The Strength of Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance,
Inspirational Romance, General Fiction
Date of Publication: December 14, 2015
ISBN: 978-1518643743 Print
ISBN: 9781311464309 EBook
Number of pages: 224
Word Count: 66,300
Cover Artist: James at GoOnWrite.com
Thankfully, some love stories are so strong they never die. "The Strength of Love" is a tale of love, loss, and second chances. This inspiring love story shares how several men influenced one woman’s life and showered her with love in different ways. Experience love, friendship, faith, suspense, tragedy, humor, and a super-natural element...always and forever.
A tale of love, loss, and second chances. This inspiring love story shares how several men influenced one woman’s life and showered her with love in different ways. Experience love, friendship, faith, suspense, tragedy, humor, and a supernatural element…always and forever.
Always the bridesmaid, but never the bride, Rachel Thompson is ready to give up on love, before rodeo cowboy Brooks Reynolds rides into the arena and lassos her heart. His smoldering looks and strong yet tender nature sweep her off her feet.
Life is pinch-worthy and picture-book perfect, except on the eve of her wedding Rachel’s love story is ripped from the pages. After two months of grieving, she discovers her nightmare is never-ending. In order to escape her heartbreaking past, the middle-school counselor relocates to a new city for a fresh start and a second chance at happiness and perhaps even love. Through her faith and the support of her family and friends she discovers sought after answers during an unexpected journey.
“As a blogger I read a lot of books, but I can honestly say that I have never read a more compelling and beautiful story than this one." ~
Tabitha Stokes, Amazeballs Book Addicts.
More teams compete, until finally team ten enters the starting box.
“This is them, Rachel. Oh, my gosh, aren’t they smokin’?”
Rachel’s eyes shoot in the direction of the commanding man sitting tall in the saddle. His jet-black hair curls slightly against the collar of his royal blue western-style shirt. The short sleeves are rolled to fit snugly against his massive, bulging biceps. It’s obvious where he spends his free time, from the fine-tuned muscles and the dark tan encompassing his fit frame. Oh my, she mumbles as he sits his buck-colored hat firmly on his head. He secures his boots in his stirrups. His long fingers toy with the coiled rope. Sam acknowledges him with a nod and the steer is released. They’re off. Like bullets the three of them skillfully dart one after another. The steer runs for its’ life as Sam’s rope lunges into action. He twirls his lasso with the style and grace of a ballerina demonstrating pirouettes. As if he has mind reading skills, Brooks instinctively releases his rope. The twisted twine skims perfectly under the steer’s hooves and is brilliantly tightened to prevent the two hundred plus pound animal from moving forward. The two riders face each other backing their horses until the steer is air born. Everything is magically timed and over-the-top exhilarating. The ladies are on their feet screaming as the announcer exclaims team number ten has the best time of eight and a half seconds, with only one more team left to compete.
Sam waves his hat at Courtney who shouts and blows him a kiss. Brooks’ eyes dart toward the high-pitched squeal. Even from the distance, Rachel notices the brilliant blue eyes aimed her direction. Her chest heaves as though she ran a half-marathon. She catches her breath and continues applauding the skilled ride. How could a sporting event be so exhilarating and sexually satisfying? Brooks tips his hat toward her, with a crooked grin, and follows Sam to the exit.
With bated breath, Rachel and Courtney watch the next ride. The team is quite skilled, but can’t beat team ten’s ride. The guys are victorious. All eleven teams enter the arena. Team ten smiles proudly as they are awarded their trophy and belt buckles. Sam hurdles the wall and makes his way into Courtney’s welcoming arms. Brooks laughs at his exuberant teammate and hollers for him to get his ass back to the stables. Once again the announcer broadcasts congratulations to team ten the new Smith County team-roping champions. Rachel enjoys the view of the faded jean clad butts exiting the arena. She’s savoring one fine set of firm ass cheeks when the beholder glances back over his shoulder catching her in the act. He winks. She blushes, prior to catching her breath and smiling. Brooks relishes catching her in the act. He turns and tosses an arm over his partner’s shoulders. Sam lifts the trophy into the air. They turn the corner and disappear. Courtney proudly exclaims, “Team ten wins!”
Rachel smiles and says, “A ten—yes, he definitely is a ten.
About the Author: G.L. Ross is a proud, sixth generation, native Texan. As a true Southern Belle, G.L. has always dreamt of the “happily ever after,” the prince riding in on the white horse sweeping her off her feet. She hasn’t found “Prince Charming” – yet (always an optimist) – but finds him every time she writes about her characters’ “happily ever after” endings. Her motto in life is to “always find the good” in every person and situation. Whether through laughter, prayer, music, or a glass of wine or vodka, G.L. finds the good in life and shares her sense of humor, love, faith, and adventure in her stories. Experience family, faith, and love in The Strength of Love. Take a steamy flight with Lance & Lisa in Turbulent Passion, and continue their sexy journey in Burning Desire. Crosswind, book three, in the Flyboy Trilogy will release in 2016. You must also meet hunky rancher, Graham Gaskin, in A Rose Has Thorns…He’s smokin’ hot!
Where are you from? Plano, Texas
Tell us your latest news? I am presently writing Book 3 in The Flyboy Trilogy and plan to release it this summer. Many of my readers have messaged me wanting to know a release date, so at least I’m providing a season!
When and why did you begin writing? I always enjoyed writing but it wasn’t until my son went off to college that I found time to follow my dream.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I published my first romance and children’s book in the same year.
What inspired you to write your first book? I was home, dateless, on a New Year’s Eve and I decided to create my own romance. (No, I’m not asking for a pity party! LOL)
Do you have a specific writing style? I am a combination narrative/descriptive writer. I like to set a scene my readers can easily envision. Plus, I always provide suspense, along with a happily ever after ending
How did you come up with the title? I had a completely different title for the book when I first finished it, but then I listened to my beta test readers and changed the ending of the book. When I made the change I knew the title had to be The Strength of Love.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Absolutely! This is a story of hope and second chances. A journey led by faith. A never-ending love.
How much of the book is realistic? If you believe in the supernatural it’s 100% realistic; if not, it’s 95% realistic.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Several scenes are from my life. The scene when Rachel asks God to send her someone to love is factual. The struggles of being a mom are most definitely from my life experiences.
What books have most influenced your life most? The first love story I ever devoured was Wuthering Heights. I experienced a good cry with Where the Red Fern Grows and discovered releasing your emotions through a book is great therapy. Heartbeat by Danielle Steele carried me through a tough time in my life and several of Nicholas Spark’s books influenced my writing style in The Strength of Love.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Lisa Renee Jones is my mentor. She is always available to answer questions and provide encouragement. I am truly blessed to have her as a friend.
What book are you reading now? I have several books I am reading for the RWA RITA awards. I am scoring them for the competition.
What are your current projects? As I mentioned earlier I am writing Crosswind, book 3 in The Flyboy Trilogy. I also recently released the second book in my children’s series Onyx Out Loud, so I am busy with book signings and tours.
What would you like my readers to know? Please take the time to experience a new writer’s work. There are numerous new authors writing fabulous love stories full of suspense and fresh ideas. Personally, I’m tired of the same formula. It seems I pick up a book and the synopsis sounds like so many others. I promise my books are not formula based. The greatest compliment I received was from a reader who said she was always surprised by my twist and turns and that my book had changed her life in a positive way. My stories are full of hope. I hope The Strength of Love changes your life in a positive way. Happy 2016! XO
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