I’m a #USAToday Bestselling Author! Dream Come True @AyalaRachelle

When I published my first book four years ago, I didn’t even know about the USA Today bestsellers list, much less dream that I would one day be an official USA Today bestselling author. But it’s finally happened! The multi-author anthology I’m a member of, Love, Christmas, made the October 27, 2016 USA Today Bestseller’s List.

I’m truly grateful to all my fans, followers, fellow authors, and friends who’ve supported my writing endeavors and hung around with me all those years from Critique Circle to Romance In a Month to Mimi’s Gang and Author’s Billboard. Many thanks also to my Readers’ Club who beta read, critique, and give me companionship as I write and create stories to entertain and maybe enlight your lives.
It truly takes a village! And I’m both grateful and humbled by this honor.
My contribution to Love, Christmas is Deck the Hearts, a story set to the Christmas carol, Deck the Halls.

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Holly Jolly lives for Christmas. It’s the only time of the year, as far as she’s concerned.
Gordon Gills doesn’t need a reason to hate the holiday season. He doesn’t see the point.
Gordon returns to the mansion he inherited and finds Holly making a mess with her Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, his great-aunt’s will stipulates that he must make merry every Christmas if he wants to keep his inheritance.
Holly is determined to infect the grouchy Gordon with every dose of Christmas cheer she can muster and show him what Christmas is really about.
Will Gordon prevail and turn Holly into a Grinch, or will a sprinkling of Christmas magic show Gordon that there’s no fighting love, especially when it’s wrapped up in a gorgeous redheaded package of jolly holly?

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Thanks for all your support, and may you and yours have a very, Merry Christmas!
Love, Rachelle

It’s Always Christmas – Eleven Christmas Love Stories from Rachelle Ayala #HolidayReading

Dear readers, It’s always Christmas with me. This year, I started writing Christmas stories in April. Can you believe Christmas carols streaming on my computer, visiting Christmas Pinterest sites, envisioning pine forests and snow, and diffusing Christmas scents in the summer?

So… I’m proud to present my latest Christmas novel, A Wedding for Christmas. Available now at Google Play, and for pre-order from Amazon [releases December 20] for a special price of 99c.

In early December, I also released Deck the Hearts, a small town Christmas romance set to the lyrics of the Christmas Carol, Deck the Halls. In a contest between Christmas lover, Holly Jolly, and Grinch Gordon Gills, whose heart wins?

Here is my list of Christmas romances from newest to oldest. Pick up one or all and have a very Merry Christmas!

A Wedding for Christmas (A Veteran’s Christmas, #3) A Christmas wedding seemed perfect for Kelly and Tyler, until a female soldier from Tyler’s past and a donor from Kelly’s past make requests that cannot be ignored. [Amazon, Google Play, Kobo, Scribd, Nook]

Deck the Hearts (A Christmas Creek Romance, #1) Can Holly’s jolly Christmas spirit help Grinchy Gordon Gills save the town of Christmas Creek? [Amazon, Google Play, Nook, Apple, Kobo, ScribdPaperback, Paperback-Large Print)

Going Toe to Mistletoe (Sapphire Falls) An unemployed dance instructor finds herself on a Christmas scavenger hunt with a hometown hero who’s always stepping on her toes. [Amazon]

Bad Boys for Hire: Nick (Bad Boys for Hire, #3) This Christmas, paraplegic Carol Cassidy is caught between the naughty and the nice: a hired Santa and a disabled firefighter. [Amazon, Paperback]

Her Christmas Chance (A Christmas Creek Romance, #2) A woman with cerebral palsy and her tomcat disagree about the attractive ex-con next door. Will a dose of Christmas magic reach through his dark secrets? [Amazon, Paperback, Paperback-Large Print]

Santa’s Pet (Jingle Belles Christmas Romance, #2) A brilliant girl genius plays elf to a substitute Santa and turns both their lives upside down when he is charged with a sex crime and she loses her company to hackers. [Amazon, Paperback]


Christmas Lovebirds (Have a Hart Romance, #1) Can two little lovebirds and Christmas cheer open Melisa’s heart to giving Rob another chance? [Amazon, Nook, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, Scribd, Paperback, Paperback-Large Print]

