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Thursday, April 5, 2012

A GIVEAWAY and an introduction with Robert Wacaster

I'd like to welcome author Robert Wacaster to Labelle Books. Robert's here with a special guest post and a sneak peek into his debut Secret Cravings Publishing release, 'Kiss the Darkness'.
So please help me give him a warm welcome. After all, he's generously offered to do a giveaway for you all. We'll be announcing the winner on April 7th. *grins*
Welcome, Robert!

Hi, my name is Robert Wacaster, a new author with Secret Cravings Publishing. I recently had a new release called Kiss the Darkness and Jennifer was kind enough to let me show a bit of it off here. (Thank you Jennifer, I really do appreciate it!) I really appreciate Jennifer hosting me, and also appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my guest post! I’d also be very happy to send a free pdf of Kiss the Darkness to one lucky commenter! So comment away, leave your email address, follow this blog and get out some tissues.You may be the lucky reader!
First, a bit about me. In my younger days I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force. Two of those years were spent overseas in a place called San Vito, Italy. It’s a rough thing to be away from your family for the first time when you’re younger. And back in the 80’s (I was there from 1986 to 1988) we didn’t have cell phones, or the internet, or anything like that. But I made my way through the tough times and I’d like to think I came out a better man for it. I was never in the military during war time (I just missed the first Gulf War.), and was never wounded, or hurt. But I can imagine how frightening that could be.
Getting wounded during wartime would be scary, but imagine not just getting wounded, but losing your sight. In researching my book I found out that approximately 70% of human perception is based on our sight. Once that’s gone, what do you do? My main character Robert has just lost his sight, though he can still see in his dreams. Dreams that become nightmares now. He’s in the dark, scared out of his wits, and doesn’t know what to do. Along comes a kind nurse named Holly. Second Lieutenant Holly Winters to be exact. She cares so much about the patients that come through the combat ward where she works. And when Robert comes into her hospital ward, she’s somehow drawn to him. She does what she can to comfort him, and help him through the darkness. Along the way, she finds herself falling in love with the poor, blinded airman.

In this short excerpt from the book, Holly has just returned to the hospital after a bit of a breakdown. She hadn’t experienced too much sadness, or loss quite yet. But one of the patients who she had become friends with had died, and then when the blind patient Robert had refused to eat and said he wanted to die too, she had slapped him and ran out of the hospital in tears. She returns the the hospital to work a night shift and takes a walk to Robert’s hospital room. She’s afraid at first to go in and talk to him at first. But eventually, when he calls to her, she finds some courage:


Simmons gave her a quick look, and then went back to talking quietly with Robert. Robert’s face
turned towards where Holly was standing, and for a few seconds, she had the feeling he could see her. He took a deep breath in through his nose. Holly turned to walk back out of the room.

“Don’t go, please? Holly? It’s you, isn’t it?”

Holly stopped in her tracks. She turned back toward Robert’s bed, not knowing what to say. “Yes,
I’m...I’m here.”

“I didn’t think you’d come back after today. I’m sorry about what I said.”

Simmons frowned at Holly, and then turned back towards Robert. “Are you okay with her here?”

“She’s fine, John. Can I talk to her for a minute? Would you mind?”

Simmons stood up slowly. “Yeah, no problem. Just holler if you need me.”

“I’ll be fine. Thanks for the radio and cupcake.”

“No problem. Just let me know if you need anything else.” Simmons walked slowly past Holly, watching her closely.

Holly sat down in the chair Simmons had been using. Robert reached out his hand toward her, and she gently took it in hers.

“I thought I’d lost you.” Robert said softly. “’re all I had in the dark, and I thought I’d run you off.”

“No.” Holly replied, her voice cracking. “No, I won’t leave you. I just...a friend died today, and...and...”

“Who was he?”

She wiped another tear from her cheek. “He doesn’t really matter, does it?”

Robert squeezed her hand. “Yes, it does matter. If he was someone important to you, then he’s
someone we should remember.”

“Sergeant Henry Moore. He was...he was an army sergeant and had lost an arm. I was always...taking him...I was...”

Robert pulled himself up in the bed, pulled Holly close, and hugged her tightly. She put her arms
around him and hugged him back. The flood gates opened, and she began to cry quietly, letting out all her grief and pain. He held her and let her cry, rubbing her back. After a few minutes, Holly released him from the hug and laid him back down. After wiping the tears from her face, she took his hand in hers again.

“I’m sorry, that’s not supposed to happen in front of a patient.”

“You needed it. You were keeping everything inside and needed a release.”

Holly reached over and gently touched Robert’s cheek. He flinched at her touch. She couldn’t tell if it was still red from when she had slapped him, or if it was her imagination. “I’m so sorry about hitting you today. Are you okay?”

“I’m fine. And I deserved it.”

“You didn’t deserve it. You needed someone to understand your pain, not give you more.”

“No, I needed a slap. You were right and I should have shut my mouth and ate the food. They didn’t bring lunch back, but I ate dinner like a good boy.”

With one hand holding Robert’s hand, Holly began to stroke his arm gently with her other hand. “ did you know I was here?”

He let out a short laugh. “I could smell you. Well, smell and hear you. I know your walk, and how
you breathe. And...well, you smell a lot better than most of the guys in here.”

“Aren’t you going to ask why I’m here at night?”

“It’s night time? No, I’m just glad you’re here. How long can you stay? Nights can be rough here.”

“I’ll be here for you all night.”

“All night? When will you sleep?”

Holly stopped stroking Robert’s arm and took his hand in both of hers. “I’m working night shift now. So I’ll be here at night, if you need me.”

“I know it’s a lot to ask, but can you stay with me until I fall asleep? I keep having nightmares, and maybe you can help keep them away?”

“Of course. I’ll be right here, so you won’t have to be afraid. All you have to do is call out for me if you need me.”

Robert let out a long, relieved sigh. “Thanks, lieutenant. Thanks for being the one light I have in
all this darkness.”

As time goes on, Holly becomes more and more attached to Robert, even sneaking him out of the
hospital for a trip to her base dormitory room at one point. The story is pretty much a sweet romance. There is some harsh language and it is an emotional story at it’s heart, but it does have a good ending. I hope everyone enjoys this excerpt and will find it interesting enough to buy the book! Thanks again, Jennifer!
(I’m also working on a sequel to the book and hope, so there may even be more to the story eventually! *chuckle*)

You can find Kiss the Darkness at the Secret Cravings web site right here:

On for your Kindle here:

At Barnes & Noble for your Nook here:
I'd like to thank Robert for sharing with us today. This sounds like a great read and I wish you many sales. It was a pleasure to have you, Robert.
Don't forget to pick up your copy of 'Kiss the Darkness' today!
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  2. Jamallah BergmanApril 6, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Seems like a wonderful story, very heartfelt and romantic as well which is what most good stories should be nowatdays.

  3. Sounds like a great story! All the best with it :)

  4. Sounds like a wonderful story, I look forward to reading it some day :D

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  5. Very much enjoyed that excerpt Robert! Thanks for sharing it ;)



    Congratulations, ilona, Robert will be in touch shortly with your pdf copy to enjoy. I'd like to thank everyone who commented. Stay tuned for other great giveaways coming up and have a great holiday weekend.

    Best wishes,


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