Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sweet Saturday Sample of "Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny"

Here is a sweet sample of my new release, the sequel to "Now and Forever 1, a Love Story", a sensuous romance. You don't have to have read the first one to read, understand and enjoy this one. This scene takes place as Danny takes Eliza home from their first date.

His gaze swept her from head to toe while his blood pounded. His hands itched to touch her again as her beauty drew him like a moth to a flame. He snaked one hand around her waist as he approached her again. She stepped toward him, closing the gap between them. Trying not to crush her, he held her tight and kissed her, his hand threaded through her hair, his lips parting hers, probing her mouth with his tongue, making her powerless to resist the absolute maleness of him. Danny broke away while he still could and waited for his breathing to return to normal. He took her hand again and they continued their walk. Arriving at her house, Danny kissed her goodnight, careful to keep his desires in check.

“On Sunday there’s a church supper and square dance at the Dominion Church on the corner of Elm and Ratchett. Would you go with me?”
She scoffed. “A square dance? Come on.”
“They’re supposed to be fun. And the food is usually good at these things, I hear. Come with me,” he coaxed, holding her close.

She nodded.
“I’ll come for you at five-thirty,” he said, and then he kissed her again, wrapping his arms around her, losing himself in her scent and her softness. As he walked away from her house, he wondered how he was going to be able to wait a whole week before seeing her again. 

The week passed slowly for Danny. He worked on his lessons, reading, making notes, typing up lectures, consulting with the department chair, Jim Caterson. During the day when he wasn’t working, he thought about Eliza. He kept smelling her perfume, recalling the softness of her skin, her lips and the way she melted in his arms.

Used to being in a barracks with his platoon, Danny was now living alone for the first time.He hoped the peace and quiet would help to heal him, maybe even get rid of his nightmares, but that didn’t happen. Instead, the frequency of his nightmares increased. Most nights he awoke at two am sweating and screaming, but two shots of scotch knocked him out for the rest of the night.

Eliza's House


Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny is the second in the Now and Forever series. In the first book, Now and Forever 1, a Love Story, you met Callie Richards and Mac Caldwell and watched their love story evolve. This second book is the story of Danny Maine, brother to Callie’s fiancĂ© lost in Iraq as well as the continuing story of Callie and Mac.
Captain Danny Maine leaves the Army after becoming an expert sharp shooter, killer and womanizer. He gets a job teaching English at Kensington State University where he seeks out his brother’s fiancĂ©e, Callie Richards, the sister he never had.

He meets Eliza Baines, a beautiful widow and is smitten immediately. Danny struggles to overcome post-traumatic stress syndrome and make a new life. He strives to leave his violent past behind and forge a new path that includes love, success and having his own family but dark forces and emotional obstacles block his way. Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny is an heartfelt story of love, loss and ultimate triumph that will touch your heart.

If you're looking for a non-formulaic, dark, sexy, roller-coaster-ride of a story that will keep you guessing, this sensuous romance is for you. 
Danny's House
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  1. Jean, this was already on my wish list, and your sample reminds me why. Lovely.

  2. Nice. This sounds like a winner! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I already have the book so I don't want to spoil the story by reading this. Sorry.

  4. Hehe This is on my Christmas wishlist and I can't wait to read it. :) I love the intensity between them, but I love the demons that haunt him from his time in the Army. Great sample.