Monday, 5 December 2016

Interview with Annie Fisher


Today I'd like to welcome Annie Fisher to Just Books.

Annie is a 22-year-old Irish self-proclaimed writer and backpacker. In the past year, she has worked and travelled around the world after graduating from University College, Dublin, with a degree in English with Film Studies. For the last couple of months, Annie has been living back in Ireland to spend some time with her family and in that time, she has published her first novel, The Greater Picture.





Hi Annie, would you like to start by telling us when you started writing for publication and what made you decide to put your work out there to be read by others?
Since I was about 14 I imagined being a young writer publishing books and amazing the world so I was always writing for publication since that age. I started sending my books to agents when I was 16 and I did it on and off for a couple of years (it’s such a tedious task to email all those agents) until I decided to just go for it and publish my novel through Amazon this year.


What gets your creative juices flowing?
I love travelling and meeting new people so when I’m on the road I write down a lot of my experiences in a notebook which I sometimes refer to whilst writing. When I’m on my own with my laptop, I usually watch Cinematography compilations of films on YouTube alongside The Lumineer’s music videos, clips from Lord of the Rings, indie film trailers and the odd feminist slam poem. It’s an odd mix of things that make me excited to enter the creative industry and be recognised for my own work.


Do you listen to music while you write?
I’ll always have music ready to go if I hit a wall during a writing session but I never write and listen at the same time, I can’t even text and walk at once- I’m the worst multitasker!


Do you use your personal experiences in your writing?
In my first published novel, The Greater Picture, every scene in the novel is fictitious but in the book that I’m currently writing I find that I’m resorting to using a lot of my own anecdotes and experiences.
A quote from The Greater Picture in which Margo tells Alexandria
her thoughts on life after death, in the pagan ideal of the Summerland (chapter 2).


Who is your favourite character from your The Greater Picture?
Like a good mother, I like all the characters in my book equally. I didn’t write any villains or idiots: every person has their own good and bad traits. If I had to choose I’d say David - which is usually the character people prefer least- because he goes through the biggest spiritual catharsis, evolving from a depressed millennial businessman to an artist who understands more about himself and his own desires, and who may even have found love in an unlikely person.


How about your least favourite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
I think Patrick is my least favourite because he doesn’t experience any huge revelation and returns to his old life at the novel’s end unlike the other characters in the novel who are utterly changed.


How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
The Greater Picture wouldn’t have been written but for my own interest in Alexander the Great - after whom Alexandria is named in the novel. A large aspect of the book is about her namesake and whether she should consider herself more like the king or the city in Egypt (a flawed man on a search for meaning or a labyrinth-like, complex city). I also chose the other names in the novel carefully too: Elijah is a biblical name which suits his character and Lily’s name is representative of her delicate and kind nature.


What’s the best writing advice you’ve been given?
To stop waiting for inspiration or the right moment and just sit down and do it.





Tell us about the cover of The Greater Picture and how it came about.
I always knew I wanted a frame on the cover of the novel and some of my favourite YA novels are dark with white writing. I like that kind of simplistic appearance rather than having a photographed image on the cover.







What can we expect from you in the future?
Well, I’m heading off to Europe and Asia on some backpacking trips in the next year (which you can follow on my social media accounts) and I’ve written two novels (one based in Ireland and the other the first book of a trilogy) which I hope to have published in the next year or two!


What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
I think the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is read one of my own poems at my grandmother’s funeral in 2013 as she practically raised me and we were very close. I move around so much at the moment, getting settled in places all over the world and then having to leave, so saying goodbye every couple of months to people that I’ve only known a short time but have grown to love is pretty difficult, too.


What did you do this summer...?
This summer, after working in Amsterdam for two months, I moved to the French Alps to a little village on Lake Annecy in April. I worked there until September of this year for a holiday company which meant living in a tent for the whole summer, doing a lot of cleaning and looking after customers. I met so many lovely people out there and my time working in this amazing scenery gave me buckets of inspiration to edit The Greater Picture and motivated me to get published.


