You guys, I had this book on a (long) while ago, so why did I take it again? Well, because it has reborn with a new cover and new edits.
The book is Through Fire (Kindred Souls Book 1) by Sage MacGowan, a new adult Romance.
All her life Cass has been the wallflower, quietly content to make her mark from behind the scenes. As a cognitive psychologist in the research field, she will use her intellect and tenacity to heal the “broken” brain. Because she learned long ago she isn’t capable of fixing broken minds; maybe not even broken hearts.
Bryan doesn’t want to even think about his present. To escape his past, he had always looked to the future. As a materials engineer he will use his ingenuity and talent to develop state-of-the-art products and devices. But now an accident has drastically broad-sided his life – and the hits keep coming.
They give each other the motive to step beyond self-consciousness – to reach outside themselves to touch the other. They discover the courage to pull one another close. To love. To be loved. From one another they draw the power and fortitude to move beyond mistakes.
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Finally she stepped to him and wrapped her arms around. She shook and a lump formed in Bryan’s throat. The scent of strawberries filled his nostrils. God, how he missed her! It felt like it had been months, not days. The ache in his heart spread and intensified. He wanted to beg her forgiveness. Plead with her to bring her things back to his apartment that very day. Maybe even officially move in with him. But he had work to do first. He needed to get farther along and he couldn’t allow himself to get sidetracked and avoid doing what he needed to do.
So he just held on for dear life for this moment in time. He allowed himself to caress her smooth auburn hair with his cheek for just a few seconds, then lifted his head and lightened the pressure of his hand on her back, letting it slide down to her waist.
But Cass wasn’t quite ready to relinquish him. She pressed her cheek into the warm, firm planes of his chest and continued to hold on for dear life. It was all she could do to maintain control. She wanted to beg his forgiveness. Take her things back to his apartment, maybe even officially move in. But she couldn’t allow him to get sidetracked and avoid the work he needed to do.
Chatting with the Author
Tucked away in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Sage lives with her daughter, a dog, a cat, and a bearded dragon. Growing up, and for quite some time after, she was a reader and a dreamer, but didn’t often put pen to paper. Then late one night, listening to music, story ideas dancing through her head, she was overcome with an inescapable urge to actually write. She is a nature-worshiper and spends a fair amount of time hiking and camping (real camping, not the wussy RV kind), when she’s not playing Sudoku. She also rides horses as often as she can (which isn’t often) and gets her horse fix by volunteering at the local therapeutic riding center.
Hi Sage, and thank you for being here with us. Who are some of your favorite authors?
Linda Lael Miller is so prolific and versatile; I really admire her. More recently I discovered Annabelle Costa; her books are in my niche.
What types of books do you enjoy in your downtime?
Downtime? What’s that? Actually, I have squeezed in time for reading for pleasure, and I choose romance, of course.
What sort of research did you do to write this book?
Oh boy, did I do research! I wanted Cass and Bryan’s college experience to be authentic, so I researched colleges and academic programs in their fields. I even crafted class schedules for them! And, of course I did a lot of research into prosthetic limbs. I was amazed at the level of technology available. I looked into the psychology of PTSD and its treatment, and I researched mountain bikes.
What are you working on now?
Another New Adult romance, although these characters have graduated from college. The heroine shies away from relationships due to her father’s infidelity, and the hero thinks only shallow women would be interested in him.
What is your favorite part of the writing and publishing process? Least favorite?
My favorite part is the actual writing. I love it when my muse talks to me and my fingers fly over the keyboard. My least favorite part is marketing. I’m a big introvert, so it’s hard for me to put myself under a spotlight.
Do you outline books ahead of time, or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
I used to be a total pantser. Through Fire was written with no outlining whatsoever. And I have the umpteen versions and rewrites to prove it! Now I’m learning how to outline.