Seven years ago, I found myself, bruised and broken, standing at my grandmother’s door, preparing the one and only lie I’d ever tell her. I couldn’t tell her how I had truly come by those bruises. I couldn’t tell her HE did it. I couldn’t be that cliche. She took me in. Fixed me. Advised me. Now, I live in her house and run her coffee shop in the best place in the world, Balboa Island. This island, the locals… everything was predictable… right down to the weather, just the way I liked it – no surprises. When she passed, she left it all to me.
It was my safe haven, my happy place.
Max came back.
REcovered contains sexually explicit scenes and adult language. This material is intended for adults only!
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My grandmother lived on Balboa Island, the setting for the book, when I was a growing up and I spent every school break visiting her. As an adult, I still visit the island and still love it. There are definite aspects of me and my real life experiences in the story. As I was writing, my fingers grew minds of their own and took the story to a whole new level.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Lilianna is, basically, me. She is the person I would have turned into if those traumatic events actual occurred to me. But all her likes and dislikes… thats all me.
Max is my dream ALPHA (second to my husband).
I don’t want to give too much away here, so I’m just going to say the other characters are combinations of people I have come across in my 34 years.
About the Author:
CJ was an elementary school teacher in the big, bad city of Los Angeles. She spent her days teaching first graders subtraction and going over the weekly spelling words, among other subjects. Although CJ loved her job of molding future minds, she couldn’t see herself doing it for much longer. She finally decided to leave her teaching career behind her and start a new adventure. An adventure that had always been her passion, writing.
After leaving teaching behind, CJ reconnected with her oldest friend and, together, they began writing their first script, a sitcom. It had fallen into the hands of a director that took it upon himself to help these two budding writers on their way. After pitching it around for a year, the three decided to shelf the sitcom and work on other projects.
CJ knew she wanted to continue to write, so she sought advice from a place that had always helped her see her true path, Balboa Island, the setting for the Lilianna Marshal Series. CJ sat on the seawall that encircled the island as the entire plot for her debut book, REcovered, began to unfold before her.
CJ Hartland – Now
Rave reviews for REcovered have further inspired CJ to continue the series with book two, REkindled, coming soon. She has been fitting writing into her nightly routine, after her, pride & joy, baby boy and love of her life, husband go to bed.
CJ loves hearing from readers, please email her at HartlandCJ@gmail.com or follow her on twitter @CJHartland
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