Fortuna by Elaine Cantrell



Aimee Sherwood never dreamed that following her fiancé into the witness protection pro-gram would land her in a haunted house in a town that’s downright creepy. She’d have laughed if she had been told the guy who lives down the road might be her soul mate, not the man whose ring she’s wearing. Life in West Virginia is nothing like life in Los Angeles, but between bean ball battles with Marilyn Monroe, remodeling a crumbling farmhouse, and starting a new online business, life in the country is anything but boring.

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Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators and Romance Writers of America.  Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest.  When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.

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He kissed her.

Stars fell from the sky. Drops of golden sunlight filled the air with pure joy. Birds sang a song the angels might envy. Oh, Cade!

Aimee forgot the ugly ring on her finger. She forgot Fortuna, and she never once thought of Rocky. Her heart pounded out a disjointed rhythm that filled her chest with more emotion than one heart could hold.

Cade buried his hand in her hair and deepened the kiss. Aimee moaned and pressed closer to him. The masculine planes of his chest against hers made her gasp as the scent of sun-warmed male skin surrounded her.

She ran her hand across his shoulder, marveling at the bulging hard muscles under her hand. Cade groaned and cupped her bottom to pull her closer. Her head spun, and they toppled over into the clean straw beside the puppies and their mother. They kissed as if they were starving for each other, but when his hips met hers, sanity returned in a rush. “Don’t. Please don’t,” Aimee gasped.

Cade made a sound low in his chest. “Why not? I’m dying for you, and you want me too.”

Shaking like a leaf, Aimee pushed against his chest, unsure if she wanted him to listen to her or not. He let her go. For the longest time neither of them said a word. They lay there staring at each other.



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  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. How do you deal with writers’ block?

    • I’ve found that if I just keep writing it goes away. Of course I often have to go be and do some serious editing, but as long as I can keep the words flowing I eventually write my way out of it. Thanks so much for asking. For an author, writer’s block is one big problem.

  3. This sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing :)

    • It was my pleasure, Victoria. If you’re looking for something a little different, Fortuna is a great idea. Thanks so much for looking at the post.

  4. Rita Wray says:

    I liked the excerpt, thank you.

    • Hi, Rita, thanks so much. This is the scene where Cade finally owns up to the attraction he feels for Aimee. She feels it too, but one more thing has to happen before she comes to term with this attraction.

  5. Where is your favorite place to read?

  6. I’m one of those people who can read anywhere. Yesterday I took my husband to the doctor and while he was seeing the doctor, I got out my phone. It has a kindle app on it. I never even saw him walk out of the door until I looked up and the entire waiting room was staring at me waiting for me to realize he was done. They all laughed, but it was good natured so I didn’t mind. At home I usually sit in my recliner in my den.

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