Friday, January 22, 2016

I Believe Now - Sequel to Until You

Max Tyler and Asher Madden are back—and so is a very angry man from their past. A man who believes he has been extremely wronged by the great Max Tyler.

Wyatt Jackson knows it was Max who made it impossible for him to be re-elected and that was all the politician had been after. Plus, due to the lies Max told, Jackson nearly ended up in prison.

Jackson not only wants his life back, he wants Max Tyler dead.

First step? Kidnap Max's precious Asher Madden.

Max is well aware of his error in not taking care of Wyatt Jackson when he had the chance. He just didn't think the man had it in him to bite back. But Asher is now in the former Congressman's dirty hands and in order to rescue him, Max needs a plan. One that can't fail.

But what happens when it does?

About the Poem
For both Until You and the sequel I Believe Now I wrote poems to start off the stories. With Until You, the poem is actually “written” by Max Tyler and for I Believe Now, Asher does the honor. Of course, Max doesn’t “sign” his like Asher does, but you can’t help but know it is him.  Both poems appear at the beginning of the stories.
I really liked the fact I had poems to start these off. I think it gives an aura of romance to the story as you go in. For Asher, in this sequel, I also think it gives the reader knowledge of how Asher is feeling at the beginning of this story. He is finally giving in to his desire for Max. He is finally beginning to accept that some things just are not going to make sense in life.
I actually wrote poems for a few others of my stories, too, like Ladders. That one appears in the book at the beginning. I also wrote one for Baby, Think it Over but did NOT put it in the book. I’ll put it on the website though at some point.
I hope you not only like the poem but that you like the book. Here’s the poem for I Believe Now.

I Believe Now

The path I am on has not always been clear; the light oftentimes has been weak.
Even though I struggle sometimes just to see, I believe now it's your darkness I seek.
I've tried to pull back when I'm moving too fast, to figure out where this path leads.
But I look in your eyes so strong and so sure, and I believe now it's your pace I need.

I have stood up against very hard winds, and have fallen time after time.
But your hand on my shoulder has given me faith,
And I believe now that your strength is mine.
I've been afraid of the dark but it's been in your shadow, where I have felt safe and secure.
With your arms all around me, your presence surrounds me,
I believe now that your way is sure.

I sometimes wake up in the dead of the night, and reach out to where you should be.
I grasp then at air, with a fear you're not there, and I believe now the need is with me.
For this path I am on, though fear dogs my steps and panic seems but one breath away.
You have only to whisper 'be strong' in my ear, and I believe in you more every day.

Though I've bargained with fate and gambled with luck,
Seeking redemption from all that I've done,
I was alone on this ledge until you came along, because I believe now it's your heart I've won.

—Asher Madden

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