A Pet for Christmas (A Veteran’s Christmas, #2) A veteran suffering from PTSD fights to return from Afghanistan and give his family their Christmas wishes. [Honorable Mention, 2016 Readers’ Favorite] [Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Google, Scribd, Paperback, Paperback-Large Print]

A Pet for Christmas is now in Italian, Un Cucciolo Per Natale, translated by Irene Aprile (NookApple iBooksKoboScribdAmazonPaperback)

Christmas Stray A couple grieving for their son is snowed in with a stray puppy and a little boy. Is there room in their hearts for a Christmas miracle? [Gold Award Winner, 2016 Readers’ Favorite] [Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Google, Scribd, Paperback, Paperback-Large Print]

Christmas Stray is now in Italian, Fuga di Natale, translated by Irene Aprile (AmazonNook, AppleKoboScribdPaperback)

Christmas Stray is now in Spanish, Aislada Navidad, translated by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa (AmazonNookAppleKoboScribd,  Paperback)

Christmas Stray is now in Portugeuse, Um Rafeiro de Natal, translated by Vera Christina Neves (Kobo)

Christmas Flirt (Jingle Belles Christmas Romance, #1) Bad girl Lacy Reed gets more than she bargained for when her naked selfies turn up on her boss’s phone. [Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Google, Scribd, Paperback]

A Father for Christmas (A Veteran’s Christmas, #1) Sweet romance between a homeless veteran and a single mother whose daughter asks Santa for an unusual gift. [Gold Award Winner, 2015 Readers’ Favorite] [Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Google, Scribd, Paperback, Paperback-Large Print]

A Father for Christmas is now in Italian, Un Padre per Natale, translated by Irene Aprile (NookApple iBooksKoboScribdAmazonPaperback)

A Father for Christmas is now in Spanish, Un Padre para Navidad, translated by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa (KoboAppleNookScribd)

Wishing a wonder Christmas to you and your family!
Rachelle

Summer Heat – 16 Author Boxed Set

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1: Caridad Pineiro, Under the Boardwalk – A passionate night under the boardwalk brought them together, but can Chase and Natalie rekindle that lost love in just one night? 

2: Nina Bruhns, Fast and Flirty – The top-secret package STORM Corps transporter Kade Maddox is hired to deliver turns out to be way more trouble—and a whole lot sexier—than he ever anticipated. 

3: Rebecca York, Outlaw Justice – Will a surprise reunion with her old lover save her life when she flees from a homicidal husband? 

4: Jennifer Lowery, The Fall (Book #2 ATCOM series) – The last thing ATCOM agent Brendan Devayne wants is to settle down, but Mia Lawrence makes him think twice… 
5: Taylor Lee, Jared: (Book 1, The Justice Brothers Series) – The rookie cop learned the hard way that when tangling with the Justice Brothers, Justice—like Love– isn’t always fair or easy. 
6: Traci Hall, Festival by the Sea – Al Cooper’s too bad to be a cop and too good to be a crook; Darcy Smith can’t get enough. 
7: Stephanie Queen, Beachcomber Heat – This summer’s heat wave on Martha’s Vineyard is breaking records, but so is the crime wave. The combination is causing a wave of red-hot dangerous desire between Dane and Shana. 
8: Kathy Ivan, Sex, Lies and Apple Pies – A televised baking competition brings them together. But deceit, intrigue and revenge are on this menu. Can their love survive? 
9: Jackie Ivie, The Hunted – LeeAnn’s got business in Miami. Bring on the sun. Sand. Sexy men to look at. The last thing she expects is to be someone’s target. 
10: Michele Hauf, The Geek Gets The Girl – Mistaken for the IT geek? This sexy CEO is about to learn the intimate operations of his company—up close, and personal. 
11: Rachelle Ayala, Bad Boys for Hire: Ken (Bad Boys for Hire Series, #2) – After Jolie Becker is left at the altar, her friends secretly hire a hunky beach bum to cheer her up. 
12: Katy Walters, Sands of Seduction – Clary escaped to a place of sea and sand, a place of passion and seduction. 
13: Melissa Keir, Protecting Her Pigg – Arson and fire bring them together, but what will cause the most damage…the arsonist bent on revenge or their own stubborn ways? 

14: Dani Haviland, Pool Boy Wanted (No Experience Preferred) – He’d never known a woman before, and that’s just how she wanted him. 


