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The Lonely Ridge Collection
BY LYZ KELLEY
From award-winning author, Lyz Kelley….
Riches to rags. Does the murderer’s daughter deserve a second chance?
The FBI has convicted her father, and her hometown is reeling from the corruption. She’s hoping to rebuild her life, and the last thing she expects to find is help from a super-sexy video gamer geek.
Entrepreneur Jacob Reyes has escaped to Colorado for a much-needed rest before developing his next game world. He’s looking for inspiration in the mountain valley, not expecting an interior designer to get his creative juices flowing.
When Jacob asks Rachelle to redesign his vacation home, she has no idea she’s headed deeper into a world of jealousy and manipulation. But she’s a survivor and swears she will never trust anyone again. Can Jacob provide her a soft place to land until she discovers there’s no better place to call home than the small town of Elkridge?
Frequently Asked Questions
1. I was surprised to find opioid addiction in this book. Why did you choose to include such a hard topic?
I worked for a hospital for many years and saw how hard drug addiction was on families. There isn’t one person in a family unit that isn’t affected, not the grandparents, parents, siblings, children, or friends. Drugs are the fiery dragon a person may think they can control, but often the beast is too powerful and so easily takes control of a life.
2. There are so many characters in Elkridge. Why did you choose to write Rachelle’s book?
Rachelle’s been called everything from a stick-with-tits or a boyfriend-stealer to out right bitch.
In my heart, I felt Rachelle was a good person, but a product of her upbringing. I wanted to show how angry or difficult people don’t always show their true self to the world. Sometimes, all it takes is understanding and a little bit of kindness for someone to turn their life around.
3. I loved the gaming aspect of this book. Do you ever think you’ll go into game designing one day?
I love to paint, and I’ve always loved the sci-fi/fictional world. I don’t ever see me writing a game, but a sci-fi/fantasy book is not out of the realm of possibilities. In fact, I just wrote a sci-fi romance that is part of S.E. Smith’s Kindle World. Look for that book to come up in May, 2018.
“A voice as deep and smooth as her dark roast coffee ambled its way into the room.”
Just keep refreshing your lip gloss, Rachelle, so no one can see past the shine.
His breath caressed her skin like a feather, tickling, teasing. Yes.
He was real, unlike the power-driven, chest-beating men she was determined to avoid.
Her mind frantically tried to backspace and delete the thought, but the desire was already out there and permanent.
He sounded like an old lawnmower cranking and sputtering before turning over.
He covered her hand with his, holding it in place until their bodies eased into a synchronized rhythm. “Now that we set some boundaries”—he pressed the tip of his nose to hers and studied her eyes—“let’s get dressed and go get some grub. I’m hungry.”
“Now.” He kissed her nose, then walked toward the kitchen while scratching his butt cheek, his shorts fabric bunching with every swipe.
“That’s it? Just like that, all’s forgiven?”
“Unless you want to talk more.” He shrugged. “It’s a guy thing. What can I say? Life is too short to keep regurgitating things. Besides, I told you. I’m not like anyone you’ve ever met before.” He walked back toward her, rubbing his head. “Now go change before I decide to eat you for breakfast.”
“In other words, you pulled the design out of your butt.”
Rachelle narrowed her eyes at the too-serious woman. “I’d like to think I pulled the images out of my head, but sure.”
A feeling of camaraderie sent shivers up her arms, and the fine hairs on her arms stood up to celebrate.
He didn’t just want sex. He wanted her heart, yet she would only give him what she thought he wanted. If she only had an inkling how much he simply wanted her in his life. She colored his black and white world and made him want things he hadn’t known were absent until she came along.
She let the concepts settle in the same way Dempsey circled his bed, scratching and pulling at the fleece before collapsing on a single spot.
Rachelle gasped and reached for a handy Jacob body part. She wanted to touch, feel.
Award-winning author Lyz Kelley resides in a small community in Colorado with her husband and several four-legged family members. She’s a disaster in the kitchen, a compulsive neat freak, and tea snob, a lover of board games, gardening, and painting. She loves writing about strong women who have endured challenges and the men who enrich their lives.
A healing love is at the heart of her book series. Creating wounded yet amazing characters—discovering what drives them, frightens them, heals them, makes them laugh—is what gives her joy. Lyz is pleased to share that joy with her masterfully written stories.
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