Finding Peace, the first book in my Love's Compass series, is available for FREE today and tomorrow (September 12th and 13th, 2016)
Police Officer Tuck Chandler is good at his job. He’s also good at holding women at arm’s length. Jilted by his fiancée for his dedication to his job, he’s not about to open himself up to hurt like that again.
Laurie Blake is a struggling photographer. After growing up in a wealthy family, she’s determined to make it on her own, even if it means doing it the hard way.
When Tuck is assigned to a puzzling burglary involving Laurie’s fledgling photography business, he goes into it with his usual perseverance. He wants to help her – if she’ll let him. As the case unfolds and the mystery deepens, another question arises.
Will the past get in the way of their future?
Finding Peace, the first book in the Love's Compass series, is on sale today for $0.99. If you haven't read the book yet, don't miss out on this great deal! Book four, Finding Faith, will be released this winter!
Who doesn't like the chance to win a fun prize package, especially when there's chocolate involved? I had a lot of fun putting this particular one together for you all.
Included is a paperback copy of Finding Peace, a pretty 5x7 picture frame, gourmet chocolate covered pretzels, a snowman ornament, a Hershey's chocolate bar, Faith wings magnet, and three old-fashioned candy sticks.
For your chance to win, enter below. The contest will run through the 15th.
Unfortunately, this contest is open to those with a United States address. My apologies to all of you wonderful individuals living outside the states.
It was amazing to wake up this morning and discover that Finding Peace was listed as the #1 Best Seller in Contemporary Christian Romance! It has been an exciting ride this week and seeing this reminded me of how amazing God is and how He can take something that's close to our hearts and use it to reach other people.
I want to thank everyone who has bought and read this book. I also want to thank those of you who have posted reviews as well. You guys rock!
Here are a couple of reviews from the last few days:
"What a sweet, clean romance with wonderful, real characters and a bit of a mystery, too. I so enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more books by Melanie." - Krista
"Cute book- it was free off Book Bub and worth the time. I look forward to the next book to see who the featured character is. The characters seemed realistic to me. It reminds me of the Glenbrook Series, which is a great thing!" - Adrian
"The story captures you right off the bat! It's hard to put down. I throughly enjoyed the descriptions of the characters and situations - leaving me feel I was right there. Im looking forward to the next book I the series!" - Helen
Finding Peace is FREE through Monday.
For those of you who've been interested in reading the Love's Compass series but haven't started it yet. now's a great time. :-)_
If you pick up a copy and read it, I'd love to know what you think. Kindly leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.
Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy Tuck and Laurie's story!
I hope you all are having a great start to 2015!
We had an icy start with some incredibly cold weather and freezing rain. I think the kids were about to go crazy being stuck in the house for four solid days. Even the blades of grass - as you can see in the photo above, had layers upon layers of ice on them. When the sun finally came out and shone through the ice as it melted everything, it really was beautiful. I'll admit, though, I'll be fine if we don't see any more icy weather like that for the rest of the winter.
The new year was an exciting one with the release of Finding Peace on January 3rd. 340 digital copies of the book were sold in the first three days - a completely humbling experience. I want to send a big thank you to each and every person who bought a copy. I truly hope you enjoy Tuck and Laurie's story.
Now that the holidays are gone and we're into 2015, I'll be starting on the second book in the Love's Compass series this week. I'm currently in the process of outlining the story and doing some research. For those that are curious, this second book will be Lexi's story.
I hope you all find 2015 to be filled with adventure.
God bless you and your family in this new year.
Here's the conclusion of the excerpt I posted on my blog yesterday. Finding Peace is available pre-sale now, and will be released tomorrow. I hope you enjoy the first book in my Love's Compass series!
Laurie’s arms dropped to her sides and she pierced Kentucky with a glare. She turned on a heel and went inside the studio behind her. He followed at a distance and stopped just inside.
He watched her shrug on a dark green jacket. Hair hung to the middle of her back, the ringlets tangled together in a mess of copper red.
He stared at her eyes. They were so green, they reminded him of jade.
“My jacket’s on. Let’s go.”
He moved out of her way as her shoulder brushed his chest. He raised an eyebrow. If she was this frigid with the guy who was here to help, then it was a good thing the person who broke into her car was long gone. Kentucky might have been called in to investigate a homicide instead.
Black boots that looked tiny compared to his own carried her around the car to the passenger side. She gestured to the broken window and buried her hands in her pockets.
Kentucky reached for a small camera in his coat and took a few photos before pulling on the handle. The car door yielded with a creak and he leaned inside.