15: Jacquie Biggar, Summer Lovin’ – Can two mismatched lovers find a way past their mistakes, or will they keep their lonely hearts forever guarded?


16: Angelique Armae, Dark Wolf – When Highland wolf Callen MacHendrie catches intern Miranda Kendrick stealing his prized sword, the term wild romp takes on a whole new meaning.

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Joey Martin Feek “A Life Well Loved” has Flown Away #lovestories @joeyandrory #JoeyFeek

On March 4, 2016, Joey Martin Feek claimed victory over her cancer battle and flew away. She lived a charmed life, fulfilled all her dreams, worked hard to inspire, educate, and entertain, and shined a light for Jesus Christ. She also lived a well-loved life, leaving behind three precious daughters, Indiana, Hopie, and Heidi, and a loving husband, Rory, whose extraordinary blog (This Life I Live) has brought millions of people to love and pray for her.
Our hearts are broken, but our spirits are not broken. And even though we’ll miss Joey and her angelic voice this side of Heaven, we know she is singing praises to our Lord and walking by the side of her Saviour.
We prayed for her and her family. We shared her story and we were blessed by her song and her life. And now, we grieve for her family, and lift up Rory and their daughters in prayer for comfort, peace, and hope that when we all get to Heaven, we’ll sing and shout the victory.

Joey+Rory demonstrated love, obedience, and charity through their songs, work, and sharing their story to help others. I, also, strive to live a life well-loved, and hope to leave the world a better place because of my actions of obedience and charity. So, hug your loved ones a little tighter, pepper your conversation with kind words, and show your love by doing good things for others. JOY is Jesus, Others, You, and Joey+Rory have blessed us with their courage and story. Carry on, Rory, Indiana, Hopie, and Heidi! We love you and pray for you.

I’ll let Rory’s pictures and Joey’s song speak to you. God bless you all!

In God’s Hand Now.

w7 hour layover in Newark…. Nothing to do but take funny pics of my bride
Posted by Joey+Rory on Sunday, November 15, 2009

A True American Couple

Do you recognize anyone in the Silpada advertisement in the latest issue of Country Weekly? Joey + Rory! Swing by http://silpadacountry.com/ for more information on this great line of jewelry.
Posted by Joey+Rory on Wednesday, May 12, 2010

See ya, Joey!

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Love Story written in Song – Pray for Joey+Rory

Joey and Rory Feek [courtesy of joeyandrory.com]

Joey Martin and Rory Feek (Joey+Rory) are a country duet, but much, much more than that, they are a real, true-to-life, love story. Recently, I’ve been praying for them, binge reading their blog, and listening to their songs. Joey is in a battle for her life, fighting to see each new day, staying strong for her husband and darling little two-year-old daughter, Indiana.

And as I listen to their songs, I realize that their amazing love story is all written in the songs that Rory writes and Joey sings. The experience of saying goodbye to someone you love, the yearning for a loved one after they’re gone, the simple farmhouse life they come from, and the places they’ve gone.
While I’m writing, Joey sings The Life of a Song. In it, she wishes she could change the world through a song. Her song lives forever, and as she says, it never dies, it touches many lives. Joey may not know it, but she IS living the life of a song.
If you’re not praying for her and her family, please ask God for a blessing on their behalf. God is the God of miracles and most of all, the God of love. I’ve been reliving their journey through their blog and Facebook page, thanks to Rory, the writer and husband who loves his wife as Christ loves his church. Every word, every picture, every video he posts speaks of his great love and care for his wife. I don’t know about you, but every woman is blessed to be loved like that–and you know what? We are, because we are loved by our God, more than we can ever know.
Here is a picture of the two lovers starting their fantastic journey. The wonder and excitement of touching so many lives is in their eyes.

CMA week has been busy… now we’re flying to Europe! We’re playing shows in Scotland and Ireland this week.

Posted by Joey and Rory on Sunday, November 15, 2009

Every day she is here with us is a miracle, but someday, she will fly away, free as a bird. Her life and legacy stays with us forever, not only in a three minute song, but in the chords of our hearts. She asks, “If I were to leave here tomorrow, would you remember me?”

What Was by Rachelle Ayala
[dedicated to Joey Martin Feek]

Before there was ever a song
there was love.
Before there was ever a story
there was love.
Before there was ever a life
there was love.
And before there was love
there is GOD.

