Chanel Bissett believed in one fundamental truth—the power of love. She’s adored and loved Zachary Marlowe long before she knew what life meant. And they’ve built a bond so strong that it is beyond untouchable.
Or so Chanel thought…
Rhys Colburn has always been privileged, wealthy and demanding. He was ready to spend the rest of his life with Maggie Cohn so that, together, they could conquer the world.
Rhys couldn’t have been more wrong…
Consistently appearing at the wrong place and wrong time, Chanel and Rhys’ lives begin to clash. Every breath, every word, and every moment is as if the heavens have shifted the earth so that their paths would cross. Whether faith or destiny, they are pushed to emotional boundaries neither can sustain.
Yet, still, hope remains…
Over time, they become stripped of their once known selves. All that’s left are shattered pieces of a once upon a time. And after three years with shadows of memories behind, chance pulls them together again.
Finally, love just might emerge. And this time, destiny might be kinder.
Will either take a chance with a stranger, or will the past resurface to shatter the possibility?
Certain moments will forever be frozen in time-the universe shifting to accommodate the earth, the sum of all fears, the pulsating heartbeats of star-crossed lovers, the moment you question the purpose of living and the instant you no longer deny the truth.
This is mine-painful, satisfying and messed up.
“Go to hell!” I shouted up into the pouring rain as it plopped down into my eyes and my nose, suffocating me as it rushed into my mouth.
I was wearing super short khakis and an aqua tank plastered to firm, palm-sized breasts and shapely thighs. My feet were bare, and my toes swarmed with sand from the bottom of the ocean. Each second found me sinking into the gooey glob. It was a heavy type of comfort, overtaken by heaviness from up top to down below, squeezing off my air.
Precisely the point, right?
Everything, every minute figment, crowded my very existence. Drops of rain crushed me. The roar of waves ripped apart my eardrums. The on and off flash of lightning crept near enough to make me fear death. For a split second, I worried about dying, but then I realized this time, fear was meant to be my finale.
“Chanel…baby…” trailed over the waves, but I knew within my heart of hearts that even if I were to dip below the water, I would be able to recognize the depth of his distinct sound over mother nature’s anger.
“Don’t do this.” Rhys’ pleas blended with the roar of the waves and crashing of the showers from above. Though somewhat distant, he gripped my senses. He stood several feet away in sinking sand, surrounded by warm water. His words only scratched the surface of my world. Although I could avoid looking into his hypnotic gaze on this dark and tumultuous night, my mind was etched with how perfect he could be. With lips resembling the outline of Tom Hardy’s sun-kissed perfection, and icy gray orbs like an iceberg in the Alaskan sea, I was forever under this terrible spell of his.
I was performing this awesome balancing act between our past, present and future-a curse, a threat and destiny. The waters of the Atlantic swished around my shoulders. I caught a quick glimpse of his fight to reach me. A sloppy, yet fierce rhythm assaulted my chest. I dipped slowly, steadily. Water rushed between my lips and still my throat felt dry. My insides burned with fire though my mind was weary.
I was out in the ocean, the beginning and ending of everything in my world. I no longer felt sorry for myself, but was instead willing to accept what I’d endured. All that was left was for me to finally let go of the memories, of the pain, of the happiness, and of this life.
“Chanel!” He was directly above me now.
My forehead brushed against a pair of drenched slacks. I opened my eyes to see Rhys towering over me. With the exception of the midnight sky and vicious showers pouring down upon us, he appeared to be the light. He wanted to be my knight in shining armor, my white knight.
Damn deceptive thoughts; he couldn’t ever be the good in any circumstance.
No, Rhys couldn’t be the light, nor could I let him rescue me.
He was no good for me. In fact, he was the devil; a creature set on mounting the white horse to conquer my world…if I let him.
“Let me go-” I mumbled, only to take in a mouthful of water. I dipped beneath the applauding waves without holding my breath. A gush of moisture flood my nostrils. It burned, stinging like hell. I let it. This needed to be my punishment for falling for an asshole. Who the hell gave their heart and soul to a deceiver, a gutless bastard…a killer?
