ROMANCE WITH A SERRATED EDGE. Nancee CAIN

Remi and Evie’s Favorite Christmas Songs

 

I yawn, bored by the same old scenery and Remi’s crazy playlist. The one he loves to sing along with as he gives me a knowing smirk. Even though he has a beautiful voice, I’m tired of the same old songs.

“Can we listen to something else? You’re giving me a complex.”

“Truth hurt, Crazy Girl?” He snickers and switches the music. “Never say I didn’t give you anything.” He laughs at his own pathetic joke.

The Little Drummer Boy blasts through the speakers. I roll my eyes. “Christmas music? Really? It’s at least a hundred degrees out here.”

“Damn, you’re picky.” He turns the radio down. “What’s your favorite Christmas song?”

“What are you smoking?”

Remi laughs. “Just tobacco. I love Christmas music. Come on, surely you have a favorite. Let me guess Evie Emo. Blue Christmas.”

I smack his arm but laugh. “You’re such an ass.” I start to giggle, remembering a song my Daddy used to sing at Christmas. “Here’s one. It even reminds me of you. Dominick The Italian Christmas Donkey.”

“Hmm, never heard that one. Sing it.”

I do, complete with donkey braying sounds. Goner joins in howling and barking. Remi winces. “I bet you never had a solo in the Christmas pageant, did you?”

“No. I was always the angel. I just had to stand there and look all innocent and shit.” I bite my lip and snicker, remembering the infamous Christmas fiasco.

He raises one eyebrow. “Uh huh. I feel like there’s more to the story. What happened?”

“I didn’t want to do it, but my mother insisted. She still regrets it. I, uh may have gotten into a little fight with Mary.”

“This ought to be good. Over?”

“I wanted the baby Jesus. They were using my baby doll. It turned into a tug of war with the entire Sunday school involved. It became one of the best days ever. Total pandemonium broke loose with Sister Bernadette squawking like a chicken. Father Ashton ended up with a black eye.”

Remi laughs until tears run down his face. “So who won in the end?”

“Who do you think?” I grin but reflect fondly on the best part of the story. “That night I cried. Mama was embarrassed and livid. She told me if Santa even came to visit he’d only leave switches and coal. Later, Daddy kissed me good night and whispered for me not to worry, things always work out in the end.”

Remi takes my hand in his. “Your father was a smart man.”

“So what’s your favorite Christmas song?” I hold on to his hand, my thumb tracing the veins on the back of it. He has beautiful, strong hands. Mine look tiny by comparison.

“Hm. Company line would have me say Joy to the World. It’s a song about hope. Something we all need.” He gives me a pointed look before returning his gaze to the road.

He doesn’t say anything else for a moment. Sadness lurks at the corner of his eyes and he keeps his eyes on the road. “But actually, since meeting you, I’d say my favorite is All I Want for Christmas is You.”

Heat singes my cheeks and I smile. “It’s my favorite, too.” He pulls my hand to those lips I’ve fantasized about and presses a gentle kiss on top of it. Despite being the hottest part of summer, it suddenly feels like Christmas…

© Nancee Cain

Evangeline is the town pariah. Everyone knows she’s crazy and was responsible for the death of her last boyfriend. Even her mother left her and moved cross-country. Lonely and desperate, Evie decides to end her life.

Rogue angel Remiel longs to return to earth, but there’s just one problem. He tends to invite trouble and hasn’t been allowed back since Woodstock. The Boss sends him to save Evangeline, but there’s a catch: he can’t reveal his angelic nature, and he must complete the task as Father Remiel Blackson.

Forced together on a cross-country trip, a forbidden romance ignites and love unfolds. A host of heavenly messengers tries to intervene, but Remiel and Evangeline are headed on a collision course to disaster. Will his love save her, or will they both be lost forever?

 

 

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Christmas Past, A Pine Bluff Novel extra

Standing in the center of the mall, Dylan McAthie tried to decide where he could do some one-stop shopping. A harried couple ran in to him and the incessant ringing of the bell asking for donations was getting on his nerves. He just wanted to get this over with so he could slip outside and smoke before meeting up with his asshole older brother.

“Are you in line?”

“Huh?” Dylan looked around and then down.

A little girl with long, dark hair stared up at him. She had the most unusual colored eyes he’d ever seen. They were the color of amethysts. She looked vaguely familiar but he couldn’t place where he knew her from. Was she someone’s little sister?

