Congratulations to my pub sister, Nancee Cain, on this very interesting cover for her new release! I’ve loved books one (The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie), two (The Redemption of Emma Devine), and three (The Rehabilitation of Angel Sinclair) in this series. I’m eager to dive into book four!
I don’t remember how long I stared at the dresser drawer that once held Kathleen’s lingerie. But it was a while.
Eventually, I left my bedroom to join my ex-wife and our daughter for dinner. I went through the motions of the mealtime ritual, but my thoughts and concerns about Kathleen distracted me. I hadn’t heard if she’d arrived in Denver and was aware of her absence.
Despite our strained relationship, it was comforting to know I could see her at the office. As painful as our growing separation was, I’d held out hope for us. Since returning to work, I’d planned to seize every opportunity to nurture our love and find a way back into her arms. But now that she had gone to Colorado, there was nothing to look forward to.
I left my untouched dinner on the plate. I offered Allison an expression of regret and packed up my uneaten food for lunch the following day. I helped with the dishes, and when there was nothing left to do, I stepped outside and took a seat on the swinging bench I’d once shared with Kathleen.
At the beginning of the summer, we’d sat in this spot together and talked about Allison. I remembered with heartache how Kathleen promised me she would never interfere with my family. She never wanted to cause trouble between Allison and me. As far as I was concerned, Kathleen had kept her promise. The reason I was sitting there alone was because I hadn’t followed her example.
I leaned forward, placing my elbows on my knees and resting my face in my palms. I missed Kathleen. I’d missed her for weeks, but with her away from Bend, I no longer felt whole. I worried she was gone for good. I hadn’t experienced fear like this since the day of Heide’s accident. I hadn’t grieved like this since my father died. I didn’t know how to win Kathleen back, but I didn’t want to live the rest of my life without her.
“Jack?” Allison’s soft voice at the same moment she rested a light hand on my shoulder startled me. Consumed in my own emotions, I hadn’t noticed her approach. I sat bolt upright and realized I was crying. It wasn’t something I was prone to, and I brushed a hand over my eyes to remove the evidence.
Allison sat next to me, angling her body toward mine. When I dropped my hand back to my lap, she cradled it in her own. It was a touch, a fit, I remembered well. It wasn’t the hand I was desperate to hold; nevertheless Allison’s offer of comfort was welcome.
We sat still, adjusting to the moment. I couldn’t make eye contact with her. Instead, I distracted myself by looking at the recognizable outline of the Big Dipper.
“What’s the matter?” she finally asked.
I hesitated to answer.
“Please,” she persisted. “Let me help. Don’t shut me out anymore.”
I blinked, thinking of my past actions and Kathleen’s need to secure a peaceful future.
“It’s Kathleen,” I confessed while continuing to watch the stars. “I’ll understand if she’s the last person you want to talk about.”
“Will things be all right between the two of you?”
“Why do you ask?”
“Last weekend was the first time I’d seen her since we were in Portland.”
I looked at Allison. “Where did you see her?”
“Here. She drove you to the house. You were drunk, so I asked her to take you to her place until you sobered up.”
“Oh? I don’t remember that.”
“You were passed out in her car, so that’s not surprising.” Allison’s grip on my hand tightened just a bit.
I waited to hear what she would reveal next.
“She asked me why I left you.”
“What did you tell her?”
“Nothing, because the question means one of two things. You either haven’t told her why, or she doesn’t trust the information you gave her. Knowing you the way I do, I’m certain it’s both.”
I thought long and hard about Allison’s conclusion. If there was anyone capable of understanding both my mind and Kathleen’s, it was my ex-wife. I looked at her and took the leap of faith.
“She thinks I want you back.”
Allison leaned back as confusion flashed across her face. “Who gave her that idea?”
Allison’s eyes grew wide. “You?”
Check out this beautiful, shiny cover by my pub sister, Jennifer Locklear! Congratulations to Jennifer on her new release, book two in the Constellation series.
Welcome to the New Adult Valentine’s Promo! This week you’ll find all these wonderful New Adult titles for 99 cents or less out on Amazon. Be sure to read up on each title and check them out. Book two of the Blocked series, ACED, is on sale for only $.99.
Saying Goodbye, Part One
If We Had No Winter
Author: D.L. Pitchford Dive into the first installment of this gritty slow burn college romance series about love, loss, and second chances.Introverted Billie Dixon has life planned to a T, and Bradford College is her chance for comfortable solitude. Her best friend lives across the hall, her roommate ignores her, and to pay for textbooks, she puts her math skills to good use as a tutor. But life rarely goes according to plan.Her sister wonders why she never calls. Her best friend nags like a mother hen. Plus, sharing him with his playboy roommate, who uses every opportunity to infuriate her, wasn’t part of the deal. And that tutoring gig? Her only pupil complicates their business arrangement when he develops a crush on her. If she thought this couldn’t get worse… Then, she runs into the Math Department Head. Her father–and the only reason she can afford Bradford. He wants to rekindle their relationship after years of radio silence, but Billie isn’t fully on board.
