Shannon here: Amy K. Rognlie shares a romantic excerpt from her latest release, Where There’s a Will, plus a chance to win a PDF e-copy of Make Haste Slowly book one in her Short Creek Mysteries series. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Oct 30st – Nov 2nd to enter the drawing. Deadline: Nov 10th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Amy:
Excerpt from Where There’s a Will by Amy K. Rognlie:
I stepped out of the donut place and straight into Todd’s chest. “Hi.” I backed away and smiled up at him, hoping I hadn’t smooshed Mona’s donuts. “I was just thinking of you. Are you on lunch?”
“Hey, there. Nope.” He held up several envelopes. “That new mail lady delivered Donut Hut’s mail to the city offices, so I’m playing mail carrier today since it’s only a block away. Hope she gets things straight soon. This is about the third time we’ve gotten someone else’s mail.”
Tell me about it. “Can you come eat lunch with me at the shop?”
He glanced at the donut box in my hands, and his eyes crinkled at the corners. “You bought donuts? For lunch?” He placed his hand on my forehead as if gauging my temperature and gave me the grin that never failed to melt my heart. “Are you sick?”
“Yes, very.” I lowered my voice suggestively, then watched his gaze flicker and deepen. It was so fun to flirt with him.
“I see.” He lowered his face to mine, then stopped an inch from my lips. “Will a kiss make it all better?”
“Maybe more than one,” I whispered. “But we are standing on Main Street in front of the entire town…”
Apparently, he didn’t care.
Neither did I, really, until we got back to the shop and I realized that all the raspberry goo had squeezed out all over the other donuts. And everywhere else, it seemed.
“I hope Mona didn’t have her heart set on raspberry.” I scrubbed a drip of the sticky, fake-red stuff off the toe of my shoe.
“I’m sure she’ll be happy with any of them.” Todd handed me another wet paper towel. “Is it a special occasion?”
“Ah…no. Not really.” I dabbed at the jelly on the counter. I didn’t like keeping secrets from Todd, but I had given my word that I wouldn’t tell anyone yet. “She needed cheering-up.”
About Amy: Amy Rognlie writes inspirational fiction, including mysteries and historical novels. When not writing, she is teaching middle school language arts or leading a Bible study at the local jail. Amy lives in Central Texas with her husband, dogs (including a pug, of course), and a plethora of plants, yarn, and books. Learn more and connect:
About the book – Where There’s a Will: A mysterious postcard, a decades-old mystery, and a cranky realtor have suddenly thrown Callie Erickson’s plans into a tailspin. Callie, Todd and friends have their hearts set on building Hope House, a home for sex-trafficking victims. But before they can make much headway, Callie is confronted with the mysterious death of someone much closer to her than she’d like.
Was it murder? Callie isn’t so sure, but with Todd’s help, she’s doing her best to find out, even as she is drawn deeper into their relationship. Can she trust herself to love him? In the meantime, Aunt Dot and Harry are dealing with intrigue of their own. Will Harry’s missing relatives ever be found? As Callie delves deeper, she learns startling answers to these questions and to the questions of her own heart.
Question for Readers: What is your favorite donut?
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