Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Excerpt & Giveaway - Ryker (Steele Brothers #1) by Cheryl Douglas

Steele Brothers #1

by Cheryl Douglas

GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Mackenzie Steele assumed she’d be with her husband forever. He was her best friend, the father of her children. But when weeks turned into months without intimacy, she realized she was too young to feel so old. She wanted to feel desirable again, to find the woman Ryker had fallen in love with twenty years ago. And there was only one way she knew how to do that… by asking him to move out.

Ryker was blindsided when his wife told him she wanted to separate. He knew they’d hit a rough patch, but he’d never allowed himself to imagine his life without her. Now he had no choice. She was happy without him, living life on her own terms, and he knew if he didn’t find a place for himself in her new life, it would be too late to save his marriage.



Curling up on the couch with Mac again, enjoying a cold beer while she sipped wine, reminded me of the best years of my life, when we used to talk until the sun came up about anything and everything. But mostly about our dreams for the future. All of those dreams had come true, but I never imagined we wouldn’t be together to enjoy the rewards of our labor.

It pained me to see her looking so gorgeous, yet knowing I couldn’t take her to bed to remind her that she was still the most beautiful woman I’d ever laid eyes on. I would give
anything, everything, I owned to make love to her one more time. To tell her that I loved her,
would always love her because she was the reason I was still here, living such a blessed life, with a thriving business and two sons any man would be proud of. The only thing missing was her, and that left a gaping hole nothing and no one else could fill.

“Why do you still wear this?” she asked, reaching for my left hand. She slid her finger over the narrow gold band.

“I’m still a married man.” I said it as though it should have been obvious. “I told you I’d never take it off, and I never intend to.” My eyes fell to her left hand. I noticed she’d taken her rings off weeks ago. Seeing her hand bare after so many years of having my ring on it gutted me.


AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

When one door closes, another one opens. I closed the door to my business for the last time in 2011, which left me with a decision. What now? Find another location and move my nutrition business, go to work for someone else, or take a chance on my dream? I chose the latter and I’ve never looked back!
I’ve always loved reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I jumped in with both feet and decided writing would be my career, instead of just a hobby, that my muse woke up from her deep slumber.

It was like someone flipped a switch inside my head and stories just came pouring out. At the end of the day, I would often look at the keyboard and wonder, ‘Who the heck wrote that? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me!’

I don’t write books. I tell stories, or rather, I allow my characters to tell their stories through me. I’m not a plotter, never have been, never will be. Why? Because I have no idea how the story will evolve and it’s not my place to manipulate it. My job is to get to know these characters, figure out what makes them tick, then follow their journey wherever it takes me.

When I’m not writing, I’m daydreaming. Thankfully, I have an understanding husband and son who know I’ll re-join the land of the living just as soon as my muse decides it’s quitting time. I don’t work for myself. I work for her. She’s the boss. And I’m okay with that.



Cheryl Douglas will be awarding a backlist e-book title to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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