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Romantic Suspense Spotlight & Author Interview: Secret Need by Satin Russell @MsJanyaa


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Romantic Suspense


Secret Need

The Harper Sisters Book 2

Liz may be forced to entrust her life to Alex, but can she trust him with her heart?

Liz Harper is a woman in control of her life. As the owner and mechanic of the best garage in town, she is strong, confident, and in demand. It’s a far cry from her high school days spent as the social outcast. Then she runs into the boy who harassed her as a kid, only now he’s the good-looking man who is showing interest in her. Despite the attraction, she’s determined to keep her distance.

When Alex Weston returns to Bath, Maine to care for his ailing father, the place feels exactly the same. Everything except the awkward girl he used to tease. Liz Harper is all grown up and her transformation is the most intriguing thing about this place. If only he could convince her to give him the time of day.

Then fate throws them together and they discover big secrets lurk in the shadows of this small town. Caught up in a world of drugs and murder and accused of crimes they did not commit, they’re now on the run. They must learn to rely on each other if they’re going to survive.

This is a romantic suspense novel with a HEA and NO cliffhanger!
Readers 18+
This is the second book in the Harper Sisters Trilogy, but each book can be read as a stand alone.

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Excerpt:

 “Please tell me there are some shoes in there.”

He dug into the sack and handed her the ugliest flip-flops she had ever seen in her entire life. Then again, anything was better than what she was currently wearing. Well, anything other than a pair of stilettos, maybe.

Eager to get moving, she sat on the rock and peeled the wet and muddy slippers off her feet. The big toe on her left foot was crusted over in dried blood from accidentally kicking a tree stump. She was also fairly certain she’d sprained the little toe on her right foot.

“Geez, Liz. Why didn’t you tell me it was this bad?”

“There was nothing either of us could have done about it.” She bent her head down to inspect her feet closer. “They weren’t so bad this morning. This happened while we were running from the cops.”

Alex reached over and touched a particularly sore spot on the sole of her foot. She sucked in her breath. “Sorry, there’s a large and gnarly splinter here. I’m going to try to get it out.”

“With what?”

After digging in the bag for a moment, he proudly brandished the first aid kit. “I thought this would come in handy. Just sit there for a minute and relax. I’ll patch up what I can.”

Despite the sorry state of her feet, this was pushing the bounds of intimacy a bit too much. She pulled back. “You don’t have to do that. I can take care of it.” It was embarrassing to think about Alex so close to her dirty feet.

A tingle of electricity raced up her inner thigh as she felt his fingers wrap around her ankle, warm and sure. He looked up. “Let me do it. I want to help.”

Liz stilled, unsure of how to respond. Alex took out a disinfectant wipe and cleaned her various scrapes and scratches with long soothing strokes. Why had she never known how sensitive the arch of her foot was before?

She fell under the spell of his slow and steady touch, loving the way he traced the bones in her ankle and pads of her toes. Gradually, the pain in her foot was eclipsed by the gentle way Alex tended to her. She’d just started to relax under his ministrations when there was a slight pause. Liz opened her eyes right as she felt a quick tug and sting. “Ouch!”

“Sorry,” he shot her a sheepish grin. “I had to get the splinter out.”

“Maybe give a little warning next time,” she grumbled.

He smiled and turned his attention to her other foot. “Yes, ma’am.”


About the Author:

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Satin Russell was a financial advisor for many years up until she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer back in April 2013.

It took her a year of saving and planning before she was able to commit to her goal full-time. Her debut novel, Secret Hunger, was published in April of 2015.

Satin lives in Massachusetts and is married to the love of her life, a man who literally flew halfway around the world for her. Other than writing, she loves reading, supporting fellow authors (especially self-published ones,) traveling, and photography. She’s also partial to a good whiskey every now and then.

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?

The biggest reason I wanted to become a writer is because I was such a voracious reader. As a kid, I always had my nose in a book. Classics, romance, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, you name it, I read it. In fact, there was one summer my dad grounded me from reading – that’s how much I liked to read.

Unfortunately, as I got older, I grew away from my goal of becoming a writer. I think that happens to a lot of us as we grow up. It didn’t seem like a viable career option. Instead, I did the “adult” thing; went to school, met a man, got married, started a career in finance, and worked my 9-5 office job.

Then, in the wee hours of my 36th birthday, I woke up and thought, “How the heck did I get here?” I was filled with feelings of restlessness and felt the need to CHOOSE the direction my life was headed. I wondered if, up until that point, it had all just been a series of reactions.

