Illustrated Temptations: Poughkeepsie Begins by Debra Anastasia


“You will never be alone! We’re together. Do you understand?.”Beckett

How could you not love Beckett? Cole? and Blake? These three have always been on the list of my favorite book boyfriends. They made a comeback after the happily ever after on Saving Poughkeepsie. It’s not a continuation though. It’s a rewind from the start, when the bromance blossoms between the three. I had a love-hate moment reading Poughkeepsie Begins. There were so many heart wrenching scenes that I truly cannot imagine happening to these young boys. But everything that they went through really defines and molds the strong foundation of their brotherhood.

Debra will always be on my top favorite authors.

Check out some of my favorite scenes…




and the teaser that I showed from my post yesterday…

Poughkeepsie Begins


Poughkeepsie Begins 

(The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood #0.5)

by Debra Anastasia


It ends with the beginning. This legendary, indie, cult-favorite series ends its tale with the story of the Poughkeepsie brotherhood before the tattoo. Before the train station, before the church, before a criminal empire there was a foster home and three teen boys who chose each other as family, because the ones they were born into didn’t exist

Still in high school, Beckett is already laying the groundwork for a grander life ahead, one where his brothers want for nothing and get some respect for once. But even as he plans, Beckett must decide if he’s ready to make that choice—diving in to a life that trades his chance at a future, his chance at something as simple as first love with a girl named Candy Cox, for their chance to find happiness.

Blake, Beckett, and Cole’s devotion to each other is forged by fists and the driving need to belong somewhere, to do more than just survive this life. Readers of the series know they each get there in the end, but before we count smiles, we must first shed tears. These early days of the Poughkeepsie brotherhood will play on your heartstrings before serrating them with a knife; they’ll lift your soul with music, only to leave you with nothing but a desperate prayer for hope.

And when you reach the end of the beginning, you’ll be ready to start the series all over again.


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There are a lot of eyes in Debra Anastasia’s house in Maryland. First, her own creepy peepers are there, staring at her computer screen. She’s made two more sets of eyes with her body, and the kids they belong to are amazing. The poor husband is still looking at her after 17 years of marriage. At least he likes to laugh. Then the freaking dogs are looking at her–six eyeballs altogether, though the old dog is blind. And the cat watches her too, mostly while knocking stuff off the counter and doing that internal kitty laugh when Deb can’t catch the items fast enough.

In between taking care of everything those eyes involve, Debra creates pretend people in her head and paints them on the giant, beautiful canvas of your imagination. What an amazing job that is. The stories hit her hard while driving the minivan or shaving her legs, especially when there’s no paper and pen around. In all of the lies she writes hides her heart, so thank you for letting it play in your mind.

Debra is eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published five of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and three in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) She’s also ventured into self publishing with her Gynazule comedy series, which happens to be the worst story ever told.

You can find her at and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared…

Debra lives in Maryland with her family.


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5 thoughts on “Illustrated Temptations: Poughkeepsie Begins by Debra Anastasia

  1. msdebraanastasia says:

    Oh my heart. You do such beautiful things to my words. I love you Gel.

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  2. msdebraanastasia says:

    Reblogged this on Debra Anastasia.


  3. Meem2854 says:

    I have LOVED this series from the very beginning… It will always be my all time favorite series.. I’m a big fan of Ms. Anastasia’s and am heartbroken thinking that this series is done. (although I’ve read the entire series more times than I care to admit). I hope everyone will take the time to read this…..

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  4. Leslie Amorós says:

    Thanks again for sharing amazing books that continue to be added to my list! I have not read this series and wanted to know…should I start with Poughkeepsie Begins or read the series in the order published? I realize this is a bit like which Star Wars movie to watch first, and that everyone has their own opinion, but I thought I would ask for recommendations! Thanks!

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    • gelytayz says:

      Hi Leslie. You can start Poughkeepsie first and continue with the rest of the book in the series. Or you can either start from Poughkeepsie Begins. This book can be read as standalone. 🙂


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