Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Point of Contact by Melanie Hansen with Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway



We are so excited to welcome Melanie Hansen back to Sinfully so she can share with you the cover for her upcoming book, Point of Contact. Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
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A Word From Melanie Hansen


Hey, everyone! I’m so excited to share this cover, and this story, with you! It’s been a two-year labor of love, from start to finish. Being from a military background, I’ve encountered my own share of long separations, and sadly, I’ve known more than one person who’s experienced the sudden, tragic loss of their beloved son or husband due to war. This is a story I’ve been wanting to tell, and while it’s not an easy one at times, I feel at its heart it’s a hopeful and triumphant one, a true celebration of the resiliency of the human heart and spirit.

POINT OF CONTACT will release on March 26, 2018, through Carina Press. You can preorder it here and add it to Goodreads here!

Thank you once again, Sinfully, for hosting me today!
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Point of Contact

Melanie Hansen


Release Date: March 26, 2018


Publisher : Carina Press

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Only love can heal an impossibly broken heart.

There'd forever been a thread running through Trevor Estes's life—his son Riley, strong and constant like heartbeat. But when Riley is killed in combat, everything in Trevor's life unravels into a mess he doesn't know how to mourn. Until Jesse Byrne, Riley's friend and platoon mate, arrives on his doorstep with a box of Riley's things. Jesse's all-too-familiar grief provides an unlikely source of comfort for Trevor; knowing he's not alone is exactly what he needs.

Trevor never imagined he'd find someone who fills his heart with hope again. As the pair celebrate Riley's memory, their unique bond deepens into something irreplaceable—and something neither man can live without. But diving into a relationship can't be so simple. Being together means Trevor risking the last link he has to his son...leaving Jesse to wonder if he'll ever be enough, or if Trevor will always be haunted by the past.

Pre-Order Link


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Excerpt

Chapter One

July 2007—Ten months before
“Cowabunga, bitch!”
Trevor Estes winced and glanced toward the open window, resisting the urge to go look out. The men in the backyard weren’t children, but…
A loud splash and some whoops had Trevor pushing out of his chair and hurrying to the window. The party was rowdy, but nothing was broken and nobody had gotten hurt—yet. Trevor jumped as he felt strong arms wrap around his waist, a chin coming to rest on his shoulder.
“Everything’s fine, babe,” Carl whispered in his ear.
Trevor shook his head. “That damn keg. Some of them are underage. What if—”
“Trev, if they’re old enough to go to war, they’re old enough to have a beer first.” Carl’s voice was firm. “Besides, you laid the rules out for Riley before you agreed to the keg. Nobody drives, everybody stays the night. You collected all the keys, right?”
Trevor nodded, waving his hand at the small plastic bucket on the corner of his desk. It currently held all the car keys surrendered to him at the door by grinning young men who’d made a beeline for the backyard pool and the full keg his nineteen-year-old son had talked him into getting.
Carl tightened his arms. “Then let them have their fun tonight, just guys hanging with their buddies, swimming, having some brats and beers.”
Trevor took a deep breath. It wasn’t the party, or even the keg, not really. It was the thought of the next day, of the goodbye, of sending his son off into the unknown… The keg was just the convenient target of his anxiety.
Carl seemed to realize this, because he gave Trevor a gentle kiss. “You’re wanting to play dad one more time tonight, and that’s okay.”
Swallowing against the gigantic lump in his throat, Trevor forced out, “How am I going to get through this deployment, Carl?”
“Like every other parent, every other spouse, every other loved one does. One day at a time.”
With a small sob, Trevor turned and hugged Carl close, breathing deeply of the comforting, familiar scent of his aftershave. He let himself wallow for a few moments, then, squaring his shoulders, pulled away. “You’re right. I’m not the only dad saying goodbye to his son tomorrow. I’ve got to get a grip.”
“That’s the spirit.” Carl winked at him and ran the backs of his fingers down Trevor’s cheek. “Now go man that grill and try to have a good time. You know if Riley sees you upset—”
“I know.” Trevor pulled Carl’s head down to give him a hard, smacking kiss. “Thanks, babe.”
The doorbell rang with a loud, echoing peal, and Trevor hurried to answer it. He swung the door open, saying brightly, “Hey, I’m Riley’s dad, Trevor. Here for the party?”
The man in the entryway nodded. “Yes, sir. I’m Jesse Byrne, one of his roommates at the barracks.”
Trevor stuck his hand out and they shook, looking each other over. Jesse was a few inches taller than Trevor’s 5ꞌ11", military-cut blond hair bleached almost white by the sun. He was wearing a pair of board shorts in a loud Hawaiian print and a faded cotton tank top with the words Polite as Fuck printed on it. When he pushed his sunglasses to the top of his head, Trevor could see his eyes were a bright blue-green.
He seemed a little older than the other guys, maybe early twenties instead of late teens. Good. At least there’d be one legal drinker in the bunch. Trevor tried to remember what else Riley had told him about his roommates but couldn’t bring anything to mind.
He stood back to let Jesse into the house. “I need your keys before you drink. House rules.” Jesse didn’t protest, just handed him the keys without comment, dropping them into Trevor’s outstretched palm.
“Thanks. Everyone’s in the back swimming, and I’m about to grill some burgers and brats. You hungry?”
“Yes, sir.” Jesse’s voice was deep and husky, with what sounded like a hint of the South in it.
“Well, go on out and join the party. We’ll eat soon.”
Trevor gestured toward the French doors leading to the backyard, and Jesse nodded. Loud exclamations from the others greeted his arrival, and soon the splashing and yelling escalated again as Jesse joined them in the pool.
Carl was right; they deserved their fun tonight. These young men, barely out of high school, had volunteered to serve their country and now were headed straight into harm’s way. Trevor hurried into the backyard to search out Riley, who was standing in the shallow end of the pool with Jesse’s arm thrown over his shoulders.
They were laughing, so young, so carefree. Trevor traced his son’s face with his eyes, committing the happy moment to memory.
What would the year bring? Would Riley come home a totally changed man?
Of course he would. He was going to war.
Just let him come home, Trevor prayed. Please, God, just let him come home to me.

