STALKER
Julie has a stalker. What’s worse? Everyone in her sleepy town thinks she’s the threat. Not to anyone’s life, to the video shoot bringing
big bucks into town. After the mayor asks her to leave,
Julie retreats to a secluded cabin. Trouble, however, follows her.

When his production company arrives in Jove, Match isn’t prepared for Julie James.
His attraction takes on a new dimension when he ,discovers she’s a
magical healer, and he needs a miracle to save his baby brother’s life.

As the deviant closes in, Julie and Match’s lives become entwined, but tragedy is hovering on the horizon.

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Reviews

Reviews
**** Dark Sun by The Romance Studio
“This was a powerful, paranormal erotic romance of good against evil. I enjoyed that this story of right versus wrong not only introduces the readers to angels and demons but also mentions sirens, elves and sea nymphs while it weaves the threads of fate and reincarnation.”
Theresa Joseph
Full Review
Night Owl Romance, Love Hurts
“I kept reading I realized that it could very well be a true story. These people are just trying to do the right thing.” Terri Hawk
Full Review 
Happily Ever After
Lena said, “JJ Keller created a story of one woman just trying to survive in a world where not many survive without succumbing to another life.” For full review visit: Happily Ever After. 
**** Love Hurts by Romance Book Scene
“Love Hurts is a well written contemporary romance filled with real life characters, with good dialog and a cute little tyke who steals the attention of readers.”
Roni
Romance Book Review: Love Hurts 
Dark Divas 
Thursday, July 22, 2010

Undercover Housewife by JJ Keller

Genre: Erotic, Romantic Suspense

Length: 98 pages

Considering the length, I’m quite impressed with what JJ Keller did with this story. This one gives you a lot of bang-for-the-buck…no pun intended.

In addition to the suspense, Undercover Housewife is all about the romance, with the added bonus of tastefully written sex scenes. You gotta love that…and who doesn’t love a hot police detective who’s there to protect and serve? (Or is that protect and service?-oops, sorry!) lol

Rated 4 1/2 Delightful Divas by Shelly!

For the full review click here.

 

Romance Book Scene
Roni,Romance Book Scene,gave Undercover Housewife a rating of five hearts!

Undercover Housewife adds together a story filled with mistrust and a long time unrequited love and with a mystery case. Nikki is a woman coming to terms with her new life and finding that she really didn’t like the woman she became. The hero, Josh, is finally fulfilling the dream of getting the woman he’s wanted for over twenty years. Add to that the supporting cast of Josh’s partner Calvin and his gay antics, and this book is a fine piece of entertainment. Roni

For the Full Review: http://romancebookscene.blogspot.com/

Trade Agreement, LASR Best Book
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Trade Agreement by jj keller

LASR Best Book – For a book or story that is truly exceptional. You think about it when you’re not reading it. You wonder what happens to the characters when you finish. You would absolutely buy everything else this author had to offer. The highest praise – and reserved for only a few.

Trade Agreement by jj keller
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary/Thriller/Suspense/Action
Length: Full (242 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Larkspur

JJ Keller gives us an explosive thriller in Trade Agreement as she exposes us to international crime, kidnapping, high seas adventure, murder and an electrifying romance. Meet Jake and Georgina who fall into lust at first sight, can they survive the danger, the lies and the secrets and find true love in the end.

Ms Keller throws you right into the heart of her plot then keeps our attention riveted while we hold our breath to find out what happens next. *** *** Her love scenes are evocative, sensual and sizzle on the page, while her romance between our hero and heroine is sweet and sensual.

Trade Agreement rocks and rolls with action, suspense, thrills, chills and romance. It’s a gutsy read and should come with a physician’s warning. If you like to bite your nails to the quick while sitting on the edge of your seat, this read is for you and if you, like me, love your romance on the sizzle burner, well don’t wait another minute go out and get this book.

For the full review: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/09/trade-agreement-by-jj-keller.html

Loved…The Tarot Card
The Tarot Card by JJ Keller
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Heat: Sensual
Length: Short (148 pages)
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Larkspur
Holy Cow what a great read! Ms. Keller gives us a love at first sight story. Stein and Kerry make a great hero and heroine.

