Saturday, July 2, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - July 3

From KINFOLK, my romantic suspense novel out from Champagne Books tomorrow (July 4) but first the blurb:
When Katherine Vaughn flees California, she returns home to her native Arkansas, a place she barely remembers. As she settles in at the family farm with her aunt, she finds herself growing closer to her late cousin's husband, Ben Hatfield. Ben is a lot more than the country bumpkin she first takes him to be and when the men who threatened her follow her to Arkansas he will rely on his skills as a former Navy SEAL to protect her.
As their feelings toward one another grow, so does the danger and in the end, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen or if anyone will be safe .Katherine’s life is in jeopardy as she wonders if there is any hope left in her heart. Kinfolk is a novel about the power of love and the strength of family ties.
Now the six sentences:

Face to face they were close enough he could feel her breath.   She reached around his neck to straighten the collar of his jacket and he stood still as she smoothed it down.
"I'm glad you came over, Ben."
WIth his collar in place she removed her hands, one brushing his cheek as it passed.
Tenderness welled up in him at her touch.  Like a thirsty man in the desert he sought more.

And just for fun the cover and my first advance review, 5 Hearts from The Romance Studio:


Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
Romantic suspense
Available from Champagne Books
ISBN: 9781926996332
July 2011

Katherine Vaughn is running away. Before she could get a divorce, her husband had run up a $300,000 debt to a high level drug dealer, and the man is now after her for the money. To hide, she left her empty Hollywood life for her late father's home in the hills of Arkansas. Moving in with her Aunt Rudy, she tried to get over her fear and restart her writing career. Ben Hatfield is a widower. He'd married Ruby's daughter when she was his nurse as he recuperated from injuries that he'd suffered as a Navy SEAL. After her death, he stayed on, in a trailer on Ruby's farm, taking care of the place and basically living as a recluse. When he learns of Katherine's situation, he can't help but want to protect her.
This is a great romance. Nothing is rushed in the growing relationship. They slowly learn about each other and how to open up to someone again. Katherine's marriage had been a disaster as her soap opera actor husband slipping further and further into drugs. Ben's last memory of his wife was their fight just before she drove off and died in a car accident. I like the way Ms. Murphy brings them back from their pasts. They both need to start living again to be able to appreciate each other.
Ben's closest family, the grandfather who raised him and is now dying, and his police officer cousin, Kenny, are secondary characters who bring great reality to the story, especially Ben's relationship to his grandfather. The book is about romance, not sex, and Ms. Murphy does it very well. There are some love scenes but they are mild and appropriate for the book. You'll really come to care for Katherine and Ben as their personalities come through and they learn to love each other. The action at the end of the book is also very well done. This is one that I'm marking as a keeper to reread. I know you'll enjoy it.
Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Mildly sensual Reviewer: Kathy F.
June 24, 2011
The Romance Studio


  1. very good description- get that man some water- lol
    Dawne P

  2. Ohhh another six sunday author with a release on 4th of July! Fab stuff...CONGRATS hun xxx and I adore your cover :)

  3. Great snip! I can feel his emotion!

  4. Great emotion in that six! Congratulations on tomorrow's release and the 5 heart review.

  5. Like a thirsty man in the desert...very nice line, Lee Ann.

  6. Aw, sweet six.

  7. 'Like a thirsty man in the desert he sought more.' Absolutely love it! Thank you

  8. Congrats on the release. Yep, 'Like a thirsty man in the desert...' is a great description of her power over him

  9. Nice scenario.

  10. Sounds like a great story. Thanks

  11. How heartbreaking, he belongs to someone else! Great way to pull in the emotion so thoroughly! :)

    Dawn's Early Light 6SS

  12. Very romantic! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Nice six, and congrats on the release!


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