Archives for April 2015

Unsafe Haven by Char Chaffin

I’m joining my fellow Soulies for Thursday Threads. I’m so excited about this. What that means is every Thursday I will have a book, blurb, and an excerpt to shout out to you from a fellow Soul Mate Publishing Author. This week, it’s Char Chaffin’s turn, and I can tell you from experience, she is an awesome writer. I haven’t dived into all of her books yet, but the ones I have didn’t leave me disappointed.

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For Kendall Martin, a small, remote village in Southwest Alaska seems like a good place to start over. On the run from an abusive relationship, she leaves everything familiar behind and begins a new life as owner of a small souvenir and sportsman trading post in picturesque Staamat.

Denn Nulo knows everyone in town: he’s the Chief of Police in Staamat. He’s lived there all his life, except for his college years, spent in Anchorage. Originally planning on practicing criminal law and living in Anchorage permanently, Denn is forced to change his plans when he receives word that his widowed mother has passed away, leaving his young sister, Luna, alone. Denn comes back to Staamat to care for Luna.

When Kendall meets Denn, she begins to believe there are truly good men in the world. Denn is everything she wants: strong, loving, dedicated to family, protective . . . and patient. There is instant attraction between them, but Kendall is leery of men, and Denn craves a serious relationship that includes marriage and children. Their courtship is a conflicting mix of hesitancy and passion, with Luna, desperately needing a mother figure in her life, cheering them on.

As Kendall learns how to trust again and her romance with Denn grows more intense, a local woman who’s had her eye on Denn for years releases a torrent of damaging jealousy . . . and the nightmare from Kendall’s past discovers where she’s hidden herself.

Excerpt:

“Ah, Christ. You’re killing me.” He fumbled for the nearest wall, propped her against it, and took her mouth hungrily. She fisted her hands in his hair, nipping his full bottom lip. The kiss went deeper, and she could have sobbed from the glory of it.

They broke apart, both panting. Kendall slowly unwound her legs and Denn loosened his hold, letting her slide down his body until her feet touched the floor. She felt every hard muscle along the way.

“Hell.” He sucked in a shaky breath. “I don’t want to leave you here.”

“I’ll be all right,” Kendall lied. She wanted him to stay, wanted him in her bed, all night, and then she wanted to awaken in the morning, safe in his arms. They’d known each other less than two months, and she wanted forever.

I must be crazed with lust. That’s the only explanation.

“You know, you don’t have to stay here alone.” He caressed her cheek as he gazed at her, still pressed intimately against her. “You could come home with me.”

“Eventually I have to live here, Denn. By myself. I have to get used to it,” she pointed out.

“But not tonight, okay? Come home with me, Kendall. Stay with me, tonight.”

“We’ll end up in bed together.” It was a question and a statement.

He slowly nodded. “Yeah.”

She whispered into his shirt, “We’ll end up making love.”

“I can just about guarantee it.”

Fascinated by the strong, steady pulse at the side of his neck, she shuddered to think of what lay ahead, if she said ‘yes.’ Most of the shudders were from excitement.

He waited patiently in her dimly lit store while she battled inner demons he might never understand or be able to accept.
“Kendall . . .” His voice held a rough plea.

She took a deep breath and raised her eyes to his. “I should pack a few things.” She hesitated, and took the final plunge. “I’ll need my contact lens case, too.”

His smile, wide and happy, blinded her. “I can wait.”

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Erin Bevan

Spring Break Retreat

I love hearing about people’s vacations. With our kids so small, we are forgoing vacations for a while, but it’s fun to see the pictures of everyone else’s. Anne B. Cole is back telling us a little about her Spring Break vacation with her family and sharing some seashell DIY’s with us.

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Thank you Erin for hosting me here today.

My family usually ‘stays home’ for spring break and enjoys a week of rest and relaxation in the Midwest while thousands flock to the warmer climates. This year my oldest daughter is a senior in high school so we decided to take her and her siblings on a road trip to Sanibel Island off the coast of southern Florida. I was informed by seasoned travelers that Sanibel is beautiful in early April with warm gulf water and plenty of sunshine. The little island attracts families instead of the rowdy spring break crowd—perfect for us. We packed the car and left for a two day drive (1100+ miles).

Traffic was CRAZY especially in Atlanta.

When we reached the beach, the long hours of driving disappeared from our minds.

Shells, shells, and more shells lined the sandy water. It was impossible to walk without stepping on them. We picked up as many as our hands could hold and showed each other the different types we found.

Every day we would pick up more shells. We even found tiny crabs in some of the shells.

Back home in Indiana we sorted our shells on the dining room table.

Ideas for our shells started to pop into our minds so we went to the craft store and picked up a few items.

We placed some Sanibel sand in the bottom of the glass candle holder and added my favorite shells and a candle. In less than ten minutes we created a beautiful centerpiece.

candle picture

I love to take pictures so we bought inexpensive frames to decorate with our favorite shells. First, we spray painted them white.

The next day, we glued the shells on with clear high strength adhesive. This stuff smells nasty, but works well.

finished frames

Now I’m wondering what to do with the remaining shells…any suggestions?

Thanks for having me here today, Erin.

—Anne

5aSouls Entwined is Anne B. Cole’s debut release combining sweet romantic suspense, time travel, and paranormal elements in a novel attractive to a wide range of readers.

The Souls Trilogy continues July 2015 with Souls Estranged. Anne is currently writing the final book in the trilogy, Souls Endure with a tentative release date of 2016.

In addition to writing, Anne teaches preschool and is raising three very active teenagers with her husband of twenty-three years.

You can connect with Anne on her Website or Blog. Or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Erin Bevan