I realized that I wanted to make a change. Let me tell you, that alone is a hard decision to make. It takes a LOT (a lot, a lot…) of courage to decide you want to change your situation, especially if what you have isn’t wholly uncomfortable. If – actually – for the most part your life is fairly good. And yet, some part of you is still unsatisfied. Left wondering, “What if?” It’s like a little splinter that keeps catching you in your instep when you’re walking.

I’m lucky. My husband listened to what I was saying and has supported my efforts. Now, my second book came out August 2017 and I’m already working on my third. I honestly say couldn’t be happier! Even a bad day of writing is a good day for me.

How many books do you currently have published?

Two as of August 2017. I plan on finishing The Harper Sisters Trilogy, and then move on from there. Who knows? I might even shift genres a bit.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?

For some reason, my second book, Secret Need, was incredibly difficult to write. I think I learned just enough from writing my first book that I realized how much I didn’t know. It gave me anxiety and it took me twice as long to complete, but I think it is a better book overall.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?

I am! I’m currently writing my third book in The Harper Sisters trilogy. It is about the third sister, Fiona.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

I love being a master of my own universe! I can change everything to fit my worldview. From mundane details such as hair color, to larger concepts about stalking, drug addiction, and bullying.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

Yes, I think everybody does now and then. The only way to get over it is to go through it. Sure, go for a walk, take a long shower, do some yoga…but in the end, the only way you’re going to get through writer’s block is to sit at your computer and stare at the blank screen. Eventually, something will bubble up. It may not be good, but it’s a start.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?

Yes! I completely changed who my main antagonist was for Secret Need. Talk about a re-write, ugh. But, the minute I realized who the real bad guy was, it was like the entire story couldn’t wait to be written. That’s how I knew it was worth the extra work to fix it.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?

I really like Liz Harper from Secret Need. She’s prickly, quick-witted, and a little standoffish. In real life I’m more of a “people pleaser” like her older sister, Olivia. It was nice to have an outlet for all those snarky retorts that I hardly ever choose to say in real life. And in writing, you always have time to think of a great response!

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?

Hm, I would have to say I really liked writing the trunk scene with Olivia in Secret Hunger. There isn’t a lot of light in a car trunk and it forced me to close my eyes and open up my mind to what the other four senses would be experiencing. I did a lot of research for that scene, up to – but not including – climbing into the trunk of a car.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?

Be consistent with your writing. Don’t take the weekends off without writing, even if it’s just an hour a day. The amount of momentum you lose by taking that time off isn’t worth it.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?

Secret Hunger, because it’s the first introduction to the Harper sisters and their small town of Bath, ME.

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?

I’ve put together playlists for both of my books. They helped inspire me when I wasn’t in the mood to write and really capture the feel and pace of each book. You can find them on my Spotify page or follow these links:

Secret Hunger

Secret Need

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?

Oh my gosh, so many. Lately, it seems like I mainly read writing trade books. However, when I’m relaxing, I like to read paranormal romance, post-apocalyptic YA, and science fiction. Some of my favorite authors are Susan Kaye Quinn, Hugh Howey, Elizabeth Hunter, and Ilona Andrews. More recently I’ve read wonderful books by Kayla Dawn Thomas, Jen Doyle, and Katie Li.

What about television shows? Movies?

I’m afraid this list will be embarrassingly long. I’m a big fan of Supernatural, Firefly, Orphan Black, Dark Matter, Killjoys, Dr. Who, Criminal Minds, Game of Thrones (Anya rules!), Grimm (before it ended), etc. I also love shows like So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?

Again, this list could get too long, but there are a handful of books that have stuck with me from my childhood. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for Francie’s perseverance, A Wrinkle in Time for for Meg’s curiosity and brilliance, A Handmaid’s Tale for Offred’s resilience, Island of the Blue Dolphin for Karana’s resourcefulness and gut-wrenching sense of solitude and Tuck Everlasting for Winnie’s discovery of the beauty and value found in impermanence.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?

Yes! I have a number of events scheduled through December. The best way to stay informed is to visit my Facebook page.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say?

Joyful, earnest, creative, hopeful, determined, hard-working, friendly, collaborative, supported, committed.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers?

I think you covered everything! Thank you for the opportunity to talk about books and writing with readers and my fellow authors.

Psychological Thriller Spotlight and Author Interview: On The Verge by Dan R. Fowler @DanRFowler2


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Mystery, Thriller, Suspense


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Release Date: July 10, 2017

Publisher: Light Switch Press

A life unhinged. Dreams shattered with no answers to how to fix them. Jackson is sitting in a hospital treatment room.

