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Featured Title: Coming to Terms with Love

From Christina: It’s with great pleasure today that I share a few thoughts from author Dilys J. Carnie, whose title Coming to Terms with Love was voted as the “Readers’ Choice” winner last month. Please join with me in welcoming Dilys…and in learning more about her winning title.

Living the Dream

by Dilys J. Carnie

DACMy home is on the beautiful island of Anglesey on the west coast of North Wales with my family. I am extremely close to all my family members and enjoy spending time with them. I am the proud mother of two grown up children. My daughter, Emma, is a primary school teacher and my son, Christopher, is part of the family business. Anglesey has been my home since the age of eleven after moving here from Scotland with my mum and dad and three sisters.

As a young child I loved to write. I always carried a notebook and pen around with me and wrote about everything. It was a dream to become a published author. However sometimes in life our dreams get pushed to one side as mine did. So, dare I say at the young age of fifty plus I think it is time for me to see if those dreams are everything I hoped they would be…and hey, it’s never too late to go and grab that dream!

I have been through many major changes in my working life ranging from a Diana nurse, running my own skin care business, helping with the family run bus company and even hairdressing, but my heart as always belonged to putting words on paper and making them come to life.

Five years ago I managed to get in contact with my best friend from Scotland who I hadn’t seen for over forty years. She lives in America and every year without fail I make the trip over to North Carolina and visit with her and her gorgeous family. This is where I have gained a lot of inspiration for many of my stories especially The Fitzgerald Brothers in Chesapeake.

I am living my lifelong dream of becoming an author something which I never imagined happening. If I had to give any advice to an un-published author it would be ‘Never give up the dream’ because I never did.

COMING TO TERMS WITH LOVE

Coming to Terms with Love by Dilys J Carnie

Her past destroys her confidence for the future.
But when she meets the giant of a man Corey, her heart beats a little faster. Then the doubt sets in and she refuses to acknowledge any kind of chemistry. No man would look at her, and she had a son…a son that she was fighting to keep.

He tries to fight what he feels, but he has serious doubts at his resistance.
Corey finds a part of him he didn’t know existed and can’t help falling in deeper than he ever thought possible. Trying to come to terms with his feelings brings him a peace of mind that was totally unexpected. And when an old enemy of Beth’s turns up on the doorstep he steps forward to put an end to her past. Will this be the beginning to their future together?

Excerpt 1

The air was like a magnetic field, as if sparks were pinging around them in the air. She watched as he controlled himself, she admired the way he had not argued with her. Her own heart hammered against her ribs, it had been so close…so very close she couldn’t imagine the horror that would have been on his face if he had moved his hand any closer.

Beth tried to catch her own breath as she watched him in the moonlight. It seemed that every nerve ending in her body was tingling in a way she had never experienced before.

“I should apologize…only I’m not sorry,” he whispered in between the harshness of his breathing.

He looked at her and she trembled all over again. “Apologize for what? It was just a kiss.”

He stood straight moving closer to her making her take a step back.

“Just a kiss?”

“I…well a good kiss,” she stammered.

He laughed out loud. “Good? Be serious, Beth, you felt that as much as I did.” He took a step closer tilting her chin with his fingers. His gaze penetrated hers and she shook her head dislodging his fingers, taking a step back.

“Okay it was sensational…you’re a good kisser. So what? Plenty of men are.”

He sucked in a breath before he spoke.

“I touched you and the searing heat from you set me on fire, when we kissed your tongue wrapped itself round me so hard that I became part of you. The air around us is so charged that if someone dropped a match, it would explode.”

They were words she didn’t want to hear, she didn’t need him to tell her how it was for God’s sake she knew but…but there was no way in hell that she was ready for this. How could she expect someone else to accept her body when she was still coming to terms with it herself. The verve of the last few minutes started to leave her body and the realization of what had happened took over.

“Beth—”

She knew he was waiting for her to say something; she wanted to try and be as honest as she could.

“You’re right, we did…connect but it can’t go any further than this…I don’t want it.”

“Baloney.” He pushed his hands into his pockets scowling at her. “The minute we set eyes on each other we knew what it would be like once we touched, why the hell did you think that I left so quickly the other day?”

Excerpt 2

“Why is she staying in the cabin? Has she bought it?”

“Yes she bought it about three months ago.”

“Strange that a single woman would hide herself in the depths of a mountain with several feet of snow outside her door.”

“You mean as strange as a single guy who’s been hiding for three months up there?”

He glowered at his brother. “That’s different, I’m recovering.”

“Whatever, brother, but she just might be doing the same thing.”

“What do you mean?” His voice lowered.

“You do know, Corey, she has been—”

He turned completely round to face Gabe. “What?”

“Nothing. Eva would kill me and besides it’s not up to me to say anything.”

“Gabe, you can’t stop there, what?”

“Ah look there’s Eva on her way over. Sorry, bud, I’m afraid I’m going to have to go and sweep her of her feet dancing the night away.”

“Gabe, don’t you dare walk away from me.” His eldest brother just laughed and turned away, sweeping his wife up into his arms. Damn if they didn’t look perfect together.

