Title: September Ends
Author: Hunter S. Jones & An Anonymous English Poet
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours
Overweight and dull. That’s how I felt.
My grandfather and brother died. I hid inside a black cave deep in my soul,
numbed for a decade on meds, booze, and bad love, married to my glorious
My name is Liz Snow, from Atlanta, Georgia, and this is my story.
One hot summer I fell hopelessly in love with successful attorney, Peter William
Hendrix III, from Chattanooga, Tennessee. We bonded because of Shelley and
Keats. Pete introduced me to the works of modern English poet, Jack O. Savage,
It was like The Poet was drawing us together through his blogs and poems, like
he had a message for my life and my love with Pete Hendrix.
I lived it in my heart and soul.
It all went tragically wrong once I learned Pete’s secret.
As September ends I jet to London, England with an unstable mind and a broken
heart. Pete Hendrix betrayed me big time. There was no time for revenge. My life
was a kaleidoscope of stabbing shards of pain.
London ignored me. Maybe I didn't exist. I was lost and lonely in a flat in
I hear that Jack O. Savage will make a rare public appearance. I wrangle an
invitation to the art gallery where he is reading. I was curious. Somehow, he was
the cause of my trouble.
The rock-star-with-words was even more damaged than I.
Jack O.Savage, The Poet became my friend.
Then, an unexpected kiss at a county fair on a perfect English summer's day
changed everything forever. Jack the man became my lover.
My elusive dream of a lifelong love began.
If Pete was what I'd always wanted, Jack was what I always needed.
The mystery unraveled as the kaleidoscope of my broken life evolved and I found
myself living a rainbow of perfect bliss.
Sometimes when you believe it’s the end, it’s only the beginning.
September Ends is a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural
elements bound together by poetry. It reveals the intricate web of passion and
desire which entangles Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage. The story
is told through Liz Snow’s diary, Jack O. Savage’s poetry, and from letters
sent across the Atlantic. Traveling throughout the lushness of a summertime
in Tennessee and Georgia, September Ends journeys into the elegance of
London’s West End and is finally settled in the countryside of Cornwall, England,
a decade later.
September Ends is a story of sin, redemption and salvation through love
because love happens when we least expect it.
HUNTER S. JONES -Novelist. Exile on Peachtree Street.
Lover of all the finer things in life.
The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything
you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in
Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los
Angeles. I was always a complex kid. My first published stories were for a local
underground rock publication in Nashville. I have published articles on music,
fashion, art, travel and history.
Currently, I have a music/entertainment blog @ExPatsPost.com. My debut
novella, Fables of the Reconstruction, was published in 2012.
Edgar Allan Poe and Anne Rice have always fascinated me, although like any
Southern girl, I will always idolize Margaret Mitchell for writing Gone With The
Wind. I also adore the works of John Grisham, and own a huge selection of his
books. I live in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, my books, too many clothes,
too many shoes and way too many stacks of notepads and journals.
September 2013 will see the launch of my first novel, a contemporary romance,
written in collaboration with an English author and poet.
So this is what it’s like. You see it on TV, the doctors waiting at the doors of
the emergency room. A breathing mask going over my face. “Liz, you’re going
to sleep for a while,” Dr. Crandon said. “I’ll be here for you when you awaken.
You’re going to be okay.” And your face turning and smiling at me like the whole
of my life was going to be all right, like you were looking out for me even as you
That was when I heard a howl of grief from Mom in a distant, unknown waiting
Then you are there with me. I can see you. I want to follow you, go with you,
but you wave me back. You won’t let me follow. You insist. The look on your
face. The Cherokee warrior, or is that our grandfather? Crossing a log bridge
over a ravine and you follow. I want to follow too, but you lift the log up and tip
it into the abyss. You look at me. Our eyes meet. You wave to me. I’m weeping
for you, Charles. And then you’re gone from me forever. I breathe in the inviting
darkness surrounding me. It welcomes me with its soft caress.
