Reaching Out | Cross My Heart



Contemporary Romance



Romance can be found among the darkest of times. In this anthology, you’ll find four tales of sweet romance about those who dedicate their time, and sometimes even their lives, to helping others.

Stories & Authors:

  • “Cross My Heart” by Kadie Scott (as Abigail Owen), featuring The American Red Cross
  • “A Healing Touch” by Jessica Nicholls, featuring The American Red Cross and Military
  • “Lesson Learned” by Crystal G. Smith, featuring the Military
  • “Hope” by Mia Darien, featuring the Military


Self-Published by Mia Darien | 5/12/2014

Charity Benefit
All profits from this anthology will go to charity to benefit the American Red Cross.



The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Their network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: Disaster Relief, Supporting America’s Military Families, Lifesaving Blood, Health and Safety Services, and International Services. For more information, click here.


CrossMyHeart-750Just because Carter had been kind to her didn’t mean he’d returned Emmie’s ridiculous, secret crush. He was a pediatric surgeon in high demand, and she was one of many nurses to work with him. Top it off with the fact that he was gorgeous, and kind…and she had zero hope. Until he showed up at her door one night…


Emmeline Jordan, Emmie to those who knew her best, unlocked the door to her little second-floor apartment with numb fingers and a numb heart. Once inside, she dropped her purse and other equipment on the floor without really thinking about what she was doing. She walked over to the small table in her equally small kitchenette, sank down, and lay her head on her arms, feeling utterly deflated.

Hell, it’d been a beastly day–one spent entirely on her feet. From almost the moment she’d gone off her shift at the hospital, she’d been called in to help the victims of a nasty apartment fire that had been triggered by the earthquake. She’d felt the shaking while she’d been changing out of her scrubs. While the quake hadn’t done a ton of damage locally, apparently it had knocked over a candle left burning while the owner was at work.

Emmie was a pediatric nurse by trade, but she volunteered with the Red Cross as one of their local Disaster Action Team. Today had been particularly difficult because of the fire, stirring up memories best left alone. It was a risk she took with full understanding that she might encounter situations so familiar they were painful. But helping others in their worst moments was worth a little personal pain.

Emmie had no idea how long she’d been sitting there when someone knocked on her door. She didn’t even lift her head. Must be a mistake because she wasn’t expecting anyone. So she ignored them. But whoever was out there knocked again.

“Go away,” she groaned.

“Open up, Emmie. I know you’re in there,” a masculine voice called from outside.

Slowly Emmie lifted her head, blinking owlishly. Carter? Couldn’t be.

Images of the handsome pediatric surgeon at her hospital–tall and lean with thick hair that begged to be mussed and a sexy indentation in his strong chin–flashed through her mind. A few months earlier she’d shared something with him in a moment of weakness, and she thought of him as a friend. But still, what was he doing here right now?



AUTHORS: Kadie Scott (Abigail Owen), Mia Darien, Jessica Nicholls, Crystal G. Smith
EDITOR: Mia Darien
PUBLISHER:  Mia Darien

Page Count: 97
Release Date: 5/12/2014
Rating: Sweet

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