Editor’s Pick Favorite Scene from Courage that Counts

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Pulling my charcoal grey F-150 up to the park where Roy told me to meet him, I still can’t figure out what we would be doing in the middle of the day on a Friday. I got a cryptic text from Roy.

Roy: Meet me at Eagleview Park at 12. Clean yourself up surfer.

As I make my way down the path towards the park, I hear laughing. The sound brings a smile to my face. It is music to my ears hearing Roy and the girls laughing in the middle of everything that has been going on. This past week has been emotionally exhausting for everyone. They all need moments like this.  Winding my way down the path, I come to a halt so I can take in the scene in front of me.

Roy, Michelle, Kelsey, and Hannah are playing tag in the open field. The mountains are behind them and they are running after each other laughing and smiling. Roy catches Hannah her long blonde curls bouncing as he grabs her and swings her through the air. She lets out a squeal and tries to break free. Planting a kiss on her cheek Roy releases her.  Again, they all scatter. This time Roy catches Michelle, wraps his arms around her, dips her then plants a kiss on her lips. I can see the love they have for each other shining in their eyes. It’s then that I notice that there is someone else in the field with them.  Looking closer, I see he is taking pictures of all of them as they run around like they don’t have a care in the world. Now I see why I had to dress nice, but I’m still a little confused as to why I was invited to a family photo shoot. We may be like brothers but this feels like it should be about Roy and his girls. How do I fit into the mix?

“Uncle Dylan, come play with us.” Kelsey is the first to notice me watching them. As soon as she yells at me, both girls take off running in my direction. Not long after, I have one in my arms and one wrapped around my leg. This is their usual greeting. It always brings a smile to my face. Man, I love these girls. The photographer is snapping shots of me and the girls. It all becomes clear to me why I was asked to be a part of this photo shoot. When he isn’t here anymore, I will be the male role model for the girls. It will be nice to have photographic memories to share with them that include me and their father. It is touching and heartbreaking at the same time.

Eagleview Park is the perfect place for the photo shoot; bright green, grass covers an open field, an amazing mountain view in the background, and a playground. Yes, this is the perfect place to celebrate being a family.

The pictures are going to be amazing because the photographer is obviously an expert at capturing shots of the everyday interactions of the family; like the game of tag and Roy pushing Hannah on the swing and transforming it into so much more. He gives us a look at a few of the shots on the screen of his camera. Wow! You wouldn’t believe how much love shone through the images.

Paperbacks Coming Soon

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I am having Cover Me Darling do my cover for Rebuilding Trust and redo Courage that Counts to make the series flow. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

She also resized the jacket so that I can get paperbacks in the original cover! I want one for myself and I will make them available to others.

Warning: This is uploaded as the original so it has the errors in the book. When the new cover comes out I will have gone through CTC and fixed errors and re-sized the pictures for Cory and Carrie.

As I am selling them I just wanted to be upfront that one- it has the errors and stuff it will be different with new cover 2-there will soon be u updated version with a new look. 3=you will have choices

Heck if you love it feel free to go for both covers. There will only be a few of the originals out there.

Can’t Walk Away Re-release

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Ashlee Taylor gave me the push I needed to start on my writing journey. She has just re-released her first book that she wrote on her own,she co-writes with Elizabeth Hayes, through Limitless publishing and I am so proud of her,

Pick up Can’t Walk Away on Amazon

Synopsis

Christianna Thomas only wanted a break from her boring life…

But when she wakes up in a strange hotel room with absolutely no memories of what transpired, she has no other choice but to return to her writing career, plagued by dreams of an enigmatic, silver-eyed man.

Nicholas Prescotti is haunted by flashes of a breathtaking beauty he can’t believe is real…

He tries to force her from his mind and focus on his obligations to his powerful family, but when he crosses paths with his mystery woman again, he is driven to uncover the truth about that night.

They find something they never anticipated…and much more than they bargained for.

As a result of their first forgotten meeting and Nico’s determination to seize the reins of his own life, family ties are severed and allies become rivals. When trust is betrayed and events are set in motion, Nico and Christianna find themselves in grave danger just when they should be happiest.

When confronted with secrets and deadly agendas threatening the lives of those she loves most, will Christianna leave Nico?

Or will she discover she can’t walk away…

Meet Cory and Carrie

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Cory is a firefighter and Carrie is a teacher. They meet in Courage that Counts through Lana and Dylan. In Courage that Counts they have some explaining to do to their friends. Rebuilding Trust is the explanation and continuation of their story. Pick up Courage that Counts to get to know them before Rebuilding Trust comes out.

***It is best that you read Courage that Counts first.

New 5 star review

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When Elison Grace said you will need Kleenex when you read this book she was not kidding. Oh my this story was so heartbreaking but yet filled with new love. I was in tears from the beginning to the end. I just couldn’t put this book down.

Roy and Dylan are firefighters. They have been partners for about the last 5 years. When Roy hasn’t been feeling good he goes to the doctor and gets some devastating news. He comes to his best friend and partner to let him know he’s terminally ill. Roy needs to know that Dylan will be there if and when he can’t for his wife and 2 little girls.

While taking Roy to treatments Dylan is having a hard time keeping himself together. One day a beautiful nurse came up and sat at his table and started talking she wanted him to open up but being a tough firefighter he didn’t want to lose it in front of a stranger. So Lana kept coming back to let him know that she is there for him when he is ready.

They both feel the spark when around each other but is this the time to venture into the unknown. Can they get past the grief of a friend dying to start something new?

This book is just amazing. I can’t say enough good things about this story. Having gone through something similar myself the author really nails the description of the emotion each characters felt during each stage of the book. This story flowed amazingly and had great character development. I can’t wait to read what the author comes up with next.

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New five star review

By J.Bourgeois

I am in Love with this story. Dylan and Roy have been best friends since the minute then met at the Fire House. They are more then Friends they are Brothers and when Roy and his family need a backbone Dylan promises to be that for them, but who will be his back bone when dealing with his brother’s life being taking away to soon. Lana is a Nurse with some much compassion and she enters into his life just when he needs. A relationship starts and it all clicks but when Dylan faces the loss and can’t get pass he runs. Two people that were meant to be together but have obstacles to get over, when they do can they have that HEA everyone wants. Grab this book up and feel all the emotions they go through.