Saturday, 26 July 2014

Saturday Promo - Aubrie Dionne...



Blurb:
He’s sworn to protect her, but can he save her from himself?
Danika Rubystone has hated the minstrels ever since her mother ran away with one. As Princess, she’s duty bound to marry Valorian, a minstrel from the House of Song. But problems in the kingdom are mounting. With her father dead she’s the sole heir to an imperiled throne, and wyverns attack Ebonvale’s southern shores. But after Danika finds a lone survivor of a wyvern’s attack who holds the key to protecting the kingdom and she finally meets the enchantingly sly Valorian, everything changes.
As Ebonvale’s Royal Guard sails with the minstrels to smite the uprising of wyverns, Danika dances a line between sticking by duty like her father, or following her wild heart like her mother.


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Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine and BTS Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happy Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her books are published by HarperImpulse, Entangled Publishing, Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Inkspell Publishing, and Lyrical Press. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Welcome romance author, Rachel L. Demeter...




The Frost of Springtime
by Rachel L. Demeter

BLURB:

To rescue her was to rescue his own soul.

On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.

But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age.

Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone—replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.

Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.

BUY LINKS:


Buy the book at:

AMAZON KINDLE:   http://www.amazon.com/Frost-Springtime-Rachel-L-Demeter-ebook/dp/B00ICXN9N2  *Available in the Kindle Lending Library






Excerpt:

The heat of their bodies mingled as one. With each breath, Aleksender drank in the sweet essence of his beloved ward. His mind swam with unorthodox visions and desires. He inclined his head, lost to the power of her nearness, entranced by everything that was Sofia.

“Alek, my Alek …”

 Each word infused Aleksender with a delicious and undeniable warmth. Intoxicated by roses and wintertime, he found it difficult to speak, difficult to think. Breathless, he swallowed and met the haunting depths of her eyes.

 “Please,” she dreamily murmured, “I want you to kiss me again…”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of ten years. She enjoys writing dark, edgy romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and examine the redeeming power of love.

Imagining stories and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mom would jot them down for her. She has a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether sculpting the protagonist or antagonist, she always ensures that every character is given a soul.

Rachel strives to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some common themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness. Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Welcome Wild Rose Press author, Ilona Fridl...




1.              What kind of music do you like?

I love most music; pop, rock, classical, big band, etc. The only two types I'm not real fond of is progressive jazz and country.

2.              Describe your dream home…

Somewhere in the forest wilderness, a log house with huge windows looking out over a stream. It would have a deck surrounded with large trees and a section for a campfire. Inside would be a large fireplace with bookshelves on either side, with overstuffed couch and chairs in front of it. The bedrooms and bath would be in a loft with a balcony. The kitchen would be roomy with lots of counter space. *sigh*

3.              Favorite literary hero & heroine?

This may sound odd, but I liked Jo March and Laurie Lawrence of “Little Women.” The first time I read it, I thought they were the perfect couple and I was furious with Jo for turning him down. I've read it many times since, and loved it, but I think Jo should have accepted Laurie's proposal.

4.              What are you reading now?

“On The Wrong Track” by Steve Hockensmith. It's a comic western about a pair of cowboys who fancy themselves as Holmes and Watson.

5.              What did you do on your last birthday?

My husband cooked dinner and afterward we had a quiet evening.

6.              What comes first, plot or characters?

With me, it's a little of both. I find a time and place that I'm interested in and start research. I look to see what was happening and come up with a plot and characters to inhabit it.

7.              Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Yes, I do. That's the time to get away for awhile. Sometimes a plot isn't working out the way I want it to, so I try different scenes in my head until the right one comes to me.

8.              Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?

Being housebound with a crippled foot, I'd love to be someone who could get around without a wheelchair, like I used to be. But I don't really want to dwell on it. I can get around with my computer, so I'm not entirely caged. My mind is still free.

9.              Tell us about your latest book?

I veered from standard romance and into woman's fiction this time. This is actually the first manuscript I wrote. “Iris Rainbow” was inspired by the song “Your Wildest Dreams” by The Moody Blues. When I heard it, I thought it would make a hell of a story. Also, I had been reading of lovers who were torn apart at a young age and met again later in life after raising a family and losing their spouses through death or divorce. Many of them fell in love again.

