I am so excited to see an idea I birthed way back in January come to fruition. What makes this collection even more special to me is that all the authors are bloggers on the inspy romance blog.
Today I’m going to tell you about my contribution to the collection, Until I met You. This story is a prequel to The Reluctant Groom and was inspired by characters in that book. Here’s the back cover blurb.
Graphic designer, Brandi Prescott hopes to work her way to the top at the Seattle ad agency where she’s employed. She’s dedicated and distraction-free since she’s taking a hiatus from men to focus on her relationship with the Lord as well as get to know herself without the influence of another person.
Software engineer Ian Parker is in a good place. He loves his job, his social life, and the direction his life is going. At least that is the case until one fateful rainy morning when he inadvertently drenches a woman standing on a street corner. He pulls over to apologize and is intrigued. The only problem is, she won’t go out with him because she made a pledge to not date for six months.
Brandi’s six-month pledge ends on Christmas. Will Ian wait or will his scheming to get to know her destroy what might have been?
If you read The Reluctant Groom then Brandi and Ian will be familiar to you. :) I thought they needed their own book and meet cute, and boy is their meet cute a doozy.
Here is an except from Until I Met You.
Early Saturday morning, Brandi Prescott held her latte in one hand and opened the door to leave her favorite coffee shop in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. She raised her hood and tightened the belt of her trench coat as rain pounded the ground.
“Bring it on.” She tilted her head and spoke to the black cloud overhead. Nothing was going to ruin her good mood. It might be a dreary fall day, but it was the weekend, and she planned to spend it reading beside a cozy fire in her apartment a few blocks away.
She walked to the crosswalk and frowned at the huge puddle of water blocking her path. How had it rained that much in such a short time? When she’d crossed the street, ten minutes ago, it had been fine. No way could she use the crosswalk without soaking her feet. She should have worn rubber boots instead of sneakers.
A vehicle careened through the yellow light. “Oh no!” She ducked her head as a wave of water splashed over her, knocking her latte from her hand. She balled her fists at her sides and glared after the red SUV.
“Of all the nerve!” She wiped water from her face, which had managed to get her even though she’d ducked her head.
The car braked and pulled into a parking spot. A man with dark hair hopped out. He jogged toward her. “Are you okay? I didn’t notice the standing water until it was too late.”
She squared her shoulders and raised her chin. “My coffee is ruined, and I’m soaked. Otherwise, I’m fine.” She bent down and picked up the paper cup and the plastic lid that had popped off.
“I’m really sorry. Let me get you a new one.”
She studied the man a moment. His neatly trimmed beard and mustache framed a young face with kind brown eyes. “That would be nice. Thank you.”
“It’s the least I can do, considering I nearly drowned you.”
She chuckled. “Well, I don’t know if I’d go that far. My coat did a pretty good job of keeping me dry.”
He raised a brow. “Come on. Let’s get out of the rain.” He walked toward the coffee shop and pulled open the door. “After you.”
I hope you enjoyed the excerpt! You can pick this book up on Amazon for only 99¢ or read it for free with Kindle Unlimited. Here’s the link. A Christmas to Remember.
Do you have any holiday traditions? Here in the US Thanksgiving is a big deal and in my opinion it’s the kick off to Christmas. I love Thanksgiving, and if memory serves, every one of my Christmas books has a Thanksgiving scene in it.
What is your favorite part of the holidays? For me it’s gathering with family and friends.
If the holidays aren’t your thing what is the last Christian contemporary romance you read?