I know the current trend in publishing is electronic, and I do have a Kindle which I do some reading on, especially when I go on vacation. But for me there’s nothing more satisfying than curling up with a good book and turning pages.
Having a book in my hand is even more thrilling when it’s my own book.
This is my fifth print release, eighth overall, but having that box arrive and opening it to reveal books with MY name on them never gets old.
The official worldwide release date is this Friday, August 1, but paperback copies have been available for a couple of weeks.
Even after the death of her husband, Erika Garrett is still close to his family. She vows they’ll never discover he was cheating on her. She’s content with her play-by-the-rules life until Chase Stewart re-enters her life.
Chase is divorced from Erika’s sister-in-law and wants nothing to do with her family or they with him. If it weren’t for shared custody of his precious four-year old twins, he wouldn’t be a part of their lives at all.
He has no desire to marry again, so the only thing he can offer Erika is a secret summer fling. But when the secret is uncovered, can either of them ever face the family again?
She shook off the feeling, and once again attempted to concentrate on the movie. Soon the girls drifted off and, eager for something to do to keep her mind off forbidden topics, she rose to gather the remains of their snack. She reached for the empty popcorn bowl as Chase did the same. Her hand brushed his, and she yanked it away as if burned.
“Erika.” Her name came out soft. Husky. Never before had it sounded so intimate on a man’s lips.
“I need to get this cleaned up.” She fled to the kitchen.
She stood by the sink, the snack dishes forgotten. Her hands gripped the edge of the granite so hard her knuckles turned white.
The soft pad of Chase’s bare feet announced his arrival a moment before his hands came to rest on her shoulders. She flinched.
“Erika.” How easily she could get used to him saying her name just like that. As though velvet secrets hid in the simple syllables. She shivered under his touch. “What are you thinking?”
As if he didn’t know. She shook her head, unable to speak, or unwilling to voice her thoughts aloud.
With gentle hands he turned her to face him. “Look at me.” He lifted her chin with a finger.
She tried to tear her gaze from his, but the intensity in the dark depths of his eyes made the task impossible. The silent communication spoke to her soul in a way nothing ever had before.
Family Secrets is available through The Wild Rose Press. (Writing that is also a thrill that never gets old!)
And even though I know sales are way better for electronic copies of my books, having that particular box arrive made me second-guess submitting my latest WIP, which is almost ready to go to my editor in query form, in a length which would only allow a digital release. At this point in the process, I really am not looking to make it any longer, but let me tell you, for a moment I was tempted!
Until next time,