Sunday, August 11, 2013

[Book Spotlight] If Only by Lisa M. Owens

What would you do if you had the opportunity to go back and relive your greatest mistake?

Five years ago, Bree Sexton walked out on her fiancĂ© and into the arms of a charming and handsome stranger. She has regretted her decision ever since. Instead of a fairy-tale marriage, her “prince” shattered her dreams and her spirit with physical violence and emotional cruelty she barely escaped.
She then mysteriously wakes up in bed with the fiancĂ© she loved and left, the life she’d dreamed of now a reality, until her cruel ex-husband reappears to destroy her new life. But what is real, and what is make-believe? Is she really getting the chance she has always dreamed of? And when it is all said and done, will she finally end up with the man she has always regretted leaving? Or will she wake up to discover herself alone?

Bree stood there for a minute, watching as he walked out of her life. She couldn’t help but wonder what would have happened if she had married Scott instead of Bryan. How would her life have been different? Would she have had children by now? Would she and Scott still be together, after all this time? Those thoughts and more weighed heavily on her mind as she headed out of the bar. It had begun to snow, and she wrapped her coat even tighter around her slender frame. She looked around, but there was no one to be found. She couldn’t help herself; she stuck out her tongue, a childish impulse she couldn’t ignore, and then laughed out loud in spite of herself.
She looked both ways before attempting to cross the street. Not seeing any cars, she began to make her way across. Bree was walking cautiously when one of her high heels slipped on a patch of ice. She could feel herself falling, and her breathing quickened as she began to panic, wishing she had waited for her friends before venturing off on her own. One shoe flew off as she landed, her head striking the curb. A sharp pain racked through the back of her skull, causing her to cry out. The last thing she saw was Scott’s face swimming before her eyes, and then her world went black.
* * * *
Bree awoke to a man nipping gently on her earlobe, his tongue stroking the delicate curves. His hot breath blew into her ear, sending shivers up and down her spine. She slowly opened her eyes as a man’s hand stroked her upper thigh, and she sighed happily.
Ooh, I must be dreaming. And it was such a delicious dream, too.
The man’s hand traveled up her thigh and then encircled her flat stomach. Out of the corner of her eyes, Bree could see a dark head pressing against her abdomen. Then she shivered as a tongue laved her belly button, going in and out erotically, making her feel as though her body was on fire. Bryan had never made her feel like this, and she hadn’t even looked yet to see who this stranger was! But she was only dreaming, so what difference did it make?
His hand continued traveling north, lovingly caressing her skin. He reached for her aching breasts, pressing her nipples roughly before he lowered his mouth to suckle them, first one, and then the other. Bree arched in anxious response to his touch. She longed to see his face, but she feared one look would make his magical touch disappear.
She ached all over, wanted his hands to caress her everywhere, and she longed to touch him. She opened her legs as he straddled her. His hair brushed her naked chest as he began kissing her. His tongue was driving her crazy with desire as he placed tender kisses along her neckline. He brushed her hair aside.
His morning stubble stung her delicate skin, but she hungered for more. Just one more touch, just one more taste, and she would awaken from this wonderful dream and find herself in bed, all alone.
“Oh, Bree, baby. What you do to me,” he whispered, his voice husky.
That voice jerked her back to the present. The voice had haunted her dreams for
years. The voice of the man she just couldn’t seem to get over.
“Scott,” she whispered.

Buy If Only

Author Bio
The writing bug bit Lisa M. Owens at an early age; she was writing short stories and poetry by the age of seven. At the age of eight, she entered a writing contest at her elementary school. About fifty books were written, but Lisa was one of the thirteen writers chosen who received a certificate and the chance to meet Oklahoma writer Sandy Miller.

A former victim of domestic violence herself, Lisa worked at the courthouse for over seven years. Almost three of those years she worked on the Marriage License/Protective Order desk. She helped women file protective orders and worked closely with the staff and counselors at DVIS.
Frustrated with books that merely gloss over the subject of domestic violence, Lisa wanted to write a book that told the entire story. Her dream is for her words to help give someone the courage to leave an abusive relationship.

She resides in Oklahoma and has two children. This is her first published novel, and she is currently working on the next novel of her If Only series.

Lisa enjoys hearing from her readers and can be reached at P.O. Box 9643, Tulsa, OK 74157-0643, or by e-mail, She can also be contacted on her website,

Links to find Lisa

One of your favorite quotes.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger-Friedrich Nietzsche
What’s the last movie you watched and loved?
The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. It was a hilarious movie with two powerhouse actresses.

Most _____________ in high school. (popular, nerdy, sporty…) Why?
Nerdy. I was the teenager who visited the library before school started and checked out two books, which was the limit for the school library. I would read while I walked down the halls and return those same two books before the library closed for the day. I was good in school with my nose always stuck in a book. Sometimes, I would work on my writing between classes. No one ever thought anything would come out of it. I got such a thrill when this first book was published. I had lots of people discouraging me, telling me it would never happen. Hopefully, this is the first book of many!

Top three things on your bucket list.
I would like to see If Only published in paperback.
I want to see my name on a bestseller list.
Go to Las Vegas and see Celine Dion perform.
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
The ice skating scene. It shows the playful interaction between Bree and Scott and it also introduces the villain of my story, her ex-husband. The reader gets to see the differences in the two men and really understand what she was willing to give up and why.
Flirting Questions
Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?
Matthew McConaughey
Hey, baby! What’s your sign?
What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship?
Cheating. In my book, once a cheater, always a cheater.
How did you meet your significant other?
Believe it or not, online.
Do you believe in love at first sight?

Flirting Quickies:

Facial hair or clean shaven?
Facial hair. My man has a mustache.

Coffee or tea?

Vanilla or chocolate?

Sweet or salty?

Laptop or desktop?
Beach or mountains?
Winter or summer?
Cat or dog?
Clubbing or candlelight dinner?
Candlelight dinner
Morning or night person?
Night person
Christmas or Halloween?

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