SPOTLIGHT~ A BEAUTY SO RARE BY TAMERA ALEXANDER!!

From the USA Today bestselling author of To Whisper Her Name and A Lasting Impression comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to a group of people forgotten by Nashville society–and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love.

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  • Series: A Belmont Mansion Novel
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764206230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764206238
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Pink is not what Eleanor Braddock ordered, but maybe it would soften the tempered steel of a woman who came through a war–and still had one to fight.
Eleanor Braddock–plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty–knows she will never marry. But with a dying soldier’s last whisper, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. Impoverished and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor arrives at Belmont Mansion, home of her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America–and possibly the most demanding, as well. Adelicia insists on finding her niece a husband, but a simple act of kindness leads Eleanor down a far different path–building a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War. While Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve of this endeavor.

Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Hiding his royal heritage, Marcus longs to combine his passion for nature with his expertise in architecture, but his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widows’ and children’s home run contrary to Eleanor’s wishes. As work on the home draws them closer together, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground–and a love neither of them expects.

But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor, and even if he were, someone who knows his secrets is about to reveal them all.

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING STYLE w/Giveaway~ MARLENE BATEMAN, A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

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~Welcome, Marlene! It is always a pleasure to have you visit MBA&M~

How to Improve Your Writing Style

Marlene Bateman

There are many elements of good writing but perhaps one of the least understood is style. Just what is style? Style is not what you write but how you write. Voltaire said, “Every style that is not boring is a good one.”  But how do you improve something as nebulous as style? Over time, I’ve come up with some simple things that can enhance your writing style.

1.          Use a thesaurus to look up words that are colorful and precise and mean exactly what you want to say.  You know thousands of words, but they don’t always rise to the surface of your brain. Adjectives are not efficient and should not be your first choice.  The best thing to do is replace words, not modify them.  Replace house with mansion, cottage, hovel, or duplex. William Strunk said that adjectives are “the leeches that infest the pond of prose, sucking the blood of words.”  Adjectives do great work when they are needed, but too often they are brought in when they are not needed. One thing to remember is that adjectives tell, verbs show.  Turn adjectives into verbs whenever possible.  For example, turn impatient into “looked at his watch” or “tapped her foot.”

2.          Use simple words but don’t confuse simple with dull.

3.          Writing gets more interesting as it acquires precision, not length.

4.          The smaller the number of words you use to contain a thought or an image, the more impact that thought or image will have.  Let me give you an example: Lee was a mean woman.  Lee was a shrew. Want another example? He passed away early in the morning, and people all over America cried.  He died at dawn and the nation wept. Do not put extra words in a sentence for the same reason you don’t tape two windshield wipers to the windshield of your car: they wouldn’t serve any purpose, and they would get in the way.

5.          Be wary of adverbs. Adverbs crop up when you use a weak verb and try to boost it.

6.          Use strong verbs that are active, vivid, specific and familiar.  One example of this is; Buster ate his dog treats quickly. It’s much better to say;  Buster gobbled his dog treats.  Don’t use weak general verbs like walk, cry, fall, and touch if the situation calls for plod, weep, collapse, and caress.

7.          Say things in a positive way.  Show readers what you want them to see, not what you don’t want them so see. Here are some examples; Do not say, “He was not a generous man,” say, “He was a miser.”  Do not say; “The painting it did not have any flaws,” say, “It was a masterpiece.”  Do not say, Phil was not a graceful person,” say, “Phil was a klutz.”

8.          Show, don’t tell.  Showing means creating a picture for the reader.  You can say a person seemed impatient.  Or you can show that by saying, “She looked at her watch constantly.”  Or; She asked, “Are you almost done?”

