Saturday, 19 April 2014

New Release - 'Catch My Breath' by Lynn Montagano

I'm thrilled to have Lynn Montagano here today - sharing some background info about her new release.

‘Catch My Breath’ 

Lia Meyers' plan for a relaxing Scottish vacation is short-lived when one uncharacteristic moment of clumsiness lands her in the arms of her very own Knight in Shining Armani…

The perfect opportunity for a much needed holiday romance? Wrong! Lia’s still reeling from the mother of all bad breakups, and she really doesn't have the patience for Alastair Holden – despite his effortless charm and cute British accent.

Arrogant and totally inscrutable, he's exactly the sort of guy she wants to avoid but can't:  the man behind the mystery proves just too tempting to resist.

Drawn to him, Lia is forced to battle with her own insecurities, and the closer they become, the more she recognizes her own weaknesses as she peels away his layers with every night they spend together. Discovering the past Alastair is so desperate to conceal, Lia must decide if they can heal one another together or if their deepest fears will tear them apart.


Lynn has been kind enough to answer a few questions, and give some insight into the characters and setting for her book. I hope you enjoy finding out more...

Okay, starting off with the book…
  1. Have you ever been out with a Chief Financial Officer (like Alastair)?! If not, what made you pick that as his career?
Can’t say that I have! For my hero, I wanted to give him a career that, on the outside, made him look very well put-together and in control of things. It’s important for him to appear that way to the world and this job suited him.


  1. Can you tell us a bit more about Glasgow and why you used it as the setting for your book?
The book starts with my heroine on vacation in Scotland for her sister’s wedding. I’ve been there a few times, as well as London, and absolutely fell in love with it. Or should I say, the accents? The idea of a trans-Atlantic romance gave me a chance to write about several places instead of just one area, so even though their story begins in Glasgow, it travels through Orlando and London as well.

  1. If you had a choice where would you choose to live, and why?
I want to live in so many different places! For starters, I’d have to be independently wealthy to actually achieve all of this but for the sake of the question, here goes: London. I love it there. Every time I visit it gets harder and harder to leave!
I’m an East coast girl originally from Rhode Island so I’d also definitely want to live somewhere close to NYC and Boston.

  1. What comes first when you write a story?
Dialogue. For some reason, the characters have non-stop conversations in my head and if I don’t write it down they keep chattering on and on. Sometimes the conversations are inspired by ones I’ve had with friends or something I overheard. It’s always dialogue though. The settings, etc comes later.

  1. Can you name five characteristics we’re likely to find in your heroes, and same for heroines?
Stubborn, humorous, caring, intelligent, curious

  1. What’s your idea of a perfect day?
This will probably make some of you shake your heads but I absolutely LOVE winter, so my perfect day would be snowy and cold. I’d spend it one of two ways: snuggled up on the couch with some hot chocolate or outside at a football game cheering on my favorite team. I’ve done both and equally enjoyed it. =)


And before you run off, can you share a little excerpt?

