Title: Hydraulic Level Five
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Cover Designed By:Amy Brokaw / Micha Stone
Event organized by: Literati Author Services
How does a woman get over her one great love? With whitewater rafting, bluegrass, and a touch of revenge…
Kaye is an extreme sports addict with a kind heart and an axe to grind with her childhood sweetheart and ex-husband, renowned writer Samuel Caulfield Cabral. While Samuel enjoys a celebrity life in New York, Kaye remains in their hometown of Lyons, Colorado, running her PR agency and chatting daily with Samuel’s family, the beloved Cabrals—first-generation Mexican-Americans who have embraced Kaye as their own.
But when Samuel returns for his sister’s wedding with his new love interest, stunning editor Caroline Ortega , the gloves are stripped off. Kaye is determined to unearth the reasons behind the death of their marriage and why two people who lived to love each other were driven apart.
She discovers startling revelations about Samuel, about life…and about herself.
The inside of the bookstore was even more chaotic than outside. Hundreds of people swarmed through book aisles, chatted, compared costumes. I recognized quite a few of them. We could have had an impromptu high school reunion, with all the old classmates who drove over from Lyons to see Samuel Cabral again. My eyes searched the store for the front of the line, where he’d be. There was a massive display with panoramic mountains and The Last Other sweeping across the top in gothic font.
I spotted Caroline talking with the bookstore owner, tall and regal in an obviously expensive, tailored suit. Her black silk hair was business-bobbed and swished whenever she shook her head. I’d met her briefly when she initially visited TrilbyJones and she’d been nice, but all work—just like now.
I stood on tip-toes to peer above the sea of fans, then hopped onto a shelf ladder.
There he was. Or rather, the top of his head. I could barely make out a muddy-haired man bent over a book, scrawling in the cover while he spoke with the young lady in front of him. The cuffs of his dress shirt were rolled, exposing tan, graceful wrists. I’d always loved the way his hands moved, whether they were playing a guitar, smoothing over my skin, or simply signing a book. The strong lines of his face were softened only by a slightly rounded nose, just like Alonso’s, and dense lashes that canopied his gaze. He looked up, returned the girl’s copy, and gave her that lovely, lazy smile of his. His eyes, blue as mountain lakes, cut across the crowded bookstore floor.
My heart hammered hard. So hard, I was sure Molly could hear it next to me. She offered me an encouraging smile then tugged my hand.
Sarah Latchaw was raised in eastern Iowa and appreciates beauty in mud-splattered gravel roads, weathered farm faces, and combine harvesters powering through cornfields. She also loves to explore the world, thanks to countless family minivan trips across the States to coastal cities and national monuments. This passion for finding stories led to college adventures to Israel and Palestine, Jordan, Slovakia, Germany, and other European countries. Each place’s story rests in the back of her mind and in her childhood photo albums.
In 2002, Sarah received her BA from Wartburg College in public relations and media, and entered the workforce, ready to climb the ladder. However, when researching MBA applications evoked feelings of dread, she realized a corporate marketing career wasn’t for her. With the unfailing support of her loving husband, she chose to pursue a career in freelance and creative writing, and received her MA from Iowa State University in 2009.
These days, Sarah wakes every morning thrilled to cuddle her small children, show them the world, then capture that world and shape it into stories on paper. She also enjoys her piano, volunteering in her community, and reading anything with a cohesive plot. She and her family reside in Des Moines, Iowa.
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$25 Omnific gift card, Five (5) signed, paperback copies of Hydraulic Level Five, Ten (10) eco-friendly Duck Duck Farms totes containing signed books, music, and other Colorado-centric items.