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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

BOOK TOUR, EXCERPT, FUN FACTS, & #GIVEAWAY - Her Hopes and Dreams (Ardent Springs #4) by Terri Osburn

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We are extremely delighted to join the BOOK TOUR of
HER HOPES AND DREAMS
by
Terri Osburn
Sweet. Heartwarming.
Book 4 of the highly popular Ardent Springs series.
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
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If she'd let him in, 
he'd be the man of her dreams.
As a newly single mother, Carrie Farmer isn’t quite ready to jump back into the dating pool in Ardent Springs—especially since her last marriage was such a disaster. But if anyone could entice her to wade in a bit, it would be her hunky neighbor, Noah Winchester. He’s the perfect man: strong, protective, and smoking hot. But her eyes have deceived her before, and she’s no longer willing to hand over her heart so easily.
After completing several tours in the Middle East, Noah returns to his hometown a very different man. The former soldier’s plan to rest and relax is soon waylaid by the intriguing woman next door and her heart-stealing little girl. Something—or someone—put shadows in Carrie’s lovely eyes, and he’s determined to clear them away. But when hidden demons can no longer be ignored, the couple gets a reminder from an unexpected source that love truly can conquer all.
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Stepping into the dim glow of two hanging bulbs, Carrie found Noah with his back to the door. She yelled his name, but the volume on the radio had her beat by several decibels. Knocking on the inside of the large swinging door didn’t help either. Seeing no other option, Carrie stepped forward to tap him on the shoulder, but the moment her finger connected with solid muscle, the man spun around and slammed a forearm across her throat, lifting her off the ground and propelling her backward. He moved with her, eyes wild as her back hit the one closed door.
Carrie dropped the plans to claw at the arm cutting off her air sup­ply. She tried to cry out, but her voice box produced nothing. Noah panted, brown eyes unblinking behind the strands of dark hair covering half his face. The moment fire raced through her starving lungs, the arm dropped away and Noah backpedaled, stopping when he reached the far wall, and then dropping to the ground.
Dragging in giant gulps of air, Carrie’s brain screamed for her to run, but she needed working lungs to do that. Chest burning, she lifted her eyes to see Noah still huddled on the dirt floor, his entire body shak­ing. This wasn’t the action of an angry man. Carrie had seen rage and brutality. This was something different. In fact, Noah looked as trau­matized as she felt. Searching the area for the source of the noise, she spotted a small speaker on the workbench to her right. Carrie yanked the short black cord out of the player, and the music cut off.
Blessed silence. And then she heard it. Crying.
Against the back wall, Noah’s head hung low between his knees as his entire body rocked forward and back. Without thinking, Carrie closed the distance between them, stopping just out of his reach.
“Noah?” she said, her voice low and soothing. “Noah, it’s okay. I’m okay.”
His head shook, sending thick locks swinging.
“I shouldn’t have surprised you,” she said, recognizing the signs of PTSD. She’d read up on the disorder after several episodes of her own. Jumping at unexpected sounds. Experiencing intense fight-or-flight instincts, hers always taking the flight route. Clearly, Noah’s instinct had gone the opposite way. Dropping to her knees, she leaned forward. “Take some deep breaths. In and out. Real slow.”
Lifting his head, Noah shoved the hair out of his face and wiped his eyes. “Did I hurt you?”
Carrie would have a hard-to-explain bruise, and he’d scared several years off her life, but to her own surprise, she felt more like the attacker than the attackee.
“I’m sorry I startled you,” she said. “I couldn’t think of any other way to get your attention.”
“Did I hurt you?” he asked again.
Running a hand along her throat, she said, “You cut off my air for a few seconds, but there’s no permanent damage.”
“Dammit,” Noah mumbled, brown eyes lifting to the ceiling. “I thought I had it under control.”
“You have a condition, Noah. You didn’t know what you were doing.”
“How do you know that?” he asked, straightening a leg past her knee.
Learning his secret didn’t mean she had to share her own. “I’ve done some research in preparation for opening the shelter.”
“I suppose getting knocked around by some asshole could leave a person shell-shocked.”
To put it lightly.
Carrie rested a hand on his shin. “Are you okay?”
Heavy brows drew together. “Why are you still here? Why didn’t you run? I tried to kill you.”
A reality she didn’t want to think about. There had been times, in the months before Patch had died, when Carrie had truly feared for her life. While dangling in Noah’s grip, she’d revisited that fear. A fact that had her asking the same questions of herself.
“I don’t know,” she said with total honesty. “You were shaking. I couldn’t leave you like that.”
“You need to learn some self-preservation skills.” Noah held out a hand, but she wasn’t sure what to do with it. “I promise I won’t hurt you again,” he said. “You can trust me.”
Despite what had just happened, she believed him. Carrie pressed her palm against his and was lifted off the floor as he rose to his feet. They stood less than a foot apart, dust swirling around them. Noah lowered his head and trailed a finger down her throat.
“That’s going to bruise,” he said, voice filled with remorse. “I’d never hurt you on purpose. You have to know that.”
Nodding, Carrie murmured, “I know.” Which made no sense at all. He had hurt her. And yet, she wasn’t afraid of him. In fact, she didn’t want to leave him. Not with anguish and regret still clouding his eyes. With a smile, she said, “The next time, I’ll keep my distance and throw something at your head.”
A callused thumb traced along her jawline. “God, I love that smile,” he said. “I really am sorry, Carrie. I’m sorry you had to see that side of me.”
“I’m sorry you had to go through something that turned you into that.” She wrapped a gentle hand around his wrist. “The scars that people don’t see are the hardest ones to heal.”
“Do they ever heal?” he asked, eyes dropping to her lips.
“I hope so,” she replied as his head lowered to hers. Carrie’s heart sped with anticipation as his hand caressed her cheek. His breath feathered across her lips less than a second before a baby’s cry filled the night. 

