This week I’d like to shine the spotlight on Pamela S. Thibodeux. Pam is the co-founder and lifetime member of the Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She’s multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction. Her books are inspirational, but reviewers have called her work “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”
Pam has a series out that caught my attention. First of all, any cover with horses on it piques my interest. Then I read the teaser for Tempered Hearts and knew this was a story I’d like to read. All in all (at least so far) the Tempered series includes four books and one short story. Tempered Hearts is the first book in the series.
Blurb: Rancher Craig Harris and veterinarian Tamera Collins clash from the moment they meet. Innocence is pitted against arrogance as tempers rise and passions ignite to form a love as pure as the finest gold, fresh from the crucible and as strong as steel. Thrown together amid tragedy and unsated passion, Tamera and Craig share a strong attraction that neither accepts as the first stages of love. Torn between desire and dislike, they must make peace with their pasts and God in order to open up to the love blossoming between them. It is a love that nothing can destroy when they come to understand that only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life.
[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”lifted-both” width=”450px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Excerpt: Tamera awoke in a mild state of panic and confusion. Glancing around, she realized where she was and who was beside her. A blush warmed her cheeks as she struggled to sit up. She released the filly and fumbled with the front of her gown.
“I couldn’t sleep.” she explained, glancing into the steel gray eyes. His gaze, soft and warm like liquid metal, made her blush harder as he brushed strands of hay out of her hair with a gentleness that seemed out of character.
Craig knew he was treading on dangerous ground, that people were expecting them, but couldn’t seem to get past the moment at hand. “I guess a kiss is out of the question,” he queried, his voice tender, gaze unwavering.
Emotions, raw and unfamiliar, shivered through her. Tamera attempted to scoot away from him, emitted a shaky little laugh and tried to quench the feelings escalating to frightening proportions. “A kiss? Why would you want a kiss? I didn’t think you even liked me.”
Craig wound his hand in her thick hair, stopping her movements. “Like has nothing to do with desire,” he moaned and crushed her to him as his mouth covered hers in a thorough kiss. “Absolutely nothing,” he assured as she clung to his shirt and trembled in his arms. [/dropshadowbox]
Purchase Links for Tempered Hearts:
Do visit Pam at:
Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com
Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
In fact, check out all of her books on Amazon, Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Nook, and Smashwords.
Meanwhile, since I’m more or less snowed in, I need to get to work on a short story I started earlier this month. I also need to get packed so I can head for a warmer climate. Brrr, it’s cold outside.