I am UBER excited to share with you today an excerpt from Mary Ann Rivers’s first full length novel, Live! And friends, this is not just any small excerpt — it’s the first three chapters of the book!
I’ve been a fan of Mary Ann’s since I read her debut work, a novella entitled The Story Guy. Mary Ann has a knack for finding beauty in extraordinary people and situations. Her second novella, Snowfall, was part of the anthology Heating Up The Holidays. Upon finishing both of these novellas I found myself at a loss for words. Such beauty. Such writing. Reading bestie Kelly of Reading With Analysis and I promptly told Mary Ann that we wanted her to write ALL THE THINGS.
Mary Ann is a gem of a writer and one I hope you’ll take a chance on. Check out the excerpt below and look for my review of Live next week. It was exquisite and I can’t wait to share my thoughts here. So, less of me and more of Mary Ann! The link for the excerpt is after the blurb.
If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building.
But as the rejection letters pile up, Destiny finds an unexpected shoulder to cry on. With his rich Welsh accent, Hefin Thomas stirs Destiny so completely that, even though he’s leaving soon, she lets herself believe the memory of his scorching kisses will be enough.
Hefin can’t help but notice the slender, confident woman with ginger hair who returns each day, so hopeful and determined. So when the tears start to fall, his silence -penance for a failed marriage – finally cracks. Once he’s touched her, what Hefin wants is to take her back to Wales and hold her forever. But Destiny’s roots run too deep. What they both need is each other- to learn how to live and love again.
Side note! For those of you already fans of Mary Ann’s writing – make sure you sign up for her newsletter. A little birdie may have told me that a Story Guy epilogue may be sent out soon….
About Mary Ann Rivers
Mary Ann Rivers was an English and music major and went on to earn her MFA in creative writing, publishing poetry in journals and leading creative-writing workshops for at-risk youth. While training for her day job as a nurse practitioner, she rediscovered romance on the bedside tables of her favorite patients. Now she writes smart and emotional contemporary romance, imagining stories featuring the heroes and heroines just ahead of her in the coffee line. Mary Ann Rivers lives in the Midwest with her handsome professor husband and their imaginative school-aged son.