Happy day before Valentine’s Day! That might sound strange coming from me since I’ve made no secret that I’m not a fan of the day, but this year I’m embracing it. I’ve decided the day is what I make of it. I’m trying not to have any expectations. Instead I’m celebrating the release of the first indie book I’ve ever done on my own.
A Love Song for Kayla was previously published as A Valentine for Kayla in 2015 by my original publisher. Although it’s not necessarily a Valentine’s Day book it does open up the day before Valentines. It’s one of my favorite books I’ve ever written because I can relate so well to Kayla, but I love Derek. :) Here is a short excerpt.
I hate Valentine’s Day.” Kayla Russell secured a flower arrangement in the delivery box, then moved on to the next one in a long line of vases and baskets filled with colorful flowers and greenery. Everywhere she looked there were hearts or cupids to remind her of the dreaded day.
Her best friend and business partner, Jill, shot her the look—the one that said Spare me. “I’m sure if you had a boyfriend, you’d feel differently.”
“Unlikely. Think about it—no matter how you look at it, unless your man is Prince Charming, there’s no way he can live up to the hype. The day is one big disappointment.”
“I’m glad everyone doesn’t feel that way or you and I would be out of business. Have you looked at the orders? I’m going to be working all night just to get everything finished in time for Charlie to deliver tomorrow.” Kayla bit her bottom lip. Flowers and More depended on successful holidays to keep their doors open. Sure, they stocked gifts and music, but the big money came from days like Valentine’s. She glanced at the clock. “I wish the UPS guy would get here. He’s late, and I needed the cards for the flowers yesterday.”
“Use one of the generic cards with our logo. No one will care if there’s not a heart on the card.”
“I care. I may not like the day, but I want our customers to feel treasured and loved.” Kayla fluffed and straightened a bow around a clear vase—perfect.
“For someone who despises the most romantic day of the year, you’re quite the romantic.” A tiny smile crossed Jill’s face before her brow puckered. “This arrangement is cramping my hand.”
“Want me to take over?”
Jill’s gaze shot to her. “No way. The last time you arranged something, I had to tear it apart and start over.”
“I’m not that bad anymore. I’ve been watching you. I’m sure I’ve improved.” She crumpled a sheet of tissue paper and flung it at Jill.
“Mmm-hmm. You keep telling yourself that, but leave the floral design to me. You stick to making bows and running the store.”
The bell on the entrance jingled. “I hope that’s UPS.” Kayla rushed through the swinging door into the main part of their shop and stopped mid-step. That was not their normal UPS guy. This one hummed a familiar worship song and walked with a bounce in his step.
He stopped humming when his eyes rested on hers. “Afternoon.” He handed her a small box. “Busy day.”
She tore her gaze from his twinkling azure eyes. “Yes, here, too.” She raised the box. “Thanks—I’ve been waiting for these.”
“Welcome. Have a good one.”
“Come again soon.” The last word died on her lips as she realized how ridiculous she sounded. He’d be back only if she had something shipped UPS. It wasn’t as if he were a customer.
He winked and strode his toned body out the door, then hopped into the large brown truck and rumbled down the road.
“Come again soon?” she muttered. He probably thought she was a nutcase, and today that wouldn’t be far from the truth. But, oh, he was something, and so polite, too. Kayla mentally ticked through her must-have list of qualities for a husband. Tall, handsome, kind eyes, sings, loves the Lord—
“Earth to Dreamer. Come in, Dreamer.” Jill waved a hand in front of her face. Kayla blinked rapidly and stepped back. “What did I miss?”
“I was going to ask you the same thing. I haven’t seen that look on your face since.. .forever. What gives?”
“The new UPS driver caught my eye, and I made a fool of myself.”
Here is the back cover blurb.
When two strangers cross paths their lives are forever altered.
Ever since she was sixteen Kayla Russell has dreamed of her perfect man. She even went so far as to make a list of desired qualities. The list has proven to be a bust since no man is that perfect, at least until she meets Derek. But will his secrets come between them and destroy what could have been something wonderful?
When music superstar Derek Parker comes to small town Oregon to escape the paparazzi he goes incognito as a deliveryman. He wants to leave his old life behind, but it proves to be harder than he realized when his past finds him. Now the woman he has come to care for feels deceived and no longer wants anything to do with him.
This book is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, so if you subscribe you can read it for free. Here is the link. http://amzn.to/2kl4Urd
What are you thoughts on Valentine’s Day? Love it, hate it, don’t care? Do you celebrate it, and if so how?