Monday, August 26, 2013

                              Here is a sneak peek story excerpt from Hearts and Handcuffs.  

*Story Excerpt*
There was something in the air she noticed as the ferry embarked closer to Sunset Point that seemed so refreshing and exotic. Everything about this experience to Amber was exciting and exhilarating. This was the beginning of Amber Green’s first chapter of her new life. 
As Amber rested her eyes as she sat on the bench of the ferry she thought back to the reason that had caused her to head to Sunset Point in search of a new life. 
      Her boss, Patrice, had informed her that her services were no longer needed and she was relieved of her job as a hairdresser. Patrice, the ball-busting witch she worked for, had told her she was tired of the constant phone calls throughout the day from her boyfriend Charlie. She also was tired of Charlie coming into the salon harassing Amber for her tips she had made for the day so he could go drinking with his buddies at the local bar. Patrice told her that it wasn’t good for her business having her boyfriend harassing her at work all the time and she was making a business decision by firing her. Amber was actually thrilled to no longer be working for Patrice. The woman was rude and never gave Amber any decent comments when it came to her clients’ hairstyles. Amber knew she was a good stylist and tended to ignore her snarky remarks. She was constantly putting her down in front of her clients.
Good riddance.
Amber had gone home to an empty apartment that day. Charlie was most likely drinking with his buddies somewhere in a bar. That was when she came up with the idea. Enough was enough. Amber needed a change, and with her being fired today this couldn’t have come at a better time. She went to her bedroom and grabbed everything she owned, which all fit into a suitcase, and the rest went into a large carrying bag.  
Amber walked out of the apartment and headed for the nearest cheap motel until she had a chance to call her one true friend, Trinity. 
Trinity Cross was like a sister to Amber. They were raised in the same foster home until Trinity was adopted at thirteen. Today she had a successful job working for Mac Securities. Amber had always thought that Trinity was beautiful. She had light-brown hair, hazel eyes, and an awesome body. One that Amber would kill for. 
Amber decided on the cheapest motel she knew that was within walking distance. She needed to save every penny she had from now on since she no longer had a job. Once Amber checked in to the cockroach-infested dump, she sat on the dirty God-only-knows-what’s-on-this bedspread and picked up her cell and dialed Trinity’s number. 
“Hey, sweetie,” Trinity said as she answered the phone. “I’ve been meaning to call you. I’m gonna have to cancel my appointment with you next week.”
“Oh, umm, that’s fine. Listen, Trinity...I’m in a little trouble.”
“What did that bastard do now? Are you okay?” Trinity asked.
“I’m leaving Charlie,” Amber said.
“Hell yes! About damn time!” Trinity exclaimed. “ I’m toasting his ass goodbye right now.”
Amber let out a weak laugh. “I know you never liked him...and I guess you were right. I just saw it too late. He...he got me fired today.”
Trinity gasped. “What? That’s bullshit. You’re one of the best fucking hairdressers at that place!”
“Thanks. Charlie was calling me on my cell, but I was with a client so I didn’t answer. Then he started calling the main line demanding to speak to me, and well, you know how my manager is...”
“You mean the queen bitch of the world, Patrice?” 
“Yeah, her. Anyways, she told me that she couldn’t have people thinking they could get personal calls at the main desk, so she fired me. Oh, god. Trinity, I lost my job. What am I going to do? I don’t even care about Charlie. How sad is that?”
“Fuck him. Don’t worry, sweetie. Everything is going to be fine.”
There was a pause on the line as if Trinity’s friend was hesitant to speak. “Do you think I could stay with you for a few days? I just need to figure out what I’m going to do. I was thinking maybe I should move, start somewhere fresh—”
“Oh my god, this is perfect! Come here! Hold on one sec—” Amber could hear Trinity talking to someone in the back ground. “Hey, Max. You can get my friend Amber a job as a hairstylist in the spa, right?”
“Ah, I suppose so. But what are her credentials?” She heard the man say that Trinity was talking to. 
“She does my hair.” Amber heard her friend snap.
“Well, then. She’s hired,”  said the man Trinity was talking to.
Amber grinned to herself. Trinity had always been a take-no-shit-from-anyone gal. “Amber? I’m on an island off the coast of Florida called Sunset Point. It would be perfect for you! I got you a job at the Palace Resort and Spa.”
“Holy crap! How in the world did you do that?”
“I’m sitting with the owner right now. Where are you right now?”
Amber paused on the phone. “I found a hotel close by my old place—”
“Which is probably a shithole.” Trinity cut her off. “Listen, this is what we’re going to do. I want you to text me the name and room number of your hotel. Stay there until a guy named Moretti comes to get you. He’ll take you over to my apartment for the night then have someone drive you to O’Hare airport tomorrow, where you’ll catch a flight to Florida. You’ll have to take the ferry over to the island.”
“Wait, wait! Trinity, I can’t afford to—”
“Sure you can. Your ticket will be waiting for you at the airport. All you need is some money for the ferry. Do you have enough for that?”
“Well, yes. But I—”
“Good. Once you’re here I’ll either pick you up or have a car sent to get you. Promise me you won’t open the door to anyone but Moretti.”
Amber let out an aggravated sigh. “Trinity, you’re like a bulldozer.”
Trinity laughed. “And that surprises you? Amber, promise me.”
“I promise.”
“Good. Now pack up your shit and get moving, girl. Welcome to your new life. I’ll see you tomorrow.” 



