Evergreen: A Career Soldier Christmas Serial

Coming This Christmas!

Being in the Army means making new friends every few years . . . and leaving them when it’s time to move yet again. Career soldiers Max Remington, Kade Braggs, Shaw Kincaid, Jake Robinson, Derek McTavis and Owen Hughes are used to this way of life. But knowing it and liking it are two different things.

During the years when they were stationed together at Fort Lee, these men all found love with feisty women. Now that everyone’s scattered at different posts around the world, these women are hatching a plan to bring everyone back together for Christmas. It won’t be easy, with schedules and duties and the inflexibility of the Army.

But when something unexpected and terrifying happens, suddenly all those obstacles mean nothing.  After all, the holidays are about family . . . and bringing this one together will be worth every bump in the road.

This story will be released in four parts, beginning on December 1st. To read it, you can sign up here to receive the link in your email each Friday in December *OR* you can read it on Radish.

Teaser Tuesday: NOT BROKEN ANYMORE

It’s TEASER TUESDAY, which means you get a sweet little taste of Tate and Gia goodness.

This entire chapter is one of my favorites. You get to know Tate a little better through Gia’s eyes . . . and if you don’t swoon headfirst into love with this guy, I don’t know what’s wrong with you! 😉

Enjoy!

 

Tate made a beeline for the sundries aisle, where he immediately picked up a dish brush, casting a meaningful look over his shoulder at me as he did. I rolled my eyes but kept my mouth shut. I didn’t raise a fuss about any of his choices until he tucked under his arm a small box with a picture of an electric mixer on the front of it.

“Wait a sec,” I objected. “You’re not buying me appliances.”

He flickered his gaze toward me. “Do you have a mixer, Gia? Any kind of mixer?”

“I have a wooden spoon. I think. It satisfies all my mixing needs.”

“That spoon won’t work for what I have in mind.” He held the box out toward me. “This is cheap. I promise, I’m not breaking the bank. And if it makes you feel better, I can take it home with me when I leave tonight.” When I didn’t answer right away, he added, “It’s a mixer, Gia. It’s not a lifetime commitment. Or even a weekend-long commitment. C’mon. Don’t be unreasonable about this. It’s not charity or sympathy or a pity gift. It’s a mixer. That’s all.”

He made it very hard for me to form a rational argument. “Fine. But that’s it. Nothing else. I’m walking to the check-out counter now, and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll be right behind me.”

He grinned and gave a small bow. “Your wish is my command, mistress.

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NOT BROKEN ANYMORE releases two weeks from today!

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Football is everything, but love is the only game that matters.

Tate Durham, the newest Philadelphia football hottie, has been in love with Gia Capri since the moment he laid eyes on her back in college. Unfortunately, that happened the same night her destructive and doomed relationship with the troubled Matt Lampert began. Tate didn’t stand a chance. 

In the year since Matt took his own life, Gia’s been sleep-walking through her days and just barely surviving her nights. She’s not sure that she’s capable of anything else . . . until Tate finds her sitting on the floor of a grocery store, crying over potato chips.

Tate’s patience and honesty begins to heal what’s broken in Gia’s soul. Still, no matter how hard he tries—or how much he loves her—making her whole again might take more than he can give.

But love never gives up. And neither will Tate.

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The August #MeetCute Book: What I Wasn’t Looking For

I_m just a guy here for a short break on his way home from business. A guy who was lucky to get invited to this shindig so he could dance with you. That_s all (2)

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Ever heard that if you really want something, stop looking, and it will find you?

thickpaperbackfront_604x964 (2)Austin: For as long as I can remember, my dad has wanted to find his biological father. I’ve been searching for three long years, but now I’ve reached the end of the line. It’s time to call it quits, admit defeat and go home . . . and then I met her.

Mary: Times have been hard at Simoneaux Bayou since the hurricane came in and swallowed things up. But the community’s beginning to rebuild, and I’ve started to think maybe we’ll find a little bit of normal again soon. Tourists are coming back to Louisiana. Things have been so busy, I can barely stop to catch my breath . . . and then I met him.

The spark of our chance encounter ignites a passion that might burn into the kind of love neither of us knew we were looking for…

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Teaser

From the corner of my eye, I saw Mary pass us and move towards her chair. Her cheeks were flushed from the dance she and the other ladies had just finished. There was a little glistening along her brow and she grabbed a napkin to wipe it away. The music segued from a fast, heavy beat into a slow romantic tune.

