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Release Week for Love’s Promise by Melissa Storm

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She’s waiting for her prince to come but was he right beside her all the time?

Kristina Rose Maher wants to know why fairytales never happen for fat girls. Certain that diner cook Jeff, handsome and fit, will never want her as more than a friend, she stuffs down her attraction to him. But when she finds herself facing a life-altering weight loss surgery, she discovers she’s willing to do whatever it takes to embrace life—and love—to the fullest.

Jeffrey Berkley can’t bear the thought of losing the friend he’s only just beginning to realize matters so much to him… no matter what size she is. But he is also terrified that helping her reach for her dreams will also mean finally reaching for his own—and letting down his family’s legacy in the process.

Both Kristina Rose and Jeffrey must learn to love themselves before they can find a way to make a promise to each other. Will they finally be able to lay their heavy burdens at the Lord’s feet, and trust him to bring the happily-ever-after they both crave?

Don’t miss this sweet tale of faith, love, and gastric bypass–get your copy of Love’s Promise today!

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Love’s Promise: Excerpt

An hour and a half later, they pulled up to a tiny wooden cabin seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Along the way, they’d chatted about the same types of things they’d also discussed with one another. The only thing that made it feel like a date was that they’d chosen to call it one and that Jeffrey occasionally reached over to hold her hand when the road in front of them was smooth and traffic sparse.

“Where are we?” she asked, stepping out into the cleanest air she’d ever tasted. Large hills rose up from the green earth, and a small lake shimmered nearby. “It’s so beautiful.”

“It’s my grandpa’s cabin,” Jeffrey explained as he opened the rear car door and allowed Toto to run free through the open landscape. “I look in on it every once in a while, ever since he and my grandma moved out to Colorado.” His eyes grew glossy with memories as he spoke.

“We used to spend a couple weeks out here every summer. I loved it, all that time with nature. No school work, no worrying. Just fresh air and family. You know…” He laughed and shook his head. “This is where I first learned to cook so many years ago. It’s like this place is where I could most be myself, where I would find myself whenever I started to feel lost. And lately I’ve felt that way a lot.”

She nodded along, understanding completely. She only wished she had a place like this to call her own. And the fact that Jeffrey had chosen to share his with her touched her deeply. She chewed the inside of her cheek, wondering how she could ever make an equally important gesture to Jeffrey when she had so little to offer.

Misreading her internal thoughts, Jeffrey blushed and hurried to explain himself. “Don’t worry, I promise to have you back by midnight. It’s why we left so early.”

“I love it,” she said on a sharp inhale. I love you, she almost felt herself adding, but it was far too soon for that. “Thank you for sharing it with me.”

“I want to share a lot of things with you, Kristina Rose. Mabel got me thinking when she talked about the small life she’d made for herself and how she loves it even though so many people strive for more out of theirs.”

Kristina Rose nodded. “Me too.”

“I realized something the other day while I was out walking Toto. Life doesn’t slow down, not ever, not unless you let it.” His handsome features twisted and grew dark. “My dad wants me to take over the pharmacy.”

“Is that what you want?” she asked, drawing nearer to comfort him.

Jeffrey shook his head and looked out at the lake. He grabbed Kristina’s hand and pulled her toward the gentle waters. “Everything I want…” he answered when they reached the shore. “Well, I already have it.”

Does that include me, too? Am I yours? She waited for him to say more.

“I’ve always wanted to be a cook. I’ve just never admitted it out loud. Who thinks that the after school job you get in tenth grade could one day end up their profession? And there’s something else I’ve known for a long time too but never had the courage to admit…”

Is this the moment I’ve been waiting for? Is this it? Kristina Rose pushed the anxious stream of thoughts aside and allowed herself to focus on the man pouring his heart out before her, the man who was a friend and also so much more than a friend.

“What is it?” she whispered as Jeffrey turned toward her and grabbed her other hand. They stood face to face, hands entwined.

He took a deep breath, and as he let it out, his smile grew and grew. “You.”

Kristina felt so happy in that moment that all her thoughts quieted. Finally, she allowed herself just to feel, to enjoy the present moment, to enjoy her dreams finally coming true.

His eyes glistened as he spoke, but they never turned away from her face. “Kristina Rose Maher, I’m crazy about you. And you know what I would like most in the whole entire world?”

She chewed the inside of her cheek and tried to hold back tears of bliss. “Yeah?”

“To kiss you again. To do it right this time.”

He brought his face in close to hers and when their lips were hardly an inch apart, he whispered, “May I?” His breath tickled, and it was all she could do to stop herself from leaping into his arms and stealing that kiss herself.

Instead, she said, “Yes, please.”

This time, neither pulled away until a very wet, very tired, and apparently very jealous Toto clobbered Jeffrey with a slobbery kiss of his own.

And this time Kristina Rose didn’t worry, didn’t wonder whether there would be more between her and Jeffrey. Because this time she trusted in God, trusted in him, and trusted in herself, too.

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About the Author

Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories. Writing is Melissa’s way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.

Melissa loves books so much, she married fellow author Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative, awe-inspiring stories to share. When she’s not reading, writing, or child-rearing, Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of her four dogs, four parrots, and rescue cat. She never misses an episode of The Bachelor or her nightly lavender-infused soak in the tub. Because priorities.

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Book Blast: Devon's Choice by Catherine Bennet

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Life holds no surprises for Devon Murphy. Her life consists of keeping tabs on her aging Irish father, working part time at a coffee shop, and building her online graphics design business. Devon’s only tricky situation is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as just another woman to conquer.

Following his father’s death, Brandon’s only goal is to expand the family business and live life on his own terms. That is, until he walks into the coffee shop one snowy evening and meets the enchanting, red-haired barista behind the counter. But can Devon and Brandon’s attraction for each other be strong enough to help erase their deepest disappointments and renew their faith in God?

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“Hi, Bub. Is Daddy asleep?” She peeked down the hallway and saw that his bedroom light was off. A vociferous, gulping snore tore through the peaceful silence. Rolling her eyes, she walked through the kitchen and opened the back door. Bubby carefully picked and sniffed his way to his favorite spot, did his business and quickly came inside.
After finishing her bedtime ritual in the bathroom, Devon puttered around her room, hanging up clothes and reading a couple of chapters from the romance novel. Letting go a leisurely yawn, she put the book on the nightstand and scooted herself under the covers. Bubby curled up in a tight ball at the foot of the bed.
She began to think of Michael and his childish attitude. Perhaps, she thought, it would be best if they broke off the relationship. It didn’t seem to be giving either one of them what they wanted or needed. His blatant disregard of her dad’s situation was proof of that. She stared up at the ceiling fan above her bed and felt ashamed of the apologetic way she’d responded to him. Suddenly she remembered a phrase her mom repeated to her in times when she felt weak in her faith. “Devy, serving God is like buttoning your blouse. If you get the first button right, everything else lines up.” The words seemed to come so easily to her mom that even when the cancer took away her physical strength, her faith in God still remained strong.
“Mom, please help me get it right,” Devon whispered, as she pulled the blanket to her chin, closed her eyes and drifted into sleep.

Praise for Devon’s Choice
5 Star Review on Amazon
“Devon’s Choice is an enjoyable Christian Romance. I was hooked from the first chapter. Devon is a strong, independent young woman who is not afraid to stand by her beliefs. The characters are very believable, and the story contains some surprise twists and turns. I would recommend this book to all readers who like Christian Romance. It is an excellent read.” ~ Review by Sharon B.
4 Star Review on Amazon
“This book is an enjoyable read. Moving along with Devon and her choices opens oneself to feeling with her the good and bad consequences of those choices. I particularly enjoyed the interaction between Devon and her dad. How she handles herself and all life throws at her makes for a good read.”
~ Review by Robin
5 Star Review on Amazon
This is a very emotional story of friendship, relationships and loss. Devon Murphy is a woman with strong morals. She loves and cares for her aging widowed father, works a part time job at a coffee shop with her friend Megan, and is putting her graphics art degree to work building a business. She is dating Michael Turner, who is egotistical, self-centered and treats her like a business deal. Brandon Forrester seems to have the same strong characteristics as Devon, family devotion, business ethics, healthier lifestyle and respecting other people. Devon knows that Michael is wrong for her and when she meets Brandon, they seem to have a connection. This story is about taking a hard look at your life and goals and making plans and changes. About dealing with the loss of a parent and knowing how to move on and putting your faith and trust in God and allowing Him to lead in your life. ~ Review by RedRabbitt

5 Star Review on Amazon
I really enjoyed this romance, the characters and their journey. It was very moving, endearing and engaging.
I appreciate the writing style, the emotional pull, the way the story unfolds.
I love to feel satisfied after reading a book, and this one does just that!
Very enjoyable read.
Highly recommend!
~ Review by Kimberly

Catherine BennettAuthor Catherine Bennett

I grew up in Ohio where I currently live with my husband and our two rescue Labradors. Some of my favorite things include reading, shopping, pepperoni pizza, Hershey bars and hanging out with my two grown sons. I also love dogs; so going to the dog park is cheap entertainment for my husband and I!

Growing up an only child, I had many imaginary friends. I believe this – and a love of books – fueled my desire to write. It was many years later that my dream of becoming a published author came true.

I’m grateful to God for always keeping a story in my heart and hope you are blessed and entertained by my book.

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We will be spotlighting Jill Bisker’s inspirational story Within Reach and giving away a variety of ebooks and two $5 Amazon gift card.

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Within Reach is the story of Emma, a woman coming to terms with her mother’s increasing dementia and the everyday challenges associated with it.  Inexplicably, she finds herself ‘re-living’ specific events from her past.  She soon wonders if her own sanity is slipping, and only her mother can help find the key.

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 Jill Bisker lives in Stillwater, MN with her husband and a calico cat named Senora, and a grown son who is in college. She believes in empowering women to be strong enough to protect themselves, while still soft enough to be loving and compassionate. Her work includes paranormal mystery, traditional high fantasy, as well as contemporary and humorous fantasy and an everyday living blog. Once a dedicated stay at home Mom, Jill now writes full-time.

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