Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday Wonders: THE DANCE OF THE FIREFLY

Today's Wednesday Wonders features Kathy Bosman and her contemporary romance novel, The Dance of the Firefly.

About the Book:


Mix together a beautiful ballerina and ballet teacher, a sexy single dad, and a precocious-yet-sweet daughter, and emotions run high. Add racial and cultural differences, work contracts coming to an end, and hurts and memories from the past and sparks fly.



Rowena loves to dance but has ended up teaching ballet instead. When she helps out Cameron’s difficult daughter, a bond develops between the two dancers. Cameron makes Rowena uncomfortable because he stirs up new, unwanted feelings which make no sense when he intends to leave Zambia soon when his contract ends.



Cameron can’t resist sanguine live-wire Rowena who makes his daughter smile for the first time in years. But can he risk his heart again when memories of his late wife come back to haunt him? And Rowena has a lot more at stake in giving her all.





Book Excerpt: 
   She’d expected him to disappear. Instead, she jumped as a shadow appeared in front of her. The man stood a foot from her. Close up, his presence seemed to permeate her.    For a brief moment, her gnawing sorrow vanished, and attraction surged in like a current of potent goodness. His features were clear-cut yet contrasting: bronzed skin against almost ginger hair. It could pass for golden brown. Speckles of day-old matching beard. Light brown eyes like the earth near Lake Kariba. Sturdy posture, straight and purposeful. Broad shoulders. Strength she could rely on at this time.
   She pushed the crazy thoughts away.
His expression had changed to almost lost. Patience settled upon her, sweet and refreshing after days of pure irritation at everything that moved.
   “Maybe you could help Jamey.”
   “I’m sorry?”
   He raked his fingers through his hair. There was anxiety there. Suffering. She took her leg down to give him her full attention.
   “What could I do?”
   “You could give her extra lessons.”
   “I’m full up already, Mr. Hosking. I don’t have time….”
   “Jamey loves to dance. Her late mother was a ballet dancer. It’s her only connection with her.”
   Late mother! Rowena’s lungs drained of air. Oh, how she could identify with her pain. Although her mother’s death was recent, only six days ago, and she wasn’t a child, she suddenly wanted to hug Jamey and fill her heart with love to take away the lonely hopelessness. How could she have been so impatient with the child? No wonder she was so restless. The recital had become more important than the children. Creating a good image for her studio to increase the size of her classes had taken precedence over putting something into the ones she had.
   He peered into her frozen face. “I’ll pay you double the price of a normal lesson. Please.”
   She nodded. “I will. Of course.”
   He instinctively grabbed her hand. “You won’t regret it. Jamey’s a very bright child, and she’s crazy about you.”
   Her insides shuddered, and her toes curled at the simple contact. His hand was warm, and he squeezed a little too hard, but suddenly she wished he would keep it there. But he didn’t.
   “Really?”
   He laughed. “Yes. She says you’re so beautiful, like her mommy. You do look a bit like her.” His eyes became dreamy and distant, as though a lifetime of memories passed through his mind.
   A pang shot through her. Imagine a man like him loving her with the intensity he directed toward his late wife? What a selfish thought. He was still grieving. 

About the Author: 

Kathy loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three kids, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page. Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance Writers of South Africa Group (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday Wonders: BRING DOWN THE RAIN


Today's Wednesday Wonders features J. Lloyd Morgan's coming of age novel, Bring Down the Rain.


About the Novel:


Starting at a new high school is hard, especially as a senior. At age 17, Derek moves with his family from North Carolina to Utah. Derek learns about the unwritten laws of dating in Utah, and that his mom and dad have a history at his new school—a history that threatens his future.

Set in 1986, Bring Down the Rain is a story of loss, grief, redemption, hope, and making life altering choices.

Novel Excerpt: 

It was still early, not quite seven-thirty. Usually I’d only call Tiffany to ask her out on a date, but I really felt the need to talk to someone. I went to the phone in the kitchen. It was yellow, to match the kitchen d├ęcor, I supposed, and Mom had put an extra-long cord on it so she could talk while working in the kitchen. I picked up the receiver and dialed Tiffany’s number. Her father answered it on the second ring.
“Hello, Mr. Malinowski. This is Derek Christmas. Is Tiffany home?”
“Why hello, Derek,” he said. “As a matter of fact, she is.”
“May I speak with her?”
“Of course.”
I heard him muffle the speaker on his end while he called for her. A moment later, Tiffany picked up and said, “Got it upstairs, Daddy. You can hang up now.”
“Are you sure?” He asked over the phone. “I’d love to hear what kids your age talk about now. I need to get down with the lingo.”
“Daddy!”
“All right, all right. I’ll hang up.”
I didn’t say a word, and neither did Tiffany. We both waited to hear the click of the other phone being hung up. It didn’t come. I’d gotten to know her Dad pretty well the night I had dinner at her house, so I decided to have a little fun with him.
“I’m glad he finally hung up, Tiff. We need to nail down a few more details for our trip to Vegas over the Christmas break.” We’d never discussed such a thing, and it wasn’t something we’d really do, but Tiffany picked up on the joke.
“I’m glad you called. Our fake IDs will be ready by then. I can’t wait to try my hand at blackjack. I’ve heard it’s not hard. I’ve got my college savings we can use to get started. I’m sure we could double or triple it while we’re there. My parents will be so surprised when I come home with all that money!”
“You know, while we’re there,” I said, “I’ve heard there are some cool places to get hitched. They even have wedding dresses you can rent by the hour. Do you think—”
“Okay, okay! I give up!” Tiffany’s dad said over the phone. “Serves me right for trying to eavesdrop on you two.”
There was an audible click this time, but before I could say anything, I heard Tiffany call out, “Mom! Is Dad really off the phone?”
I didn’t hear the reply, but I gathered it was a yes because Tiffany said, “He’s such a goof, my dad. Sorry about that.”
I laughed. “That’s cool. It was kind of fun to make him squirm like that.”
“Oh, so you mean the wedding’s off?”
“Uh, well, uh…”
“You’re even more fun to tease than my dad,” she said.


About the Author:

J. Lloyd Morgan is a bestselling author and an award-winning television director. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications and a minor in English. In 2014, Morgan earned his Master’s degree in Creative Writing. Morgan has lived all over the United States, but now resides in North Carolina with his wife and four daughters where he teaches college English classes. Aside from writing, Morgan is an avid reader. He’s also a huge fan of baseball and enjoys listening to progressive rock.

He is the author of the novels The Hidden Sun, The Waxing Moon, The Zealous Star, The Mirror of the Soul, Wall of Faith and Bring Down the Rain. His published short stories include “Howler King,” “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” “With Bells On,” and award-winning “The Doughnut.”


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