It's a Fabulous Friday and we're featuring another hot, upcoming release. Rules and promises are made to be broken, and sometimes it's just what the heart desires.
Paulette Harper drops by to share a glimpse of her upcoming release, Secret Places Revealed.
SECRET PLACES REVEALED OVERVIEW:
Single and content, Real Estate Developer, Aaron Blackman is determined not to be in another relationship. His ex Macy, gave him enough heartache to last a life time. The only thing that has his attention right now is his growing business, that’s until Simone Herron comes along. Fighting to keep his promise to himself, he soon learns that when it comes to love some rules are meant to be broken.
After losing her fiancé to an untimely death, Simone Herron is relocating and trying to put the past behind her. A new chapter in her life is what she is hoping for but what happens when her past and her present collide? Will she let the walls she has built come down?
Simone must learn that in order to love again, she must conquer her past fears and allow God to put all the broken pieces together.
Secret Places Revealed
Chapter 1 Excerpt
Pensive, Simone Herron stared out her fifth floor Park Avenue office window. Manhattan, New York, the city that never sleeps. Below her, hordes of people bustled to and fro, arms laden with shopping bags. Tourists gawked at the beautiful and spectacular views from Times Square to Central Park. Close to lunch time, people walked hurriedly into delicatessens and restaurants. She never questioned why people wanted to be here. It was obvious. Manhattan was popular for its world-class cultural attractions, thriving restaurant scene and scintillating shops. It was truly an amazing site to see. No matter what time of day, downtown Manhattan was busy and crowded. New York City, known for its entertainment and visual arts, captured the hearts of all who embraced its presence. Who wouldn’t love it? So, why did it feel like her heart was no longer captured?
For Simone, the Big Apple wasn’t the same anymore. After ten years of living in the city, she still loved it. New York was an ideal place to work, shop, live and entertain. But, her life felt lackluster. Simone turned away from the window. Even the busyness of the city and all it had to offer, could no longer mask her restlessness. Something was missing.
Five feet six, Simone maintained her hourglass figure with a daily workout regimen. Her toasted caramel complexion complemented her long, thick honey brown hair which she wore in twists. She worked as a paralegal for a prestigious law firm with some of the most gifted and intelligent lawyers. She studied the notes on her desk. She absolutely loved her job and would not trade what she’d learned from it for anything in the world. She had established a great rapport in her workplace. She would come highly recommended to any law firm she wanted to work for. Could a move be the answer to her restlessness?
As if she weren’t already bleak, the holiday season had arrived with all of its cheery fanfare. She sat, mindlessly shuffling the papers. The holidays were her least favorite time of the year. Simone wished she could skip over November and December and head straight into January. For the past few years, she’d spent her Thanksgivings volunteering for the dinner drive at Sheppard’s Gate, a women’s shelter. Christmas, would be spent singing carols with her church at Faith Bible Center. When did her life evolve into this monotonous rut?
Maybe it was the fact that she had to bury her fiancé a few months before their marriage. But that was five years ago. Could she still be hurting and mourning her loss after five years? Did a piece of her die with Joshua? She should be on top of the world. Instead, she lacked any motivation to put the pieces of her life back together. How do you put the pieces back together when all the pieces seem to be scattered everywhere? Her life was like a puzzle. Some pieces fit. Most of them didn’t. At times, Simone felt as though her life had come to a screeching halt.
People told her time would heal her wounds. That it would get easier day by day. And they were right—some days. There were days she felt she had moved on and then there were days when the feelings in her heart and the dreams of him were just as real as the love they shared.
People told her never to question God, but those that knew Simone knew her to be inquisitive.
She couldn’t understand why God had taken away the only man she’d ever truly loved. Joshua was her soul mate, her friend, the love of her life, her future children’s father. The more she got to know him, the more she realized that meeting him wasn’t by chance. It was something divine. He felt the same. They met while attending college in Manhattan. For them, it was a connection the first time their eyes met.
She spent plenty of time thinking about what their children might have looked like. Would they have had his dark eyes and curly black hair or maybe brown eyes like hers? The idea of not having a family hurt her to the core. Her parents were married for decades before her father died suddenly from a heart attack. For now, the dream of falling in love and having a family was tucked away somewhere in the back of her mind hoping that one day there would be a second chance.
Simone wasn’t sure she believed there was such a thing as getting back to a normal life. She accepted what life had dealt her and was allowing it to bring her to a place of surrender. She learned to accept that when life brought pain, God would give her the strength to go through it. She was hopeful. The more she lived, the more she learned how to let go of things she wanted knowing that some things could never be.
In spite of life’s disappointments, she had a wonderful life. She was blessed to be able to do what she wanted and to work anywhere she desired. Professionally, people would give to be in her position.
Simone became teary-eyed as questions swirled around in her head. Why was she feeling stuck? Why with all of her great accomplishments did she still feel like something was missing? She needed a change. A fresh start would do her wonders.
She turned and scanned her office. Her eyes landed on her plaques on the wall, awards she had received from her boss. Too bad none of those accolades ever prepared her for what life had dealt her. Her eyes focused on the plaque on her desk, a gift from her pastor. Her favorite scripture was engraved, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, KJV).
She knew God was in control. But sometimes, it was more difficult to accept when His plan superseded her own. She’d heard all the sermons. She was in all the prayer lines. She had plenty of oil poured on her head. But the pain, at times, remained unbearable. She was resilient, but felt weak. Externally, Simone had it altogether. Internally, however, she felt detached. She was a fighter that had reached the end of her fight. Something has to change.
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By Paulette Harper
Genre: #Inspirational #Fiction #Romance
Releasing July 26, 2016
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ABOUT PAULETTE HARPER:
Paulette is a multi-published, best-selling and award-winning author, who writes Christian fiction, nonfiction and children’s books. She has been writing since 2008. Paulette is also the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and as a book writing coach she enjoys assisting aspiring authors navigate through the process of publishing books, marketing and creating an online presence. Paulette lives in Northern California.
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