His life is hopeless memories and whispers full of shadows, until death comes to visit. This story is based on some truth about personality disorders, suicide and dysfunctional demons. Ben, Carl, Denny, Darrell, Johnny, and Randy, the “others,” share the same body, but each has a different life. Things are out of control. Dr. Alfred Fine “Jake” tries to help Jackson come to terms with his friends. A traumatic climax ensues with the introduction of Januari Winters. There seems to be nowhere to turn, but the answer comes very unexpectedly.

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Excerpt:

Mary glanced down a pastel-colored corridor that now was mired with fingerprints from children wishing to find something to do or perhaps leaving an initial of a friend. She followed the lines on the wallpaper that led to the room and to Jackson. Anger and discuss swelled within her as she thought of the time and life she had given away to him. Recounting the memories, times together, she thought it had meant something to him. Wonderful things had been accomplished by both of them, or so she thought. Where had this stranger entered into their life?
Angry tears ripped at her eyes. She wondered how he could have done such a thing. There was no reason to change, no reason to become what he was now. She had raised their son; she thought she had done her best. Besides, he wanted this child, he begged for a son. She kept up the house, perhaps not a spotless one, but livable and comfortable. Life wasn’t that bad, really. What had gone wrong?


About the Author:

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Dan Fowler was born in West Virginia. He attended public schools graduating with Honors. He attended Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV, earning an undergraduate management degree BA and attended Hawaii Pacific University, receiving his graduate degree in Management, MA/HRM. Dan worked with U.S. Steel Corporation 1975-1986, served in United States Navy 1986-1994, served as Assistant Director/Director: Project Development with HPI/Diagnostic, Inc., Pharmaceuticals, Trenton, NJ, (1994-1997) and Associate Director, Deborah Heart Foundation, New Jersey, 1997-1999. Dan taught at a two year Georgia Community College Brunswick, GA -Business & Industry Division. He serves as an Executive Director and Management Consultant for IMC. He lives in Georgia with his wife Mary and granddaughter.

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Author Interview:

How many books do you currently have published? 2 books are currently published

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? On The Verge is my favor because it allowed me to expose myself to a variety of characters within the same main character, Jackson Stafford

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? Yes, I’m currently working on a new Jackson Stafford thriller.

What do you enjoy most about writing? Writing allows me to become anyone I wish.

Do you ever get writer’s block? Yes but I step away from my work and take a different perspective of the character.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? In On The Verge, Jackson Stafford has multiple personalities, all unique. I must say Carl is the favorite probably because he knows now laws or standards.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Be patient, but be vigilant about your skill and talent. Never be afraid to launch out.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? New readers should read On The Verge first. It’s the first in the series that sets the stage for the following novels

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? The next in this series, The Deception of Jackson Stafford, will explore his seduction by one of the personalities he thought was controlled in On The Verge.  His travels under the city lights of Philadelphia, PA, Los Angeles, CA, Albuquerque, NM, Los Vegas, NV, and Jacksonville, FL
and the dark streets and back highways expose many unlikely experiences for Jackson Stafford.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I enjoy Dean Koontz novels.

What about television shows? Movies? Love SYFY

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? I’ve never given up on my dreams.


Thriller Spotlight: A Burning in The Darkness by A P McGrath


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Suspense Thriller Mystery Crime Romance


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A compelling crime drama and poignant love story. The devoted Michael Kieh is wrongfully accused of murder at one of the world’s busiest airports where he is a full time faith representative. A series of brief encounters with a soul mate has eased his loneliness. When she confides a dark secret, he must battle to redress a heart-breaking injustice and prove his innocence.

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Excerpt:

Young Foday Jenkins spied a curious sign at the far end of the concourse. The seven-year-old weaved his way through the hurrying travellers with their trolley-loads of suitcases. There were airline pilots and cabin crew walking briskly towards their international flights and armed police strolling like fortress watch guards. A rainbow glistened in the eastern sky beyond the floor-to-ceiling glass walls, watched in wonder by the frustrated passengers whose flights had been delayed by the ferocious summer storm. A charcoal wash of lightning-filled rain clouds shrouded the distant city outline.
Foday arrived at the sign. It was a matchstick man or woman kneeling, praying. Beneath it there was an entrance of two heavily frosted glass doors. He pushed them open and stepped inside. When the doors closed behind him there was a nice silence. He was in a room, maybe twice the size of his classroom, but it seemed so much bigger because there were sacred symbols from all over the world and holy words on the walls and little statues, and it wasn’t brightly lit in here like outside, yet it wasn’t so dim that it was scary. The duskiness made you look. There was a lovely smell in the air, the scent of a faraway country.
There was a row of electric burning candles that could be switched on for a handful of coins. There were six happy photographs of teenagers from all over the world tacked to the wall above the electric candles. One of the happy faces looked like his older sister Ameyo. She smiled that way. Uh-me-yo. This is how Mummy said it. There were handwritten notes stuck around the photographs with words like Please remember. Foday wondered if the person who wrote one of them had been crying because the ink was smudged.
On a cloth-covered table there was a visitor’s book. Foday wrote his name and address: Foday, 19 Bletchley Avenue, London NW22, UK, Europe, The World. He added I really like this place.
Over on the other side of the church, tucked around a corner, there was a wooden playhouse. A sign outside the door read: If you want a priest to hear your confession, press the button.
Foday turned nervously when he heard the loud sounds of the bustling concourse as the church doors opened. He could see a silhouetted figure against the gleaming frosted glass. The figure focused into a heavy man walking down between the seats. He stopped, agitated and sweating.
‘Are you lost?’ the man asked.
Foday knew he shouldn’t talk to strangers.
‘Where’s your mummy or daddy? Are they with the priest? Are you alone?’ he asked crossly.
Foday pressed the button requesting a priest to take confession.


About the Author:

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AP was born and grew up in Ireland. He now lives in London and works in TV. He is a single father with three beautiful children. He studied English and Philosophy and then post-graduate Film Studies.

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Suspense Book: Empty Shell by Ashley Fontainne #RT @AshleyFontainne


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Genres: Suspense/Thriller/Mystery

Release Date: 9/29/14

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A pair of pink, silk underwear…

The quiet world of Melody and Jack Dickinson is about to be turned upside down. Twenty years of marriage hangs in the balance when Melody finds out about Jack’s infidelity. The betrayal is made worse when Melody discovers his lover is Serena Rowland, a young woman who works at Melody’s law firm.

A receipt from an overpriced hotel…

Harsh words are exchanged before Melody storms off to work, determined to have Serena fired. But when Melody hears Serena was murdered over the weekend, everything changes. Serena’s body is found beaten and strangled with a pair of pink, silk panties, in the same hotel that Jack had admitted staying at over the weekend. Within seconds of hearing the news, Melody’s life spins out of control when Jack calls in a panic. The police are at their home to arrest him for Serena’s murder.

Pictures of a young woman’s scantily clad torso on a cell phone…

Was she married to a monster? One who beat and strangled the young woman to death, or was Jack set up? Did Melody’s own dark secret, hidden inside her heart for years, have something to do with the nightmare they suddenly find themselves in?

Melody and Jack are about to discover that one fateful mistake will destroy many.

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1 – Saturday morning

The morning sun was bright and the humidity staggering. Both bore down on him, making the sweat run faster down his neck and back as he walked. His heart thundered in his chest, and he fought to keep his breathing normal and his gait natural. The rush of adrenaline made his hands shake as he adjusted his ball cap.
He forced his facial muscles to respond to his commands, determined to keep his expression neutral so he would blend in. His mind was racing, unaccustomed to the violent behavior it had just experienced upstairs. His shaky limbs wanted to run the remaining distance to the safety of his vehicle and away from the nightmare of what he’d just done.
A small sigh of relief left his lips when he made it to his vehicle and slid inside, removing his gloves and shoving them deep into his pants pocket. It took him three attempts to insert the key into the ignition. He took a deep breath, held it, and then released it in slow, controlled bursts. He had to get it together or he would have an accident on the way home. He gripped the key tighter in his sweaty fingers and tried again. To his relief, the engine turned over. Fighting the urge to look behind him to see if he was being followed, he eased out of the parking spot and merged into the mid-morning traffic, careful to keep his eyes on the road.
Anything to keep from looking at her sticky red blood on his clothes.
Oh God, what have I done?


About the Author:

Award-winning and International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is an avid reader of mostly the classics. Ashley became a fan of the written word in her youth, starting with the Nancy Drew mystery series. Stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters that lurk within us are her favorite reads.

Her muse for penning the Eviscerating the Snake series was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Ashley’s love for this book is what sparked her desire to write her debut novel, Accountable to None, the first book in the trilogy. With a modern setting to the tale, Ashley delves into just what lengths a person is willing to go when they seek personal justice for heinous acts perpetrated upon them. The second novel in the series, Zero Balance focuses on the cost and reciprocal cycle that obtaining revenge has on the seeker. For once the cycle starts, where does it end? How far will the tendrils of revenge expand? Adjusting Journal Entries answered that question: far and wide.

