Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop
As part of the hop, they will be giving away the following prizes.
Grand Prizes – We have two grand prizes. #1 is a Kindle Fire. #2 is a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.
Here’s a little romantic excerpt from In My Mother’s Footsteps
“Honey, is that you?” a woman called from somewhere inside the house we’d just entered. Just down the road from the information center was a small community of single homes. Some of the houses were ranch style, while others looked to be two story residences. They were nice and well maintained. Most had been finished with wood siding, but each one had a different color scheme. There were blue and grey houses, along with maroon and other hues. It looked just like any other neighborhood that one would find in any particular city in the states, but not what I expected to find in Hawaii.
“Yes, and I have someone with me,” Neil answered.
He directed me toward the back of the house and into the kitchen. A tall woman stood in front of the refrigerator, pulling out a casserole dish. Her blonde hair had been pulled into a long braid down her back, and she was wearing what looked like boy’s board shorts that hung down to her knees. They looked cute on her thin frame.
Neil cleared his throat before speaking again. “Babe, come sit down. I want to introduce you to someone.”
The lady closed the refrigerator and turned around, and her beauty was striking. Her young face had a nice tan to it, and I could tell she wasn’t wearing any make-up. With a pair of big, brown eyes, she had a natural beauty.
“Oh, who’s this?” she asked, an honest smile on her face.
Neil gestured to the chairs for us to sit down, and then shook his head, looking at me. “You know, I didn’t even ask you your name.”
I laughed before answering, “No problem. My name’s Anela.”
“Anela. That’s a nice name. Did you know it means ‘angel’ in Hawaiian?” Neil wondered.
I shook my head no.
“Well, this is my wife Penny.” My father gestured to her. She sat in silence, waiting to find out who the heck I was. “So, tell us your story.”
I looked at them both in shock. Neil had put me on the spot. It was now or never, and I wanted to get to know him. So I did as he asked and told them my story, showing them all the paperwork and the picture. By the time I finished, Penny had tears streaming down her face, and I worried she’d throw me out. However, she surprised me when she jumped up and ran to my side of the table, pulling me into a crushing bear-hug. Shocked and emotional, I returned the embrace, but I wasn’t quite sure why she was hugging me.
Whispering into my hair, she murmured, “There, there; you’re not alone anymore.”
And in that moment — more than any during the past few months — I missed my mom. She could never be replaced, but it seemed that I had others to love me now. It was all so bittersweet.
I will also be giving away a $50.00 gift card for Amazon.com and all you have to do is click the picture below, follow the instructions, and enter.