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Wednesday, August 21, 2013





           Coming soon to Bookstarnd for your reading pleasure: September 16th-19th

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sunset Point series
I am pleased to announce that I was asked to participate in writing a series with four other awesome authors, Laurie Roma, Susan Hayes, Lori King, and Hennessee Andrews. This is a five book series, which will release starting with Lori King's Point of Seduction on Monday September 16th. Laurie Roma's Cross Point will release Tuesday 17th. My book Hearts and Handcuffs will release on Wednesday the 18th. Susan Hayes Breaking Point and Hennessee Andrews Tattoos and Cupcakes are lucky to share a release day together, Thursday September 19th. This series is off the coast of Florida, surrounded by sand and sea, there lies a secluded island that has a very interesting history and an even more intriguing present..Sunset Point Island is a tropical mecca. But there is more to Sunset than first meets the eye. Founded by those seeking a haven for their unusual lifestyles, this is a place where menage relationships are cherished and protected. Closed off from the outside world, Sunset Point is a place of fantasies...won't you come join us?
When Amber Green’s boyfriend’s actions get her fired, she reaches out to her best friend and finds herself swept up an the opportunity of a lifetime. Offered a new job and a chance to move to a tropical paradise, Amber says yes and packs her bags, leaving her old life behind. Or so she thought...

Millionaire Reid Sullivan is a widower that owns a lush and lavish villa on the private side of Sunset Point. Reid is immediately intrigued by Amber, and offers the beautiful woman a job to work for him as his live-in-housekeeper after hearing she needs a place to stay.

Dante DeSoto is a hard-ass detective from Chicago Police Department whose investigation leads him to Sunset Point after the sudden death of Amber’s ex-boyfriend. After meeting the gentle beauty, he is convinced of Amber's innocence. Dante decides to stay on the island so that he and Reid can help protect her.

Both men want Amber, but they’re going to have to find a way to share. With old demons and new dangers dogging them every step of the way, the three lovers will have to fight for the happily ever after they long to share.

Coming soon to Bookstrand: Wednesday September 18th.
After being shot in the line of duty, Tara Mcintyre's dream of being a police officer comes to an end. Looking to start over, Tara takes her cousin's advice and decides to move to Inferno, the quiet little town she already considers home. Ready to forge a new path for herself, Tara struggles to move on with her life and find a new job that she loves as much as she did being a cop.

Inferno's sheriff, Blake Turner, is trying to figure out the unexplained occurrences that keep happening in his quiet menage town. Someone is deliberately trying their hardest to hurt the ones he cares about, and Blake won't rest until he discovers who it is and stops them.

Inferno's fire chief, Logan Turner, can't help the instant spark he feels the minute he first lays eyes on Tara Mcintyre when she first comes into town. Logan and Blake are cousins who were starting to give up hope of ever finding the woman they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with, until they meet Tara.

Blake and Logan Turner can't wait to claim the feisty wildcat Tara, but can she let her guard down and allow them into her heart?
http://www.bookstrand.com/wild-inferno
Kasey Mcintyre, her cousin, and her best friend are visiting the town of Inferno, California. They’re just there to watch Kasey’s dad’s recognition ceremony at the local firehall, but there’s trouble kindling for the three of them and it’s going to stop them from enjoying their visit.

Brothers Zach, Jake, and Cody Kelly feel their libidos ignite when Kasey’s car almost collides with their fire engine. The three brothers always knew they’d find the right woman to share, just as they always knew that they’d be raising their future family here in Inferno, where their chosen lifestyle would be accepted and respected. The Kelly boys believe that Kasey is the woman for them, so when the situation heats up and burns out of control, they’ll stop at nothing to protect the woman they have all come to love.

It’s going to take love, trust, and courage for the four new lovers to discover the truth and find out who is after Kasey…and why.
http://www.bookstrand.com/blazing-inferno
Lily Mitchell thought her life was over when she woke up in the hospital after she was involved in a car accident, only to find out that her husband Grayson didn’t survive the accident. Luckily, their best friends since college, Gavin Hudson and Nathan Roberts, are there to help her pick up the pieces of her life in her time of need.

Nathan and Gavin have longed to have a sexual relationship with each other since college. Gavin and Nathan’s feelings for one another finally come to a head the minute they bring Lily to come live with them. Together they help bring out their true feelings for one another. Lily has always loved them. Her heart will always remain true to Grayson, but feels the need to allow Nathan and Gavin to show her to love again.
http://www.bookstrand.com/her-second-chance-at-love
Alexis Brooks is a successful business owner of a woman’s lingerie store who happens to witness a murder in a back alley one night. After she identifies the killer, the murderer threatens her life, and she must go into protective custody. She has agreed to the protection of two brothers that happen to be retired Marines.

Ex-Marines Kane and Max Walker are always willing to help a damsel in distress. They promise to protect Alexis on their ranch after they were informed the murderer has escaped from jail. They will do anything to keep her safe until the man is captured.

Can they keep her safe and convince her they want her to stay with them forever, or will she just walk away from them and return to her life in the city?
http://www.bookstrand.com/protecting-lexi
After feeling unloved and rejected in every aspect of her life, Grace Adams takes a job working for successful businessmen Hunter Owens and Brody Michaels.

Hunter and Brody are best friends that own a local restaurant and bar together. After finding out she has nowhere to live, they offer her room and board. In exchange she maintains the house for them. They instantaneously fall head over heels for her the moment Grace walks into their lives.

All they have to do is prove to Grace that they will do anything to have her.

Will Grace finally submit her heart and allow herself to be loved by Hunter and Brody, or will her past catch up with her and ruin everything?
http://www.bookstrand.com/graces-sweet-surrender
Five years ago, Jenna Moore left without a word, not even to her two best friends Nick Peterson and Tyler Warner. On her eighteenth birthday, she had planned to give up her virginity to them, until she found them with another woman. This discovery was so devastating that she left town that night. Now that she's come home for her father's funeral, they want answers.

Nick and Tyler finally have back the only woman they have ever loved. Now that Jenna has returned, they intend on letting her know how much they still love and want her.

But will they still want Jenna after she tells them the secret she's been keeping from them all these years? Or will Jenna run away from the only men she's ever loved?
http://www.bookstrand.com/something-worth-waiting-for
Tabitha Stewart was tired of her boring life and job in Kansas City. Luckily, Tabitha’s friend Sarah landed a job for her in Atlanta. The only catch is Tabitha has to sell everything she has and pack the rest of her belongings in her old car to be there in one week. Tabitha wasn’t aware of the weather conditions until it was too late. Her old car breaks down on the side of the road in the middle of a blizzard. Tabitha is forced to walk in the storm to the ranch she passed along the way. What she didn’t anticipate was passing out in the cold and being found by two sexy cowboys.

Tanner and Evan never expected to find this beautiful woman frozen on the ground outside their ranch. They are brothers who have waited all their lives to find the perfect woman to share their lives with. But when the storm blows over, are they willing to let Tabitha leave them for a job that’s waiting for her in Atlanta? Can they convince Tabitha that she was meant for them?

Will Tabitha let her job get in the way of her one true chance of love with two men? Or will she let her heart lead her in the right direction this time?
http://www.bookstrand.com/tabithas-blue-eyed-storm