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Book Excerpt: OUT OF SIGHT by Melissa Klein

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OUT OF SIGHT by Melissa Klein / Book 2 of the Out of Uniform series / Contemporary Romance / Released July 5, 2017 by The Wild Rose Press

When tragedy upends her life, Mia Jones must fight to regain her lost memories and win the man she loves.

After a brutal attack leaves Mia Jones with a traumatic brain injury, she learns the key to discovering her attacker’s identity lies within her damaged brain. As she battles to recover from her injuries, she finds it’s not her fiancé by her side but her foster brother, Hank.

When navy pilot, Hank Taggart ditches his plane in the sea, he thinks the worst has happened—until he returns home to learn Mia, the closest thing he’s ever had to family, is in ICU. While struggling to accept the end of a career that defines him and battling his own medical diagnosis, he must also suppress his newfound feelings for Mia.

With Hank rejecting her love at every turn and the bad guys upping the stakes, Mia wonders, which fate is worse: falling into the hands of her enemy or losing the man she loves.

Excerpt:

“What about your long-term prognosis?”

Mia shrugged. “Doctors are being optimistic. So. I. Don’t. Give. Up.”

He couldn’t image her doing that. “You’ve been through so much, angel. It just isn’t fair.”

She barked a laugh. “Haven’t. You. Heard? Life. Not. Fair.”

“But you’ve had more than your share of trouble.”

“Everything happens—for a reason.” She let out a breath. “Mrs. Brooks says. ‘God doesn’t. Give. More. Than. We. Can. Bear.’”

“Then God must think you’re a badass.”

Mia smacked him on the leg. “You’re. Naughty.”

“No,” he said, teasing back. “I’m just telling it like I see it. You’ve been through a hellova lot and you deserve a break.”

“We both do,” she said, her smile fading. “Both. Of. Us. Have.” Her brow furrowed. “Why. You. Should. Date. Be happy.”

She’d found her Prince Charming in Charles Brooks III. As much as he loathed the too-slick, Gone With the Wind throwback, he wouldn’t stand in her way if Tripp made her happy.

A few droplets of rain pelted them. “I guess we better head back inside.”

“Maybe it won’t get worse.”

“Better not chance it.” He scooped her into his arms. “Sugar melts.”

Holding Mia in his arms felt more right than anything in a long while, which was why he needed to get himself gone. She belonged to another man. Hank let himself breathe in her scent and absorb the way her breath tickled his neck for the time it took to return her to her room.

 

Contemporary Author Melissa Klein talks about her new release OUT OF SIGHT

Klein13024-12-8x10[1]Melissa Klein writes contemporary romance about everyday heroes fighting extraordinary battles. Whether facing the demands of caring for a child with special needs or the struggles of a soldier returning home, her characters take on the challenges life throws at them with perseverance, courage, and humor. Melissa won Georgia Romance Writers Unpublished Maggie award in 2013 and Rose City Romance Writers Golden Rose award in 2012. She lives in Atlanta with her family and can be found at www.MelissaKleinRomance.com

 

 

OutofSight_w11613_750What led you to write this book? Three years ago, a skiing accident left my daughter with a traumatic brain injury. She experienced the same memory loss and aphasia as Mia Jones, the heroine in Out of Sight. My daughter’s tenacity and willingness to work hard inspired me to write about a woman who triumphed over a similar life-changing event. I dedicated Out of Sight to Laura and the medical professionals at the trauma center where she was Life Flighted. Without their skill, Laura wouldn’t have gone on to lead an independent and happy life, just like Mia.

What do you hope readers take away from your work? In Out of Sight, Hank Taggart also faces life-changing events and struggles. I want readers to rethink what it means to be a hero. Everyone deserves their own version of happily ever after, even former naval pilots who must trade dog fighting in the skies for AA meetings.

Do you have a reoccurring theme to your books? I find myself repeating the theme of second chances in my books. I believe everyone deserves another chance to correct past mistakes and a second chance at love.

What do you do when you are not writing? When I’m not writing, I like to garden and travel. I have a small yard where I enjoy planting southern perennials I remember seeing in my grandparents’ gardens. This year my gardenias and hydrangeas are especially beautiful. I recently returned from visiting my daughter and was able to add Rhode Island to the list of states I’ve visited. Only 9 more to go.

