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Once upon a time…..I wrote a love story about a Billionaire who falls for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. It was titled Destined Hearts and it was the first romance novel I ever wrote. It’s also a FREEBIE for every member of my Newsletter. If you’d like to read it, then head over and sign up to my list here: http://bit.ly/LilyNewsletter

Here’s a sneak-peek of the story for this week’s #TeaserTuesday.

 Destined Hearts ©Lily Graison 2008

Her last thought as she left the office that morning was premature. It was now a little past noon and the office looked like a mini florist shop.

Roses in every color imaginable sat on any available surface Caitlyn could find. She had even resorted to placing them out front at the main desk.

She was overwhelmed with each new bouquet and she’d picked up the phone more than once to call him. She never made it past the first couple of digits before hanging up. Maggie’s taunting voice prickled at the back of her mind every time she tried.

She stood in the aroma filled office and looked at the sea of color, inhaling their scent when she heard Jewel let out a tiny squeal.

“Damn girl! You weren’t kidding were you?” Jewel laughed as she entered the office.

“Nope,” Caitlyn grinned. “Just when I think there can’t be any other color left, he surprises me again.”

“Please tell me you’re going to call him?” Jewel said, as she leaned down to smell the pale lavender roses sitting on the table the coffee pot usually sat.

“If I call, then he’ll want an answer about dinner and I don’t have one.”

“Why don’t you?” Jewel asked. “You want to go out with him, don’t you?”
Caitlyn glanced at her feet before looking up and shrugging her shoulder. “I don’t know.”

“You’re lying, Caitie,” Jewel said. “I’ve been your friend since fifth grade and I can tell when you’re lying.”

Caitlyn sighed and leaned back against the wall. “Maggie thinks it’s a bad idea.”

Jewel rolled her eyes and walked to the desk, sitting on top of it. “And what reason did she give?”

“She said,” Caitlyn thought hard as to Maggie’s reasons and all she could really recall was Maggie saying she just didn’t like him.

“I’m waiting.”

“She doesn’t like him,” Caitlyn told her.

“She thinks he’s arrogant and too rich for his own good.”

Jewel made a “pfth” sound before laughing. “Girl, if that’s the only reason you’re saying no then, you’re crazy.”

“So you think I should then?”

“Look, I know I said play hard to get but William apparently isn’t your typical guy. I’ve yet to meet a man who would go to this much trouble for one date. I say call him.”

Caitlyn grinned and stuck her hands in her pockets. “What will Maggie think?”

“Is Maggie going to spend her life making you happy?”

“No.”

“Well then I suggest you get off your ass and make the call,” Jewel told her. “And if you don’t I’m going to find out if he likes blondes…er, redheads or whatever color my hair is today.”

Caitlyn laughed before seeing something out of the corner of her eye. She turned her head to the door and saw an arm sticking through the doorway.

Someone held a single daisy and she grinned before looking back at Jewel. “Jesse has felt left out all day.” She pushed off the wall and walked to the door. Her smile waned as she looked up and saw William standing there.

“I have sent you every rose I can possibly find in Boston and since you haven’t called me yet I figured I was doing something wrong,” he said. “It’s not much but its beauty is in its simplicity.”

Caitlyn’s body raced with tingles as she looked at the daisy before reaching out to take it from him. It was pale pink in color and she inhaled its scent. She looked up at him and said, “It’s beautiful. They’re all beautiful.”

William glanced around the room, taking in the sight of the roses and nodding his head. “They’re nice,” he said. “But they pale in comparison to you.”
 

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Website Giveaway Winner’s

I have winners in my website giveaway that took place this week! The original giveaway was posted HERE.

There were (5) prizes up for grabs. Congratulations to the winners!

(2) $10.00 Amazon Gift Cards  –  April Janvrin and Alice Robbins

(2) Winner’s Choice eBooks  –  Christina Albertson and Tammy Payne

(1) Winners Choice Paperback  –  Betty Finch

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Goodbye 2016 & Giveaway

 

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED CONGRATULATION TO THE WINNERS!

