The Nurse’s Perfect Match Official Release Day plus Book Giveaway!

It’s party time!!!

I’m thrilled that my second book, The Nurse’s Perfect Match, officially releases today (May 6) in North America! To celebrate, I’m giving away two print copies (worldwide, wherever The Book Depository delivers) on my blog today.

In-person appearances and media events:

I’m doing a live radio interview today with Jay Jay at 1WayFM (Canberra, Australia) after 1pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, May 6. We’re giving away print copies of Falling for the Farmer and The Nurse’s Perfect Match. You can listen to the program live on the internet at the following link.

http://www.1wayfm.com.au/audio-lounge/

On Saturday, May 10, I’m doing a book signing for Falling for the Farmer at Koorong, Fyshwick (Canberra, Australia) from 2pm.

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The Nurse’s Perfect Match is the second book in my Snowgum Creek series. Amy, a minor character in Falling for the Farmer, is the heroine in The Nurse’s Perfect Match. The story starts a couple of years after Falling for the Farmer ends.

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NURSE AMY WILKINS HAS COME HOME

After her marriage ends in tragedy, Amy returns to Snowgum Creek to rebuild her life. There she meets widower Ben Morton, who’s not looking for romance, though his young children are eager for Amy’s attention. She’s given up on her dream of being a mother, but can’t ignore how she’s drawn to Ben’s little ones, and to their handsome farmer dad.

As love kindles between Ben and Amy, she worries how she’ll ever measure up to the wife he lost. And Ben is concerned about how Amy will ever truly fit into life on the farm. They could be the answer to each other’s prayers—if the secret Amy is keeping doesn’t tear them apart.

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CHAPTER ONE Excerpt:

The V-8 engine roared to life. Amy Wilkins stood at the side of the road, her shaky hands clutching her purse. The car sped away, dust and gravel spraying into the still night air. She pulled her jacket closer around her chilled body as the rumble of the engine receded.

Her pulse slowed and she sucked in a deep breath, glad she had chosen to wear jeans and comfortable shoes tonight. She trailed her fingertips along her arm. It stung where she had wrenched it out of his rock-solid grip. A two-mile walk home was preferable to his rotten company.

The distant glow of streetlights in Snowgum Creek and the full moon hovering overhead lit her path beside the deserted country road. She kicked a stone out of the way, not caring about the damage to her designer-label leather boot. Back home for four weeks and she’d already found trouble. If only she’d followed her mother’s recommendation for a handyman instead of employing an old school friend.

Tears built in her eyes and she bit her lower lip, refusing to let them flow. She had made a mistake in trusting him, but it wouldn’t happen again. Jed’s charming smile had hidden a dark heart and an arrogance she didn’t remember from their school days. How dare he assume she was desperate for male attention, just because she was a twenty-seven-year-old widow?

The headlights of an approaching car illuminated the isolated road. She dipped her head, hoping the driver would ignore her. The high beams blinded her and she squeezed her eyes shut. Her throat tightened as the light passed, the brakes squeaked and the vehicle slowed. Please, Lord, keep me safe. I don’t need any more problems tonight.

Gravel crunched under the car’s tires and the vehicle swung around, headlights brightening the road ahead. She sighed, her mouth set in a grim line as she turned to face it.

She stepped away from the edge of the road, a flicker of hope igniting in her heart. The people in the car could be concerned citizens who were willing to help her without asking too many questions.

The headlights dimmed and the car crawled to a stop, the passenger window lowered. A young girl rested her head on a pillow in the backseat, her innocent face serene as she slept.

Amy took a few hesitant steps forward and crouched to look inside the car. A younger boy slept beside the girl and a familiar pair of chocolate-brown eyes met her gaze from the driver’s seat. Ben Morton.

She swallowed hard, captivated by the warmth emanating from his eyes. Now in his early thirties, his handsome face had matured, and the family resemblance to Luke, her boss and Ben’s younger brother, was more pronounced. She hadn’t spoken to Ben in years, not since she was his younger sister Rachel’s best friend in high school.

His enigmatic eyes narrowed and a frown hovered over his full lips. “Amy, what are you doing out here all alone?”

She bristled at his curt tone, reminded of the times she’d gotten into mischief with Rachel in the apple orchards. “It’s a long story.”

She took a step back, stretching out her tense back muscles.

“Where are you headed?”

She squared her shoulders. “Home.”

