Morning Coffee Break

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Why my characters aren’t ‘saved by love’

Welcome to the first post in my new blog series called “Morning Coffee Break”!

Today, I’d like to talk about a decision that I’ve made to avoid the ‘saved by love’ plot device. I write romance, so love always factors into the character’s emotional growth and healing. But I didn’t want to use the love of another person as a magic wand to wipe away all life’s problems.

In Home Field, Julie is deeply grieving the loss of her husband. When she first meets Reagan, falling in love again is not even a blip on her radar. In the end, she does open her heart to Reagan (what girl could resist?) but not after some time to let herself heal. I felt she needed time alone to come to terms with the loss and then find the strength to let herself fall in love again.

In True Horizon, Heath Carter suffers from severe PTSD. In an effort to be true to the struggle, I did not want to downplay the work that goes into recovering from the effects of war. Heath falls in love and love is his motivation for wanting a better life, but his healing only comes after professional therapy and hard work. In real life, most people with PTSD will still experience symptoms even after therapy. They learn techniques to cope. I wanted Heath’s journey to reflect that reality as well as offer hope.

Through out the rest of the books in the Warriors of the Heart series, I’ve tried to maintain the same model. My characters use love as a motivation to grow, but the real change comes by their own strength of will.

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Breaking Her Rules

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Book Description:
Walker Adams was supposed to follow in his lawyer father’s
footsteps, but instead he’s training to be an MMA fighter. And while he works
for his chance to make it in the Maximum Fight League, he’s bunking on his baby
sister’s best friend’s couch. Gracie Andrews is all grown up—in all the right
places. But she’s engaged to the fight match-maker who holds Walker’s career in
his hands…

Gracie had almost convinced herself that she’d put her silly
childhood crush on Walker to rest. But the sight of him sleeping in only a pair
of boxer briefs makes it clear that some things never change. And as old sparks
turn to flames, Gracie is forced to decide between the future she thought she
wanted or the man she’s never stopped loving…

Review:
What could go wrong when Gracie Andrews agrees to let the brother of her best friend crash on her sofa for a few weeks…the brother who she grew up having a crush on…the brother who is now a hunky MMA fighter. Or should I ask…what could go right??

While Walker Adams is trying to breaking into the UFC, he is totally reliant on Grace’s ‘good graces’. She gives him a place to stay, helps him find a job and a gym to train at, and leaves his head spinning. Grace is now engaged to a powerful Vegas fight match-maker and has no interest in turning her back on a stable relationship for one with Walker, a man with no career and no money. (Don’t worry Walker, I’d take you regardless)

The chemistry between Grace and Walker was red hot! I loved the push and pull as they tried to figure out how to make it work between them. Jennifer did a great job of creating believable characters, ones that I was cheering for in the end.

I loved this book and I can’t wait for the next one in the series.

**I was given an ARC for an honest review

Bio:

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Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton,
Alberta with her husband and four year old son. She is a member of the Writers
Guild of Alberta, the Romance Writers of America, the Canadian Author
Association, and SheWrites.org.  She is
also a regular blogger on the Heartwarming Authors site and is a contributing
author to Mslexia Magazine, WestWord Magazine and RWR. She has also taught RWA
Chapters courses online.  Her 2013
Holiday Romance-The Trouble With Mistletoe was a finalist in the 2014 Golden
Quill Contest and the Heart of Denver Aspen Gold Contest.

Her publishing credits include two
holiday novellas, previously published by The Wild Rose Press, now re-released
or being re-released as self-published editions through Amazon. The Mistletoe
Fever was an Amazon bestseller for two weeks in the category of Kindle Short
Reads. Her six book small town, Brookhollow series is published through
Harlequin Heartwarming and she has a new MMA sports romance series releasing
through Berkley/NAL Intermix in 2015. RT Reviews has given each of her
Brookhollow series books 4 stars.

She also hosts an annual SnowGlobe
Award contest in recognition of holiday themed romance stories, with over forty
entries each year, with participants ranging from new authors to NYT
Bestselling authors, such as Brenda Novak and Sarah Morgan. More information
about the contest can be found at http://www.snowglobeawardcontest.vpweb.ca

She is active on her website,
Facebook, Twitter, and various blog sites and has a monthly author newsletter.