Fun Fact #1 – Much like Anchor Island, Ardent Springs, TN, really exists. Sort of. If you ever get the urge to walk the streets of my quaint, gossip-filled downtown, book a trip to the fabulous Franklin, TN. Though the town as a whole is not as small as I describe Ardent Springs to be, the downtown is the direct inspiration for my little Main Street, to the point that I kept the street names the same, and if you stand at the corner of 4th & Main, you’ll see the corner store that inspired Snow’s Curiosity Shop. In reality, it’s a frozen yogurt store.

Fun Fact #2 – When I decided to set a series in middle Tennessee, I had no idea I’d soon become a resident. Back in the mid-90s, I moved to Nashville, and stayed for three years. In the two decades since, I always knew I wanted to move back, but had no idea when or if it might happen. So when Lorelei Pratchett walked into my head in early 2014, I didn’t realize that plopping her into one of my favorite parts of the country would lead to plopping myself back there as well.

Fun Fact #3 – As a visual person, I create a Pinterest board for all of my books. If you’re ever curious about where they live, what they wear, or what they look like to me, simply hop over to my Pinterest boards and check it out. No worries if what I imagined isn’t what you saw while reading the book. That’s the wonderful thing about books. You get to bring them to life in your mind, and there’s no wrong way to do that. 

Other Books in the Ardent Springs Series

Check out other highly recommended titles by Terri Osburn.
Here are her first 3 books in the Ardent Springs series.
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His First and Last
Ardent Springs, Book 1
Sparks fly when high school sweethearts reunite in this first book in Terri Osburn’s Ardent Springs Series. Lorelei and Spencer thought they’d moved on, but find old flames never really die. But can they let the past go to find their happily ever after?
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Our Now and Forever
Ardent Springs, Book 2
A whirlwind romance landed Caleb and Snow in a Vegas wedding chapel making the biggest commitment of their young lives, but married life isn’t quite what Snow expected. Caleb has spent eighteen months looking for his runaway bride, and now that he’s found her in Ardent Springs, he isn’t about to let her out of his arms again.
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My One and Only
Ardent Springs, Book 3
A desperate teenage mother becomes a common cause for Cooper and Haleigh, who have been friends forever and nothing more. Seeing this as his chance with the girl he’s always loved, Cooper turns on the charm, but Haleigh’s history, as well as her daunting mother, could be too much for even love to overcome.

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About Terri Osburn

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Although born in the Ohio Valley, Terri Osburn found her true home between the covers of her favorite books. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood landscapes, and the romance genre beckoned during her teen years. In 2007, she put pen to paper to write her own. Just five years later, she became a 2012 finalist for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, and her debut novel was released a year later. To date, she has released eight novels, two novellas, and one short story. You can learn more about this award winning author by visiting her website at www.terriosburn.com.
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3 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting the excerpt and fun facts; really catch the attention! ;-)

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  2. This is a great series. I enjoy small town romances.

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