What the hell had Gabe been about to say?

Corey couldn’t pull his gaze away from Beth, there was something about her that drove his libido into a mind of its own…she was sexy but she was trying to hide it and now when he looked at her, really looked at her, he could see that she held herself away and although the dance was sensual she was aloof with her body but she was laughing.

He glanced back at his brother dancing with Eva, and Gabe mouthed “ask her to dance” pointing with a nod of his head at Beth. Corey started to feel uncomfortable and tugged at his ear. He wanted to punch his brother who was smirking from a distance. He looked across the room where Beth was sitting down with a champagne glass in her hand.

“Well, hell,” he muttered under his breath but couldn’t stop his feet from putting one in front of the other. It was as if she could sense his approach and she turned her head to watch him. Her dark green eyes were bright, he almost tripped over his heart beat. Her soft pink lips parted as her cheeks suffused with color.

She looked around her; he knew she was hoping to escape. Corey came to a stop directly behind her and he could sense she knew he was there because her shoulders stiffened.

She looked up at Micah asking him if he would like to dance again, her voice held a pleading tone, he glowered at his friend narrowing his eyes, warning him that it would not be in his best interests to take her up on that offer. Micah understood as Corey knew he would, his friend put his hand up, grinned back and waved his arm in front of him for Corey to go forward. Corey fashioned a grin on his face before turning back to the woman sitting in the chair.

“I believe, Beth Giles, you owe me a dance and an explanation.”

“I don’t think so,” she replied. Her back was straight, her face taut as she reached for Micah’s hand.

Corey moved round the chair like a flash taking hold of her fingers in his own before she could grasp onto Micah. His friend grinned unashamedly at Corey. He was one of the few men he knew apart from his brothers who was not intimidated by his stare.

 

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Readers’ Choice Award – March Titles

Now that you’ve had a chance to look over the blurbs and book covers on the “25 Words or Less” feature, what books have intrigued you?

TFLRCA January 2014

Please vote for your favorite and the book selected will be featured as a “Reader’s Choice” next month. You may vote for up to three titles, but you can only vote once. Book titles will appear in random order. Voting is now open and will run for one week. You will be able to see the results after you’ve voted.

If you’d like to review the covers and blurbs, please click HERE.

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Featured Title: Chasing Love

Last month, readers voted Chasing Love by  Tamara Hoffa as the title they’d most like to see featured at Time for Love.  I wanted to know more about the story, as well, so I asked Tamara to share a few thoughts.

She’ll also be giving away an ebook copy of Chasing Love. For a chance to win, please leave a comment.  

“Chasing Love”

Tamara Hoffa

Chasing Love is book 2 in the Circle R Ranch series. I live in a small town in Tennessee and the Ryan brothers could be my neighbors. There are lots of advantages and disadvantages to living in a small town, especially small towns in the south: everyone knows your business and they aren’t afraid to share.

Chasing Love by Tamara Hoffa

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What the hell am I going to do? I acted like a royal slut last night. I am so stupid! How am I ever going to live this down? The whole town will think I’m a whore. I’m going to have to move!

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Aside from her actions making the tongues in town wag, Samantha has some serious self-esteem issues to deal with.

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“But, why? I can’t imagine you lack for female company. What would you want with a fat old lady like me?”

Chase shook her by the shoulders again. “Did you just seriously call yourself fat and old? Lady you are not fat, you have curves in all the right places, and believe me I know. I explored them all.”

Samantha could feel her cheeks heat at his words.

“And as for being old. That’s just ridiculous. I know it was your birthday, and women are weird about those kinds of things, but what are you, twenty-five, twenty-six?”

“Thirty,” she mumbled.

“Oh, so that’s the big deal. The big three O has you feeling old. Well, I’ll have you know lady, the woman I slept with last night wasn’t old. She was hot and sexy and amazing.”

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Chase has to overcome Samantha’s fears and anxiety in order to get her to give them a chance at a relationship.

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Samantha continued to shake her head. “I’m not going to go out with you, Chase.”

Chase leaned in close, until his breath brushed her lips. “Yes, you will,” he said as he lightly brushed his lips against hers. She inhaled and caught a tantalizing scent, man and a woodsy aftershave that smelled divine.

Chase traced the edge of her lips with his tongue and she opened with a sigh. He took quick advantage of her acceptance and swept his tongue into her mouth, exploring with consummate skill and passion.

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He devises a plan. He’d woo Samantha the old fashion way, with a little help from his mother and the ladies from the little league team he coaches, Chase sets out to win his lady love. She may run, but his name isn’t “Chase” for nothing and he always gets what chases after. This time it’s the prize of a lifetime.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE ENTERED IN  TAMARA’S GIVEAWAY.

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SUNDAY MORNING AT 8 AM CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME.

 

For more western romance, check out Book One in Tamara’s Circle R Ranch series. Roping Love is available as a free download at Amazon. 

The Winner is…Tamara Hoffa

Congratulations go to Tamara Hoffa, winner of Time for Love’s “Readers’ Choice” Award for February.

