Jennifer Millikin

Romance, Literature & Fiction

Author Profile

Jennifer   Millikin

Jennifer Millikin is a romance and women’s fiction author who enjoys writing about strong female protagonists. She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Communication Studies and lives with her husband and two young children in Scottsdale, Arizona. When she isn’t chasing after her little ones she can be found gulping coffee in her office, typing furiously at her keyboard and reenacting scenes. Find Jennifer on jennifermillikin.com and facebook.com/JenniferMillikinwrites.

Books

The Lifetime of A Second: The Time Series Book Three

Romance

Brynn Escape. That was my sole focus. Forget the headlines, forget the threats. Forgetting what I’ve done? Never. To disappear, I needed money. I fled the big city in the desert to hide in a small town amongst the pines. The plan? Blend in, work until I have what I need, and then vanish. The problem? Connor Vale ruined everything. Falling for him would be easy, if it weren't for one inescapable truth: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and nobody around me is safe. Connor Brynn Montgomery slammed into my life like a category five hurricane. She stepped in front of my truck, and everything changed. One second to swerve, one second to jump from my vehicle, one second to never be the same. I gave her a job. It wasn't a smart idea. She’s guarded, withdrawn, and aloof. She wears shirts with snarky sayings and won’t let me get within a foot of her. She doesn’t talk much, so I watch her move. Unspoken pain pours from her eyes, emotion moves with each twist of her lips. Hidden behind her prickly exterior is a tenderness that mesmerizes me. Every day she reveals a piece of herself. Every day I get closer to learning about the fear that grips her. Every day I fall a little more in love with her.

Book Bubbles from The Lifetime of A Second: The Time Series Book Three

Connor, meet Brynn.

They meet! Of course, Connor doesn't know this is the person Cassidy warned him about. It could be anybody, now that the sleepy town has been bombarded by summer vacationers. This girl has an attitude the size of the Titanic, and she's as frosty as the iceberg it collided with.

New girl in town

Connor is a home-town boy. Good, kind, decent. A mysterious new girl has arrived in town, and she comes with a warning label.

Hello there, Brynn. Goodbye.

Brynn is leaving her home. But, why? From what is she running? Or from whom? Like the mammoth Saguaro, turning a corner is all she must do to disappear.

Magic Minutes: The Time Series Book Two

Romance

Ember I was eighteen when Noah Sutton entered my life. He was destined for greatness, and I could barely scrape enough money together to help my mother pay our rent. We fell in love. A summer of pushing limits, breaking rules, and living in moments I thought would last forever. None of that stopped him from leaving. Noah All my life I had one passion, one goal, a singular pursuit. Then Ember happened. A free spirit, a girl who didn't need music to dance. She filled my rigid world with the very thing I didn't know it was missing. I’ve always regretted leaving her. What’s the point of realizing a dream if she isn't there to share it with? Getting her back won’t be easy. She’s moved on. My whole life has been one big competition, and it just so happens I’ve never accepted defeat. Game on.

Book Bubbles from Magic Minutes: The Time Series Book Two

Young love

Remember the butterflies, the nerves, the soaring feeling of falling in love the first time? This is a coming of age novel, and this scene showcases those incredible feelings you felt in the pit of your stomach.

The legend

Of course she knows him. Until today, he didn't know her. Now that he has seen her, his life will never be the same. But she doesn't know that yet...

The water is on fire

First glimpse at the girl who will take Noah's heart and place it below his knees, burying him and freeing him at the same time.

The Lifetime of A Second: The Time Series Book Three

Romance

Brynn Escape. That was my sole focus. Forget the headlines, forget the threats. Forgetting what I’ve done? Never. To disappear, I needed money. I fled the big city in the desert to hide in a small town amongst the pines. The plan? Blend in, work until I have what I need, and then vanish. The problem? Connor Vale ruined everything. Falling for him would be easy, if it weren't for one inescapable truth: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and nobody around me is safe. Connor Brynn Montgomery slammed into my life like a category five hurricane. She stepped in front of my truck, and everything changed. One second to swerve, one second to jump from my vehicle, one second to never be the same. I gave her a job. It wasn't a smart idea. She’s guarded, withdrawn, and aloof. She wears shirts with snarky sayings and won’t let me get within a foot of her. She doesn’t talk much, so I watch her move. Unspoken pain pours from her eyes, emotion moves with each twist of her lips. Hidden behind her prickly exterior is a tenderness that mesmerizes me. Every day she reveals a piece of herself. Every day I get closer to learning about the fear that grips her. Every day I fall a little more in love with her.

Book Bubbles from The Lifetime of A Second: The Time Series Book Three

Magic Minutes: The Time Series Book Two

Romance

Ember I was eighteen when Noah Sutton entered my life. He was destined for greatness, and I could barely scrape enough money together to help my mother pay our rent. We fell in love. A summer of pushing limits, breaking rules, and living in moments I thought would last forever. None of that stopped him from leaving. Noah All my life I had one passion, one goal, a singular pursuit. Then Ember happened. A free spirit, a girl who didn't need music to dance. She filled my rigid world with the very thing I didn't know it was missing. I’ve always regretted leaving her. What’s the point of realizing a dream if she isn't there to share it with? Getting her back won’t be easy. She’s moved on. My whole life has been one big competition, and it just so happens I’ve never accepted defeat. Game on.

Book Bubbles from Magic Minutes: The Time Series Book Two

Our Finest Hour: The Time Series Book One

Romance

Two lives. One hour. A lifetime consequence. I believe in choice, not fate. I chose to nurse a broken heart at the kitschy country bar that night. I chose to let Isaac Cordova buy me a drink. I chose to spend one hour with a near stranger in an attempt to soothe my pain. No last names, no details about our lives, just one hour where I was allowed to forget, and then we would never see each other again. But was it a choice when I ran into him five years later? I needed help, and he was the only person equipped to give it. Our instant attraction doesn’t feel like much of a choice either, but it doesn't matter. Everything has changed. Now my choices impact other people. And what will I choose? Do I keep Isaac out? Do I dare to let him in?

Book Bubbles from Our Finest Hour: The Time Series Book One

The Reveal

Aubrey is terrified, and who wouldn't be? She's about to tell her little girl who her father is.

Ever been broken up with?

Yeah, me too. And it sucks. But you know what's cool? Getting to put the experience into a book. Which I did, right here on page one. I joke with my friends that it's my literary Taylor Swift. If she can call out her exes in song lyrics, I can use my art to call out the guy who broke up with me on April Fool's Day.

Part Deux

These two have heat, no doubt about it. There was fire when they first met, and those flames jump right up when they meet again.

Another Hour (Almost)

Ohhhhh they got close. Aubrey and Isaac almost let tequila carry them away. But what if it wasn't tequila? What if it was...something else? That can't happen though. Because Aubrey believes that people leave, and putting herself in that situation is unthinkable.

First-hand knowledge

I write best when I've lived the situation. And, unfortunately, I lived this one. My 4 year old broke her elbow playing soccer. So I used the experience for Claire, and it made the overall scene feel more real. And what happens after they get to the hospital alters the course of the rest of the book.

Their finest hour

Ohhhhh my. Poor Aubrey. So injured, like a little bird with a broken wing. She needs this hour. Maybe as much as Isaac. She needs to turn off her sadness and put herself in a place where she thinks only of what feels good.

Non-killer

Aubrey's looking for some salve to smear on her pain, and Isaac just happens to be hurting as well. Aubrey's only condition? He can't be a killer. Little does she know Isaac is just about the opposite of a killer.

The Day He Went Away

Literature & Fiction

It took 20 years for perfectionist PR pro Kate Masters to fall for her best friend, Army scout Ethan Shepherd, but only seconds for their lives to shatter. When an ill-fated deployment cuts short Ethan’s life, Kate's perfectly planned future vanishes. Heart in pieces, Kate abandons who she is for a reckless and dangerous existence. Army medic Nick Hunter made a promise to Ethan, his brother-in-arms, before tragedy ripped his friend away. Upon leaving the military, Nick moves to Ethan’s hometown, his determination to uphold his promise as strong as his need to heal his own broken heart. What he finds when he arrives isn’t at all what he thought he was getting into. Kate isn’t interested in healing, making it impossible for Nick to keep his promise. To survive grief this profound, Kate must learn how to forge a new path, and open herself up to the possibility of an unplanned happiness. The Day He Went Away explores the devastation of loss, the beauty in losing yourself, and the transcendent power of grief.

