Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Welcome to my tour stop for Becky Wade's A LOVE LIKE OURS! Becky is one of my favorite authors and I really believe in what she is doing with this book: she's delving into a tough subject with PTSD and donating to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund for books purchased anywhere by May 17th (more details on the Launch)

As my part to this, I am giving away an additional copy of A Love Like Ours besides the tour giveaway, so make sure you enter both giveaways below. If you can't wait, go ahead and order your copy!

(Pin this image linking to the Tour Launch for an extra giveaway entry.)

A Love Like Ours (Porter Family #3)A Love Like Ours
(Porter Family #3)
by Becky Wade
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback368 Pages
May 5th 2015 by Bethany House Publishers

Summary

Deeply scarred from a day he wishes he could forget during his military service, Thoroughbred trainer Jake Porter has given up on love. He struggles against symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, returns to their hometown of Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake trusts her with his prized racehorse, Silver Leaf, then battles his hopes for his horse against his increasing fear for Lyndie's safety.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake's will, Lyndie's sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he'd thought he'd lost returns. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?
   

Excerpt

     He wore his gray knit shirt, the top three buttons open to reveal a downy white T-shirt beneath. His eyes looked bloodshot today and even more bleak than usual. He hadn’t shaved. Strain etched across his forehead and into the faint lines at the corners of his eyes. His hair showed tracks from where he’d shoved his fingers through it, probably in frustration.
     Lyndie had come here concerned about herself. But as she catalogued the details of his face, her concern shifted. “You’re struggling.” She spoke quietly, but with confidence. “You’re not sleeping, are you?”
     He scowled.
     “Why aren’t you sleeping?” PTSD? Anxiety? What?
     “Nighttime hours are not my favorite hours. Look, if we’re done here—”
     “We’re not done here.”
     “Go and enjoy your Saturday, Lyndie.”
     “Now that I’m getting a good look at you, I won’t be able to go and enjoy my Saturday. I’ll be too worried about you. What can I do to help?”
     He turned instantly defensive. “Nothing.”
     Jake’s poor face. His poor, ravaged face, both undeniably handsome and unbearably exhausted. As big and strong as he was physically, he was also wounded. He needed someone to care about him.
     Following pure instinct, she stepped forward and reached up to place her hands on either side of his face.
     “No,” he rasped, trying to pull back.
     “Shh,” she replied, firm. She’d purposely placed her hands in the same position on both sides of his face, favoring neither the perfect side nor the scarred. His old injury felt the way it looked, thin and slightly stretched.
     “Lyndie,” he said brokenly. “Don’t.”
     She didn’t lose her courage. Her hands remained, holding his profile tilted down to hers so that she could read his face, so that there was no place for either of them to hide. “I want to help you if you’ll let me,” she said. “You’re the best friend I ever had.”
     “I’m no longer that kid.”
     “No. You were a boy then and now you’re a man. But you’re still Jake Porter. I’d know this face anywhere.”
     “My face is unrecognizable.”
     “Not to me. Your face would be beautiful to me even if all the skin had melted away.”
     His hands came up, banding around her wrists. He stopped short, though, of yanking down her arms. She could feel tremors going through him for the length of one breath, two.
     Exquisite lightning twined back and forth between them. She’d been motivated to put her hands on him out of compassion and determination. But now that they were bound together in this intimate position, the wild strength of their attraction leapt to life. Her heart began to drum.

About the Author

During her childhood in California, Becky Wade frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market. She's the Carol Award and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, and Meant to Be Mine.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.


Other Books by the Author
Tour Schedule
April 20th - Launch
April 27th - Grand Finale

Giveaways

MY HOSTED GIVEAWAY
Paperback copy of A Love Like Ours (INT)
Ends May 4th

TOUR GIVEAWAY
$50 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
Signed copy of A Love Like Ours (US Only)
1 Kindle ebook (gifted through Amazon) of A Love Like Ours (INT - if available in your area)

25 comments

  1. I love, love, love this author! I already have my copy of this book coming, so I'm not going to enter the giveaway, but I'll share it.

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  2. Ahh! I was so excited already to read A Love Like Ours and now even more so after reading that excerpt!! I adore Becky Wade's books. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Megan McDade4/22/15, 12:00 PM

    A few of my friends partners where in the army but I don't know any that have suffered PTSD.

    Megan @ http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Stephanie Grant4/22/15, 12:03 PM

    Thank you for the amazing giveaways!!!

