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Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

Thank you to those who have served and their families for defending our country.

Wishing those who are celebrating a day of family, fun and great food. Oh, and a few books too! 

A few one-click reads for the holiday weekend

For many the long holiday weekend means time with family and friends. Perhaps you’re headed to the beach, sitting by the pool or just out on your own adventure.  Wherever you are headed be sure to fill your e-reader with some great reads!

One Sexy Mistake by Sarah Ballance is the perfect book to dive into this long weekend.

A snowstorm, a hook-up and a sexy computer geek. While this is part of a series it can be enjoyed as a standalone and should be added to your e-reader today. At 99 cents it’s the perfect gift!

Be sure to check out the first book in this series – Five Things I Love About You at 99 cents too! Happy Reading!

The List by Tawna Fenske is one-click worthy, funny, spicy and a fast paced story that sizzles.

What do you do when you realize that a list defines how people look at you? Could Cassie Michaels do all those things she bragged and boasted about?

Simon Traxel is quick to help Cassie but leaves one little detail out surrounding who he really is. When he takes a chance and helps her out he will discover that it’s not just Cassie who needed a little adventure!

It’s time to expand your horizons with this laugh-out-loud funny and spicy story of one woman’s quest to fulfill her secret desires. This story makes anything involving a list and a computer sexy!

This spicy latte read is four peppers hot for full on, no holds barred sensuality and situations. It’s for mature readers 18+.holds barred sensuality and situations.4 Jalepenos


In the latest installment from Marissa Clarke it starts with a one-date fiasco, most of us can relate to that at one time in our lives. If only Jane Dixon could succeed and secure a second date.

A crazy cat, a secret crush and a vow to never fall for a lawyer. If only the heart could follow any rules.

I loved this book! The witty writing, intense tension and the message that one should never let go of a dream! Think big and life might surprise you!

This two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight has just enough sizzle to make you tingle and a lot of action! Oh, and yes, it’s for  mature readers 18+.

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A must read from Kerri Carpenter in her new series

A must read from Kerri Carpenter in her new series

Kerri Carpenter "Falling for the Right Brother" book coverFalling for the Right Brother is refreshing, fun and just what I needed to kick off the holiday weekend. A story about a blogger whose postings are driving those in town of Bayside a bit bananas, is cleverly crafted and executed!

Elle Owens has returned to her hometown and is praying that no one remembers what happened in high school. However, when a blogger starts reporting about her whereabouts, she isn’t so sure. 

Cam Dumont is the older brother of her high school crush and is blown away by her transformation. Will he uncover the real story surrounding that horrible night? Will he give in to his feelings despite her interest in his younger brother? A love story that involves secrets, a lot of comical relief and little spice is again, a must read!

Sometimes assumptions push people to do things they might not normally do to protect those they love. I found this story to be a quick read, satisfying and I am super excited about this series. The secret of the mysterious blogger … oh Kerri…we need to know! Perhaps this time, being in the newspapers might not be such a bad thing ;).

This two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight has just enough sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for  mature readers 18+.

I received this ARC from the author for a fair and honest review.

 

Excerpt:

