Well it’s finally here! I’m excited to announce
Shayla’s Story releases June 27th!
I wanted to say
for all your support and patience over the last year.
Shayla’s Story was previously scheduled to release at the beginning of 2013, but sometimes life gets in the way. Some of you may be wondering what the heck took so long, and if you follow me on Facebook you may already know. In October my perfectly fit husband, the love of my life, had an aorta aneurysm and a bad valve that required open heart surgery. After a month long stay in the hospital and several months recovery, he is now doing just fine. I can not begin to tell you how much I appreciated your thoughts and prayers during this time. The outpour of support I received from friends and readers was amazing and truly appreciated.
You’ll be happy to know that book four in The Mathews/Clemmins Family Series is already written! The entire series will be available by Spring 2014.
I promised Shayla’s Story would be worth the wait…here’s an excerpt:
“I…I don’t think you should go.” As Shayla’s eyes followed the descent of John’s drawstring, a riff of personal awareness zinged through her. Trepidation mixed with yearning. Her tongue seemed to be tied in the knot of his trunks. She backed away, shaking her head. “I can’t, it’s way too high.”
“Come on, you big chicken!” JC beckoned from the chilly blue water. The gurgle of sea swells crashing against the jagged rocks below mixed with echoes of JC’s shrieks of joy.
“Are you jumping too?” Shayla asked Tracy.
“No way. Those two are the adrenaline junkies,” Tracy validated. She held her arm out offering to hold Shayla’s belongings. “They take after our dad and I’m more like my mom. I’ll meet you on the beach.”
Anxiety pumped through her veins and she paced like a caged lion. Making the most of every opportunity means stepping out of your comfort zone, she repeated silently.
“Do you really think I would let my sister jump if there was any chance of getting hurt?” John held out his hand. “I’ll take care of you,” he offered in a throaty voice sounding more like a heated promise than fact.
Cocky! Before she had time to give it another thought she kicked off her shoes, shimmied out of her shorts and grabbed her sweatshirt by the hem, pulling it over her head and giving it to Tracy. You can do this!
Anxiety kicked in and Shayla’s chest heaved laboriously. Holding her hands in front of her tummy, she squeezed one hand then the other, balling them into tight fists.
“Great bikini.” John took two steps toward her. His center finger grazed along the thin brown strap of her swimsuit, lazily exploring her collarbone.
The rough texture of his skin made her shiver. She found herself listing forward, close enough to smell the sweet scent of his minty breath. Alarmed by her own reaction to his touch, Shayla blinked repeatedly, staring upward into his gaze.
“You look beautiful.” An impish grin twitched at the corner of his mouth. “Your freckles really stand out in the sunshine.”
The amused gleam in his eye astounded her, spreading heat all the way to her toes. Self-consciously, she touched the faint freckles dusting her cheeks and nose.
His smile turned full.
“You really expect that to work?”
“God, I hope so,” John teased, gathering her hands in his. “Flattery is supposed to go a long way. It should work for a twenty-foot jump.”
“Hey!” JC’s lively voice echoed up the face of the rock. “Are you guys gonna make out or jump?”
“That would be your call.” His eyes blazed both in invitation and challenge. “Wonder Woman.”
The breeze shifted, filling her nostrils with the scent of his sweet breath. Tunnel vision set in, but she wasn’t slipping into a fading black hole. Shayla’s vision fell into the depths of his and held. Her lip caught between her teeth.
The tip of his finger turned circles on the band of her ring, blanching his humor. “I’ll count to three.”
Shayla shut her eyes tight, drawing in a deep breath of determination. Be brave. She clutched John’s hand. She opened her eyes and nodded. As they approached the edge, he released her hand and she hissed in a frightened breath.
“It’s okay.” He wiped the sweat from her hand on his shorts, only to tighten his grip around her fingers. “One, two, three.”
Wondering what’s next for The Mathews/Clemmins Family?
Tracy is going to whisk you away to Tuscany in The Perfect Someday!
JC is going to take you on an international journey to Greece, Italy and Malibu, but her heart is going to fall hard in Texas in Between the Black and White ~ Lies the Grey.