9.           Avoid clichés.  They are tiresome.

10.       Appeal to the senses.  Through the sense of sight, sound, taste, smell and touch, we reach out to the world.  Bring your writing alive with the sounds, the smells, the flavors, and the peculiar tactile sensations that come from textures and temperature and motion.  Remind the reader that this written world is the same one he lives in.  It sparkles, it roars, it rubs against him and sometimes it stinks. The senses are touchstones for the reader.  Return to them often.  They work.  Don’t say it was noisy at the baseball game.  Mention the crack of a bat, the whizzing of a fast ball, the roar of the crowd, and the heckling from the bleachers.

11.       Put emphatic words at the end.  Emphasis tends to flow to the end of a sentence, so if there is one word or phrase you want to say a little louder, put it at the end.  This is especially important when you are trying to be funny.

12.       Keep it simple.  Write in a simple, direct, unpretentious way—with every sentence an arrow aimed at exactly what it means to say.  Remember you are trying to do one thing, tell a story.

Thank you for stopping by today! We wish you much success in your writing career. Thank you for your tips on improving your writing style!

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A Cover for A Death in the FamilySynopsis ofA Death in the Family (from the author)

Meet Erica Coleman—a gifted and quirky private investigator with an OCD-like passion for neatness and symmetry, a penchant for cooking, (ten terrific recipes are included), and a weakness for chocolate.

In A Death in the Family, the second in the Erica Coleman series, private eye Erica Coleman and her family happily anticipate Grandma Blanche’s eighty-first birthday celebration in the picturesque town of Florence, Oregon. But when the feisty matriarch, a savvy businesswoman, suspects wrongdoing and asks Erica to investigate her company, things get sticky.

Before the investigation can even begin, Blanche’s unexpected death leaves Erica with more questions than answers—and it is soon clear Grandma’s passing was anything but natural: she was murdered. When another relative becomes the next victim of someone with a taste for homicide, Erica uses her flair for cooking to butter up local law enforcement and gather clues.

Erica’s OCD either helps or hinders her—depending on who you talk to—but it’s those same obsessive and compulsive traits than enable Erica to see clues that others miss. When she narrowly escapes becoming the third victim, Erica is more determined than ever to solve the case.

 

Excerpt from A Death in the Family

            “It’s hard to believe she’s gone,” Kristen said dolefully. “When I moved here, I thought I’d have years with Grandma. She was always so active—I thought she’d keep going for years.”

“And all the time, her heart was getting weaker,” Trent said glumly.

Walter commented, “The last time I saw her, Blanche said the doctor told her she had the constitution of a mule.”

There were a few smiles at this, but Martha’s brow furrowed in confusion. “But Mom’s death didn’t have anything to do with how healthy she was.”

“What are you talking about?” Trent’s impatient voice billowed out and filled the small room.

Martha squirmed but fluttered on, “Well, after what Mom said when she came to visit me, you know—about how something wrong was going on in the company—I worried that something might happen.”

Her response reverberated around the room. Everyone went very still—as if they were holding their breath. 

Martha’s eyes went from one to another. “I didn’t mean—oh, I shouldn’t have said anything,” she stammered. Her voice was pure distress. “It’s just that . . . well, we’re all family here, so it’s okay, isn’t it? I mean, no one else knows.”

“No one else knows what?” Trent said brusquely.

Visibly flustered, Martha’s hands twisted in her lap. “And . . . and Mother was very old and—and the police haven’t even come, have they?”

Erica wondered what Martha could be getting at. Everyone darted quizzical looks at each other, trying to make sense out of Martha’s confused chirruping.

After meeting blank looks all around, Martha blurted, “I mean, that’s good . . . isn’t it? For the family?”

The room remained deadly silent as Martha’s cheeks flamed red.

There was a rumble as Walter cleared his throat. “Why would the police come?”

“Why, to arrest someone.” Martha sounded surprised—as if he had asked something that was completely and absolutely self-evident. She stared at Walter, as if he and he alone could straighten everything out. “Isn’t that why they’re doing an autopsy? I mean, don’t they always do an autopsy when someone has been murdered?” 

