I’m so proud to share the updated cover for Love in Greener Pastures. I think the new design embodies this small town romance perfectly.
Here’s the blurb:
Recent college graduate Gabby Richards has big plans for her life. At the top of those plans is landing a job for a major magazine in Chicago. While Gabby is busy mapping out her career as a journalist, her father gets seriously injured. Upon hearing of his accident, Gabby drops everything, including her career plans, and heads home to her small, rural town of Clear Lake, but vows to return to Chicago as soon as her father is well.
Suddenly Gabby is catching up with old friends, dealing with small town gossip and facing parts of her past she’d rather forget. Luckily, she meets the town’s hunky mechanic, Jake Harrison, who helps Gabby confront her past and tries to help her see she can have a career in Clear Lake. Will Gabby realize she can be a successful journalist anywhere? Or will she leave Clear Lake in pursuit of life in greener pastures?
Here’s a snippet:
Gabby tossed and turned in bed. She looked over her right shoulder and saw the clock on her nightstand said it was just after midnight. She told herself the reason she couldn’t sleep well was because of the old mattress. Gabby knew it couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that she had dodged Jake’s advances all night. Well, she didn’t think it had that much to do with it. Maybe fifty-fifty, she relented.
She threw her covers off with an aggravated sigh and stalked out of her bedroom and down the hall to the kitchen for a drink. As she stood in the wedge of light provided by the refrigerator, she stared into the contents of the space and wondered why Jake had decided to use dinner as the time to hound her about dating. She fully believed he wouldn’t take no for an answer.
She remembered the way he had found her in the kitchen as she was putting away the remnants of dinner. The kitchen she had always thought of as cute and cozy, had become downright tiny and cramped with Jake’s commanding presence. He handed her their dirty dishes and had apparently went and picked up her father’s tray while she was in the process of putting leftovers into containers.
“I’ll wash if you’ll put away,” Jake told her as he began loading dishes into the dishwasher. She nodded, surprised that a man as masculine as Jake felt comfortable in the kitchen. In her kitchen, no less.
“You know, you really don’t have to help. I can manage. If you want to go catch up with my dad, I’ll understand.”
“Are you kidding? With the meal you just prepared, it’s the least I can do. Besides, we aren’t finished talking about next Saturday,” he said as he leaned against the sink, arms folded over his chest, head angled to one side, taking an appreciative view of Gabby in her shorts as she bent to store the leftovers on the bottom shelf of the fridge.
As soon as Gabby peeked a glance at him over shoulder and figured out what he was staring at, she straightened up so fast she whacked her head on the upper part of the refrigerator.
Her Sicilian temper rose to the surface as she let out several curse words in both English and Italian.
“Ouch, are you okay?” Jake asked as he stepped forward to rub her head. She merely nodded. “I didn’t know you could speak Italian,” Jake said.
“I don’t really, but I know all the bad words,” she said with an impish grin.
Jake smiled at her and without really thinking about it, leaned forward and kissed the top of her head. “There,” he said in a husky voice. “All better.”
Gabby felt her face flush and as she tipped her head up to look Jake in the eyes, she almost tilted her mouth up to kiss him. Then she remembered she was in her parents’ home. In the kitchen, with her injured father only a couple of rooms away and Jake was her dad’s friend.
“Thank you,” she whispered as she took a step backward disentangling herself from Jake’s embrace.
Jake cleared his throat. “So, I’ll let you know what I find out about your car. I’ll probably call you tomorrow after I have a look at it. We’ll talk more about Saturday, too,” Jake said with a wink.
Gabby turned her back to him.
He just wasn’t going to let up about this, was he?
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