These two books about love have very different circumstances. One is a new life and love. The other is a bridge from tragedy to love. Please read and if you enjoyed it, I would Love for you to leave a review. They are both on sale for a limited time for only 99 cents each. My happy holiday gifts to you!
Excerpt from OUR TIME TO LOVE
… a bridge to love, a tribute to all our heroes
The pumpkin pie was in the oven.
Neal tossed the Mail on the table. "Smells wonderful. Remember, I don't send bills out in December. They know what they owe. No need to remind them."
"You're offering amnesty in Dec? How will we place orders for meds?" She picked through the mail. "What's this? Something from the Miami Dolphins? Maybe they're making a donation to the clinic."
"Yeah, sure. Just toss it."
"But you're a fan. Don't you want to know what they're up to?"
"I'm not interested."
She ripped the envelope open. "Well I am. Look Neal, it's a letter addressed to you."
He turned away.
She was quiet, reading. "It's for you, Neal. They want... "
"I know. We've been through this before."
"But it's an honor. A hero's honor for saving lives that night."
"I'm no hero. I didn't save the most important person in my life."
"You saved the most important person in Derrick Swift's life. To him you're a hero."
"Yeah, well... Maria's family would disagree."
"Derrick Swift is the most decorated quarterback in Dolphin's history. Even I know his name. His pregnant wife was there that night. They both lived, mother and baby. That's something to celebrate."
Neal started to walk out.
"I think you should go back. Let them thank you. Show their gratitude. It's important to them."
Neal stopped at the door. "No."
"Have you ever been back?"
"Hell no! And it's not going to happen." Neal grabbed a jacket and headed outside to jog.
Gwyn turned to look out the window. Red leaves drifting. Bare limbs. Evergreens standing firm and strong. Was this where their love was going? Drifting away...
Or standing firm? Would they always be dogged by this tragedy? She knew one thing, if he didn't resolve this, it would always be there. Dogging them both.
The oven buzzed and she remembered the Pumpkin Pie. She pulled it out and set it on the counter. It didn't look like her mama's pie. A little taste revealed the problem. Salt instead of sugar! She opened the back door and flung the pie outside, hard as she could. She yelled in frustration.
Two grazing deer lifted their heads. Who is this crazy, screaming person? Then they bounded away.
… a new view of the West
She is aggressive, but not too much. He is tough, but not too much. Both are too passionate to stay apart.
"You are the damnedest female I've ever met."
"I wanted to see what it would feel like to kiss you. I've thought about it a long time." Kyla felt her throat closing up and wondered if it was possible to choke to death over a simple kiss.
"Nice touch," Kyla replied after a moment's consideration.
"I've never known a woman like you." Griff shook his head.
"You've never had a woman kiss you?" She touched his lips lightly with one finger.
"I've never had a woman make the first move before."
"That's too bad. You've been missing out."
Suddenly Griff’s powerful hands grasped her forearms, whipping her around to face him. "You want to know what it's like to really kiss me, Kyla? That wasn't anything." His lips captured hers and she leaned into the kiss, enjoying it thoroughly. This was what she wanted all along.
I am fascinated by the Southwest history that is filled with stories of strong and brave heroines, women who rolled up their sleeves and did what was necessary to make it.
Women tended the kitchen, the livestock, and the kids. They ran ranches, businesses and towns. And so do my contemporary heroines in Under the Desert Sky and Under the Desert Moon. Lacy and Annie are friends helping friends, even as their well-intentioned lives sometimes fringe the law.
Under the Desert Sky pays tribute to those Arizona families who struggle in boom or bust western mining towns. Lacy sees a job that needs doing and steps up to do it. Being a small-town mayor is not her first career choice, but she grows into the job. She hires the hero to rebuild her town. And against his free-wheeling spirit, Holt discovers new passions for settling down. Sometimes refurbishing the past can enhance the future.
In Under the Desert Moon, Annie bravely carries on the tradition of running her family apple farm. It’s not an easy job in Arizona, so hiring migrant workers is often the way it works for all. She finds herself south of the law but is determined to do the right thing. Brett is a man with his own traditions to uphold, and he has a badge to prove it. In this ageless story, a clash of traditions threatens their love. So, who will be the winner?
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REFRIGERATOR NOTES TO SELF
What used to be family communications taped to the refrigerator door now tend to be messages to myself. Something encouraging for my current project. But I wonder, are they helpful, truthful, worthwhile?
Here's one I like:
Don’t look back. You aren’t going that way. However, so much of life is serendipitous that I hate to limit the future with only what I know. Let the story flow. This is the philosophy for my heroine in my new novel. She needs to move forward but doesn't know in which direction. Yet.
I like this one even better:
Make sure every step is taking you in the direction you want to go. Even if it's a side step for now.
This gives me room to roam in my heroine's shoes. Gives her opportunity to discover. To sidestep. To find herself. Maybe to fall into love again.
What’s on your refrigerator door message board? Has it changed over the years? What do you tell yourself about letting go, looking back and heading forward? Do you have a better message for me and my heroine?
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Read my love stories and find yourself falling in love all over again.
SPEAK TO THE WIND – She dares to fall for an Apache leader.
RARE BREED – Two stories in one, 2 different eras, 2 irresistible Navajo men.
TEXAS SIZZLE – East Coast lady and Cowboy with a heart of gold steam it up Texas style.