Snippet Sunday – DEFYING RULES – 21/05/2017 #romance #love #SnippetSunday #amwriting

 

DEFYING RULES

For today’s snippet I moved a little forward to introduce Addison – the main female character. My apologies that the snippet is a bit longer today, but I wanted to have that last sentence included.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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She had no idea what she had she been thinking at the time she’d started to date him. It’d probably been his charm as well as the attention he’d given her. Addison had felt desired for the first time in her life.
Damn, she’d been so naïve. And stupid.
With a big exhale, she shook her head and whispered, “No.”
“Good. I hope he doesn’t know you’re here. I’ll—”
Ana placed a hand on her husband’s arm and her message to him was clear even unspoken. Leave it be.
A smile tugged at Addy’s lips. “We’re done.” She paused, leaned forward, and rested her arms on the table. “I’ve learnt my lesson and have moved on.” Her throat tightened and tears pooled in her eyes as she gazed across the water, watching the waves crashing over the rocks.
“I suppose he still has his job,” her father grumbled.
“It was my choice.”
“Choice or no choice—”
“Dad,” Addison interrupted him as she met Harry’s gaze. “Look at it this way. I got to move to this beautiful place. Remember Nan always said If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.” Her mouth curled in a smile. “It was meant to be.”

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4 starsThe Romance Review – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.

Snippet Sunday – DEFYING RULES – 07/05/2017 #romance #love #SnippetSunday #amwriting

 

DEFYING RULES

For today’s snippet I moved a little forward to introduce Addison – the main female character. My apologies that the snippet is a bit longer today, but I wanted to have that last sentence included.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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Only a little while later, Addison sat on the small veranda at the back of her house with her parents having their lunch, everyone enjoying the view.
“I can see your mother coming for a visit more often than you might like.”
Addison let out a little laugh.
“Oh, Harry. Don’t be like that. I love the sea and you know that. But I know not to overdo it with my visits,” her mother replied.
“That’s okay, Mum. You’re more than welcome here. I suppose it’ll be nice to have you come around once in a while.”
“Have you met anybody, yet, darling?”
She nodded. “Yes. Can’t you remember I told you of the Christmas concert a few weeks back? The teachers were lovely and very welcoming. I was also introduced to my class.”
“Oh, how wonderful,” her mother cooed.
“The children seem very well behaved and very nice. I even had the chance to talk to some of the parents. A few of them even offered to help me move.” She smiled as she remembered the various offers. It was a bit like in one of those perfect movies of the perfect town — she always tried to find a catch to these generous offers, but people in Fermosa Bay seemed genuinely nice.
Leaning back as she took a bite of her sandwich, she remembered one of the parents in particular.
A boy’s father.
She wasn’t able to recall where the mother had been, but yes, she remembered the dad vividly. Of course, she remembered him. He reminded her of her favourite actor with his tousled short dark hair, the intense blue eyes, and a toned physique that she’d been able to see his muscles moving under his shirt. Or his long legs, which moved so effortlessly with leisurely grace.
Good Lord those legs.
But she wasn’t able to remember his name.
And with a sigh of disappointment, she remembered he hadn’t offered any help.
“Are you all right?” her father asked.
Her gaze went over to the sea, and she watched the subtle movement of the water. Yes, she was all right, and she knew this was going to be a great year.
“Dad, I’m not sure how to explain this, but I think I just had one of those moments of contentment. I have a feeling Fermosa Bay will be good for me.”
Her mother placed a hand on her arm, smiling with understanding.
Yet, her dad went to destroy her moment of happiness, however unintentionally it might have been. “Heard from Ryan?”
It only took Addison to hear his name to feel nauseous. And sad. But above all, it made her anxious. The sudden swirl of emotions overwhelming her.

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4 starsThe Romance Review – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.

Snippet Sunday – DEFYING RULES – 30/04/2017 #romance #love #SnippetSunday #amwriting

 

DEFYING RULES

This is the second book in the Fermosa Bay series, which, I’m trying to get onto the market as soon as possible.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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Ethan walked over to Emily, placed his arm around her shoulder, and placed a kiss on her forehead. She moved around to look at him, and he choked back a sigh at the sight of her. Her grief obvious in her eyes with her face red, blotchy, and slightly swollen, which he assumed was from all the crying. Connor hadn’t exaggerated when he’d said she took it the hardest.
“How are you, pumpkin?” he asked just above a whisper.
She shook her head.
“Is he really dead?” Nick asked against her chest in-between sobs.
Emily hugged him even tighter as more tears flowed down her cheeks. “Yes, honey. I’m afraid he is.”
Connor joined them. “How about we head inside,” he asked quietly.
Without any warning, Nick moved out of Emily’s embrace and looked at Connor. “I’m sorry about your dad,” he said, still sobbing. It tore Ethan apart, the ache to see his son in so much pain, but still remembering his manners.
Connor knelt in front of him, his struggle with emotions evident. “Thanks buddy. Jack made me promise to tell you how much he loved you. He wants you not to be sad for too long, because he thinks life is too short to be sad. And even though you can’t see him, he’ll always be around.”

