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A Way With You by Lane Hayes. Happy Release Day! #giveaway #review

Happy Release Day to Lane Hayes and her second novel in her A Way With series, A Way with You. 

Recommended for readers 18 years and older.

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Synopsis

Reeve Nelson is determined to make it in Manhattan. He’s hardworking, dedicated and willing to put in the extra hours required to be successful at his new job at a prestigious real estate firm in the city. There’s no way he’s going back to small-town living and an ex-girlfriend who won’t let go. But his boss isn’t making it easy.

Leo Rodriguez enjoys his reputation as a ruthless businessman. He’s a lone wolf who’s scraped his way from the gutter to rebuild his life and launch a distinguished career on his terms. When an opportunity to expand in the market comes up, Leo wants the eager new agent with a sense of wonder on the project. But nothing goes quite as planned. Reeve expected to be intimidated and overwhelmed by Leo, however, the explosive mutual attraction and fierce desire between them is a big surprise. Neither man is looking for love and yet, something special just might happen if they can find their way…together.

Excerpt

Yeah, this was my idea but I wasn’t prepared to be this close to Leo again. His mere presence overwhelmed me. He smelled so good. I wanted to bury my nose in the collar of his button-down shirt and just…breathe. I told myself Leo was a regular guy like every other guy here, but truthfully, he wasn’t the least bit ordinary. Even in executive chic, Leo turned more heads than the shirtless bartenders. And when he smiled at the young man next to me who offered him his stool, he added another admirer to his list.

I’d never been around anyone who changed the temperature in a room simply by entering it the way he did. It wasn’t his appearance either. His height and sharp sense of style might garner a second glance, but his true appeal was innate. It was in the way he spoke and moved. He didn’t mince words or waste time. He was concise and direct and acted with purpose. I got the impression Leo Rodriguez had a reason for everything he did, including wanting to meet with me.

Leo perched on the vacated stool and then hooked his thumb at me when I didn’t reply. “He’ll have a martini too.”

“No. I mean, yes. But with olives, please. No onions.” I thanked the bartender then swiveled to face Leo, accidentally bumping his knee.

I muttered a quick apology and cautioned myself to pull it together. Leo wasn’t my boss anymore, for fuck’s sake. I just wished he didn’t make me so anxious.

Commence the nervous chatter.

“Onions? No one orders onions,” I snorted. “And vodka-soaked onions are especially gross.”

Leo’s lip curled on one side like a pirate. “When was the last time you had a vodka-soaked onion?”

“Uh…well, never,” I admitted with a frown. “But it sounds gross.”

“Chocolate covered scorpions and braised frog legs are gross. Onions aren’t in the same zip code.”

I made a face and shivered. “Have you actually eaten those things?”

“Yeah, and actually, they’re not so bad. Chocolate hides the taste of anything, even insects, and frog legs taste like chicken. But you never know unless you try.”

“No thanks.”

Leo tsked playfully. “You have big opinions, a big mouth, and a hot temper, Nelson. No wonder I like you.” He nodded his thanks when the bartender delivered our cocktails then raised his glass in a mock toast. “To onions.”

“Onions?”

“We sure as fuck ain’t drinkin’ to olives,” he quipped.

I chuckled at his comedic expression then sipped my martini while I wracked my brain for a non-confrontational topic of conversation to stall the inevitable one.

“What do you have against olives?” Weak. But it was better than nothing, and Leo seemed willing to play along.

“Nothing. It’s a texture thing. I don’t eat them if I can help it but I love olive oil. And tapenade is cool as long as those little suckers are chopped really fine. Otherwise, olives are a hard pass for me. Everyone has a food like that. What’s yours?”

“Kidney beans,” I replied quickly. “I like them in chili but not in salad. I have a great recipe for spicy chili that requires multiple glasses of water on standby. My grandmother made it when we were kids and”—I stopped to take a gulp of my drink before braving a look his way—“I’m sorry. You make me nervous.”

