Songbird by Lisa Edward
Release Date: November 25, 2013
Every relationship changes you, some for the better, others can shatter your confidence and almost destroy you.
For the musically talented, twenty-four year old Tara O’Connell, her relationship with Stephen almost broke her, until Tara found the strength to leave.
Now she is on the road to discovering that it is never too late to pursue your dreams and follow your heart.
As Tara’s self-belief grows, she meets two men she is instantly drawn to who will change her life forever.
Corporal Riley Hammond is a soldier in the Australian Military Special Forces. With his smiling sapphire blue eyes, Tara falls for him instantly. He is thoughtful and caring, and gives her the support and love she needs.
While Cole Michaels is the overconfident singer in a popular local band. His charisma, emerald green eyes, tattoos and piercing, have girls falling at his feet. But while Cole pushes Tara’s buttons, he also pushes her to reach for the stars.
Both men couldn’t be more polar opposites, but both offer Tara different qualities that she needs to fulfil her destiny.
As Tara continues her journey, she will discover fate can offer you more than one path. Her fate is in her own hands, and the choices she makes, will shape her life forever.
We were heading back to the meeting point with only two hundred and fifty metres left to go, before having completed the full five kilometre circuit of the lake. Riley and I had been running together most of the way, I knew he had been taking it easy to stay with me and I appreciated the gesture.
“Come on I’ll race you, loser pays for dinner,” I called, taking off at a sprint.
Riley was like a freaking Olympian he was so fast, but I had longer legs so could take longer strides. I pushed as hard as I could to at least try to stay level with him, and I’m sure in the end he backed off to let me win.
I threw myself down on the grass under a shady tree and laid stretched out, hands over head trying to calm my breathing.
“Hot, sweaty and breathless really suits you,” Riley said with a cheeky grin as he lay down next to me, mimicking my position.
“Well I have you to thank for that, you were riding me pretty hard toward the end.” I blushed suddenly realising what I had just blurted out, but Riley just chuckled.
“Next time you can ride me, as hard as you like.”
I blushed an even deeper scarlet and shook my head to clear the tantalising image, I could always replay it later.
“Okay, pair up for stretches,” Mal instructed to the group.
Now stretches I could do, fifteen years of ballet had kept me very flexible. Riley knelt up over one of my legs while he held the ankle of the other.
“Let me know if it hurts,” he said, the corner of his mouth twitching.
“I can take it,” I said, biting my bottom lip.
He pushed my leg gently at first, then realising it was still going, pushed it all the way so my foot was beside my head and he was leaning right over me.
“Ah...that’s handy,” he said with raised eyebrows, a cheeky smile shining through his eyes again.
I diverted my eyes and looked down at his side. From the position he was in, I could now read the tattoo clearly, it said;
Give me Strength when I’m standing and Faith when I fall
I lightly ran my fingers down the tattoo as I read it, and he shivered but held still, watching my face intently.
“Was it just something you liked or does it have special significance for you?” I asked curiously.
“It has significance in various ways,” he said, sitting down next to me. “In the military we need strength when we’re standing toe to toe with the enemy, and faith that we can get back up in the face of defeat. But I think we need faith that we are doing the right thing and making the right decisions in life, even when the right thing is sometimes the hardest.”
He smiled down at me. “Do you have any tattoos hidden away?”
His eyes scanned my body. There wasn’t that much that was covered up under my little shorts and crop top.
I shook my head. “I’ve thought about it, but I’ve never found a verse or picture that I would want to wear for the rest of my life.” I shrugged. “Maybe one day.”
While Lisa Edward has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and travelled through most parts of Europe and the United States.
She loves nothing more than spending time with her husband and beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel.
Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking and leave a lasting impression.
She can’t write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke that of her characters.
Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels.