Trusting Patience with Jennifer Simpkins

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This week on Coffee with Colette, the gorgeous and talented Secret Cravings Publishing author Jennifer Simpkins has dropped by to tell you about the latest installment in her Patience Series Now this is kind of a change for me because I was a guest on her blog just last week (except she made me answer some rather tough questions....). Well, she has far more patience than I do, and she has this wonderful series to prove it! I just can't wait for you to hear about it! (See? I told you I don't have any patience!) Anything that includes a scorching hot kiss will have me turning the pages!
~Colette


I first want to thank my fellow Secret Cravings writer, Colette for having me today. I thought I would talk a little about my Patience Series, and what made me want to turn it into a series.

As writers we are told to write what we know and love; because it’s a good possibility you will be involved with these characters for the next six months. Well, the small town of Patience, Tennessee, and all its quirky characters have been a part of my life for the last three years. I haven’t killed any of them yet, so it’s safe to say I love what I write.

As soon as I started Forgiving Patience, I knew it was going to turn into a series. I wasn’t sure in what order the books would come in, or who would even get their own story, but I knew once this group of friends became a part of my life there was no way I would be able to let them go after just one book.

What will you find in Patience, Tennessee? You will be welcomed with long-lasting friendships and a close-knit community. Gossip is a part of life, and is shared between friends at Cut & Curls, or sitting in a couple rocking chairs on a front porch, while sipping a glass of sweet tea—the house wine of the south. The quaint town is also filled with a sizzling romance…or two.

In Forgiving Patience (book one), you will be introduced to Jake and Anna. This is a story about second chances and forgiveness. Will Anna find love and forgiveness in Patience of all places?

Loving Patience (book two) released in April. In this book you will get to know Liza and Tex. Right off the bat, this couple has an instant spark. I had a lot of fun with them. I have to say it was one of the easiest books to write.

The newest release, Trusting Patience (book three) is about Jesse and Bradley, two friends who fight just as well as they love. The question is, will they risk their friendship over the possibility of finding love.

About Trusting Patience


After a scorching hot kiss that happened years ago, Jesse Daniels has wondered what it would be like to have something more with her longtime best friend. The only problem is, besides some mild flirting, Bradley Lawrence has never hinted at sharing her feelings. In fact, he doesn't even remember the kiss.

Bradley has many loves—his hometown, farming…and women. For the most part he lives a carefree life with no plans of changing—until he discovers the feelings Jesse has secretly had for him. Now, she is all he can think about, and it’s going to take a lot of convincing to get Jesse to see that he is a changed man. But in the end it all comes down to one simple fact—is it worth the risk of ruining their friendship over the possibility of finding love?


Excerpt


She sat down on the couch first, allowing Bradley to sit as close as he wanted to her. Big mistake. He wasn’t right on top of her, but he also wasn’t sitting on the far end either. For the
entire second inning of the game they sat and stared at the television. She didn’t know about him, but she was looking at the screen and not really seeing it. The change between them had become awkward, and she didn’t like it. Her longing for them to be something more than what they really were was causing a rift in their friendship. And the obvious solution would be to take him up on the offer of going on a date, but one date wouldn’t be enough for her. And Bradley’s track record told her one date was all he could offer her.
During a commercial break, Bradley spoke up, “I don’t like this.” When she didn’t say anything in return, he sighed. “Tell me you’ve thought about us…together.”
Together…as in sex? If that’s what he meant, then yes…she thought about it often. She would have to be dead to not think about the possibility of being with him.
He muted the television as he turned to face her, making him a lot closer than she was comfortable with. “I have lately.”
She took a chance and stared back at him. “I don’t know what else you want me to say, Bradley.”
“Maybe I don’t want you to anything. Maybe I really just came here for this…”
Bradley was cupping the back of her head, drawing her in, and she was too lost in the heat in his eyes to know she needed to push him away. His lips were touching hers before she could suck in a breath.
At first the kiss was slow—too slow for how she was feeling.
The more his mouth moved over hers, the more she allowed herself to go with it. When his tongue swept inside her mouth, she leaned into him, leaving little to no space between them.
His hands glided along her bare skin. With every tantalizing stroke of his work-hard hands, she found herself wanting what he had to give her…just for the moment anyway. She’d accepted the fact that he was not going to suddenly fall in love with her. Wanting a commitment and leaving a life of bachelorhood was not him, and she had to be okay with that. It was either accept him…or drive herself crazy.
She didn’t want to be crazy with jealousy anymore. Seeing him with other women…women like Jamie was expected. She didn’t like it, but it was what it was. Eventually she was going to have to move on with her feelings for him and quit giving in so easily, but right now, on this hot June night, she was going to be with him.
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