A woman scarred by the past...
Spurred by obligation, Robin Spencer drives through blizzard conditions to find the one person she never wanted to see again: Shale Anderson. When her trip turns deadly, Robin's only hope is to trust this man who broke her heart. But can she, when he's more like the dark, reclusive hero in the graphic novels he creates than the caring Shale she once knew?
A man in need of forgiveness...
Shale Andersen is poison. When the only woman he's ever loved shows upon his doorstep, he'll do anything to send her away. If he doesn't, he will end up ruining her life, or worse, killing her—just like every other woman who's ever gotten close to him.
A danger so complete, it threatens to consume them both...
Robin's only chance at happiness lies in acceptance. Shale's only chance at freedom lies in forgiveness. Can they weather the storm and begin their lives anew, or will someone with a thirst for revenge destroy their future?
“Stay behind me,” Shale ordered. “My body will block some of the wind for you and you can walk in my steps.”
He waded out into the snow, pulling her behind.
...At some point, she must have loosened her grip on his coat. It was hard to feel it through her heavy mittens.
Swirling snow and wailing wind combined to make her both blind and deaf. Maybe if she stayed still, Shale would come back and find her.
But would he? He was clearly displeased by her presence here. Was there still a bit of the old Shale left of him or was he now simply the creator of Midnight Soul? She had no problem believing that Shale would leave her to freeze to death. But then, if he was going to do that, he wouldn’t have asked her to stay close behind him…would he?
Her heartbeat picked up its pace until she felt as if it were pounding against her ribs. Robin squinted into the wind, trying to see ahead of her, to see a light from the house. Anything.
There was nothing but darkness and snow.
Factoring in the wind chill, she guessed the temperature had to be near zero. How long could she survive out here in the storm?
“Not long if you don’t keep moving,” Robin muttered to herself. She took one hesitant step and then another. On the third step, she started to pray.
Robin wasn’t sure how many steps she walked before she slammed into something solid, sending her reeling backwards. Strong arms reached out and caught her, pulling her close. Shale had come back for her.
He picked her up and carried her through the snow drifts. She wrapped her arms around his neck and held on tightly in spite of her embarrassment at being so relieved that he’d come back for her. They came into a circle of light; they had reached the porch of the main house, Robin realized.
Shale set her on her feet but held her close, cradling her head against his chest. “I told you to hold on to me. I thought you were behind me and when I got to the house and you were gone...” He made a noise that sounded suspiciously like a sob and pulled her even closer. “You have to go,” he said. He was so close that his breath tickled her ear. “As soon as the storm lifts, you have to go. Promise me you’ll leave then, Robin.”
Snow Blind will be available on January 21 from White Rose Publishing, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other sources. Read about how the fairy tale The Snow Queen influenced Snow Blind on the White Roses in Bloom blog.