Sunday, February 19, 2012

Excerpt of HIS HEART FOR THE TRUSTING - Book 2 of Texas Hearts

Book 2 of my Texas Hearts series, HIS HEART FOR THE TRUSTING, is finally released!!  Yes, after a few rocky starts, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords have it listed for sale.  (Many thanks to Judy for smoothing out the rough spots!)

HIS HEART FOR THE TRUSTING is a special story for me because I wrote it at a time when my life had changed drastically.  On April 2, 2001 I went from being the mother of two children to being the mother of 4 children overnight when my husband and I became legal guardians of my niece and nephew.  I explored a lot of very raw feelings about alcoholism and abuse, and how it leaves scars we can't see, while writing this book and thank goodness I had an editor who pulled back some of the really dark stuff.  Let's face it, this is a romance and we all live for that happily ever after in a romance novel.  One reader has already told me she was brought through a full range of emotions reading it, from laughter, to tears and anger before the payoff at the end.  I hope all you enjoy the excerpt and enjoy Book 2 of my Texas Hearts series.

HIS HEART FOR THE TRUSTING is available on ebook in all formats at Smashwords, and at Amazon for Kindle and Barnes and Noble for ePub.  Check the links below to see where you can get a copy! In the meantime, please enjoy this excerpt.



HIS HEART FOR THE TRUSTING Book 2 Texas Hearts

Ever since Mitch Broader set foot in Texas, he dreamed of owning his own ranch. Now that he’s bought a share in the Double T Ranch, he’s one step closer to the dream. Then his past greets him in the form of a baby basket, complete with infant and birth certificate naming him as the father. He can’t change diapers and work toward his dream at the same time.

When Sara Lightfoot, “Miss Hollywood” in Mitch’s eyes, rescues him with her particular knack for handling his precocious son, he hires her on the spot as a temporary nanny. No matter how much Sara’s dark eyes and warm heart make this bachelor think of making their arrangement permanent, she’s made it perfectly clear she has other plans that don’t include him or his dreams.

Sara Lightfoot never thought she’d return to her home on the reservation. Now she plans to reclaim the life she left by going back to the reservation as a Native American storyteller, teaching the Apache children stories of their culture. She didn’t expect Mitch Broader’s sexy smile or job offer as a live-in nanny to derail those plans. After all she’s been through to come home, can she open up her heart once again to love?

EXCERPT:

Still dancing in circles, Midnight eyed Mitch, seemingly aware of his every move. Mitch turned his back to the mare and played with the bridle, as if ignoring the horse. Finally, Midnight stopped running and with cautious steps, she moved forward, stopping every so often and taking a side step, bobbing her head or giving a neigh, as if calling Mitch to pay attention. Eventually, she stepped up alongside him and gave him a quick nudge with her nose. Then another until she was settled alongside Mitch.

Ever so softly, Mitch stroked her head and neck and front legs with long, easy strokes. He smiled his pleasure and crooned softly.

Without even realizing how he'd done it, the bit was in Midnight's mouth and the bridle was around the mare’s head. Mitch let the reins fall and allowed Midnight to get use to the bit.

Such trust.

“That's amazing,” Sara said quietly.

“Not really,” Mitch said, glancing up at her as he kept his attention on the mare.

She turned to him. Mitch was looking at her, his eyes filled with the same questions she’d seen in the kitchen.

Then he said, “She still could bolt at any time.”

Sara gripped the splintered rail. “But she hasn't. She came to you when she could have easily just kept running in circles.”

“Trust isn't an easy thing for her. She still doesn't know what to think.”

“She let you put the bridle on her. You didn't have to chase her. She came to you.”

“I have to win her trust. And when I have it, I can't abuse it or she'll never give it up again.”

Mitch carefully took the bridle off Midnight and took a few steps away. Midnight followed like a stray dog.

“Does she trust you now? Enough to ride her?”

Mitch shook his head. “We still need a little time together before she'll allow me put a saddle on her. Right now, she's letting me know her boundaries.”

“She let you put a bridle on her as if she didn't even know you were doing it.”

His face was bright with a smile. “Oh, she knew. But she's still making up her mind. She wants to trust me. I can tell. And maybe one day she will.”

“Mitch?”

He looked up at her again from across the corral. He was incredibly handsome. His dark hair was the color of mica in the fading light, and his eyes had turned from blue to a smoky gray. He stood tall, his weight shifted to one hip as he held the reins of the bridle.

Such strength.

Sara remembered all too well how it had felt earlier to be in Mitch's arms. Her heart still raced with the memory.

“What if she's never ready to trust you?”

Mitch's expression grew serious, pulling her into his gaze. He took a few steps closer, his boots kicking up dust from the ground as he walked. He stopped a good ten feet from where she was standing and said, “I can wait as long as it takes, Sara.”


Available at:

AMAZON http://amzn.com/B007AWZGSM

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/his-heart-for-the-trusting-lisa-mondello/1005039937?ean=2940013956841&itm=12&usri=lisa+mondello

SMASHWORDS for Kindle in Mobi and Nook in ePub http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/134008


Enjoy!

Lisa Mondello

4 comments:

Judy DeVries said...

Thanks for the inside look at what was happening while you wrote this book. That would be quite a big change. I'm glad your niece and nephew had a safe place to go.

Larissa Reinhart Hoffman said...

Congratulations on your release! I loved your excerpt, too. Looks like a great book!

Lisa Mondello said...

Thank you both!

Judy, yes, it was a very busy time for us, but it was a good move for the kids. Not easy though, especially since all the kids were just a total of 3 years apart, oldest to youngest!

Larissa, thanks for the comments on the excerpt. I love Mitch and needed to write his story ever sine he appeared in Nothing But Trouble.

J.D., Tara, Carol said...

Hi Lisa!
I enjoyed the excerpt. Lots of tension between Sara and Mitch. Can't wait to read more. Good luck with His Heart for the Trusting.
~J.D.

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