A Death in the Family can be purchased online:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Death-Family-Erica-Coleman-Mystery/dp/1621085732/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393108321&sr=1-1&keywords=a+death+in+the+family+by+marlene+bateman

Deseret Book: http://deseretbook.com/Death-Family-Marlene-Bateman/i/5120025

Seagull Book: http://www.seagullbook.com/lds-products-823999.html

 A Death in the Family is available at physical bookstores such as Deseret Book and Seagull Book, as well as other LDS bookstores.

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About Marlene Sullivan…..

Author Biography

Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they are the parents of seven children. 

Her hobbies are gardening, camping, and reading.  Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and has written a number of non-fiction books, including:  Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, and Heroes of Faith.  Her latest book is Gaze Into Heaven; Near Death Experiences in Early Church History, a fascinating collection of over 50 documented near-death experiences from the lives of early latter-day Saints.

A Cover for Motive for MurderMarlene’s first novel was the best-selling Light on Fire Island. Her next novel was Motive for Murder, which is the first in a mystery series that features the quirky private eye with OCD, Erica Coleman.

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HEARTMATH BRAIN FITNESS PROGRAM~DEBORAH ROZMAN,Ph.D. & ROLLIN MCCRATY,Ph.D.

HeartMath Brain Fitness ProgramThank you for taking the time to spend with us and our readers today!

Heart Month: The heart has a powerful influence over your brain

 

Scientific research reveals a deep connection between the heart and brain that can give you a sharper, healthier mind – and all it takes is a little tender loving care

 

Obviously, the heart is one of the most important organs in the body; it keeps blood pumping which keeps us alive. Yet many people are unaware of its role as a source of intelligence within the human system, and how the heart can actually help keep the brain in shape. In fact, science has helped explain the heart’s critical role when it comes to brain fitness. For example, the heart has its own ‘little brain’ that enables the heart to learn, remember, and even feel and sense independently of the cranial brain.

 

Stress, information overload, time pressures and too much multitasking impedes the crucial heart-brain connection. Think of it like a radio station. When we’re stressed, the signals that the heart is trying to send to the brain have interference – kind of like static on a radio channel. However, when we are feeling balanced, happy and calm, the signal is clearer. Much like a clear radio channel, there’s a better signal between the two.

 

“A foundational building block that most brain fitness programs rarely address is how our heart rhythms and emotions affect our cognitive functions,” said Dr. Deborah Rozman, CEO of HeartMath and author of the book, HeartMath’s Brain Fitness Program; Connecting Heart and Mind for Optimal Performance. “Science shows that through the heart-brain connection, we can improve our minds – not by playing puzzles and games, learning a new language or musical instrument – but by learning heart-based emotional self-regulation skills.”

 

Listen to Your Heart

The heart is able to communicate with the brain through each and every heartbeat interval. The heart’s rhythm contains instructions for the brain, directly impacting how well we function mentally. Your heart rhythm affects the way the brain perceives and processes information, which can either hinder or assist mental functions and performance.

 

As we learn to shift out of stressful emotions such as, anxiety, irritation, frustration and anger we can clear the static in our system, and we enhance the heart-brain connection, or our emotional balance and mental clarity.

 

Your Heart has a Mind of Its Own…Literally

Your heart is processing a lot more information than you might expect. The heart has some similar properties to your cranial brain, such as an intricate network of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins, and support cells. This ‘little brain’ within the heart contains an estimated 40,000 neurons that have been shown to have both short and long term memory capabilities. As we age, our memory, focus and concentration are more vulnerable. Research suggests that people who have a healthy heart may have better memory function than those who experience heart health issues.

 

It’s Electric!

The heart’s power should not be underestimated—especially when being compared to the brain. The heart’s electrical voltage is about 60 times greater in amplitude when compared to the electrical activity produced by the brain. This voltage is so strong, that it permeates through every cell in the body.

 

Since the heart’s electromagnetic field is so widespread throughout the body, it has an influential effect on your entire body’s communicative process – meaning it affects the way you perceive and react to the world around you. This component is roughly 100 times stronger than the electromagnetic field that is generated by the brain.

