Monday, April 10, 2017

New Release: SHOW NO WEAKNESS #GuestPost by @Joyce_Holmes #Contemporary #Romance #Giveaway


Show No Weakness
Contemporary Romance Novel
By Joyce M. Holmes
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: April 10, 2017

She’s a tenderhearted social worker, looking for her Happy-Ever-After. He’s a distrustful RCMP Corporal who’s sworn off relationships. Factor in a surly teen heading for delinquency, and you have a case of passion and turmoil too explosive to handle.

As a defense mechanism to deal with his guilt and grief over his daughter's death, Cole Dennison has become an expert at compartmentalizing his feelings. He keeps his personal life private, while making it his professional mission to rescue children in peril.

Joely Sinclair is fiercely protective and openly compassionate. When she meets Cole Dennison, she falls hard. He's everything she admires in a man, and because she wears her heart on her sleeve, she can't understand how or why Cole keeps all his emotions to himself.

As much as Coleresents his interest in Joely, with her inquisitive and caring nature, he can't deny her appeal. Against his better judgment, he becomes involved in both her and her son's lives. Taylor is in desperate need of a positive male role model, and Cole can't turn his back on the boy. But when Joely starts talking love, Cole's inability to commit puts an end to their relationship—until a dangerous situation throws them back together.

When given a second chance at love, will Cole risk letting Joely into his battered heart?




Inspiration behind Show No Weakness

I drew my inspiration for Show No Weakness from my penchant for wounded heroes. I enjoy reading about them and most of my stories are about them. Two of my favorite classes in school were Sociology and Psychology, and I blame my fascination with the human psyche for this compulsion to torment my characters.

It’s intriguing to contemplate a big, tough man who tries to hide his vulnerability from the world. When I thought about people who portray strength in their everyday lives, a police officer immediately came to mind. Not only would he likely be physically strong, but in order to deal with the grueling aspects of his job, he’d need a tough temperament, as well.

What if this cop has been dealt a number of emotional blows throughout his life, some so intense they would’ve broken a lesser person? And what if this cop has been raised by the credo Show No Weakness? That gave me the basis for my hero, Cole. Poor Cole, the strong, tough-as-nails cop in Show No Weakness, is certainly haunted. He's hiding from an immense pain he’s not emotionally capable of facing.

But, in order to truly torment the unfortunate fellow, he must be given a temptation that would strike at the worst of his vulnerabilities. So he meets Joely, social worker and single mom, who's blatantly open about her emotions and her compulsion to help anyone in need. Cole is definitely in need, and Joely can’t resist trying to help him, even though she has no idea what he needs help with, and he has no intention of accepting her assistance.

Not only does Cole have to deal with his unwanted attraction for Joely, despite her meddling, there’s also her teenaged son to consider. Without some positive male influence, Taylor might be headed toward delinquency, and Cole finds he can’t turn his back on the boy. Because Cole couldn’t protect the child who meant the most to him, he feels an obligation to save every other child in peril.

I took my wounded hero and threw every emotional curveball I could think of to add to his suffering, knowing he’d rise to the occasion. The result is a poignant rollercoaster of love and discovery. I hope my readers will enjoy following Cole and Joely’s journey as much as I enjoyed writing it.

~ Joyce


About the Author:

Joyce Holmes lives with her husband and very small dog in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia. Photography and blogging about her travels are two of her passions, along with visiting her kids and grandkids. When she's not dreaming up stories in her head or planning her next great adventure, she’s off enjoying the great outdoors.




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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting me today, Terri, and for all the help you've given me to get SNW on the market. So very appreciated.