Today I am so pleased to welcome Leta Blake to Joyfully Jay. Leta has come to talk to us about her latest release, Only You. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

The nights were falling earlier now that we’d passed into September, but there was still plenty of evening left. Heading west into the blinding light of the falling sun, I almost didn’t notice the Easter-egg green Mercedes in my rearview mirror.

But once I did, my soaring heart plummeted. Adrenaline hit my veins, and a roiling sickness started in my gut. Squinting, I recognized Adam in the driver’s seat. The passenger and back seats seemed to be empty. I couldn’t make out his expression because he was squinting into the sunset, too. He drove fast enough to be right up on my bumper, aggression in every lane switch and curve. If I slammed on my brakes, he’d hit me.

Violent anger twisted inside. Jamming my foot on the gas, I got some space between us. Was he trying to scare me? It wasn’t working.

That was a lie.

He wasn’t even close enough to touch me, but Adam already had me reverting back to lies.

I pulled off at the Lawnville exit and swung into the parking lot of a brick Baptist church. Adam pulled in right behind. I parked in the middle of four empty spaces, near the back of the lot, before getting out and slamming my door hard.

Adam was out almost as quickly. He smoothed out his dark sweater and then hooked his thumbs into his dark jeans, leaning against his car’s hood. The white spire of the church cast a shadow between us. I’d have thought he looked handsome, despite how much I hated him now, if he didn’t look so sick.

“What the fuck do you think you’re doing?” I yelled. I hoped he didn’t notice I was shaking. I didn’t want to give him the satisfaction of knowing he’d frightened me.

Adam lifted his hands as if in surrender. “I just want to talk to you.” He made it sound reasonable, but his voice was trembling, too. “You won’t take my phone calls.”

“Because I don’t want to talk to you!”

He sighed, as if I were being unfair. “We have to work this out, Peter. Face-to-face. You and me. It’s the only way.”

I laughed in shock. “There’s nothing to work out, Adam. Nothing at all. We’re over. Done. Finished.”

He shook his head. “No. You love me.”

“Not anymore.”

He laughed, disbelieving and delusional. “That’s impossible.” His hair shone reddish in the orange light of sunset. His dark eyes looked deeper-set than usual, and his cheeks were sunken, as if he’d lost weight.

“Are you sick?” I asked, sudden fear gripping me.

“No.” He tilted his head in confusion.

“You look horrible.”

“Because I’m sick, yes,” he said, catching on to the term because it’d made me go soft for a moment. I toughened up. “I miss you like a sickness. Please. I need you.”

I let out a huff. “No. I’m not having this conversation with you. We’re done.”

He shook his head and repeated more desperately, “That’s not possible. We can’t just be done.”

It was my turn to shake my head. “We can. All I felt for you is dead. You killed it.” My throat felt tight, and my eyes were hot. It wasn’t entirely true. I’d felt something when I thought he might be ill, when I thought he might… But it wasn’t enough. What I’d felt at that moment wasn’t nearly enough.


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Join Peter Mandel on his final steps to love in Only You, the highly-anticipated third and final book of Leta Blake’s ’90s Coming of Age series.

Despite the lingering wounds of his past relationship, Peter is ready to take a chance on finding a faithful love and embracing his true self.

Peter and Daniel explore their connection despite Daniel’s complicated home life. But when Adam resurfaces, desperate to win Peter back, Peter must confront his complicated feelings and the painful ghosts of their shared past.

Only You is a powerful and emotional conclusion to the series, and a must-read for fans of New Adult Romance and Coming-of-Age fiction.

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leta blake avatarAuthor of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

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