#Romance set in #Goa #HisChristmasSurprise 

We were just talking the other day that spring seems to have vanished. In the West, the winter is prolonged and here in India, the summer is directly upon us.

Seasons are off and the book release of my Christmas romance His Christmas Surprise is also not timed with the holiday season. It should have been released at Christmas, but that didn’t happen.

So, if you’d like to celebrate holidays off season, you can, with His Christmas Surprise, romance set in Goa at Christmas.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XS6XZ7J 

It’s a family oriented romance themed around problems of children in second chance romances.

Not a frivilous romance like the instant attraction and heavily sexual stuff available these days, although it is a sensual romance. So be warned if you’re looking for that! Not that there’s anything wrong in that, have written stuff like that myself, but this one is different.

An excerpt to give you an idea….

Ben tore out of the room like a bullet. He stopped short of running into her and in the second she saw the tears spilling on his cheeks. He gave her a furious look and darted towards the stairway.

She gave a short knock and entered. Dan’s face was set in tense lines still, though the anger was being replaced by something like tiredness.

‘Oh, Tonya. Yes, do come in. I’m really sorry for the mess.’ He spread his hands. ‘I should be able to control them better than this.’

‘It’s really not that much of an issue,’ she disclaimed quickly. ‘I was a kid myself. Kids can turn horrid at times of stress.’

‘That’s an excuse I won’t allow him.’ A hard edge crept into his voice.

‘Can I say something? Don’t be harsh with him.’

He shook his head. ‘You’re saying that? This wasn’t a harmless prank! It’s not the first time either. His teacher has been complaining about him. I thought it was because I wasn’t participating in school activities like his mother used to, but to go on in this way…?’

Silence stretched for a moment and he made a sound of frustration. ‘I came home early because Glen asked me to come and see the holiday pics with them. I don’t believe it has come to this. Anna would never have to–’ He cut himself off.

She felt intrusive for a moment but ignored the feeling in favor of the stronger feeling that he needed to share his troubles. ‘Don’t blame yourself,’ she said softly. ‘Don’t feel it.’

 ‘Don’t tell me what to feel,’ he said gruffly. ‘And don’t defend him.’

She said, going over the words slowly. ‘When Trent was alive, he used to take Toby out every Sunday, sometimes to see vintage war crafts or science museum or butterfly conservatory… Now by myself, no matter how hard I try, I simple can’t make that type of time. It’s not just the financial aspect, though that is there, but there’s just too much to do. I – I’m not like Trent by nature either,’ she confessed, surprising herself because she had never admitted this aloud to anyone. ‘I can’t take off at a moment’s thought like he used to. Toby misses all that, I know, but some things are so hard to take care of.’ Calmly, she met his gaze. ‘You see, I do know. And that’s why I can tell you. Don’t feel bad…or at least not too bad.’

‘Your son hasn’t wrecked someone’s morning work,’ he shot back. The next moment, he exhaled and said on a low note, ‘I don’t know. Nothing seems to work. It’s like they’re not the same kids they used to be. Even Glen hardly talks to me anymore. That’s why today –’ He broke off and gestured towards the stairs. ‘He’s followed his brother upstairs. So much for that break.’

 ‘It’s hard to match perfection.’

‘What did you say?’ Disbelief sounded in his voice. ‘That’s just what I have to face. Anna was so good with them. She never scolded them but they would always do what as she said. And now… Maybe I just don’t know how to handle them.’

Impulsively, she touched his arm. ‘I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to imply anything like that. Just that…Trent was so good with Toby. Last week I forgot to buy him his racket. I miss things at times and feel so guilty.’

‘You are a single parent,’ he said. ‘Then there’s your business. You’re doing such a lot on your own. Don’t beat up yourself.’

‘The same applies to you.’ She smiled.

He smiled back, relaxing slightly. Then a thundercloud came over his brow. ‘No, I can’t let this go just like that. I have to do something to put it right.’

‘Can I make a suggestion? Instead of cutting his practice – sorry, I overheard that – why don’t you talk to his coach and make him spend extra hours there? It would work off his excess energy. If you keep him from his favorite sport, he would only grow more resentful.’

He looked into her anxious gaze for a long moment. She began to feel a little warm by the intensity.

‘How do you work in the kitchen?’ he queried. ‘Doesn’t the heat melt your wax heart?’

