Welcome back! I’ve got a new release! My thirteenth release in twelve months! 2013 has been a whirlwind year for this new author and I’ve learned a lot about writing, editing, publishing, and marketing in the past year as well as having made many new friends! I’ve been blessed with wonderful assistants and a “fabulous” street team!
I’ve even dabbled in a new form of my genre with a different pen name. Both my publishers, LazyDay and Rebel Ink Press have been wonderful. This latest release is from Rebel Ink Press and I’m going to tell you a little about it, so get comfy and read on!
A Woman Like Her is a novella, the sequel to If You Love Me. If you read If You Love Me, you’ll remember fondly Amy and Dillon. Amy is Ashley’s best friend and Dillon is Adam’s brother. Together the two of them plot to reunite Ashley and Adam when their marriage hits the skids. But…there’s always a but…Amy and Dillon have some unresolved issues of their own, which you’ll find out about in the new book.
**Here’s the Blurb for A Woman Like Her:**
When Amy Brewer met Dillon Brant at her best friend’s engagement party three years ago, she was instantly attracted to him. But Dillon made it very clear he didn’t need a full-time woman in his life. His brother, Adam, had rushed into marriage with his wife, Ashley, and Dillon had never approved.
When Adam’s marriage hit a rough patch, Dillon and Amy worked together to get the couple back on track and Dillon began to rethink his earlier thoughts on women. If he could find a woman like Ashley, he might change his mind.
Dillon knew Amy was trouble from the start. He was far too attracted to her for his own good. And when she made it known to him she was nothing like Ashley, he began to think maybe he really didn’t want a woman like Ashley after all. Dillon wanted Amy.
But is Dillon ready for a committed relationship? Amy is, and there lies the problem.
Can the two come to an understanding or is their relationship doomed to fail from the start?
**Now, would you like a little excerpt?**
When she opened the door, a smiling Dillon greeted her with a large cup of Starbucks coffee. He handed it to her, walked inside, and planted a chaste kiss on her cheek. “Good morning, Sunshine.”
As she looked at him, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, she couldn’t help but notice how sexy he looked in cutoffs and a Colts tee shirt. He looked at her and they both laughed.
“Great minds think alike,” he said.
“I can change my shirt,” she offered as she took a sip of the heavenly brew. “Thanks for the coffee, by the way.”
“No, don’t change. I think it’s kind of cute, we’re dressed alike.” He gave her one of his sexy grins again that made her tummy do flip-flops every time she saw it. “Are you ready to go? I’ve got the food in the truck.”
“Sure, let me grab my purse.”
He waited patiently for her and soon they were headed for the lake.
“What made you come up with this idea, Dillon?” she asked.
“When I woke up, it was such a beautiful day and we both have the day off, so I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful day than with a beautiful girl. Of course, you immediately came to mind.”
“Dillon…” she said, blushing.
“Amy, I meant what I said last night. I’m falling under some kind of spell with you. I’m as shocked as you are, but I’m going to do whatever it takes to convince you I’m not kidding around.”
“I just don’t know, Dillon,” she replied as she sipped her coffee.
“I understand your reluctance where I’m concerned, Amy. I’ve given you every reason to believe I don’t want a relationship. Hell, I’ve said it enough times. But something’s changed. I can’t explain it, but I sure as hell want to explore it,” he replied as he reached across the seat and took her hand.
“This is going way too fast for me, Dillon.”
“Baby, don’t say that.”
“I’ll try to go with it, but I don’t know if I can.”
“That’s all I ask, Amy. Give us a chance to find out where this is leading.”
“And what if you change your mind, after I give you a chance, Dillon? Where does that leave me?”
“Amy, I can’t tell you what the future holds for us. But at least, give us a chance to find out. If it’s meant to be, it will happen and if not, well…we can say we gave it our best shot. I’m not going to pressure you.”
When they arrived at the lake, he helped her out of the truck, handing her the basket his mother had packed for them. He carried the rest of the food and led her to a spot in the shade. After laying a blanket on the ground, he took the basket from her and invited her to sit down.
He began to unpack the food. He’d thought of everything, even chocolate cake and wine.
“Dillon, this is so sweet,” she said as he handed her a glass of wine.
“I’m trying, beautiful,” he replied with a wink.
“I can see you are,” she said as she leaned up to kiss him.
“Wow,” he said after the kiss ended. “If a picnic will get me a kiss, I’ll have to plan one every Saturday.”
“Oh, Dillon,” she teased. “Starbucks and a picnic, you’re just buttering me up to beat me at Euchre later.”
“Dang, you guessed it,” he said with a laugh. Leaning over again, he kissed her sweetly. “Amy…I think I’m falling in love.”
“Dillon, don’t say that,” she answered as she pulled away.
“Somehow, I always knew when it happened, it would hit me like a ton of bricks, the way it did with Adam when he met Ashley.”
“Dillon, have you ever felt this way before?”
He shook his head emphatically. “Never, Amy, I knew something was different the night we were at the Slippery Noodle, but I wouldn’t admit it to myself. That’s why I asked you out last weekend. I wanted to see if I’d get you out of my system after a date. It didn’t happen. You’re under my skin, and in my heart.”
“Dillon, I’d like to believe you, but I’m…scared of getting my heart broken. I’ve always wanted to go out with you. When I met you at the engagement party, I knew. But, you drilled it into my head so many times that you weren’t looking for anything permanent, so I put it out of my mind. I told myself I had to give up on you. Now, I’m confused.”
He caressed her cheek with a gentle touch of his hand. “I know, baby, I know. I’ll take it as slow as you need to. I said no pressure, so anytime you need me to back off, I will. It’ll kill me, but I’ll do it.”
“You’d do that for me?” she asked as tears welled up in her eyes.
“I’d do that for you,” he replied quietly.
“Thank you, Dillon.”
He smiled and said, “Eat your chicken. Let’s just enjoy the sunshine and the food and the wine. We can relax and enjoy each other’s company all afternoon.”
The afternoon was perfect. They ate, took a walk, and napped on the blanket. Finally, he woke her and said, “Baby, wake up. If you want to change your clothes before the barbeque, we need to go.”
Sleepily, she sat up and said, “Okay. I’m sorry I dozed off. I…I didn’t sleep very well last night.”
“I’m sorry, Amy. If I could have, I’d have held you all night. You might have slept, safe in my arms.”
“Dillon,” she said, smiling. “You promised not to go there.”
“Can’t blame a guy for trying, can you?” he teased as he picked up the picnic basket and held out his hand to help her up.
As she folded the blanket, she replied, “No, I can’t blame you for trying. I feel it too, Dillon. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to give in to those feelings. Not yet, anyway.”
“That’s promising, the ‘not yet’ part,” he said as they walked to his truck.
After he’d put everything in the truck, he leaned down again and kissed her. It was a sweet kiss, but full of passion all the same. As a warm glow filled her body, Amy moaned. “Dillon…”
“Yes, baby?” he whispered against her ear.
“I’m falling….we need to get going.” She walked around the truck and climbed in.
Dillon sighed and got into the truck. Starting the engine, he said, “It’s okay, baby.”
Amy looked down at her hands folded in her lap. “I’m sorry. I just can’t…”
“It’s okay. Don’t get all upset about it.”
Well there you have it. If you haven’t read If You Love Me yet, why not download it when you download A Woman Like Her and read them both?
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