Today’s Sunday Sneak Peek comes from Sydney Logan’s upcoming release, Mountain Charm.
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”
At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.
That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.
Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.
Despite their constant bickering, sparks fly.
Dylan admits he feels strangely drawn to Angelina and is in no hurry to leave Maple Ridge or publish his magazine article. Fearful that his emotions are being influenced by the spell, a stubborn Angelina struggles to fight her own budding attraction to the reporter.
The two inevitably grow closer just as her mother’s health begins to deteriorate, and Angelina is faced with the possibility of selling the family’s music shop to pay the mounting medical expenses. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. Can he finally prove his love is real—spell or no spell?
A story filled with love, friendship, family, and just a hint of Appalachian magic, Mountain Charm will leave you spellbound.
Here’s a sneak peek:
She was just running toward the goal for a layup when she heard a voice.
“You look sexy in those shorts.”
Angelina gasped, and the ball flew upward, hitting the bottom of the rim. So much for distractions.
“You scared the crap out of me, and you made me miss my shot.”
Dylan smiled and grabbed the rebound before passing the ball back to her. “You play?” he asked.
“Play is a little strong. I shoot, and sometimes, if I’m lucky, it goes in the hoop.” Angelina tossed the ball toward the net, and this time, her aim was perfect.
He nodded approvingly. “Nice shot. I played a little in high school.”
“Were you any good?”
“I was a good bench warmer. Does that count?”
She grinned and tossed him the ball. “In that case, I suppose you’re allowed to play with me.”
“That’s my dream come true, you realize.”
Her heart fluttered. Fluttered. “Just shoot the ball, Casanova.”
Dylan haphazardly threw the ball, and she laughed when it completely missed the rim.
“Wow, you are terrible.”
Dylan glared at her and tossed the ball in her direction. Bouncing it twice, Angelina lobbed it into the air, banking it off the backboard and through the hoop. She caught the rebound and passed it back. Dylan moved to the foul line and took another shot. This time, he missed the entire goal.
“This is embarrassing,” he muttered, rubbing the back of his neck. “Maybe I just need some motivation.”
Dylan hoisted another awkward shot into the air. “Each time I score, you have to tell me something about yourself that nobody knows. Something I can’t find in my research.”
Angelina smirked. “Since you’ve yet to hit one basket, I think my secrets are pretty safe.” So tempting. “If, by some miracle, you happen to make a bucket or two, will my secrets be in your article?”
“No, Angelina. These secrets are just for me.”
The way he said her name made her spine tingle, but she shook it off. She had a basketball game to win.