Wednesday, March 26, 2014

COME HOME TO ME with Brenda Novak

Giveaway Alert!

“It’s about time,” Aaron said, obviously exasperated.

She pulled a pillow over her face. “Time for what?”

“Time Riley went home. Doesn’t he have to work in the morning like the rest of us?”

“As a matter of fact, he does. He and Jacob will be building a garage in six or seven hours. I hope they can get enough sleep.” She tossed the pillow aside. “How’d you know he was here?”

“I’m assuming you would’ve taken my call otherwise.”

She’d just proven him correct. “What do you want, Aaron?”

“To tell you that I’ll be moving to Reno the first of June if I can make the arrangements that soon. I’m going to settle on a location and go ahead and sign a lease.”

That was only a little over six weeks away. “I’m sure your brothers will hate to see you go.”
“And you? How will you feel about it?”

She hated the thought of his leaving. But it would be easier to quit obsessing over him if she didn’t have to run into him all over town, so she figured it was for the best. “I’ll miss you.”
“I want to make a suggestion,” he said.

Suddenly wary, she scrambled out of bed and crossed to the window, which looked out on her narrow side yard. “What?”

“I’d like to date you while I’m still here.”


She spoke fast but he came right back at her. “It’s just for a few weeks!”

“I can’t.”

Silence. Then he said, “You’ll date Riley but you won’t date me? Are you guys exclusive already?”

“Of course we’re not ex—”

“So you can see other men.”

“Yes, I—”

“Then why can’t I take you out once in a while, too?”

Because she’d just recommitted herself to getting over him! And Riley was going to help her by giving her someone to talk to and do things with. She planned to take the hand she was being offered.

“It wouldn’t be a good idea.”

“You’re serious? You won’t go out with me?” He was justifiably shocked. Two years ago she would’ve burst into tears of gratitude and relief if he’d tried to legitimize their relationship like this.

“Come on, Aaron. We don’t date. We never have.” There was a difference between dating and what they’d had and the distinction was an important one. “Our relationship was lopsided. Why would I ever go back to that? Why would you? It was difficult enough for you to tolerate my adoration the first time.”

“I don’t think this’ll be the same.”

“Of course it will. We’ll go right back to what we’re used to.” Her body yearned for him even now, when she was feeling some conviction. How much stronger would that desire be in the moments she wasn’t?

“So what if we end up in bed together again? That wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. We’re very compatible in that regard. But first I’ll take you to dinner, dancing, a movie—whatever you want. That’s dating, right?”

She gently bumped her head against the glass, although she felt like doing it much harder. “Not exactly.”

“Fine. I won’t touch you. We’ll just…date and see where we’re at in six weeks.”

“And Riley?”

“What about him?”

“I won’t stop seeing him.”

“Then date him, too,” he said grudgingly.

“But you don’t like it when I’m with him.”

“Just give me six weeks, damn it!”

She pivoted and started to pace. “Why? What’s convinced you it’ll be different this time around?”

“We’re different, Presley. Both of us. Don’t you feel it? The changes may be subtle. Once you dig under the surface, we’re still basically who we’ve always been. But…it might be enough.”


When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She's made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she's back in the small town that was the closest thing to "home" she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who's her only family. 

There's just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers' auto body shop. And no matter how hard she's tried, Presley hasn't been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can't fall back into his arms…or his bed. She's come too far to backslide now. And there's a secret she's been guarding—a secret she'll do anything to protect.


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Meet Author Brenda Novak:
Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history.  A New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of fifty novels, Brenda Novak has been nominated for a prestigious Rita Award three times and won The National Reader's Choice Award, the Bookbuyer's Best, the Bookseller's Best, the Writer Touch Reader Award, the Golden Quill, the Hold Medallion and the Award of Excellence, among others.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research—an online auction held on her Web site ( every May. To date, she has raised over $2 million for this cause.

Social Media Links:
Twitter: @Brenda_Novak

Giveaway Details:
One commenter from the entire tour will win a Brenda Novak Mini-tote and an autographed collection of the first 3 books in the Whiskey Creek series (When Lightning Strikes, When Snow Falls and When Summer Comes). This contest is open to all US & Canada residents of the age of majority. Please see full Terms & Conditions on the Rafflecopter widget.

Additional Information:
Any and all are invited on March 25th for a release day celebration of COME HOME TO ME (Whiskey Creek, #6). Drop in on Facebook between the hours of 4 – 8pm PST (7 – 11pm EST) to read teasers from the new release, chat with Brenda and other guest authors, and, of course, be entered to win some great giveaways! Event Page:

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  1. Hi Brenda! I was wondering how many more Whiskey Creek books we can expect? Did you have a set number when you starting writing them or do you just roll with the characters? Congrats on the new release!

    thebigbluewall77 (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. I enjoy reading the Whiskey Creek series! Haven't read them all but I'm looking forward to catching up to Come Home to Me! Thanks for sharing this wonderful giveaway and the lovely facebook release party!

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  3. I love the Whiskey Creek series but I keep wondering how you come up with the ideas for your stories.


  4. I am only recently acquainted with the Whiskey Creek series so it would be wonderful to win this giveaway, especially since I didn't win any of the release day giveaway prizes. It was fun participating though. Thanks Ms. Novak!!

    1. I forgot to include my email address, it's:

      Liglesias3 [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. I'd like to give a shout-out to my "neighbor," Brenda Novak, and wish her continued success. As a resident of a "ruburb" of Sacramento, I'd like to let you know that your community is very proud of you!

  6. Love the excerpt, thank you.


  7. I had fun at the FB party and am looking forward to reading this book.

    Marcy Shuler

  8. Thank you for the excerpt! Can't wait to read this one.



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