Release Day Blitz: Hope Over Fear by J.A. DeRouen

Today is the day – the day that the man I love marries someone else. I don’t deserve pity or sympathy. I’ve made my bed. I left Mason and ripped his heart to pieces as I ran away. The guilt and sorrow consume me, threatening to choke me everyday.
But today is a new beginning. Today is the day I will wake up with a renewed resolve and determination to do better … to be better … to be worthy. My name is Sara Preston, and this is my story about what happens after.
Hope Over Fear can be read as a stand alone novel.

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I slide on my jeans and set out to find Sara. When I reach the doorway of the living room, I see her leaning against the kitchen counter, lost in thought. She’s wearing my shirt, and damn if that doesn’t make my dick twitch. She doesn’t see me, so I take this opportunity to drink her in. The sun shines through her mussed wavy brown hair, and the faintest smile is playing on her lips. She lifts her fingers up to her lips and closes her eyes. A soft giggle escapes her, and I’m mesmerized. Watching her in this private moment, I feel it deep in my chest. So deep, I find myself rubbing my heart to ease the pressure.
Sara breaks out of her trance and reaches up into the cabinet to retrieve two coffee cups. When she lifts her arms, the bottom of my shirt raises up just enough to reveal a hint of her barely-there panties and the under curve of her delectable ass. God, this girl will be the death of me.
I quickly and silently walk up behind Sara, unable to wait another second before I touch her. I wrap my arm around her waist, the other arm around her chest, and gently lick up her neck until I reach her ear. Her body quickly jumps at my touch and then settles into a sultry shiver that runs the length of her body.



J.A. Derouen resides in South Louisiana where she lives with her husband, son (aptly nicknamed “The Professor”), and her furry friend, Scout. She has earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and nursing. When she’s not writing or inhaling romance novels by the stack, she works as a women’s health nurse. She’s been an avid reader and daydreamer since childhood, and she’s never stopped turning the page to get to the next happily ever after.
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1. Who designed the cover?
Regina from Mae I Design and Photography

2. What is the message you want to get across with Hope Over Fear?
Hope Over Fear is a story of love, self-acceptance, and forgiveness. Not only forgiving others, but also forgiving ourselves for the mistakes we’ve made. So many times in life, we look back with regret instead of appreciating that our choices, good or bad, have shaped us into who we are now.

3. Why did you want to become an author?
I’ve been an avid reader my entire life, practically inhaling books by the truckload. I’ve also spent my life honing the skill of daydreaming to an art form. Over the past few years, a fictitious town in Louisiana took root in my mind, complete with residents, pasts, and intertwining lives. They inundate my mind, never too far from my thoughts. Putting the story to paper has been cathartic, almost like a form of therapy. I’m not sure that it’s a want as much as a compulsion.

4. Which authors have inspired you?

If I’m being honest, I’d have to say my 9 year old son. Last year, he wrote a poem that won first place in the parish and eventually state Young Author’s Contest. At the ripe old age of 8, my son was a published author. The message of the poem centered on individuality and being exactly who you are. What an inspiring notion! And with those words, my little professor inspired me.

There are many authors that no matter what they write, I’m reading it. I don’t need to read a synopsis or look at any ratings because I love everything they write. To name a few: Kristen Ashley, Ella Frank, Colleen Hoover, Amy Harmon, Heidi McLaughlin, Mia Sheridan, and the list goes on.

5. Do you have any book signings in the future?

Hope Over Fear will only be released as an ebook at this time, so I don’t have any book signings scheduled. Should I release the book as a paperback at a later date, this could change.

6. How can readers contact you?
E-mail: Facebook:
Twitter: @JADerouen1

7. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m having a hard time answering this question. I remember wanting to be a ballerina, but since I opted out of my recital due to stage fright, that may have been overly ambitious. At a loss, I asked my parents if they had any recollection. Their response? “I can’t remember you ever saying anything. You were always so in your head and you didn’t share much.” No truer words have ever been spoken.

8. What are your guilty pleasures?

Anything and everything sweet … I don’t discriminate. I’m an equal opportunity dessert eater. When gourmet cupcake shops started popping up on every corner, my jeans actually cried. True story.

9. What’s in your purse?
When I’m not writing, you can find me working at the local hospital as a nurse. I work 12-hour shifts, so my purse weighs about 15 pounds and is loaded down like CVS pharmacy. I’ve got a full manicure set, dental floss, motrin, eye drops, hair accessories, tubes and tubes of lipstick (that I never, ever wear), lotions, and, of course, $10 worth of quarters for vending machine runs. It should go without saying that I have a special compartment for my Kindle paperwhite. I never, ever go anywhere without my paperwhite.

10. If you got on a plane right now, where would you go?
I’ve been itching to take a trip in September, and by itching, I mean salivating. Since this is a dream trip, I can leave today, right? In September, there is a week span where Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and the Kings of Leon are playing at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. Sitting under the majestic Colorado sky while Grace Potter belts out “Stars”? Heaven on earth.


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