His gaze swept over the faded seat covers, the stained floorboards, and landed on the dash.
“That’s odd, the stereo is still here. It’s usually the first thing they take.” He stood up again. Laurie was watching him. “If you had nothing stashed in the car, what was the point?”
She shrugged. “They checked the trunk, too. It’s an old car. Probably wasn’t worth their time.”
“Maybe.” He examined the trunk and made a few more notes. “At this point, all you can do is make a claim with your insurance company to get the window repaired.”
At his words, a look of defeat crossed her face.
“What is it?”
“I have liability only.”
He gave her a nod. He remembered when Capturing the Moments Photography had opened up about six months ago. He had even commented to his partner about how the area of town was an unusual place for a business like that. Looking at Laurie’s car, he assumed she was here because it was all she could afford.
He rubbed the back of his neck with one hand. “We will investigate this. If we can find the guy who did it, we’ll let you know. I’m sorry there’s not much else I can do.”
The light from the studio reflected in her eyes. The frown on her face softened as she kicked one of the car’s tires with the toe of a boot.
His eyes were drawn to her mouth as she worried her lower lip with her teeth.
“Do you have any trash bags?”
Her brows came together. “What?”
“If you have a trash bag and some packing tape, I’ll help you cover up that window.”
Her pretty eyes opened wide and she blinked at him as if she were seeing him for the first time.
“Um. Yeah. I do.”
Without another word, she disappeared into her studio. As he waited for her to return, Kentucky wondered about Laurie Blake. Her emotions seemed measured and she certainly was a woman of few words. But he had seen vulnerability – even if it was only for a moment.
She came back with the materials he needed. Together, they sealed off the broken window. When they were finished, he nodded towards her place. “It’s getting colder out here and you have to be half frozen. You should go in for the night. I’ll file all of this first thing in the morning.”
He half expected her to argue with him. Instead, she took the tape back from him and jabbed a thumb at her car. “Thanks for the help.”
“You’re welcome.” He withdrew a card from his wallet and handed it to her. “If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me.”
Their fingers brushed as she plucked the card from his hand. The warmth he felt at the touch surprised him.
Without looking at the card, she slipped it into her jacket pocket. She walked to the door and turned slightly towards him again.
The light lit her face and he admired the smattering of freckles across her nose. “I’m sorry this happened to you.”
She shrugged her shoulders, copper curls falling forward to frame her delicate face. “It is what it is.”
10 Fun Facts About Laurie Blake
#1 - She is struggling to establish a photography studio
#2 - Laurie comes from a rich family but is determined to do it on her own
#3 - Her passion is to take photos for families with special needs children
#4 - She loves to bake in her spare time
#5 - When she was in college, she enjoyed playing basketball
#6 - She has a younger sister, Chelsea, but they aren't very close
#7 - Her parents love to travel and only go home once a year for the holidays
#8 - It's very difficult for Laurie to accept help from others
#9 - She insists her hair is the color of copper, rather than red
#10 - Between her hair and green eyes, she often stands out in a crowd
My Favorite Quote from Laurie
Okay, this is my second favorite quote. I can't really post the first because it might give away some of the plot. ;-) This particular quote still makes me chuckle when I read it. Someone is trying to help her to a waiting vehicle after she has injured her ankle. He asks Laurie whether she will be able to walk outside or not.
“Walk? No. Stumble like a drunk? Absolutely."
I hope you enjoy reading Tuck and Laurie's story. Look for Finding Peace on Kindle January 3rd, 2015 and in paperback shortly afterwards!
10 Fun Facts About Kentucky "Tuck" Chandler
#1 - Tuck is a police officer in the town of Kitner, Texas
#2 - His partner at the police department is Lance Davenport
#3 - Lance and Tuck were best friends growing up
#4 - He doesn't get to very often, but Tuck enjoys playing basketball
#5 - Tuck carries a Glock 9mm
#6 - He is a middle child with two sisters named Lexi and Serenity
#7 - He loves to spend time with his nephew, Gideon, who has autism
#8 - Rogue is his border collie who loves to play fetch
#9 - Tuck is incredibly loyal to his friends and family
#10 - Fellow officers often jab him about his height - over six feet tall
My Favorite Quote from Tuck
There is some drama going on between Tuck's sisters. When Lexi tells him that he could have an opinion, this is his response:
“I do. I choose not to express it. That’s why I became a cop. It’s easier to keep the peace in Kitner than it is in my own family.”
I hope you enjoy getting to know Tuck as you read this first book in the Love's Compass series. Look for Finding Peace on Kindle January 3rd, 2015 and in paperback shortly afterwards!