Secret Craving’s Contemporary Romance Blog Hop!
Posted by triciaandersen
Hi everyone and welcome to Secret Cravings Publishing’s Contemporary Romance Blog Hop! My two series, the Black Irish Series and the Hard Drive Series, are both contemporary. I love to write contemporary romance!
Since I currently have four contemporary novels released right now, I will give an e-book copy of the reader’s choice to four lucky commenters who leave a “hello” in the comments below! Just stop by and say “Hi” and you may be the lucky winner of Black Irish, Heartland, The Troubles or Breaking the Cycle!
The Black Irish series is a contemporary suspense romance that tells the story of Abbey Wright and Sloan O’Riley…
Abbey couldn’t believe he was gay. She nearly ran away from her dreams of being a children’s book writer when she was introduced to her illustrator Sloan O’Riley, a dark, sensual Irishman with incredible blue eyes. He certainly couldn’t be good for Abbey’s relationship with her boyfriend back in Iowa. How could she stay in New York and work with the sinfully sexy Sloan even if he was gay? And when Sloan is threatened to be deported, how far would Abbey go to keep him in the US?
Sloan was forced to tell a little white lie. He had no choice. He couldn’t let the sweet, beautiful, Abbey Wright flee from his life – not without a chance to explore the sudden desire he felt for her. But what would Abbey do if she ever discovered the truth about Sloan’s sexuality – or learned the deeper, darker secret he’s been hiding?
Breaking the Cycle (Hard Drive Series 1) is a MMA Fighter romance with sweet side. It has been in the Amazon Top 100 for Sports Fiction in both the US and the UK and just recently won Ind’tale’s Creme de la Cover Contest! It tells about Max Thomas and Chloe Davis…
Max is excited when Chloe, a girl that works for the same gym he does, agrees to go on a date with him. He is disturbed, though, when she becomes violently ill after he kisses her. Max can’t shake how he feels about her. He sacrifices his job and does everything he can to find an answer to her illness. But is it enough to save their relationship – and save her?
Chloe can’t believe Max Thomas, the hottest guy at Roadie’s Gym, wants to go out with her. When their date is a disaster, she thinks she’ll never see him again. She is stunned when he reappears in her life and tries to find the answer behind whatever has made her sick since she was a child. However, will he stick around or abandon her like her father did? Can she trust him enough to let him into her heart?
And coming soon…the sequel to Breaking the Cycle – Breaking the Silence (Hard Drive Series 2)!
Rico Choate is a MMA bad boy with a love them and leave them attitude. That is until he meets Avery Walker, a deaf Marine who lost her hearing when her transport is attacked in Afghanistan. He falls hard for her, even learning sign language so he can talk to her. However, Avery’s hatred for all celebrities forces Rico to keep his career in mixed martial arts a secret. How long can he keep such huge parts of his life separate?
And an excerpt from Breaking the Silence!
Avery frothed the milk in the customer’s cup the slowly poured in the espresso. After squirting in a generous amount of chocolate syrup, she popped the top on the cup and slid on a sleeve. She forced a bright smile on her face as she handed the cup to the woman. The customer’s lips were animated as she rambled on to Avery. Not that Avery could hear a word of what she said. Some days it would be easier just to wear a t-shirt that says “I’m deaf”. Not that I should have to.
She had been deaf for so long she couldn’t remember what it was like to hear anything. Her memories played in her mind as silent movies. She missed what voices or music or nature sounded like. Her memory only held on to one sound, the sound of an explosion, the sound of the metal body of an armored convoy vehicle being ripped to shreds in a ball of fire.
It was the last sound she ever heard. From there on it was smothering silence. She looked up to read her next drink order. She learned to live with being deaf. She was a Marine. She had been through boot camp. She served with the military police in Afghanistan. She was almost killed by a roadside bomb. She lost her best friend in that attack. She didn’t even cry when she learned he had been killed. She could handle a little disability.
Avery’s eyes caught the pale pink bouquet of flowers that sat on the counter behind her. She sighed. She had to admit there were times being deaf sucked, like when the most incredible guy in the world walked into her life but couldn’t communicate with her. Telling Rico Choate she couldn’t see him again was the hardest thing she had ever done. She didn’t really date. She just never found interest in a man. When she was enlisted she was too consumed with her career. The Marines were all she cared about. When she rejoined the civilian world, she didn’t have patience for the immature guys who couldn’t handle being around a deaf woman without making it a joke. The only guy she was ever comfortable around was her brother, Lindsay.
Then Rico walked into the cafe. Her knees went weak as she lost herself in his blue eyes. His tall, strong build made her knees go weak. She wanted to bury her fingers in his dark brown, thick hair. There was no way a guy that hot would want to ask her out.
Then, through his friend, Chloe, he did ask her out. After one date she ended it. Ever since then he filled her thoughts, haunted her dreams. Rico didn’t help the situation at all. Nearly every day a different bouquet of flowers was delivered for her, the most beautiful flowers she had ever seen. Each bore a simple message. Thinking of you, Rico.
Avery glanced across the small shop. Her breath caught in her throat as she felt her heart race in her chest. Speaking of the devil, Rico stood at the counter placing an order. She swallowed hard and took a deep breath to calm herself. She would have to get him set straight. She couldn’t torture herself with him.
Once she capped his iced tea, she grabbed a note pad and pen. She sat the tea on the counter as she scrambled to think of what to write. Her thoughts stopped as she noticed his fingers. His smile was shy as he signed again.
Hello. How are you?
Her eyes flew open wide in surprise. You signed to me! But how?
Rico waved to stop her then picked up the pen and paper. I am still learning. He lifted his hands to sign again. Did you like the flowers?
She giggled. Yes. Thank you. She took the pen from him and scrawled beneath what he wrote. Why are you learning sign language?
His lips cracked into a wide grin as he took the pen from her again. So we can talk. So you will go out with me again.
Avery’s pulse kicked up a notch as her knees went weak. She leaned against the counter as she followed his words. Get a few more lessons then come back and ask me out. I might just say yes.
She didn’t think his smile could get bigger but it did. He scribbled at the bottom of the page. Your wish is my command. I will see you soon.
He waved goodbye as he stepped away from the counter. She couldn’t pull herself away until he disappeared out the door. He was learning sign language…for her? There was no doubt. For the first time in her life, she was falling in love.
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About triciaandersenI am the author and illustrator of the children's book "The Peculiar Princess". I am also the author of two adult fantasy romance novels, "The Sorceress of Savon" and "The Woodcutter King of Muladin". Along with being an author I am married to a wonderful guy and have three beautiful children. I coach youth track and field, sew and chase my children around to their various activities.
Posted on May 2, 2014, in author, books, fiction, novel, romance, story, Uncategorized, writing and tagged Black Irish, breaking the cycle, breaking the silence, contemporary romance, Heartland, secret cravings publishing, the troubles. Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.