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TAKE TWO

by Traci Hayden

A Picture Perfect Novel

 

Cover Designer: JC Clarke @ The Graphics Shed

Official genre of book: Contemporary Romance

About the Book

Beth Huntley, photographer and devoted bachelorette, doesn’t believe in true love. Too much hurt and disappointment has left her hiding behind the camera. All she can see is a black and white world through the lens.

William Lorde, widower and father, was once an open and carefree man. The loss of his wife has left him wrapped up in the needs of his little girl. He can no longer see the colors of the world as he struggles each and every day.

What happens when these two similarly different people meet and help each other to step out of the world they’ve created for themselves? Will they find a love that helps them heal from the past, enjoy their present and create a beautiful future?

Excerpt

The gentleman was looking at some of my photography displayed on the wall. The red and orange tints of his light brown hair reminded me of the vibrant colors of a sunset over the ocean. The touches of blonde which frosted the tips were incredibly sexy. I wanted to run my fingers through his hair while he made wild passionate love to me.

From my vantage point, his physique was lean and muscular. Hardened muscles bulged against his plaid shirt and overalls. The dark bronze tan of his skin glowed like it had been kissed by the sun. Everything about him left me speechless and totally breathless and I had yet to see his face.

Realization hit me hard. Jude was trying to fix me up! If she had her way, I was going to become a mini-Jude; a Judette, if you will. From the looks of this guy, it might just happen.

A jab to my ribs got my attention. My head swung in Jude’s direction; my eyes, however, didn’t. Heat was burning deep inside me, pushing its way to the surface like molten lava. The rise and fall of the burn matched the timing of my labored breathing.

Reality came racing back when a sharp pain stabbed my foot. I bounced slightly on one leg as I rubbed the offended limb on the back of my calf. Tearing my eyes away from the God standing in my studio, I glared at Jude.

What’s happening to me? This wasn’t my normal reaction, I wasn’t the type to go gooey over a guy. To me, they were all trouble, and they interfered with my professional plans. That was the excuse anyways.

Jude stepped back and slowly raised her hands up in a gesture of surrender. Grabbing the counter to hold myself steady, I looked down at Jude’s four inch spikes, one of which had surely lanced my foot. Through my gritted teeth, I growled. “What the fuck?”

Jude’s eyes darted between me and the sexy man across the room. She whispered so softly, it was impossible to tell if I’d heard the words or read her lips. “Pull your tongue in, you sexual deviant.”

It was at that precise moment that the star of my erotic fantasies turned around, and every nerve in my body exploded. His unshaven jaw line begged to be licked, his naturally red lips begged to be kissed, and his eyes – oh my god, those eyes! My heart shattered into a million pieces.

His gorgeous, ocean blue eyes were haunted with such despair. Where there should have been light shining brightly like the moon on a clear summer’s night, there was a blank stare. His eyes were filled with almost agonizing grief. For an instant, his anguish overwhelmed me. I wanted to wrap him in a cocoon and protect him from the world. A cruel world of torture and grief, that’s all his eyes portrayed.

 

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About the Author

My love for books began at a very small age. I lived inside the many worlds the local library could provide. The characters within those pages were my companions and my support when I needed someone most.

My imagination began to soar as I grew. I began writing small poems as a teenager, but never thought much about publishing or expanding beyond put my words to paper.

After my children were born our love for a certain TV show fueled my love for writing. Using my children as inspiration, I began to write fanfiction, my children being the characters within the stories.

My passion for putting words to paper (or screen as is the norm now) has turned from passion to obsession. I’ve made some incredible friends through this journey and in turn, have become not only an author but a promoter and supporter for those whose imagination dreams character and worlds that I can lose myself in.

I thank my precious children, my beautiful soul-mate and my forever sister and best friend for being my constant rock and support as I continue to walk this road called life.

Full Color Release Blitz

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Title of book: Full Color
Sequel to Black & White, The Picture Perfect Series
Page #: 161 pages
Official release date: April 26, 2015
Official genre of book: Contemporary Family Romance
Content warning: one scene of violence and a couple adult situations
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Six months after meeting Beth Huntley, William Lorde’s world is full of bright and vibrant colors. The only darkness that exists hangs over Beth. Her refusal to believe that she can walk in the light side by side with William only makes him strive harder to prove otherwise.
Beth keeps a deep secret locked away, the very secret that makes her believe that she’s not worthy of a happily ever after. She is convinced creating a life with William will only make him the man he was when they met.
Suddenly her past creeps back, threatening any chance she and William might have. Will she finally let down her last wall and allow William in? Will she accept the support and protection of those who love her most? Can she truly have a life full of colors and the joy of a forever?

Or, will her past destroy it all?

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I watched the interaction between them through the camera lens. Beth wrapped her fingers around Angel’s tiny hands, pulling her up onto her feet. Beth took a step backward, lengthening the distance between them. Angel looked down at her feet, almost willing them to move. Her leg came up, moving her foot forward in a jerky motion. Her foot landed on a patch of grass, crushing it beneath her. She looked up at Beth, her eyes wide in amazement. She giggled as Beth stepped backwards again. She looked down and pulled her leg up, then realized she couldn’t move that one forward without losing her balance. She put her foot back down and raised the other leg. A smile spread across her face as she continued this beautiful dance with Beth.
PicMonkey CollageThey made their way slowly back to the blanket. When they were almost within arm’s length of me, Beth twisted around, so she was behind Angel. I stretched out my hands towards Angel, waiting to see if she would make the attempt on her own. So many things happened at once. Beth loosened her grip on Angel, Angel took an unsupported step forward, and Angel spoke her first real word as she reached out for me. “Dada!” Her tiny voice was clear and her tongue and lips formed the word precisely.
I was almost numb from the shock. Angel had made so many incoherent sounds over the months, but it had never been like this. She’d recognized me and had come to the realization that the word and I were connected. She repeated the word again and again as she took another unsupported step towards me. Then something grabbed her attention, throwing her concentration off. She lost her balance and grew quiet as she began to fall forward. I reached out, wrapping my hands protectively around her waist, pulling her into my arms.
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Traci Hayden is a mother of four beautiful girls and one adorable granddaughter and a gorgeous baby grandson.
She has always had a passion for reading, but recently the obsession for writing has taken over.
As a Nova Scotian native now living in British Columbia, Traci has travelled across Canada, fuelling her imagination from coast to coast.
Along with two dogs and two cats, Traci’s home is shared with her partner of 17 years. He is her rock and constant support.
Traci loves all genres of writing, but currently is exploring the world of romance.
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Black & White Release Blitz

 

Black & White

by Traci Hayden

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

LENGTH: 53,000 words

PUBLICATION DATE: January 2, 2015

COVER DESIGN: MoB ~ Tami Adams

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Beth Huntley, photographer and devoted bachelorette, doesn’t believe in true love. Too much hurt and disappointment has left her hiding behind the camera. All she can see is a black and white world around her.

William Lorde, widower and father, was once an open and carefree man. The loss of his wife has left him wrapped up in the needs of his little girl. He can no longer see the colors of the world as he struggles each and every day.

What happens when these two similarly different people meet and help each other to step out of the world they’ve created for themselves? Will they find a love that helps them heal from the past, enjoy their present and create a beautiful future?

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William stopped short and leaned against one of the buildings lining the street. “Beth, can I ask you an honest question?”

I didn’t even think twice before answering, “Sure, ask away.”

“Are you here with me out of pity, or are you okay being with a fucked-up guy like me?” he asked quietly.

To say I was stunned would’ve been an understatement. I moved towards him and laid my hands against his folded arms. The current which seemed to connect us sizzled in the cool air. He needed the truth. “I’m not here out of pity, nor are you a fucked-up anything. You’re hurting, lost and in need of a friend. Despite how angry I was at Jude and Anne’s interference, I think they might have been right about one thing. It seems I’m the perfect person.”

