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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday Spotlight - Amber Leigh Williams

Hello Again and welcome to another edition of Saturday Spotlight!

Today's guest has graced us before so please welcome back, Amber Leigh Williams with her book, A Summer's Hope!

First, a little about Amber.....Amber Leigh Williams is a member of RWA and secretary of the Gulf Coast Chapter of RWA. Her first novel Fox & Hound was published in February with Red Rose Publishing and received an "Outstanding Read" review with Simply Romance. She enjoys being a stay-at-home writer mostly because she loves spending as much time as possible with the three Labradors she shares with her husband, Jacob. She’s lived in the South all her life and currently resides in Alabama. Contact Amber at amber@amberleighwilliams.com. Visit Amber at http://www.amberleighwilliams.com/.

Blurb: Briar has spent half her life upholding the family business. As another summer rolls around, it looks like her luck is running dry and she’s dangerously close to losing the only thing that matters, Hanna’s Inn, her late mother’s bed and breakfast. Amidst deep financial difficulty, a shaky relationship with her estranged father, and a non-existent social life, hope is all she has left.

Enter Cole, a new guest at Hanna’s. Fresh from the turmoil of a bitter divorce and haunted by his mistakes, he’s desperate for escape. In a matter of weeks he captures the lonely innkeeper’s heart and together they discover a passion as hot as the southern sun and as unstoppable as the bay tide.

Do they dare trust this wellspring of hope they’ve found in each other’s arms?

Excerpt: He watched her for a moment, his eyes reflecting all the pain she felt. When he reached for her, his fingertips brushed over her hair.

She looked at him, surprise fluttering past the sadness. His eyes were so tender, so sympathetic. She wanted to dive right in and wallow in them.

She turned away and moved out of his reach. She couldn’t be weak. She refused to be. She’d mourned enough for what she’d lost all those years ago. It wasn’t about to happen again. Not when everything was at stake. “I thought you were going out with Adrian tonight.”

He dropped his hand. “She couldn’t find anyone to watch Kyle.”

She nodded shortly, staring at the horizon behind the western shore. “She’s been mistreated before. It ate at her for a long, long time but she came through in the end.” She turned her gaze back on him. “If you hurt her like he did, if Olivia doesn’t cut out your heart, I will. But pray she does it because I’ll use a spoon.”

Shocked, he stared at her for a long moment. Then he let out a breath. “We’re just friends.”

“You don’t have to lie—”

“I’m serious. She knows it and I know it. We were friends before and we are again now.”

“But you’ve been on two dates….”

“They weren’t dates. When we’re not talking about old times, all I ever talk about is…”

She waited as he hesitated then looked away. “What?” she asked curiously.

He slowly brought his eyes back to hers. Dragging in a bracing breath, he brushed a nervous hand through his hair. “All I ever talk about when I’m with her is you, Briar.”

Her eyes widened. “Me?”

“Yeah. You.” He looked away again. “I’m not interested in Adrian. The only one who intrigues me around here, who pulls me in, is you.”

Now she was really having trouble breathing. “Are you sure?”

He laughed at her stunned expression and took a step forward. “Pretty sure. I can’t get you out of my head. When I’m not with you, I’m thinking about you. When I’m sleeping, I’m dreaming about you. You’re always there. I can’t get you out.” He closed the distance between them, lifting a hand to her hair again. This time he brushed it through. “I don’t want to get you out.”

She gulped hard. “I-I can’t get a breath.”

A Summer's Hope is available now @ The Wild Rose Press!


Donna B said...

Wow Amber! Your story sounds wonderful! Looks like I'll be going book shopping again (as if I ever stop)!

P.L. Parker said...

I liked it!

P. L. Parker

E.A. West said...

Ooh, that sounds like a great story! Loved the excerpt, Amber.

Mary Ricksen said...

Another wonderful story. Good luck Amber!

MarthaE said...

Hi Amber- I really liked the excerpt! Now I want the whole book! Best wishes on the release!

Laurean Brooks said...

Ooh! I got caught up in that excerpt. I can see this book going places. Congrats, Amber! Here's wishing you God's blessings on everything you write.

Amber and Pam,
I blogged on embarrassing writing moments. Come over to my blog and read, "Columbus Meets Chief Kookamunga," a story I wrote (and received a reprimand for) in fifth grade.
Has your imagination ever put you on the spot? Tell us about it. Here's the link to Laurean's Lore.


Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thank you all for stopping by.


Cami Checketts said...

What a great excerpt. Best of luck with your book.

KaiaLogan said...

Briar seems like such a sweet heroine, I'm rooting for her :-)

Congratulations on the new book!