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Work of Heart

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by Cindi Myers
     
 

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NINA BARRY IS AN ACCOMPLISHED PAINTER who sees the world through kaleidoscope eyes. When fate blows her a kiss in the form of DJ Danny de Zayas at a Brooklyn hotspot, her heart spins. Danny is a Renaissance man who transforms from hip DJ at night to virtuoso entrepreneur building business empires by day. Although it appears that Danny has it all, he doesn't have

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NINA BARRY IS AN ACCOMPLISHED PAINTER who sees the world through kaleidoscope eyes. When fate blows her a kiss in the form of DJ Danny de Zayas at a Brooklyn hotspot, her heart spins. Danny is a Renaissance man who transforms from hip DJ at night to virtuoso entrepreneur building business empires by day. Although it appears that Danny has it all, he doesn't have the one thing he most wants: Nina. They're such close friends that they share their innermost secrets— except for the secret longing each harbors for the other. That is, until they end up sharing more than a campfire over the Fourth of July. The fireworks between them sizzle and burn, launching them into a dimension of intimacy that is too intense to ever be broken. . . . Or can it? What happens when Danny's travels put more than physical distance between them? And when Nina's starving-artist existence clashes with Danny's flush independence, will he come after her when she leaves him and begins seeing another man? What can Danny do to mend the rift of his making and convince Nina he's meant to be her one and only lover, her partner for life in a world that's their playground if only she'll trust him again?

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"Nina Barry doesn't mind suffering for her art because she believes in herself and after graduating college she stays in New York to pursue her career. She has many friends but no one special that is until she lays eyes on Danny de Zayas, the only trouble is he's taken. Danny de Zayas loves being an entrepreneur and after he graduates college that's exactly what he intends to do, life however has other plans for him. Those plans include a different career path than he envisioned and a different woman too because the first time he sees Nina Barry he sees possibilities that he only dreamed of before. Nina and Danny have love on their side, but sometimes love isn't enough. Will they make it, you'll have to read the novel yourself to find out. But believe me you'll enjoy the ride.

Cindi Myers has a way of telling a story that makes her readers part of it by making them feel like they're right there during conversations, arguments and hardships and that's really what a reader wants, to feel an ownership of the story. She brings us a true love story between real life people and that makes us even more intimate with the players in this tale. She uses clear and descriptive dialogue that flows easily throughout the novel so her audience can easily experience all the different senses right along with her cast of characters. Her hero and heroine are extra special to the readers because this is their real romance on paper and they are so worthy of their Happy Ever After although fate and circumstance makes us and them work really hard to get there. Her love scenes are shaded just enough that no reader will be put off by them and yet extremely sensual in their reality.

It's a true feel good, heartwarming love story. One that any lover of a great romance will appreciate with the added bonus of it being an actual memoir as well. Buy it, read it, share it with others and you like me will be left with the knowledge that true love is not only possible but is out there for real. . . ." To read more visit http://thereadingfrenzy.blogspot.com/2011/03/review-of-work-of-heart-by-cindi-myers.html.

— Debbie

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"Nina Barry doesn't mind suffering for her art because she believes in herself and after graduating college she stays in New York to pursue her career. She has many friends but no one special that is until she lays eyes on Danny de Zayas, the only trouble is he's taken. Danny de Zayas loves being an entrepreneur and after he graduates college that's exactly what he intends to do, life however has other plans for him. Those plans include a different career path than he envisioned and a different woman too because the first time he sees Nina Barry he sees possibilities that he only dreamed of before. Nina and Danny have love on their side, but sometimes love isn't enough. Will they make it, you'll have to read the novel yourself to find out. But believe me you'll enjoy the ride.

Cindi Myers has a way of telling a story that makes her readers part of it by making them feel like they're right there during conversations, arguments and hardships and that's really what a reader wants, to feel an ownership of the story. She brings us a true love story between real life people and that makes us even more intimate with the players in this tale. She uses clear and descriptive dialogue that flows easily throughout the novel so her audience can easily experience all the different senses right along with her cast of characters. Her hero and heroine are extra special to the readers because this is their real romance on paper and they are so worthy of their Happy Ever After although fate and circumstance makes us and them work really hard to get there. Her love scenes are shaded just enough that no reader will be put off by them and yet extremely sensual in their reality.

It's a true feel good, heartwarming love story. One that any lover of a great romance will appreciate with the added bonus of it being an actual memoir as well. Buy it, read it, share it with others and you like me will be left with the knowledge that true love is not only possible but is out there for real. . . ." To read more visit http://thereadingfrenzy.blogspot.com/2011/03/review-of-work-of-heart-by-cindi-myers.html.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780757315589
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
True Vows Series
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Read an Excerpt

Where did you come from?

You traversed the whole world

Just to land on my plate.

'It's not really a blind date if you've already chatted with the guy online, right?' Nina Barry squeezed into the crowded Brooklyn nightclub behind her friend Erin. 'Since You've Been Gone' blared over the hum of the crowd of college students and twentysomethings who packed the dance floor and filled the booths and tables.

'It's not a date at all.' Erin grasped Nina's wrist and dragged her toward the back of the club and to the booth where the DJ over­saw this happy chaos. 'You're just saying hi and seeing if anything clicks.'

'Right.' Nina swept her long bangs out of her eyes and tried to see into the dark interior of the DJ's booth. Being five-ten made it easier to see over the crowd, but the smoked-glass front of the booth screened the man inside from view. 'Maybe this wasn't such a good idea,' she said. 'He's working and I shouldn't interrupt.'

'What are you so nervous about?' Erin turned to face her. Short and curvy, with a fall of mahogany hair, Nina looked like a titian Madonna. 'You liked his Facebook profile, right? And the e-mail messages he sent?'

'I did.' Nina sighed. 'It's just never easy starting up the whole relationship thing.' She'd been out a few times since she'd broken up with her last serious boyfriend two months before, but every new encounter left her feeling hollow inside. She was only twenty–three—too young to settle down, as her mother, who had married for the first time at eighteen, liked to remind her. But lately Nina found herself thinking about her future, longing for something more.

They reached the booth as 'Dancing With Tears in My Eyes' began to play. Erin was right. There was no reason to be nervous. Randy was a nice guy. Someone she could have fun with. She knocked firmly on the door to the booth.

The door swung open and Nina caught her breath. The fuzzy snapshots on his Facebook page really hadn't done this man justice. Hair she'd thought was black was really the deep brown of dark sienna. Hazel eyes looked into hers from beneath perfectly groomed brows; and when he smiled at her, a little shyly, she noticed the dimple in his chin. 'Hello ladies,' he said. 'What can I do for you?'

'I'm Nina,' she said. 'And this is my friend, Erin.'

'Pleased to meet you. I'm . . .'

A blast of music drowned out the word, though Nina thought she caught the 'y' on the end. 'I didn't mean to interrupt your work.' She looked past him into the booth where two turntables, a CD player, and stacks of CDs scattered like oversize coins littered the counter. 'Maybe when you take a break, we could have a drink.'

Did she imagine that half-second hesitation? Had he already decided they didn't 'click'? But then the smile returned full force. 'Sure. I'm just filling in for a friend for a bit. He should be right back. Why don't you find a table and I'll join you in a minute?'

'So? What do you think?' Erin waited until they were a few feet from the booth before she leaned in and asked the question.

'He's very good-looking,' Nina said. Maybe it was shallow to zero in on that first thing, but what could she say? Randy was much better looking than she'd expected. He really needed to update his Facebook profile.

'Maybe a little too good-looking,' Erin said.

'What do you mean?'

'I never saw a guy with such great skin. And his clothes and hair were perfect. I hope he's not gay.'

Nina had been so focused on Randy's face she hadn't noticed his clothes. She had a vague recollection of slim, dark jeans and a black T-shirt. 'He is definitely not gay,' she said. No gay man would ever make her pulse race the way Randy had. 'He asked me out, remember?'

'Well, yeah. There is that.'

They snagged a table near the dance floor as another couple was leaving, and ordered drinks from a passing waitress. Nina kept looking toward the booth, but the smoked glass made Randy invisible to her. She forced herself to look at the dance floor instead, at the writhing, swaying couples in slim jeans, short skirts, cocktail dresses, shimmery tops, plain T-shirts. If she let her vision blur, they formed a kaleidoscope of color and motion. She'd like to photograph them, perhaps a long exposure to blur the faces and bodies more, or a painting, almost impressionistic in its approach. . . .

'Earth to Nina. You need to pay for your drink.' Erin's voice brought her back to the present. She paid the waitress, then jumped as someone touched her arm.

©2010. Cindi Myers. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Work of Heart. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Meet the Author

Cindi Myers (Bailey, CO) has written more than 40 novels, both romance and women's fiction. Her books have been praised for their realistic characters and depth of emotion. Awards and credits include: starred review in Publisher's Weekly for Learning Curves; four-time Waldenbooks Bestseller (It's a Guy Thing!, Just 4 Play, Rumor Has It, Do Me Right); multiple appearances on the eHarlequin.com bestseller list; 2005 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Writer of the Year; nominated for a Rita, Romance Writer's of America's highest honor, for The Right Mr. Wrong; The Right Mr. Wrong was voted best American Romance of 2009 by Romantic Times Magazine.


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Nina Barry doesn't mind suffering for her art because she believes in herself and after graduating college she stays in New York to pursue her career. She has many friends but no one special that is until she lays eyes on Danny de Zayas, the only trouble is he's taken. Danny de Zayas loves being an entrepreneur and after he graduates college that's exactly what he intends to do, life however has other plans for him. Those plans include a different career path than he envisioned and a different woman too because the firs time he sees Nina Barry he sees possibilities that he only dreamed of before. Nina and Danny have love on their side, but sometimes love isn't enough. Will they make it, you'll have to read the novel yourself to find out. But believe me you'll enjoy the ride. Cindi Myers has a way of telling a story that makes her readers part of it by making them feel like they're right there during conversations, arguments and hardships and that's really what a reader wants, to feel an ownership of the story. She brings us a true love story between real life people and that makes us even more intimate with the players in this tale. She uses clear and descriptive dialogue that flows easily throughout the novel so her audience can easily experience all the different senses right along with her cast of characters. Her hero and heroine are extra special to the readers because this is their real romance on paper and they are so worthy of their Happy Ever After although fate and circumstance makes us and them work really hard to get there. Her love scenes are shaded just enough that no reader will be put off by them and yet extremely sensual in their reality. It's a true feel good, heartwarming love story. One that any lover of a great romance will appreciate with the added bonus of it being an actual memoir as well. Buy it, read it, share it with others and you like me will be left with the knowledge that true love is not only possible but is out there for real. Visit Cindi at her website here A few words about the real stars of our story, Nina and Danny. They are real people, check out their website From The Hip. Now I'd like to talk about the publisher, many of you won't recognize the name but I know you all have a Chicken Soup book , or a health book or even a self help book on your shelves by HCI books. And if you don't have one of their books now's the time to invest in them. This is a new enterprising venture for them, they have teamed up with several well known and loved romance authors to tell real love stories, tales of love, loss and triumph tales of real true love. So sit back with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, slip out of your shoes and into someone's "True Vows". Check out their website here.