He grasped hold of my waist. Every inch of my abdomen, like when he’d taken my body for his own, screamed to be touched. I warned my nipples to relax, between my legs to remain calm. They didn’t listen. I yearned his hard touch, the sweaty feel of our bodies colliding and the succulent taste of his tongue penetrating my mouth. I was overflowing with thoughts of ecstasy riding my mind like he’d ridden my body earlier.
The veins in his rippled arms captured me. My heart raced so much, I was bound to die of a heart attack instead of this damn water. And Rhys didn’t release. In fact, he pulled on me like I belonged to him.
Dear God, I can’t take this emotional turmoil. Make it stop, please!
Little by little, the ocean released control over me. All that remained was the never ending sting of rain and Rhys’ command over my body. The fight was gone from me. He drew me closer into his arms, and my feet dangled over one set as the other braced beneath my back. Muffled cries escaped my lips.
“Go away,” I begged into his drenched T-shirt, connecting with the warmth radiating from his abdomen. As a last second attempt, I hammered at his chest with tight fists, though he didn’t budge. He rocked me from one side to the next while nature’s lullaby eased my soul.
When we reached the shore, Rhys dropped to his knees. He maneuvered my body to match his in a quick, sloppy motion. My insides burned with hatred…love…uncertainty…lust.
“Chanel, I can’t walk away. I won’t let you leave me. I-I think I lo-”
“Nooo!” I cried out. The words, though my own, weren’t registering with my actions. I wanted to be free of what was, what is and what is to be.
“You’re mine, in this life and the next.” His hands palmed the sides of my face. “You can’t escape me.” He forced my lips to his. We fed on the rain as well as every morsel the other had to offer. I tipped my waist up to meet a solid bulge that was set to bring me to my knees.
“No Rhys, no.” As much as I wanted to mean the words, his touch collapsed all opposition. This love was so powerful that it burned, so bitter that it filled my every inadequacy.
Why can’t he just let me go?
If I was to stay in this god-forsaken life, I wouldn’t ever be able to permanently break his hold. And that would satisfy his sick need to have me. Nothing else would make him happier. But he didn’t deserve me. Doesn’t deserve to be happy. And for my time of weakness, neither did I.
Knowing all that was and all that is, how could we expect to live or love? No amount of sacrifice was capable of washing away the damage. No level of sorry could reverse that which was irreversible. No act of forgiveness could erase the knowledge of what had occurred. And no passage of time could overshadow this fire burning in my soul.
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Janice enjoys Zumba, Kickboxing, and most exercise classes. When she’s not pushing her physical limits, Janice spends time working on her craft, as well as lending a hand to other aspiring writers.
Today I’m welcoming Author Loretta R. Walls to my blog!
Loretta R. Walls has been writing since the age of thirteen and was inspired after reading Secrets by Danielle Steel. Throughout her teen years, she completed over a dozen books for personal enjoyment. Her debut novel, Spices of Life was released in 2005.
An innovative thinker, Loretta enjoys taking her audience to places most dream of visiting and all the while, making her readers feel as if they are among it all. The author enjoys taking risks with her creativity, always striving for a new level of interest with her characters she places in the forefront.
The author lives in the Richmond, Virginia area with her family.
When it comes to writing a story, The Princess of Original Urban Romance is like no other.
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Meet Siobhan, Catina, Felecity and Ra’Chelle Fordham-Marshall born in Beverly Hills, California to entertainment attorney, Gavin, and former model, now registered nurse, Toni.
When things take a turn in their lives, Toni decides a change must come. Upon their new life in Chamberlaine Grove, they must follow a new journey without the privileges they used to have.
Follow the four women to see if they can endure the challenges of chasing their dreams in the midst of it all.
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Hi all! I LOVE sports romances and this anthology looks like its going to be awesome!
Some of the hottest romance authors have banded together to write a hockey romance anthology about a whole team of hockey players who win the Cup and fall in love. Just as awesome is that 20% of the royalties earned will go to Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds mortgage-free, specially modified homes for severely injured veterans.
18 Hockey Romances Too Steamy for the Penalty Box
About Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology…
The New Orleans Cajun Rage professional hockey team just won the Cup.No one thought they’d do it: they were a team of shoulda beens, never coulda beens and a star or two. They’d only been in the Crescent City for three years before this year’s Cinderella run that had them skating off the ice with the championship. Over the following summer, each player gets to keep the Cup for a day. Nobody knows why, but whoever has the Cup falls in love.
USA Today Bestsellers Robin Covington, Desiree Holt, Kimberly Kincaid, Nana Malone and Virginia Nelson, Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Angi Morgan, along with Xio Axelrod, Christi Barth, Andie J. Christopher, Avery Flynn, Kim Golden, Lena Hart, Robin Kaye, Katie Kenyhercz, Heather Long, Kate Meader, Susan Scott Shelley, and Misty D. Waters bring you 18 romances with smoking hot heroes—both on and off the ice.
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Today I’m welcoming T.M Brown to my blog!
Tina Brown was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters of Science degree in Systems Engineering. Tina is also the mother of two amazing people and the grandmother to the cutest little boy ever!
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Check out T.M’s work!
A Life Not My Own (Version 2)
In A Life Not My Own, Tina shares her personal experiences of child abuse and neglect, her struggles as a teenager and in her young adult life.
The book started as a journal and was her attempt to address many of the secrets she had pushed to the back in her mind. As the memories continued to resurface, she was forced to address the issues that ultimately led to her sharing her past with readers around the world as a powerful force of inspiration.
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Struggles of the Women Folk
This is the story of Georgie. She is a young black girl growing up in the 1940s in a small, rural town in Virginia. Life is hard and she dreams of better life. She experiences great loss and heartache. She loses friends and family, as well as the love of her life. And still, she remains strong. This emotional and inspiring story has a gritty dialogue. TM Brown’s signature writing style is captivating. You will find it difficult to stop reading once you begin…
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Other Books By T.M.
Just Between Us – Inspiring Stories by Women
In this 5 STAR rated, FREE eBook, Tina joined forces with Janice Ross, Selena Haskins, Adrienne Thompson, Tamika Christy and Nicole Dunlap as they share a collection of short stories about the life challenges that they overcome.
Tethered Angel (submitted for consideration)
This is PART TWO of Struggles of the Women Folk. Angel has a special gift hearing the thoughts of the people around her, but only if she reminds pure in mind and heart. In part 2 of Struggles of the Women Folk, Georgie’s daughter, Angel shares her story of what occurs before, during and after her abduction. The story takes place during the turbulent 1950s. Accompany Angel as she travels the world with Miss Emily Barker and her mother’s husband. Will Angel’s gift of second sight protect her?
Cindy Skaggs is on a blog tour from December 12-23rd and I’m one of her stops! She’s introducing her latest release – UNFORGETTABLE, and she’s doing a giveaway! But before I tell you about the giveaway, here’s a little peek at UNFORGETTABLE.
Vicki Calvetti made it out of the mob—or so she hoped. But when the old family hitman, the FBI, the Justice Department, and a smoking hot man from her past crash land on her doorstep, she learns she’s not quite done.
An undercover cop chasing revenge, Blake Reilly gets the shock of his life when Vicki walks back into his life and into his club full of more drug dealers than a pharmaceutical convention.
Catching up doesn’t take long, and their undeniable chemistry is full-speed-ahead until someone ends up dead, putting both their lives at risk unless Vicki can remember the secrets she paid to forget.
He looked… Damn fine. Black leather jacket covered muscles she could only imagine and his trousers showed off an ass so fine it could grace an underwear ad. What was the question? “I’m sorry?”
“You try to run, darlin’, I’ll hunt.” His eyes glittered. “And I like the chase.”
Her pulse jumped for all the wrong reasons. The thrill of the hunt was something she understood. Enjoyed on multiple occasions, but the challenge in his tone begged for a response. “I’m not going anywhere. With you.”
She walked to him with a swing to her hips and a sassy smile on her lips. When she got to him, she pressed a finger to his oh-so-firm chest. Her fingers itched to explore all his taut flesh. The man obviously worked out. “Make me.”
“Challenge accepted.” The bangles on her wrist jangled as he grabbed her wrist and pulled her close. “You wanna play?”
“Said the spider to the fly.”
He bent low, slow, torturing them both as their breath mingled. When he dropped—finally, finally—it was a slow glide as he brushed his lips across hers, relearning the feel of her, letting her rediscover him. Firm lips tempted as they slanted across hers, moved across her cheeks, leaving a trail of fire to her jawline. Her breath hitched when the hands at her hips pulled her close. The warmth of his hard body was the dream she tried to forget, but couldn’t. She wanted hard and commanding, something to dull her mind, but he moved slow, tangling lips and tongues.
This Blake was controlled where the boy had raced to the main event.
The years and the hurt and the world disappeared under his gentle assault. She drank him in, his breath, his tongue, the press of his lips. She gave herself to it, in anger for the lost years, the lost— Everything.
Lifting to her toes, she took her frustration out on him, forced the hard need into her kiss.
“Jesus,” he muttered. He nibbled along her jaw and down the side of her neck.
The pleasure hurt, the need like a fist in her chest. She struggled, pulled against his grip, but he held firm with one hand while the other swept her backside and lifted her close. The restriction of her hand trapped between them sent a burst of panic through her. She shoved against his chest.
“Nice try, darlin’,” he whispered as he bit her earlobe, “But you wanted to play.”
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Cindy grew up on stories of mob bosses, horse thieves, cold-blooded killers, and the last honest man. Most of those stories were even true. She has ten siblings, some of whom are older than her mother, has nieces and nephews older than her, and once went to a horse auction with John Wayne. Well, with him in the sense that he was there, and she was also… there. She was the munchkin in line for his autograph with tangled hair and bruised knees that liked to dance on her daddy’s dusty cowboy boots and listen to his tall tales.
With her love of storytelling and heroes, it’s no wonder she turned to books and stories after her father died. She skipped most of the eighth grade to bury herself in books while hidden in her closet, because she was still looking for the perfect story and the last honest man. Her search took her around the world with the Air Force as well as around the world with her education. She’s visited more countries than she can remember, nearly every state in the U.S., and has more degrees than the Tin Man.
As a single mom, she’s still gambling, betting on herself for the first time in her life, turning her lifelong love of storytelling into the one thing she can’t live without: writing. She writes 10,000 words a week in cafes and coffee shops, and some of those 10,000 words are even worth reading. She has an MA in Creative Writing, is working towards her Master of Fine Arts, and has three jobs, two kids, a Pushcart Nomination, more pets than she can possibly handle, and more works in progress than the crew filling potholes after a long Colorado winter.
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I love it when my author friends stop by my blog to introduce a new project, but today is extra special! One of my dearest friends, Claire Yezbak Fadden, has just released her debut novel – A CORNER OF HER HEART! I am so excited! Please join me in congratulating Claire!
In celebration of her new release, Claire has a gift card giveaway going on! See below for details. In the meantime, check out this sneak peek from A CORNER OF HER HEART.
Genre: Women’s Fiction
About the Book:
Monica Morgan finally lands the job she covets—stay-at-home mom to her four sons. Her joy is short-lived, however, when a casual comment leads to the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. The news sends her reeling, grasping for understanding and skeptical of everything she once thought she knew. While she struggles with the deceit and questions her faith, her youngest child receives a devastating diagnosis, plunging her into deeper despair.
Unsure of how to move forward, Monica must reevaluate her options and determine what truly matters most. But will her decision ultimately destroy her family or will it make them whole again?
Monica lifted her head from the pillow. That was a mistake. Why did I order that third pitcher? Her head, heavier than a bowling ball, pounded as though she had used it to throw a strike. Voices seeped through her bedroom door. Joyful sounds of Brad and the boys playing. She licked her lips, hoping to get the saliva moving. No luck. Cotton balls would fall from her mouth at any moment.
She didn’t remember much after Kate brought her home, except Brad holding her hair while she hugged the toilet. Tequila is not my friend.
Monica forced herself up and reached for a water bottle Brad had left on her nightstand. She slowly sipped, listening to what sounded like bodies bouncing off the walls. Definitely a sock war was underway. Monica would find her sons’ socks, now rolled up into balls as ammunition, for days. Guys could make a game out of anything.
She gingerly placed her feet on the carpet and ambled toward the family room. A cobalt-colored orb Monica recognized as part of Burke’s soccer uniform flew past her nose.
“Mom,” nine-year-old Burke shouted, “get back, you’re in the battle zone.”
“Cease fire.” Brad appeared from behind a chair and waved his arms. “Hi honey. Feeling better?”
“A little. What time is it?”
“About three,” Brady answered, stepping in from the hallway, “Dad kept us quiet all morning.”
“I asked to play sock war,” Bodie said, his voice barely higher than a peep. “Dad and me are a team.”
Monica moved to where Bodie sat and joined him on the couch. “Are you winning?”
“I think so,” Bodie replied, pointing to an arsenal of socks.
These moments made Monica’s life. Her sons enjoying each other, laughter rising throughout her home. Getting drunk last night was an escape, but she couldn’t escape her obligations. She didn’t want to. God blessed her with four sons to love and guide into manhood.
She soaked in their faces, sweaty and innocent. How could she steal this life from them? Monica would never forget what Brad had done. Still, she had to find a way to forgive him and make their family whole again. Her sons’ childhood depended on that.
About the Author
When she’s not playing with her granddaughter, Pennsylvania native Claire Yezbak Fadden is writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her books feature strong women who overcome life’s challenges, always putting their families first.
There’s a special spot in Claire’s heart for carousel horses – quite possibly the result of watching “Mary Poppins” 13 times as a young girl. She loves butterflies, ladybugs and confetti! Just ask anyone who’s received a birthday card from her.
Claire cheers on the San Diego State Aztecs, her alma mater, and she is a Black & Gold fan — Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. The mother of three, she lives in Orange County, California with her husband, Nick and two spoiled dogs, Bandit and Jersey Girl.
Claire’s work as an award-winning journalist, humor columnist and editor has appeared in more than 100 publications across the United States, Canada and Australia. A Corner of Her Heart is her debut novel.
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12 Steps to Mr. Right
by Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: September 26, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Contemporary Select, Romance
2: Believe Mr. Right is out there.
3: Take inventory of past mistakes. (See step #1.)
4: Make a list of qualities you want in a man. (Avoid charming baseball players/reason you made these rules in the first place)
5: Take charge of your own life.
6: Learn to love yourself.
7: Sort the hookup guys from the relationship guys. (Avoid a painful brushoff after an amazing night together.)
8: Never, ever settle. (Even if the chemistry is off-the-charts.)
9: Don’t believe you can change a guy. (Once a commitment-phobe, always a commitment-phobe)
10: Communicate your needs.
11: Open your heart & love fully. (Still working on this one…)
12: Don’t ever, ever stray from the steps.
ABOUT CINDI MADSEN
Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
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Publication Date: September 16, 2016
Paperback: 342 pages
Genre: Inspirational Romance
In celebration of Paulette’s upcoming release, Secret Places Revealed, she’s giving away one (1) autographed copy of Secret Places Revealed.
This contest is open for US only through October, 7, 2016
A broken man, a woman on the run, a love that won’t be denied.
Single—and very content—real estate developer Aaron Blackman is determined not to become involved in another relationship. He’s experienced enough drama to last a lifetime. The only thing garnering his attention now is his growing business. And he plans to keep it that way. Then Simone Herron waltzes into his life, beautiful and confident. Fighting to keep his promise to himself—to remain single—he soon discovers that when it comes to love, some promises must be broken.
After losing her fiancé in an untimely death, Simone Herron relocates. She desperately needs to put the past behind her and start a new chapter in her life. While love is the farthest thing from her mind, she experiences an attraction to the handsome Aaron Blackman that frightens her. She’s built a wall around her heart, but can she find the strength and courage she needs to welcome love again? To do so, she must conquer her fears and allow God to put all of her broken pieces back together.
Paulette resides in Northern California.
It is with great pleasure that I host my dear friend Carmen Ray on my blog today! Carmen is a contributing author in the newly released – EMPOWERING WOMEN TO SUCCEED: TURNING TRAGEDY INTO TRIUMPH. Here’s a sneak peek:
Empowering Women to Succeed: Turning Tragedy into Triumph, is a book full of amazing stories of powerful personal transformation in the face of life-altering events of 18 women. It is powerful, engaging, and inspirational. It reveals how successful women have faced huge, life-changing transitions in the area of health, divorce, loss of loved ones and more. The book encourages and inspires women to have faith in starting over and overcoming tragedy by turning it into triumph. Every woman deserves a second chance to live her best life. No matter what her past has been. It is time to face the future as a victor rather than victim. The stories will inspire you to step out of toxic relationships, avoid abuse and start living a joyous life.
The key message is about how a woman’s mindset determines her outcome in life, business and relationships.
January 27, 2014 my plan was to take a break from Wisconsin, my birth place and home for my whole life. I needed a break from the heaviness of Wisconsin winters and from the harsh reality of my current circumstances. Yes, I thought let me just get a little of that Arizona Sun that I’ve seen from watching “Waiting to Exhale” every few years. I along with many women were mesmerized at the thought of hanging with our sister circles and the beautiful Arizona mountains and sunset displayed on the big screen. Whitney Houston, Angel Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon all carried a little of our story during that movie.
During my planned 4-day vacation in Arizona, I decided to reinvent my life. I need to heal from the burden of supporting 5 immediate family members who were faced with incarceration. I needed a break from being a care-giver for my father as he struggled to recover from 2 strokes. I needed a break from managing the self-sufficiency department from the largest domestic violence agency in the state of Wisconsin. It was all way too much to navigate all while working out the details of my 2nd divorce and bankruptcy.
Stay with me now. Remember I was coming to Arizona just for a 4-day visit and all I had with me was 2 pieces of luggage, one was a small bag for my personal care items and $200. Please note the $200 wasn’t just for the 4-day vacation, the $200 was all I had to my name. Having only $200 alone at 52 was a bitter pill to swallow considering I came from years of a six-figure household income. “How did I get here?” I asked internally.
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About the contributing author – Carmen C. Ray
I began my career in the field of human services. For over 25 years, I worked both in direct services and administration. Among my proudest achievements includes work in helping to establish grassroots childcare centers, facilitating rehabilitation education for men charged with domestic violence, and creating innovative nurturing programs for women who experienced domestic violence. During my journey as a human services professional, I dared greatly to become a social entrepreneur by providing national consulting and professional development training in parental nurturing, domestic violence prevention, and women’s empowerment. These years of experience deeply inspired me to make the work of women and family empowerment my life’s work.
Currently, I’m devoting much of my time to the support the growth and programming of the Sisterhood Extravaganza, a non-profit organization committed to helping women and girls succeed. Check out The Sisterhood Extravaganza’s website www.sisterhoodextravaganza.org
My background includes 8 years experience as an Executive Marketing Director of Soul Purpose, a self-care and wellness company founded by Nadine A. Thompson. My Be Well Network/Soul Purpose Network of over 400 members includes both business associates and customers. Be Well Network provides one-on-one coaching, mastermind groups, facilitator training and special retreats.
Participants in our programs and events find growth in their self-awareness, existing assets, encouragement, creativity coaching and overall well-being. I hope to see you at one of our rapidly expanding projects, the Be Well Networking and Empowerment Events and Sisterhood Extravaganza Sister Circle. All events are designed for us all to Be Well Connected, Informed and Inspired.
In addition to my professional responsibilities, I’m also a dedicated mother, grandmother, daughter and family enthusiast, committed to the on-going growing and evolution of myself, my family and my community.
It’s always a pleasure having my author friends on my blog and today is no different! Author Sheryl Lister is on a blog tour with Write Now Literary Book Tours introducing her pre-release of PLACES IN MY HEART. Sheryl is currently doing a Pre-order Blitz and Contest that starts today! But more about the contest later. First, check out a sneak peek of PLACES IN MY HEART.
Omar Drummond is a pro football superstar with a body that’s a pure work of art. But Morgan Gray is forbidden to act on their chemistry, or repeat their impulsive kiss. Proving her worth as a sports agent means securing the notorious celebrity as a client, not a lover. Yet between flowers, sweet notes and heady hotel interludes, Omar is shamelessly seducing her…
Other agents—and exes—have tried using Omar as a meal ticket, and he’s closed himself off from emotional entanglements. With Morgan, it’s a whole new playbook. Smart and tough, she can negotiate a contract and turn him on all in one go, and he craves more. But in matters of trust, he’s just fumbled badly. To win her he has to show her the man he can be away from the field and the limelight, and hope that this time they’re both playing for keeps.
Omar knew he had taken a risk showing up at Morgan’s office, but he was desperate. It had taken a lot to persuade Malcolm to share his sister’s information, especially since Omar had declined to say what had happened between them. He toyed with calling first, but changed his mind because he didn’t want to chance her refusing to see him. The woman seated outside Morgan’s office, whom he assumed was the assistant, greeted him with a wide smile and an exaggerated sway of her hips as she led him to the office. Omar ignored the not-so-subtle brush of her breasts against his arm when she turned to leave. In his peripheral vision, he noticed the slight rise in Morgan’s eyebrow and knew she’d seen it, too. He waited until the woman closed the door before turning to face Morgan.
Morgan folded her arms. “What are you doing here?”
“Hello to you, too,” he said.
An embarrassed expression crossed her face. “Sorry. Have a seat.”
Omar took the chair opposite her desk. “I apologize for stopping by without calling, but I figured you wouldn’t see me otherwise.”
“You were probably right. How do you know I won’t call security to throw you out now?”
“I don’t, but I’m counting on your love of football to work in my favor.” They engaged in a stare-down for several seconds until she looked away first.
“How did you know where I worked?”
“Malcolm.” She frowned and he added, “If it’s any consolation, he adamantly refused to divulge your home address.”
“Well, maybe I won’t kill him, after all.”
“Since you went through all this trouble, I guess I can spare you five minutes.”
Omar knew the mention of football would rouse her curiosity. “I’d like to talk to you about a business proposition.”
“What does that have to do with football?”
“My contract is up for renewal in six weeks and—”
“Don’t you have an agent? If memory serves me correctly, you have one of the best agents around.”
“Things aren’t always as they seem.”
She sat up straight. “What are you saying?”
“I’m saying it’s time for a change, and I’d like you to negotiate my upcoming contract. You’re an attorney and, according to your brother, you know football like you’ve played it all your life.”
Her eyes lit up and her mouth fell open. “Are you serious? Wait a minute.” She sat back again and angled her head. “What about your current agent? Did he dump you or something?”
Omar sighed. “No.” There was more to it, but he would only tell her if she agreed to represent him.
Morgan narrowed her eyes. “There are dozens of sports agents out there, and I’m certain any one of them would be happy to take you on, especially with your numbers from last year. Yet you’re in my office.”
He smiled. “You checked my stats? So, you’re admitting I’ve got game?”
A rush of color darkened her face. “Why me?” she asked, ignoring his questions.
“You want to be an agent, and I need one.” He leaned forward and whispered, “And I know you passed the sport’s agent certification test. It’s a win-win situation for both of us.”
“On second thought, I am going to kill Malcolm,” she muttered.
“I need your help, Morgan. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t.”
“I have to think about this.” She turned slightly in her chair and stared out the window, and then back at him. “You realize I already have a job. And I’m working on a case.”
Omar nodded. “I understand, and I have no problems working around your schedule.”
“Even on weekends or late evenings.”
“I see.” She went back to staring out the window.
He could almost hear the wheels turning in her head. She bit down on her lip, drawing his attention and reminding him how much he enjoyed kissing her.
Finally she angled her head his direction. “I’ll agree on one condition.”
“You keep your hands and lips to yourself. No more kisses.”
Omar groaned inwardly. There was no way he could go without kissing her. In fact, it had been the first thing on his mind from the moment he saw her today. “Morgan—”
“No. More. Kisses,” she repeated.
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sheryl Lister has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She writes contemporary and inspirational romance and romantic suspense. She been nominated for an Emma Award and RT Reviewer’s Choice Award and named BRAB’s 2015 Best New Author. When she’s not reading, writing or playing chauffeur, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers and bite-sized desserts. Sheryl resides in California and is a wife, mother of three daughters and a son-in-love, and grandmother to two very special little boys.
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