Author: J.M. Stewart
Genre: contemporary romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Word Count: 70, 000/214 pages
Release date: March 16, 2015
Experience has taught single mother Rachel Madison that the only person she can truly rely on is herself. But what she wants most in the world—to give her son the life she never had growing up—means she must put her faith in a man who once walked out on her.
Retired from the service, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Colten Taylor makes a detour to Phoenix to bury his brother. Nobody is more surprised than he is to see Rachel waiting for him at the airport. He regrets the morning he walked away from her, but coming from an abusive home taught Colt to put limits on all his relationships—especially this one.
So when he discovers he has a son, Colt knows this is a chance to prove to himself he’s not a chip off the old block. Turning his life around doesn’t come naturally, though. Then a drug dealer crops up from his brother’s dark past, threatening their son and forcing Colt and Rachel to face their demons … and each other.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
“How the hell could you not tell me I had a son?”
Rachel darted a panicked glance at the hallway behind her then narrowed her eyes.
“Keep your voice down. He doesn’t know. When and if I decide to tell him, it’ll be on my terms.” She drew up straight and angled her chin a bit higher, but he didn’t miss the hurt that flared in her eyes. “You left, Colt. Left without a word and never came back. Or did you forget that part?”
He folded his arms, firmly ignoring the regret that sank, hard and cold and heavy, in his stomach. If he acknowledged it, he’d have to face the very real possibility he’d become what he loathed, and he would not go there. Not now. “You still should have told me. Jake knows how to reach me. Rosa knows how to reach me. Hell, any army base in the United States could figure out where I was in case of emergency. I had a right to know I have a son.”
Rachel froze where she stood, her eyes wide and searching his. Several heartbeats later, she let out a heavy sigh, her shoulders rounding, and dropped her arms to her sides. “You’re right. It’s why I met you at the airport. I was wrong to keep him from you.”
The dejection in her tone cut him to the quick. Regret erupted in Rachel’s eyes, hitting his chest in a sucker punch. His anger slipped from his fingers as years of denial, of longing, rushed up on him. Damn his weak hide. One soft sigh from her and all his good intentions went up in a puff of smoke. If he was honest with himself, they always had.
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00U7W5WNQ
J.M. Stewart is a coffee and chocolate addict who lives in the Pacific Northwest. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily ever after.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m from the Seattle area of Washington State. And yup, I’m beginning to hate the rain. lol My husband and I have been married for 18 years now. We have two boys. I started writing about 11 or 12 years ago, though I’ve been devouring books since somewhere around 6th grade.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
–Her Soldier’s Touch is a bit of a darker romance. It deals with difficult issues such as verbal and physical child abuse and living with alcoholism and drug addiction. It’s a story about two people who grew up in very dysfunctional homes learning to overcome their pasts and learning to love themselves and each other. The book started originally as the sequel to another one (A Second Chance at Forever), and kind of took on a life of its own.
How do you create your characters?
–Honestly? I let them tell me who they are.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
–What got me started in writing was a dream. I woke up with this image in my head. It wouldn’t leave me alone. It seemed to have a story to tell. So I decided one day to write it down. What inspires me…gosh everything. Every book I read. Life. Movies. Music.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
–I write on a laptop at the kitchen table. lol In order to write at my best, I really need quiet. When it’s noisy, I find it hard to focus.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
— I think little people must live in my head, because the ideas just kind of pop in out of nowhere. A character will sit down one day and introduce himself. Sometimes a secondary character will pop up in a book I’m writing and demand their own story.
What do you like to read?
–I read mostly contemporary romance these days. Though historical and erotic romance are guilty indulges.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
–Never give up.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I love hearing from readers! Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org