It's a rainy day here in SW Louisiana. A line of storms moved in during the night and we've had lot's of wind and rain. What better to do on a gloomy day than relax with a good book and this time of year, a Christmas romance! Please welcome Barbara Britton back as she shares her new relase with us....
Thank you for having me back on the blog, Pam. I am thrilled to share about my first contemporary romance novel. It’s a Christmas novel, too. I’m known for writing Biblical Fiction, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to write about something I lived through—breast cancer. It would be difficult to write cancer into a storyline in Bible Times.
My young heroine, Samantha, is a breast cancer survivor. I’ve had breast cancer in my rear-view mirror for 6 years. Praise the Lord! I added a brief account of my journey at the end of “Christmas at Whispering Creek.” I hope you enjoy my story which is two stories—one fiction and one real.
All Samantha Williams wants to do is to use her teaching degree to instruct a classroom of second graders. But, after a breast cancer diagnosis at the age of twenty-three, and failed reconstruction surgery, Sam finds herself without a job and temporarily living with her parents. This isn't the life Sam expected. When a family friend dies and leaves Sam a house and land in Whispering Creek, Tennessee, Sam must decide if leaving Wisconsin for Southern living is in her lesson plans.
Nashville native, Cole Donoven, left his family' s electrical business to write country music. When Cole' s song-writing partner and girlfriend dumps him for a country music star, Cole abandons Nashville to hole up in Whispering Creek and compose one more song. The last thing Cole expects to find in the sleepy small town is a deceased friend, estate squabbles, and a Northern beauty. Will the chaos in Whispering Creek help create a bestselling song for Cole and possibly help him find a life-long collaborator?
Excerpt: Samantha eased away from Cole’s warmth not wanting to seem too needy. She was the queen of log throwing after all. But had she shared too much? Cole’s arm remained at her back, firm and comforting.
He picked up the string cheese. “How about some spoiled mozzarella.”
Sniffling, she laughed at his ploy to lighten the mood. “They’re expired. But totally edible.”
“How long have you been boyfriend‐free?” Cole’s comforting arm slid away as he stripped plastic from their second course of dinner. She missed the kindness in his touch.
Not long. “Since Thursday at lunchtime.” Would Cole think she was on the rebound?
“Three days?” He handed her the first roll of cheese. “I think you need this more than me. After three days, I was laying around in bed.” His leg jiggled as if he readied to run from this topic. “I didn’t get a good‐bye. I got a note on my kitchen table. Had to figure out what I had done to get left for another man. I’m not sure I ever will know the answer.” His gaze glanced over her head and out into the tree‐lined moonlight.
This wasn’t Christian of her, but in Sam’s book, Jillie Lynn became lower than a nightcrawler. How did you ghost someone as sweet as Cole?
“If I’m honest.” She swallowed a hunk of cheese, nearly choking. “Our relationship had been strained for months. Karlton traveled to cement a law firm offer—”
“Your ex was an attorney named Karlton?” Cole stroked his chin while a grin played with his mouth. “I don’t know whether to laugh or to punch the guy.” Cole’s protective streak had her sitting tall on the wooden bench.
“A week ago, I would have said laugh, but today, I’m OK with a punch. Nothing too bloody.”
“Man, your boyfriend leaves, and then you find out about Ted?”
“A half‐hour later.” She jabbed an unwrapped cheese stick his direction. “And while I was on the phone with Chester, I saw Karlton and his neighbor holding hands as they walked across his apartment complex.” Rehashing Karlton’s betrayal to a handsome friend didn’t seem so bad. Cole had more emotional awareness in his thumb than her ex did in his entire designer‐suited body. “How’s that for a neat, tidy bow?”
Oh, Wow, Barbara, I am SO excited for you with your debut contemporary romance and a Christmas one at that! Good luck and God's blessings with it!
Hope you enjoyed Barbara's post friends and that you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.
Until next time take care and God bless.
Thank you for having me back on the blog, Pam. I think Wisconsin is getting your rain.
Ah, I loved the excerpt.
Barbara, I loved this book. Such an encouraging and uplifting story. Congratulations on your new release.
Cole sounds like a wonderful hero! Congratulations on the book!
Thank you for your wonderful comments, Gail and Carol. And thank you for reading the book!
Hi Alina. I had so much fun creating Cole. He had a lot of baggage I didn't realize existed when I started writing the book. He turned out okay. Thanks for joining us.
This is a beautiful story that means more for the inspiration behind it.
Thank you, LoRee. It truly is a book from the heart. Thanks for reading my Christmas baby.
Really enjoyed the excerpt, Barbara. Inspiring that you could take your experience and turn it into such a lovely story. wishing you all the best with it. I know I'm looking forward to reading it.
Thank you, Barbara. I hope my journey is inspiring to others. Thanks for joining us.
Best wishes for the success of your new book! Lovely cover art and excerpt.
Thank you, Jacqueline. My publisher does a great job on my covers. I have liked all of them. I'm so glad you liked the excerpt. I appreciate you stopping by.
Love the cover Thanks for sharing sounds like such a great book!
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