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.
A Resurrected Heart by Zina Abbott
Val also noticed Beth shivering. He put his arm around her shoulder and drew her into her embrace.
“Let me warm you up a bit before I take you home, sweetheart.”
Beth relaxed and molded her body to his. She closed her eyes and nestled the bridge of her nose into his neck, realizing this was where she wanted to be. She felt a oneness with Val like she had never felt with any other person.
But, was this love? Beth didn’t know. She only knew that if it weren’t for the cold breeze blowing off the lake and the temperature dropping to remind her there were still patches of snow on the ground she could stay like this with Val forever.
Val’s gentle nudge on her chin prompted her to lift her face to his. Her heart expanding with a longing she couldn’t deny, she slid her arms around his neck and lost herself in his kiss. Whether or not she could fully trust him, could she live without Val Caldwell?
Lost in their kisses, neither knew how much time passed. Finally, Val reluctantly reached for the lantern and prepared to stand. He helped Beth to her feet.
“Big day tomorrow, sweetheart. I need to get you home.”
A Resurrected Heart by Zina Abbott
Gold miners are pouring into Lundy, California for the Resurrection Day celebration. Val Caldwell drives a herd of cattle up from Big Meadows to Lundy—and he can’t wait to see Beth Dodd, the woman he hopes to marry.
Beth unexpectedly finds she must convince the new miners that, though she is a widow, she expects to be treated with respect—and she holds her own amongst the roughest of the bunch with the help of her derringer and her pa’s hunting knife.
A woman of many talents, Beth receives a frantic request from the madam at the Blue Feather to help with the birth of a prostitute’s baby—an experience that calls up emotions from her own past, and reveals her own heart’s desire—something she’s tried to forget.
Val, anxious to convince Beth to marry him, is willing to help her any way he can. But, just how much will the independent woman be able to give of herself after the pain of her first marriage? Can Beth ever trust him enough to give him the love of A RESURRECTED HEART?
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About Zina Abbott
Zina Abbott is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical novels. Her novel, Family Secrets, was published by Fire Star Press in October 2014 and her novelette, A Christmas Promise, was published by Prairie Rose Publications in November 2014. The first two novellas in the Eastern Sierra Brides 1884 series, Big Meadows Valentine and A Resurrected Heart, are now available.
The author is a member of Women Writing the West, American Night Writers Association, and Modesto Writers Meet Up. She currently lives with her husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” She enjoys any kind of history including family history. When she is not piecing together novel plots, she pieces together quilt blocks.
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