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Book Excerpt – Kissing the Mountain Man

Book Excerpt – Kissing the Mountain Man

One of my favorite parts of a book to write is that moment when the characters have to choose if they’re going to run away, or push through the hard stuff and love each other. It’s a moment that sometimes gets overshadowed by all the feels and the kissy scenes, but it’s really the true climax of the book, the happily ever after, the reward we’ve been waiting for.

Sometimes in my books, it’s dramatic and filled with tension and chaos, and sometimes it’s soft and gentle, like a midnight sigh. In Kissing the Mountain Man, it’s a little of both and I love the physical actions that accompany the characters’ decisions … Kennedy, running after Clay’s truck in too-big boots … Clay seeing her in the rearview mirror and having to decide if he’ll stop, or continue driving out of her life.

These are the moments we dramatic authors are made for. *Swoon*

Here’s an excerpt from Kissing the Mountain Man, the book that landed me on the USA Today bestsellers list. I hope you enjoy it!

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Kissing the Mountain Man – Excerpt

by Jeanette Lewis (All Rights Reserved)

In the rearview mirror, he saw Kennedy start running, following the truck. She was awkward in the boots, her coat flapping against her legs, hair flying. Clay put on the brakes, and when she reached him, she grabbed the tailgate and hauled herself into the back.

“Talk to me, Clay,” she hollered. She crossed her arms and settled onto the nylon bag that was his tent, her eyes flashing at him in the rearview mirror, daring him to stop her.

He threw the truck in park and climbed out, trying to tamp down the small spark of hope that flared suddenly in his chest. This was ridiculous. This would never work.

“What?” he demanded when he reached her side.

She took a deep breath. “It’s new. It’s uncertain. There are a lot of reasons it won’t work.”

He nodded, his heart falling.

“But,” Kennedy continued, “there are a lot of reasons why it could work too. I know it’s scary. I know it’s hard. But isn’t it worth a try? Isn’t it worth some compromise?”

His throat went tight. “I don’t know if I can stand to care about you and then lose you.”

“I don’t know if I can stand it either,” Kennedy said. “But I also can’t stand letting it go and then having to wonder for the rest of my life if I made a mistake.”

He was quiet.

“Hey.” She punched him lightly in the arm. “I cut down a tree. You bought powdered donuts from a store. We both did things this week we never thought we’d do. So why couldn’t we do this too? Why couldn’t this work?”

He clenched his fists, fighting against the fear that pounded in his chest. Beneath the fear, there was a small crack, a small glimmer of hope.

Kissing the Mountain Man is available exclusively on Amazon and is free for KU Readers!

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Tamarack Ridge Inspiration Photos

Tamarack Ridge Inspiration Photos

I’m not on Pinterest much anymore–I don’t like the way they’ve changed the layout and now it feels like a wall of ads instead of pictures from my friends. So now instead of using it as a way to find inspiration photos, I mostly just Google photos and save them to my computer. But that does make it harder to share them with you. Instead of simply unlocking a private Pinterest board, I actually have to go searching for them and upload them somewhere.

Ugh. *cue lazy sad music*

But, Tamarack Ridge is an awesome little town that exists only in my mind and my books. It’s modeled after the small town where I grew up, with some differences. Here are some of the inspiration photos I use when I write a new story for the Tamarack Ridge Romances. I hope you enjoy!

 

Sweet Kisses Box Set w/Kissing the Mountain Man

Sweet Kisses Box Set w/Kissing the Mountain Man

I’m so excited to be part of this fantastic box set by some of my favorite authors. Get 21 sweet romance novellas for only $0.99! And if you pre-order, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Pets for Vets, a wonderful charity that helps unite pets with our service men and women.

The set is available now for preorder at your favorite ebook retailer.

Preorder the Sweet Kisses box set here

Once the sweet kisses box set is out, Kissing the Mountain Man will become Book Four of my existing Tamarack Ridge Romances. I’ve had so much fun going back to Tamarack Ridge to write this one. I even learned how to use a chainsaw as part of my research!

Kissing the Mountain Man

After a very public humiliation, Kennedy Jones flees Seattle for the solitude of Tamarack Ridge. But a navigation error leads her to the cabin of Clay Dresden, a recluse who is not looking for company. Kennedy stakes her claim on the cabin, but will she stake a claim on Clay’s heart?

Coming soon – Charming the Mountain Man!

Coming soon – Charming the Mountain Man!

Coming August 22!

Charming the Mountain Man

Tamarack Ridge Romances Book Two

Colton Ramsey spends most of his days in the woods—guiding backpackers, hikers, and hunters on adventures through TR Outfitter’s, his family-run business in Tamarack Ridge, Montana. Though he prefers to lead groups, Colton agrees over email to take Lee Bonzell on a solo elk hunt, for a premium price.

Only Lee turns out to be Leigh—a spunky female lawyer from Georgia with big green eyes and an accent like melted butter. Stung at being left behind too many times by her outdoorsy brothers, Leigh is on a mission to prove girls can do anything boys can do … including bring home a bigger elk!

At first Colton refuses to go on a hunting trip alone with a woman, especially one with little hunting experience. After Leigh threatens legal action against him and the store, he reluctantly agrees. But just because he’ll take Leigh on the hunt, doesn’t mean he’s going to take it easy on her.

Colton and Leigh face off in the Sawtooth Mountains. Both are expecting to emerge the victor, but neither expects that victory might mean love.

Loving the Mountain Man

Loving the Mountain Man

Loving the Mountain Man

Tamarack Ridge Romances: Book One

He’s a big tough mountain man who doesn’t need anyone … except her.

Ledger Price spends his days doing what he loves–hiking, fishing, hunting, and exploring the mountains around his hometown of Tamarack Ridge, Montana, all while filming for his popular MyHeartChannel, Montana Mountain Man. The only downside is his daughter, Aubrey, who loves the excursions, but also yearns for a feminine touch. But Ledger is not relationship material; he tried with Aubrey’s mom and discovered marriage is not worth giving up his freedom.

Brynn Ramsey is building a successful career as a real estate agent to wealthy clients in San Clemente. Sure, it’s stressful, but Brynn figures it’s all part of paying her dues and will all be worth it if she can score a commission on a multi-million-dollar beachfront mansion.

When Brynn starts having debilitating panic attacks, her employer sends her home to Tamarack Ridge for some R&R. It’s only supposed to be for six weeks and then she’ll be back to the sunny beaches of Southern California. But when she reconnects with Ledger, her dreams begin to shift from palms to pine trees.

As their relationship grows more serious, Brynn and Ledger have to make a choice. Is love worth any sacrifice?

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