Out of the Box Awakening
by Jennifer Theriot
Author Jennifer Theriot stops by today to share an excerpt from Out of the Box Awakening, the first book in her best-selling Out of the Box series. Also available: Out of the Box Regifted, Toccata Obbligato ~ Serenading Kyra. The final book in the Out of the Box series, Out of the Box Everlasting will be released in early 2016.
Olivia is a good woman, a good mother, a good wife. She’s got it made. She doesn’t want anything to change.
Of course, it does ...
Swept from her perfect paper-doll life in Houston, Olivia finds herself in Chicago, alone, betrayed, and far from home. Soon everything she thought she knew about herself and her life will be challenged. She has only courage, love, and her passion for music to carry her through the maelstrom - or draw her further in.
Ash is the man who has everything - everything except healing from the losses of a lifetime. His only peace lies in the sweet flow of music pouring from his guitar.
What happens when the married woman and the sexy handsome widower are thrown together by fate?
Out of the Box Awakening is a story about second chances, shared passion and shared joy. Jennifer Theriot has written a compelling book about what happens when two people find new life and new love for themselves and for those around them.
He pats the seat and motions me to sit on the piano bench beside him. “What’s wrong, Olivia?” I must look like I’m going to start crying.
“I’m just sad that my kids have left and that I have so much to sort out over the next few weeks. I’ve been putting all of this mess on the back burner, but am going to have to face it now. Our things are going to be delivered. I need to find a storage space and a place to live. My husband wants a divorce, so I am going to have to find a lawyer. I have to support myself now. I’ve never had to make these kinds of decisions, and I am literally freaking out right now. Ash, what do I do? I’m so damn confused! I’m sure when Lainey and the boys find out they’re going to insist I move back to Houston, and if the truth be known, I probably should. I don’t belong here, this isn’t my home and I can’t stay with you forever. You shouldn’t—”
Ash cuts me off mid-sentence and pulls me into his arms. “Olivia, please don’t make a decision like that yet. I’ll admit, I have my selfish reasons for wanting you to stay and not go back to Texas. I care so much for you, and while I know Houston is your home and that you miss your kids, I want you to at least think about staying in Highland Park—with me. You don’t have to decide right now, but know that I’ll take care of you. Look, this is all new to me, but I just know I haven’t felt for any woman, the feelings I have for you. I’ll support whatever you decide to do and I’ll help you any way I can, but please, please don’t leave. Not yet anyway.” He has tears in his eyes and I begin to cry.
“Olivia, please don’t cry, I want you to be happy—I want to make you happy. I can make you happy.”
“Ash, you do make me happy, happier than I’ve ever been. I just don’t know what to do. What is the right thing to do? I don’t know. My mind is going in ninety different directions. If I follow my heart, it tells me that I belong here with you.”
He kisses the top of my head and in a broken voice whispers, “Then follow your heart, Liv.”
Praise for the Book
"This contemporary novel deals with everything from accepting tattoos to becoming a grandmother to discovering what true love is. I give this a most enthusiastic five stars and look forward to the sequel! Kudo's Ms. Theriot for providing this reader with a book I couldn't put down." ~ Dianne Harman, Best Selling author of the Coyote Series
"I was emotionally invested with all of the wonderful characters. The stories were told so beautifully that I was laughing and crying along with them. I give both books 5 Hearts! You always hear the saying when one door closes another opens" ~ SiK Reviews (Karen)
"Jennifer Theriot brings her readers an amazing love story for the middle aged. What a brave and amazing concept. Her message comes shining through that love is timeless. Her characters are wonderfully thought out and you can't help but cheer them on!!! I can't wait to read her next books!!!" ~ Kelly Cozzone, Best Selling Author of Tropical Dreams
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Theriot hails from the Great State of Texas. She is a career woman, working as CFO of a Texas based real estate investment firm by day and does her writing at nights and on weekends. In her limited spare time, Jennifer enjoys being outdoors; preferably somewhere on a beach curled up with a good book. Spending time with family and friends, listening to music, watching a baseball game and enjoying a good bottle of wine are usually on her to-do lists. She’s mom to three grown children and "MiMi" to three (soon to be four) grandkids – all of whom she adores!
Her best-selling Out of the Box series (Out of the Box Awakening, Out of the Box Regifted, Toccata Obbligato ~ Serenading Kyra) is currently available, as well as her newest release, Unwrapping Noel. The final book in the Out of the Box series, Out of the Box Everlasting, will be released early 2016.