Tuesday, October 3, 2017

KEEPING CLAUDIA by Suzanna McKenna Link, Blog Tour & Giveaway !!!

Keeping Claudia
Suzanne McKenna Link
(Toby & Claudia #2)

Publication date: June 1st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

How do you love someone whose past goes against everything you’ve ever known or trust in a future you’ve yet to believe in?
Back home in a town she once fled, headstrong Claudia Chiametti returns to the arms of the only guy ever to awaken her heart. Everything about Toby contradicts her family’s traditions and values, but she’s ready to take a chance on love.
Toby Faye is a new man, and the girl he’s long dreamed of is finally within his reach. With Claudia’s help, he’s put the past behind him. But one last secret hides in the dark corner of his past. The one that could undermine it all.
Can Claudia love him unconditionally … or will the truth cost Toby what he wants most?
Keeping Claudia is the emotional finale to the love story that began in Saving Toby, an unforgettable journey of a couple who discover the only way to love someone is with an open heart.
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard.

Full length, Contemporary Love Story.
Recommended Reading Age 18+
Though part of a series, may be read as standalone.

“Keeping Claudia” excerpt, Claudia POV

“How could you drop out of the program without discussing it with me first?”
He retreated, shoving his hands in his jeans pockets and kicking at the tiled floor with the toe of his work boot. “I knew you’d overreact about it.”
“Oh, you’re right about that,” I said sharply. “You’re career building, making yourself invaluable to the company.”
“I’m not interested in computer programming. I never have been.”
“If you don’t finish it, it isn’t likely Joe and his brother will offer you any other advancement opportunities.” I wrung my hands together, pleading for him to see the fault in his actions. “Please tell Joe you made a mistake. Tell him you want to finish the class.”
“Stop it. Just stop it.” The edge of his temper flared. Bitterness crackled between us, like embers furiously trying to grow into a larger, more perilous fire. He squeezed his eyes shut. “I can’t do this with you tonight.”
The apathetic dismissal held no weight with me.
“The beauty of this is you don’t have to do this with me, ever.” I squared my shoulders. “I don’t have to marry you to have this baby.”
“That kid is half mine.” Eyes ablaze, he slanted towards me, revealing his dwindling patience. “Married or not, you’re stuck with me, baby.”
“Lucky me. The father of my child would much rather be getting stoned and drunk with his friends than securing a future.”
I heard the snap. Flexing his fingers, he stepped closer, his eyes steel flints.
“If I’m so awful, why the hell did you ask me to marry you?”
My anger abated, jellying into a bizarre mix of panic and thrill.
“I guess I didn’t realize the horrible mistake I was making.” I rammed my hand into my coat pocket for my car keys and sprinted out the door into the cool night air.
He bolted after me, swearing loudly. His long strides overtook mine, and he intercepted me before I could reach my car. His fingers curled around the sleeve of my coat, tugging me back.
“Claude, you can’t leave it like this,” he huffed out with a pained voice.
The wind blew a frosty gust between us, the night’s low temperature numbing my damp cheeks. Inside me, common sense, pride, and love warred, fighting to win control of the moment.
“What are we doing?” Tears stung my eyes, and a dull ache thrummed in my belly. “Why did you disappear today?”
He sucked in a breath and bowed his head. “I don’t know. I needed some time.”
“Do you want to be part of this—our baby, being a parent?”
His gaze rose, determination anchored in the set of his mouth. “Don’t worry. I’ll figure out a way to make more money.”
“You didn’t answer the question.” I rubbed a hand over my stomach, soothing Bella, and raised my chin. “Toby, do you want to be a parent to our baby?”

Author Bio:
Suzanne McKenna Link works for a family of newspapers that cover events in and around the South Shore of Long Island, New York. She lives in the town of Sayville with her husband and two children.
SAVING TOBY is her debut novel. The literary love story follows the moving journey of a damaged young man and his love for a girl who might just save him. An avid interest in psychology has Suzanne digging deep into the reasons for her characters’ behaviors. The native Long Islander is fascinated by the how and why of people’s actions. As a result, her characters come to life on the pages.
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