I stood immediately and headed in her direction, even though Pas Bon was talking to me again. I captured her green eyes in an intense gaze as I approached, then put out my hand to her. She took it, sliding her fingers against my palm, then clutching me as I pulled her to her feet.

She fit in my arms perfectly and I wrapped one arm around her waist to hug her as close as possible. She tightened her fingers around my hand as we began to sashay to the music then leaned fully into me and placed her chin on my shoulder. I’d never had a woman dance with me quite like this before. She seemed to give everything over to my direction, moving effortlessly as one with me. I swallowed, then took a deep breath that let me inhale the sweet, honey scent of her hair.

“Do you all do this often?” I asked, my voice a little gravelly.

Her head rubbed up against mine as she nodded, “Usually on Sunday nights actually. Most of the tourists from the week before are gone so…”

I snorted a little chuckle, “I’m crashing the party, then.”

I felt the vibration of her own laughter, “Well, you’re different.”

Pausing my steps, I shifted so that my mouth was just beside her ear, “Why am I different?”

I was sure the tremor I felt that time was from a shiver running down her spine. Her fingers dug into me and as close as we’d been, she managed to inch even snugger in my arms, “You tell me, Austin. Why are you different?”

“I’m not. I’m just a guy here for a short break on his way home from business. A guy who was lucky enough to get invited to this shindig so he could dance with you. That’s all.”

She leaned back so she could wink at me, “You are lucky, aren’t you?”


About the Author

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When Olivia Hardin began having strange movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long the writing bug had her and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, and she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again.

Olivia’s attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History, and Geology. Then one day she heard the term road scholar and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She’s also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic.

A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.

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Writing, Publishing and Why I’m Slowing Down

In December, 2011, I published my first book, Fearless.  The next year, I published two more books, and in 2013, I released three full books and one short. In 2014, I’d written and published two books and was writing a third when I attended Romantic Times convention, where authors were told to publish faster and more often.

Clearly, I took that to heart. I released three more full books in 2014 after RT, and then in 2015, I published 7 books, and then 8 in 2016. In between, I also released shorts, box sets and other smaller books.

Earlier this year, I set out my release plans for 2017 and 2018. When my husband’s position at the church was eliminated in January, I added 6 more novellas to the plan, which means that between January and June, I wrote and released 12 books.

In case you don’t know, that’s a whole lot of books.

And as I worked on this last one, Fifty Frogs, I realized something. I’m tired. I’m exhausted, in fact. I’m not burned out on writing or the business, but I’m seeing that could be possible if I don’t do something now.

So in the middle of that book, I made the decision that this will be my last planned book for 2017. I can’t tell you how much relief this decision brought me. I’ve been telling people that I began to feel like a kid on the brink of summer vacation after a school term that had lasted three years.

I’m not quitting the business–not by a long stretch. I’m planning to work on polishing and rebranding my backlist, so those 50+ books can work for me. I’m planning to write a few shorts here and there, and perhaps–just perhaps–write and publish the next Keeping Score book some time this fall. But I’m not committing to a date, and I’m keeping everything fluid.

All the books on my release list will come out, but they will come out more slowly.

Most of you know that I have four kids. My oldest is married; she works as a speech pathologist at an elementary school, and I volunteer there once a week. I want to keep doing that. My next daughter is 25 and in the midst of some life changes, and I want to be there for her. The next daughter is about to leave home to finish her college career at a school in Maine, and I want to spend time with her this summer, enjoy helping her get ready to move and not have to be anxious about driving her north in August. My son is 16 and about to begin his senior year of homeschooling. I need to be more present for him now.

And then there’s my husband, who is endlessly patient and tolerant of my wacky hours. I want to help him as he launches his new ministry.

I also need to continue to support my family, so as I said, I’ll still be working on my backlist. But I hope the easing of pressure will help me see things more clearly. This business is not easy, although I love it. The pressures are subtle but undeniable. I need to ease back and see how I can make my life work with the business.

My Temptresses heard this announcement last week, and their response was overwhelmingly positive. I love them for that!

I hope you’ll understand, too. I hope you’ll stick with me and support the rebrandings, the promotions and the shorts coming out, and I hope you’ll be around when the books begin releasing again.

Meanwhile, I covet your good wishes and your prayers for our family, as we transition and adjust and keep on keeping on. If you want more insight into what’s going on with us, check out my husband’s new ministry at The Community Chaplain and my spiritual musings at A Pen and A Prayer.

And stay tuned! Good stuff’s coming. <3

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