By Virginia McCullough
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming
She’s not home for keeps
Unless he proves first love is forever
Bluestone River is a minefield of memories for Mike Abbot—all involving Ruby Driscoll. Twenty years after scandal divided them, they’re both back in their hometown. Ruby’s visit is strictly temporary. But as she uses her trauma expertise to help his vulnerable son, Mike faces what his heart has always known. Ruby’s still his one and only. This time, can he convince her to stay?
Ruby started across the intersection, glad for the need to focus on the road and avoid Emma’s gaze. “I told you about Jason becoming way too attached to me, and to Peach. He sees me interact with Mike. We’re so familiar. I’m taking a risk that he’ll get the wrong idea.”
“Or, the right one,” Emma said, getting huffy. “Poor you. Talking and laughing with Mike. And everything is pleasant. How terrible.”
“Quit twisting my words. You know what I mean. I can’t stay.” She hadn’t confided to Emma that she had this same argument with herself every night.
“You must think men like Mike come along every day.” Emma snapped her fingers. “Just like that.
Ruby groaned. “No, I don’t.” Like she needed that reminder.
“I’ll say it again, Rubes, every woman I’ve ever known wants a guy to look at her the way he looks at you.”
Ruby’s face heated up and beads of sweat formed on her hairline. She wasn’t angry with Emma, just surprised she’d erupt so fast. Was it frustration? Anger? Maybe both. “But what felt real a lifetime ago might be nothing more than a wispy fantasy now.”
“If you take off again, you’ll never know. You’ll have to live with that.”
Ruby drove across River Street, conscious of Mike’s office a block away. No doubt he was working, planning his life, thinking about Jason. He sure wasn’t spending his time wringing his hands over what might have been.
Claiming The Drakos Heir (Greek Island Brides, Book 2)
"Claiming the Drakos Heir by Jennifer Faye is so much more than what I thought it was going to be and I’m so honored to be a part of this book blog tour. Ms. Faye has taken us on a journey in this book. I have always wanted to go to Greece, and now I feel like I have just by visiting Infinity Island and a little bit of Athens that we have seen in the book. Apollo, Popi, and their bundle of joy seem like they will be good together, and I hope that they do. I love a happy ending.
I am giving it a five-star rating and recommending it to all romance readers out there." Baroness' Book Trove
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Back Cover Blurb:
The rebel bachelor is back…
To claim her baby!
*Can be read as a standalone!
In this Greek Island Brides story, pregnant surrogate Popi Costas is faced with raising her late sister’s child alone, until the baby’s wealthy uncle arrives to take charge! Apollo Drakos is distractingly handsome, but Popi won’t let that stop her fighting to keep the baby. Yet as she gets to know the man behind the wildcard reputation, Popi’s reconsidering welcoming Apollo into her new little family…
Greek Island Brides Trilogy:
CARRYING THE GREEK TYCOON’S BABY:
From one night… To nine months!
Book #2 - CLAIMING THE DRAKOS HEIR:
The rebel bachelor is back…To claim her baby!
Book #3 - WEARING THE GREEK MILLIONAIRE’S RING:
A convenient engagement… An inconvenient attraction!
USA Today bestseller Christine Pope is the author of the paranormal romance Witches of Cleopatra Hill series and the Djinn Wars series, among many other books (sixty and counting!). Researching UFOs brought her to magical Sedona, Arizona, where she now makes her home. Find out more about her books at christinepope.com.
(Tales of Faeraven #1)
By Janalyn Voigt
Fantasy, Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 342 Pages
June 29, 2012 by Harbourlight Books
The High Queen is dying...
At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens.
But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes.
On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing and the salvation he offers into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.
(Note: Lof Raelein Maeven is the high queen of Faeraven, who is dying.)
The heavy door groaned shut and Shae pressed against it while she caught her breath. The great hall stood empty, which was just as well. She should still be abed, waiting to be roused by her maid. Catching her breath, she watched dust motes float in bars of light slanting through the tall windows, which overlooked the inner bailey’s herb garden.
Fresh rushes deadened her footfalls and sent up a warm scent overlaid with the pungent aromas of rosemary, mint, and lavender. Beneath a wide archway on one side of the chamber, Shae put her hand to the latch of a tall door carved with gryphons. She paused, caught by memory.
Beyond that same door, she’d once greeted Lof Raelein Maeven in her parents’ absence. Maeven had at first seemed little older than Shae, but when the silver threading her copper hair gleamed in the candlelight, Shae saw that the transparency of her skin mimicked the tallow in the candlebranch beside her. Despite these ravages, Maeven’s arching brows, fine nostrils and vivid eyes commanded awe.
As Maeven’s image dissipated, Shae lifted the latch. The door gave with a creak, and she entered the Allerstaed, the place of prayer. A musty scent, the smell of dust and disuse, emanated from wood and stone. Faint light followed her from the open doorway and a few indifferent sunbeams penetrated the grime coating three high windows above the altar. Her steps whispered across the graystone floors, and she sank to her knees onto the stone step below the altar.
“I’ve come about Lof Raelein Maeven.” Her voice rang loud in the stillness. She said no more, for words tangled in her mind. But Lof Yuel read her heart. If only she might read his in return, she could know the Lof Raelein’s fate. Weak light ebbed and flowed over her as outside, clouds effaced the sun. Sorrow carried her in its current.
“Why do you weep?” A voice reverberated through the chamber.
Shae raised her head. She recognized this voice.
An Elder youth crouched before her. She studied him, taking in his burnished skin, rounded somber eyes, and black hair. How could she have thought she knew his voice? She’d never seen him before. Her breath hitched. “Who are you?”
Twin grooves in his cheeks deepened. “Don’t be frightened. I am but a wayfarer.”
She stared at him. “No. You are more.”
He smiled. “Your heart speaks truth. I am a wayfarer…and I am more.” He stroked the tears from her cheeks, feather-light, like the touch of a draft.
“Peace.” The whispered word brought infinite comfort.
Shae closed her eyes and breathed deep.
“Remember, Shae, you must look to the light.”
She opened her eyes, ready to ask how he knew her name.
She knelt alone in the Allerstaed.
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Next week WEARING THE GREEK MILLIONAIRE’S RING releases! Yay!!!
I can’t believe it’s the end of the Greek Island Brides series already. They were such amazing characters to write about. And I want to book myself on the cruise that Stasia and Roberto are about to take. *dreamy sigh*
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EXCERPT / Prologue - Part 5:
Xander reached out and gave her a great big hug. Lukos had made her promise that, no matter what happened in life, she wouldn’t let anything come between her and Xander. She’d made the promise. It hadn’t been hard. She loved her brother and she always would. She couldn’t imagine anything coming between them. He was stuck with his little sister for life.
Xander pulled back and placed the ticket in her hand. “This is your birthday gift. Please take it. I have it on good authority that you always wanted to take the cruise.”
She’d only told one person about her desire to cruise around Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Italy. It would be her trial run to see if she enjoyed voyages before booking something a little farther from home, say the Caribbean, or possibly something a bit cooler, like Norway.
“Lukos told you?” She said it matter-of-factly.
Xander nodded. “He was disappointed he never got to take you on a cruise.”
Xander’s words took the fight out of her. She’d forgotten all about the things she’d wanted to do before Lukos got sick. They somehow seemed so trivial after all that had happened. Maybe Lukos somehow knew she would feel that way and this was his way of propelling her forward.
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