Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Still Life" by A. M. Johnson

Still Life
(Forever Still Book 1)
by A. M. Johnson

Still Life, the first book in A. M. Johnson's Forever Still series, has just been released and is currently on tour with S.B.B. Promotions. The tour stops here today for an excerpt. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Loss… a word Elizabeth Haddington knows only too well. Despite the tragedies she’s endured, she’s been able to rise from the adversity she’s faced and begin her life again. Being a self-assured and strong woman, she knows she doesn’t need anyone to make her whole.
Hate, pain, and twisted memories are all Sawyer Bryant’s ever known. He’d slowly lost who he was and what he should’ve become. His only escape was the military… Eight years later, as an ex-Navy SEAL, he’s forced to confront his father and their disturbed and violent past.
Then one day, his life is turned upside down, when he glimpses a woman singing in her car at a set of traffic lights. Thinking he’d never see her again, amazingly he finds her performing with her band at the local bar. This chance encounter brings these two lost souls together. Once Sawyer gets a taste of her melodic voice, there’s no turning back.
For Elizabeth, when she meets Sawyer… she realizes she’s fallen hard. But is this really love she’s feelingor does love build slowly over time?
What happens when fate turns things around on you, creates flashes you can’t turn from… moments that will shape your life?
They are faced with the choice of darkness surrounding themor to rid themselves of the guilt and pain and move toward the light.
This story is about life’s moments. How they can make you or break you, and one man’s hope that… Love, won’t judge him.
Warning: This book deals with some dark themes including PTSD and abuse.

It was unseasonably warm for late September, with the windows down in my car I enjoyed the dry breeze as I pulled up to the traffic lights. My eyes were drawn to the car next to me. She was enjoying the warm spell too. Her windows were down and she was blaring some unknown music from her stereo. The side of my mouth pulled into a grin as I watched. She didn’t notice me watching at first. She sang freely, her voice strong and beautiful. The song was feminine and the guitars were light. She had long very dark hair pulled into a high ponytail. I was transfixed.
Suddenly, she started and bit her bottom lip. Her once tall posture and confidence waned. Slowly, she glanced over to look at me, chagrin written all over her face. I couldn’t tell, was she blushing? She was embarrassed to have been caught that’s for sure, her solo concert abruptly ended. I gave her a huge smile. She just bit her lip again and looked forward, sinking into her seat. I watched as she fidgeted uncomfortably, waiting for the light to change. She was so pretty. No, not pretty, but plainly beautiful. I suddenly had a crazy urge to call out to her, ask her name when she sped off. The car behind me honked their car horn and I was sharply pushed from my reverie.
I pulled into my apartment complex. I felt dejected. I wanted to see that girl again.
I focused on that memory while I looked down at her in that hospital bed. I tried to stop the bleeding, she’d lost so much blood. She was here now, eyes closed, her silky hair ran through my fingers. This small touch caused shivers to run up my spine. I placed a small kiss on her cool cheek. Resting my forehead against hers, her breathing light and steady, blew against my lips. We’d get through this. We had to, there was no other choice…


Praise for the Book
"I enjoyed this book, and I am sure it will be the first successful book of many by this new author. [...] I am looking forward to reading more in this series of books and I can thoroughly recommend this read." ~ Kaylene Osborn
"What I found between the pages was magic! I was so drawn into this book that I read it within about 12 hours. It had me, completely, from the beginning, not just about what was going to happen next in the story, but also because the feelings, the hurt and cuts were palpable, jumping right off the page and slicing my heart. [...] It moved at the right speed and I couldn't put it down. It has also made me desperate for the next one in the series!" ~ Mrs Md MacDonald
"I was sucked into this story immediately and felt that tug at my heart when I know I am going to love it. I went through many feels while reading. [...] You know those books, that when you read a certain line or paragraph, you just have to stop for a moment because it triggers certain emotions... This is absolutely one of those books and don't even get me started on the tears. Definitely have tissues on hand. I cannot believe this is her first book it is really amazing!!" ~ BookObsessedGirl
"Wow there are not enough words to describe how much I loved this book!!! It's one of my top favorite books!!" ~ teri
"This was such a beautiful love story. [...] Truly emotional and breathtaking. Overall thank you for an amazing read. Hope to read more of your books soon" ~ Kindle Customer

About the Author
Amanda Marie Johnson was born and raised in Valrico, Florida. She’s now surrounded by mountains with her husband and three children in Ogden, Utah. She attended Weber State University and graduated with her A.S.N. She is a full-time registered nurse and works on the mother/newborn unit.
Reading and writing have always been something she is passionate about. She loves to write about the human experience, love and happily ever afters. Still Life is her debut novel.