We have an excerpt from Brenda Novak's upcoming contemporary romance (Available tomorrow!) to share with you. Enjoy!
Come Home to Me
by Brenda Novak
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: 3 on a scale from 1 - 5
Elements/Tags: Whiskey Creek, small town, contemporary, romance
Publishing Date: March 25, 2014
Series, #: 7
ISBN-10: 0778315916 ISBN-13: 978-0778315919
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When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She's made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she's back in the small town that was the closest thing to "home" she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who's her only family.
There's just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers' auto body shop. And no matter how hard she's tried, Presley hasn't been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can't fall back into his arms…or his bed. She's come too far to backslide now. And there's a secret she's been guarding—a secret she'll do anything to protect.
Bobbi, the girl Lana had brought to meet him, was attractive. And she seemed sweet. But Aaron had just met her and already he couldn’t remember her last name. He found it hard to listen to her when Presley was snuggled up to Riley Stinson. That kiss Riley had given her at the studio kept playing in Aaron’s mind, making him angry all over again—and embarrassed, too, because he’d let it get to him.
He tried to ignore that Presley was even there, but his eyes seemed to have a will of their own. He couldn’t help watching to see if she was enjoying herself. If she was touching Riley anywhere she didn’t have to. If Riley was keeping his hands where they should be—
“Hello? Aaron, are you in there?” Mack snapped his fingers in front of Aaron’s face.
Aaron hadn’t realized he’d missed part of the conversation. Blinking, he focused on his own table. “What did you say?”
Mack threw an irritated glance in the direction of the dance floor, but if he saw Presley, he didn’t put two and two together. It was dark inside the bar and fairly crowded. “Bobbi is a welder. That’s how she’s putting herself through school. Isn’t her job unusual? I’ve never met a female welder before.”
“That’s great,” Aaron said, but his lack of enthusiasm earned him a kick under the table from his brother. Tossing back the rest of his beer, he stood. “I’m going to get another drink. Anyone else want one?”
They indicated that their glasses were still full. “We’re good,” Mack said with a note of “What the hell’s gotten into you?”
“Gotcha. I’ll be right back.”
Once he walked away, Aaron felt a sense of relief. He wasn’t happy to see Presley in Riley’s arms, but at least he no longer had to watch them under the close scrutiny of his own party.
While he stood at the bar, waiting for the bartender to notice him, “In the Air Tonight” ended and “Have I Told You Lately” came on. Aaron hoped that Riley and Presley would sit down, preferably somewhere out of sight, but they didn’t. They continued to dance, turning in a slow circle until Presley was facing him and, in that instant, their eyes met.
Aaron knew he should glance away, act as if it was no big thing. But it wasn’t as easy to pretend as it should be.
She pulled her gaze away first.
“Can I help you?”
It was the bartender. Aaron nearly ordered another beer, but changed his mind. For the first time in a long while, he felt like getting smashed. “I’ll have a straight scotch.” ”
“Whoa, good thing I’m here to drive you home,” Mack joked when Aaron returned to the table and finished his new drink almost as fast as he had the beer.
“Bobbi, you’d better get him out on the dance floor while he can still walk,” Lana joked. Then she led Mack off, and Bobbi offered him a tentative smile.
“I’m fine,” he said. “Why?”
“I get the impression you don’t really want to be here.”
“Sure I do.” It was a lie. To cover for it, he extended his hand to her. “Let’s dance.”
Meet Author Brenda Novak:
Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. A New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of fifty novels, Brenda Novak has been nominated for a prestigious Rita Award three times and won The National Reader's Choice Award, the Bookbuyer's Best, the Bookseller's Best, the Writer Touch Reader Award, the Golden Quill, the Hold Medallion and the Award of Excellence, among others.Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research—an online auction held on her Web site (www.brendanovak.com) every May. To date, she has raised over $2 million for this cause.
One commenter from the entire tour will win a Brenda Novak Mini-tote and an autographed collection of the first 3 books in the Whiskey Creek series (When Lightning Strikes, When Snow Falls and When Summer Comes). This contest is open to all US & Canada residents of the age of majority. Please see full Terms & Conditions on the Rafflecopter widget.
Additional Information: Any and all are invited on March 25th for a release day celebration of COME HOME TO ME (Whiskey Creek, #6). Drop in on Facebook between the hours of 4 – 8pm PST (7 – 11pm EST) to read teasers from the new release, chat with Brenda and other guest authors, and, of course, be entered to win some great giveaways! -Event Page-
I've had Brenda Novak on my list of authors I really want to try so this would be the perfect chance for me.ReplyDelete
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How soon can your fans expect Whiskey Creek #7?ReplyDelete
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congrats to Brenda on the new release ;) thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I am looking forward to reading this! Thanks for the excerpt!ReplyDelete
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Brenda Novak is one of my favorite authors and I can't wait till this book comes out!
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I love your books and get excited each time a new one comes out! THANKS!!ReplyDelete
I missed a fabulous opportunity to see you in person yesterday, Brenda, when you were in El Dorado Hills--to close to me in Sacramento! But, alas, my husband had to be taken to the ER for something that flew in his eye with the wind...and caused some pretty bad damage. He looks like a Blues Brother now, wearing dark glasses while it heals. :-) But I checked in and made a few comments on your FB page Release Party. Hope your auction does well too. I love your stories! firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete