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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Excerpt: His Texas Forever Family by Amy Woods / @amywoodsbooks

Title: His Texas Forever Family
Author: Amy Woods
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance


Paige Graham only has room for one man in her life—her son, Owen. The little boy hasn’t spoken since his father died, but things change when he meets his new art teacher, Liam Campbell. Paige can’t help marveling at the progress Owen makes while working with his instructor—and Mr. Campbell isn’t exactly hard on the eyes, either!

New to Peach Leaf, Texas, Liam is captivated by his beautiful boss—who is none other than Paige! He can’t risk his job or his future by falling for his supervisor, but there is just something about her he can’t resist. Thanks to Liam’s lessons, Owen is on the road to recovery. Now if only Liam can show Paige that the best way to heal her heart is to open herself to love again….”

They stared at each other in uncomfortable silence for a moment before Paige astonished him by bursting out laughing. She covered her mouth self-consciously, but it was too late—her delight was contagious and he was already laughing with her.
“I’m sorry,” she said, trying to catch her breath as the laughter subsided, her expression changing from joy to confusion to trepidation. “I don’t know what’s gotten into me. I’m no good at…at…this.” She waved a hand at the air between them and then stopped abruptly.
It was as if her words had broken a dam, and all the things they were holding onto so tightly, all the things he knew they were both feeling but wouldn’t dare say, came rushing over the top. He didn’t want the sweet moment to pass, but he decided to take a risk.
He stepped closer to her, close enough to see that her blue eyes were rimmed with a deep gold, same shade as her hair.
“And what is this, exactly?” he asked, waving his own hand as she had, holding her gaze despite the heat that threatened to burn his insides. He would make her face this—whatever it was—with him. They had both lost a lot before they’d even crossed paths, and it wasn’t fair for him to go through this newness alone.
She started to turn away, but he caught her chin with his finger and turned her face toward his. It was the closest thing he had to forcing her to look at him. He knew that if he let her eyes slip away, the moment would pass. She would pretend it hadn’t happened. And he couldn’t allow her to do that.
“I asked you a question, Paige,” he said, his tone walking a thin line between firm and gentle. “I’d really like it if you’d answer me.”
She met his eyes. Hers were clouded with the fear and hesitance he expected, but something else was there, too, and he held onto it with all his might.
“I don’t know,” she said, biting her bottom lip as soon as she’d spoken.
Liam let go of her chin to run his forefinger down her cheek, slowly tracing her jawline all the way to her lips.
“Tell me something then, Paige. And be honest with me here.”
She closed her eyes and nodded slowly.
“Do you want to find out?”
She didn’t answer but only nodded again.
“Good. Because I do, too.”


Although she’s wanted to be a writer since learning to read, Amy Woods took the scenic route to her job as an author. She’s been a bookkeeper, a high school English teacher, a claims specialist, and a call-center worker, but now that she’s tried making up stories for a living, she’s never giving it up. She grew up in Austin, Texas and still lives there with her wonderfully goofy, supportive husband and a very spoiled rescue dog.