Today I’m excited to have author Denisea Kampe on the Sunday’s Author Spotlight. Denisea Kampe is the author of several contemporary romance novels. Her latest novel ‘Bridge of Lies’ was published this year. Read more about this new book in the guest post Denisea wrote especially for Maureen’s Books.
Guest Post: Denisea Kampe
Calliope Barnwell never thought for a moment she was in Eli Jackson’s league. Sure, they mingled in the same social circles in high school, but she knew as well as anyone she was there by default. After hearing how he treated his girlfriend before leaving for boot camp, Calliope wondered if she ever really knew him at all, even if her contact with him had been limited to her observations from afar and she pushes him out of her mind. Well, for the most part. His fly by night visits home only serve to remind her of what she knew she could never have and the fact she actually misses him befuddles her. Yet one winter’s night, he manages to not only plant himself in her path, he figures out almost all her dirty little secrets in a matter of hours.
Then in that voice as smooth as aged bourbon, Eli starts talking about the space that exists between being just friends and more. Calliope wants more. Eli’s plan to help her recover from her fall from grace seems sound, but sometimes more comes with a hefty price tag and after spanning that space with a bridge of lies which bows under the stress and threatens to collapse, they find themselves questioning if the cost is worth it.
Other Books by Denisea Kampe:
'For His Country'
After twenty-seven years of marriage and service to his country, Gavin McIntyre returns from what he hopes will be his last deployment before either reaching the highest attainable enlisted rank in the Marine Corps or retiring. But what he returns to leaves him flat aback with a busted mast and broken rudder. His wife is a no show for the homecoming. Using the ages old adage of improvise, adapt, and overcome, he makes his way home only to discover, she hasn’t simply forgotten to pick him up from the bus, she’s gone. In her wake, Gavin finds his home set up boot camp style and twenty dollars in the cookie jar, but any evidence he’s ever had a wife or five children with her is deplete.
Pregnant at sixteen and married to a marine in a less than romantic ceremony courtesy of the local Justice, Raylyn McIntyre has spent almost three decades playing the dutiful patriotic wife, catering to the whims of the military. She’s lost track of how many places she’s lived, how many deployments she’s endured, and how many tears she’s shed. But most of all, she’s lost track of herself. With a husband who’s so wrapped up in saving the world he can’t see he’s losing his family, Ray resorts to the one tactic he might understand…a full frontal attack with extreme prejudice, which proves to get Gavin’s waning attention.
Nothing good ever comes easy, though, and just when her choice of battle plan seems to be working, tragedy befalls their family. As Ray and Gavin struggle to find center, they also struggle with the notion that forgiveness of self is often the only path to forgiveness of another, and that path is not only bumpy but filled with pitfalls.