Excerpt –
 “You’re quite lovely, Lia. Pity you’re leaving soon. I’d like to take you—” he paused, tracing his thumb over my lower lip. I shuddered. “—out. Again.”
“You would?” I asked hoarsely.
Nodding, he stroked the curve of my cheek. “Are you coming back to Glasgow after the wedding?”
“Yeah…yes. Saturday.”
Backing away from him, I bumped into the arm of the couch. I almost toppled over it, but managed to steady myself. Being in his presence made me so damn skittish, it was frustrating.
“I’m supposed to make an appearance at a cocktail party for my grandfather’s company.”
Oh good, he’s busy.
“You should come. Or we could go out to dinner.” Like an apparition, he was in front of me, stroking his fingers along my arm. “What do you say? Fancy spending the night with me?”
The unspoken promise behind that question nearly shattered me on the spot. This was supposed to be an easy trip across the pond. Go to the wedding, hang out with the family and go home. Not fend off an amazingly sexy, impossible-to-resist guy.
“Stop overthinking,” he ordered.
Stormy, dark eyes carved a path through my skull. I wilted beneath the strength of his stare. A shaky breath escaped my lips as he traced his finger along my jaw and down my neck. He drew me into his hypnotic orbit with such ease. I was powerless to resist.
“This is inevitable, Amelia. Don’t deny it.”
Inevitable? Each stroke of his fingers left a fiery trail in its wake. The smooth, soft skin of his cheek brushed against mine.
“Come with me.”
Oh Jesus, those three words. I jolted out of his seductive haze like I was on fire, trying to avoid his eyes. His expression was one of pure lust.
“No,” I whispered.
His mouth fell open slightly in surprise. “No?”
“No,” I repeated, louder. “Do you not hear that word very often?”
Impassivity dominated his features. He studied me as though I was the most confusing creature on the planet. We stood so close to one another I was overcome by his intoxicating scent. 
“Why not?”
“Because,” I sighed. “I’m not interested.”
“In what, Lia? Food or drinks?”
“You know what I mean.”
***

Buy links – Amazon: http://www.smarturl.it/CatchMyBreathBook
                  Google Play: http://www.smarturl.it/CatchMyBreath_Book


Thanks for stopping by Lynn!

About Lynn Montagano  -
A fresh, new voice in contemporary romance, Lynn is a former TV news writer who decided to take the plunge and write a novel. She's thrilled that her debut, Catch My Breath, will be published by Harper Impulse in April 2014.

Lynn grew up in a small town in Rhode Island before venturing out into the world. An avid traveler, she's been as far away as Australia and as close as Canada. Her favorite place to visit is London. 

For now, the small town New Englander hangs her hat in Northern California. If you can see her through the fog, wave hello.

Where can your readers find you?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7706026.Lynn_Montagano

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Guest Post - New Release, Two For One by Ann B Harrison

Ann B Harrison - Two for One - The Club Series

Book blurb – Two for One 


Nothing is going Lizzie’s way. Her sex life is unsatisfying, her job sucks and she has more debt than she needs thanks to her loser brother. Against her better judgment, she lets her best friend sign her up to be auctioned off at a high-rolling venue called the Club. Agreeing to a weekend of adventurous sex with a stranger is one thing, but being bought by the brothers who own the Club means Lizzie is up for a weekend beyond her wildest fantasies.
Ryan and Lizzie hit it off, in bed and out, but it’s his quiet brother, Trace, that has her heart pounding and her panties in a twist. But is Lizzie what Trace needs? Having been burned before, will he take a chance on what his heart is telling him or trust his instincts and send her home after their weekend is over?


If you're already tempted, read on to find out a bit more about Ann and the book....


  1. Have you ever been out with a high powered businessman like Trace? I wish!  If not, what made you pick that as his career? Funny thing is, I write what my characters tell me. Rarely do I make the decision on what they do.

  1. Can you tell us a bit more about Sydney and why you use it as the setting for your books? Sydney is a fascinating city and I love the hustle and bustle every time I go for a visit. It makes it so much easier for research if you use a place you have been or can get to easily.

  1. If you had a choice where would you choose to live, and why? I love where I am now, in the Hunter Valley in NSW Australia. Beautiful rolling green hills, wineries and restaurants close by and the climate I love for my garden.


  1. What comes first when you write a story? (Characters, title, setting...) A little bit of both actually. Sometimes I get a snapshot of the character and let it churn over in my head until I have a better idea of where its going and then I sit and write.

  1. Can you name five characteristics we’re likely to find in your heroes, and same for heroines? I like my characters to have determination, sass, attitude (especially my heroines) love for their family and honesty.

  1. What’s your idea of a perfect day? My day usually starts with a cup of tea in bed from DH while I check my emails. Then I go for a walk if it’s not raining. I find it hard not to write something at least then a casual lunch at home or out. An afternoon with a good book is a great way for me to wind down before a family dinner.


