Today I am pleased to welcome back author, Miranda P. Charles. Her book Will to Love has recently received a makeover. It has a brand new cover and has been re-edited. Here she is to tell you all about it:
In anticipation of the upcoming release of my fourth book Secret Words (Secret Dreams Book 1), my very first book was treated to a well-deserved makeover!
Will To Love has a new, sexier cover, and was given a fresh edit to complete its pampering experience. The result? A much smoother, more entertaining read with the heat and sweetness that readers of the Lifestyle by Design series have come to love.
To celebrate, Will To Love will be free on Amazon from July 9 to 13 so make sure you download your free copy.
As a big, big “thank you” to Nicole for once again giving me this space in her blog, and for being such a wonderful support for authors and readers, I am happy to give one of her followers an ebook copy of any one of my other books:
Secret Words (Secret Dreams Book 1) – to be released on July 15.
Here is an excerpt from Will To Love for you to enjoy:
Victor will be there with me, looking like his usual gorgeous self. He assured me he’d be very attentive. Everyone will see how mad we are for each other. Well, hopefully, that’s what they’ll see. Surely this will work. It should stop my dear sister from going ahead with her matchmaking plans. If it doesn’t, well, plan B is to die from embarrassment. It will work, Clarise Carson thought confidently before taking a deep sigh and returning her focus to her last piece of work before she ended the working day.
After a final review, she was done with her latest article for Lifestyle by Design, the popular monthly magazine read by those with loads of disposable income keen to know which restaurants and bars were worth going to, which exotic destinations they could holiday in next and which new gadgets they must own to make their busy lives easier.
She was still salivating at the memory of the glorious food she had at Stillwaters, the newest restaurant in Sydney, owned by an upcoming Australian chef, and the latest establishment she had researched and reviewed.
Yes, she nodded. They definitely deserve this glowing article. She knew the new restaurant would soon have a very long waiting list of patrons wanting to dine there once next month’s issue became available.
Satisfied with her day’s accomplishments, she shut off her laptop, grabbed her handbag and walked into the office of Victor Michaels, the magazine’s very good-looking head graphic designer.
“I’m done for today, darling. Are you ready to go? I’m starving,” she said to Victor. “I’d also like to talk to you again about Megan’s engagement party this Saturday night. Seriously, if you can’t go with me, I don’t know who else to ask,” she said, voicing her worry.
“Just give me five minutes and I’ll be ready to go. And of course, I’m going with you to your sister’s party,” Victor replied with a grin. “I’m really excited about it. I’m already looking forward to meeting your family and showing them just how much I want you,” he said in a low, sexy voice.
If it hadn’t been Victor who made the comment, she would have blushed. Instead she laughed and settled herself on a chair and waited for him to finish.
Renewed hope flowed through her. Having Victor for her date should stop Megan’s plan to introduce her to single men at her and Rick’s engagement party. Who knew how many of them they had invited? And it was supposed to be a small affair only! She shuddered at the thought of being introduced to a line-up of bachelors, with everyone there knowing what was going on. That would be way too embarrassing!
I wouldn’t make a spectacle of myself, even though Megan thinks she’s only doing me a favour.
She had wondered why Megan was so intent on playing matchmaker. She wouldn’t be surprised if their mum was in on it, too. Both of them must have felt sorry for her when she broke up with Daniel, especially when she’d asked if she’d ever meet ‘The One’. She winced. She could still remember her conversation with her mother.
“Don’t worry, darling, maybe Daniel’s not really meant for you.”
“Do you really think I’ll ever find ‘the one’, Mum? You know, like you have Dad and Megan has Rick?”
“Of course, you will! You are gorgeous and you are beautiful on the inside, too. Somewhere out there, there’s a man just for you. And I’m not saying that because I’m your mother. But you won’t find this person if you don’t go out enough! Most of your contacts are work-related and you have such strict rules about not dating anyone connected to your work. You should socialise more, Clarise.”
Her mother hadn’t hidden the fact that she was worried she would end up a spinster and would have no one to share her life with. With her track record of hardly going out on dates and her past relationships not lasting more than two and a half months – her time with Daniel being the longest – she shared her mum’s concerns.
Ruefully, she remembered the time when she and Daniel took her parents out to dinner. At twenty-nine years of age, she had finally introduced a boyfriend to her parents. Her mother had been so excited it was like she herself was going out on her first date.
Three weeks after that, she was single again. She felt she had failed at something significant and swallowed the pain and guilt that attacked her at disappointing her parents – and herself.
“Are you okay, Clarise?” Victor’s voice brought her back into the present.
“Yes, I was just thinking of Megan’s plan to foist single men on me. I don’t want to look desperate! How mortifying would that be?”
She smiled at the man in front of her. She couldn’t help but think that it was, indeed, very unfortunate for the female population that Victor was gay. He was really hot-looking and a decent guy to boot.
“I’m so looking forward to your sister’s engagement party but I seriously hope there are no handsome, muscular hunks there or I won’t be able to keep up our pretence.”
They laughed out loud.
I would like to thank Miranda P. Charles for hanging out on the blog today and for offering a free ebook copy of one of her books to accompany the FREE to download first book in the series! To be entered to win, all you have to do is leave a comment between now and Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11:59pm EDT. Winner will be selected Friday morning using Random.org and announced later that day. Good luck!