Monday, October 17, 2011

K. Dawn Byrd's This Time For Keeps

**E-book giveaway**
K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance and romantic suspense. This Time for Keeps is her fourth release in two years with four more books to follow in 2012. Mistaken Identity, her first young adult romance released on June 15 from Desert Breeze Publishing. She enjoyed writing it so much that she'll have four more young adult releases in 2012. The sequel to Mistaken Identity, Shattered Identity, will release in June and a college-age romance/mystery series, The Zoe Mack Mystery Series, will release in January with others to follow in June and December.

K. Dawn is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog at www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com, most of which are signed by the authors. She's also the moderator of the popular facebook Christian Fiction Gathering group.

When not reading or writing, K. Dawn enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years while walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.

You can find K. Dawn online at
Desert Breeze Publishing,
www.kdawnbyrd.com,
www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com,
and her young adult blog, www.zoe-mack.blogspot.com.

I'm also on Twitter (kdawnbyrd) and facebook (K Dawn Byrd.) I am the moderator of the Christian Fiction Gathering facebook group

This Time For Keeps

India McGuire's peaceful life is shattered when on the night of her engagement to David Richards, she comes face to face with Chase Porter, a long lost love. India must come to terms with her overpowering feelings for Chase and choose between David, the neighbor who says he loves her, and Chase, the man who broke her heart.

Chase's plans of leaving quietly turn to disaster when he finds that it's impossible to disappear without seeing India one last time. Feelings begin to surface that he believed buried forever and he finds himself fighting to win her back even as David struggles to hold onto her.

India longs to follow her heart, but she's been hurt too deeply. Who will she choose? The neighbor who can provide stability or the man she vowed to love forever who may once again heed to the call of the open road?

Here's an excerpt of This Time For Keeps:

As David Richards slid the pear-shaped engagement ring down India McGuire's finger, her thoughts transported her to a day when an eighteen-year-old boy had given her a diamond ring with a tiny stone and a big promise that they'd soon have a life together. Twelve years later, a different man, a different ring, and a different emotional response. Why was she not bursting with joy? Wasn't this what she wanted? What she'd longed for?

Why couldn't she just let Chase go? He'd had no problem walking out on her all those years ago. The happiest day of her life should have been this moment in her small country kitchen. Instead, it was a day overshadowed with memories from the past of her first love.

With tears in her eyes, she thrust her hand out, palm forward, and inspected the ring, a myriad of emotions surging through her and rendering her speechless. As the most eligible bachelor in town, David could provide security, companionship, and even love. She just had to find a way to fill the dark recess of her heart Chase had occupied full-to-bursting with David.

"A penny for your thoughts." David leaned forward, concern furrowing his brow.

India pulled her gaze from the colorful, barnyard chicken wallpaper borders that circled the room and raised her head as his words brought her back to the present. Her eyes met his searching ones. She'd never reveal that her thoughts had taken her back to Chase, the boy who'd left town without so much as a goodbye. Today, the memory caused as much pain as it had when her grandmother had told her he'd left town headed for the Army.

She plastered on what she hoped was her brightest smile and grasped David's hand across the red and white checked tablecloth. "I'm sorry. What were you saying?"

"What are you thinking?"

"It's nothing."

David's gray-blue eyes bored into hers as if she was a puzzle he couldn't quite solve. "Isn't this what you wanted?"

"Sure. I'm just kind of surprised. That's all." She really should let Chase go. After all, he'd not come home once in twelve years. He'd preferred to fly his mother to some ranch out west to visit him. Maybe he couldn't face her. Coward.

David shifted uneasily in his chair, a disappointed look on his face. "I just thought you'd be dancing around the room. Did I read you wrong? I thought you were ready to settle down. With me."