... and how did you celebrate last Halloween?
This Halloween was pretty boring because I was coming up to the novel’s release and I was super stressed out. The Halloween before that I spent on Khao San Road in Bangkok Thailand with my favourite group of friends. It was probably one of the craziest nights- the streets were so packed that you could only walk a tiny step at a time. We celebrated the occasion by doing body shots off one another whilst a group of 100 people watched on with their mouths hanging open, one of my friends fell over and knocked down two racks of clothes and nearly got us all in a brawl, there was a huge rainstorm at about two a.m. that was pretty surreal. I also ended up getting a stranger to buy me McDonalds then made him wait outside my hostel whilst I went to grab my friend- it turns out though I just fell fast asleep on my bed and woke up the next morning, having forgotten all about him.


Aside from backpacking, how do you spend your free time?
Recently, and admittedly, I do sleep a lot. Whilst I’ve been living back at home in Ireland the last three months I spend most of my day typing away at my computer- whether that’s sending emails, doing design work or writing. If I’m in Dublin, I’ll spend the day in Starbucks or just wandering around the city. My life is pretty chill at the moment- all my time is free time!



Which other country would you most like to visit?
Japan is on my list in January definitely- I literally eat sushi at least 3 times a week. I can’t get enough of a good temaki roll, I would survive on them if I could.


Who is your favourite female actor?
With a degree in Film Studies, people think I know a lot about films and they’re always disappointed. I’m always getting criticised for (still) never seeing the full Jaws or Shawshank Redemption films. My favourite actor is Marion Cotillard or Emilie de Ravin. I also love Annalise Basso in Captain Fantastic and the new Ouija film, she’s definitely going places. 


So... In a perfect world where you could cast your book for a movie, who would you pick for your main characters?
Like any writer I’ve imagined huge movie sets and Oscar-winning cinematography with an A-list cast. The location for the book would be cold and windy by the coast somewhere in England and I would love to see the big old house brought to life on screen. I’d love to have actors I really admire to play the roles just so I could meet them really, like Emma Watson as Alexandria; Juno Temple as Margo, someone like Jeremy Sumpter or Mathew Lewis to play Elijah, the only thing is they’d need brown contact lenses.

Are you an early riser or a night owl?
Definitely a night owl, I’m usually still awake when the early risers are getting up!


And finally... when did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
Everytime I visit my parents’ house I sing to myself all the time because nobody can hear me from my room. I’ve sang to a few people but they all do this strange thing of closing their eyes tightly and grimacing, then they tell me to stop. I think my voice is too beautiful for some people to handle.

Thank you very much for spending this time with us, Annie. Stay safe on your travels.


Follow Annie's literary and backpacking journeys on her website, facebooktwitter, and instagram.

Buy The Greater Picture on Amazon and Createspace.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

War Town by Mitch Goth



Title: War Town
Author: Mitch Goth
Genre: New Adult Thriller


For Olly Rourke, War Town's opening day is a joyous occasion. He is one of a thousand people selected to be the first players in the world's largest paintball arena. But as he soon finds out, the game he enters into is far more sinister. Two equal teams, locked in the massive arena together, and presented with an armory of real ammunition and a time bomb powerful enough to kill them all. The only way out is to eliminate the other team, by any means necessary.