Joey+Rory’s newest album is out with the Hymns that are so meaningful to them debuted on Billboard’s #1 for Country Album as well as #1 Christian Album. To God be the Glory!

EXCERPT – Valentine Hound Dog by Rachelle Ayala – VALENTINE PETS & KISSES BOXED SET

Valentine Hound Dog by Rachelle Ayala
Former fireman Larry Davison covers his burn scars well, by working at an elementary school as a custodian where he finds a lost hound dog behind the dumpster. Fashion designer Jenna Hart is in town to do a charity fashion show when she loses her top model, Little Treat.When Larry turns up with the puppy, she asks him to be in the show and bachelor auction. Larry’s not sure he belongs in a fashion show and balks at being her good deed. Can Jenna convince Larry beauty is never skin deep and love’s arrow strikes not only the beautiful, but the bold?

Excerpt

Unfortunately, now that Connor was promoted to chief, he didn’t hang out as much anymore, which meant Larry was facing a Friday night with a TV dinner in front of a basketball game.
A piercing wind blew as he lifted the dumpster lid, threatening to blow it down. Larry held the lid with one hand and hefted the trash bag into it. Letting the lid slam, he turned toward the warmth of the building.
Something moved near the dumpster, darting behind it. Probably a rat. He should set traps, but not tonight. The wind whined and howled as he opened the door.
Another whine and something furry touched the back of his leg. It was a puppy, likely a basset hound, with a brown and black patchwork face and white paws.
“What’cha doing here, boy?” Larry bent down and held his hand out for the puppy to sniff. There was no collar, but the puppy appeared well groomed and plump. “Did you get lost?”
The puppy licked his hand, and Larry scooped him up. “I bet you’re hungry. Tomorrow I’ll put up a poster. See if anyone lost you.”
He rubbed the puppy’s head and long ears while the puppy licked his jowls and yawned. How could he resist such cuteness?
# # #
“I can’t believe I lost him,” Jenna cried on the phone to her sister, Melisa. “One minute, he was following me to your apartment building, and the next minute he disappeared.”
“Following you?” Melisa glanced at Rob who was driving her home from work. “Didn’t you have him on a leash?”
“The leash and collar were in the shopping bag. I don’t have five hands. I was carrying him and then when I got to the security door, I had to put him down to punch in the code.”
“Couldn’t you have set the bags down?”
“No, that little rascal would have stuck his nose in and stolen a chicken strip.”
“Rob and I are on our way. You stay put and we’ll help you look.”
“Okay, hurry. It’s getting dark, and he’s only a tiny little puppy. I’ve already run all around your building but no one’s seen him.”
“Maybe he went back home. Where did you get him?”
“The rescue center down near where you work. But there’s no way he could have made it back. He’s so tiny and there’s so much traffic.”
“Don’t worry, we’ll find him,” her sister said. “We’re almost home.”
“Good. I don’t know how much more stress I can take. What with the show, the firemen not cooperating, and now my model gone.”
“Model? Which one?”
“Little Treat, the puppy.” Jenna couldn’t help pulling at her hair. “He’s my signature piece.”
“Signature piece? Wait? What about the gowns and the outfits?”
“Those are a mess. I need to get back home and sew, sew, sew.”
“Then what are you doing with a puppy?” Her sister’s voice took on a motherly, or was it a teacherly, tone. How was it that Melisa was younger than her and so calm?
“He’s supposed to be Connor’s bribe so the firemen can undress for my show!” Jenna wailed. “Now, the show will be a flop, all because I lost Little Treat.”

About the Author

 

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it’s within the pages of a book. Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award.

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EXCERPT – 19 Ivy Lane by Aubrey Wynne – VALENTINE PETS & KISSES BOXED SET

 
19 Ivy Lane by Aubrey Wynne
Eloise Kolby steps off the bus and greets Hollywood with high expectations and a smile. Two months later, she’s broke, hungry and rethinking her dream. An offer to house sit provides her with too much time alone, an adopted family of kittens and a sexy postman waiting at her gate.Victor Burnham can’t stop thinking of the beautiful, mysterious woman who just moved into his hometown. She meets him each day at the mailbox, waiting for a letter.
When the envelope finally arrives, they both must face decisions that could make their dreams come true or jeopardize their relationship forever.

