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Free Inspirational Romance Excerpt – Love Comes to Kenneth’s Valley

In the new book I’m in, Meant to Be…INSPIRED, a colleague of mine shares a tender story about a man who has been widowed and must learn to love again. Read a free excerpt of her story “Love Comes to Kenneth’s Valley” below.

 Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. ― Plato

Take a journey through five melody-infused worlds where music inspires love to bloom.

“Tempo of Temptation” by Lela Bay / Regency
Perhaps it is best that Mr. Leon doesn’t recall Petra’s mortifying declaration of love. Could their intense attraction during an impromptu midnight concert inspire her to risk her heart again?

“Contact High” by Emmy Z. Madrigal / New Adult

Raul’s addiction is just another symptom of the hard life he’s been dealt but when Victoria sings, his troubles fade into the background. Can her music inspire him to get clean?

“Her Immortal Beloved” by M.M. Genet / Historical

Beethoven’s plan is to write the ultimate love song that transcends all time for his beloved. Will the woman of his heart let his music inspire her?

“Rick Prince and the Manhattan Muse” by Naching T. Kassa / Steamy

Heart-broken musician, Rick Prince, is inspired by the beautiful single-mother, Zella. He has no idea she holds a secret from his past which may tear them apart.

“Love Comes to Kenneth’s Valley” by Kate Nox / Inspirational

Grayson Greer motivates his congregation through music, but after the death of his wife, the pastime is shrouded in pain. Can Rachel’s love inspire him to move on?


**Read Free Excerpt Below**

“Love Comes to Kenneth’s Valley”

by Kate Nox

On Thursday afternoon, Grayson drove through the stone gate at Camp Ivy Glen. Finding the small house where he would stay for the weekend, he tossed his duffel on the bed in the smaller room. He’d leave the bigger room for his son, Arron, and his wife. Entering the kitchen, he found a basket of fruit and home-baked muffins on the table. Beside the basket was a note on a tent card. He recognized the writing.

Pastor Greer,

Enjoy these while you visit with your family this weekend. There are some soft drinks and bottled water in the fridge.

I’m staying in cabin twelve if you need anything. In the meantime, please know I am praying for you and your family as you minister through music this weekend. I know many people will be blessed.

 -Rachel

He picked up a muffin and breathed in, enjoying its aroma. He recognized the familiar scent of what she called “Peaches and Cream” muffins. She was fond of baking and often brought baked goods for the church staff to enjoy.

Remarkable woman. Not only was she a beautiful brunette that lit up any room she walked into, she was also the most efficient woman he’d ever met.

He placed the muffin in the basket to save for later. How did she accomplish everything? The women’s ministry at the church was very active and well run. In addition, she managed to oversee the visitation ministry, often making visits herself. Yet, never had she turned down a request for help from him, even when he asked her to redo the pink master bedroom he had inherited from the former pastor and his wife. How surprised he had been when he returned home from a week away on business and found a thoroughly comfortable, masculine place to sleep.

He wanted to thank her for her thoughtfulness and prayers, but knew she wouldn’t be arriving from the airport until almost dinner time. A knock on the door drew his attention from thoughts of Rachel Williams.

Answering the door, he was greeted by his older brother, Eli. They could be twins, except for Eli’s hair, which was thinning on top.

“Hey, we wondered if you were here yet. Good to see you, Brother!” They hugged and sat down in the kitchen. Grayson offered his brother a muffin and a soda.

“You baked muffins?” Eli asked.

“Not me!” Grayson exclaimed. “My women’s pastor, Rachel Williams.”

“Oh, Rachel, yeah. She’s the one who called about our flight arrangements. I talked to her several times. Nice gal.”

“Yeah, she jumped right in when I asked her to help with all this. You’ll meet her this evening. She’s picking up Laney at the airport and then coming down. They’ll be here for dinner.”

Eli glanced at the note next to the basket. “We got a note like this in the house we’re staying in. But we didn’t get muffins.”

Grayson smiled. “She managed all the details of getting the whole family here from all over the country. This would never have been possible without her.”

“I’m interested to meet this miracle worker of a woman.”


Read more in Meant to Be…INSPIRED.

Facebook Party with Emmy Z.! TODAY!

Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED
cordially invite you to attend a special musical and romantic event.
Please, join us TODAY! at 2:00 PM PDT for fun, romance, and prizes.

WHO: Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED.

WHAT & WHERE: Meant to Be…Inspired Facebook Party
WHEN: August 8th 2:00 PM–3:00 PM

Prepare to be…INSPIRED!

 

 

Facebook Party with Emmy Z.!

Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED
cordially invite you to attend a special musical and romantic event.
Please, join us August 8th at 2:00 PM PDT for fun, romance, and prizes.

WHO: Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED.

WHAT & WHERE: Meant to Be…Inspired Facebook Party
WHEN: August 8th 2:00 PM–3:00 PM

Prepare to be…INSPIRED!

 

 

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Ink Dreams by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Teen life sure sucks when you’re half-octopus.

Living on land with her mortal mother seems safe for octo-gal Tealy McKracken until she comes of age and inks herself in front of the town’s mean girl. It doesn’t help that her childhood crush is dating the annoying fashionista werewolf. Disturbing dreams of singing sea creatures aren’t helping.

Can Tealy possibly control her inking, stay away from an evil vampire witch, and win the heart of the vampire prince? Find out in this tentacled love story.

Inspiration behind Emmy’s new story, “Parsers and Prejudice”

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your very own Mr. Darcy? Yeah, me too.

In my new story “Parsers and Prejudice” I took a different spin on the modern-day Jane Austen variations. In a future world, where men are all but extinct, Laney falls in love with her only companion, a male android built to meet her every need. But when a deadly virus sweeps the bot population, she must do everything she can to save the bot she loves.

Laney is an IT call-center rep at the largest male-bot company, Alpha-bot. Alpha-bot specializes in only the best models. Mr. Darcy, Romeo, Casanova, Nicholas Nickleby, or for those inclined to the fantastical, Dracula, Tarzan, Phantom of the Opera, and The Beast. Alpha-bot makes their models in every skin tone, ethnicity, language, and accent. They are issued near the owner’s age and can be enrolled in the progression program that enables them to age with the owner.

But imagine having your very own Darcy-bot! He’d cook, clean, and take care of you in whatever capacity you wanted him to. Looking for a maid and chauffer? He can do that. Want something more intimate? He can do that, too.

In Laney’s case, she has used her company discounts and hacking skills to create a bot that is as close to a human male companion as possible. He thinks on his own and displays mannerisms beyond what normal robots do. Has she taught him enough to help him be immune to the bot virus? Or will he too succumb to the deadly plague?

Check out this excerpt for a taste of what “Parsers and Prejudice” has to offer.

Parsers and Prejudice

by Emerian Rich

“Alpha-Bot, this is Laney. How may I help you?”

“My bot’s acting up. He overloaded the clothes washer and broke three of my dishes. Also, something is wrong with my vid screen. Not sure what happened there.”

“And what model do you own?”

“Mr. Darcy.”

“Ah, it’s a truth universally acknowledged that a robotic Mr. Darcy is never as perfect as one hopes…”

“Can you make him stop or what?”

Obviously, caller 29406 was a fan of the Pride and Prejudice films and clingy pants, not the book.

“Sure, linking up now,” Laney said, which always sounded a bit naughty to her. Interfacing with Mr. Darcy wasn’t as cool as one would think. “Ah, I see. It looks like Mr. Darcy has a virus.”

“A virus, crap. He’s been with my daughter all day.”

“It’s not contagious to humans. He’s a robot.”

“Oh, good. So, what the hell do I do now?”

“Well, he’s not responding to my commands. Are you able to reach his right ear?”

“I can try.”

“Good. There is a latch behind his right ear.”