“In line?” he asked.

“For Santa.” She looked at him as if he was the dumbest human being around and pointed toward the oversized sleigh. In her other hand she held a piece of paper. “We’re almost there.”

Next? For Santa? A tantrum throwing kid screeched his displeasure as the mother cooed for him to calm down. The mall Santa winced as the screaming intensified in his ear. Dylan couldn’t think of a worse job than mall Santa with all these snotty nosed brats. If he was Santa, he’d have to be drunk to put up with this. The line he was inadvertently standing in shuffled forward. He turned to leave.

“Where are you going?” the little girl asked.

“I’m not in line. I don’t believe in Santa.”

“That’s what the kids at school say, too.” The little girl’s lower lip trembled and her face fell.

Guilt pricked his conscience. He shouldn’t have dashed her dreams, she couldn’t be more than six or seven. Even he’d believed at her age… He squatted to her level. “What’s your name, angel? Where are your parents?”

“Jennifer Adams. Mommy and Daddy are over there.” She pointed. A couple at the edge of the crowd waved and smiled in return. “What’s your name?”

“Dylan.” His lighter fell out of his shirt pocket.

She picked it up and handed it to him. “Smoking is bad for you.”

“So is talking to strangers, let’s pinky swear not to tell Santa.”

She giggled. “Okay. But I know you. We live next door.”

It dawned on him, she was right. That’s where he’d seen her, playing in her yard. Her family had just moved in a month or so ago. He’d never said hello to them, but had nodded in passing. The line moved forward again, and he realized it was their turn. He stood and to his surprise, the little munchkin held on to his index finger.

“He has to be real, he has to be real, he has to be real…” Jennifer repeated over and over, staring at the Santa. Her eyes grew wider, her steps smaller as they got closer.

“Next!” The harried elf taking pictures motioned them forward. He kept glancing at his watch, probably wanting a break.

Dylan took a step forward, but she hesitated. She looked dangerously close to having a meltdown as she stared at Santa. Dylan picked her up, placing her on his hip. “Come on. Let’s go see if he’s real.”

“I changed my mind. H-he’s scary, Dylan.”

“Santa? Nah, he’s a cool guy. Come on, Jennifer, hop in.”

“Ho, ho, ho!” Santa patted the seat on the sleigh next to him. Again, Jennifer pulled back.

Dylan whispered in her ear, “If he’s real, you don’t want to hurt his feelings, do you?”

She shook her head no but didn’t appear convinced. Dylan lifted her to sit beside Santa, but she refused to let go of his hand.

“You can sit with us, too.” Santa smiled. Now that they were closer, Dylan had to give kudos to the mall. This Santa had a real beard and his suit fit well, without any noticeable padding. Jennifer nodded in agreement, her eyes still huge with terror. Reluctantly, Dylan climbed into the sleigh, praying no one from school would walk by and see his ass talking to Santa Claus. How lame.

“So, young man, what do you want for Christmas besides a carton of cigarettes?” Santa asked.

“Tell him smoking is bad, Santa,” Jennifer chimed in.

For a split-second Dylan wondered how the guy knew he smoked… then remembered he had a pack in his shirt pocket. “Peace on earth,” he replied sarcastically, scanning the crowd for people he knew, relieved when he didn’t see anyone.

“And you, Jennifer?” Santa asked.

Her mouth dropped open. “You know my name?” she squeaked.

Of course, he does, he heard me mention it.

“I’m Santa Claus. I know everything.”

Her eyes narrowed and she crossed her arms. “Then why are you asking me what I want?”

Dylan laughed. Smart kid, how’s Santa going to get out of this one?

“I’m just double checking my list, to see if you’re lying.”

Indignant, she huffed. “I don’t lie! It’s wrong. I want a nurse kit with a real stethoscope, not a fake one. And I need a patient to take care of. And a Barbie, the one with the purple dress.” She handed him her list which Santa perused.

“I think you’ll need lots of patience in the future, Jennifer.”

For some strange reason, Santa gave him a pointed look and smirked. That was a weird thing for this supposed Santa to say to a kid. Dylan shrugged in response.

“Dylan, what do you really want?”

“Fame and money.”

“Careful what you ask for, son. It isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.”

“Yeah, whatever. I can handle it. And you can bring me a Les Paul if so inclined.” Go big or go home.

