Excerpt Learning to Breathe Again by Kelli Heneghan

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Series: Texas Learning Book 2 (but Read as a Standalone)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: April 6 2016
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print on Demand via Amazon

Bayleigh Morrow just wants to hide from the world for a little while, recover from all the knocks she’s been taking lately.  What better place than small-town Texas, where she can reconnect with her brother, meet her new sister-in-law, and just be left alone?
Jack Williams has no intention of ever falling in love again.  One betrayal was enough for him.  But when Bayleigh almost collapses in his office, he’s determined to help her and keep her safe.

Stranded by an ice storm, Jack is the only one there to pick up the pieces when she has a panic attack.  Sparks begin to fly and flames ignite as these two love-wary souls find their way out of the darkness and learn to breathe again.
He stroked her back with his left hand, his right hand resting beneath her rib cage.  He wanted her closer, wanted to feel her against him. Her hands clenched against his chest.  Damn, she’s reached her limit.  Prepared to stop, she surprised him by pulling him in closer, her hands now fisted in his shirt.  He stroked her tongue with his, retreating, pushing in…a dance as old as time.  And she responded to each movement.  Against the hand on her ribs, he could feel her heart as it raced and his own pulse sped up.  She moaned, or was that him?  Hell if he knew, or even cared at this point.
He needed to put the brakes on now, before he did something stupid, like sweep everything off the desk and lay her down.  That image should not be in his mind.  He broke off the kiss, resting his forehead on hers.  Her breathing was ragged, but it didn’t have that wheeze it would get with her panic attacks.  His hands rubbed over her back in soothing strokes, enjoying the moment of holding her in his arms.  The occasional car drove by outside, and the ornate clock on the wall ticked, the sound loud and obnoxious in the near silence of the outer office.  It was just the two of them for now.  He simply held her and waited.  Her hands relaxed and he moved his head so he could see her face.

Kelli grew up all over the East Coast but her family finally settled in Cincinnati long enough for her to finish high school and college.  She has always loved to read books and write her own stories.  In high school, she used to pass around the latest chapter of the story she was writing for her friends to read.  There is more than one high school teacher out there that can probably remember telling her to put the book down and pay attention to the lectures.
Graduating from the University of Cincinnati with her BS in Nursing, she left Ohio for Texas and the U.S. Army.  She received a medical discharge for a knee injury, but was able to meet the man she'd one day call her husband first--thanks to some mutual friends who insisted they would perfect together.  And what do you know--they are! 
She continued to read books by the dozens and write her own stories.  And then one day, a friend dared her to enter a contest.  She didn’t win, but the feedback she received from the judges convinced her that maybe people were interested in the stories she wanted to tell.
She still lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two children and 2 dogs. 
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