I hope your March is getting off to a fabulous start! It’s looking pretty sunshiny where I am – literally and metaphorically. 😊
For believers around the world, this is often a season of reflection and prayer as God prepares our hearts for Easter.
This year, though, it’s also a season of great Christian romance. (Is there really any season that doesn’t deserve a little romance? 😉) You may have heard of the Easter in Gilead series. Valerie Comer talked about An Unlikely Hero, book 1 in the series, in her latest post. Her book released last week, and you can get it now.
Elizabeth Maddrey also talked about Her Billionaire Benefactor, book 2 in the series, in her latest post. Her book is on preorder and will release next month – order your copy now!
And last month, I gave you a sneak peek at my hero, Dawson Bauer. He’s an interesting guy. It seemed only fair to introduce you to Letty Stanton, the girl who gets Dawson so twisted up, this month. I hope you enjoy this excerpt!
The stream of customers was never-ending, and each person had an opinion they felt compelled to share.
Mrs. Alleghany stood there, a gleam in her eyes. “Did you hear about the new young man working at the college? He does technical stuff. Quite a handsome fellow, too, from what I hear. Savannah Smith’s niece saw him at auditions last night and told her aunt all about it.”
Letty tried to bite back her grimace. “Um… did you want any coffee today?”
The steel-haired woman harrumphed. “Is that all you think about?”
Letty glanced over at the kitchen door. She could go for an escape right about now. Then she took in the still-growing line and sighed. “We’re a coffee shop. It’s sort of my job to think about coffee.”
Mrs. Alleghany gave a long-suffering sigh. “Fine. One hot coffee to go. You’re starting to get a little long in the tooth, you know. If he’s working at the Bible college, I’m sure he’s a fine Christian man. You should bake him a pie to welcome him to town.”
“Yeah, and show a little cleavage when you deliver it!” The voice came from near the door, but the speaker was hidden by the line.
Letty grabbed the coffee Cici held out to her and handed it to the town’s biggest gossip. “On the house, Mrs. Alleghany. Have a nice day. Next!”
Letty snorted. She was still shy of thirty, and they all knew it.
The next customer was at the register. “Don’t listen to her, Letty, dear. You’re a spring chicken. Are you even old enough to drink?”
With a shake of her head, she turned to the gentleman who always wore slacks and a button-up shirt, whether he was spending his day gardening or socializing. “Good morning, Mr. Abrams. How’s the arthritis this morning?”
“A storm’s coming. I can feel it in my bones.”
Nobody laughed. Mr. Abrams’ bones hadn’t been wrong yet.
“Want the usual?”
“You know it, sweetheart. So… how old are you, anyway? Probably too young for a crotchety old man like me…”
Letty took the hot mocha from Cici and handed it to one of her favorite town residents. “Well, Mr. Abrams, I’m old enough to drink but not so old that I’m ready to shop for a cemetery plot.”
“How long’s it been since you went on a date, dear? I seem to recall…”
“It’s on the house. I can help the next person!”
Sally stopped laughing long enough to order. “I need two vanilla lattes, one caramel macchiato, and an Americano with an extra shot.”
“You got it.” Letty wrote the orders on the cups and passed them off to Cici.
“If I ask about your love life, will my order be on the house, too?”
“Ha. You wish. If you ask about my love life, I’ll ask about yours.”
Sally held her hands up in surrender. “You fight dirty, Letty Stanton.”
“And don’t you forget it.” She winked at her friend before turning to the next customer.
“Good morning, dear. Can I get one of your almond croissants, please? And a cup of cinnamon spice tea, please.”
“Of course, Mrs. Butler. Coming right up.”
As Letty handed over the plated pastry, the soft-spoken woman dropped her voice to a whisper. “The college’s new AV guy is going to run lights and sound for the play. Maybe you’ll get a chance to meet him at auditions…”
I hope you enjoyed the excerpt! You can preorder His Runaway Crush here. It releases March 28th, so you won’t have too long to wait. 😊
And in the comments, tell me about one of the hang-out places where people gather to share information. In Gilead, one of those places is Heavenly Brew, Letty’s coffee shop – and half the time I’m not honestly sure if they’re sharing information or harassing each other…but maybe in some towns that’s the exact same thing. 😊In any event, one commenter will be randomly selected to receive a $5 Amazon gift card.
May your March be filled with fun reading and fabulous books!