Friday, May 20, 2016

Virtual Tour & Giveaway ~ Change of Heart by T. J. Kline

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Healing Harts #5
T.J. Kline
Releasing May 10th, 2016
Avon Impulse

fifth and (for now) final book in TJ Kline’s Healing Harts series. 

Leah McCarran has never had anything
but bad luck in her life, with the exception of her dream job, working as a
therapist for at-risk youth at Heart Fire Ranch. But when her car breaks down
on the side of the road and she finds herself stranded, the playboy who shows
up to help, seems like the last person she can count on.

Gage Granger has risen above the
circumstances of his youth, enough that people believe he has the Midas touch,
especially in business. But when one costly mistake could send his reputation
and his company into ruin, he needs some time to get his head on straight
before he makes a decision that could affect hundreds of lives and heads to see
his brother, near Heart Fire. The last thing he expected to find was a feisty
therapist who needs his help, even if she won’t admit it.

Leah doesn’t want friends. There was
only one person she let close - her high school counselor and the mentor who
not only took her in but changed her life, and then she died. Leah doesn’t want
that kind of hurt again so it’s easier to remain distant. But Gage is making it
difficult. And finding out that he staying next door at Heart Fire Ranch isn’t
making it any easier to avoid the kind man who is worming his way into her

Gage sees the pain Leah’s trying so
adamantly to hide but neither can help the attraction that begins to develop as
they rescue two abandoned kittens and find they have far more in common than
they believed. Gage helps her to move past her nightmarish past and she helps
him realize that one mistake doesn’t define his worth.

“We should start over.” Gage held out a hand. “I’m Gage Granger, your neighbor. It’s nice to meet you.”
Leah bit the corner of her lip as the horse nudged her hand. “Don’t do that,” she said quietly. She rubbed her hand over the animal’s face the way Jessie had told her they liked. “We’re both old enough that we don’t need to pretend we get do-overs in life.”
“Ah, another cynic.” He reached out and patted the horse’s neck. The second horse seemed to take notice and ambled slowly in their direction.
“A realist,” she corrected. “Another?”
“Like my brother, or at least, he used to be one.” Gage shrugged but looked back at her, curiosity clear in his dark eyes. “So, you don’t think you can forgive and forget? There’s no starting over?”
“Not really. You can forgive, but it’s a conscious choice. Forgetting something ever happened? That’s impossible. It’s like saying there’s such a thing as love at first sight.”
“Next you’re going to tell me you don’t believe in happily ever after either.” He clucked his tongue and shook his head with a grin tugging at the corners of his full lips. “What kind of therapist are you?”
She didn’t return his smile. “A good one. One who knows what I’m talking about and uses hard facts to get through to people who’ve see far too much reality in their daily lives to believe in fairy tales.”
She leaned one elbow on the railing and faced him. “The people I work with don’t need illusions. They need coping skills because life isn’t some kind of fantasy. Most people you meet aren’t good, and they don’t want to help you.”
Gage narrowed his eyes, trying to see more than what she would allow anyone to see. Leah wondered for a moment if she should have just kept her mouth shut. There was something about this man that made her usual calm, reserved demeanor take a vacation and made her tongue run away without her brain. If she wasn’t careful, she’d end up telling him her life story, and no one deserved to bear the weight of that nightmare.

Character Interview with Gage Granger

Welcome and thank you so much for stopping by Teatime and Books. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Gage Granger and I’m a techno-geek. I’m the CEO of Iconics, a computer software company that I started up with my college roommate. We specialize in security systems. My brother, Dylan, has also made me the happiest uncle ever to a sweet little girl, Emily.

What is it that makes you different? People say you have the “Midas Touch.”

I’m not sure I am any different than someone else. I go to work, try hard, and do what I’m supposed to do. I’ve been lucky that it’s always seemed to pay off. That Midas Touch thing is so overblown. I’ve been successful but I’ve never done it alone and it was always because I have a great team.

What’s your greatest asset?

I could say that I have a good work ethic but my strongest asset is my family. My mother always encouraged us, even when she was sick. She’d always taught my brother and I to be there to support one another, through anything. My older brother means everything to me, and gave up so much in order for me to get where I am today. That loyalty to one another is something money can’t buy.

What are you afraid of? Have you told anyone?

Fear of failure, of not being good enough, of not measuring up to expectations. Not just what people want from me, but what I know they need from me. I have to be there for my family and falling short is just not possible. It can’t happen. And, of course, I haven’t told anyone. I’m not going to burden my brother with that. He’s had enough just dealing with his PTSD. It’s my turn to take care of him.

Have you ever been in love? How did that end?

I guess that depends on what you mean by “love.” There have been women I’ve been in relationships with and others I’ve cared about, like Bailey, but I’ve never really been in love. Not the kind that makes you want to give up everything for one woman. Not the marriage kind of love. But, I’m also not looking, not that I’d be averse to finding it. I just haven’t had time. It will happen when and if it’s supposed to.

What is the biggest goal in your life right now?

To clean up my mess. I don’t really like talking about it, but I recently made a big business mistake and I’m hoping it’s not as bad as it seems. Right now, it looks bad enough to take down the entire multi-million dollar corporation. I need to fix it, somehow, before I lose everything. I’m facing that failure…

Any regrets? Would you go back and change what happened? If so, how? If not, why not?

Just like everyone, there are so many things I’d change…the mistake I made with the security system, my brother going to Afghanistan, my mother’s cancer, my father running away. However, every bit of it has led me to where I am today, to the man you see today. I’m not sure I’d want to give up who I’ve become.

What is the one thing you never want to give up?

My great sense of humor and my awesome pick-up lines. (winks) My sense of family, and that includes everyone I love: friends and family. The connection I feel is something I never want to lose.

If you were stranded on the side of the road, who would you want with you and what would you do?

Funny you should mention being stranded on the side of the road, since I was recently stranded with Leah. That was actually how we met and, unfortunately, I made an idiot out of myself. But, come on, she had a great car – a classic GTO cherried out. It wasn’t my fault she misunderstood what I said.

Let’s play a game! Pick only one answer.

1)      Beach or Mountains? Mountains

2)      Car or Truck? Classic muscle car. Give me a Camaro, Mustang or Impala any day over something new.

3)      Popcorn or Candy at the movies? Candy

4)      Bedroom or Kitchen? Bedroom, any place with knives is a bit too dangerous for my tastes.

5)      Alpha or Beta? Beta (points at self) Hello?

6)      Naughty or nice? Nice, because even my “naughty” will be nice.

7)      Sweet or Spicy? Whichever you’re in the mood for. I aim to please.

8)      Her/Him on top or you on top? Her…because that view is amazing.

9)      Handcuffs or Scarves? I’m up for any adventure.

10)   Love or Lust? Lust is fine if it’s mutual, but love always wins out over lust.

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T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and rodeo queen competitions
since the age of 14, She has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the
culture involved. She has had several articles about rodeo published in the
past in small periodicals as well as a more recent how-to article for
RevWriter. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting CHANGE OF HEART today!

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