Thursday, May 11, 2017

Awaken My Heart

Giveaway Alert!

Thanks for stopping by. I’m excited to be with you to share a little about my newest release, Awaken My Heart. Of the heroes I’ve written to date, Nick DiFrancesco is hands-down my favorite. He’s six-foot of hot-blooded Italian with bulging biceps, olive skin, and a deep dimple in his chin. As the oldest of four, he’s always been the responsible one, something that’s annoyed his siblings. But sometimes even the perfect screw up. Now divorced with two kids, he lives in a shabby walk-up apartment in Northeast Philly and is one step away from moving back in with his parents. With his life in the tanker, things are about to go from bad to worse when his drug trafficking case blows up—literally—and his remaining clue leads him to Ashley O’Neil, the girl he had a one-night stand with over fourteen years ago. Oh…and did I mention Ashley has a secret that’s going to turn Nick’s already screwed up life upside down?

Will it be a fiasco of epic proportions, or could their screwed up one-night stand result in the happily-ever-after they never had the chance to explore?

Awaken My Heart is a sexy contemporary romance and is the third story in my award-winning Tangled Hearts series. In it, you’ll find a bit of suspense tangled up in a second-chance a love story.

I hope you enjoy this excerpt from Awaken My Heart.

“Lunch wouldn’t be complete without dessert.”

A smile lit her face. “Depends on what you have.”

“Close your eyes. It’s a surprise.”

She fingered her ponytail, and Nick had to fight hard not to think about the silky feel of her blonde strands. “I don’t like surprises.”

“Humor me.” He lowered his voice. “I’ll make it worth your while.”

With a longing glance at the box, she lowered her eyelids. He opened the lid, removed a large cream puff, and leaned closer. “Open your mouth.”

After the slightest hesitation she complied. The sight of her lips clamping down on the pastry made all the blood rush to his groin.

“Mmm.” She bit off a chunk and chewed.

With her eyes closed, she was more tempting than any dessert. Nick couldn’t help it. He leaned forward and brushed her lips with his. She sucked in a quick breath but didn’t pull back. It didn’t take more than the slightest pressure against her lips before they parted. He swept his tongue inside, the taste of the cream mixed with Ashley both intoxicating and arousing.

He’d intended it to be a gentle kiss, but when their tongues touched something snapped in him—or maybe it snapped in both of them.

To celebrate the release of Awaken My Heart, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. See the Rafflecopter below to enter.

Lies have a way of coming back to haunt you—a lesson Ashley O’Neil learns the hard way when she runs into the man she shared a steamy night with over fourteen years ago. Now tangled in a web of deception, she’ll need to right a wrong and chance losing her heart to the very man she deceived.

An unexpected encounter with the woman he had a one-night stand with has thrown Detective Nick DiFrancesco for a loop. Recently divorced, he’s cautious around women, but one look at Ashley has him considering taking a chance. Until he learns her secret…one that impacts him where it counts most—family.

When Nick’s drug trafficking case goes south, a lead puts him in Ashley’s path. With his family in danger and his heart on the line, he’ll need to fight for justice and risk it all to the woman he’s never forgotten.

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  1. Congrats on the new release! I live in Italy and one of the most romantic dates we had was a trip to Villa Manin. It has a beautiful park and I can't wait to go back there.

    1. Sounds like a romantic place to visit. One day I plan to get back to Italy and visit more of the cities of my family. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Happy book birthday, Maria. Tbh I'm an oblivious person IRL that I never thought whether I've had any special romantic dates or not. Hopeless, I know. I'm not big on grand gesture, just to be able to spend some time alone with that special someone - wherever, really - is romantic enough for me.

    1. Thanks, Dee. I agree, having that special someone is what counts...wherever you are. A romantic moment is what you make it, wherever you are. It's about the words and feelings. Thanks for commenting.

  3. My most romantic date was on a sail boat. We spent the day sailing around the lake and had a picnic type lunch on the boat. I loved the quiet seclusion.

  4. I would say it was a special restaurant that I had wanted to go to.

    1. Sounds lovely, Maureen. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I enjoy trying new places too! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Congratulations on your new release, Maria. I won't be able to answer the question since, well, I don't date. I'm an aromantic asexual woman. But since I'm a homebody if I ever go with platonic relationship, stay in home will be good enough for me.


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