Her short thriller entitled Number Seventy-Five, touches upon the sometimes dangerous world of online dating. Number Seventy-Five took home the BRONZE medal in fiction/suspense at the 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards contest and is currently in production for a feature film.

Her latest novel, a paranormal thriller entitled The Lie, won the GOLD medal in the 2013 Illumination Book Awards for fiction/suspense.

Look for the suspenseful mystery Empty Shell, in the Fall of 2014.

Ashley also hosts The WriteStuff, a popular BlogTalk Radio show, each Friday night at 10 p.m. CST.

 

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Romantic Suspense Spotlight: Heartbreaker by Marcia Carrington @MarCarring


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Mystery/Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Psychological Thriller


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Ethan Wainwright is a specialist in affairs of the heart – he has made a habit of loving beautiful young women, bringing them to soaring heights of happiness, and just when they believe they are in heaven, leaving them in a state of utter dismay. He has a left a string of broken hearts in his wake, but an unexpected incident brings him crashing back to earth, making him question his acts. The sister of one of his love victims seeks revenge for the wrongs Ethan committed upon her sister, but will this young woman extract her retaliation upon Ethan, or fall prey to his irresistible charm?

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Excerpt:

“You’re a very beautiful woman Cally, I’ve never met anyone so gorgeous before,” Ethan said, blue eyes full of life, smiling at Cally. Cally looked away from his intense gaze, bowing her head.
“Thank you, Ethan,” Cally said, face flush with happiness.
Ethan and Cally were at Edgar’s, the large roadhouse restaurant, each devouring a big, juicy hamburger. He took his burger back into his hands, eyes fixed upon Cally when a large slice of lettuce fell from the hamburger onto the plate, and Ethan laughed.
“See what you do to me – not even my burger can resist you,” Ethan said, as Cally giggled.
“I could say the same about you,” Cally said, as Ethan threw her a cheeky grin.
A waitress in a white uniform came around at this time, watching Ethan with grave reservations.
“Is there anything else you need?” she said, her blue eyes foisted coldly upon Ethan.
“Nah, it’s fine, I think. Want anything else Cally?” Ethan said, turning to her.
“No thanks, Ethan,” Cally said, enjoying the last piece of her burger, as did Ethan. The waitress had her arms folded in front of her, and glowered at Ethan. Ignoring her, Ethan grabbed the napkin, wiping his mouth, then cleaned his hands with the moist serviette. Opening his wallet, Ethan took out a crisp fifty dollar note.
“Keep the change,” Ethan said, as the woman took the note from his hands sharply, and moved away like a block of ice. Cally noticed her behavior towards Ethan, viewing her until she went to check on some other customers.
“Do you know her or something?” Cally asked.
Ethan shrugged his shoulders, and puffed his lips.
“Never seen her before in my life…must be a weirdo or something,” Ethan said, eyes shining brightly at Cally. Dipping his hand into his jacket pocket, Ethan took out his cell phone, and smiled at Cally. “Let’s take a photo of us here together,” Ethan said, placing his finger on the button. “Ready…set…cheese!” Ethan chuckled, pressing the button, and showed the screen to Cally as they checked out the image. “Great stuff, we look so good together.”
“I agree,” Cally said, as she presented her cell phone. “Let me take one of us too.”
“Sure thing sweetie pie,” Ethan said, as he played up to the camera, puckering his lips, as did Cally.
“Smile please,” Cally said, as she took a photo, the couple quickly inspecting her handiwork.
“Brilliant shot, we’re like two peas in a pod,” Ethan said, giving Cally a look of lust, to which she responded with a shy smile.
The waitress walked back behind the roadhouse kitchen, and observed Ethan, eyes frosty. She slammed her hands on the stainless steel serving table, as Edgar the cook came around close to her.
“What is it Lisa?”
Lisa grunted, looking in Ethan’s direction with contempt.
“He’s back again,” Lisa said.


About the Author:

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Marcia Carrington writes about the human condition, exploring what makes people tick, but in an upbeat and optimistic tone. She is an interested observer of popular culture, and fan of cinema from all eras and countries, especially from the 1930-1970s. Marcia is a long-time soap opera viewer, watching daytime, and night time serials from a very young age.

Marcia is also a food connoisseur, with a particular love of chocolate, and coffee. The morning coffee has always been a staple for Marcia, and something which she cannot do without. There is just something about the fresh aroma of coffee early in the morning, and anytime for that fact, which proves irresistible to her.

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