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Book Excerpt – Feels Like Love

Book Excerpt – Feels Like Love

Feels Like Love

by Jeanette Lewis (All rights reserved)

When they got off the Tidal Wave, April glanced at her phone and was startled to see how late it had become. “I’d better get Em and Trevor home,” she said regretfully. She began texting Trevor, but Wade plucked the phone from her grasp. She looked up.

“Wait,” he said in a low tone. “Talk for a minute?”

Her pulse sped up and she nodded.

They sought privacy behind the tractor trailers that held the mazes, spook alleys, and fun houses. When they reached the shadows, Wade stopped abruptly and she almost crashed into him as he turned to face her. The urge to wrap her arms around his waist was so strong it left her aching and breathless. She took a few steps back to put some distance between them and for a long moment they stared at each other.

“You can’t marry him,” Wade finally said.

Her throat was dry and her heart pounded in her ears.

“I mean it, April. I still love you. And you still love me – I can see it in your eyes.”

She took a shaky breath, trying to think, trying to sort through the emotions crashing through her. What was nostalgia and what was real?

“Well?” he pressed.

“Please, don’t do this,” she pleaded.

“Why?”

“Because I can’t … I don’t know how to respond to that.”

“Yes, you do. You still love me, don’t you?”

All she had to say was no. No, Wade, I don’t love you anymore. He would go away and she could go back to her life, back to Scott, and pretend none of this had happened.

I don’t love you anymore.

She looked into his brown eyes. “I still love you,” she whispered.

He closed the distance between them in two quick strides and wrapped his arms around her, pulling her close. They were both wearing down filled coats and for a moment she felt like two marshmallows trying to hug. It would have been funny if she hadn’t been trembling at his closeness, his familiarity, the way he was the perfect height to rest her cheek against his chest. If not for the coat, she would have been able to hear his heartbeat.

Finally, he loosened his hold, but didn’t let her go. “Did you mean it? You’re not saying what you think I want to hear?”

“Do you think I’d start this much turmoil if I didn’t mean it?” she said. Things were tense before … now what? She’d just tossed a grenade into the ring.

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Tag Yourself …

Tag Yourself …

This picture is used a lot in motivational context to encourage you to be the girl on the right.

And I say … eh. If that’s who you are, go for it. But if you’re not that girl, it’s okay.

Personally, I’m the girl in the middle. Shoe untied, confused about the steps, not sure what to do about a severe leotard wedgie, but still determined to dance.

I love you, Bookworms!

Q&A – 5 Things (Part 4)

Q&A – 5 Things (Part 4)

This will be an ongoing series where I answer the most common questions I get from readers:

Q1: Do you have a favorite book you’ve written?

A:  I don’t have a favorite. I like them all for different reasons and I think they could all be improved for different reasons.

Q2: Do you have a muse? Why or why not?

A:  Not in the sense that there is one particular person or one specific thing that inspires me.

Q3: Do you listen to music when you’re writing?

A:  Mostly instrumental and in the vein of whatever I’m writing. Listening to Christmas music in August while writing Christmas romances is very disorienting!

Q4: What part of the book do you have the hardest time writing?

A:  That murky middle! I don’t usually write chronologically, instead I take the major scenes and write them first, then link them together.

Q5: What other genres would you like to try writing?

A:  I’ve had a YA adventure churning in my head for about ten years. I’m finally starting to work  on it and I’m so excited!

 

 

Have questions? You can submit them here as a comment or email me: AuthorJeanetteLewis@gmail.com

Book Review: Coraline

Book Review: Coraline

Coraline

by Neil Gaiman

How have I missed this book? I really enjoy the movie, but for some reason, I’ve never investigated the book.

And that’s a bummer because it’s such a fun read! The story moves fast and the characters are wonderful. I liked the side characters much better in the book than I did in the movie. The story strikes exactly the right tone between whimsical and creepy and it’s a very quick read.

My rating: 5 stars

Have you read Coraline? What did you think of it? Do you prefer the book or the movie?

New Adventure – Write with me!

New Adventure – Write with me!

Hi Bookworms!

I have been working on this project for several weeks and I’m so excited to announce this new adventure. Introducing … Write with Me! Happening every week on YouTube and Instagram Live!

This will be a place where you can shut the rest of the world out and join me to work on creative projects. Whether it’s brainstorming a new series or going through final edits, I will have a quiet, peaceful space for you to relax in. No music, no ambient tracks — though there may be a few live interruptions from the cat. I’m going for periods of quiet productivity, punctuated by short breaks. The length of time between breaks will change based on what I’m doing – for example, brainstorming might need a few uninterrupted hours while actual writing needs more frequent breaks.

The schedule is still a work in progress since I have kids that need chauffeuring and a part-time job out of the house. And, I can’t use YouTube live’s features until I reach 1000 subscribers, so for now, those videos will be prerecorded. But, I’ll be going live on Instagram or Facebook. I don’t know about live chat or live comments, we’ll see how it goes, but hopefully, we can have some fun and build a community around creativity.

I will post the exact schedule here ASAP. In the meantime, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel – here.

Hope to see you soon!

Book Excerpt – Sweet Noel

Book Excerpt – Sweet Noel

Sweet Noel

by Jeanette Lewis

Neither is looking for love, but is love looking for them?

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“How was the drive?” he asked, unable to help himself.

She rolled her eyes. “That thing is a devil to drive, and you know it.”

