Author: Brenda Novak

Book Spotlight, Excerpt & Giveaway: This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak

Posted April 1, 2015 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 12 Comments

Brenda Novak_ThisHeartOfMineThis Heart of Mine
by Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek  #8
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: March 31st 2015
Format: Paperback/eBook, 400 pages

Book Description:

First love. Second chance?

As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of. Phoenix was desperate not to lose him—especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next.

Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence. Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob’s father isn’t exactly welcoming.

Riley doesn’t trust Phoenix, doesn’t want her in Jacob’s life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love. And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he’s about to find both!

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Excerpt

His voice had a rough edge that made her fear he wasn’t taking what she’d said as the apology she’d intended. “Right,” she said. “Sex and love are two different things, and boys can make that distinction more easily than girls. That’s all I’m saying. I get that now.”

“I see. What a great thing to learn.”

Was he being sarcastic? She was so confused. “It was a lesson I needed. And learning it the way I did means I’ll never forget.”

A muscle moved in his cheek.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “Did I say something wrong? I was trying to apologize for…for falling in love with you. Or for holding on to you when I should’ve let go.” None of this was coming out right. She could tell that much, so she stopped trying to explain and opted for the direct approach. “Regardless of anything else, know this―I promise I’ll never single you out like that again or do anything else to make you uncomfortable.”

There. That had to be clear. She smiled up at him, hoping what she’d said would finally meet with his approval. But there was that damn frown again. “What’s wrong?” she asked.

“Nothing. Don’t worry. You nailed it. And so innocently, too.”

She pressed her fingers to her temples. The pain meds had really kicked in. “I admit my thoughts are…somewhat disjointed. What, exactly, did I nail?”

“That you can’t trust a guy,” he replied. “That a guy doesn’t know what love is.”

That sounded a bit harsh. Had she actually said those things? “Maybe not all guys,” she clarified.

“Okay. Only me,” he said and walked out.

“I was trying to apologize!” she called after him.

He shook his head as he turned back. “For ever loving me?”

About Brenda Novak

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak is the author of fifty books. A four-time Rita nominee, she has won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Daphne, and the Holt Medallion. She also runs Brenda Novak for the Cure, a charity to raise money for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). To date, she’s raised $2.4 million. For more about Brenda, please visit her website.

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Book Spotlight, Excerpt & Giveaway: Come Home to Me by Brenda Novak

Posted March 27, 2014 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 5 Comments

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A hard lump sat heavy in Aaron’s stomach as he got out the picture of himself and crossed the floor. He was afraid Wyatt would be unhappy if he tried to pick him up. What if the kid started crying and wouldn’t stop? Aaron didn’t have Cheyenne here today, or anyone else, to pass him off to, and he’d never taken care of a small child. But Wyatt hadn’t been afraid of him when they first met at Cheyenne’s. It was possible he’d be brave here, too—and he was, as long as Aaron didn’t try to touch his bat. “Where did you come from?” Aaron asked him. “Ba!” He proudly held out his toy. Aaron examined his baby picture, searching for similarities and differences. Presley’s coloring was darker than her son’s. Wyatt had chocolate-colored eyes, but his hair was more of a sandy blond like Aaron’s. His father was definitely a white man, Aaron concluded. That fit. And no doubt he was tall, as Presley had told Cheyenne. At six-two Aaron wasn’t short. But hair color and size? That certainly wasn’t conclusive evidence when it came to offspring. Neither did it rule him out, however. Aaron carried Wyatt to the couch and sat down. At first, Presley’s son seemed surprised and a little intrigued by the stranger who’d suddenly appeared in his home. But that didn’t last. After a few seconds, he grew bored with Aaron’s fixation and tried to get down. Then Aaron’s cell went off, and the ringtone got the tyke’s attention. “Pone!” He waited for Aaron to take action, but Aaron left the phone in his front pocket. It was probably Dylan, wondering when he’d be coming back to finish the Camaro, and Aaron didn’t have an answer for him. “Pone?” Wyatt poked a finger at the noise, but that didn’t change Aaron’s mind. Nothing else mattered in this moment; he couldn’t quit staring. He was hoping to see something, some trait or expression that would answer his question. Wyatt was so distracted by the noise and what it signified that he dropped his bat and tried to get to Aaron’s cell himself. “Pone!” Aaron had to admit the kid had personality, and he seemed smart. His determination and insistence might’ve made Aaron laugh—if he wasn’t so terrified of what he was going to find out when Presley got home.

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About the Book

Title: Come Home to Me Author: Brenda Novak Series:  Whiskey Creek #6 Published:  March 25th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA Genre:  Contemporary Romance

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Book Blurb:

When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She’s made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she’s back in the small town that was the closest thing to “home” she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who’s her only family. There’s just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers’ auto body shop. And no matter how hard she’s tried, Presley hasn’t been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can’t fall back into his arms…or his bed. She’s come too far to backslide now. And there’s a secret she’s been guarding—a secret she’ll do anything to protect.

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About Brenda Novak

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak is the author of fifty books. A four-time Rita nominee, she has won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Daphne, and the Holt Medallion. She also runs Brenda Novak for the Cure, a charity to raise money for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). To date, she’s raised $2.4 million. For more about Brenda, please visit her website.

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Review: When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak

Posted April 25, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak

When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak Series: Whiskey Creek #3 Genres: Contemporary Romance Published by Harlequin, Harlequin MIRA on January 29, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 400 Source: Publisher Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Welcome to Whiskey Creek— Heart of the Gold Country!One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news… She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren’t good. Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents’ farm. She’s always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn’t been worked in years and she begins to fear she can’t manage it, that she’ll have to return to town. One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door… He’s an attractive and mysterious […]

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