Beyond the Shadows by Loree Lough Book Tour and Giveaway :)

Beyond the Shadows
by Loree Lough
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Elice Glasser is a widow with three young children to raise. Cabot Murray is an ex-cop who returns home to Freeland, Maryland, to deal with the pain of his own tragic loss: the death of his wife and daughter in a fiery explosion intended for him.

Grieving, their sorrow brings them together, and a friendship develops that leads then to explore the possibility of finding love again. But vengeful enemies and jealous rivals are determined to destroy the peace and happiness that Elice and Cabot have found in each other’s arms. Why are their rivals so intent on keeping Elice and Cabot apart? Loree Lough's latest suspenseful romance is a page-turner!

 “Guess I’d better hit the road.”
She looked at the mantle clock, unable to believe it said eleven-fifteen.
‘‘Great job on the sign,” he added, hoisting it from where she’d leaned it near the front door. “It’s going to look terrific at the end of my drive.”
Elice felt as though everything stopped as he stood there, looking at her.
“Great job on supper, too. I’m glad Annie invited me.”
“We’ll do it again sometime,” she promised.
“Soon, I hope.”
Side by side, they walked to the end of her long, gravel drive, and he carefully slid the sign into the back seat. “You have a fantastic family,” he said, closing the door. “And …”
He studied her face for a silent moment. And he wasn’t smiling when he said, “You’re quite a woman, you know that?”
“C’mon. Stop it now. You’re embarrassing me.”
“The truth shouldn’t embarrass you, Elice.”
A hundred people had said her name, but coming from his lips, it sounded musical, poetic. His face loomed nearer, and he licked his lips. A little soon for a kiss? And if she allowed it, should it be with eyes closed?
Elice pretended she wasn’t disappointed when he pressed a brotherly kiss to her forehead.
She watched him climb into the front seat, and accepted the fact that this tender but tough guy had touched a distant, forgotten chord inside her. He hadn’t even left yet, and already she was trying to think of a way to ask him back without appearing overly eager.
Cabot crooked his forefinger, beckoning her near. She took a step closer to his car door, and he stuck his head out the window. “If you get any weird calls, or if the doorbell rings in the middle of the night, I want you to call me.”
Would the darkness would hide her blush? “That’s not necessary. I shouldn’t have bothered you with all that craziness.”
“Yes. You should.”
“Someone kids have their calendar mixed up. They think it’s Halloween or something. They’ll get bored and stop soon, I’m sure.”
Elice realized he wasn’t going to take no for an answer. “1 can take care of myself.” She said it with conviction and hoped he’d believe her. Because she could, usually.
“It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help, Elice.”
Lord, if I had a dollar for every time I heard that since Bobby left, I’d have. . .a couple hundred dollars.
“So, you have a character flaw after all,” he said.
“I beg your pardon?”
“You’re stubborn.”
She grinned, and wondered how many dollars she could have stacked up for that one. “Perfection is boring.”
He reached through the opened window and gently stroked her cheek. “I don’t think you’re the least bit boring.” With that, he winked and backed out of her driveway.

She stood in the driveway, her fingertips resting on the spot he’d touched, until his tail lights were nothing more than tiny red dots in the darkness.

At last count, best-selling author Loree Lough had 115 award-winning books (nearly 9,000,000 copies in circulation and 7 titles that earned book-to-movie options), 68 short stories, and 2,500+ articles in print.

An oft-invited guest of writers' organizations, colleges and universities, corporate and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad, Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry.

Once upon a time, Loree (literally) sang for her supper, performing alone and "opening" for the likes of Tom Jones, Dottie West, The Gatlin Brothers, and more. Though she refuses to share the actual year when she traded her Yamaha 6-string for a wedding ring, she IS willing to admit that, every now and then, she blows the dust off her six-string to croon a tune or two. But mostly, she just writes (and writes).

Loree and her husband split their time between a home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, where she continues to hone her "identify the critter tracks" skills. Her favorite pastime? Spending long, leisurely hours with her grandchildren...all seven of them!

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