When you have a broken heart brought on by any trauma, can you find a way to heal it and love again? I know how challenging it is when you feel like you can't go on. It's important to find something else which will give you a purpose such as completely remaking your Aunt and Uncle's farm or maybe knitting caps for newborns...just something to get your mind off the pain.
In Under the Mountain Stars, our heroine sets out to fix her broken heart but never saw how much the Ranch Foreman would tempt her. Sometimes Love is not what we are expecting on a journey to somewhere else.
After the death of her mother and end to her troubled marriage, Lenora Ranvier is feeling more alone than ever before. She takes her aunt and uncle up on their offer to come and live on their failing cattle ranch in the Montana Mountains.
Lenora hopes to grieve and start over but has no plans to fall in love again. All that changes the moment she meets Clay Darkhorse, Lakota cowboy and foreman of Bear Dance Ranch.
Clay knows Lenora is the woman for him as soon as he sees her climb out of her pickup truck, exhausted and beautiful. He slowly wins over Lenora by taking her on long night horseback rides into the starry mountains but both Lenora and Clay have past traumas to heal before they can freely love again.
Joining forces they convert the ranch from a struggling cattle operation into a swanky guest resort. But Lenora and Clay must learn to trust each other if they are to share a love as true and strong as the mountains in which they live.
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About the Author:
Christina Rhoads resides on an Arabian horse farm where she divides her time (when she isn’t fixing fence or stacking hay) between writing novels, painting and training equines. While studying creative writing, as she earned a BA in English from Indiana University, she fell madly in love with the act of creating characters and then sharing them with the world.
She often describes her ideal afternoon as one spent riding her horse, Major Temptation, and then curling up with a good book and cup of peppermint tea.
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Step Toward You #New_release #12_Step
Most people are familiar with the 12 step program, at least in name if they haven't used it. The program was designed to help recovering addicts (specifically Alcoholics) deal with the stress/addiction which took over their lives. These steps help them gain control and take back their lives from their stress/addiction.
Liz Ashlee's book is a wonderful example of how one person weaves the 12 steps through their life in their words and actions. I hope you will grab your copy today!
Step One: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.
There are twelve steps in Alcoholics Anonymous and Silas Manning knows all of them by heart. He's been living them since a drunk driving accident resulted in the destruction of three lives. When he meets Rooney Oliver, he quickly realizes you can be addicted to things other than alcohol—you can be addicted to people, too.
Rooney's mother is dying and Rooney feels like she's dying with her. It’s not until Silas comes into their lives that any of them start feeling hope—but Silas isn’t ready to let go of the past or open himself up to a future.
Sometimes the only person who you want to lose is yourself.
“Step Ten. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it,” Silas answers after a long gap of silence. His fingers curl around the Tupperware containers he’s holding. His jaw clenches, and his eyes flash with an intensity different from anything else I’ve seen from him.
Sure, before, I could tell he was checking me out, and there was an intensity in his eyes which was blatant lust, but this intensity I can’t describe. It’s almost like he’s grasping desperately at something he can’t seem to reach. I wish he could. I think he needs it.
“I wronged you, Rooney.”
His saying my name makes my heart trip. His voice isn’t allowed to have that power. I need to hate him for the way he treated me, so I can my protect myself. I don’t need any more damage than I’ve already taken. The armor around my heart is about as thin the plastic wrap on these muffins.
I don’t know what else to do but follow him. I sift his words over in my head. The only way he’s wronged me is by being so heartless, but it feels like there’s more to it than that, as if I’m not the only one he’s trying to apologize to. For someone who works so hard to stay distant, maybe he’s the opposite of distant, which is why he’s trying so badly to hide away.
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