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From the bestselling author of Pulled and Take This Regret comes a gripping new tale of loss and love. William has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights. Trapped in a world of false ambitions and feigned affections, William knows he's reached a breaking point and something's going to give. Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He'd been her light in a ...
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Overview

From the bestselling author of Pulled and Take This Regret comes a gripping new tale of loss and love. William has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights. Trapped in a world of false ambitions and feigned affections, William knows he's reached a breaking point and something's going to give. Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He'd been her light in a lifetime of darkness. Six years ago, that darkness stole him away. Without him, she's surrendered herself to an existence she doesn't know how to escape. When the family William left behind is struck by tragedy, he is called back to the one place he's sworn to never return to again. In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart. He is unable to ignore the buried desires and the hope for the future they'd once believed they'd have. Now William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before. But he never imagined what that fight might cost him. A.L. Jackson gives you an intimate look into the lives of a family bound by an unseen connection in this new contemporary romance.
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Editorial Reviews

Jax's Book Magic - Jackie Lane
“I have to say, she has once again hit it out of the ballpark for me. This was a raw and emotional read... To take a phrase from the book, ‘It stole my breath.’”
My Secret Romance - Taryn .
“When We Collide is a dark and gritty page turning read with dynamic emotions. The powerful force of her words brought forth both fear and love at the same time in me, making this author one of my favorites to read. She does it every time.”
Teresa's Reading Corner - Teresa ,
“As a lover of words I understand that they are extremely powerful. When chosen correctly, they convey so much. The ability to build suspense in such a way that it effects the reader physically is an art. Pulled and Take This Regret both set the bar pretty high, When We Collide not only met my expectations, but exceeded them and left me wanting more. AL Jackson is truly at the top of her game and has secured a place in my list of favorite authors.”
My Secret Romance - Janna .
“There is an old saying that goes ‘Love heals all wounds,’ and I have always believed that to be true. A.L. Jackson has proven once again that love does indeed heal all wounds, both physical and emotional when the love that is given is pure and true.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938404849
  • Publisher: A.L. Jackson
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 682,120
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

A.L. Jackson first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.


www.sapphirestarpublishing.com/aljackson
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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    i was really excited to read this because i adored both Pulled &

    i was really excited to read this because i adored both Pulled & Take This Regret. i was not disappointed. i was hooked at the dedication: "because it shouldn't hurt to be touched." This is a story about Maggie and William & how you make certain decisions based on your past experiences and finding your way back from them. i had an ache in my chest the entire time i was reading because the writing is so intense that you feel like you are William/ Maggie. i even found myself crying during the flashback of their first time together and not because it was sad but because you can feel the emotions behind it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

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    'When We Collide' is an emotional novel that deals with love, lo

    'When We Collide' is an emotional novel that deals with love, loss, family, and hope. It's wonderfully written with a great pace. The author's attention to detail and descriptions of the setting and characters made this book really rich and beautiful. It was easy to imagine myself alongside the characters in the novel and the setting was so completely described that I could almost feel the sun on my skin and the smell of the leaves. The characters are well rounded and very realistic. They aren't stereotypical and have flaws, which made them easy to identify with and understand. The relationship and struggles between William and Maggie were heart-wrenching and made me want to help fix all their problems. The story itself is layered and deals with serious issues like family, betrayal, love, loss, and hope. Although there is definite suffering and pain throughout the story, it only made it that much more realistic and heartwarming to read. It shows us that life doesn't always go the way we want or the way we plan, but sometimes things work out the way they were meant to anyways. Overall, this is a wonderful contemporary romance that has a deeper story line than most - it's one that will resonate with the reader long after they have finished reading it.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2012

    Heartbreaking in the best way!

    My new favorite theme seems to be long lost loves finding their way back to each other, and A.L. Jackson is to blame for that. This is the third book of hers that I have read and it does not disappoint. Like Take This Regret and Pulled, this is a love story with complications and obstacles in the way of true love. She does a brilliant job with the characters and draws you into their lives. I am not the best review writer as I don't want to post spoilers, but this is another must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    fast paced read

    This was a page turner for me. Heart breaking characters with a very moving storyline who you just want to see be happy by the end. I would recommend.

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  • Posted October 13, 2013

    This was a beautiful love story about a second chance. I won

    This was a beautiful love story about a second chance.




    I won’t say I enjoyed this book, because, wow, it was dark and deep, so enjoy is probably not the right word, but I read every word and absorbed it and found myself really pulling for Will and Maggie to make it in the long run.




    Jackson did an amazing job of creating such a scared character in Maggie.  She has had an incredibly hard life. Will has had just the opposite, but they were so drawn to each other, until they were pulled apart.




    The cover is what drew me to the book, I can’t lie, and it is gorgeous. I couldn’t wait to read this one, and it didn’t disappoint me in the least! An amazing story that was beautifully written about a sensitive topic.  I don’t want to say too much more because I don’t want to give too much away.  This is one of those books that I definitely could!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Disturbing and lacking

    I read "Lost to You" and "Take this Regret" by the same author and I absolutely devoured and loved them. The subject line of this book was disturbing and I did not find the writing to be engaging. I felt like I was reading a book written by a different author. I do not recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Hated this book

    I will never understand why women stay in abusive relationships.....I saw my mom get abused almost my entired life and I chose that I would not be victimized by no one...the main character was weak and Willian a coward...I hated this story!!!

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    Wow! A.L. Jackson has once again written an amazing book. Howeve

    Wow! A.L. Jackson has once again written an amazing book. However, if you have ever been a victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse this book may be hard for you to read. There were so many heartbreaking and heart stopping moments in this book that I was anxious throughout reading it. The end just about gave me a heart attack! Even though it was hard to read about what Maggie and Jonathan went through,I loved reading this book! I hope that if any of the readers are going through similar situations they will seek help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Amazing!!

    This is a must read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Another hit!

    AL Jackson is a master story teller. This book deals with some terrifying topics but hope and love overcome!

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    I was so excited to review this book. I have absolutely fallen i

    I was so excited to review this book. I have absolutely fallen in love with the author’s books and this one did not disappoint either. Amazing!

    Again A.L. Jackson is able to weave such a story full of emotion that I found my stomach in knots. You’re wanting for everyone in the story and not sure what’s going to happen next, but in a way you do because she writes past and present alternating. Definitely a page turner as you want to find out what happened in the past that caused this in the present. I loved the idea of the dreams and how they had a purpose in the story.

    My favorite character had to be Grace who was the sister-in-law to William. She obviously knew everything or thought she did, but played a great role between Maggie and William. Her love story with her husband, William’s brother is also a great story the developed underneath the main story.

    I would recommend this book and all of her other books to contemporary fiction readers. While it is a love story, it is so much more!

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

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    Intense, emotional, tragic, and disturbing¿but above all a Beaut

    Intense, emotional, tragic, and disturbing—but above all a Beautiful love story!♥

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

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    A.L. Jackson does it again in "When We Collide" a fant

    A.L. Jackson does it again in "When We Collide" a fantastic romantic thriller that takes you on a wild ride. She pens her characters believable and realistic to the point where your right there with them. Highly recommended for all romance fans. *5 Stars*

    This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

    Oh my Goodness. This was an Excellent Story! It was just beautif

    Oh my Goodness. This was an Excellent Story! It was just beautifully written. A.L. Jackson is definitely one of my favorite Authors now. She has a great writing style and stories that tug at melt your heart. When We Collide is a tugging and melting kind of read. It includes characters, William and Maggie. William comes from a good family, loving parents and a big brother, Blake, that could be annoying at times, but has definite heart. William comes back home to Mississippi from College in Southern California and is not sure what to expect for the summer... until his eyes land on Maggie's and they are both done for, as they have a mutual connection that is curious and electrifying. Maggie doesn't come from a family like William's. Her father is an abuser of all kinds, and is she's unfortunately a victim, and has been, since she was a little girl. What is important to Maggie, is watching over her Mom and younger sister. She's a shy girl, and gets sucked in a horrible relationship with a guy older than she, and that's the guy William tries to protect her from, the night they meet...Six years later they have collided in to each other again. They are a bit older, but the love they had shared has not left both of their hearts. Now, in the present time, its time to decide if William can protect Maggie and a little someone he never know about, from her abusive husband. Its time for Maggie to take the plunge and to finally do something that she has not done before...run and don't look back...

    As I said above, I really loved this story. It's definitely an Emotional one, but it's one that I'm glad to have read as there is Love, the kind that seeps through the pages and just grabs at you; the kind that just makes you feel good, so this is one Worth Reading! Now,the characters were so well written. In ways I related to William and Maggie, so those relatable connections were just so helpful, to make me connect to the story even more. I also connected to another character, a younger one, as some of the emotions of what this character (you gotta to read to find out the name) faces is again relatable and I felt for that little one, my heart was with the character, as it was with Maggie. She's shy, kind, but is in a relationship that's just so abusive at times, it was just shocking at what this guy had done to her, and in ways I found her story just really believable as she's basically with someone that is just like her Father and I think I really saw Maggie grow to be a stronger character, and I was just happy about that, and once you read on your own, you'll read what move she finally makes. William is a really great character, with heart, something that was broken, but as he comes back to the town he left six years prior, he realizes that what he left for, was a waste, and he reconnects with family and with the one that literally broke him internally. I enjoyed reading from his POV, as I did Maggie's POV. Reading their sides was helpful, as were the flashbacks.

    There's a beautiful written connection between William and Maggie. You'll so know what I mean when you read this story on your own. The love shared between these two, again felt believable, and I loved that. There are some tear jerking scenes, some that made my heart literally thump and towards the end, there is suspense that will make you read faster, because you just want to know what happens next! When We Collide is absolutely Wonderful and I Recommend It!

