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Damaged Desires Book Trailer, Giveaways & More

Y’all, happy October!

What was your best Sept. moment? For me, a new reader reached out and told me how they'd fallen in love with Lonnie and Wynn in My Life as a Mixtape and then read the whole series. It made my heart happy. Plus, I had some GREAT music suggestions for my weekly writing prompts I've been sharing with my subscribers. This week, Lisa Kees’s recommended “Break-In” by Halestorm with Amy Lee from Evanescence. That song is going in Dawson and Violet’s story FOR SURE!

Damaged Desires is 24 days away from being YOURS!!! Woot, woot. If you're not newsletter subscriber, you missed out on some subscriber only giveaways today, but I still have one more listed here. If you don't want to miss any more of my weekly music inspired words, weekly pop-up giveaways, or my monthly signed paperback giveaway, you might want to subscribe here:

In this post, you have:

🎶 Song Inspiration of the Week

🎶 Damaged Desires Playlist and Teasers

🎶 Hot Book World News

🎶 Goodbye


This week’s song is DRESS by Taylor Swift.

What did it inspire? The scene in FORGED BY SACRIFICE with Mac and Georgie…

“Our secret moments in a crowded room

They've got no idea about me and you,

There is an indentation in the shape of you

Made your mark on me, a golden tattoo.”

Performed by Taylor Swift

Songwriters: Jack Antonoff / Taylor Swift

«Dress» lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Source: LyricFind

And here’s the scene…

Mac was kissing me as if there was nothing left in the world but us. As if the world had stopped. And it felt like it had. There was a deep pool of emotions between us now. It wasn’t just lust. It wasn’t just a kiss. It was life springing up anew. Passion and sin and hope all tangled together in a way that I knew wasn’t going to last but to which I couldn’t say no. I wanted this just like I’d wanted it each time he’d kissed me.

I’d thought that, like Descartes, the more he kissed me, the less impact it would have on me. The more reality would fly in between the dreamlike senses. But these kisses weren’t less. They were more. Deeper. Those first kisses had brought our lives closer together, but this kiss was wrapping invisible strings around us. Strings that would be difficult to unbind. Strings that would find their way into my heart where I didn’t want them but where I knew they would tear a hole if and when he pulled away.

It wasn’t until the limo stopped that Mac withdrew his lips from mine. He caressed the side of my face with a gentle hand and then twined our hands together as the driver opened our door. He stared at me for a minute. Trying to read me. Or maybe trying to read himself. The driver cleared his throat, and Mac turned away.

I felt like I’d just lost something. Opportunity. Hope. I didn’t know what, but I followed as Mac helped me out of the vehicle. We were quiet on our way up to the apartment. There were things I wanted to say but didn’t know how to start.

Mac opened the door, throwing keys and wallet and phone on the counter. I placed my evening bag there as well. When I did, he captured my hand with his and pulled me toward him. I collided against his chest. His wall of muscle.

“I’m not sure I can stop kissing you yet,” he said quietly, his already deep voice going down several notches more and sending goosebumps across my flesh.

I said, “Dani thinks we should just do it and get it out of our system.”

He looked at me, eyes hooded for a second, as he took in my words, then his lips quirked at the corners as he tried not to smile. “What are we, sixteen?”

I smiled weakly back at him. “I think she just meant that trying not to feel anything for each other is just enhancing the emotions. Like anticipation. Blowing it all out of proportion.”

“Please don’t use that word,” he groaned.

“Blowing?” I teased, and his eyes sparkled at my dare. He ran a finger down my cheek, to my neck, over my shoulders, and then down my back where the dress dipped, leaving the skin bare. My flesh—that had already been on alert—ached everywhere he touched.

“Do you think she’s right?” he asked.

My hand went from his chest, where I’d been balancing myself, to my hair that suddenly felt tight in the updo I’d swirled it into earlier as Dani had watched, amazed, until I’d reminded her that I’d been a hairdresser for more years than I’d been anything else.

