An Unedited Excerpt from Where Angels Sleep (Turning Points, #1)

Joy

I dreamt about him, my dark knight in shining armor. He was a familiar stranger to me; it wasn’t the first time I’d dreamt of seeing him again, merely one of many since the night we’d met. And, unfortunately, it wasn’t one of those sexy fantasies where the handsome hero re-discovers his long-lost heroine, the love of his life, the one that got away, and says, “I never thought I’d find you again.” The one that ends with them making love and swearing their undying devotion to each other. The kind that makes you wake up breathless and horny, then reach into your bedside stand and grab your battery-operated boyfriend before drifting back to sleep or getting out of bed to face another day alone.

No, it wasn’t like that at all. He didn’t remember me. Or, worse, if he did, he didn’t want to admit it. It hurt to think I was so forgettable, but then again, I knew what we’d had was…nothing. Nothing at all. It’s what we both wanted at the time.

Liar. It’s what he wanted at the time. No strings, no morning after.

So now the dream itself was darker, the man still handsome, still needing to be the hero, but not looking for anyone, or anything. A beautiful, tormented stranger, blindly going through the motions. Everything about him radiated sadness and resignation.

I didn’t know who he’d come to visit at St. Michael’s, but in my dream, he was surrounded by two powerful angels, and at least a dozen hideous demons, circling him, fighting for control. As Danny and I watched from a distance, he sunk to his knees and pounded his fists on the ground, begging the demons to take him away. The angels fought for him. They looked at him, and then at us, begging silently for help. We waved our arms and shouted, trying to draw the demons away. We tried to run toward them, but our legs were frozen to the ground. The angels cried, and fell beside him. The demons laughed, triumphantly claiming their prize.

The darkness won. When the battle was over, we were released and forced to walk away, grieving, pleading with God to let him rest in peace. But the image of him, crumpled to the ground, his eyes fixed and wide, his face a mask of terror and resignation, chilled me to the marrow. He died in front of us, and I could do nothing to save him.

I woke up from the nightmare to see him sleeping in a chair next to Danny, and wondered what had changed him so much, in only a few short years, from a man in the prime of his life to a miserable, angry, broken stranger….

©2016 by Paula Radell. All intellectual property rights reserved. Unedited excerpt from Where Angels Sleep, a dark but inspirational romance for publication in early 2017.

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Dreamweaver Trail, by Emily March: 5 Shocking Stars

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Series: Eternity Springs, #8 (each book may be read as a standalone)

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Inspirational Romance, Romantic-Suspense

Synopsis

After another lonely Valentine’s Day, Gabi Romano trades mountain snowfall for sunshine and sand at a luxurious Caribbean getaway. There she discovers a hidden talent for creating fine art glass. She also meets Flynn Brogan, the sexy caretaker next door who brings her fantasies to life. But when violence interrupts their romantic interlude, she learns that Flynn is living a lie. Heartsick, she decides to concentrate on her craft. Playing with fire is safer than loving a man like Flynn.

Flynn is determined to make things right with Gabi—until his enemies interfere. Now damaged and driven by a need he cannot define, he seeks out Gabi’s Colorado community, hoping for reconciliation and some peace. But he never imagined a place like Eternity Springs, where lives are changed, second chances are given, and the possibility exists for two wounded souls to find their way home . . . to each other.

Review

I am not often rendered speechless – as those who know me are well aware. However, of all of the wonderful books I’ve read thus far in the Eternity Springs series, Dreamweaver Trail has had the greatest emotional impact on me. Two hours after I finished it, I was still awake, turning the story over in my mind, thinking of the shocking twists and turns I never saw coming. I laughed, I cried (four times), and I was absolutely terrified twice in the course of this amazing story.

Flynn Brogan is a man trying to start a new life, a private life, out from under the intense pain and publicly humiliating scrutiny of his past. He divests himself of nearly everything that connects him to his old life, and escapes to a tropical island to take stock of his future – and take refuge from the relentless paparazzi. There he meets Gabriella Romano, a beautiful, courageous, charismatic woman who has come to the same island in search of meaning – to find the passion she lost after a traumatic event in Eternity Springs.

The chemistry is initially wary, but ultimately overpowering and they fall under each other’s spell. Their passion is palpable. They are truly living the dream … until … it all falls apart in the worst possible way. In a heartbeat, they are thrust into a violent confrontation that will change them both. And it only gets worse before it gets better.

Fortunately, they end up — separately — in Eternity Springs, hiding from what happened and hiding from each other. Lost, confused, hurting, and yearning for the dream they shared oh-so-briefly, the healing power of Eternity Springs works its magic. It’s a tough road – Flynn has been badly damaged, nearly beyond repair. Only the strength of a woman with a warrior’s heart can tear down the walls and allow him to truly live again.

