March 15, 2013

Lucky in Love Blog Hop

AFTER THE ENDING kindle book is FREE from 3/15-3/17 on

Lucky in Love.jpgWhat does it mean to be 'lucky in love'? For Dani and Zoe, the heroines of After The Ending, it means that even thought civilization has crashed and burned--thanks to a really nasty virus--there's always the possibility of romance to brighten their post-apocalyptic days. Here are two short excerpts from After The Ending:


     When I rose and carried our empty plates to the sink, Jason asked, “What’re you doing?”
     “The dishes?”
     “Because…huh.” I dropped the dirty plates into the sink. “I don’t know. It just felt right. Being here makes it seem like things are…normal.”
     Standing, Jason finished off the juice, drinking it straight out of the bottle, and said, “I know what you mean. I keep expecting my dad to walk in and lecture me about responsibility and ‘carrying the family torch’.” He raised his backpack onto the chair and unzipped it. “It feels normal…except for one thing.”
     “What’s that?” I cocked my head and leaned my lower back against the counter.
     “We’re here together—just us.” He looked at me, his electric blue eyes seeming to really see me for the first time. “The world’s not normal. Everything’s different…we’re different.”
     I nodded, shifting uncomfortably under the weight of his stare. 


     “Are you okay?” he asked, his voice a mixture of anger and concern.
     “Yeah, I’m fine,” I said pathetically, refusing to look up at him. “Just leave me here…maybe the animals’ll drag me away.”
     He laughed despite his anger. “That’s not overly dramatic or anything.” Crouching down in front of me, he gripped my arms tightly. “I’ll help you up.”
     “Let me, please. I’d at least like to keep some of my dignity intact.”
     Jake let go and took a step back to let me rise on my own.
     Straightening, I looked into his eyes. They radiated an urgency I’d never seen in them before. I tilted my head, trying to decipher the meaning behind his intense expression, and began to feel extremely self-conscious.
     “Please don’t look at me like that,” I pleaded quietly. I balled my hands into fists at my sides but couldn’t stop them from trembling. Yearning and despondency floated in the air between us, and I was unable to distinguish his emotions from my own. Mentally exhausted, I closed my eyes and sighed.
     “Nothing’s changed, huh?” Jake’s tone willed me to think about everything that had transpired between us during the past few weeks. When I opened my eyes, he reached for my hands and examined the minute scrapes on my palms. The heat of his touch swept through me, banishing rational thought. 
     “For whatever reason, I know you don’t want to let me in…or maybe you just don’t know how.” He released my hands as he spoke, and I reluctantly let them fall to my sides. “I can’t read your mind, and I don’t understand you half the time…but I know what I want.” His voice sounded calm—confident—but I could feel both fear and hope welling within him.
     Jake’s vulnerability jump-started something inside me.
     He moved closer, and his jaw clenched. "What are you afraid of?"

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  1. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  2. thank you a lot for your participation in this hop

  3. I don't know that luck has any bearing on having a successful relationship. It's a whole lot of work. I married my high school sweetheart right out of high school. We have been married for 17 years.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  4. Thank you for the free book! I snagged my copy from Amazon just now. It sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it. Thank you!

    Thank you for the chance to enter :D Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone :)

    Shelly H

  5. Thanks for the hop!
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  6. Happy St. Paddy's day


  7. My lucky love is my husband of 23 years. When we first met I had just had a very bad break up with my last boyfriend. I spent most of the evening telling him what I would and would not put up with in a relationship. He asked me out in spite of my attitude, and the rest is history. We got married 5 years later and are still very much in love. So yes I can say I was and am lucky in love. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. Thank you for sharing your story with us Renee! It sounds like your husband is an amazing man and loves you very much! Congrats on being lucky in love ;)

  8. Thank you for the hop and giveaway!

  9. Happy St Patrick's Day

  10. I got my free copy and sounds fantastic!!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  11. Thanks for the excerpt, always looking for a good new book.


  12. Thanks for the great giveaway and for joining the hop!!!!
    Ashley A

  13. Book sounds good. Thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  14. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy St.Patrick's Day!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  15. The book sounds great, I just downloaded it to my Kindle!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Yay! We hope you like it! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  16. Looking forward to reading your book soon.
    Happy st. Patrick's Day!

    Judy P

  17. Thanks for participating in the blog hop!!

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  18. I have not yet been lucky in love, ie finding my soulmate, but hope springs eternal!

  19. Thank you so much for taking part in the hop!


  20. Thanks for being part of the hop

  21. nice excerpts
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  22. Thank you for the free kindle book. Enjoyed the excerpt and would love to win a print copy.
    Thanks for participating in the hop.

  23. Great to be lucky in love

  24. Thank so much!

  25. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Saint Patty’s Day!


  26. Thanks for the chance to win


  27. I am lucky in love thanks!

  28. sounds like a fun one thanks for the hop - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  29. I picked up the free kindle book over the weekend. I loved sci-fi(including post-apocalyptic) long before I started reading romance so I can't wait til I have the time to read it.

    carolcobun @

  30. What a great giveaway hop! I have yet to be lucky in love but I'm working on it. My favorite love book is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie Fraser is amazing and beautiful. I enjoy St. Patty's Day and this year I'm spending it with my best friend. We're going to two Irish Pubs and also some dance clubs. I am also wearing green and am not a fan of getting pinched. I'm not Irish either, but many people think I am because my hair is red, my eyes green and my name is Meghan, but I'm not at all. I won't be telling anybody that, however… let them believe I'm Irish.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com