I am so excited today is April Fool’s Day and not because I get to pull some hilarious pranks on my kids but because it means it’s the first day A Case for Forgiveness is available for purchase! This is the second book my awesome friend Carol Ross has written for Harlequin Heartwarming.
I was lucky enough to be roomies with Carol at last years RWA Conference and am pretty sure she is my soulmate. We laughed, we cried (from laughing so hard), and then we laughed some more. I should have known we’d get along when I read her first book in the Seasons of Alaska series, Mountains Apart. Her heroine accidentally took too many painkillers and ended up stripping down to her underwear before passing out in front of the hero. And that was only chapter one. Carol has an amazing sense of humor and knows how to weave a wonderfully emotional tale.
I try not to get too jealous of her completely gorgeous covers. Seriously, she might have the two best covers in all of Heartwarming. But it’s what’s inside that makes Carol’s books special. And because she is generous and fabulous all at the same time, she is offering a giveaway! Books and an Amazon gift card are up for grabs. The link to her Facebook page is at the very bottom of this post. Go there, like her page, and comment on her giveaway post for a chance to win. If you don’t want to wait, click on the links to buy her book TODAY! You won’t be sorry 🙂
The past has its place…in the past!
Innkeeper Shay James has been telling herself for a decade that she’s over her ex-fiancé, Jonah Cedar. But now the Chicago attorney’s come home to care for his ailing grandfather, reawakening powerful feelings—along with painful memories. Shay can’t afford to repeat history.
At twenty-two, Jonah couldn’t wait to trade his secluded Alaska hometown for big-city success. Shay was supposed to share that dream. Yet even with unresolved issues between them, their connection is stronger than ever. Jonah’s visit was only going to be temporary…until a threat to Shay’s beloved Faraway Inn gives him a reason to stay and fight for that second chance.
A CASE FOR FORGIVENESS EXCERPT:
“Shay, why do you always seem so shocked when I bring up a happy memory from our relationship? Am I not allowed to talk about the good times we had? We were friends forever, until we started dating and then we were together for five years. That’s a lot of memories for me–all my best ones in fact.”
His voice was gentle now. “And you can’t just wish them away because of what happened…after.”
She stared at him, thinking… She did do that. Why did she do that? Because the memories hurt, that’s why. But she realized that she needed to get a handle on that pain if she was ever going to truly get over him.
So she dredged up a smile and said, “Remember how those stupid heels I wore were killing my feet? You finally plucked them off my feet and threw them into the bay because you wanted to dance? At first I felt weird but then other women starting taking their shoes off, too. But then you had to carry me all the way to your house where we’d left your pickup.” She laughed at the memory and it felt good–genuine.
Jonah winced. “I remember, my back remembers. You’re not exactly a feather, Shay. And I never should have let you have that second piece of cake.”
“Jonah.” She scowled playfully.
“I’m kidding, and you know it.” He lifted his hands in a gesture of surrender and the sound of his laughter nearly stopped her heart. “I could carry you to Anchorage and back. Seriously Gary and Ingrid’s reception was hands down one of the best nights of my entire life. That whole day was.”
“Mine, too,” she said, but barely heard the words come out of her mouth because they seemed to have such precious little air to propel them.
“Can we talk about some things, Shay? About what happened with us? About what went wrong?”
Carol Ross was born and raised in Washington, where she lives with her husband and one perfectly lovable miscreant of a dachshund. She truly adores the Pacific Northwest because it offers so many opportunities to do what she loves–hiking, skiing, running, and spending time outdoors. Although she enjoys reading in many genres, she writes what she loves the most–romance, especially light-hearted stories about the fun, flirty, and often-tumultuous path toward a happily ever after.