Can they overcome a villain determined to destroy both their lives?
Sharla-Jean Bromley returns to her hometown after a seventeen-year absence with vengeance in her heart. From the very beginning, her plans go awry when she meets devastatingly handsome Josh Morgan, the man to whom her father left half of his multi-million dollar lumber mill.
Josh, suspicious of Sharla-Jean’s reasons for returning to town after such a long absence, vows to keep control of the company he feels is rightfully his. She is equally determined to prove she can run her father’s mill, even though it means working side-by-side with Josh, a man whose very presence evokes an attraction that is increasingly difficult for her to ignore. In the process, they must overcome a villain who’s determined to destroy both the lumber mill and their lives.
Will Sharla-Jean succeed and heal the anguish that has long filled her soul? Will he and Josh find the passion of a lifetime?
Even as the dreaded word reared like a monster inside her head, a thin trickle of smoke crept out of the dark storage room. Terrifying images of flame, smoke and searing heat threatened to overwhelm her. For a nightmare second, she was back in the midst of scorching heat and roaring flames.
Using all her strength of will, she tore free of the chilling memories. Instead of fleeing, she placed one wobbly step in front of the other and shuffled toward the storage room. Her nostrils flared at the acrid tang of gasoline and smoke. With a shaking hand, she gripped the door handle and opened the door.
A figure burst out of the darkness, crashing into her, knocking her back.
She yelped at the pain of the blow and the shock of falling. A jolt of agony and blinding light as her head hit something hard.
Heavy boots pounded across the tile floor. Cold air washed over her. And then darkness.
C.B. Clark has always loved reading, especially romances, but it wasn’t until she lost her voice for a year that she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and an educator. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.
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I have just returned from a fabulous two-week vacation in Europe that included three days on Madeira, two days in Lisbon, Portugal and environs, seven days on a river cruise on the Douro River in northern Portugal and two days in Salamanca and Madrid, Spain. I am so glad I took lots of photos, because the time sped by so fast my head was swimming with images running into one another.
Even for a writer, it’s difficult to put into words the exhilaration and awe of viewing buildings, art and breathtaking landscapes, which until now I’ve only read about. Wishfully I could have a lot more time experiencing them, unfortunately, when participating in an organized endeavor like this, you keep moving, heading off to the next place. But I have a long list of places to revisit in the future, so I can spend more time truly enjoying them.
When others in our tour group discovered I was a published author, they asked if I planned to use what I’d seen on the trip in my books. Did I already have a plot in mind? Would I base any of my characters on them? Some even suggested plots for me. I’ve learned to anticipate questions like this, so either I smiled mysteriously or provided a nonspecific response; it’s their way of identifying.
Besides taking in the scenery, I did a bit of people watching, observing some of my fellow travelers for the mystery series I’m developing about retirees. They came from all parts of the U.S. and from all types of backgrounds. I was particularly impressed with their boundless energy. They mounted hills, descended narrow walkways and negotiated aged cobblestone streets much better than I. I knew I was out of my league at the first church we visited. We had the choice of taking the one hundred steps to reach the tower or walking around the base and meeting the rest of the group there. I chose the second option until I discovered I was the only one. So, I bit the bullet and took the steps. Not a wise choice. The backs of my legs ached for days afterwards.
I really did. But with my new book, Don’t Toy with Me, coming out in a little over a month, I couldn’t resist firing up the laptop during down time and working on promotion. However, my only choice of work space in that small stateroom was a round table, about fifteen inches in diameter, so none of my sessions lasted long. I reluctantly had to admit that was probably a good thing. After all, history, culture and incredible drink and cuisine called. Time to simply enjoy.
Barbara Barrett skipped a midlife crisis by writing romance novels at night when she wasn’t at her day job as human resources analyst for Iowa State Government. The first took longer to complete than she likes to admit. But after that, the words flowed, especially after she joined the local chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Her first book was published in 2012. Since then, she has added eight more full-length novels and one novella to her portfolio. She has recently begun the “UnderWright Productions” series about executive producers Bart Underwood and Jordan Wright. The pair will continue to appear in secondary roles in subsequent books, each featuring the production of a different genre of television show.
Barbara is married to the man she met her senior year at college. They have two grown children and eight grandchildren. Now retired, she is a resident of Florida, although she spends her summers in Iowa, her home state. She earned her B.A. degree in History from the University of Iowa and her Master’s Degree in History from Drake University.
When not in front of her laptop creating her next story, she travels, collecting background for future books, most recently visiting the Hawaiian Islands, Madeira, Portugal and Spain. When not on the road, she plays Mah Jongg, knits, and enjoys lunches with friends.
Repossession of your car in Los Angeles is like breathing without lungs. It can make an unemployed management consultant like Jordan Wright do crazy things, such as accept a job beneath her skills on a reality competition show and pretend to be a spy for a competing outfit.
Even though he sees through the undercover story, the show’s executive producer, Bart Underwood, is intrigued by it as well as the woman spinning her tale. Creativity is not one of his strong suits, and he has found himself in over his head with this new production. Unable to ask directly for Jordan’s help, he takes advantage of her need to prove herself in hopes she’ll rescue his baby. But despite their growing attraction to each other, even she can’t save a reverse beauty pageant titled Ugly as Sin.
When several stunts go awry, she suggests a new approach, challenges based on toys designed by Bart’s toymaker uncle. Though interested, Bart must first deal with his useless partner, who has been blackmailing him to stick around. The man’s resentment of Jordan threatens to not only disrupt her growing involvement with Bart but also risk the viability of the new show, Don’t Toy with Me.
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It wasn’t until some time after I finished writing A Model Engagement that I saw the book had something of a theme. I didn’t set out to write a story with a theme. Because when I read romance I want to be entertained. That means I like a fast moving tale that has a happy ending. In fact I shy away from reading and would never attempt to write anything that leans toward literary fiction. It’s hard to see what eyes can’t see.
The story’s jumping off point is a fake engagement spiked with blackmail. My inspiration was sparked by a story in the news, then a ‘what if’ scenario began to percolate. From there I began to write, and to see what eyes can’t see.
It was only when I read the completed project that I saw I was writing about perception: about what we choose to see and how we perceive the people in our lives and the world. It’s especially about what we decide to let others to see about us.
Since A Model Engagement is a romance there are many moments of heightened perception as the two main characters get to know each other. Initial impressions whether true or false allow the potential lovers see the surface attributes of the other. Then as attraction ignites the inner qualities not visible to the naked eye are teased out. By the end of the story the couple “sees” each other in a way no one else ever has or ever could.
But we all know in actuality really “seeing” another person is difficult. Some of us take care to disguise who we are from the people around us. We may put our best foot forward whether in real life or online, but rarely do we allow others to see all of who we are. Why risk that vulnerability?
Those who take the time to look for the person underneath the social facade are the ones worth keeping in life whether as a friend or a lover.
I admit I’m one of those people who finds it difficult to show anyone my true self or all the parts that make up who I am. Maybe that’s why the writer hat is so comfortable for me. I can hide behind my characters. I cringe for them and cheer for them each time they allow themselves to be open to letting another person “see” who they really are.
Allowing another to truly see who you are. And I guess that’s why for me my husband “sees” me best and I “get” him.
How about you? Do you find it as difficult as I do to reveal yourself to another?
I’m too much of a novice to give any type of craft advice but I’ve learned this:
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Lacey Reed jumps at the chance for independence with a career in the big city. But her naivety and ambition blind her to the lure of a blackmailer.
With her savings gone she has nowhere to turn when she literally runs into financier Connor Devlin.
Though dazzled by Lacey Connor sees the desperation she tries to hide. He hires her as his fake fiancée. Now Lacey has a job and he has a bandage for a family crisis.
When the blackmailer ups the ante, Lacey resolves to face him down— no matter what the consequences.
Does that mean Lacey will lose the only man who’s ever seen who she truly is?
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Maybe I’m the Fictional Character. I still call myself an aspiring author. Three years into my professional writing career, with four novellas and three short stories to my name and two full length novels coming out this summer, I still call myself an aspiring author. It’s like an Imposter Syndrome. And that’s a problem. The thing is, everyone goes through that moment–and sometimes that moment lasts a really long time–where they look around at their friends and fellow authors and say compared to these guys…
It happens in life and it happens in writing. Today, May 29th, I celebrate my twenty-fifth birthday. Some of my friends are married. Some of my friends are doing graduate programs, studying foreign policy in France and England. Some of my friends are getting their law degrees or working as anchors for the nightly news. My boyfriend and I live with my parents and I work part time as a nanny, wondering what lesson I missed in college to get me where I am.
And that think, be it in writing or in life, is useless. Sure, we will all feel like imposters at some point. Sometimes the sensation will come when we’re at a conference and everyone is discussing their research or word count or sales. Sometimes, the sensation will come late at night, when we’re at our desks and the words just aren’t there and the plot is horrible and why did we ever think this was a good career path, were we drunk?
It’s to acknowledge that we still have much to learn, that we can take away ideas and information from other writers. We can always find answers to our craft questions and plot challenges are a part of the path. But that doesn’t make any of us an aspiring author. Sales, publications, coming due dates or not, we are authors from the moment we put our pen to the page, our fingers to the keyboard. I’m aspiring to success, to a career that will support me, but I am not aspiring to be an author. I am an author–and it’s time I start believing that.
So, no, I’m not married (good on that point for a while, thanks…) I’m not getting my law degree or going to school for foreign policy. But I don’t want to do or be any of those things, and comparing my path, challenging and difficult as it may be, to those of my friends is a waste of time and energy, just as comparing myself to other authors is.
The only person I need to compare myself to, when I sit down to write every day, is the author I was yesterday, and she wasn’t aspiring either.
All Geneva Sterling wants is for Trenton and Sons Investment to sign the contract that could make her career. She’s been after them for nearly a year, and would have been successful too – if it weren’t for Dylan freaking Trenton. He’s hell bent on sinking this deal, and he’ll stop at nothing to get her to back off. But Geneva’s not going down without a fight, even if her opponent in this boardroom boxing match makes her hotter than anyone else ever has.
Dylan Trenton just wants to get his mind off work, and the powerful, infuriating and oh-so-beautiful Geneva Sterling. So when an associate takes him to Club Underground to check out his most recent investment, Dylan decides to go with the flow. After all, there’s a goddess in a slinky silver dress just calling his name. But when he finds out exactly who he’s dancing – and more – with, Dylan learns that hate and desire run a close parallel, and tonight he might just step over the line.
How many photographs have you taken on your holidays of golden sunset moments? Or if you are lucky enough to live in a place that has magical sunsets every day, how often do you take a photograph of the sun setting in a golden ball against the backdrop of the sea, or a farm landscape or any beautiful natural setting? I’m one of the lucky ones and I rarely miss the precious few moments when day turns to night, and the sun lowers into the ocean horizon, and the sky explodes into more colors than an artist could dream of having on a palette.
Have you ever thought about how the allure and romance of a sunset crosses all boundaries, from physical borders to cultural divides, from religious and political differences to the acceptance or rejection of sexual differences? Even age divides make no difference when we stand together in awe of a glorious setting sun.
Whether the world is at war or peace, whether we as individuals are happy or sad, alone or surrounded by those we love, each and every day, the sun will set. And for that precious moment, when the sky turns a brilliant crimson splashed with golden yellows and oranges, and the sun dips below the horizon, we are the same. Enthralled by its beauty, entranced by its promise of romance, warmed by its dying rays, and filled with hope that it will return the following day.
My best advice has to be to get on with writing your next book. Even with a publisher, an author has to do most of their marketing and publicity on their own. This takes up a chunk of time. You have to be careful to prioritize your writing as the social media & publicity demands can take over. NOTHING grows your readership more than releasing a new book.
Don’t stint when it comes to developing your characters. The more you understand your characters, the richer and more authentic your story will be. Do the research and create a family tree. It will help you understand your character’s families, where and how they grew up, their fears, and their dreams. A lot of character development often does not make it into your novel, but it’s always in your head when you’re writing so instinctively you know whether the character’s dialogue and actions are authentic. If you learn their flaws and strengths, you can better motivate their actions and emotional developments.
Anni Fife left a successful career in television to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of one month, she shut her business, packed up her city life, and moved to a small seaside village to begin her new life…as an author. LUKE’s Redemption is her debut novel. Anni loves spending hours on the beach searching for pansy shells, more hours drinking red wine with her gal posse, and the most hours writing steamy romance novels filled with hot alpha men, and the sassy intelligent women they can’t live without. Her second novel, GRAY’s Promise, will release later this year.
A Romantic Suspense (Erotic)
Chased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart, and the only leverage she has against her father. She’s left with no choice but to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.
Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he’s in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It’s a promise he can’t keep.
When Katya’s past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.
Luke’s Redemption has been nominated for a RONE Award. Anni needs your votes to move into the next round. Voting is from May 22-28. Details on Anni’s Website
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