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Take a Chance

contained within Once Upon a Valentine


Skye Usry is a spitfire who doesn’t let cerebral palsy get in her way. She also recognizes a good man when she sees one. The problem is, Jason Stout is down on love; women seem to want him just for his money. Just as Jason and Skye’s friendship is growing, a “secret” of his is revealed. Will she accept his attempts at reconciliation?

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Through Fire


Confidence. Faith. Redemption.

All her life Cass has been the wallflower, quietly content to make her mark from behind the scenes. As a cognitive psychologist in the research field, she will use her intellect and tenacity to heal the "broken" brain. Because she learned long ago she isn't capable of fixing broken minds, maybe not even broken hearts.

Possibility. Strength. Acceptance.

Bryan doesn't want to even think about his present. To escape his past, he had always looked to the future. As a materials engineer he will use his ingenuity and talent to develop state-of-the-art products and devices. But now an accident has drastically broad-sided his life -- and the hits keep coming.

Force of will. Daring. Absolution.

They give each other the motive to step beyond self-consciousness -- to reach outside themselves to touch the other. They discover the courage to pull one another close. To love. To be loved. From one another they draw the power and fortitude to move beyond mistakes.

Review quotes from the previously-published version:

I loved how they had to battle demons inside themselves, not only on the outside. A huge high five to Cass for showing us that loving someone and enabling someone are two very different things. It’s a must-read.

Amazon reviewer

Wonderful! A novel that will take you through many emotions. Highly recommended for anyone who needs an uplifting story that portrays integral perseverance.

Amazon reviewer

Through Fire is a fast-paced read that is sure to take the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions. A beautifully written novel that is full of love, romance, friendship, family, and hope. The story is an uplifting one that will stay with you long after you finish reading. 

Goodreads reviewer

Great book, not your typical fluff romance. A book that not only celebrates the strengths of the two main characters but also beautifully shows the vulnerability and self doubts that we tend to hide from others....

Amazon reviewer

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