India jumped when lightning flashed outside, sending a momentary flicker of intense light into the room. Her pulse accelerated and she took a deep breath. Now wasn't the time for a panic attack. She'd thought she was making progress when it came to her fear of storms, but now she wondered. How could she answer without telling a lie? Her mind raced to come up with a response. "Storms make me jittery, you know that."

She'd begged God for years to send her a Christian man. David attended church, even went with her. Why did something feel so wrong?

David brushed a stray lock of his brown hair upward, drawing attention to high cheekbones and a chiseled jaw line. The five o'clock shadow he wore so well blended with his gray eyes. He was a man of many facets, able to change with the ease of a chameleon. He was as comfortable in blue jeans on the farm as he was in a business suit in his law office, as comfortable playing politics as she was mucking a horse stall.

It was still hard to believe that a man who looked like he'd stepped from the cover of a fashion magazine had just proposed to her, the woman with splotches of freckles and an oddly upturned nose.

"Slow down and take a breath, honey." David stood, taking India's hands and gently pulling her to her feet.

She returned his embrace, holding on longer than necessary, hoping to dispel the feelings of doubt still gnawing at her gut. India returned his kiss, giving in to the passion, hoping to convince him that she was pleased he'd proposed.

The antique brass knocker on the front door reverberated throughout the downstairs of the cozy A-frame cabin and she pulled away. "I'll be right back. Who'd be out in a storm like this anyway?"

"Get rid of them," David called after her. "We still have wedding plans to make."

A smile tugged at her lips in response as India moved through the living room, her heels clicking in time with her heartbeat as she crossed the honey-colored hardwood floors. She straightened a pillow on the couch and smoothed the throw blanket draped across the back of a rocking chair, hoping to calm her nerves before opening the door. There was probably a lonely, elderly church lady on the other side.

A gasp rattled in her throat as her heartbeat whooshed in her ears like the sound of angry waves crashing into the seashore. The glass of iced tea she held crashed to the floor. India gripped the doorframe, no longer trusting her legs to support her. The boy from the meadow of yellow flowers had returned. Only now, he was a man.

The lopsided grin she'd always loved pulled at Chase's lips. Even after a decade, he could still get to her, could still make her forget that a world existed apart from him, could still make her heart beat like a runner's in a long-distance race.

India studied his face, unashamed. He was more handsome than even she remembered. He'd gained some weight, mainly muscle. The seasoned good looks of a man in his prime, a man exuding confidence and sensuality, had replaced the boyish face she remembered. He was every bit as handsome as David, just in a different way.

A fresh burst of longing captured her breath. The years may have stolen him from her, but they'd not overshadowed the fierce love still surging through her being. At that moment, she realized there was only Chase, had only been Chase, and would only be Chase. No one else could ever abide in his place in her heart.

A gust of wind blew rain onto the porch, spaying past him and tickling her cheeks. She yearned to embrace him, but held back, remembering all too well the pain she'd experienced at his leaving. She was cautious, afraid that one touch might produce a heartache from which she would never recover.

Chase took a step toward her. "You look like you've seen a ghost." He chuckled, his eyes dancing. "I expected a little livelier greeting."

He stooped and picked up the tea glass that lay at his feet. "It's a little wet out here. Can I come in?"

"Of course." India pulled the door open and stepped aside.

Chase's gaze swept her from head to toe. "You've not changed a bit." He reached out and caressed her cheek. "You're even more beautiful than I remembered."



You can purchase This Time For Keeps from Amazon.

K. Dawn is giving away an e-book copy of This Time For Keeps. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

7 comments:

Diana Flowers said...
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Diana Flowers said...

Congrats on your new book, K. Dawn! I would love to win it! Thanks for the opportunity!

dianalflowers[at]aol[dot]com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

love to be included in this giveaway thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

K. Dawn Byrd said...

It's good to see all of you here. This Time for Keeps was a really fun book to write.

Amy said...

Would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Diana Flowers said...

I was thrilled to have won this on another blog, so you may remove my entry to give someone else a better chance! Thanks!

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