Today I’ve got author and fellow NHRWA chapter-mate, Cerian Hebert visiting with me via her Goddess Fish Tour, and sharing a little sumthin’ sumthin’ from her new release THE STORM WITHIN.
Healed from her own loss, Juliana Hopkins wants nothing more than to mend reclusive artist Aidan Byrne’s heart, and help close a chapter in his life that has haunted him for over twenty years. Risking their newfound love, Juliana is determined to release the ghosts he can’t let go.
Aidan has been in love with Juliana since the first moment he saw her, but if she can’t leave the tragedies of his past alone, he won’t be able to make a life with her.
She offers him a love he never dared to want, but loving her could rip open all the old wounds he’d never been able to heal.
Aidan stared at her, only inches away from him in the tiny bathroom. The bloodied cotton ball tight in her grip, she’d broken down into heavy sobs.
He wasn’t sure how to handle it. Weeping women weren’t his specialty. Hell, women in general weren’t his specialty, and now he felt completely at a loss on how to comfort her.He’d sensed her earlier mood, when their eyes had locked in the mirror. At that moment, restless awareness turned into a new sort of tension. She’d been so close to him that he could smell the clean fragrance of her shampoo and feel her warm, tea scented breath on his neck. Fighting a similar attraction, he understood why she’d resorted to anger. He would’ve done the same thing in her shoes. Anger he could handle. Tears? That was a different story.
Quickly he grabbed a few sheets of Kleenex from the box on the back of the toilet and handed them to her. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you cry. Really, it doesn’t hurt,” he said softly.
Juliana wiped the tissue across her eyes and didn’t look at him. “It’s not that,” she replied with a catch in her voice. “It’s the stupidity of you driving out there. Crazy and irresponsible. You should’ve gotten a lot more than a dumb little scratch on your face. You could’ve been killed, and you could’ve killed Fred.”
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Originally from Minnesota, Cerian is currently settled in southwestern New Hampshire with her husband and two of her four children plus a dog, cat and two geckos. She’s known she wanted to write since she was twelve, and between mucking stalls in New York and booking cruises in Maine, she’s been filling notebooks and flash drives with her stories in pursuit of her dreams.
Currently she has 10 published books (No Going Back, Where One Road Leads, The Staying Kind, Going Going Gone, and The Storm Within from Soul Mate Publishing, and The Better Man, Do Overs, Finally Home, Light The Way Home, and That Kind of Magic self-published at Amazon). She’s looking forward to adding to this list.
Cerian is a PAN member of RWA, Contemporary Romance Writers and New Hampshire Romance Writers of America.
Connect with Cerian here:
Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/Ceri-Hebert/e/B003NTI0HU
Cerian Hebert will be awarding a $10 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
And here’s a peak at my thoughts on the book:
4 well deserved stars
Cerian Hebert has delivered a very satisfying addition to the Soul Mate Tree series. I love a book where both the heroine and hero have tragic pasts that lead them to the place they currently are – emotionally, spiritually, and romantically.
At first. widow Julianna and Aidan don’t appear as if they will connect on any kind of plane. But Hebert’s mastery of the slow build of emotional layers, does, in fact, make them perfect for one another. I was fully invested in the characters and the story line from the first page. Well done!
And I’m a sucker for a book that has a dog as a foile character!
4 well deserved stars for this book.