today’s book: You and Me
Winter is drawing ever closer (hooray!!), and it’s time for our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is our largest year yet, with the most authors & books, and we’re back with an all-new look, too.
Christmas is still 32 days away, though, so… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s next featured book is hot off the presses (it released today!), and author Becky Wade shares a cute excerpt!
YOU AND ME by Becky Wade
SERIES: A Misty River Romance
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance / Novella
RELEASE DATE: November 23, 2021
Easy-going, artistic Connor Bryant fell hard for his friend Shay Seaver when they were both in the seventh grade. Sixteen years later, he’s returned to Misty River. She’s finally between boyfriends. And his crush on her hasn’t wavered. Now’s his chance.
He tells Shay that he’s found someone he wants to date and is in need of a makeover when it comes to his appearance and dating strategies. He asks if she’ll serve as his consultant — in hopes that he’ll learn how he can become her ideal man. What he doesn’t tell her? That she’s the one he wants to date.
Sporty stationery shop owner Shay immediately agrees to Connor’s request because he’s one of the best guys she knows. However, she quickly realizes she’s in over her head. She’s pledged to help him win the affection of another woman — even though she dearly wants to claim his heart.
It’s Christmas in the mountain town of Misty River! This sweet contemporary romance novella, penned by Christy-winning author Becky Wade, can be read alone or paired with the other books in the series.
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Readers, in this excerpt Connor and Shay are ice-skating at an outdoor rink in the mountain town of Misty River. Connor’s a terrible skater and athletic Shay is brilliant at it. Here we catch up with Connor, who’s gripping the hand rail for dear life. Merry Christmas! -Becky
His life would become small if he never attempted anything in support of the people he cared about.
He cared about her. Also, skating did come with one perk. Watching Shay.
She radiated happiness. Her body was lithe and strong. The wind whipped through the tips of her hair. At one point, he spotted her turning circles in the middle of the rink, arms outstretched.
He stopped, spellbound.
As always, she was doing her thing, unconcerned with what others thought.
She was beautiful to him. She, who was so many of the things he wasn’t, had always been beautiful to him. And I’d do anything—even this—to spend time with her.
Sunset was arriving and the string lights mounted overhead blinked to life. He could see why so many Christmas movies included ice-skating scenes. The setting was the type of thing women liked. Sadly for him, he could also see why those movies didn’t show the hero strangling the handrail or venturing out onto the ice and toppling over like a baby giraffe. Not the type of thing women liked.
True to her word, Shay swirled to a stop in front of him after fifteen minutes. “How are you doing, Brian Boitano?”
She grinned, her brown eyes bright.
“I’m almost ready for the Olympic trials,” he said.
“How about I try to pull you forward, very slowly and carefully?”
“That’s a generous offer, but I’m worried that if I leave the handrail, I’ll fall and pull you down with me.”
“I’m willing to take that risk.” She extended her mittens to him.
He let go of the handrail and linked his hands with hers. Heat spread from the contact. This was the first time they’d held hands.
She started weaving her skates in an hourglass type of motion. She faced backward, he faced forward. She was going ninety percent slower than she’d been going, but he was now going fifty percent faster than he’d been going.
Don’t fall. Don’t fall. He set his jaw in concentration.
As predicted, he took her down with him. The force of the impact on the hard ice jarred through him. She landed facing him, looking startled by the crash.
The only thing that could make this date worse? If one of them was obligated to take the other to the emergency room.
“I’m so sorry,” he said. “Are you okay?”
Her whole face scrunched and then she was belly laughing.
The sound was contagious. The two of them sat on the ice, skaters flowing around them, laughing until Shay’s eyes grew wet with amusement.
Becky Wade is a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas with their three children and one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She loves writing emotional Christian contemporary romances laced with mystery! She’s the Christy and Carol award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, the Bradford Sisters series, and the Misty River Romance series.
Becky Wade is offering a copy of You and Me (winner’s choice of print or ebook) to one of my readers! (US only for print. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read You and Me by Becky Wade?