Excerpt

Excerpt from 19 Ivy Lane            Four hours later, she bent over her knees, panting like she just ran across the entire MGM studio. She hoped that man really did have her heart because the one in her chest felt like it would explode.
“A bit out of shape, eh?”
She looked up to see Rita Hayworth’s twin grinning down at her. The burnished, copper hair and teasing, blue eyes did not help her mood. How could someone look like that after an afternoon of such torture?
“It’s my first time out on a dance set. I’ll be fine.” With forced energy, she pushed off her knees and straightened to her full height. “But tell me we are done for today.”
With a husky laugh, she agreed. “Yes, ma’am. Officially off duty!”
“Who’s hungry?” called a voice from the group of girls. A jumbled chorus of “me” and “I am” echoed over the now quiet set. Eloise searched the lot for Ross.
“If you’re waiting for Wilson, don’t. He’s as popular as soda at a fountain and everyone wants a drink of him.” The redhead put an arm around her shoulder and gave a squeeze. “C’mon out with us, honey. My treat. You look like you need a good meal without owing some Romeo for it.”
“But Ross said he’d pick me up—”
“I bet he did. Do you believe everything people tell you?” She put a hand on her hip and took a pose like her mother used to when she’d done something foolish. “This is the movie business, sweetie. Don’t go flipping your wig over every sweet-talking man you meet. They’re like ants at a picnic.”

About the Author

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas. 
Her debut story, Merry Christmas, Henry, was published in November 2013 by Melange Books, LLC and received Best Short Romance in the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice of 2013. Wynne’s humorous shorts Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies ( Best Short in the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice of 2014 and Top 100 Laugh Out Loud List on Goodreads) and To Cast A Cliché are published with Amazon.

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EXCERPT – Your Biggest Fan? by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle – VALENTINE PETS & KISSES BOXED SET

 
Your Biggest Fan? by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Noah Patrick, NFL bad boy, has sworn off women, they only seem to want him for his fame and his money. Callie James is such a big Noah Patrick fan, she named her energetic Chihuahua after the man of her dreams. When they find themselves hiding out in the same Brooklyn Brownstone, a crazy blizzard, a never-ending supply of spaghetti, and a dog with identity issues bring them together even though they both have secrets that would tear them apart.
Excerpt

The knock on my door startled me.
I slowly opened the door and stared straight ahead … into the broad chest of a man. He wore baggy jeans and a blue t-shirt stretched across his pecs. He had removed his hoodie on his way to my place.
My gaze took a journey, not up but down. My brain on automatic spied his black leather high tops, his baggy, faded blue jeans, and the way his t-shirt gathered at his hips. His tan biceps flexed in the opening of his short sleeve shirt.
I stalled not wanting to confirm what I already knew. Every fiber of my being fired off signals on high alert for being so close to the man of my dreams.
Callie, this is getting awkward. Look at him.
I pushed my shoulders back, raised my head, blinked once, and gazed in his eyes.
Hi, gorgeous, coffee-colored eyes.
Noah Patrick.
I screamed and jumped up and down like a little girl. Thankfully, I kept my outburst on the inside. On the outside, I maintained a pillar of indifference.
“Hi.”
“Hey,” he said as his eyes narrowed.
I shifted from one foot to the other and leaned on the doorframe studying his face. I should have seen it the moment I laid eyes on him.
The bags under his eyes weren’t as pronounced as before. The cold must have had something to do with that. His kind eyes were more pronounced under the light in the hallway. A little color had returned to his face, and I could see he’d recently had his hair cut by the way it stood up on end.
He was Noah—my Noah—and he was beautiful.

About the Author

Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas. 
After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer. 
Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, and journals about her writing and editing process. 
Sydney’s novels tackle that dramatic world that is college and professional football and she writes heroines that love their men and the sport that they play. 

