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Teaser #1 for Who Finds You

Who Finds You is a novella, which tells the tale of what happened to Austin, Harper, and Liam after Liam’s return in What You Leave Behind. Who Finds You will be released in late 2014. Below are the opening paragraphs of the book.

No matter how he tries, Austin can’t manage to rid himself of the lump that makes a home in his throat as the minute hand of his watch swings its way toward the top of the hour. He’s remained vigilant of the time all day, mentally cataloging the numerical distance between himself and seven o’clock in increments of tick, tick, tick, and the gap has grown slim. Only three short minutes linger, and as the seconds escape his grasp for that intangible place known as the past, he thinks about the last time he was in the same room as her.


Shards of glass veiled the floor of the Reed family kitchen, glittering like the tips of ocean waves beneath the midday sun, and Harper stood among them, a monument of finality, cloaked in nothing but a towel and determination. The finer details of her are shrouded in the blur of tears that crowded his eyes that day, but he fills in the blanks with memories of her skin—the jut of her shoulder sharpens in his mind, her bare, blotchy cheeks color pink. He sees it all as if it was yesterday, but he knows the exact amount of time that has passed: there have been one hundred and nineteen days between January 10th and the present.


When Harper walks through the door of Rhodes, time stops completely.


An ache courses through him, a tangible reminder of how she broke his heart, and he stands, as if he could possibly escape the feeling through movement alone. It rises with him, though, follows him halfway across the bar, and fits its arms around Harper’s shoulders right alongside his own. It’s only there, with the warmth of her skin pressing against his own, that the feeling fades, and Austin sighs in its wake.


He feels Harper’s shoulders tense beneath his touch.


“Too much?” he asks, suddenly aware of his lingering hold on her. Before she can answer, he drops his hands away from her shoulders and shoves them deep into the pockets of his jeans. “I’m sorry, I don’t know—”


“Try not to overthink things,” Harper tells him softly, palming his cheek and smiling up at him. “You’re allowed to hug me, if you want to hug me. Friends hug, right?”


In lieu of an answer, Austin shrugs and turns to head back to the booth from which he came. He can sense her light steps filling in the ghosting sawdust outline his own thudding ones leave on the floor behind him, and with a frown pulling down the corners of his mouth, he wonders briefly how perfectly they fit there. By the time he reaches the table, he’s managed to push the thought aside—shoving it deep down, where it used to sit somewhere between his heart and his throat—and when he twists fluidly into the seat across from Harper’s, he’s all smiles again.


Nothing ever happened, he tells himself—his one hundred and nineteen day mantra.


“How are you?” he asks, a casual air breezing through the words.


“I’m good,” Harper tells him, and he can see the flicker of honesty in her eyes. “You?”


“I’m good,” Austin echoes less sincerely, wondering if she can see the burned out hope somewhere in his irises, if she is even looking for it. When she squints and cocks her head, he knows she looked and that she knows he’s lying. “Well, I’m getting there,” he adds. It seems to be enough to stymie her concern, but his mouth won’t stop moving. “I joined this thing—there’s a group of people—we get together and do all kinds of shit. It’s a singles thing.”

What You Leave Behind is Officially Released!

Ten years is a long time and even though I love you, I don’t think that this is best for us anymore.” Those are the words that fall from Liam Barnes’ lips and leave Harper Reed’s heart in ruins on the side of Interstate 5. He’s lost and he thinks leaving her and all of Oregon in his rear-view is what he needs to find himself, dragging her heart right along with him as he goes.

Blindsided and devastated by the loss, Harper’s life crumbles around her, but she’s not the only one rocked by the news of Liam’s departure. Austin Hayward, Liam’s best friend and her long-time admirer, handles it about as well as Harper—not well at all. He is the only other person who understands the abandonment and helplessness she feels, and she finds comfort in their common sorrow and, unexpectedly, in his arms.

It’s where he’s always wanted her and where neither of them predicted she would end up. But is it where she’ll stay? Is a new spark enough, when compared to an old flame, like the one Austin can see still flickering in her eyes?

Toward the end of a downward spiral lie the answers. What You Leave Behind is a story of anxious hearts, the deceitful self, and what it means to be lost and found again.


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12/16/2013 in What You Leave Behind

#ILoveJessicaKatoff // Winners – Week #4

Congratulations to: Danielle White, Jennifer Stephens-Reynolds, Shannon Greg, Marissa Caliguire, & Sylvia Gradwohl! The five of you have just won yourselves digital copies of What You Leave Behind! Woo! Party! Yay!

For those of you who aren’t part of that lucky quintet, don’t worry, you can still grab WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND on Amazon for the low, low price of $2.99 for the rest of the day.

I hope all of you that scored free books enjoy them. And, you know, if you do, feel free to shout about it to the world. I wouldn’t mind at all.

#ILoveJessicaKatoff // Winners – Week #3

Congratulations to: Naomi Pacheco, @_Hevs_, @TampaGina, @MariahajilE, & @JenintheD! The five of you have just won yourselves digital copies of What You Leave Behind! Woo! Party! Yay!

For those of you who aren’t part of that lucky quintet, don’t worry, there are still 5 copies up for grabs leading up to the release of WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND on December 17th, 2013. If you’ve already entered, your entries carry over, so there’s nothing more you need to do. But, remember, you can enter as many times as you want, and the more entries you have the better your chances are of winning. So, get on it.

