Welcome to my last excerpt from The Russian's Acquisition and what I expect will become an intermittent posting schedule.
The Russian's Acquistion is my last release until the New Year. I'll probably start #SampleSundays mid January for my March book, The Sheikh's Sinful Seduction. Have you seen the cover?
Gorgeous, right? As soon as I get my author copies I'll set up some giveaways.
Meanwhile, I'll have tons of giveaways at my Facebook party, November 18th. Here's the link and the line up of authors is awesome. These are Eastern times. Subtract three hours if you live here on the westcoast like me.
8:15 PM LUCY MONROE
8:30 PM SUSAN LYONS
8:45 PM MEGAN CRANE
9:00 PM JENNIFER HAYWARD
9:15 PM JACQUI NELSON
9:30 PM NANCY WARREN
9:45 PM TAWNY WEBER
Here's the link to join the party Nov 18th!
Have you completed my survey? You don't have to give up your email. I'm just curious. Please click here to answer ten quick questions if you have a moment:
Turning to NaNoWriMo news, I'm on time and on budget, sitting at 12500 words and ready to set down 1667 more words as soon as I finish this post. It's going well and I promise to post some snippets here and on Facebook in later weeks.
I think that's all the announcements. I'm in a bit of a fog. Neptune is somewhere, I'm sure. I have a lot of distractions here at home, too. Family is coming into town, we've bought a new bed which means rearranging some furniture. Remembrance Day is Tuesday, which has thrown off my usual day of errands and I have some commitments next week that will impact my writing time. All good reasons, in my book, to hyperventilate.
I'll cope by wrapping up here and get to real writing. That always makes me calm and happy.
Let's see, how far have we come?
- Clair arrives at work to a new boss
- Aleksy fires her
- Clair fights for her job
- Clair loses her home as well
- Clair fights for her flat & Brighter Days
Here Aleksy decides he wants Clair after all. (In fact, must have her):
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Such an ice queen, walking into the bedroom as though she wasn’t daring him to follow. Throwing out the bait that she’d never let Van Eych have her. He wondered how she’d homed in on the one reservation he had against her and dismantled it so effectively. A depth of experience in getting what she wanted from men, he supposed. Look at the way she had singled him out as the top dog this morning, making a play with one bold look before he even knew her name.
He almost didn’t care whether she had given herself to Van Eych, so long as he possessed her, which left him oddly defeated. Van Eych had stolen everything from him: not just his parents and home, but his youth and looks and his right to a normal life. No matter how Clair was connected, he ought to want to bury her, not bury himself in her.
He told himself her defiance provoked him. A man who’d conquered as many challenges as he had was internally programmed to trim the claws of a spitting cat and show her he wasn’t the easy dalliance she was used to. She wouldn’t be the biddable sex kitten he was used to either, but that made the thought of having her all the more exciting.
Listen to him. He knew better than to trust her, but he was halfway into bed with her anyway.
Pulling out his mobile, Aleksy texted his PA, then held his breath. He had the truth in seconds and swallowed back a howl of triumph. Her sugar daddy hadn’t been capable of making physical demands. That made taking her not just acceptable but imperative.
He pushed open the half-closed door and found more evidence to support her claim. She was moving clothes into a laundry basket set atop a narrow, single bed. There was something very youthful and innocent about her. He imagined Van Eych had been feeling his age—and beginning to feel the pressure of Aleksy’s running him to ground—when he’d discovered Clair in the file room.
Clair was just the old man’s type: young and pretty, angelic in looks but not in disposition. Van Eych had had women on the side even during his marriage, so it came as no surprise that he’d wanted to maintain the illusion of virility into his later years. The inability to fully enjoy Clair must have churned like bent nails in the old man’s gut.
If only he were alive to hate Aleksy for this. A wicked smile of enjoyment pulled Aleksy’s mouth. “The medical records confirm what you say. Van Eych was limp.”
She sent him a glance that tried for boredom but held an underlying flutter of nervous tension. “I told you, it doesn’t matter to me what you believe.”