 

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Emotions such as love, care, and appreciation are powerful influencers that can improve your overall well-being any day. Positive heart-felt emotions help guide the heart rhythm pattern into what science calls ‘heart coherence.’ When the heart’s rhythms are in this coherent pattern, it helps increase the neural signals sent from the heart to the brain.

 

Increasing the amount of time we spend in a positive emotional state is a key factor in creating heart coherence and in improving and sustaining cognitive functions. Utilizing techniques like the HeartMath Quick Coherence® technique – or incorporating activities that encourage positive emotions like volunteering, spending time with family or friends and spending time in nature – can help increase heart-coherence. Positive emotions like love, care and appreciation act like a tonic for the mind-brain processes.

 

Learn the Quick Coherence® technique:

Step 1: Heart Focus. Focus your attention on the area around your heart, the area in the center of your chest. If you prefer, the first couple of times you try it, place your hand over the center of your chest to help keep your attention in the heart area.

 

Step 2: Heart Breathing. Breathe deeply, but normally, and imagine that your breath is coming in and going out through your heart area. Continue breathing with ease until you find a natural inner rhythm that feels good to you.

 

Step 3: Heart Feeling. As you maintain your heart focus and heart breathing, activate a positive feeling. Recall a positive feeling, a time when you felt good inside, and try to re-experience the feeling. One of the easiest ways to generate a positive, heart-based feeling is to remember a special place you’ve been to or the love you feel for a close friend or family member or treasured pet. This is the most important step.

 

Additionally, we can learn to retrain our body’s response to stress and improve our brain fitness by incorporating technology. For example, the Inner Balance trainer uses an app and sensor that plugs into a smart phone or tablet so you can quickly learn to monitor your heart rhythms while it coaches you through the techniques.

 

The partnership between the heart and brain is both unique and fascinating, and while new to science, it has been part of many cultural and spiritual traditions for ages. Now that science has confirmed that the heart plays a significant role in brain function, people can learn to connect with their heart to increase their brain fitness – and ultimately, increase the quality of life. 

 For more information, please visit: http://www.heartmathstore.com/item/BD3000/brain-fitness-ebook

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HeartMath Brain Fitness Program

HeartMath Brain Fitness Program – Connecting Heart and Mind for Optimal Performance
By Deborah Rozman, Ph.D. and Rollin McCraty, Ph.D.

Explore how your brain works and learn how to make it work better

Emotional stress, the strains of modern life and aging all can hasten cognitive decline. Memory, focus and concentration are especially vulnerable, but you can actually learn to take care of your brain, improve mental functions, remain alert and develop your brainpower. The new HeartMath Brain Fitness Program book explores the critical relationship between our emotions and the brain. It describes the heart’s role in shaping and controlling our emotions and communicating with the brain. Learn how to harness your neuroplasticity, the brain’s capacity for changing and rewiring itself. Learn to raise your heart coherence to promote emotional stability, optimal cognitive performance and harmonious function across all of your body’s systems. This wonderful research-based work lays out a practical and simple method for using HeartMath techniques and technology to improve and sustain your cognitive abilities throughout your life.

Contents

  • 82 pages; detailed color illustrations, charts, graphics
  • Fall in love with your brain and your heart
  • Heart-Brain Communication
  • Benefits of positive emotions
  • Self-directedness and leadership
  • Increasing Brain Power with Heart Power
  • HeartMath Brain Fitness Five-Step Program
  • Detailed instructions for 5 HeartMath techniques
  • Integrating emWave® and Inner Balance® technologies
  • Action plan
  • HeartMath brain-fitness outcomes
  • Additional resources

Pages: 98

Readers can purchase the book here: http://www.heartmathstore.com/item/BD3000/brain-fitness-ebook.