I’ve never done a “year in review” post and I’d really hate to bore you with one this year but so much has happened over the course of the year, and so many unanswered questions still dangle in the air, I think one is needed. It’ll be brief, I promise, then we’ll get to the year-end giveaway.

As some of you know, I’ve had health issues going back to the beginning of 2015. You can read all about that in this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Long story short, most of 2015 and 2016 were filled with medications and more sleep than any one body needs and my writing suffered for it. I’ve not had a new release in ages and Wild Horses has been promised for months now and it’s still not quite ready, which is why I decided to come off my meds. It’s been an eye-opener. Medications are meant to help but when they’re prescribed to hurry you out of the office, which I think they were in my case because no one EVER got to the bottom of my problem…just kept shoving pills at me…then they’re very harmful. I went from being depressed but functional to laying in bed in so much pain I could barely move and all the doctors and specialist could tell me was…sometimes our bodies just hurt for no reason.

I’m sorry, but I don’t buy that so I just stopped going to those doctors and made the decision to come off the meds. I’d rather “live” with the pain than waste away in bed a shell of a person. I did research and found herbal supplements that might help and started weening myself off the drugs. I’ve been drug-free (except for the herbal supplements) for two months now and you know what I discovered? The depression isn’t as severe as it once was and the pain is gone.

I’m  not a doctor but I’ve read enough to know that some people with depression suffer from pain, yet not one of the doctors I saw mentioned it. So, after countless doctors and hundreds of dollars of money spent, all it took to get better was….get off those addicting (mind-altering) drugs, invest in herbal alternatives and get smart about my health.

Of course, now that I’m “awake” I can finally see how far behind I am and it’s taking me a while to get back into the groove of things. I’m working on Wild Horses (Alexandra Avery and Jesse Samuels story) every chance I get and I had hoped to have it out by Christmas but that wildhorses-200x300didn’t happen. After two years of no releases, you start doubting everything you write so you delete a lot, rewrite things that were fine and spend countless hours just fiddling with things because you think readers are going to hate it when at the end of the day, the story is what it is…good or bad. Readers will love it or hate it and there’s nothing I can do to change that.

So I hope to announce a release date soon so be sure you’re on my Newsletter list to be notified of that. Also, this year, I’ll be holding a $25.00 amazon gift card giveaway every month for my newsletter subscribers and answering readers questions so be sure you’re all signed up for that. You can join the newsletter list here. If you’d like to get “your” question in the newsletter, then follow this link to the Ask Lily page to submit it. Your question and answers will appear in the newsletter and later archived here on the website the following month.

Now, on to that giveaway!

2016 has been rough for everyone and I want you all to know how very much I appreciate each and every one of you. Without you, I’d have no one to share my stories with and you’ve been beyond patient waiting for a new one so I’m giving back with a giveaway.

I have 5 prizes up for grabs…(2) $10.00 amazon gift cards, (2) winner’s choice eBooks and (1) winner’s choice signed paperback. All you have to do to enter is comment below and tell me something you’re thankful for and mark that you’ve commented on the Rafflecopter form.

Once you’ve done that, other options will open up on the form. Those are not required (only the comment is) but the more options you do, the more entries you gain so, click off all those tasks for 10 entries into the giveaway. The contest will run for a week to give everyone a chance to enter. I’ll announce the winner’s on Jan. 9th 2017.

I hope your New Year is blessed and filled with happiness. Good luck on the giveaway and Happy New Year!!

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Friday First Kiss #104 :: Phoebe’s Promise by Kay P. Dawson (Historical Western Romance)

Friday First Kiss

The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story.

Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors.

 

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This week’s Friday First Kiss comes from,

Phoebe’s Promise by Kay P. Dawson

“Colton, I think you should know what some of the people are saying. They think you are making bad decisions because of me.”  She swallowed hard as he kept his eyes on hers. She felt like she couldn’t speak above a whisper. “They’re questioning my reputation.”