Last month, a number of different romance authors shared short blurbs about their books. Readers were then able to vote for their favorites.

Results of the voting can be viewed here.

1st Place: Tamara Hoffa

Chasing Love

This story will be featured at Time for Love on Friday, March 7.

Chasing Love by Tamara Hoffa

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2nd Place: Tea Cooper

Passionfruit and Poetry

Passionfruit and Poetry by Tea Cooper

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3rd Place: Linda Rae Sande

Tuesday Nights

Tuesday Nights by Linda Rae Sande

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Honorable Mention goes to Tricia Andersen and Samantha Combs

Please continue to show your support for these talented romance authors by reading and sharing their stories. Your reviews and encouragement keep us going, so please take a moment to show your appreciation to authors whose stories you’ve enjoyed.

Readers’ Choice Award – February Titles

Now that you’ve had a chance to look over the blurbs and book covers on the “25 Words or Less” feature, what books have intrigued you?

TFLRCA January 2014

Please vote for your favorite and the book selected will be featured as a “Reader’s Choice” next month. You may vote for up to three titles, but you can only vote once. Book titles will appear in random order. Voting is now open and will run for one week. You will be able to see the results after you’ve voted.

If you’d like to review the covers and blurbs, please click HERE.

Note: Comments are closed on this post.

Featured Title: Chalkboard Romance

Last month, readers voted Chalkboard Romance by  Melissa Keir as the title they’d most like to see featured at Time for Love. When I talked to Melissa about her book, she explained that the story was inspired by personal experience. 

She shared a few thoughts about Chalkboard Romance and the pitfalls of parent-teacher relationships.

“Chalkboard Romance”

Melissa Keir

Chalkboard Romance was a story I had in my head for a while. I’ve been a teacher for over twenty years and seen how much has changed over that time. I really wanted to have a character like Lauren who loved her job. She’s passionate about teaching and helping the children. It’s a job that never ends. Teachers take their worries and concerns over their students home with them each night.

I also wanted to write a story that had the conflict of a teacher dating a parent of one of her students. I ended up marrying a former student’s parent. The situation made for some interesting conflicts in my own life. Other teachers felt that I was setting the school up for a negative backlash. Parents were shocked and students were happy. Like a small town, you can’t keep gossip out of schools, so everyone knew my business.

Other than Lauren’s love of her job and worry over her students, she is nothing like me. I hope you enjoy this erotic fictional romance about a teacher and the parent she falls in love with.

Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir

Excerpt from Chalkboard Romance

“Wait for the car to stop, Todd.” Lauren kept Todd safe close by.

The driver’s side door opened and out stepped the man from her late night sexual fantasies, Mac. Her mouth dropped open. What? Why is he here? Her mind raced with unanswered questions. Todd pulled his hand out of her grasp before running toward the car.

Mac only had eyes for his son. When Todd launched himself into his arms, he pulled him close, then looked up at the woman standing on the curb. As his gaze met hers, Mac’s eyes widened.

“Hello, again,” he said. His deep voice sent chills down her back. Lauren stood staring at the man she dreamed of each night.

“You’re Todd’s dad?” Her voice shook. Stunned, Lauren paused in shock.

“Dad, Dad, Dad…” Todd tugged on his dad’s arm. “Let’s go. I’m ready to go home.” Todd’s impatience was evident to everyone.

“I’ve been searching for you. I tried to find you. I even contacted Draikoh San. He wouldn’t tell me your full name or give me your number.” Mac took a step toward Lauren.

She couldn’t believe he’d thought of her too. “You did?” Maybe this was God’s way of telling her something. After all, she did say if they were meant to be…Lauren’s thought trailed off as she noticed Todd’s desperation.

“Dad…Dad…I want to leave.” Todd’s body shook. He jumped up and down trying to get his father’s attention.

“Just a moment, son.” Mac walked over toward Lauren with a purposeful stride.

Is he going to kiss me? Excitement over Mac’s body being this close to her took her breath away. She held her breath and closed her eyes. Please, please.

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DID YOU ENJOY THIS EXCERPT?

Please leave a comment and let Melissa know.

You can purchase Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir

at the following online booksellers:

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The Winner is…Melissa Keir

Congratulations go to Melissa Keir, winner of Time for Love’s “Readers’ Choice” Award.

Last month, a number of different romance authors shared short blurbs about their books. Readers were then able to vote for their favorites.

Results of the voting can be viewed here.

1st Place: Melissa Keir

Chalkboard Romance

This story will be featured at Time for Love on Friday, February 7.

Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir

 

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2nd Place: Flossie Benton Rogers

Mind Your Goddess

Mind Your Goddess by Flossie Benton Rogers

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3rd Place: Liza O’Connor

Worst Week Ever

Worst Week Ever by Liza OConnor

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Honorable Mention goes to Tea Cooper and Marie Lavender.

And THANKS go out to all readers who voted.

Please continue to show your support for these talented romance authors by reading and sharing their stories. Your reviews and encouragement keep us going, so please take a moment to show your appreciation to authors whose stories you’ve enjoyed.