Saturday, May 28, 2011

Loree Lough's An Accidental Family

At last count, Loree had 80 books in print (with more than 3,000,000 in circulation), including the upcoming First Responders series, which kicks off with From Ashes to Honor, a 9/11 story that will release in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.

Loree has earmarked a generous portion of her proceeds to two organizations that are very close to her heart: Soldier Angels (assisting deployed soldiers and their families) and Special Operations Warrior Foundation (aiding the children of the brave fighting men and women who are killed in the line of duty).

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An Accidental Family

To Love or Not to Love Again: That's the question stirring in Texan widower Lamont London's heart. His longtime neighbor Nadine Greene still turns heads—especially his. But after enduring an abusive marriage, Nadine's gun-shy when it comes to relationships. And Lamont has some unresolved feelings to overcome about his late wife.

It isn't until Nadine's ranch house burns to the ground and Lamont offers refuge to her and her son's family in his empty mansion that she opens her heart.

Can they find a sweet second chance at love, and make two families into one?

Here's an excerpt of An Accidental Family:


Lamont had never felt more alone in his life.

Strange, since the church bulged with longtime friends, family and neighbors, here by invitation to witness his youngest daughter's wedding.

They stood at the back of the church, just the two of them, waiting arm and arm for their cue to march toward the altar. Lily smiled up at him through the gauzy mist of her veil. "I love Max like crazy, Daddy," she said, tears shimmering in her big green eyes, "but you'll always be my best guy."

He wanted to tell her how beautiful she looked, that he was proud of the woman she'd become, that her mama would have been proud, too. But a sob caught in his throat, so he patted her tiny, white-gloved hand and ground his molars together as those first strains of "The Wedding March" came through the closed chapel doors.

The roses and lilies of the valley in her bouquet began to quake, and he tried again to come up with something, anything that might calm and comfort her. But now the choking sob had made its way to his brain, making him feel just plain stupid as he continued patting her hand.

The doors opened, and a couple hundred parishioners turned simultaneously in their pews, smiling and craning their necks to get that first glimpse of the bride and her dad. Evidently, his hearing wasn't bad for a guy in his fifties, because despite the window-rattling crescendo of the music, he could make out "Isn't she pretty?" and "He's so handsome in a tux" rushing down the aisle like an ocean wave.

Next thing he knew, Lamont found himself at the altar, lifting her veil, kissing her forehead…and handing her over to the man who'd take care of his Lily from this day forth.

"Who gives this woman?" the preacher asked.

They'd practiced this, just last night, but Lamont didn't want to spout the two simple, one-syllable words they had assigned him. "She's not a woman," he wanted to shout instead, "she's my baby girl!"

But after his mechanical "I do," he walked woodenly to his seat and sat tugging at the stiff collar of his tuxedo's white shirt, trying to pay attention as Lily recited her vows and exchanged rings with Max, trying not to blubber like a toddler when the bride and groom shared their first kiss as man and wife.

When they faced the congregation, Lily looked at him and sent a silent reminder: "You'll always be my best guy, Daddy…."

It put a lump in his throat and tears in his eyes, and Lamont tried to hide it by lifting his chin. But Lily saw, and knowing what it meant, blew him a kiss, the way she had since she was a toddler. And, as always, he pretended to catch it and tuck it into his pocket.

"Ladies and gentlemen," the pastor droned, "I give you Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Sheridan."

All in attendance stood and applauded, including Lamont—though his heart wasn't in it. Because this was it. The end. Tonight, he'd go home to that big house, empty save the constant companionship of his ever-faithful mutt, Obnoxious.

You can watch the book trailer for An Accidental Family here.

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Loree is giving away a copy of An Accidental Family. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this book!
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lgm52 said...

Sounds great..would love to win it!
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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Joanne Sher said...

Please enter me in this.

cjajsmommy said...

Excellent opening. I definitely want to read this book. Please enter my name in the giveaway.

Charity said...

A beginning hat gets you from the start:) Please enter me. Thanks!

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Pam K. said...

This was such a good description of a man "giving away" his daughter at her wedding. I would like to read the rest of the story; sure hope I win!
Thanks.
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Charity U said...

I've read one book by Loree and loved it. :) Please enter me!

Judy B said...

I too would love to win this book.

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Amy said...

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would like to win this one ....thanks

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Jo said...

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Merry said...

An Accidental Family sounds like a great story of real love triumphing the second time around. Please add me!
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