Sunday, September 17, 2017

Excerpt from Convince Me: Holton Series #1

Anna is afraid of love, but Steven changes everything.

Anna West just wants to start over in a new town far away from her past. The only child of a mixed race couple, Anna learned about the ugly side of human behavior at an early age.  After watching her abusive father mistreat her mother, Anna knows that love is not for her.

Steven Carson has always known what he wanted, and from the moment he saw her, he wanted Anna.  Steven is ready for love.  He is ready to settle down, start a family, and he knows Anna is the one for him.  Now all he has to do is convince her.

Come visit Holton, Texas to see if Steven can convince Anna to take a chance on love. Convince Me is the first book in the Holton Series but may be read as a standalone novel.

Excerpt:
Steven seemed to fill the room, and Anna couldn’t look away. Every time she tried, her eyes returned to him. He was dressed similar to the first time she had seen him, but this time the suit was gray. It was neatly pressed, and the white shirt was starched. Once again, the tie seemed out of place. This one was a dove gray color and matched the suit well, but it contained a large picture of a giraffe. Anna was fascinated by the fact that a man who appeared so conservative and serious would wear such an item. She realized she was staring at it when she heard Steven chuckle.
“Hideous, isn’t it?” he said with a smile, picking up the tie and looking at it. “Victoria gave it to me, so I have to wear it.”
“Who’s Victoria?” Anna tried to stop herself from asking, but her curiosity got the better of her. She knew Steven wasn’t married, but he said the name Victoria with such affection that she had to ask. She wasn’t sure she really wanted to know the answer.
“My sister.”
Relief flooded through her at his simple statement. Why she was so relieved? She wasn’t interested in Steven herself. Was she? No, that couldn’t be it. Anna wasn’t looking for a relationship. She shook off the feeling.
“She has interesting taste. Did she give you the multi-colored one too?” she asked.
Steven laughed. “Yes. Tori is always trying to update my sedate image. She thinks I’m far too conservative. Since I refuse to let her take me shopping, she buys me these crazy ties. The worst part is I think she would really be offended if I didn’t wear them, and even though she lives over a thousand miles away, she would know if I didn’t.”
“Where does she live?” Anna asked.
“In Los Angeles,” Steven replied. “But she and Julie are best friends, and no matter how far away she is, Tori always know what’s going on.”
“So, you wear the ties,” Anna stated, intrigued by this aspect of his character. It would be interesting to see how much he would do for his sister. Anna, who had no siblings, found it charming that he could care so much.
Steven smiled sheepishly and nodded. “Yeah, I wear the ties.”

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Monthly Giveaway

Rachel Lewis hides her looks behind dark framed glasses and drab clothes. As the head librarian in Holton, she is satisfied with her life and her appearance. Rachel isn't looking for love or a relationship, but Paul captivates her. He lives in a completely different world, but she wants him more than she has ever wanted any other man.

Paul Hart is handsome, rich, and successful. As the owner of a thriving business, he is happy with short-term relationships and jaded women. Paul has been betrayed too many times to trust a woman, but Rachel intrigues him. She isn't like any other woman he has ever known. Can he learn to trust her?

Return to Holton, Texas for Victoria and Andrew’s wedding to see if Rachel can win Paul’s trust. Trust Me is the third book in the Holton Series but may be read as a standalone novel. 


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Excerpt from The Lost Macaw

I am currently working on the next novella in the Lost and Found Pets series. Release date will be sometime in October or November if all goes well. Here's a little snippet.

Standing on the porch reminded me of the note. It had been taped to the front door. The envelope didn’t have postage or an address. Someone had to have delivered it. They wanted Trudy to see it, but I didn’t understand why they didn’t leave it in the house.
Leslie McMillan and her children were no longer outside. I walked next door and rang the bell. A moment later, Leslie opened the door with a puzzled look.
“Sorry to bother you, but I was hoping I could ask you a couple of more questions.”
“Oh, sure. Come in.”
I followed Leslie into the house. All the children were in the living room. The baby was asleep in a playpen against the wall. Anna and Jeremy were seated on the couch. Jeremy was holding a worn stuffed brown bear. One ear was missing, and there was a large stain on its tummy. The boy looked me a moment and then held the bear up toward me.
I like kids. They don’t worry about small talk or social niceties. They do just fine with my default communication style. I ask questions. They answer. They want to know something. I tell them. It’s easy.
“This is Teddy,” he said.
Not very original but the toy was obviously well-loved. I took a step closer, tilted my head, and studied the bear. Jeremy watched every move like he was afraid of what I might say. Leslie sighed softly behind me. I had a feeling I had stepped right into the middle of a battle of wills over the existence of the stuffed animal. When I was four or five, I had a cheap stuffed dog my mother had picked up at a thrift store. It was old and ragged when I got it, but I had taken it with me everywhere. It had been left behind in one of the many moves we made. I can still remember the feeling of loss that almost overwhelmed me when I realized it was gone.
“Hi Teddy,” I said to the bear. “How are you?”
Jeremy smiled. He turned the bear toward him, waited a moment, and then turned it back toward me. “He said he’s fine.”
“Good to know.”
Anna giggled, and Jeremy whispered something into to Teddy’s lone remaining ear.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Excerpt from Forgive Me: Holton Series #4

Growing up, Mitch Carson had always dreamed of leaving Holton, Texas, traveling the world, and writing life altering stories. As an investigative journalist, he made those dreams come true, but he left behind the only woman he ever loved. That was his greatest mistake. Mitch has returned home to see if she can forgive him for leaving her when she needed him the most.

In high school, Emily Fairview had fallen deeply, madly, and completely in love with Mitch. The two of them planned a life together far away from Holton, but when Emily’s family needed her, she chose to stay. Mitch chose to leave. Fifteen years later Mitch is back and wants a second chance, but Emily doesn’t know if she can forgive him.

Return to Holton, Texas one last time to see if Mitch can get Emily to forgive him. Forgive Me is the fourth and final book in the Holton Series but may be read as a standalone novel.

Excerpt:
Although the night was dark, the moon was bright. There were no streetlights, but he could see the house. Staring at the window, Mitch allowed his mind to wander back to that fateful day that changed his life forever.

Mitch reached the clearing and stopped. For the first time in three years, someone else was there. In his spot. And of all people, why did it have to be her? There was no mistaking that long, silky, black hair or that amazing figure. His body responded like it always did when he saw her. It drove him crazy because Emily Fairview was not the type of girl he wanted to be interested in, and he was definitely not the type of guy she would ever look at twice.
The thought sent a surge of anger through him, and he opened his mouth to issue a scathing comment when a sound stopped him. Emily’s shoulders shook and a soft sob echoed through the clearing. She was crying. Mitch took a step toward her and then stopped. He shook his head and turned around to leave when he heard it again. He briefly closed his eyes. He couldn’t leave her there alone. He took a deep breath, shuffled his feet, and walked into the clearing.
“I didn’t know anyone else knew about this place,” he said calmly. Emily whipped around to face him, eyes brimming, tear tracks on her face. She was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. She had vivid blue eyes and an exquisite face with a dimple just to the left of her mouth. She stepped away from him as if she were afraid. It irritated him, but he understood. He looked mean, dressed in a t-shirt, jeans, and his new black leather jacket. His mother called it his renegade look.
“I like coming to this clearing because it’s peaceful,” he continued in a soft voice. As he hoped, Emily relaxed. Mitch casually set the backpack he was carrying on a short stump near the edge of the clearing. He reached in and pulled out two bottles of water. “It’s nice all year around. When it’s hot, the trees provide shade, and when it’s cool, they protect you from the wind.”
He offered her a bottle. She was no longer crying, but he could still see the evidence of her tears. She didn’t move but simply watched him. He waited patiently. Finally, she took a step toward him and reached for the water. He gave her a quick smile and turned back to his backpack. “I was here earlier this winter when the creek froze. It was still nice.”
Mitch pulled out a throw blanket. He unfolded it and started to lay it on the ground when Emily made an undefinable noise. Quickly, he looked at her. She had a strange look on her face. She opened her mouth and then closed it again.
“What?” Mitch asked.
“Where did you get that?” she stammered, pointing at the blanket.
Mitch laughed and looked at the article in his hands. It was hot pink with white baby bunnies all over it. He looked at Emily, grinned, and said one word.
“Tori.”
A smile finally crossed her face. “Of course, Tori.”
“I borrowed a throw she had on her bed last year. When I returned it, it was covered with leaves and dirt. I think I ripped it some. She told me I couldn’t borrow her things anymore but bought me this for my birthday. She said no one would care if I destroyed it.”
“It looks like it’s still in pretty good shape.”
“Yeah, that’s the problem with ugly things. You can’t damage them. I just throw it in the wash, and it comes out almost as good as new.” Mitch spread the blanket on the ground and sat down. “Would you like to sit?”
“Oh,” Emily looked around and then back at him. “I probably should go.”
“Up to you, but there’s plenty of room, and I’m willing to share. I have food,” Mitch replied, trying to sound non-threatening. He reached back into the backpack and pulled out a bag of chips, two sandwiches, and a couple of candy bars. He usually spent hours in the clearing so he always brought plenty of food.
Emily looked out at the creek, took a deep breath, and then walked over and sat beside him. Mitch tried not to gloat. He didn’t want to scare her off. He handed her a sandwich and then opened the chips. They ate in silence a few minutes.

That was the first day of the three happiest months of his life. He and Emily spent hours in that clearing talking, laughing, and falling in love. Mitch shook his head to clear the memory. That was the past. It was time to concentrate on the future. He put the motorcycle in motion and headed down the street.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

September Giveaway - Trust Me eBook

Rachel Lewis hides her looks behind dark framed glasses and drab clothes. As the head librarian in Holton, she is satisfied with her life and her appearance. Rachel isn't looking for love or a relationship, but Paul captivates her. He lives in a completely different world, but she wants him more than she has ever wanted any other man.

Paul Hart is handsome, rich, and successful. As the owner of a thriving business, he is happy with short-term relationships and jaded women. Paul has been betrayed too many times to trust a woman, but Rachel intrigues him. She isn't like any other woman he has ever known. Can he learn to trust her?

Return to Holton, Texas for Victoria and Andrew’s wedding to see if Rachel can win Paul’s trust. Trust Me is the third book in the Holton Series but may be read as a standalone novel. 


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