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Meet Melanie Hansen


Melanie Hansen likes to consider herself a cynic, but at heart she’s a hopeless romantic. Every morning she gets up before dawn to spend time with her characters, creating stories that are deeply emotional, sometimes heartbreaking, but in the end where love always wins. Melanie’s proud of the fact that two of her books have been named as RT Book Reviews Top Picks.
She grew up with an Air Force dad, ended up marrying a Navy man, and has lived and worked all over the country. Melanie hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to her stories about people finding love amidst real-life struggles.

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Giveaway

Melanie is giving away a $20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner! For your chance to win, please leave a comment below.
Please leave your email address with your comment so we can contact you.
Good Luck!

30 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for both the excerpt and giveaway.
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  2. Such a beautiful, enticing cover. Congratulations, Melanie!
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  3. I can't wait to read it, it looks really interesting!
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  4. I enjoyed the excerpt, the book sounds like an emotional read and the cover really suits the story I'm adding the book to my wish list I don't want to miss it.

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  5. Congrats on the upcoming release and best wishes for the success of your hard work!

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  7. This sounds good!
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  8. Sounds like a great read! Congrats.

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  9. This sounds touching and lovely!

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  10. Huge Melanie Hansen fan! So excited she has a new book coming out! pinnyharris(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks for the opportunity, and congratulations!

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  11. Thank you for the excerpt and cover reveal!
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  12. Congrats on your upcoming book, Melanie. Thank you for sharing excerpt and that gorgeous cover with us. Can’t wait to read the book!
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  13. Oh this looks awesome. Great cover. It's been a while for a new story. You've just made my day.

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  14. Congratulations on your new release. The cover is awesome. Will it be on Amazon? The excerpt makes me want to read it.
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  15. Will have to check this out!

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  16. The cover is great. The excerpt has me hooked. I can't wait to read it!
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  17. Congrats on a great cover & thanks for the excerpt!
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  18. I love the sound of this story
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  19. Got me with the excerpt. Added it to my wishlist. Thank you for the post and congrats on the new book =)
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  20. Thank you for the great excerpt.

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  21. Sounds heartbreaking and touching. Congratulations on the release and best wishes. Moondrawn at gmail dot com

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  22. This sounds really good. And I love the cover. Congrats on the upcoming release.

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  23. Finally! Woohoo! 🎉 I've been waiting for this cover reveal. The cover fits the title so much! Point of Contact. And I'm more excited for the book itself! I'm so ready!!! <3
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    1. Congratulations, James. You are our lucky winner of this post. An email is on its way to you. Happy reading, Mark.

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  24. Oh this sounds good. I love may/December romances. Thanks for chance
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  25. Congrats on the cover and thanks for the post. It's an interesting cover related to the blurb. It sounds like a heartfelt story, one that you bring a lot of your own experience to. - Purple Reader,
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  26. Thank you for the excerpt and cover reveal! It sounds like a wonderful book and I'll be keeping an eye out for it's release.
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  27. Love the cover. Sounds like a great book. colby69@verizon.net

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  28. I love the cover and this sounds so good! anamaribelcardenas@yahoo.com

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  29. I love the cover!

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