Thursday, November 29, 2012

Guest Author: Michele Shriver

Please welcome guest author, Michele Shriver. Her new woman's fiction release, Sixth South, is out! I can't wait to read it since it is about middle school teachers. Right  in my realm of things!

Book Blurb: 

When the things she holds closest are suddenly threatened, Kelsey needs her best friend more than ever. But can Joni be there for her, or will her discovery of a shocking secret force her to choose between their friendship and her marriage? After fleeing an abusive past, Megan looks forward to a new future, but suddenly finds herself at risk of being a victim again. Their recently widowed friend and colleague, Olivia, wants to help them through the tough times with a freshly baked dessert, but when a surprise gift prompts her try online dating, she finds herself embarking on an adventure she never expected.

A story about friendship, relationships, trust, betrayal, letting go of the past and facing the future, this will be a year like no other for the women of Sixth South.


Now, let's meet our guest author. Welcome, Michele!
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Well, I’m one of the lawyers that decided to try her hand at fiction writing. There seem to be more and more of us out there, and I’m really not sure why that it is. Perhaps it’s something in the way our brains work or our training. Or perhaps it’s because the practice of law is very stressful and just not fun on most days and we need a break from it and writing fiction provides a chance to escape.
Before I went to law school, I spent two years as a substitute teacher at the middle school and high school levels in the city where I grew up, El Paso, Texas, which is a border city with Juarez, Mexico. That was quite an eye-opening experience.

I’ve incorporated both my law background and my teaching background into my books, with my first novel being about a class reunion of four law school friends and my current release focusing on the personal and professional challenges confronting a group of sixth grade teachers.

As I mentioned, I grew up in Texas and I currently live in Iowa. There’s quite a difference between the two, and not just the weather! I consider both Iowa and Texas to be ‘home.’

Aside from writing, I am also an avid reader and sports fan. If there’s a football, hockey or soccer game on TV, I’m probably watching it in the background while I’m typing away on my laptop on my latest book.

Wow! So much background, I feel like you have a story yourself. 
How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?
I do a lot of research. Even though there’s something to be said for ‘writing what you know,’ which to some extent I do, I think there’s always research to be done, sometimes for the subject matter of the book, and sometimes about various hobbies or interests that can help define characters.
For example, on my characters in my new release enjoys cooking and is always trying out new recipes, so I’ve spent lots of time on food and cooking websites trying to find dishes that she might want to make. I’ve found some that sound really good, too!

I have another character who has done a lot of traveling, something I really have not, so I have researched different world locales.

Sometimes the research is fun, sometimes it’s more sobering or depressing. My current project is about a recovering drug addict who is involved in the child welfare system and has involved a great deal of research on the drug culture and its impacts.

What main genre do you write in?
I write women’s fiction. My books are about friendships, family dynamics and interpersonal relationships. I like to think they’re about real life and about issues women encounter today. I’m not afraid to shy away from some edgier themes, such as overcoming alcoholism or drug use, or having a character who is openly gay, because those are very real issues in today’s world.

My current WIP is definitely the edgiest, and I started out thinking it might best be classified as mainstream, but since I also love a good romance and happy ending, and those elements always seem to find their way into my books, I think it will still best be classified as women’s fiction. 

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I’m mainly a fly by the seat of my pants writer, but there’s some element of both. I never start out by having an outline. I just have a basic idea of who my characters are and what the book will be about and I just start writing and let the characters chart their course and dictate their story. My characters often have minds of their own, so starting out with any sort of outline is a waste of time because I know it will change.

With that said, I think there comes a point in writing a book that even us “pantsters” have to take a little time to assess what is happening in the book- the events that have already happened, and everything else that needs to happen to reach the ultimate resolution- and do some plotting to make sure everything is falling into place the way it should.

That never results in a detailed outline for me, but rather a list of key remaining events or a list of the approximate number of chapters left and a few words about what will happen in those chapters. It’s usually about 2/3 of the way through a book that I need to step back and take a little plotting break so I know how to get to the end. 

Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I belong to an online critique site, Critique Circle, and it’s been absolutely invaluable to me. Although it can be a little hard at the beginning for a writer to take the plunge and let other people read their work and offer feedback on it, and I’ve had to develop a thick skin to accept constructive criticism, I view it as an essential part of the writing process. I like to know what works and what doesn’t in my books so I can make the necessary improvements before moving further in the publication process.

I know people that live in large communities that have local writer’s workshop that offer in-person critiquing. For example, they can read a portion of the work in progress to other members who then offer their feedback. I think that would be a wonderful benefit and I sometimes wish I lived in a large community that did have a local writer’s group.

I don’t, though, so I have to utilize online critique workshops. I do think there are some great advantages to online critiques, such as the opportunity to receive feedback on specific scenes or paragraphs or even sentences. 

I agree, Michele. I don't know what I'd do without Critique Circle! 
Thanks so much for sharing insight on the life of a writer. 

Readers, you can find Michele at her website:

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book Review: No Mistletoe Required


TITLE: No Mistletoe Required
AUTHOR: Jaenette Murray
PUBLISHER: Carina Press
RELEASED: Nov. 3, 2013

Dan Beckins isn't sure how he let his best friend con him into volunteering to build Santa's Winter Wonderland at the local hospital. He's got no problems with charity work, but anything Christmas-related is off-limits ever since he lost his parents on Christmas Day years ago. The only bright spot is working with smoking-hot Anna Smith.

Anna Smith loves Christmas and volunteering at the hospital is one of her yearly highlights. She had leukemia as a teen and then a breast cancer scare in her mid-twenties, and is now operating under a self-imposed rule that she can't have a relationship until the doctors give her a clean bill of health.

A little fling might be permissible, though, and sexy lawyer-turned-carpenter Dan seems like the perfect candidate. But when chemistry flares and the two start forming a re
al connection, will Anna run away before like turns to love?

I have to admit that I definitely judged this book by its cover. Can you resist this hottie on the cover? I love his smile and his longer hair. Cute! And he wasn't a disappointment in the story either. Sweet Dan Beckins is "forced" to help build Santa's Workshop at the children's hospital, even though he hates the season. There, he meets Anna, a cancer survivor who turns out to be an advantage to working there. Ana's character is a formidable one. She goes for what she wants and guess who that is. Yep! But Anna has a rule not to get involved with someone that could be a long-time prospective boyfriend, since cancer is in her past. She doesn't want to let anyone down, least of all her. So, when their "fling" turns into a possible future, Ana scares away. Dan, on the other hand, is happy to explore where their connection could lead.

I give this book 3 stars, because it was too fast and I wanted more. That is a good thing, I guess, and since I went in knowing it was a novella, I should've expected it. Still,  I would've liked to have seen a more emotional connection between the two, even though the sexual connection rocked. Additionally, this has been the third "Christmas romance" I've picked up, and so far they all have the same male conflict - parents died during the Christmas season and they can't seem to get over it without the heroine's help. Overall, I would recommend reading it. It's fast, sweet, and hot. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Rafflecopter for Giveaways - #Wwow


Today's Writer's Words of Wisdom is about Giveaways. Since I've been doing one giveaway a month, I thought I'd share the easiest way to handle them. 


If you are participating in a blog hop, or just having a regular giveaway, you must check out this website. It does everything for you! Go to The home page looks like this:

Next, you SIGN UP for free with the GET STARTED button. There are other plans where you can pay, but those are not necessarily needed for simple giveaways. You may want to think about it if you plan on lots of giveaways.

Once you are logged in. It will take you to your dashboard. See mine below.

Next, you will need to PLAN ONE NOW. It is simple. 

Name your giveaway. For example, my last giveaway was BLACK FRIDAY HOP.

Decide on your prize. You can give anything. I find that Gift Certificates are favorites. Other authors give away their own books or other's books.

How do people enter? You can decide. Have them leave a blog comment, tweet about the giveaway, follow your blog, follow you on twitter or facebook. It's up to you!

Add in your start and end dates. Check carefully the time periods. 

Click GET THE WIDGET. You will now see what your widget looks like. Copy and Paste the HTML code and insert into your blog post. Simple!

Once your giveaway ends, you sign back in to Rafflecopter, click on the title of the giveaway and select a winner. Rafflecopter does it for you! Easy! I usually download the excel sheet to make sure that the winner has done what they said. It's only fair. 

Then you contact the winner. Ta-Da! Everyone is happy. 

Try it out. You won't be sorry!

WoW is a Smart & Savvy Group of Authors who write this weekly feature for their blog each Wednesday. While we don't claim to be experts, the goal is to impart what we've learned about writing, editing, getting published, book promotion, and more along the way. 
Follow along and read all this week's contributors' posts. 

You can follow us on twitter at #WWoW.
Or find us on facebook at Words of Wisdom.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Hop - Win Kindle/Nook, $75 GC & More

While the rest of the US is out handling the crowds, fighting for their holiday gifts, some of us like to stay in, shop online, or just ignore Black Friday all to together. This year, join us in our second annual Black Friday Blog Hop! It's a ONE DAY hop where we're giving away prizes, talking about books we love, and most likely  eating left over turkey. :-)

The hop is November 23rd and is ONE DAY only.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!


Did you watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade? In my upcoming novel, Time Changes Everything, my heroine Amanda, is a buyer for Macy's. Black Friday could be HELL for her! Always the positive (or at least she tries to be) she has Thanksgiving at her apartment without even a thought about the "day in hell." Afterall, it's easy not to think of anything but Jake.

Amanda's two best friends, Chloe and Veronica work at the parade and spend Thanksgiving lunch with Amanda and Jake. As the sparks fly between my two MCs, Chloe and Veronica provide a nice comic relief to the story.

In fact, I've thought about writing Chloe's own story. Click on this post from a few months ago titled Girls Just Want to Have Fun. What do you think? Does Chloe need her own story?

Happy SHOPPING! Remember to enter the rafflecopter for a chance at easy online shopping at Amazon. :)

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Follow the other links (today only) and enter to win at each site.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

How to Pitch Your Book Online

Last Saturday I guest blogged at From Corsets to Bustiers, Christina McKnight's blog. If you haven't checked it out, follow the link below and read my story about Rejections to a Contract. 

I give advice on how to do an online pitch. I'm not an expert, but that is how I contracted my upcoming novel, Time Changes Everything with Entranced Publishing. There are live pitch challenges right now! See what I did and push yourself to get out there.

I love to read comments. Please let me know your experiences with online pitches or what you think about them. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Romance Tropes Poll - What are Your Favorites?

Some things never change and that rings true for the romance genre. In category romance, there are timeless romance tropes. Check out these older romances with obvious tropes:
Marriage of Convenience
Office romance

Love Triangle, Girl Next Door

Admittingly, I have my favorites. In fact, anytime I find a category romance with a Boy Next Door or Friends to Lovers theme, I immediately grab it. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't like those books where you can guess what happens from page one. I like a little mixture of tropes, to make the story line more complex and the characters believable.

Recent examples of my favorite tropes include:

Let Me Be the One 

by Bella Andre
Trope: Friends to Lovers, Secret Crush

Head over Heels 
by Jill Shalvis
Trope: Opposites Attract

The Marriage Bargain
The Marriage Mistake

by Jennifer Probst

Tropes: Marriage of Convenience

Tempting the Best Man
by J. Lynn
Trope: Best Friend's Sister

As I finish up my latest WIP, other ideas form in my head. I don't usually let myself dwell on new ideas until I finish with one. However, there are characters in those deep dark cushions of my brain waiting to get out. With that in mind, I thought I'd ask my blog readers' opinions. What are your favorite tropes? Use the poll below and help me out with a new idea! 

Check back for the results as they come in. Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Birthday Party Book Bash - 40 Books Giveaway!

Happy 40th birthday to my writing friend, Paloma Beck!

I also turned 40 this year, so I know what a milestone this is. Even though we don't want it to be a big deal, it is. Hears a toast to all those who turned forty this year! CHEERS!

So far, forty has been my best year yet, especially since a dream has come true... I signed a contract and I'm moving into the published author phase. Woo hoo! My book, Time Changes Everything, will be published by Entranced Publishing on May 13, 2013.

Amanda Larson has dedicated herself to her job and doesn’t want any interference – from a man or her bossy mother. That is until she meets up with her childhood crush, Jake Edwards, now a sexy big-shot lawyer in New York City. 
Jake Edwards enjoys the bachelor life and believes commitment is not in his blood, thanks to his dead-beat father. But, when Jake sees his little Mandy again, he realizes he might just be wrong.

In honor of Paloma Beck's birthday, I've joined her and 25 other authors to celebrate. Please check out Paloma's blog post and enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below. You have a chance to win tons of books! 

Other authors who are participating include:

Click on their link  to see how they are celebrating!

Now for the goodies.... Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win 40 - YES FORTY - books and surprises.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Review: The Spirit of Christmas by Liz Talley

Title: The Spirit of Christmas
Author: Liz Talley
Publisher: Harlequin
My Rating: 4 Stars

The Spirit of Christmas is a charming story perfect for the holidays.

I have been a die-hard Super romance reader for many years. Since I’ve wanted to get into the “Spirit” of all things holidays, I thought this would be a nice read.  The story started off slowly. We don’t meet the hero until chapter 2, and I kept waiting for him. The first chapter did a nice job at introducing us to Mary Paige Gentry, the altruistic heroine.  So, I kept reading. Boy, am I glad I did. These two characters tugged at my heart. 

Brennan Henry is all business. His eyes are always on the end number and he worked hard to get to the top of his family’s multimillion dollar company.

Mary Paige Gentry got caught doing good and now is the face of “The Spirit of Christmas” for the Henry family business.  My favorite line to describe her? “Mary Paige Gentry, pea-scooping rebel of 2012.”

Immediately, these two think they don’t like one another. Of course, their hearts say different. They come to the realization that they need each other and that opposites DO attract. 

Another piece of story that caught my interest was the setting - New Orleans. Born in Louisiana, this was a nice reminder of my childhood and visiting Vieux Carre. What a fun place for a Christmas romance!

There’s a nice mixture of sweetness, discovery, romance and humor. I actually had to control my laughter at one point.  A pull at the old “Christmas Carol” story was nice too. One of my favorite scenes is when Brennan’s grandfather persuades Brennan to be a better man and go for happiness in life.

 “Remember the children beneath the robes?”
“Ignorance and Want,” Brennan said to himself, his mind clicking as he grasped the implications.”
“Don’t let them win.”

        If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, with a dollop of romance, humor and fun, pick this book up on November 29!

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Authors - Use Pinterest!

When I signed up for Pinterest about a year ago, I immediately loved it. I found too many recipes, too many crafts and too many funny jokes. There literally is so much out there, it can be TOO much. However, it isn't just for those who are planning weddings, baby showers, or dinner for the night.

As I became a serious writer, I soon realized that I can use Pinterest to my advantage. Today's Writers Words of Wisdom is about how to use Pinterest to an Author's Advantage.

Here's what to do:

1) Create an author page. I created a separate page since I have a pen name to use for my writing purposes. My primary purpose to add this social network was to organize my writing ideas/pictures and to get my name out there. Check me out at and follow me!