  1. Can you tell us anything about your next book? Sure, Fighter Boy is book two in The Club Series. It tells Ryan’s story. He is an MMA fighter who struggles to find love, believing he is only capable of one night stands with his fighter groupies.

  1. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your next choice of career? Could I be a professional reader? Maybe someone would hire me, lol.



And before you run off, can you share a little excerpt?

Excerpt –
 “That can’t be legal, surely. And even if it was, no. No way am I going to let you auction me off to the highest bidder for a weekend of sex.” Lizzie sat stunned on the couch, her gaze on Bel.
“Do you have a better idea? There is no way you can lay your hands on that sort of money in a hurry anywhere else, not unless you become a drug mule or something totally gross.” Bel pouted her lips in distaste.
“And being sold for sex isn’t on your gross-out meter?”
“No, of course not. Sex is natural anyway, and you’re always complaining you never get anything worth talking about. Why not use your God-given charms to earn a decent living. It’s not like you have to do it all the time, but this auction is a big deal.” Bel ran a finger down a long, slim leg, feigning disinterest, and then looked up with a smile. “All the high rollers come out to play, and there are some very hot guys amongst them too, I might add.”
“Have you done it, sold yourself I mean?” Lizzie clasped her hands in her lap.
“Once or twice. I make enough money running the bar, but how do you think I got this flash condo? I needed a deposit and my boss’s said it was fine.”
Lizzie licked her lips and blinked rapidly.
“Ooh, you’re thinking about it.” Bel laughed and clapped her hands.

***

Buy links – http://amzn.to/1fMFa1b


Thanks for stopping by Ann!

Ann swears she was born with a book in her hands and has never put it down. A lifelong love of reader has finally culminated in achieving her dream of writing...and publication.
She lives in the beautiful Hunter Valley with her own handsome hero of many years. Ann has always loved the ups and downs of life in small communities and she shares this with readers in her rural romances.
Strong sexy heroines with a good dash of sass thrown in feature in her stories. Of course these women need an equally strong hero. Bring on the outback hero and watch the passion ignite.
When not writing Ann enjoys reading, gardening, walking her very large dog Hugo and fighting with her computer.


Where can your readers find you?
Author Page Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ann-B-Harrison-Author/311207972338638
Personal Page Facebook https://www.facebook.com/annb.harrison.7
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnBHarrison
Website: http://www.annbharrisonromance.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5929783.Ann_B_Harrison



Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Guest Week - Aimee Duffy


Welcome to Aimee, with the second book in her Indecent Proposals series!

Blurb:
The second novella in a thrilling, pulse-racing new erotic romance series, Indecent Proposals.
Three best friends, Shey, Eloisa and Georgia take on the most powerful and eligible men of the New York dating scene.
Georgia broke away from his mouth, gasping in a lung full of air.
‘Max, I need—’
He unwrapped her legs from his waist and placed her back on her feet.
She was about to protest when he broke in, ‘I know exactly what you need.’
Striking New York singleton Georgia has never had any trouble attracting men, but she has a surprising secret; she’s never had an orgasm.
So when her gorgeous new boss Max Briggs makes her a scandalous offer, she doubts this time will be any different. But what happens when Max discovers her secret? How long will Georgia’s resolve last when he becomes determined to be the man to give Georgia her first taste of ecstasy?

Excerpt: 
‘It’s personal,’ he warned.
Georgia swallowed. They hadn’t agreed on this being more than an extension of work and she couldn’t blame him for assuming. After all, she’d let him touch her, let him pull her close. She’d even licked his mouth, for frick sake. But she hadn’t made her mind up on it being anything more. Or was her body deciding for her?
‘Relax,’ he said, stroking her lower back. ‘It’s not what you think.’
Georgia straightened up and pulled her arms from his neck. He caught her wrists, his thumbs lazily drew circles over the veins, sending delicious currents through her.
God, no man had touched her like this. No man had turned her on this much. Could Max be the one to give her what she’d never had?
‘Easy.’ His expression turned serious, but he didn’t release the gentle hold he had on her wrists. ‘Do you always take the lead with men?’
The question caught her off guard. ‘What business is that of yours?’
The corner of his mouth twitched, pissing her off and giving her the strength to pull her arms free. He didn’t seem deterred by her anger.
‘It’s not, but you seem more sure of yourself when you do. I’ve been thinking.’
She crossed her arms, tucking her clutch under her elbow. ‘About whether I like it better on top? I thought we’d been through this, I can’t—’
‘Maybe that’s the problem,’ he said, deadpan serious.
Her chin dipped. ‘You try to take control, thinking it will be easier to get what you want. Have you ever thought of surrendering that with someone? Letting them take the lead.’
Well, yeah. About a minute ago but she’d been thinking about dancing. Her face burned, and she was right back in the moment in her office when she realized he’d read the email. She darted a glance around, but they weren’t in hearing distance of the other guests. Didn’t stop the shame burning up her neck. Max came closer, and she leaned back. He didn’t try to touch her which was smart. Her anger was simmering right below the surface.
‘Georgia, imagine surrendering that control to me. Imagine letting all the worry about everything go until there’s nothing left but my mouth and hands on your body. Teasing, nibbling and sucking you all over.’
Before she could stop it, the fantasy formed – but it wasn’t like others she’d had. She was on a huge four-poster bed with her wrists bound above her head. Max was on top of her, his mouth hot and teasing against her collarbone as he toyed with her nipples. They pebbled, and heat flooded between her legs. She closed her eyes, lost in the faux sensations, until his arms came around her for real. Her eyes snapped open, and she shoved at his chest as panic tightened her throat.
Though he loosened his hold, he didn’t let go. ‘People are watching,’ he warned. Her heart was beating so hard, pumping scorching blood through her veins. The pounding between her legs almost hurt, and she squeezed at her thighs to get relief.
But this was crazy, she wasn’t submissive.
‘Max, that’s not what I want.’ The lie didn’t convince either of them, so she tried again. ‘I’m not some…some…submissive who will kneel at your feet.’
She’d read enough of those kind of romance novels to know that much. Some of the scenes had turned her on, but the pain… She shivered.
‘I’d never want you to, but just now whatever you were imagining turned you on. Georgia your skin flushed, you were panting and swaying so much I had to hold you up.’
She couldn’t look into his knowing eyes, instead she focused on his black tie. The pain was a deal breaker, but other things? Georgia didn’t know. The thought of his tie around her wrists while he had her in all of those different ways did turn her on.
‘I’m not a submissive,’ she said again, her voice hard and firm. He tilted her chin up until she was forced to meet his eyes. They were soft, unexpectedly kind and full of understanding.
‘That’s a label, honey. One that gets misused all the time. You’re strong, confident and extremely sexy. Giving up control in the bedroom doesn’t make you any less of who you are. Different things turn different people on.’
‘What do you like in the bedroom?’ she asked, desperate to get subject off her.

Buy link: Grab it here

About the Author:
Aimée writes steamy, contemporary romance for the 21st century woman who enjoys the 21st century alpha male. She’s addicted to reading, shopping and can’t go a day without music. When she’s not writing you can find her traipsing up the Ochils (weather permitting of course) or procrastinating on Facebook and Twitter.

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Monday, 10 March 2014

Guest Week! Welcome Author - Ann B Harrison

I don't regularly feature authors on this blog - but this week I've got two great authors with three books in the spotlight!
Today I've got the author Ann B Harrison from the Hunter Valley stopping by. If you like the sound of this book, check it out then come back on Thursday to find out about her latest release! And don't miss the lovely Aimee Duffy who is here with her new book tomorrow.

Coming home—but is the price too high for the Williams siblings?

Their father drove them away, now the conditions of his will are forcing them home and they may not like the rules he’s set.
The city hasn’t been kind to Doctor Russ Williams and he can’t wait to leave his broken marriage behind him. Superstar rugby player Cade, his career threatened by a crippling injury, has to face the fact that his glory days might be over. Rooney, carrying a secret she won’t be able to hide if she returns but lured by the promise of owning a vet practice. Three very different siblings with their own dreams, forced to face reality on the family property, confronted at every turn by their past. Will there be time for love? 

Excerpt
Cade held back his surprise as he looked at his niece. There was no mistaking who her father was, even if he hadn't known the truth. The thick black hair framing her face was enough of a giveaway without the piercing blue eyes that looked up at him. Where Rooney was almost white-blonde with pale blue eyes, Tam was the spitting image of her father.
A cough behind him made him glance up. He’d been staring, and Tam had sidled over to her mother. "So, Squirt. How old are you?" Cade rested on the stool and leaned his elbows on the island counter. He glanced quickly at his sister and noticed the discomfort on her face.
"I'm going to be eight this year. What did you do to your leg?" She came closer and lifted the large cookie in her hand, taking a bite.
"Football accident."
"Are you busted now?"
"I hope not. Guess I'll find out next week." He looked over at Rooney and put on his best smile. "Fancy passing me a beer?"
"No, but I'll make us a coffee." She turned and walked to the coffee machine. Taking two mugs from the top, she placed them under the spout before putting a pod slot and pushing the start button. Rooney turned to watch him while the machine dribbled out fresh coffee.
"What are you going to do if you're busted?" Tam walked closer and looked into his eyes with the honesty of a child. "You could work for my mum. That's if you know how to help sick animals."
Cade smiled, hiding the jolt of terror spearing his gut. "Thanks, but I'm sure it will all work out." He met Rooney's gaze. "So you got the old dump then?"
She walked over and placed a steaming mug of coffee in front of him before taking a stool opposite. Her pale blue eyes were hard and determined as she gazed at him. "Yes, I did and since I have little or no money and the place is a filthy hole, I'm roping you into help me clean it up so I can set up shop and start work."
"Seriously? You want me to clean for you?" Cade roared with laughter.

Buy from - AMAZON 

About Ann -
Ann swears she was born with a book in her hands and has never put it down. A lifelong love of reader has finally culminated in achieving her dream of writing...and publication.
She lives in the beautiful Hunter Valley with her own handsome hero of many years. Ann has always loved the ups and downs of life in small communities and she shares this with readers in her rural romances.
Strong sexy heroines with a good dash of sass thrown in feature in her stories. Of course these women need an equally strong hero. Bring on the outback hero and watch the passion ignite.
When not writing Ann enjoys reading, gardening, walking her very large dog Hugo and fighting with her computer.


Friday, 28 February 2014

Her Best Four Letter Word - Competition time!!


Another chance to win on the Her Best Four Letter Word Blog Hop, celebrating the publication of two HarperImpulse titles:  Eve Devon’s ‘Her Best Laid Plans’ (contemporary romance) and Zara Stoneley’s ‘Love is a Four Letter Word’ (erotic romance).

Look out for the deets for TWO GIVEAWAYS via Rafflecopter and using the comments section on this blog at the end of the post. 

ABOUT ‘HER BEST LAID PLANS’ by Eve Devon
Blurb: Love is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans…
The Totally Perfect Life Plan of Amanda Gray
Step 1 – Take total control of own destiny and avoid getting too wrapped up in the details.
Step 2 – Definitely do NOT kiss gorgeous bad-boy businessman who doesn't know how to live life without scheduling it six months in advance, even if he is absolutely irresistible.
Step 3 – Don't even THINK of accompanying him to London as his PA to enjoy steamy encounters in a metropolitan paradise.
Step 4 – Absolutely, positively, whatever you do- do NOT fall in love with him…
Available from AMAZON or click here for other retailers.

ABOUT EVE DEVON:
I love connecting with readers. Find out more about me or stop by for a chat:
 Website    Facebook   Twitter

ABOUT ‘LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD’ by Zara Stoneley
Take one rich girl who has a thing for the bad boys.
Take one tough guy who thinks possession is nine-tenths of the misery law.
Mix generously with a land dispute and a whole lotta lust…. And what have you got?
Sometimes being bad can be just too good to miss.
Available from AMAZON or click here for other retailers.

ABOUT ZARA STONELEY:
To find out more about Zara and her books, please follow the links:
Website    Facebook   Twitter   

WIN!
Goodie Bag Contents: All the perfect ingredients for a girlie reading experience…
10.00£/$ Amazon Gift Voucher (to purchase delicious ebooks)
Her Best Laid Plans Beaded Bookmark (for a touch of book bling)
Love is a Four Letter Word Beaded Bookmark (for a touch of book bling)
Her Best Laid Plans/Love is a Four Letter Word Linen Bag (to keep all your reading experience ingredients together and handy for those urgent date night clothes shopping trips)
Bottle of Bubbly (for if you don’t like hot chocolate/tea)
Hot Chocolate/Tea Drinking Goodies (for if you don’t like bubbly)
Chocolates (no explanation required!)
Nail Varnish/Nail Files (for that break between reading books!)
And it’s all inside a lovely HarperImpulse bag!
Due to the content of the prizes, all entrants must be over 18. If the winner does not reside in the UK, some items may be substituted with others of an equal or greater value due to individual country restrictions
No purchase is necessary, all answers will be available on the publisher’s blog, retailer sites, or the authors’ blogs, websites or Facebook Pages.

TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE TO WIN THE GOODIE BAG: Answer Eve and Zara’s questions using the Rafflecopter:

Question 1: What colour code does Jared issue when he needs Amanda’s help to get rid of his latest clingy girlfriend?
Question 2: What colour are Jake’s eyes?
Don't know the answer? Check out Eve and Zara’s facebook pages for snippets from their books                              
All correct entries will be put into the grand draw for the Goodie Bag. Winners will be announced on March 6th HERE
To gain extra entries in the Rafflecopter follow us on our blog hop and answer each new set of questions – you can find a full listing of where we’ll be on my previous blog post or: HERE


a Rafflecopter giveaway

TODAY'S PRIZE: Win an iBook Voucher every day of the hop by taking part in:
Her Best Four Letter Word…to describe reading erotic romance
Leave your best four letter word (no profanity, please) to describe reading erotic romance in the COMMENTS SECTION below and a winner will be chosen to receive an iBooks Voucher for a HarperImpulse title (please note if your first choice is not available you may have to pick another!). The winner of today’s competition will be posted at the end of the blog hop on 6th March. Only ONE iBooks voucher is available each day, if the Blog Hop is visiting more than one blog then ALL entries for the day, from all participating blogs, will be entered into the daily competition.

Good Luck and we hope you enjoy Her Best Laid Plans and Love is a Four Letter Word





Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Her Best Four Letter Word Blog Hop - competition time!



It's out!! My second HarperImpulse title is released today, 27th February, and I am just so excited to finally be able to share my very sexy bad boy biker Jake, with you! I do hope you love him as much as I do.

To celebrate launch day, I've got together with the lovely Eve Devon, whose contemporary romance 'Her Best Laid Plans', also releases today, and we're offering a week of fun competitions and some great prizes as part of our Her Best Four Letter Word Blog Hop.

Grand Prize: We have a fab Rafflecopter competition that you can enter at each stop on the Blog Hop - join us every day to gain more entries! Eve and I will pose a question each day - answer both correctly and be in with a chance of winning this gorgeous Goodie Bag:

Contents: All the perfect ingredients for a girlie reading experience…
10.00£/$ Amazon Gift Voucher (to purchase delicious ebooks)
Her Best Laid Plans Beaded Bookmark (for a touch of book bling)
Love is a Four Letter Word Beaded Bookmark (for a touch of book bling)
Her Best Laid Plans/Love is a Four Letter Word Linen Bag (to keep all your reading experience ingredients
 together and handy for those urgent date night clothes shopping trips)
Bottle of Bubbly (for if you don’t like hot chocolate/tea)
Hot Chocolate/Tea Drinking Goodies (for if you don’t like bubbly)
Chocolates (no explanation required!)
Nail Varnish/Nail Files (for that break between reading books!)
And it’s all inside a lovely HarperImpulse bag!

Daily Prize: Because HarperImpulse is such a fab publication team they’re also offering an iTunes voucher on each day of the Blog Hop. Just enter the “HER BEST FOUR LETTER WORD” competition of the day.

Join us on these fab blogs – follow the Hop!
Thursday February 27th   HarperImpulse Blog, Sarah Ballance
Saturday March 1st  Here!!, Lori Connelly, AJ Nuest – Tattered Pages
Monday March 3rd The Romaniacs, Ann B Harrison
Wednesday March 5th Carmel Harrington, Eva Scott
Thursday March 6th         HarperImpulse - to announce the winners!


So, what are you waiting for? Head over to the HarperImpulse blog, and stop by at Sarah Ballance's, to enter Thursday's iTunes voucher competition, and gain entries for the Goodie Bag giveaway! Good luck.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Written Fireside - On Valentine's, Part 4

If you've missed any of the earlier parts of this story, you can catch up here -

Part 1 - by Lori Connelly
Part 2 - by Lynn Marie Hulsman
Part 3 - by Angela Campbell  

If you're up to date, read on!

On Valentine's - Part 4


"Well," he rocked back on his heels and studied her for a moment.  One large, capable looking hand just inches from her knee. "I guess I could be your knight in shining armour and dash off to summon help." He grinned, a fan of wrinkle lines spreading out from his eyes. "But, that could take a while, and I'm not so sure I want to leave you here on your own."

"I'm fine, honest. Or, I can come with you, I'm not a complete invalid. "Cat made a move to get up, and winced as a sharp pain shot from her shoulder down to her elbow. On second thoughts, maybe she just needed to sit for a while.

"I don't think balancing on my handlebars cross country would be a good idea to even if you hadn't done yourself an injury." The deep chuckle made Cat forget the pain for a moment, and drew a smile onto her own face. "There's just me and my mountain bike I'm afraid, on a get away from it all weekend. Which is why Danny dropped me off. "

Cat met his gaze, and for a moment those clear blue eyes made her forget why she was here. They took her back, in an unexpected rush, to a long, hot, summer, years ago. "I do know you, we've met before haven't we?"

He nodded, and she felt the heat rush to her cheeks, and hoped I didn't remember it quite like she did. Those carefree days spent here at the cabin, swimming in the lake, hiking in the hills, evenings sat by the fire eating, drinking, four kids having fun ... until she'd made a complete fool out of herself with her teenage crush on Danny . At the time she'd been devastated that he'd brushed her off and been more interested in having fun with his mate, Jed. Then, she'd just hoped with a passion that Makayla hadn't noticed, even though she'd known the quiet, watchful Jed had witnessed the whole humiliating incident.

But the summer had ended, and so had her obsession. Danny had gone back to just being her best friend's older brother. And the whole thing had been consigned to a distant memory, until now.

"It was a long time ago." Jed stood up abruptly, broke the spell. "How does it feel?"

For a moment Cat was confused, then remembered. Of course, the arm. He was talking about her arm. "Fine, I'm sure it will be fine."

"You sure?" She nodded. "It's getting a bit late for me to go out now, it'll be dark soon. How about we settle down for the night and I'll go first thing? Here, let me help you get those boots off. "And as he tugged gently at her laces Cat wasn't sure if it was embarrassment, or something quite different, that was sending a fluttering sensation deep down inside her.


Next week you can read Part 5 on Sue Fontin's  blog here