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At the Corner of King Street

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Review:

I was given a copy of this book by the author, the wonderful Mary Burton (she writes under Mary Ellen Taylor for her women’s fiction series), at a recent Greater Detroit RWA meeting. She gave a informative presentation on writing and plot development. Now that our move is complete and the family is established in Wisconsin, I got to sit down and enjoy this story. This is the first book of Ms. Burton’s / Ms. Taylor’s that I’ve read, and I realized that ‘At the Corner of King Street’ is part of a series, but none of that mattered once I started reading. I fell head over heals in love with this book.

Addie Morgan is happy and in love. She lives and works on a vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley. The life that she’s built for herself is shattered when the past comes back in full force, pulling her home to Alexandria and her family’s curse. The curse is a mental illness that has been passed down from generation to generation of Shire women.

Addie’s sister, Janet, has just had a baby girl and because of her illness, can not care for her. So Addie does what she does best and becomes the glue that holds the family together. With her boyfriend and job at the vineyard pulling her one way, and her family pulling her back home, Addie listens to her heart.

Sitting on the corner of King Street is Shire Salvage Company. Addie’s Aunt Grace runs the family business now. As Addie starts to find her way back home, the Salvage Company starts to see new life under her care.

As a reader, I really connected with Addie. She didn’t carry the curse of mental illness but she had suffered because of it. I say curse of mental illness because the story points to a witch that cursed the Shire women back in the 1700s. Between each chapter in the book is a backstory, set in the eighteenth century, about how the curse came to be.

Again, I loved this story and look forward to reading the rest in the series, Sweet Expectations and Union Street Bakery. At the Corner of King Street left off with the potential for another story.

You can find her suspense novels under the author name Mary Burton.

You can buy At the Corner of King Street here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0425278255/booktalkA/

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REVIEW – Homefront

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Review of Homefront by Jessica Scott

After reading Ms. Scott’s Back to You, I was very excited about her new release, Homefront.

This story follows a formerly married couple, Gale and Melanie Sorren, and their teenage daughter, Jamie. Gale is a career soldier, who has always put his commitment to the Army before anything else, including his family. Being a soldier is the only thing Gale feels he’s ever excelled at. As a husband and father, well, to be honest…he kinda sucked.

Now, having been stationed at Fort Hood, Gale’s living close to his ex-wife and daughter. He wants another chance to make things right. Only Melanie has been burned by him before. She’s spent fifteen years raising their troubled daughter, all on her own. Why would she want to take Gale back?

That is the million dollar question in Homefront. Mel stills carries a flame for Gale, and Gale is obviously still in love with her. Neither one has found someone else to fill that void.

Fifteen years is a long time to be apart, and not just – hey, I’m living on the other side of town, but I’m living on the other side of the world. Their daughter has more than her fair share of teenage angst, and Mel has been having to deal with that all on her lonesome for way too long.

I’m a sucker for second chance romances, and there is plenty of conflict preventing Gale and Mel from getting back together. I liked both characters. Ms. Scott did a great job bring them to life, faults and all. Her writing style is gritty and real, and doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff.

My only complaint is that I felt Mel was way to easy on Gale. I would have made him grovel a bit more, but maybe that’s just me.

If you like military romance and second chance love, pick up Homefront.

* Reviewer was given a free copy from NetGalley for a fair review

April Book Club Pick!

This Heart of Mine

by Brenda Novak

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First love. Second chance?

As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of. Phoenix was desperate not to lose him — especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next.

Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence. Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob’s father isn’t exactly welcoming.

Riley doesn’t trust Phoenix, doesn’t want her in Jacob’s life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love. And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he’s about to find both!

I am so excited to share this new release from Brenda Novak as April’s book club pick! This Heart of Mine is the 9th in the Whiskey Creek series. Brenda is a prolific author with a seemingly endless amount of stories to share.

This month’s giveaway is a $10 Amazon gift card. All you have to do is comment on any one of the book club posts throughout the month of April…easy as pie!

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Character Interview – Evelyn Baine

Character Interview with Evelyn Baine of Hunted

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I am so pleased that the star of our book club pick, Hunted, has taken time out of her busy schedule to grant me an interview

Thanks for joining us Evelyn. I know you’re a busy woman so I promise not to take up too much of your time. Please explain to your readers what it takes to become a FBI profiler?