“Maybe…I don’t know,” I answered, pulling the pins loose and watching with pleasure when Mac’s eyes darkened as my hair spilled about my neck and breasts. His hand at the back of my waist tightened, and the other hand came up to tangle in my dark waves, wrapping them around his fingers and then pulling so that I was forced to inch my face toward his.

“Maybe we should find out? Dani is rarely wrong.” He kissed my jawline, inching slowly down toward my neck, and I couldn’t help but tilt my face upward, granting him better access. His breath and kisses in the little curve where my jaw met my ear were heated, melting my nerves and my knees.

“Rarely isn’t never,” I managed to say in a voice that wavered. I knew he’d heard the quivering, but he didn’t stop his kisses. His attack on my senses. He moved lower down my neck until he was placing kisses at the juncture of my neck and my shoulder—another tender spot—filling my body with desire by a touch and a caress.

“What’s the worst that could happen?” he murmured.

The worst would be finding out that we couldn’t live without each other. That those strings tying our bodies together would be hard to sever without cutting holes in our hearts.

He licked my skin, and my knees completely buckled, and he caught me. “You taste like golden sunsets.”

My heart skipped a beat.

His hand found the zipper on my dress and tugged at it.

“Tell me no, Georgie.”

But I couldn’t. “I can’t. I bought it imagining you doing just this.”

He groaned, and I swallowed the groan with my mouth on his.

The zipper went down, his hand caressing as it went.

Our mouths fitting together as if they’d always been together.

Our bodies pushing closer.

Copyright © LJ Evans 2019.

Dani and Nash from Damaged Desires first appear in FORGED BY SACRIFICE as secondary characters. A lot of people were DYING to have Dani’s story be the 3rd anchor novel, but I had to write Truck and Jersey’s story first so that the three original friends from Guarded Dreams would be complete.

Here’s the full DRESS song:

HAVE A SONG THAT YOU THINK I SHOULD LISTEN TO FOR MY WEEKLY INSPIRATION? Shoot me an email (lj at ljevansbooks dot com) with it! Next week, I have a completely ORIGINAL scene that isn’t related to anything I’ve published yet coming to subscribers, I hope you'll join so you can read it.


Did you miss the book trailer of Damaged Desires that I shared last week? I am so dang excited to be bringing you this book this month!!! It's coming in 24 days.

Plus, my subscribers having been getting FIRST LOOK excerpts and teasers of DAMAGED DESIRES, like this one:

We got down into a pushup position, facing each other, some kind of twisted mirror of each other. Two people who didn’t give in or give up easily.

She smirked at me and said, “I feel the need to set some rules of engagement.”

“This isn’t an operation, Athena,” I said with a full smile hitting my face. “But what did you have in mind?”

“You have to do two for every one of mine,” she said.

“Only two?”

“Don’t get all cocky on me now, Pretty Boy,” she said, and I couldn’t help my eyebrows going up at her word choice that brought us back to the last challenge we’d engaged in.

She did a pushup, and I did two. They were nothing to me. I’d been doing pushups since starting military school; they were second nature. Like taking a step or lifting my arm.

We continued to count off, and her breath got rocky fairly quickly whereas mine felt like I’d barely woken up. She made it to seventy-five before she stopped, rolling over on her back to catch her breath.

But that put her face even closer to mine. Her lips a millimeter away as I continued to do pushups. If she turned her head, our mouths would merge. It was a beautiful torture as I continued to press. Up and down. Lips close, closer, backing away. So tempting. Taunting me.

I’d stopped counting, mesmerized by her look, and I about broke apart when she put her finger in her mouth as I lowered once more. She pulled it out, moving it slowly toward me while I stared, before suddenly sticking it in my ear.

I collapsed onto the matt with a grunt of surprise and a chuckle in my chest. “Holy shit, did you just give me a Wet Willy?”