2) Create boards. Click the ADD+ link at the top of the page. CREATE a BOARD link is next.  Of course, you are open to create anything! Here are the boards that I think are useful for other writers:

  • A board for each book you write. For example, I have a Time Changes Everything board with pictures of my MCs, the setting, important events, my book cover, etc. 
  • Story Inspirations: include quotes or pictures that may inspire future stories, novels, MCs
  • Hero/Heroine Inspirations: Similar to above but only pictures of possible MCs
  • Blogging: Here I pin blogs that I write (another great way to advertise yourself) and blogs I read that are useful.
  • Author Tools: Anything I find useful for writing, such as tips from the #Wwow weekly posts!
  •  Music to Write To: Yep! You can even pin videos. 
  • On Reading/Writing: Quotes about Reading and Writing to help motivate writers
Take a look at some of my boards:

3) Find friends/authors. Now it's time to network. You can click on your name at the top right corner and there is a link that says FIND FRIENDS. You can search by email or Facebook. Aditionally, you can find names in the SEARCH box. I have followed favorite authors, writing friends and publishers.

All in all, Pinterest should not be overlooked as a way to promote yourself or to organize your ideas. If you haven't signed up, now is the time!

WoW is a Smart & Savvy Group of Authors who write this weekly feature for their blog each Wednesday. While we don't claim to be experts, the goal is to impart what we've learned about writing, editing, getting published, book promotion, and more along the way. 
Follow along and read all this week's contributors' posts. 

You can follow us on twitter at #WWoW.
Or find us on facebook at Words of Wisdom.
We also welcome more authors' participation. Sign up is through our facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, November 9, 2012

Ready for the holidays? #AHhop

What do you love about Autumn and Fall? What does it remind you of? What about reading? Do you think it's a good subject to read?  * Starting on Friday, Nov. 9 and ending on Nov. 12, over 200 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about autumn.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains 10+ paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!


You know what I love about autum reads? I love that all the winter stories come out. It gets me in the spirit of all things HOLIDAYS.  Since I live in Guatemala (also known as Land of Eternal Spring), it's nice to feel all cozied up with a good book, even if I don't even need to wear a jacket.

So, yes, I have a HOLIDAY TBR list just waiting for me to tackle. Here are the "Winter/Autumn" books on my TBR list. 

Which would you want to read? Choose one, enter my contest on the rafflecopter and you may when an Ecopy! :) Happy reading!

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Be sure to visit the other participants using the links below. For every comment, you have a better chance to win the BIG prizes. Happy Autumn! Just go to this link:


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Don't Forget to Laugh at Yourself!

Who said life had to always be serious? I know it’s easier said than done, but we need to have fun sometimes. I know life can get in the way, but we make life the way we want it.  As a mother, wife, teacher, friend, and writer, I have a busy life. I have to learn how to balance all the responsibilities and in the midst of it all LAUGH. Laughing is important to me. Luckily, I have a silly husband who is right there beside me, supporting me, pushing me and loving me. Yeah, sappy right? Laugh all you want! At least you’re smiling. J

My husband makes me laugh ALMOST every day. One of the best parts of our relationship is that we can be who we are and not be embarrassed. Silliness evades our household. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Reading a romantic comedy is a great stress reliever. And yes, I fit it in to my daily schedule. Two queens of romantic comedy are Jill Shalvis and Shannon Stacey. In fact, here are some fantastic quotes from their last two books I read:

“If I looked like him,” Tara said. “I’d want to have sex with myself. All the time.” 
Jill Shalvis
, Simply Irresistible

“Two of my fav pieces of wisdom from Phoebe:

- Men are like parking spots. All the good ones are taken, and those that aren't are inaccessible.

- Remember, it's always better to be the smartass rather than the dumbass.” 
Jill Shalvis
, Simply Irresistible

“Who’s there?”
“The scratcher of your itch,” he said.
She opened the door a crack and stuck her nose out. “Was that supposed to be romantic?” 
Jill Shalvis
, Instant Attraction

"Josh: Just because you’re not looking for something doesn’t mean you won’t find it. 
Sean: Well, aren’t you quite the fucking fortune cookie." 
Shannon Stacey
 (Yours to Keep (Kowalski Family, #3))

"He could do this. He'd survived boot camp. He'd survived combat and the harsh weather of Afghanistan. He could survive broccoli. Probably." 
Shannon Stacey
 (Yours to Keep (Kowalski Family, #3))

My last advice is to always make sure you laugh during the day. “A day without laughter is a day wasted. – Charlie Chaplin.”

