September 3, 2014

His Texas Forever Family by Amy Woods (Blog Tour)




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“MR. CAMPBELL, PLEASE REPORT TO THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE…


 
Paige Graham only has room for one man in her life—her son, Owen. The little boy hasn’t spoken since his father died, but things change when he meets his new art teacher, Liam Campbell. Paige can’t help marveling at the progress Owen makes while working with his instructor—and Mr. Campbell isn’t exactly hard on the eyes, either!
 
New to Peach Leaf, Texas, Liam is captivated by his beautiful boss—who is none other than Paige! He can’t risk his job or his future by falling for his supervisor, but there is just something about her he can’t resist. Thanks to Liam’s lessons, Owen is on the road to recovery. Now if only Liam can show Paige that the best way to heal her heart is to open herself to love again….”
 





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5 Star
His Texas Forever Family was such a sweet story.


Page was such a sweetie she was an Amazing mother and always put her
son first and let her needs come last. Owen her son I feel in love with that little boy
being a mother of a boy myself I felt her pain. Owen never really recovered from his
fathers death, that is until he meets his new art teacher Mr. Campbell.
He gets Owen out of his shell and Owen starts to move on from his fathers death.
 
Paige cant help but watch from afar and thinks Liam Campbell is one heck of
a looker LOL. Liam likes Paige but doesn't know if he should get involved.
There relationship takes some time especially with Paige she doesn't know
how to meant her broken heart. Liam works magic and the ending was perfect.
 
I LOVED every bit of this book! Amy took tragedy and showed that you
can over come it with time and the right people and words.
Amy great work I love your writing!



 
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Excerpt
 
Liam, still standing, lifted his hands, palms up. In his green eyes Paige saw the pity she found over and over in peoples’ faces when they discovered what Owen was going through. It never got any easier to stomach.
“Do you want to talk about it?” Liam asked.
A million conflicting emotions flooded through her. So, he had noticed Owen’s silence, and seemed aware that it wasn’t just shyness or first day nerves. Part of her admired Liam for that. A less observant teacher might have overlooked it completely, but this one had caught it on the first day, in only an hour’s time. He must have more substance to him than his actions thus far had indicated.  
On the other hand, she struggled to separate “mom” from “Assistant Principal” though she knew she’d have to in order to talk about her son with his new teacher.
Paige shook her head and crossed her arms. The comfort she’d felt only a few moments ago vanished completely and she struggled for the right words to describe the complexity that wasOwen’s selective mutism. Most people had trouble understanding how and why a child who had always been verbal could just stop talking, and their comments, though well meaning, could be hurtful.
“I would, actually—yes—but I don’t want you to treat Owen any differently from any other child just because he’s my son.”
Paige hesitated, alternating between feeling a desire to unburden herself and wanting Liam to take his sympathy and leave. “Mr. Campbell…”
“Liam,” he corrected.
“…Liam. It takes time for most teachers—and most people, for that matter—to even notice that Owen doesn’t speak. He tends to keep to himself and blend in. I admire that you were able to pick up on it so quickly. No doubt I judged you, and your teaching abilities, too quickly, but I’d appreciate if you’d think of Owen no more or less than any other child in your classes.”
“I get it,” he said, moving toward the door. “It’s the first day of school and it’s understandable.”
The kind concern left his eyes and for some reason he seemed to bristle at her words. His body visibly tensed, as though he felt insulted.
“I can assure you that Owen will receive no special treatment from me on account of who his mother is.”
Paige nodded. Each time she’d interacted with Liam, awkward tension seemed to arise, and she wished she could erase it. “But,” he said, the words lilting softly with his gentle West Texas drawl. “It’s mighty important to me that you know that my tardiness this morning will not be a regular thing, and I apologize. I’m very much looking forward to working with the kids and I want you to know that I take this job seriously.”
He hesitated as he watched her face closely, his green eyes searching hers. He took a step closer to her, and though he remained at a respectable distance, a strange shiver ran up Paige’s spine.
“And you can trust me,” he added

Despite his kindness toward Owen, Paige didn’t want to trust Liam Campbell. Even trustworthy men could be taken from you at the drop of a hat. She stepped forward and opened the door for him.







Author Info
Although she’s wanted to be a writer since learning to read, Amy Woods took the scenic route to her job as an author. She’s been a bookkeeper, a high school English teacher, a claims specialist, and a call-center worker, but now that she’s tried making up stories for a living, she’s never giving it up. She grew up in Austin, Texas and still lives there with her wonderfully goofy, supportive husband and a very spoiled rescue dog.




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