“Why, Reeve?” he purred, leaning into his elbow on the bar next to mine. “Is it because of last night?”

My FIVE Star Review:

A Way with You is a romantic comedy with two extremely lovable leading men and it happens to be the first book I’ve read by Lane Hayes. It’s actually the second book in the Memories with The Breakfast Club Set. It’s a short story, novella size and a quick and easy read. I read A Way with Words as a stand-alone but I intend to pick up the first novella, A Way with You, today.

I really enjoyed Reeve and Leo. They both have an interesting past and a job that pulled them together and kind of push them apart. The writing was very funny in places. I loved Reeves humor and Leo’s intensity. These two men were really made for each other and complemented each other well.

I look forward to reading more from Lane.
I received a copy of this book directly from the publisher.

Meet Lane Hayes:

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won first prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

Grab your copy from Amazon Here:  http://amzn.to/2mPrtH4

Find Lane here: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

Enter Here for a chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card:   Rafflecopter Giveaway!!!

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

 

 

 

Cover Reveal and Blurb for Amy Harmon’s next novel, The Smallest Part. #onsaleFeb13

Check out this beautiful cover to Amy Harmon‘s next novel, The Smallest Part, coming February 13, 2018. 

The Smallest Part

Blurb:

“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Unknown

It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.

“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”

If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.

This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

Pre-order links:

Special pre-order price of $3.99. Price will go up to $5.95 upon release.

➜ Kindle: http://amzn.to/2jrXE06
➜ Kobo: http://bit.ly/2z90iip
➜ Nook: http://bit.ly/2yNSaQp
➜ iBooks: http://apple.co/2yNKNbn

Release date: February 13, 2018

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36599415-the-smallest-part

 

Cover design: By Hang Le – http://www.byhangle.com/

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About Amy Harmon:

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Queen and The Cure, From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her next novel, The Smallest Part, will be released February 13, 2018.

Find Amy Harmon here: WebsiteFacebookFacebook Fan GroupGoodreadsTwitterInstagramBookBub, PinterestAmy’s Newsletter Sign upAmazon.

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

 

It’s FREE on Kindle: The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon #freekindlebook #sale #romance

★ ★ SURPRISE SALE ★ ★

To celebrate its upcoming publication anniversary, The Law of Moses is FREE until Saturday, November 25, 2017! (Amazon only)

Almost 1500 people read and reviewed The Law of Moses on Amazon and I am one of them.  This is one of my all-time favorite Amy Harmon books.

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➜ Kindle: http://amzn.to/1PYdhD7

Blurb:
Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.
And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all . . . a love story.

Check out my FIVE star review here:  janisf five star review of Moses

#TheLawOfMoses #Free #Sale #Romance

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

 

Happy Release Day Christopher Harlan and Calem! #releaseparty #giveaway

Happy Release Day Christopher Harlan.  His novel Calem is a Contemporary Romance with a Happily Ever After.  Pick it up today! 

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***CHRISTOPHER HARLAN RELEASE PARTY & GIVEAWAYS***

 CALEM”, Book 1 in Christopher Harlan’s brand new, New York’s Finest series, is live today on Amazon HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Calem-New-Yorks-Finest-Book-ebook/dp/B0757NLYPP/ Every purchase is worth 1 entry into the giveaways below.

About Calem: In Calem, the first of the New York’s Finest series from contemporary romance author Christopher Harlan, a renowned psychologist and an embattled NYPD detective join forces to end the city’s reign of terror, finding salvation and love in each other’s arms in the process.

Dr. Cordelia Summers is a brilliant psychologist. Well respected among her peers and patients alike, she lives only to help others with their problems. While consulting with her colleague on a case, she realizes that her feelings towards him are more than just friendly.

Enter Detective Calem Walters: brave, intelligent, and a reluctant hero, he’s the best the NYPD has to offer. He’s worked some of the city’s most dangerous cases and his latest may be the worst. His self-sacrificing nature calls him to duty, but he’s struggling with the stress of a failed relationship and the burden of a long chase with one of the worst criminals of his storied career. Can Cordelia help unburden him and help him catch the man who holds the city in his grasp? And does he share her romantic feelings?