I can’t say enough about the power of this book and the talent of its author. If you haven’t started this series, or if you haven’t read this particular novel from it, do not wait another day.

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Nightingale Way, by Emily March: Romance, Suspense, Mystery and More

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Eternity Springs is a magical place where hearts come to heal–with a little help.

As Emily March’s beloved series continues, a broken marriage finds new wings to fly.

Title: Nightingale Way

Author:  Emily March

Series: Eternity Springs (may also be read as a standalone)

Genre: Contemporary adult romance, Second Chance Romance, Romantic Suspense

Synopsis

Nightingale WayDark, brooding Jack Davenport hides his secrets well, never telling his wife about the dangers of his job, never sharing his thoughts or worries . . . never sharing himself. After tragedy strikes, their marriage shatters. Now a threat to Catherine Blackburn’s life brings her back into his–and gives them a second chance.
A reporter whose most recent investigation has ignited a national controversy and put her in harm’s way, Cat thinks she can handle herself. So when Jack grabs her off the street and sweeps her to his home above Eternity Springs, she’s furious.
In the warm sanctuary of the Eternity Springs community, Jack and Cat face the heartache that drove them apart. But can they find the courage to pick up the pieces of a shattered love?

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Bald eagle in flight, representing a scene from Nightingale Way, by Emily MarchFeeling better about the world than she had in weeks, Cat relaxed. She dozed for a bit, then awoke slowly, soaking in the sun and drinking in the sound of water crashing over stones, and the comfort of the small dog resting beside her. This was a little piece of paradise, wasn’t it?

When a yellow butterfly danced across the air above her, she watched it until something higher in the sky caught her notice.

The bird was huge, with a wingspan of at least six feet as it soared and circled above the valley. Cat sat up and shielded her eyes with her hand, watching the bird’s majestic presence. Was that an eagle? She wasn’t sure. She’d never seen an eagle in the wild, but since Jack had told her his estate was named Eagle’s Way, she wouldn’t be surprised.

As she watched, the bird suddenly turned and dived toward the ground. As he came closer, she saw the familiar bald head and decided that yes, he had to be an eagle. How cool was this?

He swooped down upon the meadow and she heard a cry, then he rose with his prey – a rabbit – wiggling in his talons. Cat gave a little shudder, and murmured to Peanut, “I’d better keep a close eye on you whenever we’re outside.”

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Photo of a man's hands holding a fly-fishing rod, representing a scene from Nightingale Way, by author Emily MarchShe turned her attention back to the water, and that’s when she saw him. Jack stood downstream some fifty yards or so with a fly rod in his hands. She watched him work the line with a fluid, artistic grace, and an old, familiar yearning washed through her.

Those hands. Those talented hands. They’d made her body sing like none before and none since.

Suddenly he yanked back on the rod. Color flashed on the surface of the stream as he reeled the rainbow trout in. Once he had the wriggling fish gripped securely in his hand, he looked her way. The predatory triumph in his eyes brought the eagle to mind.

A frisson of apprehension skittered up Cat’s spine. This might be her opportunity, but she was in his territory. She’d best keep watch on more than the sky while she was in Eagle’s Way.

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Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a “master of delightful banter,” and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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Praise for the Eternity Springs Series…

“For a wonderful read, don’t miss a visit to Eternity Springs.”Lisa Kleypas

“With passion, romance, and revealing moments that will touch your heart, [Emily March] takes readers on an unhurried journey where past mistakes are redeemed and a more beautiful future is forged–one miracle at a time.”USA Today

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Two New Reviews, from The Eternity Springs Series by Emily March

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Heartache Falls (Eternity Springs, #3)Heartache Falls by Emily March

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heartache Falls differs from other books I’ve read in the Eternity Springs series. It is an excellent story, exceptionally well-written, as I’ve found with everything Emily March releases. It’s harder to read, in some respects, because it deals with an especially painful issue – the consequences of repressing anger, building resentment, and feeling unappreciated as husband and wife in what once was a passionate and successful marriage. It explores the impact of these consequences to others who get caught up in the aftermath of separation – the children, family members, co-workers and friends. It exposes long-hidden guilt, secrets, mistaken assumptions, and lies. It’s a challenge to see Ali and Mac suffer, both as individuals and as parents of grown children. Because of this, there is no doubt that it will hit close to home for many readers.