He liked being around Elle. Most women wanted to talk about their feelings. Not that there was anything wrong with that when it was needed. But there was a lot to be said for enjoying a quiet moment.
Plus, she could hold her own with him.
And she could cook.
And she was gorgeous.
Sneaking a glance at her, he felt his heart practically stop. She’d let her hair out of its ponytail. Now the wind was moving through it, light brown strands flying around her face. The setting sun cast an aura over her that highlighted her smooth skin. Awash in light, with a dreamy expression on her face, she looked serene, calm. Exquisite.
Exquisite? Ah, hell. He liked her.
“Damn.”
She turned her head at his oath. “What was that?” she asked, an amused expression on her face.
He couldn’t like her. Not if she had any feelings for his brother. That wouldn’t be right.
All he wanted to do was kiss her. With his body tensed and primed at her nearness, he desperately wanted to draw her to him. He wanted those lips on his, those arms around him.
“Cam?”
He met her curious gaze. Why couldn’t she be weird or crazy or just not his type?
“What are you thinking?” she wondered aloud.
“Do you still have feelings for my brother?” he blurted. Idiot. Her face fell and then he cursed himself for that. “Sorry, it’s none of my business.”
“It’s okay,” she said, waving her hand. “Jasper…I never really knew Jasper.”
“You were in the same class.” It sounded like an accusation.
“That doesn’t mean anything.,” she said slowly, taking a step toward him. “Dinner last night was the longest we’ve ever talked.”
It hit Cam then, crystal clear. Jealousy over that dinner was what had been bothering him all day. What had kept him awake the night before.
Feeling irritated even now, he wanted to pace. But she was standing so close. He could smell her perfume, a flowery scent that mixed with the aromas from the kitchen. Shouldn’t go together, but to him, it was intoxicating.
“Look, Elle, just tell me, once and for all, do you have feelings for my brother?”
“No,” she practically screamed. “And for the record, I would never go after someone who was taken.”
“Great. I don’t want you to do that.”
“Then what do you want, Cam?”
“I want to kiss you.”
“So kiss me.”

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Award-winning romance author Kerri Carpenter writes contemporary romances that are sweet, sexy, and sparkly. When she’s not writing, Kerri enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) rescued poodle mix, Harry. Visit Kerri at her website, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to her newsletter.

Happy book Birthday Mark of Truth by Graceley Knox

Happy book Birthday Mark of Truth by Graceley Knox


Mark of Truth, the debut novel by Graceley Knox is refreshing, captivating and absolutely wicked! Graceley’s writing is clever, witty, and packed with sexy banter between Dare and Ever. I truly enjoyed reading this book, the characters are perfect for each other and loved watching it all unfold.  

Ever Leath has a kick-ass job working at the Magical Enforcement and Containment Agency. Nothing is normal when it comes to Ever’s life or family. Will she finally let someone in to her heart?

Dare Fitzpatrick has information that Ever needs, but his world is about to be turned upside down. Neither Dare or Ever are prepared for their encounter and neither will you! Will Dare continue to pursue Ever once he discovers who she is? Oh…the page turning anticipation that will keep you in your cozy chair. 🙂

Discover Graceley’s world of elves, goblins and fae, it’s time to escape into a mysterious, edgy, and an exquisite story rich with colorful descriptions. Every scene is smooth and moves the story along. The entire book plays vividly in your mind like a movie, your mind will be blown away! Each detail is crated with care and every page is a magical experience.

If you are looking for a story with well timed humor and plot twists that keep you engaged with excitement, one-click now. Just at the moment when you think you have it all figured out Graceley will surprise you. It’s the secrets that will drive both Dare and Ever towards the truth, but what exactly is the truth?

Find out which delightful cast of characters will join Ever on her journey of redemption and faith. Ever is torn between family and duty, if that weren’t enough, her heart wages in on the battle. Dare is convinced he knows the real reason their paths have crossed. Will Ever believe him?

It’s time to enjoy a fantasy that weaves romance, a kingdom of epic creation and a cast of characters that make reading enjoyable in one delicious sitting. Are you ready for a story that has so much to give? From the gorgeous cover to the last page, well done Graceley. I look forward to reading the next installment and hope that the next few months fly by. I received this ARC for a fair and honest review.