    My Rating: 4.7/5

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    When We Collide is like a box of pent up emotional tension waiti

    When We Collide is like a box of pent up emotional tension waiting to break free from it's confinement and wrap itself around it's reader. You know what to expect, maybe even saw it coming, but you are in no way ready for the dark, gritty and intense realism that the author has created. Or at least I wasn't.

    Right from the beginning I knew things were going to be rough for William. The turmoil that raged within him was too much to be held inside, and at some point he was bound to snap. But the way he reacted to his circumstances was real and believable. I immediately wanted to know more about his past and how he came to be the person he was. Will was a very layered character, and I gravitated towards him without hesitation. Maybe it was his flaws. Or maybe it was the fact that he knew he needed to change some things about himself that made his character all the more appealing. Either way, I loved his point of view and his development throughout the story.

    Maggie on the other hand, baffled me. I was torn between empathy and apathy, constantly shifting between the two, unsure of what I should feel for her predicament. No one should have to go through what she endured, but fear is a powerful thing. It can imprison you or make you stronger. In Maggie's case, she caved in and let fear own her. However, what upset me was not her inability to escape, though I wanted to shake some sense into her many times, but I detested how she allowed her child to be subjected to the same dangers and hardships. I'm not sure I have the right to be so critical, but I had a most difficult time understanding how she chose the life she chose over Will.

    The struggles and issues between Will's family and himself were also engaging. His family added something important in this story, and I'm not sure it would've been the same without them.


    What I did have issues with were how the flashback were executed. I didn't have a problem with the flashbacks themselves, but at times they confused me. The transition between Will's and Maggie's point of view of the present time was frequent, but then there was also the frequent transition of flashbacks. To be fair, the author did have headings which indicated present day or past, but the transitions just felt awkward.

    All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and rated it a 4 out of 5. I would highly recommend it for those who love contemporary romance. *note* This book was provided by the author in return for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    This book was provided by the author for my honest review. I pr

    This book was provided by the author for my honest review.

    I previously participated in the Blog Tour for Take This Regret and I really enjoyed it, thus I was very happy to be invited to the tour for When We Collide.


    The story is told in alternating POVs (thank you for pointing out who was talking and past vs. present!), which I always enjoy since I feel it gives the reader a better insight about the characters. However, I felt a stronger connection with William. He is the main narrator and I can identify with his point of view and his feelings better than Maggie’s.

    William and Maggie are better when they are together. Is the type of bond that is so strong that makes the whole better than the individual parts. They both made mistakes and they both regret them. In William’s case (this is not a spoiler as it’s part of the synopsis), he didn’t fight for what he wanted and ended up becoming as stranger to himself and to his family. In Maggie’s case, it was perpetuating her abusive upbringing.

    Troy is plain crazy, he also came from an abusive home and it seems like the only thing he knows is to scare and control people. Other characters are well crafted. I really liked Blake, William’s brother and how supportive he was of his brother. His relationship with his wife Grace was the complete opposite of Maggie’s. Jonathan was such a sweet boy and since he is so young he is sure to recuperate from his first years of life.

    I just don’t understand abusive relationships. Maybe it is because I have never lived one, but it is incomprehensible to me to be with someone that hurts me. More incomprehensible to me would be to put my own child in danger. I know that these types of relationships are very complicated and I probably should stop talking about it before I say something I shouldn’t. There are some statistics included at the end of the book that are quite staggering:

    As many as one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused at some point in their childhood.

    One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime

    An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical abuse by an intimate partner each year.

    The plot is not complicated, and to me the story becomes part romance, part thriller. I mean, it’s easy to guess that Troy will try to do something to stop Maggie from escaping his evil clutches (I know, I know, couldn’t help myself :) What I like most is the writing. Ms. Jackson is an amazing storyteller. She can convey feelings so easily and with a few words. A beautiful and poignant story.

    Here are some quotes from the book:

    "I’d never understand how I’d gotten from my father’s house to Troy’s, when I’d promised myself so many times as a girl that I’d never end up like my mother. Like second-nature, I’d made an almost seamless transition from one vicious hand to another without even realizing it." – Maggie

    "I stared up at her, pleading without words, hating the monster inside her that caused her to believe she was worth anything less than what she was, wishing she would see what I say." – William

    "I feel to my knees on the hardwood floor. The walls closed in, suffocating… and I felt it, felt them. I cried out, begged her name. I lay my cheek on the cool floor, nails scraping the slick wood, grasping at something, grasping at nothing." – William

    "We collided, body and soul, mouths and hands and whispered pleas." – William

    About the cover: It’s beautiful, isn't it? I love the cover and the sense of release, even when the world is a storm.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    I absolutely loved this book. 5 stars is not enough for how well

    I absolutely loved this book. 5 stars is not enough for how well the book is written and hoe so very good the story is. When We Collide is full of everything I love in a romance novel it is full of love,passion action and a love beteen two people that just won't die no matter what obsticles it faces. Iwas so wrapped up in the story and the characters that I felt like they were friends and I cried and cheered with them through the whole story. I would very highly recommend this story to anyone and everyone

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