New Novel Treats Readers to an Overture of Passion and Temptation

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S.C. Rackes shows how passion can take one too “Close to the Flame.”

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In the perilous journey of love, the heart can be further endangered by passion. The temptation to go too Close to the Flame is ever present in life, and it is this theme that is central in author S.C. Rackes’ new novel, which portrays a romance fraught with risks and irresistible rewards.

“Watch that moth, he is going to fly too close to the flame. He is tempted. He will get burned,” Rackes recalls an old saying. “Once he touches it, he will never be the same again. He may fly, but never with the power he had before.”

With that in mind, she crafts a romance novel with a twist, warning of the risks of temptation, of passion, and how these chances may bring either rewards or curses, or sometimes even mixed blessings. Her tale takes place during winter, near the Smokey Mountains, when a couple embarks on a trip bound to become an unforgettable experience for all involved.

Graham is a lover who has a wife yet does not want children, while Gabriella Franks is married to Theo. Their paths are destined to cross during this fateful winter, as they search for a deeper love, as they pine for the memories that come with the affection and the closeness of those special moments animated with passion and longing. There are risks that come with temptation, yet even then the prize may prove to be irresistible.

Readers will see how Graham and Gabriella consummate their affair, and what becomes of them afterwards. There is passion, there is pain, and there are unforgettable memories that come from reaching too Close to the Flame.

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About the Author
S.C. Rackes is married to Joseph V. Rackes, and together they live in a wonderful two-story home in Michigan. They have five children and ten grandchildren.

Close to the Flame * by S.C. Rackes
Comfort in Pain—the Memory of a Well-Lived Emptiness
Publication Date: November 22, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 228 pages; 978-1-4836-1263-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 228 pages; 978-1-4836-1264-5
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-1265-2

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