Friday, June 14, 2013
Mo's Heart by Edie Ramer ~ Spotlight and Giveaway
The Mafia comes to Miracle, Wisconsin...
Mo Vincent, the owner of Mo’s Place, is in agony because his soon-to-be divorced sous chef is dating – but not him. He has his reasons for not asking her out. He did the right thing back in New Jersey, and it cost him his son, his wife, his restaurant. Now he’s found a home in Miracle. The village has accepted him, and his new restaurant is doing well. He should be content with what he has...but his heart wants more.
Chef Rosa Fabrini’s divorce is one signature away when her cheating husband returns home and expects her to forgive him. Her lawyer is AWOL, and her youngest son is demanding she take his father back. Desperate to escape the turmoil, she asks Mo to let her move into the empty apartment above the restaurant...right next to his place.
Mo can’t say no. His mind knows she’s forbidden fruit, but his heart dares to hope. Until his past shows up, and he finds out sometimes it takes a village...
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This very short excerpt from Mo’s Heart takes place after Rosa has been forced to leave her home, and she’s temporarily staying in an apartment above Mo’s restaurant – right next to his apartment.
She turned to look at Mo bringing in the suitcases. How odd to think that seven months ago, she hadn’t known him. It felt as if he’d been in her life for...well, forever.
All this ran through her mind in a second as Mo stopped beside her. “It’s not a palace.”
“I wouldn’t know what to do in a palace.”
“You’d be the queen. Anything you wanted.”
She laughed, surprised by his comment. Surprised that she had laughter in her. “I’d rather be a cook.”
“You are that. The best sous-chef in the village.”
There was a quiet moment between them, and a sense of peace sighed inside her as she looked at his serious face and knew he saw her as a strong woman, a woman who was temporarily down but not out. Never out. Not as long as she had breath.
She stood taller.
“The furniture is pretty ugly,” he said.
“I don’t know. The couch is the same color as your eyes.”
“Do me a favor?”
She looked at him. He never asked her for favors. “Of course.”
“Run downstairs and get my chef’s knife and bring it back up here.”
She laughed again and felt a shift inside her. Like she imagined the earth felt when a boulder in a precarious spot moved. “Why?”
“So you can gouge my eyes out.”
In my stories, miracles are interrupted…but sometimes a few sneak through. I like to think miracles happen in life, too. Part of the reason I feel this way is because I was weaned on fairy tales. But when my mother unleashed me into the aisles of my local library, I gravitated to Nancy Drew. I also devoured comic books about Wonder Woman and Super Girl. My penchant for strong heroines who don’t wait for men to save them is reflected in my books.
I started my writing career selling short stories for mystery magazines and anthologies. I’ve published quite a few paranormal romances and I’ve even tiptoed into the sci fi romance genre. Now I write contemporary romance with heart and attitude and magic. I love writing a magical realism series set in the small village of Miracle, Wisconsin. These are stand-alone books, and anything can and does happen. Everyone gets a chance to tell their story, from a cat to a young blogger to a young woman to young seniors.
I don’t think I’ll ever get bored with this series. I hope my readers feel the same way. My goal is to make readers laugh a little, cry a little, and feel happy a lot.
I live in southeastern Wisconsin with my husband, dog and a very special cat. You can follow me on my personal blog, my group blog, Magical Musings, Facebook and Twitter.
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