Romance author Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Romance author Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Three of Hearts....February 17 from Rebel Ink Press

Remember those Ramsey boys, Ross and Reid? The two brothers who grew up without much money but plenty of love who first appeared in Love Never Fails, my first title with Rebel Ink Press? The story set in Neosho appealed to a lot of readers as a second chance at love romance.  When Reid summoned Caroline Cunningham back to town to help search for his missing brother, the descriptions of the area and Neosho gained comments from across the country and even farther out in the world.  Before the story - which debuted as an eBook first – went to paperback, I heard from one former Neosho resident who had the novel printed at his expense so he could have a bound copy.   From the cover, here’s the basic story:

Sometimes old love fades away....

             When a late night phone call from the former love of her life interrupts
both her sleep and her otherwise quiet existence, Caroline Cunningham
finds she can’t refuse Reid Ramsay's request for help. As the call pulls
Caroline back to her small hometown and into the heart of the search for
Reid’s missing brother, Caroline finds the feelings she thought she'd
buried where Reid was concerned are indeed alive and well.

            And sometimes it refuses to die...

            Reid Ramsay is still in love with Caroline Cunningham. As they work
together searching for Reid's brother, Reid and Caro finding themselves
attempting to rebuild the life they once shared together. But their
future remains uncertain. Before they can find the happiness they seek,
each must work through the emotional baggage of the past and test the
theory they desperately hope rings true.

 Well, the Ramsey brothers are back but the focus this time is on Ross, not Reid.  Three of Hearts debuts from Rebel Ink Press on February 17th.  It originally appeared as part of a themed anthology called The Dad Plan from Rebel but has gone on to become a stand-alone title.  This time around, it’s Ross’ life and love life which are the focus along with his young son, Tristan. Here’s the blurb:

 Ross Ramsey became a full-time father by default when his ex-wife overdosed.  Two months later, he’s struggling to be a good daddy to five-year old Tristan.  He put his son in preschool, moved to a small house near his brother and his family, but Ross can’t always cope.  His sister-in-law, Caroline, parents by instinct but Ross doesn’t seem to get the hang of it. 

      When he meets a friendly neighbor, Shellie, they begin a relationship. But when Tristan turns up missing from school, the priority focuses on Ross’ son.  Ross must rely on his family, his girlfriend, and his love for Tristan to make things work but to succeed, he must play the three of hearts card.

 Here’s a short excerpt from Three of Hearts, out this weekend, from Rebel Ink Press.

 Ross trudged through the waist high weeds on the edge of the little patch of woods between Front Street’s empty lots and the railroad tracks, beggar’s lice attaching to his jeans.  He entered the silent woods and scared a flock of starlings rising in flight from the branches of a bare oak tree.  Above his head, a squirrel chattered at him and fussed.  Ross called for his boy but no answer came.  In minutes he reached the far side of the trees without a clue.  He turned around, caught side of a bright red glove and picked it up.  Tristan wore his red gloves to preschool but he couldn’t swear this one belonged to him.  Wal-Mart sold hundreds of them.  Ross tucked in into his pocket though and went back through the woods to the empty lots along Front Street.  He walked the railroad track for a while but found nothing there, either. As he headed back home, he saw Shellie standing in the front yard, waiting for him.


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