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BEHIND THE RED DOOR~ JACKIE BARBOSA….ON SALE FOR $2.99

BEHIND THE RED DOOR

JACKIE BARBOSA

ON SALE FOR $2.99 LIMITED TIME OFFER!!

Paperback: 304 pages  Publisher: Aphrodisia; 1ST edition (May 17, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0758234589 ISBN-13: 978-0758234582

 

June 1, 2009

Forbidden fantasies and hidden pleasures are waiting. Enter the Red Door, a most exclusive brothel, where men enjoy all the sins of the flesh and women surrender to their own secret desires. . .
“Wickedly Ever After”
Known for his wicked ways, the Marquess of Grenville is far from marriage material. But when Miss Eleanor Palmer tries to tell him so, she quickly finds the heat of his kiss melting her determination to say “no” into an uncontrollable desire to say “yes. . .”

“Scandalously Ever After”
Most men who visit the Red Door brothel enjoy sampling the variety of feminine delights, so Calliope is surprised when Captain Jack Prescott claims her for a week of passion. But satisfying his every sexual desire provides them both with complete carnal pleasure. . .

“Sinfully Ever After”
Lady Jane St. Clair loves her fiancé, but Gerard Nash is a notorious rake who likes adventurous women. Wanting to show him just how bold she can be, Jane masquerades as a young ingénue at the Red Door where she and Gerard experience sinfully erotic ecstasy. . .

Jackie Barbosa knew she wanted to be a writer by the time she was seven years old. After detours in academia–she holds a Master’s degree in Classics from the University of Chicago–and the software industry, she is at last achieving her true life-long dream of writing romantic fiction.

Jackie lives in Southern California with her husband of almost twenty years, their three children, three cats, and two rats (which are actually pretty nice once you get to know them. When she’s not writing (and sometimes when she is), she’s usually surfing the Internet and reading everything she can get her hands on.

 

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TODAY’S GUEST WITH GIVEAWAY~VIRNA DEPAUL~ TURNED

 

 

WELCOME, VIRNA!

Thank you for having me at My Book Addiction & More today!

I am thrilled to share information about my upcoming novel, TURNED! It is the first book in my new paranormal romantic suspense series, The Belladonna Agency.  “Some Flowers Thrive Better in the Dark.” I love this tagline because, just like the beautiful but deadly Belladonna nightshade plant, this perfectly describes my heroines in this series, ordinary women with dark pasts who are recruited to join Belladonna, a black ops organization that hunts vampire criminals.

 My concept is a bit of Charlie’s Angels meets Supernatural.  My hero Ty must convince my heroine Ana to join the Belladonna Agency and hunt down bad guys.  The Agency employs human women to take down the villains.  After all, what human woman would have the audacity to infiltrate the supernatural world? Strong women—who happen to have a lot of support and love from their respective heroes.  I hope you enjoy the excerpt and enter to win a Print of TURNED.

Blurb:

Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.
 
Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.
 
But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.
 
Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.
 
When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.
 
Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?

Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Audio, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, iTunes

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“If you’re looking for a hot, sexy, emotional read, Virna DePaul delivers!”

-J. Kenner, New York Times and
USA Today bestselling author of Release Me

“Virna DePaul creates yummy alpha heroes, relatable heroines, and supercharged emotional plots. Run, don’t walk, to snatch up one of her stories.”

—-New York Times bestselling author Tina Folsom

“A captivating start to a fascinating new series with a hero who’s to die for!”

—-Nationally bestselling author Rhyannon Byrd

Turned is intense, intricate, and insomnia–inducing (plan to stay up way too late!). Virna DePaul puts the awesome in the awesomesauce of paranormal romance.”

—-Joyce Lamb, curator,
USA Today’s Happy Ever After

“The chemistry between the two was great and made for some very sexy scenes.”

—-Fresh Fiction

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Excerpt:

“How—-how did she die?” Ana asked the cop.

Southcott was watching her carefully, as if he thought she was going to break down and weep. He seemed somewhat surprised when she didn’t.

“A car accident.”

What a mundane way for such a vibrant woman to lose her life. Téa’s family—-her parents, the sister she often talked about—-had to be shattered. Madre de Dios . . .

“That’s terrible,” Ana said, because he clearly expected her to say something.

He held out a piece of paper. “This is a transcription of a text on Téa’s phone. Just a draft, never sent. I don’t know if the accident is the reason she never finished it, but . . .” The police officer shrugged.

Ana took the paper and read Téa’s incomplete text: Ana. Stay away from Belladonna. Too dangerous. -Gloria—-

It stopped there.

Téa had truly been her friend to the end. She’d tried to warn Ana to stay away from Belladonna because she’d wanted to protect her. Yet the text confirmed what Ty had already told her—-that Belladonna and Gloria were somehow linked.

“Any thoughts?” Office Southcott asked. “Do you know anything about Belladonna? Or who Gloria is?”

“Gloria is my sister. I haven’t seen her in years. And Belladonna?” She shook her head. “I don’t know. I’ve never heard of it.”

She felt a twinge of unease at the lie, but didn’t let it influence her. She was used to lying to the cops. Since she didn’t know whom to trust, she wasn’t going to confide in this one. Suspicion still nagged at her. All she wanted was to get Southcott out of her house as soon as possible.

But first she had to ask all the right questions. It was the least she could do for Téa. “Are you investigating her death? Is it being ruled a homicide?”

“No. We’ve apprehended the man who hit her. Drunk driver, multiple violations. I just wanted to follow up and make sure you got her message. And her warning.” Southcott smiled tightly. “I knew Téa Montgomery. Smart lady. If she’s telling you to stay away from someone, even your sister, I’d listen to her.”

The guy’s condescending grin and know–it–all attitude set Ana’s teeth on edge. “Thank you. I will.”

It was another lie, of course.

Southcott gestured to the boxes she’d packed. “You moving?”

“Yes,” she said. “Not far. I’m buying a place closer to work,” she said.

Southcott just stared at her for a few seconds, then nodded. “Well, you know where to find me if you need me.”

She didn’t reply. Simply walked him to the door and said good–bye, then locked it behind him. Shakily, she leaned back against it and looked around at all the boxes that were packed and ready to move into storage. This sealed it—-she was going to find out what Belladonna really wanted from her.

And if Téa’s death had anything to do with it.

With determination, she picked up her phone and -dialed the number on the card Ty had given her. She wasn’t surprised when he answered, his voice low and somber. “Hello,” was all he said.

Ana took a deep breath. “Téa Montgomery is dead.”

“I know. I’m sorry.”

“How could you not tell me that? Did you know when you came to see me yesterday?”

“Yes.” He hesitated. “I didn’t tell you because I thought you were already suspicious of me. I thought it best to let you find out when you tried to contact her. Which I knew you’d do.”

“Did you—-did you have anything to do with it?”

“No.”

This was it. She had to decide whether she could trust him enough to take the next step. But she’d called him, hadn’t she? In spite of that weird dream she’d had. That proved on some level she’d already made up her mind, even after hearing about Téa’s death.

Her intuition told her that he was waiting for her to confirm that. Ana didn’t want to give him the satisfaction of a definite answer just yet.

“Listen, Ty. Right now I’m not making any promises except this. If I find out you’re playing me, if I find out you had anything to do with Téa’s death, you’ll regret it.”

“I wouldn’t expect anything less.”

 

 

About Virna

 

Virna DePaul is a USAToday and New York Times bestselling author of steamy, suspenseful fiction.  Whether its vampires, a Para-Ops team, hot cops or swoon-worthy identical twin brothers, her stories center around complex individuals willing to overcome incredible odds for love. Bedding The Wrong Brother is a #1 Bestselling Contemporary Romance, and is followed by Bedding The Bad Boy. Her PNR series with Random House launches on April 1, 2014 with Turned. She loves to hear from readers at  www.virnadepaul.com

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