She was up off the mat, laughing, allowing the tension which scoured us, to drift away momentarily. A break in the campaign of animosity and desire. But there was no way I was letting her get away without retaliating.

Copyright © LJ Evans 2020.

Need more Nash and Dani info? How about their playlist that I'm adding to each week? Listen now: https://spoti.fi/3f7ZVox

Did you miss out on the signed paperback giveaway listing on Goodreads? It’s just for the US, I’m so sorry. Goodreads only lets us do US / Canada now, and the cost of shipping is sooooooo prohibitive. BUT I will do a special giveaway for my Int’l subscribers when release day gets closer!

Okay, before I leave Damaged behind for some fun book world news, here are all the links for Damaged Desires in one place:

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Dani Whittaker has turned in her Washington D.C. insider badge, leaving behind the backstabbing ways and seedy politicians. When a friendly favor ends with the one man she can’t have making her body sing in ways she hates to adore, D.C. isn’t the only thing she needs to escape.

Navy SEAL, Nash Wellesley, is all about honoring a promise to his dead brother, so accepting a dare from the long-legged force of nature tempting him isn’t in the cards. Not if he wants to keep his only remaining friend and stick to the code he grew up on.

But retreat is impossible after Dani’s new job puts her in the headlights of a fanatic, and Nash is called upon to protect her.

When the chase ends, will they be left shattered or will they emerge from the ashes together?

Author’s Note: This broody, honor-bound SEAL and confident, daring heroine just might make you laugh, tear your heart out, and slowly combust. Are you ready for it?

From award-winning author, LJ Evans, comes a standalone, military romance about the triumphant healing power of love inspired by Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

Don’t miss out on GUARDED DREAMS, FORGED BY SACRIFICE, and AVENGED BY LOVE the first three standalone Anchor novels.


Just 6 short weeks after Damaged is out in the world, My Life as a Holiday Album will be joining us. Can you believe it?? It’s with my copy editor as we speak, and I’m hoping to have a sneak peek for you shortly! Cover reveal coming soon, soon, soon!

The incredibly talented a USA Today Bestselling Author, Kennedy Ryan, has just released a box set for her GRIP TRILOGY! You can get all three books with exclusive scenes for just 99 cents or read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

Plus, if you’re into book boxes, she’s got a sweet book box deal with signed paperbacks and Grip-themed items. You can pre-order until October 14!

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Get the eBook Box Set Now: http://mybook.to/TheGripBoxSet

🎡 This enhanced box set includes Flow, Grip, and Still - all 3 books in the trilogy.

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🎡 PLUS a BRAND NEW "glimpse into the future" chapter.

🎡PLUS surprise audio elements EXCLUSIVE to this box set!


The acclaimed Grip Trilogy has been bundled into a box set for the first time, and the whole series has new covers!

The Grip Trilogy charts the course of rising star Marlon "Grip" James and his manager Bristol Gray. From the beginning, attraction ignites between the struggling musician and his best friend's ambitious sister. It starts with a kiss at the top of a Ferris wheel when they're young, combusts into a tumultuous love affair, and matures into an epic love that defies each odd and defeats every obstacle. Discover why Buzzfeed selected Grip to its list of books that will change the way you see the world.

I've been supporting Nana Malone's #brownnipplechallenge, and tomorrow, I’ll be LIVE at 4:00 pm PDT (7:00 pm EDT) on my FaceBook group for a book talk on The Wreckage of Us from Brittainy Cherry. I hope you’ll join me for the talk.


Before I go, just thought I’d say that the winner of my monthly subscriber giveaway is Nicole Carone. I’ve got a signed copy of My Life as a Mixtape sitting here for you. I’ve emailed you separately, so make sure it didn’t go into your spam or promotions folder.

That’s it for me today. I hope you have a gorgeous weekend full of books, love, and happiness.

Happy Reading and Stay Safe Out There!


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