This two peppers spicy latte has just enough to make you tingle and is it’s for mature readers 18+. 2 Jalepenos

Excerpt:

“McElva as in the reigning king of the Light Elves?” Dare asks.
I lean back, crossing my arms and tilting my head to the side. “His sister is my mother, actually, not the king himself, why?”
“Well, little álainn, looks like we might have some information for you after all.”
I arch one eyebrow. I had little hope they had anything of use for us. Looks like I was wrong for once.
“Stop with the lovely, would you?” I snap, narrowing my eyes at his knowing smirk. “Let’s have it then. I haven’t got all night, gents, and my whiskey is getting low.”
“Are you aware of who your father is, Ever?” he asks me in a surprisingly gentle tone.
For the love of the goddess! Like he isn’t the first Fae to speculate or be sure that they know who my mysterious father is.
“That would be a negative. Do you know who he is?” I gasp, clutching both hands to my chest, pretending to be hungry for the information and pleading with him to share it with me.
He isn’t fooled. Nor does he look amused. “Sarcasm isn’t becoming, little álainn.” He shakes his head at me. “What would you say if I told you your father is the Goblin King’s favorite advisor, Tore MacDouglas, who is also the son to the previous Goblin King?”
I laugh. “I’d think you’re bat shit crazy!”
The previous Goblin King lost the throne to Teag Fitzpatrick in a duel to the death after he attempted to start a war between the Goblin Kingdom and the Light Elves. If my history lessons were accurate, this happened shortly after the Light Elven Declaration was made. I’m surprised to hear his son was allowed to live. Goblin society is rumored to be cutthroat, and any threats are dealt with swiftly and brutally.
Both Doyle and I are in hysterics at the thought that my uptight mother would break the greatest law and couple with a goblin, let alone have a child with one. A royal goblin at that! I wipe the tears from my eyes, still chuckling, and look at them. They’re not smiling.
Slowly, I straighten back up in my chair. “You’re serious?”
“Does he look like he makes jokes often?” Dax asks, tilting his head toward Dare.
I size him up and snicker. “No.”

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For a chance to win a SIGNED Paperback of Mark of Truth comment below. 

Contest runs from 5/22/17 7:00 AM thru 5/24/17 12 Noon
Winner will be announced on the Coffee With post on 5/24/17.

Winner MUST comment on the announcement post within 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be randomly selected.

Be sure to follow me the blog (link on homepage),  Facebook Page  (Books I Love A Latte Page) and Twitter @RaeLatte so you don’t miss that announcement post!

Be sure to swing by Graceley Knox and follow her on twitter (@graceleyknox) to stay up to date on the world of Elves, Goblins, and Fae! Not to mention other amazing news!

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Author Bio:

Graceley Knox is an up and coming paranormal and fantasy romance author with a serious caffeine and book addiction. She prefers to listen to music while she writes and is a former New Englander living on the Gulf Coast of Florida. By day she works in the publishing industry, and by night, she plots out the many ideas cluttering her mind. When she’s not reading, writing, or hanging out with her large extended family you can find her on her various social media accounts.

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Coffee With Graceley Knox

Coffee With Graceley Knox

*** Congratulations Valorie P – you have won a signed paperback of Mark of Truth.
You have 24 hours to claim your prize! ***

Rae: Thank you Graceley Knox, Author of Mark of Truth, for hanging out with me today. 

Graceley: Hi, Rae! Thanks for having me!

Rae: If we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking an iced Latte with Coconut milk. What would you order?

Graceley: First off, I’m an ex-barista so my drink changes with my mood. Currently, I’m loving plain ole drip coffee (Black Rifle Coffee Co is a fave as well as a new one I just found, which is from a restaurant called First Watch). But usually, I’m a Starbucks Double shot with hazelnut and soy.

Rae: I must say congratulations on your book release tomorrow. In The Wicked Kingdom series you delve into a world of Elves, Goblins and Fae. Can you tell the readers your inspiration for your paranormal/fantasy debut series?  

Graceley: Thank you! I’m so excited. And terrified, but mostly excited for tomorrow! As for my inspiration, I grew up reading about magical creatures, and different Celtic legends. It sort of became an obsession of mine. I was having trouble finding a good Fae series to read after I read all the greats, thus, I wrote a book I’d pick up in the store and then spend all night reading! Also, Ever wouldn’t leave me alone, so I had to write her first.

Rae: Is this a spicy series?

