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Welcome to Snippet Saturday! Today’s theme is ‘arrivals’. And my heroine has just arrived on an island. Read my excerpt and then blog hop to other sites!
Long ago, Delanie made one gigantic mistake. Or committed one small felony, depending on how you look at it. Stealing a coin from a sexy stranger was just a prank to help a sorority sister get revenge. The sleeping with him part was totally unplanned. Yet she holds the memory of that one intense, passionate connection close to her heart—like the coin she still wears around her neck.
Six years later, she’s invited to a beautiful resort in the San Juan Islands to not only accept a donation for an abused women’s shelter, but to consider a job opportunity as well.
Instead, she finds herself face-to-face with her past.
Grant has always suspected Delanie stole his rare, lucky coin. He just never knew why—or why she disappeared the morning after their hot night together. After spending years looking for her, he’s lured her right where he wants her. He’ll have his answers, come hell or high water.
And, if things go his way, he’ll have Delanie, too.
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“I like your tattoo,” a deep voice came from behind her. “The last time I saw it I was taking you from behind.”
Delanie choked on the wine she’d just taken a sip of, her fingers almost crushing the stem of the glass.
No. It wasn’t possible. Goosebumps broke out over her body even as quick heat spread inside her. She could feel the owl tattoo on her shoulder blade tingle under his gaze.
What was more shocking? His words or the man who had just spoken them? God, it was a toss-up.
She drew in a slow breath, afraid to turn around. Her heart pounded furiously beneath her breasts and her palms dampened.
The coin she’d stolen from him six years ago hung on a pendant around her neck like a beacon. Thank God it was beneath the neckline of her sundress and well out of his view.
“Do you remember that night?” His warm breath tickled her ear.
Hot shivers raced down her spine as his words evoked images of the night they’d spent together. The air locked in her throat and she bit her lip, trying to halt the bombardment of erotic images.
Of course she remembered. That night was a firebrand on her mind. But admitting she hadn’t forgotten could only bring trouble. It couldn’t possibly be him standing behind me, the silly voice of denial screamed in her head.
Without turning around, she could sense the tall, hardness of his body just inches from her. Could feel his blue eyes burning a trail over her.
Another tremble wracked her body.
Get yourself together, Delanie. You’re not a silly co-ed anymore. And he has no idea what you did the morning after your night together.
She focused hard on the sparkling blue water that lay beyond the trees. She’d always heard Washington State was beautiful, and this island and resort in the San Juan Islands was a genuine paradise.
Funny how she’d considered herself a lucky woman getting invited to such a posh resort. How wonderful that not only was she here to accept a donation to the Second Chances shelter, but to also consider an offer as the resort’s marketing director.
Her lips twisted. She should have known. Paradise always had a price.
“Still thinking about that night?”
Annoyance pricked at his mocking tone. Knowing she couldn’t very well keep her back to him forever, she forced a bland expression onto her face and turned around.
Her bravado slipped a notch the moment she saw him, but she forced it back by lifting her chin higher. “I think you have me mistaken with someone else.”
“Do I?” He lifted an eyebrow, his mouth twitching with obvious amusement.
She swallowed hard.
Grant Thompson looked just as good now as he had six years ago. Scratch that, he looked better. The tall, lean, college athlete had turned into a sexy grown man. His face was harder now, more angular with the loss of the boyish roundness.
His hair, once more red than blond, had settled into something in between. But those eyes…those eyes were just as blue and piercing as they had been all those years ago. On that night she’d been stupid enough to bounce the bed springs with him.
She felt the warming of a blush and bit her cheek.
“Excuse me.” She stepped past him, but he reached out and caught her elbow, swinging her back around. Hot tingles raced up her arm where his fingers touched.
“Well at least you got my name right this time.” Her voice shook as she tugged herself free from his grip. She stumbled backward and eyed him warily.
