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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Excerpt

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.

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.

Pseudonym(s): Geralyn Dawson

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“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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