“Smile!” the elf barked, ready to take the picture.

Dylan flashed a smile, pretending it was paparazzi. Someday, he’d be legendary…

“Thank you, Santa.” Jennifer climbed down from the sleigh and ran to her waiting parents.

Santa leaned forward and tapped Dylan on the shoulder. “You two have fun together.”

Dylan rolled his eyes. “We’re not together. I was just helping the kid out.”

“Mark my words, someday you’ll need her help…”

“Dylan!”

Dylan groaned at the familiar shout and turned to face his brother. Rob was pointing at him and bent over double, laughing. Great, his older brother would never let him forget this humiliation. He turned back to glare at Santa, but he wasn’t there.

The elf was putting up a sign that said Santa would return in an hour. It was like he’d just disappeared…

Jennifer turned and waved at him, he saluted and smiled in return. She was a cute kid.

His brother Rob nudged his shoulder. “Isn’t she a little young for you? And aren’t you a little too old to be sitting on Santa’s lap?”

“Shut up, Rob.” He shoved his brother, but wondered what that Santa had meant by needing her help. She was just a little girl, and he was almost an adult. Besides, he had plans to get the hell out of town as soon as he could.

He’d prove Santa wrong, he’d find fame and make his fortune. Someday people would be standing in line to see him…

© Nancee Cain 2017

At seventeen, music legend Dylan McAthie ran away from his Alabama home to chase his dreams. Years later, he’s forced to return—coming full circle to escape the nightmare his life has become. Hounded by paparazzi and plagued by the aftermath of personal and professional loss, Dylan craves some quiet anonymity so he can regroup and sort out what lies ahead.

Hired by his estranged brother, Jennifer Adams knows exactly who Dylan is. She grew up next door to his family and has followed his career. But the surly, overbearing man she’s caring for as a private-duty nurse is far from the charming boy she remembers. Nevertheless, she’s determined to be professional, do a good job—and not fail at her first time getting away from home.

As her patient heals, his demeanor softens, and their interactions grow less antagonistic. Soon their chemistry is undeniable—and inappropriate—leaving the inexperienced Jennifer thoroughly confused. Adding to the turmoil, scandal finds Dylan once again, threatening all the progress he’s made and putting Jennifer at risk as collateral damage.

It’s up to Dylan to fix what his fame has so easily broken and find a way to move forward with his life. But will his resurrection mean the death of any relationship with Jennifer?

 

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A Perfect Thanksgiving, A Pine Bluff Novel Bonus Scene

“Something’s supposed to pop out when it’s done.” Emma frowned, peering through the glass on the oven.

“That sounds like a dirty Thanksgiving joke.” David leaned against the doorjamb, admiring Emma’s butt and thinking something else was ready to ‘pop out.’ Too bad his family would be arriving soon and Kenzie was around.

“Move, Daddy!”

Those thoughts disappeared as Kenzie elbowed her way past him, narrowly missing the result of his dirty mind,  as she chased her dog.

“It has to be perfect,” Emma fretted, straightening and wringing the dish towel. “Did you get the picnic table set?”

“Table is set. It will be fine, honey.”

“Your family will be here any minute. Make sure the living area is picked up. And stop eyeing that pie. I know it’s kinda soupy. It’s too much sugar for you, anyway.”

“It’s okay. Mom’s bringing a pumpkin pie,” he offered.

It was, in fact, a colossal failure, jiggling like the canned cranberry sauce. He had sneaking suspicion it hadn’t baked long enough, but he’d been married long enough not to offer that observation.

Emma’s face crumpled. The timer went off and she took the potatoes off the stove and drained them. A few strands from her ponytail curled from the steam.

David shouted at Kenzie and tried to grab the dog as they chased each other around the table. A loud knock on the front door interrupted the commotion in the kitchen.

“Shit,” Emma swore. David hid his snicker by gently pushing Kenzie into the other room with instructions to answer the door. Thankfully, Molly followed.

“They’re here! They’re here!” Kenzie squealed as his family entered. He waved at them but his attention was on his wife.

Emma bravely mashed the potatoes, her eyes bright with unshed tears.

“May I help?” he offered.

“Only if you can get us in at the damn Cracker Barrel.”

“Emma, it’s going to be fine.”

