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Synopsis

She awoke with no memory of who she was, but one clue will lead her to him…

Abigail Adams had it all, she’s a gorgeous supermodel, has a wealthy fiancé, and a career on the rise. But that quickly changes when she wakes up in the hospital not remembering anything. The only memories she does have are not her own, but of a total stranger.

When Abigail discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, she leaves him and runs to the arms of the one man she is hoping will give her the answers she seeks.

Matt Garcia is used to playing the field, keeping his heart guarded, but then Abigail Adams unexpectedly shows up at his door hoping he will be the answer she is looking for. Will he finally learn to take a break from his no strings attached lifestyle and show her that she doesn’t need her past, but the future he is willing to offer her?

With every unspoken memory she regains, will she learn to open up her heart to a total stranger, or will she keep it guarded like he does?

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Mandy’s Review

Rating 5 out of 5

With the relative ease of self-publishing these days, there are a lot of “debut novels” cropping up all over the web. What isn’t cropping up are a lot of quality “debut novels”; instead we have to muddle through the mediocre and the lame copies until we find a diamond in the rough. Unspoken Memories is that diamond.  Gabbie sent me a copy of Unspoken Memories in exchange for sexual favors an honest review after I whined about needing a good book in a private group. She had previously sent me a teaser and I was salivating and impatiently waiting for its October release date.

Well, honey, let me tell you- Gabbie S. Duran writes relatable characters with a storyline that had me blown away. I was so engrossed in this book that I fed my kids popcorn and yogurt for dinner. <Insert snarky judging of my parenting here> I just couldn’t put it down.

I needed answers and I needed to know what was going to happen next and oh, I was a mess! I laughed, I cried, I gasped, I harrumphed, I yelled, and I sighed. Gabbie’s dialogue is so natural and the pace of the book was fabulous. Plenty of drama and angst but not to that “oh good heavens, what now?” level. I can’t think of anything to bitch about. Watching things unfold between Matt and Abigail was a beautiful journey. He needed someone to care for and she needed to be cared for. I loved how Abigail handled herself in each predicament that she found herself in. Didn’t matter if it was a sneaky fiancé or runner’s wall or outrageous lust or fear, Abigail was a heroine to root for. And Matt. *swoon* He’s the perfect mix of playboy, athlete, protector, and best friend.

“Look, I don’t know what’s going on in that beautiful head of yours, but whatever it is, it brought you to me, which makes you mine now, and I always protect what’s mine, Abigail.”

Look, I’m not gonna write you a book report. Just believe me when I tell you that this chick is gonna do great things with her writing.  She nailed all of the things that I need in a great book: characters that are believable and likable, smooth dialogue, enough drama and angst to keep things interesting, a little intrigue, a lot of lust, and an ending that made me do the sappy ‘sigh’. Oh, I thought of something to bitch about- I need more. I’m a glutton and need a little bit more of Abigail and Matt.

Lorraine’s Review

Rating 3 out of 5

I really, really wanted to like Unspoken Memories.  The premise behind it was so original, and it had so much potential to go in so many different directions.  Part of me would also like to withhold judgment until the second book in the series comes out, but part of me also feels like, if the story doesn’t hook me, why would I read the second book.

There were a lot of unresolved questions at the end of this, but there was no build up to any of them either.  Abigail wakes up with no memory and a sneaky bastard of a fiancé with a nefarious conspiracy to steal all her money.  Lots of potential for a neat little plot…it didn’t really go anywhere.  The only memory Abigail has is a random phone number, leading her to Matt.  Turns out she has a few random memories, but they are not her own, they are someone else’s.  Definitely an opportunity for a wacky little twist…All it lead to so far was her discovery that she’s a really good runner, and she had never run before the accident.  Then, probably what I found to be the most disappointing aspect was the simple lack of emotional development of Abigail and what she was going through not remembering a single thing about herself.  At first, I felt her panic, but then it was almost like she hit a point that she just didn’t care if she ever got her memory back.  Which would have been fine, if there had been some kind of internal struggle defined that would have had me empathizing with that decision.

Ultimately, I think my dislike of this book was kind of my own fault for setting the expectation that I did.  I think I was expecting something with a little more mystery and depth.  What I got was a light adult contemporary story.  It is quite possible that my complaints about the plot will be further developed in the next installment, but I’m firmly on the fence about reading it.

Excerpt 

Unspoken Memories

Copyright © Gabbie S. Duran

“You currently have 4.3 million dollars in your account at your disposal Ms. Adams, why do you ask?” a young gentleman in his early thirties, dressed in a suit, looking every bit the bank manager that he is, informs me the next morning.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the whole situation, but I do know one thing for sure, I wasn’t letting Bill get another dollar anytime soon.

I’m very sleep deprived, since I didn’t get much of it last night. I kept going over everything that had happened. It kept me tossing and turning in my bed, my thoughts going back to Matt.

I look the manager in the eye. “I need two thousand of it in cash for myself.”

Then I hand a small piece of paper with Frank’s requested amount and account number over to him. “This amount put into that account number.” After he takes the first small paper, I hand him another with Matt’s account number. “The rest is to be transferred into this account number. Both of which are current accounts here at your facility.”

