Posted on September 5th, 2019

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Posted on July 23rd, 2019

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“Noah Alexander Murphy, who the hell do you think you are?”

Alexander?” Jesse cackles.

I stifle a grin. She’s pissed. I knew she would be. She should be. I hadn’t expected her to be so pissed that she’d show up on my doorstep, though. Amber was always a little spontaneous and unpredictable. She’s a firecracker, my dad used to say. Nice to see some things haven’t changed.

“I’m busy, Amber. Besides, we have nothing to say to each other.”

“Oh, I have plenty to say, and unless you want your stable boy over there to hear it, I suggest you send him to the barn.”

I lean back in my chair and let my gaze travel down her body. The diner uniform does absolutely nothing for her, but she’s still the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. Even when she’s mad.

“Jesse, will you give us a few minutes? Apparently, Amber has something on her mind.”

The boy’s eyes nearly bug out of their sockets. “This is Amber? Amber?”
“Go.”

My tone must get his attention, because he nods and sprints out the door.

Amber sighs loudly and takes a look around. As she walks closer to my desk, she notices the piles of invoices. They’re kind of hard to miss.

“This place looks like crap. Don’t you have a filing cabinet?”

“I have two, as a matter of fact. Let me guess. You’re here to apply for the office manager’s job.”

“You couldn’t afford me.”

I smirk. Yeah, she’s mad. I regretted what I said as soon as I said it. But, that doesn’t make it untrue, and it sure doesn’t mean I’m going to apologize.

“Oh, I don’t know. Seeing as you’re working for tips now, I think I could probably beat that.”

Her deep green eyes spit fire as she leans over me. Classic Amber, trying to be intimidating. All it’s doing is turning me on. Probably not the effect she’s going for.

“Do you remember the night Cedar Grove beat Chesterville in the state playoffs 35-0? And do you remember how mad I was when you got drunk with your buddies after the game?”

I remember. She flattened my truck’s tires and stole my keys. I also remember how fun it was making up in the hayloft the very next night.

“We live in the same town now, Noah. You apparently still like the diner since you’ve ordered lunch from there two days in a row. Tony was nice enough to hire me, so you and I are going to have to figure out a way to get along.”

“Or what?”

“Or you’re gonna have to find a new place to eat lunch.”

Her body’s closer now, and it’s taking every ounce of my self-restraint not to touch her. The fire in her eyes. The scent of her hair. It’s all the same, and it’s all beautiful.

“You embarrassed me in front of a customer. You got your cheap shot in, and that’s okay because I deserved it. But that’s all you get. One cheap shot. It better not happen again. If you ever walk into that diner again and humiliate me like you did today? Four flat tires will be the least of your worries.”

She leans away from me and heads for the door.

“And find yourself a secretary. This place looks like shit.”

Amber shoots me one last angry glare before walking out, slamming the door behind her. With a grin, I jump out of my chair and watch through the window as she stomps toward her car.


Posted on July 17th, 2019

They say true love never fades.
I’ve spent the last decade, and a fortune in paint, making sure of it.

Amber Tucker never dreamed she’d return to Cedar Grove, but when she finally finds the courage to leave her abusive husband, she knows her old hometown is her only option. Desperate for a new life, Amber takes her ten-year-old son and moves in with her aunt. She prays for a fresh start while hoping to avoid her childhood sweetheart—the man whose heart she broke nearly a decade ago.

Noah Murphy has spent the last ten years trying to forget Amber Tucker. He’s had a hard time letting go—as evidenced by the big red heart on his farm’s grain silo. Noah painted it when he was sixteen and crazy in love, and every spring, he gives the heart a fresh coat of paint. It’s all he has left—the only reminder that Amber was real.

That is, until she returns to Cedar Grove.

When her husband comes calling, Amber knows she has to break the cycle of abuse, once and for all. But, when she takes matters into her own hands, can Noah protect her from the consequences of her actions? Or, will he lose her all over again?


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Posted on January 12th, 2019

Prologue
 
“Mel, please don’t do this.”

With a heavy sigh, Melody Mitchell zipped the last of her suitcases. The rest were already in the trunk of the Toyota—her rusty but reliable graduation present from her parents. Just yesterday, her dad had insisted on buying four new tires, and she was grateful. It was a five-hour drive to Nashville. A surprise flat was the last thing she wanted on this road trip.

She’d had enough surprises to last a lifetime.

Taking a deep breath, Melody slowly turned to face him.

Brody Myers sat on the edge of her bed, gazing at her with his big blue eyes.

She loved those eyes.

She loved him.

Sometimes love just wasn’t enough.

Gathering her courage, Melody walked over and kneeled before him. Now that she was close, she could see tears swimming in his eyes. She’d probably be crying, too, if she hadn’t spent the last two months sobbing uncontrollably. Maybe she was all cried out.

