Book excerpt tour stop for “Return to Audubon Springs” by RoseAnn DeFranco

This is a book excerpt stop for the contemporary romance novel, Return to Audubon Springs, by RoseAnn DeFranco.

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When Emma Grant returns to her family’s Audubon Springs beach
house to fulfill the stipulations of her father’s will, she has every intention
of forcing her former lover out of the house for good. She’s never fit into her
wealthy family and would prefer avoiding her past, but with her brother
threatening to reveal her young daughter, she has no choice.
Rafe Iuliano has other plans. The wealthy Grants tried to bribe
him out of Emma’s life years ago, but he’s determined to prove once and for all
that a master carpenter is worthy of Emma and the house.
Their ridiculous and steamy battle for the house reignites the
love and passion that bloomed between them years ago. But when Rafe discovers
she’s kept their daughter a secret for two years, can he overcome anger and
pride to claim his family and the love of his life, or will the deception drive
a final wedge between them?
“It’s good to see you
too, Emma.” Rafe smiled. A flash of dimples tugged on her memory and heart. “Is
falling into men’s flower beds a habit or should I feel special?”
“As it happens, I
don’t see this as your flower bed, but rather my own.” Covered in dirt, Emma
feasted her eyes on Rafe. She didn’t try to stand. Instead she pushed her hands
further into the sticky mulch, needing something to hold on to, momentarily
thankful to be on solid ground. She licked her lips. He looked good.
“Finally here to
claim what’s yours?”
“Are you going to
help me up or not?”
Rafe took a deep breath,
and reached out a hand. When they touched, the same powerful jolt of
electricity that used to exist between them ran up her arm and straight to her
heart. He pulled harder than necessary and Emma slammed into his chest. She
took a quick step back, needing space, and almost landed in the garden again.
Rafe held on and steadied her.
“Whoa, easy. I don’t
think the shrubs can take anymore.”
Her stomach twitched
at the sound of his voice, so close it resonated in her ear and vibrated down
her spine. His scent, masculine and fresh from-a-shower-clean, mesmerized her.
He surrounded her even though he only stood in front of her, balancing her.
“Let go of me,” she
He complied by
raising his hands, palms out, in the air as if they’d been burned. His heat
lingered on her skin, and she ached with the loss of his touch.  Emma went to work brushing the gritty mulch
from her shaking hands.
“You always were a
bit clumsy, huh, Ems?”
She snapped her head
up, and her eyes landed on his playful grin.

Author Information:

DeFranco grew up in upstate NY with her nose in a book and a song in her heart.
Following the pursuit of a musical theatre career in NYC, she turned her
creative energy to writing romance. RoseAnn blogs about her writing experiences
with her critique partners at www.the A NJ shore transplant,
time spent at the beach with her family. She would love to one day live in a
quaint shore town like the fictional town Audubon Springs from her BROTHERS OF
AUDUBON SPRINGS series.  More information
about these Contemporary Romantic Comedies can be found at

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6 thoughts on “Book excerpt tour stop for “Return to Audubon Springs” by RoseAnn DeFranco

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello! Thank you for featuring Return to Audubon Springs today. I love this moment between Emma and Rafe. My characters tend to have slips and blunders on the way to love.

    What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

  2. Maria K. Alexander says:

    Congratulations on the release of Return to Audubon Springs, RoseAnn. I love the chemistry between Rafe and Emma. You have some wonderful laugh-out-loud scenes that made my day. Looking forward to the next book in the series, Secondhand Romance.

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