24 January 2020

A Plan for Everything | Excerpt + Giveaway

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ABOUT THE BOOK


Connie’s Coffee and Cones is thriving, and owner Connie Spencer is right on track to realize her dream of expanding into a catering business. She believes she owes her success to her remarkable ability to plan. In fact, she has a plan for everything. At least, she thought she did—until Michael Cole appears in Worthville.

Michael has an agenda of his own—and a competing business—that threatens to derail everything Connie hopes for professionally. And if that isn’t enough, Michael carries a secret that could cause a backlash for both of them. So, why does she find herself attracted to him? When an accident on a rain-slicked highway leaves Michael temporarily incapacitated, Connie is presented with a dilemma she never saw coming—helping the man she’s falling for, or moving ahead with her meticulous plans.

As life spirals out of her control and Connie faces losing everything, she questions whether her plans are enough. But if hers aren’t, whose are? As she searches for the answer, she learns she must come to terms with her deepest hurt in order to embrace a higher plan for her future.

Publisher: Anaiah Press
Release Date: January 21, 2020


EXCERPT

Connie continued to stew on the Michael Cole situation through afternoon coffee breaks and after school ice cream treats. A little after seven, as she attempted to close the store, she fumbled with her keys, her arms loaded with tote bags of laundry to be washed.

Before she knew it, Michael raced across the street and stood by her side. “Here let me carry those for you,” he said, extending his hands.

Oh, no. Not him. She held on for a moment, wondering whether she would trust him to hold her bags of dirty aprons and dish towels. She shook her head, but in a moment said, “Oh, all right, here.” She shoved the bags into his arms but held onto her planner, and then she put a key in the front door lock and turned it.

“Most businesses lock from the back into the alley,” Michael said.

“I walk to work. It’s easier for me to come and go through the front door. What about you?” Connie pointed to his front door.

“My back door has to be replaced. It was in such bad shape, someone nailed it shut. It’s a special order for these old buildings. Supposed to be here next week. Found it at one of those reclaimed wood places.”

Connie tried to take the aprons back from Michael, but he resisted.

“Why don’t I carry these for you?” he asked.

“But I’m walking all the way home,” she said.

“I don’t have anything else to do,” he offered.

“Suit yourself,” Connie said as they passed Gray’s Groceries.

“Hey, about what I said this morning…”

Connie shook her head. “Forget it.” And then she smiled. “Although, Sofia was concerned I might put laxative in your latte.”

They both laughed, and the mood lightened.

“What are you doing this evening?” he asked, switching the bags of aprons from one arm to the other.

“I can hardly contain my excitement. I’m eating leftover spaghetti and fine tuning my event calendar.” Private events helped give her a little extra cash flow but sure took time.

Mr. Gray exited his store, scratched words on the sandwich board outside his entrance, and pivoted to go back in his store.

“Eat dinner with me,” Michael said as they moved along the sidewalk. Mr. Jerome’s cat shot out beside Michael and screeched to a halt, cutting Michael off. He sidestepped to avoid running into it, and in the process, nudged Connie. He grabbed her arm as if he were afraid she might fall. Their faces only inches apart, she steadied herself in more than one way. She shook her head and waved. “I’m fine. No problem.” 


“Good,” he said as the cat backtracked down the sidewalk. “Back to what I was saying. I’m new in town and don’t know anyone, and even though you’re my arch enemy…” He laughed in a hearty way. “You know the old saying about keeping your enemies close.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning Southern writer, Beverly Varnado, is a novelist, screenwriter, and blogger who writes to give readers hope in the redemptive purposes of God.

She has written a nonfiction memoir as well as several novels and screenplays, one of which was a finalist for the prestigious Kairos Prize in Screenwriting. Her work is also included in several anthologies and periodicals. As an artist, her work was recently chosen for exhibit at a State University gallery.

She lives in Georgia with her husband, Jerry, and their chocolate Aussiedor who is outnumbered by several cats. Beverly is Mom to three children and Mimi to two grandchildren.

Read her weekly blog One Ringing Bell, peals of words on faith, living, writing, and art at oneringingbell.blogspot.com.


GIVEAWAY


(1) winner will receive an A Plan for Everything inspired giveaway including a Jeremiah 29:11 planner, coffee mug, Starbucks coffee, and a $15 Amazon card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 23, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on January 30, 2020. US only. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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14 comments:

  1. Nice excerpt, I like getting a feel for an author's writing style.

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  2. Thanks for your comments. Looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, thanks for the chance.

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  4. Fun excerpt -- love getting to know a little bit about the author!

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  5. Thank you for sharing! - JustRead Tours

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    1. Thank you to Hallie and Just Reads for hosting me, today. So grateful.

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  6. I encourage reading so having a family who loves to read I sure support.Thanks for sharing your terrific read with us.

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    1. Thank you very much, Robert. We were a home schooling family so reading was huge for us, too.

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  7. I enjoyed the excerpt, this sounds great

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  8. Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing! ❤

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