What do you do to laugh each day? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by,


Be sure to check the other Writer's Words of Wisdom authors:

Monday, November 5, 2012

Keep it real, folks!

Monday Funny - 11/5/12

This past weekend was a four-day weekend for me. AHHHHHHHH! 

I have to admit, it was much needed. We chose to do nothing and nothing was the best.... for the adults of the house. However, the teenager, preteen and six-year old thought otherwise. I can't even tell you how many times I heard "I'm bored." Well, I was bored of hearing "I'm bored." When did parents have to become the entertainers of the household in addition to all the other responsibilities? What happened to the days of playing out in the street and feeling fulfilled. So, in honor of my weekend of being a 24/7 mom, I thought I'd share these funnies that were stolen from MOMMIES THAT KEEP IT REAL on Facebook. They always have a way to make me laugh in between the whines and screaming. :)


Keep it real,

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Next Big Thing - Frequent Flyer WIP

What luck! I've been tagged three times to participate in The Next Big Thing hop. Of course, I'm thrilled to have the chance to brag about my newest WIP and hopefully it will be "The Next Big Thing!" Thanks to Michele Shriver, Ana Blaze and Lorna Peel for the tag.

Here are the rules:
1) Answer the questions.
2) Tag 5 other writers, providing the links.
3) Let the writer's know you tagged them.

Let the fun begin!

What is the working title of Your Book? Frequent Flyer, although I do think it will have to change eventually, since it doesn't seem very romantic. What do you think?

Where did the idea come from for the book? Colin, the MC, popped into my mind when I ate lunch with my brother-in-law one day. He is a widower and raises two girls on his own. Plus, he started dating again recently. This made me think how hard it would be for a single dad to date. And BOOM - I said, "Hey, I can create a character going through that."

What genre does your book fall under? Contemporary Romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

Colin Callaway - Single dad, Orthopedic Doctor - Chris O'Donnel

Hope Robinson - Single, Middle School Prinicpal - Candace Cameron

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I'm still working on it, but I started around December of last year (2011). I'm 80% through and have the rest plotted out (a big deal for panster me) and hope to be finished in the next month.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I haven't read anything really like this, but know that it has the basic romance tropes: forbidden love, single dad. I would hope it is similar to contemporary romance authors Jill Shalvis or Shannon Stacey, only because I strive to write like them. The are my writing idols. :)

Who or What inspired you to write this book? I think I inspired myself. LOL! I am a Middle School teacher and I've known I wanted a heroine who was a teacher or principal in that setting, since I know a lot about it. So, with that, I created Hope. Then the writing bug hit and all my ideas splattered onto my canvas and POW - it was there! 

Of course, my hubby has been a huge support and pushes me to continue to write. Thanks, hon!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? How about a teaser? 

     He shook his head. “I can’t believe we’re doing this.”
     “Doing what?” She looked around, confusion in her eyes.
     “Talking about the weather.” He scooted closer to her, making her back up toward the railing.
     “Colin-” A warning came from her mouth.
     He moved her all the way back and put his arms around her,holding onto the rail. “Life is too short to ignore the truth and the truth is that we are extremely attracted to each other.”
     She started to open her mouth to protest, then closed it before saying anything.
     “Don’t deny it.” He raised his hand and caressed her cheek.
     Leaning into his palm, she said, “Remember we’re just friends.”
     He shook his head. “To hell with friends, Hope. I haven’t felt like this in so long.” He placed his forehead on hers and leaned in more. Enough that he could feel her quickened breath on his chin.

Thanks so much for stopping by and please don't forget to visit the writer's I tagged:

1) Paloma Black
2) David Lascelles 
3) Christina McKnight
4) Rachell Kall
5) ST Bende