only listen to what their souls are whispering and realize that, sometimes, the best dream to come true is simply to have loved.

𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘓𝘶𝘬𝘦 𝘉𝘳𝘺𝘢𝘯’𝘴 “𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦, 𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘯, 𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘵” 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘢 𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘭 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥-𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳, 𝘓𝘑 𝘌𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘴, 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩.

A standalone, inspirational story for fans of Amy Harmon, Inglath Cooper, and Robyn Carr with a happily ever after.

Add it to your TBR: http://bit.ly/GDbyLJonGR


I’m giving away a signed paperback with a $50 Amazon Gift Card AND 3 eBooks of Guarded Dreams with a $10 Amazon Gift Card as a way of celebrating this new release. Enter for a chance to win at the secure link below. See giveaway link for all rules & restrictions.

Enter Giveaway

Guarded Dreams Giveaway

Giveaway ends May 4, 2019


I’ve teamed up with 30 fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of sweet, small town romances to 2 lucky winners. PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

You can win my novel, MY LIFE AS A COUNTRY ALBUM, plus books from authors like B. Cranford, J. Daniels, Tara Randel, and more—just by following me and other great romance authors on BookBub!

Enter the giveaway

BookSweeps Giveaway

Giveaway ends March 27, 2019


Want to read a copy of Guarded Dreams before it hits the street? If you are a member of LJ’s ARC team you can do just that! I’m accepting applications through March 31st. You can sign up at this link, but be sure to read the information below about what an ARC team is and the requirements before you apply.

Apply for the team: http://bit.ly/ljeARCteam

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙣 𝘼𝙍𝘾 (𝘼𝙙𝙫𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙥𝙮 𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬) 𝙏𝙚𝙖𝙢?

A Review Team is a comprised of both bloggers and readers. As a member, you'll gain exclusive access to an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of my newest release. You'll be given the book no later than 10 days before release. Your job is to provide an honest review and post it to, at the very least, Amazon US no later than 48 hours after release (two sites are preferred but not required).

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙦𝙪𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙡𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙢?

You have to have left a review on Amazon on at least one of my books BEFORE March 31, 2019. The more you've left, the better. ;-) If you can no longer post reviews on Amazon and all your reviews have been deleted, then we will take this into consideration when deciding on members. It's not your fault Amazon is being persnickety.

𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜?

For now, I'm accepting 25 new non-blogger ARC team members. My little team will be looking through the entries, and we will let you know by April 6 (if not sooner) whether you've made the team or not. Current ARCs for Guarded Dreams will go out April 15th. If you do not make the team now, I will also be doing some ARC giveaways in my author friends' groups closer to release date, and you could enter there as well. Again, my deepest apologies that I can't accept everyone at this time.


One last thing, I don’t want you to miss out on Kelsey Kingsley’s ONE NIGHT TO FALL which is FREE through today (Mar. 18, 2019) only. I want all her Kinney brothers to be made into a TV series called River Canyon! Anyone out there a TV producer who can make that happen, pretty please? It would be such a great family drama - Irish brogues and all. Sigh. At least read the book, people!


I hope you like the cover for ♬ GUARDED DREAMS♬ as much as I do, and that you have good luck in the giveaways. I’ll be in touch soon with more bookish news.



♬ "𝒲𝒽𝑒𝓇𝑒 𝓂𝓊𝓈𝒾𝒸 & 𝓇𝑜𝓂𝒶𝓃𝒸𝑒 𝒸𝑜𝓁𝓁𝒾𝒹𝑒." ♬

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