He still hadn’t moved, one hand holding hers and the other with his thumb gently making circles that left her skin tingling on her cheek. His blue eyes stared into hers. The only indication that he’d even heard her was the clenching she could see in his jaw below the stubble that covered it.

Before she had time to react, he was leaning toward her and she felt his lips on hers. His hand went back and pulled her head closer. She could feel his hand tangle in her hair, caressing the soft curls that fell down past her shoulders.

His lips gently moved on hers, and she felt like the world around her was spinning. As soon as it had started, he sat back and let his hands fall. Standing up, he walked away before turning back to her.

She watched as he stood wrestling with what to say. He took his hat off and ran his hands through his thick black hair. “I’m sorry, Phoebe. I shouldn’t have done that.”

She still hadn’t quite caught her breath, her chest still heaving with the emotions of what had just happened.

“I promise your reputation will be completely safe with me. I will make sure the others don’t ever see anything to question otherwise.”  He pushed his hat back on his head. “Now, you better get in and make sure Grace is sleeping. You need your rest so we can get on the trail early.”

With that, he turned and walked away. She watched his retreating back until he was lost in the darkness of the night. Putting her fingers to her lips that were still tingling, she couldn’t move.

She knew he had promised to protect her reputation, but after what just happened, she wasn’t sure that’s what she even wanted.

 

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Phoebe’s Promise by Kay P. Dawson

In order to keep a promise she made to her dying mother, Phoebe sets off with her younger sister to head across the country on a wagon train bound for Oregon. Dressed as a boy, all she has to do is find the captain of the outfit and convince him to take them along.

When Colton sees the young boy in front of him, he knows instantly it’s a woman – and he has no choice but to take them along. Their wagon is packed and ready to go.

The weeks ahead will bring many challenges, heartbreak and hardships. Does Phoebe have the strength to get them safely to Oregon? And, can she learn to trust Colton to help when it’s needed?

 

 

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About KayP. Dawson

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I am a stay at home mom, who loves to read and write clean historical romance. I enjoy thinking back to a simpler time, a time when men and women were true heroes. I also believe that a good romance can be told without needing to know all of the details;)

All of my stories will tell of people who find true love, and who find their happy ever after. Sometimes the road might be rocky, but that makes it all worthwhile!

You can find Kay online at the following links.

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Friday First Kiss #103 :: Christmas in Trace Hollow by CJ Samuels (Historical Western Romance)

Friday First Kiss

The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story.

Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors.

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This week’s Friday First Kiss comes from,

Christmas in Trace Hollow by CJ Samuels

Brandon thought his heart stopped. Adam wasn’t Gabby’s. That explained why she was unprepared to travel with him. All his talk about orphanages had probably stopped her from telling him the truth. He had assumed Gabby was a widow and he hadn’t given her a chance to explain.

Pastor Don continued, “Is there a family willing to take little Adam in and raise him as their own?”

Not once voice was heard. Brandon looked around the church. Not one family was discussing it among themselves. He could understand why Logan and Elli wouldn’t be interested. She was with child, and some of the women thought she might be expecting two babies. Ethan and Sophia sat near them, a couple who wanted children, but they weren’t even talking to each other about it.

Brandon was confused. What’s going on? Can’t they see how perfect the boy is?

It continued with every couple he looked at. Nobody was discussing it.

Emma James spoke up. “What about marriage, Pastor? If she married, she could keep him. She said she wants the boy to have a father as well as a mother.”

The Pastor looked around the room. “Is there anyone willing to step up and marry Miss Wells, and take Adam as his own son?”

Again, nobody moved a muscle or spoke up. Axel wouldn’t even look in Brandon’s direction. He sat there cleaning his fingernails, not paying attention to the entire proceeding.

“What in the world is wrong with everyone?” Brandon yelled and stood up. “Can’t you see they’re already a family? She’s beautiful and a wonderful mother. She can cook and sew. I’ve seen some of the things she’s sewn for the baby. He’s the most perfect little boy I’ve seen. Who wouldn’t want both of them?”

