Writing is a solitary job. That is why I rely on a close group of trusted friends to read my manuscript early and give me honest feedback. Authors often brush off reviews as “not every book is for every reader”. If I can be honest with you, the words pour out of my soul. I live and breathe these characters for days on end often for months. I want readers to love my storytelling. That’s why this early reading and feedback is so important and critical to my process.
Thursday morning a breathed a sigh of relief as I got my first-round edits from Lisa, my trusted and always honest editor with Silently Correcting Your Grammar. As she told the members of my Facebook reader group – “Ronan > Jaxson!”
I hope you are excited as I am to meet more of the adult children of the VESTED INTEREST and THE CONTRACT SERIES. Team Moreland Books is working on a cover reveal and teasers to get you equally excited about getting to know Aiden and Cami Callaghan’s kids. I thought I’d share a sneak peek of the novel. I adore this hero and so glad to bring him his HEA.
*Subject to change in final manuscript*
After churros, we took a short drive and ended up at the waterfront. We strolled around, got ice cream, and walked along the water’s edge. It was getting later, the sun disappearing fast and not many people around. It wasn’t even close to being as nice as Port Albany, but for Toronto, it was okay. She sighed as she looked over the water.
“You like that?” I asked. “Water, I mean?”
“Yes. I love to swim.”
I thought of the Hub. The pool. The lake. The exercise room I could help out Evan in. It was on the tip of my tongue to tell her. But then the whole family thing, the triplet angle, all of it would come up. I decided to stay silent until I was sure there was something ahead of us besides tonight.
When I was ready to share.
“There’s a pool in my condo building,” I offered.
“Maybe,” she replied. “I might take you up on that.”
I nodded, looking out over the water. The desire to kiss her was predominant. She stood close to me, her head barely grazing my shoulder. I could feel her warmth. Smell the scent of her light perfume. Flowery, pretty. Unique—like her. She finished her ice cream, wiping her lips, the action bringing my gaze to her mouth. Her lips were full. Pink. Would they be as soft as they looked? Would she taste of the cherry ice cream, the cinnamon of the churros? Both?
I wanted to know more than I had wanted anything in a long time. She turned her head, her eyes meeting mine. Slowly, everything around us faded. All I could see was her. Wild hair, dark eyes that beckoned. A full mouth I wanted to claim. Her lush curves that invited my hands to sculpt over them, pull her to me.
She blinked, her long lashes fluttering. “What are you thinking?” she whispered.
The atmosphere was heavy. Serious. Too serious.
I gazed into her dark eyes. “I was wondering if I should switch my home and auto insurance to Geico,” I deadpanned.
For a moment, there was no reaction. Then she laughed. The loud peals I found so enticing. And suddenly, she was in my arms and our mouths fused together, her amusement shared only between us. I kissed her deeply, her lips parting for me right away. I tasted the ice cream. The cinnamon. Her. She delved her hands into my hair, pulling me closer. We both groaned. I bent, lifting her into my arms so I could kiss her longer. Harder. She was perfect in my embrace. Soft. Warm. Melting into me as if she belonged there. Nothing existed outside this moment. I slanted my head, kissing her deeper, taking everything she gave me and wanting more. Every nerve in my body lit up as if on fire. My heart pounded a fast rhythm in my chest, her name echoing with every beat. She whimpered as I dragged my lips across her cheek to her ear.
“Beth,” I moaned. “You are so sweet.”
“More,” she replied. “Kiss me more.”
I was happy to comply, capturing her mouth with mine.
I knew right then there was no going back. I was all in. No matter her limited time, no matter her responsibilities, I wanted to be a part of them. Part of her life.
“The Callaghan Triplets.”
“Three of a kind.”
All his life, Ronan Callaghan has been part of a group. Always looking out for his brothers. Never seen as an individual or judged on his own merits.
When his brothers veer onto their own path, he finds himself alone. Restless.
Then he meets her.
A waitress who sees him just for himself. None of the trappings of his wealth or family.
A woman who only wants to know him—Ronan.
She captures his heart, but how will she feel when she discovers the truth he’s holding back?
Can he show her the man he really is?
That he would be rather be hers than anything else?
It is time for the next generation of BAM, a brand new series of interconnected standalones based on the Vested Interest world! Start with My Saving Grace
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