Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Beside Still Waters by Ryan Jo Summers

Title: Beside Still Waters
Author: Ryan Jo Summers
Genre: Christian Romance
Release Date: November 9, 2016
Top Journalist and corporate climber, McKayla Buchanan, is sent to a remote California mountain camp for inner-city, at-risk teens. Accustomed to political and high-society assignments, she is suddenly a fish out of water. At Camp In As Much, she meets eight hostile and distrustful teens, assorted volunteers and rescued horses—and Clay.

Clay Michaels is the man who founded Camp In As Much and made it the success it is now. His hope for the highly recommended journalist is to come and write a feature to send seeds out to form other camps like his nationwide. He never considered the reporter would turn out to be a lovely woman, or for him to have such an attraction to her.

Between McKayla’s worldly experience and Clay’s strong faith, they form a partnership to help with the endless challenges of the kids. While McKayla’s assignment is supposed to be temporary, it isn’t long before she and Clay are each wishing it could last longer. A serious situation will force McKayla to decide if she can give up her worldly ways and place her faith in the same higher source that earthy and godly Clay does.

“I know that,” Clay said softly. “But what if Will ends up the same?” He tapped one thumb on the file.

She brushed her thumbs over his fingers. “Then he will have made the same sad choices that Manny did, despite all your noble efforts and sacrifices.”

He gave her a sad smile, small and barely there, but it lit her heart up nonetheless.

“Clay, I’m so sorry for Manny and the pain he caused you and for the pain Will is causing you. I can see you think the world of these kids, all of them, and would stop at nothing for them. Maybe, between the two of us, we can make a difference for Will this time around.”

She searched his face again, eagerly looking for a spark of hopefulness. A glimmer of the calm determination she had come to expect from him. An idea struck her, fast and uncharacteristically bold.

“I’ll tell you what, when you go talk to Will about this joyriding event, and his consequences, let me go along with you,” she offered.

He cracked another sad grin. “So I’ll take it easy on him again? I think we’re past that point.”

“So do I. I was thinking more like we go as a united team effort. You know, strength in numbers.”

Capturing her hands in his palms, he pulled her off the floor and onto his lap. “I’d like that and appreciate it.” He gave her a broad smile, a true smile this time. “You have no idea how much that means to me, McKayla Buchanan. You just warmed my soul.”

Surrendering to a throbbing need that refused to be silenced, she lowered her face to his upturned lips, touching for a kiss she just knew would be delicious.

Author Bio:
Ryan Jo Summers writes romance across the genres. Her books contain love stories blended with any combination of mystery, paranormal, time travel, shape shifting, Christian and humor elements. She comes from a family of wordsmiths. Her dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry. Ryan Jo dabbles in poetry, short stories and non-fiction articles.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking, reading, spending time with friends, growing plants, playing chess, mah jongg, and wiggly word find puzzles and exploring the great outdoors. She lives in the heart of Appalachia in Western North Carolina in a charming old cottage with a menagerie of rescue pets.


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Finding Paradise by VP Ortiz

Title: Finding Paradise
Author: VP Ortiz
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2016
Mila Quinn is ready to finally move out of the college dorms into an apartment with her longtime boyfriend, Ethan Lowe. But when Ethan reveals a big secret, her world is suddenly turned upside down, stirring up old memories of love and loss. Completely torn apart, she boards a plane to Hawaii to escape for the summer.

Even though Mila wants to spend her time in paradise in isolation, fate has other plans when it drops sexy local Gage Madden in her lap. Hesitant at first, she agrees to let him take the reins on her island exploration. As Mila discovers the wonders of Oahu with Gage, it becomes harder for her to fight the budding attraction between them.

But behind the curtain of island adventures and undeniable chemistry, trouble is brewing where Mila least expects it. Secrets begin to bubble to the surface that could destroy her all over again. Will Mila find her paradise? Or will she leave Hawaii with another broken heart?

We’re not at this café for a normal lunch between a boyfriend and his loyal girlfriend. No, my dear, we’re here for an ambush. A bombshell. A catastrophic turn of events that’s about to turn my uneventful life upside down. And I’m supposed to have words at this point to speak? What are words?


Ethan utters my name, but I can’t peel my gaze away from the image in front of me. My tunnel vision is focused on the small grayscale picture he slid towards me with guilty eyes a few minutes ago. The picture next to the Cobb salad that will never be eaten and next to the iced tea covered in condensation dripping down the glass, crying for me.

The picture is actually perfectly clear. They say it’s hard to make out anything but blobs of gray in these things, that you can’t see much at this point. But they say a lot of things, like that love conquers all, and all you need is love. Whoever they are, they are full of shit.

I can see everything in the picture so perfectly. The tiny button nose, the delicate fingers, the rounded belly. I can make it all out just fine.

The baby in the ultrasound picture in front of me belongs to my boyfriend.

But the baby in the ultrasound picture doesn’t belong to me.

Gage pulls my lips to his again. This time, full unabridged passion from his mouth seeps fully into me. I’ve given him permission to take me away and he’s taking full advantage of the opportunity. He kisses me with an urgency to make use of everything he has for me, darting his tongue in and out of my mouth. A moan vibrates in my throat, encouraging Gage even more. I am his and he is mine, even for an instant. I know this can’t last forever. Eventually, this day will end, the summer will end, and we’ll have to figure out where to go from here. But those are problems for another day. Right now, I want Gage’s lips and Gage’s tongue and Gage’s entire body. Technicalities can wait.

Gage is my safety net, my happy place, every cliché that I can think of. Giving in to him is lifting an enormous weight from my body. My heart soars the longer his lips are caressing mine. It’s everything I hoped it would be and more.

By the time he lets me go, the sun has fully retreated into the sea and the moon is reflecting its mirror image on the water. Gage leaves his hand caressing my cheek. The corner of his mouth rises into a lazy smile and my mouth follows suit. He pulls me slowly to my feet and wraps his arms around my waist. We sway to the music still coming from Duke’s outdoor patio: softer sounds of a ukulele and a gentle voice singing a beautiful version of ‘Over The Rainbow.’

Ku’uipo,” he whispers against my hair.

I repeat the sound in my head. Koo-oo-ee-poh. “What does that mean?” 

He pulls back to search my eyes as I fall deeper into his. “My sweetheart.”

At that moment, amongst all the tourists, amongst the music and the sunset and the magic, I let myself completely fall for Gage Madden.

Author Bio:
V.P. Ortiz lives, works, and breathes in sunny/snowy/beautiful Colorado with her loving husband, their two beautiful children, and their three fat cats. While her home may be in the Rocky Mountains, she left her heart somewhere on the island of Oahu, where she plans to retire someday in a tiny house with an avocado tree and free-range chickens. Besides reading any book in sight, her hobbies also include eating, dancing, lip syncing, and occasionally running until her husband has to pick her up eight miles away because she got lost and has a leg cramp.


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