Well, first, you have to make it into the FBI.  The Academy is no joke – besides learning all the laws, and the PT, you actually have to do things like box fellow trainees.  Once you finish the Academy, it’s time to prove yourself as a regular Special Agent.  I was assigned to a Violent Crimes Major Offenders (VCMO) squad in Houston, where I worked ten hour days for six years, trying to get myself noticed.  Then a spot opened up at the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) and I jumped at it.  It’s where I’ve wanted to be since I was twelve years old.  But that’s a story for another day.

You’re relatively new to the profiling task force and one of the only women in the department. How did you break the glass ceiling in the FBI?

Only 20% of Special Agents in the FBI are women, and in some ways – like a lot of law enforcement – it’s still an old boys’ club.  My method was to work harder than the agents around me, trying to stand out.  It doesn’t hurt that I’ve been studying profiling since I was a kid, since I knew this was where I wanted to be when I grew up.  Don’t tell them, but it’s not just the criminals I use my profiling skills on – it’s also my fellow agents.

Besides the case you’re working on in Hunted, what has been your most difficult case?

When I was in the Houston field office, we were investigating a serial rapist.  The police were stymied – the perpetrator was really skilled at leaving behind no physical evidence.  They had a suspect who had the right history and who had acted suspiciously in interviews, but something just didn’t feel right about it to me.  I dug and dug and ultimately, I uncovered that the rapist was actually a member of their police force.  It was a tough case, but it was the one that finally got me noticed by the BAU.

Okay, give it to us straight…what are your feelings for Kyle? He seems like a really good guy. Maybe you should give him a chance.

He is a good guy, and a good agent.  The problem is, we both work for the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), and the FBI doesn’t allow its agents to date and work the same squad.  Kyle would argue we’re not precisely in the same squad, but the rules here are murky.  Our jobs are important to both of us, and I’m not willing to give up profiling.  It’s pretty complicated, though, especially because of what happened after this Bakersville Burier serial killer case (in HUNTED) ended…

Thanks Evelyn for answering a few of my questions.

Do you have any questions for the main character, Evelyn Baine, of Hunted?

Don’t forget to leave a comment or question for a chance to win a signed copy of Vanished, the sequel to Hunted or a $10 Amazon gift card!!!

March Book Club – Hunted

I hope everyone is enjoying Hunted so far!

Ms. Elizabeth Heiter, has been kind enough to answer a few of my questions regarding her first published book.

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Thanks Elizabeth, for taking the time to talk with me today!

Your main character, Evelyn Baine is a FBI criminal profiler. What first drew you to the FBI and criminal profiling?

I’ve always been intrigued by law enforcement characters (they’re perfect protagonists for mystery series, because there’s only so many times you can have someone not in law enforcement stumble upon a mystery to solve!).  About a decade ago (wow, as I’m writing this, I can’t believe it was so long ago!), I picked up a book by a former FBI profiler about his experiences tracking down serial killers and other criminals.  I was fascinated – and I knew a profiler would make for a unique character, someone who would approach a case in a totally different way.  Instead of following typical investigative methods, my character would get to come in and look at the behavioral evidence – things about the crime that told my profiler how the perpetrator thought, and from that, how to find him (or her).

I’m sure you had to spend a lot of time researching for the book. What are some of the resources that you used? Was there anything you learned that really surprised you?

I love the research!  I’m committed to being as accurate as possible, so I did do a TON of research for these books.  Besides reading stacks of books on psychology and personality disorders, the FBI and investigative methods, and criminal personality profiling, I did a lot of up-close research.  I talked to current and former FBI Special Agents, I visited FBI field offices and the FBI Academy at Quantico, and I even shot the weapons used by the characters in my books.

One thing that surprised me: there’s a scene in HUNTED where my protagonist, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine, tries to shoot a perpetrator as he’s driving away.  She aims at him through the window, but when she doesn’t hit him, she can’t take a shot at the wheel of his truck to try and stop him (which was in the original draft!).  But a Special Agent informed me that if you’re going to fire your weapon, it has to be for very specific reasons and it has to be to kill.  You can’t shoot to wound, and you can’t shoot to stop someone.

How long did it take you to write Hunted?

That’s an interesting question, because I actually wrote the manuscript twice.  I wrote the first version back in 2005, then many years later, I completely re-wrote it.  I’d gone out on submission to publishers with a humorous mystery that came close to selling but didn’t, and my agent asked if I had anything darker.  I did, so I pulled out HUNTED, but my writing had come a long way since I’d originally written it, so I took the basic plotline and characters and started over.  The second version of the manuscript took me somewhere between eight months and a year, I believe.

