I’m super excited to share my new release with y’all today. An Informal Arrangement (book 2 in the Informal Romance series) came out earlier this month, and what a busy month it’s been!
Book #1 (An Informal Christmas) got a new cover to match the rest of the series.
Book #3 (An Informal Introduction) is with the editor and is currently planned for a May 2nd release.
Book #4 (An Informal Reception) is a bit further along in the planning stages and will hopefully see the light of day before winter sets in.
I think I’m ready for a nap! While I snooze (You have to admit, it’s been a busy month!), enjoy this blurb and excerpt.
Holden Jenkins receives a diagnosis that alters the course of his life. His slow recovery is pockmarked with discouragement and puts his future in question. Will he ever again walk without pain? Or be well enough to return home?
Maddie Smith is an ICU nurse on the verge of burnout. In need of a change and drawn to a man she barely knows, she goes on sabbatical and takes up the fight to get Holden back on his feet.
As he searches for his identity in the midst of this new life, Holden struggles with a deep hurt. Why would God allow this? Meanwhile Maddie, shaped by her own emotional scars, battles against an unseen God she’s not sure she can believe in. Will these two be able to find peace — and a future together — or will the difficulties they face push them apart?
Holden tried to twist around in the wheelchair to see her, but she was lost in the shadows. “I keep a spare key hidden in a ceramic frog by my back door. If you climb up on top of the air conditioning unit on the side of the house, it’s easy to get over the fence.”
“Are you for real?”
He patted his chest and arms. “I think so. At least, I feel real, but I suppose if I wasn’t real, I might think I was anyway.”
“How long have you lived around here?”
“Four years. Long enough to build a business but not so long that I’ve lost my countrified ways.”
“Did someone forget to tell you that only crazies hide keys? People are skilled at finding those. You’re lucky the place hasn’t been burglarized.” That had to be the same voice she used to lecture patients on the importance of brushing their teeth. Compassionate and incredulous.
Holden shrugged. “I’m notorious for locking myself out. I had a choice. Put a key somewhere outside or put the locksmith on retainer.”
She hopped off the side of his porch rather than try to get back by his wheelchair. “I’m still not convinced you’re for real. If it turns out you’re a closet serial killer, I don’t want to be groomed as your partner or anything. Got it?”
“Yes, ma’am. I’ll cancel the order for the serial killer training manual.”
The sound of her shoes on the air conditioning unit was loud in the still night. She grunted as she pulled herself up over the fence. Then the muttering started. “It had to be a frog. Couldn’t be a cute puppy, could it?”
Thank y’all for stopping by and spending some time with me! I hope Holden and Maddie have caught your interest – or at least your imagination! Now for the giveaway!
Giveaway – You see a hint of it in this excerpt, but Maddie has a fear of all things amphibious. To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below about something you’re afraid of – rational or irrational. Easy peasy (unless you have a fear of typing)! One commenter will be randomly selected to win a e-copy of An Informal Arrangement. Winner will be announced March 11th.
Check the 3/7/16 Sunday Edition for winner information. Thank you to everyone who participated!!