Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sometimes Love Hides in Plain Sight #ScintillatingSunday #Romance

When an earthquake traps them beneath the earth during a cave diving expedition, two best friends realize that the love of their life might have been hiding right in front of them...and that it may be too late to do anything about it. 

Welcome to the Scintillating Sunday Blog Hop where multiple authors share glimpses inside their work. Only 8 paragraphs...let's look inside the romance adventure novel, Proximity. 


"There's the problem. Right there." He grabbed her by the shoulders, kicked the door closed and ground his mouth against hers again. Reckless desire communicated itself through the ferocity of his kiss.

She pressed against him, overcome with need and confusion. She matched his passion with her own, no longer thinking about what was right or wrong. Every inch of her skin quivered with awareness.

They fell against the wall, tripped over a low table, and collapsed against the floor in a tangle of limbs. Body heat ignited from the inside out, making the short dress she wore feel constricting even as it rode up her thighs. She writhed against him, peeled his shirt up his back and sunk her fingernails into his skin.

He moved his mouth from hers and trailed kisses down her neck. The weight of him pressing her against the wooden floor combined with the heat of their bodies and the feel of his mouth on her skin while surrounded by wild sounds of the jungle overloaded her senses.

"Savannah, I've wanted this for so long," he muttered against her shoulder.

His voice snapped her back to reality. She dropped her head back against the wood and closed her eyes. The pleasure of the moment conflicting with common sense.

"We can't do this," she said with a catch in her voice. "You're Bill."

"Glad you know who I am." He rose up on the palm of his hands and stared into her eyes. "Why not? You're the only woman I've ever thought of as a soul mate—look at how we are together. Friends, confidantes...why not lovers? Why not have it all?"

From the back cover...

Love sometimes hides in plain sight.

Savannah is one of the boys—fun loving, adventurous, a general contractor, and dive master extraordinaire. There isn't much she takes seriously about herself, or at least that's the impression she likes to give off. Women often misjudge her based on her looks so she's gravitated toward a group of men who accept her 'as is'—her Scuba diving club.

Bill has known Savannah's wild side for years and has been comfortable playing the role of best friend. As part of the Dallas Divers, he's shared many adventures with the group from diving the Blue Hole in Belize to exploring the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. When the team heads out to Costa Rica for a series of cave dives, he knows something is off but can't justify his nerves.

Catastrophe happens shortly after their immersion in the cave. With the entrance blocked from an earthquake and separated from the rest of their team, Savannah and Bill are forced to find another way out while battling aftershocks, rising tides, and an undeniable attraction that they've ignored for too long. The question becomes, what's more dangerous...the earthquake or love?

**The Wanderlust Series consists of stand-alone adventure romance novels. Occasionally, characters from previous novels may make a cameo, but each story truly does stand on its own merits.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

One Week of No Strings Uncomplicated Sex Gets...Complicated #Romance

They agree to an anonymous fling in Belize to ring in the New Year...but love has other plans

Welcome to the Scintillating Sunday Blog Hop where multiple authors share excerpts of their work that they think captures the essence of 'scintillating.' Enjoy!

Excerpt of the romance adventure novella, Anonymity...

"I have no regrets about any of it, not the fact that my ex is out of my life for good or that I'm here with you." Her fingers pulled at the snap of his shorts.

"You're insatiable."

"You said that already." She laughed against his skin as her mouth moved over his shoulder and her hand worked its magic over his hard-on. "Are you afraid of me, Luke?"

"I can handle anything you have to dish out." He moved his body so that she straddled him and pushed open the robe to bare her breasts.

"We're going to tip this hammock over and break our necks." She pushed his shorts down his thighs.

"I'm willing to chance it." He braced them by putting one leg on the floor.

Not only was he doing things he'd never thought he'd do in his life—like sex against a palm tree and now in a hammock—but he felt protective over her when he knew he had no right. That would be breaking the deal. He'd agreed to play a role of vacation hook-up and he never broke his word.

When she leaned forward and tenderly kissed him, he pushed his hands through her hair and held on as if she were the only woman in the world.

From the back cover...

Alyssa McNeil is through with romance. In Belize on a solo vacation designed to make her forget that her ex is marrying someone else on New Year's Eve, she's determined to break free of her comfort zone. Meeting Luke Picket falls perfectly into her plans for indulging fantasy, letting go of inhibition, and having uncomplicated fun under the sun. Falling in love with him is definitely not on the agenda.

Luke Picket is more than happy to go along with her idea of a no strings, first-name only weeklong fling. He embraces his solo lifestyle and can't see that changing any time soon. When they find themselves trekking through the jungle and facing turbulent seas together, the feelings he'd fought so hard to avoid in his life start stirring in his closed-off permanent bachelor heart.   

But they'd agreed on anonymity, on a first-name-only-no-strings love affair, and neither wants to ruin the moment with unwanted declarations. Old beliefs are challenged. Doubts questioned. Will they stick to their deal and go their separate ways when the week is over? Or will the new year bring them a new attitude about love?

**Anonymity is book one of the Wanderlust Series, which is a series of romance adventure novels written as stand-alone books. In future series, some characters may make cameo appearances, but all are true stand-alone novels.