So, I kind of have a crush on Kyle, from the FBI’s HRT, or Hostage Rescue Team. Please tell me those HRT guys are for real. How much fun was it to research them?

The HRT guys are definitely for real!  And the ones I’ve met are real characters – like Kyle and his friend and fellow HRT agent Gabe.  This was a really interesting job to research, because it’s so different from most positions at the FBI.  The HRT agents are more like a military Special Operations team than regular FBI agents.  (In fact, HRT trains with SpecOps teams!)  And unlike most tactical units (like SWAT), HRT agents do it full-time.  If they’re not on a mission, they’re training for a mission.  Very interesting stuff (and good hero material!).

Evelyn has a very troubled past. How do you feel that played into her adult life and career choice?

My heroine came from an abusive home.  When she was ten years old, she moved in with her grandparents, who provided the most stable life she’d ever had.  She became best friends with the little girl who lived next door, Cassie.  Even though she was a biracial child living in a mostly white town in the south, things were looking up.  Then Cassie went missing – the final victim of the Nursery Rhyme Killer – and was never found.  It was the impetus for Evelyn to join the FBI, and has been the driving force in her life.  It gives her purpose and determination, but her childhood also left her socially awkward and closed off from people, things that cause her problems in HUNTED.

You’ve had a very busy year, with the release of five books, one of the being Vanished, the sequel to Hunted. Congratulations! What’s up next for you?

Thank you so much!  Right now, HUNTED and VANISHED (books 1 and 2 in my straight suspense books, The Profiler series) are on shelves, as are DISARMING DETECTIVE and SEDUCED BY THE SNIPER (books 1 and 2 in my romantic suspense books, The Lawmen series).  Up next are SWAT SECRET ADMIRER (book 3 in The Lawmen series, out next month) and SEIZED (book 3 in The Profiler series, out later this year).

Thanks Elizabeth and best wishes on your continued success!

Readers – As you see in Elizabeth’s interview, it can take years of work between a first manuscript and a publish novel. Hours worth of research, writing, and editing went into Hunted, with no guarantee that it would ever be sold.

If you were to spend that amount of time researching and writing a book, what topic(s) would you choose? Law enforcement like Elizabeth? Military? Medical Mystery?

In Hunted, Evelyn Baine has issues with trust. Which supporting characters do you see has the most likely hood of success in breaking through her protective wall and earning her trust?

Don’t forget – A comment in any Book Club post in March gets you qualified for a chance to win either a signed copy of Vanished, the sequel to Hunted, or a $10 Amazon gift card!

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Reaper Madness

by Nessie Strange

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Story Summary:

This isn’t the afterlife she expected…

Jen MacLellan can’t get the hang of being a reaper. She’s been separated from Jack, the man she loves, and is stuck with an annoying telepathic link to her ill-tempered mentor, Sam. Now Death is breathing down her neck, promising to remove that annoying link if she gives him what he wants. But when reapers begin to disappear back on earth, leaving behind walking, talking dead people, Jen and Sam are thrust into a dangerous mission to recapture the souls, and a passionate physical relationship that complicates everything.

Jack Norris has no memory prior to waking up on the half-demon Nulcifer’s couch six months earlier. As he begins to investigate his past, he discovers a string of past lives tied together by a beautiful, mysterious brunette. Who is she? And why does finding her seem like a life or death proposition?

When Sam falls victim to fate during a routine visit to earth, Jen’s devastated. Desperate to get him back, she runs smack into the man she never thought she’d see again—Jack. She tries to keep her distance, but there’s no time to be awkward if they want to save Sam. When sinister plots are revealed, and betrayals threaten everything, she’s forced to make some tough choices—and learns that life is just as difficult when you’re dead.

My Review:

Reaper Madness is the second book in the series, Living Dead World.

The first, Living Dead Girl, introduces the reader the main characters – Jen and Jack. These two have a heated first encounter, which makes their love story very unexpected. While they are planning their future together, a woman with a fatal attraction to Jack plans Jen’s demise. I won’t give away too much about how Living Dead Girl ends, but let’s just say that both Jen and Jack end up in the afterlife.