Graceley: Yes, the series is spicy. Book one is a bit of a slow burn, but book two really heats up ;). Early readers have been threatening to throw kindles at me if I don’t give them book three, lickety split!

Rae: Your website graphics are stunning – how did you come up with the design concept?  

Graceley: Thank you! I can’t take any credit other than finding one stock image though! My cover designer, Desiree DeOrto, actually read Mark of Truth so when it came time for the cover, she told me to step aside, and ta-da, there is her genius. As for the teasers, Renee Ericson did those. The green magic that is my website is all her. Literally all I told her is, I’m feeling the color green for this, and she whipped it up.

Rae: What is your writing process? Are you a writer that sits at the computer 9-5 or do you squeeze it in when you can?

Graceley: As for my writing, I squeeze it in when I can. I work in the publishing industry by day, and I usually write late at night, on a plane traveling somewhere, or sitting on my deck at my house. My writing process usually involves me sprinting with a few of my writing friends, a solid playlist for whatever scene I’m writing, and coffee. Lots of coffee!

Rae: What can we expect to see in 2017?

Graceley: I’m hoping to release books two and three in the series, in short order (more on that soon). I also have plans to write a trilogy this year as well, which I plan to publish in early 2018!

Rae: If readers want to find you, where will you be in the upcoming months? 

Graceley: I’m not attending any signings as of right now, my schedule is pretty full with work, but they can always find me online! I’m never far from my phone or social media!

Rae: I am thrilled you were able to join me today and look forward to the book release tour tomorrow.  Readers be sure to stop by and check out Mark of Truth!

Graceley: Thanks so much for having me!

***** 11 Tantalizing Tidbits *****

1. What is a must read book and why? Anything Laurell K. Hamilton. Anita Blake and Merry Gentry, are hands down, out of this world incredible reads.

2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown? The bookstore of course! That was my favorite haunt growing up and still is when I visit! Toadstool Bookshop is the name of it. And they make a killer latte as well!

3. Castles or Beaches? Why not a castle on the beach?

4. If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for research, where would you go? Ireland or Scotland. I’m wicked Irish so I’d love to see the homeland!

5. Tats or No Tats? If tats, how many and what did you choose for your first one? I’ve got 18 tattoos currently, and plan on plenty more! My first one was a tattoo for my Nana after she passed away.

6. Binge watcher or weekly viewer? Which show(s)? Binge all the way! I can’t stand the waiting! Currently I’m watching Criminal Minds, but Supernatural and Bones are also favorites I re-watch all the time!

7. What is on your playlist? What isn’t on my playlist LOL? I’ve got George Strait, Ruelle, this artist Caitlyn Smith I saw play at a dive bar in Nashville a few weeks ago, some Nickelback, AC/DC is a favorite, as well as Yo-Yo Ma and Fall Out Boy. Just depends on my mood!

8. What is your favorite movie of all time and why? I can’t pick just one, but I’m a sucker for an action movie. Faves include, Live Free Die Hard, Harry Potter (the entire series), Lawless, Boondock Saints, and the Bourne movies!

9. Motorcycle or bicycle? I grew up on motorcycles, so bikes all the way! Harley Davidsons or Indians are my jam.

10. Person or persons you admire and why? Meredith Wild. That’s a woman who doesn’t take no for an answer. She’s also incredibly kind, thoughtful, talented, and did I mention amazing?

11. If you could give your 21 year old self advice what would it be? Tell your cousins to put down the camera LOL.

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For a chance to win a SIGNED Paperback of Mark of Truth….tell us ..

What is your favorite movie and why?

Contest runs from 5/22/17 7:00 AM thru 5/24/17 12 Noon Winner will be announced on this blog post on 5/24/17.

Winner MUST comment on this post within 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be randomly selected.

Be sure to follow me the blog (link on homepage),  Facebook Page  (Books I Love A Latte Page) and Twitter @RaeLatte so you don’t miss that announcement post!