A Happily Ever After (HEA) contemporary romance series with each book set in a different borough, the New York’s Finest series will follow the interconnected lives and loves of five NYPD officers. The events of book 1 take place in Manhattan. Book 2, Jesse, will be released in the fall of 2017 and will be set in Queens, the author’s home borough.

GIVEAWAYS: to be entered, all you have to do is purchase a digital copy of Calem, and post a screen shot that shows your purchase and your name (the ‘Thank You’ screen on Amazon) to the Pinned Post on his reader’s group, Harlan’s Readers, which you can join here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1801524903449899/ 

Grand Prize is 12 signed books from all the guys in the R&E frat; second prize is a signed and annotated copy of Calem with a bonus original story not published elsewhere, and 3 third prizes include signed copies of the Impressions Series (signed by Christopher & BT Urruela, who appears on the cover of book 2). All the prizes are valued higher than the book itself, so please enter to win. 

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His release party, which he’d love you to attend, is hosted by Bodacious Babes Blog (which you can join here: https://m.facebook.com/groups/1582535312012385) from 6-9pm EST (or, 5-8pm CDT/4-7pm MT/3-6pm PDT). ALL the members of the Romance & Erotica (R&E) frat will be attending and posting, including: BT Urruela, Jackson Kane, Mickey Miller, Scott Hildreth, Chris Genovese, Seth King, Dereck Cromwell, and Rob Somers. Christopher’s slot will begin at 8:45pm EST (or, 7:45pm CDT/6:45pm MT/5:45pm PDT), where he’ll be going live to talk to everyone!

 CALEM on Goodreads (over 50 reviews and counting – at 4.7/5 stars)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36008737-calem

 First 2 chapters for free herehttps://www.instafreebie.com/free/Obsj2

 Christopher’s Other Work – The Impressions Series (books 1 & 2)

Impression of You (Book 1) – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXZOKD1  

Impressions of Me (Book 2) – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XDSKVGP

Find Christopher Harlan Here: WebsiteGoodreadsAmazon, TwitterFacebook.

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Featured Author – Amy Harmon

My very first Featured Author is the amazing and extremely talented Amy Harmon! 

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I’m a very big fan of Amy’s and I would highly recommend you read every single one of her books.  They are all extremely well written, you will fall in love with each and every character, and you will be begging Amy to give you more.  Here is some information on my favorites and below are links to find out more about Amy.

My first book was The Law of Moses back in May of 2015.  It is my absolute favorite Amy Harmon book.

If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.
Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.
It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.
And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.
And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all . . . a love story.

Janis’s Review – The Law of Moses Review
Amazon Link: – http://a.co/cmLbEUg

The Song of David I read back in June of 2015.  It features a character from The Law of Moses.

** This book is a STANDALONE novel featuring characters that were introduced in The Law of Moses. It is not a sequel, but it is a spin-off, and it is recommended that The Law of Moses be read first.**
I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline, it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood.
For me, heaven was the octagon.
Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room, people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?
If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.

Amazon Link: – http://a.co/7WBi5x2

I read Making Faces back in June of 2015.  Making Faces is my second favorite Amy Harmon book. 

Ambrose Young was beautiful. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.
Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

Janis’s Review: – Making Faces review
Amazon Link: – http://a.co/8Y1psqt

I then moved on to A Different Blue which I read in December 2015.  It’s an extraordinary book and another of my favorites.

Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.
This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don’t know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can’t love you back might be impossible.

Amazon Link: – http://a.co/24n9iJO

In May of 2016, I dove right into The Bird and the Sword and wow was this an amazing story and let me say another of my Amy favorites!

Swallow, daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heaven or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, daughter. Stay alive.
The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky.
My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.
But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?

