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This is my eighth week on this blog hop. This week's piece comes from my current romance WIP, Resistant. Resistant is a romance set in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. I’m talking to a photographer right now about photo options for this cover, so stay tuned for that an the synopsis. I hate writing those, so I’ll probably wait until the last moment to write it, as usual, but it will come. So on to the excerpt. I’m moving ahead a little more. In this scene, Charles, Sahara’s best friend and the big brother she never had tries to convince her that Daniel does have a thing for her.
A little after night fall, we drove back to the hill where I had first seen the horde and waited for them to pass. Daniel argued with us both about staying out. He said we needed back up, said people were waiting for their stuff, said we wouldn’t be worth anything because we had been out all day.
Charles laughed at his excuses after I disconnected the line following Daniel’s fourth excuse. He turned to me and said, “You are going to give that man a heart attack,” getting as comfortable as he could behind the wheel of the Humvee.
“What do you mean?” I asked, turning to look at him in confusion.
“Oh come on. You know as well as I, if I had been out here with anyone else, he would have whole heartedly agreed to this plan.”
“Well, the sooner he learns that I’m not his kid sister and he isn’t responsible for me, the better.”
“Again, you aren’t that stupid. We both know he doesn’t see you as a kid sister.”
“I don’t know of another reason as to why he would be so protective.”
“Nope. I know everyone thinks he is in love with me, but I know what I saw between him and Maggie. No one who honestly has feeling for one person could do that with another person.”
“Are you absolutely positive you saw what you said you saw?”
“Because I asked him about that night, and he told me nothing happened between him and Maggie.”
“You asked him. Shit, Charles, what are we in high school. Did you tell him I saw him? How did a conversation like that come up, for Christ’s sake?”
“Calm down. I didn’t go all teenage girl on him. I simple asked him. I told him someone saw the two of them talking and she was naked, which isn’t beyond the realm of possibility with the way we live. People know how she is, and you weren’t the only one up that night. He said nothing happened between them. She did greet him naked, but he said he turned his back on her and turned her invitation down, then he finished his rounds and went to bed. A completely different story than what you made it out to be.”
“That isn’t all that happened, but whatever. I’m not discussing it. You may not think he sees me as a sister, and maybe he doesn’t, but he sure as hell doesn’t see me as lover.”
Seeing the sincerity on my face he asked, “You don’t see the way he touches you, looks at you, behaves around you do you?”
“I do, and it all adds up to me being his sister. He has never kissed me, grabbed my ass, or expressed any sexual feelings toward me in any way.”
“Sex does not equal love. Daniel isn’t the kind of guy who would do any of those things to any woman. He is the type of guy to treat the woman he loves exactly the way he is treating you. Granted, he is drawing things out. He really should move things to the next level soon.”
“There is no next level.”
I hoped you enjoyed that. Just a little update on HIM, a novel that some of you are following, I’ve finished my read-through, the novel is off to my beta-readers. Two my betas have already written 5 star reviews on the novel. You can read these reviews and add the novel to your Goodreads to-read list at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24377181-him. HIM is not a romance, but a suspense thriller, but if any of you would like me to add you to my list of beta-readers, email me at: email@example.com. To read the first three chapters of HIM, visit: https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/375385-him?chapter=0
One last note. My only other romance novel, SHIFTER, has a slightly altered cover, a pretty new flyer, and a new lowered price of $3.99 if anyone is interested. If you love witches, curses, werewolves, shapeshifters, and angels, SHIFTER has them all along with a few burly alpha males, one timid, overweight heroine, some steamy sex scenes, and a happily ever after ending. Stop by your favorite online retailer and download your copy today. This 374-page, stand-alone eBook is only $3.99. SHIFTER has a 4.54 rating on Goodreads, a 4.6 rating on Amazon, and a 4.75 rating on Smashwords.