Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Marie Drake's You Can't Force Love Book Excerpt Tour - Excerpt #14

Author: Marie Drake  
Publisher: RedBird Books
Pages: 286  
Genre: Realistic Fiction

“A battered butterfly, he’d build Kimberly up, nurture her strength and watch her return to flight. He repressed the visions dancing in the back of his mind; her naked body brandished red flags and spurred him to stampede. Bulls and butterflies did not mix.”

Jordan Fry’s obsession is born in “You Can’t Force Love” by Marie Drake, Book I in the Locked Hearts Series.

From different towns and social backgrounds, Jordan Fry and Kimberly Orvine experience life-altering abuse, lose a parent and land in the same foster home. Angry, and self-deprecating, fiery redheaded Kimberly is deadset on lousy behavior and suffering the consequences, punishing herself for former sins. Scared by his inner darkness, pyromaniac Jordan has vowed to change for the better. He focuses on Kimberly as the key to his success, but she intends to make him break his promises. Unaware of Jordan’s atrocious actions in the past, she’s dangerously close to unleashing the evil he struggles to contain during their epic battle of wills. Can they both survive?



Book Excerpt #14 -

Jordan scanned the channels, stopped at a wrestling match, and his mother shook her head; he pressed the channel button, paused on Danger Bay, and held the remote until his mother nodded her approval. He settled in next to her, and she rested her eyes. The show neared its end, and Jordan awaited the next event of the family’s adventure. Paul entered the room, pushed Jordan aside and sat next to Debbie; he brushed his hand over her cheek, and she opened her eyes.

“Lovebirds, dinner’s ready. Tom’s working late again; I’ll enjoy the company,” Noreen said. She turned on her heel, and Debbie followed her.

Paul held a chair for Debbie, and Jordan moved to the next chair, but Paul forced him to continue to the opposite side. Noreen carried in a pot roast. “You didn’t have to go to the trouble,” Debbie said.

“No trouble at all.” Noreen waved her hand in the air.

“Smells great,” Paul added.

Jordan reached for a biscuit; Noreen frowned, he dropped it on his plate and cast his eyes downward. “Paul, would you like to say grace?” she asked.

“Lord, we offer thanks for this meal, for good friends like Noreen, and I’m especially grateful for Debbie and the child we’re expecting; Amen.”

Jordan mumbled Amen and returned his attention to his biscuit; he slathered it in butter and smothered it with gravy. “Have some carrots and meat,” his mother said. She passed him the dishes, and he obligingly added a serving of meat and vegetables to his plate.


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Award-winning author, Marie Drake lives in a small town near Lake Ontario with her husband, four sons, and three rescue pups. With many years of experience in the Foster Care community and advocating for other victims and survivors, she specializes in realistic and psychological fiction depicting the lives of abuse sufferers; their obstacles, their triumphs, and their downfalls.

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