Janis’s Review – The Bird and The Sword review
Amazon Link: – http://a.co/fN9521q

These are just a few of my favorites but like I said, you should really read every single Amy book.  I have! 

To find out more about Amy Harmon, follow the links below.

Find Amy Harmon here: WebsiteFacebookFacebook Fan GroupGoodreadsTwitterInstagramAmy’s Newsletter Sign upAmazon.

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Happy 2-year Bookiversary to an Amazing Anthology: Girl Code by Cait Jarrod, DC Stone, Jessica Jayne and Lea Bronsen

Girl Code: An Anthology is 2 years old today!!!

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I absolutely loved this Anthology and love these amazing authors.  If you haven’t read Girl Code yet, why not click your way over to Amazon and pick it up for just $3.99 on Kindle.  You will not be disappointed!

You get four short stories, all connected together but written by a different author, in this one amazing book.

To see my full review, click here:  janisf review of Girl Code

To find out more about these amazing authors, check out their details below:

Cait Jarrod: Website, Facebook, Twitter
DC Stone:  Website, Facebook, Twitter.
Jessica Jayne:  Website, Facebook, Twitter
Lea Bronsen:  Website, Facebook, Twitter

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

 

Release Day/Giveaway – Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley #happyreleaseday #authorgiveaway

Sasha Wasley’s Contemporary Romance Dear Banjo releases today, May 29, 2017.  I’m very much looking forward to reading this second chance at love romance and I’m picking up my copy today.  My review will be coming in the near future.

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Blurb

They were best friends who were never meant to fall in love – but for one of them, it was already way too late.

Willow ‘Banjo’ Paterson and Tom Forrest were raised on neighboring cattle stations in the heart of the Kimberley. As young adults, sharing the same life dreams, something came between them that Willow cannot forget. Now ten years have passed since she’s even spoken to Tom.

When her father falls ill, Willow is called home to take over the running of the family property, Paterson Downs. Her vision for a sustainable, organic cattle station is proving hard to achieve. She needs Tom’s help, but is it too late, and all too complicated, to make amends?

Tom’s heartfelt, decade-old letters remain unopened and unmentioned between them, and Willow must find the courage to finally read them. Their tattered pages reveal a love story like no other – and one you’ll never forget.

Dear Banjo is a wildly romantic and utterly captivating story about first love and second chances from an exciting new Australian author.

Excerpt from Chapter 1

Somehow she managed to pack up the entire apartment overnight. On the way to the airport the next morning, Willow got the taxi driver to drop in at Tanya’s place. Her friend was still in her pajamas when Willow gave her the keys to her apartment and a couple of hundred dollars. Tanya tried to refuse the money but Willow pushed it into her hand.

‘No, Tan, I’ve booked professional cleaners and I need you to pay them for me. Keep whatever’s left over as a thanks. And could you possibly go in and get rid of the boxes I’ve left behind? You can have anything from them or just donate it all to charity. And then if you could just drop the keys off to the real estate agent, I’ll be grateful forever.’

Tanya nodded and her eyes went a little glassy. ‘You’re really going, aren’t you? For good, I mean.’

‘Yeah. Going home at last. I can’t believe I stayed in the city this long.’

Tears spilled down Tanya’s cheeks. ‘I’m going to miss you.’

‘Oh, Tan. You should come visit.’ Willow hugged her. ‘I’ll stay in touch.’

‘It’s not the same,’ Tanya sobbed.

‘I’ll call you in a couple of days, okay?’

Tanya nodded and gave her another tearful hug before letting Willow leave.

Jeez, Willow thought as she ran back to the taxi. Shows of emotion had never been her thing. Okay, she was moving a couple of thousand kilometres away, and she’d miss seeing Tanya at work, but surely it wasn’t worth crying over.

A memory of her sessions with a psychologist surfaced. Willow, you tend to hold people at arm’s length. Why don’t you try letting people in a little more? Willow snapped her attention back to the present, logging into the power company’s website on her phone to cancel her account.

