Bent Book Blast!
Author: H.B. Heinzer
Release Date: 1/22/2013
If there’s one thing Julia Wilson has learned in life, it’s that you can’t push your own dreams to the background for anyone. Newly divorced, Julia returns to the hometown she once swore would never see her again. Her plan is simple; enjoy the cheap rent her friend is offering and stay just long enough to develop a plan to make her own dreams come true.
It doesn’t take long before Julia realizes she’s made a big mistake.
Micah Anderson came closer to breaking Julia than anyone else ever had. After promising her forever, he broke her heart the week before she left for college. Now, Julia’s back in town and he’s going to have to tell her the truth about why he left her. It’s not possible to hide a twelve year old child when you live in a town of 5,000 people.
Is following your dreams worth it if it means giving up on a second chance with her first love? Is trying to make a relationship work worth it if his past becomes a threat to her safety?
As she placed the plate stacked high with bread in the center of the table, she heard her phone chime. Since she was alone at the table, she reached into her purse to see who was sending her a message.
You’re not bailing on these steaks, are you? ;D
Shaking her head, she sat at the table. The evening was going well, almost too well. She needed to keep control of the game. The phone chimed again.
She laughed. As she expected, her eyes met his when she looked towards the grills. Micah shrugged and then went back to grilling. As she stood, the phone went off again.
They both knew that Julia couldn’t stand anything over medium and preferred medium rare. Micah was trying to get a rise out of her. It wasn’t a chance Julia was ready to take and she darted back to the grill. “Micah, so help me, if you turned that steak into shoe leather, I’m eating the T-bone tonight.”
He whipped around with a shocked look on his face. “What? That’s not how you like your steaks?” Micah was barely able to contain his satisfaction with her reaction. He grabbed Julia by her upper arms and turned her to look at the grill. Both of their steaks were sitting near the edge, in the coldest spot they could be.
“You didn’t start them?” She should have known better. If she wasn’t trying so hard to forget the last time they were here, she would have remembered that she got upset with him for inferring that she wasn’t capable of grilling a simple steak. She had informed him in an elevated tone that she was perfectly capable of grilling a steak and probably knew how to handle her meat better than he did. It turned into a legendary moment with the group of high school seniors.
Micah pulled her between him and the grill. “Nah, I like watching you do it too much. You should remember that.”
Grabbing the opportunity, Julia moved both steaks onto the heat to let them sear. She could feel the heat radiating off Micah’s body behind her as he moved in closer and placed one hand to either side of her on the railing. “Is this okay?” he whispered into her ear. She gave a faint nod with no other acknowledgment of his presence.
They stood in silence, neither wanting to do anything to break the calm they felt in that moment. When she’d moved the steaks toward the edge to let them finish, she turned around and looked up into Micah’s eyes. “What are we doing?” she asked through shallow breaths.
“I think it’s called enjoying a night out, but I could be wrong,” he answered with a smirk. He flicked her on the nose and turned her back to the grill. “If you turn my T-bone into shoe leather, I’m eating Ribeye tonight.”
She checked both steaks and assured him they were cooking beautifully. It all felt right to be here with Micah, like it was something they did on a regular basis. Julia felt another brick dislodge around her heart as she leaned back into Micah’s strong chest. Following her lead, he wrapped both of his arms around her and pulled her closer. Julia was certain she’d never felt such a strong embrace and doubted there would be anyone else who could make her feel the way she was feeling at that moment.
I’ve been reading romance novels for over 20 years now. My fascination started with my mother’s collection of romance novels which lined half of one wall in the master bedroom of my childhood home. After I graduated from high school, life began to interfere with my reading and I didn’t read nearly as often as I would like. When my daughter was born, we decided that it would be more beneficial for me to be a stay at home mom. To fill the income gap, I began freelance writing for a variety of websites and print publications.
From there, I progressed to writing blogs as a way to hang on to the pieces of myself I felt slipping away as I filled my roles as wife and mother. Blogging slowly morphed from a creative outlet for my writing to a way to place another egg in my work at home basket.
It wasn’t until I attending a blogging conference in 2012 that I was overcome with the need to write a book. I’d been thinking about it since I was 15 but it was one of those “someday” dreams. There were two speakers at that conference who convinced me I needed to do it. Just shy of a year later, here I am!