Updated: Dec 9, 2019
Title: HEART STORMS
Author: N. Christine Samuelson
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Three people’s lives collide in a perfect storm of heartbreak and ruin, betrayal and love. One woman and two men are drawn to coastal South Carolina to an oceanfront Victorian B & B inn. With losses from divorce, lies, secrets, cheating spouses, and abandonment, all three characters do not seek love or relationship. As they move into and through the emotional storm of their lives, destiny brings them together in an extraordinary way. But will they be destroyed or transformed by their fates?
An enchanting seaside inn complete with mystical elements lifts the characters’ spirits and helps them on their journeys. Their passionate triangle must be broken for them to move on with their lives, but who ends up with whom, or do they, and when?
Before his truck reached Jade’s house to drop her off, he said, “It’s only ten o’clock, but I guess it’s too late to have a drink together, huh?”
“It would be nice, but we shouldn’t with work tomorrow and all.”
“And all what?” His look was of craving something he couldn’t have.
“You know. This was an amazing day. I like you so much, but we said we’d take this slow. With the things we shared, I don’t trust myself sitting with you in front of the fire with a glass of wine, with you making me laugh and feel good.”
“I’m good at making you feel good, aren’t I?”
“Yes, and you’re what I’m afraid of.”
He jumped out his door, walked over, helped her out of the truck and took her hands. “Before you leave, would you be afraid of a kiss goodnight, a real kiss?”
“What a shame,” he said placing a light kiss on her cheek, testing her reaction by lingering and waiting for her response. It was obvious to him she felt exactly as he did, but he gave her the courtesy of making her own move.
Jade sensed the electricity in the air between them. She’d never experienced such charged energy with any man. Was it his technique, his charm, his sexiness? No—she’d experienced those things before, and they eventually wore off. What he had was unusual, deep and directly connected to the same elements in her. It was physically impossible to back away from his lips on her cheek.
She turned her mouth toward his, giving him the answer he wanted. He kissed her so softly, with lips warm and luscious. She melted under his spell, a merging of body and emotions that would linger into tomorrow leaving a swath of desire. Even without words to describe it in the days ahead, the feeling would resurrect in their bodies.
When they met at work the next morning—they’d both been busy at their respective jobs—but looked at each other from afar and their heat spread in the air between them. Jade felt like a river pulled toward an inevitable waterfall. He was the cliff and she had no choice but to flow up to him and over his edge.
When he saw Jade, heat rose in him like he was a square of rich chocolate melting in a hot pan. He had to look away from her or he’d completely liquify. Dangerous, she was. He called her later and told her so.
Her reply? “We’re dangerous together. Now I understand why you’re a ‘bad boy’ in the best kind of way.”
Apple Books (itunes): https://books.apple.com/us/book/heart-storms/id1468510355
Barnes/Noble (Nook): www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1132053729
Share a holiday family tradition:
Living in a small, coastal city that has far less population in winter without tourism and beachgoers, I thought our Christmas tradition of seeing a live performance of the Nutcracker Ballet would end. I’d only seen the ballet in large cities: New York, Dallas, Albuquerque, Tampa, San Francisco—going year after year as a wonderful ‘kick off’ to the holiday season.
But my first year in this much smaller city, I was thrilled to find there was a live performance put on by the local youth ballet company. It is professionally done with first-rate talent, choreography, sets and costumes from previous years’ performances in large ballet companies in NYC. We first went thinking it would be fun just to hear the music and see the students but were amazed at the level of expertise and talent. They put on a gorgeous show, a little different each year. So, our tradition of seeing the live Nutcracker ballet continues in the Grand Strand region of SC!
Why is your featured book perfect to get readers in the holiday mood:
Heart Storms is set in a small oceanfront town in a Victorian-style Bed & Breakfast Inn which is charming enough by itself. But a pivotal part of the story takes place through the holiday season. Christmas and New Years are highlighted—the inn is adorned with classic Christmas decorations and a huge tree in the foyer. Festive lights and an outdoor fireplace embellish the inside & out. And throughout both holiday celebrations, the restaurant in the story features traditional Southern dishes and drinks. The main female character’s beach cottage is decked out as well. At the inn, her cottage and places around town, romantic holiday scenes play out under the lights, candles, stars and the sounds of the ocean—sure to put you in the holiday mood.
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Christine Samuelson has been a lifelong writer in many professional and personal capacities, but now writes the kinds of stories she loves—about life and love’s challenges, tragedies and victories. Her overall themes deal with the eternal bonds of love that transform lives and transcend time. Her characters and plotlines are grounded in reality but have a touch of mysticism and mystery. Writing is the way she shares the tragic, the magic, the joys and triumphs of everyday life. She hopes readers of her books will be inspired to look at life and love through a different lens and realize that no matter your circumstances, we all share similar stories in our lives and our hearts.
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