I loved the characters, they were well developed and enjoyable to get to know. The writing style was great and was a credit to the author telling such a well written story confined in 148 short pages.

*** I think this novel would appeal to all lovers of romance. It’s a truly enjoyable tale of boy meets and gets girl. For full review: HTTP://LONGANDSHORTREVIEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM/2009/06/TAROT-CARD-BY-JJ-KELLER.HTML

Love Romance…loves Dark Shadows
Saturday, April 18, 2009
DARK SHADOWS by JJ Keller
Paranormal
E-book
Reviewed by Dawn
DARK SHADOWS is  one edge of the seat ride. Author JJ Keller delivers a unique bar where creatures that go bump in the night come to relax and chill out. Here you meet Teri Kepler, one of the owners of Dark Shadows. ***

Author JJ Keller writes a tight, fast paced story that will keep you on the edge of your seat as she weaves a spell around you. With the right touch of magic, mystery and passion, she delves into a world that good and evil reside in and this author definitely delivers a story that will have you clamoring for more once the last page is read. DARK SHADOWS is a pure delight to read and I am wondering if there will be more stories centered on the Dark Shadow Bar. If you enjoy an enjoyable setting, unique characters and intriguing storyline, then grab  DARK SHADOWS and be prepared to be lost in this author’s wonderful creation.

For the full review: http://loveromancesandmore.blogspot.com/2009/04/hierophant-dark-shadows-by-jj-keller.html

Four Tombstones for Dark Shadows
Mar 14, 2009
Dark Shadows by jj Keller
Review by Virginia
Categories: Adult Content, Book Reviews, Immortals, e-books
I really enjoyed Ms. Keller’s writing style. Her plot line has lots of room to write sequels and can be drawn in many interesting directions in future books. I do not know what Ms. Keller has planned down the road for this, but I look forward to reading any sequels she may write.

For the full review: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=1499

The Tarot Card..a shelf keeper
Between the Lines, ranked The Tarot Card: Fantastic, Stays on the Shelf

Title: The Tarot Card
Author: jj Keller
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Line: Contemporary Champagne Rosebud
Review: Rating: spicy
ISBN: 9781601544377

This story is chili-hot with lots of spicy scenes so if you’re the sort of person who likes stories with heat this is for you. The book doesn’t rely only on spice for its power- there is a complex plot and a really good sort-of-twist at the end. It left me with a smile on my face and a real sense of satisfaction.
I’d say this is definitely a story I’d like to share with my friends –well worth a read. Enjoy!

Reviewed by Vasiliki Scurfield
WRDF Review

For the Full Review: http://blog.lyndacoker.net/2008/12/29/wrdf-review-of-the-tarot-card-by-jj-keller.aspx

Five Mystique Moons for Dark Shadows
DARK SHADOWS by J.J. Keller

Momma Mia! I need a cold shower and some aspirin. There was so much passion in DARK SHADOWS that I thought my head would explode. I LOVE THIS BOOK!! In fact, I love this book so much that I nearly blew off finishing my day’s work so that I could finish it in one setting. Duty called, however, and I got to it as soon as I could. And what a finish! DARK SHADOWS has it all: Good versus Evil; Love, Lust and Secrets competing for dominance; boundless love and those velvet ties that transcend even the strangest of circumstances.** What a ride! As I said before, I LOVE this story. **

Anyway, this book is fabulous and romantic and going on my Keeper shelf. If J.J. Keller has more books in this line, feel free to push them in this direction. Fan for Life!! That’s me.

Five Mystique Moons. (Outstanding)
Class Three sensuality. (Standard Romance)

Rachel Nail, Reviewer
For the Full Review: mystiquebooks@gmail.com
Tags: j.j. keller

Note to Rachel: I’m one of your fans for life as well. Dark Justice will be coming soon. Another fantastic ride for you!

4 out of 5 Stars for Dark Shadows
Manic Reviews, Stevi B said:

I love when a paranormal author can come up with new and unusual characters. *** But the strength of a determined woman is illustrated as Tori finds a way to make something good from her pain. Surely fate can find a way to reward such a special woman. Ms. Keller adds a twist to her plot that brings the story together at the end with a satisfactory solution!

I enjoyed The Hierophant: Dark Shadows, as I have other books I’ve read by Ms. Keller. Ms Keller remains a favorite author for me when I want an unusual story with a unique perspective!

For the full review go here: Dark Shadows-4 out of 5 stars- http://manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=reviews&bookid=1304

Believe Receives an Awesome Review

Believe
jj Keller
Paranormal erotic romance
Available from Cobblestone Press
ISBN: 978-1-60088- 189-3
October 2007
Believe is an awesome, I mean awesome book. I was completely drawn into the characters of Mikhail and Jensen. The storyline grabs and kept me in suspense until the ending. ***jj Keller gives the audience a fast–paced entertaining read where the adrenaline rushes. This story consumes with vibrant characters, and an evil person that this reader wanted to reach through the pages and stomp.

Overall rating: Five Hearts
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Linda L.
october 20, 2008

http://www.theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/believekeller.htm

Thank you, Linda. You made my day!

Mystique Books Recommends Melody’s Song 4.5 Moons
One of the best points MELODY’S SONG makes is that no matter your circumstances, no matter your lot in life, you needn’t loose your self-respect. More, you can rise above all challenges if you believe enough in yourself and are willing to risk all to make that change. This is a point that we should always remember and never forget. T*** I congratulate J.J. Keller for portraying this struggle so believably with Melody Haney. Very, very well done. Recommended.

Four and a half Mystique Moons. (Excellent)
Class Four sensuality. (Standard Romance)
Rachel Nail,
For the Full Review Reviewer
mystiquebooks@gmail.com


Paranormal Romance Reviews Melody’s Song
“Melody’s song is a touching romance”

Melody’s Song is a touching romance that explores finding love and hope after losing the most important thing in life. *** The sex scenes are deliciously sweet and passionate. There is a mention of whips, chains, etc. by a villainous character. Over all, the book is sweet and touching and will make you cry in places.

Reviewed by Amy Parker Posted June 17, 2008

For the Full Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28362

Just Erotic Reviews and Believe
Just Erotic Romance Reviews
Karen Haas
Five Stars
What a great book! I enjoyed this one from beginning to end and wanted more. Even those who don’t usually enjoy books with a paranormal theme will enjoy this one. Ms. Keller surmounted every preconceived notion I’ve ever had. I had no choice but to Believe. The character development is superlative. Mikhail and Jensen are utterly alive and on occasion, I almost felt they discussed the case with me personally; they were that realistic. Jensen’s partner, Jack, is a delightful addition to the team and adds a touch of humor to the mix. *** Believe is everything I love in a book. I recommend this one for everybody.

Karen Haas

Just Erotic Romance Reviews
For the Full Review:http://www.justeroticromancereviews.com/book-review.cfm?bookID=977433016&reviewID=5771&sNav=nav03-02 

5 Flowers for Believe from Pam at My Book Cravings
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Believe by J.J. Keller

ISBN: 978-1-60088-189-3

Paranormal Suspense

Cobblestone Press Ebook

This gem of a romance grabbed my undivided attention from the very first paragraph and didn’t let go until I’d raced to the final page. This fast paced and well plotted story is filled with all the things that make a book great…suspense, danger, deceit, bigotry and intense sizzling attraction that blooms into deep and abiding love. ** One of the best and most unexpected gems in this book is diabolical child predator… ** The scary thing about this premise is …** After all, checks and balances of power are only as good as the men and woman who follow them.

This is the first book by Ms. Keller that I’ve had the opportunity to read, and it certainly won’t be the last. This reader eagerly waits for the next installment, The Watcher, by this inventive and talented writer. For the full review:http: groups.yahoo.com/group/mybookcravings ·

Five Fallen Angels for BELIEVE
What a wonderful suspenseful story! Believe by J. J. Keller just may make a believer out of all of us. From the beginning of the story right up to the end, the reader is kept sitting on the edge of their seat wondering what will happen next. Even if you think psychics are a bunch of frauds, you will find yourself not only believing in Mikhail but rooting for her to convince Jensen and quickly. It is amazing how evil the human mind can be when there is greed and science involved and that is what the bad guy in this story portrays and who knows maybe there is a little truth in this evil plot?

