Friday, October 11, 2013

Now on Kindle! Journey of the Magi by Barbara Edwards

Welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author, Barbara Edwards! Her newest release, Journey of the Magi, is currently available exclusively on Kindle. It's free for a limited time, so be sure to get your copy!

Thanks for inviting me to visit on #free #kindle days for Journey of the Magi:

I love the Christmas holidays, but it never occurred to me to write a love story about the season. My writing tends to be dark, edgy with a side order of paranormal. Writing a sweet story took a lot of help from my editor. Journey of the Magi was rejected three times before it was accepted. First It didn’t have enough romance. I asked the editor if I could resubmit.
Although I thought it had plenty, but I added more. Another rejection, but i was getting stubborn. I liked Dan and Noel and wanted them to have a happy ending.
The plot needed a few holes filled. Why was Noel in a tiny town in Minnesota at the start of a blizzard?
Okay I fixed that and gave her a more background to fill in the holes.
Finally the editor loved it. I loved it. And I hope all my readers love.

Journey of the Magi blurb:
Widow Noel Martin never breaks promises, and she promised her kids they’d have Christmas at her childhood home in Connecticut. But driving across country takes money. Noel is broke when a snowstorm blows them into a tiny Minnesota café owned by a man who can change her mind. She accepts his offer of a job. Despite her attraction to him, she makes it clear she is only temporary help.

Dan Longstreet isn’t adopting any more strays, but he needs a waitress. Dan works so hard to make his café a success, he doesn't have time for love. Though Noel’s slender blonde beauty stuns him and her two adorable children tug at his heart, he denies how they threaten to change his life.

When tragedy strikes, their new-found love is the first victim. Noel can't stay and Dan can't leave. Will their journey be the gift that reunites them?

Excerpt: Even with her knit hat pulled down over her ears, her high cheekbones and the up­-tilted tip of her nose flamed as bright red as a cheap statue of a Christmas elf. She blinked in the bright light.
 Dan’s pulse leaped like a startled deer. He knew everyone who frequented the Deer Run Lounge and Cafe. She was no local wife searching for an overdue husband or one of the three women who made a living, if you could call it that, picking up the lumberjacks and mill workers for an hour or two.
His blood heated but he managed to control his urges by slowly polishing a clean glass and setting it in the rack for the next day’s trade. Dan nodded hello.
Her over-sized man’s winter coat trailed to her ankles, but she visibly shook. He wanted to tell her to take off her coat and get warm. She removed her gloves, pulling the fingers off one by one until her white hands shone in the dim light. A pale circle around her ring finger marked the recent removal of a band.
She returned Dan’s stare. “Is that sign in the window still good? Do you need an experienced waitress?” Her flat, emotionless voice didn’t match the way her fingers twisted round and round her gloves. His palms itched to cover hers until she calmed.
 “Yeah.” He nodded slowly, his mouth dry. Something in him yearned for her to be more than a passing stranger.

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