About the book
Everyone has a past… good or bad, they are always there. They lurk and linger in the shadows, sometimes reappearing at the most inconvenient times.
Gabby and Bradley thought that their pasts would remain dormant, that happiness was theirs for the taking. Still the strongest of relationships can be rocked by the ugliness from a previous life, even if it seems to be a world away. The fact remains an ugly past is never distant. It taints everything it touches, drives permanent rifts between loved ones, and sometimes can ruin everything. Gabby and Bradley must find the only way to battle the past. Forgiveness becomes a light through the darkness, a guide for the lost, and hope for the hopeless. With forgiveness comes bright, new beginnings.
Getting to know the real JB McGee
Tell us 5 surprising things about yourself.
1. I really don’t like being outside unless I’m at the beach. I love watching a beautiful day from the comforts of my home. I hate bugs. Maybe that’s why. Which is really ironic since my second job was as a receptionist for a pest control business.
2. My senior year of high school I attended night school and completed the course to sell real estate. But I never took the state test to get my license.
3. I took 10 years of tap, 4 years of ballet, and 1 year of jazz. I’ve been involved in some form of arts and performing in some way since I was 5 years old.
4. I hate scary movies…and snakes. I can’t bear to watch either of them. They give me nightmares. Every. Single. Time. My husband does like to watch both and finds my phobia cute and amusing.
5. When I was 18 months old, I broke my arm, but my parents didn’t realize for a couple of weeks because I didn’t cry for very long when it happened and it didn’t look broken. When they realized, the doctors had to re-break my arm. I went into cardiac arrest. I had to be resuscitated.
There was a bit of a cover up. My parents were told the reason was that I was allergic to Lidocaine. However, when we got the records before I had my first child because we were concerned about my being numbed for my epidural, I was told it was either an accidental overdose, or the tourniquet had not been tightened enough and it got into my bloodstream.
We still don’t know the reason. My mom has told me the story multiple times. About how they were ushered out of the room as the doctors called a “code blue” and she watched me lifeless as she left the room. I can’t imagine.
What does love feel like?
Love is a stomach filled with butterflies flipping in every direction.
Love is feeling every part of your body turning red.
Love is your head feeling fuzzy and not being able to make coherent thoughts.
Love is caring so deeply about another human being that you’d give your own life to save theirs.
Love is not being able to imagine how you ever existed without the person in your life.
Love is best described in 1 Corinthians 13. ;)
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe in lust at first sight. I believe in knowing the moment you meet your soul mate that you will never be able to part with them. I knew the moment I saw Chad (my husband) that I wanted more from him. I knew within two weeks I loved him, that he was the one. We were engaged in four months, and we’ve been married for almost 12 years. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around it happening any faster than that in real life.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I want so badly to write a book that has a lot of sex in it because I know that people love that right now. But it’s so hard for me to write just one sex scene. It’s hard and exhausting for me to think about writing a bunch of them.
I can’t wait to write a mystery. Maybe it will be an erotic mystery. That would be the ultimate challenge.
Who is JB McGee?
J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001. They moved back to her hometown. In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.
In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, they found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.
J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children's medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Forgiven (This Series), is her fourth book and first series.
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Other Books by J.B. McGee
Falling (This #3.5) - Coming Summer, 2013
Blinded (This #4) - Coming Fall, 2013
Nitro vs. Niko (A children’s story co-authored with McGee’s two sons, ages 6 and 8 - Coming Fall, 2013
Breathe and Count to Three (A children’s story) - Coming Winter, 2013
My review of Forgiven
Once again, JB McGee has captivated my heart and entranced my mind with her writing. From the first pages of Broken when we felt Gabby's pain and indecisiveness, to the pages of Mending where Bradley worked to mend Gabby's heart, through Conspiring where we saw Veronica and Ian conspire against our Bradley and Gabby, and now into Forgiven where Bradley and Gabby muddle through and find themselves right where their hearts need to be...together, THIS series has held on to a standard of morals and principles that aren't commonly found in today's mix of love them and leave them. Forgiven shows us that everyone has a past and can be forgiven, promises made by young girls can be kept, and true love can conquer all! Bravo JB on a job well done! You've far surpassed my expectations and I can't wait to watch you grow even more.