Book Spotlight~ Heartland by Tricia Andersen

Heartland – Book #2 of the Black Irish Series
Sweet Cravings Publishing
Sweet Romance - Two Flames
Available at Publisher / Amazon / ARe / Bookstrand

Blurb
Sloan and Abbey move to Abbey’s hometown of Mount Vernon, Iowa, to start their new lives together away from the chaos of New York City.  And they are not alone – they are joined by Gordon, Maggie, and Bartholomew each looking for a fresh start and new love in the small rural town. 

Their marriage is put to the test by the reappearance of Abbey’s father, bullies from her high school days, a business opportunity in Miami, and a new baby on the way.  When a person from their past comes back looking to make Abbey his own again, will he be able to tear Sloan and Abbey apart forever?

Excerpt:
Abbey stared at him silently as the tears streamed down her cheeks. Suddenly, a deep scream erupted from her throat. She launched herself at him, beating on his broad chest with her fists. He wrapped his arms around her, holding her tight to him. He could feel her shake in fear.
“Michael is going to come back,” she sobbed.
“No, he’s not,” Sloan murmured. “He was caught.”
“I know him. He’ll find a way to sweet talk a way out of there.”
“He can’t, Abigail. The whole shooting was on the grocery store’s video surveillance. His public defender told him to plead guilty. Besides, I have private investigators and accountants and lawyers building a case against him for stealing your money.”
“Still…”
He cupped her chin in his hand and lifted her face to his. “No, Abigail. Michael will not be free for a very, very long time.”
“Sloan, Michael said he’d kill anyone who comes near me. He was serious. I’ve never seen him so serious. I can’t…”
“He will not touch you again. Don’t you have faith in me?” He took her left hand in his and pressed it against his chest. “Do you not feel my heart? It’s beating. Michael did not stop me. He won’t. You need to have faith in me.”
“Michael said I belong to him,” she whimpered.
“Belong to him?” He turned her hand around so the back of it faced her. Her wedding band and the diamond pressed against it glimmered in the dim hotel room light. “I have a piece of paper that says both I and the State of New York believe otherwise. Abigail, I am your husband. You are my wife. You are mine. Not his.”
Abbey pulled her hand free then buried herself against Sloan’s chest, clinging tight to his T-shirt. “I am so sorry for what happened.”
Sloan held her close to him, gently stroking his hand through her brown hair. “You did nothing wrong to apologize for.”
“Do you really think Michael won’t bother us?”
“Absolutely. He will be sealed away in that prison for a very long time. It wasn’t what I wanted, but I will take it.”
He met her gaze as she looked up to him. “What did you want?”
“To be locked in a room for five minutes alone with him. To give me a chance to set things right. Michael would not come out of that room alive. I want a chance to get my revenge for him hurting what I love most, for hurting you and Ame.”
He felt the urge for revenge burn inside him. He wanted it more than anything. So badly, he could taste it. He gazed down at Abbey. He could tell by the audible gasp in her throat and her wide eyes that she could tell how he felt. He kissed her on the forehead as he forced his emotions under control. I’ll never let anything happen to her or Ame again.

Author Bio:

Tricia Andersen lives in Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex.  She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Communications Media/Public Relations.  Along with writing (which she loves to do), Tricia coaches and participates in track and field, does kickboxing, reads, sews and is involved in many of her children's activities.

Tricia is one of the hosts of the Blog Talk Radio show Freshly Booked, a part of Writers Online Network.  She is also a member of the Romance Writers of America and RWA Chapter 177 From the Heart Romance Writers.

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Comments

kathleen ball said…
your novel sounds great
Cindy Hamilton said…
Both Black Irish and Heartland are great books!

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