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4 starsThe Romance Review – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.

Snippet Sunday – DEFYING RULES – 23/04/2017 #romance #love #SnippetSunday #amwriting

 

DEFYING RULES

This is the second book in the Fermosa Bay series, which, I’m trying to get onto the market as soon as possible.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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Pain shot through Ethan when he gave a slow nod. “Yes, it will be,” he replied. “But remember, we talked about it. Jack’s at a good place, and Connor is now in the house. He’s not a bad bloke, either. Right? Emily is staying with him at the moment, too.”

When Nick didn’t reply, Ethan checked the mirror again to find his son staring out the window, most likely contemplating his father’s reply.

Half an hour later, they stopped in front of Jack’s house. Ethan hadn’t even switched off the engine completely when he saw Emily rushing from the house towards them. He heard Nick unbuckling and opening the car door just as quickly and within only a few seconds, his son was in Emily’s embrace. Taking a deep breath, he gave his legs a little shake after the long drive, and got out. Connor and Niall were outside as well now, so he stepped towards them. Niall looked as bad as Ethan felt, his freckles darker than usual on his pale skin. He gave him a hug and tapped him gently on the back. Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed Connor was struggling with emotions, too. He stepped back and slapped him on his back as well. All four of them had been friends since childhood, each coping with different life challenges along the way, yet they’d never lost their friendship.

“How are you holding up?” he asked Connor.

With a lift of his shoulder, he let Ethan know that he wasn’t sure, yet. It must’ve been hard for Connor losing his father after only meeting him again a few weeks earlier.

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4 starsThe Romance Review – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.

Snippet Sunday – DEFYING RULES – 16/04/2017 #romance #love #SnippetSunday #amwriting

 

DEFYING RULES

This is the second book in the Fermosa Bay series, which, I’m trying to get onto the market as soon as possible.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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“Yes,” he whispered. “I thought she would. They’d been close, right to the very end.”

Connor was silent.

“She’s with you?” Ethan asked.

“Yes. Niall’s here as well.”

“Give me twenty minutes and I’ll join you as well.”

As soon as he turned off the phone, a little moan from the back told him that Nick was stirring and waking up soon.

“We’re almost home, mate,” he said.

Rubbing the sleep out of his eyes, Nick sat up and looked out of the window to figure out where they were.

“We’re heading straight to—” Ethan paused, noticing he was going to say Jack. “Connor. Auntie Emily and Niall are there. Are you hungry?”

The boy shook his head. It worried Ethan, because his son hadn’t eaten anything decent for the whole day. He looked into the rear-view mirror and saw Nick looking up to the ceiling, possibly throwing around all the questions he had regarding Jack’s death again. It’d been something they’d discussed a lot while driving along the roads in New Zealand and hard for Ethan to explain what cancer was and why Jack had cancer in the first place. Or explaining what death was and what happened afterwards. Where would people go? There were moments when Ethan had wished for a second parent to share the task of clarifying the unknown, but he’d got through it. It helped Nick to know that Jack was now with Ethan’s parents. Somewhere, wherever the place was where dead people went after leaving.

“Dad?”

“Yes, mate.”

“It’s going to be weird going to Grandpa Jack’s without him being there.”

 

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4 starsThe Romance Review – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.

Snippet Sunday – DEFYING RULES – 09/04/2017 #romance #love #SnippetSunday #amwriting

 

DEFYING RULES

This is the second book in the Fermosa Bay series, which, I’m trying to get onto the market as soon as possible.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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Ethan loved the view and never got enough of it. He loved the contrast of the blue ocean meeting the luscious green of the forest. The long winding road through gigantic trees was leading right into Fermosa. Because Nick usually struggled with travel sickness coming down this route, it was probably a blessing that Nick was asleep.
Startled by the ringing of the phone, Ethan checked the ID, and pressed the Bluetooth button.
“Ethan speaking.”
“It’s Connor.”
Ethan’s heart sank, not ready, yet, for the conversation he was about to have. Another quick glance to the back told him that Nick was still asleep. It had been hard telling his son the news regarding Jack.
“How are you holding up?” he asked his friend.
There was a moment of silence before Connor finally said, “Emily’s struggling.”
Ethan exhaled a long, deep breath as he turned the corner for another near perfect view over Fermosa.

 

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4 starsThe Romance Review – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.

Snippet Sunday – DEFYING RULES – 02/04/2017 #romance #love #SnippetSunday #amwriting

 

DEFYING RULES

This is the second book in the Fermosa Bay series, which, now that I almost have my health back, I’m trying to get onto the market as soon as possible.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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A smile tugged at Ethan Tomlin’s lips when he saw his son Nicholas through the rear view mirror in the back of the car. It must’ve been the most uncomfortable position, with his head leaning back against the booster seat, the neck flexed into an awkward position. And yet, he envied Nick for his little snooze. It’d been a bit of a rollercoaster twenty-four hours for them since receiving the bad news from home. Their drive into Christchurch earlier in the morning as well as the three and a bit hour flight back into Melbourne had been draining for both — emotionally as well as physically.
They’d spent ten days in New Zealand exploring the south island in a motorhome. It’d been a great adventure, and Nick had loved the different scenery, the adventures, and even discovered his love for fishing. Out of all places!
A couple of minutes later, Ethan was able to see Fermosa Bay as they emerged from the tunnel of trees. The small town nestled along the curving bay where it met the Indian Ocean. Fishing boats went and came from the sheltered harbour and as he drove along, he watched the stormy clouds along the line where the ocean met the sky. Born and raised in Fermosa, he’d considered it to be the best place to live and an even better place to raise his son.

