It's that time of year when everyone is gearing up to send kiddos back to school and ready to welcome back cooler temps. I know my hubby is begging for relief from the heat. I may want to smack him upside the head occasionally, but I am constantly amazed by my husband. He is up and out the door every morning by 5am to face a day recently as hot as 106 degrees outside. To make matters worse...he is a welder and works in long sleeve shirts with a welding hood covering his face. No air. Me? No way!
I'd be crying after only 15 minutes of that kind of heat. But I'm a weenie like that. So kudos go out from me to anyone working outside in the heat!! I'll just keep my weenie-self inside the air-conditioned house and find another book to read. Which brings me to my post today. I want to introduce you guys to a fabulous author, Stephanie Taylor. She has a new release, Doubting Thomas, at Eternal Press. You can also join her on Facebook ~ Stephanie Taylor.
Welcome, Stephanie!!! Congrats on the new release!
Hello everyone and thanks to Chelle for having me! I’m excited to announce the release of my first book, Doubting Thomas. I’m currently hosting a Scavenger Hunt on my facebook page. Join me there to win some great prizes. Also, on Saturday, there will be a grand prize with questions to answer based on the book. Hope to see you there and I hope you love reading Doubting Thomas as much as I loved writing it!
He doesn’t remember...but she does.
For five years, Thomas has lived without a past. A motorcycle accident left him with scars, permanent amnesia and a lot of anger. But the scars aren't all on the outside. He knows one day he'll need to figure out who he used to be, but for now, he's content in his misery and denial. If his family doesn't care to find him, the feeling is mutual—until the love of a tender-hearted, sassy redhead changes his mind.
Alyssa Morgan vowed to locate her missing husband and has followed every clue, every lead, every hunch, hoping to find him and the reason for his disappearance. But fate has something else in store for her and puts in her path an aloof man who has her husband’s voice and the disfigured face of a stranger.
Torn between his past and their future, can they put their doubts aside and let love in?
Curiosity got the best of her. Slowly, she raised her hand to his cheek, needing to feel him. He flinched and grabbed her wrist, squeezing hard, but she wasn’t afraid of him. The strained look on his face told her he was scared enough for the both of them.
She pushed against his hold, wanting so badly for him to trust her and let her in. After a few moments, his grasp loosened and her fingertips touched his skin.
He inhaled sharply as his eyes turned into thin slits.
“Does this hurt?” she asked him, amazed by the smoothness of the taut scars that made one side of his face unrecognizable.
“Some of my nerve endings are still pretty raw,” he said quietly, his voice low and raspy.
“Is that a yes?”
She grinned, continuing her exploration. She trailed her fingertips up to his eye, where the lid was mangled and half closed, then traced around to his nose and then down to his lips, feeling the jagged lines that marred his perfection. If he moved a little to the right, she couldn’t even tell he was injured. But if he moved to the left… He was so scarred her heart hurt for him. All the while, he didn’t move a muscle, but kept his jaw tight and his eyes on her mouth. She knew he wanted to kiss her. This tight control in a man who seemed to have no control over his emotions fascinated her.
Finally, very softly, she laid her entire palm on his cheek, and he closed his eyes. His arms came around her waist and hauled her roughly against him. She felt his fingertips digging into her flesh at her hips, his need echoed in the desperation of his touch. She was still touching his face, when his head descended, his golden hair illuminated by the porch light behind him, like anangel.
She waited. She anticipated. She needed. She suddenly didn’t care if Chris was still alive. She lifted her chin to meet his lips.
Just when she forgot to breathe, his lips moved past her mouth, directly to her ear.
“Thank you for dinner,” he whispered.
With that, he released her and strode away.
WOW!! I hope you guys enjoy reading it as much as I did!! Stephanie is definitely a must-read on my list now. You can find her at the links I've posted above and trust me, it'll be well worth the read. Hope you guys have a great and productive week!