“It matters to me.” He hooked a hand over the top of the doorframe, anchoring himself so he wouldn’t press forward into the room and take what he wanted before they’d outlined the terms. She had maneuvered a very profitable situation out of a criminal-class schemer. He couldn’t underestimate how conniving she could be.
She grabbed a hooded jacket off the suitcase near his feet. As she folded it, she hid her expression and any chance of reading her thoughts, but he heard the wheels turn.
He took in the unpacked case as he waited for her to make the next move, distantly wondering where she’d been for a week. With a real lover perhaps, but other men didn’t matter. She had never belonged to Victor. That was the important piece here. The thought of taking her for himself kindled a hungry fire in him. It was an approximation of the victory he craved, and he would have it.
With possessive satisfaction, he toured her shape, stoking the heat of anticipation as he hit narrow feet in bronze ballet slippers and climbed up slim but shapely legs. Hips that would fill his hands. A thick pullover sweater that hung loose, disguising whether she wore a bra. He’d bet she wore a snug undershirt of some kind, something that would trap the heat of her skin but still allow him to find and rub her taut nipples.
Her arm came across her breasts, forcing him out of his fantasy. Her blue eyes were wide, her lips parted. A blush of awareness bloomed across her cheekbones. She knew exactly what he was thinking and even though she was acting shocked, she wasn’t repelled. Her lashes dropped to hide her eyes, but she flirted light fingers through hair that looked as shiny and silky as gold tassels on a scarlet cushion. Her chest rose in a shaky little pant and she ran her tongue over ripe lips.
It struck him that she wasn’t accustomed to wanting the men she used.
He chuckled, delighted not only to have the upper hand, but to have her delectable body fall so easily under him. “Go ahead, Clair,” he taunted. “Ask me if offering to share that bed will persuade me to let you stay in it.”
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The Russian's Acquisition is available on Amazon here or scroll to the buy links for other retailers on the bottom of this post.
Teresa won my prize pack celebrating the launch of my Christmas book, Blame The Mistletoe.
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I've been guest blogging and still have a few more. Check these out:
- Just Contemporary Romance
- Melissa McClone (fellow Montana Born author)
- Story Finds
- Romance Junkies
- Harlequin Junkies
- Oct 27th: Romance Reviews Today
- Oct 39th: Love Romance Passion
- Nov 1st: Savvy Authors
- Nov 4th: iHeartP4esents
- Nov 7th: Heroes and Heartbreakers
- Nov 8th: Rachel Brimble's Blog
I have another scheduled for the end of the month with Totes Bags n' Books. There will be a giveaway so check here and my Facebook page for when it's up.
Readers! Some respondents to my reader survey said they didn't know I have books besides Harlequin Presents. I do! These two came out in September and October of this year:
Hometown Hero is part of the multi-author Homecoming series from Montana Born books. Here are all the titles, authors, and release dates in the series:
- Sept 22 - Sing Me Back Home by Eve Gaddy
- Sept 25 - Finding Home by Roxanne Snopek
- Sept 29 - Hometown Hero by Dani Collins
- Oct 02 - Long Way Home by Kathleen O’Brien
- Oct 06 - Home For Good by Terri Reed
You can get all of these books in a print anthology here: Montana Homecoming
My Christmas book can also be ordered in print as part of an anthology but I don't have the link yet. The 'A Marietta Christmas' series are all stand-alone titles to be read in any order, but mine links to and follows my Hometown Hero mentioned above.
- Oct 13 - Blame The Mistletoe by Dani Collins
- Oct 16 - Mistletoe Wedding by Melissa McClone
- Oct 20 - Her Mistletoe Cowboy by Alissa Callen
- Nov 7 - Cowboy It's Cold Outside by Katherine Garbera
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As said above, I am not sure how often I'll post through the holidays. I'm in the habit of writing one for Sunday, so I'll likely stick to that. Have a great week and I'll touch base soon.