What’s next for you? Out of Time, the third book in the Out of Uniform series will release sometime in August. I’m also completing another book in my Magnolia Springs series. My current work is progress is a departure from my usual military romance. It’s a humorous contemporary romance that starts when the hero and heroine attempt to stop their respective parents from marrying.

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Book Excerpt: OUT OF BOUNDS by Melissa Klein

51luv0etg3lOUT OF BOUNDS by Melissa Klein / Contemporary Romance / Released Dec 2, 2016 by The Wild Rose Press

He nodded as if they’d settled the matter. “Friends then?”

Avery looked at the rugged hand he offered, wondering what it would feel like against her skin. “Okay.” She extended her hand and found out. The warmth sent small tremors through her body, building pockets of desire in places she hadn’t felt physical need in years. Her breath caught.

Connor tugged on the hand he held in his, focusing her attention on him, then with his other he fingered one of her curls that had come loose from her ponytail. “How is it possible you’ve gotten more beautiful?”

Pulling out of a 5G dive was easier than pulling out of his grasp, especially with the urge to sink into his arms so strong. Avery dug deep and snatched her hand from his. “I don’t think this is a good idea,” she said, though at the moment she’d have trouble saying specifically what was wrong with letting him continue to brush his thumb across her cheek.

Connor shrugged. “Maybe not. But it doesn’t mean we won’t have fun doing it.”

Being with him would be like putting her plane in a dive—exhilarating as hell and just as dangerous. She should send him on his merry way with a couple well-placed sharp words.

His offer dangled tantalizingly in the air between them.

She wanted Connor. There was no sense in lying to herself about that. She also wanted a twenty-pound box of chocolate. In the long run, neither would be good for her.

The alarm on her phone sounded, saving her from making a huge mistake. “I’ve got an appointment I need to keep,” she said, snatching her things and practically sprinting to her hotel room.

 

Interview: Melissa Klein author of the Out of Uniform series

thumbnail_klein13024-12-8x101Tell us about your new release.

Out of Bounds is the first in the Out of Uniform series which centers on a group of naval aviators and the challenges they face after leaving the Navy. In Out of Bounds, Avery Madigan and Connor St. James are long-time competitors who reconnect at a retirement ceremony. Both have matured over the years and are ready to put their rivalry behind them. They even agree to a vacation fling. However, just as each considers something more, fate intervenes. Old wounds are reopened and trust is destroyed. In order to give their fledgling love a second chance, rule-follower Avery must learn to bend and Connor has to mend his maverick ways.

51luv0etg3lWhat led you to write this book?

I come from a military family, and the men and women of our armed forces are the ultimate heroes in my opinion. At one point in my life, I was friends with several naval aviators. I’ve never met a more arrogant group of people, but I’d be pretty cocky too if I could set a super-sonic aircraft on a spot the size of a postage stamp. I love their bravery and sacrifice as well as their confidence. Crafting characters inspired by those men and women has been my way of supporting their efforts.

Do you have a favorite fictional character by another author you’d like to meet?

I’d pay big bucks to meet any of the vampires in J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood world.

Do you have an interesting quirk about your personality that you’d like to share?

I like to be prepared for any possibility. You never know when disaster—or opportunity—might strike. Not only to I have a well thought out “bug out bag,” I never leave home without my passport and a pair of clean panties.

What is #1 on your bucket list?

I would love to be able to take my extended family on a vacation.

Have you ever written a scene that ‘creeped’ you out?

I wrote a murder scene for an upcoming book that gave me nightmares. It takes place in a hospital garden very similar to a meditation garden I’ve been in. It’s closed in on all sides by the different hospital wings and would be the perfect place for a villain to trap his victim. Now I can’t go into that garden anymore.

What social media do you participate in? I love Pinterest and Twitter, but I’m most active on Facebook. I can be found at www.facebook.com/Melissa.Klein.Romance/

What’s next for you? I’m finishing up Out of Time, Sebastian and Grace’s story. It should come out some time in 2017.