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4 starsThe Romance Review – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.

Snippet Sunday – FLY WITH ME – 26/03/2017 #romance #love #SnippetSunday #SundayBlogShare

 

FLY WITH ME

This is Tiffany’s story, who receives a call from the police one morning forcing her to deal with a chapter from her past, which she is unhappy to revisit. When she calls her friend Dylan, it’s Mat from New Zealand she ends up talking to.

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After a few more pleasantries, they all stood and shook hands. The relief that washed over Tiffany as soon as she exited the room was so intense, it left her dizzy, and she held on to Dylan for a brief minute.
“Are you all right?”
“It’s the adrenaline causing me a rush of light-headedness.”
“Need a drink of water?”
“No. Just let’s get the hell out of here. Can’t say it’s a place I like.”
He chuckled as he checked his watch.
“And you have the appointment to check on junior.”
Dylan placed an arm around her shoulder and gently pulled her closer to him. Placing a kiss on her forehead, he said against her skin, “I’ll kill you if you spill the beans to anybody.”
“Yes, honey. My lips are sealed.”
As soon as they stepped out of the building, Tiffany said, “I’ll get the bus home. There’s a bus stop only a few minutes from here.”
“Sure?”
She nodded and moved out of his arm. “A hundred percent. You’ll better get to the appointment.”
“I owe you.”
Shaking her head, she replied, “No you don’t. I wouldn’t even know how to thank you for coming along today.”
He took her head into his hands and placed another kiss on her forehead. “Promise me you’ll be fine on that bus.”
“Josh’s dead, remember.”
“Yes, but the way it sounds not by choice.”
“What are you saying?”

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Snippet Sunday – FLY WITH ME – 19/03/2017 #romance #love #SnippetSunday #SundayBlogShare

 

FLY WITH ME

This is Tiffany’s story, who receives a call from the police one morning forcing her to deal with a chapter from her past, which she is unhappy to revisit. When she calls her friend Dylan, it’s Mat from New Zealand she ends up talking to.

This is still a WIP, so critique away. It’s set partly in Melbourne, Australia, and in New Zealand.

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Surprised by the question, she hesitated a moment. “Next to nothing,” she replied with a frown.
“Would you know where to find the brake cable?”
She shrugged. “I had no idea there was a cable. Isn’t it just the foot paddle?”
Harris smiled and then looked at Dylan. “Have you ever met Thomas Terrill?”
“No sir,” Dylan said without hesitation. “Didn’t know him in person.”
Jones took the photo, and Harris sat back. “Mr Thomas Terrill was killed in a car accident last week. Although we found drugs in the car, Mr Terrill was clean. However.” He paused a moment, possibly letting all the information sink in before he continued. “We found the brake cable had been tempered with. If you know or can think of anything that might help us, we’d appreciate you telling us.”
She stared at him, taking in every single word. Was Harris implying murder? Josh was murdered? She thought for a long moment, trying to process the information she’d just been given. “At the moment I cannot think of anything, most likely because of the uncomfortable situation of being here.” Pulling out the business card he’d given her earlier in the day, she held it up and added, “But I will give you a call if something comes to mind.”

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Snippet Sunday – FLY WITH ME – 12/03/2017 #romance #love #SnippetSunday #SundayBlogShare

 

FLY WITH ME

This is Tiffany’s story, who receives a call from the police one morning forcing her to deal with a chapter from her past, which she is unhappy to revisit. When she calls her friend Dylan, it’s Mat from New Zealand she ends up talking to.

This is still a WIP, so critique away. It’s set partly in Melbourne, Australia, and in New Zealand.

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[“The evil bastard beat me to unconsciousness.”]
“After that?”
She shook her head.
“We have a file note regarding an incident a few weeks later.”
Dylan placed a hand on her shoulder, calming her with a slight rhythmic back and forward move. Tiffany let out a long breath.
“Not one of the police’s finest moments,” she said, trying hard to convey some humour when she didn’t feel any.
Harris met her gaze, but remained silent.
Closing her eyes, she said, “If it’s all in a file, I suppose it’s not necessary for me to retell the details, is it?”
“Any contact with Thomas after that incident.”
She shook her head. “Thankfully no.”
“Ever talked to anybody about him?”
Her eyes shot open and with a shrug, she replied, “Possibly my brother, but I doubt it. He’s not worth wasting even a second of my life. Hard to believe I’m here because of him.”
“To your knowledge, would your brother have talked to anybody about him?”
“I’d say no for the very same reason. Got him into enough trouble last year.”
Harris nodded. “Miss Cahill. How good is your knowledge with cars?”

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