Reviewed by: Stephanie B.
For the full review: http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/

The Watcher and The Romance Studio’s excellent rating
The Romance Studio 


This is a well-written story of lost love and true soul mates. I was drawn in by the love between Emily and her mysterious voice, Netzach. But their struggle to overcome evil in their quest to be together forever is what kept me anxiously turning the pages. I was lost in this story from the first chapter and will definitely ad it to my list to read again. Anyone who loves a wonderful love story and the battle of good versus evil will love this one.

Overall rating:5 hearts
Sensuality rating: Mildly sensual

Reviewer: Sandra
September 4, 2007

Go to The Romance Studio for a full review.

Five Flags, The Watcher
<align=left>If you enjoy suspenseful, well-written stories that delve into dreams and thoughts of the supernatural–of angels, tarot cards, crystal balls, fortune tellers, and of forces of good fighting forces of evil, then you should thoroughly enjoy this fantastic read, The Watcher! Great job, jj Keller.

Rating: FIVE FLAGS

Reviewer: Karen

For a full review: 

Night Owl Romance Reviews
Can your heart race in anticipation at the sound of a male spirit’s voice? This reviewer thought so, especially when reading the heart felt story of Emily and Netzach. How wonderfully refreshing to have an author remind us that love is eternal and also that through love anything is possible. This story contained a potpourri of magical elements guaranteed to satisfy every palette. A job well done by Ms. Keller and I truly hope that her future releases are as captivating as The Watcher.

Score: 4 / 5

Reviewer: Marta of Night Owl Romance Reviews

Online at: http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.asp?ReviewId=815

Two Lips loves The Watcher
JJ Keller creates a story that grabs you at the first page. The author entangles you in her wonderful story and just as you start to cry at the injustice done to Emily, she puts a smile on your face. The Watcher is not much on white hot sex, but you get a vivid tour of Scotland and a great plot instead, and I have never enjoyed a story more. The Watcher is one of those books that you just want to read again and I heartily recommend it!
Reviewer: Alisha

Rating: 4. 5 Lips

For the full review:Two Lips

Romance Junkies Reviews
j.j. Keller gives romance a mystical twist in THE WATCHER. I found it an interesting tale. I especially enjoyed the character Mikhail, the gypsy fortune teller. She really was a wonderful catalyst for the story. If you like spicy paranormal suspense this is a good one to read.

Reviewer: Lisa

Rating: Four Blue Ribbons For a full review:http://www.romancejunkies.com/

Mystique Books
I really liked this book. I enjoyed the evolution Emily went through as she searched for the truth about her past life with Zach. Keller handled the transition beautifully. I was rooting for Emily and Zach and was glad they where able to find their happily-ever-after.

Sarah GentiliReviewer
Four Moons–Excellent Work
Mystique Books For the full review: http://www.mystiquebooks.com/Book%20Reviews/Light%20Paranormal/The%20Watcher.htm

Romantic, but Relationship Avoider, Ericka Gilmore

Mystic Love: characterization of Ericka.

Ericka Gilmore ached for a special love. Hidden deep down, for a brief insane moment, she dreamed of a husband, children, and pets. A perfect family. She came to her senses and shook off the unlikeliness. Love she could do, but engagement leading toward commitment…no. Forever wasn’t in her genetic code.

Men came in all shapes, sizes and personalities (some strange), and she always gravitated toward the wrong guy. None of her lovers progressed past the eventual clash of vow or not to vow. After a short fling with a ghost, who-like other males before left without a word, she found a loophole.

Cast a spell and bring forth a supernatural lover. She’d have constant romance without the messy entanglements of a relationship. In addition, the women of her family were cursed.

She convinces her BFF, Jacey, to chant a pricey abracadabra incantation. The result was a window slamming shut and lights flickering—possibly due to an approaching storm.

Jacey tried to dissuade her from continuing down witchy lane; but she had too much to lose.

The expression on her friend’s face …to repeat a cliché, ‘said it all’. She’d go on a date with one of her friends. Date arranged, Jacey left.

Ericka prepares for her only case.

As a new attorney in the area, her client list was dismal to the point her deflated bank account meant she had to win the case or sell her house. She loved Ames Mansion, with its soft southern charm and rambling acres. It was home and the first she’d ever owned. She needed the sense of posterity.

She had to win.

