Spotlight & Giveaway: Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson

Posted February 2nd, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 35 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Jill Sorenson to HJ!

As teenagers, they fell for each other despite the odds. But now that Eric and Meghan are all grown up, they’re reunited by fierce passion and dangerous secrets.

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Against-the-WallAgainst the Wall is a New Adult romance about an ex-con, ex-gang member who reenters society and reconnects with the beautiful girl he left behind.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

I didn’t want a party.
I’ve been out three months, living in the court-mandated halfway house in Chino Hills. I did thirty months of hard time and I’ll be on parole for another thirteen—if I stay out of trouble.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • This story is a sequel to The Edge of Night, from 2011. Five years is a long time between books, but I got so many requests for Eric’s story, I had to write it.
  • Eric Hernandez is an aspiring tattoo artist, but he’s also a street artist. I don’t know of any other street artist heroes. Over the course of the story he creates posters and murals that speak to the community where he lives. I watched a season of the reality show “Street Art Throwdown” to learn more about this style of art.
  • My heroine, Meghan Young, participates in a Slut Walk with her best friend. This is an event to raise awareness about sexual assault and double standards for women. I really enjoyed writing about girl power and positive female friendships.


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

The scene I’d chose for an audition is this heated argument between Eric and Meghan, about the trouble he can’t seem to avoid, no matter how hard he tries.

My palm itches to slap his handsome face. “What do they want from you?”


“The gang. Whoever’s after you.”

He stares out at the city lights. “My car.”

“Your car?”

“My Chevelle.”

I sputter in disbelief. “You can’t be serious. It’s worthless.”

“Not anymore. I’m fixing it up.”

“If you give it to them, they’ll leave you alone?”

“I won’t give it up.”

“Why not?”

“Because I’ve given up enough,” he yells, startling me with his vehemence. “I’ve given up three years of my life, and that car is the only thing I’ve ever owned. I’m not going to hand it over like a fucking pussy. I might as well hand over my balls.”

“You’ll die for a car?”

“It’s not just a car. It’s my blood and sweat and tears.”

“They won’t take anything else?”

“I don’t have anything else.”

I fist my hands in my hair and make a strangled sound of frustration. “Noah was right about you. You’re not going to change. You’re making the same bad choices, and you’ll end up in the same bad place. Or worse.”

His mouth twists at the criticism. “There’s no other choice to make.”

“I can’t stand to watch you throw your life away again. All you care about is that shitty car and your stupid balls!”

“You wouldn’t like me without them.”

“I hate you with them!”

He grabs my upper arms and pins me against the passenger door. His nostrils are flared, eyes glittering with anger. “You liked me well enough the other night.”


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

This is my first New Adult romance, and it’s a little different from my romantic suspense titles. Although the characters face dangerous and violent situations, I wanted to send a strong message against violence. Romantic suspense heroes often use their fists and/or guns to save the day. I was excited to go the opposite direction in this story. Eric has to find another way to solve his problems.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

Right now I’m working on Off the Rails, my next book for Loveswept. This is a sequel to Caught in the Act, featuring Ian and Maria. He’s an undercover agent. She’s the hotel maid he saved from drug cartel members. In this story, Ian is on the trail of a fugitive in Mexico, and he gets tangled up with Maria all over again. It’s a fun, fast-paced thrill ride. With trains!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: Ebook: Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson (Amazon)


To enter Giveaway: Please post a comment to this Q: Which do you prefer, romantic suspense or New Adult? How do you feel about violence in romance? Do you think romance novels should tackle difficult subjects, or keep it light?

This contest will close on Feb 6, 2016 8:59 PM (PT) and the winners will be notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail before a new winner is selected.

Book Info:

Eric Hernandez is the bad boy of every schoolgirl’s fantasies—and every mother’s nightmares. But after serving time for manslaughter, he’s ready to turn his life around. He just needs a chance to prove himself as a professional tattoo artist. The one thing that keeps him going is the memory of the innocent beauty he loved and left behind.

Meghan Young’s world isn’t as perfect as it looks. The preacher’s daughter is living a lie, especially now that Eric is back. Tougher, harder, and sexier than ever, he might be the only person she can trust. But there’s no telling what he’ll do to protect her if he learns the truth, and that’s a risk Meghan won’t let him take. And yet, back in the arms of the troubled boy with the artist’s soul, Meghan can’t help surrendering to the man he’s become.

