Blog Tour + Excerpt – TAKING ANNA by J. Lynn Bailey

Today we are celebrating the release of TAKING ANNA by J. Lynn Bailey by participating in the blog tour! This is a contemporary romance title you won’t want to miss! Check out the links for the title below and be sure to join J. Lynn’s group for details.



Colt Atwood is going places, leaving the small town of Dillon Creek in his past after tragedy strikes. Anywhere but home, he searches for ways to fix the holes where the wind blows through him—and he fails time and time again.

It isn’t until Colt gets injured and returns home to face his family, his brothers, and the reasons he left in the first place that he realizes that only she can fix the wind.


It was easy for Anna Cain to leave Dillon Creek for college in the city. After she and Colt made love and he left, she needed something to take her away from the only place she’s ever known.

Anna doesn’t expect to go back home to Dillon Creek, but when she’s made an offer she can’t refuse, she knows she has to take it. Go back to face the pieces of her broken family, to the tragedy she left behind, and him—the only man who always said she was more.

Will Colt and Anna be able to repair what went so terribly wrong, or will they go down in the storm they started all those years ago?

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“Colt pulls the sheet to protect me, not himself, not wanting me to see what he was doing with the woman on the bed. Not wanting me to see him for who he is right now. Not the young boy Daryl and Laurel raised to be respectful, unbroken, and strong. But now, standing before me is a broken man, who is using his own body to mask his pain.

He won’t say anything. He can’t say anything because he knows his words won’t mean anything.

A single tear streams down my face. “For the record”— my voice quivers—“I did not kiss Sam Houston.” I swallow. Lick my lips. “He’s a friend from college, and he was on his way up to Seattle.” A lump forms in my throat. “I … I don’t know what happened to you after Conroy died, and I feel like we lost the old Colt that day, too. But this”—another tear streams down my face—“isn’t you. I hope you find yourself. Because the guy I know … doesn’t hide from anyone.”

I look at the woman in the bed, who’s covered with a blanket now. She’s the woman, Jordan, from Colt’s Instagram page. “I wish you had known the real Colt Atwood because if you had, he certainly wouldn’t be breaking both of our hearts right now.” And with that, I turn and walk out of Colt’s life, just like I did seven years ago—except this time, I said what had needed to be said.”

About the Author

J. Lynn is a bestselling author who hates to talk about herself. Loathes it.

More importantly, she’s the mother of two beautiful children and a wife to her high school sweetheart. She’s also a mother of two extremely needy cats, Leo and Vinni, and an Australian Shepherd named Grizz.

She lives with her family in a small town tucked away in the redwood forest, located on California’s northern coast.

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