Now, in Reaper Madness, Jen has been assigned to Sam as a Reaper and Jack is stuck in purgatory with a blank memory. They have become lost to each other in this strange realm between heaven and hell. Over time, Jen starts to fall for her partner Sam, who is so much more than he first appears. But when Jen and Jack finally find their way back together, strong forces work to keep them apart.

I really liked both of these books. The dialogue was sharp and smartly written. Jen, Jack, and Sam have interesting personalities that played well against each other. Reaper Madness was a different type of paranormal than I’m used to reading. I thought the afterlife world was well crafted and multi-layered. It kept me wanting more.

Luckily, the author has another book to add to the series! I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Author Bio:

Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it’s reading or writing one. Living Dead Girl and Reaper Madness, the first two novels in her urban fantasy Living Dead World series, were published by Etopia press in 2014.

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Welcome! March Book Club

Hunted

by Elizabeth Heiter

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I am very excited to share this book as my first ever book club pick! You are in for a thrilling ride as you dive into Ms. Heiter’s world of FBI criminal profilers and serial killers.

Here’s a quick summary:

Terror stalks a small Virginia town…

FBI rising star, criminal profiler Evelyn Baine, knows how to think like a serial killer.  But she’s never chased anyone like the Bakersville Burier, who hunts young women and displays them, half-buried, deep in the woods.  As the body count climbs, Evelyn’s relentless pursuit of the killer puts her career – and her life – at risk.  And the evil lurking in the Burier’s mind may be more than even she can unravel.

Terror is closer than she thinks…

The Bakersville Burier knows he’s got an FBI profiler on his trail.  He knows who she is and where to find her.  And he’s biding his time, because he’s planned a special punishment for Evelyn.  She may have tracked other killers, but he vows to make this her last chase. This time it’s her turn to be hunted!

Sounds good, right?

If you haven’t purchased the book yet, I have the Amazon link below.

Check back throughout the month for an interview with Ms. Heiter and also the star of Hunted, Evelyn Baine. While I hope to encourage discussion about the book, please wait until the end of the month to post comments that include spoilers. We wouldn’t want to give away the ‘who done it’ for other readers.

March giveaways:

I have two giveaways for the month of March. Anyone who leaves a comment in any of the book club post during the month is eligible. First is an autographed copy of Vanished, the exciting sequel to Hunted. I also will be giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. If you don’t follow the blog, please leave your e-mail address with at least one of your comments so I know how to contact you if you win.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment in any March book club post!

I hope that you enjoy Hunted and let’s have some great book club discussions throughout the month.

So my first question to start things off is…How do you think you’d do as a criminal profiler? Would you be able to work a violent crime or would witnessing a brutal scene, like the Bakersville Burier, leave you up at night?

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The Dressmaker’s Duke by Jess Russell

The Dressmaker’s Duke will be on sale for $0.99 from February 20th – March 6th


Jess Russell, the author of The Dressmaker’s Duke, is my special guest today. Take it away Jess!I have always been a creative person. I love make things. Give me a power tool and I am a happy gal. I am also an award winning batik artist.

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I am an actress, I stage apartments, I build and tile bathrooms, I made my own wedding dress

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You get the idea. :o)

Living in 1810, the year of The Dressmaker’s Duke, there were few opportunities for women other than marriage. And even then a woman was basically the property of her husband with very few rights.

I was drawn to writing about a heroine who is a dressmaker for the obvious creative reasons but also she could be more or less independent. Still, not an easy life; Clients often didn’t pay their bills, materials were expensive, ladies could be difficult to please. The list goes on.

I also wanted my heroine, Olivia Weston, to have lived some. She is 29 and a widow. She has seen some of the world and experienced heartache and loss. She knows what independence means and she will fight for hers. I admire that.

Olivia is also fiercely loyal to her best friend and business partner, Eglantine Wiggins. “Egg” as she is affectionately called, is Olivia’s only family. The women cling together through all their trials. I wanted to write about women who support themselves in spite of it being a “man’s” world.

Olivia chooses dressmaking rather than compromise herself. Of course, being fiction and a romance, there is a “knight in shining armor”, though my Duke is rather more of a gorgeous geek who has his darkness and flaws. Rhys finds Olivia isn’t so easily swept off her feet by his ducal mansion and endless wealth. He must work for this fiercely independent woman. In the Romance genre the Happily Ever After is a foregone conclusion, but how they get there is the fun!

