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Friday, December 16, 2011

Home Is Where the Heart Is, Book 5: Welcome to Redemption by Donna Marie Rogers

Melinda "Lindy" Spalding was first introduced in The Perfect Blend, Welcome To Redemption: Book 3 as the sister of Jacob Spalding (known to the good people of Redemption as Matt Jacobs).  And she isn't your usual heroine.  She's rich and privileged and snooty. But most of it's an act. Though she really does love her designer clothes and shoes. ;-)
She skidded into town in her red sports car, nearly running down Drew Porter's beast of a dog in the process.  Well, to be fair, the incident was Bo's fault.  But Lindy is so rattled by the spark that flies between her and Drew that she does what she always does--she puts on the pampered princess act and insults him.  No worries.  Drew Porter has a sizable ego himself, and gives as good as he gets...
Home Is Where the Heart Is, Book 5: Welcome To Redemption

Used to the finer things in life, heiress Melinda Spalding is thrown for a loop when her brother relocates to the Midwest. Her parents even expand their business to the small town and put her in charge of the project. Discovering she likes "Mayberry" and its quirky inhabitants is almost as shocking as her growing attraction to the local auto mechanic. But L.A. is where she belongs...or is home truly where the heart is?

Drew Porter learned early in life how treacherous women can be--and when snooty "Lindy" Spalding skids into his life and nearly makes roadkill out of his dog, she seems worse than most. An unlikely bond between their pets gives him an intriguing glimpse behind her pretentious exterior. While his heart wonders if there more to her than meets the eye, his head tells him to run as fast as he can in the opposite direction.
“Come on, man, there has to be someone else in Redemption who owns a pickup—the Packers are playing in the Super Bowl!  What about Caleb?”
In just a few hours, Drew would be hosting his annual Super Bowl party, and only the third in his lifetime featuring the Packers.  The last thing he had time for was a trip into Green Bay for a mattress.  Christ, what happened to, “I’ll be perfectly fine on the floor, thank you very much”?  Yeah, right, Princess.
“He’s out on an emergency call, and Lauren isn’t sure when he’ll be back.  Look, I know this is bad timing, but Carrie and Lauren are making most of the food anyway, and I can start grilling if you’re not back in time.”
The last thing Drew wanted to do was spend more time with Hot Stuff than he had to.  She infuriated him like no woman ever had...she also excited him like no woman ever had, which was half the problem.  Hell, who was he kidding, it was the majority of the problem.  The urge to spank her warred with the need to kiss her breathless, and he knew he’d be a goner if he ever gave in to either urge.
“Fine, I’ll do it.  Tell her I’ll be there in ten minutes.”
“You’re the best.”
Drew could hear the humor in his friend’s voice.  “Yeah, well you’re gonna owe me big time for this one.”

“That I will.  Thanks, man.”
As soon as Drew pulled into Lindy’s driveway, he regretted agreeing to play chauffeur.  She stood on the porch with her arms crossed, her annoyance unmistakable.  She dropped her arms and strode toward the truck, then
stopped to glare at him through the windshield for a couple heartbeats before continuing on toward the passenger side door.  Drew suddenly wished he’d brought Bo along to sit between them.
She yanked open the door and climbed in, slamming it closed with both hands.  Drew was hard pressed not to laugh at her silent little tantrum.
“You’re late.”
He avoided her gaze as he backed out of the driveway.  Damn, it was going to be a long ride into Green Bay. 
“Fifteen minutes.  Get over it.”
She buckled her seat belt and crossed her legs, one foot bouncing angrily as steam erupted from her ears. Thankfully, she ignored him for most of the ride, staring straight ahead while silently fuming.  Finally, she started looking around at the scenery.  A small smile even touched her lips.

“Pretty, ain't it?”
Her smile faded.  It dawned on Drew that she was still angry with him from yesterday.  So Hot Stuff was a grudge holder.  Perfect.  He let out a long, drawn out sigh as he took the 41 exit south.  “We’ll be there in about ten minutes.  Think you can handle my company that long?”
“If only it ended there,” she muttered.
“Look, you don’t like me, fine.  I’ll drop you off at the furniture store and you can take a taxi home.  Maybe if you offer the driver enough money he’ll strap your mattress to the roof of the cab.”
At long last, she looked at him, and Drew was taken aback by the hurt glimmering in her eyes.  “You think I’m just some useless fluff ball who doesn’t do anything but file my nails and buy new clothes.”
“Since when do you care what I think?”
She swung her gaze away and stared back out the windshield.  “I don’t.”
Drew came up to a stoplight and took the opportunity to study her face.  He reached out and cupped her chin.  “Liar.  I think you care more about my opinion than you want to admit.”
She jerked her chin from his grasp and pinned him with her most haughty glare.  He heaved a silent sigh.  How nice it would be if she just quit this whole Paris Hilton act and joined him back on planet Earth.  Little Miss Silver Spoon was buried so deep in her privileged world he doubted it was possible to draw her out.  And hell, who cared?  She wasn’t even worth the effort.
Now who’s the liar, pal?
“Get over yourself, Lou, I couldn’t care less what you think.  You’re nobody to me.”
“You know damn well what my name is, lady, so say it.  Call me by my name or you can take a goddamn taxi back to Redemption.”
Thank you so much for having me, Emma.  I hope everyone enjoyed the excerpt.  I would love to give a free download to anyone who posts.  And since Books 1 & 2 are already free (at Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, etc.) that's only 3 books left to buy, at $0.99 each, to complete the series :-)
Donna Marie Rogers inherited her love of romance from her mother. Romance novels, soap operas, Little House On the Prairie--her mother loved them all. And though it wasn't until years later Donna would come to understand her mother's fascination with Charles Ingalls, Donna's love of the romance genre is every bit as all-consuming.

A Chicago native, Donna now lives in beautiful Northeast Wisconsin with her husband and children. She's an avid gardener and home-canner, as well as an admitted reality TV junkie. Her passion to read is only exceeded by her passion to write, so when she's not doing the wife and mother thing, you can usually find her sitting at the computer, creating exciting, memorable characters, fresh new worlds, and always happily-ever-afters. 


E. Ayers said...

This looks like it's going to be a fun read! I think I'm going to have to read all the books.

I'm always looking for a great new author.

Roxy Boroughs said...

Nicely written. I look forward to reading the rest of it.

Mary Marvella said...

I love the excerpt. It sounds like my kind of book!

Donna Marie Rogers said...

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and reading my excerpt. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :-) I forgot to mention to leave your email addies so I can send you the coupon code. Sorry! Mary & Roxy, I think I can find yours...E., thanks for emailing me. :-)

caseyclifford said...

I loved this story both times I've read it! And now I get another taste just in time to put my creative hat on to come up with something to post for my blog tomorrow.

Sorry I'm chiming in late but I didn't know about this and I'm on WisRWA digest. :-(

Have a great weekend. I can't believe next weekend will be the actual holiday!

Donna Marie Rogers said...

Hi Casey! Please don't apologize. I didn't get online until late last night, so I only had a chance to post to the IRI loop. I'd planned on posting more today once I get laundry done, the Christmas cards finished, soup made for my sick baby (Miranda...not so much a baby at 12...LOL), and a couple of phone calls made. I'm so behind it isn't funny!

Thanks for your kind words about Home Is Where the Heart Is. Makes me very happy to know how much you enjoyed it. :-)

Christie Craig said...

Hi Donna!!!

This sounds like a great read!!