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Today, find out more about ONLY THE BEGINNING.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
What initially got you interested in writing?
I just wanted to become rich and famous 😉 I’m still, working on it.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
The transition from being writer to thinking I could be an author happened during all those hours spent scanning the bookstore shelves, picturing where my book would go. Once you imagine it happening, it’s hard to give up on that dream.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
To be entertained first of all, to experience and escape. And to find a favorite character they think of long after they’ve finished the book.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Hearing from readers. Also, the elation of finishing a first draft never gets old.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Oh, good question! For me it’s getting the first words down to start the momentum.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
Write the book you want to read. Don’t give up on the story you can’t stop thinking about.
What ways can readers connect with you?
I love to hear from readers! Check me out on social media, Twitter is where I hang out the most.
a few times, trying to remember the dream. A sense of bliss made her smile into
the pillow. She was warm and the bed covers were tucked around her like a
cocoon. It must be Saturday, she thought.
shift in the bed behind her, followed by a low sigh.
series of flashing images, it all came back.
The intense stare of his eyes. The way he’d kissed her as he unzipped the back
of her skirt. He made her feel like she was the most desirable woman on the
planet, that there was nothing he wouldn’t do to keep touching her.
reciprocated, opening up to him, losing all her inhibitions. She imagined this
was what Lovers’ Oasis was like. The anonymity combined with the fantasy
created a freedom Melissa had never experienced before, not ever.
set in. She’d woken naked, next to a man she barely knew and the earlier
courage she’d felt—the reckless delirious abandonment that augmented her
physical enjoyment of the afternoon encounter—had morphed into terrified
one choice—she had to leave before he woke. Slowly, she slipped one leg out,
her foot searching for the floor. Then she inched her way to the edge of the
bed, carefully making sure not to jostle the mattress.
completely naked, looking down at Craig. He was on his back, one hand was on
his chest gently rising and falling as he slept. The sheets pooled at his
waist. His face was completely relaxed, his mouth opened slightly, lips parted.
to stir inside her, remembering how those lips felt. He’d memorized each of her
breasts with his tongue as his fingers slipped down her belly then nestled
between her thighs. She’d come for him, then. So quickly…so easily.
from the floor making Melissa jump. It sounded like a marching band had
exploded through the door. She crouched down and lunged for the purse, grabbing
the phone and silencing it. Melissa waited, but there was no movement from the
bed. A quiet breath eased through her pursed lips. She read her phone; there
were multiple messages from Brooke. The last one was marked “urgent.”