 

 

Book Description:

Rhys Merrick, Duke of Roydan, is determined to be the antithesis of his depraved father, repressing his desires so severely he is dubbed “the Monk” by Society.  But when Olivia Weston turns up demanding payment for gowns ordered by his former mistress, Rhys is totally flummoxed and inexplicably smitten.  He pays her just to remove her from his house, and mind.  But logic be damned; he must have this fiercely independent woman.

Olivia’s greatest fear is becoming a kept woman.  She has escaped the role of mistress once and vows never to be owned by any man.  Rather than make money in the boudoir, she chooses to clothe the women who do.  But when a fire nearly kills her friend and business partner, Olivia’s world goes up in smoke and she is forced to barter with the lofty duke.

As their lives weave together, Olivia unravels the man underneath the Monk, while Rhys desires to expose the lady hiding behind the dressmaker. Will his raw passion fan a long-buried ember of hope within her? Can this mismatched pair be the perfect fit?

Excerpt:

     “Could you move, please?”

     Was it her imagination, or was his voice higher than usual? Then what he actually said registered.

     “Move?”

     “Yes. Could you move across the room? I find to judge a garment, or anything properly, one must see it in motion.” Her face must have been reflecting the horror she felt, for he hastened on, “You would not expect me to buy a horse simply by looking at its lines would you, Mrs. Weston? I would wish to see it run as well. I’m sure you understand.”

     Blast him and his bloody horses. She strode forward, happy to vent some of her anger in movement; however, she realized a split second too late there was nowhere to move. The receiving room was not large and was mostly taken up with the cutting table. The only area with any appreciable room was at the far end of the shop where the huge paneled mirrors stood. He was standing directly in the path that would be her best direction. Consequently, she found herself almost flush up against him.

     She knew he was tall. Any fool could see the man was at least two or more inches over six feet, but from this vantage point—directly beneath him—he was so very tall. She could smell the starch of his shirt mixed with a faint whiff of smoke and possibly brandy? She slid her gaze over the shirt and waistcoat to his cravat—a conservatively tied Oriental—to the firm, slightly cleft chin, moving on to the lips, very swiftly past those, and finally resting on his eyes. Pure molten gold. Yes, exactly like those of the Burmese tiger she had seen at a menagerie in Paris. His bearing was just as predatory.

     “It would appear, sir, in order for me to move, as you require, you will have to bestir yourself as well.”

     She thought she saw one side of his mouth shift ever so slightly upward into what might have been the merest twitch of a smile. She could not be one hundred percent sure because, to do so, she would have to look at his lips. The duke shifted his weight and made a small bow. Her shoulder brushed the superfine of his midnight blue jacket as she hurriedly squeezed past him.

     She strode almost to the mirrors before wheeling around and giving him what she hoped was an accusatory look.

     “Well, Your Grace. I hope you are satisfied”

     “Satisfied, Mrs. Weston?” He raised that infernal eyebrow. “Oh no, madam, I am very far from satisfied. However, I am hopeful I will be, in the not so distant future.” Again his gaze raked over her.  “Yes, I do live in hope.”

Bio:

Jess Russell, Multi-Award Winning and Best-selling author!

As a girl Jess escaped the world of rigorous ballet class and hideous math homework into the haven of toe wriggling romance novels. She never imagined in her dyslexic brain she would ever come to write one, but one small scene grew into 359 pages, and contest wins, and multiple contract offers. Dreams sometimes do come true, just like the happy ending in the stories she loves.

Jess lives in New York City with her husband and son and disappears to the Catskill Mountains whenever she can. She is a sometime actress, award winning batik artist, and accomplished seamstress. Along with her sewing machine, she loves power tools and, what’s more, she knows how to use them.

Jess is currently working on revamping her Manhattan kitchen as well as writing two other stories, (working titles), Heart of Glass, and Mad for the Marquess. Please check them out in BOOKS.

Jess Russell is a member of RWA, as well as the Beau Monde and the NY chapters of RWA. THE DRESSMAKER’S DUKE came in first in the Fool for Love Contest, Golden Apple Awards’ Secret Craving Contest, the Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest and the Golden Rose Contest (also winning the best of the best). And finaled in the Great Beginnings, Emerald City Opener, and the Lone Star Contests.

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