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!
This is the second book in the Harper Sisters Trilogy, but each book can be read as a stand alone.
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“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.”
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:
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.
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:
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.