“Pardon me, my lady,” Mr. Darcy-bot’s voice came through the phone. “May I be of assistance? Are you unwell?”

“I can’t quite…”

“Oh, my lady, you are feisty tonight, but you’ve not even eaten your dinner yet.”

“Shut up, Darcy, and let me…”

“Have I angered you? Allow me to tell you how much I ardently admire and lo—”

Laney heard a click and the voice stopped mid-sentence.

“You did it,” Laney said.

“Yeah. So, now what?” It was hard to imagine bitchy caller 29406 meshing well with a pleasant Darcy-bot, but to each her own.

“I’ve already dispatched a repair bot. He should be there within the hour. He can help you tidy up and then he’ll attempt to repair Darcy.”

“And if he can’t?”

“You still have four months on your repair plan. If we can’t repair him, a new model will be issued to you, free of charge.”

“Damn! He’s been with me ten years. He knows all my schedules and routines.”

“I see he’s recently backed up his main system, so—”

“Yeah, but I’m on privacy mode, jeez…”

Laney smiled. About fifty percent of the population used their bots on privacy mode because of their fear the government would have control. There were also those who kept it on privacy mode so the government wouldn’t have access to personal things like sexual preferences and kinks. Laney actually had hers on a private lock too, but she backed hers up at home manually once a month.

“Oh, no. I know how devastating that can be, which is why we will do everything in our power to cure him. Would you like to extend your repair plan now?”

“Let’s see what happens first.”

Laney knew that tone of voice. It meant, “If this bot dies, I may trade it in for another company’s bot.”

“Of course, we’re on our way. Feel free to call us back if you have any other issues.” The phone clicked before she could offer a survey but that was fine with her. She hated offering the survey.

Working the repair line was rarely a happy event. People were mad. Their bots were family. But recently there had been more virus calls than usual. Where the virus came from, no one really knew, but it was spreading like wildfire.

She smiled to herself as she thought of the Mr. Darcy-bot vid ad.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in the 23rd century must have a male-bot. Why not make it a Darcy-bot?” 

But it was true. Whether for pleasure, help around the house, or simply companionship, male-bots had become a necessity, just like smartphones in the 2000s. After the male-only pandemic, Y-Chrome, had wiped out most of the men on the planet, there were only a few thousand left and they lived in protective custody in the pristine and lavish city sarcastically called Harem City, doing little more than providing sperm for the growth of future generations.


Meant to Be…Spooked

Falling in love is scary,
especially in these four witty,
otherworldly tales from Meant to Be Press

“Parsers and Prejudice” by Emmy Z. Madrigal
Sometimes digital love is all you got.

In a future world, where men are all but extinct, Laney falls in love with her only companion, a male android built to meet her every need. But when a deadly virus sweeps the bot population, she must do everything she can to save the bot she loves.

“Cursed by Cupid” by Naching T. Kassa
Nothing is scarier than love.

Jane Sanders is a professional matchmaker and her new client is to die for. Henry Roberts is a handsome and charming Englishman, someone every woman would want. There’s just one problem. Henry is also ghost, cursed to appear as each woman’s nightmare. Can Jane aid him in his hunt for true love? Or will she experience her first failure and condemn his soul to hell forever?

“The Phone Booth” by M.M. Genet
What would you give for one last chance?

What would you give to talk one last time to someone you lost? Would you give up your savings, your house or car? How about your best friend or a member of your family? After a tornado hits their small town, the names of the missing gradually become the names of the dead. A haunted phone booth might give Ahi one last chance to call his missing girlfriend.

“Cordial Foe” by H.E. Roulo
Magic isn’t found, it’s made

If not for the magic embroidered into her tattoos, Cherry would already be dead. Isaac’s life revolves around duty and protection, so he hardly has time for the rockabilly woman bringing chaos to his mountain. Sometimes, a little chaos is a wake-up call. Too bad what Cherry wants is at odds with what Isaac has to give. His secrets might be worse than hers.