10.           What’s next for you?

Right now, I'm working on a western set in Tombstone, Arizona Territory in 1883.

Thank you for hosting me, Rachel!


Blurb: Rebellious teen Teri Darden comes of age in the Summer of Love, 1967, falling hard for Tim Olson, who plays bass guitar in a soon-to-be-famous rock band called Virgin Ram. When the band goes on a lengthy tour, Tim and Teri not only lose touch with each other but the lies of his spiteful ex-girlfriend push Teri into the dark side of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in the San Francisco of the 1960s. As his year-long tour comes to a close, Tim realizes how much he has missed Teri, but his efforts to find her again are futile. He goes from one bad marriage to another yet is always searching for Teri, until they meet again thirty years later. Neither could quite forget the other, but can they rekindle what was lost?

@IFridl





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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Welcome author of the Love Is Never Past Tense series…Janna Yeshanova!



Blurb For Zebra Fish:

*A Contemporary Romance short story, the 3rd in the Love Is Never Past Tense Series*
Newly reunited lovers Janna and Serge thought the world had given them another chance at happiness. After years of separation following a heartbreaking divorce and harrowing escape from post-cold-war Russia, the couple had reconnected through emails, and finally took the leap to see each other in person.

Their reignited spark burns ever brighter as they travel to Egypt for new experiences. Through an impromptu arrest by customs officials, they emerge to a sun-kissed beach paradise. Egypt is everything they hoped it would be and more. On a desert trek with the Bedouins they find a guide, an old friend of Serge’s from Russia.

Experience this poignant tale of a love that spans decades and continents, as this amazing couple travel the world, discovering both their past and their future together.

Praise for LOVE IS NEVER PAST TENSE

“A sensual love story set across contemporary Russian culture. It is inspiring as a reminder of passionate love beyond early youth.” - Dorothy E. Siminovitch, Ph.D., MCC, Coach, Author, Conference speaker and learning consultant

“Can the power of love stand up to time, politics and distance? Two young lovers face turmoil, separation and the fall of their homeland. This intriguing and often painful love story spans for decades of life-altering years, life-altering events, but proves that true love will endure as long as the human heart beats.” - Amazon top 1000 reviewer

“The portrayal of Communist and post-1991 Russia is brilliantly done and made the story so much more than 'just' a romance.” - Amazon top 500 reviewer, Christoph Fischer

“This very modern love story, translated from the original Russian, lets you feel the sorrow, fear and joy of a couple coping with events that reshaped the world. A great, dramatic romance in classic Russian style.” - Amazon reviewer

Anyone who’s ever pondered the eternal question, “What makes life worth living?” can find the answer within the pages of LOVE IS NEVER PAST TENSE
Excerpt from Zebra Fish

There were no more splashes. Serge looked around the dark water, but he did not observe any signs of a sea monster. Gradually they calmed down, and again the cold began to occupy all their attention. They again rubbed each other and embraced. But it only helped for a short time. Serge’s predictions began to come true. A large shiver shook their bodies, and their lower jaws would not submit to the commands of their brains. The lower jaw dangled as if on strings and sparred with the top jaw, producing an intolerable knocking of teeth.
“Serge, are we going to die?” Janna cried out.
“No.”
“We will die. Serge, we will not be able to bear it. Isn’t this terrifying to you?”
“No,” he insisted, “it’s not terrifying, because we will not die. Or, at least, we’ll die somewhere and sometime, but not here, and not now.”
“I feel that for me, this place will be the last. Wait. Don’t speak. Listen. When I am gone, don’t linger. Fasten a lead belt around my body and send me to the depths. You can come here like it’s my grave. Don’t waste your efforts on superfluous expenses: a coffin, transportation to the States, or a funeral. To me it’s all the same, but you would have huge expenses.”
“Are you finished?”
“Promise me!”
“I won’t even think about it. You always taught me that one should only believe in the best, and then it will come true. Stop all this talk about death.”
“One often thinks of death, especially at times like this.”
“While a person lives, he should only think of life, and you’re not going to change my mind about that. I speak as someone who already tried to drown in the bottom of the sea. I crept out then from an impossibly complex situation. This is a piece of cake compared to what happened there, on the Black Sea.”
“The Black Sea is my native sea, and this is a stranger's sea. Red, the color of blood…”
“You are driving yourself into a condition where your body will cease to struggle. Once you convince the body not to resist, the end is inevitable and close.”
Serge took her shoulders and began to shake them in a frenzy. “Get this nonsense out of your head—I’m not asking, I’m ordering you to!”
“Are you the boss, then?” Janna asked, barely audible, and Serge understood that her life forces were quickly leaving her.