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EXCERPT – Three Plus Three by Cindy Flores Martinez – VALENTINE PETS & KISSES BOXED SET

 
Three Plus Three by Cindy Flores Martinez
Two years after losing her husband, a grieving widow, Violet, and their beloved bichon frise visit their favorite place the day before Valentine’s Day. While they are there, Violet meets a handsome widower who makes her feel alive again.
Excerpt

“Hey, there.” He crouched down and brushed his masculine fingers through the corkscrew curls on the top of Cookie’s head. “What’s your name?”
Violet wondered if she should tell him that Cookie couldn’t hear him. She and Bob had found out days after they rescued her from the local animal shelter that she was hearing impaired. Her previous owners had probably abandoned her because of it. Violet had often wondered how they could have rejected such a precious animal. Cookie was nothing but love and affection. But then again, if they hadn’t given her up, she never would have come into their lives. What would Violet have done if Cookie hadn’t been there after Bob was gone? And now that Sydney was away, having Cookie there made the loneliness less burdensome. “Her name is Cookie.”
“Hi, there, Cookie.” The man reached under her chin and brushed her soft fur.
Cookie’s tail wagged faster, and her mouth dropped open in a smile.
“I hate to tear my dog away like this,” said Violet. “She really loves to be petted, but I have to go. I have an appointment, and I’m running late.”
“I’m sorry.” The man rose to his feet.
His tall, lean body and handsome face had caught Violet’s attention since the first time she had seen him. She had often found herself watching him without wanting to. Standing there now, the sunlight bathed his sandy blond hair, causing its natural highlights to shine like gold.
He wasn’t the youngest of men. His face had been weathered by time, but he still had a youthful appearance.

About the Author

My name is Cindy Flores Martinez and I’m from a suburb of Los Angeles. I write sweet romantic comedy and inspirational romance. My debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started out as a screenplay and movie project. I spent years shopping it around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world and had two well-known actors: an Academy Award nominated actor and a blockbuster film actress, interested in portraying the lead character’s parents. After not finding the success I wanted, I officially canceled my film production company, Mail-Order Groom LLC, in November of 2009 and embarked on the journey of turning my screenplay into a novel. I have an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Screenwriting. I have been a screenwriting instructor, screenplay consultant, script reader, and screenplay collaborator.

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EXCERPT – Surviving San Francisco by Susan Oloier – VALENTINE PETS & KISSES BOXED SET

Surviving San Francisco by Susan Oloier
When 23-year-old Leah Newland accepts a job in San Francisco and runs away from her small-town Illinois life, she expects things to change for the better. What she doesn’t expect is to lose her job, adopt a cat she hit with her car, and fall for a sexy and seemingly unavailable veterinarian. Suddenly, going back to the Midwest seems better than surviving San Francisco.
Excerpt

Mary smiles over at Leah, who works hard to muster even a grain of enthusiasm.
“She can go home now,” Mary says, trying to elicit a happier response.
Leah pets the cat and finally looks at her for the first time. “You hear that?” she says to the cat. “We’re going home.”
Mary puts Fur Elise back in the kennel.
“Ev—Dr. Grady said I should make a follow-up appointment?”
“You can do that at the front desk with Stacy.”
“Okay.”
“See you up front.”
Leah rummages through her handbag for keys, but her attention is almost magnetically drawn back to the flowers.
She pads over and sneaks a peek at the card.
It reads, Forgive me. Love, Tess.
There’s a sinking in Leah’s chest. She takes the kennel handle and lifts Fur Elise out of the room and back to the lobby.
Mary hands paperwork to Stacy. “If you have any questions,” Mary says to Leah, “be sure to give us a call.”
Us.
Leah nods. It’s all she can manage.
Stacy reads from the sheet. “Says we should see you back here in one month.”
She clicks in the computer. “We’re looking at February 14th. How sweet! Valentine’s Day.”
“You know,” Leah says, “I don’t have my calendar with me. I’ll just call and schedule it later.”
“Sure.”
Leah picks up the cat carrier, ready to leave and find herself another veterinarian. But then the door flies inward, and Everitt walks through. His jacket collar is pushed up and his hair is a mop from the wind. The gusty weather keeps the door wide open, and Everitt fights to close it.
He prepares to move straight to the back exam rooms, but stops when his eyes meet Leah’s.
“Hi,” he says, brushing back his bangs.
“Hi.”

About the Author

 
Susan Oloier lives in the Southwest with her husband and two sons. She loves to bike ride and rock climb. She’s been published in national and regional magazines, such as The Daily Beast, as well as online. She had a two-year-long stint as a magazine columnist for an outdoor publication. When she’s not working on a new manuscript, she can be found hanging out with her kids or reading a book.
 
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