Sunday, December 8, 2013

Gift Card Give Away Celebrating Release of Always and Forever Love

I'm happy to be joining in the Goddess Fish Release Party and am offering a $20 gift card in a drawing for those who comment.

Bio: Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her two cats. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. In her romances, she focuses on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don't back down. She hopes that readers discover, over and over, stories of ordinary people who face ordinary life challenges and are transformed by extraordinary love.

Book Blurb:

The presence of a ghost in her life doesn't alarm Lacy Aegar, in fact it makes her happy. Two and a half years ago when her dead husband Nicholas reappeared in her life as a full-bodied spirit, she questioned her sanity. But with Nicholas' explanation that there are things about life that are not as she's always believed, she settled into a pleasant routine of working with her sister at their private investigation business and enjoying home life with her now 10-year-old son – with Nicholas never very far away.

Lacey's complacency and sense of stability is sent topsy-turvy when she runs into Jackson Carter, the son of powerful and influential business tycoon, William Carter. Typical of the Carter reputation, Jackson's slick new private investigating business is siphoning off clients from the Aegar sisters' business, creating financial difficulty. It's a recurring nightmare for Lacey, who has already seen damage done by the Carter family, and when she encounters Jackson, she wants nothing to do with him.

But things are not what they seem when it comes to Jackson Carter, either. Unbeknownst to Lacey and her sister, Jackson is fighting a battle to preserve his business, too, and his integrity. For him, it's a fight for his soul, and he enlists Lacey's help because of her unique investigative skills and open heart. When she uncovers a mole in his business, she also discovers that one of his clients' drug trials has been given the green light to go to the next phase based on falsified data. As they work together to save both their businesses, Jackson and Lacey not only face death, they must decide whether or not to come to grips with their feelings about love and life.

Walking into the master bath, Lacey stopped short. “Geez! Now, that’s a bathtub,” she exclaimed. Her voice echoed slightly against the marble tile walls and gray slate floor. Jason waited patiently at the doorway while her gaze moved from one opulent element to another. A large white and gold marble whirlpool tub, deep enough to disappear in, was framed on three sides by frosted glass windows and a small garden of palms and feathery ferns. On another wall stood a shower stall sporting a gold rain-head showerhead and etched glass doors.

“Hi, Uncle Jake.”

Jason’s greeting jolted Lacey out of her skin. Retreat was impossible. She turned to face the square shoulders, tall frame, and solid jaw of a dark-haired man. “Uncle Jake, I presume?” She wasn’t doing anything wrong, so why did she feel her as though Brad Pitt had just caught her picking her nose?

“I know who I am. Who are you and what are you doing in my bathroom?” The man’s voice was clipped velvet. His arm circled Jason protectively.

She stuck out her hand. “I’m Lacey Aegar. And as for what I’m doing here…”

“I hired her, Uncle Jake. She’s going to find Snickers.”

She looked from Jason’s cherubic face and up into the glistening brown eyes of his uncle and felt her composure melt into the cold slate beneath her feet. “Umm…I’m a private investigator. And your nephew has asked me to…”

“I think you’ve seen enough, Ms. Private Investigator or gossip columnist or whoever you are.” The man grabbed Lacey’s elbow and began to usher her briskly out of the room.

“But Uncle Jake—”

“If you’ll just hold on a minute I can explain.” Lacey’s face burned at the man’s insinuation. With Jason at his heels, the man swept Lacey down the stairs and was heading toward the front door, where she spread out her hands and planted them against the hard wood. "Stop,” she demanded, whirling around to face him head-on. “I’m not leaving until I finish what I came here for, and that’s to help Jason find his dog.”


Rowena May O'Sullivan said...

I love a good ghost story. This looks like a great premise and read.

Lynn said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Becky Lower said...

Hi Lyn--Your story sounds compelling. Looking forward to reading it.

Lynn said...

Thanks, Becky!

HiDee said...

I've been looking forward to reading Lacey's story!

Lynn said...

Thanks, HiDee. I appreciate your visit.

RT Wolfe said...

Love it, Lynn. Best wishes to you!
-R.T. Wolfe

E.L. F. said...

Great excerpt, thanks for sharing!

Beth said...

Sounds like a great book. Will have to add it to the To-Buy list.


Karen H in NC said...

Lynn is a new-to-me author. Thanks for posting this excerpt. I enjoyed reading it and her bio. Thanks for the giveaway.

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Lynn said...

Congratulations Beth! You win the $20.00 gift card.

Thank you to everyone who joined me for the release celebration of Always and Forever Love!