Title: ECHOES OF LOVE
Author: N. Christine Samuelson
Genre: Contemporary Romance with supernatural elements
What if the mysteries of your life began before you were born, and reach into your future? Like echoes reverberating from lifetimes ago controlling their present lives and directing their futures, Carson and Cody are haunted by their pasts. What makes their lives worth living? How do they move forward after losses so devastating they believe they'll never love again? Carson, an artist from Santa Fe moves to Montana to begin a new life. But an unexpected encounter brings her into conflict with Cody, an architect and ranch manager from Wyoming. The immediate power and beauty of their connection is as spectacular as the landscapes they walk through, but just as fated, unpredictable and complex. Their seemingly unresolvable conflicts span geography and time, from the tangible beauty of the American West through an elusive journey echoing over hundreds of years and two continents. Even with best intentions, nothing is guaranteed except one thing, and only they can discover it.
The scent of mesquite wood burning on a chilly night, a roaring fire with its face glowing orange and yellow spitting embers into the black sky, drew Carson in against her will. The closer she walked toward the gathering, the surer her attraction was to it. People gathered in groups, talking and laughing, beer bottles and wine glasses raised in toast, hats tipped back off foreheads, and fiddlers filled the air with happy music.
As she crossed the road into the lawn, the little voice that knew things before she did told her this night might hold more than a casual get-together. Carson ignored it, her attention drawn to the cowboy who’d eyed her earlier as he tracked her path. She pretended not to notice while she looked up, down, the other way but he locked onto her. Ignoring the guy talking to him, he homed in on Carson. Feeling like a target, a deer in the crosshairs, she veered off to the left because he stood on the right.
Molly spotted her too and let out a holler, waving her to come in her direction. “Hey, Carson, you’re goin’ the wrong way, honey; party’s over here.” Everyone standing around chuckled assuming the stranger lost her way just crossing the road. All except for the cowboy. He didn’t laugh as he continued watching her walk.
Molly noticed him as well and walked toward Carson, rounding her up like a stray calf. As Molly walked by the cowboy, she swat his shoulder. “What’s wrong with you, Cody? Been a while since you been around a pretty woman? We must be workin’ you too hard. Better have Hugh give you a weekend off more often to get into town for some fun so you don’t embarrass our female guests.” Molly took Carson under her wing, guiding her to the table loaded with food.
Molly’s taunting and whack had knocked Cody to his senses. Looking to the ground, he shook his head back and forth in disbelief and with a sheepish smile, he ambled over to the table. Carson calmed seeing his embarrassment—not the look of a stalker, but of a teen caught rolling in the hay with his girlfriend.
Removing his hat in a gentlemanly gesture, he said, “Hi, I’m Cody, and I’m sorry for watching you back there. I don’t know what came over me.” He grappled for words, nervously smoothing the brim of his hat. “The reason I was staring is because you look like someone I used to know.” Kicking at the gravel, he then looked up at Carson with a small grin. “I’m still trying to figure out where and when I met you. I’m sorry if I upset you. It wasn’t intentional.” He put out his hand to shake, his eyes begging for forgiveness while he waited for her to reach for him.
Carson, unsure of what to do, let him hang for a few seconds then put him out of his misery by offering her hand and a warm smile. “No problem. I’m Carson. Nice to meet you.”
While taking her hand, he continued scanning her face trying to place her in his memory. Carson’s eyes were hazel in this firelight, but he knew they’d be vivid green in the brightness of day. The heart-shaped face, her high cheekbones, and brows like wings of an eagle framing those eyes made her a stunning, natural beauty in his assessment. “Seeing you up close now, I swear we’ve met somewhere.”
Carson knew he wasn’t using a line on her. She knew the type of guy who used them—the smooth-talker who put on a façade, lured her in with charming bait and eventually a switch; she could tell Cody wasn’t that man. He was authentic—a real cowboy as evidenced by his work, the ranch, his looks and words. He was down-to-earth, admitting he was wrong staring at her, then apologized without contriving a lie or excuse or convoluted story. So far, he proved to be a straight-forward guy who wouldn’t use a line and didn’t have to by the look of him—a wide, brilliant smile, a square jaw and handsome in a rugged way. When he’d looked away from her, she glanced him up and down and at just under six feet, his body was trim but solid and muscular. His image reminded her of someone she’d known, too, but she dismissed it.
“No, I don’t think I’ve met you before,” she said, keeping hold of his hand while looking more closely at him. “Your face is vaguely familiar, but I’d have remembered your name if we’d met.”
Carson’s voice sounded as a song whose words opened his heart. Under normal circumstances, this sensation would’ve scared him off, but her tone was gentle, happy, and lifted his spirits. The soft, warm skin of her hand and her firm grasp felt magnetic, drawing him into herself.
She felt the energy as well and didn’t pull away. In the past, a meeting like this would’ve unnerved her, but everything about him felt good and natural, like she’d reacquainted with an old friend. This is not possible—she reigned in her feelings— things like this don’t happen.
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Praise for Echoes of Love:
“Absolutely AMAZING! I don’t think I have ever got so worked up about a book before.”- Booksprout reviewer
“Another Amazing Book. Once again, this author has written a stunningly vivid and captivating book, stories intertwined with past, present and future. I love her use of dialogue and descriptors.” – Amazon reviewer
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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 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.
Christine lives in coastal South Carolina where the people, land and sea are constant sources of inspiration. 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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