EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
by Beth Ann Stifflemire
Diverted Heart is ON SALE for $1.99 for a limited time. Author Beth Anne Stifflemire is currently on tour with Enchanted Book Promotions. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.
Texas summers are no doubt some of the hottest you'll find. The heat encountered during this summer is not at all what Taylor bargained for. She's at a crossroads between childhood and womanhood, rummaging through the emotions of first love versus passion. Two young men tangle a web of needs and desires in her heart.
The summer before college begins, Taylor is thrust from her childhood home in Houston to an inherited family farm on the outskirts of Schulenburg, Texas. Eric, her first love, has gone states away to play college football. Low-spirited and merely trying to get through an expectantly boring summer, she is nearly run off the road by her new country neighbor, Maxwell. Ruggedly handsome, devilishly charming and everything Taylor seeks to avoid, Maxwell does something to her emotions she's struggling desperately to interpret, as they spend the summer filled with each other. Boundaries are tested and the scales of lust tip despite hesitations. A final decision must be made.
Did she ever truly love Eric? Is Maxwell simply a lustful thought, or is there more to uncover beneath the surface? One thing is for certain, this summer will change Taylor in every possible way: mind, body and soul.
He looks back at me with intense eyes, and I don’t think it’s because of the crazy weather or our inability to cross the road. Whatever’s been building between us is like a dam about to burst, and you can could cut the sexual tension in the air with a knife.
“So let’s go back to my house.” I know it’s the only option, and right now I just want to get there - fast, for more reasons that just getting out of the rain.
He releases his lip from his teeth. “Don’t have much of a choice, do we?” He squeezes my thigh with one hand while the other rests on the steering wheel. His touch pulses through me and only leaves me wanting him to touch me in other places.
With great care, he backs the truck up and makes his way down the road the way we came. The rain is relentless as we pull back up to my house. Max reaches for my bag in the back of the truck.
“Let’s get inside,” I urge him.
He nods and we both pile out and sprint back to the house. But it’s pretty pointless, as wet as we already are. After leaping to the porch, I unlock the door and open it quickly, allowing us an escape from the wild weather. Max dashes in behind me and drops the bag just inside the door, closing it behind him. His wet, brawny figure meanders towards me. My heart pounds, my body aching with desire. His eyes gaze pierces through me, and I’m out of fight. Max grasps my head and pulls me straight to his lips, kissing me with such passion it leaves me lightheaded, defenseless. Our lips eventually part and I open my eyes. The flaming look in his eyes gives away his thirst for more. I want it, too.
Max’s hand shifts and glides down my back. He pulls me to his firm body after reaching the small of my back. Ablaze with a frenzied lust, all that I’ve withheld from Max suddenly crumbles away.
Praise for the Book
"Diverted Heart is a tale that captures the intensity and confusion of young love in that memorable summer before college. The wonderful juxtapositions of people and place in the big city of Houston, the charming countryside of South Central Texas, and Aggieland will resonate with Texans and non-Texans, alike. This book will make a great movie!" ~ Lynne Majek - Owner, Majek Vineyard & Winery, Moravia, Texas
"A wonderfully written coming of age love story with enough steamy moments to rival a Texas July. Diverted Heart will make you feel young again." ~ Literal Addiction Editing
"I really enjoyed Diverted Heart, Beth Stifflemire has written a very heart warming story about a young girl who is just coming of age. Beth does not disappoint me, I loved the story and the characters." ~ Liz
"This was a very fast read, it was such a good book. I was disappointed when it ended, I was enjoying it so much. I feel the author did a great job on expressing the feelings of an 18 year old. [...] I really enjoyed the characters and how they interacted with each other. I would definitely like to read another book by this author. I would recommend this book to a YA reader who enjoys romance." ~ Brenda K
"Diverted Heart is such a sweet love story. It's a good refuge for a few sweet hours away from the real world. Dig it, you will love it!" ~ Love.Reading.Laughing
"Such a great book! Held my attention the whole way through. Couldn't get enough!" ~ Ashley Brown
About the Author
Beth Ann Stifflemire is a wife, mother, blogger and book lover from Texas. Her passion is writing stories that draw a reader into a world where they can become the characters and experience a gamut of emotions. When she's not writing, she loves to be home with my family and two yellow labs. In addition she's a sucker for super sappy romance movies, loves trying out Texas wines, is an avid hot tea drinker and enjoys checking items off of her ever-growing bucket list.
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