“No, David, it’s not. It isn’t even close to being fine. I don’t know what I’m doing and this was a huge mistake to have your family up for Thanksgiving. I’m not Norma Rockwell. We don’t even have a big enough table to eat inside…”

He wrapped one arm around her waist and stopped her furious mashing of the hapless potatoes. Turning her in his arms, he kissed her forehead. “Just relax. Seriously, everything will be all right. I love you Em. While the meal is part of it, let’s focus on why we have Thanksgiving. Let’s just take the time to be grateful for the fact we’re all together and healthy. And the picnic table will be fun.”

She nodded. “Okay. You’re right. I’ve never really had a family. I just wanted everything to be perfect.
Move and let me finish.” She nudged him out of her way.

“It is perfect. I have you.” He nuzzled her neck and smacked her butt.

His mother rushed into the kitchen with her pumpkin pie. “Hello! My goodness, Kenzie’s grown…” Her gaze narrowed, and he jumped like a horny teenager.

Emma grinned and directed his mother toward the groaning refrigerator. Where she was going to put that pie, he had no idea. There was enough food in there to feed an army.

“I hope you had an easy trip. The turkey should be finished any minute, but it will need to rest. David, will you check it?”

“There wasn’t much traffic at all. The hotel in Birmingham was quite comfy. Is there anything I can do to help?” his mother offered.

David sent up a quick prayer.

Emma was trying so hard to impress his mother, too hard, in his opinion. The last time Mom and Emma had been in the kitchen together, she’d guarded her meatloaf recipe as if it was a national secret.

He opened the oven door and knew immediately something was wrong. It wasn’t nearly as warm as it should be…

“Uh, Em? We’ve got a small problem here.”

Emma stopped scooping the hot mashed potatoes into the bowl. “Did the button thingie not pop out yet? It’s had plenty of time. I followed the directions perfectly.”

His mother stepped forward and stooped beside him. “The element isn’t glowing… I don’t think it’s working. It must’ve quit because while it’s warm, it isn’t hot.”

“You’ve got to be kidding me! Fix it, David!” Emma squawked. Her hazel eyes were wide, her face red. She looked ready to combust.

“I’ve got this. Everyone out of my way. Start taking the food to the table.”

“What are you going to do? We don’t have a turkey fryer. It’s too big for the microwave, can you even microwave turkey? What about the dressing?” Emma asked, looking crestfallen.

“Change of plans. Go.” He gave her his best teacher-look.

His mother stepped up to the plate. “Come, dear. Show me where you want me to start putting all these delicious dishes. Mashed potatoes are my favorite.”

“Yes, of course. Your pie looks great. I’m afraid mine didn’t set.”

“Oh, Emma. Don’t worry about it. Pecan pie is tricky and you can’t rely on the recipe. I’ve had many fail. The trick is…” They left and he got busy.

Twenty minutes later, he looked around the Thanksgiving table. His mom and dad sat with Kenzie between them. His sister and her family sat next to them with his two nephews. And across the table from him was the woman he loved. They’d met on a holiday, kissed on another and almost married on one. Holidays and Emma just went together.

Taking hands, they all bowed their heads so he could offer a quick blessing. But he didn’t close his eyes. Instead, he gazed at Emma’s face, loving the faint blush on her cheeks, the loose tendrils of hair framing her face. He knew she was disappointed in her turkey failure, but to him, this was a perfect moment. Her eyes met his, as he knew they would. She smiled.

“We’re gathered here together to give thanks for all of our blessings. My table is abundant with the things that matter most. Family, love—”

“And Molly!” Kenzie interjected. “Hurry up, Daddy. I’m hungry.”

Everyone laughed. He should reprimand her but didn’t have the heart. What did it matter, in the long run? Besides, he was hungry, too.

“And Molly. Thank you, Lord. Amen.” He picked up the plate of grilled cheese sandwiches and passed them to his father. Looking across the table, he winked.

Emma grinned and passed the potatoes.

© Nancee Cain, 2017

 

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After the upheaval of being dumped by his girlfriend, David Patterson leads a quiet life as a high school teacher in the small Southern town of Pine Bluff, Alabama. Soon to enroll in seminary, his dreams are within his grasp.

But a chance encounter with Emma Devine changes everything. She’s on the run, desperate, and surviving by any means possible. His pastor’s heart longs to help her—and the rest of him is rather intrigued as well.

His random act of kindness brings them together, but Emma makes an unfathomable decision—one that threatens to destroy two lives, though her intention is to save one.

Four years later, Emma returns, seeking redemption. But can David—whose dreams took a very different course after their last meeting—forgive her and risk losing everything?

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Release Day For The Redemption of Emma Devine

It’s finally here! Release day for my second book in The Pine Bluff Novels.

After the upheaval of being dumped by his girlfriend, David Patterson leads a quiet life as a high school teacher in the small Southern town of Pine Bluff, Alabama. Soon to enroll in seminary, his dreams are within his grasp.

But a chance encounter with Emma Devine changes everything. She’s on the run, desperate, and surviving by any means possible. His pastor’s heart longs to help her—and the rest of him is rather intrigued as well.

His random act of kindness brings them together, but Emma makes an unfathomable decision—one that threatens to destroy two lives, though her intention is to save one.

Four years later, Emma returns, seeking redemption. But can David—whose dreams took a very different course after their last meeting—forgive her and risk losing everything?

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Limited Time Sale on The Pine Bluff Novels

In celebration of the release of The Redemption of Emma Devine, both books in the Pine Bluff Novels are on sale!

The Redemption of Emma Devine is a pre-order. Grab them today, after 10/19/17, both books will return to $3.99.

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✮ (¸.•´✶ (¸.❤`THE RESURRECTION OF DYLAN McATHIE

At seventeen, music legend Dylan McAthie ran away from his Alabama home to chase his dreams. Years later, he’s forced to return—coming full circle to escape the nightmare his life has become. Hounded by paparazzi and plagued by the aftermath of personal and professional loss, Dylan craves some quiet anonymity so he can regroup and sort out what lies ahead.

Hired by his estranged brother, Jennifer Adams knows exactly who Dylan is. She grew up next door to his family and has followed his career. But the surly, overbearing man she’s caring for as a private-duty nurse is far from the charming boy she remembers. Nevertheless, she’s determined to be professional, do a good job—and not fail at her first time getting away from home.

As her patient heals, his demeanor softens, and their interactions grow less antagonistic. Soon their chemistry is undeniable—and inappropriate—leaving the inexperienced Jennifer thoroughly confused. Adding to the turmoil, scandal finds Dylan once again, threatening all the progress he’s made and putting Jennifer at risk as collateral damage.

It’s up to Dylan to fix what his fame has so easily broken and find a way to move forward with his life. But will his resurrection mean the death of any relationship with Jennifer?

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After the upheaval of being dumped by his girlfriend, David Patterson leads a quiet life as a high school teacher in the small Southern town of Pine Bluff, Alabama. Soon to enroll in seminary, his dreams are within his grasp.

But a chance encounter with Emma Devine changes everything. She’s on the run, desperate, and surviving by any means possible. His pastor’s heart longs to help her—and the rest of him is rather intrigued as well.

His random act of kindness brings them together, but Emma makes an unfathomable decision—one that threatens to destroy two lives, though her intention is to save one.

Four years later, Emma returns, seeking redemption. But can David—whose dreams took a very different course after their last meeting—forgive her and risk losing everything?

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The Redemption of Emma Devine, Cover Reveal!

It’s here! The cover reveal for The Redemption of Emma Devine! This is book 2 in my Pine Bluff Novels. A series of contemporary, stand alone novels. No cliffhangers, I promise! But you will love seeing familiar characters in the each book.

Chantell Reid Photography along with model Taylor Kendal took my ideas and shot the perfect photo for this cover. From there, S.M. Lumetta (who is an amazing author as well as a graphic designer) designed the cover. It turned out exactly how I envisioned it and I can’t thank them enough.

 

 

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After the upheaval of being dumped by his girlfriend, David Patterson leads a quiet life as a high school teacher in the small Southern town of Pine Bluff, Alabama. Soon to enroll in seminary, his dreams are within his grasp.

But a chance encounter with Emma Devine changes everything. She’s on the run, desperate, and surviving by any means possible. His pastor’s heart longs to help her—and the rest of him is rather intrigued as well.

His random act of kindness brings them together, but Emma makes an unfathomable decision—one that threatens to destroy two lives, though her intention is to save one.

Four years later, Emma returns, seeking redemption. But can David—whose dreams took a very different course after their last meeting—forgive her and risk losing everything?

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