Be sure to swing by Graceley Knox and follow her on twitter (@graceleyknox) to stay up to date on the world of Elves, Goblins, and Fae! Not to mention other amazing news!

Author Bio:

Graceley Knox is an up and coming paranormal and fantasy romance author with a serious caffeine and book addiction. She prefers to listen to music while she writes and is a former New Englander living on the Gulf Coast of Florida. By day she works in the publishing industry, and by night, she plots out the many ideas cluttering her mind. When she’s not reading, writing, or hanging out with her large extended family you can find her on her various social media accounts.

Social Media Links:
Twitter: @GraceleyKnox
Instagram: @AuthorGraceleyKnox

 

Out-lanta is southern perfection with a floral bouquet and a dash of spice!

Out-lanta is southern perfection with a floral bouquet and a dash of spice!

Out-lanta by Tina DeSalvo is a must read addition to your e-reader! Grab your favorite cocktail or glass tumbler filled with your drink of choice. Then settle in for a roadtrip from Atlanta to Cane, Louisiana!

I’ve been to Atlanta and New Orleans and there is something majestic about the plantations, food, and culture. When you add a Polish bride on the run and new friends, this story is the escape right before the weekend. I loved reading Gone With the Wind with the southern vibe and rich history. When I read this, I felt immersed into a world of blended culture, rich tradition and loyalty. While I can’t jet off to either city at the moment, this book is the next best thing!

Our hero Luck Marcelle is in for the ride of his life when he encounters Ania Darska, she’s on the run and he needs to figure out why. Luke’s world will never be the same and that means this story delivers in spades! Tina’s attention to the little nuances and details of Ania, Izzy, and Ruby, beloved characters, is a emersion of wit, charm, sass and a little spice ;)!

A two peppers spicy latte hot delight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.

I received this ARC for a fair and honest review. Don’t wait to download your copy, it’s at a one-click price of $0.99!

Excerpt:

Chapter One

“Okay ladies, I’m all yours,” Luke Marcelle said as he climbed into his sleek, deep red BMW M3 convertible. He’d left the Jeep he used for work back home in Louisiana, choosing to make the road trip to Atlanta in what he called his recreational vehicle. Luke put his Nikon digital camera into his backpack on the center console between the front seats. He turned to look at his passengers in the back seat. “I got my photos from the beautiful Swan House and boxwood gardens for work. I’m finished here at the Atlanta History Center. The rest of the afternoon is for your pleasure.”
“And we are here for youz pleasure, too,” eighty-eight-year-old Izzy Bienvenu said from the back seat where she sat under an enormous floppy straw hat to the right of her fifty-something year old niece, Ruby. Both women were from Cane, Louisiana where Luke had moved his business a few years ago. “It’s nice we’ze all happened to be in Atlanta at da same time. We’ze are ready to party wit you and take youz mind off of work.”
Tanté Izzy and Ruby looked like they were ready for a NFL Sunday game in the Superdome rather than ‘partying’ in the springtime with him. Luke appreciated their team loyalty and got a chuckle seeing them in their bedazzled black and gold New Orleans Saints t-shirts and huge black, sunglasses that looked like bumblebee eyes. Even though football season was months away, Tanté Izzy said they were wearing the Saint’s t-shirts because they wanted the Atlanta Falcon fans to know that their rival Who-Dat fans were around. She sure enjoyed making the sport of fan-mania an all year long fandom. The fancy sunglasses they wore had nothing to do with being a super-fan, though. According to Tanté Izzy, she and Ruby wore them because they looked sexier with them on while riding in his red-hot convertible with the top down.
“Party?” Ruby said, shaking her head, causing her bright red bangs to swish across her forehead from under the giant hat she wore. “Don’t you think that’s an overstatement. Luke here doesn’t want to go out dancing and clubbing with us, Tanté Izzy. He’s too busy for that. He’s just going to spend an afternoon with us. Remember, he’s got a lot to do for that big project he’s bidding on. It’s for that new neighborhood that he wants to build not too far from Cane. The one he’s taking all those pretty pictures for.” She looked at Luke. “What’s it called again?”
“Magnolia Row.”
“He’s going to grow his construction company from building houses and commercial buildings one client at a time to building thousands of houses for just one client.” Ruby explained to Tante’ Izzy who was adjusting her own huge hat on her tiny head.
“He hasn’t gotten dat big job, yet,” Tanté Izzy whispered to Ruby, but he heard her just fine from the front seat. “He’s still got to win da bid over two other companies. We’ze here to take his mind off of dat. So hush youz mouth.” Then in a louder voice she spoke directly to Luke. “Ruby and I are ready to go on da Walking Dead Tour.”
“From the Classical 1928 Swan House, or as you ladies refer to it as President Snow’s Mansion from The Hunger Games, to the Walking Dead tour.” He started the car and closed his eyes, enjoying the sound of the powerful engine purring to life. Just then, the passenger door flung open and a rustle of noisy fabric and feathers along with a blur of bright white filled the front seat.
“What the hell?” Either he was hallucinating or a beautiful dark haired bride had just jumped in his car.
“Go, Go, Go,” the stranger in white screamed, banging on the dash. Even though she’d only spoken three short words, he could tell she had a foreign accent. The bride looked past him with big blue eyes focused on the woodland path on the other side of the parking lot.
“Drive! Please.”
“Hell no. I’ve seen this movie and I’m not interested in Buford T. Justice chasing me across Georgia.”
“Oh. I get out then if you do not drive.” The woman started to shift to get out of the car, struggling with the dress. The top of the dress fit like shrink wrap on her very shapely body making it difficult for her to bend and move. Yet, as stingy that part of her dress was with fabric, the bottom more than compensated for it. Starting with a huge flare around her knees, there seemed to be miles of voluminous fabric there. It equally made movement a problem for her. How had she even managed to get into his sports car?
She looked somewhere past him again.
“No. He drive,” Ruby said, unintentionally speaking like the runaway bride had.
“Yes?” she asked, her voice shaky one second and in the next her hand flew to her mouth and she shouted with complete assertiveness. “I need you driving. Now. They are coming. Hurry.” Her accent was heavier than it was at first. She was now adding a “k” at the end of her ing words.
“Go. Go. Go.” Tanté Izzy and Ruby screamed at the same time.
“One of those three men wearing the tuxedoes, has a gun,” Ruby shouted. “God, he must be the jilted groom.”
“I gotz my gun too,” Tanté Izzy yelled, reaching into her purse. Hearing that was all the incentive Luke needed. The thought of a shoot-out between an angry fiancé and an elderly Cajun woman had him punching his foot on the accelerator. The powerful engine responded as it was engineered to and they sped off.
The bride’s veil blew up behind her like a kite tail, whipping Tanté Izzy and Ruby in the face as it trailed to the trunk of the car.
“Oh, no,” the bride cried, tugging on the material flying behind her head. It caught the wind and came around to cover Luke’s face. He slammed on his brakes.
“Are you trying to get us killed?” he yanked the white fabric off of his face as she tried bundling it up into a ball. That’s when a ping sounded near the side of the car. All three women screamed.
Luke flinched and floored it. “Holy crap, lady. I’ve heard of shotgun weddings before, but this is ridiculous.”
“Oh, God, I’m going to be dead,” she said, folding over onto her lap and giving Luke a full view of the back of her dress and the deep plunge which left a view of more fair skin than not. Hell, there was hardly any dress in the back at all.
“I’m calling 9-1-1,” Ruby shouted. “A person should be able to say no and leave a wedding if they want…even the bride.”
“Nie. No. Please.” The woman jerked up, reached around and grabbed the phone from Ruby’s hand. A tear slid down her cheek. “No police. I get out of car,” she offered and looked back to see if anyone was following them.
Luke did the same. Two cars cut the corner behind them. He sped up and took the next turn and then three after that without slowing down. His car was a performance dream. The women were grabbing onto the back and bottom of their seats to keep from falling over, even though the car hugged each turn smoothly. Luke hooked a hard, fast left and pulled into what looked like an old office parking garage. He hit the brakes, turned the wheel and stopped the car facing in the direction they had just come it. He turned off the headlights and the darkness from the empty garage closed in around them. He left the engine running.
“Where can I drop you off?” he asked the woman with the white-knuckled grip on his dash.
Tanté Izzy smacked him in the back of the head and leaned between the console seats. “You liked drivin’ fast too much.”
“Hey, I was just trying to keep us from getting shot.”
“You are crazy driver,” the bride said, letting go of the dash. “Thank you for keeping us not getting dead.”
“Youz talk funny. Where are youz from?”
The woman looked over her shoulder to Tanté Izzy, then back toward where cars were passing on the street outside of the parking garage. “Lithuania,” she replied, but something in her tone told Luke she was lying. “You have an accent too. Where are you from?”
“God’s country.” Tanté Izzy said with a big smile. Ruby nodded next to her.
“That’s for sure,” Ruby added. “We’re from a town called Cane in Louisiana. It’s near New Orleans.”
“Ruby and I is Cajun,” Tanté Izzy piped in, as if that explained everything. “Luke’s not Cajun by birth but he’z Cajun by friendship.”
The probably not-Lithuanian bride’s dark brows lifted. She clearly didn’t understand what any of that meant, but didn’t ask for an explanation. She was looking around the quiet parking garage.
Luke pulled out his phone. “Shall I call you a cab?”
“No. I can walk.” She picked Ruby’s phone up off the floor where it had fallen in the mad getaway, and handed it back. “I’m sorry for taking it.” Luke frowned hearing her insert a k again in an ing word – to make taking sound like takink. Her accent made her sound more vulnerable somehow. She opened the door, the bottom of her wedding dress poured out like a flooding river over the banks.
“No. Don’t go,” Ruby said, squeezing her broad shoulders into the small space next to Tanté Izzy so she could get closer to the bride. “It’s not safe for you to walk through the streets with an angry fiancé and his posse of groomsmen chasing after you. Not to mention that it will be impossible to drag that long Cathedral train behind you.” Ruby lowered her sunglasses down her nose and looked over the top of them. “From what I can see—spilling out the door like that—it sure looks like a real pretty train.”
“We’ze ain’t goin’ to throw her to da wolves.” Tanté Izzy said looking at Luke.
He shook his head. “You must have friends or family you can call.”
She sighed. “I can walk.”
Oh hell. That wasn’t the response he wanted to hear. Luke grabbed the steering wheel and looked out his window into the dark, dusty garage.
“Luke Marcelle,” Tanté Izzy said, “dis girl needs our help and we’ze goin’ to give it to her. Don’t make her feel bad about it either. It took a lot of courage to walk out of her own weddin’ when all da people came to wish her a happy life.”
The woman looked at Tanté Izzy. “You are a good Babcia. I thank you but I don’t want trouble for you or your grandson and daughter.”
“Dey aren’t my grandson and daughter,” Tanté Izzy corrected. “Dey are family, Ruby by blood and Luke by friendship. Dey also are da peoples who are gonna help you.”

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Tina DeSalvo, a fresh, humorous voice in romance, brings her knowledge and passion for the culture, traditions and people of Cajun Country (where she lives) and New Orleans (where she grew up) to her Second Chance Novel series-Elli, Jewell and Abby (coming this summer!). Tina is also a journalist who spent her career in television news and as one of the first female sports broadcasters in Louisiana. A Breast Cancer Survivor, Tina donates her proceeds from Elli to help individuals fight the disease. She loves to write, but she especially loves spending time with readers…sharing laughs, tears and hugs. Learn more about Tina at tinadesalvo.com