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About Janna Yeshanova: Originally from the former Soviet Union, Janna Yeshanova, M.A., M.Ed., escaped to the United States when persecution became violent during the crumbling of her country. Arriving in the United States with her mother and daughter in tow, $126 in her pocket and knowing not a soul, Janna’s talent, experiences and education have helped her become a high end organizational training and development professional. Her exodus story is included in the book.

Founder and principal of Life-Spark, LLC, Janna is a dynamic and powerful life coach, premier trainer and motivational speaker. She leverages her passion and engaging style to help others to overcome adversity and spark the possibilities of their lives.
Love Is Never Past Tense… was published first in Russia and Ukraine in 2009, and is now available in English. It is a fascinating adventurous romance based on a true story.  The two fictional sequels In The Land Of Scarabs and Zebra Fish were published in 2014

Where to find Janna Yeshanova online
Twitter: NeverPastTense
Book trailer: http://ow.ly/q5RMm

Friday, 18 July 2014

Welcome prolific romance writer, Ellen Butler...



So happy to invite back the author of Poplar Place, Ellen Butler. Welcome back, Ellen! I am so looking forward to catching up with you and finding out more about your new release, Heart of Design from Crimson Romance. Let's start with the questions...

1)   Did you set any goals for 2014?
Yes, to survive it. LOL! Between November 2013 and July 2014 I will have 3 newly released books with smaller publishers. What does that mean? Marketing, garnering reviews, public appearances, networking, and running contests. I’ll have two more books release in 2015, so the there’s no getting off this merry-go-round any time soon. I’m looking forward to August 2015, when it will calm down a bit and I can hunker in to write the next series.

2)   How long does it take you to write a 50,000-60,000 word manuscript?
I usually write during the school year from September thru May. If I didn’t have kids, I’d probably be able to bang one out in a considerably shorter time. However, in addition to the marketing – snow days, sick kids, doctor appointments, laundry, and cooking – cut into my writing time. The novella I wrote took me about 4 weeks, due to a deadline. But, 25,000 words is a heck of a lot less than 75,000 which is what my novels tend to run.

3)   Tell us about a new author you’ve recently discovered
I found a new indie Chick Lit writer named, Debbie Howells. She wrote a book titled Wild Flowers that I thoroughly enjoyed.

4)   Tell us about your first car.
My first car was a crappy red Nissan Sentra, stick shift. It had been ridden hard and handed down by my sister. I remember it had one of those pop-up sun-roofs which, accidentally, got left open in the rain a number of times. Luckily, the interior was genuine pleather, so no harm came to it however; we were left with a slight mildew scent. The car had air conditioning, but it sucked so much of the engine’s energy, when you were entering the highway you had to turn the A/C off in order to accelerate quickly enough to join traffic. Once you reached cruising speed of 60 MPH, it would rattle along adequately for the remainder of the trip. However, the vehicle was so light weight that you had to be careful of passing tractor-trailers; they’d practically blow me off the road. The car got me through college and was eventually passed on to a guy delivering Domino’s Pizza. Later, I found out the car died on him within 2 months. Apparently, it preferred women.

5)   Tell us something you’ve lied about?
My weight.

6)   Kissing in public? Yes or no?
Depends, a short smackeroo is sweet. However, a sloppy, tonsil-hockey make-out session should be done behind closed doors.

