Choices, Failures, Divorce…

Choices, choices, choices!

Some choices aren’t up to us. We may have no control over them, and yet, those decisions—heavy-hitters like divorce or adultery—change our lives forever.

Tristyn, the heroine in Her Christmas Cowboy, didn’t make either of those choices. Her husband made them for her. Shortly after the birth of their daughter, he left her for another woman. She chose to remain committed to their marriage, if only on paper, and was forced to forge a new life for her and Maisie.

They’d been separated for seven years when she meets Bryce. The adventure lifestyle photographer makes her feel treasured and beautiful, and his attention reawakens her to the possibility of love again. He pursues her until she reluctantly agrees to coffee. Coffee eventually leads to dinners, but she keeps the truth of her marriage locked away.

Until the day she knows. That one more kiss–one more second of withholding the truth—will suffocate her soul, smother her faith.

With the ink fresh on her divorce certificate, Tristyn escapes to a remote area of Montana, hoping to erase her sin and to make a new beginning for her and Maisie. But, wouldn’t you know it? Her past tracks her there! Can you ever really run away from your mistakes or your failures, your sin? It’s only by facing it and leaning into God that she gets her new beginning, freedom in grace, and a forever love.

Can you relate? I can.

What seems like a lifetime ago, I was devastated when my then-husband abandoned me and our 11-month-old son. After our divorce, I rebelled and did things that shamed me, things that smothered my faith. Thankfully, the Lord didn’t give up on me and led me to a place of new beginnings. One that included a wonderful and amazing husband (much like Bryce, the hero in Her Christmas Cowboy), another precious son, and an abundant and joyful life, free from shame and guilt.

Are you trying to escape your past? Searching for your new beginning? Lean into God. Discover your freedom in grace. If you need help, I’d love to pray for you.

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A forbidden romance. A secret child. Will deception crush their love…or will truth and faith prevail?

A forbidden romance…
Bryce Kinnerly was everything Tristyn could want in a husband. Attractive. Kind. Thoughtful. Attentive.

Everything her husband isn’t.

Rich abandoned her shortly after Maisie was born—seven years ago—but she never filed for divorce and remained faithful to her vow. Until Bryce. He makes her feel treasured and alive again, fills the lonely spaces in her heart. Every stolen moment buries the truth even deeper. Until the day she knows. That one more sweet kiss will suffocate her soul, smother her faith.

A secret child…
Bryce Kinnerly’s extreme adventure photos have graced the pages of several national magazines. He’s traveled the globe in his quest to capture the perfect shot, the one that would make him forget the beautiful blonde woman who stole his heart and then disappeared. Bone-weary, he accepts their mutual friend’s offer for a breather in the wilds of Montana and stumbles upon Tristyn and…her daughter?

Will deception crush their love…
How could she have kept the truth from him? Especially after he’d bared his heart, his dreams. He’d been so certain of the Lord’s will for them. How could he have gotten it all wrong?

Or will truth and faith prevail?
As they work together for the Cowboy Jamboree, can Bryce forgive Tristyn’s deception? Can she forgive herself? Will Tristyn’s renewed faith grant them a second chance at a forever love this Christmas?

Her Christmas Cowboy, a contemporary Christian romance, is Book 14 in The Potter’s House Books Series Two. Stories of ‘hope, redemption and second chances.’ Read all of The Potter’s House Books and be blessed.

Pre-order Her Christmas Cowboy for a limited time price of only 99c!*Available in Kindle Unlimited upon Aug 18 release

Kissing Santa Nic

Kissing Santa Nic Tori Kayson

Release day for Kissing SANTA NIC!

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Firefighter Karley “Nic” Nicolas intends to win Merriville’s coveted Police vs Firefighter Basketball game this year. Not only because her ex-boyfriend plays for the opposing team, but victory means a huge check for her beloved charity to honor her twin brother. Losing is NOT an option…until the reclusive detective Gray Newnan flashes his rare smile and makes her forget why she’s even on the court.

Detective Gray Newnan isn’t ready to dive back into the dating scene. Two years isn’t long enough to recover from his ex-wife’s abandonment after learning of their son’s autism. But after Karley’s recent breakup with his coworker, Gray finds it difficult to stay immune to her giving spirit. From that first shove on the basketball court to discovering the true identity of Santa Nic, Gray must reconsider his solitary life or risk losing a second chance at love this Christmas.

Kissing SANTA NIC, a Christmas novella by Tori Kayson. Sweet Romance that Sizzles!

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Curl up with this holiday romance…

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Louisiana Chef Leona Buquet agrees to cook for CG Fleming Jr, movie producer at his mountain lodge in the Colorado Mountains during the Christmas holiday.

When Leona meets handsome Cameron, CG’s son, she is taken by his striking good looks and warm personality, but with the glamorous actress, Marissa Madison, clamoring for his attention will he even notice Leona?
Cameron struggles with being in a career he hates only to please his father. When he meets Leona he feels he’s known her all his life. He wants an opportunity to get to know her, but she keeps avoiding him. When they become stranded in a hunter’s cabin, will she lower her guard and open her heart to Cameron?

Can love sizzle, along with the Cajun dishes, in subzero temperatures?

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Marian Pellegrin Merritt writes stories that blend her love of the mountains with her deep Southern roots. She is an author and freelance writer with over ten years experience. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, online websites, and garnered a first place award in ACFW’s Genesis contest.
Marian is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy and an accounting certificate from the University of South Alabama. This Louisiana native writes from the Northwest Colorado home she shares with her husband and a very spoiled Labradoodle. Connect with her through Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter