10 February 2020

Desert Willow | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


After a failed engagement, Captain Andrew Lee James has focused on building a career in the Army he loves. That commitment includes helping a feisty, out-of-work ballerina whose devotion to her grandmother’s dying wish immediately grabs his heart. She’s the one, but will he be able to win the heart of a woman who has vowed to never be involved with a soldier?

College graduate Clara Malone swore to never love anyone in the military again but when her dying grandmother asks her to deliver a love letter to the general who broke her heart decades ago, she agrees and finds herself escorted by a handsome Army captain whose kindness challenges her beliefs. Surrounded by desert willows that shower her path with pretty pink flowers and sing with the buzzing of hummingbirds, Clara enjoys the wild beauty of El Paso—and her time with Andrew—more than expected.

Can she deliver her grandmother’s last love letter without losing her heart to a man who represents everything she fears?

Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Release Date: February 12, 2020


While Andrew counted and concentrated, Clara moved to the music, letting the melody carry her to a different time, a different era. A time when life was slower, people had their license plates and names listed in a book, and young women spent time at windows dreaming of a life they didn’t yet have.

Clara pictured herself at a ball in Brazil, wearing an old-Hollywood gown, and dancing like her grandmother had. She was certain her upper body positioning was a mess, but that didn’t matter. Not now. She wouldn’t hold back on the fun because of what she didn’t yet know about the waltz. She was just going to dance.


Patricia Beal has danced ballet since her childhood and has performed with pre-professional companies in South America, Europe, and the United States. She fell in love with a handsome airborne infantryman at Fort Bragg, married him, and quit her day job to have his babies. Soon came the desire to have book babies, too. Patricia is a Genesis Award semi-finalist, First Impressions finalist, and the author of A Season to Dance (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2017). She writes from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two children.


(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card!

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  1. Very wonderful excerpt, had fun learning about this one. Cheers on tour.

  2. I enjoy this author's writing!

  3. I love book tours. I discover so many new and wonderful authors and their books.

  4. Thanks for sharing your book with us. I think we all enjoy hearing about new books we previously didn't know about. Also, thank you for the giveaway.

  5. Anonymous10/2/20 15:42

    Sounds like an interesting read.

  6. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  7. New author to me. Would really like to read.

  8. Thank you for having me here!
    Patricia Beal (who cannot ever remember her Google password :/)

  9. Anonymous10/2/20 22:34

    Thank you so much!!! - JustRead Tours

  10. The cover is really pretty.

  11. I enjoyed the description!

  12. Thanks for sharing this excerpt and being a part of this tour!

  13. This excerpt is beautiful! I know that we'd have a hard time going back to those times, but it would be cool to visit. We need a time machine!

  14. Sounds like a fascinating story!

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