The entire church turned to him at his outburst. Brandon crowded his way out of his pew. He practically ran to where Gabby stood.

On one knee, Brandon said, “Marry me, Gabby. I’ll give Adam the home he deserves.”

Tears filled Gabby’s eyes. She hesitated and shook her head slowly, no.

Brandon was in shock. She wouldn’t marry him. Not even to give Adam a home. He loved her, and she said no.

Losing her isn’t an option! He quickly and stood to face the congregation.

“Pa, get your shotgun. We spent four days alone in a cabin during the blizzard. That’s right, four days and nights, just the three of us. They took the cot and I slept on the floor. The details don’t matter. Pa, get moving. Get the gun and make her marry me.” Brandon’s Pa wasn’t moving and it looked like his Ma was trying not to smile.

“Sheriff, did you hear me? Four days alone in the same room? Eunice, Faye, Pastor Don, anyone? Someone is in here is armed and I know it. I demand someone get their gun out and uphold her reputation! I love this woman, and to protect her honor, she needs to marry me!”

The only one that moved was Gabby.

“You…you love me?” she asked.

“Of course I do, woman. I’ve loved you since I saw you holding the shotgun on me in the cabin, but I was too stubborn to admit it.” Brandon turned to Pastor Don, “Pastor, can you please get someone to force her to marry me? I can’t live my life without her at my side.”

“Yes,” said Gabby quietly.

“Yes, what?” Brandon asked her, still looking for anyone to help him.

“Yes, I’ll marry you.” Gabby said, with tears in her eyes.

“Yeth, yeth, yeth,” Adam repeated.

The women of the church relaxed. They were all looking at each other and smiling. This wasn’t their first plan that worked and it certainly wouldn’t be the last.

Brandon took them both in his arms. “I love you, Gabby. You and Adam are the best Christmas presents I could ever receive.”

“I love you, too, Brandon. Adam and I are blessed that it was you that found us in that cabin.”

“Well, if we’re all in agreement, I think we can go ahead and perform a wedding this Christmas Eve.” Pastor Don announced.

Brandon and Gabby nodded. His parents and Aunt Eunice gathered around them as the pastor said the needed words to make them a family. Marion Taylor held her new grandson proudly during the vows.

With a gentle kiss, Brandon and Gabby were now husband and wife.

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christmasintracehollowChristmas in Trace Hollow by C.J. Samuels
Gabby Wells has spent her entire eighteen years living atop a mountain with her father. After she buries him, she knows her only option is to travel down the mountain to live with her Aunt Eunice. She finds a baby on her way down, whose parents had obviously died tragically. With the child, she finds shelter from a blizzard in a cabin on the side of the mountain.

Brandon Taylor is on a mission for the sheriff in Trace Hollow, checking on the homesteaders around the area. When a sudden storm comes up, he has to take shelter in his family’s hunting cabin, on the side of the mountain. When he finds a beautiful young lady, a stranger to him, in the cabin along with her son, he tells himself repeatedly he can’t marry her. When they reach her aunt’s house, and the other men come sniffing around her, his feelings become more apparent to him. Can he find the courage to marry the beautiful Gabby? Or will he let her be married off to one of the other young men in town?
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About C.J. Samuels

CJ Samuels
CJ Samuels was born and raised in rural Ohio. After more than twenty years working in service at an auto dealership, she picked up the proverbial pen and began writing, thanks to a lot of encouragement from her family and friends.

CJ always has a pot of coffee on, and a welcoming chair, for anyone who needs to talk. CJ was the daughter of the local preacher and had three kids of her own. From attorney, to finished construction builder, to a Marine – CJ’s kids are her pride and joy. CJ has many “adopted” extra family members, including eleven grandchildren that she claims as her own.

CJ is a born and bred Buckeye fan. She has three rescue dogs, an English bulldog named Sammie, a chi-weenie named Lucy, and a beagle mix named Lucky.
In each of her books, you will find stories from her family history. In her eyes, family is most important.

Find CJ at the following link.

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