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Archive for April 17th, 2012

The brainchild of Evangeline Ramsey, the London List features the latest gossip as well as blind advertisements. Every London resident, from the lowliest kitchen maid to the most exalted duchess, looks forward to Tuesday morning, when the newspaper publishes and speculation rises.

 

Baron Benton Gray is sick of finding his latest peccadilloes printed in the London List—and shocked to find his old love, Evangeline Ramsey, at the helm. He buys the newspaper from her ailing father with the intention of shutting it down, only to face uproar from its eager readers. Forced to enlist Evie’s aid to re-start the newspaper, he finds that putting the paper to bed becomes an unexpected pleasure for them both…

 

 Available November 27, 2012

www.maggierobinson.net

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The Book

 

 

The Tease

 

Dare coached a community league and this was the end of practice at the field near the lake on the edge of town.  All he had left was Charlie’s at bat, a pep talk, and then Dare was out of here for the night.

Ten minutes later, he’d given each kid a summary of their strengths and weaknesses.  When he finished, the kids scattered, some walking home together, a few lucky others picked up by their parents.

Dare put his spare equipment into the large duffel he kept in his trunk, hefted the bag over his shoulder and headed for his car, a black metallic Ford Edge.  He tossed the bag into the back and wiped his dusty hands together before slamming the trunk, then walked over to the water fountain and rinsed off his hands.

No sooner had he finished and turned to leave than he collided with a jogger on the sidewalk.  He’d raised his hands to block contact and he realized he now braced his palms against a very feminine chest.  Soft, round, full breasts molded to his hand.

His body registered that fact and reacted accordingly.

“Sorry,” he muttered, taking a deliberate step back.

“Me too.  I wasn’t watching where I was going,” a familiar female voice said.

Startled, Dare glanced up to see Liza pulling the iPod buds out of her ears. “Liza.”

“You,” she said at the same time.

He met her gaze and she blinked, focusing her coffee brown eyes on him.  Touching her had nearly knocked him on his ass and her gorgeous eyes almost completed the job.  Then there was the damp handprints he’d left on her chest, well those he couldn’t stop noticing.

He had to divert his focus or he’d be in big trouble.

“I do have a name other than you,” he reminded her in a teasing voice.

“Officer Barron.”  She ducked her head after she spoke.

This shy female was distinctly different from the take charge woman he was used to seeing at the police station, softer and more approachable.

Dare found himself drawn to her even more.  “I meant, I have a first name.”  And he wanted to hear her say it.

She lifted her gaze.  “Dare.”  Her expression was wary but with a hint of a smile on her lips, she teased him with a glimpse of those sexy dimples in her cheeks.

“Better.”  He allowed himself to take in her running gear, a pair of black shorts with white piping, a black tank that did little to hide her breasts and a worn pair of sneakers.

“Do you always jog in the evening?” The sun was setting and he’d prefer she didn’t run here at night.

 “No.  I usually run in the morning near my house but I had an early meeting today so I put it off till later.”

He nodded, feeling better about her jog.  “Well then, lucky me.  Are you okay? From our collision I mean?”

She nodded.  “I’m fine.  I should have been watching where I was going but I was distracted.”  A blush stained her cheeks, making him wonder what she’d been thinking about.

“So was I.”  He was even more distracted now.

Silence descended and she shifted from foot to foot.

“Well, I should get going,” she murmured.

He paused and before he could think about it, he said, “I was just going to get a slice of pizza.  Want to join me?”

Her eyes flickered in surprise.

She couldn’t be any more shocked then him, since he had dinner at his brother’s house in an hour, Dare thought.  But he wasn’t ready to let her go.

“Umm … “ She seemed to struggle with the decision and he knew he’d bail on the family if it meant the chance to go out with her.

“I can’t tonight.  I have to work.  I need to put the final touches on a presentation I have in the morning.”

He nodded, understanding but still disappointed.   “No problem.”

He wondered if he should take it as an outright rejection, then realized she hadn’t said I can’t.  She’d said I can’t tonight.

“Maybe another time then.”

Her eyes widened, as if she couldn’t believe he’d push the issue.

“Maybe,” she said softly.

His heart jump-started inside his chest and his thoughts immediately turned to what Cara had said about turning things around.  He’d always judged Liza harshly but now he’d treated her to the real Dare and she’d softened.

“Can I walk you anywhere?” he asked, reluctant to let her leave.

She shook her head.  “My car’s parked by my office,” she said, pointing down the tree-lined street.

“Be careful.”

“Always,” she said and treated him to a full-fledged genuine smile.

As he watched her jog towards her office, he realized something had shifted between them.  And suddenly it didn’t matter who her brother was or what he’d done, Dare needed to get to know Liza better.

 

The Blurb

Police Officer Dare Barron has had a crush on Liza McKnight ever since he was a teenager. But despite his lifelong attraction, the closest he’s ever come to interacting with her is watching Liza regularly bail out her brother at the station.
 
Dare’s dark past with Liza’s brother, Brian, has always kept him from pursuing her. But suddenly Liza finds herself in need of protection and Dare appoints himself as the man for the job.  And while the sizzling attraction between Dare and Liza draws them together, the past that Dare and Brian share threatens to keep the two apart forever.

 

Available May 1, 2012

www.carlyphillips.com

 

 

 

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Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security  systems—and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail’s reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something—and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

www.noraroberts.com

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