Special excerpt from contemporary romance novel Once in a Lifetime by Jayne Nichols

Today’s
feature is a special excerpt from the contemporary romance novel, Once in a Lifetime, by Jayne Nichols.

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A little
bit about Once in a Lifetime:
Is
it possible for a poor hash-house waitress to find love with a wealthy Irish
horse breeder? Not as long as he thinks she conned his father into leaving her
his cottage on the island of Inish Mor in the Aran Islands. To prove his
assumption false, Samantha St. John sells her new inheritance to Kieran McDade
for one Euro, receives his thank-you kiss on her cheek, and bids him farewell.

Never
expecting to see him again, she is surprised to receive his invitation and a
plane ticket to Ireland. He’s had second thoughts and offers Samantha a holiday
at his home on FastTrack Farm where she charms not only his race horse, but
Kieran himself. For Samantha, it is like a fairy tale, complete with a wicked
witch, an elegant ball, and a horse race that could decide whether her
Cinderella story will have a happy ending.

Excerpt from Once in a Lifetime:
Samantha
perched on a stool, watching Tim Daly build two glasses of Guinness. Though the
earlier rush had waned with most of the tourists moving on to other venues,
others had come in to take their places. More of the locals would drift in and
out until the bar closed at midnight. She sighed. Tim set a pint in front of
her. She’d never tasted the dark stout that was Ireland’s stock in
 trade. She sipped tentatively, then with
greater gusto as her thirst took over.
Kieran touched her arm. “Slow down, Samantha. That’s not a
Coke.”
“It’s better.” She wolfed down the stew with equal
enthusiasm.
“Sláinte.” Tim
smiled, clicked his glass with hers. “I like to see a woman who knows how to
eat and drink. Where are you from, lass?”
“Texas.” It
was easier and more well known than Minnesota. And of course, with her accent,
more believable.
“Ach. Where
they drink whiskey and have shootouts in the streets?” He raised both hands,
thumb and forefinger in pistol position.
“The
whiskey part at least. Shootouts are mostly in the movies.” Except for the
real-life one involving her father’s death. She glanced at Kieran, grateful for
the reassuring touch of his hand. She finished the pint. “Could I have another
one?”
While Tim
built another Guinness, Paddy strolled over and stopped between them. He faced
Kieran, clapped a hand on his shoulder. “Will you sing with us, lad?” Paddy
didn’t see the color drain from Kieran’s face, but Samantha did. Paddy turned
toward her. “When our Kieran here was just a wee lad, he could bring the house
to tears, his voice was so grand.”
“Did you really?”
Kieran took a quick swallow from his glass. “That was a long
time ago.”
He was
trying to think of a graceful way out, she could see it in his eyes. It’s not
always easy to face our fears. “I’d love to hear you,” she said softly,
touching his hand. “Please.”
“Only for
you,” he whispered in her ear, then set the glass aside and slid off his stool.
“But I want something in return.” His eyes drilled into hers so intensely, she
was afraid to ask what that could be. Would he want sex for a song? He smiled
as he stepped behind the bar, bent down and reappeared seconds later with the
sketchbook from her purse. “Draw me.” 

A little
bit about the author:

Growing up, I
wrote a few things for school—reports and a few creative writing projects for
English class—but never really thought about writing novels until after I
married my David. Even then, what little writing I did leaned toward Mystery. I
didn’t discover Romance until my husband and I traveled to Greece. It was hot—I
mean really hot—and we ducked inside the Athens Hilton to bask in their
air conditioned gift shop. I was looking at a rack of paperback books and
picked up one entitled Born in Fire by someone named Sarah Hardesty. I
stayed in our air-conditioned hotel room for two days reading that novel nearly
non-stop and decided then and there what I wanted to do for the rest of my
life. I wanted to write Romance. It wasn’t until I was back home and hunting
through a Barnes and Noble for more books by Sarah Hardesty that I learned the
author was actually Nora Roberts. Truthfully, I had never heard of her. I know
who she is now. And who knows, maybe someday, she will have heard of me.
As Jayne Nichols, I write contemporary
romance (Wish Fulfilled Series) and romantic suspense (Madrona Point Series),
and I love every minute of it.
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15 thoughts on “Special excerpt from contemporary romance novel Once in a Lifetime by Jayne Nichols

  1. Unknown says:

    This has been such a great book tour! I've enjoyed following along and learning about you and your book, Jayne! Your book sounds terrific and I love the title and the cover! Good luck and happy writing!

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