Spotlight and #Giveaway: Where the Heart Is by Darcy Burke @lit_connect @darcyburke

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00016]Where the Heart Is by Darcy Burke

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Level: sexy

Series: Ribbon Ridge, #1

Publisher: Intrepid Reads

Pub. Date: December 1, 2013

Length: Novella (131 pages)


Home is more than a place . . .blurb

Breaking free from her structured life, Chloe English quits her high-powered job and moves across the country to work as an art teacher. The simple life is all she hoped it would be until her house burns down, leaving her homeless. When a handsome firefighter swoops in to save the day, she can’t believe her luck. He’s laid-back and unassuming, everything she’s looking for in a man—or so he seems. It turns out he’s as ambitious as her ex, comes with a family who could be more stifling than hers, and harbors dark secrets he may never be able to share.

Orphaned as a teenager, Derek Sumner has found a place in his best friend’s family. However, the love and support of his surrogate parents and siblings can’t erase the grief and loss he struggles every Christmas to banish. But this year he meets the fun and sexy Chloe, whose optimism and sense of joy are incredibly contagious. Can she help him face his bleak past so they can forge a happy future?


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excerptFirst, though, she had to start her job at the Arch and Vine Pub.

She walked into the pub at 11:15, wearing exactly what she’d worn yesterday, which still smelled vaguely of smoke despite her applying a few coats of Febreze from the Blackberry Inn’s bathroom. And stopped short when the firefighter from last night walked up to her.

At least she thought it was the guy from last night. He was dressed completely differently: black V-neck t-shirt that fit his muscular frame to a T, dark-wash jeans, and scuffed leather boots. She hadn’t been able to make out the color of his hair because he’d been wearing his fire helmet, but now saw that it was as dark as his shirt. And his eyes—she hadn’t been able to see their color last night either—Lord, they were gorgeous. Deep, dark blue, like cerulean mixed with midnight. If her art supplies hadn’t burned up, she would’ve gone home and tried to recreate that color.

“Chloe!” he said, sounding as surprised to see her as she felt upon seeing him.

“Um, hi,” she said, at a loss for his name.

As if reading her mind, he said, “Oh geez. I didn’t actually introduce myself last night, did I? I’m Derek. Sumner.” He held out his hand and she put her palm to his. A shock of warmth rushed up her arm and spread into her chest.

She withdrew her hand before she could become officially tongue-tied. “How’s Ashley?” she managed, trying to ignore the sensations just shaking his hand had wrought.

He put his hands on his waist, accentuating the slim line of his hips. If their touch had affected him, she couldn’t tell. “Actually, Emily—she’s uh, a really good friend—just called a little bit ago to say Ashley is doing well. She had a viral infection in her eyes. After a course of antibiotic drops, she’ll be seeing as well as you or I. Or better, I guess. Cats see better than humans, don’t they?”

“In the dark, at least.” Chloe fixated for a moment on this Emily person. His description of her stuck out for some reason. Friend or girlfriend? Oh, why did it even matter? She was in no position to flirt with or date some hot firefighter.

She noticed the short, off-white apron tied around his hips. “Wait, do you work here?”

He shrugged one shoulder. “From time to time. I said I’d help out today because Mike’s short handed. But he left a note that he hired a new server. Is that you?”

“It is.”

“Great,” he said, smiling, but then quickly frowned. “No. You shouldn’t work today. We’ll manage. You should go . . . uh . . .”

His words trailed off as he realized what he’d been about to say. She surprised herself by smiling. “Home? Right. Wish I had one.”

“Actually, I can help you there, at least temporarily if you’re interested.”

Her mind immediately leapt to staying with him. On his couch. Or wherever. Pull yourself together, Chloe!


abouttheauthor1Darcy Burke wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the Bestselling Author Darcy Burkefemale swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Darcy writes hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. Visit Darcy online at and sign up for her new releases newsletter, follow her on Twitter at, or like her Facebook page,





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