Amazon .com:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XS6XZ7J 

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#Sharing an #Excerpt from #HisChristmasDelight #romance #novella

Sharing today a snippet from His Christmas Delight which is my latest book.
It is the story of Myra and Jay who have known each other since childhood but meet again after a tragedy they both must fight free of.
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They ended up walking along the shore. Hands brushed. The breeze brought his scent. She was conscious of the vibrations between them. She wanted to touch him, feel the reality of him. All afternoon her gaze had been touching his and veering away. She’d been looking at him. Maybe he’d felt it. Her gaze seemed to have developed a kind of magnetic susceptibility to his features.
Her gaze meshed with his again. Held. She felt her breath skid and wanted to tell him. But, at the last moment, lost her nerve.
Her mind brewed something innocuous to take away the awkwardness engulfing her.
‘So what now?’ she said with suitable casualness. ‘Going back to your designing? Will you be leaving soon?’
‘I’m helping Dan get things together, maybe do some more work on the shop, so I’ll stay on for a few more days.’
‘That’s superb.’ She caught his hand impulsively, ‘Jay, admit it. You’re delaying because you don’t want to face leaving. You belong here.’
‘No, Myra. That life is over. I don’t need the same surroundings, the same –’
‘People? What are you scared of?’ She’d crossed some invisible barrier. She could see his face shut down. ‘Give those who are near to you, a chance. Share what you feel. You’ll get well –’
‘Don’t pry where you’re not welcome,’ he said grimly.
‘Fine, I won’t. I don’t have any desire to. I have some pride, you know,’ she bristled. She couldn’t say why she’d got so worked up over it but she couldn’t remember being so angry in the near past. ‘It’s enough to be told we were never friends.’
‘I’ve told you I never meant it the way it sounded,’
‘How magnanimous of you. Because, after not bothering to come inside while passing by my house, not bothering to ever call to even ask how I’m doing after Pete –’
‘How do you know about that? About me being near your place? You saw me,’ he said, realizing it in the same instant.
‘Yes, I did. And after you told me to get away yesterday afternoon, I kept thinking it was because you didn’t want to bother about me. But then you tell me you’ve had feelings for me and don’t want to follow them up. Despite all that, you come with me to Tonya’s and – and –’
‘And what?’
‘And nothing.’ Her tirade faltered because unexpectedly moisture stung the back of her eyelids. ‘Except that it feels you’ve been here since forever. And then you do this complete turn-about…’ Her voice had gone horribly squeaky.
‘Myra….’
Oh God, was he going to tell her not to be foolish. But he said, ‘I felt like that too,’ his voice oddly gruff.
‘No, you didn’t,’ she accused. ‘Because you want to turn us all away. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be refusing what’s so apparent, nor behaving like a virtual stranger –’
The rest of the words were lost because he caught her arm and turned her towards himself and he was suddenly close.
‘Behaving like a stranger?’ he growled. ‘When I’ve been fighting not to touch you, that’s rich –’
She felt the scent of his breath. His gaze tangled with hers. ‘Is it like being a stranger when I want to walk away, but then find I can’t let this time with you come to an end? When every second draws me to you one step more and I can’t –’ He didn’t finish the thought. A moment, too intense to be broken, stood between them and then his mouth was on hers.

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Add to your shelf at #Goodreads: His Christmas Delight http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29348614-his-christmas-delight

Get it at Amazon kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BYHO0AI

Read first chapters of #HisChristmasDelight at #Wattpad #free

If you are at Wattpad, do check out the first two chapters of His Christmas Delight ” at http://w.tt/230QuQ4.

Here’s the blurb:
Blurb:
Caught by Santa!
For Myra, Christmas means supporting her friends. They rallied round getting her back on her feet after she lost Pete, her husband, so she’s always ready to help any of them. No matter to what lengths the challenge makes her go. Only she didn’t expect to find Santa almost catching her in her wrongdoings. Then she finds that the handsome Santa is Jay, her old high school friend. Now he’s changed from a gangly geek to an attractive stranger. After missing out on the dating scene for a long time after losing Pete, she feels the first stirring of desire. But Jay is playing hot and cold, refusing to admit the attraction sizzling between them.

He’s back in Goa just for Christmas
Jay knew Myra as his best friend’s girl. Now Pete is gone, but Jay is finding difficult to let go of the scars he picked up during Coast Guard service. He’s home only to help revive his brother’s toy shop. When he finds himself making excuses to stay, he knows he’s crossing the limits he’d set himself. What’s the purpose in taking this further when he knows he cannot be the one to give her the happiness she deserves? But no matter how hard he tries, the scorching flames of wanting only seem to get stronger. How can he keep on denying the attraction between them when she insists on coming close?

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Amazon.com link:
http://www.amazon.com/His-Christmas-Delight-Romance-ebook/dp/B01BYHO0AI

#Book #ReleaseDay for #HisChristmasDelight #HCD

Happy Easter everyone!
Today is special occasion for me as it is Book Release Day for His Christmas Delight, a romance set around Christmas and Goa.
To celebrate, I’m giving away ebook copies. Just comment to enter. You can share anything about Easter, Christmas, Goa or romance. There may be more than one winner in this giveaway.
You can share this post or the following  book link if you are interested in spreading word about the book:
His Christmas Delight: A Christmas Romance null http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BYHO0AI/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_awdo_4P59wb1VNP28K via @amazon #Amazon #Kindle

Thank you for joining me today in this special event 🙂

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