Title: Heart of Design, first in the Love, California Style series
Author: Ellen Butler
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: July 7, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4405-8364-3
Genre: Romance, Romantic Comedy

Blurb:
Sophie Hartland has recently turned 30, and is five years out from a confidence crushing divorce. She’s sworn off men in favor of making her interior design business a success when her best friend introduces her to LA Heat’s hot, new star, Ian O’Connor. He’s one of Hollywood’s beautiful people, with an Irish accent that makes Sophie’s toes curl. Ian hires her to renovate his home, and at their second meeting he initiates a scorching kiss that knocks her socks off. Even though she would love to drop down and go for it on the funky kitchen floor, Sophie sticks to her guns and enforces her “no dating clients” rule.

The tabloids portray flirtations Ian as Hollywood’s latest playboy who has women falling at his feet, and Sophie refuses to be another notch on his bedpost. But Ian isn’t the type to take no for an answer, and he finds Sophie a refreshing change from the actress wannabes trying hop aboard his new gravy train of success. Using his charm, he tries to persuade Sophie to break the rules.

Can Sophie ignore her traitorous libido and hold Ian off for the next five or six weeks until the renovations are finished? Or will she cave in to his pull on her heartstrings, and end up doing the knicky-knacky on the new velvet sofa? More importantly, can she protect her heart in this game of wills?

Giveaway
Signed Hard Copy of Ellen’s Novel Poplar Place & $5 Starbucks Giftcard



Short Bio:
Ellen Butler in 140 characters or less: author, mother, wife, shoe lover, chocoholic, fashion fan, sarcastic wit, autumn enthusiast, dancer, book worm, and good-time devotee.

Longer Bio:
Ellen Butler lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, and is new to novel writing. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy, and her history includes a long list of writing and editing for dry but illuminating professional newsletters, and windy papers on public policy. The leap to novel writing was simply a creative outlet for Ellen’s over active and romantic imagination to run wild.

Heart of Design is her third release in 9 months. You can find her first two releases, Poplar Place and Second Chance Christmas at Amazon and other major eBook retailers. Professionally, she belongs to the Virginia Writer’s Club, the Northern Virginia Writer’s Club, and is a founding member of the Tempting Romance blog. When she’s not writing, Ellen is either, running around after her children, decorating a neighbor’s house, or holed up in her favorite lounge chair reading. Ellen is an admitted chocoholic and confesses to a penchant for shoe shopping. Book club questions for Ellen’s novels can be found on her website.

Twitter: @EButlerBooks

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Welcome romance writer, Kathleen Shoop….






1.    What do you wish men understood about women?

Oh boy… this is an interesting question. There are long answers and short answers. I’m sure the men would prefer the short answers… so… Are men reading this? I’m going long with this one. Seriously, this question could be answered with bulleted points that women and men have heard countless times before, but really I think a meaningful answer lies with each particular woman. For me, I needed my husband to understand that although I was the parent who would be home with the children while he worked out of the house full time, that my work was no less valuable. Yes, I’m more flexible working from home, but the work still needs to get done. It doesn’t disappear. So every time I panic that I’m not going to meet a deadline and I run around the house yelling, “I have a deadline! I have to work on the weekend! You have to take the kids to lacrosse and swimming and I can’t do it!” He just looks at me and says, “Okay.” And it’s done. To me that is everything. Some women need flowers, some women need treasures, some women need sixteen phone calls a day from their husband…the key is for the man to know what his girlfriend or wife needs and find a way to give it to her.

2.    Do you only work on one book at a time?
I work on multiple books at a time, but all are at different stages. And then at some point I have to stop progress on all of them except the one that has a hard deadline. I was given great advice once when I was writing a lot of nonfiction and had multiple fiction projects going at the same time. My friend Judy said, “You’re going to have to pick one and just finish it.” I wasn’t expecting to hear that as I felt inspired by all the different projects going at once. I never got “stuck.” But I’ve come to realize that to really delve into a book and reveal its heart and soul, I needed to let that book have total access to my brain, my creative centers. I still collect ideas for my other projects while one of them is predominant. I still gather research ideas, character traits and scenes that go into other books, but I’ve learned my work will go faster and be stronger when at a certain point I give over completely to just one project.

