Daria Jones has been trying for almost seven years to get over her past. After starting college, finding an awesome group of friends and falling in love she thinks she has finally accomplished just that. When she’s drug back to face her past and the dangers that it entails, she comes to the realization that she can never have the normal life that others do. That the love of her life and her friends are better off without her.
Cade Johnson has been compared to a God on the football field. He had pretty much always been a player on and off the field. He had been called a man-whore but it never bothered him. Part of his past made him afraid that he could never truly commit to one person. That is until after starting college he meets his best friend Gabby’s roommate. He loves the feisty no holds barred person that is Daria Jones. After a couple of great years together he figures out Daria has some secrets. Secrets are a deal breaker for him. Since she won’t share her past he calls it quits. That is when they are both attacked.
Waking up to a life without Daria isn’t what Cade ever wanted to envision for himself. He has turned into a bitter lonely man. He has come to the conclusion that he’ll never have that kinda love again. Just then Daria shows back up in his life. Can they keeping fighting the temptation of their love and attraction? Can he convince Daria that she deserves love like everyone else?
This is the Third and Final Chapter in the Temptation Series.
Giveaway: (2 winners will receive all 3 books in the Temptation Series signed and swag)a Rafflecopter giveaway
It’s so great to leave the cabin finally. However, driving down the streets leading to my new apartment, I grow nervous. My dad told me that the apartment was furnished and that he’d gotten my other things out of storage. My therapist has been seeing me via Skype at the cabin on a regular basis and she thinks this will be great for me. She did suggest that I get some sort of part-time job. She’s afraid that, if I stay in the apartment alone all the time, I’ll relapse. My dad told me that I didn’t have to have a job, but I feel like the therapist is right. Plus, if I’m going back to school, I need to start getting used to being around large groups of people again. Maybe tomorrow I’ll go around town and put in my application at a few places.
Pulling into the apartment complex, I notice all of the security cameras and a couple of guards. It looks secure; I can tell my dad picked this place. I make my way over to apartment 4A and unlock the door to my new life. I walk in and can instantly tell my mom had a hand in the decorating.
Seeing Daria last night had more of an effect on me than I thought it would. I never thought I’d run into her there, though. She looked skinny and sad. I wonder if she’s going to be at this baby shower today. She didn’t act like anyone knew she was in town yet.
I really wish my heart would just let me move on. But something about her… I just can’t. I want to hold her; I want to protect her, but she just won’t let me in.
The day after we were attacked, I found out she’d had a breakdown. They’d moved her to a mental facility at the hospital. I wanted to see her. I wanted to talk to her, to tell her I still loved her. By the time I got released myself, however, she was gone. I know Anna texted her on occasion, but no one actually knew where she was. It was as if she’d dropped off the face of the earth.
REVIEW BY TERRI
Fighting Temptation by S.M. Donaldson
*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Incredible! Just incredible! Did I already say that this book is incredible? Young Daria has been through a lot in her early adolescence. Not completely of her own doing. Sometimes the children pay for the sins of their parents. In this case, her absentee father. After fighting some of those demons, she starts her life over and heads to college. Follow her through friendships and love, which she never thought possible to have in her life. S.M. Donaldson has really outdone herself with this story. The characters are those similar to ones we each have had growing up. You can place yourself in the book and get lost along with Daria and her friends. I am really looking forward to reading more stories by S.M. Donaldson
About the Author
S.M. Donaldson is a wife and mother based on the Gulf Coast of the Florida Panhandle. She’s funny, sarcastic and has been known to have a potty mouth. She’s worked in many different fields in her life but, she has always dreamed of writing short stories and books. She recently penned her first series of novels Sam’s Choice and Sam’s Fight for Freedom. She is currently working on The Temptation Series.
