Thursday, June 4, 2015

Excerpts from Love in Light and Shadow and First Love


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Love in Light and Shadow by Amazon Bestseller and Award Winning Author Lucy McConnell
Mercedes O'Shay has sworn off gorgeous men because they have a tendency to break her heart. When she meets her new neighbor, Chet Bauer, she immediately puts him in the Do Not Date category based on his well-defined muscles and stunning blue eyes. But the more Mercedes learns about the cowboy who reads classics and forges iron, the more she realizes the heart doesn't see in black and white; it sees light and shadows.

Love in Light and Shadow Excerpt

Mercedes looked at the freshly mowed grass. Having an English teacher for a father, Mercedes had been raised on a steady diet of classic and contemporary fiction. She was about to ask Chet what types of books he read, when Whitney raised her hand and called toward the children at the buffet table, “Honey, don’t use that much dressing!” She let go of Chet’s arm and sprinted away. “Excuse me,” she said over her shoulder.
Chet stuffed his hands in his pockets and nodded toward the buffet table. “Sawyer has a history.”
Whitney pulled a bottle away from a younger version of herself.
“When he was four, he drank an entire bottle of ranch dressing.”
“Yuck.” Mercedes pressed her hand to her stomach. “When I was two, I ate a stick of butter.”
Chet grinned. “The inside of a pumpkin pie.”
“That’s not so bad—it’s the best part.”
“Before it was cooked,” he said with a triumphant grin. “Licked it up like runny ice cream.”
“Ugh!” Mercedes stuck her tongue out.
They chuckled.
 “So, no one gets your name?” Chet asked.
Her shoulders fell. “They all think I’m named after the car.”
“The car was named after Daimler’s favorite niece, so even if you were, technically you’d be named after a girl who captured her uncle’s heart.”
Mercedes’s insides went all gooey. She tipped her head, studying him. This was exactly the type of line that had her dropping her defenses around men. Okay, not that good of a line. No one had ever known that little factoid. She glared just over Chet’s shoulder, working to keep the flutters in her tummy in check.
Chet took a step back. “My family’s always teasing me about knowing useless facts. Usually I censor them better. That one snuck past me.”
Mercedes felt bad. She should censor herself, not him. “I liked it. What else have you got?”
Chet scratched under his chin. “Did you know the same guy who led the attack on the Alamo invented chewing gum?”
“You’re making that up.”
“I’m serious.”
“What else?”
Chet blinked. “Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.”
“And?”
“Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.”
“No sir!”
“And grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.”
She lifted her hand. “That one would be worth testing.”
“Did it.”
“What happened?”
“I had to clean the microwave.”
Laughing, Mercedes asked, “Where were you when I had to go to all those stuffy dinner parties with my parents?”
Chet motioned for her to sit and scooted another chair closer.
Mercedes found herself relaxing a smidge because of Chet’s easy way. He moved with the grace of a man who used his body, knew what it was capable of, and was comfortable in his skin. She also liked that he wasn’t ashamed to be seen in work clothes. Most of the guys she’d dated would have run into the house and not come out until they were all decked out. She could handle talking to him.
Just. Talking.
They were going to be neighbors, after all.



First Love by Amazon Bestseller Taylor Hart

Janet Snow only agrees to go out with the man she’d written off ten years ago because it was understood--no complications. But after a trip to the hot springs, a helicopter ride, and a proposal Janet has to make a choice…play it safe or trust that her first love could also be her last.

Excerpt from First Love
“What happened with the cheerleader?”
The way she said cheerleader made him smile.
“What?”
“You sound like you’re jealous.”
“Oh, like that maybe she was leggy, wore thick makeup and…let’s see, I’m sure she always said, ‘Oh, Michael, you’re so brilliant.’”
Noting the flash of anger in her eyes, he sat up. “Ha, you are jealous!”
She sat up, too, crossing her legs and turning her face to the sun and closing her eyes. “I’m not jealous.”
“Are too.”
“Am not!”
He laughed. “You don’t have to be jealous.”
They didn’t speak for a minute.
“Why did you break things off?”
A stir went through him, but it was more—an ache, a need for this woman in front of him. “I’ll tell you when you tell me the real reason you’re selling the land.”
Janet held his eyes. Then she broke into a grin. “Do you remember the first time we sat on this rock?”
His heart picked up speed. “I remember. It was the first time we kissed.”
Her cheeks reddened, and she laughed. “I thought it was so gentlemanly that you asked me first.”
He knew his own cheeks were red. “Hey, I knew better than to assume anything from you.”
She laughed, too. “I guess last night you thought you could assume.”
The tension grew palpable. He scooted closer, their legs touching. He couldn’t stop looking at her lips. “I guess last night’s episode told me that I still got it.”
After a second, she laughed. “Oh, yeah?”
Warmth filled him. He leaned forward, taking one side of her hair and pushing it back behind her ear. “Yeah.” He stared in her eyes. “But I’ll ask anyway. Can I kiss you?”

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