Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Kindled Winter by Rachel L. Demeter

"Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."  
                                                        - Dale Evans

A week before Christmas, Jeseca Reed sets off for Blue River, Oregon - her childhood home and a vault of tender memories. However, fate takes an unexpected turn when she's left stranded in the mountains' vast, untamed wilderness. Desperate and alone, she seeks shelter at a cottage and finds herself in the arms of a mysterious stranger.

Dr. David Drake was once a renowned cardiovascular surgeon. But a devastating tragedy has left him scarred both inside and out, unable to use his hands to operate again. For the past five years, his Blue River cottage has been his sole escape - a safe haven where he can shut out the world, bury himself in his grief, and reunite with his son's memory.

Together they are summer and winter. Fire and ice. And yet a poignant connection forms between them. Jeseca awakens David and thaws his heart with a romance hot enough to melt snow. But before David and Jeseca can fully embrace each other, they must wade through darkness and confront the ghosts of their pasts ...

Equal parts steamy and heartfelt, A Kindled Winter brings the spirit of the holidays to life with a passionate story of second chances and healing love.

Release Date: November 1st



A Kindled Winter is a Christmas story with heart. It's not your typical warm and fuzzy Christmas tale. It starts off dark and full of pain from both Jeseca and David. As the story progresses and the your see the walls come down between these two fated souls, the light shines bright and leaves you feeling nice and toasty, with a beautiful ending.

Jeseca Reed is on her way home to Blue River, Oregon for Christmas to see her mom. On a rainy and cold night, she finds herself in an accident, stuck on the side of the road with no cell service to call anyone for help. She remembers passing a house not too far back and decides to walk back, hoping to find help.

Dr. David Drake lives in seclusion, trying to hide from his past and his demons. Taken aback by the beautiful angel that's landed on his doorstep a few days before Christmas, he's not quite sure what to do. She beaten up, cold and all the landlines are down. He takes her to his son's Charlie's room to warm up and sleep the night away, while he carefully watches her through the night.

Over the next week as the storm turns into snow, leaving Jeseca stranded at David's home, the two start to open up to each other, coming to the conclusion that these two total opposites are quite a like.

I don't want to tell you much about the story, I feel like the less you know going in the better the impact of the story is when reading it. Just know that both suffer from a past that would rip anyone to piece and barely be able to survive. Fate steps in and brings these two lost souls together in a miraculous way.

For a different kind of Holiday tale - A Kindled Winter will fit the bill.

4.5 Stars

David’s enchanting voice swelled the darkness, surrounding Jeseca, gripping onto her senses with a thousand beckoning fingers. They held her captive—and she readily surrendered her freedom.
“We’re like day and night. Summer and winter. Fire and ice. And yet something about you whispers my name and echoes inside me …” His mouth found her pulse point. Damp, hot lips nibbled on her skin and sent her wits reeling. “You should have never come in here. It was a mistake.”

“Then tell me to leave and I’ll go,” she replied through a breathy whisper. Her voice sounded thick with desire, hoarse … she hardly recognized it as her own. “And I don’t believe we’re complete opposites,” she said, her words husky and guttural. “I think the real you is hiding.”

Impenetrable silence took hold. Only the howling wind and David’s heavy breathing breached the quiet.

“Should I leave?”

Please, don’t send me away. Don’t shut me out.

More silence. “No. I need you … I need you to stay with me.” The words emerged from the darkness and wrapped around Jeseca’s heart with the force of a lasso.

Then he plunged a hand beneath the bathrobe, which had fallen halfway open, and a jarring whoosh of air slammed against her skin. His tongue swirled along her collarbone, branding her flesh with slick, wet shapes. Her heart hammered, and she clutched at the bedsheet as his mouth ventured lower … lower … skirting across the V-line of her plush pajama top. Then his fingers were working the buttons, quickly undoing them and sweeping the soft material aside. Cold air tightened her naked breasts, causing gooseflesh to prickle her skin.

“Stop me if I’m going too fast,” he breathed against her.

Yes, she should stop him. This was wrong. Totally wrong. Instead, all rational thought melted away and she found herself arching against his mouth and tongue. She wanted more—not less. And she wanted him to go faster—not slower …


I live in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, my goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of eleven years. I hold a Screenwriting B.A. from Chapman University’s School of Film and Media Arts. Even though I’m primarily a novelist, film school deepened my love for crafting fiction tenfold; it taught me to concentrate on plotting, dynamic characters, and effective pacing, as well as the importance of visual storytelling. I wouldn’t trade my college education for anything in the world! 
I enjoy writing dark, poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love. Writing is my life’s blood, my passion, my greatest obsession and pleasure. I’ve been imagining stories and characters ever since I was a wee child. Before I learned to physically read or write, my mom would jot them down for me. I hold a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, I ensure that every character is fully realized and given a soul!

I endeavor to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes my stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness. 
My dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through my words. ♥

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