I’ve been told some of my readers are anxiously awaiting the release of this story, so I’ve decided to treat you to a little excerpt this weekend to whet your appetite even more…
My characters, Sunny and Chase, are not quite a couple you’d think would have anything in common. He’s eleven years her senior, widowed, with two small children, and owns a large, successful restaurant chain. Oh, and did I mention, he’s HOT?? And Sunny, well…she’s been betrayed and hurt in the past by her only boyfriend…lost her father… and soon will find herself out of work…
And then one day…Sunny meets Chase…and his adorable, motherless cherubs…the journey has begun…and did I mention Chase is HOT??
One of my readers told me she saw a commercial on television that reminded her of this book cover…and it’s a gorgeous cover, created by none other than Carl Franklin, at Rebel. I have to say, the couple on the cover depict my image of Chase and Sunny almost perfectly…and by the way, did I mention Chase is HOT??
Here’s the Blurb:
Sunny Drake has had a few bad years. First she lost her beloved father. Then her long time boyfriend married someone else. Now the doctor she works for is retiring. When Sunny meets widowed, restaurant mogul Chase Dupont, who is suddenly in need of a nanny, she agrees to take the job, never dreaming the journey it will lead her on.
To save his business from being taken over by another company, Chase asks Sunny to marry him. It will be a marriage of convenience but it will be for life. She agrees since she’s already in love with him. But can she make him love her, too?
When Sunny suffers a fall and lies unconscious for days, Chase realizes all he’s ever wanted is Sunny’s Love. But a mystery begins to unravel as they realize Sunny’s fall wasn’t an accident. Someone is trying to murder her. Will Sunny and Chase get the chance to admit their true feelings to each other? Or is it too late?
How about an excerpt??
“Have you ever thought about becoming a nanny?” He watched her face, gauging her reaction.
The question caught her off guard. She hesitated for just a moment. “No, I’ve never thought about it.”
“Why don’t you think about it, Sunny? I can make arrangements for the next month, until Dr. Rose retires. The job is yours if you want it. We can discuss salary and benefits later. I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed. I take care of my employees. Your schedule will be flexible, to a certain extent. I like to arrange my schedule so I can spend time with Ali and Brice. You’d be free during those times.”
Sunny was literally in shock. She didn’t know what to say.
“Think about it, that’s all I ask,” he urged.
“I don’t have to think about it. I accept.” She wasn’t one to make spur of the moment decisions, but this had just fallen into her lap, and was too tempting to resist.
“That’s wonderful, Sunny! You’ve just helped me escape a gruesome task of interviewing potential nannies. Besides, the kids both like you already. I’ve seen firsthand how you were with Brice, at Dr. Rose’s office, and earlier I watched your interaction with Ali. And I have to say I was impressed both times.”
“And I like both of them, as well. They seem to be very sweet, well-behaved children.” Not to mention their daddy is hot, she thought.
“I have to warn you, even though they are both very well-behaved kids, they’ve had a tough time getting over the sudden loss of their mother,” he said with a hint of sadness in his voice.
“That’s understandable. I’m an adult, and I still have a hard time dealing with the loss of my father, at times.”
“How long has he been gone?”
“A little over a year now,” she replied.
“I’m sorry, Sunny.”
“Thank you. Dr. Rose and his wife have been especially kind to both my mother and me, through it all.”
“We’ll be leaving for our summer home at the beach, just about the time you finish your work with Dr. Rose,” Chase informed her.
“Really?” she asked. How lucky can I get? I’ve been offered a dream job and a summer at the beach.
“I’ll get back to you with the details, if you’ll give me a number to reach you.”
“I’ll give you my cell number. If I don’t answer, just leave a message and I’ll be sure to call you back.”
“Great! This could be the start of a beautiful relationship, Sunny.”
If only he didn’t mean the relationship between an employer and his employee! I would have loved to have pursued another type of relationship with this fascinating man, but apparently that isn’t in the cards.
After they’d had dessert and coffee, he suggested they tell the children the news. But when they entered the bedroom, both children were sound asleep. They were two tiny motherless cherubs; sound asleep with their arms around each other.
“I’ll move Ali to her bed.” Chase picked up his daughter. He tucked her into her bed, kissing her goodnight, before walking over to the other bed. He gently tucked his son in, giving him a kiss on the forehead. He took the DS from Brice’s hand and set it on the nightstand. PIcking up the remote, he turned off the television, placing it on the nightstand as well. As they walked out of the room, he flipped the light switch, but not before placing a tiny nightlight into a wall socket, leaving a soft glow of light in the room.
“The big news will have to wait till morning,” he said as they tiptoed out of the room.
“I’d better be going. I have to work in the morning.”
“Sunny….thank you, I’ll be in touch.” He gently touched her cheek as if he wanted to say more, but stopped himself.
Her breath caught in her throat. It was almost as if he had wanted to kiss her goodnight.
She picked up her purse, quickly told him goodnight and quietly let herself out.
All the way home, she thought about the way he’d said goodnight. Did he want to kiss me or was it my imagination? I wouldn’t have fought it if he had. Maybe I shouldn’t have accepted the job as nanny to his children. It might prove to be dangerous to my heart. And then again, maybe it will prove to be much more. She went to bed that night full of anticipation of the summer that lay ahead for her, with the Dupont family.
Sunny’s Love will be available on Amazon, B&N, ARe, and Bookstrand. Check back next week for more exciting news in Anna’s World. You never know what’s going to be happening…
Oh…yeah…did I mention that Sunny thinks Chase is very HOT???