Golden Leaf Spotlight on Young Adult: Jennifer Walkup

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a week away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Young Adult: “Second Verse,” by Jennifer Walkup (Luminis Books)


For hours, nightmares wake me. But each time my eyes open, I see our clasped hands. Sometimes he’s awake, ready to calm me with the brush of his lips or the pure, simple look in his eyes. Sometimes he’s slumped over in his chair, snoring. But his hand never leaves mine.

After a particularly violent dream I wake with a start. When the cold air sneaks beneath the gauze to chill my fingers, I realize he’s gone. I half sit, the pain ricocheting in my bones. It skates across every exposed surface of me. But worse than the pain, is the fear of losing him again.

“Shhh,” Vaughn says from behind me. His arm curls around my stomach. He’s crawled into my bed.

It hurts so bad to turn toward him, but I do. I wrap my leg around his and his arms circle me like all the stars in the universe.

He mumbles sleepy words against my lips. I mumble some too. And then the hospital bed is filled with half-asleep kisses and the taste of him is the best medicine I could ask for.

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Good luck to Jennifer and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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