Fortunately, as always, Emily finds the treasure in what remains, and the transformation that results makes for a very relatable, hopeful and satisfying reading experience. I especially appreciate that Emily’s characters are not stereotypes – they feel as real as your own close friends; and in this case, it’s not about the young and hopeful, or the young and damaged – it’s about mature adults and the choices they have to make in mid-life.

As I write this review, I am reminded of a quote: “Don’t write the story you think people want to read; write the story you need to tell.” This is a story well worth telling and well worth reading. It’s another example of the power of words in the hands of a talented author. I am nearly halfway through the series and enjoying every story of the citizens of Eternity Springs, Colorado – a place where broken hearts find healing.

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Lover's Leap (Eternity Springs, #4)Lover’s Leap by Emily March

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lover’s Leap is yet another wonderful story with beautifully developed, complex and deeply relatable characters; a believable premise; and “all the feels” a reader wants and needs to experience in a favorite book; the depth of emotion that keeps them coming back for more.

This is definitely my personal favorite – so far – in the Eternity Springs series. I felt the struggle of each of the principal characters: Cam, Sarah, Lori and Devin, all being forced to confront feelings and take the risks of opening their hearts to each other. For Cam and Sarah, a couple with such a painful history, the highs and lows are extreme. For their children, the idea of becoming a “family” after so many empty years have passed is staggering, especially for Lori, a headstrong, stubborn young woman who is understandably reluctant to trust the father she’s never known. The confrontations are painfully real. The issues are familiar to those who have tried to blend a family after years of independence. The fear in each character is palpable; the passion between Sarah and Cam is breath-taking, but tempered by the issues that separated them, and kept them apart for far too long. Cam and Sarah have demons that have to be faced, and forgiveness that has to be offered and accepted, before they can become the people they are meant to be.

But this is Eternity Springs. It’s a community on a mission to heal broken hearts and broken lives. Friends are like family, strangers become friends, and even the most reluctant souls are mended. We all need a place – and people – like that in our lives. A shelter, a refuge, a place of unconditional acceptance and support. This is what we all yearn for, and the reason readers adore this series.

Don’t miss this wonderful story.

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Lover’s Leap – A Contemporary Adult Romance by Emily March

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Readers have fallen in love with Eternity Springs, the magical town in Emily March’s beloved series where something wonderful happens to hearts in need of healing.

Book cover, Lover's Leap by Emily MarchTitle: Lover’s Leap

Author:  Emily March

Series: Eternity Springs (may also be read as a standalone)

Genre: Adult contemporary romance, inspirational romance, second chance romance

Synopsis

Twenty years ago the town bad boy, Cam Murphy, left Eternity Springs in handcuffs, riding in the back of a sheriff’s van . . . and breaking young Sarah Reese’s heart. The defiant teenager vowed never to return.

In Australia, Cam makes a new beginning. He builds a successful business and suffers few regrets until Sarah—and their daughter—walk into his life, and then immediately run away. Realizing it’s time to right yesterday’s wrongs, he follows Sarah home to Colorado—and turns her world upside down.

Cam wants to know his daughter. He needs to prove to Sarah, the town, and himself that he’s changed. Will the residents of Eternity Springs offer forgiveness—and will Sarah have the courage to trust this man who is asking for a second chance?

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Excerpt

You know, I’ve been a lot of places in this world, but this place is still one of my favorite spots.”

“It is beautiful.”

“That’s not it. The world has plenty of beautiful places. What made this so great is that I was happy here.”

“In Eternity Springs?”

“No. Here at Lover’s Leap. With you.”

He sounded so sincere. Sarah’s heart hitched. Was he trying to seduce her all over again? Is that what this is about? What that kiss was about this afternoon? 

She was vulnerable to him. Well, vulnerable to the old, or make that the young Cam.

“I expect everyone is a little nostalgic about their teenage days to some extent.”

“I’m not talking about nostalgia. I’ve never been nostalgic about those days; I have nightmares about those days. I’m talking about happiness, which for me means Lover’s Leap. I never bought into the whole thrill of the forbidden thing. I hated sneaking around with you. This was the only place we were honest.”

He gave his head a shake, then said, “I’m sorry. I sound like a whiny kid. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m in the weirdest mood tonight.”

He’s talking about his feelings and emotions. He’s a guy. Of course he thinks it’s weird.


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Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a “master of delightful banter,” and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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Heartache Falls, by Emily March

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Heartache Falls

Title: Heartache Falls

Author:  Emily March

Series: Eternity Springs

Genre: Adult contemporary romance, inspirational romance

Synopsis

 
Married for more than twenty years, and with her children out of the nest, Ali Timberlake has come to Eternity Springs alone. She’s looking for answers to heartbreaking questions and searching for something that’s missing deep within herself. Taking a lease on the Bristlecone Café in pursuit of a lifelong dream, Ali feels revitalized as she becomes part of this charming mountain town. But a big piece of her is still back in Denver with her husband, Mac, a successful judge—and a man who isn’t going to let the woman he loves leave without a fight.

