Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sarah Daltry ~ Ambrosia ~ A Flowering Series~ Interview with Jack & Lily and Giveaway

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A Flowering novella by Sarah Daltry

Four years. One night that was supposed to be an escape turned into four years. And now, four years is about to turn into forever. 

Lily was never anything special. A perfect girl from a perfect world living an empty life. She was lost, thinking she knew who she was and what she wanted. She thought she knew love, but then there was a boy. 

Jack has been through Hell. Watching his mother die - at his father’s hands - will never leave him. He had given up on living a life, figuring he would drink himself to death, if he didn’t give in to all the voices telling him to kill himself first. And then there was a girl who smelled like strawberries. 

Two years have passed since Orange Blossom. Jack and Lily are only months away from their wedding and their journey is about to come to an end. Join them in the final title in the Flowering series, a story of growing up, of finding yourself, and of “blooming.”

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savethedateAfter driving for two hours and a three hour seminar session, I’m exhausted. I take out my cell to text Jack and ask if he wants to order dinner tonight, because there is no way I even have the energy to go through a drive-thru. I notice as I look at my phone that I have twenty-six texts. That’s right – twenty-six. All sent between nine this morning and noon. All from my mother. They grow increasingly frantic, as if texts just shoot directly into my brain and notify me that she has something “very important” to ask me. I wish I had never given her my number. More, I wish I had never taught her how to text, because she seems to think it’s the same thing as actually speaking, and then she gets agitated when I don’t reply. 

The last one she sent is incoherent. Just a lot of random letters and punctuation. I would worry that something was actually wrong, but my dad and Jon didn’t text. If something had happened, they would have as well. Instead, it’s just endless streams of urgency from my mother. I leave my stuff in the library and go back outside to call her. She answers almost immediately. 

“I have been trying to reach you all morning,” she says. 

“I had class.” 

“But I texted you.” 

“Right, but I still had class.” 

“Okay, well, two things. First, we need to confirm the DJ. Have you done that yet? Did you meet with him? Do you know what time he’s setting up?” 

“I’ll call him when I get off the phone with you. Sorry. It slipped my mind.” 

There is a lengthy pause. She’s trying. I keep telling myself that, because it keeps me sane. A few years ago, I would have gotten quite the tirade about forgetting to call the DJ. Instead, she’s practicing deep breathing, which she learned about in yoga. My existence has led her to yoga. 

“I promise. I’ll call,” I tell her. 

“Okay. The second thing is that your father wants to put down a deposit for your honeymoon this week. Gail has been checking in and we don’t have an answer for her, so you have to pick something. I don’t like having to keep making Gail wait.” Gail is the travel agent my parents use. Everyone in my parents’ life is a long-lost friend; there is no such thing as Expedia. 

“Can I let you know tomorrow?” 

“I suppose, but haven’t you talked about it?” she asks. 

“We have, but Jack feels silly taking your money. Maybe we’ll just do a weekend away at the Cape or something.” 

The deep breathing resumes. People in my mother’s life don’t do weekends away at the Cape; they own houses there.

Interview with Jack and Lily :

How do you see yourself?

Jack – I don’t like myself much. I try, because of Lily, but I will never feel good enough. I wasn’t good enough that my mother loved me more than heroin. I wasn’t good enough to stop my father. I wasn’t good enough to be more important to my grandmother than my dad. And we all know what everyone else thinks. But somehow, Lily sees something worth loving.

Lily – I am just starting to figure that out. As a college senior, it seems late, but so much of my life was spent being an idea. Maybe that’s why Jack is everything to me; he just lets me figure it out.

How do your enemies see you?

Jack – They don’t like me. What’s funny is that, for all of their bullshit and hate, they have nothing on how much I hate myself. They say things to me like it matters, like their words aren’t just repeated daily in my head already.

Lily – I don’t really have enemies. I’m invisible. I’m barely even a person.

Do you have a hero?

Jack – Alana and Dave. They are both stronger than I am.

Lily – Jack. He is a hero and he has no idea.

What do you want to be?

Jack – I just want my space and time here to be spent doing something that doesn’t fill the world with hate. I have so much anger in me and it’s a conflict I face, but I don’t want to die and leave the world as it is. Of course, I generally want to die, so I don’t know. I don’t even know what I want.

Lily – Happy.

What, if anything, haunts you?

Jack – Life.

Lily – Finding Jack so close to death. He doesn’t know, but I still get up in the middle of the night some nights and can’t breathe until I feel him beside me, alive. I can still feel his skin cold against me. I can still hear his breathing slowing. I can still feel the emptiness that my life became when I thought he might no longer be in it.

Has anyone ever failed you?

Jack – The universe has failed me.

Lily – No.

Have you ever failed anyone?

Jack – Lily. Because I promised she was enough and I tried to leave her.

Lily – Jack. I should have been there so he didn’t follow through.

Do you like remembering your childhood?

Jack – Not so much.

Lily – It’s sort of like a movie now. I wonder how I lived so long as a figment.

Who was your first love?

Jack – Lily. She will always be my only love. I love Alana, but not in the way that makes me keep breathing
Lily – Derek, but it was naïve. Jack gave me a new sense of what it really means to love someone.

Was there ever a defining moment of your life?

Jack – It all started with a cup of coffee…

Lily – There was one morning, in the lounge, when I met someone. I had no idea he would change my entire life.

What are the last three books you read?

Jack – A programming manual, some Hemingway short stories, and Ready Player One

Lily – Tender is the Night, the collected poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Nineteen Minutes

How do you envision your future?

Jack – The fact that I can even envision one should say it all.

Lily – More of this. This is perfect.

Other titles in the Series (in recommended reading order, except Blue Rose can fit anywhere):

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About Sarah Daltry

Sarah Daltry is a girl who writes books. The books are in all genres, because Sarah’s not so great at committing to things. She’s happily married and she and her husband live with their cats in New England. Sarah is painfully shy and, if you are able to find her, she is probably in a corner, hiding. She has also written the urban fantasy romance, Bitter Fruits; the YA gamer geek comedy, Backward Compatible; the literary reimagining, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; historical erotica, The Quiver of a Kiss; and a variety of erotica and short stories.

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Two giveaways:

1) Sarah's team will select someone from to earn a custom swag pack for leaving a comment under this post, that's it.
 2. Sarah would be happy to give away an ebook copy of any book in the series for any post today.
Leave your email and which book you would like and I will pass on the info if you win. ( one winner )
Thanks for stopping by ~ Happy Reading ~ Wendy


  1. I would love to start with Jack's story! I've been wanting to read the story for a while now. :)

  2. Hi Trista, where should we sent the ebook?

  3. send to thanks so much :)