She checked in for her flight and paid an exorbitant amount for her excess baggage before watching it glide away on the conveyer belt – the sum total of her adult life in two large suitcases. No, she remembered. 3700 square kilometres, 6500 head of cattle, a ground­breaking, humane, organic beef operation. That would be the sum total of her adult life.

She settled into her seat and thanked the heavens she’d been placed next to a young fly-in-fly-out type, probably contracted to the Herne River catchment project. He was already plugged into his tablet and watching a show involving zombies, so she wouldn’t have to talk to anyone during the flight. She wanted to write a to-do list. As soon as they were in the air she reached into her bag for a note­pad and her hand met something unfamiliar. Not her notepad.

Tom’s letters.

Willow considered them, her heart rate bumping up all over again. Wouldn’t it almost be an invasion of Tom’s privacy to read them now, so long after he’d intended her to? Maybe those sleeping dogs should just be left to lie?

Yes, she would bin them all – drop them into the roving rubbish bag the next time the steward came around.

But she would be living next door to the Forrests again once she got home. By now, Tom would soon be taking over Quintilla, just as she was about to do with Paterson Downs. Their families were as close as ever. She’d need to resume some kind of relationship with Tom Forrest, no matter how difficult the initial patching up phase would be.

Maybe she could use this three-hour flight from Perth to Mount Clair to read all of Tom’s letters at last. She hadn’t even given the poor guy a chance after looking at the first couple. She’d been so absorbed in her own pain; grappling with the panic she felt every time she thought about what he’d done. Perhaps there had been an apology in one of those letters – an apology she should have acknowledged by now. A retraction of that awful moment when he’d said those words . . .

Tom’s handwriting was scrawled across the front of the topmost envelope – always familiar, no matter how long it had been. Willow took a shaky breath. Seven-thirty in the morning was a little early for a stiff drink, so she requested a coffee and pulled out the first two letters; the ones she’d opened and read ten years earlier.

Dear Banjo,

Happy New Year. I guess you’re settled in at the student hall by now. You sure went early. The other kids who got in aren’t leaving until February. I don’t know where you’re staying so I asked Beth to send this on to you. You might have heard I’m probably not going to take up my offer of a place at uni. I’m thinking I’ll defer my course – for now, anyway. Dad’s not fazed. He won’t have to hire extra help this way, not to mention the savings on the tuition fees. Mum’s not overly happy but I keep telling her it’s only for the year. She asks a lot of questions. Not really sure what else to say to you, Banjo. It’s weird without you. Whenever I’m on the quad I turn towards Patersons before I remember you’re not there any more. I keep thinking I’ll see you at the eastern gate, sitting on Rusty, ready for a fenceline race. You knew I’d always beat you but you’d have a go anyway. So, yep. Really weird. You’ve always just been there. I guess it doesn’t quite compute yet. Take care of yourself in the big city, okay?

Tom

P.S. We should probably try to sort this mess out.

Buy Links: 

Amazon US: http://a.co/1FBSzw6
Amazon UK: http://amzn.eu/3qfH0zB
Amazon AU:  https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B06XKGW9YT/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_x8kjzbHQF9D9C
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dear-banjo

About Sasha Wasley

Sasha Wasley was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia.

She has completed a PhD in cultural theory and loves nature, Jane Austen and puns.

Sasha is a farming wannabe, with a passion for animals and the land. Although she’s in her forties now, she still wants a pony.

Her debut novel, a young adult paranormal, was published in 2014. Today, she lives and writes in the Swan Valley wine region with her partner and two daughters, surrounded by dogs, cats and chickens.

Sasha writes mystery, paranormal and young adult novels as S.D. Wasley.

Find Sasha Wasley Here: Website, Facebook, Twitter, GoodreadsInstagram, Amazon, Newsletter.

International Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Dear Banjo, Sasha is giving away some super-cute cattle-related prizes, including an udderley adorable mug and an adult colouring book all about cows.

Enter here: http://www.subscribepage.com/sashawasley.prizedraw

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf