WINTER BREAK releases
Diana Enjoys Winter Settings
It seems many of my stories are set around the winter season. DIAMONDS IN THE SNOW, CABIN FEVER, A DEVIL IN A WINTER, 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS BONDAGE...snow falls, the holidays are celebrated, and love ensues.
This year, a new holiday story joins the pack: WINTER BREAK, which asks the question: Can long-lost lovers rekindle the heat of their youth in the cold weather of a college winter break?
I actually started this story several years ago, but the characters stopped talking about a third of the way through. Several computers later, all I had left was a corrupted file that randomly inserted odd characters (lots of ampersands and asterisks) and deleted most of the spaces between the words. About a year ago, I found the file again but it was in such rough shape, I sighed and set it aside as a lost cause.
But characters are funny. Dr. Lynn Bintner, PhD. and Tony D'Angelo, Master Architect Extraordinaire, wouldn't leave me alone. All through working on Her Master's Voice (both books!), these two kept nagging at me, wanting their story finished. Finally, I set everything else aside, cleaned up the manuscript and said, "Okay, you two. Here's your chance. Go."
And go they did - right through several drafts and edits until they grinned at me, sat back and said, "Thank you. You're done now."
To celebrate Cyber Monday (actually the whole first full week of the traditional holiday shopping season), WINTER BREAK is on sale to my newsletter readers only for 20% off the cover price only at Smashwords.Use the coupon code: VU48P when you checkout to receive your discount.
But that's not all! Both DIAMONDS IN THE SNOW and 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS BONDAGE are also on sale for my newsletter subscribers. Whether buying a copy for yourself or for a friend, you can still get 20% off the cover price at Smashwords. For DIAMONDS, use the code SW45W and for 12 DAYS, use the code HG45W.
WINTER BREAK Excerpt
You didn't think I'd let you go without a tease, did you? Here's a brief excerpt from the novella:
So intent on her memories, Lynn missed the last step. Her arms flailed out as she grabbed for the railing. Her fingers slipped and she fell toward the two men. Strong arms caught her. Correction. Strong, dirty arms. Really dirty arms. An odor wafted from him and she tried not to wrinkle her nose as she got her feet under her. He smelled like heâ€™d been crawling in a filthy basement.
Intent on brushing the dirt off her coat and piecing back together her pride, she didnâ€™t look up, the words coming automatically. â€œIâ€™m sorry. Missed the bottom step. Stupid of me to . . . â€
â€œNo big deal. Glad I was here to catch you.â€
Lynn froze. She knew that voice. How many times had it whispered sweet nothings in the darkness? At one time in her life, sheâ€™d intended to spend the rest of her life with that voice. Except life hadnâ€™t turned out that way at all.
Steeling herself, she looked up and into the deep blue eyes she knew could set her blood on fire. Eyes that were wary now, reflecting the unease Lynn felt. Crowâ€™s feet had grown beside those eyes since sheâ€™d seen him last, and his hair shone with a little silver mixed with the black she remembered.
And then he smiled, and the familiar dimples made her stomach flip over like they had a hundred times before.
â€œTony. Good to see you again.â€ To her surprise, her voice sounded normal. She put out her hand to shake his, then pulled it back as he held up his dirty one. A handshake wasnâ€™t right between them. What she wanted was to throw herself into his arms and hug him tight. More than hug him. Damn, but it wasnâ€™t fair. How could he have gotten even sexier with age?
â€œItâ€™s good to see you, too.â€
They stood, an awkwardness stretching between them. Then Muscle Man shifted and Lynn smiled at the younger man. He was safe ground. She nodded in his direction, glad for the distraction.
Tony tried not to stare at the woman his first love had grown into. Lynn had always been pretty, but with age, sheâ€™d become beautiful. Short hair fit her, he thought, trying to focus on the top of her head rather than those incredible heart-shaped lips heâ€™d rather be kissing.
And here he stood, looking like something mauled and dragged in by the proverbial cat.
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This sale is only good until December 5th, so head on over to Smashwords, use your coupon codes, and get your copy of WINTER BREAK now!