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Author: Rebecca Paula
Rebecca Paula writes smart, emotional contemporary and historical romances about flawed characters brave enough to live outside the lines and embrace the messy and complicated bits of life and love. Also, there’s kissing. She’s a champion of Byronic heroes, a wanderlust connoisseur, a hopeless romantic, and is epically losing the battle of conquering her TBR pile (okay, TBR closet). Rebecca lives in New Hampshire with a cat who thinks she’s a dog, and her YouTube famous husband. When not writing or reading, she loves ghost hunting shows, singing along to ‘Hamilton,’ or scouring stores for a cute dress with pockets.
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How long have you lived in New Hampshire?
I moved to New Hampshire from Massachusetts in 2011.
Does living here in NH provide inspiration for your writing?
It does. My office overlooks the woods and the Lamprey River. I love to travel, so that gives me a lot of inspiration for my books, but having a beautiful view while I write helps a lot, too.
Do you use New Hampshire and/or New England as a setting in any of your books?
Mati from Between Everything and Us is from Maine. She’s the first character from New England that I’ve written. I have a new project that’s inspired by my summers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts that I’m excited to be working on.
What is your favorite time of year in NH and why?
I’m cheating and answering the both the summer and fall. I enjoy New Hampshire summers because I spend most of my time at Lake Winnipesaukee and in the White Mountains hiking. And of course I love the fall here in New Hampshire because the air is just full of this magical spark. There’s something about those cool autumn nights and the changing leaves. It’s gorgeous.
Between Everything and Us
Sutton College series, Book 1
Release Date: October 20, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn’t on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she’s missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty.
After spending the summer couch surfing, Beau Grady moves into an empty room at his ex-girlfriend’s Portland bungalow, skipping his senior year of college to spend his days working at a Vietnamese food cart instead. Once a star hockey player and gifted student, he’s put his life on hold after receiving a life-altering diagnosis, complacent to live in the moment. Hiding behind false rumors and bad habits, Beau falls for Matisse, letting her believe the worst until their relationship blooms into something they both can’t ignore. Falling for her means having to face a future he’d rather forget, but loving her just might be worth it.
There was a river I used to hike out to in the Blackcomb Mountains. It started wide and slow, the force of the water invisible unless you stepped into it. The cold water would rush over my bare feet, and I’d feel the pull, the threat of what could happen if I slipped on the mossy rocks. I’d be dragged under. I could drown.
That never bothered me, that threat. I was smarter than the water. I knew better than to slip. So even when the river picked up speed farther down the mountain and became white and angry, its quiet murmur building to a dull roar as it rushed by, it was still a river to me. It was still a river that filled my lungs with water when I fell in. Still a river that tossed me around, smashing me into boulders until panic crept in that I would drown.
I remember reaching my hands up toward the sun filtering down beneath the water’s surface while I struggled to break through and breathe. The river filled my lungs, burned me from the inside. Water seems so harmless until you’re about to drown—in that moment, it’s made of fire.
When the rapids slowed and I dragged myself to shore, I wasn’t laughing anymore. I lay back on the earthy bank, the pine needles pricking my body as I stared up at the sky. I waited for answers, but nothing happened. Nothing much except feeling overtaken by the infinite blue above, the truth that I was small in comparison, the fact that some things are too good to waste.
I fell for Mati the same way—wading in to learn her depths, to navigate her pull over me. I knew it was trouble. I knew once I was in, I was all in.
And I was. Am. F*ck, I really am.
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