To learn more about S.M. Donaldson visit her at:
Twitter: @ SMDonaldson1
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Sure. I’m 32. I’ve been married to my best friend for 12 years now. We have an amazingly smart son who is 5. I am the youngest of 3 girls, I have one of the best mommas on the planet and up until the Spring of this year I had the best Daddy in the world. I love to spend time on the water, snorkeling, kayaking, boating…whatever. I like to fish (but I don’t like to clean them), I like to hunt, I’m a little bit of an adrenaline junkie (comes from being a cops kid). I like to travel to the Smokey and Rocky Mountains and the FL Keys. My dream trip is to Germany (One Day). My husband is in the Florida Army National Guard, he has been on a few overseas deployments, so servicemen and women, veterans and spouses hold a special place in my heart. I can be stubborn, but I’m a great judge of character. Let’s see what else…I’m a smartass by nature, I have a potty mouth, I once thought I would NEVER give up my paperback books, but I now love my kindle and couldn’t live without it. Love music all kinds all genres. Oh and I’m an Aries.
2. What do you do when you are not writing? I work my for real job as a dental assistant, I also own part of an event/floral business so I’m busy with flowers and/or weddings and I have my five year old…yeah he takes up a lot of time.
3. Do you have a day job as well? Yes I’m a dental assistant and mom.
4. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? September 2012-December 2012
5. How did you choose the genre you write in? Really it kinda found me. I started writing my characters not really knowing what genre it would be considered.
6. Do you listen to music while writing? Yes I couldn’t live without music in my life.
7. Chips or chocolate? Most of the time chips.
8. Do you ever experience writer’s block? Not really. My brain gets jumbled up sometimes and I have to stop back up, take a day off from the story and re-sort my thoughts.
9. Do you work with an outline, or just write? It’s weird I make up character outlines and I start my story after about half way I start making notes of the order I want the rest of the book to go in. It helps me stay on track.
10. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? Edgar Allan Poe was the first author I absolutely loved. I was somewhat of an angsty teen so there you go. Next would have to be Henry David Thoreau because he was so off- beat he cracked me up. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” -Henry David Thoreau
11. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published? Well I did self-pub so that part wasn’t hard. What was hard was knowing that people would be reading the thoughts and stories that came out of my head. What if they hated it? What was even harder? Knowing that my entire small home town, including my bosses, my family everyone would be reading my book and with that my potty mouth. I’m from the bible belt so the potty mouth part could’ve been a killer.
12. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change? Not really I don’t think so.
13. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre? Social Media and word of mouth.
14. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published? No
15. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? A little of both. Some of my characters have traits of my friends, family members and myself. Some of the events in the stories are close to events that have really happened to me or someone I’m close to. But most of the storyline is purely fiction.
16. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? I love prologues and epilogues I guess because it’s the full circle thing. The beginning of something new and the ending tying it together.
17. How did you come up with the title? I try to think about the characters and what they go through in my books. In this book you had two people who were constantly fighting with their own mind. Fighting to stay away from people and things they wanted in life. So Fighting Temptation became the third book in the Temptations series.
18. What project are you working on now? I’m working on a Spin-off series from this series. You’ll meet some characters at the end of this book and I just had to give them their own stories once I met them. It’s called Secrets of Savannah.
19. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with? Well I loved the characters in this series so much. They really did remind me of my friends. So I guess that’s why my brain came up with the spin-off so that I could revisit Daria, Cade, Anna, Russ, Daria and Linc anytime I wanted to.
20. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? Um well I had to figure out that I wouldn’t please everyone. That my style of writing wasn’t going to fly with some people around me. That some people can just be cruel and like to judge other people being the mask of the internet. But I’ve also had some wonderful compliments. It’s awesome when you wake up one morning and your book is on Amazons top 100 in your genre. But it’s so much cooler to hear what other people think of my characters and how they can’t get enough of them.
21. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans? THANK YOU! I promise I’ll always try to put my best story out there and I hope you’ll always enjoy it. I’m an avid reader and I know the feeling of waiting for your favorite authors new book to come out or the next part of a series, so I just hope I always excite you that way too.