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Friday, September 19, 2014

Excerpt: Leaving Liberty by Virginia Carmichael

Title: Leaving Liberty
Author: Virginia Carmichael
Author Links: Blog | Facebook | Goodreads
Publisher: Gumbo Books
Release Date: December 4, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Christian, Romance

At eighteen, Daisy McConnell left Liberty, Colorado and never looked back. The only bright spot in a childhood of neglect and loneliness was the town librarian, Marie. Now settled as a teacher in sunny Fresno, Daisy does her best to forget everything about Liberty including her drunk father, her MIA mother, and the town she hated with every beat of her heart.

Lane Bennett’s life as a small town cop is pretty close to perfect. He’s got his dog, a pretty date when he needs one, and plenty of time to fish on the weekends. No other place can compare to his hometown and he’s happy to devote his life to keeping the folks of Liberty safe. When Marie passes away, Lane knows one of the best parts about living in Liberty is gone, along with the old Carnegie library. It needs repairs the city can’t afford and the city managers won’t pay the new flood insurance. It’s too bad, but safety comes first.

When Daisy comes home for Marie’s funeral and hears the only safe place she knew as a child is going to close, she refuses to let it happen. She hatches a plan to save the old library, run the summer reading program, and keep Marie’s legacy alive.

She once vowed never to come home and he’s vowed never to leave. Daisy and Lane discover together that true love happens when you least expect it and you should never say never in Liberty.

“No big deal, right?” Daisy brushed her hair back from her face and gave him a saucy smile. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had a summer fling. Just might be fun.”
Her words hit their mark. “I’m not a summer fling type of guy.”
She pretended to ruminate on that for a moment, then shrugged. “Too bad. We’ll have to chalk this up to a learning experience.” And with those final words she turned and walked back up the porch, her knees shaking. She grabbed the handle of the porch screen door and swung it open with such force it banged against the wall.
Cringing, she managed to secure the screen door and give a bright wave before shutting herself safely inside the cabin. Resting her head against the thick wooden door, she breathed raggedly. That last image of him standing there in the driveway, dark gaze leveled at her, hands stuffed in his jeans pockets, was almost enough to break her resolve. Almost, but not quite. She had to stop this romance dead in its tracks before she got her broken heart handed to her on a platter.
Gumbo Press © 2013 Virginia Carmichael

Virginia was born near the Rocky Mountains and although she has traveled around the world, the wilds of Colorado run in her veins. A big fan of the wide open sky and all four seasons, she believes in embracing the small moments of everyday life. A home schooling mom of six young children who rarely wear shoes, those moments usually involve a lot of noise, a lot of mess, or a whole bunch of warm cookies. Virginia holds degrees in Linguistics and Religious Studies from the University of Oregon. She lives with her habanero-eating husband, Crusberto, who is her polar opposite in all things except faith. They’ve learned to speak in short-hand code and look forward to the day they can actually finish a sentence. In the meantime, Virginia thanks God for the laughter and abundance of hugs that fill her day as she plots her next book.