Playing it Cool
Author: Emily Robertson Addison has had her future mapped out since she was a little girl – pre-law degree from the University of Nebraska, getting into a top notch law school, followed by a career as a no-nonsense lawyer. She knows that a husband will come at some point, but she hasn’t figured that part out yet. One thing is certain, it’s not Bryce Portwood, the annoying class clown in her English class. Bryce has never taken anything too serious. Life’s too short to get all worked up and never have fun. The moment Addison Webster opened her mouth, he knew she needed to let her hair down, and he wanted to be the one to help her. Getting Addison to hang out was easy. Getting her to lighten up and trust him, not so much. Bryce has a plan. If he can get her to let go and have fun, maybe she’ll see he’s not so bad. If Bryce can just play it cool, maybe he can prove to her that he can fit into those well-laid plans after all.
Victim Of Love
Author: Christa Maurice What happens when wasting time becomes finding forever? Tara Feingold just wanted to warm up on the Brazilian beach and when she meets Rick Lincoln, bassist for SendDown, things get very hot indeed. Especially when he starts getting serious and the other members of his band decide they need to scare her away with debauchery. When she returns to her normal life, will Rick still love her when he finds out she’s not the wild woman she was in Brazil? VICTIM OF LOVE is the first book in the Rock And Roll State Of Mind series. If you enjoy wrenching conflict and characters who are struggling with change, then you’ll love this heart warming story.
Author: Kelsey Ketch Her family name tainted by her great-grandfather’s crimes of piracy, Meriden Cummings is far from the typical 18th century woman. A social outcast, she works in a carpentry shop in a small village, where the people barely tolerate unconventional behavior. However, her life takes a turn after a gang of pirates attack her village and her blood reveals an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs leading to Death Island. An island legends say is ruled by the Mayan god of the underworld, Ah Puch. Her great-grandfather had sought after the island before he vanished without a trace. Now, Meriden is about to journey across the sea to understand her family history. There are only a few problems: her growing feelings toward a mysterious stranger linked to her great-grandfather’s past; a greedy band of pirates after her great-grandfather’s legendary treasure; and a contract she has unwittingly signed in blood with Ah Puch himself.
Author: Jennifer Lane
Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez found her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in Jennifer Lane’s Blocked series, it could be her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love.
Medical student Alejandro’s hot Latin looks get him plenty of attention, but his deep faith and admiration for his father keep him on a righteous path, with no time for something as frivolous as love. He strives to do the right thing—study diligently, take care of his siblings, represent the family well—so why does he feel so unfulfilled?
Enter Lucia’s friend and teammate Maddie Brooks, who shines at blocking the ball and acing the serve. Too bad this graduating senior isn’t so confident about her life off the court. Her longtime boyfriend has just bailed on her, and med school applications loom large. Oh, and a nerve-wracking tryout for Team USA also approaches.
Maddie meets Alejandro when he visits Lucia at school, and she’s soon drawn to his sharp mind. Alejandro is similarly intrigued by Maddie’s talent and strength. But will personal biases and family politics smother the slow burn of their attraction? Unless Maddie can learn to believe in herself, and Alejandro can become his own man, their kindling romance hardly stands a chance.
Will either of them be bold enough to try something new? Find out in this emotion-rich story that refuses to shy away from life’s hardest questions. Because love is worth the risk.
Stand Up and Shout
Author: Maria Bernard Claim your destiny, or crash and burn! Jay Sharp is a gifted up-and-coming singer, destined for stardom. The problem is, crippling stage fright holds him back. Jay freezes every time he is in the spotlight. Young runaway Alice Electra is living on the street. She is an amazing guitarist, busking for money. A chance discovery leads her to Jay’s struggling rock band. This is her moment to shine and turn her life around. Despite opposition from hostile, doubting band members, Alice must prove her prowess. Romance blooms between Jay and Alice and they form an unshakable bond. Now, they face a challenge greater than ever. To stay together, they must fight their demons. They have to perform in front of a massive audience at a Las Vegas music festival. This is Jay’s last chance. Failure is no longer an option. Will Jay save his band, keep Alice off the street, and conquer his fear of the stage, or will they crash and burn? Hop on the tour bus and find out!