“Oh, come on, it couldn’t have been that bad,” he said.

“You’re lucky I didn’t leave it by the side of the road and call an Uber,” Gina huffed. “If you make big money-winning sculpture contests, why do you drive such a piece of crap?”

“Hey!” He was genuinely offended on behalf of the van. “That old girl and I have been through a lot together.”

“Obviously,” she sniffed. But beneath the frown, he caught a gleam in her eye, a teasing spark he hadn’t seen before.

“Well, I need to go help start dinner,” Gina finally said when the silence had stretched too long.

Noel’s brain felt stuck. Here was the perfect chance to find something clever to say, something to impress her, and he’d choked. “Hey, before you go …”

She stopped, giving him a questioning look, and his brain churned frantically. Before you go … what? Tell me why you got divorced. Are you over him? When’s your birthday? Do you like sushi?

“Help me prop up my leg?” he finally said. Oh, good one, Hamilton.

Gina pointed at the stack of throw pillows on the bed. “You can’t prop up your own leg?”

“I can, but what if those are look-at pillows?”

Her eyebrows came together. “Look-at pillows?”

He nodded. “Doesn’t every mom have decorations around the house you’re not allowed to touch, only look at, and you’ll get in big trouble if you mess with them? I’d hate to make your mom mad; she’s being so nice to me.”

Gina’s lips twitched like she was fighting back a smile, and Noel mentally high-fived himself. He’d saved it … barely.

“Here, let me help you.” She grabbed several of the pillows and stacked them near the end of the mattress. “These are not look-at pillows.”

He tried to stifle a groan as he twisted to lift his leg onto the pillows. Gina rearranged them, helping to position them so the strain was off his knee. She was quick and efficient, but surprisingly gentle.

“Thanks,” Noel said softly.

Gina looked up, and their eyes met. Their faces were only a few feet apart, so close he could count the faint freckles dotting her nose and forehead. His heart started pounding entirely too fast. That had to be bad for someone just out of surgery, right?

“What was it at your house?” Gina asked.

“What?”

“The look-at stuff. Every mom has some, right? What was yours?”

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To read more of Sweet Noel, go here 

Available as an eBook or paperback on Amazon, or as an ebook at your favorite book retailer.

Are you ready for Christmas books?

Are you ready for Christmas books?

 

 

A sweet romance about second chances and finding the love of your life right where you left him.

Christmas in Snow Valley is the perfect way for April Winston to introduce her city slicker fiance, Scott Mecham, to life on a farm. If only Wade Hadley, hometown boy and high school sweetheart, will cooperate! But Wade has no intention of letting April go without a fight. This Christmas, he is determined to overcome their painful past and show April that she already has what she’s been seeking all along.

 

Neither is looking for love, but is love looking for them?

Gina Andrews never imagined she’d be a single mother forced to move back to Indigo Bay and live with her parents. But she’s managing, all the while holding on to hope that her ex-husband will wake up to what he’s missing and agree to try again.

Noel Hamilton is a professional drifter and artist, in that order. He’s happy going wherever the wind takes him. He seeks freedom, art, and serenity.

When Noel meets the business end of Gina’s car and ends up in the hospital, he realizes he’s going nowhere fast. And when Gina’s mother steps in to help him, Gina and Noel are thrown together to stew in their mutual dislike.

But slowly, things change and as Indigo Bay prepares for the Christmas season, Gina begins to wonder if this year could be her sweetest Noel ever.

Available as an eBook or in paperback: Here

 

She wanted to step into the warm embrace of his arms. But he was the enemy.

Lindsey Asher took the Billionaire Bride Pact at girl’s camp, but she’s never taken it seriously. Her dreams were always about building her own a bakery empire, not marrying a billionaire. Years later and all grown up, Lindsey has poured her heart and soul into Sugarbee’s Sweets in downtown Manhattan. All she wants for Christmas are good reviews from a pair of big-name food bloggers and plenty of customers to enjoy her sweet treats.

When Eric Kasabov parks his cookie cart in front of Sugarbee’s and starts stealing her customers, Lindsey’s resolve is tested. And when Eric’s partner starts causing trouble, Lindsey has to make a choice. How far will she go to save her store? Can rivalry turn to love?

Available as an eBook or in paperback: Here

Book Review: The Sergeant’s Daughter

Book Review: The Sergeant’s Daughter

The Sergeant’s Daughter

by Teressa Shelton

Critiquing a memoir is always tricky, especially one that includes allegations of abuse. I think Teressa was treated very unfairly, I am deeply sorry that this happens to anyone, and I really admire her for surviving what had to have been horrific.

I read this entire book in one day and it’s not a short story. The writing style is engaging and the story is so engrossing, and yes, disturbing at times. It doesn’t get too graphic, but there are definitely some heartbreaking moments and I got very invested in the fate of each sister.

I probably won’t read it again, but it was definitely worth reading once.

My rating: 4 stars

Starlight Kisses is Free – today and tomorrow!!

Starlight Kisses is Free – today and tomorrow!!

Mariah Lacoste has come to Snow Valley to help her cousin revive Artisan’s Knack, a boutique on Main Street that has definitely seen better days. Yeah, the timing might not be great—a major overhaul of the store plus maid of honor duties for a wedding, all during the worst winter Snow Valley has seen in a decade—but Mariah is confident she can handle it.

But can she handle Riker Carmichael, the best man and rumored player, who sets out to steal her heart?

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