An anthology of otherworldly love stories from Meant to Be Press authors.
Meant to Be…SPOOKED
Available now on Amazon.

New Fiction! Meant to Be…SPOOKED

Meant to Be Press continues the Love Notes series with…

Meant to Be…Spooked

Falling in love is scary,
especially in these four witty,
otherworldly tales from Meant to Be Press

“Parsers and Prejudice” by Emmy Z. Madrigal
Sometimes digital love is all you got.

In a future world, where men are all but extinct, Laney falls in love with her only companion, a male android built to meet her every need. But when a deadly virus sweeps the bot population, she must do everything she can to save the bot she loves.

“Cursed by Cupid” by Naching T. Kassa
Nothing is scarier than love.

Jane Sanders is a professional matchmaker and her new client is to die for. Henry Roberts is a handsome and charming Englishman, someone every woman would want. There’s just one problem. Henry is also ghost, cursed to appear as each woman’s nightmare. Can Jane aid him in his hunt for true love? Or will she experience her first failure and condemn his soul to hell forever?

“The Phone Booth” by M.M. Genet
What would you give for one last chance?

What would you give to talk one last time to someone you lost? Would you give up your savings, your house or car? How about your best friend or a member of your family? After a tornado hits their small town, the names of the missing gradually become the names of the dead. A haunted phone booth might give Ahi one last chance to call his missing girlfriend.

“Cordial Foe” by H.E. Roulo
Magic isn’t found, it’s made

If not for the magic embroidered into her tattoos, Cherry would already be dead. Isaac’s life revolves around duty and protection, so he hardly has time for the rockabilly woman bringing chaos to his mountain. Sometimes, a little chaos is a wake-up call. Too bad what Cherry wants is at odds with what Isaac has to give. His secrets might be worse than hers.

An anthology of otherworldly love stories from Meant to Be Press authors.
Meant to Be…SPOOKED
Available now on Amazon.

NEW FICTION! Ink Dreams in eBook and Audiobook

Ink Dreams by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Teen life sure sucks when you’re half-octopus.

Living on land with her mortal mother seems safe for octo-gal Tealy McKracken until she comes of age and inks herself in front of the town’s mean girl. It doesn’t help that her childhood crush is dating the annoying fashionista werewolf. Disturbing dreams of singing sea creatures aren’t helping.

Can Tealy possibly control her inking, stay away from an evil vampire witch, and win the heart of the vampire prince? Find out in this tentacled love story.

Available on Kindle and Audible.

 

End of Year Update, What is coming in 2019?

Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe audiobook coming and much more…

  • NEW! Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe  audiobook coming in 2019
  • NEW! Romance podcast coming in 2019
  • Northanger Lodge: I am working hard on the modern rewrite of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. I have my “holes” list and I’ll be filling them in soon. Is complete! I am shopping it now.

Read more at the FULL UPDATE.

New Reading! Enter raffle to win books!

Meant to Be Press celebrates the release of Meant to Be…KISSED

Meant to Be…KISSED is available as an ebook on Amazon.

Meant to Be Press announces the release of Meant to Be…KISSED (Love Notes Book 2). This is the second collection of sweet of stories from Meant to Be Press authors. This heartwarming collection is themed around winter kisses. The two primary stories are historical romances, with a bonus contemporary flash fiction piece from Meant to Be Press’s newest author, M. M. Genet.

“Miss Montague’s Winter Kiss” by Emmy Z. Madrigal turns sadness into hope. Grayson is a man who has lost everything, but Cecelia saves his life and rekindles his belief in love. Broken ice and traumatic losses give way to the start of something new, if only the hero can give up past hurts. As Emmy writes, “It was more of a feeling that, if the flame between them was fanned, they could be happy for the rest of their lives. He’d endured so much grief, she longed to bring him joy.”

Meant to Be Press is celebrating the release with sales and raffles!

November 20-25th: For five days only, Tempo of Temptations by Lela Bay and Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe by Emmy Z. Madrigal will be on sale for $0.99 each!