Coming to, I’m waking up and it’s as if I surface to the top of a pond, only the
pond is filled with clouds. Dreamy. Ethereal.
Dr. Crandon was there, just as he had promised. Remembering things said
that I can’t recall. “Liz, Liz, you can wake up now. You’re a lucky girl. Your mom
and dad, and half of the town are outside waiting for you to wake up. I’ll let them
“What about Charles?” I whisper. Invisible shutters cover his eyes.
“Let me send your dad back to see you, Liz. Only one person at a time is
allowed in ICU.” With that, Dr. C squeezes my hand and steps away. The sleepy
dreamtime peace creeps over me.
One of the nurses shakes me gently, reviving me. “Liz, honey, you’ve had a
concussion. I can’t let you go to sleep yet.”
Dad walks in. His lanky frame darkens the doorway. He pauses, just a
hesitation, a moment. Then, he’s at my bedside, taking my hand.
“You’ve always been a survivor, my little girl. I saw it in you when you were
born. You were born fighting, Liz. You’re my survivor.”
I plead with his eyes. “Daddy, why won’t anyone tell me about Charles? I
know he’s dead. When will someone tell me?”
Dad sits on the hospital bed, cups my hand in both of his. “Yes, baby, he’s
gone.” I saw your death in Dad’s face as he admitted he’d lost you, his only son.
Then it’s about me. “You’re in rough shape, sister. Every rib around your
heart is cracked. You have a concussion and you dislocated your shoulder. But,
you are going to be all right. You are going to be all right. You’ll have to get well
so you can help me handle your mother.”
And that’s how it’s been, Charles.
The same old story. Dad and Mom, me in the middle, getting lost, in the way,
getting it wrong, cracking up, too much of everything, but never enough. Mom
going on and on. Why did you stop just there? Why was he driving? Why? Why?
And then it started. One shrink after another. Like I wasn’t grieving properly,
or something. Like I had some new and nasty problem that needed to be fixed.
God, I needed you there. You were the only one who could have helped me and
you were gone.
All the docs wanted was the money. Write a script. Give another pill, same
old story. Just another messed up kid. Not a one of them gave a damn about the
pain and my loss and sense of always being abandoned.
You were my best friend, Charles, my only brother. Eleven months apart in
age. More like twins. Same nose, same blue eyes, same blond, wavy hair. You
the natural athlete. Me, your equal. Remember when I beat you at running? At
everything, almost. I always have been one competitive girl.
I still can’t believe you’re gone, Charles. I never will.
You were my confidante, my buddy. You were the one who always made
everything right for me. You were the fun one, the good-looking guy with the
great sense of humor. I was always a little bit off the mark, more of a loner.
Always surrounded by people, always alone, since I was a kid. That sense
of aloneness and I are the best of friends. You know how hurt I was when
Grandfather died when I was 13? He was the only one who ever told me I was
pretty. You did sometimes, kinda. Almost. In a joking way. You two were the only
ones who made me feel as if I was part of something and you are both gone.
How many times am I going to tell this story? The doctor looks up from his
I have to ask. “Am I crazy?”
“No, you are not crazy, Liz. You have survived a terrible accident. You have
had a series of disappointments and losses beyond anything a typical nineteen-
year-old has to contend with.”
“I once had a patient who constantly saw a Christmas tree. All the ornaments
on the tree were the faces of the women he had slept with in the past. He saw
the tree sitting in the room, no matter where he was. From the corner of his
eye, he would see this Christmas tree when he was awake. And, when he was
asleep, the ornaments would fly off the tree with each of the women screaming at
“That’s crazy, Liz. You’re not crazy. You have a touch of melancholia, that’s
Melancholia, he says. What the hell? Isn’t that what the romantic poets had?
Better than being plain depressed, I suppose.
He tells me I’m sad, numb. I remember everything about the crash. He asks
me to place the memory in a box for now. I am to imagine all that pain and place
it all in an imaginary box. I am to lock the box with an imaginary key. I am to keep
the key. I can unlock the box as I can handle the feelings and I can unlock it
when I want to open it. When I am ready. I am in control. Meanwhile, I am to take
some nice little pills in a nice little pillbox.
