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Guest release promotion–The Cowboy’s Embrace by Kara O’Neal

Fate brings his greatest regret back into his life…

 

Sixteen years ago, Lily Spero lost her parents and siblings to a villain on a white horse. When she visits the Swinging A Ranch, her past collides with her present, opening wounds long buried and shockingly creating hope where none had been before.

Deacon Tolbert is the foreman of the Swinging A Ranch. He’s carved a niche in the world all his own. But when Lily Spero arrives, the girl he abandoned years ago, he’s forced to face the most gut-wrenching moment of his life.

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He would come back soon. He would. He wouldn’t leave her here.

Lily assessed the park with its strong oaks and maples and winding packed dirt paths. She bit her lip and worked hard not to cry. She was a big girl. She was eleven, and he’d asked her to be brave while he was gone.

As she hid in the shade, she sank down to the grass, huddled against a trunk and hoped no one noticed a frightened, stranded, black girl. Where was he? What was taking so long? He only went to find food for them.

Morning turned into noon. People came. Some to eat their lunches on blankets they spread on the ground. Others to walk the picturesque paths. She pulled her knees into her chest and buried her nose in her dirt-caked pinafore. It had been yellow once. A pretty color as bright as the sun.

As she rocked back and forth, she prayed. She repeated over and over the words her mother had taught her. With her eyes clamped shut and her lips moving without ceasing, she implored to Heaven for Deacon to return.

But hours passed. Faces swam before her, asking her questions, giving her food. She couldn’t answer the nice strangers. Just gazed down the path, hoping, waiting, her heart dying.

Where are you? Please come. Please come back.

She silently begged to see his familiar form, dressed in overalls and a threadbare work shirt, coming around the bend to carry her away. But he didn’t come. And the kind people didn’t leave. They took her home with them, and Lily didn’t argue, even though their pale skin struck uncertainty in her heart. She couldn’t think. Deacon, she grieved.

And his name was the pained whisper on her lips every night, the perpetual cold ache in her heart…that could never be filled.

Born and raised in Texas, I had to make the state the setting for my first series. From the food to the fun, like floating the rivers, it is the fire in my blood that inspires me. My family and friends take center stage in my books. My sisters and best friends are my heroines, and my husband created my favorite hero. Love and family are the point of my stories, and I seek to entertain, relieve stress, and inspire people. Books can take one on a journey that one can relive over and over. I am extremely grateful to those authors who did that very thing for me. I learned and I fell in love with their words and characters. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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Character Interview–Phillippe Marchant from The Good Girl

Today author Tracy Reed’s hero, Phillippe Marchant, from The Good Girl is being interviewed.

How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?

My name is Phillippe Marchant, and I am currently the President of Morgan Grant Holdings. My professional life is a little complicated. At the present that’s all I am at liberty to say regarding my professional life. I spent my childhood between Europe and the United States. My mother is American and my father was African and French. I just ended a three-year relationship with a woman I was considering marrying. However, we didn’t see eye to eye on my career choices. She wanted a CEO, not a husband. She thought my taking the position at Morgan Grant was a step down. Her decision to break up with me makes me all the more glad I never disclosed the details of my contract with Morgan Grant.

Did you attend college?

I earned both my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Stanford. I chose Stanford, because it was close to my grandfather who lives in San Mateo.

Do you have any hobbies?

That’s a good question. I love art and have a decent collection. I love discovering new talent as well as appreciating some of the great masters. I think my love of art is something I inherited from my grandfather. He has a very impressive collection. My collection includes African and French paintings and sculptures. I also, love photography. I’ve been experimenting for a few years and even set up a dark room in my apartment. I have one of my pieces in my office. It’s a black and white of my dad’s hands. To me it symbolizes strength and it’s like having a little piece of him with me.

Are you athletic?

I wouldn’t say I’m athletic. However, I like working out. I run, box, lift weights and push my body. For me, being physically fit increases my ability to function in the work place.

What attracts you first to a woman?

I’m a guy. It’s obvious the first thing that attracts me to a woman is her body and the way she carries herself. I consider myself a connoisseur of beautiful women.

My type…in the past, was tall and model like. However, that’s changed. I like petite with curves. There’s just something about the sway of a woman’s hips as she walks that does something to me. Not to mention the beautiful curve of her back that leads down to her ample pear shaped behind. Man, that curve is the sexiest part of a woman’s body. Until recently, I didn’t realize how much I liked having a soft curvy woman in my arms. The other thing I’m attracted to, is a smile. For me, a beautiful smile translates into confidence and that really turns me on. I don’t think there’s anything more sexy, than a confident curvy woman.

Are you talking about a particular woman?

Could be. Next question.

Talk about your favorite setting for a date. (or favorite way to court a woman)

I see you’re still trying to find out who I was describing. I’ll answer both.

My favorite way to court a woman is by talking to her. I discovered that when you talk to a woman and show an interest in her and her interests, she finds that very romantic. As for my favorite date setting, that’s easy. I like to take my dates to places that are of interest to them. If she likes art, then I’ll book a private tour at a museum or a gallery showing before getting something to eat. How the date ends depends on the time of day. If it’s lunch maybe espresso and dessert in the park. If it’s in the evening, maybe hitting a jazz club, followed by drinks and a light snack or maybe a drive and a late night dessert picnic before calling it a night.

Good Girl

 

Blurb
Gabriella Townsend has been patiently waiting for her dream job.  When she’s presented with the dream, it’s not exactly what she was expecting.  She was hoping to work her way up the corporate ladder.  Instead, one phone call and an office number on a slip of paper, lands her on the executive floor.

After a month working for the elusive, handsome and sexy, Phillippe Marchant, he offers her a life-changing assignment…the position of “girlfriend.” Terrified of her feelings for him and the possibility of losing her job, she’s not sure what to do.

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I should have answered at least one of his calls last night, or listened to one of his messages. I don’t like not being prepared for a meeting. Being pissed off is one thing. Being unprofessional is not acceptable.
I wasn’t sure where we were going today, so I didn’t know how to prepare. I may have, if I hadn’t been so stubborn.

Suddenly, a shadow blocked the sunlight that was shining down on me. I looked up and Phillippe was standing next to me. Crap. How are we supposed to keep things professional, if he insists on looking so freaking hot all the time?

“Mind if I join you?” I pointed to the empty chair across from me and closed my iPad. He sat down and took off his sunglasses. His cologne surrounded the intimate space. I took a deep breath and tried not to let his gorgeous face distract me. “I want to apologize for my behavior last night. It wasn’t you, it was me. My last relationship left me with a lot of scars and I’m a little…”

“Scared.”

“Cautious.” He nodded with a slight smile. “You came in here and shook up my world. I’ve been trying to fight these feelings I have for you, but they won’t go away.” He moved to the edge of the chair. “I need you on my team, but more importantly, I want you in my life. So how do we handle this?”

I bit my bottom lip and looked into his eyes. “You’re assuming I feel the same.”

Tracy Reed

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