Countdown to Romance
December 2, 2016
Available in: e-Book
Emily Hayes tucked Christmas Town in her past and never intended to return. But her brother’s New Year’s Day wedding has brought Emily home.
Her plans are simple: one week of rest from her hectic life as an ER nurse in some of the nation’s busiest cities. One week of cursory family time with her brother and his soon-to-be extended family. One week to avoid any walks down memory lane. She’d survived her childhood, surely seven days in Christmas Town wouldn’t touch her heart.
But Emily never prepared for the power of her five year old nephew or the impact of former Navy Seal, Zach Evans. Emily never prepped herself for her heart wanting to step out of lock down and open up, not to Christmas Town and certainly not to a man she’d only just met. And staying in Christmas Town was never part of the plan.
It’s a countdown to her departure versus a countdown to love. Now Zach needs to convince Emily to listen to her heart before the clock runs out.
A non-stop flight from Honolulu to Chicago. A quick stop at the airport bookstore and Cari Lynn Webb discovered her love for romance. She cannot recall the book she bought, but she does remember finishing it somewhere over California, feeling pleased the murderer had been arrested (justice had prevailed). But frustration reigned as Cari searched for a hidden chapter or missed epilogue that would show the heroine and the FBI agent she’d fallen in love with living their happily-ever-after. (Surely love conquered all.) Except not in that particular book. Another trip to the bookstore in her grandparents’ home town and Cari discovered an entire section of books dedicated to the happily-ever-after. There she found Kathleen Woodiwiss, Judith McNaught and then Nora Robert … and she became a life-long romance reader. Cari’s passion for reading had not dimmed years later when she found herself newly married and inside another bookstore during her lunch break. But the shelves of happily-ever-afters surrounding her couldn’t stem her frustration at not being able to find a new historical romance (Amazon wasn’t the household name it would become). So like any dedicated reader, Cari drove back to work, opened a word document and began to write the historical she wanted to read. Months later, she printed the manuscript, presented it to her husband and asked if she should pursue acting or continue writing. With her husband’s full support, she continued writing… and now she feeds her passion for romance with a stack of to-be read paperbacks in her nightstand, multiple downloads on her kindle and her own stories. Cari believes in the power of love simply because she’d grown up surrounded by true love. She remembers her grandparents holding hands when she visited them as a kindergartner and still holding hands when her grandmother whispered her final goodbyes to her grandfather after 70 years together. Cari’s parents have been married over 50 years. And Cari is blessed to have married her own hero. She will be the first to tell you that true love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But in the end, there is nothing more worth fighting for.