Friday, September 9, 2016

A Second Chance by Dana K. Ray ♥ Book Tour & GIVEAWAY ♥ (Inspirational Romance)


A past she can’t forget…

Raven will do just about anything to forget a horrific event from the past that still haunts her. Forced to attend church because of a promise she made at a party, she is immediately attracted to the young, handsome preacher but is unconvinced of his promises of a better life.

A future he refuses to accept…

Matthew has everything planned out until Raven walks into his church and turns his life upside down. Repulsed by her lifestyle, yet fascinated by her beauty and charm, he finds himself drawn to her by a force he can’t explain.

Raven and Mathew’s unlikely friendship leads them through escalating troubled waters that threaten to doom their growing relationship. Will they survive to learn valuable lessons of grace, forgiveness and love?



Raven staggered into her bedroom and fell on the bed. Darkness pressed into her on every side. A shard of light sliced through the room. She tried to focus on the ceiling, but the room spun around her. She slid to the edge of the bed until one foot lay flat on the floor. It was supposed to stop the spinning. It didn’t.
Oh, God. If You keep me from puking, I swear, I’ll never drink again.
It was an empty promise, as deceiving as the alcohol. The numbness was too short. All too quickly, she’d end up in the same position, praying the same stupid prayer, talking to a God she didn’t know.
Teresa appeared. Raven smiled and reached out to her best friend. Teresa came closer. Her face was white and her lips were blue. Raven’s smile faded as terror filled her.
“I’m sorry,” Raven whispered and blinked away the tears, then gave her head a gentle shake to rid herself of the ghost. Wrong move. Teresa vanished like a vapor, but her stomach churned in protest. She looked back at the ceiling, pushed the thoughts of Teresa out of her mind, and focused on not puking.
Teresa was back with a vengeance, haunting her this time, calling to her...
“Raven.”
Raven rolled on her side and pulled the pillow over her head to muffle the girl’s voice. The shrink said the memories would fade. They didn’t.
“Raven.”
Startled, she sat up and tried to focus on something. Her heart pounded as hard as her head did. She must’ve been dreaming.
“Raven.” There was pounding. “Get the door,” her sister yelled.
Raven turned. Hailey stood in the doorway of her room. Is it morning? Did I sleep? Am I still buzzed or hung over? She sat motionless for a moment. Her head throbbed. Cotton mouth. I’m hung over.
“The door?” Raven asked, but Hailey had already disappeared.
Raven crawled across the bed, peeked out the window, and looked down at the front porch. Travis, the preacher boy, pounded on the door again.
“I’ll kill him.” The doorbell shrilled through the house, intensifying the pounding in her head.
Her mind drifted back to the party. It had been a success except for Travis. Looks-wise, he was a welcome addition to the guest list. Tall, dark, and handsome was an understatement. But he had one flaw, he was a Christian.
Raven wasn’t totally against Christians, but Travis always went overboard. Since his conversion, he was known for going to parties—not to party, but to preach. He called it evangelizing. Everyone else called it something even she wouldn’t repeat.
She slid off the bed, stumbled, and caught herself on the dresser. She stood for a moment and waited for her equilibrium to stabilize, then started down the stairs. She threw open the front door and was blinded by the unusually bright sun.



  
    



Dana K. Ray has been writing gutsy, true to life stories since she became a teenager. A full-time children’s minister in her church, she and her husband reside in the Midwest with their four children and four dogs. A Second Chance is her first published novel. Absolution, the first in the Luciano series, is set to be released July 2017. Connect with her at danakray.com.


   



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22 comments :

  1. looks like a good story line and I hope to get a chance to read it :)

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  2. I love the cover! Sounds like a great read!

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  3. Sounds like someone would only go to church if they lost a bet. Tsk!

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  4. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. It sounds awesome.Thanks for sharing.

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  6. sounds like a fun one

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  7. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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  8. This read sounds like its not just about a budding relationship but also spirituality and adventure.

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  9. I like the premise of this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. I would love to see how their relationship turns out.

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  11. Oh sounds like such a good book! I love books where the love grows over time! I cant wait to read and see what happens between Raven and Mathew!

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  12. "Will they survive to learn valuable lessons of grace, forgiveness and love?" I must know!!!

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  13. What inspired you to write your first book?

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    1. Hi Mai! From as far back as I can remember, I had stories in my head. This one came from some of my own experiences and there are pieces of me in each character. I've been like Raven, felt not good enough and I've been like Matthew, very judgmental. With different ideas in my mind, I sat down one day and started writing this story. It was fun! I've got a new book coming out in July of 2017, Absolution. It's a mystery, first in a series. Look for it! And let me know how you like A Second Chance!

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  14. thank you for your great giveaway i can't wait to read your book looks interesting

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  15. To Dana: Thank you for all of your great writings, including A Second Chance. Thank you for the Book Tour & Giveaway, and Keep up the good work in the future.

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  16. Thanks for all the great encouraging notes!! Check out my blog posts at www.danakray.com

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