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Beneath Southern Skies

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Beneath Southern Skies

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A little Southern comfort goes a long way...To the world she's Vanessa Valentino, the poison-penned gossip columnist and blogger, but back in Georgia, she's just Tressie Valentine. After digging up...More
A little Southern comfort goes a long way...To the world she's Vanessa Valentino, the poison-penned gossip columnist and blogger, but back in Georgia, she's just Tressie Valentine. After digging up...More
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  • A little Southern comfort goes a long way...

    To the world she's Vanessa Valentino, the poison-penned gossip columnist and blogger, but back in Georgia, she's just Tressie Valentine. After digging up one scandalous secret too many, she's forced back home to the sleepy town she thought she'd left behind forever. And now she must face Nathaniel Woodberry, who became her sworn enemy when one of her stories hit too close to home. Yet for some reason, Tressie can't turn off her longing for the irresistible investigative journalist.

    Nate can't believe Tressie's back to wreak havoc on the close-knit community they both grew up in, and he can't help holding a grudge against her past deeds. But soon the commitment-wary bachelor discovers that the Southern belle is still a compassionate, loving woman. Nate finds himself drawn to her and he can't stop thinking about seducing her with a healthy dose of down-home passion. But can he stop Tressie from making a mistake that could destroy their hometown--and their blossoming love?

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    Not even the throwback R & B blaring from the ear-buds in Tressie Valentine's ears could keep her energized long enough to get through the exhausting task of airing out and packing up Juanita Valentine's entire house in one afternoon. Her grandmother, who'd affectionately been called Ma'Dear by everyone who knew her, had collected all sorts of decorative knick-knacks during her lifetime, and now there had to be hundreds of the little things scattered around the house. Each and every one of them was a dust magnet, and, unfortunately, Tressie had inherited all of them along with the house itself. If she'd had the energy to lift her leg, she would've kicked herself for letting the house sit unattended for the past five years. Even with the preliminary packing and tidying that she and some of Ma'Dear's lifelong friends had done after Ma'Dear's funeral, there was still a month's worth of work that had to be done in a fraction of that time.

    The plan had been to get the second floor done, break for lunch and order a pizza for delivery, sit down and recuperate long enough to devour it, and then tackle the first floor. But when the muscles in her arms and legs threatened to revolt, she knew it was time to give it a rest. With the kitchen, dining room and living room still left to get through, she switched off her iPod, fixed herself a tall glass of ice water and took it with her out onto the back sunporch.

    "God, even the porch furniture is dusty," she whined as she dropped into an ancient rocking chair and drank deeply. Her mental list of things to do was getting longer and longer. She hadn't dusted and cleaned so much since she was a teenager and now she remembered why. Ma'Dear had been the most loving grandmother that anyone could ask for, but she had also run a tight ship. As a teenager, most of Tressie's daily, weekly and monthly chores had revolved around housekeeping, which she had always detested, and Ma'Dear had stopped just short of following her around the house wearing a white glove to test for residue just to make sure that she was doing the cleaning correctly. When Tressie was first starting out on her own, far, far away from Mercy, housework had been a necessary evil, but as soon as she'd been able to afford it she had hired a housekeeper and never looked back.

    A moan slipped out of her mouth as she put her aching feet up on a nearby stool, let her head fall back against the chair and closed her eyes. It didn't help matters any that the temperature outside was at least ninety degrees. Inside the house it felt as if it was twice that, even with the windows wide-open and the electric fans that she'd found in the attic going full speed. After less than forty-eight hours in Mercy, Georgia, she suspected that she'd already lost at least five pounds just by virtue of sweating alone.

    And she still had the downstairs to finish up.

    Consolidated Investments, the firm that Norman Harper represented, wanted to take immediate possession of the house and the five acres of land that it sat on. She was scheduled to meet with him tomorrow afternoon to discuss terms and sign over the deed, and by then she was hoping to have everything in the house completely packed up and cleared out.

    There wasn't much that she wanted to keep--just a few odds and ends. The rest she was going to donate to charity. As for the house itself. .well, giving it up would be bittersweet, but she had to face facts. She never intended to live in Mercy again and she desperately needed the money. It didn't make sense for the house to continue sitting there like an unwanted and abandoned museum, or the land to go on being an unused burden on the town. As it...

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  • Terra Little has been reading romance novels for decades and falling in and out of love with the heroes within the book covers for just as long. When she's not in the classroom teaching English Literature, you can most likely find her tucked away somewhere with her laptop and a dog-eared romance novel. To share feedback, the occasional joke, and suggestions for good reading, email her at: writeterralittle@yahoo.com. Visit her official website at www.terralittle.com.

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