November 19-30th enter to win free Meant to Be Press ebooks. Prizes include the Meant to Be…MINE anthology, Tempo of Temptations by Lela Bay, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe by Emmy Z. Madrigal, and The Harpist by M. M. Genet and Michele Roger.

Enter the raffle!

About Meant to Be…KISSED

Love sweet romance? Meant to Be…KISSED is a collection of short stories to sample Meant to Be Press romance authors.

“The Grand Gesture” by Lela Bay, takes a public humiliation and turns it into an act of heroism. Rosamund Windham, daughter to the duke, literally drops herself into a pool of filth to save an innocent and in the process befriends the girl’s brother. His sister quotes him as saying, “You can’t just throw two people together and expect sparks. It takes the right sorts, like flint and steel. They may not look like they go together until they hit up against each other. Then, sparks.”

“Miss Montague’s Winter Kiss” by Emmy Z. Madrigal turns sadness into hope. Grayson is a man who has lost everything, but Cecelia saves his life and rekindles his belief in love. Broken ice and traumatic losses give way to the start of something new, if only the hero can give up past hurts. As Emmy writes, “It was more of a feeling that, if the flame between them was fanned, they could be happy for the rest of their lives. He’d endured so much grief, she longed to bring him joy.”

Finally, as a bonus, check out the contemporary romance flash fiction from Meant to Be Press’s newest author M. M. Genet, “A Year and a Day.” Behold of the promise of the future.

Like the seasons, love has many variations, so let these stories inspire you to discard what holds you back and welcome new opportunities.

Meant to Be…KISSED is available as an ebook on Amazon.

Read it for free through Kindle Unlimited, and remember to enter the raffle for other Meant to Be Press romances!

Review: A Peculiar Engagement by Kara Louise

A Peculiar Engagement by Kara Louise is an interesting take on the life of one of Pride and Prejudice‘s lesser loved characters. Lady Catherine’s daughter, Anne de Bourgh.

I have to say I have never once wondered how Anne felt, what her child was like, or what happened to her after Darcy and Lizzy got together, but for those of you who have wondered, this is your answer. This book not only explains Anne’s view of the whole Lady Catherine-planned engagement of her daughter to Mr. Darcy, but it flashes back to their childhoods. Part adulthood and part childhood, this story flips back and forth, explaining their relationship as cousins. Their first meeting, as they both lost their parents at the same time and wrote letters to each other of encouragement, and how as they grew older the pressure of engagement infected their otherwise pleasant relationship.

While this book may not wow Darcy fanatics, it does give a nice glimpse of his possible childhood. It also connects another of Kara Louise’s variations, Mr. Darcy’s Rival.

My favorite bits of information gleaned from this book are:

  • Getting a glimpse of Anne’s father before he passed. Hard to imagine what kind of man would put up with Lady Catherine.
  • Richard (Col. Fitzwilliam) I’ve always liked him but he really comes alive in this book. I like the way Kara portrayed him here.
  • Seeing the “Georgianna goes to Ramsgate” situation arise while Darcy is at Rosings and Anne encourages him to investigate.
  • The fact that Anne is a writer and publishes books behind Lady Catherine’s back. Take that!
  • The connection this book has to Kara Louise’s Mr. Darcy’s Rival book.
  • Anne’s love interest is rather interesting and I love how the elopement is conducted.

A line from this book I find especially inspirational is what Anne’s love tells her when she mourns not being able to do things because of her asthma.

“Do not regret what you cannot do. You must allow yourself to fully enjoy those things you can do and be thankful for those blessings.”

This is a quote I will be putting up in my office to remind myself everyday. After being in a wheelchair for seven months last year, I could have used this little insight during recovery! But it’s a good thing to remember at all times.

While I’m not a fan of Anne de Bourgh in general and probably would not have read a book centered on her except for Kara Louise writing it, I am glad I did read this book for the pieces it filled in for me.

Now, if she’d only write a Colonel Fitzwilliam book! 🙂