Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Santa Wore Leathers Goes to Print in June #HarperImpulse #SPeekSunday

Today is Sneak Peak Sunday. I get to share a snippet AND make an announcement. Every Sunday, various authors share SIX paragraphs of their work, either something already published or a project they're working on to entice you to take a closer look at their writing. At the bottom of my six, you'll find the link to the listing of other authors who are participating. You'll find a nice variety of genres and writing styles.

My Christmas novella, Santa Wore Leathers will be available in print on June 28th. My publisher, HarperImpulse, was originally set up to be the romantic eBook publishing arm of HarperCollins, which most of you know is a UK corporation. Yesterday, HarperImpulse announced that after June of this year, ALL of its books (over 20,000 words) will go into print format two months after the eBook is released. Those eBooks already published were put on a schedule for their paper transition. Santa makes his print debut the end of June. Whoot!


So, of course, it's only appropriate I share 6 paragraphs from this novella. Becca and Dan Wolford, known to everyone simply as Wolf, have argued. They live next door to each other in townhouses in Clearwater, Florida.
Becca fingered for her door key hidden in the hanging fern on her porch and wiped off the dirt before sticking it in her lock. Going over to Wolf’s had been a huge mistake. Huge. She’d gone to the trouble of getting made up and squeezed into her best dress for five minutes of birthday party and ten minutes of lecture. Damn, annoying man.
“Becca! Becca, wait up.” Hurried footfalls sounded behind her and a hand coiled around her arm. Wolf turned her to face him. “I was offensive back there. I’m sorry.” Just why did you have to make him so handsome, God? Even in the dark, his voice is deep and sensual. Couldn’t you have taken some of his abundant sexiness and used it to make him more pleasant? Cause this guy is one rude piece of work.
She jerked her hand from his grasp. “First, you can stop putting your hands on me. Earlier today you said you were sorry for flirting with me, as if I wasn’t the type of woman you found attractive.”
“That’s not true. I find you very attractive. What man wouldn’t?”
She chose to ignore his forced compliment. After all, she’d gotten all dressed up for him and he never once told her how nice she looked. Nice? Hell, she looked hot, the big jerk. “Now you’re apologizing for being impolite and insulting. Tell me, do you ever do anything you don’t regret later?”
He backed her against the door, his dark eyes glittering in the soft light spilling onto the porch from her desk lamp near the window. Her tummy did a little twitchy thing when his thighs bumped hers. His fingers forked in her hair, angling her head so their gazes locked. “Believe me, you annoying woman, what I’m about to do next I don’t plan on regretting.”
This novella is the kick-off for several novels in the Firemen's Wild Heat Series. Many of the fire and marine rescue men you'll meet in Santa Wore Leathers, you'll meet again in the full-length books, featuring their romances with a touch of suspense. First up will be Cassie and Quinn's story in To Catch a Flame.


Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Oh, yeah! And now I want to read about the kiss. Great sneak peek, Vonnie.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Thanks, Dawn. These two both know what they want. He wants her...and she wants him to let her alone. What fun they were to write.

Angela Adams said...

That book cover is "hot!"

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Thanks, Angela. I loved that they included Einstein. He was such an important part of the story.

Beth Caudill said...

Great job.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Thank you, Beth.