“Walking? At this time of night?” He leaned over and opened the passenger door. “No, thanks. I can walk-”

“You look frozen.” His voice softened. “Please get in before my kids catch a cold.”

She slid into the passenger seat, warm air blasting her face from the console. He raised the automatic window and she fumbled with her seat belt, finally securing it and keeping her gaze lowered.

Silence filled the car, broken only by the idling engine and the soft breathing of the children in the back. She inhaled a hint of his aftershave, and her body tensed, aware of his muscular presence only inches away from her. Moonlight through the windshield lit up the interior of the car. How could she explain her current predicament without sounding like an idiot?

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Contest terms and conditions:

Please complete the form below to enter the drawing to win one of two print copies of The Nurse’s Perfect Match.

You can receive an extra entry in the drawing by signing up to receive email notifications when my new books release. Current subscribers to my email list will automatically receive an extra entry.

The maximum number of entries per person in the drawing is two. The winners will be announced in a comment on this blog post on Tuesday, May 20.

“Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.”

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Good luck in the drawing! More information on my book launch schedule and additional giveaways can be found here.

https://narelleatkins.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/the-nurses-perfect-match-online-book-launch-and-giveaways/

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The Nurse’s Perfect Match online book launch and giveaways

I’m excited to announce that The Nurse’s Perfect Match releases today in ebook format, and on Tuesday, May 6, in print. To celebrate the launch of my second novel, I’m going to be visiting a few blogs and offering print book giveaways (worldwide, to anywhere The Book Depository will deliver).

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Next week on Tuesday, May 6, I’ll be giving away two print copies (worldwide) of The Nurse’s Perfect Match right here on my blog. Please stop by on Tuesday to enter the drawing.

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My Book Launch Schedule:

April 24: International Christian Fiction Writers (worldwide print giveaway)

http://internationalchristianfictionwriters.blogspot.com/2014/04/balancing-book-marketing-and-writing.html

April 30: Australasian Christian Writers (worldwide print giveaway) 

http://australasianchristianwriters.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/the-single-dad-hero-in-romance-novels.html

May 5: Lena Nelson Dooley blog (worldwide print giveaway)

http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/the-nurses-perfect-match-narelle-atkins.html

May 6: Radio Interview with Jay Jay at 1WayFM Canberra, Australia, after 1pm

http://www.1wayfm.com.au/audio-lounge/

May 7: Robin Lee Hatcher’s blog

http://www.robinleehatcher.com/christian-fiction-wednesday-05-07-14/

May 8: Ausjenny blog (worldwide print giveaway)

http://ausjenny.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/getting-to-know-you-with-narelle-atkins.html

May 9: Iola’s Christian Reads (worldwide print giveaway)

http://christianreads.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/review-and-giveaway-nurses-perfect.html

May 9: Seriously Write blog

http://seriouslywrite.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/enjoying-journey-by-narelle-atkins.html

May 10: Falling for the Farmer book signing at Koorong, Fyshwick (Canberra) Australia, from 2pm

http://www.koorong.com/info/store/fyshwick.jsp

May 10: Iola Goulton – Christian Editing Services (marketing – book launch interview)

http://christianediting.co.nz/book-launch-case-study-narelle-atkins/

May 12: Ink Dots blog (worldwide print giveaway)

http://dorothyadamek.blogspot.com.au/

May12-14 Goodreads Author Q&A on Love Inspired Heartsong Presents Group

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/129196-love-inspired-heartsong-presents

May 19: Rose Dee’s blog (worldwide print giveaway)

http://rosedee.com/2014/05/19/aussie-authors-in-america-narelle-atkins/

May 24: Inspy Romance blog (worldwide print book giveaway)

http://www.inspyromance.com/the-inspiration-for-my-snowgum-creek-book-series-plus-giveaway/

Additional book giveaways:

May 1-31: Goodreads giveaway. One print copy of The Nurse’s Perfect Match (US, CA, UK, AU, NZ)

May: Soul Inspirationz (2 print books giveaway, worldwide)

The lovely Ellie Whyte organises a monthly promotion of the Love Inspired range of books on Soul Inspirationz. The Nurse’s Perfect Match will be included in her May promotion and Rafflecopter giveaway.

http://www.christianfictionsite.com/1/post/2014/05/may-new-releases-in-category-fiction.html

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the release of The Nurse’s Perfect Match. And, good luck if you enter the book giveaways!

