WINNERS SELECTED~~~~BETH C. and BREATH OF LIFE BOOK!
Filled with anger, a wealthy young man moves to a small town north of Atlanta and takes a job as a construction worker to escape his opulent world. His inner transformation hinges on the help he receives from the townsfolk, the wise advice of a young woman, and the commitment he makes to a child.
Excerpt from The Heart of a Child:
“In the cool interior, tiny beads of sweat created by the high temp outdoors still rested along the ridge of Manuel’s cheeks. He gulped water from a frosty glass and beamed at Hank. Acting on strange inspiration, Hank stuck his fingers inside the pitcher and flicked water down onto Manuel’s overheated skin. The child’s eyes squeezed shut, and his mouth dropped open. Carried further by impromptu, Hank crouched, resting on his haunches, and dipped Manuel’s hand so the boy could have revenge. Manuel’s grin broke out. Droplets splattered against Hank’s face. He made huge blinks, his expression aghast. Like a dog twisting water from its coat, Hank shook his head, bounced, and wiggled. The child went wild, and Hank released his own bursts of laughter that stalled suddenly in his throat. He got up and stood as massive as the ancient Frigidaire next to him. With a loud “clank,” he placed the pitcher a little too hard on the counter.
Child’s play. His earliest memories were of his caregiver telling him to occupy himself outdoors but to stay within the walls. His enclosure was the ornamental, eight-foot-tall barrier surrounding the grounds of the Palm Beach mansion at the edge of the sea. At a very young age, he wandered alone on the neatly clipped zoysia, between the hibiscus and palms. After a time, his small feet always led him to the gate where he peered through to the beach. On the sparkling white sand, a proud horse stood, two dimensional, highly stylized, larger than life. Iron oxidizing in the salt air, the steed designated the Averill property. Only the child could perceive the minute degree the sculpture leaned to one side, destined for a fall.”
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The Power of Her Smile
Marissa is an attractive and intelligent woman, but she’s known for driving away men and failing miserably in the business world where she dreams of success. Finally realizing the value of her female traits, those qualities she dismissed in the past, success has come. Four men are lured by her honey, and the island tearoom on which she risked her finances has launched and is now flying. That is until everything goes wrong. As the situation spirals downward, one special man takes note and admires her brave attempts to salvage her life. He senses what was not always apparent, her kind heart. Will self-reliant Marissa ever let him close enough to lean on?
The outcome will depend on her gaining a greater awareness of forgiveness, the kind she doesn’t have to work for—the God kind. You may find yourself seriously rooting for this determined woman who, in the beginning, made you shake your head and chuckle.
The author, Patti Brady, was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her high school years were spent in Jacksonville and Atlanta. A former elementary school teacher and a graduate of the University of Georgia, she has been married since 1970 to Brad Brady. They have two grown sons. The family moved to Woodstock, the setting of the novel, in 1980.
You can purchase her books here.
For anyone that’s interested, the author is providing two extra copies of The Heart of a Child and The Power of Her Smile to give away to two lucky readers. To be entered leave a comment below and tell Patti something you love about Georgia or small town living! (one entry)
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Three possible entries per person, from which two winners will be chosen and announced September 10, 2012. Good luck!