He asks me why I’m majoring in English Lit. Did I find reading all that Keats
and Shelley saddening? Did I empathize with the sad things they wrote about?
We discuss words. It’s like I’m some human crossword puzzle he’s trying to
I tell him I see through words. He doesn’t get it. I run that line from Antony
and Cleopatra his way, you know the one, my fav from the Bard: “With thy sharp
teeth this knot intrinsicate of life at once untie.” He doesn’t get it. I spell it out.
Life is intrinsically intricate. Shakespeare nailed it. I tell the doc I don’t need the
medication. He tells me I have no choice.
He gives me one of those I’ve-had-enough-of-you looks, tells me there’s
nothing really wrong with me. I am to study hard. Vanderbilt is an excellent
school. It’s HIS alma mater! I am to get on the school paper. Writing will be a
good outlet for me. I am to keep a journal, too. A girlie diary. Doing articles will
help me focus on others and a diary will help me understand my own feelings
It is one of the few sensible things he says and one piece of advice I actually
follow, dear Diary.
It gets better. I am to play tennis, run, play volleyball. Exercise the blues away
- every day. Get those endorphins pumpin'.
Meanwhile, keep taking the numb pills “a while longer.”
“What is ‘a while longer’?” I ask. “Six more years?” I tell him just what I think
about the meds.
No, no more Dr. Nice.
I am underage until I am 21. My parents want the meds continued until I am
out of school and turn 21. I have a history of suicide attempts. Lies!
He knows I WILL recover.
“What, from the medication?” I ask him.
My parents are “concerned.” And then he hits me with, “You are not helping
yourself by continuing to drink. That works against the medication.” Doesn’t he
know all students drink? Doesn’t he know I just want to be like everyone else?
He waves my grades in front of me. I can’t believe it. He actually has a copy of
So, I’m not like everyone else. So I’m above average in this, outstanding in
that. So what? He wants to make me believe in myself. And then he tells me. I
don’t need him. The answers are all within me. I need direction, that’s all. Why
don’t I come back in three months instead of three weeks?
Like, YES! So the deal is I take the pills and skip the torture.
He was right about the writing, though. It works.
I write a blog for the school. I PROMISE TO LEAVE MY BRAIN TO SCIENCE
- THE ANATOMY OF NUMBNESS. I can write, it seems.
The next time I see Dr. Nice, I take him a blog on MELANCHOLIA AND THE
MODERN AMERICAN DISILLUSIONED ROMANTIC TEEN. I follow this up with
THE GIRL CHATTERTON.
He knows I am toying with him. Is he hitting on me? I do believe he is. Or
maybe he just wants me to think he is. He’s 32 and married with a young son
called Daniel. In the end, it is he who rejects me, refuses further appointments.
Says I no longer need him.
Even my shrink.
So, dear Diary, will you reject me, too? Will you? Should we stop this now
before someone gets abandoned again? Do I stop you right here?
I think so. (I believe this is the end.)
ENTER LOVE, STAGE LEFT
Hello, Diary. I am now twenty-nine, a dangerous age, everyone says. Looking
back, it’s hard to believe that I wrote those things ten years ago.
Now here I am. Older. Still attempting to make sense of the shattered pieces
of my life. Much like the shards of a broken mirror, my life reflects in front of my
own eyes and reveals a kaleidoscope, yet I still can’t see - me. I can’t seem to
Item: a death - my grandfather.
Item: a death - my brother.
Item: a misguided marriage.
Item: a devastating miscarriage.
Item: an acrimonious divorce.
Liz Snow, THIS! Is your life.
At least my career is soaring.
Let there be a line drawn here. Let everything beyond this line be a new me
for Peter William Hendrix III. Be there, beyond the line. My savior, my love. I
believe I am going to marry you. You haven’t asked me yet, but you will.
Okay, Diary, are you ready for a happy ending? You’d better be, because that
is what you & I are going to get. I swear it.