Can the power of love transcend death?
Title: Living for Two
Author: Teri McGill
Series: My Heart is Yours, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2015
Cover Designer: Lousia at LM Creations
Formatter: Dafeenah Jameel at Indie Designz
Editor: Hot Tree Editing
Geneva St. John was not looking to fall in love; her shattered heart was barely recovering from her older sister’s death and coming to grips with almost losing her baby sister as well.
When she first laid eyes on Jayson Delaney, bathed in sunlight and appearing so ethereal, it was immediately evident that he was destined to change her life. Unable to converse at first due to a language barrier, they soon discover that love is the purest form of communication between two souls.
Although Geneva’s sister is recovering nicely from surgery, she begins to exhibit strange, unsettling behaviors that only Jayson seems to be able to comprehend.
There are some people in our world who believe the power of love can transcend death. What kind of miracle would it take to convince us all?
(This story features several hearing impaired characters. The story also involves information related to deafness, deaf education, and American Sign Language.)
**NOTE: Jayson is deaf and Geneva’s NOT fluent is sign language, so they need to communicate via technology.
About halfway through the film, Jayson turned his body
slightly toward Geneva, and gently pulled her closer to him, her back now pressed against his muscular chest. He wrapped his arms around her waist, and moved her hair to one side, giving him access to her bare neck. At first, he just put his chin on her shoulder, but gradually brushed his lips just below her ear. His breathing stayed even; she could see out of the corner of her eye his gaze was glued to the TV. He couldn’t look away; he was intently reading the captions. Geneva closed her eyes, not needing captions for a French movie. She tried not to move a muscle; her body was frozen, in panic-mode. She had made many mistakes with guys throughout the years; experiencing enough one-night stands to realize sex right away often killed the possibility of a real relationship.
Suddenly, she sensed the softest kiss on her neck, as if a butterfly had landed there for a brief moment. The sensation moved to another spot; a second kiss, just below her ear. His breath was sweet, smelling of red wine; the heat of him caressed her cheek. Her body shuddered, then stiffened and her breath hitched; his reaction was similar as he sighed audibly, reaching for the remote to pause the movie. She moved away from him slightly, turning to face him as his head dropped into his hands. Placing a hand softly on his shoulder, she waited in apprehensive silence. He picked up the iPad, and stared at it for a long moment, as if collecting his thoughts.
Jayson: I was about to say I’m sorry I did that, but the truth is … I’m not sorry. I have longed to kiss you from the moment I first laid eyes on you, but wanted to wait until I was sure you were ready, that you feel what I’m feeling. I think I just got caught up in this movie, it’s so touching, passionate, and I’m very comfortable with you. I have never felt this before, with anyone. It’s like we have known each other forever, like two old souls connected somehow. He paused, took a huge breath, and then drained his wine glass. As much as I want to be with you, I feel we shouldn’t jump into anything too fast. We have become part of each other’s lives now. We’re teaching and learning from each other, and our little sisters are friends. Your friendship means everything to me. I will not do anything to ruin that. Do you understand what I’m trying to say? He slowly turned to face her, as he bit his lower lip to cease its trembling. Her warm smile was reassuring and his face relaxed, as she signed to him deliberately. “I understand. I … feel the same.” His beautiful eyes brightened, as he rested his forehead on hers. They got lost in each other’s gaze for a few moments; Jayson finally sighed deeply, kissed her softly on the forehead, and then leaned forward to refill their glasses. Settling back on the couch, they watched the rest of the movie, occasionally sharing the box of tissues.
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Teri McGill grew up in Queens, New York and moved to warm and sunny Los Angeles in 1994, immediately following the Northridge earthquake. She taught Mathematics to deaf high school students for thirty years, which explains some of the recurring themes in her stories. When she is not at the computer, either writing or beta reading/proofreading, she enjoys working out, golf, mosaics, Math tutoring, and watching sports.
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