He closed his eyes and laid his head back against the wall. “I am fucked-up, Beth. I can’t seem to stay on a straight path anymore. One day I can see some daylight at the end of the tunnel, and then the next day, the world seems so dark and gray again.”

“William, it’s completely understandable. When my parents divorced, I was all over the place for months, hell, years actually. For a child, being unable to understand what was happening or why everything had to change, God, I thought I was going crazy. I wish I’d had someone to help me through those times. Maybe I wouldn’t be the fucked-up woman I am now.” Honesty in this case, seemed as though it would be the best policy.

“But I’m not a child, Beth. I’m a grown man who should be able to handle this better,” William said, looking down at me and I could see the torment in his eyes. “I’m so screwed up.”

“You’re not screwed up. You’re suffering through one of the most terrible things which could happen to anyone. You lost your wife so suddenly, and you were left with a tiny baby who needs you to be strong all time for her. My God, I’m sure if I was in a similar situation, I would be a blubbering mess of goo. I’m so impressed by your strength,” I argued. “You’re a strong man, you have a lot going on, but you’re working through it, you work hard every day to provide for your baby girl.”

“I don’t know how to do this. How do I make sure Angel doesn’t turn into me?” William asked, tears falling freely down his face.

I reached up, laying a hand on his cheek and wiped the tears away with my thumb. “Let me help, I’ll try to help you figure out what I wish someone had taught me.”

William covered my hand with his. “Why, Beth? Why would you commit yourself to doing this for a complete stranger?”

I thought about the answer for a moment. Why was I doing this? Was I truly interested in William, the idea of saving him, or was I doing this out of a need to help someone I saw as a friend? I decided again to be honest.

“I don’t know, William. I’ve seen you light up when you look at that beautiful little girl of yours, and I know you deserve to be happy. I want the sparkle in your eyes to shine for the whole world. I want to see it sparkle every single day.”

William let his arms drop to his sides. “I don’t know if it’s possible. It won’t be fair to you, not if I can’t be helped.”

“Let me decide what I consider fair. For now, let’s just take it one day at a time. Let me be a friend and help bring you back to life,” I suggested.

Before I even had time to consider what I was doing, I pressed my body against his, wrapping my arms tightly around his waist. It felt so right, as if I molded against him perfectly. Once more I berated myself as a fraud. I wanted to help a friend, but my physical attraction for William was hoping for more. The question of whether this was a good idea spun around inside my head once again.

William wrapped his arms around me, holding on as if I was a beacon of light in a storm. “Maybe I can bring you back to life in return,” he whispered against the top of my head.

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Traci Hayden is a mother of four beautiful girls and one adorable granddaughter.

She has always had a passion for reading, but recently the obsession for writing has taken over.

As a Nova Scotian native now living in British Columbia, Traci has travelled across Canada, fuelling her imagination from coast to coast.

Along with two dogs and two cats, Traci’s home is shared with her partner of 17 years. He is her rock and constant support.

Traci loves all genres of writing, but currently is exploring the world of romance.

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Black & White Cover Reveal

 Black & White

by Traci Hayden

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: December 20, 2014
COVER DESIGN: MoB ~ Tami Adams
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About the Book

Beth Huntley, photographer and devoted bachelorette, doesn’t believe in true love. Too much hurt and disappointment has left her hiding behind the camera. All she can see is a black and white world around her.
William Lorde, widower and father, was once an open and carefree man. The loss of his wife has left him wrapped up in the needs of his little girl. He can no longer see the colors of the world as he struggles each and every day.
What happens when these two similarly different people meet and help each other to step out of the world they’ve created for themselves? Will they find a love that helps them heal from the past, enjoy their present and create a beautiful future.

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About the Author

Traci Hayden is a mother of four beautiful girls and one adorable granddaughter.
She has always had a passion for reading, but recently the obsession for writing has taken over.
As a Nova Scotian native now living in British Columbia, Traci has travelled across Canada, fuelling her imagination from coast to coast.
Along with two dogs and two cats, Traci’s home is shared with her partner of 17 years. He is her rock and constant support.
Traci loves all genres of writing, but currently is exploring the world of romance.

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