Happy Labor Day Weekend, Passionate people!
Today I have a guest author, Anna James, here to talk about her new release. I enjoy her stories—and her friendship, too. Get to know Anna James, and see if you like her as much as I do!
I want to thank everyone here at Nights of Passion for having me here today. My name is Anna James and I write contemporary romance with strong heroines and hero who conquer life’s trials and find their happy ever afters.
People often ask me why I write romance novels. It’s an easy question to answer. I’m all about the HEA! They get me every time, and I love reading romances as much as I love writing them.
I’m here today to share an excerpt from my upcoming release THE BUSINESS OF LOVE – Book 1 Forevermore Series which releases on September 8, 2015.
Like workplace romances? Like reunion romances? Like a little mystery and suspense thrown into the mix? Then you’re in for a treat because THE BUSINESS OF LOVE has them all.
Sophia Hamilton can’t believe her late stepfather split the family firm three ways. With her hard-earned master’s degree, she and her stepbrother, Allen, are perfectly capable of running the firm. Instead, she’s forced to share the reins with Dante Leone. The man who split her heart in two.
Six years ago Sophia fell hard for Dante, but when he discovered she was a starry-eyed nineteen to his twenty-eight, he shut her out. Worse, Allen’s defection from the firm has left Dante with controlling interest.
Dante is having a tough time seeing Sophia as anything other than the woman who lied to him. Yet her resignation isn’t the moral victory he intended. He feels her absence deep in his heart—and the company plunges deeper into turmoil.
Sophia returns on one condition: equal partnership all the way. But their redoubled efforts aren’t working. And soon it becomes clear someone is bent on destroying not only her stepfather’s legacy, but any chance of a future with Dante.
“Is everything all right? I heard—”
Sophia froze. That voice. Dear Lord, no. It couldn’t be.
“—the security alarm go off,” the newcomer finished tersely.
Her heart started to pound. Please don’t be him, please don’t be him. Slowly, stiffly, she turned around and faced the man who’d just entered and yes, Dante Leone stood in her kitchen, large as life. Her knees threatened to buckle. No! She wouldn’t fall apart just because he was here. She straightened her shoulders and lifted up to her full height.
So, he hadn’t been a figment of her imagination after all. She’d caught a glimpse of him at the church, but then he disappeared. When he didn’t show up at the cemetery or here, after the burial, with the other guests, she’d convinced herself he hadn’t really been there at all. Boy, had she been wrong.
Even from across the room, he was an imposing figure. At well over six feet he towered over her dressed in black trousers that fit his lean, narrow hips to perfection. His broad, muscled chest filled out a crisp white dress shirt and black suit jacket. His hair was shorter now than it had been when they’d last met. It suited him. The new style accentuated his high cheekbones and sharply chiseled jaw.
Lord, he was even more handsome than she remembered and, Jeez Louise, how pathetic could she be?
The man used and humiliated you, her brain screamed.
Yet here she stood, lamenting over his good looks and, my goodness, let’s not forget those gorgeous sapphire blue eyes and…
There you go again, her brain condemned scathingly.
What was he doing here? Okay, that was a silly question. Dante was second in command of Baker, her father’s financial investment company. It made sense he’d attend his funeral. But goodness, she wasn’t prepared to see him again. It had been six years since he’d burst into her life and then stormed out just as quickly, leaving her to cope with the damage and destruction left in his wake.
“Dante?” Was the croaking sound really her voice?
Trey gave her shoulder a reassuring squeeze and she was grateful for his presence. He’d been there to witness the devastation that had followed their breakup. His friendship, like always, had been a lifeline.
“We’ve got everything under control,” Trey said curtly.
“I can see that,” Dante retorted. “Sophia, when you have a moment I’d like to speak with you.”
“This is not the time or the place,” Trey said, in a disgusted tone.
Dante’s lips tightened into a thin white line as he glared down at Trey. “I wasn’t suggesting we discuss business today.” He turned his attention to Sophia. “We can meet next week or the week after.”
Next week or the week after? Wouldn’t he be back in New York by then?
Trey opened his mouth to speak, but Dante held up a hand to silence whatever he’d been about to say. “I’ll be around, so whatever time is convenient for you. And Allen, of course.”
He’d be around? “How long are you planning to stay?”
“I’m relocating to LA.”
Her jaw dropped open and she couldn’t stop the gasp that came out of her mouth. “What?”
His eyes narrowed. “Temporarily. Until we sort out the business.”
Good god, no! Avoiding him when he lived in New York had been difficult enough. If he were here, in LA, she’d have to see him. Every day. A lick of heat raced through her and she had to clamp down hard to stop the excitement dead in its tracks.
She wasn’t interested in Dante Leone.
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About Anna James
Anna James writes contemporary romance novels with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and find their HEA. Her debut story released in 2010. Since then, Anna has penned eleven novels/novellas.
Anna is married to a wonderful husband who spends countless hours picking up the slack around the house so she can pursue her dream of writing, is the proud mother of five fabulous children, and a big, loveable rescue dog the entire family adores.
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