This is a guest post, please meet my friend, author Lorraine Nelson. See the picture for her book.
Here is the blurb from Covert Mission.
Two cops have been murdered, two convicts escape. Samantha Muldoon and Blake Northrup pair up to protect their friends. Will their attraction to each other hinder their effectiveness and distract them from their job? Can it grow into something lasting, or will previous heartache keep them apart?
Covert Mission: Undercover Cop – Excerpt
Sam and Blake are attending the season’s end barbeque hosted by Luke and Zakia Manning at Thunder Creek Ranch.
“Enjoying the party?” Blake asked.
“Yes. There’s certainly a good turn-out.”
The band struck up a waltz to slow things down and he rose to his feet, holding out a hand. Sam knew that being held in his arms was dangerous, but without a doubt, it would be delightful, too. She took his hand and allowed him to lead her to the makeshift dance floor.
Dancing with Blake had every one of her hormones on full alert. His moves were sure and masterful, leading her around with no trouble to follow his steps. She felt as if she glided on air, her feet barely touching the floor.
When the next song proved even slower, he held her so close she could feel every beat of his heart as it thundered in her ear. Blake was a good head taller than she was, her cheek coming to rest against his chest as they danced. All her life she’d hated being short, until she’d found the perfect fit in Blake’s arms. With him, she felt petite and cherished.
She became aware of his hardened length pressed against her belly and her nipples beaded in response. It had been such a long, long time since she’d been intimate with a man. Fear of seeing the disgust, or worse, pity, in their eyes when they looked upon her naked body for the first time, had kept her celibate since her accident. In truth, until meeting Blake, her desire had lain dormant, like a closed door to her very soul.
Now, she was all woman, with a woman’s wants and needs the like of which she’d never experienced. Her awakening due to the man holding her gently yet firmly against his heart, maybe it was time to start living again—to feel the flush of heated skin against skin as they succumbed to their attraction for each other. He was interested. She knew that. Had known since that first day on the ranch when they’d all arrived to help Luke protect his wife, Zakia, from a crazed stalker.
“Sam?” His husky baritone sounded in her ear.
“The… uh… dance is over.” He chuckled. “Intermission. As much as I enjoy holding you, maybe we could sit for a spell?”
“Oh! Okay.” She’d been so lost in thought, she hadn’t been aware of anything except Blake’s body against hers. “Want me to walk in front?” she teased.
He grinned. “Please do. Being this close to you has an obvious effect on my libido.”
“Yeah, I noticed,” she said, allowing her hand to trail down over the ridge in his jeans as she turned to start walking back to their table.
And see my Interview with Lorraine, I enjoyed it and thanks.
Thank you for having me here today, Michael.
- Being a writer in Canada, do you notice any differences from a writer in the United States, such as ease of being published, collaborating with other writers?
Not at all. With the internet reaching worldwide, I think we all have the same advantages/disadvantages. Postage is high and that’s one reason epubs are becoming so popular. The starving artist, in this case writer, does not have the funds to snail mail and track their packages. With epubs, in most cases, you have immediate confirmation that your work has arrived. I’ve made a lot of friends online since I started writing seriously in 2009, and I value each and every one.
- What did you write when you were young?
In my younger days (not so long ago J) I wrote mostly poetry and short stories for children. I won an essay contest in grade six, although I can’t for the life of me remember what it was about. J One poem I wrote about Remembrance Day while in grade nine was published in the Canadian Legion’s newsletter that year.
Basically, anything that came to mind was fodder for a new poem or story. I even published a couple of children’s books and posters in the 90’s and enjoyed the success of seeing them approved by the Department of Education, NB. Yes, I do love writing? Is it obvious, do you think? J
- Have your children and grandchildren been bitten by the writing bug?
Unfortunately, no, but my oldest is a voracious reader.
- I’ve been to New Brunswick twice. What’s it like to live there and if you could, would you live somewhere else? If yes, why?
Oh! I hope you enjoyed your time here, Michael.
I love New Brunswick, its’ friendly people, culture and the changing seasons. It’s a fantastic place to raise a family and find inspiration to write. There is nothing that compares to the beauty of spring growth, summer’s green fields, the colors of autumn as the leaves turn different shades of red, orange, brown and yellow, and that first pristine snowfall that makes everything look so fresh and clean.
When it’s -40 Celsius and the snow reaches the eaves on my garage, I often think of vacationing somewhere warmer, but NB will always be home.
- To continue question four, would you write a book based in New Brunswick, and if so how would you bring the life of the Province to your readers?
Actually, I’ve written five based on life here in New Brunswick. One reflects the astonishing erosion of The Rocks at Hopewell Cape; two feature the beautiful, sandy beaches along the southeast shore, one, His Christmas Wish, is set in the mountain region of Caledonia, and the last is a Christmas Book as well, Mistletoe & Mr. Hoe. Only the latter two are published. Click the links for details. J
- What do you want your readers to take away from your books?
I simply want my books to entertain readers, for them to sit back, relax and enjoy the story as it unfolds. The majority of my books contain an element of suspense, some are sweet romance and some are quite explicit in their sexual content, and all end happily-ever-after, so I think there’s pretty much something for everyone.
- What motivates you in your writing?
Life, dreams, family, friends, headlines in the news…you name it, inspiration is everywhere. To be motivated as a writer you have to observe the world around you, be in touch with your surroundings and keep an open mind. That said, I think I’ve always had an overactive imagination, always running around, jotting down notes on things that interested me. I lost all of my earlier writing in a house fire, but some are still in my mind. Maybe I’ll rewrite those one day. Who knows?
One commenter will receive a free download, their choice, Thunder Creek Ranch Book 1, Zakia and the Cowboy, or Book 2, Covert Mission: Undercover Cop. You must be a follower of both blogs, Michael’s and mine. So leave your comments and/or questions. I’ll do my best to answer.