“Brody,” she said softly. “Can’t you please try to understand? I need to get out of Meadow Creek. I need a fresh start, and this is an amazing opportunity.”

“It’s a waitressing job, Mel.”

“At a café in downtown Nashville. It’s a songwriter’s dream, Brody. Someone could hear my music—”

“This has nothing to do with your songs. You’re running away.”

She didn’t bother denying it.

“There’s plenty to run from, don’t you think?”

“Then I’ll run with you.”

Of course he would. Melody and Brody had been joined at the hip since third grade. Now they were eighteen. They should be headed to college. Loving life. Loving each other. But life had other plans. Amazing plans. Plans filled with blues and pinks and diapers and bottles.
Then life took those plans away.

“You deserve better, Brody.”

“Better than you?”

“So much better than me.”

“How many times have I told you there’s nothing better than you?”

Melody bowed her head.

“I can’t be what you want, Brody. Not anymore.”

His eyes flashed with understanding.

“This is because of what the doctor said, isn’t it? That’s why you’re leaving me?”

“You want kids.”

“And we’ll have them, Mel. Don’t you think I’m heartbroken, too? Don’t you think I want to run away, too? Away from all the judgment and the impossible expectations? My own father still won’t speak to me.”

“Your dad wanted you to be a preacher, just like him. Instead, we’re the two biggest sinners in Meadow Creek, Kentucky. We’ll be lucky if they don’t throw us both out of church.”

“None of that matters.”

“It matters to me.”

Brody shook his head. “Leaving won’t change a thing. You know that, right? We’ll still have gotten pregnant, we’ll still have miscarried, and we’ll still be the biggest scandal in town until something more scandalous comes along. Your moving hundreds of miles away won’t do a thing except kill me.”

His tormented words ripped through her chest, leaving her breathless.

Keep it together, Mel. He won’t let you go if you don’t.

Lifting her head, Melody gazed into the sweet eyes of the only boy she’d ever loved.

“I can’t be what you want, Brody. Not anymore.”

“You are everything I want.”

“What about kids?”

“What about them? The doctor said there was a ten percent chance that you would carry the next baby to term. He didn’t say we’d never have kids.”

“Ten percent is close enough to never for me.”

Brody urgently reached for her hand and gently laced her fingers with his.

“Melody Mitchell, I have loved you since I was eight years old. I’ll never love anybody else. Why isn’t that enough to make you stay?”

Tears trickled down her cheeks. Brody had always been stronger. Always willing to face things head on and ignore the gossip. But the constant judgment of their families and the hushed whispers of the town had taken their toll, and she simply couldn’t handle it anymore. If she moved away, maybe Brody would have a chance at a normal life. Maybe his parents would forgive him. Maybe he could still preach. Maybe he could still be a father someday.

So many maybes.

“You have to let me go, Brody.”

“I’ll never let you go.”

Leaning in, Melody kissed him softly. Their mutual tears mingled on their lips, breaking her heart just a little bit more. When she opened her eyes, she could see the anguish etched on his face, and she knew that, today, she would have to be the strong one.

Melody took a deep breath and whispered the biggest lie she’d ever told. A lie that would surely break what was left of both their hearts.

“You will let me go, Brody. Because I don't love you anymore."

Posted on November 23rd, 2018


I'm so excited to reveal the cover of my upcoming book, No Time for Lullabies! This book, which launches on January 11th, is ​included in a 6-book Sweet Contemporary Romance series that features a group of best friends from NYC who have sworn off marriage in favor of their careers. When they meet their Mr. Right, they must each decide if they will take a chance on love.
 
Melody Mitchell has no time for romance or, heaven forbid, marriage. As an award-winning songwriter, she loves her life in Manhattan—far from the family she disgraced and the love she left behind. When Melody’s cousin dies unexpectedly, she's determined to get through the funeral without having to confront her past. But Melody soon learns she has an even bigger problem: she’s been named the guardian of her cousin’s infant daughter.

Dr. Brody Myers spends his days healing the sick kids of his hometown while trying to forget Melody, the girl who broke his heart a lifetime ago. Sparks fly when the childhood sweethearts come face-to-face at her cousin's funeral. Then he learns that Melody is now the mother of one of his tiny patients—and they’re staying in town for the summer.
Will Melody reconsider her vow to never wed in hopes of finding her happily ever after? Or is Brody destined to have his heart broken all over again? Fans of second chance romance will savor this sweet tale of unexpected motherhood and undying love.
You can preorder all six books now from the Sweet Promise Press website! Pre-order the complete set to not only save $10 (that's like getting 2 books for free), but also to receive the full set on January 4 when book 1 launches. Are you ready to dive into this great new series?