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Monday, November 30, 2015

Indie Sage PR Presents: A Kindled Winter by Rachel L. Demeter; #VirtualTour, #Excerpt, #Giveaway, & #Review

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A Kindled Winter
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: November 1, 2015
Rating:  5 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from IndieSage PR and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

A KINDLED WINTER - coverSynopsis: 

“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” — Dale Evans
A week before Christmas, Jeseca Reed sets off for Blue River, Oregon—her childhood home and a vault of tender memories. However, fate takes an unexpected turn when she’s left stranded in the mountains’ vast, untamed wilderness. Desperate and alone, she seeks shelter at a cottage and finds herself in the arms of a mysterious stranger.

Dr. David Drake was once a renowned cardiovascular surgeon. But a devastating tragedy has left him scarred both inside and out, unable to use his hands to operate again. For the past five years, his Blue River cottage has been his sole escape—a safe haven where he can shut out the world, bury himself in his grief, and reunite with his son’s memory.

Together they are summer and winter. Fire and ice. And yet a poignant connection forms between them. Jeseca awakens David and thaws his heart with a romance hot enough to melt snow. But before David and Jeseca can fully embrace each other, they must wade through darkness and confront the ghosts of their pasts …
Equal parts steamy and heartfelt, A Kindled Winter brings the spirit of the holidays to life with a passionate story of second chances and healing love.


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My Thoughts:

Jeseca Reed is going home for the holidays.  David Drake is a lonely man with personal demons.  But then his world is turned upside down.  This is going to be a story that will touch your heart in more ways than one.  It’s a story that grabs you before the ending of chapter two.

If you have a four-legged friend, this is a good book to cuddle with.  It had me wishing that I had a fireplace that I could sit in front of as I sat back and read this very sweet holiday story.  One recommendation – keep tissues handy just in case.  Maybe you’re getting your holiday reading list ready, this might be a book to check into.  One hint – we get a countdown to Christmas.  So during this busy time of year, if you have just a little time each day to read why not use that countdown to limit how long you read each day.  It will also help to build the anticipation as to how this story will end.

This is a book that I can see reading each year.  The author had me thinking that it was going to read like a book that she later hints to but then she takes it in a different direction.  The author shows that love can come from tragedy and pain – both physical and mental.  It definitely shows the magic of Christmas.  By the time I finished the book I thought this would be a great book to turn into a movie.  With all the holiday movies playing this time of year, I could see this fitting in very well.




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Colonel Gabriel de Laurent departed for the war intending to die.
After a decade of bloodstained battlegrounds while fighting in Napoleon's army, Gabriel returns to the streets of Paris a shattered and haunted soul. Plagued by inner demons, he swallows the barrel of his flintlock pistol and pulls the trigger.
But fate has a different plan.
Ariah Larochelle is a survivor. Orphaned at twelve and victim to a devastating crime, she has learned to keep her back to walls and to trust no one. But when she finds a gravely injured soldier washed up on the River Seine, she's moved by compassion. In spite of her reservations, she rescues him from the icy water and brings him into her home.
Now scarred inside and out, Gabriel discovers a kindred spirit in Ariah—and feelings he imagined lost forever reawaken as he observes her strength in the face of adversity. But when Ariah's own lethal secrets unfold, their new love is threatened by ancient ghosts. Can Gabriel and Ariah find hope in the wreckage of their pasts—or will the cycle of history repeat again?
Perfect for fans of Gaelen Foley's Lord of Ice and Judith James's Broken Wing, Finding Gabriel features all the dark romance, searing passion, and historical intrigue of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.


Rachel L. Demeter
Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of eleven years. She enjoys writing poignant romances that challenge the reader's emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.
Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been Rachel's passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mother would record them for her. She holds a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, she ensures every character is given a soul.
Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.


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