Today I am excited to be a part of the Lit Connect tour for Come to Me by Brenda Novak. If you like small-town romances you are sure to love this series. Grab a cup of coffee and a apple turnover and enjoy. Be sure and enter the fabulous giveaway.
Come Home to Me
by Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek #6
Publishing Date: March 25, 2014
Home is where her heart is…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.
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 every May. To date, she has raised over $2 million for this cause.
Excerpt from Come to Me
When Aaron saw Presley pushing a stroller toward him, wearing a white shirt with a pair of cutoffs, he felt his chest tighten. She looked so wholesome and healthy, so in control of all the demons that had once defeated her. He couldn’t help being proud. The transformation couldn’t have been easy, yet she’d done it in two short years. And she’d done it because of the love she felt for another person—her son—which said a lot about her as a person.
Of course, she still had her panther tattoo and a hard “I’ve walked through fire and lived to tell about it” edge, but she’d had to be tough to survive. As far as he was concerned, that only made her sexier.
He’d suggested picking up his wallet at her place, but she’d refused to let him come by. Instead, she’d arranged to meet him at the park, next to the giant statue of a forty-niner panning for gold. He got the impression she was afraid to be alone with him.
She gave him an uncertain smile and pushed her sunglasses higher on the bridge of her nose as she parked the stroller and stepped around it. “Hey.”
He couldn’t stop himself from checking out her legs. She wasn’t very tall but she’d always had shapely legs. “Hey.”
“It’s nice out tonight, isn’t it?”
He squinted at the setting sun. “Finally. It’s been so damn cold this year.”
“Feels like spring. I hope it lasts. I think I’ll have a bigger turnout for my grand opening if it does.”
Wyatt squealed and tried to wriggle out of his seat belt, but she got him a toy from the basket on the stroller to mollify him. Then she rummaged in her purse, coming up with Aaron’s wallet.
“I went through it,” she announced as she handed it to him.
He straightened. “You…what?”
A blush tinged her cheeks. “I’m sorry. I couldn’t help myself. I was too curious.”
She shrugged. “What you keep in there.”
Maybe he should’ve been mad but he found himself laughing. “Why would you immediately confess? That hadn’t even occurred to me.”
“I don’t want to feel creepy about having done it. I’m sorry,” she said again.
Her lack of artifice was endearing, despite her invasion of his privacy. “Find anything interesting?”
She hesitated for a second, then shook her head. “Just the usual. And nothing’s missing, of course. I hope I didn’t worry you by saying I went through it.”
“No.” He slid his billfold into his pocket without inspecting it.
“Good. Well, I’ll see you around,” she said with a parting smile. She started to leave, but he called her back.
“About last night…”
She parked the stroller again, glancing to either side to make sure they couldn’t be overheard. “Do we really have to talk about last night?”
“There’s something you don’t know. I haven’t wanted to tell you, but… It’s possible I’m worried for no reason. At the very least, though, you should be prepared.”
“For… What’s this about?”
“The condom we used.”
She licked her lips as if she suddenly felt self-conscious or anxious. “What about it?”
“I’m not sure how it happened…I mean, it’s never happened to me before, but…it was obviously…”
“What?” she prodded again, her eyes round and fearful.
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Books in the Whiskey Creek Series
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