Mended by Kayla Marie

February 1, 2017 Spotlight 0

mendedGenre: Contemporary Romance

She aches for what she lost.
Four years after her husband’s tragic and traumatic end, Ashley remains heartbroken and yearning for the man who left her behind. Desperate for healing and to break her teenage son’s newfound cycle of crime, she leaves the city for a small, sleepy town in southern Alabama hoping for a fresh start. There, she finds Wade, the charming, ever-genuine contractor who’s more than she bargained for.

He is haunted by failure.
Plagued by guilt when his younger brother goes to prison, Wade is consumed by his brother’s bleak future and his own personal demons. There’s no room for love and happiness in his world. That is, until the beautiful widow with sad eyes and a troubled teenage son moves to town.

If only her heart didn’t belong to her past.
If only his past didn’t torment him.

One great love can transform their lives.
They need only to open their hearts.

Witty and heartfelt with just enough suspense and sizzle,
Mended is a story of hope amongst tragedy and the amazing ability of love to heal the deepest of wounds.


The curtains were drawn, blocking out the last of the evening light. The room was dark where Wade sat alone on his sofa, but he made no move to turn on a light. In his hand he held a glass bottle, still frosted cold from the liquor store refrigerator. The numb feeling had left him long ago. In its place, guilt and misery dueled for control, leaving a well of pain in their wake. He twisted the cap off the bottle and heard the comforting hiss of a long-lost companion. He brought the frosty glass to his lips and savored the taste of the cool bitter liquid as it ran down his throat and warmed his belly. He drank until the thoughts that tormented him blurred and faded and his pain eased. He drank until his regret for going down this path again no longer plagued him. He drank until he felt nothing.

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I am first and foremost a loving (and sometimes nagging) wife and a mom of a beautiful little boy, but when I’m not wrangling my toddler or covered in messes, I write and trying to manage a career as an indie author.

Quitting my job and leaving the world of adults was a life-changing decision for our family, and although it came with its own difficulties, I would make the decision again in a heartbeat. Being home with my son was precious, but being the person that I am, I still felt like I needed something more. Writing became the “more” I was looking for and I was pleased to discover that I had at least one book in me.

For me, writing is a way to escape the everyday stresses of life and it creates a welcome challenge on a daily basis. I hope to make a career out of it, but even if I don’t succeed, I can be grateful that I’ve pushed myself to achieve my dream to publish my first book.

I’m currently working on the second book in my Sweet Home Dixie series. It’s a series made up of standalone contemporary romance novels set in a small, charming town in southern Alabama.

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