Too bad the guy was guilty. A high profile case would give her press, but not if she lost. What about morality? As an attorney she promised to defend. She didn’t like the guy. What if he proved to be responsible for the wrongdoing? What a mess.

A storm blew through by the name Joe Reeves. This handsome, motorcycle-riding nomad appeared on her doorstep and changed her entire world.

MYSTIC LOVE…appearing October 26, 2016

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Joe Reeves: Deathwatch Cop

I’ve a new book, Mystic Love, with a release date of 10.26.16, and I can’t wait to introduce you to the characters. I  hope you grow to love them as much as I do.

This week I’ll be presenting Joe Reeves,a detective from Louisiana. He has a stellar work history and would be fighting crime today if it weren’t for a car accident.

Joe has one sister who is married to a psychology professor at a university in Pennsylvania. He has two nephews and a newborn niece, but do to his problem he hasn’t met the little tyke.

Joe Reeves: Deathwatch Cop

Flashing lights and the siren’s roar of a high-performance car during a chase had been an exciting part of law enforcement. The odor of burning rubber, fumes from the tailpipe of the criminal’s car and the thrill of putting him in jail was typically something Joe loved, but not on that day.

Adam, his partner, had insisted he drive. For the first time Joe sat in the passenger seat, gun primed and ready.

On reflection he regretted the mistake of allowing Adam to navigate the race. Broadsided by a failure-to-yield, his friend was instantly killed and Joe went comatose. The coma lasted for a month and left him with consequences.

Yeah, riding in a confined space gave him claustrophobia… and he dreamed of death.

Resolving the neurosis was simple–he purchased a motorcycle and stayed away from tight spaces.

The dreams were more difficult to manage.

At first he ignored the nighttime visions, believing them aftereffects of his coma. Then he had a prophecy of a kid being killed by a drive-by. He managed to locate the crime scene. His timing…he was to late.

The realization he could have saved him—if he would’ve taken responsibility for his mind’s trickery.

Something happened inside him. After the nervous stomach and subsequent puking, he experienced an empyrean light.

He paid attention to the visions, details and especially timing, and acted sooner.

The spark, fresh determination to succeed and to save victims, lasted six months. One of two results occurred each time he attempted to change the outcome of a vision: the bystanders labeled him a champion or they challenged him, claiming the circumstances made his activities suspicious. Either way he lost because people turned away.

His hero mindset dissipated when he concluded he couldn’t…it wasn’t humanly possible to keep the target from certain death.

He became a wanderer, trying to avoid remaining in one place for any length of time. His visions seemed to occur when he got close to a person. Emotional involvement set off a prophecy.

Running didn’t help, the predictions continued.

He had to make them stop.

Attempts were made to eradicate the foresight through religious avenues to no avail. No matter how bizarre or odd the gimmick he’d try. He would not allow another child to die.

The prophecies had to end.

Cyan, Indiana and a Native American healer became his aim.

PREORDER MYSTIC LOVE AT THE WILD ROSE PRESS

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Next week I’ll introduce Ericka Gilmore…she’s a jewel. I hope you’ll visit and make her your book  friend .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slacker

Summer is coming to a close and I’ve been a slacker with my blog. I need to get back into the headgame of writing. In October Mystic Love will be released, and I’m finishing off the prequel, Haunted Inheritance. I’ve a new story rattling around in my mind, so look out readers…

Here is the cover and blurb for Mystic Love.

Ericka Gilmore dabbles in life and death when she tries to conjure a ghost lover. But when flesh and blood, Joe Reeves appears on her doorstep in the midst of a storm, she has to rethink her destiny.

A car accident left the former cop with the ability to foresee death. No longer willing to watch people he cares about die, Joe goes in search of a shaman to remove his “gift”. His remedy until then is to avoid all relationships. But like a lightning strike, he experiences a strong connection with Ericka. A nearby mystical ley line could be Joe’s solution if he and Ericka combine their gifts. But her secret past and his fear of seeing her death keep them at odds.

 

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MYSTIC LOVE, are love and destiny entwined?

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YES! Mystic Love is a story I’ve been working toward getting published for years. I created, massaged, deleted, recreated, and now it is at the point its ready for paranormal romance fans to experience (or anyone wishing to read an excellent story).

Here is a blurb:

Ericka Gilmore dabbles in life and death when she tries to conjure a ghost lover. But when flesh and blood, Joe Reeves appears on her doorstep in the midst of a storm, she has to rethink her destiny.

A car accident left the former cop with the ability to foresee death. No longer willing to watch people he cares about die, Joe goes in search of a shaman to remove his “gift”. His remedy until then is to avoid all relationships. But like a lightning strike, he experiences a strong connection with Ericka. A nearby mystical ley line could be Joe’s solution if he and Ericka combine their gifts. But her secret past and his fear of seeing her death keep them at odds.

Mystic Love

While you wait, check out my other books with The Wild Rose Press…jj Keller

 

 

 

 

 

A Woman with Cancer

Update: Deborah Brown, aspiring author, passed away from colon cancer on June 8, 2016. Her faith, love, and kindness will be missed.

I visited a friend, Deb, in the hospital today. Despite her worsening condition, she maintains faith in her God and that he will help her survive cancer for the second time.

I met Deb when I taught a writing class for Fort Wayne schools. A group of aspiring authors soaked in the information I’d acquired writing and getting published. The diverse class members had a variety of topics and a strong desire to create their own stories.

Deb got stymied and asked for help in finding direction for her story.

Through discussion we discovered our paths might have crossed in the past. She worked in the graduate office at Ball State University when I finished my M.A. We also had similar views regarding mortality, war, and the simple love of humankind.

After further exploration, she revealed her complex past.

While her desire to pen a tale evolved from her commitment to God and doing good deeds in his name, the essence of her true story was her recovery from breast cancer and the murder of her husband.

My mouth dropped to the floor. Health Issues. Peril. A young boy deprived of his father. Not only had Deb suffered the loss of her first love, but also had to endure the trial of the woman who stabbed him.

A light shone in her face.

This aspiring author grasped what most creative novelists realize…passion and writing go hand-in-hand.

The words streamed and she couldn’t put them on paper fast enough. All of those emotions, she’d kept hidden inside, flowed from her and into an amazing narrative.

 

We’ve remained friends and see each other once a month, but her story isn’t finished.

Deb told me I came into her life for a reason, claiming I provided a means for her to sort out her past and have resolution. Perhaps; however, she has given me friendship and a role model for an authentically honest and good person.

I hope she’s able to complete her story.

 

Here is a photo of Deb helping me set-up for a book signing. She dreams of becoming a published author.

Deb Brown

Blessed be,

jj

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Love this site…check it out

http://geeksneakpeek.net

I follow Karen. At first I went to this book review blog because Karen is a Geek and who doesn’t love a bright mind? Then, I read the articles. All of the reviewers are articulate, clever, and their reflections/assessments held my interest.

In addition, I like the spiral bookcase. It is like falling into a very desirable rabbit hole.

Oh, they rant. Off the Wall Rants

LOL…please take a look and let me know if you agree.

Last Chance at Love: Nominated

Hi all,

Last Chance at Love has been nominated for an award. AND you can participate in getting the wonderful sweet/peppery story to the top.

Here’s how:

http://www.theromancereviews.com/bookvote.php   Easy-Scroll down the page to near the bottom under PARANORMAL ROMANCE, Last Chance at Love click on nominate

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Last Chance at Love has to garner at least 50 nominations within the time period in order to qualify for the next and final round. The nomination will start on March 14 and end on March 31. Invite your fans and reader community to nominate the book here: http://www.theromancereviews.com/bookvote.php

Last Chance at Love

THANK YOU!

When Alyson McLeod returns to Jove, she never expects her high school sweetheart to knock on her front door. Sam’s arrival stirs memories she thought she’d banished long ago and awakens a fiery need no other man has been able to conjure.

The phoenix tattoo on Sam Crown’s arm immortalizes the woman he loved—and lost—long ago. Alyson’s return should excite him, but instead, she awakens a guilt he’s not sure even love can overcome.

Can these star-crossed lovers finally find happiness or will a wicked matchmaker’s antics keep them apart forever?

BUY: http://cobblestone-press.com/catalog/author/jjkeller.htm

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EXCERPT:

Alyson swung her attention from her laptop to the handyman bent over the kitchen cabinet. Chris’ powerful, flawless arms enabled him to wield the screw gun like a pro, and durr, durr, durr added a pleasant melody to the room.

