If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. - B. F. Skinner
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. - Mary Wortley Montagu

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Excerpt & Giveaway: Key to My Heart by Nikki Lynn Barrett

Title: Love and Music in Texas #3: The Key to My Heart
Author: Nikki Lynn Barrett
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

One dream fails, a passion burnt out...

With no set plan and a desire to find a passion, Blaine Grant hightailed it out of Harmony's Echo a year out of high school to find herself. Finding a passion didn't come as easily to her as it did for others she knew. Now, Blaine has come home for good with mistakes she'd like to forget, but the past doesn't want to forget her. Everyone thought she'd been selfish to not come back when she was needed the most, but Blaine never let anyone know the emotional hell she went through.

Another dream is just beginning to see the light...

Randy Hughes has always been the shy guy until he discovered his love of music. It wasn't until joining the band that he grew out of his shyness. The oldest sibling and the only boy, he's pressured by family expectations to set a good example. He's the one who takes everyone in when they need it, and he's the one whose own dreams are ignored. Now that big things are happening for the Baby Stetson band, Randy has to decide how to handle his family when his dreams are on the line...

A friendship is changing.

One spur of the moment, impulsive move leads Randy and Blaine into a dire situation that may bring them together, or pull them apart, just when he's finally able to gather the courage to tell Blaine how he's felt about her all these years...

Revisit the characters you've come to know in small town Harmony's Echo, as more changes settle upon them.


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"I wish my mistake would leave me alone. What does he want with me? I can't believe after everything that he actually thinks I want to go back and work with him." Blaine's voice drifted low.
"Once he realizes you're serious, he'll stop eventually. Just ignore him as much as you can until then."
She snuggled closer, resting her head on his shoulder. Randy slid his arm underneath her pillow and pulled her to him. She nestled in the crook of his arm.
"You definitely grew up. You used to be so gawky. Not any more," Blaine mumbled, her voice now sleep-filled.
He laughed. "Gee thanks." He loved her blunt honesty. If it weren't the truth, he just might have been offended.
"I meant that in the nicest of ways."
He leaned over, brushing a kiss to her temple. "Go to sleep crazy woman."
"Kay. I still want more secrets from you. I keep spilling mine."
His biggest secret was the way he felt about her, which she must have guessed now after the other night. "I'll dig deep down and find a few for you, then we'll call it even."
All he got in response was a deep sigh, signaling she'd pretty much given in to sleep.
As he laid there with Blaine all cuddled up against him, he knew he should get up and go. She was vulnerable. For once, he felt needed for real. Even though Blaine didn't know how she felt, she still needed him. After all these years, he had a feeling she might just start seeing him the way he saw her.
I'm crazy to think it could happen. She's just in a rough place.
Or maybe not. Maybe there could be something after all.
Blaine stirred, scooting even closer to him. She slid her arm over his chest.
Oh hell, he was in way over his head. He shouldn't be here right now, but he couldn't force himself to get up and walk away.
"Blaine Grant, you have my heart and I don't know how much you know it," he whispered.

© 2014 Nikki Lynn Barrett

I'm an avid lover of books. I've been writing as far back as I can remember, completing my first "book" by fifth grade in one of those one subject spiral notebooks. I have a passion for music, photography, jewelry and all things creative. I live in Arizona with my husband and son, but dream of being somewhere much colder and stormier. For now, I'll have to live that life through my characters and stick it out with the summer heat.