Thursday, March 13, 2008

Miss Fix-It Excerpt

Miss Fix-It Excerpt
(c) LC Monroe & Nicolette Derens
March, 2008 - Samhain Publishing
eBook




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“But you’re right,” she continued softly. “I would always pick you over anyone else’s company, given the choice.”

He knew he needed to fight this attraction. He couldn’t commit to sunset horseback rides, because he couldn’t commit to all the other things that she would want. And that he would want.


“I’m flattered,” he finally said honestly.


“You should be. I’m a very good judge of character.”


Caleb laughed, and loved hearing her laugh along with him. When Ginney laughed, she didn’t giggle like some girls. She laughed from the heart, without concern for appearing subdued or correct.


“We really should be getting back.”


“Caleb, wait. There’s something I wanted to say.”


“We need to go.” He already wanted to kiss her. He already wanted to promise things he had no business promising.


“Really, I have something to say.”


“It’s past dark. Your mother is going to worry.”


“She won’t worry. I’m with you.”


He groaned. “She doesn’t know that.”


“She trusts me.”


“It isn’t about trust. If a mountain lion decides to attack you, it has nothing to do with if your mother trusts you or not.”


He could see her frown even in the increasing darkness. “That’s not very pleasant.”


“No, I don’t suppose a mountain lion attack is pleasant at all.”


“Caleb.”


He sighed. “If I let you say whatever it is, can we go then?”


“The chances are better than if you don’t let me say it.”


He smiled. He couldn’t help it. Ginney Pembrook was difficult. It would serve him well to remember that. Even though he liked it. “Okay, please continue.”


“I wanted to say that I am sorry for assuming that you stopped preaching because it was too hard.”


Caleb moved his horse closer to hers. He wanted to see her face and it was now dark. The moon was climbing, but not quickly enough for his taste. “You did assume that then.”


“I couldn’t think of any other reason for you to stop.”


“But you couldn’t just trust that I have a reason?”


She didn’t answer right away. She took a deep breath. “I should have.”


“Yes, you should have.”


They sat, looking at one another as the moon rose and its glow illuminated the landscape around them as well as her face.


He wanted to kiss her so badly. It would certainly make this spot, on his father’s hill, more appealing to him. Worse, he knew that she wanted him to kiss her. She loved him. She’d said it.


She wanted to be with him.


Strangely, those reasons were the ones that made it nearly impossible to not kiss her, while also being the very reasons he couldn’t.


“Will you tell me the reason?”


That broke the spell.


He sighed. “Honestly is there any reason that would be acceptable to you?”


She actually took a moment to consider the question. “No. You are meant to be a preacher. God wants you to bring others to Him. Nothing will convince me otherwise.”


“Now it is time to go.” He did not want to have this conversation again.


“No… I’m…not ready.”


“Get ready.”


“Caleb, I just want…”


“We’re going.”


“I need…to pray.” She said it like she’d just had a revelation and had the nerve to look triumphant.


It was the one thing that a man like Caleb would not say no to. It was the one thing that she knew would force him to let her stay.


It wasn’t going to work.


“You can pray while we ride.” He turned his horse around.


“But it won’t be…”


He was a patient man. It came with the territory. The old territory. As a rancher he could get away with being a lot less tolerant than he had been as a preacher. He reached out, slipped his arm around Ginney’s waist and pulled her from her saddle into his lap.


“Caleb!”


He ignored her. He looped her horse’s reins around one hand, made sure that Ginney was secure with his other and started for Silas’s ranch.


It only took her twenty seconds to relax and settle into him. They rode in silence for two minutes.


“Caleb?”


“I thought you were praying.”


“I…I’m done.”


“Okay.” He pulled her a little tighter against him. The terrain was rough out here. He’d hate to have her slip.


“Caleb?”


“Don’t talk, Ginney. Let’s just…not talk.”


That lasted for another minute.


“I just wanted to say that…”


“Ginney,” he said warningly.


“…being in your arms feels just as good as I imagined it would.”


The air in his lungs left all in one breath. She’d imagined it.


So had he.


And she was right.


“So this is how it’s going to be between us while you’re here?” he asked.His chin rested against her temple, keeping her from turning her head.


“How what is going to be?”


“You are going to constantly try to convince me that we belong together and that I need to go back to the ministry so that can happen.”


“Oh. Well.” She tucked an errant strand of hair behind her ear. “Yes.”


“I appreciate the warning.”


He felt her spine go rigid and he couldn’t help his smile.


“Except…”


“Except what?”


“I am going to constantly try to convince you that we belong together and that you need to go back to the ministry while I’m here. And after we go back to Chicago. And for as long as it takes.”


Caleb sighed. He believed her. Virginia Pembrook was honest, confident and tireless when she had a cause.


She was wonderful for God’s ministry to the world.


She was big trouble for him.

Ginney was torn between feeling wonderful with Caleb’s big strong arms around her, and worried that she’d never feel them again. He was determined they were not meant to be together. He would likely try to stay away from her from here on out. She was going to have to do something about that.


Silas saw the two from the barn as they rode into the yard. “Howdy, Caleb! Ginney, it’s about time you wandered on back here. Phoebe’s been waiting none-too patiently for you to return.”


If her uncle thought it strange that she was riding on Caleb’s horse with him while hers walked beside, he said nothing.


“Why don’t you stay for dinner, Caleb?” Silas asked. “Ruth put on a spread fit for a king, if the updates Rory’s been bringing from the kitchen can be believed.”


Ginney couldn’t help her grin. Her family was conspiring without even knowing it.


Caleb shifted behind Ginney and said for her ears only, “My brother’s not good enough for him, but I’m supposed to stay for dinner?”


She pinched the back of his hand. “‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink’,” she quoted from Romans.


His deep laugh rumbled behind her. “‘My enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’ and my foes will rejoice when I fall’,” he returned.


She recognized the words from the Psalms, though couldn’t remember which one. She was, however, thrilled to recall an applicable Psalm herself. “‘You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place’.”


He laughed again. He drew the horse up near the porch and swung out of the saddle from behind her. “You are a worthy opponent, Ginney Pembrook.”


When he reached up to help her down, Ginney decided to not remind them both that she had been riding almost as long as she’d been walking. She didn’t need his help down. But she wanted it.


“You should probably keep that in mind.” She put her hands on his shoulders as his hands settled at her waist and she slid forward, feeling him lift her gently and set her on the ground.


He didn’t step back immediately.


“You don’t have to remind me that when you set your mind to something, you generally get it,” he said. “But I don’t want to hurt you.”


She looked up into his eyes, her hands still on his shoulders, him still standing closer than was proper. “Then don’t,” she said softly.

19 comments:

Susan said...

That is an outstanding excerpt!

Maureen said...

What a great heroine Ginney is. She knows what she wants and is going for it.

Jane said...

Sounds like a sweet story.

anne said...

Lovely excerpt which resounds with me.

Brandy said...

Oh, how lovely! What a sweet excerpt.

ruth said...

Ginney is definitely unique and wonderful. Great excerpt.

jenna said...

This story sounds lovely. sweet excerpt.

diane said...

Thanks for this excellent excerpt.

sabrina said...

An enjoyable excerpt. Thanks.

Lettetia said...

I started this one last night and so far I love it.

Cherie J said...

Great excerpt!

Estella said...

Sounds like a wonderful read!

Lucy Monroe said...

Thanks, gals! I'm just super happy this book is available for purchase. I'm really hoping it does well in sales and enourages Samhain to maintain/increase their Inspirational publishing program. :)

Amy said...

Great excerpt! I is one of my favorite scenes out of the book. I love Ginney. She is not afraid to speak her mind. I also love the scene where she tells Calab's dad a thing or two.

Joyce said...

Sounds like a great story. Loved your excerpt.

Nicolette Derens said...

Whew! Hi everyone! I've been blogging and posting excerpts and chatting all day about Miss Fix-It and having a GREAT time! Sorry I'm late here!
I'm so glad you all like it. This is one of my favorite scenes too!

I'm having a little contest myself on my website, btw! If you go to nicolettederens.com and go to My Books and excerpts you can read about how Ginney and Caleb first met. The first person to e-mail me the answer to the question "what is Caleb's brother's name?" wins a free download of the book!
Ready, set, go!
Nic

Cryna said...

Wow what a great excerpt.....and I purchased the book when it became available, now just need to have the time to read it all.

Virginia said...

Wonderful excerpt, I really enjoy it. This book sound like a fantastic read. I would love to read it.

CrystalGB said...

What a fabulous excerpt. :)