Snippet Saturday: The Moment

The Moment. It can be a turning point where the hero and heroine realize they’re in love with each other. Or perhaps it’s that moment when they have to make a decision as to whether to pursue the relationship. Or not. That’s the decision facing the heroine in Personal Protection, Rosalina Ramos. She’s had a thing for her boss, Sam, but if she gives in to her desires, and Sam’s advances, she could end up not only with a broken heart but losing her job as well.

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One of side of Andy’s mouth hitched up. “I’m just saying I think you could trust Sam not to overstep whatever boundaries you set, you know?” He gestured to her BlackBerry which was buzzing again. “Besides, he’s only asking you to dinner.”

With her as dessert.

Trouble was, now she didn’t know if she’d simply become a challenge to be conquered. A rose to be pruned, enjoyed until the blossom faded, and then tossed aside and replaced with a new flower. She buried her face in her hands. “It’s not just dinner. It’s more than that.” It’s my whole life. My job. My home.

My heart.

“You have a chance at love and you’re kicking it away like it’s an old tin can when the rest of us…” Andy trailed off. “Well, some of us have it yanked from us, you know? And we’d give anything to grab it and hold onto it.”

She grabbed the only lifeline she could find. “I don’t know.”

Andy pushed himself to a stand. “Just think of it as your downtime. Pretend you went to bed early and let me look after things here. The place is secure—nothing’s going to happen. If someone wanted to take a pot shot at him, it’ll be somewhere public. Otherwise they’d have already gotten to him.”

“But it’s my—”

He pulled her to her feet and marched her to the door. “Go have dinner with Sam, Rosie. And if you two don’t hit it off, come back here.”

Her Berry beeped again. Trust me. Please.

It was the please that unraveled all her arguments, that had her walking down the hallway. Just as she lifted her hand to knock, the door opened and Sam stood there, filling the doorway.

“About that accord…” she whispered.

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Jody Wallace
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Mari Carr
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More Cover Goodness: Deliberate Deceptions

I notice that the cover for Deliberate Deceptions is now up on the Samhain site, so I’m going to share a bigger version of it here with you.  I am in absolute love with this cover.  It says so much about the hero and heroine and their relationship just with this one picture…The cover artists I’ve been blessed with are truly talented.

Deliberate Deceptions

Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Book 3 of the Hauberk Protection Series
Length: Category Romance

A little lying and misdirection in the name of love is never wrong. Right?

Chad Miller once had the perfect life—a beautiful baby daughter, a loving wife, a promising career with the FBI. Within a year, he’d lost everything. Making Hauberk Protection a success salvaged his career, but he’s never managed to get over the one fateful decision that spelled the end of his marriage. And the death of his child.

For eight years, grief and guilt have haunted Lauren Miller’s climb up the ranks of the Light Brigade, a secret international hostage rescue team. Now she’s the target of a vengeful ex-Brigade operative who’ll stop at nothing to take her down. Even if it means taking out everyone she cares about. Including Chad. Getting him to accept her as his bodyguard? It’ll take some fast talking—and faster hands.

Trapped in a remote safe house with Lauren is the last place Chad ever wanted to be. He may finally have the chance to get some answers about why she ran, but with his hard-won defenses crumbling, he’s having trouble remembering the questions. In the heat of their rekindled passion, Lauren struggles to keep her professional focus…and keep the secrets that could break his heart all over again.

Warning: Angst dead-ahead! Lost love. Angst. Reunited lovers. Angst. Sex. (with a little bondage and back door action.) More angst. And did I mention the angst? A box of tissues is definitely needed. But don’t worry, there’s still a Happy-Ever-After.

Add it to your Samhain Wishlist

Read an Excerpt

Twenty six? No, he can’t be…

Dear Guitar Hero:

It’s hard to believe that twenty six years* have passed since you looked like this:

Then this:

and that you now look like this:

Or this:

Happy Birthday GH!

*Yes I am still trying to figure out a way to explain how I can have a twenty-six year old son when I’m still the tender age of 29. ;)

Wheat vs Chaff

Editing might be a bloody trade. But knives aren’t the exclusive property of butchers. Surgeons use them too. ~  Blake Morrison

I’ve got my Final Line Edits in from Samhain Publishing for Deliberate Deceptions. While I often joke about being in edit hell, I like getting edits from my editors. 1st because it means the book is that much closer to getting released for you to read, and 2nd because my editor has caught my errors and I have a chance to make the manuscript even better. (And to be honest, 3rd, it’s so cool to be able to say “I got my edits.”)

Considering the number of times I’d already been over this story — and maybe because I’ve seen it so many times — I still had lots of “face meet palm” moments when I read the notes my editors left. Lots of “OMG I should have caught that myself!” moments. At this stage, the notes are usually about repetitive word usage. And also notes on things like how the characters’ eyes on page 76 were blue and on page 110 are gray. Ooops. In a paranormal I might be able to explain that away, but not in my contemporaries, LOL.So huge kudos to my editors for catching the stuff I’ve missed.

I also got a sneak peek at Deliberate Deceptions‘ cover. Once again the cover artists at Samhain have worked their magic. It’s so classy and lovely, and it captures Chad and Lauren, and the dynamics between them, perfectly.  I can’t wait until I get the word that I can share it with you.

And while I’m on the topic, Deliberate Deceptions is already up on Samhain’s Coming Soon pages. Here’s the link! Since Samhain’s updated their site,  you can now add it to your wishlist.