Until You Set Me Free
Author: D.M. Davis An emotionally charged romance, intertwined with tragedy, force the career-minded heir and his best friend’s irresistible sister to choose between their careers, their hearts, and the safety of the ones they love. Sexy girl-next-door Samantha has no idea how attractive she is. She buries herself in her high school studies, focusing on graduating early from college and heading into a successful tech career. She’s beautiful, sassy, and confident in her abilities, except when it comes to attracting the man she’s afraid to want. Tech guru Joseph’s future is already mapped: he’s expected to join the ranks of the family business, McIntyre Corporate Industries, to head up the technology wing and keep it on the cutting edge. Joseph needs to focus on his future career, his birthright, and not on romancing his roommate’s sister. Will Joseph step up and be the man she needs? Can Samantha trust she’s the woman he wants?
Another Auld Lang Syne
Author: Marie Savage Should old acquaintances be forgot and never brought to mind? Ben and Julie are happy to have found each other and their love grows stronger each day. When their friends, Holly and Mike, announce they are getting married, many questions open up for the new couple. Are either of them ready to take that next step? On a visit to Ben’s hometown to ring in the new year, secrets are revealed that threaten Ben and Julie’s happiness. Is the bond they share strong enough to handle the challenges each of them face?
Sweethearts and Jazz
Author: Rose Andrews Portland, Oregon November 1946 Lila Stevenson, former Broadway singer and actress, has devised a plan to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. A fake relationship arrangement with her coworker starts out as the perfect opportunity for revenge. But his chiseled good-looks are hard to resist and every pretend date stirs her heart with an undeniable warmth. What is a girl to do when real love is the last thing she expected to get out of a silly plan? Cut out the act and figure out if she wants to play for keeps. Kent O’Connor, handyman and stagehand, has agreed to help his crush get back at her ex in order to be close to her. But the leading lady’s sultry appeal and vivacious mannerisms put him in a spin. Realizing faking it won’t cut it, he tries getting her to see it’s him she wants. Determined to win her heart, his tender patience begins to unravel her from the past standing in the way of their future. Now, if only she wouldn’t keep stalling. Convincing her what they share is genuine might just be the hardest task he’s ever faced. Brought together by a friendly arrangement, this pair will discover a love more real than any they could ever fake.
Love at First Sit
Author: Ysa Arcangel Roxanne Mabini, a twenty-five-year-old single mother of twins, joined a speed-dating event just for fun and to get “speed-dating” checked off her bucket list. She wasn’t looking for anything. …Until the devastatingly handsome bartender, Aloysius “Wish” Gregorio, stepped up to fill in for the lack of male participants, mesmerizing Roxanne. Literally, he was every girl’s wish. Finally, she’s met a man who shares her interests. But will a girl whose heart has been shred to pieces learn to trust and love again? When Roxanne’s first love and the father of her children, Chris, drops back into her life, old flames reignite. Chris has been waiting for the right time ever since he was forced to leave her, and now he aims to win her back. Will the chemistry and powerful connection between Roxanne and Wish be strong enough to fight the old flame that is once again burning bright? Roxanne must make a big decision: provide a complete family to her children, or share her life with her heart’s desire. Will she find love, lose it, or know when to walk away?
Under Winter Lights: Part One
Author: Bree M. Lewandowski Ballet is Martina’s world. Always has been. But underneath the stage lights, behind the curtain and choreography is loneliness. On late nights, after rehearsals, in her small apartment, Martina wishes hers wasn’t the only shadow on the wall. But Chicago winter winds are swirling and Martina’s music box world is tipped upside down when she is cast as the lead in the company’s next production. And if that isn’t enough… He’s the “wolf of the Mariinsky Ballet.” A rebel with gray eyes. Maraav Levondovska is a brilliant dancer and Martina can barely admit to herself how watching him take the stage sets her imagination spinning. But company director Alan Jung, the man crippled by the art he loved, seems to find new life in his star ballerina… Three hearts in a dance made for two. A world made of music and motion. Come step Under Winter Lights: Part One!
Heart of Follow
Author: Kara Liane Sometimes you have to follow your heart, but it can be hard to follow. This contemporary steamy romance is a standalone story in this series that will whet your appetite and tease you enough to give you love, drama, comedy, and spice. Thirty-three-year-old Gil Morris works in finance on Wall Street. He finds himself lonely and examining his routine life. He wishes he could shake things up a bit. Twenty-three-year-old student Addison Nichols works in a popular coffee shop near the financial district. She’s been fantasizing recently about a businessman who frequents the store, but he has yet to notice her. She loves to admire him from afar; however, she isn’t quite ready to make her presence known. She’s about to crack, though, and do something out of character to finally approach him. She thinks if she pretends to be someone else she can play a role, and do anything and be anything. Just maybe she can be someone else for one night—to have a taste of what it’s like to be with a man like that. Like Cinderella going to the ball, but in this scenario, it’s not a ballroom—it’s a bedroom. What started out as an innocent fantasy quickly turns into something more because he isn’t interested in bedding her for only one night. Can Addison handle Gil, or does he prove to be “heart” to follow?