Pimp the Indie is a weekly feature here at Have Book Will Read.
I will be featuring indie authors to help spread the word about them and their books.
Stop by each week to find out more about the authors, read excerpts, enter giveaways and more.
My featured author for today is Kelsie Leverich.
Kelsie’s debut novel, The Valentine’s Arrangement, was released in January 2013, and you can pick it up for £2.71 /$3.99.
Book #2 is called Feel the Rush and will be released in August 2013. Feel the Rush is a spin off novel about Meagan Mitchell who you will meet in The Valentine’s Arrangement.
About Kelsie Leverich …
I am a wife and a mommy to two adorable knuckleheads, hair stylist by day, writer by night. My crazy life revolves around my family (to include two dogs and a cat) and most of the time, actually all of the time, it’s a crazy mess – but I love it! Drinking wine and reading books helps 🙂
I’m a sucker for Romance, add some toe curling smut and I’m done for!
My passion is writing. It’s the thing I think about when I wake up in the morning, the thing I think about in between packing lunches and giving baths, and the thing I think about when I close my eyes at night. A book can teleport you to another life, to another world. It can sweep you off your feet, make you fall in love, break your heart and heal your soul. I love reading for those reasons, and I love writing for those reasons.
About The Valentine’s Arrangement …
Tattoo artist Ronnie Clark is counting the days until Valentine’s Day is over. Ronnie doesn’t do romance. She doesn’t do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn’t do love–not anymore. After her fiancé cheated on her while deployed, she has vowed never to fall in love again, especially with a soldier.
Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he can’t wait to return to finish leading his soldiers on their mission. He’s got no time for a relationship…but casual sex, that’s a different story. And when he meets Ronnie, a snarky, gorgeous, take-no-prisoners kind of woman, a fast fling is all he can think about. But when Kale realizes he’s met his match with a bombshell woman who is hell bent against love, will just sex be enough? And will winning her over both body and soul be the toughest battle he ever fought?
Ronnie slipped out of her boots and propped her feet up on the dash as they pulled onto US-11. “So what’s it like over there?”
“Like nothing you will see over here. It’s miserable. The weather sucks ass, the food sucks ass, and no matter where you sleep or who you sleep next to, you never truly rest.”
“What do you do?”
“Now who’s writing a book?” Kale teased, although she got the impression that he was using banter to cover up the fact that he didn’t really want to talk about it.
“Sorry, I’m just curious. You don’t have to tell me,” she said, and she was surprised by the sincerity in her words. She didn’t want him to talk about his deployments if he wasn’t up for it.
Kale sighed and his blue eyes went distant as he fixed his stare on the road ahead. Ronnie was pretty sure she was spot-on with her intuition and she regretted asking.
“Nah, it’s okay. I’m a combat engineer. Each deployment has been a little different though. We go on missions every day, some may be a few hours and some may be a few days. Going outside the wire could be as simple of a mission as making a presence patrol, shaking hands with local civilians, and passing out candy to kids…”
Ronnie watched as Kale took in a deep breath, seemingly lost in thought. His eyes turned to hers for the briefest of moments but it was long enough for her to see the myriad of emotions swirling beneath them—anger and pride, pain and loss, honor and determination—it was like watching a funnel cloud form in clear blue skies.
“And in the blink of an eye the mission can turn into house raids and body bags.” His hands tightened on the steering wheel and the muscles in his jaw clenched as he swallowed hard.
Ronnie thought back to the beautiful prayer she tattooed on his back.
And may my fallen brothers
Walk with you now, Lord.
She knew he was talking about them, the three men whose names she forever embedded into his flesh.
“Kale,” she said softly, unsure of where she was going with this, but she knew she had to say something.
He shifted his eyes to her, never fully turning his head to look at her, but still letting her know he was listening.
Ronnie did something completely out of character, completely shocking the hell out of her, and something so out of line with their little arrangement that she prayed she wouldn’t regret it later. Unbuckling her seat belt, she slid across the seat until her thigh was pressed up against Kale’s. The instant her body touched his, she physically saw him relax. He exhaled a breath that she wasn’t aware he was holding and his shoulders rolled forward. She knew in that moment that even though she hated letting even a fleck of the minuscule soft side that she possessed inside her slip through, she wouldn’t regret it.
She grabbed his right hand, peeling it from his grip on the steering wheel, and kissed the inside of his palm. “I’m sorry,” she whispered, and then she kissed his palm again.
She released his hand and instead of placing it back on the steering wheel, he slipped it through her hair and ran his thumb over her cheekbone. “Thank you,” he whispered, and the look he was giving her had her hard interior momentarily turning to putty; and just like that she slid back on over to her side of the truck.
Want To Win A Copy of The Valentine’s Arrangement? …
Kelsie Leverich has kindly offered a Kindle or Nook copy of The Valentine’s Arrangement to three lucky winners.
To enter make sure you go to the
Winner will be picked 24th March. Good luck 🙂