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Meet the Author:

Jill Sorenson is the RITA-nominated author of more than a dozen romantic-suspense novels. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. Jill currently lives in the San Diego area with her family. She’s a soccer mom who loves nature, coffee, reading, Twitter, and reality TV.

Social media: You can find Jill at She’s also on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.




35 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson”

  1. Christine Blood

    I prefer New Adult. I enjoy different aspects in books sometimes I wan to read strictly romance and sometimes I want a darker story

  2. debby236

    I like romantic suspense. I do think all topics should be addressed. Violence is OK if not gratuitous.

  3. Timitra

    I enjoy both. I’m ok with certain types of violence in romance. I think they should tackle difficult subjects.

  4. Jenn McElroy

    I enjoy both NA & romantic suspense! I trade off between the two because sometimes I prefer lighter fluff, while at other times bigger issues.

  5. martha lawson

    Well, I have never read NA, so I can’t compare!! I do love your books though, so I want to give this one a try. Thanks for the chance.

  6. Veronika

    Suspense! I like a bit of action and violence in my romance. Touching on difficult subjects is a good thing. Although I like some lighter, fluffier romances, I can get annoyed if its all just drama on top of drama with no real action

  7. Suzanne

    I used to avoid the romantic suspense genre because a lot of it was military themed or a plot that got a guy protecting a girl and they got intimate in the process with more suspense than romance. The new adult genre has really added to the books in a more romantic way, especially when there are characters who want to turn their lives around or find someone to help them life life differently. There is a whole group of books coming out with real life situations with a real life solution that makes for a hopeful future for young people.

  8. kermitsgirl

    Probably romantic suspense. I don’t read a lot of New Adult books. I absolutely feel like there should be all levels of intensity – dark to fluff – because there are readers for every level. I personally like to keep mine on the lighter side, with just a little of difficult, real situations thrown in, otherwise I’ll dwell on the darkness/sadness. That’s not why I, personally, read.

  9. Kathleen O

    I like a mixture of both and I think that we need to read a little reality in books and read about subjects that are present into todays society.

  10. Tammy V.

    New Adult is my main one right now. I think they should tackle difficult issues because it keeps me interested. Reading the same old story about boy meets girl and so on gets boring. I like to be shocked and surprised.

  11. Colleen C.

    I lean more towards Romantic Suspense over NA… I do not mind violence as long as it is not extremely graphic…

  12. Joanne B

    I really enjoy reading just about anything. Violence in books doesn’t bother me as long as it’s part of the story and not just for nothing.

  13. Mandy R

    I prefer romantic suspense. I actually like some violence in my romantic suspense, but not the whole “difficult subjects” thing. I like violence without the seriousness.

  14. erinf1

    Romantic suspense! Ummm… violence is ok, as long as it follows the plot and isn’t just randomly there. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Gabrielle

    I love New Adult books! They are my fav! I think it is great when authors are able to take on difficult subjects but when it becomes repetitive I am not really a fine. I love when an author is able to handle a difficult subject in their writing and there just be something unique about it.

  16. Suzie

    Romantic suspense! Any subject can be covered , not a fan of violence that involves children or excessive violence against women.

  17. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    romantic suspense – generally speaking, I don’t have an issue with violence in books…I also don’t have a problem with difficult topics. What I do have a problem with is if the characters never address or work through the issues to become stronger individuals. You can’t just meet someone and be cured of what ails you.

  18. Amanda Thompson

    I like both but I’m really starting to get into New Adult. I like heavy and light just as long as the issues don’t mess up the story plot.

  19. shadowluvs2read

    i enjoy both. lately though, im reading a lot of new adult. tho, my moods change, so i just between different genres and tropes. and to your other question, i do like both. it just depends on my mood.

  20. Nicole Wetherington

    I like romantic suspense. Different romances have different stories and I like to explore them all!

  21. Chris Bails (@chrisbails1015)

    I prefer romantic suspense. I like to be right on the edge of my seat guessing who is the bad guy and being totally off in my guess, but I still guess. I don’t like a ton of violence in my books. I know that with romantic suspense that there is some bad stuff that happens. As long as it is not too graphic.

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