Heart of Steel

A Heart of Steel is an epic journey of one woman’s life, loves, and destiny… and the power of passion, heartache, tragedy, fame, and fortune held together by a family secret so powerful and clandestine it only serves to strengthen the perfect first love that will last forever.

when love really is enough…

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About: When young love is never to be forgotten

On a cold and rainy Valentine’s Day in 2006, Atlanta socialite and celebrity wife, Shelby Porter returns to her hometown of Valley, Alabama, following months of seclusion and a courageous, life-changing move on her part. After all she has endured and survived, she only wants one thing now: the love of her life and childhood sweetheart, Jack Emerson.

Returning home, though, she is mired in memories of the past and what was and could have been. Through her reminiscence, she thinks of a time when life was simple. When swinging on the porch with her beloved parents and a glass of sweet tea was one of the best things in life. When all she dreamed of was leaving her small town to pursue her education and her desire to be a teacher. When all she wanted was the love and attention of that one boy… the football star, the town hero, her Jack.

Even though their lives had been etched from two paths crossing, weaving, and entwining until finally joining into one in the future, it wouldn’t be the happily-ever-after they’d both assumed. Not when Denise Davenport comes to town and makes her intentions clear that Jack Emerson is on her radar. While at the same time, Richard Porter, a rich boy headed off for a career in law, sets his sights on Shelby and how she would be the perfect trophy wife for a man who intended to have the lifestyle destined for him.

Misunderstandings, lies, and manipulation abound. Teenage drama and young adults at the precipice of their new destiny. Hearts broken and dreams smashed… all for what? Shelby leaves her small town—and Jack—behind for a new life in college. A place where she’ll find herself, as well as the best friends a girl could ever have, and a man whose handsome charm and promises make her forget the love of a lifetime.

This is just the beginning.

 

About: When love strengthens the heart

On a day of mourning in May of 1980, Shelby Porter returns to the Langdale Cemetery in her hometown of Valley, Alabama, after the tragic loss of a small child who has been laid to rest. Her heart is torn as she dashes away. She only wanted to reach out and comfort the man she once loved, Jack Emerson.

Later that afternoon, Shelby makes her way to the place she has always found peaceful and carefree. The Kissing Bridge. There, Jack spots her sitting alone on the sandbags. However, their reunion is not exactly what she had expected.

It had been six long years since their last meeting. Shelby tries desperately to tamp down her feelings for Jack, but her desires come rushing back.

No, no, no… I can’t do this…

In the heat of the moment, she will foolishly risk it all.

When the unthinkable happens, Shelby is forced down a path of torment at the hands of another. She is fragile and ready to give up on life until a voice keeps telling her to hang on. She struggles daily with the difficult choices she has made with the threats in the past. Along the way, she will discover another true love of her life: her daughter, Casey, whom she has vowed to protect at all cost even if it means that her own life is in danger.

Follow the journey of a mother and daughter’s search for a safe haven, peace, and happiness. An adventure that will strengthen their love as they stumble upon the answers together.

True love is rare.

Fate and destiny is even rarer…

 

About: When love is enough

“So, he’s the one,” Casey said with a grin, staring at her mother. What an emotional day with the admission of Shelby’s tormented life, followed by the heartwarming story of a stranger’s outpouring of love, and then ending with a confession of a young love affair that dazzled the heart of her sweet daughter, Casey.

Through all Shelby Porter had been through with her abusive husband, Richard, and her heart pining for her long-lost love, Jack Emerson, Shelby accidently discovers an undisclosed secret about her tormented life. All the years of asking why came to light with the answer she now held in her hand. Or so she thought…

A heated attempted murder trial, a family ripped apart, a woman existing every breath with fear and heartache. When Shelby’s husband reveals his deception—one of profound circumstances—it opens up a whole new world to her and gives her heart the hope she’s so long looked for. The love she’s deserved.

But tragedy strikes for Shelby and Jack, putting them on exactly the course they were destined to be on where more family twists, turns, and secrets are disclosed and their world erupts.

When Jack is confronted with the monster who destroyed his and Shelby’s life, will he be able to refrain from the revenge he so desires? Or, will he take the higher road? The one Shelby would have him travel? Hope and faith is all they have, but will it be enough?

This is the epic conclusion of A Heart of Steel, the journey of one woman’s life, love, and destiny… and the power of passion, heartache, tragedy, fame, and fortune held together by a family secret so powerful and clandestine, yet it will strengthen the greatest love story of modern day, a love destined to be forever…

 

Shelby Porter

Atlanta socialite and celebrity wife, Shelby Porter returns to her hometown of Valley, Alabama, where she emerges from months of seclusion and a courageous, life-changing move on her part. After all she has endured and survived, she wants only one thing now: the love of her life and childhood sweetheart, Jack Emerson.

Jack Emerson

With years of his own heartbreak, loneliness, and vengeance coursing through him and burning deep into his soul, Sheriff Jack Emerson steps up to the plate for the woman he has loved, vowing to be victorious this time against whatever stands in the way of their happiness.

A New Arrival

A Playful Journey: A Novelette (Sweet Tea Series Book 1)

A yearlong love affair comes to a shattering halt and rocks Aubree Sellers world. She is blindsided by Marshall Keller’s admission…

“I’m happily married Aubree, we can’t go on like this.”

Her thoughts scrambled to understand. Heartbroken, ashamed, and afraid, she reaches out to the only one who has always been easy to talk to. Her prim and proper grandmother Rosalie.

A Godly woman like her Grammy couldn’t possibly understand what Aubree is going through, but she has no one else to turn to.

Or could she?

With a warm and sympathetic smile, Rosalie touches Aubree’s heart with her own surrendered heartbreak.

As the story unfolds, Aubree rushes to a conclusion and knows exactly what she has to do. Confront Marshall. Rosalie doesn’t stop her.

Will Aubree’s spontaneous decision have her missing out on the rest of the story?

Katherine Kobey

Recently retired, traveling, and enjoying life, Katherine Kobey hung up her career after over thirty years in the healthcare industry as a corporate executive to pursue her lifelong love of the literary arts. She is an avid reader and writer of short stories and poems. Now, as a first-time novelist, she contributes her achievement to the many women who have shared their personal experiences from the heart. The emotional transformation of their stories to words has been the inspiration for her literary work. Katherine believes as music is to the ears, so is writing to the heart. When she is not traveling, she spends her time in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family.

 

Mission Statement
            To share motivational and inspirational stories as spoken from the hearts of men and women, that will enrich the imagination of the readers as they escape into the world of the fictional characters. In such a way that they too can experience what it feels like to be loved and to give love. Stories that will linger as they search their own hearts for true love.

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