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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Excerpt & Giveaway: Yours To Keep by Serena Bell

Yours To Keep
Serena Bell

Ana Travares has been looking over her shoulder her whole life. Her U.S. visa expired when she was a young girl, and if her secret is discovered, she’ll be forced to return to the Dominican Republic. Ana allowed herself to get close to someone once before—and after he broke her heart, she swore never to make the same mistake again. But when a handsome doctor asks for her assistance, she fantasizes about breaking all her rules.

Even though pediatrician Ethan Hansen is a natural when it comes to little kids, as the single father of a teenage son he just can’t seem to get it right . . . except for the Spanish tutor he’s hired for his son, Theo. Ana has managed to crack Theo’s shell—and he isn’t the only one taken with her. The sexy tutor has fired up Ethan with a potent mix of lust and protectiveness. But as he starts to envision a future with Ana, Ethan is devastated to learn the truth about her citizenship. Somehow he’s got to find a way to help her—and hold on to the woman he’s falling hopelessly in love with.

Hey everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving to those of you out there who celebrate it, and Happy Thursday to those who don't! :)  Today I have debut author Serena Bell here today to chat with us for a bit!  Please, check out the post, say hi, and check out the book, Yours To Keep.  Looks terrific!

Liz, thank you so much for having me here today at Fictional Candy to celebrate Thanksgiving as part of the Yours to Keep tour! And thank you to everyone who’s reading on Thanksgiving. I hope you’re not trying to escape scary uncles but are simply sharing a quiet family moment while each of you enjoys your Web-surfing device of choice (this really happens in my family).

 I didn’t set out to make Yours to Keep a holiday-time book, but somehow all this holiday goodness and joy crept in, and I found myself mixing turkey and stuffing with this much edgier story of an undocumented immigrant who’s terrified to open up. Ana has shied away from intimacy because she’s afraid someone will find out the truth about her and have her deported. Then she meets Ethan, the sexy “Dr. Handsome,” and—after quite a bit of sorting out, there’s a lot to celebrate, a lot of love and giving in the air, and a ridiculous amount of Thanksgiving and Christmas food.

Also, a turkey to be carved.

“Where’s Ana?” Theo demanded.

Ethan had been waiting for that question since Friday, but it still caught him off guard. The knife hiccupped out of the turkey’s flesh and bit a chip out of the ceramic platter.

“Who’s Ana?” Ethan’s mother asked.

In my family, the role of turkey carver is extremely fixed, and the ritual surrounding the carving, even more so. My dad always carved the turkey on the same board with the same knife, and my mother always hovers in just this exact sort of way, instructing him.

My dad would be horrified to learn that Ethan carved the turkey on a ceramic platter.

Luckily, we’re totally safe in my family from any kind of turkey-carving-ceramic-chipping incident, because my mother would never allow it to happen.

Please join the conversation below by telling us about the turkey-carving rituals, fights, or dramas at your Thanksgiving. Or, if turkey-carving is always uneventful, you can tell us about your scary uncle. It’s cheaper than therapy. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway, for a chance to win books and/or a gift card!

Praise for Yours to Keep:
Yours to Keep is a timely, richly written emotional romance with complex characters readers will fall in love with.”New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross

“My heart swelled, ached, and rejoiced for the vibrant characters of Yours to Keep, an impeccably written and realistic romance that has earned Serena Bell’s work a spot on my auto-buy list.”New York Times bestselling author Gina L. Maxwell

 “Sweet, drama filled . . . a nail biter [with] swoons galore . . . steamy hot . . . a make-you-tear-up-and-smile book.”The Book Hammock 

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