Heartsong Presents May New Releases

My second book with Harlequin’s Love Inspired Heartsong Presents line, The Nurse’s Perfect Match, is officially releasing in print next week on May 6, 2014.

I’ll be giving away 2 print copies (worldwide giveaway) right here on my blog on May 6. Check out my May 1 post (ebook release date) for more information on The Nurse’s Perfect Match online book launch and additional blog giveaways.

The_Nurses_Perfect_Match_cover

NURSE AMY WILKINS HAS COME HOME 

After her marriage ends in tragedy, Amy returns to Snowgum Creek to rebuild her life. There she meets widower Ben Morton, who’s not looking for romance, though his young children are eager for Amy’s attention. She’s given up on her dream of being a mother, but can’t ignore how she’s drawn to Ben’s little ones, and to their handsome farmer dad.

As love kindles between Ben and Amy, she worries how she’ll ever measure up to the wife he lost. And Ben is concerned about how Amy will ever truly fit into life on the farm. They could be the answer to each other’s prayers—if the secret Amy is keeping doesn’t tear them apart.

buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery

Read a FREE sample at Amazon.com

Love in the Wind

SAILING IS MADDIE CRAMER’S ESCAPE 

Now she’s counting on it to bring her closer to the biological father she’s just met. But her chances of winning the regatta—and his approval—are in jeopardy unless she can find a new crewmate. Enter Grady Stone, a perfect fit for Maddie’s crew in more ways than one.

Maddie and Grady grow close as they spend time together on the water. But Maddie, wary of emotional entanglement, guards her heart closely. And Grady’s here only to help Maddie win the race, then he’s off to a new job. The day of the race will test their ability to sail together—and the trueness of their love.

buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery

Read a FREE sample at Amazon.com

Branding the Wranglers Heart

WHITAKER HUTTON ALWAYS GETS HIS WAY 

When cattle go missing from the Bar-HB Ranch, the tenacious foreman will stop at nothing to find them. But his boss’s granddaughter, Olivia Hartman, is more than Whit bargained for. Once the victim of Whit’s childhood pranks, Livvy has grown into a feisty beauty.

Livvy can’t forget the way Whit used to tease her. Even worse, he doesn’t think she’s capable of helping in the roundup. She could stay mad at him forever—if he wouldn’t act all sweet toward her. But when he literally rides to her rescue, Livvy starts to wonder whether her old enemy might turn out to be much more than a friend.

buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery

Read a FREE sample at Amazon.com

The Honorable Heir

CATHERINE VanDORN IS NO THIEF 

Catherine, Lady Bisterne, returns to Tuxedo Park cloaked in scandal, the widow of a nobleman who’d loved only her fortune. As she sets out to repair her family’s reputation, another Englishman in her midst is seeking reparations of a different sort. While Lord Tristram Wolfe may suspect that Catherine has stolen the Bisterne jewels, he looks at her in a way her husband never had.

As Tristram’s investigation continues, one thing becomes clear: the only thing Lady Catherine has ever stolen is his heart. But can he convince her to trust another English nobleman…and take a second chance on love?

buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery

Read a FREE sample at Amazon.com

Book Cover Reveal: The Nurse’s Perfect Match

The_Nurses_Perfect_Match_cover

NURSE AMY WILKINS HAS COME HOME 

After her marriage ends in tragedy, Amy returns to Snowgum Creek to rebuild her life. There she meets widower Ben Morton, who’s not looking for romance, though his young children are eager for Amy’s attention. She’s given up on her dream of being a mother, but can’t ignore how she’s drawn to Ben’s little ones, and to their handsome farmer dad.

As love kindles between Ben and Amy, she worries how she’ll ever measure up to the wife he lost. And Ben is concerned about how Amy will ever truly fit into life on the farm. They could be the answer to each other’s prayers—if the secret Amy is keeping doesn’t tear them apart.

Narelle: I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for my second contemporary inspirational romance set in Australia. The Nurse’s Perfect Match will be released on May 6, 2014. It’s available for pre-order at the following stores:

Harlequin

Amazon

Christianbook.com

The Book Depository (free delivery worldwide)

Barnes and Noble

Parable Christian Stores

Cokesbury

Books-A-Million

IndieBound

Deeper Shopping

AllBookStores.com

Australian Christian Book Stores:

Koorong