Crash and Burn is a novella in the Crashing Into Love book bundle.
Crashing Into Love:
Seven planes lift off…seven planes crash…seven stories of struggle, passion and love in the barren Canadian Wilderness, the coast of England, or the steamy heat of a tropical island. Romance hangs in the balance between survival and death.
Brace for Impact by Daryl Devoré.
What could be simpler than a routine plane trip from Toronto, Canada to Caracas, Venezuela for rookie flight attendant, Lori, and sexy R.C.M.P. officer, Guy Lapierre? But Fate had other intentions.
Crashing into You by Lisa Kumar
When Ashlee Trent meets handsome businessman Kaiden West on a plane to Australia, he eases her fears even as he sets her heart ablaze. But after their plane crashes into the ocean and they wash ashore, will the secrets surrounding him send their budding relationship into a nosedive?
Crashing Through Time by Jenna Jaxon
The most dangerous thing about time travel is knowledge of the past: does she save him and change history, or let the tragic events play out and lose the love of her life?
More than hearts can be broken when you crash through time.
Love Comes Crashing In by Brenda Dyer
Best friends find love in each other’s arms, but can that love survive reality?
Falling Hard by D’Ann Lindun
He craves solitude to forget what a woman did to him. She needs one last chance before her career ends. Can a plane crash in the Canadian Rockies show them what really matters?
A Splash of Romance by Deb Julienne
Who knew a plane crash would lead to romance? Hannah Parks is a trauma nurse on her way to a symposium at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She just started her bucket list and a plane crash definitely isn’t on it. Oliver Lawson’s divorce is final and he’s looking to start over. A tropical island, a gorgeous woman. Romance is one thing, getting there as a result of a crash landing…who knew?
Crash and Burn
by Melissa Keir
Can Rob and Keira’s second honeymoon lead to romance, or will it crash and burn?
On the verge of a divorce, Rob and Keira Matthews book a second honeymoon at the urging of their counselor. Unable to conceive, they’ve pushed each other away in an effort to protect their hearts. Will a romantic holiday be the ticket to love or a plane crash in disaster?
A wet tongue on her cheek.
Damp and lying on a hard ground, Keira rolled to her side and coughed up water. Unable to catch her breath, she pushed herself up on her hands and knees. Choking, coughing, fluid flowed from her lungs.
Somewhere nearby, the dog barked.
“Oh, my God. Rob!” She crawled to her husband’s prone body at the edge of the water. She flipped him to his back then laid her head on his chest. No heartbeat.
“Honey. Wake up.” She pounded on his chest. Tears flowed down her face. “I won’t give you up. We’ve had too much history. Fight, baby. Come back to me.” She straddled his body and began chest compressions. “One, and two, and three.” She parted his lips then blew into his mouth. She returned to pushing on his chest. “One, and two, and three. Come on, dammit. Fight!”
Time ceased as she continued the compressions. Frightened, she shuddered then threw her body down over his chest. Sobs decimated her frame.
“Please, God. Don’t take him from me.” Pleading, bargaining, beseeching.
Water flowed out of his mouth as coughs rocked him. He gagged.
“Rob!” She pushed him onto his side and thumped on his back as he expelled more water. “Thank God. Just cough it out.”
“Please don’t cry.” His words croaked out as he rolled onto his back. His gaze met hers. He reached toward her face, but his arm fell back to the sand.
“We need to get you out of the water. I can’t do it on my own.” She stood and grabbed under his arms. Pulling him, she quickly tired. “You have to help. Use your legs and push.”
This time, he moved out of the water. Gris lay down next to Rob and licked his hand.
“I’m going to look around.” As she straightened, her legs buckled, and she collapsed on the sand. “I think I’ll just lie here for a bit.” She curled in next to her husband and let sleep overtake her.
About Melissa Keir:
For my wedding in Vegas, my books and computer came with me but there wasn’t enough room for my wedding shoes. It’s all about priorities! As an avid reader, I was probably born with a book in hand. Luckily my mom was also an avid reader, so it was easy to “borrow” her books when my books were finished.
I was reading from an early age about dashing men on horseback riding to the rescue of strong willed and capable women who didn’t really need rescuing. I came to expect that women in fairy tales should have fought their own battles. When I was older, I found Margaret Atwood and realized that women could re-tell history in their own way and I experimented with changing those basic fairy tales.
Fortunately for me, my husband allows me the opportunity to be myself (spend my salary on books) and still takes care of the really important things for me like killing spiders and opening jars. As an elementary teacher, teaching children about the many worlds inside of books is a gift that I’m lucky enough to do for a living. Teaching the next generation to love reading is a lot of fun! Reading the right book can make a new world come alive!
Currently living in the suburbs of Ann Arbor, Michigan with my darling husband, way-too-grown-up children and spoiled dogs, I enjoy getting away through a book to escape the harsh winters or summer road construction.
I’d love to hear from you!
Interview with Contemporary author, Melissa Keir:
Do you outline your books or wing it? Describe your process.
I’m a pantser. I let the characters tell their story. I start with a basic premise and a summary in my head. I start writing from the beginning and let the book go to where it wants. Then I go back and edit each time I open my file. I sometimes have crit partners read it but other times, I send it to my editor.
How do you decide on setting?
The setting is determined by the story and the characters. If I’m writing about my cowboys, the setting is out west. I love to write small town romances set in Midwestern towns.
What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I write contemporary romances. I like to write about people who could be you or me. After all, we all deserve our own happily ever after and my stories show that you can have a happily ever after and steamy sex life even if you aren’t a vampire or angel.
What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of writing is the edits. Can you believe it? I love getting the feedback from my editor and making my story stronger and better.
What is your least favorite part of writing?
My least favorite part is reading reviews. I try to have a thick skin and let them roll off my back but sometimes they do sting.
Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?
I edit as I go. I find that it makes things easier since I often go a few days in between writing. By going back through and editing, I can catch up to where I stopped and focus on moving forward.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?
I’ve never done anything strange in research. Sorry. I’m only strange as a person…not with research.
E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?
I love both! I have some books that are on my keeper shelf. Those are the authors I buy In hardcover and print each time. But as I’m a book hoarder, having ebooks makes my life easier. Hubby doesn’t like shelves and shelves of books around the house. Ebooks have saved my marriage. *wink*
Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?
I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tsu. I love chatting with other authors and readers. Facebook is my favorite because it allows me to connect with others and talk with them as well as share in their lives. My least favorite part is the come-on’s. I dislike getting those comments from men about getting to know me better or how beautiful I am. Social Media isn’t a dating site but a way to connect and talk about books and life events. Besides, it’s obvious that I’m married. *guess they don’t look or care*
What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?
I love to read paranormal romance and urban fantasy. This allows me to be sure that I’m not including things in my stories from some of my favorite authors.
Thank you for joining my blog today, Melissa. It’s been great getting to know a bit more about you. Commentors, what is it you like/dislike about social media in today’s world?