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  5. I don't know anyone who suffers from PTSD, but I've recently read "The Poppy Factor", which deals with it, and it made me think a lot about all the terrible things veterans go through...I'm looking forward to reading something else on this subject! ;) i really liked the excerpt, BTW! ;)
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  6. Stephanie Grant4/22/15, 12:09 PM

    And yes I do know people and family with PTSD

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  7. Angie Dubisher4/22/15, 1:02 PM

    I do not know anyone who currently serves or who has suffered from PTSD.

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  8. Yes, I know several. My brother for one, is still having a hard time. He was a POW. I also had a close friend , who suffered from PTSD, who committed suicide. I feel to many go without help or refuse help. Pray for them. Blessings & Thanks to all.

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  9. I thought the excerpt was very touching! I haven't read anything from this author yet.

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  10. I know people who have served, but no one with PTSD.

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  11. Judy Thomas4/22/15, 2:53 PM

    I love the excerpt, it's my kind of book! :)

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  12. Judy Thomas4/22/15, 2:54 PM

    My daughter suffers from PTSD but not from being in the military.

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  13. Wendy Hutton4/22/15, 2:56 PM

    I do not know anyone who has PTSD or served in the arny

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  14. My husband served during the Viet Nam era and thankfully he does not suffer from PTSD.

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  15. this excerpt is pretty awesome. I'm looking forward to reading the book. i like the hint of the prior relationship between the two that is shown here.

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  16. rainbowwing4/22/15, 9:10 PM

    can the winner chose the amazon gift card for the amazon.ca site instead of the amazon.com site because the shipping for the amazon.ca site is cheaper if you live in canada.

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  17. Maria Theresa Santos4/22/15, 10:30 PM

    love the excerpt.. i dont know someone in military

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  18. marypreston4/23/15, 1:39 AM

    A beautifully descriptive excerpt.

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  19. Wow, what a teaser! I'm currently reading the second book, Meant to be Mine, and loving it! I'm sure this book will be great as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. I loved the excerpt! Thanks for posting!

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  21. Ronald Gagnon4/23/15, 3:14 PM

    My nephew who was in the reserves, joined the regular army at 18, against his parent's wishes. He made it to master corporal in charge of an armored vehicle that hit an I.E.D. He was thrown from the vehicle and sufferred such head trauma that he was sent to the major hospital and his family was flown over to say last goodbye..with the grace of god and terrific medical skills he is back in Canada and only partially suffers from some disorders

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  22. Shirley Cochran Strait4/23/15, 5:27 PM

    This sample really makes me want to read the book. Thanks for being part of the tour.

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  23. Edmond Leung4/24/15, 12:19 AM

    OMG, I do not know anyone with PTSD or anyone in the military. Must have been tragic. Wow, prize amazon gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly
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    wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs
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  24. I don't think I know anyone with PTSD, but I did have a doctor ask me if I have it recently. Asked if there was any childhood trauma, had I been around bombs going off. Not sure what exactly he thinks it's like in WV, but it's definitely not that! I know a ton of people currently in the military or with honorable discharges. My high school was one that got a lot of military recruiters coming, multiple times during the year. A lot of kids signed up because of the temptation of travelling, or because they just didn't have a plan after school and this would be better than staying where we grew up (not many opportunities for employment within the county). My family's done a lot with the military, too. My grandpa was in the Navy, one of my uncles was in the Marines (I think that branch, rarely see him). My dad was Air Force. He told me sometime in high school that he wouldn't want his kids signing up. He's permanently disabled from moving around heavy bombs on his own; messed up his spine. I think he regretted not starting up at college at the "regular" age, too. I was probably 3ish when he started. And with all the trouble with VA, I think he just wanted us to avoid it. Bigger goals. I went to a top college for my field and double majored, then got employed by a tech giant (although I'm not able to work any more from disability myself). My younger brother is studying for a Master's in Medical Physics. I'd even had an Army recruiter call me back in HS to try to convince me to give them a chance. When I told him I planned to go to college, he asked for the name. I gave it. He asked for my entrance exam scores. Told him. "Wow, that's high, you must be too smart for the military." I appreciate the others that do go that route, even if I don't always necessarily believe that what's happening is right. Not like that's their fault; they're following orders. But the actions taken to protect the US and to help protect people in other countries who are being victimized...those are really admirable to me.

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  25. Debbie Snell4/25/15, 1:59 AM

    My bffs hubby served in Iraq and has ptsd

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