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Can healing someone’s heart heal your own?
Gina Gray needs a kidney transplant and her amazing friends are on a mission to find her a donor. She is so tired of being sick and alone.
Angel Ruiz is a loner with a scarred heart that began with homophobic parents years ago.
When Gina meets Angel at her friends’ New Year’s Eve party she feels an instant bond. She sees Angel’s damaged heart and wonders if it is as weary as hers?
And then she has an idea.
All Angel has to do is say yes.
Free book extract
“What are you waiting on?” Gina Gray questioned the universe loudly while spreading her arms out wide and looking upward. She sighed, put her phone on the table and walked to the window of her apartment.
Looking out on her little piece of New York City, she watched people hurrying down the street, living their lives. Christmas decorations dotted the street lights and entrances to the other buildings. There were lights that would twinkle behind various windows across the street as the sun went down.
If she opened the window she’d hear the sounds of life from below. The cold air would pillow around her face and if she was lucky the aroma of fresh bread from the bakery down the street might waft through her apartment.
She usually loved Christmas, but not so much this year. Her father was back in Texas in an assisted living center and she wasn’t able to go home. These were the times when she missed her mother the most. She’d been gone five years now and sometimes it felt like yesterday, others it felt like decades. Her parents had tried to have kids for years and thought it wasn’t going to happen and then surprise, there she was. Even though they were older she’d had a good childhood and they were at every sporting event, play, choir concert, and anything else she participated in.
A familiar sound came from her phone announcing a text message. She walked over and picked it up and read the message. Then she walked to the buzzer next to the front door and pushed the button that unlocked the door below to allow entrance to the building. A few minutes later there was a knock at the door.
Gina opened it to let her best friend, Shannon, in. “Why are you here?” asked Gina.
Shannon walked in and pulled a bottle of wine out of the sack she was carrying and set it on the cabinet in the kitchen. She took two glasses down and rifled around in a drawer for the wine opener. “You had a doctor’s appointment today. Of course I’m going to be here.” She opened the bottle and poured each of them a glass. After handing one to Gina, she walked over to the couch and sat down. “So? What did they say?” she asked, taking a sip from her glass.
Gina joined her on the couch and took a sip of the wine. “Mmm, this is good!” she exclaimed, looking at her glass.
“You don’t drink very often so when you do it should be good,” Shannon said matter-of-factly. She waited patiently.
“Just as I’ve always known would eventually happen, having been diagnosed with kidney disease at sixteen, I need a kidney transplant.”
“And it needs to be sooner rather than later.”
“Okay. Let’s find you a donor, then,” Shannon said.
“I hope it’s as easy as you make it sound. You do realize I don’t have any siblings.”
“I seem to remember growing up together that it was just you and me. Duh!” she teased, rolling her eyes.
“My good kidney, and I use that term loosely, is failing. Dialysis is in my future if I can’t find a donor,” she said, dropping her head to her chest. She sighed and looked back up with tears in her eyes. “I really hoped I’d never have to do that.”
Shannon set her glass down and scooted closer to Gina, putting her arm around her shoulders and grabbing her free hand with her own. “Then we’ll find you a donor before that happens.”
Gina loved Shannon like she could only imagine a sister would. She sank into her comfort for a few moments before sitting up and taking another sip of her wine. “You know it’s one thing to find a match, but it’s a whole other thing to find someone willing to give up their kidney.”
“I’d do it in a heartbeat,” Shannon said quickly.
“I know you would, but you love me.”
“I sure do and I’ll tell you right now if Travis is a match, I’ll make him give you one of his,” Shannon said, sipping her wine. Travis was Shannon’s boyfriend and when they’d started dating, he and Gina had become fast friends. “Actually, I wouldn’t have to make him; you know he loves you too.”
Gina chuckled. “Lucky for you, I love women or I think Travis might be my boyfriend.”
Shannon laughed. “There’s my girl! Look GG, it’s okay to be upset today. You didn’t get the best news from the doctor. Let’s enjoy this wine and order some food. Besides, we have Christmas in a few days and I promise you it’ll be merry even though we can’t go home this year.”
“I know, Shan. Thanks. I can always count on you.”
“And after that, Travis’s and my New Year’s party will be the best! We will find you a donor there. I promise,” Shannon stated.
“Careful with those promises,” Gina warned.
“You let me worry about that. We’re having our friends, but also people from my work and from Travis’s. It’s a done deal.”
Gina loved Shannon’s optimism, but she knew it was going to be a lot harder than that.
“Come on, Gina,” Shannon said, snapping her out of her thoughts. “I’m in media. I’ll design a campaign if I have to.”
Gina chuckled. “I hadn’t thought of that. I can see billboards in Times Square now.” Gina put her arm up waving from left to right, looking at an imaginary billboard. “‘Be kind, give this girl a kidney.’”
Shannon frowned. “Ugh no! That’s why I’m the creative one.”
“Well, this problem solver,” Gina said, pointing to herself. “Has a ton of work to do before Christmas. This just happens to be the busiest time of the year. We’ve got to get those packages delivered.”
“You know,” Shannon said, an idea forming in her head. “You manage a very large team with a lot of people under them.”
“I don’t like that look on your face. I can tell what you’re thinking. Give the boss a kidney, get a promotion.”
Shannon laughed. “Not exactly. You have a huge network of people in your distribution chain. There’s no reason not to use that resource if you have to. You may have to think out of the box, so to speak, even though your business is delivering boxes.” Shannon laughed at her own play on words.
Gina chuckled and shook her head.
“Let’s move on to more important things,” Shannon said.
“What’s more important than saving my life with a kidney?”
“Saving your love life. You haven’t been on a date in forever.”
“Are you kidding me! You know how busy I am this time of year. And let me tell you one more time that people don’t like to date sick people.”
“GG, you are an extremely beautiful, smart, and talented person. You don’t have to tell someone your medical history to fool around and have a little fun.”
“And here I thought you were continually setting me up so that I could find a partner. Which is it?”
“I want you to find the happiness I have with Travis. Is that such a bad thing?”
Gina sighed. “No, it’s just hard, Shan. How can I not tell someone that I have a medical condition that could kill me or at least limit my quality of life.”
“But you don’t even give them a chance,” Shannon said, pleading. “What about the woman I set you up with a few months ago from our legal department?”
“Her name is Kim and she was very busy, just like me. When she happened to see all the pill bottles in my cabinet, I had to explain so she wouldn’t think I was some kind of drug supplier.”
“Wait, what was she doing in your cabinet?”
“I told you all about it, remember?” Gina looked at her pointedly.
“You did not! Did she spend the night?” Shannon said, her voice rising.
“I told you she did and then when I explained the situation she listened and we went out one other time and that was that.”
“But she seemed like a stand up person. Why didn’t you tell me this, GG?”
Gina sighed. “I really thought I did. We talked about what I was expecting with my health and she was very honest. She really is busy and her career is very important to her; she wasn’t in a place to start a relationship, much less take care of someone else.”
“So she was open to meeting up and having sex, just not more than that?”
“Nope. She liked me and felt like it would become more. But my more has some added problems that come with it.”
“I swear you didn’t tell me this,” Shannon said, her brow furrowed. “That must be why she asked about you a couple of weeks ago,” she said to herself. She turned to Gina. “I ran into her and she asked how you were doing. I didn’t think anything about it because I thought you didn’t hit it off. Hmm, I guess you made an impression.”
“Well, it’s not often you spend the night with someone and find out the next morning they need a kidney.”
“Do you want to tell me the real reason why you didn’t say anything about this?” Shannon said, pressing Gina.
She hesitated for a moment. “It made me sad. It showed me that there’s no way anyone is going to want to be with me when I have this going on. I knew you’d try to cheer me up and tell me I’m wrong, but this time I’m not, Shan. This is my life. Just me, no partner, no girlfriend—hell, not even a date.”
Shannon put her glass down and grabbed Gina by her shoulders and looked her in the eye. “It’s not always going to be that way. And please, don’t do that again. Of course I’m going to try to make it better, but if you don’t want to hear it then tell me. Just please don’t think you’re going through this alone, because you have me. We’ve always had each other. Always.”
Gina smiled. “Okay, I won’t do it again. And I know you’re always with me. It’s just that it feels like you’re the one that’s had to do all the heavy lifting.”
“Oh darling. We don’t keep score. Please remember back to middle school and then to high school. Who took care of me? You did! It’s just the way it works sometimes. Okay?”
“Okay,” Gina said, pulling Shannon into a hug. “I’m so glad I’ve got you.”
Gina’s phone beeped, pulling them apart. She read the text and groaned. “A delivery disaster just in time for Christmas.” She turned to Shannon. “Will you order us food? I have to take care of this. Hopefully it won’t take long.”
“Go solve Santa’s sleigh problems. I’ll order.” Shannon got up and opened the drawer with the take-out menus while Gina went to her desk and opened her laptop.
Small town Texas girl that grew up believing she could do anything. Her mother loved to read and romance novels were a favorite that she passed on to her daughter. She found lesfic novels and her world changed. She not only fell in love with the genre, but wanted to write her own stories. You can find her books on Amazon and her website at jameymoodyauthor.com.
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