Excerpt #1 

      For twenty straight minutes, I stared down at the ticket in my hand. War Town’s opening day, and I had a ticket. We were just a few miles out and I was still struggling to believe it.
      “Hey Olly, how much longer you think we got?”
      I looked over at the source of the voice. Mikey looked at his phone as he steered the car with his other hand and the other half of his attention. With any other person, I would have scolded them for looking at their phone while driving. But I knew Mikey Fischer well enough to know how good he was good at multi-tasking. I also knew that no matter how many times I told him not to do something he would always do it.
      “Can’t be much longer.” I shrugged. “A few minutes maybe.”
      “I hope so. I can’t take this suspense anymore.”
      “It’s not like we haven’t seen it before, there’s pictures of it all over the internet.”
      Mikey drummed his fingers against the wheel. “Well, yeah, pictures from the outside. I wanna know what the deal is inside. Besides, no way pictures do a justice for this place.”
      I paused for a moment and watched my friend’s movements. His finger drumming went on and he bounced a little in his seat. His excitement looked like it was about to burst from him. He stuck his head out the window, letting the wind whip through his thick, brown hair.
      “What was that for?” I asked.
      “Just to do something, I guess. I’m getting antsy.”
      “I can tell.”
      “Come on, how can you not be stoked for this? War Town is gonna put Oklahoma to shame!”
      I smiled. We had taken more than a few trips to the big paintball tournaments in Oklahoma during college. It would take something like a God to one-up those battles, or at least someone with a great vision and a lot of money. War Town was a case of the latter.




The Author:

Mitch Goth currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he attends Antioch College. When not writing, he spends his time investigating the paranormal and indulging in a good book or movie.





Excerpt #2

      “I’m sure all of you are wondering just what the point of all this is,” Merrus said. “Well, if you take a trip to your team hotel you will find a large metal door in the basement. On the other side of that door is an expansive cache of weaponry. Now, I don’t mean more paintball supplies when I say that. I mean real metal guns firing real lead ammunition, the kind that kills. The goal of the game remains the same: one team must eliminate the other. You have until this Sunday at ten in the morning to complete the game with the weapons provided for you. If one team does not eliminate the other in that time the nuclear device will eliminate you all. I suggest you all dump your paintball gear, it is no good against real ammunition. Good luck, and let War Town begin.”
      Merrus’s feed cut. Less than a second later, the screen atop the bomb lit up and began counting down. People around the bomb screamed and ran the opposite direction. Panic enveloped the crowds and people scattered. I stayed where I was, I had no idea where I wanted to go.
      Once the crowds dispersed as people ran for the trolleys, a select few of us remained. Mikey was one of the people who stayed put. With slow, careful steps we approached each other, looking at one another across the dividing line with solemn, confused expressions.
      “This all can’t be real, can it?” Mikey asked, his voice nearly inaudible.
      I looked around to the other people approaching each other at the line. So many friends, family members, and couples all joined with separate teams to fight each other for fun. Suddenly the fun disappeared, and they were stuck on opposing sides. There was one couple only a few yards from us. They looked to be in their late teens. A tall skinny boy with long dark hair on the Red side, and a short, equally thin girl with blinding blonde locks on my side. Even with the distance between myself and them fear showed clearly in their faces. Just like Mikey, they were both hoping that none of it was real.
      “I don’t know,” I said. “I don’t know.”





Friday, 2 December 2016

Pursuing the Bear by Kerry Adrienne

The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets


Title: Pursuing the Bear
Series: Shifter Wars
Author: Kerry Adrienne
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 28, 2016*
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: Digital
Digital ISBN: 9781460397442



Bear shifters exist.

Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child. Now she’s returned to he forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the worlds. She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole. Intimately close. But uncovering Derek’s wild side comes with a shattering price.

Like a magnet meeting metal, Derek is drawn to Bria. His destiny. His mate. So beautiful and so vulnerable. So dangerous, too: an encroachment of lions, vengeful and vicious, is closing in and they’re ready for war. Now is not the time to be distracted like a lovesick cub.

If Bria reveals the truth of the Deep Creek shifters to the world, she’ll bring out the worst of both sides. But Derek can’t hide his secrets from the love of his life forever. He knows they’re playing with fire – and that when passion runs this hot, this reckless, someone’s bound to get burned.

*Previously published, newly revised and expanded by author



Excerpt:

“What an ursus…umm...whatever you said? I’ve always worked with my hands—I never was a college guy. Didn’t have the patience to sit still in the classroom.” Derek kicked at the ground then looked up.


“No worries.” She snapped her attention back to what he was saying. “Most people don’t know what an ursinologist is—it’s someone who studies bears.”


“Bears, huh?” He shook his head and laughed. “You study bears?”


“What’s so funny?” She crossed her arms. “It’s a valid profession. And I’m doing what I love.”


“Nothing wrong with it, Bria.” He stepped so close to her she had to look up to meet his gaze, and held his hands up in mock surrender. “I think it’s a fine profession, I’ve just never heard of it. It’s a totally new job that I’ve never heard of. Yet here you are in the woods with me, so I guess we aren’t that far apart, career-wise.”


Derek was in her space and even though they weren’t touching, she felt his presence touching hers, like a low-level energy buzzing in the evening air, crackling when hers met his. One step closer and she could pull that hair band out and hop into his arms, straddling him as she kissed him. She shook her head to clear her naughty thoughts. Ugh. Stop. The thoughts about what she’d like to do to the hot park ranger needed to stop. Maybe she’d been out in the sun too long. Normally she didn’t ogle guys. In fact, she couldn’t remember the last time she had. She cleared her throat and took a step back. “I thought you were laughing at me.”


“No. I didn’t know there was a name for someone who studies bears. Plus, the word sounds kinda funny.” He scanned the forest, thumbs in his belt loops. “I guess you’re in the right place to look for bears, though. Especially this deep in the forest. Lots of them live in Deep Creek. They’re everywhere. Probably closer than you think.”


“I hope so.” Her shoulders lowered and she blew out a breath. “Have you seen any this season? I know they are more active in summer. After they’ve woken from hibernation.”


“I see them every day. I’m out in the woods a lot.” He chewed his lip. “They really only partially hibernate, though. But yeah, I guess you could say I’ve seen a lot of bears here in Deep Creek.”


He’d seen bears. Recently. Her pulse thumped in her neck and she leaned forward, as if being near him would make the bears closer. Excitement rang in her ears. “Where? Can you show me, or at least give me some pointers where to look? I can’t wait to see them.”


“My best advice is to keep your eyes open. You never know when a bear will appear right in front of you.”


***Excerpt provided courtesy of Kerry Adrienne and Carina Press.  This excerpt is from an unedited ARC and subject to change.



The Author:

Represented by the fabulous Marisa Corvisiero with the Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Kerry loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and various small animals. Her husband says she’s a marketer’s dream, as she often believes everything she hears—at least initially. Her shoe horde will attest to her fine shopping skills.

In addition to writing, Kerry loves to sew (costumes and cosplay, especially), draw, paint, make chainmail, and play guitar.

Her new love is her Mini Cooper Convertible, Sheldon, and they have already gone on many adventures. They travel to as many concerts as they can–especially Green Day and Marilyn Manson.

You can visit her much-neglected costuming blog here.  Maybe she’ll have time to update it soon.





Other Books By Kerry Adrienne:

Waking the Bear


Sexy shifter passion is awakened when two unlikely lovers are challenged by secrets, danger and an unstoppable need to claim one's mate…

For human Amy Francis, the secluded cabin in Deep Creek is the haven she needs to map out a fresh new start. She never expected her heart to be reawakened by a distraction like Griff Martin, commanding yet gentle, too ferociously sensual to ignore. It's clear that patrolling the forest is more than a job to Griff—it's a means of survival. But what Amy doesn't realize is she's reawakened the beast within him.

Griff's dormant hunger is stirred by this intoxicating woman…and threatened by the secret she must never learn. Duty-bound to defend his bear clan against an avenging pride of lion shifters, Griff's entire world is upended when he meets Amy. His animal need to claim his mate has taken hold, but that very desire could seal her fate as an unwitting pawn in battle.

Now, as a shifter war looms, Griff must decide between letting Amy go or following his most carnal instincts. To have her would change his life…but risk everything he knows and was born to protect.


Storm Damaged

In a world where humans don’t know mermaids exist, Mari leaves her home in the ocean to escape her mother, her betrothed, and her tribe’s expectations in order to make a go of independence on land. Chase, former Navy diver and self-appointed curmudgeon-who-isn’t-worthy-of-love, lost his brother in a freak diving accident and now fears the ocean he once loved.

Mari’s a mermaid with a plan. She has to get the sexy bartender, Chase, to remain on the island so she can get him into her bed. Trouble is, he’s afraid of the water and there’s a hurricane coming. But with Mari's betrothed on the rampage over a centuries-old vendetta, the storm isn't the worst thing they'll have to face.



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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Southern Delight by Jeannette Winters



Don Farrell believes in working hard and playing even harder. The only thing he took seriously was business. Finding out there was a target on his back only made him more determined to succeed.

Bailey Tasca had been confident and outgoing. Her tomorrows had been filled with dreams of someday making it big as a comedian, but her laughter stopped the day the doctor told her the results: cancer. Now she struggles to redefine herself.

When Don and Bailey meet up again at a friend’s wedding, the one thing neither wanted was to find the chemistry they’d shared in the past now even more explosive.

Don realizes it doesn’t matter what he achieves if Bailey is not by his side to share it. Can he reach Bailey behind her high walls of insecurities and doubt? Bailey must let go of her newly acquired inhibitions and open herself up, both emotionally and physically, if she ever wants her happily ever after. Can their love heal even the deepest wounds?

Available on Kindle Unlimited




Other Books in this Series:


Available on Kindle Unlimited

Book 1: Southern Spice

US | UK 



Book 2: Southern Exposure

US | UK 







The Author:

Jeannette Winters is a romance author mixing heart, intrigue, and the steamy pleasure of a Billionaire romance.

Jeannette grew up in a large family, number ten out of eleven children, eight of them being older brothers. She quickly developed a great sense of humor, mostly from necessity. One of her greatest joys is sitting on the porch where they were all raised and hearing the stories from years gone by. Quietly laughing to herself, she notices how they embellish the stories more and more each year.

Storytelling was passed down from her grandfather and mother. Jeannette caught the bug at a very young age. If she didn’t have her head in a book, then she was off somewhere with a notebook, jotting down stories of what she would write if one day she became an author. Although the notebook may have vanished, the stories are still vivid and waiting for the right time to be told.

Despite having an amazing family, there have also been some sorrows in her life, including
the loss of loved ones. Over the years, Jeannette has spent countless hours volunteering for
different organizations and acting as a caregiver to those most dear to her. As a result,
supporting the elderly became of utmost importance.






Other Books by Jeannette Winters:

The Betting On You Series

Book 1: The Billionaire's Secret
Free to download
US | UK

Book 2: The Billionaire's Masquerade
US | UK

Book 3: The Billionaire's Longshot
US | UK

Book 4: The Billionaire's Jackpot
US | UK

Book 5: All Bets Off
US | UK


The Barrington Billionaires Series
* Also available in audiobook format

Book 1: One White Lie
US | UK

Book 2: Table For Two
US | UK

Book 3: You & Me Make Three
US | UK

Book 4: Virgin For The Fourth Time
US | UK








Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Life, Liberty, Pursuant To by Piken Sander



Sanapia Jones and Marcus Brand have it all. Their crazed stalker is finally in custody. They have a lovely home, wonderful friends, amazing careers, and, most importantly, each other. That is, until the unthinkable happens and a devastated Sana must pick up the pieces of her heart and carry on for the sake of her son. Two years pass and Sana is ready to take her new relationship to the next level when a fire at the studio interrupts her plans. What happens next will change all their lives in ways they couldn't imagine.




Author Bio:

Piken Sander lives among sprawling oak and aspen in Northern California to where she escaped from colder climes many years hence. Her randy Auntie asked her to ‘tell her a story’, demanding that there be strong women and steamy passion, and this began the writings of Piken as she crafted stories of girl meets boy, girl and boy go through the torture of life and beyond, with at the very least hopeful endings. When her Auntie passed, she left her niece a one sentence note in her will: “Now publish the damn things.” Piken’s day consists of writing and social media, and such difficult decisions as which of her dizzying array of wildly colorful pajamas she should wear on a given day. She loves a perfectly steeped cup of good tea. She has few she calls friends, but those in this cadre are cherished and fostered. A political liberal since preteens, she tolerates no racism or bigotry or inequality of any kind, especially in her stories.




Foundations, LLC 


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Dragonhome by Rick A. Mullins




A unique sci-fi action book, that follows the adventures of a group of humans after they are unexpectedly transported to another world, where dragons are the dominant beings.

I was captivated by the detailed storyline and fantastic world building.
It was a clean and fun read, that left me wanting more.











Synopsis:

Gordon Barrow is traveling a crowded highway when lightning strikes an overpass and opens a portal to another world. Traveling at highway speeds, dozens of trucks, buses, and cars pass through the portal and find themselves stranded on an alien world when the portal disappears.

Resolved to spending the rest of their lives on this alternate Earth, the involuntary colonists meet and befriend the natives, then discover that their adopted world goes through a population surge every decade until starvation and massive die-offs allow the land to recover for another decade.

Just when they’ve figured out how to survive on their new world they discover that they are infected with the same parasites that have extended the lives of every living thing on Dragonhome, the very thing that causes the cyclic population explosions.

Now they have found a way home using the same worldhole crystals that brought them to Dragonhome. But if they return they will bring their immortality infection with them, and with it introduce the same cyclic population explosions that decimates Dragonhome every ten years.



The Author:

I started writing immediately after reading my older brother's copy of "The Hobbit" at the age of twelve. After high school I served four years in the Air Force as a nuclear weapons technician, followed by a year in college at Ohio University then two years of working travel before serving four years in the Navy where I was the assistant fire marshal on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway. After the Navy I spent another two years of working travel before returning to my home in Ohio and settling down as a factory drone and writing in my spare time.

I self-published (print on demand through Authorhouse) four science fiction novels between 1999 and 2001 before beginning my DreamQuest series, novels based on, and adapted from my actual dreams. With eight novels finished I have started putting them online through Kindle Books and my website DreamQuestBooks.com

My first e-books with Kindle include "Dragonhome" and "Magi" in the Worldhole series of parallel universes. The two standalone novels are "Circle of Magic" and the steampunk adventure "Godstone Mage". Upcoming books include "Floatstone Pirate" and "Crystalline Dreams" in the Worldhole series and the standalone novels "Mustang Riders" and "Troubadour".

The Millionaire’s Convenient Arrangement by Jane Peden


Jane Peden returns with an all new Miami Lawyers novel releasing November 29, 2016. Maria is raising her 13-year old brother Joey alone, and it’s clear he’s headed for trouble. But what happens when the only man who can save Joey is the same man Maria holds responsible for destroying her family? Find out in this steamy must read Fall title which fans of Jackie Braun's Revenge Best Served Hot will love.


Title: The Millionaire’s Convenient Arrangement
Author: Jane Peden
Publisher: Mr. Media
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Series: Miami Lawyers #2
Genre: Contemporary Series Romance
ISBN: 978-1-53762-788-5


Her worst enemy is the one man she can’t resist.

Maria Martinez thought it was a dream come true when Ritchie Perez—a sweet and sexy guy she met volunteering at a soup kitchen—took her delinquent little brother Joey under his wing. But her dream becomes a nightmare when she discovers Ritchie is the same man who put her twin brother Tito in prison for 10 years. Now Joey’s in trouble, and Ritchie’s been appointed his temporary guardian. He’ll be moving into Ritchie’s luxurious waterfront Miami home—unless he’d prefer a juvenile detention facility.

And if Maria wants to be with him, she’ll be moving in too.