Book Bubbles from The Day He Went Away

Intertwined

As long as Kate has known Ethan, she's still a girl who's in love with a boy and wants to look nice for him. He's seen her at her lowest point, and yet she's trying to make sure she makes a good impression. This is the first real sign that even though she's told herself nothing can happen, her heart and her mind want different things.

Wait for me, I'll come for you.

Whoa, what?! They're...kissing?!!! Oh yes they are. She told him! Not shockingly, his feelings haven't changed. Here they are, two people who've known each other for two decades, suddenly realizing there is a whole lot they don't know about one another. What they do know is how in love they are. And love conquers all. Right?

The spaces between seconds

I said it in a previous bubble, but re-reading this passage makes me want to say it again... I love Ethan. He treasures Kate, in this pure and beautiful way. He loves her with a steadfast passion that will only get hotter if she will allow herself to love him back. I wrote this (obviously) and right now even I want to know how this will end. With twenty years of friendship between these two, who knows how much better their relationship can be when they can love each other freely?

Just do it

The Nike slogan is right... Just do it already, Kate! Tell Ethan you love him too! Forget about the possibility of ruining your friendship and trade it for the opportunity to be in love with your best friend! But Kate is stubborn, and in Ethan's words, practical to a fault. Will she allow herself, and Ethan, to be happy?

There is a boy who loves a girl

I love Ethan. Can I just say that up front? He loves Kate with this beautiful, unabashed confidence. He's not an alpha male, he's just himself. In this scene they are waiting in line, and their close proximity paired with Kate's newfound and unvoiced feelings for Ethan leave him feeling confused but spark hope in him. Will his love for Kate finally be returned?

More than friends

Supposedly guys and girls can't be just friends, and in this case that's true. After twenty years of friendship, Kate starts falling for her best friend Ethan. This shouldn't be a problem because Ethan has been in love with her for years, but Kate's so protective of their friendship she won't let anything ruin it...even love.

Full of Fire

Romance

Innocent, introverted Lila Mitchell's life is thrown into disarray when she meets wealthy playboy nightclub owner Xavier Townsend. Up until that fateful night, Lila was content experiencing emotion through her camera. Xavier's handsome face and captivating personality changes all that. Before Lila can catch herself, she falls hard for the reformed bad boy. Xavier's heart is in just as deep as Lila's, and he has every intention of showing her how reformed he is. But with a persistent past that stops at nothing to interfere, Xavier and Lila find themselves grasping to keep a hold on their relationship. With the threat of their love going down in flames, life steps in and reminds these two that some things are bigger than angry pasts and clobbered hearts. Now, it's up to Lila and Xavier to make a choice: stoke the flames or put out the fire?

Book Bubbles from Full of Fire

Bad choice, good intentions

Lila's headed out on a trip she knows she shouldn't be taking, but the alternative is even worse. What will Tahoe hold for her this time?

Home is where the heart is

Have you ever visited a place and realized it was somewhere you could live? In this scene, Lila is preparing to leave Tahoe and go back to Vegas, a place she doesn't feel at home in. In the short time Lila has spent in Tahoe, she already feels like it's a place she could call home. It's the opposite of Vegas, and it's everything Lila wants: quiet, beautiful, and serene. She knows she can't stay, and now she feels dread leading up to her inevitable departure. Not only that, she knows what's awaiting her and Xavier in Vegas.

A yogi style romp

Sooo.... this one is a fun scene! And it wasn't in the original book. This scene was in book two, which I decided not to publish after all (for reasons I wrote in a blog post on jennifermillikinwrites.com). However, this scene was just too good to pass up, so I found a space for it and added it. It even made my husband blush a little. Hope you enjoy!

About the roses...

I have a thing for roses. It's my daughter's middle name. And my grandma had a row of them outside her house. And they have awesome symbolism. In my book I'm currently writing, I named a horse Rose. I didn't even mean to, it just happened when I was in that trance writers sometimes get into.

The first phone call

I love this scene. Lila is confident, at first, and that's where she's comfortable. Xavier, as experienced as he is, is surprised by Lila. Quickly he takes the upper hand, and this throws Lila off. She's a strong, independent woman, and Xavier's charismatic personality unsettles her and shakes things up a bit.

Click Follow to receive emails when this author adds content on Bublish