The maple cabinets had been an impulse purchase, but she rather liked how the lighter color made the space appear larger. A bonus to having her kitchen updated, Chris modeled the hero in her current book. His white T-shirt pulled taut across his broad shoulders as he stretched to secure a bolt from a toolbox a foot away.

Jeans sheathed his tight, perfectly formed rear. His thick thighs enabled Chris to lift heavy pieces of lumber while her hero’s enabled him to hold the heroine against the wall during a hot, sexy, clandestine encounter. Chris’ dark blond hair, styled in a buzz cut, accentuated his sharp cheekbones and granite jawline. Her hero had light brown hair that touched the tips of his ears. However, the cheekbones and stubborn jaw…the same.

In a lot of ways, Chris reminded her of Sam Crown, her boyfriend at Chilton Academy nearly thirty years ago. Sam had been the love of her life, the man who’d created a cancer in her heart no other man had been able to cure. Returning to her hometown had stirred memories of their ill-fated romance, and she’d embedded some of those details into her book. In doing so, in giving fictitious-Sam and fictitious-her a happy ending, maybe she could finally eradicate him from her thoughts.

She scooted her chair away from the dining table and evaluated the renovations. The noise and scenery inspired her. She wouldn’t leave the area despite the strong odors of glue and dust. She had to think of another job to keep her handyman on site after the current project ended on Friday. At least long enough for her to write twenty thousand more words. She hated the thought of her “hero” leaving before her book was finished.

The whirring of the motorized tool ended, and wood particles flew into her nostrils. A couple sneezes had her frantically searching for the napkin she’d left amongst the clutter on the table.

“Ms. McLeod?” Chris’ resonant voice matched his six-and-a-half-foot frame. The scent of man-sweat radiated from him, so unlike anything she’d become accustomed to over the course of her marriage. Jasper, her ex-husband, was the type of man to hire people to shift a piece of paper from one side of the desk to the other, so she’d rarely seen him perspire. Not even after he’d played polo, but he’d sure been sweaty when she’d found him naked in their marital bed with his assistant.

She looked away from the carpenter’s sculpted upper torso, and he chuckled, his tools clanking and tingling. Oops. She hadn’t looked away quickly enough.

She lowered her gaze to the keyboard. “Yes, I’m sorry, Mr.—”

“Please, call me Chris.” He nodded to her laptop. “How’s the book coming?”

She glanced into his eyes. The blue-grays were so reminiscent of Sam’s. She had to get a grip on her overactive imagination. Would she see Sam’s face in everyone, all over town? One of her high school friends had told her Sam moved away, hadn’t been seen since the funeral.

“Ma’am?”

“Sorry. Great. Good. The best one yet.”

Chris looped a thumb through a hanging hoop on his leather utility belt. “I’ll have a substitute here tomorrow. My son has a doctor’s appointment, and I need to check on another project. Sam will manage the installation of the countertop. It’s a simple task. He’ll arrive around ten in the morning.”

“No problem.” Good God, even her old flame’s name came into play.

“The sub’s my dad.” At the mention of his father, pride splashed across his roughened features. “He’s a professor.”

“Architecture or construction?”

“He’s a math professor at West Indiana State University. He’s been teaching a reduced load of classes this semester and going stir crazy with nothing to do. This project came at the perfect time.”

She wanted to jot down notes about mannerisms. Some of his phrasing was priceless. She lifted scattered papers and searched for an ink pen. Finding one, she slid a glance at him, put ballpoint to notepad and quickly scribbled to get the ink to infuse.

“I understand that happens,” she mumbled. “Maybe he needs a hobby?”

Wiping his hands on a red, thin square towel, he smiled and showed off his pearly whites. “Oh yeah, a hobby would be good.” He pointed to her computer, the cloth waving like a banner. “Is that the type of book you write? Hobbies?”

Heat infused her cheeks. She’d just finished a sex scene for the vamp character. Nope, not a book about typical hobbies. “Not exactly. I—”

The ding of a cellphone sounded and a light shone through his jeans pocket. He dug the phone out and glanced at it. “Excuse me. I need to take this.”

The younger man swiped a finger across the screen, and after a few mumbled comments, glanced at her as he took a few steps into the corridor. He wouldn’t have privacy in the Echo Wall hallway.

Alyson put the pad of paper in front of her keyboard and focused on the computer screen.

“Dad, Mrs. Clydesdale called and said you ditched her.” He paused.

She leaned forward, wanting to know more. Might be useful information for her book.

“Yes, she does look like her name, but you can’t keep dating women one time and…” Chris exhaled. “No, I don’t want to hear about that aspect of your life. I know. I’ll meet you at the usual place. Someday maybe we could meet at a coffee shop instead. Yeah, I miss her too. I’ll be on time.”

Alyson choked back a chuckle and lowered her laptop’s screen. In her own style of shorthand, she jotted notes. Busy trying to catch up from the previous interaction, she failed to hear more of the conversation. Usually, she couldn’t care less about other people’s phone discussions, but for some reason, the dialogue between Chris and his father had piqued her interest.

“Time to leave?” she asked when he returned.

“Yeah, something came up with my dad.” He tucked his phone back inside his pocket.

She smiled, hoping to reassure him she hadn’t overheard his conversation, at least not all of it. “I understand about complicated families.”

He nodded. “Oh, I forgot you’re a widow too, so you understand. Even after a year and a half my father’s adapting. He and my mother were really tight.” Chris packed up his tools. He slid screwdrivers into the loops of his utility belt and plunked heavier items into the metal toolbox.

She didn’t want to correct him about her single status. Perhaps her brother, Grayson, had declared her a widow. He’d arranged the construction company. Maybe Grayson didn’t want his friends to find out she’d left her husband. Divorcees had their own set of barriers and stigmas.

She dreaded the questions, the ones her friends would ask. From her experience, people were either predominately nosy or, the polar opposite, caring.

Chris looked barely twenty years of age, too young to lose a parent. Then again, maybe his parents had him later in life.

He returned to the table. Tools were no longer distributed throughout the kitchen. A sudden sense of loss snatched the warmth from her.

She slid the notepad forward. “I’m sorry about your mother. How did she pass?”

Chris hoisted his toolkit. “Cancer. She was an amazing woman.” His cell phone dinged. “Dad—Sam—will be here tomorrow around ten to do prep work and accept the delivery of the countertops.” He nodded toward the panel truck in the driveway, visible through the kitchen window. On the side, “Stiles Construction and Remodeling” was written in bold black letters over a sun rising on a blue sky. A ladder sat on top. “But we’ve remodeled a couple of kitchens, so he has skills.”

“Okay, thanks. I look forward to meeting Sam.” She stood, wishing she’d made more notes about the way Chris talked, some of the charming language he’d used and his magnificent facial expressions, but she always had next time.

* * * * *

The next day, Alyson tossed clothing on her king-sized bed. She’d collected a lot of designer eveningwear during her ten years of marriage. She selected a dress for the upcoming Wish Upon a Star charity event but added most of her gowns to the donation pile. She probably wouldn’t use formal attire as often now that Jasper was no longer dragging her to one black-tie affair after another.

With a smaller closet, she should have thinned out the older garments before moving back to Indiana. She’d donate the unused clothing to a local woman’s shelter. From the height of the pile, she’d need a truck to transport them. Most of the dresses could be converted into casual wear or business attire if their new owners were so inclined.

Dressed in her camisole and panties, she tried on summer outfits to determine if she needed new sizes. She didn’t want to think her hips had expanded or back fat had appeared. As a realist, she understood changes occurred in a woman’s body as she aged, but she didn’t want to admit she couldn’t keep a husband or that she’d gained weight in all the wrong places.

A knock sounded on the front door.

She glanced at the oversized medallion clock. Nine. Chris’ dad wasn’t due to arrive for another hour.

Her sleek emerald robe hung off the edge of a beige barrel table. She grabbed it and slid her arms into the sleeves as she scurried down the hallway and into the dining room. She bypassed the security panel and eased the white plantation shutter open to peer outside.

Her heart thudded to a stop. “Sam,” she whispered, not truly believing what she was seeing.

The man on the porch was Sam. Her Sam. The love she’d never been able to forget. The one who’d broken her heart over two decades earlier.

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