Today I have an excerpt for you from THE WEDDING PACT,
book #2 in Katee Robert’s sexy, romantic suspense series, The O’Malleys.
Please welcome self-published author, Anna Wells, to CABR 🙂
She’s stopped by to tell us about her contemporary romantic suspense novel, TRUST ME
Be sure to enter the giveaway below
What’s you debut novel, TRUST ME, all about?
It’s about two people who are incredibly drawn to each other but have every reason to mistrust each other.
Donovan believes that our heroine Alaina was working with terrorists. While Alaina believes the FBI is unfairly accusing her father of atrocious crimes and later finds out she too is under suspicion. Yet these two can’t fight their compelling attraction and when they get together the pages smoke!
What inspired you to write about a lawyer who falls in love while defending her late father against terrorism charges?
There were a number of thinks that inspired me. I think FBI agents are really hot so I wanted to write an action packed story with an FBI agent.
I also loved the idea of such an insurmountable conflict between the couple.
Tell us about your favourite scene in TRUST ME
You mean besides the sex scenes? (laughing)
I really like the second time Donavan and Alaina meet. The book opens with Alaina running into a very hot guy in a drugstore. She uncharacteristically flirts with the sexy stranger but then dashes off to her office for a scheduled meeting with an FBI Lawyer only to discover that her 9:30 appointment is the and her drugstore hottie are one and the same.
As she entered the lobby, Alaina felt prepared, confident and ready to do battle against almost anyone. Except she hadn’t planned on doing battle with Mr. Drugstore, and that was exactly who was rising from the black leather couch to greet her saying, “Ms. Simmons, I’m Donovan Prentice, it appears we’ve met before.”
She felt the bottom drop out of her stomach. Alaina was sure that her shock must be apparent; normally she prided herself on her self-control but today’s events seemed to be working against her. After all she had never experienced such a coincidence like this one before. She had met this man as a stranger and had flirted with him, completely unaware that she had an appointment with him later that day.
She felt that their entire professional relationship had been compromised. As disconcerted as she felt, she was going to have to pretend that nothing had happened, and actually if she thought about it nothing really had happened. Their flirtation had been a little unusual but it hadn’t gone beyond that. It was just that she never let business associates or clients see anything but the professional side of her personality, she had ensured this by making it a habit not to discuss her personal life with any of them.
By meeting this man outside of the office, outside of her professional setting, she almost felt as if he had caught her undressed. Her only option now was to ignore the incident as if it had never happened and maintain her normal professional composure. Okay so maybe ignoring it was just going to make her look like a coward. She needed to face this situation head on.
Making up her mind to take control and not let Donovan get the upper hand since he didn’t seem the least surprised to see her, she responded to his greeting with, “Yes, what a coincidence. It’s nice to meet you, formally that is.”
She looked over at Marlene, who was indiscreetly staring at Donovan Prentice as if she had never seen a man before, not that Alaina could blame her. The man was impressive to say the least. “Marlene could you hold my calls?”
Marlene barely glanced her way as she continued to stare at the object of her attention but finally managed to respond, “Yes of course Ms. Simmons.”
Alaina glanced at her wryly. “Thanks, Marlene.” She returned her attention to Mr. Prentice who was waiting patiently. “If you’ll just follow me we can discuss the issue of the subpoena in my office.” She was determined to regain her equilibrium, but as she walked down the corridor with Donovan closely following behind her, she wondered if that was even a remote possibility. “Right this way Mr. Prentice.”
“Please call me Donovan. Is it all right if I call you Alaina?”
He’s taking control again, Alaina simmered inwardly, but she responded without hesitation, “Please do.”
“I’m so glad I’ve a name to put to that beautiful face.”
She felt a thrill at his words as they entered the office. Alaina could not help but be aware of his overwhelming presence. She was feeling that same level of inexplicable excitement she had felt in the drugstore. Ignoring her jumbled emotions she tried to concentrate on the matter at hand. It was becoming pretty obvious that she needed to get laid if this guy made it so hard for her to concentrate. She might as well meet the problem head on.
She took a deep breath before saying, “Donovan. I’m just going to face the elephant in the room. When we met this morning I obviously had no idea who you were and if I had I wouldn’t have spoken to you the way that I did. Okay?”
Donovan was a little surprised but managed to hold back a laugh. “And what way was that?” His voice held that same sensual tone that it had in the drugstore.
Okay, so wow, his voice really turned her on. She felt slightly embarrassed, but what the hell he had flirted too. “Well, I was a bit flirtatious.”
He raised a brow and grinned. “A bit?”
“Cut me some slack, you were just as bad. Admit it.” Could that knowing grin of his get any bigger? She wasn’t sure why, but he was charming the hell out of her.
“As an officer of the court, I’m taking the fifth,” he said jokingly before adding, “I think this is a conversation we should pursue further once we’ve completed our business.” He paused a brief moment and looked at her intently. “And I would like to pursue it.”
The low timber of his voice caused her skin to tingle, and she felt her face flush in reaction. The idea certainly had merits she thought as she studied the hard plains of his face. God he was hot and he was making her hotter. She exhaled trying to calm herself before saying, “Do you think we can do that? Wouldn’t it be a conflict?”
He gave her a slight smile and there seemed to be a sparkle in those blue eyes as he said, “Yeah I think we can do that, but we have business to settle first.”
She nodded in agreement, hoping the meeting went smoothly and they could get back to the more interesting conversation. Wasn’t that a professional thought?
Yes, I did a great deal of research on FBI Agents and the FBI.
I was surprised to find out that FBI agents from a variety of different career backgrounds before becoming an agent.
I also did additional research concerning some of the legal issues that Donovan and Alaina fought over custodial issues of legal documents I was really intrigued by the idea that a criminal would hide the evidence in plain sight . I know that might sounds boring, but wait until you read the book!
Is there a musical soundtrack for your book?
Will your fans be able to get signed copies? Perhaps at an upcoming event?
Well, right now my book is only available in ebook and my technical skills aren’t up to providing signed copies of electronic versions yet.
eBooks or paperbacks?
eBooks absolutely. I’m an eBook convert!
Favorite type of book to escape reality with?
When I want a great escape I like to read romances that make me laugh – To Die for by Linda Howard, What Happens in London by Julia Quinn, or Something About You by Julie James.
If you could spend the day with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Anyone of my girlfriends! They are all an amazing network of support for me and I don’t know what I would do without them.
In this busy world I never see any of them enough. The luxury of a whole day would be amazing!
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It’s my pleasure to interview Melinda Dozier today about her contemporary romance from Entranced Publishing, TIME CHANGES EVERYTHING 🙂
Melinda, using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about TIME CHANGES EVERYTHING
Jake doesn’t believe in commitment, until he sees Amanda again – this time in NYC. Can he convince his childhood friend that he’s ready to give her his heart?
What inspired you to write this second chance love story?
I’m a sucker for friends to lovers stories. This book actually started as a YA (Young Adult) sweet romance, which is now my prequel, The Boy Next Door, available on Smashwords. After writing it, I thought, “Wait, what if they met up again as adults?” and it raced off from there.
Did you struggle to write a particular scene?
Yes! I wrote the “black moment” or the climax of the story about seven times. I changed points of views, took out a character, added a character, changed a whole realm of emotions. I wanted it to be just right.
I also rewrote chapter one plenty of times… again the perfectionist in me took over.
Here’s an excerpt from when Jake and Amanda meet up again:
In high school, Amanda was someone special. Hell, even before then. Their parents were best friends, which had forced Jake and Amanda together. At first, he’d thought it was a hindrance. Later, when she developed longer legs and a bigger bust, he found himself around her more. After discovering her quirkiness, her love of art and her sense of humor, he actually enjoyed being around her. But he never touched her.
He contemplated running his fingers through her hair like he did his first year of college –– the last time they were alone –– the night he left town and never saw her again.
Did she remember the night he left? Of course she did. Seven years ago, he’d ruined their friendship. He knew Amanda almost as well as he knew himself. Well, he’d known her. Now she was a different woman.
Jake leaned in closer, running his hand down her arm. “Know what I’m thinking?”
Amanda fiddled with her coaster and smiled at him. “I’m not sure I want to know.”
“I’m thinking we should spend a lot more time together.” He reached over and held her chin. “It’s been way too long.”
Amanda licked her lips, and damn it, it actually turned him on. Sweet little Mandy Larson wasn’t so sweet anymore. She was driving him crazy.
She moved closer bridging distance. “Why wait? There’s no time like the present.”
“Exactly.” He drank the last of his beer as the waiter returned with her martini sans olive.
Jake leaned on the table with his elbows, folded his hands together and studied her. “Look at you, drinking a martini, living the life in New York City.” He examined her from head to toe. “A sexy skirt. Tall boots.” He ran a finger down her cheek. “A beautiful face.”
Amanda hiccupped and put down her glass. “Now, wait a minute. I know it’s been a while, but some things never change, including you.” She wagged her finger at him. “No smooth talking with me. Don’t forget I used to know you better than anybody.”
Because his fingers actually ached with the need to touch her again, he reached over and held her hand. “Yeah, but things have changed, Mandy. We’re two different people now, and I can’t wait to get to know who you are now.”
What’s your favourite or most memorable reader response to TCE?
My favorite response was my hubby asking if I needed any more ideas for the sex scenes.
If you were offered a TV or movie deal for this or any of your other books, which would you choose? Who would play your characters?
What a fun question! It would have to be a movie deal. I already have actors cast in my mind.
Jake would be played by Colin Egglesfield…
while Amanda would be Alexis Bledel…
In bed or in my garden.
Paperbacks or eBooks?
Pantser or plotter?
If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I know this may seem shallow, but I’d love to meet my adult crushes: David Beckham, Ryan Gosling and Adam Levine. As a writer, I’d love to meet Jill Shalvis. She’s my role model. 😀
Blog Tour GIVEAWAY:
Melinda will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate and an eBook of Time Changes Everything.
The winner will be announced on Melinda’s blog May 26. Good luck!
Amanda Larson is dedicated to her job and doesn’t want to make time for anything else. Until she runs into Jake Edwards. He used to be the cute boy next door; now he’s a sexy, big shot lawyer.
Jake Edwards isn’t interested in commitment. He’s successful, sexy, and single–and that’s how he likes it. When he reconnects with Amanda, Jake realizes he might have to rethink his philosophy on the carefree, bachelor lifestyle.
But, is it too late for them? Or can he convince her that he’s ready to give her his heart?
Reading romance has always been at the top of Melinda’s favorite past times. After hectic days of teaching English to middle school students, Melinda finds time to write and read in the evenings.
She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her husband, three boys and German Sheppard. She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they are grown.
Melinda loves reality TV, traveling, blogging and playing Words With Friends.
The Boy Next Door, a free novella by Melinda Dozier is available now at Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/310848