By- Susan Sheehey
Publication Date- July 24, 2013
Published By- The Wild Rose Press
Blurb:Audrey Allen is poised to become the youngest Texas senator, a position that fits her nickname, The Peacemaker. But she's unable to make peace with many in her hometown, where memories and grudges run deep from a decade-old tragedy.
Ethan Tanner, an ambitious and tantalizing journalist, joins her at Thanksgiving for an in-depth look at the promising candidate. But he has an agenda of his own that's not entirely honorable.
Ethan could stir up trouble for her budding career, or awaken the deep passions she's buried for so long. Will Ethan find that he values love more than getting the story?
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Excerpt:Audrey surveyed the limited selection of flour. The way she stood with her arm on one curvy hip accentuated her slender waist. She looked great in a business skirt, but those legs were made for skinny jeans. Or nothing at all. Her dark hair cascaded down her back in wavy curls. An inkling of warmth spread through his veins at the thought of her curling her hair just for him. Who else did she need to impress?
“I’m impressed. Your entrances keep getting more entertaining.” Ethan grabbed a bag of marshmallows from the shelf. “They only sell one brand? How did you survive out here?”
“Simplicity has its advantages. Easier to keep the annoying press away.”
Ooh, touched a nerve there. What else can I touch?
“What’s wrong with the press? Am I too sweet for you?” He waited for her eyes to meet his and gave a devilish smile. He opened the bag of marshmallows and popped a few in his mouth.
Audrey rolled her eyes and grabbed a bag of flour. “You haven’t paid for those yet.” She turned around to swipe sugar from the shelf behind her. “And you’re more sour than sweet.”
“You think this whole bag would make me sweeter?”
Her mouth twitched as if she wanted to smile, but didn’t. Does she allow herself any fun? A light glimmered in one eye, proving she was capable of it, if she really wanted it.
“This entire aisle of sugar isn’t enough.”
A marshmallow sailed into the air and he caught it between his teeth. He tilted the opened bag toward her. She didn’t move. Just continued to watch him with those sapphire gems.
He grabbed another one and raised it to her mouth, a hair’s width from those moist lips. Not that this woman needed any more sweetness, but there was something about hand-feeding a woman. The anticipation. The trust. Foreplay.
Would she take the bait?
When he cocked an eyebrow at her, she tilted her head, never once taking her eyes off of him.
Those delectable lips never parted. She took the marshmallow between two fingers and tossed it back in the bag. “Let’s just get out of here,” she murmured.
Meet the characters:
28 years old, a promising Texas State Senate candidate that works as a Senator’s Office Manager. Incredibly intelligent and pursues civil service in memory of another and to champion a Women’s Crisis Center in her district. During childhood, she loved playing with her “Irish-twin” brother Adam, and their best friend Jack. Through high school she was a promising artist with incredible artwork, and the town prankster. She was a self-proclaimed outcast, marching to the beat of her own drum. She intended to go to art school after high school, but a tragedy during senior year changed her directions. Because of the tragedy, Audrey holds a deep aversion and distrust for the media: journalists, news anchors, and photographers. Her opinion is that media will only present one side of a story to boost their ratings, even if it’s untrue. She prefers her campaign be more focused on the issues and doing what’s right than pandering to constituents and posing for photo-ops.
29 years old, a journalist for the Dallas Morning Journal that is famous for investigative techniques and uncovering scandals. He hopes to find something unsavory in Audrey’s seemingly unflappable demeanor and pristine track record, so it will propel him into a more coveted role with a New York based newspaper. Ethan holds a very warped view on the world, with a deep animosity for politicians. After years of working for a tabloid-junkie editor/boss, Ethan developed an even more warped view of relationships. When he meets Audrey and uncovers a few secrets, he thinks this is the chance of a lifetime. But her generosity, intelligence, and passion reignites a softer side of him he’d thought lost. The belief and trust in the good side of human nature.
About the author:
Susan writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women's fiction. After spending six years in the corporate world, her true passion wouldn't let go and she's been writing ever since. She lives and laughs in Texas with her husband and son.
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