Good morning everyone and Happy Wednesday! Nona Raines here and I’m so proud to be sharing the stage with my fellow anthology contributors all this week. We’re here to celebrate the release of our new anthology The Charmed Bracelet: Love Stories Linked Through Time.
I’m here to tell you about my novella Falcon’s Way. Here’s the blurb:
Trust no one. Barrett Gilmore survives by that creed. She learned it the hard way.
The hard times are mostly behind her now. She no longer goes hungry. She has a job and a decent place to live. And if she’s not really happy, at least she’s at peace.
Until Michael Falco storms into her life. Sure, she’s grateful he intervened when that street kid attacked her, but she never asked him to play the hero in the rest of her life. She doesn’t need rescuing.
But still he pursues her. Barrett knows there’s an angle. A man with his wealth and high lifestyle could only want one thing from a woman like her. And she’s not for sale.
She doesn’t trust him, but worse, she doesn’t trust herself around him.
If Michael has his way, he’ll show her how to do more than merely survive—he’ll show her how to live.
A split second before someone grabbed her from behind, she sensed it was going to happen. The air went electric, the hairs on the back of her neck stood up. But that instant’s warning wasn’t enough to avoid the attack. A pair of arms wrapped around her, squeezing her arms against her body, thrusting the air from her chest.
It was the skinny dude from the steps. He was stronger than he looked. “I don’t want your shitty burgers, bitch,” he hissed in her ear. “Give me your money. I know you got some.”
For a moment her mind went blank before muscle memory kicked in. Then she grabbed his arms and bent her knees in a crouch. Brought the weight of her body low, dragging his arms down. Barrett stomped his left foot hard then kicked back at his knee.
It was enough to force to him loosen his hold and she broke free, but it had been too long since she’d had to defend herself, and she was off her game. The dude grabbed her again, this time by the hoodie. She should have done the smart thing, slip out of the garment and take off, but she was too fucking pissed. Who was this asshole, to put his hands on her? She aimed a fist at his face, but only grazed him. They both toppled to the pavement.
While Barrett and her assailant grappled on the sidewalk, she was vaguely aware of the screech of tires, shouts, pounding footsteps. One second she was peeling the dude’s fingers off her neck and the next second he was gone, as though vaporized.
A face stared down at her. A different face. “Are you all right?”
“Uh…” Was she? She’d had the wind knocked out of her, but otherwise didn’t think she was hurt. Before she could say more, strong hands were holding hers, lifting her to her feet.
She found herself looking at a man not much taller than her own five-eight, whippet-lean, with sharp, hungry features. “Did he hurt you?”
“No.” She’d be bruised tomorrow for sure, but other than that… “I’m okay.” When she tried to pull her hand from his, though, pain lanced up her right arm. She winced. Damn it, she must have twisted it in the scuffle.
The man’s eyes narrowed, catching her hiss of pain. “He did.”
“I’m okay.” Her own stupid fault for tangling with a guy who was high, desperate, or both.
“No, you’re not.” The man held her by the left elbow as though he had no intention of letting her go. “What the hell were you thinking, coming alone to this part of town at night?”
Though she’d been kicking herself just a moment ago, anger sparked at the thought of this stranger lecturing her. Even if he had come to her aid. “You’re here, aren’t you?” Ever the smartass.
He blinked, as though he wasn’t used to back-talk. It was then she noticed his fancy suit and tie, the cut of his long coat. At the curb, a sleek black sedan. He was money. The kind used to giving orders and having them obeyed.
Barrett was not impressed.
Hope you enjoyed that, friends! Remember, The Charmed Bracelet contains three other awesome stories beside my own and is available at only 99 cents for a limited time!
The Charmed Bracelet: Love Stories Linked Through Time
From Regency England to modern day Chicago, a mysterious golden bracelet connects lovers through centuries and across continents.
A widow born to wealth and the military hero who loves her…
The determined young woman and the man she rescued from the streets…
A feisty waitress and the financier who always appears when she needs help…
A computer programmer and the cop who saves her life…
Authors Lara Archer, Leela Lou Dahlin, Nona Raines, and A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder, members of the Nice Girls Writing Naughty, bring you this anthology celebrating the unexpected twists of fate that lead to true love.
Are you ready for some nice with a heaping helping of naughty?
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