Inside These Lines welcome`s fellow Decadent Pub author Kathy Bosman.
I met Kathy when I joined ROSA (Romance writers` Organisation of South Africa). It`s been a pleasure and truly learning experience as Kathy was one of the first people who guided me with my first novel set to come out next year.
Now enough with the introductions. Here`s Kathy!
This is my third blog post on my first blog tour for Dragonfly Moments. I’m giving away a $10 Amazon card and five bags of dragonfly swag (ooh, it’s a secret what’s inside.) The swag bags are wonderful for those living in the US as I’ve slotted in some SA recipes and a bit of info about the setting of my book.
Dragonflies are whimsical, colourful, artistic little creatures. My heroine loves art. She’s even opened up her own art gallery. Her paintings reveal the inside of her soul sometimes, even when she’s not aware of it. When Ryan comes into her gallery, he sees himself in her latest painting. He then knows that she hasn’t forgotten him because he hasn’t forgotten the letter she wrote to him seven years ago, professing her undying love for him.
Tessa wants to push Ryan away because he makes her feel for the first time in years. She’s also in a serious relationship with a man who would be perfect family material. When that relationship starts to crumble, Ryan becomes a friend, more than a friend. Yet her obsession with starting her own family makes her push him away.
Ryan uses the dragonflies he sees in a painting she paints for him to show her that memories make a life, not just stability. Dragonflies don’t live long but they’re beautiful. Some experiences in life are short but special. We need to treasure them.
This is a love story about love lost and found and letting go of a dream that holds one back from true happiness.
Seven years earlier, a young and serious Tessa Calitz wrote a letter to free spirit Ryan le Roux promising her undying love. As time passed she forgot about that letter…but Ryan did not.
When he walks back into her life, Tessa is in a relationship and busy setting up her art gallery in Johannesburg. She has plans to start a family, and the arrival of Ryan throws her for a spin. He is the worst thing that could happen to her dream of stability…or is he?
When everything she clung to starts to crumble, Ryan is right beside her to inspire her to greater things. But her compulsion for having marriage and children on her terms alone pushes Ryan away–until she falls in love with an orphaned baby.
What can Ryan do to make Tessa realize that being with him is what her heart has longed for all along?
“You’re making a mistake, Ryan. Coming in here and trying to bring up the past. It’s too late now. I’m committed to Mark and have found a life for myself. You never wanted me then. You loved Annie.”
“I didn’t love her. I loved you. And you promised forever….”
His voice was resigned, and then he winked at her as if to dispel the tension. It did no such thing.
The letter at the back of the sketch had promised she would love him forever, hadn’t it? She had believed she would never love anyone as much as Ryan and that he showed her what true love was.
“You never loved me.” She dropped her gaze onto her lap. “We were just good friends.”
Pushing up her chin to pretend that her heart wasn’t zinging with emotion, she started to walk toward the one wall to adjust a painting. He grabbed her hand. She tried to pull away, but he firmly pulled her close.
Heat and energy radiated off him and his manly scent encompassed her. Even his breath was a sweetness she wanted to drink in. She took in the shape of his face, his mouth which drooped slightly to the left, his skewed jaw line and the prominent cheek bones. His eyebrows were dark and perfectly shaped, and he had such long eyelashes. Yanking her burning hand away, she made sure her back was facing him.
“I was blind to the true treasure. All the time when I was going out with Annie, I really wanted you, but I couldn’t do that to her—dump her for her best friend. I’ve loved you for years, Tess. I’ve been trying to find you. No other woman has measured up, and I’ve had several relationships. And you’ve become so beautiful.”
She faced him, her mouth partially open, devoid of words. He’d loved her? Why didn’t he tell her then before it was too late?
His gaze followed her from head to foot, and heat branded her face while a spark ignited her body.
“But I wasn’t then. You thought I was ugly. You must have because Annie was so beautiful and you never looked at me.”
“I did. Besides the kohl and black clothes, you were adorable, especially in your pajamas.”
Tessa wasn’t usually one to blush easily, but fire lapped up her whole face and neck. “But the way you used to look at Annie. She had the most stunning legs. Long and muscular.”
Ryan smiled. “You have better legs than Annie.”
She pulled back. For a moment, he had her in a trance. Maybe she should leave Mark and pursue this. Jump right in. No, of course not. Who was Ryan now, anyway? She hardly knew him. He could disappear again. Mark cared for her and he was the perfect match to build a family. That’s all she needed.
Kathy loved reading and writing from early childhood, but her dream to write books was put aside until her kids were small, and she had little mental stimulation. The writing became a passion as well as her love for romance. She hasn’t looked back since writing her first romance novel in 2007. She homeschools her three children so in between deciphering algebraic problems for her teenage son (with little success), conducting science experiments, and tackling piles of laundry and dishes, she miraculously finds time to write books and read many others for fun.
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Connect with Kathy Bosman online:
Website and blog: http://www.kathybosman.com
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