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.

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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 – 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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Snippet Sunday – FLY WITH ME – 05/03/2017 #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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Twenty minutes later, Tiffany and Dylan sat in a small, barren room opposite Senior Constable Jones and Sergeant Harris. She tried hard controlling her shaking body with a few slow and deep breaths, but to no avail. Her skin was cold and clammy making her shiver uncontrollably and hard to calm her nerves.
The officers introduced themselves to Dylan.
“Good meeting you,” Dylan said. “I’m Dylan Casey and a good friend of Tiffany’s.”
Tiffany looked over to him, grateful for his company
Harris nodded as he leaned forward, placing his elbows onto the table. “I’d like to clarify again this is purely a conversation to collect information. Miss Cahill is free to reply to answers at her will. Nothing will be recorded.”
Dylan looked at Tiffany giving her an almost imperceptible nod.
“Okay,” she replied to Harris.
“You knew Thomas Terrill as Josh,” Jones asked as she slid a photo across the table towards Tiffany.
She nodded.
“You were in a relationship at the time?”
“A brief encounter is what I’d call it.”
Harris gave a slow nod, then asked, “When did you see him last?”
“About a year ago.”
“Why did you stop the contact?”
“The evil bastard beat me to unconsciousness.”
Although both Harris and Jones kept their expressions straight, Tiffany was sure she saw something like surprise and sympathy on Jones’ face.

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Snippet Sunday – FLY WITH ME – 26/02/2017 #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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Once they were buckled up and on the road, Dylan asked, “Have you had any contact with him since?” [Josh]

“No way. Once bitten, twice shy. Isn’t that what they say?” She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear and sat straight. “Okay, distract me a bit and tell me about Mat.”

He shook his head. “Sounds like love at first sight. Or hear I suppose.”

“Oh my god no, but I’m curious about the guy who answers your phone.”

He chuckled. “Mat lived across the road from us in Sydney,” he explained with a shrug. “His dad had been a famous rugby player in New Zealand. The family moved to Sydney where his dad did some coaching. None of them really settled, though. Mat and I stayed in contact since. Liam and I visited him a couple of times. I’m hoping to invest in his new business venture. That’s why he’s here.”

“What kind of business?”

Dylan parked and turned to look at her. “How about a barbeque at our place tomorrow night? I’m sure he’ll be more than happy to tell you all about his little barn in the middle of nowhere.”

“Barn?”

He laughed. “He bought the thing a few years back and turned it into one mighty great house. Shame he’s moving back to Queenstown.”

They got out of the car and walked towards the police station entrance. A sudden rush of anxiety swept through her, leaving her hands cold and her heart pounding rapidly.

Taking her hand, Dylan said, “You’ll be right. I’m sure there’s a simple explanation to it.”

She let out a puff of air. “With Josh being dead and the police ending up at my doorstep, I doubt the explanation is simple.”

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Snippet Sunday – FLY WITH ME – 19/02/2017 #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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When she heard a knock at the front door, she flinched and cursed that the unknown situation grated so much on her nerves.

Opening the door for Dylan, she gave him a grateful smile. As usual, he looked stunning with his suntanned face, his light green eyes, and just a shadow of a beard. His Irish red hair was a bit longer nowadays, which was most likely the current fashion, and Tiffany liked it. It gave him a sexier, yet mature look. Their friendship had grown even closer after her trouble with Josh the previous year. He and Liam had been there for her when the police had knocked on her door and taken her to the station. It had been the worst period in her life. Both men had been by her side, though, caring for her and guiding her through the labyrinth of a legal nightmare.

He probably knew how anxious she was.

“Hi Tiff,” he said as he placed a kiss on her cheek. “Sorry, we’ve got to rush a bit. Jessi and I have an appointment in the afternoon.”

“Your girlfriend could show some—”

He held up his hand and a sly grin appeared on his face. “Let’s say we have a situation where I want to keep her stress levels as low as possible.”

She froze and turned to him as a slow smile spread across her face. “Are you telling me there’s going to be a little Dylan junior?”

“I’m telling you we’re having an appointment and that we’ve got to hurry along a bit.”

“How exciting.” Tiffany grabbed her keys, locked the door, and followed him to his car.

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Snippet Sunday – FLY WITH ME – 12/02/2017 #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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“Your problem can’t be too bad,” Dylan replied with a hint of sarcasm.
Ignoring his comment, she said, “The police was here asking about Josh.”
Silence hung in the air before he replied, “Shit. No wonder I’ve had so many missed calls.”
“Not to mention the amount of time I tried to get hold of you on your landline. So who the hell is this guy and why did he answer your phone?”
“First things first, tell me about the police.”
Tiffany headed into the lounge room and sat down on the couch. “They were here this morning wanting to know about Josh.”
“Why?”
She shrugged, but quickly added, “How the hell would I know.”
Her friend’s sigh told her frustration grew within him, so she told him about the visit earlier in the day in every detail. She looked around the lounge room as she spoke, taking in the brightly painted walls, the small, but rustic fireplace, her sofa and matching armchairs, and the bookshelves, packed with books and photos.
“I’m sorry to bother you with this but I don’t know where else to go. Mum and Dad will worry themselves sick and won’t be any use. And Liam will go berserk when he finds out the police came to the house again. I’m still glad he didn’t get locked up when he pushed the officer last year. And there’s also the fact that Mel’s stress-o-meter is supposed to stay below zero.”
There was silence at the other end of the line and a smile tugged at Tiffany’s mouth, assuming he got her hint about Liam’s wife.
“Run that by me again?” he finally asked.
“Focus, Dylan. Focus. I need your help.” Her smile turned into a grin despite anxiety spreading through her.

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