That heart-crushing moment would remain engraved in her mind forever. Right after bringing her to a sweet morning-after orgasm, the jerk had called her Janie. Janie! And then to add insult to injury, he’d fallen back asleep before they could even finish making love. Wait, sex. Of course a guy like Grant wouldn’t consider it making love.
“I’m sorry about that.” Grant’s jaw hardened, all amusement vanishing. “That mistake caused a helluva delay in finding you.”
“Sorry? As if that—” She broke off and narrowed her eyes. “In finding me?”
He tilted his head and gave her a considering look. “Is that why you left so suddenly that morning?”
Guilt stabbed low in her gut, and she reached to touch the pendant under her dress. Before her fingers connected, she jerked her hand away and tucked a strand of short blonde hair behind her ear instead.
Careful, girl. You’re on dangerous grounds right now.
“Look.” She let her gaze slip away from his. “I don’t know what kind of twist of fate brought us together, but I’ll catch the first ferry back to Anacortes.”
“It was me.” He stepped closer, blocking her path back into the building.
Her heart almost stopped at the three words. “Excuse me?”
“I’m the twist of fate.” His mouth tightened. “Finding you was the first piece of good luck I’ve had in years.”
I’ve written an article over at 1st Turning Point. All about having a Game Plan! Come on by ;)
Apparently it’s raining covers too :P
Friday I received the cover for Need Me, my next Kensington Aphrodisa that comes out (June 2010!) and wanted to share!!
Come on over to Naughty and Spice where Susan Lyons is heating stuff up and giving away a book!
Also, I just wanted to share a new cover! If you weren’t aware, I have a series called Chances Are (Anybody but Justin, Luck be Delanie, Protecting Phoebe) that has only been released in ebook. Well, in July 2010 you’ll have a chance to buy the three novellas in one big print book! And here is the cover–I heart it! And it’s already on pre-sale at Amazon!
Hey, all! Today you have the chance to win my book Protecting Phoebe and others over at Smart Bitches!
Amazon is having some trouble getting some of our books up (that just released last week!) so Smart Bitches and Samhain are working together to give away books to 10 lucky readers in digital format (even the Kindle!)
Drop on by!!
First, thanks to all who’ve bought my book Protecting Phoebe which released last week! It’s #4 on MBAM’s best seller list! I hope if you’ve read it, you enjoyed it! Would love to hear your thoughts!
Second, I’m over at Naughty and Spice (but then of course I am, it’s Monday! ;) talking about my Etsy habit! If you have a store there, you should definitely drop by and share your link! And if you don’t have a store, come on by anyway (if you wanna!).
If you have a moment, I have an interview over at Author Toolbox! It’s fun with lots of pictures and stuff :P Drop on by here!
Woo whoo!! Protecting Phoebe is officially out today!! This is the third novella in my Chances Are series (but each book is stand alone and you don’t have had to read the others to read this one!)
With her life on the line, can she protect her heart?
Phoebe’s work at Second Chances, a women’s shelter, has gone a long way toward her own healing after surviving an abusive relationship in college. She’s moved on in every sense—except when it comes to dating.
Everything changes when Craig visits the shelter. The hot, young cop sets her pulse racing in a way that makes her consider making a move—and moving him into her bed for a casual fling. The first step: ask him out. Subtly, of course.
Craig has been attracted to Phoebe for months, so he’s more than happy for the chance to get to know her better, in bed and out. His interest goes way beyond casual, but convincing her to think long term is going to take some time.
When it becomes clear her violent ex has come out of the woodwork, though, time is the one thing they don’t have…
Damn but if he didn’t want to just cup her face and run his thumbs over the cheeks, before taking her lips in a hard kiss.
What would she taste like? What kinds of sweet sounds would she make when he sank his tongue deep into her mouth?
Phoebe shifted next to him, as if sensing his sensual thoughts. Her thigh scratched against his.
A hint of desire flashed in her eyes, pushing his primitive side further to the surface.