Eyes wide open, he asks, “What do you mean by the rest, ma’am?”

I had a feeling this would happen and was prepared for it.

With a strong stern voice, I say emphatically, “I. Mean. All. Of. What’s. Left,” indicating just how serious I am.

With a horrified look on his face, unbelieving what he’s heard, he protests, “But, that would mean emptying out your account completely, ma’am.” His response is just as shocked, as I’m staring him down.

I have a feeling he’s going to play this game with me all morning if I let him.

“I know. I’m looking at it as a very generous donation to someone who really needs it. It’s only money,” I say, trying to sound like I don’t care. “I’m pretty sure with my fiancé being my manager, there will be plenty more to fill it up again soon,” I say with a sarcastic smile on my face.

He still looks skeptical, but easily gives up.

“Okay,” he states with an apprehensive look, and tries to hold himself together as well as he can. “I’ll get the documentation for you to sign, authorizing the transfer.”

He quickly stands up and heads to his office door. Once he’s left his office, I dig into my purse for my phone and I shoot off a text to Matt.

I need a favor. A

After a minute, I receive a response.

What’s up? M

I’m going to put some money in your account for safekeeping. A

Why my account? M

I need someone I could trust, is that you? A

He doesn’t respond immediately, and I’m sitting there thinking maybe this might be a bad idea after all. But, then I hear the ping of a response.

Of course, Pinkie Promise. M

That’s when I blank out and I’m suddenly pulled into another memory. I’m sitting on a bed in a little boy’s room and there is a small child sitting across from me on the bed. It’s Matt, his eyes are red and swollen, like he’s been crying for a while, and he’s looking at me with desperation on his face.

I tell him, “Everything is going to be all right, I’m here now and I’m never leaving you.”

He stares into my eyes and says, “Promise?”

My response to him, without a doubt is, “Pinkie Promise.” Holding out my pinkie and locking it with his, I hug him with a force promising not to let go.

I hear the ping of my phone again, breaking me from the memory, pulling me back to reality. Why is it that I get these memories like that, randomly? I’m beginning to appreciate when I was dreaming them, at least I didn’t spaz out like just did.

You still there? M

Yes. I’m still here, Pinkie Promise. A

Do you need my bank info? M

No, I already have it. A

How the hell did you get it? M

The same guy who gave me your address. 😉 A

WALL20 Fun Facts about Author Gabbie S. Duran

  1. I curse a lot more than my mother would like me too. 

2. I’m a sucker for anything flavored green apple.

3.  I own a Nook. As long as it still has life, I’m going to keep reading from it.

4.   I never travel without my running shoes.

5.   I don’t like the taste of peanut butter and chocolate mixed together.

6.   I don’t like caramel; it’s too darn sticky.

7.   I don’t like the feeling of sweat on my body.

8.   Yet, if I don’t work up a good sweat during my workout, it doesn’t feel like I accomplished anything.

9.   “Beautiful” was the original title for “Unspoken Memories”. My daughter didn’t like it, so she renamed it.

10.  In every book I’ve written I use the name of someone I personally know. Usually I use two.

11.  I don’t own a bookshelf; instead all my paperbacks are on the top shelf of my closet. The expensive purses and shoes are neatly organized on my floor.

12.  When I have writers block I go for a run.

13.  Each one of my books has a particular theme song; I have to start it and sing along to it in order to get into the “mood” of writing, revising, or editing that particular book.

14.  My theme song for “Unspoken Memories” is Wide Awake by Katy Perry.

15.   It took me 21 days to write “Unspoken Memories.” I usually average about three weeks per book I’ve written.

16.  I have three close friends who all live in different states that I talk to everyday, whether it be on the phone, FB PM, or text message. Most of the time it’s all three throughout the day, and at the same time too.

17.  I met those friends three months ago on Facebook and they’re like my sisters now. We cry together and everything.

18.  The ringtone (Big Poppa) is REALLY assigned to Matt in my phone, the muse I use for “Unspoken Memories.” I was in the process of writing that particular scene and he happened to call me at that exact moment…instant ringtone.

19.  “Unspoken Memories” has 6 deleted scenes.

20.  It also has three different endings. The first one was a major cliffhanger, the second not so much. While writing another book I decided on the current one and kept it.

About The Author

Gabbie Duran

Gabbie is a Southern California native, who currently lives in Washington with her wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or sneaking off for a run. Some might say it’s a crazy life, but she wouldn’t change anything about it.

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Synopsis

She awoke with no memory of who she was, but one clue will lead her to him…

Abigail Adams had it all, she’s a gorgeous supermodel, has a wealthy fiancé, and a career on the rise. But that quickly changes when she wakes up in the hospital not remembering anything. The only memories she does have are not her own, but of a total stranger.

When Abigail discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, she leaves him and runs to the arms of the one man she is hoping will give her the answers she seeks.

Matt Garcia is used to playing the field, keeping his heart guarded, but then Abigail Adams unexpectedly shows up at his door hoping he will be the answer she is looking for. Will he finally learn to take a break from his no strings attached lifestyle and show her that she doesn’t need her past, but the future he is willing to offer her?

With every unspoken memory she regains, will she learn to open up her heart to a total stranger, or will she keep it guarded like he does?

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About The Author

Gabbie Duran

Gabbie is a Southern California native, who currently lives in Washington with her wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or sneaking off for a run. Some might say it’s a crazy life, but she wouldn’t change anything about it.

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She awoke with only one clue about who she was, and that one clue led her to him…

Abigail Adams had it all, she’s a gorgeous supermodel, has a wealthy fiancé, and a career on the rise. But that quickly changes when she wakes up in the hospital not remembering anything. The only memories she does have are not her own, but the ones that lead her to him.

After Abigail discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, she leaves him and runs to the arms of the one man she is hoping will give her the answers she seeks.

Matt Garcia is used to playing the field, but then supermodel Abigail Adams unexpectedly shows up at his door hoping he will be the answer to her past. Will he finally learn to take a break from his no strings attached lifestyle and show her that she doesn’t need her past, but the future he is willing to offer her? Will he be able to leave his past behind?

With every unspoken memory she regains, will she learn to open her heart to Matt and trust him, or will she learn to guard it until he finally learns to let go of his past?

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Excerpt from Unspoken Memories

Copyright © Gabbie S. Duran 

I sit there in silence, giving them time to absorb everything I’ve said.

Trying to distract myself again from the tension beginning to build up inside, I begin to look around the room. I notice on one of the walls is a wall hanger, with a whole bunch of medals hanging from them. I walk over to them and start looking at them. As I’m doing this I get another memory.

            This one is of Matt and me. A crowd of people surrounds us, as a medal is being placed around my neck. I feel ecstatic as I hug him. I’m looking behind him at the big banner that says “Portland Marathon” in big green letters. It’s a finish line, and by the year on the banner it was just last year. 

            Excited, I turn to face Matt, this must be where we met. Even though I don’t remember reading anything on Google that said I was a runner. “We ran the Portland Marathon together last year, that’s where we must have met.”

            He gets up and comes over, standing next me and begins concentrating on the medals with me.

            “No, we didn’t,” he clips out, keeping his eyes on the medals. 

            “Yes, we did, you’re in my memory and we’re crossing the finish line together.” At least I’m pretty sure we did. “They gave us our medals together and we are hugging.”

            Matt looks back at me with a fierce glare. His chest is beginning to rise and fall, and he’s shaking his head. His eyes turn glassy like he wants to cry, but he’s fighting to hold it back. “I didn’t run it with you,” he insists, staring at me in disbelief, and irritation laces his voice. “I ran it with my sister. It was the last race we ran together.”

            Oh shit! Then why am I having this vision? It has to mean something, I was pretty sure it was my memory. It felt so real.

            “Are you sure? I’m pretty sure I’m right. I clearly see the memory. It was only last year, and I’m pretty sure I was there with you. “Can I be wrong? No, I wasn’t asleep when I got this one, so I know it has to be an actual memory. “What about my dream of running with you in the park, that has to be real, right? There’s a trail in the background.”

            This makes Matt angry and he walks away. “Now you’re fucking with me. Who’s been feeding you her info?”

            “What are you talking about, nobody is feeding me info. I told you these are the things that I remember. The only things I remember. Besides you, and who is this she you keep referring to?”

            Matt shakes his head and runs his hands through his hair. The other guy starts drinking from his beer again. He looks like he wants to put his two cents into the conversation, but he decides to stay quiet. He’s trying to absorb everything, and so am I.

            “Look, there is no way you would have those memories unless somebody told you about them.”

            He goes quiet but then his eyes light up, like he’s just realized something. I’m soon disappointed when he says, “I get it. She must have done some designer shit for you. That’s when she must have mentioned that she ran the marathon. She talked about running to anybody who would listen.”

            I shake my head in disagreement, wanting him to believe me.

            Matt starts pacing the small space in the living room in front of the patio door. What is he talking about, and who would design something for me? I start biting my thumbnail and pacing the room next to him, but in the opposite direction, causing us to pass by each other. That’s when the other guy stands up from the couch.

            “Dude, you guys need to stop that walking shit, you’re making me trip.”

            I’m irritated again as I look over at him and snap, “Oh, shut it Trey, I’m trying to figure this out!”

            He drops his beer and it lands on the floor with a loud thump. Matt’s body spins around fast, facing me, and he covers his mouth with a fist.

            “Holy shit, she even sounded like her when she said that!”

 

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I’m from a small town in Southern California. I currently live in Washington with my wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty. I started writing one day with no goal in mind. I just had an idea that would not get out of my head so I opened a notebook and wrote it down; that idea turned into another, turned into another and next thing I knew I had a book. When I am not writing you can find me reading. I LOVE to read, show me an author who doesn’t. You might catch me sneaking off for a run listening to whatever music happens to be playing or curled up on the couch watching Bones, when I am not trying to keep track of my husband or my kids. Some might say I live a crazy life, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

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