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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Beyond the Book: Flood

Welcome to Beyond the Book. Before I share an excerpt from Flood I'd like to tell you about my RomCon review. They gave me 5 stars and said in part,

This story was fantastic, with plenty of plot surprises that I didn't expect! A It's the kind of story that stays with you because of the intensity of the circumstances and you remember the characters. 
I really enjoyed reading this story and hope to read more from this author. 

You can read the entire review at

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Now for a blurb and excerpt:

Drawn together by their love of animals, Aria De Luca and Caleb Hawkins burn for each other. They never suspected that malignant forces around them were successfully plotting Caleb’s ruin from the moment he entered her life. When the flood of a century strikes Aria’s hometown, an alienated Caleb is all that stands between her and catastrophic loss.

Last Week:

Holding out her hand, she stared at Peaches’ feet. Eye to eye contact might make the dog feel threatened. 

Peaches tensed, but when Aria made no other move, she took a tentative stop forward, then another. Her nose bumped Aria’s hand. 

Aria gave the dog time to inspect her before she stood. “Let’s go home, girl. You’re gonna like Saint Francis.” 

Ed passed the dog’s lease to Aria. “What’s this about Saint Francis?” He pulled a small 
St. Francis medallion on a chain from under his tee shirt and showed it to Aria. 

This week: I've skipped the remaining parts of the prologue where Aria went to the shelter to get Peaches. Into today's excerpt we finally get to meet Caleb. Last week Aria mentioned Saint Francis. That's the name of her vet clinic.

Caleb Hawkins fingered the dog-eared card in his pocket as the bus ate up the miles between Pine City and Fairfield. He should have bought a ticket to Greenville, the little town about twenty miles outside of Pine City where his grandmother lived. She might or might not have been glad to see him, but it was the logical place to go.

Instead, he had spent his prison traveling money going to Fairfield, the place where Peaches lived with a lady vet. It had somehow seemed important to know that things had gone well for the dog who had been as broken and injured as he had. He also wanted to thank the woman who had saved his good friend.

Beyond that, he didn’t have any specific plans other than finding a job. Maybe he’d go back to Pine City and work at the animal shelter there. He’d rather not unless he had to, though. In that place, he would still feel like a prisoner instead of a free man. It would be better to start over in a new place with no ties to his past. 

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