Wanting to test her limits, he gave a slight smile, still holding her gaze, and let his right hand rest on her knee.
A small, visible tremble ran through her and he heard the shift in her breathing.
Never mind if the band sucked, the idea of getting her on the dance floor and pressing those sweet female curves against his body held entirely too much appeal.
“Dance with me?” His words were soft, and though he’d meant it to be a question, it sounded far more like a command.
He half expected her to turn him down, instead she tilted her head and gave a slight nod.
Setting his beer on the table, he slid out of the booth and held out his hand to her.
She took it and he curled his fingers around hers, tugging her to her feet and onto the dance floor.
Finding a space in the crowd of dancers, Craig slipped his hand low on her hip and pulled her close.
God, she was so completely in over her head. Phoebe swallowed hard, but didn’t protest when he pulled her body snug against his.
Their bodies ground together, moving to the snapping bass of the funk song. She felt the thick curl of his cock—which had to be semi-erect—just above her pelvis.
He moved his hand behind her hip, almost cupping her ass cheek, his other hand on her upper back, pressing her close.
She bit back a groan as moisture gathered heavily between her legs, her nipples tightening under her shirt.
The way they danced wasn’t particularly dirty, almost every couple on the floor danced in a similar fashion. But the way he moved against her had to be a promise of what he’d be like in bed.
And she wanted him there. All too much. This was crazy. She closed her eyes when he nuzzled her ear. Absolute insanity.
She wrapped her arms around his neck and pressed her body closer to him, grinding her hips against his.
His breathing grew heavier and his cock stirred against her, grew harder.
He caught her chin with firm fingers, lifting her head. He gave her no warning before his mouth slanted softly across hers.
Heat exploded in her belly at the first light caress. The second pass of his mouth over hers came firmer, his tongue sliding easily between her lips to flick against hers.
Phoebe’s head swam, the room tilted and she had to tighten her grip on him to stay grounded.
He lifted his head with a groan and pressed her head back against his shoulder.
“Sorry,” he muttered.
“Don’t you dare apologize.”
He laughed and the hot rush of air from his mouth against her ear almost made her legs weak.
“Okay. Then I won’t.”
His tongue slid along the curve of her ear and she stumbled with a gasp.
He gave a husky laugh and she flushed. He knew exactly what he’d done to her with that little tongue trick.
“Easy, baby,” he murmured and then lifted his head a bit.
Disappointment stabbed that he’d put another inch between them. Just when things were getting good.
She was at the point where she didn’t care. She’d gone far too long without a man, and here was Craig, ready to make her feel like a woman again. Make her feel alive.
Maybe it was because he was a cop, and it made her more inclined to trust him. That he wouldn’t hurt her and he’d never be the type to abuse a woman—even as her logical side knew that theory was crap.
Statistics had long proven that police officers had a high rate of abusive behavior. But somehow, on a gut level, she knew she had nothing to worry about with Craig.
She trusted him. Even if she had no reason to, she did. And it scared the hell out of her. But at the same time, she wanted him. Wanted to do spontaneous, crazy things she’d never done in her life. Had been afraid to do after Rick.
Or maybe it had something to do with the fact that Craig was younger. He was sexy, confident, and endearing. Plain and simple, he made all the bells and whistles in her body come to life. So why the hell shouldn’t she take this step? It didn’t have to be serious. It didn’t even have to be a relationship. It could just be one night of sex if she wanted. And right now? She wanted.
She lifted her head from the curve of his neck and leaned back a bit, meeting his heated gaze.
“Come home with me tonight.”
Surprise flickered in his eyes before they burned even hotter and his nostrils flared.
“You sure you know what you’re asking, Phoebe?”
“I know damn well what I’m asking,” she fired back and gave him a slow smile. “Do you know what your answer will be?”
His gaze lowered to her mouth. “My answer would be…whose place is closer?”