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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Tory Richards
What do the holidays mean to you? I think it’s so sad when people get depressed around this time of year. I look forward to getting together with my family, meeting with friends for that little holiday celebration over dinner. Just yesterday a good friend and I met for lunch at our favorite once a month spot. We talked about everything but the holidays and in the end, before we got into our cars and drove away, we exchanged a little gift.
When I was growing up it was just me and my sister. I had no idea the kind of chaos large families went through until I met my first husband. He was the oldest of nine siblings! And all were only a year apart. My first Christmas with them was a rush of confusion, noise and happy excitement. I could barely catch my breath at all the commotion going on around me.
It was exhilarating! And what prompted me to write, The Promise. It’s a story of a large family who gathers at a Vermont farm for the holidays. But more than that, it’s the love story between a man and woman who each made a promise to the same man. A promise that comes between them as much as it binds them together.
It was fun, if not challenging writing a story with so many characters. I had a cheat sheet a mile long to help me keep it straight. I guess I did pretty good because I’ve received nothing but great reviews. And several recommended reads! And it’s also up for Romance of the Year at Deep in the Heart Romance, if you care to go over and vote.
Check out The Promise over the holidays. It’s offered at Liquid Silver Books. Below is a blurb and excerpt.
Blurb - Shannon Hayes’ husband David was killed in Iraq nearly a year ago, and now she must face her first holiday season without him. With a toddler in tow, she travels to the Vermont farm where the rest of the family has gathered for the holidays. There she comes face to face with the man who was with him when he died, and her destiny, his older brother Ryan.
For the first time in years, Ryan returns home to keep a promise he made to David—to take care of Shannon and their daughter. It’s a pledge Ryan is reluctant to keep because he’s been secretly in love with Shannon since first setting eyes on her. Their attraction to each other is instant, intense and soon the promise isn’t the only thing between them.
“Can I ask you a question, Ryan?”
“Is the only reason we’re dancing now because you felt duty bound to protect me?”
His surprised expression revealed it was the last thing he expected her to ask, as they swayed slowly beneath the dim lights. The wood dance floor was crowded, forced them to remain in a tight circle, and Shannon closer against him. The masculine scent of soap and man assailed her senses, drugging her until she was under his spell. Desire began to weave slowly through her system, intensifying when she felt his growing erection.
“What do you think?”
She took a deep breath, as though to draw courage from it. “I think you’re a very honorable man. And because of that you’d protect anyone weaker than you, even someone you don’t particularly like.”
His gaze narrowed on her like a hawk zeroing in on prey. “You think I don’t like you?”
Shannon’s first thought was to say no, only how could she say that when his hard-on was pressing against her? “I’m not sure what you feel about me, after all, we don’t know each other very well. But I get the impression that you don’t want to like me. Does being around me remind you too much of David? I know it must be painful…”
The mention of his brother’s name turned his expression to stone. A muscle began to twitch in his taut jaw. “Don’t mention David’s name again when you’re in my arms, Shannon,” he muttered through clenched teeth. The glare in his eyes held her captive. “You think I don’t like you? My cock’s hard as stone right now.” He thrust it against her. “All I can think about is sliding it inside you and letting your pussy drain it dry.”
Shannon trembled from his words and lust rippled through her body in pleasurable waves. Her nipples hardened and tingled against Ryan’s chest. Desire soaked her panties. She was speechless, unsure if she should be offended or thrilled. She averted her gaze, afraid he would see the effect he was having on her.
As they continued to turn slowly around on the dance floor, her gaze sought out the rest of the family, thankful no one was paying them any mind. Ryan’s shaft throbbed against her relentlessly, turning her knees weak, and she clutched to the front of his leather jacket to keep from sinking to the floor. Her breathing accelerated. She was thankful the lighting in the bar was dim and when the song ended, she stepped out of
Before she made a fool of herself.
Tory Richards: http://www.toryrichards.com/
Liquid Silver Books: http://www.king-cart.com/cgi-bin/cart.cgi?store=linda018&cart_id=24932.15438&product_name=The+Promise&return_page=&user-id=&password=&exchange=&exact_match=exact
Deep in the Heart Romance: http://www.deepintheheartromance.com/p/vote-for-your-favorite-romance-of-year.html
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