LOVE COMES HOME: A Collection of Second Chance Short Stories
by Kristi Rose | August 18, 2015
A collection of 5 sweet, heartwarming contemporary romances about forgiveness, second chances, and loving through difficult times. The perfect length books to satisfy your need to read when time is limited. Great for the carpool, waiting in line, running kids to practice, or lounging on the beach.
Book 1: Second Chances
Fourteen years ago Lorelei Parker fell in love with her best friend, Cole Williams, but instead of forever she ended up with a broken heart. Now, if they can put their past behind them, Lorelei and Cole may find a second chance.
Book 2: Once Again
Evie Barker works hard, takes care of her ailing mother, and finds pleasure in her simple life. The memory of a complicated childhood is all that remains of the old days—And good riddance.
Grady Duke blew out of town before the ink on his high school diploma was dry. A six year stint in the Marine Corps gave him a good dose of the real world. Returning home, sixteen years later, Ph.D in hand, the last person he expects to find next door is Evie.
Neither can escape the memory of one reckless summer together nor the wild attraction they still feel. But taking risks is not in Evie’s disposition. Even if Grady is the one man who can offer her the happiness she’s been missing. But he could also break her in an unimaginable way. Regardless, Grady must atone for the past and prove he’s worth a second chance.
Book 3: Reason to Stay
Shea Barker ran away on a greyhound ten years ago. Now a rising Nashville song-writer, determined to make it on her own, she’s set her eyes on everything but her past.
When her momma’s funeral forces her back to her hometown, she has no intention of staying longer than necessary. Until she meets Leo Marshall, the soft spoken journalist who sees her for who she wants to be, and suddenly a future she never expected opens up. Maybe her lyrics aren’t the only place where love is found.
Book 4: He’s the One
Having given up on the dream of a husband but refusing to give up the dream of a baby, Melinda Bane is putting her eggs into the sperm bank basket. When a fire puts her dreams on hold, she turns to her oldest friend Jared to help her through, like he always has.
Jared doesn’t mind running to help his brother’s ex-wife, Melinda, whenever she needs him. But while helping her repair her sunroom and learning of her hopes for a family, Jared has an idea of how he can fix even more than her home.
Book 5: Kiss me Again
Andee’s ten-year marriage has lost its spark. Whether it’s attending couples counseling or a BDSM dungeon, Andee will do whatever it takes to reignite the flame. But when all her measures fail and leave her frustrated, Andee wonders if anything will rekindle the fire she so desperately desires.
Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. She’s been lucky enough to travel the world but now, a wife and mother, she's resigned to traveling to the grocery store. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wondering about their story. That’s what Kristi likes to write. Stories about everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Kristi is a member of RWA.
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Understanding Lorelei and Cole
Lakeland, Florida is a small town. It's divided into quadrants and the communities in each quadrant is even smaller. It's the south. Momma's belong to Daughter's of the American Revolution and the Junior League. Daddy's hunt and talk football year round.
Lorelei and Cole grew up next door to each other. They attended the same elementary school, middle school, and high school. Her daddy baptized Cole and was his assistant coach when Cole played in Community League Football (alongside Cole's father, or course)
His mother taught her how to make biscuits from scratch and how to can berries and vegetables (her momma NEVER cooked).
Behind their collective houses sat Lake Gibson where they learned to swim, ski, and tube. Daring each other to jump off in the brush of the shores to see if there were any gators.
Across the street from their house was an orange grove that extended for miles and provided hours of enjoyment for two elementary aged children who weren't afraid to be daredevils on their bikes. The copse of trees was a fort, a hideout, and an alternate universe where she wasn't a preacher's child and he wasn't expected to be the next football legend.
They were each other's best friend and each other's firsts from boyfriend/girlfriend kissing, rounding the bases, and so much more (you get the picture).
(OK- little author secret here- the cover is a picture I fell madly in love with but the truth is- Lorelei is a blond. Oops. Let's all pretend that her hair is wet in the cover picture. And there's a shadow. ;-) ) This picture is likely more them.
History is why- fourteen years later - the wounds that are the result of one night have yet to scar over completely and why they run so deep. History is what pulls them back together and opens up the door for a second chance.
Grand Prize: One signed ebook or paperback, inspirational sign (see image), and $25 gift card of choice (US or FPO/APO address only). 1st Prize: One digitally signed LOVE COMES HOME ebook, $15 gift card of choice (international).
2nd Prize: One digitally signed LOVE COMES HOME ebook, and $10 gift card of choice (international)
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