Today on First Kiss Friday, we welcome romance author, N. N. Light - a husband and wife writing team - and an excerpt from their Contemporary Romance novella, “Planting the Seeds of Love.”
Torn between two men, Sally must follow her heart and decide if love will lead her to the city or the countryside.
Twenty-Two year old Sally Rayton returns to the family farm she deserted four years ago to bury her grandfather. Her plan: to settle her grandfather's estate and return to her life in the city with her boyfriend, Trevor Mattson.
Her childhood friend, Jack Smith, has other ideas.
Jack convinces Sally to transform the farm into a brewery and fulfill her grandfather's dream while keeping the Rayton Farm in the family. Sally works side-by-side with Jack while Trevor is hundreds of miles away in the city. The more time she spends with Jack, the stronger her feelings are for him.
When Trevor shows up to propose to Sally right before Christmas and finds her in Jack's embrace, she must make the biggest choice of her life: true love.
First Kiss Excerpt
Jack nodded and sat down, never breaking his intense gaze with Sally.
"Oh, God. Sally, are you okay? Doc called and told me what happened." His voiced cracked. He ran his fingers through his unkempt hair.
"Jack, I'm scared," she whispered. Tears spilled down her cheeks; she didn't bother to wipe them away.
He leaned forward and wiped her damp cheeks.
"Don't cry, Princess Sally, or else the king will be very upset." Humor crept into his voice, although it didn't reach his eyes.
When they were little, they would play castle make-believe. She was the princess and he was her knight in shining armor. As a knight, he would fight dragons and other beasts all in her name. He would rescue her from bad people and return her to safety. At the end of their game, he would say the same line.
Sally rubbed her eyes with her good hand.
"Oh Jack...I know how worried you are."
"You'll be the death of me yet, Sally Rayton." He pointed to his thick brown hair. "Look, in the past 48 hours I've grown grey hair."
"Imagine that," she teased. The corners of her mouth turned upwards. "Whatever will become of your flock of admirers?"
He chuckled before he turned serious.
"I want to hear it from you." His eyes bore into hers.
His hand squeezed hers.
"Tell me everything you remember. Don't hold back from me. Please, I beg you." Sally watched his jaw tense.
"I was having breakfast, wondering what happened to you." She stared at him. He looked away for a moment.
"I was busy trying to run the farm, brewery and not rip off Al's head when I dropped off Linda."
"Al was there? Did you talk to him?" she asked.
"I'll tell you later." He nodded. "Keep going."
"Anyway," she sighed. "I wasn't hungry so I pushed my food away. I was thinking about the farm and Grandpa when I suddenly got a sharp pain."
He squeezed her hand tighter.
"I tried to flex my fingers, thinking it was a cramp..."
"Was it?" he interrupted.
Sally shook her head.
"No, in fact it only made it worse. Trevor came into the room, I remember." She paused, trying to make her memories return. "C'mon brain, work!" She shut her eyes.
His thumb caressed her hand. Sparks flew up her arm, causing her heart to skip a beat.
"It's okay, just relax. Take a deep breath and try again," his husky voice soothed her nerves.
She regarded him through her lashes. His breath was uneven, just like hers. I want him to kiss me. His touch lights my insides on fire. Imagine what his lips could do. She wet her lips in anticipation.
His hooded eyes lit with desire. As if in a trance, he leaned forward and kissed her. His soft lips brushed hers so tenderly; it was as if he was waiting for her to pull away. She didn't. She opened her mouth, deepening the kiss. He moaned, kissing her passionately.
"Oh, excuse me," Doc interrupted.
Jack yanked his lips away so quick, Sally whimpered. Jack turned to greet Doc with a grin.
"I guess I should've knocked first."
Sally flushed and exchanged sheepish looks with Jack. She sat up and straightened her sheets, as if that was the most important thing she should be doing. She bent her head, touching her swollen lips. So, that's what it feels like.
"What's up, Doc?" Jack asked.
Sally glanced up at the old joke. Doc's face turned serious.
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