Contemporary Erotic Romance, Multicultural/Interracial, New Adult
Release Date: 4/25/17
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Sheltered and cosseted, Sonnet Mendoza abided by her papi’s wishes her whole life: no boys, studies first and always. Now an ER nurse in a busy Chicago hospital, medical school is so close Sonnet can taste it. Just like her father always wanted. Just like she can she can taste all the things she wants—like Griffith Parker, the man of her dreams and her new housemate.
Working “graves” in a large hospital as a security guard while attending the police academy during the day doesn’t leave ex-Marine Griffith Parker any personal time, but after meeting the beautiful Sonnet Mendoza, business as usual is anything but. Sassy, smart…and interested in him, too? Except, she’s made an art of keeping her distance, and she’s been clear that her plans don’t include him. But the heart wants what the heart wants. His wants Sonnet. He’ll put it on the line to win her.
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It had grown dark, and the lampposts in the parking lot were lit. She had a little pep in her step as she walked to the ER doors, but she stopped and didn’t go in. He was there, hands on his duty belt as he talked with a patient near the security desk. Griffith emitted shock waves of sex appeal, even from where she stood.
Oh, hell no.
She’d never be able to walk past him after what she’d done the other night. She reddened. Not like he would even know about her stupid fantasies, but she would. She’d half forgotten he would be on graves with her, too wrapped up in the exhilaration of getting into medical school and…other activities.
Evasive maneuvering seemed the best way to go, so she sidestepped and made her way around to the back employee entrance leading into the ER. She smiled to herself over the minor victory, and pushed against the handle to go in, but it didn’t budge.
“You’ve uh, got to pull it.”
She turned around, and there he stood, dangling a black Maglite in his hand. She reigned in the growl that wanted to surface. “I’m sorry?”
“The door. You need to yank the handle toward you, not push it. There’s a sign.”
Sonnet froze, and eyed the PULL sticker she’d been oblivious to, right above said handle.
“Of course,” she murmured. “Figures.” Even though he must think her an imbecile, she raised her chin with defiance and muttered her thanks as she tugged on the door. It didn’t move.
“Use your badge,” he said. “It’s a security measure so no unauthorized personnel get in.” She glanced at him. He crossed his arms, and his lips fought a losing battle to twitch upward.
Sonnet shook her head, flustered, and rooted around her purse for her work badge. “Look, I realize you think I’m a total moron here, but it’s my first night on the floor, my car had trouble starting earlier, and my nerves are all shot to hell. So, I’d appreciate it if you, your ridiculously stacked chest, and all your muscles wouldn’t judge me, okay? I’m nervous enough as it is. We’re not all perfect.” She held her badge to the RFID reader. The second the green light went on, he beat her to the handle and held the door open for her.
She didn’t see a wedding ring on his left hand. Hmm.
He smirked. “Good to know you like my muscles.” He raised his eyebrows as she clipped past him.
“Shut it, Rambo.”
About the Author:
Roxanne D. Howard is a U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.
Interview with the Author:
Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? You bet! I have been writing all my life, but it wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I started writing novels and getting serious about publishing them. It’s been a neat experience and I’ve met some amazing, wonderful people.
How many books do you currently have published? Six
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Sonnet Coupled, my new release. It expanded my normal boundaries in a way I hadn’t before, and I found myself loving the characters as if they were real. Sonnet and Griffith are both people I would want to be friends with.
Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I have currently put my writing projects on hold until Sonnet Coupled comes out, but I do have a few books in the works.
What do you enjoy most about writing? The magic. I love what happens when I create something and then it essentially takes me over until it’s a book. I will always love to write.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? Oh, all the time. The hard thing about life is that it crops up when we most need it to let us write, but during those times I just ride the wave, try to change my routine, and eventually the chips fall back into place.
Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes! I’m an outliner, and when I set out to write a novel I like to have it mapped out. In each of my books, the characters decided they were going to do what they wanted, and I almost always charter off course during their journeys and romances. I’ve learned to quit being a stickler to the outliner, and to listen to what they tell me.
Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? I have a soft spot for Griffith. He’s a special, unique person and I poured a lot into his character. My least favorite is Janelle, she’s the catty woman at the office that drives everyone crazy.
So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? This is going to sound so weird, but the fight scene in Sonnet Coupled. When I began writing it, it was like Griffith grabbed the pen out of my hand, tossed it across the room, and said, “no, here’s how this is going to go.” It just sort of happened, but I’m happy with how it turned out. Considering all the love scenes I write in my books, I know that’s an odd answer, but it’s often the dynamics and dialogue between the characters that make the scenes great.
What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? I’ve learned to believe in myself. Like everyone I struggle with self-doubt, but if you have a dream and you’re passionate about that dream, don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Get what you want.
If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? Each of my books offers something for everyone. I’d personally recommend Sonnet Coupled or At the Heart of the Stone, as I feel they are my two strongest.
Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? Gasp, you want me to ruin the surprises of Sonnet Coupled? Ha ha, not a chance. Read the book, and make sure you keep a fan handy!
Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I love anything by Stephen King, Suzanne Collins, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Wladyslaw Szpilman, and I have been getting into YA dystopian novels lately. Basically, I read everything. If there are words on paper of any kind, I’ll read it.
What about television shows? Movies? I am a big Walking Dead, the 100, and Timeless fan. I also love, love, love Star Wars. I think Kylo Ren is one of the most well-written, interesting characters to date.
Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Intensity by Dean Koontz. Chyna Shephard is my spirit animal. I love Koontz’ imagery in his writing. That book is brilliantly written, and her character was so strong.
Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? Very soon, yes! I will be doing book signings in the near future and I plan to attend a conference in 2018. Stay tuned to my website and social media for details!
If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? I’ve learned never ever to give up on your dreams.
Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Sonnet Coupled is out on April 25th! Check it out!