Now a hugely successful attorney in private practice, Ritchie made his reputation as a tough prosecutor who didn’t make deals with drug dealers and gang members. But that history comes back to haunt him when the woman he’s falling for believes he’s responsible for convicting an innocent man, and destroying her family. Ritchie wants to stop Joey from making the same mistakes his brother did. And he wants Maria in his bed. But as desire heats their blood, will the past reach out and destroy their future?



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Excerpt:

They were sitting at an outside café on the waterfront. Joey seemed to have rebounded quickly and managed to eat two burgers and a massive quantity of cheese fries. As soon as he finished, Maria had given him some money to go down the street and get ice cream so she could talk things over with Ritchie.
The second he was gone, she started, apparently realizing she needed to shift tactics and take a softer approach. Ritchie wondered how long it would take until that temper of hers took over again.
“Listen, I don’t want you to think I don’t appreciate what you did for Joey – for both of us – this afternoon. But I can tell how much this has shaken Joey up. He’s not going to be a problem from here on.” She took a measured breath and continued.
“So, as much as I appreciate your offer to have Joey move in with you for six months, it’s really not necessary. We couldn’t disrupt your life that way.”
She smiled at him, and he knew it must have cost her. Humble was not her style.
“It doesn’t work that way, Maria,” he said, and watched the smile fade from her pretty face.
“I don’t know what you mean,” she said.
“I mean, when you ask me to drop everything and run over to the courthouse and get Joey out of trouble, I’m happy to do that. And I was happy to take on responsibility for watching over him because that was what it took to keep the Judge from removing him and conducting a home study and dumping that kid into a system that’s going to hurt him more than it would ever help him. But when I make a commitment to help, I’m all in. Don’t expect me to put a temporary fix on this legal problem then step back and just wait for you to call me when the next crisis happens.”
He leaned forward. “Because the way things are headed, there will be a next crisis. And it won’t be as easy to make a deal with the prosecutor and the court next time.”
“I think you’re overstating it. This was a wake-up call for Joey. He’ll stay out of trouble from now on,” she said.
“Why not make it easier for him to do that? I like you, Maria. And I like Joey. He’s a good kid, and I want to help. But I don’t have time to run back and forth between your apartment and his school checking up on him.”
“I’m not asking you to do that.”
“That apartment isn’t big enough, and you know it. That’s why the best solution is for him to move into my house, where he has his own room. I can make sure he’s home when he’s supposed to be, he’s in the right school, and he’s doing the right kind of activities. You know he’s interested in sports. I can get him in some great programs after school and on weekends. No more hanging out with his friends from the old neighborhood, and no more sitting around an empty apartment thinking up ways to get in trouble while you’re at work.”
“So you’ll help him but only if it’s your way.” Her jaw was set stubbornly, and she narrowed her eyes, still holding onto her temper but clearly by a thin thread.
“That’s right. If you want me to help him, you have to give me a chance to do it my way.”
“And if I say no?”
“Then you might as well make a reservation for him to move into a cell with your brother Tito.”
Her face paled. “You knew,” she said, her voice a whisper. “You spent time with us, with Joey, you took me out on a date, you knew I was attracted to you. You kissed me,” she said, and a bit of the color came back into her face. “You must have realized that if I knew who you were, I’d hate you.”





















The Author:

Jane Peden is a Florida trial attorney who writes sexy contemporary category romances set in the exciting South Florida city of Miami, where millionaire lawyers live extravagant lifestyles and find love when they least expect it. When Jane isn’t in court, you can find her at the beach with her laptop, dreaming up stories about successful, confident men who know what they want and how to get it, and smart, sexy women who demand love on their own terms. Jane’s books promise sizzling chemistry in the face of insurmountable obstacles. And just when things couldn’t get any worse, an emotional payoff that makes it all worthwhile.

Jane grew up in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, but decided early on that the only thing better than escaping the cold for a two-week vacation at the beach was to live there all year around, so she traded her snow boots for a jet ski and has never looked back. Jane lives on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and a fish.



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