When Mac shows up in Eternity Springs—sexy, seductive, and determined to win his wife back—he experiences the wonder of the place that has given Ali such feelings of happiness and belonging. He wants that for her, but even more, he wants that with her. Ali has found a special place for her heart. But is there still enough room left in that heart for him?

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Excerpt

“Very funny, Timberlake. This is the first time I’ve worn this shirt and I’ve spilled wine on it. It’s probably ruined.”

“Take it off and rinse it in the creek before the stain sets.” When she paused and looked worriedly around, he added, “No one will see you but the steer, and not only is it impossible for him to tattle on you, he doesn’t have the equipment needed to take advantage of the situation. I, on the other hand…” He waggled his eyebrows wolfishly.

Ali frowned at him.

The amusement in his eyes transformed to heat. “Take off your shirt, Ali-cat.”

A ribbon of heat fluttered through her. “I guess I do need to soak the stain.”

“You certainly do.”

After glancing around the meadow one more time, she reached down to pull the shirt up and off, then hesitated. “If I do, will you give me your shirt to wear on the way back to town?”

“I certainly will.”

He sucked in an audible breath when she revealed the sexy red bra. When she knelt beside the creek and leaned over to rinse the shirt, he shifted to get a better view. Ali tended to the shirt, honestly fretful over the stain.

When she’d done her best with the shirt, she stretched it out to dry atop the boulder where she’d fished. When she turned around, Mac sat stretched out on their blanket, propped up on his elbows. He said, “I want to make love to you, Ali. Here. Now.”


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Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a “master of delightful banter,” and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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Hummingbird Lake, by Emily March

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Featured Book: Hummingbird Lake

Author: Emily March

Series: Eternity Springs (although part of a series, each book may be read as a standalone novel)

Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance, Inspirational Romance, New Adult Romance

Synopsis

book cover - Hummingbird Lake by Emily MarchHaunted by painful memories, pediatric surgeon Sage Anderson gives up medicine and moves to Eternity Springs. There she finds a place to call home, but even her newfound success as a gifted artist isn’t enough to keep her nightmares at bay. Colt Rafferty is about to change all that.

Eternity Springs is a refuge for Colt, a place to ground himself when the stress of investigating tragedies takes its toll. He has come here for a little R & R, but instead of relaxing, he finds himself fascinated by the mysterious redhead whose secrets beg to be discovered—a beauty running from her past, a heartsick woman in desperate need of the sweet sanctuary of a devoted man’s embrace. And he is just the man to show her the true path to peace—by offering her the healing power of love.

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The past two weeks had changed her world, mostly for the better, but not entirely. She would miss Colt Rafferty when he was gone. However, thinking it through while she mopped her kitchen floor, she decided she was still glad he was leaving.

The man was like a dog with a bone, always pushing, always prodding, always wanting to discover a fact, solve a mystery, and piece together a puzzle. He did it in a nice way. Most of the time you didn’t even notice he was doing it. Still, she’d had enough of it.

Sage would only be pushed and prodded so far.

With today’s revelation, she’d pretty much reached her limit. Were he not already on his way out of town, she suspected she might have been forced to give him his walking papers. Because Colt Rafferty might push, but Sage Anderson planted. When she absolutely, positively, established a boundary or claimed a position, she sank her roots as deep as Murphy Mountain was tall.

She’d learned that she had to do it that way. It was how she managed to survive.

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He looked at the blank screen on the television, then back at her. “I don’t like my dates to be bored.”

“Oh?”

There came that damned smile again, and Colt was suddenly reminded of the look in her eyes when she’d thrown that last snowball at him. He’d had it all wrong. Forget the name Cinnamon — he should call her Vixen. She’d been leading him down the pine forest path all along, and he’d been too dense to recognize it.

Well, the blinders were off now.

“No. Boredom won’t do.” He reached out with his index finger to trace the V of her neckline, where her skin was as soft as the cashmere that caressed it. “Gonna let me entertain you?”

“What do you have in mind?”

“I thought we’d start with that dip in the hot tub.”

“I didn’t bring my swimsuit.”

“That’s handy.” He skimmed his hand down her torso, grabbed the hem of her sweater, and whipped it up over her head. “You’re not gonna need it.”

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About Emily March

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Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a “master of delightful banter,” and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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