Haven’t entered? All you have to do to be eligible to win is publicly tweet on Twitter, post on Facebook, or post on Tumblr using the hash tag #ILoveJessicaKatoff — what can I say, I’m shameless — with a link to this post (http://www.jessicakatoff.com/2013/11/ilovejessicakatoff-four-weeks-of-free-books/). Share it as much as you’d like, as each individual tweet, Facebook status, or Tumblr post counts — though, you can only win one copy per person. Each Tuesday, I’ll randomly select five winners. If I’m mathing correctly, that’s a whopping twenty free books. And everyone likes free things. Right? Right. So, go on. Do it. You know you want to. // ♥, Jessica

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#ILoveJessicaKatoff // Winners – Week #2

Congratulations to: Athena Tee, @MelissaKrimmel, @cheryli0023, violentserenity, & whostolethetart! The five of you have just won yourselves digital copies of What You Leave Behind! Woo! Party! Yay!

For those of you who aren’t part of that lucky quintet, don’t worry, there are still 10 copies up for grabs leading up to the release of WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND on December 17th, 2013. If you’ve already entered, your entries carry over, so there’s nothing more you need to do. But, remember, you can enter as many times as you want, and the more entries you have the better your chances are of winning. So, get on it.

Haven’t entered? All you have to do to be eligible to win is publicly tweet on Twitter, post on Facebook, or post on Tumblr using the hash tag #ILoveJessicaKatoff — what can I say, I’m shameless — with a link to this post (http://www.jessicakatoff.com/2013/11/ilovejessicakatoff-four-weeks-of-free-books/). Share it as much as you’d like, as each individual tweet, Facebook status, or Tumblr post counts — though, you can only win one copy per person. Each Tuesday, I’ll randomly select five winners. If I’m mathing correctly, that’s a whopping twenty free books. And everyone likes free things. Right? Right. So, go on. Do it. You know you want to. // ♥, Jessica

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Note: Facebook’s hash tag search is a whole lot of fail. If you’re going to enter using Facebook, please post a link to your public post on my timeline, so that I don’t miss your entry. Thank you. & I’m sorry Facebook sucks a lot.

#ILoveJessicaKatoff // Winners – Week #1

Congratulations to @glendastracener, @SarahLeaV, @tkrimms, @StephanieZD, & @sweetXcalamity! The five of you have just won yourselves digital copies of What You Leave Behind! Woo! Party! Yay!

For those of you who aren’t part of that lucky quintet, don’t worry, there are still 15 copies up for grabs leading up to the release of WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND on December 17th, 2013. If you’ve already entered, your entries carry over, so there’s nothing more you need to do. But, remember, you can enter as many times as you want, and the more entries you have the better your chances are of winning. So, get on it.

Haven’t entered? All you have to do to be eligible to win is publicly tweet on Twitter, post on Facebook, or post on Tumblr using the hash tag #ILoveJessicaKatoff — what can I say, I’m shameless — with a link to this post (http://www.jessicakatoff.com/2013/11/ilovejessicakatoff-four-weeks-of-free-books/). Share it as much as you’d like, as each individual tweet, Facebook status, or Tumblr post counts — though, you can only win one copy per person. Each Tuesday, I’ll randomly select five winners. If I’m mathing correctly, that’s a whopping twenty free books. And everyone likes free things. Right? Right. So, go on. Do it. You know you want to. // ♥, Jessica

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Note: Facebook’s hash tag search is a whole lot of fail. If you’re going to enter using Facebook, please post a link to your public post on my timeline, so that I don’t miss your entry. Thank you. & I’m sorry Facebook sucks a lot.

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What You Leave Behind

by Jessica Katoff

“Ten years is a long time and even though I love you, I don’t think this is best for us anymore.” Those are the words that fall from Liam Barnes’ lips and leave Harper Reed’s heart in ruins on the side of Interstate 5. He’s lost and he thinks leaving her and all of Oregon in his rear-view is what he needs to find himself, dragging her heart right along with him as he goes.

Blindsided and devastated by the loss, Harper’s life crumbles around her, but she’s not the only one rocked by the news of Liam’s departure. Austin Hayward, Liam’s best friend and her long-time admirer, handles it about as well as Harper—not well at all. He is the only other person who understands the abandonment and helplessness she feels, and she finds comfort in their common sorrow and, unexpectedly, in his arms.

It’s where Austin has always wanted her and where neither of them predicted she would end up. But is it where she’ll stay? Is a new spark enough, when compared to an old flame, like the one Austin can see still flickering in her eyes?

Toward the end of a downward spiral lie the answers. What You Leave Behind is a story of anxious hearts, the deceitful self, and what it means to be lost and found again.


11/20/2013 in What You Leave Behind

#ILoveJessicaKatoff // Four Weeks of Free Books!

Leading up to the release of WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND on December 17th, 2013, I’m giving away five Kindle copies of the book per week — for the low, low price of free! All you have to do to be eligible to win is publicly tweet on Twitter, post on Facebook, or post on Tumblr using the hash tag #ILoveJessicaKatoff — what can I say, I’m shameless — with a link to this post (http://www.jessicakatoff.com/2013/11/ilovejessicakatoff-four-weeks-of-free-books/). Share it as much as you’d like, as each individual tweet, Facebook status, or Tumblr post counts — though, you can only win one copy per person. Each Tuesday, I’ll randomly select five winners. If I’m mathing correctly, that’s a whopping twenty free books. And everyone likes free things. Right? Right. So, go on. Do it. You know you want to. // ♥, Jessica

Search for #ILoveJessicaKatoff
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Note: Facebook’s hash tag search is a whole lot of fail. If you’re going to enter using Facebook, please post a link to your public post on my timeline, so that I don’t miss your entry. Thank you. & I’m sorry Facebook sucks a lot.