3.    Who is your favorite fictional couple?
Wow… I think my all-time favorite couple is Harry and Sally from When Harry Met Sally. That movie—the dialogue and plot is perfection. I’m sure that has a lot to do with the actors who played Harry and Sally, but I just think that’s a brilliant romance that feels modern and fresh even though it’s… how old? It’s old, but boy does it stand the test of time. Literary couple… I really loved the story of Jacob and Marlena in Water for Elephants. That book has a special place in my heart because when I read it I knew for sure I could write historical fiction. Something about its structure, the back and forth of the plotlines and the mystery of the character’s lives over time just clarified my next writing project. And the love…I was mesmerized by Jacob and Marlena’s developing love.

4.    Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
This is very commercial, but it fits most situations when I feel hesitant to do something… Just Do It! I realize if the question was, “Should I drink all night?” that quote would not be as helpful to leading a productive life, but for me when I become reticent or worried, I find myself saying that and usually action is the best, next step in life. Or not. Sometimes that quote fits when I’m run ragged and I need to just sit a minute (I am working around having Multiple Sclerosis and my treatment is supposed to involve “rest and listening to my body!” Anyone with kids knows how silly that is.) and I feel as though it’s lazy to do such a thing and again, Just Do It! Comes to mind. Not very deep, but practical, for sure.

5.    Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?
I have daily goals, but they are different depending on what time of year it is and what stage my deadlined project is in. When writing first drafts I aim to write 1600 words a day. That’s easy for me to do in two hours time. Revision is tougher for me. Reworking and piecing together, ripping apart, developing, expanding, getting rid of—all of these tasks require slower, reasoned work that I find is much harder to assign a quantifiable amount of work to be done in a given day. I make sure when the kids are in school I write as though I had an office job with a boss who wants to see me in my chair at work. There are times I need to do errands or go to doctors appointments but I really try to keep that time for writing. But I also throw in exercise as it’s part of my MS course of treatment and it also is a form of meditation for me that works to solve plot and character issues as I write. I’ve learned to view that time as writing time as much as the hours at the keyboard. So, it depends. There’s no question that drafting, belting out 1600 words a day leads to the most satisfying sense of accomplishment—at least until I get to the stage of editing where everything is there and I’m messing with sentences, making them sound the way I want—that is extremely satisfying and leaves me feeling accomplishment. The middle—the ugly revision stage when I’m not sure where it’s going—feels the least productive, even though it’s the most important.

6.  What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why? I love, love, love Twitter. Facebook is awesome, but I was a late adopter to that and I feel a little like I’m in the carpool lane at my kids’ school on Facebook. I’m hyper aware of everything I write—should it be long, like a blog post? Should I write short and witty? Is anyone even seeing my post? But with Twitter, for me, there’s a larger sense of community even though I KNOW very few of my Twitter followers from my “face-to-face” life. It’s a strange thing, I realize. But I love the brevity, the lightness, the humor on Twitter. I feel like everyone’s more sensitive on Facebook. Again, that’s just my experience I think most people feel better about Facebook than me, but for some reason, Twitter is a fit. With all that said, I do like posting to my author page on Facebook—for obvious reasons, it doesn’t feel icky to talk about my books there!

7.    What are you working on now?

I am working on a novella that will go into a book called, Holiday Bliss. It’s an anthology series—the series that launched Home Again and led to Return to Love—the novel I just launched. The heroine in the holiday story was introduced in Return to Love and will fall in love over the course of her own tale. I’m also finishing up books two and three in the Letter Series which started with The Last Letter—my first historical fiction endeavor.

Publication date July 2014
April and Hale Abercrombie’s love is tender and sweet. While he serves in Vietnam, their marriage is marked by trust and the belief that they will grow old together with a gaggle of grandchildren at their feet. But, their charmed marriage changes in the face of losing their newborn daughter.
On leave from his tour, Hale can barely wait to hold his wife and her help her heal. When he arrives, his embrace, his touch, and his love are as perfect as April remembered. Their reunion is passionate and their physical connection is strong and soothing. But, April’s heartache remains.
Hale stumbles through his attempts to prove to April that their future will be rich and full of wonder. His good-hearted, but take-charge approach causes her to retreat. Even in grief, April can see Hale’s earnestness, yet she finds solace in putting space between them. They must learn trust that real love will endure even in the face of all that has gone wrong.
Set on the beaches of the Outer Banks, Return to Love is the second book in the Endless Love series. Book one, Home Again, was named a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. 
*Please note, Book One (Home Again) in the series is a novella and is also available for reviewers*
Buy link for Home Again
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Excerpt

