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Reformed Dreamer

She’s wreaked havoc in everyone’s lives. Can she find forgiveness… even from within?

Former drug addict Melinda desperately wants to make amends for years of misguided aggression. Fresh out of rehab and in control of her type of bipolar disorder, she’s grateful to have a secure job and a safe homestead for her long road to recovery. Welcomed by a glorious cliffside sunset and her handsome rancher host, she’s surprised by their instant attraction.

Determined to excel at her work, Melinda does her utmost to display kindness and forges a healthy connection with the horses. And when her dedication warms the heart of the steeds’ drop-dead gorgeous owner, she starts to believe in the possibility of unexpected love and a new future.

Can Melinda truly conquer the demons of her past to find redemption?

Reformed Dreamer is the fourth and final book in the sweet Inspiration in Cologne women’s fiction series. If you like hard-won second chances, surprising romance, and rising above mental health hurdles, then you’ll love Deborah King’s touching story.

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In this brief extract from Reformed Dreamer, we’re introduced to Kalie, Melinda’s, the protagonist’s, empathic, forgiving best friend who had endured Melinda’s bullying since childhood.

“Thank you for the ride home, Kalie. I’m in a perpetual state of angst, but excited. I’ll miss Heather. She was my rock, and so were you. I’m forever in your debt. You stepped up when no one else would.”

“If you would have allowed it, your mom would have too. Don’t forget, Janna, Shelby, and Shelia visited you also.”

“I appreciated their visits, and I enjoyed my conversations with Shelia. She’s had her own demons to slay, similar to the rest of us.”

“Yeah, she has. Not to mention, she also had Casey’s well-being to consider. Can you imagine trying to save not only yourself, but your eleven-year-old child too?”

I didn’t even think of Casey. I still have a lot to learn about recognizing other people’s sensitive circumstances.

“No, I can’t. I can barely take care of myself.” I wring my hands, turn toward Kalie, and say, “I’m so sorry I was your demon. Your empathy and forgiveness humble me.”

“Melinda, we’ve talked about this for hours in Heather’s office. Please stop apologizing. You didn’t have control over your emotions. We’re the best of friends now, and I couldn’t be happier. You admired me for years—I revered your intelligence, even though you were a bully.” Kalie turns her head in my direction and rolls her eyes at me.

Laughter bubbles from deep inside my chest. I recover and say, “You’re a goof,” and continue on with my next thought. “If you were in my shoes, would you have agreed to live in my mom’s house—allow her to watch over me for a year?”

“Do you want me to tell you the truth?”

“Yes. You won’t hurt my feelings. Even if you did, I deserve it for how I’ve treated you for years.”

Kalie looks at me and takes a deep breath before answering. “Melinda, you’re still apologizing. We can’t let our past lives ruin our futures. Forgiveness is one of the keys to happiness. To answer your question honestly—no, I wouldn’t have. Not this soon in your recovery. Your mom, my mom, and Sheriff Jenkins shouldn’t have kept their secret about your dad’s death from you, me, or the residents of Cologne. They nearly destroyed our lives. Their grave error in judgment also led you to bully me for years simply because neither one of us had fathers. You weren’t mentally strong enough to ignore the gossip mongers.” She grimaces after she answers me.

“Hey, I asked. Don’t beat yourself up about being honest.”

Kalie changes the subject, expresses concern for my well-being, and says, “Melinda, how do you feel? Do you think your psychiatrist has found the correct medication for your system?”

“You’ll figure it out first.”

Kalie’s eyes bug out and unease etches across her face. Out of her peripheral vision she catches me wink at her and she chuckles.

“Seriously though, I think he has found the right combination, for now. Darius will notice if my mind goes haywire since he’s in charge of my life—the poor man. I still cannot believe he agreed to be my pseudo guardian for a year. He must be a saint.”

Kalie bursts out laughing. After how I’ve treated her over the years, it’s such a heartwarming sound to hear.

“Melinda, you have no idea.”

“Well, maybe I would if someone would really tell me about him.”

“No can do. Heather said you had to form your own opinion of Darius as part of your therapy. No cheating by knowing he’s Elias’s twin and the best brother-in-law I could ever have.” It’s my turn to roll my eyes at her. “Let’s listen to some music before you break my agreed-upon silence.”

Author Bio –
Deborah King is a spirited woman who was inspired to pursue her dreams due to her mother’s death from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She has the unique ability to read people and tackle life’s hardships.

Deborah is an acclaimed, distinctive new voice in romantic women’s fiction. After raising two children, working with a not-for-profit wildlife rescue organization, and reading too many books to count, she retired from her personal training and weight management business to follow her dream of writing.

She is extremely grateful for having the opportunity to work with many different people sharing and teaching what inspires her, which you’ll catch glimpses of in her books.

Deborah’s lived in several diverse areas in her city as well as three years in a rural setting. She lives in Missouri with her supportive husband, two rescue cats, who believe they’re dogs, her mini fitness store, and her eclectic collection of books

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