Chapter 1

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Autumn 1970

Hale’s lungs were tight as he gripped his duffel in one hand and held his uniform over his shoulder with the other. He flew up the steps of the small fishing cottage that his wife was renting from the Shelby family and arrived on the wide porch. He had imagined the moment he’d see her so many times that he felt like he was performing a play. He dropped the duffel right there and knocked on the screen door. Why was he knocking? She knew he was coming. He threw the door open and walked into the small entry. It opened into the family room. He wiped his feet while he scanned the space. “April!”
His heart beat fast and heavy. Yes, he was home under difficult circumstances. Hale’s wife was having difficulty coping with the stillbirth of their daughter. He was worried for her and knew if his skipper granted hardship leave that things must be bad. Yet he was determined, sure as he had finally arrived at the Outer Banks, he was confident that he could make her well. He just needed to see her, to hold her, to tell her everything was going to be okay.
The Guess Who’s “No Sugar Tonight” was playing on the radio. The tune brought a smile to his face. He rushed down the hallway and poked his head into two bedrooms and a bathroom before finding the room April had been using. He tucked his naval uniform into the closet, went back to the kitchen, and turned off the radio, straining to hear any noise that might signal April’s location. He went back outside, inhaling the salty air.
Where was she? He leapt off the porch and crossed the gravelly lane called Beach Road stepping onto the sand, craning his neck to catch a glimpse of her. A seagull clipped Hale’s head as it landed off to the side then flipped a whitefish into its mouth. As far as he could see, the beach was empty, yet he thought he should walk it, search for April. He didn’t know which direction she would have walked, but he started out anyway.
Heading south, a flock of black birds escorted him from above. Scores of them moved together like one great wing flapping in the wind. The whoosh of their collective descent was punctuated by their coarse, throaty screams.
The sand worked into Hale’s shoes, each particle stabbing at the skin below his ankles. He pushed one shoe off and then the other, leaving them near a smattering of driftwood that had been pushed ashore by high tide. The birds dropped, their calls growing louder, drowning out the surf. One by one the black skimmers rained from the sky like bombs, their red beaks bright against the gray sky that had crept in with Hale’s arrival. Some of the birds landed in the shoals and poked and prodded at the sand.
He came upon the largest cluster of birds, the beige sand peeking out in small patches among the blackness, and his eye went to a different form, a woman sitting rod straight, motionless in the center of the black avian shroud. Her blonde hair whipped in the wind like the sea grass at his feet. Hale stopped. His heart thumped. April. He willed himself to breathe, to move toward her. He’d never seen such a sight, the way she seemed partly born of the sand, partly able to sprout wings and fly away.
“April!” he said, waving even though her back was to him.
She did not respond. He called again, his words turned back to him by the stiff ocean gales. He jogged toward her, weaving in between napping skimmers, hopping over those that were too busy eating to move out of his way.
When he had nearly reached April, he halted again. He suddenly felt nervous about his excitement; he felt her sadness as though they shared the same soul. He’d never seen such a stunning sight in his life. Her elegance was apparent even sitting on a beach, in the middle of birds. She turned her head slightly, her profile facing him. His stomach flipped. Oh my God, is she beautiful. The wind tossed her hair, making her appear as though she were posing for a magazine shoot.
Even from a distance, even from the side, he thought he could see the sparkle of her blue eyes. The way they were set, wide on her face, made it seem as though he saw something slightly different every time he looked at her, something more, something alluring, hypnotizing. Those eyes.


About the Author

Amazon Top-100 Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance.
Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

GIVEAWAY!!



Overall tour giveaway is 3 x $15/£10 Amazon Gift Cards plus 1 x recipe book (ties in with Return to Love) Renewal “Anytime” 10 Day Detox by Lisa Consiglio Ryan.


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